Friday, June 28, 2013

Fab Friday #21

Hooray it FRIIIIDAAYYY!! And y'all know what THAT means!! Fab Friday Challenge, of course. And this week we're dealing with a doosey of a sketch! I had a LOT of fun with this one. I had intended to do a card with flowers .... but, well .... you know how THAT sometimes turns out!

Stamps: Tape It, Wanderlust, Off the Grid
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Smokey Slate, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Artisan Punch, Owl Builder Punch (heart), Neutrals Candy Dots, Epic Day This & That Designer Series Washi Tape

Take a peek at the sketch we are all working from ... it's a good'n!

And ... Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Cindy Beach
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Amy O'Neill
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 06/26/13

Happy Artisan Wednesday!! Aren't you just LOVING what all of my Artisan friends have been sharing lately?? And if you just came from Sarah Sagert's blog ... WOW!! LOVELOVELOVE!!! Sadly, we are all entering the home stretch as the 2012 Artisan Design Team. Cannot BEGIN to tell you how much of a privilege this has been ... especially working with and getting to be BFF's with all the other girls on the team! LOVE them ALL!

I'm finding myself having "butterfly flashback" lately!! After having done my own "Follow the Butterflies" challenge a few years back (link and slideshows are on the left-hand sidebar of my blog here!), I kinda felt like I had been there/done that!! Apparently I am getting over that!! (And can I say, for the record, that I am absolutely ADDICTED to the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set AND the Baked Brown Sugar ruffled ribbon???) Couldn't help myself but make me another little butterfly card. It is what it is ...

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Gorgeous Grunge, Really Good Greetings
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Whisper White, Brights Patterned DSP, In Color Patterned DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
Accessories: Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Mosaic Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, 1" Square Punch, Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon, Canvas Creations, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Neutrals Candy Dots

Now, on to my Canadian neighbor, Amy Bollman (I am actually "sandwiched" between TWO Canadians on this blog hop ... cool, eh?)!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It's a Freakin' New Day!!

Yay and HOORAY!! The Freaks are sharing their new catalog style this month! I LOVE NEW!! Who doesn't?? Jan pulled off her superlatively-typical stampin' GEENYUS, as usual!!

First off for me today is a card highlighting THREE things I am LOVING ... First of all WASHI TAPE!! I freakin' looooooooove me some washi tape!! Second? The sentiment from "Yippee-Skippee" ... after looking at that set, Jan told me, "I can see that 'you can never be too much happy' stamp as a Wendy Favorite!" Truer words have NEVER been spoken!! Luuuuuuurve it!! And third? The Gingham Garden DSP ... holy sa-MOKES, people!! I don't think there is a single sheet of that stuff that does NOT make me all kinds of happy ... so there ya have it ... From Millan.Net

Stamps: Yippee-Skippee
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink: Island Indigo, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Small Heart Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1" Square Punch, In Color Boutique Buttons, Corner Rounder Punch, Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon, Epic Day This & That Washi Tape

Next up ... seems like this hexagon punch is loooooong overdue!! Happy-happy-joy-joy!! SOOOOO much fun to play with!! And I am now the happy owner of the Gingham Stampin' Around Wheel ... which means I can put gingham on EVERYTHING!!

Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler, Gingham Stampin' Around Wheel
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Hexagon Punch, Hexagon Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon, Postage Stamp Punch, Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon, In Color Boutique Buttons

Time to hop on over and check out the super-talented and amazing LeeAnn Greff!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 06/19/13

We are getting closer and closer to finishing up our year as the Artisan Design Team (sniff, sniff!) ... but still have over a month left of beautiful things to share. Like Sarah Sagert ... another homerun from THAT girl!

More fun things to share with y'all this week! Can we all say MOSAICS??? I have been giddy-over-the-mood exciting about this mosaic punch/stamp/embossing folder combo since the minute I laid eyes on it!! I mean ... WHO WOULDN'T???? SOOOOOOO fun and cute!!! I see lots of fun this being created by me with this in the future ...

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Really Good Greetings
Paper: Whisper White, In Color Patterned Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Cherry Cobbler
Mosaic Punch, Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon, Essentials Hardware Clips, Brights Candy Dots, Dimensionals

And keep on clicking to see even MORE brilliance from Amy Bollman!
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Fab Friday #20

Friday ... Friday ... everyone LOVES Friday!! And here we are again for another FAB Fab Friday Challenge! This week, we're playing up with ALL of Stampin' Up's "new" In Colors ... introduced in the brand new catalog introduced earlier this month. LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors.

Although I found it a bit daunting at first to try to imagine that I could incorporate ALL of the new colors, this card actually came together pretty quickly. I LOVE ruffles and pleats, too, so this was kind of a "no-brainer" for me!!

Stamps: Timeless Talk, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Strawberry Splash, In Color Patterned DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Splash
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, Essentials Hardware Clips, Brights Candy Dot, Ticket Builder Duo Punch, Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon, Simply Scored

Here's the "visual" of this color scheme, just to make it easier to play!

And ... Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Amy O'Neill
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 06/12/13

It's Wednesday again and YOU know what THAT means!! It's Artisan Wednesday!! Hooray!! Sarah Sagert's creation this week was TOP NOTCH, was it not???? LOVE that girl!!

This week we are "playing" with products featured in Stampin' Up's new catalog (and who doesn't LOVE new, right??) As we are approaching Father's Day this weekend, I thought it would be a great idea to get a jump start on my card (really missing my own sweet dad, but grateful to have my father-in-law dad!). This was one of those instances where I kept adding and adding and adding ... fearful that each new addition would be the one that was "one too many" ... I finally stopped where you see it now, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!! (See Jane Lee??? I splattered and used Washi Tape and EVERYTHING!!) My Artisan friends are REALLY rubbing off on me (in a good way!)!!

Stamps: ABC 123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Smokey Slate, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Epic Day Washi Tape, Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, 3/4" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Essentials Hardware Clips

Keep on clicking below to see what Amy Bollman has created. Always Amazing Amy!!!
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Monday, June 10, 2013

I'm Still Here ...

... believe it or NOT!!!

I have been sooooo busy stamping ... but not anything that I can share with ya for a little while (currently working on 24 samples that I am doing for SU Convention display boards!)!  They are due on Friday, so hopefully I can get back to a more normal routine AFTER that!!

I needed to send a card out to my nephew again this week, so I decided to pull out my new "Wetlands" stamp set.  I can already tell that this is going to become a new fave of mine ... for those all-to-hard-to-come-up-with DUDE cards!! YAY!!

Stamps: Wetlands
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Paper Piercing Essentials, Paper Distressing Tool, Naturals Trim Ribbon, Naturals Designer Button, Linen Thread, Sponge

Last Monday we had the EVER-SO-AMAZING opportunity to fly in a B-17 (the Aluminum Overcast).  YES!! You read that RIGHT!! See????  There are only about 12 of these babies actually in good enough condition to fly, so this was a really incredible opportunity!

Not only did we get to fly IN it (to Denver!), we got to actually FLY it OURSELVES!!! Probably one of the all-time NEATEST things I have EVER got to do!!  (This is me sitting in the nose cone ... glass EVERYwhere ... it was odd that it didn't totally freak me out considering my "issue" with heights!!  Sooooo AWESOME!)

Having my husband and daughter there with me (as well as some of our bestest friends) made it all the sweeter ... here am I with my husband standing at "waistgunner" ... such a humbling experience as we thought about and were grateful for all the young boys who gave their lives in defense of our freedom ...

And with my daughter behind "the right seat" ...

It was a VERY long day (we were up at 5:00 a.m. and didn't get back home to Salt Lake until about midnight), but I'm NOT complaining!!! LOVED every minute of it!!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow - 06/05/13 - and Blog Candy WINNERS!

I love our Artisan Wednesdays where we share on our blogs what we made to share on Stampin' Up's Facebook page for the month? Why?? Because the girls on the team TOTALY bring it MONTH after MONTH!! Once again, didn't Sarah Sagert just ROCK it?? Her card was AWESOME!! (Hence, confirming what I just said!)

This month I decorated a little gift-y box for a friend (which I REALLY think needs some CHOCOLATE in it, don't you??). I really ended up liking the filter paper a LOT more than I had originally anticipated that I would! It makes the PURDIEST flowers!!

Stamps: Amazing Family, Beyond Plaid
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, White Creped Filter Paper
Ink: Early Espresso, Night of Navy
Accessories: Kraft Gift Box, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Blossom Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Sponge

AND ... without FURTHER adieu ... HERE are the two lucky winners of last week's blog candy (I will be mailing these out to y'all as soon as you send me your addresses ... you can click on the "E-mail Me" link on the sidebar to the right):

Eli Harlan
Lynn (no last name, but your comment said, "I would never have thought to do that with paper.")


Up next is the BEAUTIFUL card made by my BEAUTIFUL friend, Amy Bollman!

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