Friday, February 28, 2014

Fab Friday #36

Welcome, friends!! It's FAB FRIDAY!! YAY!! Although .... I just got home from Disneyland (yeah-yeah-yeah ... again ...) last night ... and it's REALLY hard coming back to REALITY!! So I am THRILLED that we have some fun and creative things to share with y'all. I look forward to seeing what my fellow Fab-Friday-ers come up with ...

I really LOVE this week's color combo. It's BRIGHT ... it's HAPPY ... it's CHEERFUL!! And I love ALL of those things!! I decided I'm gonna start PRETENDING it's actually SPRING (hence, the FLOWERS on this card!)!! And the weather has actually been TRYING to warm up ... which is ALSO happy!

Stamps: Flower Shop, Perfect Pennants, Itty Bitty Banners, Positively Chevron
Paper:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Pansy Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Strawberry Slush Ruffled Trim, Sewing Machine

Here's this week's color combo ...

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
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Enjoy your weekend!! From Millan.Net
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Mess Managed!"

It's another MDS-kinda day ... I will be the FIRST to admit that I was skeptical about "digital" paper crafting ... I was NOT AT ALL interested. Seriously ... I was NOT!! Didn't think it was worth my time ... at all ... so, of course, I purchased MDS (My Digital Studio) the minute it was available to me ... and I could not have been more HOOKED since that first week!! The BEST part??? As soon as I am "done" with whatever project I am working on, I just CLOSE MY LAPTOP and TA-DAAAA!! "Mess Managed!" (I'm having a "Harry Potter" flashback-kinda thing ... can't help myself!)

Since y'all KNOW how I am about all-thing-Disney ... here's a little two-page layout I did a while back of some fun my son, Devan, and I had when he came with me to Disneyland LAST January (it took me a LOT of coaxing to get him to leave Utah for ANY spell of time because of his school/work schedule ... and we weren't in the park for more than 15 MINUTES when he said, "I should have worked it out so I could stay LONGER!!" Yeah ... I KNEW he would say that!!)

And TRY as I MIGHT to get "blogger" to let me put these pix side by side in a big enough pic for you to actually SEE all the fun details, I couldn't get it to work ... which is why I'm giving you a "close up" of each page ... it's pretty neat how MDS will allow you to "overlap" two pages into a double layout spread with no overlap ... cool, eh?

MDS Ingredients -
Stamps -
Splatters (A Split Second)
Paper - Season by Season DSP, That's a Wrap DSP
Embellishments - Taffeta Trimmings Ripple (Garden Green), Zigzag Real Red
Punches - Flag Punch, Square Punch, Circle Punch
Fonts - LD Walt & Beach

Thanks for stopping by!!! Have a fabulous day!!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Sweet Baby Bunny

I BLINKED and the weekend was OVER!! How did THAT happen??? Wow ... it seems like they zip by more quickly every time!!!

BUT ... before I head out the door to get myself going on this Monday morning, I decided to make a little baby bunny card ... isn't this bunny just ADORBS???? Don't you just wanna squEEEEZE him???? I DO!! I used my blender pens (something I haven't pulled out in QUITE a while) and the ink that collects itself on the inside top lid of my ink pads to color him up a little bit ... but not too much!! I wanted to make him look all watercolor-y like the background ... cute, eh??

Stamps: Baby, We've Grown; Off the Grid
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Trim, Gold Sequin Trim

So it's off to the races again!!! Happy Monday, y'all!!
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Oh My Hex!!

I have been "DYING" to use this Hexagon Hive Framelits Die from the day I got it!! Sometimes things just get away from ya and you just can't get to ALL the things you wanna do ... I redesigned this card in my head about 50 times ... all in all, I'm really happy with how it turned out!!

I ended up cutting the framelit out about 4 times in order to get all the "bits" that I NEEDED to make this. (The GOOD news is that I have enough "bits" to make other versions of this card if I want to ...) The Fresh Prints Designer Paper is SO great!! This is a fun color combo ...

I used this as my sample for today's challenge over on Splitcoaststampers as well ... and I called the challenge "Oh My Hex!" And really, that's only TRULY funny if you happen to from/live in Utah. OhMyHeck is a Utah swear word. So this is just kinda making me giggle. Can't help myself!!

And it's FRIDAY!! HooRAY for the weekend!!

Stamps:  Perfect Pennants
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories: Banners Framelits Dies, Hexagon Hive Framelits Die, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Retro Fresh This & That Designer Washi Tape, Gold Sequin Trim
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Freaky Mish-Mash!

Yay!! I absolutely LOVE Control Freak Blog Tour days!!! And this month it is NO different!! If you have been "hopping around" (so to speak), you have just come from the ever-talented LeeAnn Greff! Stampin' Wizard, that woman!! Our theme this month is a "Mish-Mash" ... literally!! We're kinda doing the "Forest Gump" version of a blog tour ... "We are like a box of chocolates ... ya never know what you're gonna get!!

This month, I'm gettin' all SHINY!!! I just got a package of the Silver Foil DSP ... and I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it!!! To be fair, this card is a little over the top ... even for me ... but shiny polka dots??? Seriously???? I had a lot of fun with this!!

Stamps:  Geometrical
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Silver Foil DSP, Patterned DSP
Ink:   Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Small Heart Punch, Label Card Thinlits Dies (Arrow), Strawberry Slush Ruffled Ribbon, Triangle Punch

And this card came about because I NEEEEEEEED some SPRIIIIIING!!! Please-oh-please-oh-PLEASE!!! FLOWERS!! BRING 'EM!!! All this BRrrrrr-fa-REEZing weather is really gettin' to me, I tell ya ...

Stamps: Petal Parade, Hello Lovely
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Chevron Border Punch, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon 

Next up??? The Unsinkable Mary Brown!!! That woman is a GENIUS!!
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Monday Montage #13

Here we are! It's Monday Montage time! And the team has put together some WONDERFUL things to share with all y'all ... again!! Seriously??? I love the inspiration I get from them every single time!

My cousin has a bunch of LOVELY and ADORABLE little girls (SIX to be exact! ... and she just had her 7th little bundle of joy in December ... a BOY!)!! Anyway, two of the girls have birthdays on the EXACT same day (February 17th). So I was needing to come up with some for adorable little Madeline ... she is THREE today!! How exciting!!

I merged some files from MDS with my Silhouette software and came up with this little birdie card ... I am hoping that this little birdie just WILLS spring to start showing up!!! Don't y'all agree that it's time for winter to be OVER??? Sheesh!!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
Ink:  Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bird Builder Punch (Leafy Branches), Ticket Building Punch, Banner Punch, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
MDS: Cheep Talk (bird), Lovely Little Labels (sweet)

Click "Back" to check out the wonderful work of Melissa Stout, and/or the "Next" button to see Amy O'Neill's beautiful creation!
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Fab Friday #35

Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!! And welcome to another "Fab Friday" Stampin' Challenge Blog Hop!! Where on EARTH have I BEEN all week?? Contrary to popular belief, I have NOT been falling into any more holes!!! Actually, I've had a combo stomach flu/acid reflux thing that has put me OUT!! I HATE being sick ... have NO patience for being a PATIENT!! Happy to report that I think I'm gonna live ...

Which beings me to this week's challenge ... Oooooo a SKETCH challenge!! (And isn't it WEIRD that I didn't make a "Valentine"??) I have made a LOT of Valentines this past few weeks, so I kinda went somewhere else with this ...

Here's the sketch we were working with ...

Stamps: Banner Greetings
Paper:  Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, High Tide DSP, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Accessories:  Distressed Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Banner Punch, Hung Up Cute Clips, Sewing Machine

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
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

From Millan.NetHUG someone today!! You deserve it!! (And SO do THEY!!)
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Flyin'" By ...

Have a LOT to do today (WHY IS IT that Saturdays go SO fast and Mondays go SO slow??) ... just wanted to pop by really quickly and share a page that I made last night using MDS (My Digital Studio) ... whilst watching the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics (GO TEAM USA!!)!!

Although the weather was a bit too blustery for these two to "fly away" at the end of their reception last night, a good time was had by all!! (And YES, they DID get me to do the "Boot Scootin' Boogie!) So very happy for these two and the adventure called life that they have chosen to share with one another!!

That is all ... have a great weekend!!

MDS Supplies
Stamps: Beautiful Today (heart, small wash 2)
Paper: Old School, Beautiful Today, Be Yourself, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Pacific Point
Accessories: Burlap Ribbon (folded), Mis-Stitched (6b and 6c), Flag Punch, File It Fun Punch (Label 8)
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Wedding Bells

Today we are celebrating the marriage of some of our good "flying" buddies. Over the past 10+ years, we have gotten to know some of the most a-MAZ-ing people through our association with the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Owners Association). They have become like part of our family. AND ... believe it or NOT ... my husband actually talks as MUCH as or MORE than I do when we get together with these people!! (For those of you who know ME well ... or ESPECIALLY if you know my husband ... this is saying SOMETHING!!).

Sooo .... BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Jeff and Amanda!! I felt myself getting a little carried away on this one ... I kept adding and adding and adding little bits of stuff ... I likey!!

Really looking forward to celebrating with everyone later this evening. Food, music, a PINATA (oh JOY!!) ... and, weather permitting, Jeff and Amanda are literally gonna "fly off into the sunset!" How COOL is THAT???

Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Perfect Pennants, Off the Grid
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Ribbon Trim, Doily (January Paper Pumpkin), Small Heart Punch, Sewing Machine
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Monday Montage #12

Welcome to another Monday Montage!! Each and every single time I am totally awestruck at what my friends come up with for this ... and this week is no exception!!

I REALLY wanted to make some sorta artsy, springy sorta thing. But then I realized that it is my little grand niece's 2nd birthday this week, so I knew I was going to have to come up with something to put a smile on HER face!! She is a FANATIC about Curious George ... and while I realize this monkey is NOT George, I think she will like him all the same (and it gave me yet ANOTHER excuse to play with my Silhouette and some of my favorite old images in MDS!)!

Stamps: Tape It, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: eCutter (Silhouette), Paper Piercing Essentials Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Banner Punch, Linen Thread, Candy Dots (Brights)
MDS: Nursery Alphabet Images (Monkey), Piece of Cake (Balloons), Family Fun Photobook (Happy)

This card looked MUCH different in my head. Isn't is funny how that works??? You visualize something else entirely, yet you can't seem to unlock it from your brain??? I still like it, though ... and I know it will make Sammy happy, too!

Click "Back" to see the marvelous Melissa Stout, and/or the "Next" button to see artistic Amy O'Neill!

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