Sunday, October 24, 2021

Monday Montage #200

Bring on the happy, bring on the music! It is time to CEL-E-BRATE the Monday Montage Team! It' doesn't even seem POSSIBLE that we have been doing this hop together since August 25, 2013 ... that's OVER 8 YEARS!!! It seems nearly IMPOSSIBLE that these lovely ladies have known each other for so long. I am so totally blessed to have them in my life as friends, and I am ALWAYS inspired by their talent!! So, since this is actually our 200th hop together, we are "celebrating"!!! And boy oh boy, did these guys pull out ALL the stops!What says CELEBRATE more than a CUPCAKE??? I mean, SERIOUSLY??!?? I love cupcakes of all shapes and sizes ... and flavors!! Had too much fun making this card and pretending that the cupcakes were actually EDIBLE!!

Stamps: Measured with Love, Sweet as a Peach (sentiment)
Paper: Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark, Flirty Flamingo; Stampin' Blends - Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light and Dark Soft Suede, Light Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Non-Traditional Christmas with the Freaks!

Once again, I am Freakin' Out!! The Control Freaks are thinking "outside the box" this month with some unique and non-traditional Christmas cards. I absolutely LOVE the creations done by the ever-amazing Melissa Davies.  She is totally incredible!

My brain is absolute MUSH!! Between the physical therapist and my foot doctor I was put through the wringer today!! I am now on antibiotics to see if we can get my surgical incision to heal up ... it's being SUPER stubborn!!

Here's my non-traditional Christmas card ... Blackberry Bliss and foliage-printed DSP! I had fun with this one ... wish you could see how sparkly the "J" and "Y" are with their layer of Wink of Stella! 

Stamps: None!
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, Vellum
Ink: Wink of Stella
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, Stitched Stars Dies, Clear Epoxy Essentials, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Wish me luck and cross your fingers for me that the antibiotics do the trick on my foot/heel ... this is taking WAY longer than I had hoped for, but even slow progress is progress!

Next up? Cindy Elam! HOLY COW!! Her cards are GORGEOUS!!
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Monday Montage #199

I have NO crutches, I have NO boot ... but I also have NO desire to wear a shoe on my owie foot yet!! Still working on healing ... and trying to remind myself every dang day that it took me more thhan a year and a half to get my foot/achilles problem to the uber-supreme level to which I had it prior to my surgery. I'm giving myself permission to take it easy and let my body do its thing. I also need to remmebr to try NOT to break myself by thinking I am as good as new already and overdoing it ... sigh ... just super grateful for modern medicine and the wondrous things they can do to fix the myriad of ways we break ourselves! I spent the entire weekend cleaning house, shopping and cooking ... and I mean a LOT of cooking! I made what I christened the First Annual Weixler Family OktoberFeast! I made two kinds of wurst, kaestaetzle, rotkohl, apple strudel, black forest cherry chocolate mini cakes, German potato cakes with applesaucee or sour cream and chives for topping, wheat and rye pumpkin sesame seeed bread, two warm and toasty drinks - pumpkin spice apple cider and non-alcoholic mulled wine. I also made a trip to the local German bakery (thanks Vosens!) to pick up some DELICIOUS and LARGE dark pretzels and baci rolls. Add to that some cheese and pickles and some grapes and you got a feast to behold, my friends. REALLY pleased with how well everything turned out! I am also very happy that I had time and inspiration to put together a quick little card for this week's Monday Montage Blog Hop. WHEW!!! What a weekend!

Just a quick little card made from the All Squared Away Stamps and Floral Square Dies ... to the rescue! After the weekend I had I was grateful to have inspiration and completion come to me so quickly this week. WHEW!! I needed that!

Stamps: All Squared Away 
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Floral Square Dies, Ornate Frames Dies, Textured Embossing Folder, Champagne Rhinestones, Fine Art Ribbon 

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Monday Montage #198

I THINK I might be given permission from my foot doctor this Tuesday to DROP the BOOT! Man oh man oh man ... I sincerely HOPE that happens! I'd like to go on a short and easy walk to see how it all feels! Sheesh!! Wish me luck!! Y

FINALLY got my craft room all spiffed up, so stamping for this week's Monday Montage Blog Hop was SUPER DUPER FUN!! I could find everything and clean up was a SNAP!!
Elegantly Said - Stamps and Punch!!! YAAAASSS!!! So fun, so pretty and so, well, ELEGANT!! I braided some linen thread to tie around the punched Elegant Tag.

Stamps: Elegantly Said
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Fresh 
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Mango Melody, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent, Versamark
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder, Elegantly Label Punch, Linen Thread, Pastel Pearls

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sketchin' with the Freaks

Here we are again, playing with the Control Freaks! This week has somehow just gotten away from me ...  and I only got ONE card done ... DANG!! Did you see the two beautiful cards that Bree Renwick did?? She sent me the pix earlier this weeks and knocked my socks off!! 

I've been wanting to play with this sweet little birdhouse set since I got it months ago! This is how my life has gone ... sigh ... but it really is a fun and cute set. Birdhouses make me happy!

Stamps: Garden Birdhouses
Paper: Pale Papaya, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Expressions in Ink DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Night oof Navy, Pale Papaya, Stampin' Blends - Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Stitched Greenery Die, Scalloped Contours Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon), Champagne Rhinestones, Linen Thread

Here is the sketch we followed for this month's challenge ... what do you think??

Next up? Melissa Stout! She always creates JUST what the doctor ordered!!

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Monday Montage #197

I am STILL on the sitting train ... which would make you think that I had TONS of time for crafting, right? I have entered week THREE of crutches. Stitches come out Tuesday and I am HOPING and PRAYING that I will be downgraded to one crutch (NO crutches would ne GREAT!)! It has been difficult for me to sit with my foot unpropped, and sitting in a chair with my foot propped on another chair gets uncomfortable very quickly. Don't get me wrong ... I am THRILLED to be on THIS SIDE of surgery and on my way to healed. Patience is HARD, isn't it?? I did make myself sit and make a card for this week's Monday Montage hop ... things are improving!

Forever Grapevine! You GUYS!!! I luuuuuurve this stamp set and dies!! I used some of my Stampin' Blends to color in the leafy grapevine image that I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Whisper White embossing powder. I likey!

Stamps: Forever Grapevine
Paper: Crumb Cake, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White; Stampin' Blends in Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder, Grapevine Dies, Linen Thread, Pastel Pearls

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Hopefully I will be walking like a "normal" human being by the next time I post, by which time I hope to have cleaned up my messy craft room and being able to have more time to play with my crafty goodies!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! LOVE these ladies!!

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Monday Montage #196

Since last I posted I have made a whirlwind one-day trip to Disneyland, had surgery on my foot (YAY FINALLY!) and had a birthday (27 again!)!! I am pretty much confined to sitting on my backside ... I am supposed to keep all weight off of my foot, so this has resulted in a bunch of awkward hopping and sliding around on my bum (when the crutches are too far away for me to reach). Coupled with the amount of pain meds I am taking (which should be significantly decreased in the next two days), I am feeling quite accomplished when I can go out to the porch and get my mail from the mailbox! Sheesh!! I am SOOO happy that I am on the road to something that will look a little more like "normal" ... whatever THAT is!

I had a very hard time focusing my brain enough to come up with this week's card.  Since many of my fave items are still packed up in tote bags that I took with me to make a lovely weekend getaway to Bear Lake with the fam a few weeks ago, I struggled trying to do everything with one leg and half a brain! I need to play with this batik stuff a bunch more when I am feeling more like myself! It's pretty fun stuff!

Stamps: Batik Boutique, Biggest Wish
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Batik Dies, Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pastel Pearls

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Time for me to go back to sleep and let my body do some more healing ... I am SOOOO thrilled to feel like I am actually going to make some progress now and work myself back into running and hiking and such. Baby steps, but I will get there!

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! Very inspiring!

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Monday Montage #195

And just like *that* the Olympics are over. Sigh ... for me it is such a patriotic, exciting and lovely way for the world to come together! At least now we only have to wait ONE more year for the winter Olympics!! WOOT! WOOT!! Just got hack from a quick little trip up to our family spot up at Bear Lake ... always a great break and a way for me to recharge my batteries!!! Luckily, I had a card completed before leaving town, so I was ready to roll!

Used my "borrowed" Sweet Farewell set one more time to create this week's card.  It kinda reminds me of a postage stamp, And the little suitcase image just makes me dang happy!

Stamps: Sweet Farewell
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Checks & Dots Embossing Folders, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon, Tailored Tags Dies

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I have misplaced the power cord for my MacBook, so I gotta hurry and wrap this up because my computer is down to 3% power!! YIKES!!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! <3 these girls!!

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Monday Montage #194

I don't know about you guys, but I LOOOOOOVE the Olympics!! Winter or Summer ... every dang event! I am not usually one to watch sports on tv, but when the Olympics come around I am ALL OVER IT!! I may or may not have been screaming at my tv during the men's swimming 4x100 relay earlier tonight. It is super exciting!! It took me a while to finish my card this week because I was so distracted by what was happening on tv! Usually I just "listen" to tv whilst I am doing something else, but not today!! The next two weeks are gonna be fun!!

Not gonna lie ... this card is not really a "me" kinda card. I am usually all about layers, layers and more layers! I actually love how this turned out.  I sponged the edges of the white clouds with Balmy Blue, and the Balmy Blue cards with Balmy Blue and Whisper White.  I also added some Wink of Stella to the cloud edges as well, but that didn't show up as well in the photo.  Borrowed the Sweet Farewell set from my bestie, Bree Renwick. I need to mail it back to her, but I am really enjoying playing with it!

Stamps: Sweet Farewell
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Basic Borders Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon - Dyed Balmy Blue with Sponge and Ink), Silver Epoxy Droplets

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

My husband and I went to our very first rodeo on Friday night.  We were gifted some tickets by a friend, so were happy for our "free" date night, which included dinner and VIP parking.  Honestly, neither of us was super stoked about the actual rodeo, but went because we could. HOLY COW! Neither of us expected to enjoy it nearly as much as we did!! WAY more fun that we thought it would be! I would even love to go to one again some time!! So the moral to this is NOT to predetermine that something you have never done before isn't going to be fun just because you have never done it!

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! Great projects all the way around!!

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Freakin' Animal Antics

I'm having a WEEK! Holy cow!! I am LATE getting my post up, mostly because I got stuck for HOURS last night about 26 miles from home due to some INSANE road construction on my way home from Bear Lake! I had planned to work on my projects, and instead I ended up watching "Quiet Place II" on my phone in my car because YES that is just how SLOW the traffic was!! Had to work today and run a couple of errands after work, so I was VERY late getting started! Looks like  Melissa Stout and I were feeling the same vibes for this month's "Animal Antics" theme, as we BOTH used the "Count On Me" set!! It's SOOOO cute!
These little dancing penguins remind me of "It's a Jolly Holiday" from the original "Mary Poppins" movie. That has long been a favorite of mine ... and I had to add some brightly primary colors because I just can't imagine these cute little penguins any other way!

Stamps: Count On Me
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, 
Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Watercolor
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark, Stampin' Blends in
Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
Accessories: Stitched Triangle Dies, Messages Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella

I had to show y'all a close up so you could see the twinkly Wink of Stella on the penguins and balloons ... I love this sparkly stuff!!

I must apologize for this card.  I was nearly done with it when I realized (GASP!!) that the Well Suited DSP had RETIRED (I haz a sad!)!! Which is another reason I am late posting ... I needed to make something that didn't have any retired bits on it.

The first time I really "noticed" this adorable stamp set is when I saw the adorable tags made and posted by Esther Collmar from Germany! She made little DSP overalls for this stinkin' cute bear!! I knew I HAD to "copycat" her in some way, so here is what I came up with!

Stamps: Count On Me
Paper: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Watercolor, Well Suited DSP (retired)
Ink: Black Memento, Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Basic Borders Dies, Stitched Whimsy 
Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, Trio Corner Punch

The saga continues ... I went in for an MRI on my terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad foot last Thursday. I have the privilege of going back to my foot doc tomorrow morning to see what the final verdict is (I'm thinking ... dare I say HOPING?) that surgery to correct whatever is messed up! After 18 months of anti-inflammatories, icing, heating, elevating, massaging, night splints, day splints, orthopedic boots, steroids and physical therapy, I feel that this will be the ONLY way I can start moving forward (and dare I say RUNNING???) and get my stinkin' life back to a more normal thing! Wish me LUCK!!

Lucky me because I am once again in the center of a "Melissa" sandwich! Next up is Melissa Davies! Her darling Turtle & Friends creations are spot on!! I love them, and you will, too!

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