Friday, November 25, 2022

TGIF #396 - Inspiration Challenge

Happy Post-North American Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday!!)!!! Hoping that those of you who,celebrated had a wonderful day full of food, family and friends! This week we are doing a TGIF Inspiration Challenge!

Wreaths have always brought me a sense of peace. Looking at the greenery in the inspiration pic and seeing the word “peace” made me think about how I really wanted to make a wreath. Having just received my preorder for the 2023 January-June Catalog, I knew that the Citrus Fun Bundle could help me make a lovely wintry wreath!

I had a good time creating the splatter all around my card with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend by flicking the brush tip of the pen against the edge of the cap on the pen and sim it at the card … pretty fun, eh?

Stamps: Citrus Fun
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen
Ink: Versamark, Soft Succulent, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink
Accessories:  Citrus Dies, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Citrus Embossing Folder, Pastel Sequins (coming soon), White Embossing Powder, Gold 1/4” Shimmer Ribbon

Grateful to have been invited to be on the Challenge Team with these fine ladies, and VERY grateful for the friendships I have made because of my participation as a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! Counting my blessings!
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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Freakin' Divine DSP

Here we are again! It's time to play with stamps, paper and ink with the Control Freaks! Bree Renwick made the most ADORABLE Christmas card with her take on this month's theme "Divine DSP".  I absolutely loooooove me some pretty DSP, don't you??? Lucky for me, my new box of goodies for the January-June and Sale-a-Bration order came TODAY ... just in time to play with!

Eeeeep and EGADS!!! Not only am I totally enamored with the new Dandy Designs DSP (which you can also earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration starting in January!), but the Adorable Owls (which you can ALSO earn for free!) stamps are sooooo very cute!! They are making me smile all over the place!
The colorful hexagons behind the owls are done by tearing strips of cardstock, taping them together and then cutting them with the die of your choice (learned this fun trick from the ever-talented Cindy Schuester!). Such a fun background, don't you think???

Stamps: Adorable Owls
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Freesia, Whisper White, Watercolor, Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody
Accessories: Tailor-Made Tags Dies, Beautiful Shapes Dies, White 3/4" Frayed Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Pastel Sequins

Gearing up for a lovely Thanksgiving feast with my family and some friends. I am so grateful for the blessings in my life ... this will be the first holiday season without my beautiful mama and I'm trying to carry on so many of the lovely traditions she established for our family. I'm so lucky to have had her to raise me and be my friend!

Next up? Cindy Elam! She made SEVERAL cards that you are going to LOVE!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Chillin' With My Gnomies!!

Guess what??? I'm SOOOO stoked! I am now a member of the TGIF Challenge Team!! YAY!! I am soooo excited!! This time around we are Chillin' With My Gnomies!

Gnomes are a HOOOOOT commodity right now ... they are literally EVERYwhere! I have always had a warm and fuzzy spot for these silly creatures! I had a hard time deciding if these little dudes were doing Fall or Winter so I kind of planted them between seasons! The pants, hats and shirts of these little gnomes were paper pieced using different patterns from the "He's the Man" and "Rings of Love" DSP packs.  I also used the Fern Embossing Folder for the background and embellished with the little embossed snowflake images from "Trees for Sale" stamp set and a few little gold sequins from the Pastel Sequins coming out in the next new January-June Mini Catalog.

I used some of the Natural 7/8" Ribbon with a few twists ... I distressed it with some Early Espresso and Soft Suede ink and then ran a single piece of Linen Thread through the middle with a needle ... I like the rustic feel to it! I'm loving the texture!

Stamps: Kindly Gnomes
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, He's the Man DSP, Rings of Love DSP, Blushing Bride
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Fern Embossing Folder, Pastel Sequins (coming soon), Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder

Very blessed to be playing with paper, ink and stamps with these ladies ... it's going to be an AWESOME ride!

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Monday Montage #225



I cleaned my craft room. And it was glorious ... for about a DAY! Then I spent about four days in a row working on my Halloween costume! KA-BOOM!! Pins, thread, fabric, paper, foam, paint ... it's all EVERYwhere!! However, it wasn't TOO hard to clear a space to be able to create a card for this week's Monday Montage!


 I loveLOVELOVE this Perfect Pomegranate stamp set!! It was a hostess set for the last Sale-a-Bration campaign. I didn't earn it, but my friend (and fellow Monday Montager, Cheryl Curtis, did!)! Cheryl was kind enough to give me this set as she didn't feel it was her "cup of tea" ... and it has been sitting, unused, since I got it a few weeks ago! FINALLY got a chance to play with it! It is, sadly, no longer available (sorry 'bout that!)!! But I could NOT resist because it is soooooo purdy!

See what I mean???? I loved using the gold foil and gold embossing powder to create lovely accents ... I love fall color combos!

Stamps: Perfect Pomegranate, Framed Florets
Paper: Merry Merlot, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark, Merry Merlot, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Mango Medley
Stylish Shapes Frames, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots, Gold Embossing Powder, Stapler

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

Going to see several of my Monday Montage friends at the end of this week at OnStage in ANAHEIM (and take advantage of the fact that we are staying next door to Disneyland!)!! I can't WAIT!!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - Christmas and Fall are covered beautifully by them!!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Happy Holidays from the Freaks!

I seem to have skipped right past fall and gone to Christmas (as far as card making goes!)!! But the Control Freaks are ramping it up for the holidays already!! If you just came from the super-creative Bree Renwick you would have seen some happily haunting Halloween cards! I LOVE them!! Because I am STILL reorganizing/cleaning my craft space, I decided to use some of the things that were left out from the card I posted last Sunday night ... and they worked GREAT!! 

I have always loved the combination of gold with Very Vanilla ... it is just so elegant!! This card actually came together quite quickly and easily ... I am really loving how the Whimsical Woodland 3D Embossing Folder provides such a great contrast in the background!
It was really hard to capture the gold sentiment ... I used some gold embossing powder over Versamark ... hard to tell, but in person in looks SO shiny and fun!

Stamps: Framed & Festive Stamp Set
Paper: Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Framed Florets Dies, Gold Adhesive-backed Swirls, Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon, Whimsical Woodland 3D Embossing Folder, Trio Corner Punch (retired ... and I forgot!! Sorry ... it's one of my faves!), Gold Embossing Powder

We are installing gas log inserts to the two chimneys in our house. The house is 102 years old, and the chimneys have been CRUMBLING down for years (they ended up being in MUCH worse shape than we had originally thought!). We haven't had a fire in MANY years because Salt Lake City gets the WORST air pollution during the winter (we are kinda shaped like a bowl with mountains surrounding the valley, so all bad air gets trapped in an inversion between storms). I can't WAIT until they are all completed ... TWO working fireplaces!! I LOVE to snuggle and read in front of a lovely fire, and the weather is starting to turn crisp ... something SUPER fun to look forward to!

Next up? Deb Henderson! Can't WAIT to see what she did (I didn't see a preview!)!

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Monday Montage #224



Halloween decorations are UP ... but I still need to work on a costume AND have our second annual Weixler Family Oktoberfeast (I need more weekends this month!)! Craft room is still a DISASTER ... which makes creating tricky at best! BUT, I shall persevere! So here is this week's Monday Montage creation.


Something NEW is on the horizon ... the Fitting Florets Collection! Stamps, dies, DSP, embellishments ... my oh my, but this stuff is PURRRRDY!

Also played with my new Stitchery stamps (looks very legit around the edges, don't you think??)!

Here's a close up ... used my Petal Pink and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends for the flowers and a little bit of Old Olive/Mossy Meadow for the greenery. The images from this set are SOOO elegant!

Stamps: Framed Florets, Stitchery
Paper: Whisper White, Petal Pink
Ink: Black Memento; Stampin' Blends - Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light and Dark Mossy Meadow
Framed Florets Dies, Gold Adhesive-backed Swirls, Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon

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

TOMORROW is the day I plan on reclaiming my craft space ... every last inch!! I need to work on some things and need a clean slate to work on!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - clever creations as usual!

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Monday Montage #223



And just like that we are working our way into fall! Sooooo glad we have cooled down (a little bit!)! I can actually feel a little crisp in the air ... what a speedy year this has been!


The He's the Man Suite of products?? Yep! I am an absolute FAN! These cards practically made themselves!! The images (which are just printed and pre-diecut ... easy peasy) are the BOMB! SUPER easy to just throw them together and then VOILA!

Not a single stamped image on either of these cards ANYwhere! Every single diecut is just so much fun! I used the Splatter Embossing Folder (from the Stripes and Splatters Duo) on each of these cards ... and just inked them a little with some Early Espresso ink and a sponge! 

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Sahara Sand, He's the Man Specialty DSP
Accessories: Rustic Metallic Dots, Stripes & Splatters Embossing Folder (Splatters)

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

Had the whole family over for dinner today ... and I'm POOPED! It will probably only take about 2 and a half minutes to fall asleep~

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Emily Kimmey - they both have brilliantly bright and spooky!

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Steppin' Up With the Freaks!

Ohmygosh! What a WEEK (and it's only MONDAY!)! This month the Control Freaks are Steppin' It Up! Cindy Elam made a GORGEOUS Autumn creation ... did ya see it???? It was BEAUTIFUL!I needed to make a couple of birthday cards for my nieces (one 5 and the other 7)! The ladybugs were the very FIRST thing that came to my 

This is my "quick-and-easy" version.  I punched the daisies and the ladybugs directly from cardstock ... the only stamping, other than the sentiment, was for the ladybugs' spots and the Daffodil Delight center on the daisy. Using the Gingham Cottage DSP made this come together SO easily.  I added a couple of Rustic Metallic Dots and called it good.

And here is my "stepped up" version! I added an extra ladybug AND an additional daisy. Also, I used some Shimmery Crystal Effects to make the ladybug spots and daisy center more 3D ... and I also added a splash of gingham ribbon as well as an additional Rustic Metallic Dot.

You can see the extra texture in this closeup ... 

Stamps: Charming Sentiments
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Gingham Cottage DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories: Ladybug Builder Punch, Medium Daisy Punch, Sentiment Silhouettes Dies, Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Rustic Metallic Dots, White Embossing Powder

Next up? Deb Henderson! She has created some beautiful pheasant-y options!

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Monday Montage #222



HOOOOT! Holy COW!! Salt Lake City has had the HOTTEST summer on record! We hit 107 degrees during a stretch of 10 days over 100 degrees! I am DONE! Sheesh!! THEN ... the jet stream MOVED and cooler air came in (YAY!) ... BUT it brought sooo much smoke from the California fires with it! Since I have had a cold for two weeks, the smoke has NOT been my friend!! Wah-wah-wah!! Oh well ... at least I got to stamp!


Oink! Oink! Oink!! I have resisted buying ANY of the piggy stamp sets for long enough ... this Birthday Piggy set finally pushed me over the edge! DANG! A piggy on a scooter! Accented with GINGHAM!! I think I am having cuteness overload! Scallops and polka dots as well ... I think my brain is gonna explode!

I've had so much fun lately coloring! I made three of these cards (which I NEVER do!) for family kiddos ... and the little piggy just makes me happy! And the Gingham Cottage DSP is just soooo yummy!

Stamps: Birthday Piggy
Paper: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Gingham Cottage DSP
Ink: Black; Stampin' Blends - Petal Pink, Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Smoky Slate
Accessories: Playful Piggy Dies, Glossy Enamel Dots, Dots & Spots Die, Scalloped Contours Dies, Black and White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon

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

I need to get this cold thing to GO AWAY! My sinuses are kinda shot and I need them to get over themselves!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - FABULOUS FUN from both of them!

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Monday Montage #221



YAY and HOORAY! Today is my birthday (27 again!)! Had the fam and friends over for a delicious meal prepared entirely by my husband! Had a lovely visit and was FLOODED with love and well wishes via text, phone calls, video messages and Facebook! Boy do I feel LOVED!!


Was inspired to make this card after having seen this one created by Tina Wardell. How CUTE is this little dancing hippo anyway?? I just can’t even with this set! Love everything about it!

My little grand niece is going to love the ballerina aspects flanked by two washtubs full of flowers . . .  Can’t say I blame her!

Stamps: Hippest Hippos, Celebrate with Tags
Paper: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Polished Pink, Versamark
Ink: Black, Gray Granite, Blushing Bride Highland Heather, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Versamark, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Hippo Dies, Cloud Punch, In Color Baker’s Twine, Glossy Enamel Dots, Whisper White Embossing Powder

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

Finished a half marathon Saturday ..l feel pretty good and had my best time in a long time! Heading out early tomorrow morning to spend a couple days at Disneyland! Feeling pretty dang spoiled!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - couldn’t be sandwiched between two more talented women!

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