Monday, February 21, 2022

Monday Montage #208

The struggle is real. I haven't really done an adequate "clean" in my craft room since before Christmas. Which makes each time I go in there a "can't-find-what-I'm-looking-for" experience! Uggghhh! That's it! I'm making a public declaration that a thorough cleaning WILL happen THIS WEEK! There ... I said it ... now I HAVE to do it!!

I have had a love affair with VW Bugs since I was about twelve years old! I have wanted one since then (especially of the vintage convertible type!)! What's NOT to love about them?? They are cute! They are cool! They have engines in the BACK! And they make an adorable little chirpy purring noise when you accelerate in them!! EEEEEP! Some friends of mine just finished totally restoring a 1967 VW ... and I'm hoping they let me take her for a spin around the block a couple of times sometime soon!

I used some Wink of Stella to give the hubcaps and bumpers a little bit of shine and sparkle. Pairing the Bugs with Timeless Tropical gives them the super-cool beachy vibe they deserve, don't you think??

Stamps: Driving By, Timeless Tropical
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Ink: Wink of Stella, Versamark, Staz-On Black, Crumb Cake, Pool Party; Stampin' Blends - Pool Party (light and dark), Pumpkin Pie (light and dark), Poppy Parade (light and dark), Daffodil Delight (light and dark), Night of Navy (light and dark), Smoky Slate (light), Basic Black (light)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Champagne Rhinestones

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

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Control Freaks and F*R*I*E*N*D*S

It's easy to be inspired to make something for F*R*I*E*N*D*S along with my fellow Control Freaks, as I consider myself very fortunate to have them as my personal friends!  Deb Henderson made a LOVELY "friend"ly creation (I particularly like her color scheme!)! Awesome!

This little girl "Catching Butterflies" makes me think of all things light and wonderful about friendship. Whimsical, happy ... I just love her! And I also have a thing for monarch butterflies, as I grew up in California and they were almost exclusively the butterflies we saw the most.  Used my Stampin' Blends to color her because I really want her to jump off the page ... what do you think??

Stamps: Catching Butterflies, Birch
Paper: Whisper White, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark, Black StazOn; Stampin' Blends - Soft Suede (dark), Daffodil Delight (light), Petal Pink (dark and light), Highland Heather (dark and light), Pool Party (light), Balmy Blue (light)
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Basic Borders Dies, White Embossing Powder, Crumb Cake Baker's Twine

I always use a little Pool Party and/or Balmy Blue to add some "shadows" to my colored images.  Just a little bit outside the lines on one side of the image add a LOT of dimension!

Next up? Melissa Davies! She has a LOVELY monochromatic "friendly" card that will knock your socks off!

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Monday Montage #207

Busy-busy-BUSY! I did get to take a little time from my weekend and stamp with the Monday Montage girls. This is my SECOND "Nuts & Bolts" card in a row ... I LOOOOVE this set!

I used all three robot images included in the set. Could NOT be happier with the completed card as it is very special for me ... I will be delivering it to my very sweet and amazing little grandnephew, Lincoln. He is turning ONE this week!

The heart and the "1" on the front of the card are slathered with a very glittery layer of Wink of Stella ... Stitched withWhimsy Dies, Checked Embossing Folder, and Basic Borders Dies all also found their way into the mix. Lots of fun adding so many little details on this one!

Stamps: Nuts & Bolts
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Basic Borders Dies, 
Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Checks Embossing Folder, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Metallic Pearls

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

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop - Lovely & Sweet

Welp! Here I am again!! And this time around I am playing with the girls on the We Create Blog Hop!! We are small but MIGHTY!! Our theme this month is "Lovely & Sweet" ... so of course I chose to make a card with a robot on it!! Hahahaha! The little heart he is holding and the sweet sentiment made me think he was PERFECT for this challenge ... what do you think??

I did a BUNCH of fussy cutting on this little guy from the Nuts & Bolts stamp set. I stamped him on Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Real Red, then got my scissors and glue out!! I used some Shimmery Crystal Effects on his eyes and knobs ... with a layer of Wink of Stella on top of each, as well as on his sweeet little heart!!

See the sparkle?? Isn't it PURDY?? I also used the Hive Embossing Folder (which kinda looks like crumpled metal if you think about it)! He makes me happy!! 

Stamps: Nuts & Bolts
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Hive Embossing Folder, Silver Metallic Pearls, Wink of Stella, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon, Staples, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Trio Corner Punch

Annnnnnddd ... I am back into my running game again!! YAY ME!! It's SOOOO nice to be able to run without pain. It's been a VERY long time and I have missed it soooo much! I am planning on doing at least 3 half marathons and a Ragnar Trail Relay (as well as another Trail Run Series).  What doesn't kill ya makes you stronger, right??

We Create Blog Hop Blog Roll - February 2022
Wendy Weixler - YOU ARE HERE

There are only FOUR of us playing around this time, so don't miss anything!! Next up is Tricia Butts ... and you're gonna LOVE what she created!!
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