Monday, September 25, 2023

Monday Montage #245


Whelp ... high school reunion is over and was very successful ... son's wedding is just over a week away (yay!) ... and I was able to make ONE clean, flat surface on which to create a card! Sooooo ... welcome to this week's Monday Montage!

Oooooo-la-la! I couldn't NOT WAIT to get my hands on the new Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks (available in the 2023 Holiday Mini Catalog). I made the flowers/leaves with small brush and ink, and the herringbone pattern was made using a mask and some embossing paste. I lightly brushed some Lost Lagoon ink over the dried embossing paste. The centers of the flowers are also made using embossing paste ... I am very happy with how this turned out!

The Something Fancy stamps/dies are also moving to the top of My Favorite Things list! VERY versatile and pretty!

Stamps: Something Fancy
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Bubble Bath, Berry Burst, Lost Lagoon, Memento Black
Accessories: Something Fancy Dies, Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks, 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, Embossing Paste, Classic Matte Dots

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

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick ... always lovely and inspiring!

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Monday Montage #244


Aaaaaack! Wedding prep (my oldest is getting married on October 3)! High school reunion (yeah, I'm in charge and it is next Saturday, September 16)!! Working extra hours (my sister in law and I job share at our family business and she is out of town!)! And COVID! (Yep! Got that as a souvenir brought home from a short trip to Disneyland for my birthday!)! I don't even know what day it is half of the time ... but I digress!! I am LATE posting this, but welcome to Monday Montage!!

Here are a few of my NEW favorite things (I totally sang that line to myself! Feel free to do that as well!)! Pebbled Path cardstock? Yes!! Brilliant Background Dies?? Yes!! Something Fancy AND Designer Tags Dies?? Yes! YES!! Gorgeously Made Dies?? Yes (I have used these many times already and find them to be irresistible)! Not to mention the Natural Wavy Trim which has also been used before by me ... and is DIVINE!!

Up close you can see how the texture from the Something Fancy Die  is the PERFECT companion to the Brilliant Background die I used on the Gray Granite layer in the background! I also roughed up the edges of that layer to give the whole overall card a more distressed/vintage look.

Stamps: Something Fancy
Paper: Whisper White, Pebbled Path, Fresh Freesia, Les Shoppes DSP
Ink: Pebbled Path
Accessories: Brilliant Backgrounds Dies, Something Fancy Dies, Designer Tags Ties, Gorgeously Made Dies, Adhesive-Backed Speckled Dots, White Baker's Twine, Natural Wavy Trim

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

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Emily Kimmey ... they are both ALWAYS on point!

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Friday, August 11, 2023

TGIF #433 - Sketch Challenge

Thank Goodness It's Friday! And that can only mean one thing - it's TGIF Challenge Time! What a FUN sketch we have going on today! Be sure to check all of the team members' creations!

Yep ... I'm badly in need of a vacation! This card was a way for me to get away without leaving my house! I stamped a couple of images in Memento Black ink from the Next Destination stamp set and got to work coloring with a handful of Stampin' Blends. The paper from the Les Shoppes DSP pack is sooooo good!

I took a lot of liberty with the smallest horizontal strip from the sketch and layered ribbon and cardstock ... sometimes it's hard for me to stop when I get going!

Stamps: Next Destination
Paper: Whisper White, Les Shoppes DSP, Misty Moonlight, Crumb Cake
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark; Stampin' Blends - Gray Granite, Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight
Accessories: Gorgeously Made Dies, 2022-2024 In Color Baker's Twine, White 3/4" Herringbone Ribbon, Misty Moonlight 3/8" Inner Braid Ribbon, Iridescent Pastel Gems, Wink of Stella
I have a busy weekend ahead ... but I am SOOOOOO glad it's Friday!! Have a lovely weekend, friends!

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Sunday, July 30, 2023

Monday Montage #241


Welcome to another week with the Monday Montage Crew! I'm sharing a card I made when I was visiting my bestie, Bree Renwick, in Walla Walla last month. Isn't it fun to have crafty friends who share their stash with you??? If only we lived closer together!!

I have always found paper piecing very relaxing! I knew I wanted to make these adorable little pencils from Everyday Thanks really pop off the page. Bright colors did the trick! I also used the Basic Borders Dies to make the cute little zigzagged accent stripes. 
I used Stampin' Write markers to flick little splashes of color on the background. You need to check out the Radiating Stitches Dies in the Online Exclusives, too! They are fast becoming a new favorite of mine!

Stamps: Everyday Thanks, Biggest Wish
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Crushed Curry, Tahitian Tide, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Rose Gold Specialty Paper
Ink: Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Tahitian Tide, Black Memento
Accessories: Radiating Stitches Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folder, Black & White Gingham Ribbon, Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins, 2022-2024 In Color Baker's Twine

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Stampin' Fancy Friday - Case a Fancy Friend!

I am so excited that I can finally share this card (that I made over a month ago!) with you guys! I had sooooo much fun creating this card with a technique that I have never tried before!! Using both Stampin' Blends, reinkers and some alcohol on a sheet of vellum I was able to create this super-cool background!

I used some White Baker's Twine to tie off some 3/4" Whisper White Herringbone ribbon in several spots.  I then frayed the Baker's Twine to give it sort of a "floating seaweed" look. The turtle is so pretty, don't you think??

Stamps: Sea Turtle, Charming Sentiments
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Whisper White 3/4" Herringbone Ribbon, Sentiment Silhouettes Dies, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Glossy Dots Assortment, Alcohol

Here is the card I cased from the oh-so-talented Tammy Wilson! I am ALWAYS inspired by her creations ... they are GORGEOUS!

Check out all the fun things created by the Stampin' Fancy Friday Team on Instagram at!!

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Friday, July 28, 2023

TGIF #431 - Sunny Days!

Whoosh! I've been out of town TWICE since last Friday, so I'm not sure what day it is!! Welcome to this week's TGIF Challenge!  What makes you think of a "Sunny Day"?? For me, it's fresh fruit by the bushel loads!

I combined some images from Hello Kiwi and made a little homemade DSP with some Memento Black Ink and the Berry Harvest Background Stamps! Bright and colorful and fruity ... yep! Now I want to EAT it!! 
To get the different shades of berries, I stamped the detailed outline of them in Blackberry Bliss and Berry Burst. I then stamped the "filler" stamps in Berry Burst (which I also stamped off), and Bubble Bath, I tore the bottom edges from each layer of patterned paper  to add texture and give the card an overall mix of texture. Embossing the top layer using one of the Basic Embossing Folders and wrapping the card with Sweet Sorbet and Lemon Lime Twist Ribbons helped me complete my vision for this card. A few little In Color Pearls were used to finish it off!

Stamps: Hello Kiwi, Berry Harvest
Paper: Whisper White, Brights 6x6 DSP, Glorious Gingham 6x6 DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Blackberry Bliss, Berry Burst, Bubble Bath, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark
Accessories: Ribbon Duo Combo Pack (Lemon Lime Twist), Sweet Sorbet Metallic Ribbon, 2022-2024 In Color Pearls, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Basic Embossing Folder

Wishing you all some Sunny Days for your weekend!!

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Monday Montage #240


Holy HOT Summer Days!! Our temp got to at LEAST 102 degrees F on Sunday! I think I melted a wee bit! I am really enjoying and appreciating summer this year because (a) our winter laster for-ev-er and (b) after over 30 years in our 103-year-old house we have WORKING and EFFICIENT air conditioning!! It's AMAZING!! And it's also time for Monday Montage!!

Here I am again using my new favorite tackle box die from the "Gone Fishing" dies! It's so fun to use as a collage frame.  I paired it here with the "Cheerful Daisies" Stamps and Dies.  I used both Fresh Freesia and Bubble Bath ink to create the flower petals and some Lemon Lolly to created the centers. Daisies and sunflowers are my most favorite flowers. They just make me happy!!
The texture in the background from one of the Basic Embossing Folders (this one with polka dots) is what I call the perfect combo!

Stamps: Cheerful Daisies
Paper: Fresh Freesia, Whisper White
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Bubble Bath, Lemon Lolly, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Gone Fishing Dies, Cheerful Daisies Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Ribbon Duo Combo Pack (Petal Pink), Basics Embossing Folder, Tinsel Gems

The upside to having warmer weather is that my garden is going like gangbusters!! I shall have tomatoes and peppers coming out my ears within the week; I also have a beautiful herb garden; AND I shall have pumpkins galore by the time Halloween rolls around! We may not get much by way of cantaloupes and artichokes, but we made an attempt!

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

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Emily Kimmey ... they are so talented!

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Sunday, July 2, 2023

Monday Montage #239


It's Monday Montage time again ... and I just got back from a quick trip up to Bear Lake for the 4th of July weekend! LOOOOVE me some lake time with the fam!

I completely reworked this card twice! I used some watercolor paper with some Real Red and Azure Afternoon blends and an Aqua Painter. I then stamped the musical bars in Memento black ink over the top of the watercolor wash. I ended up cutting the panel up with the Stylish Shapes dies (in addition to the other pieces in Real Red, Azure Afternoon and Lemon Lolly.

I did some ink "flicking" with my Real Red and Night of Navy Stampin Right Markers to add a little more dimention.

Stamps: Enjoy the Rhythm
Paper: Real Red, Lemon Lolly, Azure Afternoon, Whisper White, Basic Black, Night of Navy, Rose Gold Specialty DSP, Soft Shimmer Paper Combo Pack, Watercolor, Vellum
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers - Night of Navy, Real Red; Stampin' Blends - Real Red, Azure Afternoon
Accessories: Stylish Shapes Dies, Basic Black Embossing Powder, Whisper White Embossing Powder, 1/4" Black and White Gingham Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins

I finally got some 4th of July decor up around the house and on my front porch ... I was almost gonna miss the holiday all together! Glad I made ir ... this card goes right along with Independence Day!

Friday, June 30, 2023

TGIF #427 - Bonus Inspiration Challenge - Beach Party!

It's Friday again, so that means it's time for TGIF Challenge!  This week we are having a beach party, so grab your towel, swimsuit and snacks

I was up in Walla Walla last weekend visiting my BFF Bree Renwick (who also happens to be a fellow TGIF friend!). One of the fun things about visiting other stampers is that you get to play with their stash of goodies! I had so much fun playing with the So Refreshing stamp set and dies! I feel like the beach is the PERFECT place to enjoy a pitcher of fresh lemonade, don't you?? All that was missing was a an umbrella! This set is seriously adorable and pairs perfectly with the Sweet Citrus Embossing folder!

I used the edge of one of the blades on my paper snips to rough up the edges of the Whisper White and Bubble Bath layers ... I love the distressed look!

Stamps: So Refreshing
Paper: Whisper White, Bubble Bath, Lemon Lolly
Ink: Memento Black, Bubble Bath, Lemon Lolly, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Accessories: So Refreshing Dies, Sweet Citrus Dies, Gingham Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Classic Matte Dots
Thanks for stopping by! Hope y'all have a lovely weekend enjoying something you love with people who make you smile!

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