Monday, July 8, 2024

Monday Montage #264

Summer is just ZIPPING along and my quest to use all of my “unused” stamp sets is moving right along! This week as I play along with the Monday Montage ladies I am showcasing the new and adorable “Tune In” Bundle of stamps and dies!

I decided to go all retro with this card since the images were already in that vein. The colors make me sooo happy!

Using offset layers I went with Pumpkin Pie and some Regals DSP cut with a couple of the Deckled Rectangles Dies. I then used the Tune In Dies (along with some fussy cutting) to add all of the fun-colored television and accent elements.

My favorite element? The White 3/8” Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon! I used my Azure Afternoon Stampin’ Write Marker to make the fun “dot” pattern. The bonus part of this was the little “quasars” that appeared that mirror some of the stamped/diecut images in this set. I just dabbed the marker to the ribbon (originally intending to make polka dots) and watched in happy amazement as the little quasars formed instead!  Yay for happy accidents!

Stamps: Tune In
Paper:  Basic White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Azure Afternoon, Granny Apple Green, Regals DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black and Azure Afternoon (for “Happy Birthday” and “Quasar\” images stamped inside the card; Azure Afternoon Stampin’ Write Marker
Accessories: Deckled Rectangles Dies, Tune In Dies, Transparent Adhesive-Backed Dots, White Embossing Powder, White 3/8” Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, June 28, 2024

Stampin' Fancy Friday - Annual Fav

Today it's my turn to play with the Stampin' Fancy Friday Team!
How do you pick a FAVORITE when the new catalog comes out with soooooo many pretty thing in it??? It's VERY difficult! I would have to say my favorite product is the Adventurous Sky bundle of goodies! The stamps, dies and DSP are all PERFECT! I wanted to showcase as much as I could in one card, so let's get started!
I built the background of this card first with a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock embossed with the So Swirly 3D Embossing Folder (which was roughed up around the edges with my snips). Then, I used several strips of the Take to the Sky DSP to create a backdrop accented by some Black and Very Vanilla 3/8" Large Check Ribbon. After securing the strips to a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock, I ran the whole piece through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine and one of the Deckled Circle Dies. I am not gonna lie ... I LOVE how this turned out!

I sponged a little bit of Balmy Blue ink around the edges of the clouds for fun!

The sentiment panel was just a scrap of Basic Black cardstock stamped with Versamark and White Embossing Powder.

Lastly, I placed a few of the clear embellishments from the Opal Rounds Assortment and VOILA! This really came together more quickly than it appears ... it's fun when THAT happens!

Stamps: Adventurous Sky
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray (for the propeller), Take to the Sky DSP
Ink: Versamark, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Adventurous Sky Dies, Deckled Circle Dies, White Embossing Powder, Opal Rounds Assortment, Black and Very Vanilla 3/8" Large Checked Ribbon, So Swirly 3D Embossing Folder

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

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TGIF Challenge #479 - Sweet Treats

Thank goodness it’s Friday … that means it’s time for the TGIF Challenge!! This is going to be a fun week because it’s all about Sweet Treats!!

I’ve had this bundle for MONTHS and have not felt motivated to make something with it! Each and every time I have pulled it out I haven’t been able to find the mojo to make it work. This baby is all about LAYERS!! Using a combo of things from the Simply Sparkling stamps and dies and the Everyday Details Dies (which is quickly becoming my most favorite “go to”!)! Three panels of alternating Petunia Pop and Bubble Bath cut using the Everyday Details die are topped with a frame I made using the same dies. The circle from the dies was also used for the “fizztastic” sentiment. The “birthday wishes” sentiment was cut out using one of the Stylish Shapes Dies.

I used some Bubble Bath ink to stamp the little bubbles behind the strawberries on the can. The clear Adehesive-Backed Sparkle Gem looks like an actual carbonated bubble … love it!

Stamps: Simply Sparkling
Paper: Basic White, Garden Green, Petunia Pop, Bubble Bath, Silver Foil
Ink: Purple Posy, Bubble Bath,Versamark
Accessories: Simply Sparkline Dies, Everyday Details Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Dotted Circles 3D Embossing Folder, Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems, Petunia Pop Bordered Ribbon

The bright color combo on this makes me smile … so fun and happy! Be sure to check out the other creations from the TGIF Design Team and play along!

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Monday Montage #263

It’s a great day for some Monday Montage creativity! With all the crazy I’ve had this past week, I am SO happy that I had a card to share that I hadn’t yet posted … haven’t had time to play in several days!

First I started with the Simply Zinnia dies. I LOVE zinnias and really wanted to make some that would just pop off the page - Blackberry Bliss, Petunia Pop and Berry Bliss filled the bill quite nicely. I used both Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lolly to create the little “ring” around the center of each flower. I cut the greenery from some Garden Green cardstock.

Next, I created a watercolor backdrop using Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst and Bubble Bath ink and a water painter. I then splattered a little bit of alcohol on top of the backdrop to add to the depth of the watercolor.

I used the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder to create the little sentiment panel, which I then sponged with a little bit of Blackberry Bliss ink. I couldn’t help but use my favorite “flicking” technique and a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write marker to create the splatters … I love the way this one turned out (as I don’t often have great results when I try to be all “artsy” and do some water coloring!).

Stamps: None!
Paper:  Berry Burst, Petunia Pop, Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lolly, Basic White, Watercolor
Ink: Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Bubble Bath
Accessories: Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder, Simply Zinnia Dies, Everyday Details Dies, Water Painter, Basic White Baker’s Twine, Transparent Adhesive-Backed Dots, Rubbing Alcohol

Wednesday, June 19, 2024


I feel like Homer Simpson! I love me a beautiful box of  FRESH donuts (I can personally slam down half a dozen glazed Krispy Kremes on a 45-minute drive from Provo to Salt Lake … ask me how I know for sure!)! So I’m staring at the images in the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle and I am just fixated on the one little bitty donut stamp and coordinating die … and all I can think about is eating a box of fresh donuts! Soooo … I made one instead!!!
After stamping several donuts I colored them with my Stampin’ Blends. Then I built the donut box!

I used the Deckled Rectangles and cut a frame using two of them of graduated sizes. I also cut a rectangular piece of Crumb Cake to put underneath the donuts as a base.

I ended up using a double Dimensional (one of top of another) to prop up each of the corners of the box “lid” to make them higher than the donuts, which I also put on one layer of Dimensionals.

I then cut a piece of window sheet to put behind the frame I made for the upper box lid. A layer of Pretty in Pink embossed with the So Swirly embossing folder added a good overall background, don’t you agree?

Stamps: Ice Cream Swirl, Happy Little Things
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink: Black Memento; Stampin’ Blends - Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pecan Pie, Lemon Lolly
Accessories: Ice Cream Swirl Dies. Deckled Rectangle Dies, So Swirly Embossing Folder, Black & Very Vanilla 3/4” Large Check Ribbon, Adhesive Backed Sparkle Gems

Now I need to go buy some donuts … or maybe not … because I KNOW I will eat too many!!
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Friday, June 14, 2024

TGIF Challenge #477 - Sketch Challenge

It’s TGIF Challenge time! I have always loved me a good sketch challenge … and this week’s sketch was so much fun!

I knew as soon as I saw this sketch that I wanted to use the Market Goodness Suite! I could easily picture a bag of veggies as the focal point. I also used the Everyday Details Dies to created the backdrop for directly behind the grocery bag. I used some of the To Market DSP to fill the circle and create a strip to accent the focal image.

Using one of the Fun Patterns embossing folders was a no brainer on this one … the flowers were a perfect match for the itty bitty flower dies.
I also roughed up the top and bottom edges of the Crumb Cake panel and the Garden Green DSP strip with my paper snips. 

Isn’t this cute?? For the sentiment I used Versamark/White Embossing Powder and just ripped around the edges. 

A couple of staples in the ribbon finished off the look. What do you think??

Stamps: Market Goodness
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Pecan Pie, Whisper White, Lemon Lolly, To Market DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Garden Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark
Accessories: Market Goodness Dies, Everyday Details Dies, Fun Patterns Embossing Folder, Natural 3/8” Polka Dot Trim, Transparent Adhesive Backed Dots, Stapler

Any plans this weekend?? I am going to be in the garden first thing Saturday morning while it is still cool outside … some weeds have started to sprout up and I need to get them out of there!!

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Monday Montage #262

It’s soooo great when Monday Montage rolls around and I’m READY ahead of time!! I had my card done for DAYS and I couldn’t be happier!

How DARLING is this little dragonfly??? She comes from Happiest Day! I wanted the dragonfly to be the focal point of today’s creation, and I think the flower dies from Country Flowers are the perfect little garden for her to fly around in!

I created a little backdrop using watercolor paper and a water painter.  I just dabbed the tip of my water painter directly onto the Highland Heather and Fresh Freesia ink pads and then brushed the color around on the paper. I also splattered a little bit of alcohol over the paper, as well as a little bit of splatter from both colors using Stampin’ Write Markers.

I used my snips to rough up all the edges on my layers, which I love doing! 

Stamps: Happiest Day, Country Flowers
Paper:  Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Basic White, Watercolor
Ink: Versamark, Black Memento, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia; Stampin’ Blends - Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia
Accessories: Country Flowers Dies, Water Painters, White 1/4” Diagonal Trim, Blooming Pearls, White Embossing Powder

Friday, June 7, 2024

TGIF Challenge #476 - Color Challenge!

I can’t believe it’s already TGIF Challenge day again! This past week has gone by so quickly! This week we are doing a color challenge, so let’s get started!

I have to be honest … this color combo had me completed STUMPED for a while! You know how it can go when you stare and stare and stare at something hoping for an idea to just pop in your head, right?? This one took more time that I care to admit. 

I made the tiny little envelopes using a die from the Sending Love Dies. I created little “note cards” for each envelope by using an Aquapainter and some Pumpkin Pie and Azure Afternoon ink. Again, one of the dies from Sending Love was used to cut the little cards out. 

I also layered a couple of shapes from Everyday Details to give the background some dimension. I highlighted the little bluebird with a white gel pen to make it stand out a little more.

The So Swirly Embossing Folder is HUGE! I love that I will be able to emboss larger pieces of paper with it! The background panel I made for this card seemed tiny in that folder!

Stamps: Sending Love
Paper: Azure Afternoon, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Azure Afternoon, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Sending Love Dies, Everyday Details Dies, So Swirly, Embossing Folder, White Baker’s Twine, Aqua Painter, Basic Gray Pearls

Summer has started (it was 93 degrees yesterday!)! I am loving the warmth and sunshine after a long winter! 

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Stampin’ Fancy Friday - Case a Fancy Friend

My oh my! This month’s Stampin’ Fancy Friday was sooooo hard to nail down initially! “Case a Fancy Friend” … seriously??? How to choose between all the amazingly-talented and wonderfully creative friends??? I ended up doing a “mashup” between two of my favorite stampers - Tammy Wilson and Tami Hewlitt! I absolutely loooooove everything each of them creates every single time!
I used the color combo and DSP treatments with the ribbon/baker’s twine from Tammy Wilson’s lovely card. Also, the white background was also from her. Instead of the pop bottles, I used the fun surfboards from Beach Day. 

The white-on-white palm trees and the little sentiment panel was inspired by Tami Hewlitt!

Stamps: Beach Day
Paper: Basic White, 2023-2024 Subtles DSP
Ink: Versamark, Black Memento; Stampin’ Blends - Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Beach Day Dies, Timeless Arrangements Dies (Retired - for sentiment), White Embossing Powder, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gems, 1/4” Black & White Gingham Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Dotted Circles 3D Embossing Folder

This is Tammy Wilson’s great card . . .

And here is Tami Hewlett’s equally-awesome card . . .

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

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Friday, May 31, 2024

TGIF Challenge #475 - “And They Lived Happily Ever After …” - Theme Challenge

It’s TGIF Challenge time! This week we are making projects around the theme “And they lived happily ever after …” I haven’t made a “wedding” card for a while, so this was fun for me!

The Spotlight On Nature Bundle is absolutely wonderful! I am a sucker for ANYthing with a butterfly in it … and the dies are sooooooo good! I started with some Azure Afternoon cardstock (LOVELOVELOVE) and used my watercolor brush to color the floral images, leaves and butterfly (using Blueberry Bushel, Azure Afternoon, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lolly ink). 

I also used the edge of my paper snips to rough up the edges of the top layer of Azure Afternoon cardstock and the Balmy Blue sentiment panel.

I used one of my favorite techniques by taking the cap off my Azure Afternoon Stampin’ Write Marker and “flicking” the pen tip out of the inside of the pen lid, thus creating a splattered-ink look.

I also layered a couple of the dies from the Spotlight On Nature for the focal point and created the sentiment using a stamp from the Something Fancy Stamp Set and a die from the accompanying dies. 

Don’t even get me started on how GREAT the Cute Crochet 3D Embossing Folder is! My new favorite!

Stamps: Spotlight On Nature, Something Fancy
Paper: Azure Afternoon, Balmy Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Blueberry Bushel, Azure Afternoon, Lemon Lolly, Granny Apple Green; Stampin’ Write Markers - Azure Afternoon, Versamark
Accessories: Spotlight On Nature Dies, Something Fancy Dies, Cute Crochet 3D Embossing Folder, White Baker’s Twine, White Embossing Powder, Opal Rounds Assortment, Aqua Painter, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday Montage #261

Welcome back to another fun week of Monday Montage goodness!! So happy to be able to share with you what we have made!

I ended up using some of last year’s Brights and Regals DSP (I made this right before the catalog retired!). It just worked too-too good with this cute bear I couldn’t help myself.

This is a fun and funky fold. the White cardstock for the inside is a 5.25” x 10.5”. The fold stays on the right-hand side so that you can have a “surprise” opening. 

I colored this cuddly bear with my Stampin’ Blends.

Stamps: Fluffiest Friends, Hearts & Hugs (Sentiment)
Paper:  Real Red, Basic White, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Early EspressoBrights DSP (retired)
Ink: Black Memento; Stampin’ Blends - Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Fluffiest Friends Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Hearts & Hugs Dies, White Baker’s Twine, Tinsel Gems Four Pack

Ta-da!! Here’s the inside. I had sooo much fun playing with this fold and can’t wait to try it again!

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

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... it’s fresh and fun!

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

TGIF Challenge #473 - Inspiration Challenge

Yay and HOORAY! It’s time once again for the TGIF Challenge!! This week’s fun challenge in an inspiration … create a “picture perfect” background - whether you use some lovely new DSP or create your own, the options are ENDLESS!!

Here’s my shot at it! And I am immediately admitting that I used a newly-retired stamp set because … yeah-yeah-yeah … I never used it while it WAS current!! I seem to be starting my own personal trend in my craft room! I used my Blending Brushes to lightly spread both Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink in the background. I then used my WaterPainter to dribble little drops of water through the background so make the paper look more textured and interesting.
My final technique for this background was me just taking the caps off of both my Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers to “flick” the pen tip out of the inside of the pen lid, thus creating a splattered-ink look. I LOVE how this one turned out!

I added some ribbon and embellishments to complement the dies and images in the foreground. Sometimes I feel like the MORE layers the BETTER! This was quick and easy and turned out pretty cool, I think!

Stamps: Warmest Heart (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Bubble Bath, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Memento, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie; Stampin’ Blends - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Lemon Lilly, Granny Apple Green; Stampin’ Write Markers - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Warmest Heart Dies (retired), Perennial Postage Dies, Water Painter, 2024-2026 In Color Resin Dots, White 1/4” Diagonal Trim Ribbon

I hesitate to admit that I will be doing a 12K (8 mile) run for Huntsman Heroes in Ogden Canyon this weekend.  I am kind of nervous AND excited! Nervous because I would really like to finish the race without falling on my face or breaking some other useful-and-important body parts, and excited because this will be the longest race I will be participating in since my ACL/meniscus surgery back in October. Baby Steps …. I’m getting there!!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Just Because and Uh Oh!

I’ve actually had some time lately to create a card “just because” (which I haven’t been able to do for a while! I pulled out a stamp set I’ve had for a little while (including the dies!) to play a little! I was pretty happy with my finished product and sent a pic of it to my bestie, Bree Renwick. Her reply? “Very pretty! I’m so sad that set and dies just retired!” Wait … WHAT??? How did I MISS that??? I was SO SURE it had made “the cut” and was still on the “current” list! Uh oh! My bad!! But I don’t care since I really like how this one turned out!
So this card is a mishmash of current and retired stuff! I used an old corner rounder punch (face it, who doesn’t LOVE a good corner rounder??) on this as well as the aforementioned Notes of Nature stamps/dies. I also used the new amazing neutral “Basic Beige” cardstock! Love it! AAAaaand I used the Decked Circle Dies (which I am VERY please made the transition to the new year!)! 

I used Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends to color the cute little flowers and leaves.

Sigh … I am especially sad to lose the little circle/stitches border die in this set because it is FAB! Not like I can’t use it again, but since it’s not “current” it makes me this twice!

Stamps: Notes of Nature (retired, sadly!)
Paper: Basic Beige, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Black Memento, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon; Stampin’ Blends - Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Notes of Nature Dies (retired), Deckled Circle Dies, Trio Corner Rounder Punch (retired), Linen Thread

It’s totally OK to use retired stuff … heaven knows I have enough of it!

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