Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Gorgeous GRAPE!

Here it is ... the middle of the week and everything ... and I am STAMPING and BLOGGING!! No blog hop or anything ... just stamping because my craft room was cleaned up and I COULD!! So THERE!!

I'm not sure why purples/greens remind me so much of my childhood when they are put together, but they DO!! (I guess growing up in the 70's will do that to a gal!)!! Had such a good time layering all the images over each other to create this crazy motif! (Not gonna lie, either ... it took me several attempts to get something that didn't look like a mud pie!)!

Stamps: All Adorned
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pretty Label Punch, Trio Corner Punch, Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon, Stapler

If only I could find the BRAND NEW spatula-like tool I finally broke down and bought because I loaned my old one out and it magically disappeared. I have used the new one ONE TIME ... and it seems to have magic qualities as well ... Sigh ... Happy Hump Day!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Monday Montage #135


Back for another Monday Montage Blog Hop after a fun and productive weekend! I got in a 10-mile training run, made some pies, attended a choral concert for my son's choir, made a delicious pork roast in my dutch oven and even had time to stamp a card! Feeling very happy about everything I was able to get checked off my list!




I have been wanting to make a card with this Barn Door/Sliding Door Bundle for quite some time! I kind of put it off when I saw that all the cards made with this looked pretty similar ... well, DUH!! It's a sliding barn door for crying out loud!! Of COURSE cards created with it will be similar ... but they are OH SO CUTE!! I added the little Bitty Blooms punches to the left side of the card just so I could do something other than doubling up a sentiment!


And of course I needed a sentiment to peek out when the door is slid to the left ... and I have MANY birthday cards that need to be mailed out to family, so I am making MANY birthday cards all the time!! I used one of the sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet and then cut it out with the Rectangle Framelits dies (which are my new favorite obsession, I tell ya!)

Stamps: Barn Door, Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove
Accessories: Sliding Door Framelits Dies, Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Simply Scored, Linen Thread, Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Metallic 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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

After my daughter informed me that she and her hubby were already on the road on their way to the Redwoods in California on Saturday for Spring Break I have been kinda jealous! I haven't been to the Redwoods since I was a young girl (I grew up in Northern California). All I can think about are giant redwood trees! I told my husband that WE need to go ... let's see how long it takes me to convince him to get in the car with me so that we can actually do it!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... can't say that they have EVER disappointed me! I just LOOOOOOVE their creations!


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Fab Friday #159

Is it SPRING yet??? We have had MORE snow this week ... for TWO days we have had snow!!! I KNOW we need the moisture ... and I KNOW that it CAN'T last forever ... and it IS pretty ... BUT! I am OVER it already! DANG!!

This week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge is a fun and simple little sketch. I always end up adding more layers than are necessary ... but I can't seem to help it!!

Stamps: Little Elephant, Gallery Grungle
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Petal Pink
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Petal Pink
Accessories: Basic Polka Dot Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Elephant Builder Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine








Simple and easy peasy!! You guys GOT this!







Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so that you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

We went to Mesquite, Nevada, last weekend to participate in a Spartan Sprint race (it's basically a crazy-muddy obstacle course/run)! The weather was LOVELY!! And it got me in the MOOD for some SKY and warmer temperatures! They are coming, I am SURE of it!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Monday Montage #134



Here we are again ... another Monday Montage Blog Hop!! So happy to be starting my week off with my fun and crafty friends! I had a super amazing weekend ... but more about that in a minute!

It has been such a loooooong time since I have "sanded" foil paper. I used to do it a bunch "way back when". When I saw this GORGEOUS Lovely Lipstick foil paper, I just couldn't help myself!! It shiny ... it's pretty ... it's so much fun!! Paired with the Country Floral Embossing Folder it's dynamite!! And this is my best attempt at a "simple" stamping card. I struggle with NOT using #allthethings!!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Detailed With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick Foil, Vellum
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Pretty Label Punch, Trio Corner Punch, Flourish Thinlits 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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

So about my weekend. I participated in the Outclimb Cancer Challenge at the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. It was a fundraiser to benefit cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (a cause near and dear to my heart). Not only did I reach my fundraising goal of $1,000, I was also able to successfully climb 24 flights of stairs a total of 27 times!! (Yes ... you read that right ... I climbed stairs for SIX SOLID HOURS!) A total of 628 flights of stairs. It was exhausting and exhilarating!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... amazing and marvelous!


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Fab Friday #158

I have a lot to be happy about and grateful for this week!! First, it's FAB FRIDAY!!! (And what is NOT to be happy about THAT??!!?) Second, I got a NEW CAR last week ... and it's ridiculously beautifully obnoxiously GREEN (as in TINKERBELL green ... as in I am already calling her TINK!). The car has all-wheel drive, a sun roof, and so many cool things on it ... I am LOVING it!! And THIRD ... tomorrow I will be participating in the 2019 Outclimb Cancer Challenge (we will be climbing 24 flights of stairs as many times as we can in SIX hours to raise money for cancer research). This is my FAVORITE event of the year! I can't WAIT!!

This week's color challenge just SCREAMS spring, doesn't it??? I actually used some retired twine (it's Mossy Meadow and it was in the last Holiday Catalog). I couldn't help myself!!! This color combo is lovely, though, isn't it???

Stamps: Detailed With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Lace Dynamic Dynamic Texture Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes, Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Metallic Pearls, Mossy Meadow Baker's Twine








See what I mean??? It is GORGEOUS!








Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so that you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

Going to spend today doing some light stretching and EATING so that I have the fuel I need to get it done tomorrow ... eating ... sigh ... I do what I can!!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Freakin' for the LITTLES!




Is there anything that is happier than a kid on their birthday??? I think NOT!!! Remember when you were little and it seemed like your birthday (and Christmas and summer vacation!) took FOR-EV-ER to come around??? This month the Control Freaks are making cards/creations for kids! Wasn't Melissa Davies' stuff SUPER SPOT ON??? I had so much fun making the two cards I did ... pretty sure they will add to some smiles on a couple of birthdays!




Not gonna lie ... this is one of the VERY FIRST sets I ordered with the preview of SU's catalog last year. AAAAAAND ... it has been sitting and gathering dust since it came!! I felt a bit intimidated by all the cute little images and dies. It did take a little while to get all the bits stamped and cut, but it was VERY fun!!

And TAAA-DAAAAA!!! Here is the pop-up on the inside!!! It's a freakin' ROLLER COASTER!!! I can't stop smiling when I think of the face of one of my little cousins when this gets opened! I mean, seriously ... what's NOT to be happy about with this???

Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove, Berry Burst, Call Me Clover, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove, Berry Burst, Call Me Clover, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Thrill Ride Framelits Dies, Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I have had a similar experience with this froggy set. It has been sitting and sitting and waiting and waiting for me to pick it up!! Coloring and incorporating DSP from THREE different stacks was very fun!!

Stamps: So Hoppy Together
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP, Garden Impressions DSP, Classic Garage DSP
Ink: Memento Black; Stampin' Blends - Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink
Accessories: Stitched Labels Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits Dies, 1" Circle Punch, Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Metallic Pearls

Next up???  ... Creative Kelly Acheson!! Be ready for MORE smiles, because her projects are just SO VERY HAPPY!

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Monday Montage #133

Happy President's Day!!! As we are already floating through the middle of February, it's that time of year again. Funny, but I should've made some sort of patriotic card for this week's Monday Montage blog hop. I didn't even THINK of it!!! A friend of mine and I went to the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City to listen to Music and the Spoken Word (featuring the Tabernacle Choir). My friend seemed a bit bewildered by the lineup of patriotic songs ... until I issued a reminder that we were having President's Day this week! The music was GREAT!!!

I am all over the butterflies again. The Butterfly Gala DSP (that was available as a SAB free item) is soooo good. All of the butterflies can be easily punched out with the Butterfly Duet punch. Very little stamping involved in making this card ... but y'all know how I am about butterflies ... they just make me HAPPY!

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Butterfly Gala DSP 
Ink: Black Memento
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Butterfly Duet Punch, Faceted Dots, 1/4" Metallic Striped Ribbon

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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

If you are looking for a good binge-worthy show to watch on your day off (if you are lucky enough to get President's Day off ... which I am NOT!) ... Netflix just released a new 10-episode series called "The Umbrella Academy". It's about a family of misfits that all have some sorta crazy super power. They are pretty dysfunctional, but it was highly entertaining!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... much to love about BOTH of them!


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fab Friday #157

As I sit here eating some chocolates and watching the last few episodes of A&E's most EXCELLENT version of Pride and Prejudice (started on Valentine's Day yesterday). I cannot love this series any MORE than I do! I watch it at least once a year ... but more often than not TWICE a year!! It's sooooo good!

This week's Fab Friday Challenge is a wonderful little sketch ... I actually had this entire card thought out in my head before I even started it. I think I finished it up in less than 15 minutes!! I LOVE it when that happens!

Stamps: Geared Up, Part of My Story
Paper: Whisper White, Classic Garage DSP, Vellum, Silver Foil
Ink: Black Memento
Accessories: Garage Gears Thinlits Dies, 1/4" Metallic Striped Ribbon, Metallic Pearls









I'm sure you will all find this a great source of inspiration!











Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so that you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

Due to crummy weather and road conditions, I didn't get to take my road trip up to Walla Walla to visit my BFF Bree Renwick! DRAT!!! I think we shall be FaceTime stamping today!! And maybe I will just stay inside and stay warm and go NOWHERE else!!! Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

I LOVE Succulents!

We are STILL up to our eyeballs in snow (well ... maybe just our knees!)!! I am SO grateful I don't "have" to go anywhere today (although I am planning on meeting a friend for lunch, so there's that!). My puppy absolutely LOVES the snow ... and she has to come SLAMMING in through the doggie door to let us know just how MUCH she loves it every time she goes outside!

I made another card using the Painted Seasons stamp set (I got it on preorder). It will be available starting on February 15 as an offering for round 2 of Sale-a-Bration. Ohmygosh! You guys NEEEEEED this set!! It is just SOOOO good. The images are beautiful, and the depth you get with them is just AMAZING!!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Beauty Abounds
Paper: Crumb Cake, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White
Ink: Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, True Gentlemen Buttons

My puppy and my other non-puppy (she is almost 14, so I guess she qualifies as an old doggie!) and currently crashed out on top of my bed ... my poor bedspread is getting dirty with puppy-snow love ... oh well. They sure are CUTE!!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

It's a SNOW DAY!!

I have lived in my neighborhood for 34 years ... and I can count on LESS than ONE HAND how many times a "snow day" has been called in order to keep people off the roads (schools, government office, etc. all CLOSED). Not that there haven't been PLENTY of days that SHOULD have been called off for snow ... but people in Utah are DIEHARDS ... and a little crazy!! So today being a "snow day" was a big surprise.

Not that it helps ME all that much. Being self employed and having your office a few blocks down the street means that you just put on your Sorrels and hike down the street! Even in such a short distance I saw a LOT of cars stuck and struggling ... Ol' Man Winter isn't even CLOSE to being done with us yet!

I got a happy package from Stampin' Up yesterday (so glad I got it before the weather went overboard!)! Oh MY!!! This embossing folder ... this stamp set ... BOTH of which will be a Sale-a-Bration option starting March 15 ... they are just SOOOOOO good!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Petal Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Petal Pink, Granite Gray
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Country Floral Embossing Folder, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Metallic Pearls

So I will sit in my office and work today and listen to the quiet ... not much traffic outside and the phones are pretty silent because all of the SMART people stayed at HOME today!! Stay warm and safe, my friends!
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