Wednesday, January 19, 2022

What's Your Favorite Color, Freaks?

The Control Freaks are going monochromatic this month while showcasing some of their favorite SU colors.  What's your favorite?? Looks like Deb Henderson is a fan of Polished Pink (me too!). We both used the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set, but it totally different ways ... I LOVE the inspiration I get from other stampers!

I have been a fan of Pool Party since the day I saw if for the first time! It's the perfect blend of light blue with a hint of some green ... I KNEW I had to make my card using it.

I used several sheets of Sunshine & Rainbows DSP to cut out a variety of stars using the Stitched Stars dies. I snuck in a few stars that were Bermuda Bay because it looks SOOOO great with Pool Party.

Stamps: Rainbow of Happiness (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Sunshine & Rainbows DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Stitched Stars Dies, Ornate Frames Dies, Blue Adhesive Backed Gems, White 3/4" Frayed Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine

I wanted to share a closeup of what I did with the Frayed Ribbon ... I used a yard needle and did a running stitch down the middle of the piece of ribbon I used. I then pulled the ribbon right and tied some knots at both ends to give it a ruched look.  It adds some fun dimension for sure!

Next up? LeeAnn Greff! Misty Moonlight paired with Night of Navy look DIVINE together!!

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Monday Montage #205

2022 ... here we are! I finally finished all 85 of my Christmas cards and got them mailed out last week (I figure as long as they are mailed out by 01/31 they still count, right??). So I am just NOW getting back to my craft room (don't even talk about the fact that my Christmas tree is STILL up!). These new goodies have been waiting to get some love for WEEKS!! I am soooo thrilled to finally be able to play with th

When you can't decide WHICH bundle of things you want to play with you use more than one, right??? I combined the Rainbow of Happiness dies with the Amazing Thanks dies (and managed, somehow, not to use the coordinating stamps for either bundle!)!

The little bow I attached to the rainbow was made with piece of ribbon (about 3" long). I cut a notch out of each end and then used a piece of baker's twine to tie it through the middle and give it the appearance of a little bow ... it kind of looks like a butterfly too, don't ya think??

I used the polka dot mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks pack to create my background using the same four colors in ink that I used for each stripe of my rainbow - Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink. Once everything was assembled I used some Wink of Stella to accent one edge of each color of the rainbow, as well as the bottom edges of each of the little floating clouds. This was super fun!

Stamps: None
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink
Accessories: Rainbow of Happiness Dies, Amazing Thanks Dies, Basic Pattern Decorative Masks, White 3/4" Frayed Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Brushed Brass Butterflies, Wink of Stella

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

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Shine On with the Freaks!

And just like THAT, Christmas is only SIX days away!! I have had hardly ANY time to create lately, and now it seems I am in overdrive trying to do all the Christmas stuff (cards, neighbor gifts/tags, shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating ... the list goes on and on, doesn't it??)! Did ya check out the sparkly Christmas tree made by Bree Renwick? It's so fun ... and I LOVE the color combo! 
I've been wanting to play with the Frosted Gingerbread stamps and Gingerbread dies since the minute I laid eyes on them ... aren't they ADORABLE??!??

With this card I made a z-fold ... which I have not done in FOREVER!! Start with a piece of cardstock that is 8.5" x 5.5".  Use your Simply Scored and score lines at 2 1/8" and 4.25".  You will then be able to fold the base into a "z" so that you can made this fun card!

Stamps: Frosted Gingerbread
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Accessories: Gingerbread Dies, Ornate Frames Dies, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella, Champagne Rhinestone, Whisper White Embossing Powder, White Frayed Ribbon

If you look closely you can seee that I made the icing kinda "sparkly" on this snowflake-shaped Christmas cookies.  I used some Shimmery Crystal Effects ... and THEN when they were dry I brushed them with some Wink of Stella ... I love how shiny AND glittery they turned out!!

To add even a little more "shine" I accented the center of the cookies and the sentiment tag with some Champagne rhinestones.  Also, the soon-to-be-available White Frayed Ribbon has just a little bit of glimmer to it ... ooooooooo! Sooooo pretty!

Here's a little peek at the inside (what you see behind the front panel when you open up the "z").  Something about fun and funky folding just makes me happy!

I'm headed into week #3 of wearing a silicone patch on my surgical incision from my achilles/bone spur surgery ... and it really seems to be working! I am SOOOOO happy! I am actually wearing MATCHING shoes ... with NO backs cut out! I have even started to run again ... it's a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!

Next up? Cindy Elam! She has not one, not two but THREE beautiful and shiny creations to be inspired by!

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Monday Montage #203

Huzzah and HURRRAH!! You GUYS!!! I've been (im)patiently waiting to be able to order the Penguin Place 
Bundle ... which has been on back order (dumb supply chain!)!! But it is HERE!! It has ARRIVED! And I could NOT be happier!! I mean, punched out penguins?? Seriously???? I am going to be using them for my "official" family Christmas card this year, so I couldn't wait to take it out and at least PLAY with it a little bit! Sqqqquuuuueeeeeee!!! 

 Penguin Place
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Basic Black, Mango Melody
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Mango Melody
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Ornate Layers Dies, Frosted Epoxy Dots, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon), Whisper White Embossing Powder, Gingham Embossing Folder, Shimmery Crystal Effects

I just had to share a close up of my embossed panel so you could see how PURDY it is!! This is a sneaky peek at the soon-to-be-available gingham embossing folder. Isn't it caaaaaYOOOT??? I want to use it with everything!

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

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Monday Montage #202

Why do the weekends seem to be over before they have actually even started?? I'm not quite sure ... but I think I need one more weekend! I am happy that I had some time to play with my crafty things and get some relaxing creative time. We have had the most lovely and long fall (something we did NOT get last year). It's starting to get colder ... I think we will have snow before too long!
I don't often go "muted" with my color schemes, but having started with the understated but beautiful Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, I was really feeling the vibe. Since green is my favorite color, using Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen with some Gray Granite helped me achieve exactly the feel I was going for.

Stamps: Biggest Wish
Paper: Gray Granite, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Sunflowers Dies, Clear and Frosted Epoxy Droplets, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Baker's Twine

I love layers and textures all kind of mashed together ... and I have been using more and more Whisper White Embossing Powder over Versamark this year ... love cutting around the sentiment on colored cardstock to add a little bit of a "pop" to the overall card.

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

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Freaky & Grateful

'Tis the Season of Gratitude and the Control Freaks are ready to roll!! I feel even more grateful than usual this year ... which is odd because in August I was "freaking" out about how close the holiday were ... and I was NOT on board for it!! Bring it on, now! Did you see what my BFF Bree Renwick posted? We got to hang out last weekend and it was FANTASTIC! She really is one of my favorite people on the planet! 

I borrowed the Gorgeous Leaves Stamps and Dies from my friend Cheryl.  And when I cleaned up my craft space today with EVERY intention of using the stamps and dies I came to the painful realization that I could only find ONE die (which I used recently) and the clear plastic envelope it comes in ... and I have looked EVERYwhere! Dang it!! Hope it shows up soon!

I stamped the leaf images in Versamark and then embossed with some Whisper White embossing powder.  THEN I pulled out my lovely Stampin' Blends and commenced to coloring ...

I started in the center with Daffodil Delight, then added some Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and then a hint of Soft Suede at the tips.  I love how easily I was able to "swirl" the colors around until I got just the look I wanted! I love fall the most!

Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Many Messages
Paper: Whisper White, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso; Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

Accessories: Messages Dies, Fine Art Ribbon, Linen Thread, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Metallic Pearls

This one I did really quick ... I saw what I wanted to do in my head, then I just did it (which almost NEVER happens!

I cut a 1" strip of Expressions in Ink DSP and scored it every 1/2" inch.  I then made an accordion fold with it and stuck it to my card under some more Fine Art Ribbon.

You GUYS!! The Stitched Greenery Die is EVERYTHING!! It makes the purdiest background EVER! LoveLoveLove!

Stamps: Biggest Wish
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Expressions in Ink DSP
Ink: Cajun Craze, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Stitched Greenery Die, Fine Art Ribbon, Metallic Pearls (I freakin' love these things, too!

I'm still wearing one shoe with the back cut out of it ... my dang body is still rejecting the internal stitches on one part of the incision the doc created when I had my surgery (at least that is the theory now). And of course, because I am a "special snowflake" my doc says he's never seen anyone with only PART of their incision being reactive ... sigh ... but I'm trying!! I'm doing some more Prednisone ... which I do NOT love ... but hoping it continues to improve things!

Next up? Melissa Stout! The Stampin' Doc is IN!!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Monday Montage #201

The holidays have struck me hard ... right smack dab in the middle of my forehead! I have put Halloween decorations up and down, put Thanksgiving decorations up and am already thinking about putting up our Christmas tree ... what in the freakin' world has come over me??? I am NEVER this much in denial as to the fact that not only are the holidays coming, they are HERE!!! My surgical scar is still inflamed and giving me grief (in the middle of another round of steroids to try to get things righted again!)!! Well, why should this year be ANY different anyway?? Seems that 2020 has struck again and just made everything seem weird and unnormal! Sigh ...

Using a sample from the catalog as inspiration, I built this little fall number to get myself in the mood away from Halloween and into Thanksgiving! Leaves are great for that, don't you think?

Stamps: Gorgeous Leaves, Elegantly Said (sentiment)
Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Bumble Bee, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso
Accessories: Macrame Embossing Folder, Scalloped Contours Dies, Intricate Leaves Dies, Linen Thread, Champagne Rhinestones

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

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Monday Montage #200

Bring on the happy, bring on the music! It is time to CEL-E-BRATE the Monday Montage Team! It' doesn't even seem POSSIBLE that we have been doing this hop together since August 25, 2013 ... that's OVER 8 YEARS!!! It seems nearly IMPOSSIBLE that these lovely ladies have known each other for so long. I am so totally blessed to have them in my life as friends, and I am ALWAYS inspired by their talent!! So, since this is actually our 200th hop together, we are "celebrating"!!! And boy oh boy, did these guys pull out ALL the stops!What says CELEBRATE more than a CUPCAKE??? I mean, SERIOUSLY??!?? I love cupcakes of all shapes and sizes ... and flavors!! Had too much fun making this card and pretending that the cupcakes were actually EDIBLE!!

Stamps: Measured with Love, Sweet as a Peach (sentiment)
Paper: Soft Suede, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark, Flirty Flamingo; Stampin' Blends - Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light and Dark Soft Suede, Light Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon

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

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Non-Traditional Christmas with the Freaks!

Once again, I am Freakin' Out!! The Control Freaks are thinking "outside the box" this month with some unique and non-traditional Christmas cards. I absolutely LOVE the creations done by the ever-amazing Melissa Davies.  She is totally incredible!

My brain is absolute MUSH!! Between the physical therapist and my foot doctor I was put through the wringer today!! I am now on antibiotics to see if we can get my surgical incision to heal up ... it's being SUPER stubborn!!

Here's my non-traditional Christmas card ... Blackberry Bliss and foliage-printed DSP! I had fun with this one ... wish you could see how sparkly the "J" and "Y" are with their layer of Wink of Stella! 

Stamps: None!
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, Vellum
Ink: Wink of Stella
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, Stitched Stars Dies, Clear Epoxy Essentials, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Wish me luck and cross your fingers for me that the antibiotics do the trick on my foot/heel ... this is taking WAY longer than I had hoped for, but even slow progress is progress!

Next up? Cindy Elam! HOLY COW!! Her cards are GORGEOUS!!
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