Sunday, June 6, 2021

Monday Montage #191







I'm going to do another brief and to the point kind of post. Another SUPER busy and crazy weekend that ended in me hurriedly creating a card so that I could post with my Monday Montage friends! I still have so many lovely new goodies to play with, but I need to clean up my messes so that I can have some room to play!




This whole bundle is going to get used and used and used again by me!! I freakin' LOVE it and the endless possibilities it presents ... I went "clean and simple" with this one and it came together really quickly. SUPER FUN!!

Stamps: All Squared Away
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Floral Squares Dies, Checks and Dots Embossing Folders, Ornate Frames Dies, Trio 
Corner Rounder Punch, Real Red Satin Stitched Ribbon, Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials





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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Going back to sleep because my brain has turned to MUSH!!

Click "Next" to see the yummy ice cream treats made by  by Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to "give it a whirl" with  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, June 4, 2021

Fab Friday #215

Well here I am again ... blogging at 11:00pm! I had meant to get to this Fab Friday Challenge MUCH earlier than I had! I have a HUGE mess in my craft room and had to work around it (in the middle and over the top of it)! So all in all, it's kind of miraculous that I actually finished prior to midnight!! I'm sure many of you can relate!

This card feels pretty "old school" to me ... the colors, the layout ... hmmmm. I must have made a card very much like this one more than once since it feels so "familiar". 

Stamps: Measured With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Back, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Black Memento
Accessories: Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Taylor Made Tags Dies, Trio Corner Punch, Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, Real Red Satin Stitched Ribbon, Checks and Dots Embossing Folders








I love when we have something basic and simple ... and then I overdo the HECK out of it!! I haven't made a square card in FOREVER, so this was a good one!




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
Brenda Myers

Been doing some MAJOR spring cleaning and reorganizing in my house ... which means it is a DISASTER! You know that it takes making a mess to clean one up, right??? Which is also why my craft room has been VERY neglected! Hopefully I will be in a better place all the way around by the end of the summer ... crossing my fingers!!

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday Montage #190







This post is gonna be short and sweet and to the point!! Weekend was SUPER busy, so I didn't get a chance to start working on my Monday Montage card until about 10:00 pm at night! By the time I FINALLY started creating the blog post I fell asleep!! The sound of my computer landing on the floor woke me back up and got me back on track to finish the post!! I guess I was more tired than I thought!





It's a strawberry garden!! I actually love the way this one turned out!

Stamps: Sweet Strawberry
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Curvy Dies, Ornate Frames Dies, Strawberry Builder Punch, Pearl Basics (colored with Daffodil Delight Marker)






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 - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Going back to sleep because my brain has turned to MUSH!!

Click "Next" to see the lovely plants created  by Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to see more stellar things created by  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, May 21, 2021

Fab Friday #214

EEEEEEeeep!! You GUUUUYYYSSS!!! I am IN LOVE with this year's new In Colors!! I mean ... COME ON!! What is NOT to love about these???? Join our Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge friends this week as we play with the 2021-2023 In Colors!! They are just sooooo very purdy, aren't they???

All I did for this card was cut out one of everything (pretty much) using the Pierced Blooms Dies ... then I just started sticking them to the front of my creation, Easy. Peasy.

Stamps: Sweet Strawberry
Paper: Whisper White, Evening Everglade, Soft Succulent, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya
Ink: Polished Pink
Accessories: Pierced Blooms Dies, Hammered Metal 3D Embossing 
Folder





These are some of my favorite In Colors yet!! And they look FABULOUS together!!




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
Brenda Myers

I am thinking I need a SERIOUS vacation ... like, a MONTH LONG!! All expenses paid and no one to visit or no place I HAVE to be ... just someplace warm, exotic and NEW!! How about you guys??? 
Who's with me??????

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dynamic Duos & Control Freaks!




Here we are again! Can you believe we are almost to JUNE??!!?? What in the world is happening??? Well, the Control Freaks are playing with dies ... LOTS of dies!!! We are playing "Dynamic Duos" ... which means we are creating cards with two die sets on them!! Did ya just come from the blog of Melissa Davies?  She is certainly a "dynamo", isn't she???


This is a card that I thought up in my head ... and it actually came out pretty much how I had it pictured! AND ... it makes me HAPPY!! Because what about chocolate is NOT happy??!!?? (Nothing ...) For the Dynamic Duo in this card I used the Ornate Frames Dies and the Love You More Than Dies. The Ornate Frames are SOOO pretty with the little chocolates, don't you think??

Stamps: Nothing's Better Than
Paper: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Positively Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Positively Pink
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Love You More Than Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pastel Pearls



My duo for this card consisted of the Stitched Rectangles Dies and the Curvy Dies. I think that the Braided Linen Trim kinda looks like a tree truck, don't you??

Stamps: A Cut Above
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Ivory
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Curvy Dies, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Stapler

Next up??? Debbie Henderson! Awesome and amazing!!
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Monday, May 10, 2021

Monday Montage #189


What a GREAT WEEKEND!!! For the very first time in over a year I had ALL of my kids over for dinner at the very same time!! Like, we were ALL in the same room ... and hugs happened!! Eating happened!! MUCH laughing happened!! It was soooo lovely and wonderful it nearly made me cry!! Grateful doesn't even begin to describe how I feel!! My cup is full ... my heart is full ... I just feel so happy to do something normal with my most important humans ... YAY YAY YAY!!! Having my happy space in the basement of my house where I can go and let my creative juices flow is also such a great blessing ... so I got to do a little playing for this week's Monday Montage Blog Hop. A pretty great weekend if I do say so myself!!
I stamped me some images from the Party Puffins Stamp Set while I was up visiting our fellow Monday Montager, Bree Renwick, a couple of weeks ago in Walla Walla. This was a fun card to make ... I also used the Basic Masks to create the black background with the White Chalk Marker. This little dude just looks like a party to me!1

Stamps: Party Puffins
Paper: Polished Pink, Basic Black, Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder, Detailed Trio Punch, Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Bumblebee In Color Ribbon, Clear Epoxy Droplets

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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots- NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog 
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

The Achilles Tendon Saga continues ... still not out of the woods yet.  I do think improvement is still happening, but I can't seem to get it to go away ... so patience for the patient is still the order of the day Some day ... maybe ... hopefully SOON ... it'll start behaving!

Click "Next" to see a lovely creation by Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to see more stellar things created by  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, May 7, 2021

Fab Friday #213

There is sun-shine in my soul today!! Ohhhh man, you guys!! It's so sunny and warm and beautiful outside ... and I hope it lasts!! I got to go with a handful of my vaccinated friends down to Sedona and Prescott, Arizona. A little hiking, a little sightseeing, some flying (over Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater) and a LOT of yummy food! Boy oh boy did it feel great seeing some people ... and doing some sorts of normal things! LOVED it!! Time to play with my Fab Friday Friends, and I finally got to play with this adorable little "Hot Dog" set!!

I am SUCH a dog person. I ALWAYS have been. So I am a sucker for cute doggie images and stamp sets (not to mention dies, punches, ribbon and embossing folders). These little weiner dogs make my heart happy! 

Stamps: Hot Dog
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Well Suited DSP, Watercolor
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Blends, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Blends), Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Blends), Versamark, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Shimmery Crystal Effects, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Whisper White Embossing Powder







This one is very simple and versatile ... lots of possibilities here!
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

Crossing my fingers that this beautiful weather hangs on for a week or two before it either (a) starts snowing again or (b) shoots up over 100 degrees and fries my brain!

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Monday Montage #188




Well, I am feeling VERY productive and VERY good about myself from this past weekend! I got to meet my son's girlfriend's mother and grandmother, we ate and played some really fun games, I helped my mama out, went on a 4-mile walk (a little sore, but at least I was able to go!), and cleaned and reorganized the cabinets in my bathroom (isn't it funny the things that bring you joy when you are over a "certain" age??)!! AND I made a card!! And it only took me about 15 minutes because several of the components were sitting on my craft table leftover from recent projects. I call this weekend a WIN!! I'll take that!!

I colored the pansies a couple of weeks ago when I borrowed the Pansy Patch Stamp Set that I borrowed from my friends  I used the oval cut from Soft Sea Foam using the 
Stitched Shapes Dies from a card I made a couple of days ago.  The Basic Border Dies accent was leftover from yet ANOTHER card! I love it when leftovers work together!
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Stamps: Pansy Patch, Sweet Strawberry (sentiment)
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Forever Fern Greenery DSP
Ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Mango Melody, Real Red, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen
Accessories: Pansy Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Scalloped Contours Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Pastel Pearls, Linen Thread, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Stitched Shapes Dies, Lovely Labels Punch, Old Olive/Pretty Peacock 3/8" Reversible Ribbon, Flowers for Every Season Gems, Old World Paper Embossing Folder

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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog 
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Still waiting for the pain in my Achilles to go away! UGGGGgggh! It's driving me bonkers ... I'm SO ready to run!! The pain is improving, but I would LOVE for it to just DISAPPEAR!! One step at a time, literally!

Click "Next" to see the sunshine-y creation made by the ever-amazing Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to see the fabulous flower/gingham cards created by marvelous Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, April 23, 2021

Fab Friday #212


The One Where Wendy Is Losing Her Mind. Yup ... that's me this week. Can't seem to keep my brain in focus. Welcome to Fab Friday ... where I not only used a WRONG COLOR in my creation (which I had done on TIME), but where I also went to bed and fell asleep and FORGOT to make my blog post. Sigh ... I blame the pandemic ... and 2020 ... and my dumb Achilles Tendonitis ... and garden gnomes ... because my husband told me that it is a F'RILLS news story that the world is suffering a TERRIBLE shortage of garden gnomes right now ... and that has my brain VERY concerned! Sigh ... it happens ...

I actually had fun making this card, and I really LIKE how it turned out, despite the fact that my Flirty Flamingo looks a LOT like the Calypso Coral I used instead! Makes me wanna be on a sandy beach somewhere ... ANYwhere ... with a good book and a slushy fruity drink in my hand and a HUGE umbrella overhead to protect me from the sun! Doesn't that sound AWESOME??!!??? 

Stamps: Timeless Tropical
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Terracotta Tile, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, In the Tropics Dies, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, Frosted Epoxy Droplets, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Whisper White Embossing Powder



So just pretend that my Calypso Coral is actually Flirty Flamingo and you will be GOOD to GO!!

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

Progress ... finally ... at least a little bit!! Achilles seems to finally taking an upturn! I got to run on a zero G treadmill yesterday and it was AWESOME! I felt as heavy as a brick when they turned it off, though. It was very funny! Science is SOOO cool! Here's hoping I am as good as new before too much longer!!

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Freaky Flower Garden




What a whirlwind of a weekend!! I spent the last four days up in Walla Walla with my besties, Cheryl Curtis and Bree Renwick. We decided to make our own fun with Stampin' Up's OnTour Virtual "Convention". We ate, relaxed in the sunshine, shopped, and of COURSE, STAMPED!!! Hopping around you should just have come from the creative Connie Tumm! She hasn't been able to hop with us for a while, so it is GREAT having her join us this month!!

One of the most funnest things to be able to do when you visit with other stamping friends is to play with THEIR stamping stuff!! Not gonna lie, it was SOOOO fun looking at some of Bree's lovely stamps and coming up with ideas to make with them.  I color the main image from the "Simply Succulents" stamp set with a variety of Stampin' Blends.  I initially stamped the image itself with some Basic Gray ink.  BAD choice!!! It ended looking up all muddy and kinda dull (which I should have expected, DUH!)!! I restamped the image again on some vellum cardstock using Memento ink and some black embossing powder. I then used the dies to cut the image again and laid it on top of my not-so-fancy colored image. Again ... not gonna lie ... I LOVE how it came out! Looks much more subtle and "succulent-y" this way, I think!!

Stamps: Simply Succulents
Paper: Soft Succulent, Gray Granite, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pattern Party DSP, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Black Memento, Gray Granite; Stampin' Blends - Soft Succulent (Dark and Light), Smoky Slate (Dark and Light), Gray Granite (Dark and Light), Just Jade (Dark and Light), Granny Apple Green (Light), Flirty Flamingo (Dark and Light), Highland Heather (Dark and Light), Color Lifter
Accessories: Potted Succulents Dies, Stitched Nested Labels, Soft Succulent 3/8" Open Weave Ribbon, 2021-2023 In Color Jewels, Black Embossing Powder

I have been LOVING so many of the cards I have seen created with this UBER-gorgeous Art Gallery Bundle. I had a BLAST creating this card. And let me just tell y'all ... the Pattern Party DSP (which is a hostess offering in the upcoming new Stampin' Up Catalog) is a MUST OWN!! I love EVERY dang piece in the pack!! And it comes with a LOT!! You will need to order some at your very first chance. It's THAT good!

I also used a vellum layer on top of the word dies. They looked kind of flat to me and the vellum helped them pop a bit more.

Stamps: Art Gallery
Paper: Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Pattern Party DSP, Fine Art DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Accessories: Floral Gallery Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, 3/8" Fine Art Ribbon, Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack (Old Olive), Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins

Next up??? Tami Hewlitt! There is not a SINGLE THING this woman creates that I do not LOVE!!

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