Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fab Friday #86

My Bucket List Adventure is going to be happening in a couple of weeks ... it seems absolutely UN-RE-AL!  Between being extra busy at work and making sure that I am getting all of my marathon training done, I have had hardly ANY chance to do ANYthing fun!!!

So happy that today is Fab Friday and that I was "forced" to play with ink and stamps and stuff!!! I also need to get busy and get posting some more display samples I made for the OnStage Event a couple of weeks ago. I sleep, I work, I do laundry, I run, I climb stairs, I run, I run hills, and then I do some sort of cross training (hiking or elliptical training) and then I do all of those things again!!! This marathon is going to change my life (it already HAS) ... I'm excited, nervous, thrilled, scared and anxious!!! It was good for me to take a "break" and play a little with the color palette for this week's Fab Friday Challenge.

Stamps: Apple of My Eye, Work of Art
Paper: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake
Ink: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Wink of Stella
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Scoring Tool






This is a great neutral and versatile color combination ... can be feminine, masculine, for the grown ups or for the little ones.  I really LIKE it!









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

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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

I have one more long training run this Saturday (12-13 miles), and then I will be in the "taper-off" phase ... which will probably put me into full PANIC mode!! I can almost smell the tea and rice in Beijing already!!!! I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen ... It's the FREAKS!!!

What a WHIRLWIND this past few weeks have been!!! I am honestly STILL coming down from all the fun I had last week at Stampin' Up's OnStage event!  Although I'm missing all my friends ALREADY, I am SO happy to be Blog Tourin' with the Control Freaks this week.  I got hugs from many of them last week ... some photos ... and some MORE hugs!! It was GREAT!!! This month we are going with the theme "Ladies and Gentlemen" showcasing both masculine AND feminine cards.  I had the FANTASTIC privilege of being asked to make some samples for the display boards for last week's event ... which is where I have been the last few weeks ... I made over 20 projects in less than two weeks!!! WHEW!!!  Did you see what Melissa Stout made??? I am SO excited that we get to be "Blog Tour" buddies!!!

OHMYGOSH!!! LOOKIE!!! I SPONGED!!! Holy SMOKES!!! I haven't used a SPONGE on a card for quite some time!!! I don't know WHY!!! And I even played Ombre Wizard with this one ... I LOVE the look of this.  VERY simple and fun and feminine.  And LOOKIE at that GORGEOUS new BLUE that Stampin' Up will be offering with the release of the new catalog on June 1 ... DAPPER DENIM!! Kinda reminds me of Not Quite Navy ... which was my MOST FAVORITE blue EVER!!! SUPER happy about this color!!!  And the stamp set is just GORGEOUS!! (Wait until you see ALL the things with is ... I will be sharing more SOON!)

Stamps: Fabulous Flora (SNEAK PEEK from the new 2016 Idea Book and Catalog!)
Paper: 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack (ANOTHER SNEAK PEEK!), Whisper White
Ink: Dapper Denim (LOVE THIS!!), Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits, Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon (LOVELOVELOVE!!)

Here's my "masculine" card ... and I used the same color scheme!! (With the exception of Real Red and some shiny Silver Glimmer DSP!)

Stamps: Friendly Wishes
Paper: 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack, Whisper White, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Vellum, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink: Dapper Denim
Accessories: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Star Framelits, Oval Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Simply Scored, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Next up??? The ever-incredible "Flower Bug" herself ... LeeAnn Greff!!! I've been stalking her blog since FOREVER!!!! LOVE what she comes up with ALWAYS!!!


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday Montage #67

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Stampin' Up??? SERIOUSLY??!!??? I can't believe it has been TEN YEARS since I signed up to be a demo! I didn't even WANT to go to the first Stampin' Up "party" I was invited to!!! And THEN, I didn't even want to join the Stamp Club my friend, Shellee, invited me to. I did out more out of friendship than anything else (I mean, I LOVE crafty stuff, but I didn't really want to get SO MUCH crafty stuff!! DUH!!) And here I am doing another blog hop with my Monday Montage friends. Cannot IMAGINE my life without these amazing women!!!

I spent the better part of this past week crafting and creating ... and hanging out with MY PEEPS at Stampin' Up's OnStage 2016 event in downtown Salt Lake City. I did a lot of reflecting on my last 12-13 years ... I can't even IMAGINE how my life would be without the friendships I have made through being an SU demo. I have had wonderful experiences and made LIFE-LONG best friends. I feel like there is hardly I place in the US of A (and in a lot of extra countries!) that I can go and NOT have a welcoming and lovely friend with whom to spend time ... and one that would let me stay with them ... how many people can say that??? I feel SO blessed ... about a THOUSAND times over!!!

Stamps: Wetlands, Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Twist
Ink: Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Square Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Oval Punch, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler




After we were done with the OnStage event, my BFF and fellow SU friend, Mindy Backes, and I went to the Tulip Festival out at Thanksgiving Point. It was GORGEOUS. And AMAZING! And a FABULOUS way to spend an afternoon.  Just LOOK at this tulip!!! And there were THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of flowers ... and waterfalls and bridges ... and wonderful, beautiful smells!  And all this loveliness is what inspired my card today ...

See what I MEAN??? I took a TON of pictures. It was VERY hard to choose which ones to put in this layout ... Mindy said something so very true ... "How could ANYone look at all this beauty and not feel the power of God in it??" I TOTALLY agree!!!

I also ran a half marathon yesterday morning (yeah, yeah ... I'm NUTS because when it was over I almost literally RAN home to get cleaned up so I could attend the last session of OnStage at the Salt Palace!!). I felt GREAT when I was done ... and am STILL feeling good. Got some new shoes, so I know THAT helped ... but I actually think all the crazy training I've been doing is finally starting to pay off!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... was SO happy to be able to hug Amy this past week ... and TOTALLY missed Melissa and the other girls on our team who couldn't be there!!! They are SUCH blessings in my life!!


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Fab Friday #85

Quickest post of ALL time!!! We are right in the middle of OnStage 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. SOOOOO much fun to see so many wonderful friends ... and AAAAAAACCCCKKK!!! Y'all are gonna DIE over the new catalog!!! And once you resurrect yourself, you're gonna want EVERYthing in it!

I was asked to make some display samples ... TWENTY of them, to be exact ... and I did them in about two weeks' time!!! Which is where I've been ...

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Vellum
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Washi Tape from Project Life Moments Like These, Gold Sequin Trim






Great little sketch!!! So fun!!!









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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

Heading back over to the Convention Center ... and it's SNOWING!!! YIKES!!! So I'm dressing full-on Winter Soldier today ... UGH!!!

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monday Montage #66


What an AWESOME weekend!!! And what makes it even MORE awesome is that the Monday Montage crew is sharing their creativity with us all once again! I had SO much fun making this card ... and have all SORTS of ideas about ones that I want to make that are similar ...

I was the Challenge Hostess on Splitcoaststampers on Friday ... this was a sample I made for my challenge. I called the challenge "One Plus One". The idea was to use only ONE color and ONE neutral to make a card. I wasn't sure even I could pull it off!!! All the textures and shapes on this card make me happy!

Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Timeless Textures
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper Whit
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Bontanical Builder Thinlits Dies, Small Oval Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Chevron Border Punch, Pearl Basics

Smiley from Millan.Net And the training continues! I did a 19.2-mile run on Saturday! WHEW!!! My knees and calves were SO mad at me by Saturday evening ... but I am SUPER glad to report that I woke up Sunday morning feeling pretty dang good. China is getting SO close ... and I'm STILL kinda freaking out about doing a marathon on the Great Wall. My biggest hope is that I finish (which I know I have said before). When one does an item for their Bucket List, one wants to make sure that it is done RIGHT!! (And for the curious ... the kanji symbol at the beginning of this paragraph means "love" ...)

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... super amazing projects, as usual!! (Like you'd expect anything LESS??!!??)


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Friday, April 1, 2016

Fab Friday #84

As our seasons continue to transition from one to the other we are left in its wake to try to figure out how to dress every morning ... I have everything from capri pants and skirts on with sandals to full-length jeans with boots, socks and sweaters (not to mention the scarves to keep our necks warm!)!  I actually love spring rain (and snow!) ... the temps stay nice and low and are ideal for running/walking/hiking outside!!!

This card just makes me happy beCAUSE it looks like spring to me ... such a happy time of year with so much hope.  The flowers peeking their heads out in my yard and the yards of my neighbors sure do brighten our neighborhood!

Stamps: Hello Love
Paper: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Whisper White (some retired Pool Party and So Saffron DSP)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Basic Black
Accessories: Tree Builder Punch, Circles Framelits Dies, Word Window Punch, Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Mini Stapler, Large Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder






I have ALWAYS loved this color combo together ... and I have used it many times!  It's fresh and clean and bright and fun!








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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

Smiley from Millan.NetAs I am getting closer and closer to going to China to, a-hem, "run" a marathon on the Great Wall of China, I am not only getting more and more excited ... but more and more NERVOUS.  Today I ran three miles up to the University of Utah to their Behavioral Sciences Building ... it has 14 flights of stairs in there, people!! I have been struggling to find a place with a tall building where I would be allowed to run the stairs ... but as so many "skyscraper"-types of office buildings now have security in the lobbies and locks on their stairwells, I haven't been having much luck!!! Today I SCORED!!! So ... it was 14 flights UP to the top of the building (that's 250 steps for all y'all that want to know), which also means it is 14 flights DOWN those same 250 steps.  I did that go-round TEN times (yeah ... that basically means I went up and down 5,000 total steps!!)  Then I ran the three miles back to my house.  I guess the reason I'm telling you this (and it's NOT to brag!) is that I actually DID it (without falling, I might add) ... AND I felt pretty dang good afterwards ... not even sore as the day is closing and I'm sitting here typing my blog post.  I guess my friend who has also been my fantabulous running coach knows what in the heck she is doing!!! Thanks, Heather (and Norlando and Allie ... my cheering squad)!!! You are ze BEST!!! I'm starting to think maybe I WON'T die on the Great Wall of China ... I just hope I FINISH!!!!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Monday Montage #65



It's Monday Montage time again!!! And that means I have blogged for THREE WHOLE DAYS IN A ROW!!! What the HECK??!!?? Nothing like good ol' blog hops to get my rear in gear ... and now my craft room is a mess again!! Seems I can't ever keep on top of it lately!!

I have NEVER been accused of not having anything to say ... seriously ... and for those of you who have met me in person you will KNOW that it seems IMPOSSIBLE that I can be at a loss for words ... but after blogging for three days straight I just don't have anything FUN or INTERESTING to share (my life really is NOT that exciting ... except when I'm at Disneyland!)!! I am feeling lots of different muscles in my legs today after my VERY long run yesterday. I guess this is all GOOD kinda pain, right??? What doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger ... or so they say ...

This is a card I made for our most recent Control Freaks card swap. We were asked to create something "Flat and Fabulous" ... which just equates to "it can be easily mailed without jamming up the sorters at the post office!" I had originally done the "happy" in white, but it got lost, so I changed it to Wisteria Wonder.

Stamps: Number of Years, Timeless Textures (this is my new most FAVE set ... HOPING it makes it way into the big catalog!!)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Petite Petals Punch, Owl Builder Punch (for the flower centers), Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon

I really should go for a nice long walk around the neighborhood and see if I can't work out some of the kinks in my legs ... OR I could find a bowl of ice cream and watch Netflix ... hmmmm ... choices, choices!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... you will LOVE what they have to share!!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Freakin' SPRING!

Oh how happy I am that SPRING is really here!!! Our weather has been kind of unpredictable (because, you know, that's how spring IS). However, we have had a LOT of sunshine and blue skies (even if the temperatures are sometimes a bit nippy). I am seeing signs of spring EVERYwhere (flowers are even sneaking out!). SO much to be happy about!! Speaking of happy ... did you see Connie Babbert's awesome SPRING-y projects??? She always does so many wonderful things!!!


Thanks to my amazing and talented friend, Kaitlin Zumbach, I had some inspiration for the color combo on this one (thanks, girl!)!! Do any of the rest of ya feel like you use the SAME colors OVER and OVER???? I know that I DO!!! I actually challenged myself to do some things for my projects today ... FIRST, I wanted to use a color that had been long neglected in my stash (hence, the Rose Red ... SUCH a good color!)!!!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Honeycomb Happiness (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaroon, Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Rose Red, Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB)
Ink: Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Bontanical Builder Thinlits Dies, Blushing Bride 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Linen Thread, Bitty Banners Thinlits Dies

I actually did a DOUBLE challenge for myself on this one. My SECOND challenge for these projects was to do a base layer that really was only ONE layer. You have NO IDEA how much I struggle doing this!!! (And you have NO IDEA how badly I wanted to add another layer before I started added the "cute" stuff!) But I did it!!! Still trying to decide how I feel about it ... My THIRD challenge was to use a stamp set that had been long-neglected for newer things ... which is why I used Flower Shop.  I seriously have ADORED this set since the day it came out!!! I really need to use my "older" stuff more (and I'm sure YOU do, too!!)

Stamps: Flower Shop, Sunburst Sayings, Timeless Textures
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Ink: Basic Black, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Black Sharpie
Accessories: Circle Framelits Dies, 2 3/8" Circle Punch, Pansy Punch, White Perfect Accents, 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, Decorative Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Mini Stapler

Another update on my running stuffs (because, you know, you guys are just on the edge of your seats wanted to hear ALL about it!!)!!! Our trip to China has been BOOKED!!! Our flights have been RESERVED!!! And TODAY I ran over 18 miles!!! (Not gonna lie ... it kicked my booty ... and yeah, things are hurtin'!!)  TWO MONTHS TO GO!!! It's getting REAL!!

Next up??? The amazing and talented Deb Henderson!!! BEAUTIFUL things to see!!!


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Fab Friday #83

I'm hot, I'm cold, I'm in between!!! The one thing for SURE about spring weather is that it is unpredictable!!1 (It's sunny and gorgeous this morning ... we've had snow about THREE TIMES this week as well!)! And Daylight Savings??? UGH!!! Don't EVEN get me started!!! WHY-OH-WHY do we even DO it??? Not only does it through off my sleep, but the light at different times of day is too unpredictable (I typically know when I "can" go outside and take a photo of what I've made ... but I'm SO off right now!)!!! Anyway, it IS Fab Friday, so I DO have something to share!!

The Botanical Builders dies are A-MAZ-ING!!! And I absolutely ADORE the color combos that you can make with the help of the Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape (I didn't use the paper here, but used the colors for inspiration). Makes such a PRETTY flower!!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Greatest Greetings
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaroon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Botanical Buildings FramelitsChalk Talk Framelits, 1" Square Punch, Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape, Mini Stapler






Here's the sketch we are working from ... SO much fun for me!!!








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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Smiley from Millan.NetAnd OHMYGOSH!!! It's OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL!!! Not only have I actually REGISTERED for the Great Wall Marathon (yes, as in CHINA!!), but we booked our flights yesterday as well!!! I think I am literally in FREAKOUT mode!!! I want to FINISH this race SO badly (don't care HOW long it takes!) ... but ALL races DO have a time limit ... sigh ... Also, I hope I don't DIE in the process ...

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monday Montage #64



I have a sweet little grandniece named Lucy ... she is adorable and funny and happy!! And it's her 6th birthday!! HOORAY!!! I'm glad I had Monday Montage and my friends to get me in gear to make her a birthday card!

I had a hard time getting a photo of this one ... it's raining ... and raining ... and RAINING ... and the post on my porch where I always take my card and project photos was COVERED in WET!! So I ended up taking a photo in the windowsill on my porch! I hate when the weather doesn't cooperate and coincide with my craftiness!!

Stamps:  Number of Years
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Going Places DSP, Gold Foil
Ink:  Basic Black, Wink of Stella Pen
Accessories:  Large Numbers Framelits, Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Gold Sequin Trim, Ovals Framelits, Cherry Cobbler 1" Edged Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Itty Bitty Punch Set (Star)

Did a bunch of running this past week ... spent a few days at Disneyland (which should surprise NO ONE!) and took an AWESOME 8.5-mile run around the block of Disneyland and through the plaza between Disneyland and California Adventure. Such a happy place to run!!! And I am OFFICIALLY registered to run a marathon on the Great Wall of China on May 21. I'm hoping I don't die ...

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Bree Renwick ... you will absolutely LOVE what they have created this week!


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