Sunday, February 22, 2015

Monday Montage #38

Hip-hip HOORAY!! It's another Monday Montage!!! I've actually had this card ready for a couple of WEEKS (SHOCK! GASP!!)! Happy to FINALLY be able to share it with you!!

This set of butterfly framelits had better NEVER retire!! I am loving them SO very much!!! And I seem to be on a "pink" thing lately ... what's up with that??? Good thing I like ALL shades of pink!!

Stamps:  Painted Petals, Best Day Ever, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Old Olive, Blushing Bride
Accessories:  Butterflies Framelits, Artisan Embellishment Kit (Rose Trim), Note Tag Punch, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... These women AMAZE me every dang time!!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fab Friday #58

Welcome to another round of Fab Friday!!! I had SO much fun making this card for today's challenge and I couldn't wait to share it with you!!! Is it bad that I can say that I LOVE this card??? (I don't often "love" what I create ... but once in a while something comes out of my brain and through my fingertips and turns out better than I was picturing it to be! I think I'm just ready for spring!)

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Hello Life
Paper: Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Baked Brown Sugar), Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Blushing Bride)
Ink: Blushing Bride, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Floral Frames Framelits, Artisan Embellishment Kit (Blushing Bride Rose Trim), Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler, Pearl Basics

Fun sketch!

My goal was to make something kinda asymmetrical with a symmetrical sketch ... yes, it CAN BE DONE!!

Does this make the wheels in your head start to turn?? I know it did 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

Weekend is comin' ... hope to get out and do some running (that is, if it doesn't rain ... then I'll be stuck with the treadmill!)! Smiley from Millan.Net

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sale-a-Bratin' FREAKY Style!

This month the Control Freaks are Sale-a-Bratin'!!! We are all sharing things that we have made using products from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog ... and everyone has some stinkin' caYOOT stuff to share ... check it out!!! Connie Babbert did her usual wave of brilliance ... love her stuff!

Little bitty houses!!! OhMyGosh!!! How I LOVE that these little house images are punch-out-able with the What's Up punch! SOOOOO happy!! And this sentiment ... it has a punch, too!!! There are a LOT of cute images in this set (it's called "Brighten My Day"). SUPER fun!!

Stamps: You Brighten My Day
Paper: Real Red, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Flowerpot DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Arrows Textured Expressions Embossing Folder, Note Tag Punch, What's Up Punch, Chevron Border Punch, Beach House Designer Washi Tape, Burlap Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Essentials Hardware Clip

I knew the MOMENT I saw this stamp set that is was going to be a WELL-LOVED one ... I have seen a LOT of beautiful creations with this one ... I think it would be difficult to create an UGLY card with it!

Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Hello You Thinlits

Next up?? The super-creative Julie Davison! More things to inspire you!!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stamp Review Crew - Wondrous Wreath Edition

It's Stamp Review Crew Time once again (and, I'm sad to say, I missed out on the last one because **GASP** I DIDN'T OWN THE SET THEY WERE USING!!! Hard to believe, right??)!! This group is SO creative!!! This week we are playing with the "Wondrous Wreath" set ... and since Christmas is OVER, I can't WAIT to see what everyone has done!!

I spent a LOT of time perusing the Pinterest and Google boards looking to see what HAD already been done with this set (and, lemme tell ya ... there have been SO MANY wonderful and creative things made since this set came out last fall!)! However ... the one thing I was looking for that I did NOT see is what I made ... an "over-the-hill" card with a sorta "funeral-lookin'" wreath on it. Kinda hard to tell because of the lighting (and because I wanted all the silver "berries" to show up), but this wreath is BLACKBLACKBLACK ... and I'm giving it to my brother in law who is turning 50 in a couple of weeks ... and I'm SURE the "over-the-hill" jokes will be comin' RIGHT BACK AT ME since I'm not that far behind him with the big 5-0!

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Alphabet Rotary Stamp
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark
Accessories: Ticket Duo Builder Punch, White Jute Ribbon, Silver Embossing Power, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, 1 3/8" Ticket Punch, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

See all the lovely images that come with this set??? (and you can REALLY stretch this to SO much more than Christmas!)

Clicking on the "previous" button will take you to some wonderful inspiration from Lisa Young, whilst clicking on the "next" button will take you to my creative pal, Cindy Beach! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Monday Montage #37

It's Monday Montage Day!! Hooray!!! And I can't BELIEVE that NOT ONLY is it almost Valentine's Day (holy cow!), but it is the first part of February and we have been having temperatures in the upper 60's ... we've even hit 70!!! Poor flowers don't know WHAT season it is ... just hoping we don't have another hard freeze (which I am sure we probably will).  It feels like SPRING!

Hearts. Hearts. Hearts.  Of COURSE you need HEARTS if you are going to make a Valentine, right??? I couldn't resist using the Painted Blooms DSP to make some happy little hearts ... that DSP is the BESTEST!!!

Stamps: Crazy About You
Paper:  Rose Red, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:   Pacific Point
Accessories: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Hearts Framelits Dies, Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch (heart), 1 3/8" Square Punch, Silver Ribbon, What's Up Punch White Jute Ribbon

And yeah ... I really AM going to tell my Disneyland-Epic-Adventure Story from October ... I just need to have NOT be doing a blog hop so that I can keep your attention for a few minutes ... 'cause it's gonna be wordy!!!

Click "Back" to see Melissa Stout's brilliance, and/or the "Next" button to see Amy O'Neill wizardry!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Fab Friday #57

Holy sMOKES!! Me and my Fab Friday friends have had a LONG hiatus ... I am SOOOO happy to be creating with these peeps again!! It took me until last SATURDAY to actually clean up my craft room from the whirlwind that was Christmas ... which is why I really haven't been creating so much lately (or blogging!). The mess was so BIG and so DEEP and so TALL, I could NOT pick it up there was NO WAY at all (at least that's how it had itself wrapped into my brain for a month!!)!

This go 'round we are playing with a fun color challenge ... and I am FINALLY starting to play with more of the new things I got out of the 2015 Occasions Catalog ...

Stamps: Painted Petals
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral, Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupey, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Square Framelits Dies, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Burlap Ribbon, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread

Purdy, purdy colors ..

What kind of inspiration do YOU get from these colors??? I can't wait to find out!!

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

I actually have a WHOLE DAY where I have NO appointments, no work, and nowhere I have to be ... I think I shall be STAMPY all day, since I can FINALLY see my table!!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Monday Montage #36

Happy Monday Montage Day!!! I have just been ACHING to use this Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Set (now available during the Sale-a-Bration promo!)! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!

I love the combo of black and white with one other color ... and yellow has just been calling my name lately (to be more precise, I used Hello Honey and So Saffron). This winter's weather has been SO UBER WEIRD!! It's almost like it has been winter trying to turn to spring ... we've had a few bouts of FREEZING and SUB-FREEZING temperatures (along with some snow), but mostly we've been very mild ... in the 30's and 40's even!!! I have been LOVING it!!! (It's especially great for running, but I digress ...)

Stamps: Lotus Blossom, Crazy About You
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron, Back to Black DSP
Ink:   Hello Honey, So Saffron, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Ovals Framelits Die, Banner Punch, Hello Honey Satin Stitched Ribbon, Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape, White Jute Ribbon, Simply Scored, Mini Stapler

I still have an EPIC story I need to share from my adventures in Disneyland back in October ... and I keep putting it off ... I think I will do it for ya this week ... it will prove to y'all once and for all that I truly AM a dork!!

Click "Back" to see what Melissa Stout has to share, and/or the "Next" button to see what Amy O'Neill has created!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

We Freakin' LOVE You!!

Welcome to another edition of the Control Freaks Blog Tour ... this month we are sharing the love ... projects not necessarily for Valentine's Day, but ones that you can give to someone special that ya love!! Did you see what the ever-spectacular Heidi Boos created to share??? LOVELOVELOVE!!!

I seem to be stuck in a "tone-on-tone" phase ... most of my cards for the past while have been made this way.  I just like how clean it looks, I suppose ... and I felt like I was doing the same layout over and over (wait ... I STILL feel like I'm doing that!! Hahahaha!!)!  I created the heart by cutting a base out of Whisper White with one of the hearts from the Hearts Collection Framelits ... then I punched a BUNCH of little flowers out of different colors using the Itty Bitty Accent Flower Punch ... and stuck 'em all over the base heart.  I also LOVED that the little "I Like You" sentiment from the "I Like You" Hostess set fit PERFECTLY in the smaller arrow on the What's Up Punch.  Happy when I figure stuff like this out all by myself!!

Stamps: I Like You
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Rose Red, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, What's Up Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Flower), Hearts Collection Framelits Die, White Jute Ribbon, Linen Thread, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

This is pretty basic ... but I LOVE how the little whisps from the White Jute Ribbon show up so well on the black background (I've been pulling this jute apart since I got it ... LOVELOVELOVE this stuff ... SOOOOO much!)!  I layered three of the larger arrows punch with the What's Up punch over the top of each other to make a base for the sentiment (created the pointy tips on the sentiment panel using a square punch).  Kinda fun!

Stamps: Something to Say
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Red Glimmer DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: What's Up Punch, Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Heart), 1 1/4" Square Punch, Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, White Jute Ribbon

Coming next??? The VERY talented and crafty, LeeAnn Greff! Check it out!!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stamp Review Crew - Valentine Free-for-All!!

This week the Stamp Review Crew is sharin' the love!!! Our task was to make ANYthing ... as long as it was Valentine-y!!! I have always had a "thing" for hearts (I have collected much jewelry and such over the years that is heart shaped). So this is right up my alley!!

First of all, I had to figure out how to use my Envelope Punch Board again!! I am embarrassed to say that I haven't used it for quite a while, so I was feeling kinda dumb ... but it didn't take long at all for me to make the itty-bitty envelope ... and I pulled out ALL the things I have that would cut out hearts for me (well ... maybe not ALL ... but MOST, for sure!!)

I used the small heart from the Hearts A Flutter framelits as well as the smallest heart from the Heart Collection Framelits in tandem with the heart-shaped Itty Bitty Accents punch to make the hearts-within-a-heart ... can you feel the love tonight??

Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Soft Sky, Rose Red, Pacific Point, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Heart Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch (heart), Artisan Embellishment Kit (doily), Blushing Bride Chevron Ribbon, Envelop Punch Board

There are a LOT of stops to make along the way with this week's hop ... the "previous" button will take you to Kerry Bray, and the "next" button will take you to Heidi Baks ... SO much talent in BOTH directions, I tell ya!!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Monday Montage #35

We're baaaa-aaaaack!!! After taking a little time off for the holidays, the Monday Montage girls are back and ready to share some fun new creations with you. I honestly have had the HARDEST time getting back into the swing of things ... I feel like I am FINALLY getting back to some sorta normal ... whatever that means!!

I was SO excited to be able to get this adorable Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ... I mean, what's NOT to love about it???? And I will say again, the White Jute Ribbon is gonna be an absolute FAVE of mine ... it's kind of hard to see it in this photo (it's on the banner sentiments and at the upper-left tucked under the heart panel). Too much fun!

Stamps: Crazy About You
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Red Glimmer DSP
Ink:   Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch (Heart), White Jute Ribbon, Banners Framelits, Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape

Click "Back" to see what Melissa Stout has to share, and/or the "Next" button to see what Amy O'Neill has created!

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