Sunday, February 7, 2016

Monday Montage #62

I just got back from Wis-CAHN-sen ... Had such a GREAT time!! (And before any of y'all ask, I was there with my hubby doing some training for EAA Officers - Experimental Aircraft Association - my husband's version of Stamp Club). It was COLD (it's a whole different type of cold there!)! Talk about your Midwestern accents!!! We made MANY new friends and there may or may NOT have been a peanut fight in the local Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ... but I digress ... we stayed in a GREAT lodge. There was a fireplace and a HUGE window looking out over the beautiful snow and hangars at the Oshkosh airport ... made me wish SO BADLY that I had my stampin' supplies with me ... and about a WHOLE WEEK of uninterrupted time with nowhere to go and nothing to do!!! I could have made Monday Montage cards that would have lasted me for MONTHS!!!

Once I had some time this afternoon to play with my "stuffs" I just sat ... and sat ... and sat ... nothin'!!! My mojo, alas, must have been left in Oshkosh yet!!! (I LOVED how so many sentences spoken by my new Midwestern friends ended with the word "yet" ... not quite sure what it means but it's fun to say it!)

I have a little grandnephew AND a little second cousin who BOTH turned ONE in the past few weeks. I am behind on my birthday card mailings this year, so I decided to do a TWOfer with this particular card. Wink of Stella Brush??? It's my new love!!! SO much prettier in person than in is in a photo!! I sent a preliminary photo to my bestie, Cheryl, when I had finished to see what she thought of these (like, none of you EVER do that???). She said they looked like "Cat in the Hat" cards, so I'm going with that!!!

Stamps: NONE!!
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Fresh Prints DSP (Retired)
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, Large Numbers Framelits Dies, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Banner Punch, Large Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Silver Sequin Trim, Wink of Stella Brush

And I DID go running whilst in the land of the Midwest ... one morning I got up and ran in the dark and cold. Since we stayed on the airport property I had lots of beautiful things to look at. At one point I was running down the road toward the control tower and all I could think of was that I KNEW there were people up there who could see me ... a lone runner out on a snowy road ... and I just PRAYED that I wouldn't fall and make a fool of myself!!! (I didn't!!) WHEW!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... beautiful, wonderful, amazing and FUN stuff from these ladies!!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Monday Montage #61

One of these days I'm actually going to clean up my craft room ... again ... f'RILLS!!! I haven't cleaned the flat surfaces off since somewhere around the first part of December! Sigh ... Isn't the rule that as long as you have about a 6"x6" space to work in that you're good to go??? Sigh ... I have even less than that and I can't find all my ink pats, glue dots and dimensionals!!! At least I was able to find all the bits and pieces I needed to make a card for this week's Monday Montage!

And it's been SNOWING!!! I'm glad that we have had a series of rain/snowstorms to keep the air around here pretty clear. Salt Lake City often has the WORST air quality in the entire US of A due to the inversions we get during the winter ... this year has been (thankfully) much better than the last few ... for SURE!

Here I go again ... whine-whine-whine ... it's SO hard to come up with "dude" cards ... and I guess that the washi tape I added to this make it the TINIEST bit "girlie" but I don't care!!! I saw an ad in the sidebar on my Facebook feed ("Big Brother!") for some really COOL funky furniture. There was an AWESOME dresser pictured with some eclectic drawers, and THAT was the inspiration for my card. I LOVED the blues/greens/browns/blacks together!!

Stamps: Timeless Textures
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky, Basic Black
Accessories: Washi Label Punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Candy Dots (Neutrals), Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Burlap Ribbon

I know I keep mentioning all the running I have been doing, but I now am happy to admit that I kinda LOVE running in the cold weather! I think I'm starting to "toughen up" when it comes to temperature (at least as far as running goes). My new "record" cold temperature for a run is between 7 and 10 degrees!!! Brrrrrrr but GREAT!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... AWESOME ALL THE TIME, these women!!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Love is in the Freakin' Air!

I know, I know ... don't FAINT!!! I am actually posting on my blog more than ONCE this week!!! SHOCK! GASP!!! I am even surprised myself!!!  Did you see Mary Brown's projects for the ones she loves??? I have to admit I have used her wonderful creations for inspiration more times than I can count!!!

I also realized that it has been a little while since I have used the burlap ribbon ... which is, by far, my most fave embellishment!!! I actually am surprised by that because I thought it was MUCH too wide when I first laid eyes on it ... but then ... I used it ONCE and have been FOREVER hooked!!! This heart framelit die is ALSO gorgeous!!! I see it getting a LOT of use at my house (especially during the next month!)

Stamps: Bloomin' Love
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Love Blossoms DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die, Subltles Candy Dots, Washi Label Punch, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread

I am pretty sure I have mentioned before that I WISH WISH WISH we had glitter paper AND sequins in EVERY FREAKIN' COLOR that SU makes (see how I was able to sneak that "Freak" reference in there??? Sometimes I surprise even myself!)!  I love all things SHINY and SPARKLY!!!

Stamps: Hello Life
Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White, Blushing Bride Glimmer DSP, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Sunburst Thinlits Die, Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (small heart), Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim

True Confession Time ... I went to the opera with a friend last night.  I have only ever been to an opera once before (when my oldest son was singing in BYU's production of "Die Fledermaus" during the holidays a couple of years ago).  I was MUI-biased during that production because my son was in it ... We went to see "The Merry Widow" last night.  It was SO delightful!!! My friend had never been to the opera.  This particular opera is more like a "musical" with opera music (there was MUCH more dialog than I was expecting).  The costumes were great, the music was entertaining and the sets were fabulous.  And now my friend and I feel quite sophisticated and cultured and refined ... as was mentioned on the way home ... we are "full of it!"  Bwahahaha!!

Next up??? The super-clever Connie Babbert!!! You will Freakin' Love her projects, too!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Birthday Wishes Edition

It's been a while since I had the opportunity to play along with my friends on the Stamp Review Crew. SO happy to have the chance to join in this week with the Endless Wishes review!

Ok ... so my next-door neighbor STILL has his Christmas lights up ... this is the SAME neighbor who put up said-same Christmas lights the DAY after Halloween!!! I went outside to take a photo of my card (which, I am ashamed to admit, was a "last-second" thing ... the sun was already going down and the lighting was AWFUL ... which is why this is a photo I took with my photo box) ... and I was having a difficult time trying to take a photo that did NOT have Christmas lights in the background!!! Sigh ... but my neighbor is awesome and Christmas lights are happy, so what's to NOT like, right???

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Ovals Framelits Dies, Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Banner Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, It's My Party Enamel Dots, It's My Party Designer Washi Tape, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim

This set is SO fabulous ... I like the TONS of combos you can put together with the sentiments. YAY!!

I am also in FULL GEAR with my marathon training!! I did a 13+ mile run over the weekend! I'm happy that I can actually run THAT far, but I am STILL feeling a bit freaked that 13 miles is only HALF of what I'm going to have to do!!! Keep trudging along ...

The "previous" button will take you to the ever-so-talented Debra Burgin, and the "next" button to super-awesome Rochelle Blok!!


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Monday Montage #60

Holy SMOKES!! It has been TWO WHOLE WEEKS since I have actually posted to my blog ... and here we are back to a Monday Montage already!!

Just to give y'all a bit of an update as to where in the heck I've been ... My dear, sweet mama has been in declining health for about six years.  Over the past month things have been deteriorating rapidly.  She was admitted to the hospital this past week and will be headed to a rehab/hospice facility some time in the next day or two.  I am so very grateful to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that have been so kind, gentle and loving to my mom.  She is my hero.  She is so brave and so stubborn and so strong ... We are hoping to keep her comfortable and and to allow her to regain a little bit of strength over the next little while.

Eeeeeps!!! An AIRPLANE!!! I knew the SECOND I saw this stamp set (which is being offered through the Sale-a-Bration - aka SAB - promotion for the next couple of months!!! I LOVE THIS!!! And I am ALSO stuck on this color scheme ... So happy to have a little time today where I could stamp and unwind ... sitting around in the hospital just WIPES you OUT!!

Stamps: Sky is the Limit (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Wildflower Fields DSP (SAB)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Circles Framelits Dies, Banners Framelits Dies, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Baker's Twine Combo Pack (SAB), Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape, Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... blessed to call them friends, blessed to have their inspiration and talent in my life!!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Monday Montage #59

My brain cells have been destroyed ... pretty much mostly ... I think. Christmas was AMAZING and WONDERFUL and AWESOME this year ... had a good friend (Bree Renwick, a fellow Monday-Montage-r actually) remind me to make LOTS of memories this year. That hit me right in my heart ... and we made a TON of lovely memories (had family here from out of town, the kids all home and my mama was so happy to have all of us around. And THEN I got food poisoning ... lucky for me it was the day AFTER Christmas. Still feeling a bit wobbly, but I am happy to report that I did NOT die!

Also quite happy to report that I got enough energy this afternoon so that I could make a card to share with you and all of my Monday Montage friends! New stamp-y toys are SO much fun!!! (and how SAD is it that I haven't shared my Christmas card yet???? I was quite late getting them out, so I never got a chance to post them ... but I WILL do it in a couple of days!!)

Flowers are just happy ... and I am INLOVELOVELOVE with the vine-y framelit that comes in the Botanical Builder Framelits!! I think it is my NEW favorite!!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Perfect Pairings (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, Wildflower Fields DSP (Sale-a-Bration)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Baker's Twine Combo Pack (SAB)

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... their creations are just BEAUTIFUL!!

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Freaky Occasions/SAB Peekin'!

Oh ... the weather outside is FRIGHTFUL but the FREAKS are SO delightful!!! And since it's a week from Christmas ... we are doing a Sneak Peek for some of the SUPER fun stuff becoming available in January from the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs!!! YAY!!!! Connie Babbert's "sweetheart" projects are ADORABLE, aren't they??? (If you've been touring around, her blog was just before mine!)

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a "thing" for teapots (which I think can be said of MANY little girls!)!  This little teapot diecut/stamp set combo is to DIE for!!! And I was absolutely CRUSHED when I went to make this card and realized that I had only ordered the DIES and NOT the stamp set!!! What the heck??? How on EARTH did I do THAT??? Gonna be time to reorder soon!

Stamps: Sunburst Sayings
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Wildflower Fields DSP
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Cups and Kettle Framelits, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Decorative Dots Texutred Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits

Simple. Manly. Cards.  STRUGGLE. This is my life, my mantra ... sometimes the BANE of my EXISTENCE!!! SOOOO thrilled with the World Map "suite" of products coming out ... the stamps and embossing folder are FANTASTIC!!

Stamps: Going Global
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Circles Framelits Dies, World Traveler Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Basics, Washi Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

Next up??? Our Freak Mama!!! The amazingly-talented Lisa Martz!!! She has some DARLING "sheepish" creations you will LOVE!!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monday Montage #58

'Tis the season to be JOLLY!!! I am NOT kidding!!! Welcome to Monday Montage! I have had a GREAT week!! I'll tell you about it in a minute ... first off, let's talk about what I made to share with you ...

It wasn't until AFTER I completed this card that I realized that the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set is actually RETIRED!! (Drat!!) I must confess that the reason I haven't made many holiday cards this season is that I didn't actually BUY much from the Holiday Catalog this year (GASP!!!)!!! Time was just getting away from me and I couldn't convince myself to buy something that wouldn't be in the "current" column for long (like, that's ever stopped me BEFORE???)! Anyway ... that's how I ended up with a retired set, I guess (but I really DID think it was still current!)!

Stamps:  Project Life Holiday Cheer (Retired)
Paper:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basics, Gold Sequin Trim, Tags & Labels Framelits Dies, Mini Stapler

Now ... about my week ... aside from the craziness of shopping and making an ATTEMPT to get my Christmas cards underway, I had an AWESOME Christmas party with my book group friends! I have been in this very same book group for 25 years (and I'm only 27 ... go figure!)! We had breakfast for dinner and showed up in our jammies (well, SOME of us did, anyway!)! We also do a book exchange ... which, I have to admit, turned into a freakin' LAUGH FESTIVAL!! I haven't laughed that hard in a VERY long time!! Some of us (and I won't name names) may actually have SNORTED a time or two ... aren't best friends just the BEST!!! It's SO fabulous to have friends that still love you when you snort whilst laughing!

I'm hoping to have my Christmas cards in the mail by midweek, so I will share a photo once they have been successfully been delivered to their recipients!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... two ladies who are not only WICKEDLY talented ... but two ladies that I ALSO feel I could laugh until I snort with!!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Fab Friday #79

Ok ... sooo ... I am a California Girl at heart. I was born and raised there. I was used to having Christmas holidays that were cold (by California standards) at about 50 degrees. However, since having moved to Utah when I was but 15 years old I quickly became accustomed to White Christmases (or at least GRAY ones!)!!! Usually by December 11 we are f-f-f-freezing!!! It got up to about 50 degrees today!! And it RAINED!!! What in the HECK is going ON here??? (I'm NOT complaining, mind you ... my mind is just having a hard time wrapping itself around the current temperature!)! Maybe THIS is why I have been so SLOW in getting into the Christmas Spirit this year!!

Thank Heaven for Fab Friday!!! This week's color challenge DEFINITELY got my Christmas groove going!! (And the fact that I have about a GAZILLION Christmas cards to make ... and a LOT more shopping/wrapping to do!)!

Stamps: Happy Scenes
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Silver Sequin Trim, Beach House Washi Tape (Retired), All is Calm Washi Tape (Retired), Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape (coming next month in the Occasions Catalog!)

Nothing says Christmas like these colors, right????

Excited to see what all of our challenge players come up with!!

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

How is it the weekend already??? (Not that I am complaining, mind you ... just don't know how the clock seems to speed up at this time of year!!!). I'm hoping to be VERY productive in the next few days ... UNLESS it snows ... then maybe I shall build a snowman inSTEAD of all the other things I have on my list!!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor ...

There's a VERY good chance that MANY of you will not even get the HUMOR in the title of this blog post! I am realizing more and more that I am *a-hem* older that a lot of people in my life ... and sometimes I am SUPER funny ... and they just don't GET it!!

The reason for the title is (hopefully obviously) that I'm taking a "time-out" from Christmas and holiday creating to play with my new preview goodies (coming in January in the form of goodness in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration event!! SOOOOO excited!!! This is the BIGGEST pre-order I have EVER allowed myself to make (not tellin' ... don't ask). SOOOOOOOOOOOO very much cute and beautiful stuff. I'm going to have to order MORE of it even!! Sigh ... anyone wanna help me rob a bank??? I will provide the masks ... but may need some help with the get-away car!!

I LOVE all things citrus-y!!! This little stamp set is a GEM!!! What's NOT to love about slices of sweet and tangy citrus??? Pretty much nothin' ...

Interesting story (or not) ... when I was pregnant with my firstborn many-a-moon ago, I had TERRIBLE morning sickness (dare I say it was ALL-DAY-AND-ALL-NIGHT sickness??). I had trouble eating ANYthing. However, citrus was my friend ... citrus was delicious ... citrus took a teeny TINY bit of the edge off for me. So, I ended up eating at LEAST three whole grapefruits every dang day!!! I was CERTAIN my son was going to come out all puckered up!! Lucky for me (and him???) that didn't happen!!!

Stamps: Apple of My Eye
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Season of Cheer DSP (SEE??? I DID put a little Christmas in there!)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, White Jute Ribbon, Candy Dots (Sutbles, Brights)

I am now going to dive DEEP into making an effort to get my Christmas cards made (it may turn out that they are "Happy New Year" cards!)!! Wish me luck!! I'm gonna NEED it!!

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