Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday Montage #40


NUMBER 40!!! How AMAZING is THAT??? SO proud to be part of this groups of incredibly-talented friends ... and so happy to share some "space" with them on this blog hop!!! I get SO many great ideas from EACH and EVERY one of them!!! And their friendships are beyond words ... so grateful!!

My stamp room is, quite honestly, a tornado zone. There is not ONE flat surface this is NOT covered with stuffs ... and it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE for me to create ANYthing!!! So I am vowing, as soon as I publish this blog post, to confine myself there until I have picked up EVERYthing!!! I may be there for a while ... wish me LUCK!! (I'm going in with a shovel and a fork lift!)

Stamps: NONE!
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (Melon Mambo) Subltes Designer Series Paper Stack (Pretty in Pink)
Ink:   NONE!
Accessories: Bow Builder Punch, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Petite Petals Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Hello You Thinlits Dies, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon, Pearl Basics

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!! We all appreciate YOU all so very much!!

Click "Back" to see Melissa Stout's stunning creativity, and/or the "Next" button to see Amy O'Neill out-of-this-world marvelousness!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fab Friday #60

It's another happy Fab Friday Challenge!!! Most EXCELLENTE'!!! This is an exceptionally awesome Friday because my daughter's friend (who is also my friend's daughter) is getting MARRIED today!!! So very happy for her!!!

I lost my groove ... I was about halfway through this card when my doorbell rang and I had a neighbor come in to visit (which was great!)! Then aNOTHER friend showed up ... and by the time I got back to this I had absolutely NO GROOVE left whatsoever. Ended up spending another whole HOUR trying to get this thing finished ... my brain was already in sleep mode, so I was struggling!!! That's why we call this a CHALLENGE, my friends!! I was DEFINITELY feeling it this time!!!

Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Paper: Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss, Rose Red, Vellum, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Soft Sky Taffeta Ribbon, Large Scallop Thinlits Die, Decorative Label Punch, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Simply Scored, Pearl Basics







Everyone had such FUN IDEAS for this ... I love seeing all the diversity that happens when you give a group of crafty people the same thing to start with ...









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

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

Happy Weekend, everyone!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Springing Into Spring with the Freaks!


Happy Spring!!! I know, I know ... we're not "officially" there YET ... but with as WARM as weather has been here in Utah, it seems it has already started!!! (Sorry to all my snowbound friends!!) Did you see the happy and bright springtime creations Justin Krieger made??? SO FUN!!


Not quite sure what I had in mind when I started this particular card ... somehow what came out was something other than what I had pictured. However ... I DO like my flower!! The lightweight feel of the Typeset Specialty DSP is PERFECT for laying/scrunching up a flower!!! Oh how I LOVE when the flowers start blooming (and yeah ... they started blooming here over a month ago ... just PRAYING that Ol' Man Winter doesn't come BACK and slay them all!!)!

Stamps: Hello Life
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Fancy Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Flower), Banner Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Soft Sky Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Button

I can't believe I have had this Post Card Stamp for ... oh I don't know ... maybe TWO YEARS ... and it hasn't been inked up even ONCE until now!! How is that even POSSIBLE???? I decided to pair it with some sweet little Petite Petals ... couldn't resist me some pearls, either ... I have been addicted to those little babies since DAY ONE!

Stamps: Post Card, Petite Petals, Delightful Dozen
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Accessories: Petite Petals Punch, Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Pearl Basics

Next up is the ever-incredible Melissa Davies ... she has cooked up some ADORABLE Easter projects that you will LOVE!


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Stamp Review Crew - Project Life Point & Click Edition

Holy cow!! Today has NOT been my day (I am typing this on Sunday evening ... most of the day was great ... until about two hours ago!)!! I totally KILLED my Big Shot ... as in DOA ... as in non-repairable ... as in flat-lined ...

So I was FRANTICALLY looking at ways that I could create withOUT one!!! Do you KNOW how HARD that is???? SHEESH!!! I did a lot of improvising ... and sweating ... and FINALLY got this creation done!!! AND I have already placed an order for a new one ... because I have discovered that I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ONE!!! Sigh ...

This week the Stamp Review Crew is playing with the Project Life Point and Click Set ... it has 26 images ... and they are FUN!!!

Stamps: Project Life Point and Click
Paper: Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Accessories: On Film Thinlits Dies, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon, Essentials Hardware Clip, Gold Sequin Trim, Mini Stapler, Subtles Candy Dots, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Simply Scored









LOTS and LOTS to play with in here!!










Now I need to go clean up a HUGE mess in my craft space ... all of the spaces are COVERED with STUFF!!

Click on the "next" button to see Bronwyn Eastly's ADORABLE gift bag, or the "back" button to see Linda Callahan's SUPER creative card!!!


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Monday Montage #39



My husband and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary (which is kind of amazing since I am only 27!) ... so I was happy to have something fun to create for our Monday Montage Blog Hop for my husband ...

I had to have my Silhouette fixed right around Christmas ... I didn't get it back until sometime in late January ... FINALLY pulled it out to create this card. Sadly, it still seems to be having a cranky fit about some things, so I really had to work with it to get it to cut ANYthing close to what I wanted. I will be happy when I get it working properly again ... I have MISSED it!

Stamps:  NONE!
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Ink:  NONE!
Accessories:  Hexagon Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, White Jute Ribbon, Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Clothespin, Silhouette eCutter
MDS Download: Love is All Around (Love You)


Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... more creative GENIUS from BOTH of them!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fab Friday #59

Whoa, Nellie!!! The past week has be ca-RAYzy in my universe!!! Ya know how sometimes it feels like you have "nothing" (so to speak) on your calendar, and then WHAM!! Everything falls on top of everything else???? Since last Thursday I had a wedding shower for my friend's daughter (who is also my daughter's friend! Hahaha!), spent two days at a girl's youth camp, worked two full days at my job (for which I am part time), and spent THREE days in Disneyland!!! I think I am toast!! And I STILL need to write an epic blog post ... from an event that happened last October ... and I wanna do it justice ... but I digress ...

Welcome to Fab Friday!!! (Yesterday seemed like a Monday to me, so I am TOTALLY messed up!)!! I was actually going to bail on this week's challenge because I am semi-brain-dead at the moment ... but I just decided to get 'er done (I think I have only missed one Fab Friday since its inception ... possibly two). Butterflies always make me happy, so I just decided to jump in with BOTH feet (and both of my butterfly punches!)!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Subltes Designer Series Paper Stack (Blushing Bride), Gold Soiree DSP, Lullaby DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Hexagon Punch, Hello You Thinlits Dies, Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Blushing Bride Chevron Ribbon, Subtles Candy Dots, Pearl Basics





See the pretty colors???? Oooooooo!!!!






I'm still hooked on my "white phase" ... I seem to be stuck there ...

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

Have a Fab Weekend!!! I plan to go snowshoeing AND celebrating my (GULP!) 30th wedding anniversary (which seems kinda impossible, since I'm only 27!!!)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stamp Review Crew - Sheltering Tree Edition

It's another go-round with the Stamp Review Crew ... and this time we are "reviewing" some AWESOME ideas for the "Sheltering Tree" stamp set (LOTS and LOTS of fun ideas!!)!!

Purdy, purdy, PURDY!!! I LOVE this tree image! I have seen ALL the seasons done with it in such spectacular fashion that it made me kind of nervous to try something ... not sure it's easy to make this look a whole lot "different" from many of the things I've already seen, but it doesn't really matter because it looks good pretty much no matter WHAT you do with it!!

Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Gold Sequin Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim, Essentials Wooden Elements









Here's a peek at ALL the images you get with this set ...









Clicking the "back" button will take you to the VERY clever creation of Lisa Young ... think ICE CREAM!! And clicking the "next" button takes you to Linda Callahan's beautiful card (she and I seemed to be on a similar wavelength ... great minds think alike, right??).


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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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