Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Montage #88


Eighty-eight!!! 88 is GREAT!!! My son was BORN in '88 ... which makes no sense since that would make him 28, and I'm only 27!!! Welcome to Monday Montage!!! We have a LOT of fun things to share this week! And I'm using a bunch of NEW things!! How HAPPY is THAT???

I am a sucker for anything that looks like a baking image ... or a kitchen appliance image ... I think I have bought EVERY single stamp set I've ever seen from Stampin' Up in this genre!! What can I say??? They just make me HAPPY!!! And I've been baking the last few days, so it fits RIGHT in with my current mood!

Stamps: Perfect Mix
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Sealed With Love Embellishments, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler

I'm gearing up to climb HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of flights of stairs next Saturday as part of a fundraiser to aid cancer research (Outclimb Cancer Challenge!)!! I did a 15.29-mile run yesterday ... I'm getting there!!! Bring on the stairs!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... you will be SO inspired by what you see!!


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Let's Freakin' CELEBRATE!!

Well ... it's time to Tour with the Control Freaks once again!! I always look forward to these ... my fellow Freaks are FANTABULOUS!!! I'm always getting a TON of ideas from them myself!!! And this month we are "celebrating" ... making projects that celebrate someone or something!! It looks like Connie Babbert and I were on the same wavelength (and I'm gonna be honest when I say I ALMOST made a purse out of the cute little Window Box Thinlits Dies myself!!)!!

My daughter is getting married (YAY!) in May ... and I'm started to crank my brain up into FULL GEAR!! I'm going to make the invites myself (NO BRAINER) ... and I am also making paper crane curtains and little wedding favor boxes with MACARONS in them (yes ... I AM crazy!! Made my very first batch of macarons yesterday ... they weren't perfect, but I was pretty happy with them!)! And since I have had wedding-on-the-brain ... I made a wedding card!!! And I STILL have to finish reassembling my messy craft room from the Great Flood of December 2017 (it's VERY overwhelming!). So I seem to be "stuck" with the things I can actually find!!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Sending Love Embellishments, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, , Mini Stapler

Moving on ... I LOVE this Window Box Thinlits Dies SO much!!! (Ask me in a few months after I've made about 300 of them!)!! I was just playing around with this mostly ... wanted to see how two macarons would fit inside here ... the answer??? PERFECTLY!!! (Sadly, I already ate all the macarons I made ...) This is gonna take some time (and I will be changing up colors and accessories for the actual ones I do for the wedding) ... but won't this be the cutest wedding favor EVER????

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Sealed With Love Embellishments, Linen Thread






And aren't they so caYOOT side by side???? CUTECUTECUTE I tell ya!!!







Moving onward ... click on the "next" link to go to see the wonderful "flight-inspired" celebration-style projects by the ever-creative LeeAnn Greff!!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monday Montage #87

Where did the weekend go??? AGAIN???? WHOOSH!!! Seriously??? I need another TWO DAYS in my weekend!!! If only it worked that way!!! But at least I got to do some STAMPING to end the weekend off on a happy note (not that my weekend was UNhappy ... just BUSY ... as usual!) Welcome to Monday Montage #87!!

True Confessions ... I spent over an HOUR looking for my "current" stack of "Valentine" paper ... only to realize that I didn't actually ORDER any!!! What the WHAT???? My craft room (STILL a disaster) ... can't find ANYthing ... well, that's not exactly true. I can now find SOME things ... just need to get SERIOUS about putting it all back together ... sigh ...

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack, Red Glimmer Paper, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Sweetheart Punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (small heart), 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Silver), Mini Stapler

Our temperature today got up into the MID-50's!!! How on earth did THAT happen???? We were at -3 just a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling that we are NOT finished with SUB-FREEZING temps yet!!! But my run on Saturday was GORGEOUS!!! We finally had a storm that blew out the icky air and the temperature inversion. Thank HEAVENS for THAT!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I {{{heart}}} them AND their creations!


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fab Friday #105

It's once again time for Fab Friday. This is one of the few RARE occasions where not only do I have a day off from work, but I ALSO don't have 60,000 different errands to run and places to be! How COOL is that!!! Guess now I have NO excuse to leave the laundry ... or the other messes in my house!

I STILL need help getting my craft room reorganized (I have been putting it off and putting it off ... I can't FUNCTION with proper craftiness and I feel stunted ... GOTTA get it done!)! If it weren't for the handful of blog hops and challenges in which I participate, I would have disappeared into the Craft Black Hole!

Stamps: Any Occasion (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Carried Away DSP
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB), Mini Stapler







I was going to stick with just the balloon as my circle element, but it just seemed to need that added layer of the circle behind it!










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
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

I DO need to go for a run today ... or climb some stairs training ... I'm participating in the OutClimb Cancer Challenge at the end of next month to raise money for cancer research (if you are interested in donating, click on THIS LINK ... I'm only a little over $100 shy of my fundraising goal for this event!!)!!! I have committed to climbing 25 flights of stairs 25 times!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stamp Review Crew - SAB Free for All Edition


The struggle is REAL! I had what I thought was a GREAT idea for the card I was going to make for this week's edition of the Stamp Review Crew. I KNOW I ordered the stamp set I wanted to use ... in fact, I have ordered TWO of them. The problem??? They are SOMEwhere in the disaster area aka my craft room (which needs some SERIOUS attention that I haven't been able to give it since the holes in the ceiling from the flood last month finished being repaired last weekend!). I spent FOREVER looking and looking ... and then ended up using Delicate Details instead (a set I ALSO love!)!!

Going with the "monochrome" look again on this card. And I used the "Gently Falling" textured impressions embossing folder to add some dimension to the succulent flower I cut out with my Succulent Framelits dies (another new favorite!!)! The pretty and sparkly ribbon is ALSO a Sale-a-Bration option for earning (I used the gold, but there is also SILVER!!)!!

Stamps: Delicate Details
Paper: Mint Macaron
Ink: Mint Macaron
Accessories: Succulents Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Gold), Linen Thread, Pearl Basics, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder







I stacked four different images from this beautiful stamp set all together on my clear block ... which means it was oh-so-easy to stamp them straight!!!







I have set aside my entire day on Tuesday to start digging stamp sets out of the miles and miles of piles and piles that are in my craft room ... since you are seeing it here in black and white, I am going to make myself accountable!!!

Next up?? Click on "Next Blog to check out what Kelly Kent has done with SAB sets!! Click on the "previous" button to see what Valerie Moody has whipped up!!

   


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Montage #86

I've done more blog posts in the last three days than I've done in the last whole MONTH!! The ceiling in my basement has FINALLY been painted. NOW comes the HERCULEAN task of trying to put everything back together!! It's probably going to take me EONS to get it done!!! Thank heavens for the Monday Montage crew and our blog hop ... at least I'm getting a LITTLE bit of stamping done!!

Since I STILL am having trouble finding things, I went back to an old fave of mine ... BUTTERFLIES!!! I pulled out some punches and some dies and VOILA!!! I like me some butterflies, that's for sure!!

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Paper: Whisper White Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Vellum
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits, Butterfly Thinlits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Mini Stapler, Burlap Ribbon, Lace Doily

Snow, snow and MORE snow!!! The snow around here the past several days is messing up my running schedule!!! On the GOOD side, I spent the better part of Saturday making breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the ENTIRE next week!!! Put them in individual serving containers so we are all gonna eat HEALTHY this week!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... beaUTIFUL women, beaUTIFUL projects!!!


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Fab Friday #104

Welcome to Fab Friday! True confessions time ... Now my basement is even MORE of a mess than it has been!!! I've been digging through the piles of plastic-covered supplies and dragging this, that and the other over to the coffee table on the other end of my basement. So NOW I have stamps, paper, ribbon, paper cutters, dies and my Big Shot littering ALL of the semi-flat surfaces that I could find. I'm gonna need a steam shovel to clean all of this up once the painting gets done!!

Eeeeep!!! The Succulent Framelits Dies that are now available in the 2017 Occasions catalog ... EEEEeeep! I am seriously LOVING them!!! And the coordinating stamp set??? Yeah ... you're gonna need one of those, too!

Stamps: Oh So Succulent
Paper: Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories: Succulent Framelits Dies, Large Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pearl Basics, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB), Linen Thread







I love the softness and simplicity of this color combo, don't you??









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
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

I'm "officially" ramped up to full-blown runner's training. It kind of snuck up on me!! I'm supposed to be doing a 12-mile training run tomorrow morning. Not sure I'm ready, but I'm willing and able ... so LET'S DO THIS!!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Freakin' Occasions and Sale-a-Brations!


Yep ... that's me ... still kinda M.I.A. It's been just about a month since it rained in my basement ... where my craft room is!! FINALLY got all the holes sealed up and the drywall and mudding done!!! Now we just have to PAINT!! Which is why I haven't been around much ... I can't find hardly ANYthing ANYwhere!!! But welcome to this month's edition of Tour de Freaks!!! We are sharing some of the new goodness that is the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration 2017 catalogs!! How FUN is THAT??? Did you SEE what Mary Brown did??? I am CONSTANTLY pinning her creations on Pinterest for inspiration!!!!



Birthday cake!!! Candles!! Ribbon!!! What at GREAT way to celebrate a birthday!!! I had SO much fun stamping this wonky cake!!! It kinda makes me happy ...

Stamps: Cake Crazy
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Silver Sequin Trim, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack

Still going with the "birthday" theme here ... I am IN LOVE with the new Candle Border Punch (Occasions Catalog - page 7)!!! SO STINKIN' CUTE!!

Stamps: Designer Tee (SAB 2017)
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Party Animal DSP
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Tags & Labels Framelits Dies, Candle Border Punch, Simply Scored, Silver Sequin Trim

I am REALLY hoping (praying???) that the construction in my craft space is done THIS WEEKEND!!! And putting it back together is gonna be a NIGHTMARE ... but at least it will be CLEAN!!! AND USABLE!!

Next up??? The delightful Dawn Olchefske!!! She is A-MAZ-ING!!


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday Montage #85


Gonna be honest with you-all ... I made this card standing up ... mostly. My craft room is STILL under sheets of plastic. AND a disaster!!! And I MISS my lovely cleared-off tables!!! I'm hoping sometime this next week I will be able to start putting it back together!!!

I really have NO idea where pretty much ANYthing in my craft room is right now!!! I felt VERY fortunate to be able to find the supplies to make this fun Valentine's card. When I found the stamp set, and THEN found the framelits, I was kinda giddy!!! TWO current things ... that actually GO together!!!! And I even got it finished before the sun went down and was able to take a photo!!! YAY for ME!!!

Stamps: Sealed With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack, Red Glimmer Paper, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Love Notes Framelits, Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Powder, Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Next project??? I seriously gotta take down my Christmas stuff!! I got my mama's all taken care of last Saturday, so mine is going to be coming down ... SOON I hope!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... they're starting the year off with some BRILLIANT things!!


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Fab Friday #103

It's been a TOPSY-TURVY few weeks at my house, I'll tell ya!!! I don't think I have EVER had this long of a "break" from blogging since I started in 2007 ... like, EVER!!! It all started with rain in my basement ... but I digress ... I'll get back to that in a minute!

Lookie what I made!!!! I got a brand new Cricut for Christmas ... and, truth be told, it was one of the only crafty tools I actually have had access to since the rain!!! So, that's where this card came from!! The stamp set?? Yeah ... Sunburst Sayings ... it was SERIOUSLY the only stamp set that I could find that I knew was current ... because my stamp room ... sigh ...

Stamps: Sunburst Sayings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Cricut, Burlap 5/8" Ribbon, Mini Stapler







Nice 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
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

So ... I'll keep this story as short as possible. This is what my craft room looks like RIGHT NOW ... it actually looks kinda "tidy" with all the plastic and the floor cleaned up. Don't let that fool ya!!! Underneath that plastic are PILES and PILES of stamps, paper, ink pads and EVERYthing else ... that were hastily put there when the pipes in the ceiling decided to favor us with rain (see the blue spot on the ceiling in the upper-right-hand corner??? Yeah ... that was about a 4'x4' hole at one point. The carpet has been dried out and laid back down. Now we just need to sand a little more and paint. Also, we had an electrical problem where HALF my house was not "charged". Took a while to find THAT problem as well. AND I had strep throat last weekend. So, I feel like my blogger-cation was justified. Holy COW!!! Things really could have been worse. Very blessed that nothing besides the pipes and the drywall had to be replaced. So I choose to look at the bright side!!!

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