Friday, February 16, 2018

Fab Friday #131

'Kay wait ... my body and mind have absolutely NO idea what time of year it is!!! We have had the most crazy and unseasonably temperate (aka dare I say WARM) winter all season. And then BAM!!! The last few days have been FA-REEEZ-ING!! Like HURT MY EYEBALLS cold!! I hope I don't end up getting sick now that my body temperature has been on such a roller coaster! At least I have been able to enjoy stamping in my nice CLEAN room!! I'm still pretty giddy about it!! So without further adieu, Welcome to Fab Friday!

During The Great CleanUp, I found my Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon!!! YAY!!! So I HAD to, of course, use some of it!! So here it is ...

Stamps: Colorful Season
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder








I'm quite sure I kinda "over-embellished" myself ... but I think I still am close enough to the sketch, don't you??









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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 think I shall crank up my electric blanket, put on my favorite pair of sweats and just concentrate on the Olympics for the next few days. How does that sound??? I think it sounds PERFECT!!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Monday Montage #109

Oh man ... I can't TELL ya how much fun it is to be back in my crafty space again!!! And it's CLEAN!!! And I can FIND things!!! And I'm not crafting on the floor or on the coffee table in my basement. HALLELUJAH!!! I'm enjoying this SOOOOO much!!! I finished this card for our Monday Montage team ... and my room is STILL clean (I actually put things away as I was going along!)! What is UP with THAT???? I hope it lasts!!


As I stamped (during the Super Bowl), it was so fun to listen to my boys all enjoying the Super Bowl together (I kept running over to check the commercials ... AND to watch JT do the halftime show!)! Isn't having family around the GREATEST???

Now that I know where all my stuffs are, I am AMAZED at the stamps/diecuts/punches I have that I kinda forgot about (and how many I have that I haven't ever even used!)!!! That's what brought this card about ... think I've only used this set ONCE!

What's not to love about a teeny tiny umbrella???

Supplies: Weather Together, Timeless Textures
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Pool Party
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Umbrella Weather Framelits,Rhinestone Basics Jewels, Corner Rounder Punch (retired)

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I think I wanna be them when I grow up!!


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Fab Friday #130

I believe I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!! Yes, I do!!! They don't always come as quickly as we would like them to, but they DO come!!! I made this little card in my FINALLY clean craft room. It has been SUPER disheveled (aka DISASTER) for over a year since we had a flood in our basement ... aka there was water coming out of HUGE holes in my ceiling and raining down on my craft room floor!! The mess was soooo big an so deep and so tall, I could not pick it up, there was no way at all!!

And then I got to make the most STRESS-FREE creation that I have had the chance to create in many a moon (like, over a year1)! It was FUN!!! It was liberating ... it was DIVINE!!!

Found a stamp set I didn't even realize I had purchased ... so I went to town with it!

Stamps: Tranquil Tulips, Beautiful Peacock
Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Blast (Yeah, yeah, yeah ... I used the WRONG "pink"), Sweet Sugarplum
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Blast, Sweet Sugarplum, Garden Green
Accessories: 1/8" White Grosgrain (retired from last year's Valentine's suite), Flourishes Thinlits Dies, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Corner Rounder Punch (retired), Softly Falling Textured Impression Embossing Punch






OOooooo-laaaa-laaaa!!! I feel hearts and flowers and all sorts of sweetness coming from this combo!!






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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

And just so y'all can SEE for YOURSELVES ...THIS is the "before and after" shots of my crafty space ... and the before is actually not as bad as it WAS when it had the holes ripped into the ceiling!!! SOOOOO very happy to have that behind me!!


Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Monday Montage #108

And here I am AGAIN!!! THREE TIMES in FOUR DAYS!!! I think that's a record for me (at least lately!!)!! This time I am hopping around and having fun with the other girls on the Monday Montage team!! Always great things coming from every single one of them!

The weather this past weekend has been BEA-U-TI-FUL!!! We had a bunch of snow from Friday to Saturday ... and the skies were such a brilliant, lovely blue all day Sunday with big puffy clouds. Contrasted with the snow it was GORGEOUS!!! Went for a long walk and enjoyed every minute!

After my walk, I came home and finished up dinner. Had two out of three of my kids over for dinner, which was GREAT! And my oldest son fixed my computer!! The fan in it has been DEAD for MONTHS ... which means I have only been able to use my computer for very short periods of time so as not to overheat it and burn every dang piece to BITS!! It is now running with a new fan ... and my son cleaned out every nook and cranny on it. It's SO nice have a Mac Genius in the family!!

And then I STAMPED!!! And my craft room is FINALLY starting to show progress in the GREAT CLEANING PROJECT of 2017. I will be SOOOOO happy when it's back to a more "normal" state and I can actually use it! I have finally decided to give myself permission to use #alltheretiredthings that I have in my "stash". WHY oh WHY do we limit ourselves sometimes just to "new" things??? I really have NO idea ...

Supplies: Tabs for Everything
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist
Accessories: Simply Scored, Circle Tab Punch, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine (retired), 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch (retired) Rhinestone Basics Jewels

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... so happy to be "sandwiched" between two such talented and wonderful people!


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Control Freaks - Sale-a-Brating for Every Occasion!



Two blog posts in TWO DAYS???? What has taken OVER me??? Are y'all SHOCKED??? I AM!!! But because of my Control Freak-y friends, I am back in the swing ... and this time we are showcasing things from the 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs! My good friend, Melissa Stout is touring one stop ahead of me instead of one stop after me!! That's NEW!!! And she is AWESOME!!

Oh how I LUUUUURVE the little two-step package bow stamps in this "Picture Perfect Birthday" set!!! I love them SOOOO much that I made a birthday card AND a baby shower card for this blog tour ... I can see using it a LOT for ALL KINDS of occasions! It makes my heart happy!

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Happy Birthday Framelits Dies, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Remembered as I was stamping today that I had a baby shower to go to tomorrow ... and this is gonna be attached to my gift ... ain't this stamp set just TOO-TOO caYOOT????

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Simply Scored

Next up???  ... lovely Deb Henderson!! That girl has got some GREAT projects for you!!! Click on the "next" button to check them out!

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Fab Friday #129

How is it possible that it is already MID-January??? And where has the SNOW been??? This has been one of the most SNOWless winters I can remember ... it seems like it is snowing in all the places that it NEVER snows (except, of course, the east coast!) ... and it has snowed here a total of maybe three times (only one of which seems like it really counts). It's hard to believe it's January, as the temperatures have been unseasonably warm for this time of year. WEIRD!

I ordered ALL of the pretty new Stampin' Blends pens in November. I FINALLY had a chance to use them in making this fun little "Valentine-y" card for today's Fab Friday Challenge (the sketch had a heart on it, so how could I NOT??!??).

Stamps: Always and Forever
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Wood Texture DSP
Ink: Stampin' Blends Markers, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Accessories: 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Gold Library Clip, Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder









Is This was so much fun ... clean, simple ...










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 am in full marathon training mode ... AND I am also doing a lot of stair training, as the Outclimb Cancer Challenge is coming up SOON (in March!). All participants climb the 24 flights in the Wells Fargo Building (downtown Salt Lake City) as many times as they can in 6 hours (yeah, you read that RIGHT!). It's a wonderful fundraiser ... all proceeds go to help in finding a CURE for cancer. It was one of my most FAVE events last year, so I'm getting excited ... and getting up VERY early to meet some friends to climb some stairs!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Fab Friday #128

True confessions ... my Christmas tree is STILL up. Yeah-yeah-yeah ... all my decorations will find their way to their storage spots this weekend. Instead of cleaning up today I made a card (well, I DID take down my mom's Christmas tree and stuff, so I guess that counts as doing something else!)! Fab Friday folks are back up and running again this year with a fun color combo with which to play!

I think I need it to snow some more here. We have had a very mild and moderate winter ... not a ton of super cold temps and not a lot of snow! And I REALLY want to use my snowshoes ... but I digress!! Made a kinda flowery card for this challenge. I'm not feeling the winter groove at the moment ...

Stamps: Lovely Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bliss
Accessories: 7/8" Striped Ribbon






Is it too early to feel some vibes of Spring??? Probably ... but I couldn't help myself with these colors!






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

Happy New Year! Hope y'all find some time to do the things you love and to do something wonderful for YOURSELF! Pretty sure you have probably earned it!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

All the Sneaky Freaky Things!

The Control Freaks are taking this opportunity to take control of your holidays and show you a little bit of what is coming your way from Stampin' Up in the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs!! Aren't you EXCITED??!?? Can you even STAND it??? I know when I got a view of some of the lovely things coming that I could barely contain my excitement!!! Did you SEE the AMAZING things that my good friend, Dawn Olchefske made for you to see??? That woman!!! ALWAYS creative and fresh!


Soda pop ... soda pop ... soda pop!! I KNEW that these adorable little soda pop bottles would HAVE to be MINE!!! I was SOOOOOO excited when we were able to PREORDER them!!! Aaaaack!!! How can one possibly RESIST these???? Obviously, I have NO idea!!

Stamps: Bubble Over
Paper: Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist
Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies, Silver Ribbon, Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes

I won this adorable little stamp set as part of the "Prize Patrol" at our most recent OnStage event in November. Oh. My. Goodness!!! Can you just say caaaaaYOOOOT??!?? I didn't even have to stamp a sentiment!! There are so many cute images in this set that I had to limit myself to FOUR of them!!

Stamps: Heart Happiness
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral
Accessories: 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Next up???  ... lovely LeeAnn Greff!! Can't even COUNT how many of her creations have inspired me over the years!!

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Monday Montage #106

Deck the halls and all that jazz!!! Can you believe we are only a WEEK away from CHRISTMAS???? WOWZA!!! Seriously not sure HOW that happened already!!! And at this point I figure I am as close to ready as I'm gonna get (except for wrapping ... and stocking stuffers!)! Lucky for me I am just finishing up with my neighbor gifts ... just in time to share them with y'all and my Monday Montage friends!!

The "cheat" about this is that it was created with my Cricut. In my favor, all the ribbon and the paper is Stampin' Up, so I guess I can claim that I am still using Stampin' Up goodies to make my neighbor goodies, right??? When you have a family tradition known as "Keebler Elf Sunday" (even though we made all the cookies on SATURDAY this year), you gotta just squeeze in the projects you can when you can!! And we honest bake about 1,000 cookies ... NOT kidding. But they are delicious, and it goes pretty quickly, so at least that part is happy!

Supplies: Circut "Very Merry Tags"
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Retired Real Red Ribbon, Rhinestone Basics Jewels




Each of these little bags contains 15 "lucky pennies". They stay soft FOREVER!!! And they are a TOTAL favorite of my family (and also of many of my friends at this point!)! Sweet side note ... I didn't even know that these were my dad's most FAVORITE cookies EVER until about two Christmases before he passed. He used to steal some of the ones that I had set aside for some friends that HE was supposed to deliver to!! I never knew that until he told me! So I made sure he had his very own batch after that!! So these cookies remind me of him and make me smile!


And before y'all ask ... here's my recipe!!! This has become an annual tradition here on my blog ... to share this recipe. The only "hint" I can give you is that you should NOT "double" this recipe ... each batch has to be it's own thing, or they won't turn out as well. Believe me, I've tried!!! And considering we have probably made about 10,000 of these cookies, I feel somewhat of an expert on the subject!

Lucky Pennies

2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. salt
3/4 C. (1½ sticks unsalted butter, softened)
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 C. molasses
1 large egg
granulated sugar (for coating cookies)

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. In a separate large bowl, use a wooden spoon to cream the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and egg and mix until well blended. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until combined. Cover the dough and refrigerate it for at least 1 to 2 hours or until firm enough to roll into balls.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Use a teaspoon to scoop the dough from the bowl and roll the cookies into about 1"-in-diameter balls. Roll the balls in a shallow bowl of granulated sugar. Place the balls on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between the cookies. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until the cookies are crinkled and set.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all the dough is used. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month and at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Makes about 8 dozen cookies.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Fab Friday #127

I am relived to say, as I typed this, that my Christmas tree is not only UP, but it is decorated, as are my fireplace mantel, piano, and my dining room. It seemed to take me FOREVER to get into the groove to get it done. And, to be honest, I turned into a mound of mushy tears as I unpacked ornaments ... thinking of those who gave me each one ... marveling on the beautiful faces of my babies in their "first Christmas" ornaments ... and remembering all the love and joy that came with each and every one. I don't think I have EVER cried so much whilst decorating my tree!!! Not sad tears, mind you. These were tears of joy, gratitude and amazement for the very beautiful life I have been blessed with. On top of it all, I had actually finished my Fab Friday card EARLY (as in DAYS ago ... I know, I know ... don't faint!). It's lovely to be on top of things every once in a while!

This card is reminiscent of clean, sparkly winter snow ... and even though it wasn't my intention, I feel it evocative of snow sledding as a child on those great old Flexible Flyer sleds! Scary and exhilarating!!! I think I have actually caught the Spirit of the Season!

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, Rhinestone Basics Jewels, Corner Rounder Punch






What inspires YOU this season ... it's a Free-for-All!!






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

More house cleaning, more shopping, more running hither and yon. All with a heart full of love and gratitude for the blessings of life that make my life as wonderful as can be!

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