Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Montage #94

Summer feels like it is already here!!! The temperatures have been SOOOO warm here! I actually turned on the air conditioner over the weekend. And the summer movie season has already started!! I've already seen "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Wonder Woman" ... which brings me to today's card for Monday Montage ...


I have always been a little, well ... obsessed with Wonder Woman. After all, we have the SAME FREAKIN' INITIALS, right???? I LOVED the movie!!! So I made a shield and wrapped it in the "lasso of truth" ... couldn't help myself!!

Stamps: Rotary Alphabet
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Red Glimmer, Gold Foil, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Small Star Punch, Circles Framelits Dies, Gold Baker's Twine

LOTS going on this week!! The newlyweds came over on Sunday and opened all of their gifts. That was REALLY fun!!! We filled the back of their car to the CEILING!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... always great stuff going on with BOTH of them!!


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fab Friday #113

Fe-fi-fo-fum ... messes all around and they are NO fun!!! I am struggling to get motivated to clean my house. NOT kidding. I think I have piles in EVERY room. I kinda hate it!! But, apparently, not enough to jump in with full force!! I feel the change coming ... and every time I try to stamp or create I feel like I need to get a GRIP on my life! I wanna stamp for REALS, people!! I need to order some new catalog stuff ... then I will feel more of a motivation to clean up the chaos!! YIKES!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Square Punch, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Silver Thread, Wooden Heart









Simple, but FUN!!











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

Lucky for me, I don't work today or Memorial Day ... or even the day AFTER Memorial Day!!! I consider myself VERY lucky!!!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Monday Montage #93


And so it goes ... the LAST blog post I made was for Monday Montage THREE WEEKS ago!! SHEESH!! The wedding has come and gone ... it was a GORGEOUS day!! Things could NOT have gone more amazingly!!! So I feel it is ABOUT TIME that I shared the wedding invites with all y'all ...



I'm gonna be honest ... I do NOT "copy" cards/crafty things from people ... like NEVER (I used to do it WAAAYYYY back in the day when I first started stamping ... we're talking about the early 1990's here, people!)!!! HOWEVER ... when my daughter sent me a link to a wedding invite she saw on Pinterest created by the ever-fabulous Heidi Swapp and said to me, "I'm pretty sure you don't have the stuff to do this, but I love it!" CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! Bwahahaha!!! So here is what I made ...

This is what the invite looked like from the front.  I used a Minc machine (which is basically a laminator).  The trick to this is to have the photo in the background NOT be created with TONER ... and for the wording to be printed WITH toner.  You with me so far??? I COULD have used a inkjet printer to do the photos (as suggested by Heidi Swapp on her blog for the invites that she created), but since this was for my daughter's WEDDING, for crying out loud.  I'm SUPER picky and did NOT want to have any printer "banding" visible at ALL in the photo.  I had a local printing service (Heath at MasterLab Photo in Murray, Utah) print out the photos for me.  They came out BEAUTIFULLY (also primarily due to the master photography of Christie Berube - Christie Q Photography).  The photos were printed at 7"x7".   After running the photos through my LASER printer for the wording, I THEN ran each photo through the Minc laminator with some rose gold foil.  In person these look absolutely GORGEOUS (if I do say so myself!!)!!



I created a fold using my Simply Scored tool to make a faint score line 2" from the right-hand side, so that the finished invite measures 5"x7" once it is folded.  I also used my handy-dandy corner rounder on all four corners (I used it once the invite was folded ... and just had to punch the corners on the far-right side by themselves ... does that make sense???)




I used the now-retired MDS (yeah, I am one of THOSE people who canNOT let go of it!!) to created the file with the wording on it ... made it VERY easy!

Here is what the invite looks like from the back side ... I ordered some rose gold spiral clips to hold the flap closed so I could put the special "invites" behind the flap created.  I was able to create the inserts using MDS as well ... and they were ALSO run through the Minc laminator with the rose gold foil.  Was SOOOOO grateful for my handy-dandy SU paper trimmer to get them cut JUST RIGHT!!
See???? Aren't they caYOOT??? I can't tell you how happy I was with how they turned out.  And Quinn and Amelia??? They kept looking at them and making comments like, "Look how cute we are!" and "These are SO classy looking!"  They made me smile BIG TIME about it!!!

Stamps: None
Paper: Photo Paper and 24 lb. White Coverstock
Ink: LaserJet Black
Fonts:  King Basil Lite (Script for Quinn & Amelia's names), Ginora Sans (for the remaining text)
Accessories: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Simply Scored, Paper Trimmer, Rose Gold Spiral Paper Clips, My Digital Studio

I guess I have NO excuse to NOT clean up my house ... my craft room ... and the inside of my car, right???? Wedding is OVER!!! I think I need a trip to Disneyland ...

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... Brilliant-brilliant-BRILLIANT!!


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monday Montage #92

Marvelous Monday Montage!!! And I'm just about 12 days away from my daughter's wedding day!!! AAAAAaaaack!!! I will be SO happy to to the actual wedding day ... that way I will have done everything that can or WILL get done and I can just sit back and enjoy!! (Wait ... the sit back part is probably not until a couple of days AFTER the wedding is over ...)



I have been feeling in a SUPER creative black hole lately. I sit and stare at my craft supplies and WILL them to make themselves into something ... and they don't ... sigh. So I've been perusing the interwebz looking for something new. Or something old that LOOKS new. Which is where I came up with this nifty accordion fold card. I guess I have never seen this before! So it was very fun to make!

Stamps: Little Cuties
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Tasty Treats  DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Botanical Buildings Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basics, Mini Stapler

Just an observation ... WHY is it that the parents (ok, the MOM) of the bride does MOST of the work for the wedding ... and pays for most of the stuff for the wedding ... and the BRIDE gets to go on a VACATION when it's all said and done???? Seems kinda unfair, don't it???

In the mean time, click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... LOVELOVELOVE!!!


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Fab Friday #111

Happy Fab Friday, my friends!!! I have spent SO much time in my car the past several days! My daughter lives almost an hour away. And trying to do weddings stuffs with someone who is an hour away is not always the easiest of things. So I drive ... and drive and drive and drive. Now I need a NAP!!!

Here's my card for this week's sketch challenge. I didn't even end up putting ANY stamped images on it ... not ONE!!! Truth be told, I had to pick my daughter up at the train station VERY early this morning ... and this card was something I did on the fly (code for "in a hurry"). I didn't feel like it needed an actual sentiment, anyway!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tasty Treats DSP
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, White Jute Ribbon, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim









Pretty straight forward ...











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 shall now go and THINK about taking a nap whilst I am juggling cats and trying to clean my house, do laundry and work on wedding stuffs!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Paper Craft Crew - PCC #241

Happy Paper Craft Crew Day!!! I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how much I "miss" doing my "several-times-a-week" paper crafting!! I am ever-so-thankful for my blog hop teams, like the Paper Craft Crew, who are keeping me with at least my little TOE in it!!! Wedding is less than three weeks away ... AAAAAAACK!!! THEN I can clean my house ... clean my crafty space ... and get back on some sorta "normal" schedule ... whatever the heck THAT means!!

I LUUUURRRRVE this little bumble bee!!! I mean, seriously??? Could he "bee" any cuter???? I think not!!! And then, of course, I also had to add the hexagon textured background ... because ... HONEYCOMB!!!! Spring is really happening!!! This was the longest freakin' winter of ALL TIME!!! I didn't think it was EVER going to give up!!! SHEESH!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Neutrals DSP Stack, Silver Foil
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits (I think these are my most FAVE framelits right now!), Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Sequin Trim, Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder











Great layout!!!










Here's a link to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge so you can play along:

Paper Craft Crew #241

Next step for the wedding??? Finishing up the cookies/boxes for wedding favors! I WILL get this DONE!!! And then I will take the longest nap of ALL TIME!!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mamas, Friends ... and Freaks!




Happy April, my friends!!! Welcome to another go-round with the Control Freaks!!! This month we are making projects that you can give to your mother or to a friend.  LeeAnn Greff ... did you just come from her blog???? She can mail me her projects ANY time!!

Remember SEVERAL years back when these double-fold cards were all the rage??? Don't know WHAT made me think of these as I sat down to create ... but I decided I wanted to make some ... because they are so much fun!!!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Early Expresso
Accessories: Woodlands Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Botanical Buildings Thinlits Dies, Project Life Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread
Here's the same sort of card ... just flipped horizontally.  I had forgotten how much I loved making this style of card "back in the day" ... it was great to revisit ...

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Early Expresso
Accessories: Woodlands Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Botanical Buildings Thinlits Dies, Project Life Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon

Next up???  ... my brilliant friend, Cindy Elam!! She makes the most beaUTIFUL things, doesn't she???

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Fab Friday #110

This is, quite possibly, the world's QUICKEST and SHORTEST blog post (at least from me!)!! Welcome to Fab Friday! I'm in the midst of trying to get wedding announcements finished and out the door. So without any further ado ...

Here's my card ...

Stamps: Little Cuties
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Carried Away DSP, Tasty Treats DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder, Pool Party Ribbon









And here's the pretty color combo I used to create 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

And here's me signing off and wishing y'all a HAPPY EASTER (or a HAPPY WEEKEND!)!!! Ta-taaaa!!!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paper Craft Crew - PCC #239

Well, well, well!!! Would ya LOOKIE here!!! I am blogging!!! I am ACTUALLY BLOGGING!! I feel like I am SO out of the loop!!! I am still busily working on my daughter's wedding stuff ... something that is taking a LOT of time! I'm enjoying it, but it's sucking up ALL my extra time (if there even IS such a thing in my universe!!)!!! Thank goodness for the Paper Craft Crew and their challenges!!! They have given me a REASON to create!!

Spent a good portion of Tuesday morning at the florists. We were looking at #alltheflowers. Don't you just LOVE the smell of fresh flowers???? I know I do! Which is what inspired me to make my card for this week's challenge ... which was to use some sort of metal embellishment ... but I was thinking FLOWERS!!!

Stamps: Beautiful You
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor
Ink: Basic Black, Watercolor Pencils (Rich Razzleberry)
Accessories: May Flowers Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Mini Paper Clips, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Aqua Painter









Easy enough, right???









Here's a link to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge so you can play along:

Paper Craft Crew #239

So here I go again ... I will be back in the trenches (after I get off work, of course) working on finishing up wedding announcements!!! I NEED to have them out by this weekend!!! YIKES!!!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday Montage #91


Beautiful weekend ... beautiful weather ... and another beautiful Monday Montage Blog Hop!!! What could be better??? Except for the fact that I realized TODAY that I have to have all of my daughter's wedding invites done and ready for the mail in TEN DAYS!!! AAAAAAACCCCKKKK! I'm ok ...

Need to confess a truth ... again ... I STILL haven't put my craft room back together since the Great Christmas Flood of 2016. Every time I walk in and look at it I think to myself, "Nah!!! I'll do it LATER!" It is something that REALLY needs to happen. But I have decided that because my daughter's wedding is coming SO quickly, I need to focus all me energies on THAT. THEN maybe I can worry about cleaning and reorganizing!!! In the meantime, I made this little beauty ...

Stamps: Oh So Succulent
Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Melon Mambo, Vellum
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: May Flowers Framelits Dies, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Pearl Basics

And I haven't been to Disneyland since NOVEMBER!!! I am having SERIOUS withdrawal pains!!! I know ATW (after the wedding), my sister-in-law and I are planning to go ... and Bree (my bestie who is up NEXT on this blog hop) and I have signed up for the Disneyland "Double Dare" at the first of September (a 10K on one day, followed by a half marathon the next!)!!! We are already talking COSTUMES!!! One of the races has a "Toy Story" theme ... and the other one has a "Monsters Inc." theme ... I can't WAIT!!

In the mean time, click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Bree Renwick ... these girls got it going ON!!


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