Sunday, April 7, 2024

Monday Montage 258 - Cutest Cows

I spent the weekend watching/listening to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints General Conference.  It is scheduled twice a year and there is not quite 10 hours of music and spiritual messages that fill my cup and make me want to be a better person.  A weekend of Joy and rest.  And maybe some really good food.

You have reached one of the many stops on the Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Stick with us and be inspired!

I decided to play with this new, really cute cow stamp set and bundle, not surprisingly called Cutest Cow.  Somehow this little cow found some tasty flowers to much on.

Stamps - Cutest Cows
Ink - Black, Many Marvelous Markers
Paper - White, Pecan Pie, Glorious Gingham DSP
Accessories - Cutest Cow Punch, Garden Meadow Dies, Ribbon Duo Combo Pack (Lemon Lime) Thoughtful Expression Dies, Brass Butterflies.

Your next stop will be Elizabeth at Seeing Ink Spots  You will not want to miss out on what she has to show you!

Paper Crafting is Good for my heart - Give it a try!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Stamping With Friends - Layering Leaves

We have snow today here in Salt Lake City.  A perfect day to stay inside and craft, bake bread, and enjoy some time refilling my cup through the messages given through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints General Conference.  

You have found the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop - where we get to choose how we share our creativity this round. 

Inspired by @sherigilson  I had to recreate her card!  I love the Stampin UP little butterfly cut outs that can be used easily and adapted to be a perfect accent to any card.  I blended calypso coral ink on top of the butterfly.  It is layered with a cutout piece of vellum and then a base of calypso coral.  I think the dimension on the butterfly creates movement in the butterfly.  I cut out the center and covered it in versamark and gold embossing powder to accent the body.                                                                                                                                The leaves were punched and speckled with coral marker ink to give them a little bit of interest and contrast with the basic white tag.
Stamps - Layering Leaves
Ink - Calypso Coral
Paper - Basic White, Calypso Coral, Vellum
Accessories - Paper Butterfly Accents, Gold Embossing Powder, gold adhesive back dots, stylish shapes dies, Fun Patterns EF

Your next stop - Be sure to check them all out!

Paper Crafting is Good for my heart - Give it a try!

Monday, April 1, 2024

We Create Blog Hop - Sending Smiles

One thing I feel pretty confidently about is that all the rain and snow we have been getting the last month will help restock our water reserves for summer and bring about all the greenery and flowers for summer.  Oh don't forget, plenty of mosquitos.

You have found the We create bloghop.  I hope you are inspired by something you see as you make it through the hop.

The theme is April Showers and we are getting plenty of those, but I also am seeing all kinds of spring flowers blooming, so I chose to focus on the flower part

The Sending Smiles stamps and dies will no longer be available for purchase.  The set is a great versatile set for all occasions. I am so glad I have it and will continue to use it long past its availability.

Stamps - Sending Smiles
Ink - Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Garden Green
Paper - Basic white, Soft Seafoam
Accessories - Sending Smiles dies, Thoughtful Expressions Dies, Natural Wavy Trim. adhesive backed dragonflies and birds

Your next stop is Heather at Little Blue House Paper Craft Desdigns

Paper Crafting is Good for my heart - Give it a try!

We Create Blog Hop APRIL 2024 Blog Roll
Kimberley Morris 
Tricia Butts
Cheryl Curtis - This is ME!
Heather Guerrero
Lisa Cunningham

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Monday Montage 257 - Spotlight On Nature

 "There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn come after night, and spring after winter." - Rachel Carson

And right on schedule, we are having Utah Spring at its best. I always get so excited when I see the forsythia start to bloom and the blossoms on the apricot trees pop open. One day its 70 degrees F and then the next we have snow on the ground.  

Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop.  These amazing gals always share amazing projects.  Stick around and see them all!


Today I am showcasing some retiring product and some new you will want to get your hands on.  Decided to go with a monochromatic scheme of pretty blues. Calming and feminine.

I colored the back of the embossed image of the butterfly with markers. I love how the blue pops out in contrast with the white.

Stamps - Spotlight on Nature, Layering Leaves
Ink - Night of Navy, Marvelous Markers - Boho Blue and Night of Navy
Paper - Countryside DSP, Basic White, Night of Nave and Vellum
Accessories - white embossing powder, festive pearls, Thoughtful Expressions Dies, Scalloped Contour dies, white bakers twine

Next is Dani - see what amazing creation she has to share with you!

Paper Crafting is Good for my heart - Give it a try!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Stamping With Friends - Queen Bee

I may have stretched the requirements for the blog hop today....The color combo is all tied up in the colors on the butterfly and greenery.  Alas, this is what I have put together.

Welcome to the Stampin With Friends Blog Hop.  Continue through the hop once you finished here for some amazing inspiration.

The requirements of the color combo were...

I got so tied up in the creation process, I may have forgotten the focus colors.  OOPS!  I have used Pumpkin pie, Daffodil Delight and Granny Green in the butterfly and greenery.  Such a fun bright color combo!

Stamps - Queen Bee and Charming Sentiments
Ink - Black and Marvelous Markers
Paper - Petal Pink, Petal Pink DSP, Granny Green Basic White
Accessories -  White Twine, Bough punch, Thoughtful Expressions dies, Ombre matte decorative dots, 3D splatters EF

Click on the Next button to check out new creations

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Simply Zinnia - Monday Montage

Life seems to keep throwing punches at me and I am not dodging the hits very well.  Sometimes I wonder why I keep getting up.  What I do know is that my Savior, my boy crush and my friends are such a great support and comfort to me.  I did celebrate a 27 year anniversary to my boy crush this week.  I am so lucky!

Its time for another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss the amazing talent we have in this group.

Have you seen the Simply Zinnia Suite - Its an Online Exclusive set and is so popular - Put it on your wish list. The bright colors in the DSP and fun embellishments, stamps and die cuts make it a must have.

I saw this background done on social media and decided to give it a try.  I took a couple strips of white cardstock scrap and masked off three spots on the back ground of the card.  Used the blending brushes to color the card.  I ran it through the embossing machine with a fun new folder that is also an online exclusive.  The rest is all done with the magic of the Simply Zinnia bundle.

I blended ink on the petals and leaves to create some depth to the petals and leaves.

Stamps - Simply Zinnia
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Fresh Freesia, Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss.
Paper - Black Berry Bliss, Fresh Freesia, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock. Lemon Lolly, Parakeet Party
Accessories - Simply Zinnia Dies, Fun Patterns EF, White embossing powder, white twine, purple fine shimmer gems, Wink of Stella.

Stick with the hop and see what Dani has in store.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Stamping With Friends - Thoughtful Expressions

It is a blustery wet day here in Utah.  I am all bundled up in my favorite sweatshirt and sweatpants.  The day couldn't be more perfect for an excuse to stay home to stamp and create wonderful projects.  I will probably throw in a nap and maybe bake a treat to go with some soup and home made bread for dinner.  

Welcome to the Stampin' With Friends Blog Hop - with a little twist of Tic Tac Toe

My version is the first column:
  • Thankyou, -Pansy Patch
  • Embossing (heat) - Black
  • DSP - Poetic Expressions

I haven't had a chance to use my Thoughtful Expressions Stamp set.  I was lured in with the coordinating dies and had to have the set.  Hummingbirds and flowers are always appreciated and pair well with the Thank you sentiment from Pansy Patch

Stamps - Thoughtful Expressions, Pansy Patch
Ink - Markers and Blends, 
Paper - Boho Blue, Poetic Expressions DSP, White
Accessories - Thoughtful Expressions Dies, Misty Moonlight Ribbon, Purple fine shimmer gems, black embossing powder

Click the next person to see how they played Tic Tac Toe!