Saturday, May 1, 2021

We Create - Technique Toss Up


Hello Sunshine and welcome to the We Create - Technique Toss UP blog hop.  Make sure you don't miss a chance to see some really cool techniques by clicking the NEXT button at the end of this post.


One of my favorite techniques is the emboss resist.  An image is stamped and heat embossed usually in white, but I think any color would work.  The embossing resists any ink added to the image.  The results are really striking when the heat embossed image pops from behind the ink.  There are so many how to videos already out in wide world web, I won't take the time to go through the steps.

I love these sunflower stamps.  Amazing detail and although I didn't use them, the dies are amazing and coordinate perfectly.

  • Stamps - Celebrate Sunflowers 
  • Ink - Early Espresso, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Black 
  • Paper - Basic White, Garden Green 
  • Accessories - White Embossing Powder, sponge daubers, Taylor Made Tags Dies, Simply Elegant Trim, Sequins for Everything

Headlines for the week...
  • Officially cleared all my belongings from my place of employment - I will no longer have a space of my very own
  • Lunch with a friend at Rio Grande - I love the white queso
  • Too much going on - almost sends me to the Looney Bin
  • spent over an hour "looking for the place where the lost things go" (Mary Poppins)
  • Found the place where the lost things go - Everything has been found
  • Fresh Bread smells are good for my heart - this week Honey Whole Wheat
  • Finished a Years worth of wood projects for a calendar - Time with friends is good for my heart.
Thanks for hanging around the We Create group.  Hop on over to Tricia's page to see what creative technique she has to share with you.







We Create Blog Hop MAY 2021 Blog Roll
Kimberley Morris 
Tanya Harvey
Libby Fens

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Monday Montage 188


I can't believe we are here again...Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop.  Make sure you don't miss a blog by clicking the NEXT button at the end of this post.
Just last weekend I was hanging out with my BFF's in Walla Walla WA.  Loving the spring weather, stamping, relaxing, eating, shopping, playing with the cutest chiweenies and aussies.  Oh how I wished we were closer.  The stamping world has really brought true friendships to me that I would never have other wise found.

On that note - I had to use/borrow the cute little puffin stamp set that is available on May 4th.  It is adorbs!
The cute little tag is also new and you will want to get your hands on that for sure.  The scalloped circle edges were inked using the blender brushes.

Stamps - Party Puffins
Ink - Black, Versamark, Bermuda Bay, pale papaya, granny apple green, so saffron
Paper - Basic White, Cool Caribbean, Real Red, Party Pattern DSP
Accessories - Tailor Made Tags, Layering Circles, Brick & Mortar EF, White Twine, Artistry Blooms sequins, Blendabilities, White embossing powder Blending brushes.

Headlines...Its been a few days 
  • Car Trips with BFF and all the snacks
  • Starting a little houseplant garden in my bedroom/office - Thanks Bree
  • Vans - The "come and get me" shoe for boys - girls can't resist them
  • Homemade ice cream is the best
  • Sourdough bread skills are improving
  • Stamping with friends - try it...you'll love it!
  • once again - Funerals and Weddings are sometimes the best way to catch up with family
  • Tried Culvers for the first time - won't be my last
  • Attempted a soda bottle/candy bouquet - it was a success - pictures coming
  • New Exercise program implemented - I can do this!
  • Klickers Strawberries - Oh My Goodness  Their ice cream too!


Thanks for hanging out with the Monday Montage group - Your next stop is Elizabeth - hit next to see what fabulous creation she has shared.  Or, if you are traveling the hop in reverse select the back button to see the what amazing projects Charlet has come up with.

Monday Montage 










Sunday, April 11, 2021


Happy Spring and welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop.  Make sure you don't miss a blog by clicking the NEXT button at the end of this post.

I don't know about your neck of the woods, but the trees are just popping with blossoms and new leaves.  My allergies hate it, but I love to see the vibrant colors and the sure promise that spring and warmer weather was on his way.  Nature has gifted us some of the prettiest scenes as the snow clears away.

I was able to preorder some of the new Stampin' Up product from the next catalog. I always seem to be drawn to beautiful trees and tree settings. Oh the possibilities with this set of dies.  There are so many fun new things in the catalog - I have a small sampling included on this card.

I love the DSP in the catalog.  The beauty of the earth has great backgrounds.  The blue sky background looks water colored - so bright and eye catching.  The pansy paper lent itself to bright blossoms.  It is kind of hard to see, but the tree blossoms layer so there is depth to the blossoms, plus some of the petals lift.  Just think of all the seasons and what can be done with these trees!

    Stamps - Etched in Nature (Sentiment)
Ink - Black
Paper - Soft Suede, Beauty of the Earth DSP, Pansy Petals DSP
Accessories - Taylor Made Tags, Inspiring Canopy Dies, Linen thread

My headlines for the week
  • Fun Book Group Discussion - Girl Woman Other - (didn't turn out to be a favorite)
  • General Conference - Filled my spiritual well to over flowing.  I know HE Lives!
  • We are both fully vaccinated! Wahoo!
  • Boy Crush plans a date - Five Guys and a Drive up the canyon - ended at Hatch's for ice cream
  • Yay for Xyzal - helps a girl be able to breathe during allergy season
  • New Crafting Supplies - always a reason to hang with my BFF
  • Family Funeral - sometimes the best way to connect with the ones still living.

Thanks for hanging out with the Monday Montage group - Your next stop is Elizabeth - hit next to see what fabulous creation she has shared.  Or, if you are traveling the hop in reverse select the back button to see the what amazing projects Charlet has come up with.



Monday Montage Hoppers
  1.  Amy O'Neil - Not participating
  2.  Breelin Renwick
  3.  Cathy Casey
  4.  Charlet Mallet  
  5.  Cheryl Curtis - This is ME!
  6.  Dani Dziama  - Not participating
  7.  Elizabeth Price
  8.  Julie Warnick  - Not participating
  9.  Melissa Stout
  10.  Wendy Weixler


Thursday, April 1, 2021

We Create - The Animal Kingdom


Bone Jour and welcome to the We Create - The animal kingdom blog hop.  Make sure you don't miss a blog by clicking the NEXT button at the end of this post.
Stampin Up has so many great stamp sets that represent the animal kingdom.  I wanted to use one that showcased an animal very near and dear to my heart...The Dog.

I currently own an Old English/French Bulldog and he is the light and pizzazz of my homebound life.  This little dachshund and his little beret couldn't be cuter  I decided to keep the layout simple.  The bones are inked and stamped second generation  - so they wouldn't be so bold in the background.

I know his little bowl is actually a cone of shame, but he needed a little bowl, so I stamps a few of the little feet on it.  It works :)  Or maybe you can imagine he just got his cone removed and he is feeling fabulous!  So many great elements in this stamp set - get it while you can!


  • Stamps - Hot Dog
  • Ink - Black, Sahara Sand
  • Paper - Granny Smith Green, Basic white
  • Accessories - Stitched with Whimsy dies, Braided linen trim, clear embossing powder, Treasured Tags pick a punch, Cinnamon Cider and Granny Smith Green marker


Headlines for the week.
  • Received second vaccination shot - hoping for a lovely Easter Weekend
  • Calendar Painting Party with Friends
  • Pedicure happened - feet are ready for sandals
  • Trip booked to visit my brother in May 
  • Made sourdough bread - it did rise and tastes amazing
  • Boy Crush planned a date! Wings and March Madness


Thanks for hanging around the We Create group.  Hop on over to Tricia's page to see what amazing projects she has come up with..

We Create Blog Hop APRIL 2021 Blog Roll
Kimberley Morris 
Tanya Harvey
Libby Fens
Cheryl CurtisYOU ARE HERE!
Tricia Butts
Jeanna Kay



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Monday Montage 186

And just like that another weekend has come to a close.  They go by soooo fast.  Mine was pretty low key.  Some errand running, March Madness and a little crafting.  We had quite a bit of rain/snow this weekend, so it was the perfect time to stay inside (not like we haven't been doing that already)

I just can't leave those pierced flowers alone - there are so many combos and color choices.




Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop.  This group of crafters always has some great ideas to share.  Make sure you don't miss a blog by clicking the NEXT button at the end of this post.


Signs of spring are starting to come out of the ground and the Forsythia is in full color - love the yellow. It won't be long until we see crocus, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilacs.  The idea of this has inspired the colors and layout for the card.  
Stamps - Many Messages
Ink - Black
Paper - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green
Accessories - Pierced Blooms dies,  Messages Dies, Pearls, Stitched with Whimsy dies

Headlines for the week
  • Hell Week - the week that follows Daylight Savings Time Change
  • Two Popes - the movie is inspiring
  • Date Night - Worlds Best Corn Dog Truck - makes a girl happy
  • 70F degrees makes a girl very happy
  • Got in a hour of exercise everyday 
  • Spent over an hour on a customer support line - Success - monthly bill is $30 less
  • Great Night spent with SIL and BIL - Grand Tour and Cuban sandwiches

Thanks for hanging out with the Monday Montage group - Your next stop is Elizabeth - hit next to see what fabulous creation she has shared.  Or, if you are traveling the hop in reverse select the back button to see the what amazing projects Charlet has come up with.



Monday Montage Hoppers
  1.  Amy O'Neil - Not participating
  2.  Breelin Renwick
  3.  Cathy Casey
  4.  Charlet Mallet  
  5.  Cheryl Curtis - This is ME!
  6.  Dani Dziama  - Not participating
  7.  Elizabeth Price
  8.  Julie Warnick  
  9.  Melissa Stout
  10.  Wendy Weixler

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Monday Montage 185


Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Can you Feel it?   Spring is on its way!  And so is Daylight Savings time - EEP!  what is it about that one hour?

The inspiration for this card came from another stamp company.  I saw it and knew that I wanted to try it with our pierced flower dies. This card totally reminds me of a bag full of Easter M&M Almonds.  So springy and happy.  The colors definitely stand out against the black background.  This format is slimline which makes a great space to place the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment fits perfectly.
Stamps - Happy Thoughts
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Cool Caribbean, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Seafoam, Vellum
Accessories - Pierced Blooms Dies, White Embossing powder, pearl basic jewels.


Headlines for the week
Book group - Not big fans of mystical fairytale genre
Celebrated 24 years of marital bliss with my boy crush
Made Rouladen for the first time - thanks to BFF for the instructions
Drove around the bird refuge - Lots of Swans
Successful close of the books for February (We do it every month, but it is always an accomplishment)
Scheduled for first Vaccination


Thanks for hanging out with the Monday Montage group - Your next stop is Dani - hit next to see what fabulous creation she has shared.  Or, if you are traveling the hop in reverse select the back button to see the what amazing projects Charlet has come up with.
To Dani

To Charlet


onday Montage Hoppers



Monday, March 1, 2021

We Create Blog Hop - Cut it out!

Happy March.  It may be cold, but the sun is out longer and you feel the promise of Spring.  We were out and about last night at 5:30 and the sun was still visible above the horizon.   

Welcome to the We Create Blog Hop.

The challenge was to create using punches die cuts, hand cuts etc.  This was easy as I use these tools ALL the time.  The only thing that made it hard was choosing a layout and stamp set.  Very often Stampin Up creates a suite which includes stamps, dies, paper, and accessories.  This is great, but sometimes we get stuck in a color combo rut and the only samples you see are with the same colors.  I stepped out and used a different combo that what was included in the suite.  I was unsure about the purple, But I love it!



Stamps - Snailed It
Ink - Black
Paper - Basic White, So Saffron, Gorgeous Grape, Seafoam, Seaside Spray, Real Red
Accessories - Many Marvelous Markers, Stitched Be Mine Dies, Snail Dies

Headlines for the week...
Celebrated Boy Crush's Bday - We cook good together
Fresh Banana Muffins straight from the Oven  Mmmm
Tried Melon Mt Dew  -  If only it came in diet
Late nite snacks from Thirst - pretzel bites and a McDreamy
Hair Cut and color - always good for Morale
Working at home has turned me into a SLUG

Ok -Hop on over to Libby's page to see what amazing projects she has come up with..