Monday Montage 83

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!


 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and what I'm going to call Lazy Sunday. Most of you know that my son is serving in the US Navy and this was the first Thanksgiving that we have spent apart.  We did a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration when we visited last month and he had amazing weekend plans with a good friend, so I was handling the separation really well.....or so I thought.

 


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He called around midnight on Wednesday to say that he and his friend had arrived at the hotel.  They were very tired from the long drive and were going straight to bed.  I got another call around 6am.  Someone had entered their hotel room and stolen their wallets, including all forms of identification, credit cards, and money.  Fortunately, he still had his cell phone and car keys and neither of them were hurt.

 

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From out of state, we were frantically trying to find a way to get them some money.  Because it was a holiday, we were having a difficult time contacting friends in the area, as many were out of town.  We found a distant cousin that lived 2 hours away, but that was a lot to ask of someone on Thanksgiving.  At one point, my son called to tell me that he didn't know how they were going to eat that day and my heart just sank.  It was truly the most helpless, awful feeling in the world.

Thankfully, a police officer provided them with a small amount of cash to get something to eat and enough gas money to return to base.  If you want to know how to get me to cry, just do something nice for my boy.  I am so very thankful to this police officer and I realize that he was away from his family during the holiday as well.  The least I can do is send a Thank You card to this fine officer's department and hope that he knows how much that small act of kindness meant to us that day.

 

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I CASEd this card from Andrea Withers and used the new All Things Thanks stamp set, which will be available in the Occasions Catalog in January.  The sentiments are perfect for many different thankful situations.  Even though our Thanksgiving did not go quite as planned, we still have so many things to be grateful for.  I'm thankful for someone watching over my son and helping him out of a tough situation. 

And I'm thankful for the Monday Montage girls!  We've been hopping and bopping regularly for over 2 years now.  They always inspire me.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

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My Favorite Things

I've gone back and forth on this post, and I've finally decided to share my favorite gifts for the holidays with all of my faithful blog readers.  This post is full of affiliate links.....now, with that being said....I will never suggest that you purchase anything that is not currently in my own home and being used regularly by myself and my family.  Like Oprah's list, you'll find gift ideas in every price range and I truly LOVE each item!

 

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GhostBed Mattress

I know! I know! What kind of a gift idea is a mattress?

As a chiropractor, I always get asked to recommend a mattress to my patients that will help with their body aches and pains.  Up until recently, I've refrained from making any specific endorsement of a mattress.  Let's face it, store-bought mattresses are expensive and everyone has different tastes.  Here are a few of the reasons I LOVE my GhostBed:

  • Made in the USA
  • 101 Night Sleep Trial (if you don't like it, they will arrange pick up and you don't pay anything)
  • Monthly no-interest payments available
  • Firm support that doesn't get warm
  • I sleep like a baby and rarely wake up with any back, leg, neck pain, etc.

 

This is a great comfort gift!  GhostBed also has awesome pillows and a fabulous Black-Friday special.

You can save $50 on your purchase by using this link:  https://mbsy.co/fRsQw

 

 

 

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Wildtree Workshops

Have you every wondered.....What's for dinner?

We all have! I've been using Wildtree for a few years and my current favorite product is the Freezer Meal Workshop Bundles.  There are 12 workshops to choose from, including grain-free and Paleo options.  Each bundle has enough products to create 10 meals that will feed up to 6 people--you just add the proteins and veggies of your choice.

If you're tired of the same thing for dinner, short on time, or trying to provide healthier meals for your family, then this is a wonderful option.  I find the meals are kid-friendly and very easy to prepare.

You can shop in my Wildtree store anytime and be sure to check out the promo bundles and Make Fresh Dinners Bundles.

 

 

 

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Stitch Fix

I used to love shopping.  Not so much anymore. It seems like nothing fits right and I cannot find stylish clothes that flatter my body.  Enter Stitch Fix.

I signed up over a year ago and I love this service.  Here is how it works:

You fill out a style profile with your sizes and style preferences.

Schedule a fix.  You'll be charged a $20 styling fee.

You'll receive 5 items custom selected for you.  You have 3 days to try them on at home and decide what to keep and what to send back.  The styling fee can be applied to anything you keep.  Shipping is free both ways.

I've gotten so many cute pieces in the past year.  It's amazing what just one or two fresh clothing items a month can do for your wardrobe.

They've recently started offering this service for men, too.  Gift certificates are available in almost any amount.  You can learn more here:  http://stitchfix.com/referral/7090564

 

 

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And my list would not be complete without my favorite Stampin' UP! products.

 

BigshotBig Shot--it cuts, embosses, and so much more!  If you don't have one, you NEED one!

 

MagneticplatformMagnetic Platform--if you've already got a Big Shot, this is your next MUST-HAVE!

(and it'll be specially priced on November 28th)

 

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Oh Happy Day Card Kit---This kit includes everything to create the 20 cards shown here.  Just add adhesive!  It's perfect for beginners and experts alike.

 

And of course, I always have Gift Certificates available in any amount.  Just email me at melissa@thestampdoc.com for more information.

 

I hope you found this list helpful. Let me know if there is anything you would ADD to the list by leaving me a comment below.

Have a great Turkey Day and enjoy the beginning of the Holiday season!

 

 

 

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Monday Montage 82

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

 

I'll be honest.....I feel like I just finished a marathon.  Not the kind of marathon my dear friend Wendy does, because you'll never see me run.  However, I've been going non-stop for weeks!  In fact, I think the weeks is turning into months already.  And just when I was hoping it would slow down, somehow Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away!  GAH!

I left the Stampin' UP! OnStage event last week very inspired, but not quite ready to play with all the new goodies. You know how it feels when you hear Christmas music playing in June?  Well, that's how I feel about the upcoming catalogs.  I really need to get through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years before I can even begin to create stuff for Spring!  So, today you get a Christmas card.  LOL

 

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I haven't shown much love to the Christmas Pines stamp set, but it is fabulous!  There are so many great greetings and the images are very elegant.  I paired it with the new Stitched Shapes framelits to create a simple, yet stunning Holiday card.

 

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The background is embossed with the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies to cut out the pine cones and branches.  I highly recommend using the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot for these detailed dies.  A little wax paper in your sandwich won't hurt either.


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My pine bough was topped off with a bow made from the 1/4" Gold Natural Trim.

It's not too late to create your Holiday cards and this one is perfect for mass production. You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

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Monday Montage 81

 

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

 

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So do you ever bite off more than you can chew?  I'm sitting in my studio, wondering where I can find a few extra hours this week or if there would be any way to clone myself.  Even though I am slightly overwhelmed with all of the things I need to get done, I can't help but be grateful for all the good things that have come my way.  I'll be giving this special card to someone that has definitely been a blessing in my life this year.  It features the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and an abundance of Fall colors.

 

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For the layout, I used a sketch from Mojo Monday.  The sketch featured lots of layers, so I knew it would be perfect to pair the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Layering Circles & Squares Framelits Dies.  I was still able to maintain a lot of white space to keep the card clean & simple.

 

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I stamped the leaf accents in Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, and Soft Suede.  Immediately after stamping, I used a tiny bit of ink with the Clear Wink of Stella brush to add some shimmer and additional color to the leaves.  The Petals & Paisleys bundle features so many stamp and die combinations.  The possibilities are endless!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

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October Control Freaks Blog Hop ~ Gratitude

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Gratitude.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Kelly Acheson. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!

 

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I'm on vacation in Florida this week and boy, am I grateful for that!  A much-needed visit with my Navy son, sunshine, and some R & R does a mommy good.

 

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I've been so busy cranking out the Christmas cards, so I needed a break from that, too.  I brought a minimal amount of supplies with me to create a few cards at my leisure.  My "stamping pack" included a package of Thick Whisper White card stock, the Basket of Wishes stamp set, paper trimmer, a few ink pads and markers, an aquapainter, and some adhesives.  This is considerably less than my stash at home, but I wanted to limit myself to supplies that a beginning stamper might have.

 

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I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.  Without any patterned paper, I had to watercolor strips of paper and splatter ink onto my background to add depth and dimension.  I didn't bring an orange ink with me, so I had to mix Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze to create the various shades of orange on the pumpkins and squash.

 

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The basket bows out a bit to make it look rounded and full.  I added a double stack of dimensionals to the middle of the stamped image, then placed Tombow adhesive along the outer edges to secure the basket.  You can see this a bit better in the image below. (I'm also sharing a little bit of Florida from my balcony with you)

 

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You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  I hope you've enjoyed my minimal supplies card.  Don't forget to visit Wendy Weixler to continue on the blog tour. 

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Things That Go BUMP in the Night

 

The Dirty Dozen Design Team has a brand new collection of projects to share for the month of October.  Our theme is "Things that go bump in the night".  I really loved this one, as it gave me a great excuse to use some fun Halloween stamps. 

 

You can see a sneak peek of my projects in the collage below.  To see the full projects, along with some other perks, you'll need to join the Fan Club.   It’s only $24.95 a YEAR or $14.95 for 6 months.  You get to see tons of gorgeous projects, participate in special challenges, and more.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FAN CLUB.

 

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Monday Montage 80

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

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This week, I am enjoying a much-needed vacation & visit with my Navy son in Florida. After another crazy week, I am definitely ready for some R & R! 

However, one hour before I left, I realized that I didn't have a project created for the Monday Montage blog hop.  YIKES!

I pulled up this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and got to work, whipping up a quick card.

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Fortunately, I already had a few of the elements laying on my desk and was able to work my design around those things~a mummy stamped & punched with the Cookie Cutter Halloween set, a few Halloween Night Enamel Dots, a strip or Halloween Night Designer Series Paper, and a bit of Black Metallic Thread.

 

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I stamped the gauze-y stamp in Smoky Slate ink from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set and the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Pumpkin Pie ink.  I love both of these sets so much!  They add just the right amount of texture to all of my clean & simple cards.

 The "trick or treat" sentiment is from the Spooky Fun stamp set.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

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Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first ever Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collection of ideas from Stampin’ UP! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Having lost several close friends within the last month to various forms of cancer, I could not turn down the opportunity to participate in this hop.  However, I've had a bit of a creative block recently so I was a bit stumped with what to create.  So here is my TIP:  if all else fails, turn to the Stampin' UP! catalog and CASE (copy & share everything).

I loved the samples on page 97 featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies.  I changed up the colors and a few other things to create these 3 cards that would be perfect to send to anyone that needs encouragement.

 

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This card base measures 3-1/2" x 5", so it's a nice size to tuck in with a gift.  On all of the cards, I used a combination of Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Flirty Flamingo.  These colors really complement one another.

 

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In the catalog, the sample shown is a tag.  I simply changed it to a card size.  I think this sentiment would be perfect for many situations, don't you?

 

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I added just a bit of Daffodil Delight ink with a sponge dauber to the die-cut "sunshine" to give it some depth.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  If you'd like to continue the blog hop, you can click any of the links below for even more pink inspiration.  You'll find a complete list of supplies for all my projects at the very end of this post.

 

 

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Monday Montage 79

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

So......I haven't stamped anything for 2 whole weeks!  I'm starting to have a bit of rubber withdrawal.  Fortunately, I'll be able to spend a good part of Monday in my craft room getting caught up on all my crafty projects.  Today's card is a simple, die-cut only card but I think you'll like it!

 

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 You might want to pull out your sunglasses because this card features a bit of a psychedelic color combination ~ Emerald Envy, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Basic Black.  These are the same colors that appear in the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.  I often look to the DSP color combos to try out new combinations.

 

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I began by placing a 2" strip of the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper along the left side of the card front.  I popped up a layer of Whisper White card stock measuring 3-1/2" x 5", slightly overlapping the DSP.  I cut several square outlines of card stock with the Layering Squares Framelits~there are so many possibilities with this set of dies!  After inlaying them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, I die cut the "hello" from the center, then added the Basic Black "hello" inside.  A few Crushed Curry Enamel shapes complete the card.

 

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It has a bit of a retro flair to it, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

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Mega Christmas Card Classes

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The biggest card making event of the year is coming soon!  There are 2 dates and 2 locations to choose from.

In this class, you'll create 20 DIFFERENT Christmas cards using a wide variety of stamps, ink, dies, and accessories.  You will need to bring adhesive and a pair of scissors ~ everything else will be pre-cut for you with full color instructions for each card.

Cost is $65 per person and includes all supplies, snacks, beverages, pizza, and a goodie bag.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis.

CLASS #1:  Saturday, October 29th from 2pm--10pm at Stout Chiropractic, 1781 E. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN

 
 
CLASS #2:  Saturday, November 12th from 9am--4pm at 100 Saw Mill Road, Lafayette, IN  47905
 
 
 
Because of the enormous amount of non-consumable products used in this class, I'll be unable to offer class kits to go.  However, if you would like to receive the completed cards and instructions, email me and I will invoice you for them separately.  The cards will ship October 31st.  My email address is melissa@thestampdoc.com
 
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