Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaaaaa-la-la-la-LA!!! Here is my card for this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge. I hate to admit that I had to spend MOST of the day yesterday digging my craft room out from underneath the messes I have been making in it for the past ...

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"Wickedly Wonderful Creations" - 5 new articles

  1. Fab Friday #152
  2. Monday Montage #129
  3. Home for the Holidays ... With the Freaks!
  4. Monday Montage #128
  5. My Missing Pieces ...
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Fab Friday #152

Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaaaaa-la-la-la-LA!!! Here is my card for this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge. I hate to admit that I had to spend MOST of the day yesterday digging my craft room out from underneath the messes I have been making in it for the past few months (yes ... you read that RIGHT ... MONTHS!!)! I hate when I allow it to get out of control!!! YIKES!!

This color challenge was a CHALLENGE, baby!! No matter what I did, I couldn't figure out how to get the Shaded Spruce to fit in. It helped to walk away for a while and then come back to it ... FINALLY came up with something I kinda liked!! Take THAT you challenge you!

Stamps: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper: Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, In the Woods Framelits Dies, Festive Farmhouse Framelits Dies, Braided Trim






Here's the entire color combo ...







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 think I may actually get to start working on my own Christmas cards today!! It's been TWO YEARS since I have been able to do this, so I am VERY excited!!!

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Monday Montage #129



It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas, my friends!!! And the Monday Montage girls are in full swing!!! Happy to report that I have put up my tree, decorated my porch and even did some online shopping. Getting closer every dang day!!


I did a little product "mashup" this go-round. I have a BUNCH of fun new things that I purchased as part of the Occasions/Sale-a-Bration preorder ... and I STILL have a BUNCH of Christmas stuff I haven't used. Hence, this card with Christmas-y butterflies!!

Stamps: Winter Woods
Paper: Very Vanilla, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Butterfly Beauty Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Striped Burlap Trim, Gold Thread, Gold Embossing Powder

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...



Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Snow is on the ground and Christmas music is playing. I was able to go with my son to a WONDERFUL Christmas concert down at BYU this past Saturday ... some of the BEST Christmas music I have heard in a long while. It TOTALLY got me in the mood for the holidays! I have been wearing EVERY sort of Christmas outfit I can ... AND I have starting going to choir practices after church on Sundays so I can sing with them for the Christmas program. I am REALLY feeling it now!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... so much loveliness in BOTH directions!!


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Home for the Holidays ... With the Freaks!






Three more days until Thanksgiving (here in the US, anyway!) ... and the Control Freaks are inviting y'all Home for the Holidays!!! Melissa Davies absolutely NAILED it, didn't she??? So inspired by what she does EVERY time!!





Black and white and red all over!!! I don't think you can EVER go wrong with this color combination ... especially around the holidays!!! I love the snowflakes and buffalo check together, don't you???

Stamps: Hearts Come Home, Buffalo Check
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Silver Foil
Ink: Basic Black 
Accessories: Snowfall Thinlits, Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pretty Label Punch, Metallic Pearls


More of the same color scheme ... and more Merry and Bright!!! I really need to work on my own Christmas cards ... but this color combo is really inspiring me (and YES ... I DO realize that I need to get busy!!)!

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Ink: NONE
Accessories: In the Woods Framelits Dies, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon


Next up???  ... the other end of my "Melissa Sandwich" ... Melissa Stout!!

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Monday Montage #128

How come it is SO HARD to come back to the "real world" when you have been out of town??? Like, I need a vacation to get over my vacation!! My week in Orlando with all my stampy friends was over-the-top AMAZING!! We stayed up late, got up early, laughed our heads off, played at DisneyWorld and stamped! It was glorious and EXHAUSTING!!! And I'd do it again next week, if I could!! Got to see several of my Monday Montage girls, too!!! Amy, Bree, Cathy, Dani, Elizabeth, Melissa ... LOVED getting hugs from all of you!!! Missed seeing Kaitlyn and Julie ... how about April in Salt Lake City, ladies???

This was a very special card. I made this for my dear friend Bev's son, Seth. He is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and I wanted to send him a little something to make his day brighter. He is SO brave and is fighting with all he has ... he is SUPERAMAZING!!

Stamps: Labeler Alphabet
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Gold Glimmer DSP, Tropical Escape DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Star Punch (retired), Banner Punch (retired), Superman Logo and Superguy were both svg files I snagged from the internet and cut with my Cricut!

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Ok ... so how did we get to THANKSGIVING WEEK so QUICKLY??!!?? I seriously am losing my MIND!! Trees will be going up and shopping and cooking will be happening. Where HAS this year gone??

Click "Back" for Julie Warnick and "Next" for Bree Renwick ... I have two new link-mates this go-'round and couldn't be HAPPIER!!


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My Missing Pieces ...

And just like THAT it is already November!!! This entire year has flown by so quickly!!! The GOOD news is that it is finally time for me to go meet up with my stampin' besties in Orlando next week! I honestly canNOT WAIT!!! The friendships I have made over the past 15 years have been truly a blessing! I don't known what I would do without my crafty friends in my life!!

So this card is dedicated to all those who I have met along the way in my stamping/crafting journey. They have changed my life and made me a better person. They have laughed, cried and prayed with me ... they have shared in my joys and sorrows and accomplishments ... my life would be truly empty without them in it!!

I used this card for the challenge I hosted today on Splitcoaststampers ... the challenge was to use a stamp set you just HAD to have ... and have NEVER used!!! (I have WAY more of those than I wish to admit!)

Stamps: Love You to Pieces
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Dies, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Braided Linen Trim, Linen Thread

I really need to start figuring out what I'm going to pack ... I always end up packing WAAAYYY TOOO MUCH!! And I need to get EVERYthing into a carry-on bag, so wish me LUCK!!

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