Wednesday, September 23, 2020



We laid my mother to rest in early September on a beautiful fall day.....surrounded by flowers and family in our small village cemetery. It was the perfect way to celebrate her life and say good bye. Her memory failed her in recent years but her spirit and delight in life never wavered.  She lived in the moment and enjoyed it. We had started outdoor visits recently at the assisted living facility and at our last one the aide lured her back inside with the promise of a hot cup of coffee.  She waved good bye to me and I heard her say to the aide as they walked away "I love your blouse...such a beautiful color!  Where did you get it?"  Always interested in the latest fashion....and coffee! 


Because of you know what our gathering was small but we shared stories and laughed and cried together. And the youngest members of the family took care of watering all of the flowers everywhere before we left.  They loved that pump!

And I must say thank you to so many of  you who have sent beautiful cards or messages.  Every day for the past two weeks there has been something in my mailbox - or my inbox - it has truly meant so much.  

Jacquie has a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Queen Anne's Lace
Paper: Peony Garden DSP, Specialty DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Sift Sea Foam, Powder Pink, Memento Black, Bundled Sage (Distress Oxide)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fusion: Front Door

During this time of "you know what" art has been an escape for so many of us - and I don't mean just cardmaking!  My friends have gardened, baked, knitted, crocheted, painted, refinished furniture, quilted, canned, made videos, sewn masks.........I have some amazingly talented friends!  And me?  Well I make a card now and then, read, walk the dog and do jigsaw puzzles while watching Netflix.....yep there's always one in every crowd....

Use the picture, the sketch or both as I did at Fusion this week!  Just love that welcoming entryway!  Hope you join us!


There is a brand new challenge called Color Hues and this week they are featuring yellow and green!  (And one of my talented stamping friends Cindy Beach is on the DT!)


Stamp Sets:Arrange A Wreath, Simple Strips - Crafty (TE) 
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Distress Oxides
Paper: Pineapple Punch, Whisper White

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Joy to the World - FMS451


Christmas will be here before you know it but this is what it looks like now in my neck of the woods.


The world seems to be rather crazy these days but doing simple things like picking just the right sunflower helps us find the joy in life.  Of course the right cartoon on 
Nickelodeon helps too.....


I am fortunate to have these two kiddos nearby to keep me smiling!

Narelle has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Global Design Project has a Case the Designer challenge this week.  I used the globe and a bold sentiment.

Stamp Sets: Peace and Joy. Beautiful World
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Highland Heather, Snowflake Splendor DSP
Ink: Highland Heather

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Forever Fern

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Forever Fern today - a beautiful set with coordinating diecuts. The first card I made with this set featured a summery bundle of greens. (You can see it here.)  I decided to keep the bundle theme going in my card today using fall colors.  The Gilded Autumn Designer Paper is gorgeous and provides a perfect fall backdrop.  With a change of colors and DSP I will be able to make a beautiful Christmas bouquet with it - when I finally sit down to get those holiday cards going!

If you missed Charlet Mallett's beautiful designs head back there......

Otherwise stop by my friend Mike Funke's blog to see what he created - his work is always wonderful!

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps for my design.


I also played along with The Paper Players Challenge - across the top row.


Stamp Set: Forever Fern Bundle

Ink: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze

Paper: Whisper White, Copper Metallic, Gilded Autumn DSP