Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing....FMS298

Once upon a time long ago a princess (me) and her prince (the Big Guy) lived in a castle (an old two family house).  The princess was great (huge) with child and had been sent to bed to await the birth.  The prince decided the princess needed total peace and quiet and would not rent out the upper chambers.  One day while the prince was sharing his knowledge (teaching) and the princess was resting (watching soaps) a fairy godmother (realtor) who knew of the empty rooms appeared. With her was another royal couple (and a toddler and a cat) from a distant land (job transfer) who were desperate for lodging before winter.  This new princess was greater (twins) with child and also needed rest. There was an instant connection between the two princesses and the first princess said "Of course you can all move in!" (And the Big Guy later said "Are you crazy?")  But by the New Year the castle sheltered three new babies, a toddler, a cat and a dog. Every day the two princes set off for their duties while the two princesses chatted, laughed and played (and changed diapers) all day!

That was forty years ago and we are all still friends even though we now live in separate kingdoms. We got together and had a great visit this past weekend!  Life is a beautiful thing for sure............and the Big Guy isn't always right........

I am excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along - I will be by to check out your gallery!

I sponged distress inks in shades of green and orange on white paper and then used a diecut from  Seasonal Layers to make the leaves.

Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons
Ink: Sahara Sand, Distress Inks
Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fusion: Hello

It was very quiet in my house the other night while I made this calm soft thank you card.  I must have been inspired by the four hours of peace and quiet while the Big Guy took the troops to Monster Jam.  Who knew this little girly girl would love Monster Trucks!?!?!?

And she even got Gravedigger's autograph!

No ear protectors necessary in my craft was delightful......

I used both the sketch and the photo this week for inspiration at Fusion - your choice what to use!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Set: Tranquil Tulips
Die Cut: Avery Elle Hello, Stitched Edges
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Garden Green, Crumb Cake

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sending Sunshine and Smiles......FMS297

A friend of ours was recently given a diagnosis that no one wants to hear.  After our initial conversations and the shock of it all I decided I just can't keep sending him "oh I'm so sorry - be strong" cards. We were summer neighbors at the lake for 25 years before he retired and moved south so we have lots of fun memories.  Every week I jot down one of those memories in a card and send it out.  I am hoping if the memory makes me smile it may make him smile too!  This card is headed south tomorrow reminding of the time he tried to swamp his brother's Sunfish and ended up swamping himself the crowd on the beach cheered!

My talented friend Jen Mitchell has a great sketch for us this week......just slightly!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Seaside Shore

I surprised myself when I bought this stamp set. I thought it was cute and I do love the ocean.  So why was I surprised?  Well I'm not a fish fan - don't want to see them, touch them, smell them or eat them!  I sit with my back to the aquariums in waiting rooms!  My poor kids grew up without a goldfish or two.  And when I go in the lake I keep telling myself that there are no fish in the lake...none at all....hah! Maybe this fear comes from a crazy fish we had in our aquarium when I was young. It was a big catfishy looking thing that lived for years. My father loved his fish tank and especially that fish.  Every now and then it would launch itself out of the tank and land on the carpet next to the couch....true story!  My father would laugh and plop it back in the tank until the next time.  I confess to saving that thing twice because no one else was in the living room.  But good fortune doesn't last day it launched itself into an empty living room......

If you have just viewed Kelly's wonderful work you are right on track!  If not head on back.....

But if you are going right in order Mickey and her terrific creations are next!

Stamp Set: Seaside Shore
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Calypso, Watercolors, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Watercolor