Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fusion: Chalkboard Baking







I took my cue from the picture this week at Fusion.....love that chalkboard look!  I used Distress Oxide inks for the background and stamped images in black.  A stamping friend let me borrow an old stamp set with baking images but she had no idea where it came from......no label on the container. Anyway the sugary images matched perfectly with a sentiment from Fresh and Fruity by Sunny Studio.

I could have taken my cue from the bright colors in this photo as well.



It is finally warm enough to plant the geraniums in the flower boxes.  Hopefully we had our last freeze this past week. Miss E has potted her flowers and is headed to the playhouse in the back yard to put them in her window boxes!



It is fun to play at Fusion - use the picture, use the sketch or both!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday Girl.....FMS289






Once upon a time long ago I was reading the newspaper and saw an ad for poodle pups.  I said to the Big Guy, "I think I will go get one of those pups."  To which he replied, "We don't need a dog......we already have a dog."  Well that was true - we had a Scottie who had developed Cushing's Disease and had been given about six more months to live.  

And then the Big Guy......who sees all and knows all.......said "I won't be discussing this further as I will have no say in this matter, correct?"  That was correct!

That afternoon I met my sweet Abby Girl who weighed only a pound and a half. Four weeks later that tiny ball of energy joined our family.  She is quirky, quick and fun to be around. Miraculously my Scottie pepped up after meeting this new little critter, responded to medication and lived another six years!  And this week we celebrated Abby's 15th birthday. Her secret to a long healthy life might have something to do with the treats that the Big Guy always carries in his pockets......





I'm excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along with my sketch!  I'll be by to visit your gallery if you do!


                                                  

Stamp Sets:  Painter's Palette, Balloon Celebration, Balloon Adventures

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reality Check.......FMS288







I love this image from the new set Crafting Forever and I paired it with a sentiment from Eastern Palace.  In my mind my crafting tools are all arranged in pots or baskets or jars at all times......just like the pot you see here.  But in reality my desk looks like the paper behind the pot!  I bet you can relate.....



My oh so talented friend Jen Mitchell designed a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Hope you join us!




Stamp Sets:  Crafting Forever, Eastern Beauty
Ink: Copics, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Pick A Pattern DSP

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fusion - Navy Patterns







The picture at Fusion this week has a crisp color scheme with a hint of a nautical theme. But since I get seasick very easily I decided to sail through the sky with my design instead of across the sea.  That's the fun part of our Fusion challenge - use the picture, use the sketch, or use both - just let your imagination soar - or sail!







Stamp Set:  Lift Me Up
Paper: Carried Away DSP, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hello 92! FMS287






My mother turned 92 this week - amazing!  She is very forgetful but is still always up for a good outing especially when it involves Emma and fish and chips.  So we took her to her favorite fish place for a birthday luncheon.  

                                                


We only put two candles on the cake for 92 so of course there was a lot of negotiation about who was blowing out which candle..........these two never stop when they are together.....

                                          

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My mother is often asked what her secret is for a long life. She always says never take medicine, eat a bacon sandwich for breakfast every day and stop smoking.  It has worked for her.....she takes no medicine, eats a lot of bacon and smoked for over 50 years before she quit in her 70's!  So I am not sure if the AMA would give her advice the stamp of approval! 



My talented friend Jen Timko has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  My card today showcases a new set from Stampin Up! called Bike Ride and some of the new in colors:  Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.






Stamp Sets:  Bike Ride (SU), Ribbit Ribbit (Avery Elle), Well Scripted Hello (Wplus9)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace DSP
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sweet Thanks.....FMS286






We are approaching strawberry season here - our official start to summer!   That must have inspired me to use those funky berries from Fresh Fruit.  Or maybe it was this little strawberry that inspired me.....



And while certain family members were having fun splashing around in the Florida sunshine - other family members were home splashing around in a paint can.  The Big Guy stayed home to dog sit, strip wallpaper and paint the bathroom. Disney Magic just does not work on him.   Now if Tinkerbell scattered snowflakes instead of fairy dust he just might be persuaded.......





My talented friend Narelle designed our cool sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!



My friends at the Paper Players have a fun tic-tac-toe challenge this week!  I went right down the middle with green, die-cut, and leaves.




Stamp Sets:  Fresh Fruit, Swirly Bird
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Pear Pizazz, Black
Paper: Whisper White, Fruit Stand DSP, Watermelon Wonder
Die Cuts:  Wonky Stitches (Avery Elle)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Treat Yourself! FMS285





I am back from Florida just in time to sneak this card into the FMS gallery!  I'll be putting a gift card in it for an upcoming birthday in May.  In the meantime it is time to get back into the routine. My suitcase is still sitting in the upstairs hall - not unpacked yet!  Think I am still in beach mode......not a bad mode to be in.....soooo relaxing.......








My talented friend Amy has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set: City Streets by Sunny Studio
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fusion - Musical Butterfly





Took a bit of a break so I could enjoy this view in Cocoa Beach.  It was great to get away from a damp cold spring up north.  Going south the week after spring break is the best - no crowds and lots of sunshine!





So I was inspired to go all out summer on my card for Fusion....lots of bright distress oxide ink colors and a diecut proclaiming Summer!  Hope you join us!





Stamp Set: Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper:  Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink:  Distress Oxide, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark
Diecut: Painted Summer (SSS)
Technique: Heat Embossing, Emboss Resist

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sending Prayers....FMS284






I am thinking about sunshine today so my flowers had to be yellow!  We are headed south for a few days to enjoy the Florida sun!  I am hoping by the time we get back next week things will be turning green.  We had Easter dinner at our favorite restaurant on the lake and this was our view after a sudden downpour.  Beautiful rainbow but no leaves in sight!








My inkmaster friend Karren has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!


                                         

Stamp Sets:  Amazing You - Altenew, Jumbo Stripes - SSS
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Cool Treats








The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Cool Treats this week.  It has been a beautiful Easter Sunday today - perfect for ice cream treats with sprinkles.  I am a total chocolate sprinkles kind of gal!  My dad was from Holland and Dutch people love their chocolate sprinkles....it's what's for breakfast!  Yep - chocolate sprinkles on toast or on bread and butter - yum!  I would gladly stop in at my grandmother's for breakfast but never for lunch.  She often made snert for lunch which is a thick green pea soup.....shudder.....that's a whole 'nother post......



So enjoy our Cool Treats Hop.....if you are on track you just enjoyed some treats on Yapha's blog.




If you are ready to move on head over to my friend Dawn's blog.  She always has something wonderful in store!




Stamp Set:  Cool Treats
Paper:  Tasty Treats DSP, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fusion - Truck Bouquet





I live in a rural area of upstate New York so I see plenty of pick up trucks every day.....but I have never seen one with a beautiful cascade of flowers spilling out of the window!  I used both the inspiration photo and the sketch for my Fusion card this week.  I tinted some embossing paste to provide a backdrop to my simple flowers done in pink and red.

My son and his girlfriend just returned from visiting her family in the Philippines.  She is from a very small village way up north.....also a very rural area but oh so different from our countryside.  Some nearby islands are so remote that a season of Survivor was filmed on one of them!  I love this picture of their lunch on one of those islands.  It is rice, pork chunks and mini lobsters arranged on fan leaves with bananas for dessert.  But note the drink - Coca Cola~!  





Pick the sketch or use the picture - or fuse them together!




Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Grateful Bunch
Ink:  Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Melone Mambo, Flirty Flamingo
Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Playing Around - FMS283






I had fun playing around with die cuts on this card yesterday. At the same time Mother Nature was definitely not playing around up at the lake. The lake started to thaw this week and there was some open water at the beach.  But as the ice broke apart in the center huge ice floes were set free.  One came sailing into our bay and skidded right up onto the beach smashing all the docks in its path.  The power of that ice was amazing!



That is not open water in the picture - it is part of the massive ice field.  Open water is waaaaay in the distance.




Our lake has a dam on one end and the water level is high in the spring and falls throughout the summer so maintaining a dock is difficult as the water level changes. We keep our boat at a nearby marina but every year we beg the Big Guy to put in our own dock and he says "No - the water level changes too much and it could get crushed by ice in the spring!"  So as we looked at our neighbors' docks yesterday I could definitely hear "I told you so" in the breeze......




My talented friend Jen Brum designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!




Stamp Sets:  Happy by Hero Arts
Stylish Stems Framelits by SU
Falling in Love DSP by SU

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Say What? FMS282






Ever have one of those days?  Mine started yesterday with a phone call from my mother's assisted living.  I was told my mother was in a bad way and was headed in an ambulance to the ER.  As I am throwing on clothes the health aide is telling me in more detail about her condition and I finally said, 

"But I am there every day......I can't believe she deteriorated so fast."  

And the aide said, "You are here every day??  Oh wait is this Linda?"  

To which I replied "Yes it is."

And she said "Oh I've called the wrong person.....your mother is fine!" and hung up.......

That's one way to jump start your day!


After that call I decided I definitely needed to create something fun!  Cecile designed such a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches that I just had to make an Easter card for Emma with it.  She's been busy working on a few Easter projects of her own with her pal Corduroy.








And my friends at the Paper Players have an Easter Bunny theme this week!



Stamp Sets:  Hoppiness (Gertrude Steiner), Little Cuties (SU)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Weather Together








The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Weather Together this week.  I did a Soft Sky wash with an aquapainter to add a subtle background behind the umbrella. Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder markers were used for the flowers.......and true confession......I broke out the Wild Wasabi Blendabilities to fill in the umbrella.  I still love how they color!

And just a quick shot of someone who brightens my day.......Grover got to go along to the grocery store this afternoon!







If you missed Holly's wonderful work head on back.........





Otherwise your next stop is with my oh-so-talented friend Ann Schach!





  My layout is based on the sketch this week from CAS(e) this Sketch!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fusion - Easter






Happy mail arrived this week - a brand new set of Tim Holtz' Distress Oxide Inks and I have just started to play with them. I used the inspiration photo to choose the colors to sponge on white paper (Bristol Smooth) and then spritzed with water. I didn't mess with it too much because I loved how vibrant the colors were.  I stamped the flowers from Number Of Years in Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo and added a sentiment from Avant-Garden.

I am hoping our snow is gone by Easter because I am so ready for spring weather! But if spring is delayed we may just have a few getaway days planned in Cocoa Beach!


Karren has some great inspiration for us again this week at Fusion!  Hope you play along!