Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Best - FMS338

Nine years ago this week I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator under Mary Fish.  And here I thought it would be a quiet hobby to putter with now and then.  I am still a hobbyist but have made so many new friends and have traveled all over to stamping events. I had never heard of Splitcoast or Design Teams but I somehow jumped right in! And then there's this blog....who would have ever thought I would blog?  Mary did - she encouraged me and helped me set it up way back when.  Mary was relatively new to SU as well when I signed up but there was no doubt that she was going places.  So while I puttered along Mary built an amazing team of stampers and sold over a million dollars in product.  She is a wonderful upline and there are still a few of us in her downline from the early years. We have rooted for her every step of the way!  

I was drawn to Mary's clean, simple and oh so classy design style from the beginning.  Varied Vases is her million dollar set and it is oh so Mary!  I kept my card CAS as well and featured some brand new colors from SU's line.  I am loving the new color refresh!

I also love love love Kim's sketch this week - that's one love for every stripe!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set:  Varied Vases
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink: Black, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let's Hear It For The Boys! FMS337

A sentiment from Stampin' Up's soon to be released set Around the Corner worked perfectly for final batch of graduation cards I made for my daughter.  It has been quite the crafting week around here.  I am a selfish crafter and only make cards for my own use so creating what other people want is tough for me!  But...30 graduation cards are done - check!

Then I made 25th Anniversary invites  - with a request for super simple - I had to remove the bows.....sigh....25 invites done - check!

Oh there's more -  these were the toppers for favors at a Thirty-One Event my daughter hosted - a camping theme was requested.  They were clipped to clear bags filled with marshmallows, graham crackers and hershey bars.  20 toppers - check!

Since Erin is a Thirty-One consultant  I have a zillion 31 products to keep things organized in my craft room.....and to lug stuff to gram's.....or to the lake.....or to shoebox swaps.  I have a Super Swap It Pocket that is terrific for swaps.  BUT what I recently discovered it that Stampin' Up's new Stamparatus fits into the side zipper pouches perfectly!  There are two side pouches so you can put the Stamparatus on one side and the second plastic cover on the other!  I know many of you use 31 products so I'm passing along the info in case you have one of those Swap It Pockets lying around somewhere!

So that was my week....whew!  Glad to get back to my own crafting!

I am delighted to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  My sketch leaves you lots of room for creative action!  Join us!


Stamp Sets:  Around the Corner, Bike Ride, Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White,  Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Tutti Frutti DSP
Die Cut: Painted Grad (SSS)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fusion: The Harbor

Finally things are blooming and the sun is shining - almost strawberry season!  And look how happy Corduroy is to be running in the sunshine!

Or perhaps he is just happy for rescuing his friend Silas and himself.  My son stepped out of the car yesterday but left his keys on the dash.  Corduroy and Silas then jumped into the driver's seat to look out and managed to hit the lock button and locked themselves in the car.  So before we called AAA Mike decided if the pups locked the car they should be able to unlock it.  Well I wish I had taped his antics to get those dogs all excited.  Silas soon tired of the game but Corduroy kept jumping and hopping every time Mike did and sure enough he finally hit the button in the sweet spot!  

I pulled the colors from the photo and used the sketch this week at Fusion!  Be inspired by either....or both!

Stamp Set:  Fruit Basket, Bookcase Builder
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP, Night  of Navy
Ink:  Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Black

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

For the Ladies....FMS336

My daughter is a college advisor and works with high school juniors and seniors throughout their college search and application processes.  This week she put in a request for 30 cards for her graduating seniors - yikes I need to get busy!  I'll be making fourteen of these for the girls. I love this new hostess set from the upcoming Stampin Up! catalog!  Such a fun image!

And speaking of fun we celebrated Gram's 93rd birthday this week.  She is always up for a good time!

And Miss E designed festive headbands for them just for the occasion!

Jen Mitchell.....who is as happy to see springtime as I am......designed the sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  So many creative possibilities with this one!  Join us!

Stamp Set: Hand Delivered
Paper: Whisper White, Bubbles and Fizz DSP
Ink: Black, Calypso Coral, Copics

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It's Been Too Long......FMS335

If I could mail a card to Winter I would send this one as a reminder that it needs to move on! It's been too long ~ I am ready for a summery scene like this one! This past weekend was cold and rainy in Vermont when we visited our son.  Ski season is over but driving through mountains with Callahan men means you check out the ski areas anyway - just to see how much snow is left.  

(The four seasons in our family are Boating Season - Waiting for the First Flakes Season - Ski Season and Watching It Melt Away Season!)  

We visited Pico and Killington to check out the snow cover but the mountains were draped in fog so we didn't stay long.  And that meant an early dinner at a neat place called The Garlic where the specials were written on uncooked lasagna in the middle of the table!  

Jen Timko's wonderful sketch was perfect to showcase images from the new SU set  Lilypad Lake!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

The Paper Players are having a Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week  I went across the top row~!

Stamp Sets:  Lilypad Lake, Hero Arts Sentiment
Paper: Myths and Magic DSP, Whisper White
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Black, Copics

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fusion - Pink Phone

I am posting two views of this card today so you can get a better look at the silver embossing and the hint of pink in the balloons.  I loved both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion and used the colors from the picture and the sketch.  Wish I had a stamped image of that phone!

I remember when a long distance phone call was a wonderful way to send smiles across the miles.  It was a very big deal to talk to our relatives in California.....always after 9 pm when the rates dropped. My dad would set the stove timer to keep the conversation short since every minute cost $$$!  And the first half of the conversation usually sounded like this - 

"Can you hear me?"  
"What time is it there" 
"What's the weather there?" 

And the calls usually ended with - 

"I'll tell you more about it when I write!"

Yes long discussions were saved for the letters.  My aunt in California and my dad (her brother) argued endlessly about politics - all in letters.  I wish I had saved them!

Hope you play along at Fusion!

My friend Roseanne drew up a great Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week!  I did

Stamp Set:  Lift Me Up
Paper:  Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Silver Striped Vellum
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Versmark

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Who Is the Sweetest?.....FMS334

Miss Emma's sweet pups turned one this week.  They are brothers but oh so different.  Cooper is bigger than Benny but not as brave. He just wants to be petted and fussed over.  Benny is a rascal, cute as can be and wants to be in charge.  They hate to be apart and often sleep tangled together. 


And when it comes to mischief they are professionals......and like all good brothers they never tattle......

I love Amy's paneled sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!


Hand Stamped Sentiments is having an Inspiration Challenge this week - lots to choose from!

Stamp Sets: Lemon Zest, Fruit Basket
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Peekaboo Peach

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bird Banter.........FMS333

The whole time I was coloring this parrot all I could think of was Sharpie the Gilette parrot asking,  "How're ya fixed for blades?"  Yes I am that old!  He was a sassy cartoon bird who advertised razor blades during the Friday night fights long ago.  I wasn't allowed to stay up and watch those fights but I could watch the opening commercial with Sharpie and then head up to bed.  Strange the things you remember.......I can't remember where I set my glasses down twenty minutes ago but I can remember those commercials from 60 years ago.....scary......

Narelle, our oh so talented friend from Australia, has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!


Stamp Set:  Bird Banter
Ink:  Garden Green, Black, Copics, Distress
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Swaps from OnStage

As promised here is a peek at a few of the swaps I received last week at OnStage - such fun to see all that creativity!

How about these amazing fancy folds?  First a fun birthday card from Kathi Davis......

And then there's this gorgeous citrus-y card from Dianna Joslyn!

Diane Hughes used Brushos and embossing paste to create a fabulous background!  Diane stayed at the same hotel we did and quickly became Miss Emma's best friend!

Debbie Henderson created this framed beauty - I love the sweet bird perched on the "windowsill"!  Debbie and I had a great time sitting together during OnStage.  

The splash of blue behind Gayla Truett-noel's beautifully colored pot of brushes is the perfect accent!

Ruth Snyder's thank you card has wonderful texture and sweet flowers!

Laurie Hansen's butterfly is stunning!

Waterfront is one of my favorite sets and Ann Nescot created a delightful scene with it - I would love to vacation in such a spot!

And what happens when you remove all the color from a Waterfront card?  This happens.....

Nancy Baker created an amazing work of art!

And speaking of Nancy Baker I am off to her house - more specifically to her fabulous craft room - today for a shoebox swap.  Always fun getting together with crafters!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fusion: Baby's Room

Who knew a rhino could be so adorable?  He's part of a new set from Stampin' Up! called Animal Outing that we all received at OnStage this past week.  And he fit right in with this week's Fusion Challenge!  I used the sketch and the photo for inspiration to design this sweet baby card.  Join us this week at Fusion!


Stamp Set: Animal Outing
Ink: Black, Copics, Basic Gray
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Gray, A Little Foxy DSP (retired)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good Fortune......FMS332

I had the good fortune to attend Stampin' Up!'s OnStage this past Saturday in Hartford, CT!  I got a sneak peek at the new Stampin' Up! catalog and saw many new products including restyled inkpads and wonderful  new colors.  But the best part of these gatherings is chatting with so many wonderful - and amazingly talented - demos.  I will share some of the great swaps I received with you later this week!

Emma and her mom came to Hartford with me too.  They explored the city for the day and found a wonderful children's museum and toy store.  When they returned at five to pick me up they were just in time for Emma to help with an after event swap!

I hope my friend Karren doesn't mind that I sort of went outside the lines with my take out container today........that's what happens when you look at a sketch and think "oh I will remember that"......and then you don't quite remember it exactly!  Enjoy her wonderful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week - and do remember sometimes it is fun to go outside the lines!

Stamp Set: Fortunate to Know You
Ink: Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Pick A Pattern DSP

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simple Thanks......FMS331

Melting snow......dirty snow.....cold rain......mud......April in upstate NY is definitely not like April in Paris! I just need to hang on for another three weeks until the green returns. I think that is why I was inspired to make the cleanest card possible today.  I am ready for spring colors, bright flowers and clean streets.  But in the meantime there is a lot of work to do.  The Big Guy bought a new chainsaw yesterday to deal with all of our broken branches, shrubs and hedges damaged during those March storms. Our landscaping is going to look like my bangs used to when my mother chopped them every few weeks with the kitchen scissors!  

Such a great sketch this week from our master die cut artist Cecile! In honor of her I used a daisy die cut sponged with Distress Inks for my focal point. Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Whisper White, Bubbles and Fizz DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Twisted Citron Distress, Abandoned Coral Distress
Die Cut: Fresh Daisies (SSS)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Happy Birthday Gorgeous

The Stamp Review crew is featuring Happy Birthday Gorgeous today!  It was a cold and windy Easter - no flowers outside anywhere yet so I was happy to put some on my card!  It was a busy day with Miss E helping to deliver Easter lilies..........

 .......and Gram enjoying a visit from the Easter Bunny before we all went out to dinner!

Hope you enjoy hopping around with us today!
If you missed Tanya‘s wonderful designs hop back there.....


Otherwise hop over to Kelly's blog to see what treats she has in store!

I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch this week.

I followed corner to corner in the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

Stamp Set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist