Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fusion: Outdoor Room







My favorite part of early evening picnics is when the lightning bugs arrive.  So when I saw the picture at Fusion this week my first thought was.....ahh time for the lightning bugs to appear!  I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch and made those lightning bugs appear!  Or are they called fireflies in your neck of the woods?


Use the sketch or the picture or both as your inspiration at Fusion!





Stamp Set:  Jar of Love
Ink:  Memento Black, Copics, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hooray for the New Guy! FMS346





These little elephants are so sweet and perfect to welcome a new little guy into the world! I love the subtle plaid print!  Lovely Lipstick is the red I used  for the balloons along with Pineapple Punch - two of my favorite new shades!








I am excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our DT members made my sketch shine for sure!  Such talented ladies!  Hope you join us!  I look forward to seeing your creations!


                                                  

Stamp Set:  Little Elephants
Paper:  Whisper White, Pineapple Punch
Ink:  Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch
Die Cut:  Hooray (MFT)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Lemon Zest











The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Lemon Zest this week.  It is a sweet, tart and summery fun kind of set!  I altered the sentiment a bit - left out the word "it" so I could put Happy Birthday on the inside.  I just put a small piece of a post-it note over "it" when I inked the sentiment and then peeled it off before I stamped.  I have been known to do some surgical cutting of sentiments at times but I prefer to use a post-it note when I can!






If you are on track you just saw Bronwyn Eastley's fabulous work - head back there if you missed it!






Otherwise head onward to my friend Heidi Baks' blog to see what treats she has in store!





I used the sketch from Fab Friday for my design.




Stamp Set:  Lemon Zest
Ink:  Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch
Paper: Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP









Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Birthday Marquee......FMS345





The Broadway Suite is such fun - love the glitz and glam!  We have a Broadway Baby among us these days.  Miss E loves her dance classes and actually did three routines in this year's recital based on the movie Rio - lots of fun dances!  




And lots of little monkeys in Rio......







I like when things are slightly askew so when I saw Jen Mitchell's cute sketch I smiled.....and added a bit more askew-ness to my design!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


                                    

I'm also adding this card in at The Paper Players - it's their 400th challenge this week!

                                                   

Stamp Set:  Broadway Birthday
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Broadway Bound DSP, Gold Foil
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Love You To Pieces!





It has been a busy Fourth of July week around here but I finally got around to play with some of the new sets I ordered from SU!  This puzzle piece set is adorable!  I love puzzles......jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, Words with Friends, Scrabble.....as long as letters are involved I'm good.  But math puzzles?  Number puzzles? Sudoku?  Yikes ........ not so good!  




Such a fun sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week!




Stamp Sets;  Love You to Pieces, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Berry Burst, Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fusion: Cactus Door





A week of temperatures in the 90's is very rare around here and yet it happened this week!  Wow it has been hot with a couple more days to go.  Polar bears like us struggle with such heat~!  Good things the plants on my card love those high temps!

And yet somehow these kiddos managed to have the energy for a sack race!  Oh to be five again!  Don't you love the flying hair?  









I used both the sketch and the photo this week as inspiration at Fusion!  Join us!


Stamp Set:  Cups and Succulents (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Tranquil Tide

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer Celebrations.....FMS344





Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!  Hope this week is filled with sunshine, picnics and lots of fun!  That is how our week is shaping up!  We had all the cousins over for our annual Cuzziepalooza at the lake!  Lots of fun............








And just in case things got too rambunctious the Big Guy had it all under control........





I love Cecile's square sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  She is a whiz with diecuts so I used some on my card today just for her!  Join us!


                                          

There is also a celebration going on at The Paper Players!  They are celebrating their 400th sketch this week!  It is a wonderful team of very talented gals!  I was lucky enough to spend a year with them as a guest designer.  I love the variety of their challenges!  This week is a celebration theme of course - and there is a chance to win prizes!  Hope you join in!

                                                             

Stamp Sets:  Happy (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride
Ink:  Memento Black
Die Cuts: Happy (Hero Arts), Stitched Frames (SSS)






                                                             

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Setting the Scene....FMS343





I thought I would showcase some more of Stampin' Up!'s new colors today.  These colors just pop - so bright and summery!  And that bright yellow bench is the perfect spot to meet up with a friend to chat.  But if you are waiting on your own it's good to have reading material
nearby........





Jen Timko's terrific sketch was perfect for creating my scene........as opposed to creating a scene which I do try so hard not to do ;0)  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!



Stamps:  Sitting Pretty, You  (SSS), Newton Loves Coffee (NN)
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Granite Gray, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove
Paper:  Basic Gray, Whisper White
Brick Embossing Folder (SU)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fusion: Primary Bookcase





Bright colors and shelves of children's books make this teacher's heart happy!  Love the inspiration at Fusion this week!  School is out for the summer today - the longest day of the year!  Just perfect for some porch sitting and reading........



Hope you take a break from reading to do a bit of crafting and join us at Fusion!



Stamp Sets:  To Thine Own SHelf (SSS), Our Story (MFT)
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Black, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Love Ya! FMS 342





I definitely needed a speedy bicycle to get through everything this week......Miss E's last soccer game, dance recital and Kindergarten graduation! Whew is it summer vacation yet?





An ice cream sundae was the perfect way to celebrate Kindergarten graduation!


Emma's dress may have inspired me to use a print from the new Designer Series Paper called Best Route. And that Blueberry Bushel looks great with the pop of Lovely Lipstick!



I love Amy's layered sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set:  Bike Ride
Ink:  Gray Granite, Lovely Lipstick, Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick,  Best Route DSP
Die Cut:  Love Ya  (Lawn Fawn)





Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Animal Outing









The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Animal Outing this week!  It is such a cute set that is full of surprises like this koala peeking out of the kangaroo pouch - makes a sweet baby card!  Thought you would like an update on our baby animals.  Emma's pups Cooper and Benny just turned one but are still as wild as can be.  So don't believe everything you see in this angelic picture....






You are right on track if you arrived from seeing Kelly Kent's wonderful work. If you missed it head on back........




Otherwise keep going to see Stesha Bloodhart's fabulous work!




I used the sketch at Global Design Project for my design today.


  

Stamp Sets:  Animal Outing, Delightful Daisy
Ink:  Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP, Lucky Limeade




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sea Sights....FMS341





While I was finishing this ocean-y card the Big Guy called and said it was time to launch the Waverunners.  Who am I to argue with that?  So I headed to the lake at lunchtime and stopped to pick up a pizza. At the restaurant I held the door open for a lady who had difficulty walking and I helped her down the steps as well.  When I came out with the pizza she was almost to her car which was near mine and she called out -

"Thank you young lady for helping me out.  That was very kind of you!'

And I responded "Thanks for calling me young lady!"

She laughed and said, "Oh you are young - just wait until you are my age.....I'm 68!"

Yeow that's my number too!  Sometimes you need a wakeup call to realize how fortunate you are!  So  I have vowed to stop complaining about all my aches and pains and will ride that waverunner as long as I can.........as long as I don't see a real octopus under my vessel!









Narelle has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Sea of Textures
Ink:  Calypso Coral,Tranquil Tide, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Daisy Delight DSP

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fusion: Floral Cupcakes



 


A sweet sketch plus an oh so sweet picture of cupcakes led me straight to Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper!  That's a lot of sweetness.....and a perfect card for a wedding!  I was very happy this card came together quickly because Miss Emma decided we needed to have dinner at the lake. Our summers are so short that I never turn down the chance to be lakeside.......

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The Big Guy and I bought this strip of land 41 years ago this month.....it never gets old.....too bad we do!  And now Miss Emma beats us to the beach from the camp every time!








Hope you find some sweetness in your day today - playing along at Fusion could be a good place to start!

                                 
                                         


Stamp Set:  Beautiful Bouquet
Ink: Petal Pink
Paper: Whisper White, Sweet Soiree DSP

                                                                           

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hello There! FMS340







Looks like that tree frog has some unexpected company up there in the branches!  I used Animal Outing and Around the Corner - two new stamp sets from Stampin' Up!  So cute!  Meanwhile just a few blocks from my house there was also some unexpected company yesterday.....a sweet young moose!







Karren's wonderful sketch will let your focal point shine!  Use any shape!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


 


The Paper Players is having an animal theme this week!



Stamp Sets:  Animal Outing, Around the Corner
Ink:  Memento Black, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Tutti Frutti DSP