Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oh Those Critters....FMS355

These little critters are adorable all dressed up for Halloween. And that frog print DSP makes me smile! Hard to tell in the picture but that black paper is glossy and is a great accent!

Speaking of critters I thought you might like a squirrel update.  He has danced merrily around our Have a Heart trap for over two weeks.  Almost every day at breakfast he has launched himself from the hydrangea bush to our now ragged kitchen screen. He would peer through the closed window until I yelled shoo and banged on the glass.  Then back into the hydrangea bush he would go.......until a few days ago.  The Big Guy found him unresponsive on our lawn while our neighbor's three cats watched innocently from the driveway......not accusing them......just making an observation......

Of course squirrels tend to all look alike so it may not be him......but I have had no morning visits since then.  He drove us why do I miss that cheeky little fellow?

I love Kim's sketch this many possibilities~! Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Trick or Tweet, Spooky Sweets, Holiday Home
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Toil ad Trouble DSP
Ink:  Memento Black, Gray Granite, Copics

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Country Home

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Country Home this week.  So much down home goodness in this beautiful suite of products!  I love the tin tile embossing folder too.  Our very first house had an original tin ceiling in the kitchen that I adored!  I'm definitely a country girl at heart.  Today we bought apples, donuts and a pie at the orchard then stopped at a local farm stand for fresh eggs and sweet corn - my kind of shopping!  And checking out all of the country goodness from the Stamp Review Crew is my kind of hopping!

If you are on track you just came from seeing Tanya's wonderful creations!

Next up is Charlet Mallett!  Enjoy!

I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.

Stamp Set:  Country Home
Paper: Country Lane DSP, Whisper White
Tin Tile Embossing Folder

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fusion: Citrus

With a bit of luck and a few Indian summer days headed this way I just may be able to squeeze in a couple more afternoons at the lake this week.  I always plan to sit in a beach chair, sip something fun and read the afternoon away........never happens.....

My last day at the lake involved:

~a nerf gun battle
~hauling wood for the campfire
~setting up and running (I use the word running loosely) an obstacle course with Emma
~counting and wrapping a zillion pennies from Emma's collection of piggy banks
~keeping four dogs from rolling in a dead fish (ok I only kept three away.....the littlest snuck by us, had a grand time and then needed a bath)
~visiting with the neighbors and their brand new baby....

And then it was time to peel the corn and start the barbecue for dinner.  By the time I got back to that beach chair the mosquitoes were out so we called it a day........but I wouldn't change a minute of it...

Such wonderful inspiration at Fusion this week!  Use the sketch or the picture or both!


Stamp Set: Colorful Season
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Best of All....FMS354


We end summer here with the annual ring of fire at the lake.  The night was gorgeous - the fireworks were everywhere - and the bonfires glowed all around the lake.

Then we kicked off fall with Emma's Monster Truck birthday party.  The skirt of her dress has all monster trucks on it!

A big truck came to visit and the kids loved it!  They also had their own road course to drive on.

It was quite the event!  But the best part was when Emma's Uncle Mikey and Auntie Ria arrived and shared the news to the rest of the family that Emma will be getting a new cousin!  We are all excited - especially this grandma who will be so happy to welcome a new grandson in January!

I am also excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with my sketch!  I love to see how everyone interprets sketches in their own way - I'll be visiting galleries!  Hope you play along!


Stamp Set: Give Thanks and Layering Leaves Dies  (Concord and 9th), Wonky Stitches Die (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Distress, Old Olive
Paper:  Gray Granite, Festive Farmhouse DSP

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Always an Adventure......FMS353

This late summer heat wave has me thinking about snow already! So I am showing off that beautiful Joyous Noel Designer Paper and Alpine Adventure stamp set from the new SU! Holiday Catalog that goes live today!

We never seem to lack for adventure in our family.  Erin's dogs Cooper (top pup) and Benny (bottom pup) are professional adventurers at the tender age of one. You never quite know what they will do next.......

 I will leave you with Erin's recent Facebook post about Benny's adventure......

Emma and I ordered pizza for dinner ... I put the pizza on the counter and grabbed the leashes to take the dogs outside before we ate. BUT I couldn't find Bentley ... we looked all over the house ... all his usual hiding spots ... but no Ben.
During the search, the doorbell rang. It was the pizza guy ... who had found a small dog riding in his car after he pulled out of our driveway. Yes, Bentley. He handed him over and said, "cute dog". Sigh.

It's hip to be square this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us and have fun with Jen Mitchell's cool sketch!


Stamp Set: Alpine Adventure
Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Waterfront

I have used Waterfront several times to make mountain and lake scenes so I decided to go tropical today.  Such a versatile set!  Perhaps the late summer heat wave was my inspiration.  We spent the last week of August trying to fit in as much fun as possible before the school routine starts.  My favorite day was spent at the county fair - junk food, rides, animals and entertainment - what's not to love?

If you missed Debra Burgin's wonderful work head on back.

Otherwise your next stop is Tanya Boser!  Tanya is an amazing artist and the leader of our group.  Special thanks to her for all of her hard work to keep the Review Crew going!

I used the FabFriday sketch for my design.

Stamp Set:  Waterfront
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Melody
Ink:  Mango Melody, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fusion: Daisies

Rural scenes like this one are everywhere in my corner of the world.  And the end of summer in this corner of the world means it is time for the county fair.  There are barns full of animals, buildings full of flowers and vegetables, all sorts of displays, rides, a midway, shows.....and fabulous junk food! 

Miss Emma is a total fan of  Monster Trucks and for the first time ever they will appear at the fair!  She is very excited since the theme of her upcoming birthday party is Monster Trucks.  We spent the afternoon today making tags for her party favors.  I found a simple punch art monster truck on Pinterest and simplified it even more so Emma could do most of the work herself.  I punched out shapes while she glued them together.  

I used both the sketch and picture for inspiration at Fusion this week!  That is what is so great about Fusion - use what inspires you!

Stamp Sets:  Daisy Delight, Country Road, Waterfront, A Big Thank You
Paper:  Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Shaded Spruce

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Small Things.....FMS351

I start and end each day with a cup of tea.  There is something calming about putting the kettle on and making tea.  I am sipping my evening cuppa while I type this and thought I would share some of the small things that happened today that definitely made my day better......

~ my SU order arrived (from the new catalog!)

~ my thirty-one order arrived (from their new craft line)

~ my Amazon order arrived (for Emma's birthday)

~ my Pampered Chef order was shipped - hmmmmm seeing a pattern here.......

And while I was peacefully sipping my breakfast tea that crazy squirrel launched himself from the hydrangea tree onto my kitchen screen and started gnawing anew!  I roared at him and away he went.....probably to go home and brew his own pot of tea and plan his next invasion.....

I loved Jen Timko's sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Sets:  Time for Tea, Coffee Talk (Lil' Inkers)
Paper:  Whisper White, Highland Heather, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Mint Macaron,Copics

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Happy Haunting......FMS351

When someone tells you to get dressed up and come on over for a tea party of course you put on your Vamperina costume and bat wings and join the girls for tea.......


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

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Sweets, Witch Feet (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Halloween Night DSP

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Varied Vases

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Varied Vases this week. It is an amazing set with endless possibilities.  It is also the Million Dollar Sales Set designed by my upline Mary Fish who is pretty amazing herself!

I love the sweet simplicity of the images in this set.  I scribbled acrylic blocks with Mint Macaron and Mango Melody markers, spritzed the blocks with water and stamped the blocks onto watercolor paper.  A paper towel easily blots up any puddles you want gone!  Then I just stamped my images in black right over the watercolored areas.  It is easy to do but there are variables because of the watercolor.....and operator error!  I dropped the blocks twice and splattered ink all over instead of stamping ink.  So my final helpful hint is - don't talk on your cell phone while handling markers and spritzing water on slippery clear blocks!  

If you missed Stesha's fabulous work head on back......

Otherwise head onward to my oh so talented friend Mike Funke's blog!

I used the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch for my layout.

Stamp Set:  Varied Vases
Ink:  Black, Mint Macaron, Mango Melody
Paper:  Mango Melody, Whisper White, Bristol Smooth Watercolor

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fusion: Galaxy

I love this picture of Emma's sunset run along the ocean in Maine last week.  I think it was also part of the inspiration for this week's Fusion card.  I stenciled the background with Distress Inks then did the images and sentiment in Night of Navy.

Yes in my mind I am running through the surf like reality I'm in a beach chair with  my nose in a book......

I used the photo and the sketch to design my card this week at Fusion!  Always a lot there to inspire you - hope you join us!

Stamps:  Hero Arts Kit Aug. 2017, Dream Big (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Distress Inks for Stenciling, Night of Navy
Paper:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Be a Star......FMS350

The neutral colors of Early Espresso and Soft Sea Foam allow that gorgeous bow to take center stage on my card!  

Just like this amazing starfish takes center stage on the rock pile! Emma and her parents went to the coast of Maine last week and spent hours searching a tide pool for starfish and finally there was a delightful pink one - seemingly waving hello!

The next day they went out on a lobster boat and found another starfish caught in a trap. Emma got to hold this one before releasing it back to the sea.


No starfish for me last week but I did get to a Dierks Bentley concert - he is definitely a star!

Narelle Farrugia (our Star Australian Designer!) has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - join us!


Stamp Sets:  Wishing You Well, Waterfront
Ink:  Fresh Fig, Early Espresso, Soft  Sea Foam
Paper:  Whisper White,  Tranquil Textures

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


I went to a shoebox swap this past weekend and learned a simple but effective technique to add depth to a sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment on my card with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink using my Misti.  Then I used my finger to apply Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to just the bottom edges of the stamp and stamped again to get this effect.  I love the shading it adds!

Every time I have gone to a shoebox swap I have used a different container (including a real shoebox!) for my supplies trying to find an efficient way to organize my materials.  I think I finally found it!  My daughter sells thirty-one and they have just come out with a craft line. This bag worked great!

And it opens like this!  Everything fit perfectly inside!

My wonderfully inky friend Karren has a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Enjoy!

Stamp Sets:  Serene Garden, Hello (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Sweet Soiree DSP
Ink:  Distress Oxides, Copics, Memento Black