Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Any Way You Say It.......FMS363

When I attached this sentiment I thought of a college friend who used to tease me about my upstate accent. And of course I thought she had a downstate accent!  It drove her crazy that I pronounce Mary-merry-marry exactly the same way.  I tried and tried to say it three different ways like she did but never managed it.  How do you say this sentence?

          Mary is merry because she will soon marry.

I say "Mair-y is mair-y because she will soon mair-y."

She says "Mair-y is meh-ry because she will soon mar-y".

And in her family "ahnts wear pa-jah-mas"......but my "ants wear pa-jam-as"!  

Jen Timko has a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Put your own accent on it!

Stamp Sets: Alpine Adventure, Merry Christmas to All
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Ink" Gray Granite, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fusion: Wine O'Clock

True confessions:  I don't like to drink any kind of wine - gives me an immediate headache!  I don't like to listen to any kind of whine - gives me an immediate headache!

But I do love to play along at Fusion - hope you do too!  I used the picture and the sketch as inspiration this week!

Stamp Sets:  Half Full (SU), Coffee Cozy (Lil' Inker)
Paper:  Whisper White, Joyous Noel DSP, Copper Foil, Merry Merlot
Ink: Merry Merlot, Copics, Versa Fine Clair

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Celebrate Craftiness....and the Season.....FMS362

I am hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches and designed a simple sketch that easily transformed into this Christmas card!  It has been a very crafty time around here since I returned from the Rockies.

Heidi Baks hosted a terrific shoebox swap at her wonderful farm.  Great company, great food and oh so many great's a sample........

This past weekend I traveled to Cape Cod for a Creative Art Journey experience with Jenn Shurkus.  It was a gorgeous day in Hyannis and Jenn designed 14 different cards for us to complete using all sorts of techniques. Jenn is delightful......and oh so talented!  And I was lucky enough to hang out with Jen Mitchell from our FMS team all day!  We had a great time!

And here is my desk loaded with freebies, purchases and cards still to assemble from our day of crafting!

I hope all this crafty news from me today has inspired you to join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  I love to check out your galleries!



Stamp Sets:  Wishing You Well, Mistletoe Season
Paper:  Whisper White, Joyous Noel DSP, Soft Suede
Ink:  Merry Merlot, Tranquil TIDE

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fall Fun! FMS361

Emma needed a birthday card for an upcoming party so I inked up Treehouse Adventure in bright fall colors - such a fun set!

And Miss Emma and Gram had some fun as well when Emma and her friends helped deliver Halloween treats to residents at Pineview this week.   The residents love seeing all the kids in costumes!

 Have some fun yourself this week and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Jen Mitchell designed a terrific sketch for us!

Stamp Set: Treehouse Adventure
Paper: Whisper White, Country Lane DSP, Early Espresso
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede
Die Cuts: Stitched Edges, Fence (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fusion: Fall Porch

And I am grateful for our Colorado adventure this past week!  Plenty of snow already up on the peaks but it was sunny and perfectly fall in the villages.  We stayed in Silverthorne which is right next to Dillon which has beautiful views like this......

We shopped in the fabulous village of Breckenridge, checked out some ski areas and drove through the Loveland Pass.

Going from our 800 ft. elevation at home to 12,000 feet in 24 hours was no joke.  I am smiling but barely breathing in this photo!  Lots of water and extra sleep helped a lot!  On the last day we headed down from the mountains to Colorado Springs and toured the Garden of the Gods.

I like to call this shot "Garden of the Gods....and Godesses!"

I was inspired by both the sketch and gorgeous fall photo at Fusion this week!  Hope you are inspired too!

Stamp Sets: A Big Thank You, At Home With You, Holiday Home
Paper:  Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Copics

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hooray for Cottarado....FMS360


Yep I know it is a birthday card but I felt like saying a big Hooray because we are off on a short vacation to Colorado.......or as Miss Emma says.....Cottarado!  We are all going except for the Big Guy who will stay home with the pups.  The only time he is interested in the Rockies is when they are covered in snow and he has those wooden boards strapped to his feet!

Amy designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!


Stamp Sets:  Broadway Birthday
Paper:  Gray Granite, Whisper White, Broadway Bound DSP
Ink:   Lovely Lipstick, Gray Granite, Lemon Lime Twist
Subtle Embossing Folder

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

End of October.....FMS359

Leaves are is dark way too early......temps are in the forties and fifties......mums and pumpkins line the porches......snow fell just north of us.......Miss Emma's soccer season is over.......and the Big Guy has spent a bundle on candy for expected trick or treaters!  Guess it's time to finish up the Halloween cards and get them in the mail!  

Narelle's wonderful sketch has endless possibilities this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Halloween Mini Blueprints - Tim Holtz
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Toil and Trouble DSP

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fusion: Pastel Halloween

Fusion's fearless leader Karren Johnson comes up with amazing inspiration photos but I think she has totally outdone herself this week!  How could I pass up the chance to make pink bats, green stars and purple pumpkins?!?!?  An opportunity like that only happens once in a blue moon......

I wonder what color Miss E is going to paint her pumpkin??

I used both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion!  Such fun.....join us!

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Treats, Wood Words, Holiday Home
Paper:  Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink:  Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Lemon Lime Twist

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wishing You Well....FMS358

Even though dandelions are spring flowers there is something end of summer-ish to me about this card......must be because the days are end of summer-ish around here.  I took Miss Emma to the cemetery with me to remove the faded summer plants and leave fall mums on our family plot. Emma loves to work the old fashion hand pump there and ends up watering lots of flowers in the "neighborhood".  

Before we left she asked me to read her the names on the stones I start ......"This is my dad who is your Great Grandpa Willy, this is my grandma who is your Great Great Grandma Kitty,  this is my aunt and uncle who are your great aunt and uncle"  and I told her something fun about all our family members.

As we headed back to the car she said "You know Amma I bet they all miss you a lot."  I never really thought about it that way before.......

Karren our resident inkmaster has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Dandelion Wishes, Wishing You Well
Ink:  Distress, Memento Black, Blueberry Bushel
Paper:  Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White
Dies:  Stitched Circle - SU, Stitched Rectangle - SSS
Splashes:  Whip Cream Silk - FSJ

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Those Snowflakes are Coming! FMS357

The Big Guy isn't exactly a craft fair person so his first purchase ever at a craft fair is definitely noteworthy!  Erin had a booth of her thirty-one products at a local craft fair on Sunday and the Big Guy was on duty at the end of the day to help take down the tent and load the car.  He arrived a bit early and decided to have a sandwich while he waited.  On his way back from the food tent he passed a table of handmade wood and metal signs.  It was a beautiful warm fall day but he just couldn't resist this wintry sign.......

He'll never's all about the snow with him!  

So I took my inspiration from the sketch and his purchase.  The flakes were stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I covered the background with Distress Inks and added a sentiment using a diecut from Lawn Fawn.

Cecile has a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Alpine Adventure, Colorful Seasons
Ink:  Versamark, Distress
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Highland Heather
Die Cut:  Let It Snow

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Buffalo Check

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the Buffalo Check background stamp today.  I stamped it in Granny Apple Green to look like an old fashioned oilcloth table cover - the perfect backdrop for country jars and flowers.

I may have been inspired by a country wedding I went to last week.  This could be the cutest ring bearer ever!

If you missed Stesha's wonderful work head back there to check it out!

Betty Traciak is up next!  Her work is always wonderful!

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


Stamp Sets:  Buffalo Check, Wood Words, Jar of Love
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fusion: Baby Shower

My inspiration came from the picture at Fusion this week.. You could use this card as an invite to a baby shower or to welcome a new little one.  Use whatever inspires you to create - the sketch or the picture or both!  Hope you join us at Fusion!

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

Stamp Sets:  Little Elephant, Animal Outing
Paper:  Whisper White, Twinkle Twinkle DSP, Mint Macaron
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride
                                                   Die: Stitched Strip - My Favorite Things

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fall Color.....FMS356

Fall is my favorite season so I couldn't resist covering the three panels with leaves.  Our leaves are just starting to turn here. You can see a tiny bit of color starting on some trees in this drone photo.  The lake level has been dropped in preparation for the ice and snow to come. Our camp is right in the middle of this picture hidden in a cluster of trees.  I never knew we were surrounded by so many trees!  

So many possibilities with Jen Brum's terrific sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons, A Big Thank You
Paper:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Distress Oxides

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