Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sending Sunshine! FMS329

I think all my friends here in the Northeast would appreciate some sunshine this week!  That must be what inspired my card - along with Kim's wonderful sketch! Lots of creative possibilities with this one!

So have fun with Kim's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Put anything you want in the corner.....except Baby of course!

StampSets: Sending Sunshine (Wplus9), My Sunshine (SSS)
Ink:  Night Of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti-frutti DSP

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bubble Over

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the Bubble Over stamp set today.  It is such a fun set with endless options for many occasions!  Bubbles and Fizz DSP coordinates with it perfectly.  

We had a great day celebrating the Big Guy's - and his twin sister's -  70th birthday yesterday.  The clan gathered from far and wide for a birthday/St.Patrick's Day Dinner.

 My daughter's friend designed these adorable table centerpieces......hollowed out cabbages were the vases for the flower arrangements!  So clever!

If you are on track you should have arrived here from my friend Anne Schach's blog.  Her work is always amazing!

Now you can head on to see what treats Yapha Mason has in store!

I used colors from the DSP - and from the Inspire.Create.Challenge.

Stamp Set: Bubble Over
Paper: Bubbles and Fizz DSP, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Lemon LimeTwist

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Toucan of My Appreciation

When I taught third grade we learned about toucans when we studied the rainforest. The kids loved to write simple punny poems using the word toucan.  I gave an example or two like this:

What can scare a toucan?  BOO-can!

What can float a toucan?  A CANOE-can!

Who can write a pun about a toucan?  YOU-can!

If you have a punny toucan question and answer I would love to hear it!

I am delighted to be the guest designer at the Tic Tac Toe challenge this week!  I decided to go corner to corner and picked Puns - Accents - Metallics.  Check out the wonderful inspiration from the Tic Tac Toe Design Team and then pick your own line of design inspiration!

I based my layout on the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch.

Stamp Set:  Bird Banter
Paper:  Silver Foil, Whisper White, Springtime Foils
Ink: Black, Copics
Accents:  Black Rhinestone, Silver Cord, Wonky Stitches Die

Fusion - Rain or Shine

There is nothing better than a friend who has been by your side since you splashed in puddles as a kid!

There are raindrops falling from those clouds but they are a bit hard to see in the photo!

I took my inspiration from the photo this week at Fusion.  Photo or Sketch or Both.........your choice  of inspiration at Fusion!  Join us!

Stamps:  Beautiful You, Weather Together, Hero Arts Sentiment
Paper:  Whisper White, Eastern Palace DSP
Ink: Black, Copics, Soft Sky
Die Cuts: Stitched Cloud Edges (MFT)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thinking of Sketches.....FMS328

When it is my turn to draw up a sketch for a challenge at Freshly Made Sketches I use two very "scientific" techniques.  Sometimes I doodle with a pencil on a blank sheet of paper until a layout takes shape.  Sometimes I cut out shapes and actually move them around until a layout I like develops.  So to prepare for this week's sketch I sharpened my #2 yellow pencil and sat down at my desk.  And right there on the corner of my desk were six cards I had just made using the new Waterfront set.  The elements of this set work together beautifully to create countless outdoor scenes.  And those same elements gave me the basic design of my sketch this week! Maybe checking my card stash should be my third technique for developing a sketch!  

I'd love to see how you interpret my sketch this week. Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Waterfront, Sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink: Pool Party, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring Snow.....FMS327

I am sure there must be a flower under all this snow just waiting to pop up as we speak - that's what inspired my card today!  I love a good snowstorm just like Miss Emma does....

And I don't even mind when I am housebound and the only thing moving in the neighborhood is a snowmachine....

But I draw the line when Mother Nature drops 18 inches of  heavy wet widowmaker snow and breaks my beautiful row of bushes along my sun porch!  She and I need to have a serious talk!

As you read this we are having a repeat of the storm we had last week.....heavy snow is falling and we will probably have 18-20 inches before it is over. I've been to the grocery store, have three new books and a brand new box of Stampin' Up! supplies arrived last night - I am ready!

My talented friend Jen Mitchell from nearby Massachusetts - who is definitely not happy about today's snowstorm - has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us and make her smile!

I am also linking to The Paper Players Spring Challenge - one can always hope it will be here soon!

Stamp Sets:  Meadow Flower (Altenew)
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Petal Passion DSP
Die Cuts: Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Love Ya Line Border (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fusion: St. Paddy's Day

The Big Guy and his twin sister will be entering a new decade this St. Patrick's Day so we are having a dinner party to celebrate!  This card is for his sister - who is the total opposite of her big brother. She is little, chatty and loves a good party.  The Big Guy is not little and does not love a big party!  He is referring to this event as "my sister's birthday party"  and definitely prefers gatherings to be lakeside or mountainside!  But seeing all the cousins, nieces and nephews together does make him smile......

I took my inspiration from the photo and then flipped the sketch for my design!  Love to play at Fusion!

Stamp Sets:  Amazing You, Grown With Love
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Sweet Soiree DSP

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Let The Good times Roll......FMS326

Oh yes let the good times long as I am on the ground and not in the roller coaster car!  

And I showed this card to a friend of mine who looked at it and said, "Oh what a cute baby card for someone having twins!"

She thought the roller coaster cars were baby carriages so now all I see when I look at this is runaway baby carriages!  She made me laugh and I just may keep this for a baby card!

Our Artisan and team leader Jen Timko designed a sketch with fun details this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us~

Stamp Sets: Let the Good Times Roll, Waterfront
Paper: Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Emerald Envy, Soft Sky

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Snow Tales....CTS259

I know most of you are thinking spring but the reality of my world is reflected in this card!  

A few nights ago it snowed about eight inches overnight and when the Big Guy went out to shovel he noticed tracks leading to his car and the driver's door was ajar.  First he was mad at himself for not locking his car but then he was really mad because his favorite pair of skis was missing!  Since shoveling is a neighborhood bonding experience he soon learned that there were tracks around cars up and down the street and other neighbors lost that random change left in the cup holder. The change was left in our car - but not the skis!  

Using his amazing powers of deduction the Big Guy decided it was kids being obnoxious and they would probably just dump the skis somewhere.  He put the word out to neighbors to be on the lookout for a pair of skis tossed in their yard.  Well today we had some crazy warm temps and lots of melting and sure enough those skis appeared in a snowbank a block away!  

And once again the Big Guy is does he do it?

We had lunch in Lake Placid last week - always fun to hop in the bobsled on Main Street!  Back to snow and colder temps today!

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


Stamp Set:  Winter Woofs (Newton's Nook)
Ink: Distress, Black, Copics
Paper:  Soft Sky, Whisper White

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Smile! FMS325

The sayings in the Birthday Wit set just make me smile - we could all use a few more smiles these days!  And as cardmakers we can definitely relate to that sentiment!

Something else that makes me smile is this picture of Emma.  To celebrate 100 days of school this past week her teacher asked everyone to dress as if they were 100!  This picture cracks me up - it's all about those earrings!

Our wonderful artisan Amy O'Neill designed a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Join us!

Stamps:  Birthday Wit
Paper:  Whisper White, Berry Burst, Picture Perfect DSP
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fusion: Spring Wreath

The inspiration at Fusion this week has us all thinking spring.  That's about all I can do right now.....think about it.....especially when my street looks like this........

I love our Fusion challenges because there are so many ways to be inspired.......I pulled the colors, texture and flowers from the photo and took my layout from the sketch.  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set:  Daisy Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Powder Pink
Ink: Smoky Slate, Powder Pink

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! FMS324

Happy Valentine's Day! Wishing you a day filled with love..........

 Miss Emma was loving the Ice House in Saranac Lake this weekend.......

Our beautiful floral designer Narelle has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Heart Happiness, Paper Pumpkin Sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Foil, Painted With Love DSP
Ink: Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cue the Confetti! FMS323

I let that delightful designer paper take center stage on my card today.  And the "cue the confetti"sentiment is perfect for so many occasions.  Old Man Winter has "cued the confetti" around here today.  White confetti continues to pile up outside and there will be another foot of it by supper time.  But no one around here is complaining......there are two polar bears in my cellar smiling and waxing their skis as we speak.......

My talented friend Karren Johnson from sunny New Zealand has a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Picture Perfect Birthday
Paper: Picture Perfect Party DSP, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Basic Black
Ink: Black
Die Cut:  Wonky Stitches

Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebrating Twenty!

After retiring from 34 years of teaching I looked forward to lazy mornings and unscheduled days.  Then the strangest thing happened.......I wasn't enjoying all that free time as much as I thought I would.  One night the Big Guy put the local newspaper in front of me and said, "There's a part time job available at the library - you need to apply."

So for 12 years now I have been a part time library clerk at our local library and love it.  This week we had a dinner in honor of our librarian who is completing her 20th year.  She's a great gal and I was honored to make the invites.  And yes the story about the Big Guy telling me I needed a job was brought up at dinner!

 The eclipse technique worked well on this card because it added interest and still kept the card flat for mailing.

Stamp Sets: Bookcase Builder, Celebrate Today, To Thine Own Shelf (SSS)
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Garden Green
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fusion: Stained Glass Hearts

I love these bright colors together - when Lemon Lime Twist shows up it's a party!  Oh yes we all have a friend - or two - like that!  As soon as they arrive - party's on!

I love the stained glass hearts in the inspiration photo this week at Fusion!  Hope you play along!


For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge I used the top row across.....


Stamp Sets:  Amazing You, Heart Happiness
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Seasonal Colors......FMS322

Is it too early to start thinking of chocolate bunnies, butterflies and flowers?  A girl can dream right? I am nice and cozy here by the fire as I type so I can't complain.  But the reality is we have another two months of snow. My daughter snapped this picture as she left the other night laughing because we were back from Florida and back to doing  "Fulton County laundry." If you live up north like we do I bet your laundry looks like bunnies or flowers here.....just the Big Guy's flannel shirts...

Our wonderfully talented friend from France Cecile Ribon has a wide open sketch for us this week!  Have fun at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets:  Hello Easter, Bike Ride, Ribbit Ribbit (AE)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Black, Watercolors, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Watercolor, Wood Textures DSP