Wednesday, June 26, 2019

You're Clawsome....FMS394

Miss Emma's teachers this year have definitely been "clawsome!" So I was glad to contribute to their thank you gifts by stamping some adorable tags using the new set called Check You Out!

First these sweet striped bowls from thirty-one....

Then some candy......

Gather the tags.....

Wrap bowls in cellophane and attach tags.....

And make some more.....

I love Jen Timko's sweet sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I turned the horizontal panel into a sand bar and it looks like all the critters are having a good time!

Stamps:  Best Fishes (Sunny Studio)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Follow Your Art DSP, Calypso Coral

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bold and Bright Tulips....FMS393

I love the simple shapes in the Celebrate With Cake Stamp Set. They create such wonderful blocks of color!  It's a fun set to play with and is included in the newly released Beginner's Brochure from Stampin' Up!

Hope you have some fun this week with us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Jacquie's wonderful sketch is wide open!


Stamp Sets:  Celebrate With Cake (SU), Simple Strips (TE), Blissful Butterflies (PPP)
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove
Paper:  Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel DSP

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fusion: VW Hippie

When I saw this photo at Fusion this week I wanted to start singing about going to San Francisco with flowers in my hair.  I was California Dreamin' for sure!  I may be ready to hop the Peace Train and let those iron wheels Turn Turn Turn while I sit back Feelin' Groovy Imagine the sights I could see!  With a bit of luck maybe I could spot Mr. Tambourine Man or Puff the Magic Dragon or Alice's Restaurant.  But I'm just a Daydream Believer......I'd probably miss the train and end up on The Horse With No Name and get no farther than Scarborough FairBut The Time Has Come Today to stop thinking about the music of my youth.......I miss it.....The Times They Are A-Changing.....

And what were you Groovin' to back in the day?

It's A Beautiful Morning - join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets:  My Sunshine (SSS), Butterfly Gala, A Big Thank You, Around the Corner, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink:  VersaMark, Distress
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Highland Heather
Tim Holtz Sunshine Stencil

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Follow Your Art....FMS392

I may have taken some liberty with Jacquie's fun sketch this week......I flipped it  and turned those side strips into pencils and I ended up with a fun card for an Art graduate! Only four more grad cards to go and I am done until next year!

Have your own kind of fun with our sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Love the photo at Inkspirational this week!

Stamps Sets: It Starts With Art, Around the Corner
Paper:  Whisper White, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Copics
Die Cuts:  Stitched Nested Labels (SU)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lickety Split - FMS391

Watching dogs run agility courses is a lot of fun!  Long ago I had a Scottie that I took to a weekly agility class.  The instructor wasn't sure about her at first since she had never had a Scottie in one of her classes but Pudge did well - relatively speaking.  She did master the course but at her own speed - slooooooow.  And then there was the matter of the jumping bars. We always ran last because the bars had to be put on the lowest rung for her. But she weaved and tunneled and teeter-tottered like a champ!  It was great fun!  The real stars of the class were the pups that look similar to the one on my card - those border collies flew around the track! 

Amy's wonderful sketch is perfect for creating a sweet little scene!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set:  Best In Show (MFT)
Ink:  Granny Apple Green (SU), Broken China (Distress), Versafine Nocturne, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Daisy Delight

I love the set Daisy Delight and have made several cards using the big daisy and the large sentiment.  (I'll share a sample below.)  So I decided to challenge myself to use the images of this set that I have neglected.  Nothing fancy here today...just a bit of masking.  Sometimes I forget it is fun to just stamp....and it was so much fun (ha!) that I have several versions of this scene on my desk in all different color combos with all sorts of inky smudges on them. Keeping Whisper White white is a skill in itself!

If you just came from seeing Lou's wonderful creation then you are going in the right direction.

Now you can head onward to see Cindy's delightful work!

Cas(e) this Sketch is one of my favorite sketch challenges because their sketches can really make you think!  

This is the very first card I made with this set two years ago!

Stamp Set:  Daisy Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Medley, Night of Navy
Ink:  Night of Navy, Mango Medley, Gorgeous Grape, Call Me Clover

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fusion: Rainbow Birds

The oldest birdie in our family turned 94 this month!  Gram  still does well physically - takes no medication at all -  but having a conversation with her is like falling down the rabbit hole - you never know what to expect.  On the plus side she is very chipper and happy most of the time. In this photo she is looking at her favorite gift - a photo album of Will.  Every time she opens it is like the first time. She reads all the captions and oohs and ahhhs over that cute little face.  It is the first thing she shows me now when I visit every day- I have the book memorized - but I am delighted that she enjoys it so much!

Fun sketch and fun colors this week at Fusion - hope you join us!

Global Design Project is having a Birds, Bees and Butterflies challenge this week!

Stamp Sets:  Swirly Frames, Bird Banter
Ink: Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White,  Highland Heather

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Proud of You.....FMS390

I know what you are thinking....will these graduation cards ever stop?!?!?!  Not

Have fun with Judy's sweet sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches....and you don't have to make a graduation card!

Stamp Set:  Animal Signs (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink:  Memento Black, Calypso Coral, Copics, SU Blends

Monday, May 27, 2019


The retro sketches at Cas(e) this Sketch are such fun - especially if you have already made a card using it waaaaay back when!  I am still on my journey to 35 graduation cards for my daughter and this sketch worked perfectly for a rainbow of tossed caps!   I managed two of these so I have  ONLY 23 to go!  

It has been a beautiful Memorial Day weekend - two parades, cookouts and lots of time in the sunshine.  Miss E walked in a parade with her T-Ball team and then settled in to watch the rest of it from the sidelines.

Here is my card from the original sketch post back in October of 2015.

And the sketch.....

Addicted to CAS has a graduation theme this week.

Stamp:  Congrats Grad (Pretty Pink Posh)
Die Cut:  Awesome (Neat and Tangled)
Ink:  Distress, Copics, Versafine
Paper:  Whisper White, Peach Parfait

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Time to Shine......FMS389

Oh that new little grandson of mine shines for sure!  That little Willy Bear is a charmer and this photo makes me laugh every time I look at it.......but not because of him.  Does anyone else think that E.T. has snuck up behind him and is ready to poke him with that magic shining finger?  What else could it be?  Honest my thumb is not that long.......still laughing...

These sweet flowers and sentiment are from a soon to be available set from Stampin' Up! called Daisy Lane.  Worked perfectly for Narelle's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Hope you join us! 

The Paper Players is having a CAS plant challenge this week.

Stamp Sets:  Daisy Lane, Kinda Eclectic
Ink:  Balmy Blue, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Lilypad Lake

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Lilypad Lake this week.  My plan was to make a soft card of white with shades of blue.  But there sat my folder of Mango Melody still on my desk from the graduation cards I made earlier this week.  It seemed to be screaming "Pick me...pick me"  like  my third graders used to when they absolutely had to be the first one picked in a game or activity!  I just couldn't ignore it!  I think I may have a new favorite color.....

I am sandwiched between two of my best stamping buddies this week!  They are both fabulous stampers and are very entertaining to hang out with!  So don't miss either stop.....head back to Dawn Tidd or forward to Heidi Baks - enjoy!

The sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch was the basis of my design.

Stamp Set:  Lilypad Lake
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Melody
Ink:  Memento, Balmy Blue, Blends:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Crumb Cake,Night of Navy

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fusion: Hedgehog Scooter

My favorite way to do the Fusion challenge is to use both the sketch and the picture.  But I knew I was in trouble this week when I saw the photo.  I don't have one hedgehog image then I thought I must have a scooter image somewhere....anywhere in my craft room.....nope nope nope!  

And then I remembered my daughter needs 35 graduation cards in three weeks so I decided to use the sketch to get them started.  I am terrible at making multiples (unless it's cookies) - easily bored - or easily distracted - but I did make two of these!  Time to think of a new design for the next "batch.....

Hope you join us at Fusion this week!


Stamps: Wavy Sayings (Lawn Fawn), Bravo Grad (FSJ)
Paper:  Mango Melody, Whisper White, Gray Granite, Best Route DSP
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Copics
Cloud Embossing Folder (SU!)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Final Detail....FMS388

I love these sweet pots of flowers and decided to use them as the "circles" of the sketch.  And it wasn't until I put the card on my bookcase to photograph that I realized I hadn't included a sentiment. So I embossed a tiny hello on a scrap of Rococo Rose - one of new in colors from Stampin Up!  And just like that the tiny sentiment banner with its happy pop of pink became my favorite part of the card!

Karren has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I overlapped my "circles" a bit differently and you can too if you want! Put your own spin on it!

Stamps Sets: Hero Arts Monthly Kit,  Sending Sunshine (Wplus9)
Paper:  Grey Granite, Mellow Moss, Festive Farmhouse DSP, Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Black,  Copics

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Creative Process......FMS387

I can't ever think of a time when I have created a card with no errors and put it all together perfectly first time through.  I usually stamp a few images, try a few color combos and experiment with paper and borders.  A card finally emerges with all the the "rejected" images and pieces all over my desk.  Honestly I usually just sweep them all into the trash - I broke that habit of keeping scraps "just in case" a few years ago. But once in a while fortune smiles and I can piece together a second card from the scraps on my desk.  And that's just what happened yesterday - a super clean version of this card seemed to magically appear in the I went with it!  I love when that happens!

I love Cecile's sweet sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Hope you join us!

Stamp Set:  Tropical Chic
Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP

Monday, May 6, 2019

A Latte Layers

My friend Brian King is the featured designer this week at Global Design Project.  If you follow Brian's Blog (Stamp with Brian) you know his style is CAS but his cards often have many layers and fabulous color combinations.  His blog is one of my go-to resources for beautiful color combos!  So I used lots of layers and colors from a new Designer Series Paper called Mosaic Mood.  Brian's cards often have one little special element in them somewhere.....perhaps an altered sentiment, an unexpected image, a pop of color or an interesting technique.  So I added a tiny heart of Terracotta Tile......just for him!

Here is his design to CASE for this week's challenge.

I went with a coffee theme so I could link to the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop - always a wonderful hop!

Stamp Set:  Coffee Cafe
Ink:  Terracotta Tile, Soft Suede, Garden Green
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Mosaic Mood DSP