Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Snowman Greetings......FMS411

Who knew that the scarf from Merry Moose would perfectly fit the snowman from Snowman Season?  So glad I checked my snippets bowl where an extra scarf was hanging out!  It's keeping that snowman cozy while he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

 Kim's wonderful design was perfect for my happy snowman!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Sets: Snowman Season, Merry Moose, Happy Snowman (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink: Memento Black, Real Red, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Let It Snow DSP

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Season of Feasts......FMS410

So much good food on the horizon for November and December!  Stretchy pants are a must!  We went to a Harry Potter themed feast this past weekend at a local inn.  It was so much fun.  Emma dressed as Hermione and all of the kids got a chance to go through the sorting ceremony.

Emma was hoping for Ravenclaw but was selected for Slytherin.  We sat at long banquet tables for dinner that was served by various characters from the book.  Moaning Myrtle was our team leader!  After our feast we had a gaming competition and Slytherin won!  Miss Emma felt much better then about being in Slytherin as she won a goodie bag that contained a  magic wand!

It was a fun night with my partner in crime!

It is my turn to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!

Stamp Sets:  Birds of a Feather, Merry Moose, Harvest Sentiment Strips (TE)
Paper:  Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP, Pretty Peacock
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Pretty Peacock

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Cup of Christmas

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Cup of Christmas today......but it is "only" November!  So I pulled out some fall colors and created a welcoming trio of mugs.  Nothing better than a warm cuppa with friends on a cold dreary November day!  So hop around and see what my stamping friends have created!  

Ann Schach always has something wonderful to share!

And don't miss Cindy Elam's fabulous work either!


I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments as the basis of my design.

And it is time for another Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop - always a fun event and so full of inspiration!

Stamp Set:  Cup of Christmas
Paper:  Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP, Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze
Ink:  Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Mint Macaroon

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fusion: Mermaid

I loved the inspiration photo at Fusion this week but there was one slight problem - I don't have one mermaid image anywhere!  Hard to believe but I am just not a mermaid fan.....might have something to do with my strange fear of fish!  But inspiration always abounds at Fusion so I went with the sketch and the color scheme from the photo - a fresh look for Halloween!  And since it is Halloween perhaps those ghosts are actually mermaids in costume to celebrate the day!

Have fun with the delightful inspiration at Fusion this week! 


Stamp Set: Hallow's Eve (FSJ), Holiday Home (SU), Spooktacular Friends (MFT)
Ink: Distress, Copics, Seaside Spray, Pineapple Punch, Versafine Nocturne
Paper: Whisper White,Purple Posy, Highland Heather
Ghost Stencil Newton's Nook
Picket Fence Die Lawn Fawn

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mad About Plaid.....FMS409

I love all the new plaid paper....and I love apples so I decided to put them together in this sweet simple card.  In the meantime we have been to the orchard for real non-plaid apples. Time to turn them into pies for the holidays!

I always look forward to Jen Mitchell's sketches because she loves square cards!  Fun to change it up!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Harvest Hello
Paper: Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Wrapped in Plaid DSP
Ink: Shaded Spruce

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Merry Christmoose.....FMS408

This moose is ready for winter!  No snow here yet but there are some mountaintops that are covered.  Emma and her parents headed to Mt. Washington, NH this weekend and rode the cog railroad to the top......almost....

They had to stop right here as there was too much ice on the tracks!  So close!  Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast and is known for its wild weather...even in the summer.  The Big Guy is proud to say he once rode his motorcycle to the top - many years ago!

Jen Timko's sketch has so many possibilities this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamp Set: Merry Moose
Paper: Wrapped in Plaid DSP,  Shaded Spruce, Whisper White
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Memento Black, Cherry Cobbler, Copics

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fusion: Pumpkin Diorama

I grew up in a small village in a house with a huge yard with lots of trees.  That meant lots of leaves.....lots of raking.....lots of leaf piles....and lots of jumping which led to more raking - it was a never ending cycle of fun!  Eventually the trees were bare and the leaves shriveled up.  Then my dad would burn them - I still love that smell!  We can't burn leaves where I live now so I make the Big Guy wait until the last possible day to rake and bag them.  I may no longer jump into leaves but I'm great at shuffling through them while I play with the dog!  

I love this sweet girl walking through the fall leaves - and I love the inspiration at Fusion!  Hope you join us~!


Stamp Set: Pumpkin Latte (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Whisper White, Merry Merlot, Come to Gather DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Merry Merlot

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Boo to You! FMS407

I bought this Halloween stamp set with lots of images to create spooky scenes for Miss Emma. But I couldn't let her have all the fun so I borrowed a few stamps to make a sweet simple scene.  My CAS heart just can't get overloaded.  Emma does not have that problem - the more bats the merrier in her world!

Meanwhile she celebrated Wacky Wednesday at school during Spirit Week.....four pigtails, Mom's old glasses and fun clothes......

LeeAnn's sketch is delightful this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!


Stamp Set: Halloween Eve (FSJ), Mini Strips - Halloween(TE)
Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Botanical Butterflies DSP
Ink:  Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Copics

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cup of Cheer......FMS406

It's a bit early for me to start thinking about Christmas cards.  I think fall and Halloween in October, Thanksgiving and frost in November......and then finally Christmas! I am more of a live in the moment gal than a plan weeks ahead gal. But I think a box of new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! may have caused the detour!  I will return to Pumpkin Land tomorrow......

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


Stamp Set:  Cup of Christmas
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Real Red
Paper: Let It Snow DSP, Whisper White, Real Red, Shaded Spruce

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Snow Front

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring is featuring the set Snow Front this week.

It is appropriate that I made a winter scene in honor of the first day we started our furnace for the season!  We had our first frost and I could see my breath last night when I walked the dog.  This morning I heard geese honking and looked up in time to see that perfect vee heading south.  Won't be long before my yard looks like this card!

The possibilities for this stamp set are endless.  I kept my scene oh so simple with just a pop of red.  I brushed Seaside Spray lightly for the sky and kept the mountains and shadows light with Smoky Slate.  There are tiny silver stars in the branches which don't show well in my photo but in real light they sparkle.  I borrowed a sentiment from Merry Moose to complete my card.

Check out Cindy's wonderful work if you missed her blog!

Otherwise head onward to see what my friend Heidi has created!

I used this very interesting sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch as the basis of my design.

Stamp Set:  Snow Front, Merry Moose
Ink:  Seaside Spray, Smoky Slate, Lovely Lipstick, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick. Brushed Silver

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fusion: Dragonfly

I love this photo of Miss Emma on our last boat ride of the season!  It was a bright and beautiful fall day and all that blue must have inspired my color scheme today.  But the seasons are changing so I decided to have my dragonfly check out some fall blooms.  

Farewell summer.......

Hello Fall!

Such a pretty photo this week at Fusion!  I used the photo and the sketch for my card.  Hope you play along!


Stamp Set:  Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Whisper White, Retired DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Copics, Memento Black

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Halloween Blueprints...FMS405

I love these Halloween blueprint sketches so I was delighted to see Judy's square shapes on this week's sketch!  

And I will go on record saying I love candy corn too......who's with me?

Judy's fun card has three squared up elements this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

The Paper Players has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week.  My Halloween card has patterned paper and a pumpkin.

Stamp Set: Tim Holtz Halloween Blueprints
Ink: Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Retired SU DSP

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pumpkins Aglow.....FMS404

It is Pumpkin Season around here so I decided to use this sweet trick or treater on my card today.  We went to The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze this past weekend in Croton-On-Hudson.....a town about three hours south of us along the Hudson River. You follow a path through amazing carved pumpkin displays on the grounds of the historic Van Cortlandt Manor.  It was a magical experience!

Amy designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Spooktacular Friends (MFT), Colorful Seasons
Paper: Whisper White, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Calypso Coral, Distress, Copics

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fusion: Coffee

I was fortunate to teach in a small rural school district where the first thing the custodians did early every morning was start the coffee and water for tea in the cafeteria.  (OK in the winter first they lit the boiler then started the coffee!)  We all got to work early enough to grab a cup and chat a bit before the first bus pulled in.  It seems like such a simple thing but it was a great way to start the day and connect with other teachers and support staff.   It was amazing what could be planned, discussed, brainstormed and worked out over early morning coffee. Lifelong friendships formed as well......I still get together with friends that I met that first day over coffee way back in 1971!   

I used the photo this week as primary inspiration for my card....but turning the sketch gave me the idea to make the tray of coffee cups.  So much inspiration at Fusion - hope you join us!


Stamp Set:  Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Peekaboo Peach, Coastal Cabana, Rococo Rose
Paper: Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP, Tasty Treats DSP