Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Under the Weather? FMS430





These little umbrella animals make me smile!  And I hope that you all are staying "above the weather" as we self quarantine to get through these crazy times.  

But I am not the only one stamping more these days.  Emma stamped this lovely bunny piece using toilet paper rolls and paint!  Wishing you all a healthy joyful Easter!


                                               






So many possibilities with Jacquie's delightful sketch this week!  Escape for a while - join us at Freshly Made Sketches!



Stamp Set: Umbrella Pals (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Whisper White, Pleased As Punch DSP, Basic Black
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Versamark

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Love You To Pieces








The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Love You to Pieces today.  At first glance you may think this set is only for Valentine's Day but when you combine it with another set the possibilities are endless.  Today I used the mugs from Rise & Shine. They pair with the sentiment perfectly.  I am hoping it won't be too much longer before we can get together for a cuppa with our friends!

And since we are talking about jigsaw puzzles.......

I usually do jigsaw puzzles during the winter - after the Christmas rush is over.  So relaxing to do a puzzle and binge Netflix!  I went online last week to order a few more since we will be hanging around home for a while.  I like Charles Wysocki scenes from Amazon and discovered they now cost anywhere from $40 to $80 a puzzle - and some are used.  What?!?!?!?!  Further investigation proved that puzzles are sold out almost everywhere - or are really expensive.  I bet when this is over I will be able to pick up a lot of puzzles....cheap....


If you missed Kelly's wonderful work head back there......




Otherwise keep going to see what delights Lou has in store!






Stamp Sets: Love You to Pieces, Rise & Shine
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather
Paper: Whisper White, Pleased as Punch DSP







Thursday, April 2, 2020

Fusion: Gnomes




I am making a few more Easter cards than usual because we won't be having a family gathering this year.  Hoping this gnome will make someone smile because he definitely makes me smile!



             I used both the sketch and the photo as inspiration this week at Fusion.  Hope you join us!


                                       

Stamp Sets: Spring Gnomes (SSS), Easter Bunnies (MFT)
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape
Ink: Memento Black, Gorgeous Grape, Distress, Copics

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Crafty Friends....FMS429






Crafting is definitely the therapy I need these days.  Of course it may not be cheaper than therapy but it works for me!  I'm visiting lots of blogs and Facebook groups and continue to be inspired by beautiful work.....and by amazing stories of courage and coping during this scary time.  I am also mailing out a card a day to check in with friends, family.....and crafty friends!

Meanwhile Miss Emma is getting very proficient on her iPad as her lessons are now online. Yesterday was Superhero Day and everyone in her class shared pictures of themselves as a superhero!  






Square cards are fun!  Enjoy Judy's sweet sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!



Stamp Set: It Starts With Art
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Pacific Point, COpics

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kick Some Grass!





A stamping friend proposed a NBUS challenge on a FB page and I said -  "Sure. I probably have one or two stamps that have never seen ink."

Yeow that was a lie......I have far too many images that have never seen ink!

This sweet bunny was just hanging around on my desk.  I think I have had him for 6 months and hadn't even put him away yet!  Perhaps I was just saving him for spring.  The sentiment is perfect for what is happening in our world today.  This is headed to a friend working in health care.  We can't thank our health care workers enough for the job they are doing right now.


I used Claire's sketch at The Paper Players for my design.


Stamps: Kickin' It (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Memento Black, Granny Apple Green, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Pleased As Punch DSP

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sending Flowers......FMS428







Our niece - who works for the city of Rochester -  received a wonderful recognition this week.  This was the press release:

March is Women’s History Month and in light of the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth and the centennial of the 19th amendment, Mayor Warren is acknowledging and celebrating the important role women play in shaping our families, city, nation, and the world—especially those who are often overlooked.
Today's exceptional woman of City Hall is Sarah Boyce, Principal Staff Assistant (City Budget Analyst).






Sarah's parents grew up in the town where Susan B. Anthony was born and she was born there as well -  which is kinda cool!  The first thing the Big Guy said was we have to send her flowers. But nope.....everything closed this week so we were out of luck.  

So I decided to channel Narelle (one of our FMS team members who makes amazing floral designs) and create a floral card for Sarah.  Sending virtual flowers is the best we can do right now but she will know how proud we are of her!



Amy has a great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Happy Birthday To You, Label Me Bold
Paper: Whisper White,  Petal Promenade DSP
Inks: Call Me Clover, Copics


Friday, March 20, 2020

Just Bee-cause



Hanging around home is the norm these days and it seems like there has been plenty to do.  I haven't even started a Netflix binge yet!  I have managed to do a major clean up in my craft room and my plan is to send out at least one card a day to say hello to a friend.  I loved the sweet simple sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch so I made six of these bee cards to send out his week......just bee-cause.....




                                                

Stamps: Just Bee-Cause (Sunny Studio)
Paper: Whisper White, Butterfly Basics DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Fusion: Cake





I thought we all could use some cake....and a smile today.  I live in upstate NY and we are all hanging close to home these days.  I did attend a staff meeting at the library earlier this week to discuss the closing of the library for the rest of the month - or perhaps even longer.  It is such a surreal situation we are all in.  As I left I ran into one of our regular library patrons who was walking by.  We kept our distance and chatted for a minute about the library closing.  And then she left me with these words:  I am almost 80 and I will be careful but I will not be afraid.......

I am so going to try to follow her example!



I love a good piece of cake so I went with the cake theme and the sketch this week at Fusion.  Hope you join us!

                                      

Stamps: Celebrate With Cake, Funny Bones (Riley & Co)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove, Pretty Peacock
Paper: Whisper White, Dino Days DSP, Follow Your Art DSP







Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It's Spring! FMS427





This is a worrisome time but I am doing my best to find smiles where I can.  The snow is almost gone, the sun is warmer and I am still walking my two miles outside every day.  Technology keeps us connected and all of a sudden I have extra crafting and reading time!  

My mother's facility is now enforcing a no visitors policy.  I am grateful they are doing their best to keep the residents safe.  We had our first face time phone call yesterday thanks to Elizabeth, the activities director.  My mother had never seen such a thing and Erin and I kept laughing at her comments and reactions as she tried to figure it out.  She kept pointing to me and telling Elizabeth...."Doesn't she look great?  That's my daughter and she's 93!  You would never know it!"

I do look great for 93!  Hope you find a bit of joy each day......



Narelle has a wonderful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!



Stamp Set: Under My Umbrella, Simply Celebrate Spring (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Pleased As Punch DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Gorgeous Grape, Copics

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Dressed to Impress




The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Dressed to Impress this week.  It is such a fun set and pairs beautifully with matching designer paper.




And I swear Miss Emma has been a fashionista since she started to walk and talk.  I will share with you a Facebook post my daughter Erin wrote on Friday - when it was hat day at school............


Emma has a hat day at school today and left the house in a polka-dotted dress and matching Fedora. Walking out, she added her riding boots and long-handled umbrella to the ensemble.
Erin: "Wow, you're adorable! You look like a little supermodel today!"
Emma: (After looking me up and down, noting my sweatpants and sweatshirt) "And you ... DO NOT!"

Enjoy the hop!

If you missed Cindy's wonderful work head back there......



Otherwise check out Lou's great project!




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



Stamp Set: Dressed to Impress
Ink: Memento Black, Lovely Lipstick, Copics
Paper: Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy,  Whisper White, Best Dressed DSP













Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Thank You Berry Much - FMS426







A simple and sweet card today - perhaps inspired by Will's favorite winter hat that he wears indoors and out!






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


Stamp Set:  Witty-cisms
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Real Red, Butterfly Basics DSP, Whisper White



Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Craftaholic!





I am headed to Heidi Baks' shoebox swap next week so it is time to get serious about creating my kits and swaps!  Besides making up 21 shoebox kits,  I need to make cards for a humorous swap.  Newton is looking pretty crafty here and actually has no intention of giving it all up - as you can see from the inside sentiment!  I can so relate!  Now I am wondering if I wear a sweat band when I craft would it count as cardio?






I used the sketch at Global Design Project for my card today.


Stamp Set: Newton's Crafty Cardio (Newton's Nook), Craftaholic (Riley & Co.)
Ink: Pacific Point, Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Follow Your Art DSP


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Fusion: Nature





I received a lovely note from the Mistress of Hogwarts this week telling me that I had been accepted for training at Hogwarts.  So naturally I had to send a reply to tell her I was excited about joining the class!  If you are a Harry Potter fan you will remember the owl delivered hundreds of letters inviting him to Hogwarts.  So I included a few on my card along with the sorting hat that I am sure Headmistress Emma will recognize!  I am excited about my wizarding classes but a bit worried about walking through the brick wall at the train station.....

                                                                 



I used images from a Harry Potter themed set called Snapes Alive and took my inspiration from the Fusion challenge this week.  I followed the sketch and pulled colors from the inspiration photo!  What inspires you?  Join us at Fusion!


                                        

There is a brand new challenge called The Spot and it is starting with a Getting To Know You Challenge.  I am sure they would all like to know a soon-to-be wizard.....lol....

                                           

Stamp Set: Snapes Alive (Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress Oxides
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Classic Garage DSP
Stencil: Clouds (Newton's Nook)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tropical Hello - FMS425





This summery, tropical card gives me hope that summer is not too far away.  But the picture shows what our mornings have actually looked like this week.......a bit foggy as our above freezing temps have started the snow melting process!  Not quite tropical but the battles over wearing a winter coat have already started!





Cecile's sketch is delightful this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!


Stamp Set: Label Me Bold, Tropical Chic
Ink: Real Red, Blushing Bride, Distress Oxides
Paper: Whisper White, Tropical Oasis DSP

I brushed Pine Needles, Lucky Clover and Scattered Straw Distress inks on white and then diecut the leaves from Wild Greeneryby MFT.  The flower stamp from Tropical Chic was inked using SU markers Real Red and Blushing Bride before stamping . I love that look of using markers -  it works best on rubber.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Honey Bee









The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Honey Bee today.  This stamp set paired with the Golden Honey DSP provides endless inspiration for all sorts of cards.  I loved seeing all the designs the Stamp Review Crew created!


Hope you enjoy the hop!  Beeeee sure you don't miss Mary's wonderful work!


If you are on track then keep going to see Stesha's beeee-utiful creations!


I used the sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch - designed by my friend Brian King -  for my design.





Stamp Set: Honey Bee
Paper:  Golden Honey DSP, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Crushed Curry, Memento Black








Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Celebrating You! FMS424





A toucan with balloons is the perfect plus one when attending a birthday party!  I am sure he would add entertainment to any gathering! 




Jen Brum has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!


Stamp Set: Bonanza Buddies, Broadway Birthday
Ink: Memento Black, Terracotta Tile, Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Birthday Bonanza DSP

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Fusion: Decor







That clean and simple photo at Fusion spoke to my clean and simple heart!  And where did I get that CAS preference from?  Hmmm maybe I inherited it.

The activities director at Pineview - where my mother lives - used some of my crafting supplies for an arts and crafts project this week.  She made a sample bouquet and put out the punched flowers and buttons for the residents to assemble on their art board.  My daughter was there to help out and said Gram absolutely refused to make a bouquet stating that it was way too messy,  So here is a photo of the sample next to my mother's creation - perfectly aligned rows!  She wouldn't let anyone help her because it had to be perfect!  





I used the sketch for my card as well as the clean design of the photo with its neutral colors.  Use what inspires you at Fusion!

                                    

Stamps: Soft Spring (SU), Simply Said Hugs (Avery Elle)
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Ink: Memento Black, Purple Posy, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray