Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fusion: Floral Cupcakes

I love the photo at Fusion this week!  I have very few food tiny cupcakes or I decided to go with the flowers.  They are actually stamped in Petal Pink but through the magic of my camera lens the pink looks more like coral......sigh.....

Patience is not my strong suit and making all of those little rectangles was a very pottsy bit of work as my mother would say.  Therefore I did not want to redo in another shade of pink so coral it is!  But as always I love the challenge of combining the sketch and the photo at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Summer is in full bloom in my part of the world so that may have inspired me to pull out all the greens for this card. So many beautiful shades of green here - hard to pick a favorite! The stamped greens in the middle of the card are (starting from the top) - Just Jade (new in color), Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, and Shaded Spruce.  

And Miss Emma brought her Auntie Ria this lucky green stone to celebrate the grand opening of her new store called King's Kloset in Saratoga Springs, NY.

That lucky stone must have worked because it was a great opening....resulting in another type of green for the happy owner!

I love LeeAnn's clean graphic sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Forever Fern
Paper: Whisper White, Forever Greenery DSP
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Making the Day Brighter......FMS442

Honest I truly thought the worst of this pandemic would be behind us as we got into summer but it has certainly proved to be relentless.  New York has made great strides but we are still sticking close to home and immediate family.  So we look for ways to make our days brighter - like making a delightful purple card with these sweet parasols!  Lighthearted posts on Facebook are always a treat so I will share one with you I just saw yesterday.  You may have seen it already but it will probably still make you crafters we can so relate......


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

Stamp Set: Pretty Parasol
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Playing With Patterns DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Gorgeous Grape, Copics

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fusion: Relaxed Living

Just an easy breezy summery card to send to a friend for an upcoming birthday......although It's Your Day could work for other occasions as well.  

We had two fellows literally wash up on our beach a few days ago just before sunset. They had borrowed a Jetski to take a ride but got lost and then "broke down."  It was definitely their day because on our beach was my son-in-law and the Big Guy. The Big Guy assured them they just needed gas and headed to our garage to get some. My son-in-law is a pilot with a wonderful sense of direction so he quickly plotted a course for them to get back to their starting point.  The Big Guy returned, filled their tank and the Jetski started right up!  They were very appreciative and both guys shook his hand to say thanks.  As the Jetski pulled away my daughter reminded her father he was not supposed to shake hands.  So the Big Guy calmly poured the last bit of gasoline on his hands and rubbed it in.......Adirondack Mountain hand sanitizer.....sigh....

I used both the sketch and the inspiration photo this week at Fusion - hope you play along!


Stamp Sets: Basket of Blooms, Under My Umbrella 
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Night of Navy
Paper: Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Playing With Patterns DSP
Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

So Much to Smile About......FMS441

I am a total dog lover so they always make me smile.  This is what else made me smile this week:

Mr. Willie Bear absolutely refusing to share his animal pacis with anyone......but he said no with a smile......

A nice Father's Day photo from my son and crew........

And my daughter reached waaaaay back into the archives for this Father's Day photo!  The Big Guy was about the same age as my son is now in this photo!

New stamp sets from Stampin' Up! arrived this week as well - that's more to smile about!

Judy has a terrific sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope it makes you smile! Join us!

Stamp Set: Pampered Pets, Harvest Hellos
Paper; Whisper White, Playful Pets DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Smooth Sailing.....FMS440

I kept my card soft and easy today because after several chilly days the sun came out and the lake was calling.  Just cruising around helps you forget about all the craziness in this world for a while.


And this summer we have a new scout ready to guide us back to the marina......seems like yesterday that Miss Emma was peeking over that railing.....

Will loved his first boat ride!

Amy's sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches has a lot of possibilities!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes
Ink: Gray Granite
Paper: Whisper White, Peony Garden DSP, Gorgeous Grape
Die Cut: With Sympathy (Avery Elle)

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Stamp Review Crew - Daisy Lane

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Daisy Lane today.  When I received my Designer Paper Share this week from Brian King I just had to feature some of the fabulous new DSP as well.  This paper is a sheet from Artistry Blooms and features one of the new in colors - Magenta Madness.  I don't have my new inks yet so I stamped my flowers in Grapefruit Grove and shaded them with Daffodil Delight Blends.....and somehow it all went together!

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

Otherwise go forward to see Nikki's fabulous creations!

I used Brian's sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.

Stamp Set: Daisy Lane\
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Whisper White, Artistry Blooms DSP

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Fusion: Butterfly

Many of my friends sent me cards and bookmarks from afar to acknowledge my retirement from the library that I need a few of these cards.   I am a lucky girl......ok I do use that word girl loosely....but even in my seventh decade that girl lives in my heart....

I was inspired by both the sketch and the photo at Fusion this week!  Hope you play along!


Stamp Sets: Butterfly Gala, Fill in the Sentence (The Ton)
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green
Paper: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

All Smiles.....FMS439

I just love this hippo peeking through a window of balloons to say Happy Birthday!  Sure to make anyone smile!

And speaking of smiles how about this one.......

Someone I know was very happy to resume her horseback riding lessons this week! Restrictions are slowly lifting in New York.  Schools remain closed and there are still no team sports or dance classes but the horse barn reopened!  I think Joy got an extra peppermint or two since Emma hasn't seen her in three months!  

Our talented Artisan from Australia has a fun sketch to make you smile this week!  Have fun with Narelle's sketch!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Sets: Peek A Boo Pals (Avery Elle), Label Me Bold
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Birthday Bonanza DSP

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Knot Good! FMS438

I can totally relate to that giraffe these days.  It is a difficult time for sure but the artwork of a certain seven year old I know always inspires....

Karren's sketch this week is also inspiring!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Back on Your Feet
Paper: Whisper White,  Animal Expedition DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Call me Clover, Copics

Friday, May 29, 2020

Put The Kettle On!

Nothing like a good cup of tea with a friend!  Hard to do these days but I do make a cup tea to sip while I enjoy a weekly Zoom call with friends.  Of course I did knock the cup over yesterday during the call.....what a circus.....but it did make everyone laugh so there was that.....

It is time for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop again!  I used the sketch from the Paper Players for my design.

Stamp Sets:  Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop), Make Tea (Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Copics, Soft Suede, Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pleased As Punch DSP

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fusion: Beach

Two weeks ago there were snow flurries in the air and overnight temps were below freezing,  The last two days have been almost 90......welcome to spring in the Adirondack Mountains!

                          A friend's camp in mid May.....


Our camp yesterday.......

We are not quite the tropics as seen on my card but I'll take it! I was inspired by both the sketch and the photo at Fusion this week!  Hope you join us!


Stamp Sets:  Waterfront, Beach Happy, Friend Like You
Paper:  Whisper White, Tropical Oasis DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Soft Seafoam, Seaside Spray, Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

An Interesting Week.......FMS437

It has been a very interesting week around here  My daughter organized a "Quarantine Library Retirement Party" for me and sweet treats and cards arrived all week.  I also received several delightful bookmarks in the mail as well.  So I made a few cards to send back to friends to say thanks!

Then one of my good friends had a baby boy - all 11 pounds 1 ounce of him!  Yeow!  All is well - he is beautiful - and yes she had a C-section.  But this crazy quarantine means there will be no playing with that baby for a while yet!

And we had our yearly visit from the Bat family.  Every year one seems to find its way inside.  Well lucky for us there have been two this year - or maybe it was the same guy who came back a day later!  Friday night as we were eating dinner it came zooming into the kitchen as bold as brass.  I bravely dropped to the floor and scooped up my 18 year old five pound deaf and half blind poodle.....who was totally focused on possible table treats.....and started to duck walk to the back door to make a quick exit.  The Big Guy headed to the cellar way to grab a tennis racket to engage that flying beast but as I opened the back door the bat flew right over my head and out across the lawn!

But very late Sunday night I awoke to a fluttering sound and soon realized a bat was circling the bedroom.  I calmly shrieked BAT and the Big Guy once more headed for the tennis racket.  As he shut the bedroom door behind him he said keep your eye on it and make sure it stays in the bedroom.  Seriously?  And that's when I realized I was alone in that room with a bat and a snoring five pound poodle.  There was only one thing to do - become a mummy and get totally under the covers and don't peek out for anything!  The Big Guy returned and handled the situation and was wise enough not to ask if I "kept my eye on it" while he was gone......I can't wait to see what next week brings!

Cecile has designed a fabulous sketch for you to be creative!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Paper:  Whisper White, Highland Heather
Ink: Distress Oxide, Shaded Spruce
Stamps: That Thing You Did (Ellen Hutson), Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop)
Die Cuts: Trees in the Forest (MFT)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Enjoying Retirement.....FMS436

I have had a job of some sort since I was 17 and I can honestly say I enjoyed them all - except for one.   I retired from teaching after 34 years and decided to substitute but after having my own classroom I didn't like being the sub. So when a part time library clerk position opened at our local library I applied.  And here I am 14 years later retiring from that position.  It is bittersweet for sure since it was the perfect "retirement job."  My plan was to stay one more year but Mr. Covid got in the way.  Our library has been closed for two months and is scheduled to open in June with lots of changes, restrictions and safety precautions for working with the public.  At my age I decided not to tempt fate since New York has been hit hard by this disease so I retired.    

Spending time outside up at the lake sounds good to me right now after a long cold winter and two months of quarantine.  We opened our camp this weekend and the porch is ready for business!

So many possibilities with Jen Brum's wonderful sketch!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets:Timeless Tropical, Waterfront, Country Home
Paper: Whisper White, Tropical Oasis DSP, Grapefruit Grove
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Grapefruit Grove, Crumb Cake, Seaside Spray
Die Cuts: Diagonal Stripes (Avery Elle), ADK Chair (TE)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fusion: Enough

A simple sentiment today for all of us as we navigate these uncertain times.  I am hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel as our county slowly starts to reopen more businesses after a two month shutdown.  Anyone else need a haircut besides me?  I might have to go see if Miss Emma can trim hair since she helped her mom out this week with some root touch ups!

In the meantime I did a bit of colorblocking too. I colorblocked the background of my card by using actual clear stamping blocks.  First I stamped the block on the ink pad. Then I spritzed it with water before stamping on the paper.  Easy technique and I love how texture of the watercolor paper shows through.  

I used the photo and the sketch as my inspiration for today's card.  Hope you join us at Fusion!


Stamps: Beautifully Braided (SU), Simple Strips (TE)
Ink: Versafine Black, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather
Paper: Whisper White, Mercury Acetate, Watercolor