Wednesday, August 8, 2018


I went to a shoebox swap this past weekend and learned a simple but effective technique to add depth to a sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment on my card with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink using my Misti.  Then I used my finger to apply Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink to just the bottom edges of the stamp and stamped again to get this effect.  I love the shading it adds!

Every time I have gone to a shoebox swap I have used a different container (including a real shoebox!) for my supplies trying to find an efficient way to organize my materials.  I think I finally found it!  My daughter sells thirty-one and they have just come out with a craft line. This bag worked great!

And it opens like this!  Everything fit perfectly inside!

My wonderfully inky friend Karren has a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Enjoy!

Stamp Sets:  Serene Garden, Hello (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Sweet Soiree DSP
Ink:  Distress Oxides, Copics, Memento Black

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fusion: Rustic Flowers

The Big Guy was out of town for the day so I decided to spend the morning making rice pudding and creating my Fusion card.  The rice pudding recipe I use is needs to simmer a while with occasional stirring.  So every 15 minutes I headed downstairs to stir.  Who says crafting isn't an aerobic exercise?  

On my third trip into the kitchen guess who is on the kitchen counter?  That squirrel!  In a 15 minute time period he had destroyed two window screens and was headed for some sweet corn on the counter.  I yelled and he took off in a panic, ran across the counter, jumped onto my rice pudding pot, knocked the lid off then leaped to a side window.  No exit there so off to the dining room where he played a tune running up and down the piano keys while I opened all the kitchen windows.

I chased him off the piano and he flew to the top of my drapes where we had a staring contest until I shook the drapes.  He jumped down over the dining room table to the floor and headed back to the kitchen and in one more wild leap was over the counter and back out the window.

And did I mention that I was on the phone rescheduling a doctor's appointment as I entered the kitchen?  The poor secretary heard all the shrieking and carrying on until at some point I hung up.  When I finally called back another girl answered and started to laugh and said, "Oh are you the lady with the squirrel?"  Why yes.....yes I am.....

                                Squirrel - 2      Us - 0

I used both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion!  So glad there isn't a squirrel in that photo! Join us!  

Stamp Set:  Love What You Do
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP
Die Cut: Wood Crate Framelits

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Guests....FMS348

Nothing better than getting together with friends and relaxing by the lake in Adirondack Chairs!  Summer is the best time around here to catch up with friends.  Unfortunately now and then an unwelcome guest shows up.

Yesterday I went out to run errands and when I returned this is what the screen looked like on my window over the sink.....

I followed a trail of knocked over items from the window sill and found my package of rolls for dinner....

Not a doubt we had had a visitor.....the furry kind with a long gray tail!  So I took my 8 pound 16 year old poodle (who is deaf and mostly blind) and commanded her to search the house.  That didn't work out as planned so I searched - shaking curtains, flipping furniture - no luck.  I hoped that meant Mr. Squirrel left the building with his takeout.

I headed to the garage to tell the Big Guy he had a screen to repair and he said the day before he chased a squirrel down from the screen.  He couldn't believe it had jumped from the hydrangea bush to the house.  Well that squirrel was brave enough to defy the Big Guy the next day and rip open that screen!  While we were talking I noticed a squirrel come out from the hedges and head up the hydrangea bush bold as can be!  We chased him away but I think I heard it laughing at the sight of two gray haired old folk charging across the lawn!

The screen has been repaired, the bush has been trimmed we are on the lookout for a fat sassy squirrel!  Some guests are harder to discourage than others.....

Jen Brum our resident designer from Canada - where I am sure the squirrels are HUGE - has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Love You To Pieces
Paper:  Whisper White, Best Route DSP, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel
Die Cut:  ADK Chair (TE), Wonky Stitches (Avery Elle)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Sea of Textures this week.  It is a terrific undersea set with coordinating diecuts.  I just couldn't resist pairing the octopus with that sentiment.  Yes I entertain myself when I make my cards!

So I hope you enjoy the hop!  I have a sudden urge to make popcorn and watch 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.........

If you missed Stesha Bloodhart's fabulous work head back.......


Otherwise head onward to see Nikki Spencer's delightful creations!

I used Brian King's wonderful sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch as the basis of my design.


Stamp Set:  Sea of Textures
Ink:  Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Paper:  Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP