Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Parade

My friend Jen Timko has been the featured stamper at Splitcoast this week. Her gallery is wonderful - I think of her as a fabulous "simply stylish" designer!  The challenge is to CASE a card from her gallery. I chose this card and changed the fall leaves to Easter Eggs so that the card could join in Mary Fish's Easter Parade today.  Have a bright and sunny Easter - hope you have time for some eye candy!     Check out Jen's gallery here and Mary's Easter parade here!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Long Time No See! FMS79

The Spec-tacular set of spectacles and the new Designer Typeset alphabet are combined here to make a funky card for a long lost friend.  I admit I make some cards just because they make me smile - and yep this is one of them!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week and make a card that makes you smile!

     Rita's sketch this week is just a sight for sore eyes :)                                      

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Enjoy the Ride! PPA155

I love this image but I never had a bike like this - nor can I ever imagine riding one!  When I was young the elderly lady next door had a bicycle built for two. It was a fabulous bicycle with big balloon tires and comfy seats.  Since my dad helped take care of her property he was "allowed" to take it for a spin any time he wanted to.  I loved riding on that bike - and I got very good at showing up in the garage with some iced tea just as he was putting away the lawnmower........which was parked right next to the as long as we are both here we might as well go for a ride - right Dad?

                              Hope you take the sketch at Pals Paper Arts for a spin this week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Welcome Sweet Baby! FMS78

My daughter works with some amazingly talented and creative ladies.  There are hand made quilts, sweaters, toys and dresses in Emma's room from some very crafty friends.  And who can forget the deviled eggs made into tiny baby carriages at Erin's baby shower? We are talking seriously talented people!

This card is headed to Erin's boss who just became the grandmother of a sweet baby boy this week.  She made Emma a dress out of material flown in from Switzerland - it is gorgeous!  Well a hand made card with material flown in from Salt Lake City is about as crafty as I can get......but it is heartfelt just the same!

The ladies at Freshly Made Sketches are amazingly talented and creative as well - including Jen Mitchell who designed our wonderful sketch this week!

Friday, March 15, 2013

More Bunnies and Blog Candy Winner!

The Pals Spring Hop was a great success this week - I loved seeing all of the spring creations myself!  Taking a cue from my own bunny card I made some small square cards to tuck into family Easter baskets.  You are never too old for a basket that contains chocolate!  

Thanks to everyone who hopped by and said hello.  A lot of the Pals use to pick the number for their winner.  I confess - I don't.  I just yelled to my husband "Hey John - pick a number between 1 and 144!"  

So thanks to "random.John" Margaret Minnich is the winner!  

Margaret wrote: to tell ya, when I saw this card, it made me laugh out loud! I love the "tail" on the bunny. It's so darn cute!

So Margaret please send me an e-mail at with your address and I will mail your package of stamping stuff right out!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's Raining Friends! FMS77

I walk with friends (who stamp!) every morning - no matter what the weather!  And that can be challenging at times here in upstate New York. But we march on through the snow and ice in the winter and the heat and humidity in the summer.   As we head into the rains of spring I would like to go on record and say walking in the rain is definitely overrated!  Your sneakers squish, you're splashed by cars, your pants get soaked, your glasses fog and your arm falls asleep from holding your umbrella overhead for an hour.  And the worst thing about walking in the rain?  You can't pull out the cards you made the night before for show and tell.............

         If you missed yesterday's Pals Blog Hop and a chance for Blog Candy click here!

            Jen Timko's sketch is wonderfully versatile this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pals Spring Hop......and Blog Candy!


The Pals are hopping!  We celebrate the return of the robins with some springy creations - and blog candy!  If you arrived from Deb Simonis' blog you are right on track!

Looks like my bunnies are all decked out for their big day! Easter comes early this year and in our neck of the woods that means that snowshoe rabbits could be delivering the eggs!


How about some blog candy?  Packed for Dad can be yours in time for Father's Day along with Packed for Birthday, two dozen squares of current DSP and a roll of coordinating Island Indigo ribbon.  Leave me a comment and a winner chosen at random will be announced on Friday, March 15th.

Enjoy the hop - Kim Czenszek's blog is your next stop!

Blog Hop Line Up List:
  1. Dawn Tidd at tiddbitsfromdawn
  2. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty -
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  4. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works 
  5. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin' & Stampin'
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  8. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach
  9. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  10. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  11. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  12. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  13. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  14. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full 
  15. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons 
  18. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  19. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  20. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin' Affair
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Ginger Toivonen at
  23. Amy Williams at Stampin' on the Range
  24. Shannon Jaramillo at ezpeasycards
  25. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
  26. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  27. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  28. Peggy Noe at 
  29. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Best Things in Life........PPA154


Oh that tulle reminds me of the netting on the hats my mother wore in the 40's and 50's.  (Yep I'm old!)  I got a new hat every year for Easter and couldn't wait until I was "old enough" for a bit of a veil on my hat.  By the time I was old enough hats were so yesterday.  We just wore flowers in our hair.............

                      Pals Paper Arts has a sweet color challenge this week!

                                            PPA Color Challenge March

                      Looks like Emma is rockin' these colors too!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lucky! FMS76

Time for the annual St. Patrick's Day card!  Actually I made two of these since my husband John and his twin sister share a St. Patrick's Day birthday.  Her card will contain some Lottery Tickets - so I hope she is lucky! His card sends the message that we are lucky to have each other because I can't believe anyone else has conversations like this:

I swear the following is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth........

The setting:  I was home watching Emma and the noon news when the phone rings and my daughter's home phone number pops up on the TV screen. I immediately think my daughter came home from work early. I answer the phone.

Me:  What's wrong?  Why are you home?
John:  I'm not home.  Aren't you home?
Me:  Of course I'm home - you just called me here.
John:  Well then you should know I am not there.
Me:  I know you're not here - I thought something happened with Erin.
John:  Something happened to Erin?
Me:  Nothing happened to Erin - I meant with Erin - like a reason to make her come home early.
John:  Well I'm at her house and she's not here.
John:  Well then I don't know why you are so confused!

So help me God.........

No confusion at Freshly Made Sketches this week - just a great sketch from Linda S!


And there is a Go Green Challenge this week at SUO Challenges!