Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Sounds......FMS313

I love these jingle bells and I try to use them on a card or two every Christmas!  So when I saw Karren's sketch this week I knew just what to put in the corners!  The sound of jingle bells is one of my favorite wintry sounds!

Another one of my favorite sounds is this girl reading aloud!  All of a sudden things have started clicking and she learns new words every day.  Go Dog Go is the first book she read aloud on her own.....

A fitting title that seems to keep the attention of her favorite audience.....

My inkmaster friend Karren Johnson has a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!


Stamps: Sentiment from Hero Arts October 2017 kit
Paper: Whisper White, Glimmer Paper (SU), Merry Music DSP
Ink: Versamark
Li'l Inkers Jingle Bells

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fusion: Grateful

The beautiful colors of fall have faded around here and we are left with the last deep oranges and browns.  Time to settle in, keep the kettle hot and prepare for winter.  A bit of advice if you too are preparing for ski season - always keep your princess skirt out of the way when you are being fitted for new ski boots!

I just love when I can use both the sketch and the photo for inspiration at Fusion!  You can use either one or both on your card for our gallery! The inspiration at Fusion is perfect for this time of year!  Hope you join us!


Addicted to CAS has the code word LEAVES this week!


I went down the left side for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.


Stamp Sets:  Tea Time (Avery Elle), Christmas Pines (SU),  Merry Cafe (SU), Pick A Pumpkin (SU)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sending Warm Thoughts......FMS312

Had to break out the mittens this week as the temps are dropping around here.  Lots of snow flurries in the air today - sign of things to come!  So Smitten Mittens was the perfect stamp set to play with!  I keep all sorts of mittens in a large basket by the door along with several pairs of driving gloves, texting gloves and fingerless gloves.  I like to be prepared for all weather - and all outfits.  Meanwhile the Big Guy has one pair of  heavy work gloves that live on a shelf by the back door plus ski gloves in his ski bag and he is good to go for the whole winter.  


Cecile - our friend who does amazing things with diecuts - has designed a sweet square sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's hip to be square - join us!

Stamp Sets: Smitten Mittens, Hug in a Mug, Carols of Christmas
Ink:  Real Red, Garden Green, Black, Pool Party
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Quilted Christmas DSP

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Let It Go.......CTS246

The challenge at Cas(e) this Sketch this week inspired me to have another go with my watercolors.  We aren't exactly friends but every once in a while I invite them out to play.  My first attempt at a background came out just a solid came a muddy pumpkin-y blob.  So I started singing a new verse of "Let it go......let it go......." and got a fall mix I could live with.  Someday we may be friends.......but we aren't there yet.....

I used this sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch to design my card.

Stamp Sets:  Wonderful (Hero Arts),  Freeform Greenery (Altenew),  Colorful Seasons (SU)
Paper: Watercolor, Whisper White, Black
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Black

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Winter Plans.......FMS311

And just like that it is November!  Time to get serious about building up the Christmas card stash (my goal is 75!) and holiday shopping.  The Big Guy has winterized the boat, put it in storage and is now studying the latest ski magazines. Never to early to plan winter adventures!  The weather is a major topic of discussion around here as we watch the sky for those first flakes.  First snow is always exciting - that last storm in March not so much!  Kind of like making Christmas cards - the first few are such fun to make but by number 58 (give or take) you are so ready to make a Valentine!

I love my talented friend Jen Brum's versatile sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Ready for Christmas, Sentiment from Hero Arts October Kit
Ink: Garden Green, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Woodgrain DSP, Quilted Christmas DSP,Gold Foil, Christmas Around the World DSP

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us!  

Emma and her mom are having way too much fun with Snapchat!

And I had fun with Cas(e) this Sketch's retro sketch!

Stamp Set:  Hero Arts Witches Feet

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Pick A Pumpkin

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Pick A Pumpkin this week! It's a versatile set that can be used for fall or Halloween cards.  Since Halloween festivities have already started here I went with a Halloween theme. Earlier today we headed to Gram's assisted living facility with Miss Emma and some of her friends to hand out treats.  Thanks to my daughter's team of thirty-one consultants and their generous customers we filled 81 little totes with mini pumpkins and candy.  The residents loved seeing the kids in their costumes and were delighted to receive their treats!




The rest of the crew......

If you missed seeing Mike Funke's wonderful style head back there....

Otherwise head onward to see Sue Plote's wonderful work!

I used the wonderful sketch at Global Design Project as a guide for my card's layout.


I am also playing along with my friends at the Paper Players and their fun tic-tac-toe challenge!  (gold, die cut, fall)


Stamp Sets:  Pick a Pumpkin Tiny Tags (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Foil, Calypso Coral, Tranquil Tide, Delightful Daisy DSP
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Black

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fusion: Autumn Leaves

Inspiration abounds this week at Fusion ...... and in my neighborhood!  We took the pups to the lake for a good run but they decided a good roll in the mud was way more fun!

I loved the sketch and I loved the photo so I had to do a total Fusion this week!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Sets: Colorful Seasons (SU), Hugs (Avery Elle)
Ink: Black, Distress
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thanks for That Thing......FMS310

This sentiment makes me smile. I may send a few of these out to friends just to make them wonder what it was they did~!

Play with layers this week at Freshly Made Sketches when you create using this terrific sketch from our talented Colorado friend Kim Singdahlsen!

Stamp Sets:  All Things Thanks, Count My Blessings
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Painted Autumn DSP
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Black

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Let Your Light Shine! FMS309

'Tis the season for Harvest Moons, Black Cats.........and Kitty Cat umbrellas......

It is always fun to host a Freshly Made Sketch challenge! Let your light shine and join in the gallery this week! Our Design Team has posted some gorgeous cards to inspire you! I would love to see what you do with my sketch!  I'll be dropping by!


Stamp Sets: Hero Arts August 2017 Kit (sentiment)
Die Cut: Hero Arts July 2016 Kit (moon)
Punch:  SU Cat
Paper: Spooky Night DSP, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Distress (sponged on moon), Versamark (embossed white)
Accessories:  Enamel Dots, White Twine

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sharing the Joy

Once I saw this new holiday DSP I knew I had to drag that whiskery nutcracker out of retirement ! He is such a fun guy!  

And speaking of fun guys and whiskers......these two furry critters graduated from obedience school this week.  Not too sure about how obedient they really are in general but they sure are adorable!

My daughter's pups:  Cooper and Bentley.....usually called Coop and Benny!

I used the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  (die cut, vellum, emboss)

Stamps:  Santa Stache, Ready for Christmas
Ink: Black, Stampin' Blends, Copics, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Foil, Christmas Around the World DSP, Vellum

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hooray! #GDP108

Global Design Project is featuring a Case the Designer Challenge this week - and that designer just happens to be my friend Brian King!  Brian has a wonderful way with colors and likes to layer his cards - very neatly!  So I used his sketch, tried to keep my layers straight and used some bright colors.  Lemon Lime Twist is my new favorite for sure!  

Brian also has a knack for assembling amazing people to do presentations at World Cardmaking Day.  For the past five years we have had so much fun.....learning and sharing.  Here are this year's presenters:

Row 1:  Julie DiMatteo, Debbie Crowley, Pam Morris
Row 2:  Brian King, Jennifer Hill, Donna Griffith

Thanks to these talented people I learned about dehydrated marshmallows, turning mitten shapes into penguins and that presentations go awry when your face is reflected on the punch and then projected on the big screen........yes we had way too much fun!

Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Balloon Celebration
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Black
Paper: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fusion: Striped Wreath

You know those articles about planning your wardrobe for the week on Sunday nights so you are less rushed in the morning?  That never worked for could I possibly know what I would feel like wearing so many days ahead of time? (Yes packing for a vacation is very hard for me!)  And the same principle applies to my card making.....I cannot do cards waaaay ahead of time even when I know what the challenge is because I don't know what sort of mood I will be in that week.  I know crazy but true.........I gave up fighting my personality quirks long ago!  Because of my Atlanta trip I had just a small window of time to complete my Fusion card this week. Gram and Emma and life in general fill my days quickly.  I was hurrying to finish this card in time yesterday.  I added the little sprinkly xxx above the pumpkin and then I thought "Hmmm it looks blank underneath so I will add a few more."

Well of course it looked blank because that's where the sentiment "Hang in There!" was supposed to go.  That finally dawned on me while editing the photo and there was no time left for a redo. for a minute I worried about my brain cells and then I thought - "Hey that's what the inside of the card is for!"

I played around with colors and shapes to do a total Fusion card today - inspired by the sketch and the photo!  Hope you join us!


The colors I used worked perfectly for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge!