Thursday, September 21, 2017

Latte and Leaves






Wouldn't it be lovely if pumpkin spice lattes just floated down with the leaves every fall?



Always fun to participate in a Coffee Lovers Bloghop!





Global Design Project has a wonderful fresh and fall-y color challenge this week!


I based my layout on the sketch at Fab Friday this week.




Stamp Sets:  Vintage Leaves, Hug In A Mug, Merry Cafe, Grown With Love
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pick Your Potion......FMS306






Well I certainly need a magic potion today to make this pesky head cold go away!  I've tried various potions over the past 24 hours and nothing has worked very well yet.  Hoping Alka Seltzer Cold medicine does the trick tonight so I can sleep. But before I mix it up I thought I would mention a few things that you probably should keep to yourself when talking to someone whose eyes and nose are running like faucets..........

1.  "Oh Emma's only lasted a couple days....she's fine."  (Kindergarten germs are deadly for Grandmas.....)

2.  "Stop blowing your nose it will get sore." (Too late....and do I really have a choice?)

3.  "Are you sure it isn't allergies?"  followed by a saga of personal allergy problems.  (At my age I'm sure but thanks for sharing.)

4.  "Amma you need to sneeze into your elbow like this!"  (Seriously who dreamed that up?  I'd need to drape my arm like a waiter at this stage.)

5.  And my personal favorite......."What's for dinner?" 





Jen Mitchell, my talented friend from New England, has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Play along!

Stamp Set:  Festive Phrases
Ink:  Black, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Spooky Night DSP

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Merry Cafe








The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Merry Cafe this week. It's an adorable set that can be used for fall or winter......and the framelits for Coffee Cafe work perfectly with this set as well.  Summer is winding down here so it is almost time to take out my "to go " cups and stack them on the counter as I did on my card. In the winter I always take a cup of tea or hot chocolate with me as I head out the door for my morning errands!  

But in the meantime we are enjoying delightful Indian Summer weather!




If you missed a stop at my friend Heidi Baks' blog head on back to see what wonderful treats she has in store!





But if you are on track then head onward to my friend Mike Funke's blog - he always has something creative to share!



Stamp Sets:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe
Paper:  Whisper White. Merry Little Christmas DSP
Ink: Black, Old Olive, Real Red

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fusion - Teacup Flowers






Oh this sentiment is high praise indeed......just ask any tea drinker!


I used both the sketch and the photo as my inspiration this week at Fusion.  Play along and use whichever inspires you!

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Teacup (Altenew), Beautiful Bouquet (SU)
Ink:  Black, Pool Party, Pink Powder, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Pool Party , Whisper White, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Die Cuts:  Scalloped Rectangles (Avery Elle)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sending Love.....FMS305






My mother's cousin recently had surgery so I will be bringing this card to my mother tomorrow for her to sign before I mail it.  It is difficult to take her out these days but we did get her to Emma's birthday party last weekend.  Her short term memory is very poor and she struggles to follow conversation when there is a large group of people.  But she seemed to enjoy herself and liked watching the kids play in the bounce house.  






When I brought her home and was getting her settled she noticed the invitation to Emma's party on her nightstand and asked me when the party was.  I told her we had just returned from the party. She shook her head a bit sadly and then looked at me with a grin and said,  "Well did I have a good time?"  I nodded and she said, "That's all that matters!" She hasn't lost that spunk!



Amy, my artisan friend from Texas, designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! It is perfect to show off a bold sentiment!  Join us!



Stamp Set: Lots of Love
Paper: Whisper White
Ink:  Black, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Simple Joy





We could definitely use a bit more joy in this world these days. The devastation of natural disasters this month has been staggering. Simple acts of kindness during these times mean so much. Even if it is just acting as a pillow so your brother can sleep.........






Always love the sketches at Cas(e) this Sketch!




Merry Monday's Challenge this week is to use Joy on your card.



Stamp Sets:  Christmas Pines, Season to Sparkle, Hand Lettered Holiday (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Black, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Treats! FMS 304





No better way for summer to end than with a night at the County Fair.  It never gets old. In Charlotte's Web there is a scene where Templeton returns totally stuffed from a night out at the fair.  I get it.....we had to do something we watched Emma enjoying herself.....fried dough.....French fries.....sausage and peppers.......ice cream......lemonade......yeow!  




 Emma loved the 500 pound pumpkin.....that sure would make a whole lotta lattes!  



My friend Narelle who creates the most beautiful floral cards ever designed a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.....join us!


Stamps Sets:  Merry Cafe, Pick A Pumpkin
Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Paper:  Delightful Daisy DSP, Old Olive, Whisper White

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Crafting Forever










The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Crafting Together today. I love this set and have used it before (you can see those cards here, here and here) but I haven't used the twine peg image.  So I challenged myself to use that clothespin today. When I start a card I often play around with the image I want to use.  My first thought was a rainbow lineup of yarn......so I did this to plan out spacing.....





But then I decided they looked like a row of tied up Rockettes so that wasn't going to work at all!  Finally I thought of that funky sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week and I was in business!  





I embossed the sentiment and did some masking to create the swirl of pegs! The rest of the sentiment was stamped inside.




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



Otherwise head onward to see what treat Kelly has in store!





Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fusion: Glamping






I had fun creating this "glamping" scene......almost as much fun as Miss Emma did camping out in her backyard.  End of summer sales are everywhere and her father surprised her with a tent this week!  I enjoy the fire and the s'mores but then I am very happy to go home and crawl into my own bed.....and maybe watch a little TV or read blogs or watch a stamping video.....you know how it is!  But Emma had a grand time and slept all night long.....not sure how much sleep her folks got though.....






I love the inspiration at Fusion this week!  I used the picture as inspiration and a sketch from the Paper Players to design my card!




Stamp Sets:  Home Sweet Home (Avery Elle), Bookcase Builder (SU), To Thine Own Shelf (SSS), Weather Together (SU)
Ink:  Black, Copics, Distress
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Petal Garden DSP. Wood textures DSP
Dies: Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Christmas Staircase Thinlits (SU), Weather Together (SU)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

You Are The Best! FMS303





My high school class of '67 held its 50th reunion last weekend and a few of us got together for coffee in the morning just to chat. And chat we did! We covered all the hot topics from proms to teachers to concerts.....and boys!  I sent this off to the gal who organized our get together - it was great fun and we truly got to catch up before the evening event.




And three of us are also in this picture from 1967......wow that's long ago!





My talented friend (of less than 50 years) - Karren Johnson - drew up a fun sketch this week for us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Think in threes and play along!


Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight (SU), You (SSS)
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Old Olive

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wagon Load......CTS235





Back in the day I used a red wagon just like this to haul kids, beach toys, snacks, towels and everything else down to the beach.....and back.  But not any more - the latest wagon is yellow and green and runs like a "deere".  The Big Guy says I need to embrace change......I think that actually means "My toys are cooler than yours!"  Emma seems to agree!







Such a neat sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week!


Stamp Sets:  Grown With Love, Jumbo Stripes (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Black

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Moon Bites......FMS302





The August monthly kit from Hero Arts is full of amazing celestial images and a few out of this world papers - perfect timing to use during week that included a solar eclipse!  Here in New York it was only a partial eclipse but exciting just the same.  I sat on my porch and enjoyed watching the little moon bites dance across the walkway.




Now and then I stuck my arm out from under the roof, turned my phone to the sky and snapped pictures.




You can just see the moon on the upper edge of the sun.  Amazing!



Our delightful designer from France, Cecile Ribon, drew up a terrific sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Play along!



Stamps:  Hero Arts August Kit
Ink:  Black, VersaMark for silver embossing
Paper:  Hero Arts, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Basic Black

Monday, August 21, 2017

Casing Brian......GDP100





Global Design Project is celebrating 100 Sketches this week! They have a wonderful design team and this week's challenge is to case one of their designers.  I am casing this elegant card designed by my friend Brian King.




I don't have any cake images so I decided to stack up some mugs from a new Stampin' Up set called Hug in a Mug. It makes a sweet wintry card! I hate to think about winter yet but it is coming......look what I saw today on my morning walk......