Wednesday, October 17, 2018

End of October.....FMS359

Leaves are is dark way too early......temps are in the forties and fifties......mums and pumpkins line the porches......snow fell just north of us.......Miss Emma's soccer season is over.......and the Big Guy has spent a bundle on candy for expected trick or treaters!  Guess it's time to finish up the Halloween cards and get them in the mail!  

Narelle's wonderful sketch has endless possibilities this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Halloween Mini Blueprints - Tim Holtz
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Toil and Trouble DSP

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fusion: Pastel Halloween

Fusion's fearless leader Karren Johnson comes up with amazing inspiration photos but I think she has totally outdone herself this week!  How could I pass up the chance to make pink bats, green stars and purple pumpkins?!?!?  An opportunity like that only happens once in a blue moon......

I wonder what color Miss E is going to paint her pumpkin??

I used both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion!  Such fun.....join us!

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Treats, Wood Words, Holiday Home
Paper:  Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink:  Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Lemon Lime Twist

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wishing You Well....FMS358

Even though dandelions are spring flowers there is something end of summer-ish to me about this card......must be because the days are end of summer-ish around here.  I took Miss Emma to the cemetery with me to remove the faded summer plants and leave fall mums on our family plot. Emma loves to work the old fashion hand pump there and ends up watering lots of flowers in the "neighborhood".  

Before we left she asked me to read her the names on the stones I start ......"This is my dad who is your Great Grandpa Willy, this is my grandma who is your Great Great Grandma Kitty,  this is my aunt and uncle who are your great aunt and uncle"  and I told her something fun about all our family members.

As we headed back to the car she said "You know Amma I bet they all miss you a lot."  I never really thought about it that way before.......

Karren our resident inkmaster has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Dandelion Wishes, Wishing You Well
Ink:  Distress, Memento Black, Blueberry Bushel
Paper:  Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White
Dies:  Stitched Circle - SU, Stitched Rectangle - SSS
Splashes:  Whip Cream Silk - FSJ

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Those Snowflakes are Coming! FMS357

The Big Guy isn't exactly a craft fair person so his first purchase ever at a craft fair is definitely noteworthy!  Erin had a booth of her thirty-one products at a local craft fair on Sunday and the Big Guy was on duty at the end of the day to help take down the tent and load the car.  He arrived a bit early and decided to have a sandwich while he waited.  On his way back from the food tent he passed a table of handmade wood and metal signs.  It was a beautiful warm fall day but he just couldn't resist this wintry sign.......

He'll never's all about the snow with him!  

So I took my inspiration from the sketch and his purchase.  The flakes were stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I covered the background with Distress Inks and added a sentiment using a diecut from Lawn Fawn.

Cecile has a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Alpine Adventure, Colorful Seasons
Ink:  Versamark, Distress
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Highland Heather
Die Cut:  Let It Snow

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Buffalo Check

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the Buffalo Check background stamp today.  I stamped it in Granny Apple Green to look like an old fashioned oilcloth table cover - the perfect backdrop for country jars and flowers.

I may have been inspired by a country wedding I went to last week.  This could be the cutest ring bearer ever!

If you missed Stesha's wonderful work head back there to check it out!

Betty Traciak is up next!  Her work is always wonderful!

I used the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.


Stamp Sets:  Buffalo Check, Wood Words, Jar of Love
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Memento Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fusion: Baby Shower

My inspiration came from the picture at Fusion this week.. You could use this card as an invite to a baby shower or to welcome a new little one.  Use whatever inspires you to create - the sketch or the picture or both!  Hope you join us at Fusion!

I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.

Stamp Sets:  Little Elephant, Animal Outing
Paper:  Whisper White, Twinkle Twinkle DSP, Mint Macaron
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride
                                                   Die: Stitched Strip - My Favorite Things

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fall Color.....FMS356

Fall is my favorite season so I couldn't resist covering the three panels with leaves.  Our leaves are just starting to turn here. You can see a tiny bit of color starting on some trees in this drone photo.  The lake level has been dropped in preparation for the ice and snow to come. Our camp is right in the middle of this picture hidden in a cluster of trees.  I never knew we were surrounded by so many trees!  

So many possibilities with Jen Brum's terrific sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons, A Big Thank You
Paper:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Distress Oxides

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oh Those Critters....FMS355

These little critters are adorable all dressed up for Halloween. And that frog print DSP makes me smile! Hard to tell in the picture but that black paper is glossy and is a great accent!

Speaking of critters I thought you might like a squirrel update.  He has danced merrily around our Have a Heart trap for over two weeks.  Almost every day at breakfast he has launched himself from the hydrangea bush to our now ragged kitchen screen. He would peer through the closed window until I yelled shoo and banged on the glass.  Then back into the hydrangea bush he would go.......until a few days ago.  The Big Guy found him unresponsive on our lawn while our neighbor's three cats watched innocently from the driveway......not accusing them......just making an observation......

Of course squirrels tend to all look alike so it may not be him......but I have had no morning visits since then.  He drove us why do I miss that cheeky little fellow?

I love Kim's sketch this many possibilities~! Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Trick or Tweet, Spooky Sweets, Holiday Home
Paper:  Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Toil ad Trouble DSP
Ink:  Memento Black, Gray Granite, Copics

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Country Home

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Country Home this week.  So much down home goodness in this beautiful suite of products!  I love the tin tile embossing folder too.  Our very first house had an original tin ceiling in the kitchen that I adored!  I'm definitely a country girl at heart.  Today we bought apples, donuts and a pie at the orchard then stopped at a local farm stand for fresh eggs and sweet corn - my kind of shopping!  And checking out all of the country goodness from the Stamp Review Crew is my kind of hopping!

If you are on track you just came from seeing Tanya's wonderful creations!

Next up is Charlet Mallett!  Enjoy!

I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.

Stamp Set:  Country Home
Paper: Country Lane DSP, Whisper White
Tin Tile Embossing Folder

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fusion: Citrus

With a bit of luck and a few Indian summer days headed this way I just may be able to squeeze in a couple more afternoons at the lake this week.  I always plan to sit in a beach chair, sip something fun and read the afternoon away........never happens.....

My last day at the lake involved:

~a nerf gun battle
~hauling wood for the campfire
~setting up and running (I use the word running loosely) an obstacle course with Emma
~counting and wrapping a zillion pennies from Emma's collection of piggy banks
~keeping four dogs from rolling in a dead fish (ok I only kept three away.....the littlest snuck by us, had a grand time and then needed a bath)
~visiting with the neighbors and their brand new baby....

And then it was time to peel the corn and start the barbecue for dinner.  By the time I got back to that beach chair the mosquitoes were out so we called it a day........but I wouldn't change a minute of it...

Such wonderful inspiration at Fusion this week!  Use the sketch or the picture or both!


Stamp Set: Colorful Season
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Best of All....FMS354


We end summer here with the annual ring of fire at the lake.  The night was gorgeous - the fireworks were everywhere - and the bonfires glowed all around the lake.

Then we kicked off fall with Emma's Monster Truck birthday party.  The skirt of her dress has all monster trucks on it!

A big truck came to visit and the kids loved it!  They also had their own road course to drive on.

It was quite the event!  But the best part was when Emma's Uncle Mikey and Auntie Ria arrived and shared the news to the rest of the family that Emma will be getting a new cousin!  We are all excited - especially this grandma who will be so happy to welcome a new grandson in January!

I am also excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with my sketch!  I love to see how everyone interprets sketches in their own way - I'll be visiting galleries!  Hope you play along!


Stamp Set: Give Thanks and Layering Leaves Dies  (Concord and 9th), Wonky Stitches Die (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Distress, Old Olive
Paper:  Gray Granite, Festive Farmhouse DSP

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Always an Adventure......FMS353

This late summer heat wave has me thinking about snow already! So I am showing off that beautiful Joyous Noel Designer Paper and Alpine Adventure stamp set from the new SU! Holiday Catalog that goes live today!

We never seem to lack for adventure in our family.  Erin's dogs Cooper (top pup) and Benny (bottom pup) are professional adventurers at the tender age of one. You never quite know what they will do next.......

 I will leave you with Erin's recent Facebook post about Benny's adventure......

Emma and I ordered pizza for dinner ... I put the pizza on the counter and grabbed the leashes to take the dogs outside before we ate. BUT I couldn't find Bentley ... we looked all over the house ... all his usual hiding spots ... but no Ben.
During the search, the doorbell rang. It was the pizza guy ... who had found a small dog riding in his car after he pulled out of our driveway. Yes, Bentley. He handed him over and said, "cute dog". Sigh.

It's hip to be square this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us and have fun with Jen Mitchell's cool sketch!


Stamp Set: Alpine Adventure
Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, Merry Merlot, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Waterfront

I have used Waterfront several times to make mountain and lake scenes so I decided to go tropical today.  Such a versatile set!  Perhaps the late summer heat wave was my inspiration.  We spent the last week of August trying to fit in as much fun as possible before the school routine starts.  My favorite day was spent at the county fair - junk food, rides, animals and entertainment - what's not to love?

If you missed Debra Burgin's wonderful work head on back.

Otherwise your next stop is Tanya Boser!  Tanya is an amazing artist and the leader of our group.  Special thanks to her for all of her hard work to keep the Review Crew going!

I used the FabFriday sketch for my design.

Stamp Set:  Waterfront
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Melody
Ink:  Mango Melody, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fusion: Daisies

Rural scenes like this one are everywhere in my corner of the world.  And the end of summer in this corner of the world means it is time for the county fair.  There are barns full of animals, buildings full of flowers and vegetables, all sorts of displays, rides, a midway, shows.....and fabulous junk food! 

Miss Emma is a total fan of  Monster Trucks and for the first time ever they will appear at the fair!  She is very excited since the theme of her upcoming birthday party is Monster Trucks.  We spent the afternoon today making tags for her party favors.  I found a simple punch art monster truck on Pinterest and simplified it even more so Emma could do most of the work herself.  I punched out shapes while she glued them together.  

I used both the sketch and picture for inspiration at Fusion this week!  That is what is so great about Fusion - use what inspires you!

Stamp Sets:  Daisy Delight, Country Road, Waterfront, A Big Thank You
Paper:  Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Shaded Spruce