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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Notes from Long Ago......FMS347

So could I use the word shiplap here to describe the background of this card?  I miss that show and if you are a fan of HGTV you know exactly whose show I am talking about!

In the meantime these two characters are still putting on their own show.  Miss Emma is dressed for Moana Summer Dance Camp - who knew there was such a thing?  And Gram is dressed for supper. Gram is still doing very well physically - takes no medication at all - but her memories fade daily. She remembers long ago but not ten minutes ago.  She loves to tell Emma stories about "when your mother was young."  And Emma loves to hear them......but the truth is the stories are about me when I was young........and I love to hear them too........

Have fun with the elements in Kim's neat sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  I loved using country elements from Country Road for my card!

Stamp Sets:  Country Road, Wood Words
Ink:  Merry Merlot,  Crushed Curry, Gathered Twigs (Distress)
Paper:  Merry Merlot, Wood Textures DSP, Whisper White

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fusion: Outdoor Room

My favorite part of early evening picnics is when the lightning bugs arrive.  So when I saw the picture at Fusion this week my first thought was.....ahh time for the lightning bugs to appear!  I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch and made those lightning bugs appear!  Or are they called fireflies in your neck of the woods?

Use the sketch or the picture or both as your inspiration at Fusion!

Stamp Set:  Jar of Love
Ink:  Memento Black, Copics, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hooray for the New Guy! FMS346

These little elephants are so sweet and perfect to welcome a new little guy into the world! I love the subtle plaid print!  Lovely Lipstick is the red I used  for the balloons along with Pineapple Punch - two of my favorite new shades!

I am excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our DT members made my sketch shine for sure!  Such talented ladies!  Hope you join us!  I look forward to seeing your creations!


Stamp Set:  Little Elephants
Paper:  Whisper White, Pineapple Punch
Ink:  Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy, Pineapple Punch
Die Cut:  Hooray (MFT)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Lemon Zest

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Lemon Zest this week.  It is a sweet, tart and summery fun kind of set!  I altered the sentiment a bit - left out the word "it" so I could put Happy Birthday on the inside.  I just put a small piece of a post-it note over "it" when I inked the sentiment and then peeled it off before I stamped.  I have been known to do some surgical cutting of sentiments at times but I prefer to use a post-it note when I can!

If you are on track you just saw Bronwyn Eastley's fabulous work - head back there if you missed it!

Otherwise head onward to my friend Heidi Baks' blog to see what treats she has in store!

I used the sketch from Fab Friday for my design.

Stamp Set:  Lemon Zest
Ink:  Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch
Paper: Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Birthday Marquee......FMS345

The Broadway Suite is such fun - love the glitz and glam!  We have a Broadway Baby among us these days.  Miss E loves her dance classes and actually did three routines in this year's recital based on the movie Rio - lots of fun dances!  

And lots of little monkeys in Rio......

I like when things are slightly askew so when I saw Jen Mitchell's cute sketch I smiled.....and added a bit more askew-ness to my design!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


I'm also adding this card in at The Paper Players - it's their 400th challenge this week!


Stamp Set:  Broadway Birthday
Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Broadway Bound DSP, Gold Foil
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Love You To Pieces!

It has been a busy Fourth of July week around here but I finally got around to play with some of the new sets I ordered from SU!  This puzzle piece set is adorable!  I love puzzles......jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, Words with Friends, long as letters are involved I'm good.  But math puzzles?  Number puzzles? Sudoku?  Yikes ........ not so good!  

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

Stamp Sets;  Love You to Pieces, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Berry Burst, Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fusion: Cactus Door

A week of temperatures in the 90's is very rare around here and yet it happened this week!  Wow it has been hot with a couple more days to go.  Polar bears like us struggle with such heat~!  Good things the plants on my card love those high temps!

And yet somehow these kiddos managed to have the energy for a sack race!  Oh to be five again!  Don't you love the flying hair?  

I used both the sketch and the photo this week as inspiration at Fusion!  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Cups and Succulents (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Tranquil Tide

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer Celebrations.....FMS344

Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!  Hope this week is filled with sunshine, picnics and lots of fun!  That is how our week is shaping up!  We had all the cousins over for our annual Cuzziepalooza at the lake!  Lots of fun............

And just in case things got too rambunctious the Big Guy had it all under control........

I love Cecile's square sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  She is a whiz with diecuts so I used some on my card today just for her!  Join us!


There is also a celebration going on at The Paper Players!  They are celebrating their 400th sketch this week!  It is a wonderful team of very talented gals!  I was lucky enough to spend a year with them as a guest designer.  I love the variety of their challenges!  This week is a celebration theme of course - and there is a chance to win prizes!  Hope you join in!


Stamp Sets:  Happy (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride
Ink:  Memento Black
Die Cuts: Happy (Hero Arts), Stitched Frames (SSS)


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Setting the Scene....FMS343

I thought I would showcase some more of Stampin' Up!'s new colors today.  These colors just pop - so bright and summery!  And that bright yellow bench is the perfect spot to meet up with a friend to chat.  But if you are waiting on your own it's good to have reading material

Jen Timko's terrific sketch was perfect for creating my opposed to creating a scene which I do try so hard not to do ;0)  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Sitting Pretty, You  (SSS), Newton Loves Coffee (NN)
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Granite Gray, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove
Paper:  Basic Gray, Whisper White
Brick Embossing Folder (SU)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fusion: Primary Bookcase

Bright colors and shelves of children's books make this teacher's heart happy!  Love the inspiration at Fusion this week!  School is out for the summer today - the longest day of the year!  Just perfect for some porch sitting and reading........

Hope you take a break from reading to do a bit of crafting and join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets:  To Thine Own SHelf (SSS), Our Story (MFT)
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Black, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist