Wednesday, April 24, 2019


I love this big blooming flower..................

And I love this wee blooming baby................


And somehow I see this sketch in both the card and the photo........

Show us what you see and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Bloom by Bloom, Hero Arts Sentiment
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Night of Navy, Call Me Clover
Paper: Whisper White, Happiness Blooms DSP

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fusion: Tropical Fish

The "Best Fishes" are the inked up kind in my world but Emma loves aquariums and had a great time visiting one in Quebec.

She loved the jellyfish!

And me?  I was very happy to spend the day with stamping friends at not a fan of real life swimming fish......shudder.....

I love the bold colors in this week's inspiration photo at Fusion!  I modified the sketch a bit - but it's close!  Have fun with us at Fusion!


Stamp Sets:  Sea of Textures, Seaside Shore, Jar of Love
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Blueberry Bushel, Crumb Cake
Ink: Distress, Copics, Crumb Cake, Versa Fine Clair Nocturne, Versamark
Wave Stencil (Newton's Nook)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Follow Your Art.....FMS384

I joined Stampin' Up! after I retired from teaching over ten years ago.  And in those ten years I have followed my art all over this country going to some amazing stamping events.  It has been great fun!  Last weekend I went to Quebec for a Stampin' Up! OnStage gathering. Erin, Emma and I drove north across the border for a three day adventure in Quebec. 

On Saturday Erin and Emma set off to the aquarium while I headed to OnStage with a delightful demo from Ottawa that I met at breakfast.  Always fun to connect with other demos!  We got a sneak peek at the new catalog and a chance to play with some new sets.  My card today uses an image from an upcoming set called It Starts With Art that we played with during a Make 'n Take session.  However I am more of a Talk 'n Taker than a Make 'n Taker so I always have to bring projects home to finish!  

We took a wonderful carriage tour of the walled city in Quebec.

It is my turn to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Follow your art and have fun with the sketch! Can't wait to see what you create!

Stamp Set:  It Starts With Art
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Stampin' Blends

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bits of Stardust......FMS383

This sweet image is from a long retired Stampin' Up! set called Fine Print. It is one of those sets that I will keep forever because I adore the sentiment - "Babies are bits of stardust blown from the hand of God."

And here is our latest bit of stardust........pushing three months old and already shining!  That little Willy Bear is already a charmer!

Jen Mitchell's sketch contains some fun elements - put your own spin on it at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps:  Fine Print (retired SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Twinkle, Twinkle DSP, Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam, Pool Party
Ink:  Versafine Twilight, Petal Pink

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Fusion: Cheery Eggs

This sweet bunny with his stash of eggs was perfect for our Fusion challenge.  Hiding Easter eggs for little ones never gets old......

Use the sketch or the photo or both - like I did - at Fusion this week! Hope to see you in the gallery!

There is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players .....I went down the first column using die-cuts, enamel dots and an Easter theme.

Stamp Set: Easter Bunnies (MFT)
Paper: Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP
Ink:  Copics, Distress, Memento Black

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Three R's......FMS382

I rarely go anywhere without a book in my bag......and if I am headed to the airport there are usually two in my bag! But if I am headed to a place like this scene on my card I pack a whole separate bag just for books.....the perfect vacation! 

Even Benny loves a good book!

Jen Timko's sketch gives you plenty of room for a scene or a large image - have fun with it!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets:  Beach Happy, Waterfront,  Our Story (MFT)
Ink:  Pool Party, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Call me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Pineapple Punch, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Refrigerator Season.....FMS381

Finally the sun is starting to warm the air and there is the hint of spring outside - it's refrigerator season.  The sun is warmer but there are still plenty of snowbanks lining the streets and sidewalks. As you walk by them you can feel the warmer air from the sun above and the cold seeping at you from the side like you are standing in front of an open refrigerator.  Fortunately refrigerator season only lasts about a week or two as the sun always wins and eventually melts that snow away!

LeeAnn designed a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! It was perfect for my melted snowman scene. Join us!

Stamps:  Hello Easter (SU), Snowman Accessories (Purple Onion - Stacey Yacula design)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth, Garden Green, Painted Petals DSP, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Distress, Versa Fine Clair Nocturne, Garden Green, Copics

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fusion - Create

I love the sleek monochromatic work space shown in the inspiration photo!  In my mind my craft room looks like that - ha!  But wherever and however you do your crafty stuff......let your light shine!

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

Stamp Sets: Crafting Forever, Swirly Bird, Hero Arts Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne, Pineapple Punch
Paper:  Basic Gray, Whisper White

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


I seem to attract all sorts of critters these days so I decided it was appropriate to add a few ants to those berries.  They are cute when they are drawn by stamp artists!  Otherwise not really a fan.....

And I haven't quite recovered from my latest wildlife encounter.......

We have a white wicker hamper in our bathroom and the other morning I sorted a load of dark clothes to take downstairs to the washer.  I tossed jeans, a turtleneck and some socks into a pile by the door and as I bent over to scoop it all up I noticed something dark hanging off the back of the hamper.  I thought a sock had gotten stuck in the wicker while I was sorting and tossing.  So I walked back and reached around and yanked it - yeow!  Not a sock - it was soft, furry and spread its wings - BAT BAT BAT!!!

I took off like a shot and ran screaming downstairs where the Big Guy was having breakfast.  He just shook his head and went upstairs with a tennis racket and plastic bag.  

I'm in the market for a stainless steel hamper with sleek shiny slippery sides......

Such a great sketch from Jacquie this week!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!

The {PIN}spirational Challenge this week is strawberries!

Stamp Sets: Happy Summer (Lawn Fawn), Fresh and Fruity (Sunny Studio)
Paper:  Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Ink:  Memento Black, Lovely Lipstick, Copics

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Party Animal.....FMS379

This birthday set is such fun!  It brings out the party animal in all of us......

Miss Emma's dog - Benny

Judy's sketch is delightful this week at Freshly Made Sketches!   Use any shape you like for the circles - always fun to see your creations in the gallery!

Stamp Set:  Birthday Cheer
Paper:  Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, How Sweet It Is DSP
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape, Copics

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fusion: Mint

Inspired by the spring greens and the cable knits in the photo I decided that this adorable spring lamb was the perfect image to use on my new baby card.  I added the close up photo below so you could see my sweet lamb has some minty green curls to create a pretty springtime yarn!

Unfortunately I never seem to see such sweet creatures in my yard.  On one of our recent winter days at camp my son felt bad for the birds since it has been such a tough winter.  So before we left for home he filled the feeders and added extra seed along the railings of our porches.  Well we got birds all right......about a dozen wild turkeys arrived in no time flat.  We weren't in a hurry to get to our cars anyway.........

I love Fusion's minty theme this week!  Join us!

The Paper Players has a Spring Challenge this week.....I am soooo ready for Spring!

Stamp Set:  Easter Lamb, Paper Pumpkin (3/16)
Ink:  Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Beach Happy.......FMS378

Once that calendar flips to March I am ready for winter to be that's why there is a beach card here today!  I did a simple watercolor wash using Mint Macaron and an aquapainter to create  a backdrop for my ocean elements.  

Inspiration was right outside my back door.......good thing I can think in technicolor......

Amy's sketch is delightful this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamp Sets:  Beach Happy. Sea of Textures
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam, Watercolor

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Thank You Flowers....FMS377

It has been a crazy icy snowy blizzardy week so I was in the mood for some pink flowers!  But a couple of stay at home snow days are good for the soul.  There were cards to make, Oscar nominated movies to watch, and books to read by the fire.....and there may have been chocolate chip cookies involved.  Ok so I may be hoping for another snow day next week.....

Our resident Artisan Narelle Farrugia designed a wonderfully layered sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with it!

Stamp Set:  Seasoned With Kindness
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fusion: Rainbow Cupcake

Wow that designer paper is splashy!  Perfect for a wonderful birthday celebration!  I like to do a total Fusion card if I can but when I looked at this week's inspiration I thought "uh oh I am in trouble!"  I do not have one cupcake image or a can that be?  Might have to do some shopping tonight!  But a rainbow inked birthday sentiment and bright designer paper did the trick!

As always you can use the sketch, the photo or both as inspiration at Fusion......have fun!


Stamps and Diecut: Wonderful (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Whisper White, Bristol Smooth, Happiness Blooms DSP
Ink: Distress Oxides, Memento Black

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wake Up Call.......FMS376

These two look like they are going to need a lot of sunshine to wake them up in the morning!

I love Karren's simple sketch this week and decided to break out some stencils and Distress Oxide inks - perfect for a few clouds and sunshine! Join is at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set: Sending Sunshine  (Wplus9)
Ink: Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair - Twilight
Paper:  Bristol Smooth
Stencils:  Sun Rays from Tim Holtz, Cloud edges (SU)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Gala

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Butterfly Gala this week.  It is a set with endless possibilities which you probably already know - especially if you have been through this hop!  I am always amazed how we all use the same stamp set and no two creations are ever alike!  So if you have this stamp set I hope we have given you some great ideas!

In the meantime there are no butterflies to be seen around here.  So Emma's great idea was to go tubing at a nearby mountain - the perfect winter day!

The sketch at Fab Friday was the basis of my design today.


Technically I am the last stop in the hop but if you missed Charlet's wonderful work head back there......

If you missed our lead off designer Dawn Tidd make sure you stop by and see her creative designs!

Stamp Set:  Butterfly Gala
Ink: Memento Black, Gorgeous Grape, Grapefruit Grove, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Grapefruit Grove, Botanical Butterfly DSP