Sunday, April 28, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Bike Ride

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the set Bike Ride.  I love all the pieces and possibilities of this set!  The pieces gave me the perfect opportunity to feature some upcoming In Colors!  Seaside Spray is the sweet light blue and Pretty Peacock is the darker blue/green.  And oh that Terricotta Tile was perfect for my bike frame!

A "Congratulations" sentiment and a stack of books on the back of the bike make this perfect for a graduation card.  Sometimes it does feel like an a long uphill journey as you head toward that diploma - but what a great feeling when you get to the top!

If you missed Lou Kitzelman's wonderful work head back there!


Otherwise your next stop is Nikki Spencer's blog.....I know she has something delightful in store!

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


Stamp Sets:  Bike Ride, Sitting Pretty, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Let the Good Times Roll, Lift Me Up
Ink:  Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Gray Granite, Pretty Peacock
Paper:  Whisper White, Seaside Spray

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