Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fusion: Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you watching the Macy's Parade and eating turkey today!  That is on my agenda!  Christmas is oh so close so I am trying to do a card or two every night.  I made a few of these with the sweet simple trees - almost Seuss-like which must have inspired the pink background!

Cooking is not my strong suit so I don't host Thanksgiving Dinner.....and the few times I have the day never turned out as planned.  One year my dad had a stroke and I spent the day at the hospital - guests were on the self serve plan.  Another year the turkey hadn't thawed so it wasn't ready on time. We ate without it and I sent plates of turkey home with everyone when it was finally done.  Then there was the year I literally fell asleep at the table - yep head down and out like a light! The Big Guy made me go to bed and the next morning I woke up totally covered in chicken pox! (That's what happens when chicken pox runs through your third grade classroom and you have never had it - yes I'm an only child!)

But I can bake a mean pie so I am always happy to bring dessert!  Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that your dinner today is hosted by someone who knows her way around the kitchen!

Always wonderful inspiration at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Images from Purple Onion, Sentiment from Newton's Nook
Paper:  Whisper White.Night of Navy
Ink:  Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Copics, Distress

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Merry Christmas....FMS413

That big cursive Merry die cut was perfect for Cecile's sketch this week!  I taught cursive writing for many years to my third graders.....they loved it!  It makes me sad that it is no longer taught in most schools. Everyone's handwriting is unique and as cardmakers we do appreciate the value of a handwritten note.......and envelope!  I have already started addressing envelopes - now I need to get busy finishing up what goes in them!

I love Cecile's creative sketch this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Merry Christmas To All
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Shaded Spruce, All Is Bright DSP
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Shaded Spruce

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

First Snow....FMS412

We actually have had measurable snow here - twice already!  A bit early for sure but it definitely made this snowman happy! I used another one of these happy guys from Snowman Season as my holiday card production continues.  Then I embossed the snowflakes in white on Whisper White and brushed some ink over them for the background. 

And it was the perfect weekend for another kind of production.  We headed to the theater to see Frozen!  It was truly magical - the scenery was incredible - and the voices were amazing!  And you know who was absolutely mesmerized.......

I hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  Jen Brum's sketch has so many possibilities!

Stamp Set: Snowman Season
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark, Copics, Distress

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fusion: Thankful

My mother is in a small assisted living facility and I am very grateful for the care she has received these past four years.  By now I know most of the staff except for the business manager since her department is housed "off site".  Every month I write a note in one of my cards, enclose the "rent" check and drop it off at the main office where it is sent onward through interdepartmental mail.  I have often wondered who reads my cards. Well I am wondering no more!  Last month as I was walking down the hall toward the main office a lady I didn't know walked by and we smiled and said hello.  As she passed she noticed the envelope in my hand and said....."Oh my God you are the card girl!"  

Well first of all I appreciated being called a girl and second of all I was glad to meet the business manager - who told me she had the cards all over her office and looked forward to them every month!  She totally made my day!  I will be sending this card to her this month - wherever she may be...........

Use the sketch or the photo or both to inspire you at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

The Card Concept has a Thanksgiving theme this week!  I loved the woodgrain, green pumpkin and the trail of flowers and greenery in their photo.

Stamp Set:  Freeform Greenery (Altenew)
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pretty Peacock
Paper: Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Snowman Greetings......FMS411

Who knew that the scarf from Merry Moose would perfectly fit the snowman from Snowman Season?  So glad I checked my snippets bowl where an extra scarf was hanging out!  It's keeping that snowman cozy while he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

 Kim's wonderful design was perfect for my happy snowman!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Sets: Snowman Season, Merry Moose, Happy Snowman (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink: Memento Black, Real Red, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Let It Snow DSP

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Season of Feasts......FMS410

So much good food on the horizon for November and December!  Stretchy pants are a must!  We went to a Harry Potter themed feast this past weekend at a local inn.  It was so much fun.  Emma dressed as Hermione and all of the kids got a chance to go through the sorting ceremony.

Emma was hoping for Ravenclaw but was selected for Slytherin.  We sat at long banquet tables for dinner that was served by various characters from the book.  Moaning Myrtle was our team leader!  After our feast we had a gaming competition and Slytherin won!  Miss Emma felt much better then about being in Slytherin as she won a goodie bag that contained a  magic wand!

It was a fun night with my partner in crime!

It is my turn to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!

Stamp Sets:  Birds of a Feather, Merry Moose, Harvest Sentiment Strips (TE)
Paper:  Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP, Pretty Peacock
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Pretty Peacock

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Cup of Christmas

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Cup of Christmas today......but it is "only" November!  So I pulled out some fall colors and created a welcoming trio of mugs.  Nothing better than a warm cuppa with friends on a cold dreary November day!  So hop around and see what my stamping friends have created!  

Ann Schach always has something wonderful to share!

And don't miss Cindy Elam's fabulous work either!


I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments as the basis of my design.

And it is time for another Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop - always a fun event and so full of inspiration!

Stamp Set:  Cup of Christmas
Paper:  Whisper White, Come to Gather DSP, Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze
Ink:  Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Mint Macaroon