Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Sweet Hello.....FMS420

Who wouldn't like to receive a note from this little cutie?  She makes skywriting look so easy!

Jen Timko's sweet sketch is full of possibilities this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!

Stamp Set: New Wonder (SU), Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Seaside Spray, Whisper White
Scripty Embossing Folder (SU)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fusion: Critter


You may think you are seeing double because I seemed to have hit POST two days too early and out this post went on Tuesday!  Well my greeny inked card is appropriate for today because I am green with envy of everyone with mad computer skills.....and speedy computers!  I need an updated computer and don't know where to begin to buy one! My iPad is efficient and oh so handy but it doesn't like Blogger so I need to fire up the computer for blogging.  Honest I would rather be creating than computing so I chug along with this ancient computer to blog.......but it is not as fast as it used to be......I can relate......

I pulled the yellow and green from the inspiration photo and used the sketch to design my card this week at Fusion.  Use what inspires you and play along with us!  We would love to see your work in our gallery at Fusion!

Stencil: Medallion by Stampin’ Up!
Die Cut: Congrats by Hero Arts
Ink: Distress Oxides
Paper: Basic Black, Neenah Solar White, Pear Pizzazz

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

So Much Love....FMS419 is in the air already as we head toward Valentine's Day.  Where I live there are a lot of snowflakes in the air too.  But the cold wintry days did not stop us from celebrating Will's first birthday.  The party was at Emma's house and we all had a grand time.  Will's favorite part of the party was definitely the balloons!

And somehow he grabbed Auntie Erin's cell phone just right and took his own selfie!  Those kiddos start early with cell phones these days!

We definitely had a lot of fun!

Hope you have fun with LeeAnn's sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Birds of a Feather
Ink: Real Red, Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, From My Heart DSP

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Broadway Birthday

The Stamp Review Crew is starting the year off featuring Broadway Birthday!  I love how the new Birthday Bonanza DSP has a balloon pattern that matches the stamped balloons from this set so I used it as my background. This stamp set is one that goes onto my keep forever shelf.  The images, sentiments and the diecuts are perfect for all kinds of celebrations.  Continue through our hop for more ideas!

Mary Haugen is next with another wonderful creation!

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

   I flipped the sketch from Fab Friday sideways to accommodate the balloons.

Stamp Set:  Broadway Birthday
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Birthday Bonanza DSP
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Terracotta Tile, Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Memento Black

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Simple Leaves....FMS418

This image from Beautifully Braided worked perfectly for my Online Card Class homework assignment.  The class - led by Kathy Racoosin -  is about coloring techniques with different types of markers and colored pencils. Choosing Copic markers can be intimidating but Kathy shared this fun tip.  She suggested  the plucking technique - pick three different colored markers - a dark, a medium and a light and don't worry about the numbers.  So I bravely grabbed a dark brown, a medium orange and a light yellow by looking only at the color and not the numbers.  That is the fastest I have ever chosen colors and it all worked on my ginkgo leaves today!  So thanks to Kathy for starting us out with  simple, fun technique!

So many possibilities with Jacquie's wide open sketch this week!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Beautifully Braided
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Tropical Oasis DSP

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fusion: Winter


I pulled out a wintry set to make a winter scene for Fusion this week but that box of new stamp sets kept calling my name.  I just had to let the bees out!

That's what I like best about Fusion challenges - lots of options!  So I went with the black/white color scheme with just a bit of brushed gold and used the sketch as the basis of my design.  Use whatever inspires you at Fusion!

Stamp Set: Honey Bee
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Golden Honey DSP

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Great Start - FMS417

Happy 2020!  I am starting this brand new year with a brand new set from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Poppies.  I made a few of these for my daughter to send to her thirty-one downline members to congratulate them on their terrific 2019 sales.  Since bright pink is the go to color for thirty-one the Peaceful Poppies DSP worked perfectly.  I use so many thirty-one products in my craft room as organizers.....and so many others to cart my stuff to events that I probably should send myself one of these cards for being such a wonderful customer!

I am delighted to share with you some of the beautiful hand made birthday cards I received this year.  Word got out that I missed my birthday trip to Florida due to Gram’s fall - thanks to Amy Koenders and Brian King! The cards just rolled in the week of my birthday.  It was a wonderful surprise! The cards are still on display and have been admired by everyone who has stopped by.  Thanks to all of you who sent notes and messages in the birthday or Christmas cards - it really meant a lot.  And I am happy to report Gram made a full recovery and came to Christmas brunch.

Judy has a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Painted Poppies, Label Me Bold
Paper: Whisper White, Peaceful Poppies DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Flirty Flamingo, Copics