Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Comfort Zones.....FMS446

I am hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I thought it would be fun to try one of the new slimline cards that are becoming so popular.  All I can say is that I learned a lot making this one and got frustrated at times but in the end I powered through.  Amazing how you have to think when you are outside your comfort zone.....different measurements.....more space to fill.....yikes my 6 by 6 DSP squares won't work......and yes I cut incorrectly more than once!  But I hung in there and plan to do a vertical one later this week.  

I will be sending this to a friend who just moved into a new home.  The sentiment makes me smile....and it is oh so true....

I hope you step out of your comfort zone and join us at Freshly Made Sketches this week with a slimline card - vertical or horizontal!  And feel free to adjust the measurements as you see fit.


Stamp Set: Home Sweet Home (SSS)
Ink: Memento Black, Gorgeous Grape, Daffodil Delight, Copics, Broken China (Distress)
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Artistry Bloom DSP

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Good Idea

My new coffee set was still on my new paper shares were stacked on my I decided it was time to straighten up and put things away.  And somehow I got distracted by those paper shares and coffee cups and this card just created itself....with a bit bit of help from the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week.  Bet that never happens to you!

Stamp Sets: Press On, Newton Loves Coffee (Newton's Nook)
Ink: Memento Black, Cinnamon Cider, Poppy Parade, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Flowers for Every Occasion DSP

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fusion: Summer

I love the color blocked images in the new set Cute Fruit - which can be found in Stampin' Up's beginner brochure.  The bright bold images are perfect for a summery birthday card!  

I blew up the sketch a bit at Fusion today and also used the picture!  Hope you join us!


The Paper Players are celebrating their 500th challenge this week with a CAS challenge.  I was honored to be their guest designer for a whole year in 2016 - they are a great bunch of gals - talented and oh so friendly and supportive!  Here's to their next 500 challenges!


Stamp Set: Cute Fruit, Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Press On.....FMS445

Press On is a new coffee set from Stampin' Up!  Lots of fun coffee images and sentiments!  I love the smell of coffee and I love to meet friends at a coffee shop but I am that one drinking tea while everyone discusses their latest coffee flavor!  However we all need something to get us going first thing in the morning.  For me it is a glass of ice cold orange juice!  It's like jumping into an Adirondack Lake before breakfast - wakes you up fast!  

However Benny says he will not be jumping into the lake at all......

I love Jen Mitchell's funky sketch!  So do whatever gets you going and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set: Press On
Paper: Whisper White, Cinnamon Cider, Flowers for Every Season DSP
Ink:Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Bumblebee, Copics

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

B Is For Birthday.....FMS444

B is for Birthday.....Bright Balloons......and a Beautiful Baby Boy watering the garden in Bumble Bee shoes.....

Square cards are fun - and so is Jen Timko's Sketch!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Monogram Messages, Bonanza Buddies
Paper: Whisper White, Playful Patterns DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fusion: Floral Cupcakes

I love the photo at Fusion this week!  I have very few food tiny cupcakes or I decided to go with the flowers.  They are actually stamped in Petal Pink but through the magic of my camera lens the pink looks more like coral......sigh.....

Patience is not my strong suit and making all of those little rectangles was a very pottsy bit of work as my mother would say.  Therefore I did not want to redo in another shade of pink so coral it is!  But as always I love the challenge of combining the sketch and the photo at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Summer is in full bloom in my part of the world so that may have inspired me to pull out all the greens for this card. So many beautiful shades of green here - hard to pick a favorite! The stamped greens in the middle of the card are (starting from the top) - Just Jade (new in color), Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, and Shaded Spruce.  

And Miss Emma brought her Auntie Ria this lucky green stone to celebrate the grand opening of her new store called King's Kloset in Saratoga Springs, NY.

That lucky stone must have worked because it was a great opening....resulting in another type of green for the happy owner!

I love LeeAnn's clean graphic sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Forever Fern
Paper: Whisper White, Forever Greenery DSP
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Making the Day Brighter......FMS442

Honest I truly thought the worst of this pandemic would be behind us as we got into summer but it has certainly proved to be relentless.  New York has made great strides but we are still sticking close to home and immediate family.  So we look for ways to make our days brighter - like making a delightful purple card with these sweet parasols!  Lighthearted posts on Facebook are always a treat so I will share one with you I just saw yesterday.  You may have seen it already but it will probably still make you crafters we can so relate......


Jacquie has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Pretty Parasol
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Playing With Patterns DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Gorgeous Grape, Copics