Sunday, August 30, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Forever Fern

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Forever Fern today - a beautiful set with coordinating diecuts. The first card I made with this set featured a summery bundle of greens. (You can see it here.)  I decided to keep the bundle theme going in my card today using fall colors.  The Gilded Autumn Designer Paper is gorgeous and provides a perfect fall backdrop.  With a change of colors and DSP I will be able to make a beautiful Christmas bouquet with it - when I finally sit down to get those holiday cards going!

If you missed Charlet Mallett's beautiful designs head back there......

Otherwise stop by my friend Mike Funke's blog to see what he created - his work is always wonderful!

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps for my design.


I also played along with The Paper Players Challenge - across the top row.


Stamp Set: Forever Fern Bundle

Ink: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze

Paper: Whisper White, Copper Metallic, Gilded Autumn DSP

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Mine! Mine! Mine! FMS450


If you are a Disney fan you recognize this sentiment from Finding Nemo. Those seagulls shouted it every time they were on screen!  On our last trip to Disney World we stayed at the Art of Animation Resort in "Radiator Springs" from the movie Cars.  At the time that was Emma's favorite movie.  But one night as we walked the grounds to check out the other themed areas we heard those seagulls shouting Mine! Mine! Mine!  And sure enough there they were up on the side of a nearby building.

I can't begin to count how many times that week we had to walk by those seagulls to hear them shout!  So when I saw this stamp set from My Favorite Things I just had to get it to make a card for Emma's birthday!

Karren has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Those circles somehow morphed into seagulls on my card!  Hope you join us and put your own spin on our sketch!

Stamp Sets: Seaside Seagulls (MFT), Waterfront, Oh Whale

Paper: Whisper White, Playing With Patterns DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Copics

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Fusion: Dragonfly

Those little dragonflies are so sweet on my card -  but let's talk about the real world.  Emma's dad is building a family room addition on their house so there have been many opportunities for critters to wander in through open doors and windows.  This week a dragonfly ended up in the living room and dive bombed everyone (lots of shrieking from Emma) before my daughter got it to calm down and it actually settled on her fingers. Then she politely showed him the door!

We have a sweet and summery challenge at Fusion this week!  I drew inspiration from the photo and the sketch.  


Stamp Sets:  Field of Flowers, Inspiring Iris, Friend Like You, Beautifully Braided
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Seaside Spray
Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Wednesday, August 19, 2020



I literally stuck with the sketch this week!  Just had fun with the new stitched triangles from SU and some summery colors.  I actually made a few more versions of this with all the spare triangle pieces!  It was like putting together colorful puzzles.  I got so involved that the afternoon slipped away and I realized I needed an anniversary card for the Big Guy.  True confessions: I went out and bought one.....

I loved playing with Cecile's design this week - hope you do too at Freshly Made Sketches!



Die Cuts: Stitched Triangles (SU). Friend (SSS)

Paper: Purple Posy. Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Just Saying Hello


So many of our wonderful stamping gatherings have been cancelled because a few of the gals I stamp with started a Facebook page where we share ideas and of course our cards.  A challenge and inspiration cards are posted every day.  I can't keep up with that daily but every now and then I jump in.  And when a recent challenge was "Lots of White Space"  I jumped! 

I followed the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch.


Stamp Set: Love of Leaves (Die Cuts), Easy Expressions (The Ton)

Ink: Memento Black, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray

Summer Images......FMS448


Oh that beautiful wavy paper is the perfect backdrop for my stamped images from the Whale Done bundle!  No vacation trips to the ocean for us this year because of you know what but it has been a gloriously warm sunny summer.  Perhaps a bit too warm.......

Guess I should have removed the candle from the dining room windowsill

I hope you find some time this week to play around with Jen Brum's  fun sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!
Stamp Set: Whale Done
Paper: Whisper White, Whale of a Time DSP
Ink: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Fusion: Fruit

I knew there was a reason why I saved this last swatch of designer paper from two - or maybe three - years ago. It has lived in my scrap basket just waiting for its moment to shine. Its glossiness is lost in the photo but in person it steals the show!

Our growing summer growing season here is very short but Miss E and her friends managed to pick quite a few fresh blueberries recently.

Which led to these treats......

Gotta love summer sweetness!

I love combining both the sketch and the photo at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Fruit and Flowers (SU), Bloom by Bloom (SU), Fresh and Fruity (Sunny Studio)
Ink: Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Tasty Treats DSP

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Gnome For The Holidays....FMS 447

Why do I look at that little guy and think he is inviting us all in for the holidays......or maybe he is just saying "to gno-me is to love me" or "I love you gnome-atter what" or "I'll be gnome for Christmas".....and I bet you now have a few ideas of your own on what he might be saying.....

Lots of possibilities with Kim's wonderful sketch this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Gnome For The Holidays
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Let It Snow DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Real Red, Copics

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful World

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Hop.  Today we are featuring the gorgeous Stampin' Up! set Beautiful World.  The possibilities with this set are endless so I hope our hop gives you some good ideas!

I used the stamp set along with the coordinating designer series paper for a finished look.  This makes a perfect graduation card!  

This guy hasn't even thought about school or graduations yet but Willy Bear seems ready for an adventure!  #numberonegrandson

If you missed stopping by Betty Traciak's blog head back to see her wonderful work!

Otherwise head on over to Cindy Elam's blog to see what beautiful work she has created!

I used the layout from Cas(e) this Sketch this week for my design.

Stamp Set: Beautiful World
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White,  Gold Foil, World of Good DSP