Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Finally....Flowers! FMS484


Finally!  The flowers are starting to bloom here in the north country!  Definitely a welcome sight!  I am not a gardener but I so appreciate my neighbors who are.  My porch flowers are like the ones on the card - in pots purchased from the greenhouse every spring!

I love those bright sprinkles that were part of  the Ice Cream Corner Suite. They add a wonderful little pop of color to any project!

Amy's sketch this week is oh so sweet!  Hope you find time to play at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Welcoming Window, Label Me Bold

Paper: Whisper White, Bumblebee, Flower and Field DSP

Ink: Pool Party, Bumblebee, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Fusion: Mother's Day


Why do I look at this card and hear Lion King songs in my head?  Not a lion in sight - just those sweet giraffes!  They are perfect for a welcome baby card!

Oh those sweet giraffes!  I used the sketch and the photo as inspiration this week at Fusion.  Join us!

Stamp Set:  Hero Arts Monthly Kit from a couple of years ago, Label Me Bold (SU)

Ink: Versafine Black, Distress

Paper: Tim Holtz Heavyweight White, Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Retired DSP

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Bits and Pieces.....FMS 483


There are so many options with the Fine Art Floral Suite and my desk is presently littered with flowers of all colors and pieces of DSP.  When I make a card with lots of bits I make extra because I do a lot of trial and error arranging and stamping in various shades until I come up with a combo I like.  And extra bits and pieces are always good to have around.......unless of course you are building a swing set.....

The Big Guy somehow managed to turn this - 

Into this - 

Good thing we had several days of rain so the he could sit on the porch and assemble this jigsaw puzzle!

Our resident florist Narelle Farrugia designed our sketch this week.  I always love her floral designs!  But you can use whatever you want with her terrific sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Art Gallery
Ink: Bumblebee, Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Whisper White, Fine Art Floral DSP

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

It Would Be So Fine....FMS 482


If you are looking for a member of our Freshly Made Sketches Team you may want to check Canada or Massachusetts or New York or Virginia or Texas or Nebraska or Colorado or California or France or Australia or New Zealand.  My team members are oh so talented but more importantly are oh so wonderful.  We chat regularly on our Facebook Team page on topics ranging from crafting to world affairs to life in general.....this card is for them....

The very creative sketch this week is brought to you by Karren Johnson - who just happens to be the team member the farthest away from me in New Zealand!  Bring the world together and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

My card is a mini slim (3.5 by 6) due to my lack of 12 by 12 paper - I may have to remedy that!
Stamps: Face At My Door (IO)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Ice Cream Corner DSP

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fusion: Poppies


The happy pop of red on this card would definitely make me smile - hope it works for my cousin who recently had back surgery!  

I couldn't resist shading a few flowers on the background paper......

Use the sketch or the photo or both at Fusion!  Join us!

Stamp Sets:  Seasoned With Kindness, Easy Expressions (The Ton)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, True Love DSP

Ink: Poppy Parade, Just Jade, Memento Black, Copics

Postage Stamp Punch (SU)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

You've Got Mail....FMS481


E-mails make me sigh and "real" mail makes me smile!  Why is that?  I turned the circles on the sketch into colorful envelopes to hopefully bring a smile to the recipient!  I also designed this card to showcase Stampin' Up's! new In Colors.  They will be available in the new catalogue in May.  I am usually not a pink fan but Polished Pink might just be my favorite!  I am sure you will able to spot Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent as well.  The Soft Succulent gems are also new and come in all of the new colors. 

Have fun with Cecile's delightful sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Snailed It
Paper: Whisper White, Polished Pink
Ink: Polished Pink, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia
Scripty Embossing Folder

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Birthday Gifts - FMS480


Last month I participated in a three day event called "Crop & Create ~ delivered" sponsored by Scrapbook & Cards Today.......all part of my pandemic self improvement program!  It was fun but definitely a workout!  Cathy Zielske creates fabulous CAS cards so her class was one of my favorites because I am a total CAS fan.  I used one of her tone on tone techniques to create today's FMS card.  I stamped the background stamp Gift Boxes (SSS) in VersaMark and embossed it in white on pink paper.  Then I took an alcohol marker in a darker shade of pink and and colored in only the ribbons.  Simple but oh so pretty! I used a long retired SU edging die to create the curves.  


Jen Brum threw us a curve this week!  Have fun with it and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Gift Boxes (SSS), Easy Expressions (The Ton)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Spectrum Noir Pale Pink Blend
Paper: Whisper White, Pink from my stash
Curved Die from Stampin' Up! (retired)

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Stamp Review Crew: Many Messages


The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the set Many Messages today.  It is one large stamp with multiple sentiments.  One trip through the Big Shot with a  coordinating die cuts them all out at once!

So I stamped the sentiments, cut them out and started thinking about what type of card I would make.

But then I kept looking at the leftover scrap.........

and a strange idea began to form!  I cut three more times using Early Espresso and woodgrain patterns, did a bit of trimming and ended up building a chicken coop for my favorite chicks!  

So have fun with Many Messages - the possibilities are endless!

If you missed Charlet's wonderful work head back there....

Otherwise check out Stesha's amazing work!

Stamp Sets: Many Messages, Hey Chick
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, In Good Taste DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Copics

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Fusion: Bee Kind



When I looked at the Fusion challenge yesterday I though uh oh.....I don't have any bees.  So I checked my snippet bowl where three tiny bees were hiding......     

They were too tiny for my idea so I scoured retired SU sets and found an old hostess set called Pun Intended that had one big fat bee image!  Score!  But the sentiments didn't work so I hunted for the set that went with the tiny bees - an ancient set from Sunny Studio.  I found it in a bin and it had a cute sentiment that said just bee-cause.......but the word just was missing! 

On a shelf behind my desk is a clock with a silver metal casing.  If I find a random clear stamp on the floor or somewhere that it shouldn't be I just stick it to the clock!  My theory is that if I pull out a set with a missing piece I just check the clock!  So I crossed my fingers and checked the clock and sure enough there was the tiniest little stamp that said just!  It has been there so long that I don't even remember putting it there!

And it was smooth sailing from then on - I found a random piece of Hello Honey Ribbon, an inky background from my Distress Ink class, a honeycomb embossed card front and Cinnamon Cider embellishments.  I need to just look around my desk more often!

It is always fun to play at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Pun Intended (SU), Just Bee-cause (Sunny Studio)

Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress

Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In the Pink for Easter....FMS479


Looks like that sweet little bunny got carried away with his pink paint and splashed it everywhere!  But he finished in time to leave some eggs on the porch and that is all that matters!  We had an early Easter Egg Hunt with Will this weekend because the weather was wonderful - sunny and 60!  The next few days will be cold and rainy with a chance of a few inches of snow!  And that is spring in the great Northeast!

We gathered eggs and we dyed eggs......not sure if Will really understood what was going on but he took his duties seriously!  Cousin Emma kept him on track!

Kim has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!

Stamps: Welcoming Window (SU), Happy Easter (CCC)

Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Watercolor, Sahara Sand, Picture Perfect Party DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Copics, Kitsch Flamingo Distress

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Making the Day Better! FMS478


My earliest memories from the fifties include waking  up to the smell of coffee!  Cups and saucers in wonderful colors were set out for every meal and gathering.  Exactly when did saucers become obsolete and mugs become the cup of choice?!?!  I can still see my mother, aunts and grandmother sipping coffee out of cups very similar to the ones on my card!  Love that retro look!

Jen Timko's great sketch has so many possibilities this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with it!

It is time for the Spring Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop!  Always so many wonderful cards there for inspiration!


Stamp Sets:  Nothing's Better Than (SU), Coffee Talk (Lil' Inkers), Newton Loves Coffee (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Playing With Patterns DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Memento Black, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Fusion: Easter Eggs


My favorite part of our Fusion challenge is the fact that there are so many options - the photo, the sketch, colors, elements in the photo and on it goes.  I always try to do the sketch and photo and add some elements from the picture. Today's card does just that. The lines are from the tea towel, the black is from the outline of the container, and then the scripty sentiment like the one on the tin.  I was going to put pale eggs in a bucket but then I heard the Easter Bunny whisper in my ear...."It is the season to decorate eggs!  Don't miss it!"  So out came the decorated eggs and the bunny to make up the oval element of the sketch!

So have fun with our challenge - the possibilities are endless!  Join us at Fusion!

Stamp Set: Happy Easter (Colorado Craft Company), Easter Bunnies (MFT)

Ink: Memento Black, Calypso Coral, Copics

Paper: Whisper White, Playing With Patterns DSP, Basic Black

Embellishments: Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles (SU)

TE Bunny Die SU Stitched Squares

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A Mathemachicken.....FMS477


I knew I could count on Jen Mitchell for a great square sketch this week!  It's fun to break out of the A2 box now and then. That fun sentiment was just meant to go with my favorite crazy haired chick!  

Hope you have fun with this sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Hey Chick, Funny Bones (Riley and Co.)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Versafine Clair Noir
Paper: Crushed Curry, Dinoroar DSP, Whisper White, Playing With Patterns DSP

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sending A Squeeze! FMS476


I take no credit for that gorgeous background paper - that is a piece from Stampin' Up's Sand and Sea DSP!  My contribution is the yellow inkiness on the white circle!  It is another technique from the class I took.  It involves smearing ink on a piece of acetate and then spritzing with water.  Then I bounced the white paper up and down on the spritzed acetate to pick up color.  After it dried I stamped the image over those wonderful splotches of color and die cut the circle!  Simple and kind of project!

I am hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you have fun with my sketch - I will be by to see your wonderful creations!

Stamp Set: Lemon and Big Squeeze (Impression Obsessions)
Ink: Spiced marmalade Distress, Versamark Clair Nocturne
Circle Die (Sugar Pea)
Paper: Basic Black, Sand and Sea DSP, Distress Heavyweight White