Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fusion: Pumpkin Mug

Fall seems to last only a moment around here so I do make sure I enjoy every beautiful colorful moment! It is time to shuffle through those leaves and gather up the pumpkins!

I loved the pop of blue in the photo so I made sure to add it to my cup!

I rotated the sketch and also used the photo as inspiration for my card today!  Use whatever inspires you at Fusion!  Can't wait to see what you create!


Stamp Sets:Pumpkin Spice (Unity), Welcoming Woods, Enjoy the Moment
Paper: Come to Gather DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Just Jade, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It's Halloween....Almost...FMS507


Don't you just love that green witch my son made a million years ago in elementary school?  I drag her out every year.  She may be a little beat up but that just adds to the witchiness - somehow I totally get that!

Judy's sketch was perfect for my Halloween scene!  Make your own scene and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Spooktacular Friends (MFT), Frightfully Cute
Paper: Basic White, Whisper White, Dandy Garden DSP, Beautifully Penned DSP, Basic Black
Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Versamark, Crushed Curry

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Layers of Lovely Library Books!


This was totally me when I was growing up......lots of lovely library books lying everywhere!  I couldn't read them fast enough.  I grew up in a very small village with no library but our neighboring village had one. Trouble was you had to go down a big hill, cross a railroad bridge and then a river bridge to get there. My parents forbid me to ride my bike to that library. Not gonna friends and I snuck down there more than once to replenish our lot of library books! When you need a book to read it is impossible to wait for your mom or dad to get home from work!


When I saw this Tall Tale set from Altenew I had to get it to make a card for my cousin who was often an accomplice in those clandestine bicycle journeys to the library!  It also worked perfectly for their challenge to create a card using a technique that begins with the first letter of your name.  Since my name begins with L I chose Layering.  Lots of lovely layering of cardstock, embossing, books and colors!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Hey, Boo! FMS506


I spent this past weekend catching as many stamping classes and demonstrations as I could in celebration of World Cardmaking Day.  My craft room looked like the aftermath of New Year's Eve in Times Square!  Paper bits everywhere and more than one water bottle/soda can/tea cup perched here and there. 

A class taught by Cathy Zielske featured paper piecing as a technique.  It is easy to do and I often forget about it.  It just requires a bit of patience - and a good die cut!

I broke out the Halloween colors and decorated the spider web for the season! 

I loved Amy's fabulous sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with it - I did!

Stamp Set:  Cutest Halloween, Frightfully Cute, Welcoming Window, Basic Stripes (SSS)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Fusion: Poppy Door

Wow where did September go?  I am sneaking in one last summery card before I take out all of those leaf....pumpkin....Halloween....stamps.

I finally had to pull out sweatshirts for my morning walks meaning it's time for the bi-annual closet switch. The summer clothes leave my bedroom closet and get put in the spare room closet - not to be seen again until next May!  All of those wintry things then leave the spare room closet and head to the bedroom.  It's a merry dance done twice a year and it always amazes me what I move back and forth but haven't actually worn in years!  Kind of like stamp sets that I absolutely HAD to have that have never seen ink......but I take comfort knowing I am not alone in this dilemma......

I used both the sketch and the picture as inspiration for my card!  I love that splashy door in the photo!  Find something that inspires you at Fusion!

 Stamp Set: Painted Poppies (SU), Loads of Happy(Avery Elle)

Paper: Whisper White, Peaceful Poppies DSP, X-Press It Blending Card

Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Brick Embossing Folder

Inspired By....All the Peels


I was invited by my friend LeAnne Pugliese to join in with the Inspired By team this week.  I was delighted to hang out with such a wonderful group of artists. There is always plenty of inspiration provided by this team!

This week you can be inspired by the beautiful apple photo, the CAS sketch or the elegant holiday photo.  You won't have any trouble figuring out what inspired me!

Check out all the action at Inspired By.....!

Stamp Sets: Welcoming Window (SU), Thanks A Bushel (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, In Good Taste DSP, X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: Versa Mark, Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, September 29, 2021



One of my favorite things to do with red rubber stamps is to color them with markers instead of using an ink pad.  The look is softer and more subtle - the perfect look for a "thinking of you friend" card!

And here's Emma with one of her best friends - Mars!  They were both very happy to take home a blue ribbon and a red ribbon in the two events they entered at the Fall Horse Show!  It was a beautiful fall day to be at the fairgrounds!

Narelle's sketch could have you going in circles!  Have fun with it!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set:  Shaded Summer 
Paper: Whisper White, Hand Penned DSP, Highland Heather
Ink: Versa Mark, SU Markers: Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Be Chill.....FMS503


We have had a beautiful fall so far but I can hear the clock ticking towards Christmas.  Time to start those cards!  The slim line look is perfect for a sledding penguin.

Meanwhile we snuck in one more boat ride on the lake this week.  Here are my two sailors headed to shore......

The Be Dazzling specialty paper makes a fabulous sparkly frame for my wintry scene!

I love Karren's slim line sketch this week! Always fun to break out of the A2 size! Slim lines cards come in many sizes - I made a mini! Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Penguin Place
Ink: Misty Moonlight, Fresh Freesia, Just Jade, Grapefruit Grove
Paper: Whisper White, Fresh Freesia, Be Dazzling Specialty Paper, Penguin Playmates DSP

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fusion: Peach Birthday

I had a very peachy day yesterday after a bit of an uh-oh start.  My blog post scheduled to go live at 6 am posted but I did not get an email notification from Feed Blitz.  Upon further checking I discovered only 45 subscribers received notification instead of the 845 that were supposed to!

Immediate headache!  Due to my amazing computer skills I happily pay Feed Blitz to keep my blog notifications going.  I logged into my Feed Blitz account to see if I could fix the problem - ha!  I was clueless - time to call support.  I have used Feed Blitz for several years and have only had to call for help twice.  Both times I spoke with very nice guys who talked me through the problem step by step so I would learn "how to do it again if needed."  Whew so stressful!  So I brewed some tea, took a deep breath and called Feed Blitz support.

A delightful lady named Heather answered the phone.  She logged into my account and found the problem right away. I said before you start you need to know I am old and have questionable computer skills.  She laughed and said I had a very young voice and she could help me out.  I told her that my blog was a stamping blog just for fun and I needed simple directions.  Then she said.......


And that was that!  No worries -  she said she would resolve the issue herself and get those 845 notices right out.....and she did! 

I need to make another one of these cards using the "You're as Sweet as a Peach!' sentiment and mail it to her!

I was inspired by the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion!   I stamped some peachy flowers with stems for the background and then stamped the sentiment right on a peach. Join us and use what inspires you!


Stamp Set: Sweet As A Peach
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Pale Papaya
Paper: Whisper White, Pale Papaya, You're A Peach DSP

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ahhh September.....FMS502


We celebrated the beginning of September with  Emma's birthday party - one last fling before school gets real and the weather gets cold.  She had a cheetah themed party this year and her amazing mother pulled it all off with wonderful cheetah print accessories and balloons.  So I may have been inspired by all of the cheetah colors when I chose the background DSP for my card!

Rain forced a very last minute switch from a backyard party to a local venue that was big enough for the wild animal bounce house!  It was a scramble but it all worked out.  Thank Heaven because that Willy Bear just adored the bounce house!

The leaves are turning here - just starting to color! The leaves from the Time of Giving set made the perfect trail down my card.

I love Cecile's sweet sketch this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Time of Giving (SU), Easy Expressions (The Ton)
Ink: Memento Black, Distress
Paper: Basic White, Harvest Meadow DSP, Come to Gather DSP

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Thnking of You....FMS102


I kept my card super simple this week because I made six of them this afternoon.  The cold hard truth is that at my age I send out a lot of sympathy cards.  But I have learned over the years how important a written note is at such times.  We all love the speed and convenience of a text or Facebook message but there is still something special about getting a card or note in the mail.  

My mother passed away a year ago this week and I remember how much it meant when I got cards in the mail.  She had a great long life and I enjoyed notes that shared a memory of her.  My daughter and I stopped by the cemetery Friday to deliver some flowers in a very special "vase"......oh she did love a Manhattan before dinner!  

Jen Brum has a wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - have fun with it!

Stamp Set: Many Messages, Hand Penned Petals

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Hand Penned DSP

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Fusion: Bear Cake


I love cake - my favorite dessert!  So you know I was going to make sure there was a cake on my card after seeing that inspiration photo!  

We are getting the leftover rain from Hurricane Ida today....which makes me wonder how could there be any rain left?!?!  Our rain is cold though and I had to put on a sweatshirt and socks!  And just like that summer is over! Two days ago Emma and friends were enjoying ice cream on a sunny day in Lake George!


The anchor and sailboat actually came from a stamp/die set that came in a stamping magazine so I don't have a name or company for them.  The SU set is retired and from a beginning stamper mini catalog.  I love the simple solid images in the set!

Our Fusion leader Karren Johnson finds the best pictures for our challenges. That is one fancy birthday cake in this week's photo!  I used the sketch and drew elements and colors from the photo.  Hope you join us!

My design also qualifies for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.....Birthday, Free, Balloon.

Stamp Set: Celebrate With Cake
Ink: Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Bumblebee, Seaside Spray, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Whisper White, Seaside Spray

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Fall Leaves....FMS501


In honor of the first of September I decided to break out some fall leaves.  I can't believe summer is coming to an end!  It sure flies by!  A few yellow leaves have already appeared here and there on our trees!

Meanwhile Miss Emma is enjoying her last summer vacation days....kayaking in Lake Placid is always wonderful!

Pretty soon those mountains will be ablaze with color!

Just a quick reminder to Crafty "T" whose name was drawn as my blog candy winner to email me at to claim your prize!

Kim has started us off into a new century - the 500's that is - with sketch 501!  It's a great one - hope you still like to play at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets:  Love of Leaves, Art Gallery
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry

Monday, August 30, 2021

A Toucan of My Appreciation!


Wow it has been an amazing week at Freshly Made Sketches!  We had over 100 entries and I got to pick the Queen!  We also have many sponsor prizes to hand out.  Check out our FMS page tomorrow for a list of all the winners!

In the meantime Comment #17 by Crafty "T" on my blog was randomly selected as the winner of the blog candy:

Wow Linda - 500 sketches is such a great accomplishment and I am so excited to have been introduced to this blog! I am absolutely inspired by all of the great cards and your hug card is just what the world needs right now! Thank you

Congratulations to  Crafty "T"  ! Please email me at with your address and I will mail your prize right out!

I took a Tropical Vibes class with Jenn Shurkus several weeks back.  I learned a lot about coloring and ink blending but you know I still have a CAS heart.  My card today is a stripped down model using some of the techniques I learned in class.  There is stenciling, ink blending, copic coloring and water splashing involved.

The cards shown here underneath my card are ones we worked on in class......but when I was left on my own you can see what I created....needed that white space....Jenn is a terrific teacher and I know she wouldn't mind one bit!

I used the sketch today from Make the Cards Challenge.

And Global Design Project is having a Thank You Challenge.

Stamp Sets: Toucan Do It (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Distress, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Tim Holtz Distress
Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Tropical Die
A Colorful Life Kite Stencil