Thursday, July 22, 2021

Fusion: Lemon Hydrangea


This week's challenge at Fusion was the perfect one to showcase this beautiful hydrangea paper.  I drew my colors from the photo and tucked some lemon colored sprigs into the simple diecut bouquet.

And 24 hours after that crazy downpour life has returned to normal.  It was a busy day of riding lessons and softball practice - take two!

I used both the sketch and the photo as inspiration for my card today.  Join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets: Forever Fern (SU!), Easy Expressions (The Ton)

Ink: Seaside Spray, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Black

Paper: Hydrangea Hill DSP, Seaside Spray, So Saffron, Whisper White

Textured Impressions EF

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cool Birthday...FMS495


Yes the new Stampin' Up! set Penguin Place will make adorable holiday cards but I love that the set includes a few added images and sentiments to make this set more versatile.  A fun sentiment and a backdrop of gifts and ice cream cones creates a cool birthday card to use in any season!

It is summer here but we have had the craziest stormiest rainiest July that I can much rain, flooding, storms and wind!  I took Emma to softball practice this week and parked the car in a shady spot to read while she practiced.  Out of nowhere (and not predicted)......this happened.....

She was on the field just past that tree - couldn't even see the field!  She ran back to the car but she was soaked!  We managed to make our way back to her house just in time as her road was closed when the end of it flooded.  40 minutes of crazy heavy rain will do this.....


....and this.....

Fortunately damage in her area was minimal.  A neighboring town was totally flooded and my house five miles to the north never got a drop of rain.  Nothing like upstate New York weather!

I am with the little penguin here - I will take a good snowstorm any day!

Have fun with Amy's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Penguin Place, Snow Front
Paper: Whisper White, Penguin Playmates DSP, ice Cream Corner DSP, Calypso Coral
Ink: Versa Fine Black, Soft Succulent, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Blackberry Bliss, Seaside Spray

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Color My World....FMS494


Keeping it simple and summery today with my lineup of colored pencils!  There are actually 12 pencils in that image so I did some very careful masking with a post it note to get my lineup down to a manageable size on my card!  The sentiment also required snipping to make it work for this layout.  Always stressful doing sentiment surgery but I am getting better at it!

I love Narelle's simple sketch this week.  Hope you do too!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Brilliant Day (Honey Bee)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Fusion: Blue Decor

My first thought when I saw the inspiration photo at Fusion this week was to create a sleek modern room of some sort but come to find out I don't have any furniture images!  How can that be? So I followed the sketch and pulled elements from the photo - a pop of red, bits of blue, and basic black, white and gray.  I actually used just one corner of a large 6 by 6 image of stacks of books.  A cup of tea and a stack of books is definitely my idea of a good time!

It's always fun to play at Fusion!  Use the photo or the sketch or both!

Stamp Set: Book Stacks and Literally the Best (Hero Arts)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

I'd Pick You! FMS493


Summer is in full swing around here - flowers, sunshine and fun!  Spent the Fourth with extended family on one of the beautiful Finger Lakes in Central NY.  It was wonderful to see everyone after a year and a half apart!  After we returned home we headed north to spend a day with Will.  It was a great day that involved ice cream, a playground and pool time with a huge yellow duck!

I loved Karren's easy breezy sketch this week.  I kept my design simple using stitched floral dies and pretty patterned paper. 

So think in threes and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamps: In Bloom (Dies), Sentiment by Becky Moore

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Flower and Field DSP, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Seaside Spray 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cookie Crumbs.....FMS492


True confessions:  I do like a good salad now and then but chocolate chip cookies wins every time there is a choice!

Cecile's delightful square sketch was perfect to showcase another one of those fun sentiments from Riley and Co.!  Hope you join us at FMS!

Stamp Sets: Funny Bones (Riley & Co), Nothing's Better Than (SU)
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Memento Black
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, You're A Peach DSP

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Fusion: Summer Dreamin'


The photo this week at Fusion was so easy breezy summery that I decided to keep my card clean and easy breezy!  


And here's my latest slice of happiness......that little Will has finally decided to call me Grammy! He climbed up to the top of Emma's big slide this past week but changed his mind about sliding down.  I managed to convince him to let go and that I would catch him - which I did!  I love his face in these photos as he thinks about it and finally lets go!

I used both the sketch and the photo this week as my inspiration for the card!  Hope you join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets: Fresh and Fruity (Sonny Studio), Cute Fruit (SU), Sea of Textures (SU)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Well Worn Brush.....FMS491


Looks like Norman Mouse-well is contemplating a new brush to finish his last panel.  He has been very busy splashing Distress Inks and water all over his canvas!  But I think that brush is good for another panel or two!

Have fun with Kim's wonderful sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Norman and I did!

Just Add Ink had a Stitching/Stripes Challenge this week.

Stamp Set: Anita Jeram Be Creative (Colorado Craft Company)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress (Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers)
Paper: Thick Basic White (SU),  Tim Holtz Heavyweight White

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Sweet Cherries.....FMS490


This bowl of cherries brings back memories of original pyrex mixing bowls......I confess I may have one or two in my cupboard!  Some things are just classic and never go out of style....... hand written thank you notes!  Always appreciated!

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

Stamp Sets: Measure of Love (SU), Simple Strips (TE)
Ink: Memento Black, Granny Apple Green, Seaside Spray, Poppy Parade
Paper: Whisper White, Berry Delight DSP

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Fusion: Seashells


We live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains so a trip to the ocean is definitely a vacation for us!  My parents wintered in Florida for over twenty years in their retirement.  That meant the Callahan kids got to spend all of their spring breaks growing up......and into Cocoa Beach.  In the spirit of full disclosure the Big Guy went the first time and then never again!  He hates the heat and don't get him started on the crowds at Disney!  So I would pack up the kids and leave him home with the dog for a week or two and head south!  

The sand and shells in the jar in the photo were gathered by my daughter on one of her last trips to Cocoa Beach.  Such wonderful memories! 

This big sentiment makes me smile - certainly good advice for this past year!

I combined both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion - always fun to do!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Whale Done (SU), Just Keep Swimming (Trinity Stamps)

Ink:  Memento Black, Copics

Paper: Basic White, Sand and Sea DSP

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Sweet Friends....FMS489


It is my turn to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches and I saved these peaches just for the occasion!  The Sweet As A Peach bundle is my favorite suite in the new SU! catalog.  I just love all of the colors, patterns and images!  To create the backdrop for my branch I just stamped the medium square block directly on the Balmy Blue inkpad and then right onto Whisper White.  It worked perfectly!  The coordinating DSP makes a colorful  frame.

I kept my sketch super simple to give you lots of options!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Sweet As A Peach
Paper: Whisper White, You're A Peach DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pale Papaya, Calypso Coral

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Make It An Ice Cream Kind of Day - FMS488


That bunny looks mighty happy to be surrounded by ice cream cones - nothing better than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day!

Jen Mitchell has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches - join us!

Stamp Sets: Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop), Ice cream Day (CCC), Marigold the Bunny by Stacy Yakula for Purple Onion Designs
Paper: Terracotta Tile, Whisper White, Ice Cream Day DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Stamp Review Crew: Nothing's Better Than


The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the set Nothing's Better Than today.  It is such a fun set to work with and features three major food groups:  Cookies, Coffee, and Cocktails.  I have already made cookie and coffee cards with this set so I decided to break out the cocktails!  We are headed into summer so a rainbow of tropical drinks looks mighty inviting!  

If you missed Jay Soriano's beautiful designs head back there!

Next up is the amazing Stesha Bloodhart!  I am a total fan of her beautiful work!

Stamp Set: Nothing's Better Than
Ink: Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade, Seaside Spray
Paper: Whisper White, Just Jade