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