Thursday, October 28, 2021

Fusion: Pink Typewriter


My type of friend these days has black fur, floppy ears and a long tail!  Last weekend Erin, Emma and I drove five hours to Willow Grove, PA to meet a van carrying 32 pups from Tracy's Paws Rescue in Hondo, Texas.  My stamping friend Anne Marie Hile fosters pups for Tracy and I always love following their antics on her FB page.  I lost Abby, my 19 year old poodle, this summer so when I saw that Anne Marie was fostering a spunky pup that would be available in October I was all in!

It was amazing watching 32 rescue pups come off that van and handed over to new families!  Pepper is settling in nicely and loves everyone except the neighbor's cats!

I did some stenciling in light pink and purple behind my pink typewriter - fun! Use what inspires you at Fusion!

Stamp Set: You're My Type (Sugar Pea)
Stencil: Meet In the Middle (Colorful Designs)
Paper: Purple Posy, Basic Black, Whisper White,
Ink: Memento Black, Distress, Copics

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Is It Halloween Yet? FMS509


I am sneaking in one last Halloween card before the big day this weekend. Hoping this crazy nor'easter gets out of here and the rain clears up soon.  Saturday we will be delivering treats to Pineview Commons, the assisted living facility where my mother resided for five years.  Emma and her friends will be in costume and will parade around the grounds - always fun for the kids and residents!  Over 100 bags are filled with treats for the residents and staff!  Thank Heaven for that pumpkin punch!

I used my favorite haunted house image on my card.  Before I stamped the house and bats I created the inked squares for the background.  I cut a 3 by 5 1/2 rectangle from a full size (8 1/2 by 11)  Avery Label sheet. (Thanks to Lydia Fiedler for the tip that Avery Label Sheets make great masks!)  Then I die cut three squares down the middle and applied that label paper to a  3 by 5 1/2 piece of white cardstock.  Using blender brushes I did the top square in orange and yellow, the middle square in yellow and green and the bottom one in green and purple.  Then I simply stamped the large house image right over the top!  Fun and easy!

I love Jen Timko's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  My finished mini slimline measures 6 by 3 1/2.  Use whatever size works for you!

Stamp Sets:  Spooky Day and Wicked Together (Picket Fence)
Ink: Versafine Clair, Distress, Versamark
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Oh So Perfectly Fall......FMS508


I love these simple flowers - ideal for sending birthday or get well wishes!

Nature's Harvest is such a perfect set for fall!  I die cut the flowers a second time in Crumb Cake and let it peek out just to add a bit of depth.  

Go ahead and make a scene!  Jacquie has a wonderful wide open sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Nature's Harvest, Pond Pampering (CCC)
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Harvest Meadow DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Copics

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