Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fusion: Color Pallette - Autumn Leaves


It  is a beautiful time of year here in the Northeast.  The leaves are changing - and falling.  I love the end of September and early October! 

And I love this photo of my neighbor's front lawn.  It looks like she was out there carefully arranging leaves!

Hope the sketch or the leaves inspire you at Fusion!

Stamp Set: A world of Octobers (Picket Fence)
Ink: Memento Black, Distress
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Succulent, Texture Chic DSP
Leaf Fall Embossing Folder (SU!)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Christmas Light....FMS555


You would think that after making cards and blogging for almost fifteen years that I would have a better handle on photography.  There are some things I will never figure out!  My little travel trailer is a nice silvery Airstream but somehow it came out "beigeygray".  So I tried to get a better shot on my kitchen windowsill.  The trailer sparkled up as the rest faded.....same card in two different the old guy used to say on Laugh In......verrrrrry interrresting.......

Narelle's sketch is very versatile this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Trees For Sale

Paper: Basic White, Lights Aglow DSP, Brushed Silver, Silver Foil, Gold Foil

Ink: Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

You Make Me Happy.....FMS554


Not liking how those clear raindrops photographed but the bunny doesn't seem to mind!  He is just happily marching along.  Nothing better than a friend who makes you happy when skies are grey!

It was a beautiful sunny day this week when we headed to the orchard for flowers, pumpkins, apples and of course cider doughnuts!  Emma and Will were gathering flowers in a bouquet until Will spied little flower balls and handed the bouquet back to Auntie......

and suddenly he transformed himself into an Alien.......

He made us laugh out loud!

So many possibilities for Karren's wonderful sketch this week!  Join us a Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Look For Rainbows (Avery Elle)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Tea Boutique DSP

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fusion: Front Porch

I used the sketch this week at Fusion and drew inspiration from the photo....the purple flowers, the black and white and of course the brick wall.  I threw in the sunshine paper just for fun because it went with the sentiment!

Meanwhile here is a photo of that critter of mine who brings me sunshine and laughter every day.  She hangs out every day on the stair landing where she can survey the downstairs and the upstairs.....and the landing provides a perfect spot for her "army" as I call all of her toys.  She is a clever girl and as you can see managed to unhook her collar completely........and struck a pose just to make sure I noticed!


Always lots of inspiration at Fusion!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Set: Color and Contour
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Basic White, Perfectly Penciled DSP, Sunshine and Rainbows DSP


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Halloween Season.....FMS553


Halloween season officially arrives in our family as soon as Emma celebrates her birthday in early September.  Well Miss Emma hit double digits this week and we had a great family party.  Her friend party happens later this month and will involve the new Hocus Pocus movie and a total Halloween theme.  She is very excited about it so when she sent me this picture I thought it was part of her Halloween costume......

Little did I know it was new gear for Junior.......oh she loves that horse!

And I love this sweet sketch from Cecile this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Sets: Cutest Halloween, Design A Treat 
Paper: Basic White, Crushed Curry, Celebrate Everything DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Feeling Better.....FMS552


That beautiful foil paper made the perfect backdrop for my for my die cut arrangement.  Also made for a quick and easy card after a busy holiday weekend.  We had to make every minute count during the final holiday weekend before the grandkids headed back to school.  After a long day of back to school shopping we were starving so we stopped at the county fair for a nutritious dinner.......hand cut French fries and fried dough....delish......we definitely felt better....

Good thing that fair rolls around just once a year!

Jen Brum designed a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps: Splendid Thoughts, Apple Harvest
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Basic White, Soft Sea Foam. Fresh Freesia, Splendid Day Specialty DSP

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Fusion: Pinwheels


How could I possibly not have a pinwheel stamp or die?!?!  But I don't!  I found one lonely piece of DSP with fireworks on them and thought well this will work!  I turned the layout to accommodate my sentiment and made the middle element into a tag.  There are so many ways to play at Fusion!  I hope you are inspired to play along!

Stamp Set: Many Messages

Paper: Basic White, Polished Pink, Vellum, Celebrate Everything DSP

Ink: Memento Black

Dies: Tags (SU!), Congrats (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022



I snuck in a Christmas card this week even though it is 88 degrees as I type!  We are trying to soak up every last bit of summer before school starts and the leaves fall!

We headed north to spend the day with Will among the dinosaurs  He is only three and a half but can name just about every one he sees.  What is it with kids and dinosaurs?  He had a great time hiking through the woods past those huge creatures - he read the map and led the way!


It was magical all right......if you love dinosaurs......

I used rows of gold twine as elements of Kim's wonderful sketch.  Interpret the sketch as you set fit and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Snowman Magic, Season of Chic
Paper: Basic White, Soft Succulent, Lights Aglow DSP
Ink: Versamrk

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Pumpkin Spice Season! FMS550


Well maybe not quite pumpkin spice season but very close!  Summer is winding down and we are noticing the shorter hours of daylight already.  We are trying to squeeze in as much fun as we can before Miss Emma goes back to school.  We went to the Van Gogh exhibit that seems to be traveling everywhere across the country.  It was truly amazing and we all loved it.

Art and color just wrapped around you everywhere.

After learning about Van Gogh's tragic life and seeing beautiful examples of his art we entered a large room and for half an hour learned even more as his work surrounded us on all four sides - fabulous!  Then we entered a very plain room with stools along the wall and put on virtual reality headsets.  I have no words for this experience - I have never seen anything like it.  As you can see from the picture I was hanging on the side of my stool for dear life as we traveled through more of Van Gogh's world. What an adventure!  Emma was way more relaxed than I was!  

I think next week I may be inspired to make a card that sings the blues!

Meanwhile my friend Jen Mitchell didn't let me down with her sketch this week - I am a fan of her squares!  Feel free to stretch it out if you need to and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Pumpkin Spice (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Whisper White, Tea Boutique DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Fusion: Color Palette Seagull Beach

I had a great time using the colors, the sketch and the photo for inspiration when designing my card for today.  Always fun to spend a day at the beach!

After I photographed my card I noticed I had eight beach balls instead of seven like the circles in the sketch  - oops!  No worries we  love creative freedom here at Fusion!  Hope you join us!


 Stamps Sets: Beach Huts (SSS), Seaside Seagulls (MFT)

Paper: Whisper White, Rings of Love DSP

Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Seaside Spray

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Almost Apple Season.......FMS549


Almost apple season here already!  Seems like only yesterday sweet corn season started - and before that blueberry season - and before that strawberry season........obviously I just eat my way through summer.  Nothing better than buying fruits and vegetables at our local farm stands.  Many of my friends and relatives have gardens so I am well supplied with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers also.  But I have now drawn the line at zucchini - enough already!  

I love the new dies that go with the Apple Harvest set - worked perfectly for this week's sketch! 

Jen Timko kept it sweet and simple this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with the sketch!

Stamp Set: Apple Harvest
Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic White, Powder Pink, Gingham Cottage DSP
Ink: Copics, Memento Black

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Just Wanted to Say......FMS548


After four days of 90 degree heat in upstate New York I was ready to play with fall leaves today!  I know all of my friends in Texas are rolling their eyes saying "only four days?" Our mini heat wave is over and I am glad.  Although Miss Pepper and I did enjoy a matinee every afternoon in the den - our only room with AC.  It was a great break from the heat and that awful humidity.  

My two favorite movies were The Rescue on Disney Plus and Thirteen Hours on Amazon.  Both were about the rescue of the soccer team from a cave in Thailand.  Even though I knew the boys were rescued those films are harrowing to watch.  One is a documentary featuring the actual people involved and the other is a Ron Howard film of the rescue - both very well done! 

So now you know how I beat the cream may have been involved as well....

Jacquie's sketch is wide open this week!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches

Stamp Sets: Texture Chic, Just Wanted to Say(Spellbinders)
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Basic White, Texture Chic DSP, Gold Foil

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Fusion: Cheese and Tiers


Sending cheer with a bottle of wine works for just about any occasion.....unless you are trying to cheer me.  Bring cookies....I'll put the kettle on......

I was inspired by the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion - join us and use whatever inspires you!

Stamp Set: Bottled Happiness

Paper: Basic White, He's The Man DSP, Textured Chic DSP

Ink: Soft Succulent, Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Memento Black