Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
I am old no doubt about it but I still remember the days I believed in Santa. I totally identify with these two critters searching for that man in the red suit! Every Christmas Eve my dad and I would go hang out at an upstairs hall window for a while searching the skies for Santa. We lived in the country so unless it was a cloudy night we had no trouble searching the stars for a flash of light that I would be sure was Santa. At some point one of us would see a flash or a streak and I could go to bed convinced Santa was on his way!
It's a busy time of year for sure and I am still making holiday cards but I can see the finish line! But oh the shopping......hoping Santa steps in and helps me out....
Karren has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Hope you join us!
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
This was such a fun card to make! I used the sketch and photo for my inspiration and used words and images from about a dozen of my holiday sets. I smooshed things a bit to look like a chalkboard and added a pop of color. Done! And unfortunately.....so is Fusion.....
Lesley Croghan started Fusion several years ago and I thought then what a great idea for a challenge - so many ways to be inspired. When she handed the reins over to the very talented Karren Johnson I was honored to be asked to join the DT. It has been a wonderful experience. Karren's sketches and photo choices provided so much inspiration!
But things seem to be shifting out here in the netherworld as I call it. Challenge blogs aren't as popular as they once were. So we are closing the doors here at Fusion but individually we will still be creating and posting on our personal blogs. Many thanks to all of you who have participated or commented or just browsed the gallery over the years. Hope you join us one last time. Wishing you all the best as we enter this holiday season......
Have fun with Fusion this week - I did!
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Who says Fresh Freesia is only for Easter cards? I love an unexpected color for the holidays! A few well placed die cuts made this card come together in no time.....because my time will be taken up by some pie making today. I always volunteer to make the pies - way more fun than roasting the turkey!
Friday, November 18, 2022
A sweet cup of hot chocolate definitely takes the chill off of a wintry day! As I type this Buffalo, NY (about four hours west of me) expects three to five FEET of snow today and tomorrow. Now that's a snowstorm! The storm will drift northeast so we will only get a few squalls now and then. But a hot cup of cocoa or coffee or tea will get you through the storm......along with boots, snow tires, shovels, parka, scarf, mittens, fireplace.....you get the drift.....
Squeezing this card in just before the end of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for Fall/Winter !
Stamp Set: Snowman To Go (Unity Stampa - which I won in last year's hop!), Newton's Candy Cane (Newton's Nook)
Paper: Basic White, Storybook Gnomes
Ink: Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Copics
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Just some more CAS stamping going on here in my craft room! And I stamped without a net - meaning just inked the images up on blocks and went for it. The holly is very forgiving! Multiples are my nemesis so I try hard to keep them simple when I have to make them.
Every January I say I am going to make two Christmas cards a week ........ and every year I never do....sigh...
Stamp Sets: Joyful Holly, Cherish the Season
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Poppy Parade
Paper: Basic White
Thursday, November 10, 2022
How could I not have a gingerbread man in my stash? Sad but true! So I went with the mugs and colors from the photo. Perhaps the fact that I am a huge fan of hot chocolate also came into play....
I was inspired by both the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion! Hope you join us!
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
It is that time of year when Christmas card making takes over my craft room. I went old school in my design - basic stamping to create my three elements with DSP providing the backdrop. Simplicity is key for me this time of year!
It is always fun to host at Freshly Made Sketches. And I am always amazed at how many wonderful ways cardmakers interpret a sketch. Hope you join us! I would love to see what you create!
Stamp Sets: Time of Giving, Snowman Magic, Happy Holidays (Doodlebug)
Paper: Basic White, Storybook Gnomes DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue, Shaded Spruce, Copics
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Yikes it is November - time to get serious about those Christmas cards! I decided to use some fancy metallic and flocked vellum to make a batch of holiday cards using Jen's great sketch. The sketch is perfect for using up a stash of holiday DSP! And this time of year I am happy to let the paper do the heavy lifting!
The flocked snowflakes photographed much better than the silver foil ones of course!
Jen Mitchell always rocks the square sketches! Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!
Thursday, October 27, 2022
In case you were wondering who works in the back room of the candy shop dipping all of those strawberries in chocolate......well now you know!
I used both the sketch and the photograph for inspiration this
week. Hope you join us at Fusion!
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
I like to have a few beachy cards on hand for my friends and family who head south for the winter. The images and paper from the Textured Chic Suite worked perfectly for a beachy scene. The shells on my card are trimmed with gold foil that is just my nemesis to photograph!
In the meantime we are still enjoying a beautiful fall up here in the North Country and spent last night watching Emma's final soccer game......oh it gets dark so early now! But it was a beautiful fall evening and Emma scored two goals!
Have fun with Jen Timko's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!
Stamp Sets: Season of Chic, Crafty Strips (TE)
Paper: Texture Chic DSP, Distressed Gold Foil, Soft Succulent, Basic White
Ink: Soft Succulent
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Stamps: Soft Seedlings, Sentiment from The Ton
Ink: Crumb Cake, Distress, Versafine Black
Paper: Basic White, Happy Forest Friends DSP
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Stamp Set: Grown With Love
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Cottage Gingham DSP, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink: Memento Black, Stampin' Up! Markers
Wednesday, October 5, 2022