Friday, January 28, 2022

Sending Love


I needed a quick card for a friend who had unexpected surgery today.......and that sweet DSP delivered!  I paired it with Cathy Zielske's delightful garden of hearts and Boom!......quick and easy and already in the mail!

The wide open sketch at the Paper Players worked perfectly!

Stamp Set: Love Garden Greetings (CZ Designs/SSS)
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Sweet Talk DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Real Red, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Highland Heather

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Set Sail! FMS530


This sweet sailboat set arrived just in time for this week's sketch!  And it perfectly paired up with gorgeous DSP that just arrived as well.  I feel like I have been just sailing through these past two weeks.......just walking the dog and taking it easy. Staying as stress free as possible!  I am tapering off the prednisone this week and then we will see how the next step of recovery goes - so far so case of Bell's remains mild!  

I have never ever taken a course of prednisone before in all of my years - and I am sure many of you have - but let me tell you I have been an eating machine!  Holy Mackerel that stuff makes you hungry!

  So there are cookies in the oven, a pot of tea is brewing and my book awaits!  This week I am reading Anderson Cooper's book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty - sounds lofty but reads like a soap opera - what a story!


 I always love Jen Mitchell's square designs!  Play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set: Let's Set Sail
Paper: Basic White, New Horizons DSP, Polished Pink, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Polished Pink, Misty Moonlight

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fusion: Coffee Chalkboard


I'm the tea drinker in the coffee shops but I love funky coffee shops.....fabulous smells, pastries and coffee cakes!  This was a fun card to make with one of my favorite SU sets.  I have a few pieces of the heavy chalkboard paper left from a while back which was perfect for embossing the sentiments.

My posts are short these days because I am battling a case of Bell's Palsy - fortunately mild ......but tiring.  My doctor ranked me a two out of ten which was wonderful but it will still take time to resolve.  Last weekend I noticed my taste was off and I couldn't hear well and just felt weird so you know what I thought!  My son-in-law showed up with a Covid test which was negative and then said, "Why are you winking at me?"

I wasn't winking!!!  My right eye wouldn't close correctly!  So off to the doctor the next morning who gleefully told me I wasn't having a stroke - "just" Bell's.  Prednisone, anti viral meds and rest was prescribed for these first two weeks......and lots of eye drops.  And I have to avoid people since steroids lower resistance - sigh....what else is new!

Then off to the eye doctor who said "Patience Grasshopper" is your new mantra......nerves take time to simmer down and recover.  But as long as I use drops I can read and watch TV and craft so I am good.  Besides it is fifteen degrees out - fireplace season anyway~!

I played with the sketch and the photo today at Fusion!  Always fun to play here! Hope you join us!

The Card Concept is having a Coffee/Cocoa Challenge this week! I went with the coffee theme!

Stamps Set: Nothing's Better Than, Welcoming Window
Paper: Retired SU Chalkboard Back, Whisper White, Unity DSP, Balmy Blue
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Cinnamon Cider

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

My Favorite Flake...FMS519


Just a simple spotlighted card today to send to one of my favorite flakes!  Seemed appropriate to make after a wonderfully snowy day!

Create your own scene with Jen Timko's wonderful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Frosties (Lawn Fawn), Frozen Fellowship (Newton's Nook)
Ink: Memento Black, Distress, Versamark
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White

Monday, January 17, 2022

It's Your Day - Snow Day That Is!


We are having a fabulous snowy day here in upstate NY which is perfect for unpacking new stuff to play with from Sale-A-Bration !  I made a bright happy birthday card using that fun bug from Driving By and backed it with the fabulous splashy DSP called Sunshine and Rainbows.

Miss Pepper was overwhelmed by the snow this morning so we are headed out again now that the Big Guy has made a path!

Sweet sketch from the As You See it Challenge today!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Live Like A Dog! FMS518


Hi Everybody - Pepper here!  I took over the blog today to share a few things I have learned since moving to NY......I am very curious!

Never pass up the chance to make new friends.....


Stay on high alert at all times when traveling.....

Discover new things......just what is all that white stuff coming down?!?!?'s snow!!!

Never pass up a chance to shop and look stylish!

And when the wind chill goes below zero grab your blanket and turn on Netflix!

I've been told flowers will return in a few months.....I can hardly wait!

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

Stamp Set: Stay Curious (CCC) , Beautiful Bouquet (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Fusion: It's a New Year!


It may not be quite the New Year we were hoping for but the turn of the calendar page to January always brings renewed hope. So cheers to the New Year!  Here's to good health, good news and good crafting in 2022!

I was inspired by the sketch and the photo this week at Fusion - hope you play along!

My friends at the Paper Players welcome new guest designers for 2022 and challenge us this week to sparkle for the New Year!


Stamp Set: Sip Sip Hooray, Happy New Year (CCC)

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Abstract Beauty DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Petal Pink, Copics

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Tickled Pink! FMS517


I am tickled pink to get back into a "normal" routine after the holiday craziness!  So the beautiful pink in Stampin' Up's new Abstract Beauty DSP caught my eye right away!  And we haven't had much snow here yet so I would even be happy for pink snowflakes!

But we did have a lot of fun in December which included a photo shoot for the grands at our local Christmas tree farm......yes they were throwing fake snowballs at me......

And perhaps it was the sweet gold sparkle in this photo that inspired me to add some shining gold to my card.....


Amy has designed a fun sketch to start our new year off right!  Play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Frosties (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Whisper White, Abstract Beauty DSP, Gold Foil
Ink: Marvelous Magenta, Memento Black