Thursday, April 28, 2022

Fusion: Blue Butterflies


During Pandemic stay at home time I took a few online card classes.  The Crop and Create one was a whole weekend full of classes and great ideas.  Gina K taught a simple stenciling class and I put her lesson to good use on my card today.  I did not however have a banner stencil so I used post-it tape to create the shape.  Quick stenciling with a blender brush and a soft blue and I was ready to stamp my images in black.  Easy and striking!

I combined the sketch and the photo for my card this week at Fusion!  Join us!

Stamp Set: Friendly Silhouettes (Gina K), Label Me Bold
Ink: Versafine Black, Tumbled Glass Distress
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Yipes Stripes! FMS533


I taught elementary school in Canajoharie, NY for many years.  Back then Canajoharie was the home of the Beech Nut Company which manufactured baby food, candy and gum....and yes there was often a sweet smell in the air!  As I put this card together I thought of the commercial for a striped chewing gum they made.  Fruit Stripe gum came in many flavors and of course had bright stripes!  The commercial started with the words "Yipes Stripes! Beech Nut's got 'em!" Ancient history now....the candy part of the company was sold and the baby food division built a brand new plant down the road....but fun memories for sure....

This great sentiment die is part of a new set called Sending Smiles that will be available soon in the new annual catalog!

Stamp Set: Sending Smiles
Paper: Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Sunshine and Rainbows DSP
Ink: Versamark

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The In Crowd....FMS532


A very CAS card for you today so you can check out four of the five new in-colors that will be available from Stampin' Up! when the new annual catalog goes live next month.  The card base and the tabletop are both Tahitian Tide - a glorious tropical blue!  The berries are Sweet Sorbet - a sweet red for sure.   Parakeet Party tops the berries and you can easily compare it with the Granny Apple Green on the watermelon rind.  The sentiment is done in a new wonderful purple called Orchid Oasis.  The only new color I didn't use is Starry Sky because it is the color of a deep deep blue night sky......and this is a daytime picnic!

No picnics here yet - you can see snow falling outside my craft room window!  Sure hope that was our last wintry storm.  Power lines and tree branches down everywhere because the snow was so wet and heavy - I prefer the light fluffy kind!

Kim's sketch is wide open - let your creativity shine!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Just A Note (LDR Creative)

Paper: Whisper White, Tahitian Tide

Ink: Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Granny Apple Green

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fusion: Tulips


This stamp set and DSP are among my all time favorites - inspired by tulip season in Holland! So beautiful!  My dad's family came to America from Holland waaaay back in the 1920's.  He was born here the year after his parents and brothers and sisters arrived and grew up in Amsterdam, NY....of course!  

My mother and her family came here from England so I always thought I was half Dutch and half English.  But in this era of DNA testing I have learned it doesn't always work like that.  My daughter gave me one of those DNA testing kits last year for my birthday. I finally sent it in and recently got the results. I didn't sign up for any of the extra stuff like find relatives or medical issues - I just wanted nationalities.....

          17% Scandinavian  (Perhaps due to Viking raids way back when?!?)

          41% British (But definitely not a Blueblood !)

          42% Dutch (And somewhere up there my dad is smiling....)

I used the sketch and the photo as inspiration this week - you do what works for you! Hope you join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets: Tulip Fields, Lift Me Up, Easter Mini Strips (TE)

Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Highland Heather

Paper: Basic White, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Flowering Fields DSP

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A Blooming Birthday......FMS531


I am thinking spring with these sweet stitched flowers on my card this week!  I await the real ones that should be popping up in a week or two!

Meanwhile we have been busy welcoming a new member of the family.  Meet Junior.......he is a big guy but a softie at heart!  Miss Emma and Junior have been working hard getting to know each other this month.   

Looks like they are a good match and he will be celebrating his next birthday with Emma!

I am hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches! The three squares in my sketch are just holding the spots for you to fill with whatever images you choose.  Hope you join us because I love seeing all of your creations! 

Stamp Set: In Bloom Bundle
Paper: Basic White, Night of Navy, Rococo Rose, Powder Pink, Granny Apple Green, Seaside Spray, Heart and Home DSP. Paper Blooms DSP
Ink: Night of Navy

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Let's Go Fly A Kite! FMS530


Somehow this card made me want to sing Let's Go Fly A Kite from Mary Poppins.  But if you heard me sing you would definitely tell me to go fly a kite!  Thankfully you will just see the kites flying across my card and not hear all the singing that took place while I was crafting.......sometimes I just can't help myself......

I love the rounded corners in Jen Mitchell's design!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Kite Delight, On the Horizon
Paper: Whisper White, Sunshine and Rainbows DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress Tumbled Glass