Wednesday, July 27, 2022



Emma spent a day with me in my craft room last week and had a great time with some stencils, ink and blending brushes while I was doing some cleaning and re-organizing of my shelves and storage units. I promised her I would use one of her backgrounds on a card so I take no credit for the sand and sky you see here!  I added the umbrellas and finished the scene - looks like a perfect beach day to me!

I love Amy's sketch this week!  Hope she doesn't mind that I flipped it so the umbrellas would work with the background!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Beach Huts (SSS)
Paper: Basic White, Balmy Blue
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress
Stencil: Surf & Sand (SSS)

Friday, July 22, 2022

Happy Haunting


A clean and simple challenge was just what I needed as I ease my way back into the stamping world!  My basket of Halloween supplies was still on my desk from a card I made earlier this week so I decided to make a card for Will.  I cut some DSP and arranged all the stamps in my Misti and BAM! I was done!  A quick die cut sentiment, a tiny splash of yellow and I was ready to pop it on a card base!  Will is going to love figuring out what kind of critters are following this little guy through the forest.

My good friends at The Paper Players are celebrating their 600th Challenge this week!  Wowza!  It is a wonderful challenge with a fabulous design team!  Congratulations to them!

Stamp Sets: Scary Cute, Cutest Halloween, Witch Feet (Hero Arts)
Paper: Basic White, Happy Forest Friends DSP, Basic Black
Ink: Versafine Clair Black

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Fusion: Beach Tiers

Just a simple beachy card to send to a friend today.  We don't live near an ocean but we all enjoy visiting there when we can.  In the meantime we sometimes visit a local aquarium.  We took Emma and Will last week and they had a wonderful time petting stingrays and watching sharks!  

I confess I am not a fan of touching any kind of ocean critter so I definitely keep my distance.  But the exit of this aquarium dumps you "conveniently" into an arcade where I had no trouble at all feeding the hippos in a wild game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with Will!

I went with the beachy theme at Fusion this week and stretched the sketch just a bit to make it work with my design.  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: On The Horizon
Paper: Basic White, On The Horizon DSP
Ink: Memento Black


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Scary On! FMS545


Even though we are mid-summer here I couldn't resist playing with this new Halloween set from SU! It is a perfect fit for this week's sketch!  

Meanwhile this "scary" critter who lives at my house has declared the landing on our stairs to be her safe zone.  Anyone who passes must stop and pay homage to Pepper.  And anything we are missing can be found there.  Every night I empty the landing before bed and by the end of every day it is full again.  Today she snagged a roll of holiday address labels that I dropped while loading summery ones in my dispenser.  I never saw her sneak out of the craft room with them.  So when I checked the stair landing - there they were!  And she was just so happy with herself.......

Narelle designed a fun sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches today!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set; Scary Cute, Waterfront

Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Black and White Designs DSP

Ink: Basic Black, Highland Heather

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Fusion: Hello Hat


Lots of summer sunshine here in July and I am enjoying it!  I was inspired by the sketch and the hat in the photo this week at Fusion.  What will inspire you?  Hope you join us!

 Stamp Set: Beachy Keen (SSS)

Paper: Awash With Beauty DSP, So Saffron, Basic White

Ink: Versafine Black, So Saffron

Monday, July 4, 2022

Celebrate the Fourth!


Hello Friends - it has been a while!  Since it is the Fourth of July and Color Hues has a R/W/B challenge going on, I decided it was time to jump back into the crafting pool.   I created an easy breezy R/W/B card to celebrate!  Along with Independence Day I am celebrating the end of June!

June was full of doctors' appointments for me as I was officially declared over the Bell's Palsy I developed in January.  I had to take hearing tests, balance tests, eye tests, blinking tests, blood tests ...... and they snuck those dreaded scopes while they were at it.  The good news is I am fine and passed them all!  But the bad news is I came down with Covid two days after my last test.....sigh.....

The Big Guy went to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for a Little League conference in early June and returned with the Covid bug.  Trying to quarantine him in the house was impossible and a week later I came down with it.....and then I passed it on to Emma!  We have all been vaccinated and our cases were mild - just head cold symptoms for a few days - Thank Heaven!

So I am happy to see the first six months of 2022 over and done! Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!  Ours was sunny and bright!  

Stamp Set and Patterned Paper: Celebrate (Honey Bee)
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Pacific Point