Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Holiday Wreath - FMS564


I did some Christmas Shopping in the LL Bean catalog yesterday before I started my card - can't you tell?  Yes I spent time - and money - in the flannel shirt department.  Nothing like a warm flannel shirt for winter - and nothing like a beautiful red plaid for the holidays!

Cecile's sketch is as sweet as can be this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Cottage Wreath
Ink: Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Paper: Basic White, DSP
Die from Simon Says Stamp
Snowflakes - Lawn Fawn

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Fusion: Christmas Chalkboard


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 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

Holiday Snow! FMS563


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!  

I love Jen Brum's sweet sketch this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Snowman Magic
Paper: Fresh Freesia, Basic White
Ink: Shaded Spruce

Friday, November 18, 2022

Stay Warm!


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, 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

Time for Holly.....FMS562


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...

I love how perfectly the holly boughs worked with Kim's sketch!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Joyful Holly, Cherish the Season

Ink: Shaded Spruce, Poppy Parade

Paper: Basic White

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Fusion: Gingerbread


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!

Stamp Set: Cup of Cocoa 
Paper: Basic White, Celebrate Everything DSP, Gingham Cottage DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Easy As 1-2-3! FMS561


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

Holiday Greetings - FMS560


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!

Stamp: Sentiment from Simon Says Stamp
Paper: Basic White, Polished Pink, Celebrate Everything DSP, Designer Vellum Silver and Flocked
Ink: Versa Mark