Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fusion: Wheel Wreath


Good friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month so I took advantage of the perfect colors in our Fusion challenge to make their anniversary card.  I confess I was there 50 years ago all dressed up in a bridesmaid the years just fly!  It was a wonderful wedding - we wore long home made dresses and flowers in our hair........ahhhh the early 70's!

I used the sketch and the photo for inspiration this week at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

Die Sets: Hand Penned Petals (SU), Scripted Greetings (Pink Fresh)

Paper: Basic Black, Heart ad Home DSP, Bronze Foil

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Birthday For A Prince

 Who could turn down a chance to play cards with Michele?!?  Not me!  When Michele Ferguson said "Let's play cards on Prince's birthday!" I said "Deal me in!"  Her challenge was to make a birthday card using  colors from these songs by Prince.....Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette.

Since the purple rain was falling my gal couldn't possibly get her raspberry beret wet so she opened her raspberry striped umbrella.  She is waiting patiently in her red high heels for that little red corvette to pick her up for a birthday celebration!

The clouds are stenciled using Distress Ink and her skirt and shoes are colored with Copics.  A bit of water coloring with Zig markers worked perfectly on the umbrella.  I love the added texture of the watercolor paper.

And inside it looks like that red corvette is pulling up........

Many thanks to my friend Michele for inviting me to play cards today!  Head on over to her blog to see what she has created - that's where I am off to as well! She is a delightful card player and inspires us all with her beautiful creations.  You never know what she has up her sleeve!

Stamp Sets: Follow the Rainbows (SSS), Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop), Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes (MFT), Driving By (SU)

Paper: Tim Holtz Watercolor, Whisper White

Ink: Memento Black, Versa Fine Black, Granny Apple Green, Copics, Wilted Violet Distress, Zig Marker - Light Purple


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fusion: Rainbow Plates


Just a simple, bright and happy card for you today.  I am not a pink fan but I love Polished Pink!  It livens up the place don't you think?

That fabulous rainbow of plates inspired my rainbow of stripes with a rising sun peeking out behind the sentiment cloud!  Use what inspires you and join us at Fusion!

Stamp Sets: Tin of Cards, 

Ink: Mango Melody, Versafine Black

Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A Little Birdie.....FMS537


There's a lot happening on this card but somehow it works for me.  I love the sweet bird and I love that floral DSP - together they make a great team and a sweet note card!

There has been a lot happening in my world these past few months as well.  I am happy to report that my Bell's Palsy has resolved but I had a reaction to the steroids I had to take.  It has taken a while for my system to readjust to "normal".  There has been a lot of napping!  I am doing much better but have decided to take a break through the summer.  So I am stepping back from FMS until fall.  I'll be popping in with a card now and then so I won't be completely gone!  Our summers are too short here in upstate New York so the plan is to kick back and enjoy the next few months!

I love Judy's funky sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Sweet Songbirds

Paper: Fresh Freesia, Basic White, Hues of Happiness DSP

Ink: Versafine Black, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freesia

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Chicken Up! FMS536


Nothing like some brightly colored chicks to cheer you up!  But if there are no chickens running around your house a bouncy noisy pup and a granddaughter will do the trick as well!

I turned the circles into colorful chicks....just because they made me smile!

Karren designed such a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets; Happy Hens (Gina K), Hello Beautiful (SU)
Paper: Basic White
Ink: Polished Pink, Balmy Blue, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fusion: At The Movies


I love to go to the movies but I confess I haven't been to the movies since the pandemic started!  (I also confess I have watched a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime instead.)  So I pulled out this delightful image of kittens at the movies for this week's Fusion challenge. The tickets rolling across the bottom are from an ancient Stampin' Up! Stampin' Around Wheel that I cut off the wheel ages ago and flattened out to use as a regular stamp.

Our local theater reopened not too long ago and I am thinking my first trip back may be to see the new Top Gun movie - it seems like only yesterday I saw the original Top Gun movie!

What a fun challenge this week!  I was inspired by the sketch and the picture! Hope you join us at Fusion!

Stamp Set: At The Movies (Newton's Nook)

Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Versamark, Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sweet Hello.....FMS535


Hello Summer! Our local greenhouses are finally open for the season and I actually have some real flowers on my back porch now!  The summer furniture came out of the basement as well and has joined the flowers on the porch.  The Big Guy finally put away the snow blower and tuned up the riding mower.  Now if he would just get that boat out of the driveway and into the lake.....

A little splash of blue anchors my simple flower and sentiment.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch and added an embossed background for interest.

I love this sweet sketch from Amy this week!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Artistically Inked, Scripted Greetings (Pink Fresh)
Paper: Basic White, Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Polished Pink, Balmy Blue
Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Simple Thanks....FMS534


Keeping it sweet and simple this week - a bit of random stamping topped off with a flower!  Looking forward to real flowers soon as the weather begins to warm up!  

Cecile has such a unique artistic style!  Have fun with her sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Abstract Beauty, Sending Smiles
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Misty Moonlight, Cinnamon Cider
Paper: Whisper White, Harvest Meadow DSP

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

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Fusion: Cloth Bunnies


I am looking forward to April and bunnies and green grass and Easter eggs.......especially the malted milk ones covered in speckles!  No Peeps in this house!

I combined the sketch and the photo for my Fusion card today.  Perfect challenge for this time of year! Hope you join us!

The Card Concept is also having an Easter Theme challenge this week.


Stamp Set: Happy Easter (Colorado Craft Co)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Heart and Home DSP