Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Life Is Sweeter - With Ice Cream! FMS578


Who says ice cream is only good in the summer time?  There is still plenty of snow around here even though it is officially Spring!  An ice cream sundae is the perfect treat while watching snow melt!  I am a fan of ice cream and so is my furry sidekick Pepper. She was very interested in what I was doing once she saw an ice cream sundae!

The Share A Milkshake stamp set is delightful!  Although being a big fan of milkshakes I must say I would rather not share......

So many possibilities with Jacquie's wonderful sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamps; Share A Milkshake
Paper; Basic White, Country Gingham DSP, Sweet Sorbet
Ink: Sweet Sorbet, Mint Macaron, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Hello Baby! FMS577


I love to make baby cards that do not use "regular" baby images.  So when I needed a baby card this week I thought of these delightful chickens from Gina K.  Creating this card was the perfect way to spend a very snowy day here in the northeast.  Mother Nature always sends us a hearty farewell to winter storm in mid-March!  

Think in threes again this week for Judy's great sketch!  Any shape will do!  join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Happy Hens (Gina K0) Sweet Songbird (SU), So Sentimental (SU), All Wired Up (SU)
Paper: Basic White, Assorted DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Oh Just A Note! FMS576


The Conversation Bubbles were perfect to splash across my card for Amy's sketch - a fun way to get your message across!

Amy has such a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  You don't have to use circles - toss any shapes you want across your card!

Stamps: Conversation Bubbles
Ink: Sweet Sorbet. Mint Macaron, Highland Heather
Paper: Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Dandy Designs DSP

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Silly Goose....FMS575


My inspiration for today's card came from our weekend entertainment!  We headed farther north into the Adirondacks in sub zero weather because Emma was invited to a birthday party held at an indoor water park in Lake George.  Along the way we picked up Will to join in the fun!


While Emma floated and splashed in the water park AuntiE (Emma's mom) and I took Will to the arcade to play games and then to Johnny Rockets for a snack.......and yes Will (who recently turned four) had his very first hair cut last week.  Where did our baby go?

When I saw Karren's sketch this week I thought that the circle was the perfect spot for that sweet floating goose!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Silly Goose
Paper: Basic White, Fancy Flora DSP, Fresh Freesia
Ink: Memento, Copics
Gingham Embossing
 Folder (SU)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Thinking of You......FMS574


I don't know why I waited so long to order this split die from Stampin' Up! I love how it looks! It arrived last week just in time for Jen Brum's slanted sketch.  I just had to use my new die so I took a bit of liberty with the sketch - artistic license shall we say!  Our sketches are meant to inspire you to get crafty so that may mean you have to put a bit of your own spin on them.  I am amazed every week how our gallery is full of original creations that all started from the same basic design.  So yes right now I am thinking of YOU and what you will be creating this week!

Jen Brum has put a slant on her fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Couture Design (The Ton), Hello Beautiful (SU)
Ink: Orchid Oasis, Soft Succulent
Paper: Basic White, Fancy Flora DSP
Split Card Textures Die (SU)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Floral Row.....FMS573


We have had some strangely warm weather for the middle of February which may have inspired me to break out these flowers.  Mid-fifties in February is definitely not the norm for upstate New York!  I used my score board to mark off a row of rectangles and then filled the boxes with blooms.  There will probably be snowflakes on my card next week as our weather returns to normal! 

Kim's sketch has so many possibilities! I don't think she will mind that I lowered the sentiment because of the blooms! Have fun with her sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Hello Bloom (

Paper: Basic White, Balmy Blue Textured DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Sweet Citrus....FMS572


Strange how you get a card design in your head and when you start things can take a turn!  I knew I wanted to use the new Sweet Citrus set and thought a simple sketch with two circles would be perfect.  I also wanted a soft yellow or blue backdrop so I started sifting through my basket of designer paper.  But when I got to this black and gray check I know I had found my background!  And somehow that reminded me of a diner so I used a brick embossing folder to complete the look.  Cards sometimes seem to just create themselves!

It is my turn to host this week at Freshly Made Sketches - always a fun week seeing what everyone creates with my sketch!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Sweet Citrus, Sweet Smiles (lawn Fawn)

Paper: Basic White, Ready to Ride DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Just Jade, Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Sending Love....FMS571


I used blender brushes to create a simple shaded panel to use as the backdrop for my Valentine mailbox.  We all should have pink mailboxes on Valentine's Day!  The beautiful DSP added a colorful splash of flowers.......always welcome on Valentine's Day!

I created a mini slimline card (base is 5 3/4 by 3 1/4) using Jen Mitchell's wide open sketch this week!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Mailbox of Love (Colorado Craft Co), Love Garden Greetings (SSS), Get Grounded (Ink Blot Shop)

Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Distress

Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Country Floral Lane DSP

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Green Day! FMS570


A bit of soft stenciling behind the shamrocks was the perfect backdrop on my St. Patrick's Day card.  March will be here before we know it.  Hopefully we will be seeing some green by then.  Right now it is still pretty white around here.  Miss Emma built this little guy just from the snow on her porch!


Making a batch of these cards because when your name is Callahan you have a few Irish relatives to wish a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jen Timko's sketch made my card a breeze!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Lucky Clover

Ink: Just Jade, Distress - Scattered Straw, Pink Lemonade

Paper: Basic White, Delicate Desert DSP

Stencil: Meet In the Middle (A Colorful Life)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Oh Happy Day! FMS569


Who could resist a flower from this little charmer?  I love all of the critters in the new Playing in the Rain Set from Stampin' Up!

And who could resist an invite from this little charmer to come on into his new clubhouse......although visions of Jack Nicholson do come to mind........

Will turned four this week and we had so much fun celebrating his birthday.  And yes I went into the fort!

So many possibilities with Jacquie's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Playing in the Rain
Paper: Basic White, Flowering Fields DSP, Soft Suede
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Woodland Embossing Folder

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Thanks A Bunch ~ FMS568


Just had fun stamping with this new carrot set from Stampin' Up!  Love all the different images to add layers and dimension.  And then I added a tiny bit of bling because it entertained me to add some carats to the carrots!

I squished the squares on Judy's fun sketch into rectangles because technically squares are rectangles anyway....right?  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Stamp Set: Thanks A Bunch
Paper: Basic White, Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Cinnamon Cider, Memento Black

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Garden of Hearts - FMS567


Happy 2023!  Excited to start another crafty year!  My daughter Erin is a 31 Consultant and has started my year off with a request for a dozen cards for her February hostesses.  My SU preorder arrived just in time to use this sweet new Valentine set called Country Bouquet.  I am not a fan of making multiples but for her I do - and SU has made it easy with beautiful DSP and a coordinating punch.  I also get to mix up the colors and the patterns so they all won't be exactly the same.....which makes me happy!

I enjoyed my "time off"  from blogging over the holidays but with two family birthdays to celebrate and four holiday gatherings I am not sure there was a lot of "time off".  Thank Heaven for that beautiful peaceful snowy Christmas Eve service.....the perfect recharge!  

And thank Heaven for crafty friends.  Here is a peek at some of the beautiful creations I received - I love them all!  They will stay on my sideboard to keep me smiling during the month of January!

Amy's great sketch starts the New Year off with a bang!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Country Bouquet
Paper: Basic White, Country Floral Lane DSP
Ink: Real Red, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather

I also posted this card on the SUO Challenge Site - Designer's Choice Challenge #317.