Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Bark Side.....FMS609


Being the dog person that I am I just could not resist this adorable set of ghostly dogs.  The designer paper made the perfect setting for those two brave barkers.  Then I stenciled a panel of "real" ghosts which must have scared that pup into dropping his candy!

Love the fun saying inside!

Judy created a wonderful sketch to play with this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  So many possibilities!

Stamps: The Bark Side (Colorado Craft Co)

Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Them Bones DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Versafine Clair Black, Copics

Ghost Stencil: Newton's Nook

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

A Batty Halloween....FMS608


Oh you can take the elementary teacher out of the classroom but you can't take the elementary out of the teacher.......

I do miss those wonderful years in the classroom! So much fun and laughter.....and learning!

Have fun with Jacquie's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Spooky Sweets (SU!), Witches Hat (CCC)
Ink: Versafine Clair, Distress, Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Great Pumpkin Blaze Take Two - FMS607


Before Covid shut down the world we took Emma to the Great Pumpkin Blaze down along the lower Hudson River in the Catskill Mountains not far from West Point.  And last weekend we got to do it again with both grandkids this time.  It was as spectacular as we remembered and the kids were mesmerized by thousands of lit up pumpkins that created everything from villages to amusement park rides to undersea creatures and of course ghosts.

It was great fun on a perfect fall night! So I think I know where the inspiration for my card today came from!

Amy's sweet sketch was perfect for a pile of pumpkins!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Pick of the Patch, Harvest Hello
Paper: Basic White, Them Bones DSP
Ink: Versafine Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Sailed Away.....FMS606


This combo set of stencils, dies and stamps from Concord and 9th has sweet nautical images to use on "postage stamps".  My original plan was to make three stamps and use the sentiment "Lets sail away"  in the space Narelle marked for the sentiment.  I stamped out a rough draft on scrap paper before working on the real deal.  

But then doorbell rang - the pest control guy.  Yellow jackets recently built themselves a lovely condo under our dining room window.  The bee guy was great and explained all about the life cycle of the yellow jacket, how they lived, what was inside and what he would be doing.  It was like listening to a Disney nature program.  Then he suited up and headed to the side of the house while I watched from the front sidewalk.  He sprayed into the nest and there was a mass exodus.  A few more sprays and he got off the ladder. 

He crossed the yard to show me he had captured the queen,  She was quite feisty and was actually trying to bite him through his gloves....who knew? I then heard all about the queen and how she ruled her colony of yellow jackets. I was still fascinated and still in Disney mode when I asked, "Now what?"

He said the bees who escaped would keep returning looking for the queen but without her they would die off. And then he dropped the queen and stepped on her!!! I almost had a heart attack!  I don't think Walt Disney ended his nature films that way.......

I finally composed myself and headed back to my craft room to let the Big Guy deal with the rest of it.  And somehow during the hour I was gone "Let's Sail Away" sailed away.  I can't find that sentiment anywhere so I added postmarks and put a bigger sentiment across the bottom.  Perhaps the Queen gave one last command to some escaping drones to sneak into my craft room and........

Narelle has a great sketch for us this week!  Don't think she will mind my sentiment adjustment!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Seaside Post(Concord&9th)
Ink: Versamark Black, Harbor, Blueberry, Buttercup (Concord&9th), Smoky Slate (SU!)
Paper: Basic White