Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Early Spring Adventure - FMS630


Ahhhh.......spring finally! I thought this sweet nest was perfect for a friend who is celebrating a spring birthday soon and expecting a spring baby too! 

The last of the snow is finally gone here and we spent Monday up at the lake having a picnic and waiting for this......

We were fortunate to be in the direct path of the eclipse here in upstate New York.  It truly was an amazing experience.  What surprised me most was how cold it got even when the sun was only partially blocked! Fortunately the sun came out again and life returned to normal!

Square cards are always fun to make so I loved Jen Timko's great sketch - hope you enjoy it too!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Everyday Details (SU!), Fancy Florals (Gina K)

Paper: Fresh As A Daisy DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Translucent Florals.....FMS630


No flowers blooming here yet but one can always hope.......hope that the expected spring snowstorm on tap tonight and tomorrow is our last for the season!  I am ready for blooms!  So I broke out flowers and bright spring colors for my card today - I'm an optimist!

I love Judy's sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you do too!  Join us!

Stamp Set: Translucent Florals

Paper: Delightful Floral DSP, Parakeet Party

Ink; Parakeet Party, Calypso Coral, Pretty Peacock

Thursday, March 28, 2024

No Bunny Like You....TTTC244


We were all in egg decorating mode last weekend so after a romp in the snow it was time for hot chocolate and eggs. The kids loved a new coloring spinner thingy (does it have a real name?) I got and made some colorful designs with it.

It was my turn to design the board at Tic Tac Toe this week and I was definitely thinking spring.  I went down the left side of the chart making an egg wreath using spring colors and twine.   Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Excellent Eggs

Paper: Lemon Lolly, Pool Party, Bubble Bath, Azure Afternoon

Diecut Bunny: Hippity Hop (TE)

Ink: Azure Afternoon

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Just Chicken In! FMS629


All of the egg cards that I have been making made me think of chickens.  I remembered this stencil/stamp set I got a while back and thought it would work perfectly with Amy's sketch.  Lots of stenciling and tiny stamping but it was fun to do  - especially since we didn't go anywhere for 24 hours.  After a terrible snow drought this winter we finally got 20 wonderful inches of fluff!  Emma and Will showed up anyway for our planned egg decorating fest but the lure of that snow was too much.  We all had a grand time outside.  The snow was so deep we had to carry it up on the porch for snowman building.....

Amy has a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stencil / Stamp Sets: Spring Chickens from Taylored Expressions, All Wired Up - SU!
Ink: Concord and 9th - Spiced Cider, Cayenne, Buttercup; SU! - Basic Gray, Pecan Pie
Paper: Pecan Pie

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Morning Wake Up.....FMS628


I often enclose a gift certificate for a local coffee shop as part of a thank you or a thinking of you card.  The set Latte Love is perfect to use for such a card! Lots of delightful images and dies that even an avid tea drinker like me can enjoy!

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

Stamp Sets: A Little Latte (SU!), Sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Black, Versa Fine Clair Nocturne, Lost Lagoon
Paper: A Little Latte DSP, Petal Pink, Lost Lagoon

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Ear to Ear.....FMS627


So am I the only one who thinks up a story when creating a scene card like this one?!?  In my mind that Easter Bunny is hoping the sweet gardener hands over a carrot or two for his lunch - in exchange for a flower or an egg of course!

This card is headed to my cousin who has invited us over for Easter Brunch. My favorite invitation of the year - always a fun event and a great kick off to spring!

Karren has a wide open sketch for us today at Freshly Made Sketches!  Have fun with it!
Stamp Sets: Some Bunny (Lawn Fawn), Easter Bunnies (MFT)
Ink: Memento Black, Versafine Black, Aqua Sky (Concord & 9th), Copics
Paper: Pool Party, Bunny Days DSP
Cloud Stencil by Printworks

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Oh, For Peeps Sake! FMS626


Can't you just hear that Momma Bunny telling that little guy to stop fooling around in the egg and come out and help her?  She has a lot of eggs to decorate in the next few weeks!

The inspiration for this card came from a picture taken in a photo booth at the Children's Museum in Rochester last week.  We tried to explain to Will what was going to happen when he and Emma climbed in. I dropped the money in - or I should say put my credit card in because those photo strips are no longer a quarter nor do they take cash - $5.00 - yeow!  Anyway I closed the curtain - Emma barked orders - and the lights flashed.  And out of the strip of four pictures, this one is my favorite....

I would say we got five dollars worth of laughs of that shot!

So enjoy yourself and have fun with Cecile's unique sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Excellent Eggs (SU!), Hippity Hop and Easter Mini Strips (TE)
Ink: Azure Afternoon
Paper: Lemon Lolly, Balmy Blue, Bubble Bath, Pool Party

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Thinking of You - TTTC242


For someone who doesn't stencil much I sure do have a lot of stencils. So one of my stamping resolutions for this year is to use those stencils!  The Fancy Floral from Gina K is simple, sweet and just perfect for this week's Tic Tac Toe Board.  

Meanwhile an update on the Mush-Room!  Will finally got to see his new room yesterday and was so excited - and he was even more excited when Auntie and Cousin Emma jumped out of the closet - lots of shrieking! 

I went right across the top row of our Tic Tac Toe Challenge today!  Lots of possibilities - hope you join us!

Stamps: Sentiment from Life Is Beautful (SU!)

Ink: Concord & 9th - Sorbet, Grapefruit, Parsley, Sprout

Stencil: Fancy Floral (Gina K)

Paper: Nature's Sweetness DSP, Delightful Floral DSP

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Let's Eat Cake...FMS625


That bunny looks like he has already had a few cupcakes - I can relate! But he is a cutie and the perfect messenger on a birthday card!  I start every year with a vow that I will keep up with birthdays and send cards and in January I did pretty well.  In February I managed to keep up but I wrote most of them on the actual birthday so those cards were a tad late. Have to admit I rarely just sign my name - I always have a few things to say! We are only talking about four cards a month but I can only imagine what will happen in March......

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

Stamp Set: Fluffiest Friends (SU!), Pop Up Partay (Concord & 9th)
Paper; Sweet Sorbet, Petal Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Bee Mine DSP, Bunny Days, DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Do Your Own Thing! FMS624


I love this sweet set from Colorado Craft Company - also love how we all just "do our thing" in the craft world - that's what makes it so amazing!

And I promised some pictures of the Mush-Room as we are now calling Will's new bedroom at our camp on the lake.  Not exactly what I would put in my bedroom but Will is doing his own thing in life so mushrooms it is! And yes the red light on the nightstand and green light on the headboard have remotes to change light colors......

No mushrooms for this little mouse - he prefers flowers!

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

Stamp Set: Love Art (Colorado Craft Co)
Paper: Bubble Bath
Ink: Memento Black, Copcis
Dies: Everyday Details (SU!)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

A Retro Hello! FMS623


Just a fun way to say hello this Valentine's Day!  When I was young our telephone was similar to this one - big, clunky and black. It sat on a lace doily on its own little table. Those were the days when we read Dick Tracy every Sunday in the comic section of the newspaper.  He kept in touch with the other "good guys" by talking into his wristwatch......and we laughed at such craziness.....little did we know......

I definitely drew inspiration from our living room from so long ago....the clunky phone, stenciled hearts like patterned wallpaper, a touch of lace and a retro look designer paper.

It's my turn to host at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  The sketch is wide open - use whatever works for you in the oval area!  Hope you join us - especially because it is cold this week in the Northeast so I'd love to sip some tea and visit your galleries!

Stamp Set: Let's Talk
Paper: Basic White, Bunny Days DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Petal Pink

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Enjoy Today.....FMS622


I was in my craft room working on this card when I received a call that Will needed picking up from school.  I left my desk as it was and headed out.  He came back to my house to play for a while which meant that Auntie and Emma had to come over as well.  So pizza and wings for dinner it was!  After dinner the Big Guy headed to his recliner and Auntie and the kiddos headed to my craft room to make Valentines while I walked the dog.  Emma showed him the snippet bowl that she can pick from and they went to work. A sparkly blue piece of paper next to the bowl immediately caught his eye! 

When I got back he showed me the first card he made for a special friend- he was so proud of it!  And then I thought......wait a minute that sparkly paper was for MY card!  And yes that was the last piece of sparkly blue in my craft room! I do hope that young lady likes her card!

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

Stamps: Beach Day
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, By The Bay DSP

Thursday, February 1, 2024



I am actually a Baby Boomer and not GenerationX  but I was delighted to be invited to join the X Design Team for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  The Challenges are Bi-Weekly and a different game board is posted for each one.  So many options with this challenge!  I look forward to working with this talented group of designers!

I may have also been inspired by this wonderful photo a friend of mine took from her back deck.  She lives on a hilltop overlooking Ithaca, NY. (You can see the buildings of Cornell University on the opposite hill.)  She has a wonderful view that often includes hot air balloons launched just below her property!

I chose the diagonal route from Enamel Dots through the Die Cut and on to Dry Embossing.  Hope you join us!

Stamps; Hot Air Balloon (SU!), English Rooftops (Purple Onion)
Paper: Lemon Lolly, Moody Mauve
Ink: Azure Afternoon, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lolly, Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Black

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Candy Colors - FMS621


The colors on this designer series paper are so sweet!  I am thinking that probably led me to sprinkle those candy elements around! It all came together to make the perfect Easter card! Funny what happens when you create because I sat down to make a Valentine - oops!

Always fun to make a square card so I stayed true to Jen Timko's great sketch!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Excellent Eggs

Paper; Lighter Than Air DSP, Bubble Bath, Fresh Freesia, Lemon Lolly, Pool Party

Ink: Versafine Clair

Die Cut Bunnies from Taylored Expressions

Candy Accents from Stamps of Life