Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Sweet Summertime....FMS640


Strawberry season is here in the Northeast so I thought fresh berries would be perfect for our sketch today.  June also means end of the year school activities for those two grandkids. Soccer games and dance recitals on tap for this week!  

Back in the day the Big Guy and I would be packing up the kids and the dogs to head to the lake for the whole summer.  It was great fun but a lot of work!  My son is now up there keeping things going for the summer - much to Will's delight.  We got this picture from him the other morning......

Our boat broke loose during an overnight storm and wound up on our neighbor's rock wall.  Fortunately there was no major damage....and even more fortunately the Big Guy and I didn't have to swim out there to pull it in! (Yes we have done that more than once!) We have handed over the resposibilities to the next generation and are very happy to be daytrippers!

Think in threes for Judy's great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Berry Sweet (
Paper: Poppy Parade, Lemon Lolly, Granny Apple Green, Orchid Oasis, Berry Burst
Ink: Versafine Black

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Way to Go Will! FMS 639


This card is for Will who graduates from Pre-School next week. Then it is off to Kindergarten in the fall.  Already it seems like the years are "Racing By!

This fun card came together quickly which was a good thing because I came down with pneumonia this week and so did Miss Emma!  Craziness! We both got antibiotics and I got some prednisone too for an extra boost!  We are still arguing over which one of us passed it along to the other..... :)

"Poor" Will only had his dogs for company this weekend on his boat ride at the lake since part of his crew was  on sick leave!

He doesn't look too unhappy about it!

I love Amy's collage of shapes this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Racing By
Paper: Ready To Ride DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Memorial Day 2024.......FMS638


 Two parades, two picnics, and two cemetery visits to remember veterans in our family kept us busy this past Memorial Day weekend.  Uncle helped Emma build a rocket for a school project and Will spent a lot of time bouncing on his new trampoline. And I carried a book around for three days thinking I would get a chance to sit quietly by the lake and read but it never happened......maybe next weekend!

Narelle's sketch was perfect for my Thinking of You card using the new Spotlight on Nature set. Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

StampSet and Dies: Spotlight on Nature, Sentiment from Bold Bloom (Gina K)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Unbounded Beauty DSP

Friday, May 24, 2024



True Confessions:  I am the world's worst on-line shopper when using my phone! I never get an order straight - always end up with an extra item or two - or totally miss something I thought I ordered.  I have a small sized iPhone which I love for convenience but obviously not the best for shopping when you are someone like me. I need to just shop using my computer!

Anyway my cousin and I usually exchange sweet treats for our birthdays and this was the sentiment I used on her card last year....

And of course I browsed other sentiments while shopping last  year and somehow ended up with the one I used today.  So this year I think I will break tradition and take her out for breakfast and give her this card.

It was the challenge at The Paper Players that got me thinking punny.....

Thursday, May 23, 2024

You Rock - TTTC248


I rarely break out the glitter paper but decided a rock and roll themed card was the place for it!  A simple fun card today with a masculine feel to go along with the challenge at Tic Tac Toe.  I am so glad I grew up in the rock and roll much much dancing......and the thrill of getting to pick out a new 45 record every other week when my dad got paid!  And then came the Beatles and the music world just exploded.......

Have fun with out Tic Tac Toe challenge no matter which line you follow!

Stamp Sets: Rock Star (SU!), Sentiment Stamper (Paper Smooches)
Paper: Rock and Roll DSP, Glitter Sheets
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Summer 2024! FMS637


It has been a crazy busy week here helping out with grandkids and switching gears to summer - which seemed to arrive overnight! We set up the back porch, got the boat ready to launch and dragged out the summer clothes. I attended a wonderful shoebox swap but the prepping of 25 kits and 25 other swaps took sooooo much time. 

Then suddenly it was Freshly Made Sketches day and I was not on schedule!  I always photograph in daylight but ran out of daylight on Tuesday night after a fun day chasing this guy around...

The solution? I popped my card under my Ott light on my desk at 9 pm and called it a day. Didn't want to miss out on Karren's wonderful sketch this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Happiest Day (SU!), On My Mind (Concord & 9th)
Paper: Frames and Flowers DSP, Thoughtful Designs DSP
Ink: Memento Black, WIld Wheat, Petal Pink, 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024



The trees have their leaves back and the spring flowers are blooming so it won't be long until we are hanging out at the lake! That is definitely what I was thinking about when I made this card.   

The DSP I used as my backdrop is from a new SU! set called Country Woods. All the sheets of paper have lovely woodgrain designs on them. But there was just something different about this sheet and somehow it made its way onto my beach card.  I think it looks just like the spot where the sand meets the water on a beach. So it worked perfectly on my card!

I love Cecile's fun sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches! So many possibilities!  Have fun with it!

Stamps: Beach Hut Set (SSS)
Paper: Petal Pink, Country Woods DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Rule of Four......FMS635


We all know the rule of three and that an odd number grouping looks better but sometimes the Rule of Four must go into effect.  I had three cups beside the coffee pot and declared my card finished but then.......a splot of ink appeared out of nowhere above the yellow cup! Don't you hate when that happens???

So I immediately enacted the Rule of Four which states: Move over you three....there is always room for one more!

Tried to get a shot that shows off the gold metallic paper.......

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

Stamp Sets: Latte Love, Hello Beautiful  Sentiment from Coffee Talk (Lil' Inker)

Paper: Pecan Pie, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lolly, Petal Pink, A Little Latte DSP

Ink: Pecan Pie, Memento Black

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Simple Gestures - FMS634


I love that sentiment - simple and true!  So I decided to keep my card clean and simple as well.  I stenciled the flowers in soft colors and popped them up against an embossed backdrop.

And I am also loving Stampin' Up's color Wild Wheat as a fresh neutral for spring.....

Pick a sentiment that you like and let it shine in this week's sketch by Kim at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set/Stencil: Simplest Gestures (PinkFresh)

Paper: Wild Wheat

Ink: Versafine Black, Concord and 9th: Poppy, Honeysuckle, Sorbet, Parsley

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Sending Hugs.....TTTC-246


Here's hoping that I will be able to look out in the yard soon and see May flowers that all of these April showers have promised to bring!  In the meantime pretty paper flowers will have to do......

Lots of possibilities with our Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week!  I went corner to corner with flowers-free-diecuts.Hope you play along!

Stanp Sets: With Sympathy (Hero Arts), Fancy Florals (Gina K)

Paper: Fresh Freesia, Masterfully Made DSP

Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Die from SU!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Attention Shoppers - FMS633


The new set from Stampin' Up! is called Attention Shoppers......which reminded me of K- Mart which reminded me of a shopping trip long ago.  We lived in a small town about an hour from any large shopping area so when a new K-Mart was built about 45 minutes away it was big news!  My dad loaded my mom, my aunt, my grandmother and me in the car and away we went to see what the fuss was about.  I honestly don't remember what we bought because it was decades ago but I do remember laughing and chasing a blue light around the store to see what the latest special was.  You never knew where that blue light was going to pop up! I think that was my dad's one and only trip to K-Mart.....he was a Sears Roebuck kind of guy.....whew I am dating myself for sure since those stores are long gone now.....

I lightened the photo a bit so you could see the sparkles in the blue paper - prettier in person for sure!

It's my turn to host this week at FMS! Hope you have time to play along!  I love to visit your galleries to see what you create!

Stamp Set: Attention Shoppers

Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Paper: Lemon Lolly, Starry Sky. Orchid Oasis Sparkle

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Play With Your Dog! FMS632


The sentiment on this card is oh so true! I am a total dog fan and I can't ever remember not having a dog - except for those sad times when I would lose one and then search for another to adopt.  So Shorty - Sheba - Chi Chi - Maggie - Snitty - Pudge - Abby Girl - Pepper - this post is in honor of all of you!

And this is the look I get these days when Pepper is ready to play......and I am not.....

Jen Mitchell served up another square sketch this week - I love them!  But feel free to adjust as you see fit and join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Play Ball (Colorado Craft Co)
Paper: Lighter Than Air DSP, Lemon Lolly
Ink: Memento Black, Copics

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Early Spring Adventure - FMS631


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