Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Merry Cafe

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Merry Cafe this week. It's an adorable set that can be used for fall or winter......and the framelits for Coffee Cafe work perfectly with this set as well.  Summer is winding down here so it is almost time to take out my "to go " cups and stack them on the counter as I did on my card. In the winter I always take a cup of tea or hot chocolate with me as I head out the door for my morning errands!  

But in the meantime we are enjoying delightful Indian Summer weather!

If you missed a stop at my friend Heidi Baks' blog head on back to see what wonderful treats she has in store!

But if you are on track then head onward to my friend Mike Funke's blog - he always has something creative to share!

Stamp Sets:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe
Paper:  Whisper White. Merry Little Christmas DSP
Ink: Black, Old Olive, Real Red

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fusion - Teacup Flowers

Oh this sentiment is high praise indeed......just ask any tea drinker!

I used both the sketch and the photo as my inspiration this week at Fusion.  Play along and use whichever inspires you!

Stamp Sets:  Vintage Teacup (Altenew), Beautiful Bouquet (SU)
Ink:  Black, Pool Party, Pink Powder, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Pool Party , Whisper White, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Die Cuts:  Scalloped Rectangles (Avery Elle)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sending Love.....FMS305

My mother's cousin recently had surgery so I will be bringing this card to my mother tomorrow for her to sign before I mail it.  It is difficult to take her out these days but we did get her to Emma's birthday party last weekend.  Her short term memory is very poor and she struggles to follow conversation when there is a large group of people.  But she seemed to enjoy herself and liked watching the kids play in the bounce house.  

When I brought her home and was getting her settled she noticed the invitation to Emma's party on her nightstand and asked me when the party was.  I told her we had just returned from the party. She shook her head a bit sadly and then looked at me with a grin and said,  "Well did I have a good time?"  I nodded and she said, "That's all that matters!" She hasn't lost that spunk!

Amy, my artisan friend from Texas, designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! It is perfect to show off a bold sentiment!  Join us!

Stamp Set: Lots of Love
Paper: Whisper White
Ink:  Black, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Simple Joy

We could definitely use a bit more joy in this world these days. The devastation of natural disasters this month has been staggering. Simple acts of kindness during these times mean so much. Even if it is just acting as a pillow so your brother can sleep.........

Always love the sketches at Cas(e) this Sketch!

Merry Monday's Challenge this week is to use Joy on your card.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Pines, Season to Sparkle, Hand Lettered Holiday (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Black, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Treats! FMS 304

No better way for summer to end than with a night at the County Fair.  It never gets old. In Charlotte's Web there is a scene where Templeton returns totally stuffed from a night out at the fair.  I get it.....we had to do something we watched Emma enjoying herself.....fried dough.....French fries.....sausage and cream......lemonade......yeow!  

 Emma loved the 500 pound pumpkin.....that sure would make a whole lotta lattes!  

My friend Narelle who creates the most beautiful floral cards ever designed a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.....join us!

Stamps Sets:  Merry Cafe, Pick A Pumpkin
Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Paper:  Delightful Daisy DSP, Old Olive, Whisper White

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Crafting Forever

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Crafting Together today. I love this set and have used it before (you can see those cards here, here and here) but I haven't used the twine peg image.  So I challenged myself to use that clothespin today. When I start a card I often play around with the image I want to use.  My first thought was a rainbow lineup of I did this to plan out spacing.....

But then I decided they looked like a row of tied up Rockettes so that wasn't going to work at all!  Finally I thought of that funky sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week and I was in business!  

I embossed the sentiment and did some masking to create the swirl of pegs! The rest of the sentiment was stamped inside.

If you missed Rochelle's wonderful work head back there......

Otherwise head onward to see what treat Kelly has in store!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fusion: Glamping

I had fun creating this "glamping" scene......almost as much fun as Miss Emma did camping out in her backyard.  End of summer sales are everywhere and her father surprised her with a tent this week!  I enjoy the fire and the s'mores but then I am very happy to go home and crawl into my own bed.....and maybe watch a little TV or read blogs or watch a stamping know how it is!  But Emma had a grand time and slept all night long.....not sure how much sleep her folks got though.....

I love the inspiration at Fusion this week!  I used the picture as inspiration and a sketch from the Paper Players to design my card!

Stamp Sets:  Home Sweet Home (Avery Elle), Bookcase Builder (SU), To Thine Own Shelf (SSS), Weather Together (SU)
Ink:  Black, Copics, Distress
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Petal Garden DSP. Wood textures DSP
Dies: Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Christmas Staircase Thinlits (SU), Weather Together (SU)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

You Are The Best! FMS303

My high school class of '67 held its 50th reunion last weekend and a few of us got together for coffee in the morning just to chat. And chat we did! We covered all the hot topics from proms to teachers to concerts.....and boys!  I sent this off to the gal who organized our get together - it was great fun and we truly got to catch up before the evening event.

And three of us are also in this picture from that's long ago!

My talented friend (of less than 50 years) - Karren Johnson - drew up a fun sketch this week for us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Think in threes and play along!

Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight (SU), You (SSS)
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Old Olive

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wagon Load......CTS235

Back in the day I used a red wagon just like this to haul kids, beach toys, snacks, towels and everything else down to the beach.....and back.  But not any more - the latest wagon is yellow and green and runs like a "deere".  The Big Guy says I need to embrace change......I think that actually means "My toys are cooler than yours!"  Emma seems to agree!

Such a neat sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch this week!

Stamp Sets:  Grown With Love, Jumbo Stripes (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Black

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Moon Bites......FMS302

The August monthly kit from Hero Arts is full of amazing celestial images and a few out of this world papers - perfect timing to use during week that included a solar eclipse!  Here in New York it was only a partial eclipse but exciting just the same.  I sat on my porch and enjoyed watching the little moon bites dance across the walkway.

Now and then I stuck my arm out from under the roof, turned my phone to the sky and snapped pictures.

You can just see the moon on the upper edge of the sun.  Amazing!

Our delightful designer from France, Cecile Ribon, drew up a terrific sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Play along!

Stamps:  Hero Arts August Kit
Ink:  Black, VersaMark for silver embossing
Paper:  Hero Arts, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Basic Black

Monday, August 21, 2017

Casing Brian......GDP100

Global Design Project is celebrating 100 Sketches this week! They have a wonderful design team and this week's challenge is to case one of their designers.  I am casing this elegant card designed by my friend Brian King.

I don't have any cake images so I decided to stack up some mugs from a new Stampin' Up set called Hug in a Mug. It makes a sweet wintry card! I hate to think about winter yet but it is coming......look what I saw today on my morning walk......

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fusion: Black and Orange

We've already had some Halloween fun this week. Yesterday morning the dogs started barking and chasing a bat through the dining room! If I'm outside I'm ok if a bat flies by...... but in the house.....yeow!  But you know the Big Guy is never without a plan!  First he opens the front door while I toss him a tennis racket from the cellarway.  Then he closes the French doors to try to confine it to the main hall while I barricade myself in the laundry room.  Then he sits on the stairs while the dogs hopefully chase it out the open front door......but if it turns to head up the stairs ........ well you know what would happen!

We live in an area where a bat will find its way inside now and then.  The rational side of my brain knows they are harmless and valuable critters......but the irrational side of me makes me hide in the laundry room.   I am happy to report the little guy found the front door and escaped from a howling dachshund, two yapping poodles......and the Big Guy's racket!

We also had this visitor near our camp this week snacking on some berries along the road.......and the plan for dealing with this critter is simple........leave the area immediately!

 We have a great inspiration photo and sketch this week at Fusion!  I used both!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Season to Sparkle, Holiday Home, Cutie Pie (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Whisper White, Halloween Night DSP

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who Me? FMS301

Aren't you just waiting for everything to slide off that shelf and fall into the sea of jumbled letters? I am!  My father and I found always found humor in things slightly askew.....and I think that's how I like my friends too!  I may have trouble deciding who gets this card!

Like Cooper for instance.......just look at that smirk on his face!  It's as if he is saying of course I wanted to cover myself in smiley faces........why else would I have rolled in Emma's sticker stack?!?

Jen Brum, my talented friend from the north, has designed a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!


Stamps:  Bookcase Builder (SU!), To Thine Own Shelf (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, Distress
Stencil:  Jumbled Letters (MFT)