Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fusion: Coral Flowers






I actually broke out the Zig Markers and Aquapainters for today's card!  Must be because I am so happy to see some blooms around here again!  I do not have a green thumb at all so my porch flowers come from Sunnycrest Orchards every year and only last until the first frost.  And as far as our lawn is concerned according to the Big Guy if it is green it is acceptable!  We are not gardeners for sure.  But I do love our annual trek to buy flowers.  On a beautiful day like this I can almost forgive Old Man Winter for hanging around so long this year......







I used both the picture and sketch as inspiration for my card today.  Hope you join us at Fusion!




The Paper Players has a CAS Blooms challenge this week!






Stamp Set:  Accented Blooms
Paper:  Bristol Smooth, Grapefruit Grove
Ink:  Versafine Black, Zig Markers, Calypso Coral






Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Best - FMS338





Nine years ago this week I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator under Mary Fish.  And here I thought it would be a quiet hobby to putter with now and then.  I am still a hobbyist but have made so many new friends and have traveled all over to stamping events. I had never heard of Splitcoast or Design Teams but I somehow jumped right in! And then there's this blog....who would have ever thought I would blog?  Mary did - she encouraged me and helped me set it up way back when.  Mary was relatively new to SU as well when I signed up but there was no doubt that she was going places.  So while I puttered along Mary built an amazing team of stampers and sold over a million dollars in product.  She is a wonderful upline and there are still a few of us in her downline from the early years. We have rooted for her every step of the way!  

I was drawn to Mary's clean, simple and oh so classy design style from the beginning.  Varied Vases is her million dollar set and it is oh so Mary!  I kept my card CAS as well and featured some brand new colors from SU's line.  I am loving the new color refresh!



I also love love love Kim's sketch this week - that's one love for every stripe!  Have fun with it at Freshly Made Sketches!



Stamp Set:  Varied Vases
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink: Black, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let's Hear It For The Boys! FMS337





A sentiment from Stampin' Up's soon to be released set Around the Corner worked perfectly for final batch of graduation cards I made for my daughter.  It has been quite the crafting week around here.  I am a selfish crafter and only make cards for my own use so creating what other people want is tough for me!  But...30 graduation cards are done - check!

Then I made 25th Anniversary invites  - with a request for super simple - I had to remove the bows.....sigh....25 invites done - check!









Oh there's more -  these were the toppers for favors at a Thirty-One Event my daughter hosted - a camping theme was requested.  They were clipped to clear bags filled with marshmallows, graham crackers and hershey bars.  20 toppers - check!






Since Erin is a Thirty-One consultant  I have a zillion 31 products to keep things organized in my craft room.....and to lug stuff to gram's.....or to the lake.....or to shoebox swaps.  I have a Super Swap It Pocket that is terrific for swaps.  BUT what I recently discovered it that Stampin' Up's new Stamparatus fits into the side zipper pouches perfectly!  There are two side pouches so you can put the Stamparatus on one side and the second plastic cover on the other!  I know many of you use 31 products so I'm passing along the info in case you have one of those Swap It Pockets lying around somewhere!









So that was my week....whew!  Glad to get back to my own crafting!


I am delighted to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  My sketch leaves you lots of room for creative action!  Join us!

                                                  

Stamp Sets:  Around the Corner, Bike Ride, Smarty Pants (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Night of Navy, Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White,  Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Tutti Frutti DSP
Die Cut: Painted Grad (SSS)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fusion: The Harbor






Finally things are blooming and the sun is shining - almost strawberry season!  And look how happy Corduroy is to be running in the sunshine!




Or perhaps he is just happy for rescuing his friend Silas and himself.  My son stepped out of the car yesterday but left his keys on the dash.  Corduroy and Silas then jumped into the driver's seat to look out and managed to hit the lock button and locked themselves in the car.  So before we called AAA Mike decided if the pups locked the car they should be able to unlock it.  Well I wish I had taped his antics to get those dogs all excited.  Silas soon tired of the game but Corduroy kept jumping and hopping every time Mike did and sure enough he finally hit the button in the sweet spot!  



I pulled the colors from the photo and used the sketch this week at Fusion!  Be inspired by either....or both!


Stamp Set:  Fruit Basket, Bookcase Builder
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP, Night  of Navy
Ink:  Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Black