Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Heartfelt Thanks- FMS71

So what's black, white and red all over? Not the newspaper but this simple heartfelt thank you! ( Gotta love a "punny" joke!)

Hope my simple sketch at Freshly Made Sketches  this week inspires you to get out the "newpaper" and play along - no pun intended :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CAS for the Players

The Paper Players have a wonderful CAS challenge this week - just what I needed to get a jump start on those baby cards for my daughter!  Pool Party did not lead me astray like Marina Mist did last time when I ended up with a Valentine.  I should have plenty of time to make a few more in the next few days as we are in the midst of an Arctic Blast here in upstate NY.  I don't plan to venture outside until the temperature hits at least 10 degrees! Doesn't look like Emma and her sidekick Baxter are too thrilled about this cold weather either!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Be My Valentine! FMS70

My daughter has put in a request for a dozen baby cards. You can see how well that turned out!  I did pull out Marina Mist and Summer Starfruit to get started and then I saw some of the goodies I brought home from Leadership. I just had to open them up.  I randomly stamped the creped filter paper and then punched out circles and scallops to make the flower.  The Artisan Embellishment kit provided sweet details and before you know it I had a Valentine in my hands.......sigh.....guess that makes me zero for 12.........

But on a scale of 1- 10 Rita's Sketch is a 12!  So versatile - hope you play along at  Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

You're Invited! PPA151

You are getting a sneak peek of a brand new - not yet released - Stampin' Up! set called Sketched Birthday!  It was our parting gift from Leadership.  The invite sentiment teams up perfectly with tickets from That's the Ticket - and the sentiment also fits perfectly in a framelit from Apothecary Arts.  

Speaking of perfect - the weather in Orlando was absolutely perfect!  Just before takeoff from Orlando, the Captain gave us a weather report for the East Coast that ended with "Tell me again why y'all are leaving this gorgeous weather for upstate NY?  It is drizzling, dismal and downright cold there!"  Ahhhhh I's home.........perfect! 

                          Our little polar bear seems to be enjoying winter so far!

Margaret's sketch at PPA this week is rather perfect itself!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Oh, Hello!

Stampin' Up!'s Leadership conference in Orlando last week was wonderful!  Such energy, enthusiam, and creativity can hardly be contained in one venue!  And oh those Prize Patrols!  These new Designer Brads and a sentiment from Oh, Hello  make a sweet breezy Valentine!  It was wonderful being able to say "Oh, hello" to my stamping friends in person.

Here we are after an evening general session - pj's were encouraged :)  

liz hughes, kris kilcoyne, ann schach, mary fish, ginger toivonen, pam morris, brian king, kylie nicolosi, dawn tidd and me!

 Linda Suarez' great sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week should encourage you to play along!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy 25th SU! FMS68

I am off to Stampin' Up's leadership gathering in Florida!  Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and we have been told there are lots of surprises in store!  I am looking forward to seeing my stamping friends again.  Meeting up can be challenging when you are in a large convention center and there are over 1000 demonstrators around.  Texting and voice mails are the best way to communicate so the first thing our group did two years ago was swap cell phone numbers.  About half way through the first day I was feeling a little left out when no one had contacted me about meeting up between classes or at lunch - and no one was answering my texts.  I wandered the dining room for a while at lunch until I finally found my group.  They were all worried about me since I didn't answer any of their messages.  I pulled out my phone and showed them that no one had contacted me.  And then my phone rang - it was my son.  

"Mom", he said.  "I have all sorts of messages from ladies inviting me to lunch or wanting to meet me later today after something called Make 'n Takes.  You know anything about this?"

Yep you know what I did!  Our numbers are similar and I gave his to all of my new stamping friends instead of mine!  One gal actually talked to him and said he was so polite and was very sorry but he couldn't meet her for lunch.  She thought she had dialed the wrong number - until she got him again.

I promised him I would be much more careful this year............

                         Oh that Jen Mitchell has a wonderful sketch for us this week at FMS!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pals January Blog Hop!


Oh the Pals are hopping into the New Year and sharing some delightful creations made from items available in Stampin' Up's new spring catalog and Sale-a-bration!

Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Ribbon and Buttons make a lively Valentine card.  The stamp sets Hearts a Flutter and Ciao Baby coordinate perfectly with matching framelits and mini punches. Such fun to play with and put together!

There's a lot to see so I won't keep you long! Your next stop along the way is Lori Martin's blog - I am sure she has something wonderful to share with you!  The line up is posted below - don't want you to miss anyone!

  1. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  2. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  3. Naki Rager at ... notes from Naki
  4. Peggy Noe at
  5. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  6. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  7. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  8. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped In Full
  9. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  10. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  11. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  12. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons   
  13. Lori J Martin at The Rejoicing Papercrafter
  14. Claire Crotteau-Hutt at Stamp Paper Scissors
  15. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  16. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  17. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  18. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  19. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  20. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  21. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  22. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty


Thanks to Fab Friday for the sketch and the Paper Players for hosting a "Love is in the Air" challenge!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cheers to a New Year! PPA150

Cheers to 2013!  And cheers to a fresh new look for Pals Paper Arts! That pop of Melon Mambo is just what we need to jump start a new year of challenges. I met with a friend this week who is a metalsmith and creates exquisite, unique pieces of jewelry.  She recently finished a teaching fellowship at Penland School of Crafts. I love talking to her about the creative process.  She said that when a student finished a piece she would tell him - "Great, now go make 10 more!" Creating is an active ongoing process - you are never really done! Let's resolve this year not to be so hard on ourselves worrying about perfection and just enjoy creating!  It's all about the journey....... 

And my metalsmith friend?  Oh she is off to Iceland next to study embroidery - and then to an island to study lace.  I can't wait to see what that inspires her to create!  

Link to her site and blog: 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Freshly Made Valentine....FMS67

Nothing like starting the year off with a sweet Valentine!  This card is a mix of classic old and fresh new Stampin Up! products!  I have a wonderful friend who started her own interior design business called thinkfresh interiors.  She specializes in using what you already have in a fresh new way.  She may change the color pallet or add few new pieces to the decor but often she simply rehangs artwork or repurposes furniture.  It is amazing what she can design by just thinking fresh.  I am not one for New Year's Resolutions but I have decided that "thinkfresh"  is what I plan to do in 2013!  Wishing you all a wonderful Fresh New Year!

    Hope you are inspired by Jen's terrific sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


Still AddINKtive is featuring cards made using Hearts A Flutter so I have linked this card to their site.