Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Inside I stamped the whole quote:
 "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." 
        ~Victor Borge

I certainly agree with that!  Why Emma and I do most of our communicating these days with laughs and smiles.....

Our wonderfully talented design team member Tui has one more terrific sketch for us at Freshly MadeSketches before she goes........


Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Elephant Show......PPA153


When my kids were little one of their favorite TV shows was called The Elephant Show starring Sharon, Lois and Bram.  When I saw this sweet elephant that show was the first thing I thought of.  I know there are lots of new groups for kids out there but how can Emma possibly grow up without knowing Skinnamarink? So I went on Amazon and promptly ordered two Sharon, Lois and Bram CD's for Emma.........and me!

                             Check out Margaret's sweet sketch at Pals Paper Arts!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chalk Up Another Year! FMS 74

Lovin' this chalkboard effect!  My love affair with chalkboards began long ago when my dad hung one in our garage.  School was in session! Our entire basement was also fair game for chalk as we outlined games on the floor and wrote messages on the walls.  My mother worked in a hospital and sometimes worked a few hours over the weekend.  I'd tag along and "work" in an adjoining classroom where there was a fabulous chalkboard with big fat white chalk. Standing alongside that board was a real skeleton, all labeled and wired together. He was a well behaved student but had trouble holding the chalk so I had to guide his hand when he wrote. Sometimes I think back and wonder who that guy was in real life.  He probably never thought he would live on to educate nurses and play school with a 7 year old on Saturday mornings!

I flipped Allisa's wonderfully versatile sketch on its side this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Random Thoughts.......FMS73

Used as a Valentine or to say thinking of you this card will get the message across that "Thoughts of you....." make me smile. Just a few random thoughts that made me smile tonight:

As he entered the chamber before his State of the Union speech, President Obama greeted one of my high school friends - who is now a member of the House of Representatives!  His smile might have been bigger than mine!  I decided that was probably the highlight of the event for me so I changed channels and headed back to Madison Square Garden for the rest of the Westminster Dog Show.  

Watching those rock star dogs for two nights brought back memories of dogs that have been part of our family over the years.  Having owned a Scottie for 15 years, I smiled when the announcer mentioned that the Scottish Terrier can't hide the fact that he always feels superior to his owner.  So true..........

Then there's Emma - 5 months old today!  And what makes me smile about this picture?  Emma looks just like my dad................

Jen's sketch makes me smile too - hope you join is at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Whale Wishes.........PPA152

The PPA Color Challenge and the Fab Friday Sketch set the stage for my "Get whale soon!" card.  This whale makes me smile because he is so cute - and because he reminds me of my recent trip to Florida for Leadership.  He ended up in my suitcase thanks to Prize Patrol and a generous friend!  Yes I did link "generous friend" - you can find out who she is if you want! You will enjoy checking out her wonderful designs!  We had a great time rooming together in Orlando and stayed up way too late talking and laughing about everything from stamping to shoes!  Last year she introduced me to Switchflops...........this year Toms......happy feet are important at Stampin' Up events!  Wonder what she will be walking around in next year?




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

You Gotta Have Friends! FMS72

Taking a cue from the designer paper I decided to make the leaves of my flower out of Soft Suede.  And taking a cue from my husband - who looked at my craft table and just shook his head - I decided it was time to clean up all of the bits and pieces.  A scrap of lace, a Pool Party button, a row of scallops, random rhinestones and a leftover doily from my Boutique Boxes kit all made their way onto my card.  And there they all are - just hanging out like old friends!

    Cindy's wonderful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is full of possibilities!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Sprinkle.......DD38

My daughter liked my Noah's Ark baby cards just fine but said she needed some "girlier" ones.  A friend of hers is having a girl after two boys so family and friends are helping her celebrate the upcoming arrival with a "Sprinkle" instead of a "Shower".  There is no need for baby equipment but there is a definite lack of pink frilly things in the house.  So they will be sprinkling the guest of honor with that a sweet idea or what!?!?

              The Dynamic Duo Challenge this week is Pretty in Pink and Real Red!


And while we are talking about sweet granddog Adi took a flying leap and landed wrong on her leg - broke both bones above the wrist.  She is now sporting a bright pink cast and is getting around amazingly well!