Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fusion - Musical Butterfly

Took a bit of a break so I could enjoy this view in Cocoa Beach.  It was great to get away from a damp cold spring up north.  Going south the week after spring break is the best - no crowds and lots of sunshine!

So I was inspired to go all out summer on my card for Fusion....lots of bright distress oxide ink colors and a diecut proclaiming Summer!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Set: Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper:  Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink:  Distress Oxide, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark
Diecut: Painted Summer (SSS)
Technique: Heat Embossing, Emboss Resist

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sending Prayers....FMS284

I am thinking about sunshine today so my flowers had to be yellow!  We are headed south for a few days to enjoy the Florida sun!  I am hoping by the time we get back next week things will be turning green.  We had Easter dinner at our favorite restaurant on the lake and this was our view after a sudden downpour.  Beautiful rainbow but no leaves in sight!

My inkmaster friend Karren has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!


Stamp Sets:  Amazing You - Altenew, Jumbo Stripes - SSS
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Cool Treats

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Cool Treats this week.  It has been a beautiful Easter Sunday today - perfect for ice cream treats with sprinkles.  I am a total chocolate sprinkles kind of gal!  My dad was from Holland and Dutch people love their chocolate's what's for breakfast!  Yep - chocolate sprinkles on toast or on bread and butter - yum!  I would gladly stop in at my grandmother's for breakfast but never for lunch.  She often made snert for lunch which is a thick green pea soup.....shudder.....that's a whole 'nother post......

So enjoy our Cool Treats Hop.....if you are on track you just enjoyed some treats on Yapha's blog.

If you are ready to move on head over to my friend Dawn's blog.  She always has something wonderful in store!

Stamp Set:  Cool Treats
Paper:  Tasty Treats DSP, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fusion - Truck Bouquet

I live in a rural area of upstate New York so I see plenty of pick up trucks every day.....but I have never seen one with a beautiful cascade of flowers spilling out of the window!  I used both the inspiration photo and the sketch for my Fusion card this week.  I tinted some embossing paste to provide a backdrop to my simple flowers done in pink and red.

My son and his girlfriend just returned from visiting her family in the Philippines.  She is from a very small village way up north.....also a very rural area but oh so different from our countryside.  Some nearby islands are so remote that a season of Survivor was filmed on one of them!  I love this picture of their lunch on one of those islands.  It is rice, pork chunks and mini lobsters arranged on fan leaves with bananas for dessert.  But note the drink - Coca Cola~!  

Pick the sketch or use the picture - or fuse them together!

Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Grateful Bunch
Ink:  Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Melone Mambo, Flirty Flamingo
Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Playing Around - FMS283

I had fun playing around with die cuts on this card yesterday. At the same time Mother Nature was definitely not playing around up at the lake. The lake started to thaw this week and there was some open water at the beach.  But as the ice broke apart in the center huge ice floes were set free.  One came sailing into our bay and skidded right up onto the beach smashing all the docks in its path.  The power of that ice was amazing!

That is not open water in the picture - it is part of the massive ice field.  Open water is waaaaay in the distance.

Our lake has a dam on one end and the water level is high in the spring and falls throughout the summer so maintaining a dock is difficult as the water level changes. We keep our boat at a nearby marina but every year we beg the Big Guy to put in our own dock and he says "No - the water level changes too much and it could get crushed by ice in the spring!"  So as we looked at our neighbors' docks yesterday I could definitely hear "I told you so" in the breeze......

My talented friend Jen Brum designed a sweet sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Sets:  Happy by Hero Arts
Stylish Stems Framelits by SU
Falling in Love DSP by SU

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Say What? FMS282

Ever have one of those days?  Mine started yesterday with a phone call from my mother's assisted living.  I was told my mother was in a bad way and was headed in an ambulance to the ER.  As I am throwing on clothes the health aide is telling me in more detail about her condition and I finally said, 

"But I am there every day......I can't believe she deteriorated so fast."  

And the aide said, "You are here every day??  Oh wait is this Linda?"  

To which I replied "Yes it is."

And she said "Oh I've called the wrong person.....your mother is fine!" and hung up.......

That's one way to jump start your day!

After that call I decided I definitely needed to create something fun!  Cecile designed such a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches that I just had to make an Easter card for Emma with it.  She's been busy working on a few Easter projects of her own with her pal Corduroy.

And my friends at the Paper Players have an Easter Bunny theme this week!

Stamp Sets:  Hoppiness (Gertrude Steiner), Little Cuties (SU)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Weather Together

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Weather Together this week.  I did a Soft Sky wash with an aquapainter to add a subtle background behind the umbrella. Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder markers were used for the flowers.......and true confession......I broke out the Wild Wasabi Blendabilities to fill in the umbrella.  I still love how they color!

And just a quick shot of someone who brightens my day.......Grover got to go along to the grocery store this afternoon!

If you missed Holly's wonderful work head on back.........

Otherwise your next stop is with my oh-so-talented friend Ann Schach!

  My layout is based on the sketch this week from CAS(e) this Sketch!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fusion - Easter

Happy mail arrived this week - a brand new set of Tim Holtz' Distress Oxide Inks and I have just started to play with them. I used the inspiration photo to choose the colors to sponge on white paper (Bristol Smooth) and then spritzed with water. I didn't mess with it too much because I loved how vibrant the colors were.  I stamped the flowers from Number Of Years in Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo and added a sentiment from Avant-Garden.

I am hoping our snow is gone by Easter because I am so ready for spring weather! But if spring is delayed we may just have a few getaway days planned in Cocoa Beach!

Karren has some great inspiration for us again this week at Fusion!  Hope you play along!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Spot of Tea......FMS281

There is someting fun and vintage-y about the colors and designs on my card today. When I was growing up our kitchen set was black and white with a touch of red - metal of course.  Our kitchen shelves all had scalloped paper edging. And coffee and tea were always served in cups with saucers. Oh I can still hear the coffee perking in the percolator!  Guess that all means I am rather vintage-y myself!

Miss Emma had a wonderful time at an antique and salvage shop last week.  Her favorite item was this phone - she was fascinated!  Yep there was one of those in our house way back when as well......on an end table in the living room - on a doily of course! 

Even though we still have snow on the ground thanks to that last minute winter blizzard I am delighted that it is officially spring.  More daylight.....a tiny bit warmer.....and time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.....always a fun event and full of fabulous cards!

I used Kim's very cool sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to make my tea card and will be linking to the blog hop as well. Hope you join in the fun!

Stamp Sets:  Delicate Details (SU!)  Vintage Teacup (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White, Tasty Treats DSP

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Blog Hop for Lesley.....and her Baby Girl!

Lesley Croghan is a creative force to be reckoned with!  Not only does she make fabulous cards she has been a member of several design teams and has created many popular card challenges.  So if you are wondering why you haven't see her around blogdom recently now you know why. Baby Girl Croghan is due soon!  So today many of her cardmaking friends are having a blog hop to celebrate such a joyous occasion!  Our cards are all linked in a gallery on Lori Turner's blog.  Click on Lori's name for lots of baby card inspiration!  

For my card I embossed a sentiment from Layering Love and inked up a panel with distress inks in shades of pink then die cut the panels.  I added that sweet pup from Little Cuties because Lesley is also a dog lover.  So congratulations to Lesley and Corey.....can't wait to meet Little Miss Croghan!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amazing! FMS280

I am excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  When it is my turn to host I make an effort to visit all of your sites to see what you all have created with my sketch.  And the sentiment on my card today sums up perfectly what I think  -  you are all amazing!  Creativity abounds in our galleries for sure! 

Something else I find amazing is how Emma and Gram are such pals!  When we visit they love to look at family pictures together.  Gram's memory is fading and she needs help sometimes remembering people in the photos so Emma helps her out.  Total sweetness.....


I used the sets Cups and Succulents (SSS) and You (SSS) for my plant and sentiment.  There is a hint of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink brushed on in the background and Copic markers were used for coloring. The cardstock is Neenah Solar White and SU! Wild Wasabi.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fusion - Paris Rain

Well my days are getting brighter!  The sun came out yesterday but due to fact that the big guy is still up in the mountains I was totally snowed in.  

Gee whiz that meant a whole 'nother day in my craft room eating emergency rations!

But the big guy is very resourceful. Even while riding a chairlift 200 miles away he managed to contact a snowplow guy to come plow me out.  The dogs are very happy now to walk down the block again instead of stepping off the porch into the one tiny citcle I kept shoveling every two hours.   So we survived the Blizzard of 2017......brighter days ahead!

I love that Fusion offers both a sketch and a photo for inspiration! I used both on my card today.  I used an image from Beautiful You and added the skyline from Calling All Heroes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Send Love - Not Snow.....FMS279

The big guy is on his annual birthday ski trip with our son so I am holding down the fort during a wild March blizzard. There's two feet of fresh snow in our yard with more on the way tomorrow. I decided to create a bit of springtime in my craft room and did some watercoloring with my Zig markers in pink and green.  This was my view at noon on Tuesday - I could hardly see my neighbor's house!  But I am sure there are roses somewhere under that snow right?

And cards aren't the only place you could use pink sequins......they worked real well on the t-shirts we wore to an amazing Garth Brooks concert last weekend!  

I love my friend Rita's sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  She loves layers and banners and put some in her sketch - fun!  Hope you join us!


Stamp Sets:  Amazing You (Altenew) Sunshine Sayings (SU) Give Thanks (Concord & 9th)
Paper: Black, White, Tasty Treat DSP
Ink: Zig Markers, Black

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Oh Doodles.......FMS278

When you hang around with a toddler as much as I do these days it is inevitable that you watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse more than you care to admit.  If you have seen that show you have heard "oh Toooodles" and know exactly how I say the title of this post in my head!

My talented FMS teammate Karren Johnson is the guest designer this week at Addicted to CAS where the key word is DOODLE. So I decided to doodle my way across the FMS sketch this week!

Meanwhile the awesome Jen Mitchell has a terrific sketch for us at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!

The Paper Players has a Cut It Out challenge this week.  I used one of my favorite punches (spiral) to create the note paper along with the corner rounder punch.

Stamp Sets:  You Make Me Smile - Gina K,, Tin of Cards - SU!, Noted - Sugar Pea