Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bird Banter.........FMS333

The whole time I was coloring this parrot all I could think of was Sharpie the Gilette parrot asking,  "How're ya fixed for blades?"  Yes I am that old!  He was a sassy cartoon bird who advertised razor blades during the Friday night fights long ago.  I wasn't allowed to stay up and watch those fights but I could watch the opening commercial with Sharpie and then head up to bed.  Strange the things you remember.......I can't remember where I set my glasses down twenty minutes ago but I can remember those commercials from 60 years ago.....scary......

Narelle, our oh so talented friend from Australia, has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us!


Stamp Set:  Bird Banter
Ink:  Garden Green, Black, Copics, Distress
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Swaps from OnStage

As promised here is a peek at a few of the swaps I received last week at OnStage - such fun to see all that creativity!

How about these amazing fancy folds?  First a fun birthday card from Kathi Davis......

And then there's this gorgeous citrus-y card from Dianna Joslyn!

Diane Hughes used Brushos and embossing paste to create a fabulous background!  Diane stayed at the same hotel we did and quickly became Miss Emma's best friend!

Debbie Henderson created this framed beauty - I love the sweet bird perched on the "windowsill"!  Debbie and I had a great time sitting together during OnStage.  

The splash of blue behind Gayla Truett-noel's beautifully colored pot of brushes is the perfect accent!

Ruth Snyder's thank you card has wonderful texture and sweet flowers!

Laurie Hansen's butterfly is stunning!

Waterfront is one of my favorite sets and Ann Nescot created a delightful scene with it - I would love to vacation in such a spot!

And what happens when you remove all the color from a Waterfront card?  This happens.....

Nancy Baker created an amazing work of art!

And speaking of Nancy Baker I am off to her house - more specifically to her fabulous craft room - today for a shoebox swap.  Always fun getting together with crafters!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fusion: Baby's Room

Who knew a rhino could be so adorable?  He's part of a new set from Stampin' Up! called Animal Outing that we all received at OnStage this past week.  And he fit right in with this week's Fusion Challenge!  I used the sketch and the photo for inspiration to design this sweet baby card.  Join us this week at Fusion!


Stamp Set: Animal Outing
Ink: Black, Copics, Basic Gray
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Gray, A Little Foxy DSP (retired)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good Fortune......FMS332

I had the good fortune to attend Stampin' Up!'s OnStage this past Saturday in Hartford, CT!  I got a sneak peek at the new Stampin' Up! catalog and saw many new products including restyled inkpads and wonderful  new colors.  But the best part of these gatherings is chatting with so many wonderful - and amazingly talented - demos.  I will share some of the great swaps I received with you later this week!

Emma and her mom came to Hartford with me too.  They explored the city for the day and found a wonderful children's museum and toy store.  When they returned at five to pick me up they were just in time for Emma to help with an after event swap!

I hope my friend Karren doesn't mind that I sort of went outside the lines with my take out container today........that's what happens when you look at a sketch and think "oh I will remember that"......and then you don't quite remember it exactly!  Enjoy her wonderful sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week - and do remember sometimes it is fun to go outside the lines!

Stamp Set: Fortunate to Know You
Ink: Black, Copics
Paper: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Pick A Pattern DSP

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Simple Thanks......FMS331

Melting snow......dirty snow.....cold rain......mud......April in upstate NY is definitely not like April in Paris! I just need to hang on for another three weeks until the green returns. I think that is why I was inspired to make the cleanest card possible today.  I am ready for spring colors, bright flowers and clean streets.  But in the meantime there is a lot of work to do.  The Big Guy bought a new chainsaw yesterday to deal with all of our broken branches, shrubs and hedges damaged during those March storms. Our landscaping is going to look like my bangs used to when my mother chopped them every few weeks with the kitchen scissors!  

Such a great sketch this week from our master die cut artist Cecile! In honor of her I used a daisy die cut sponged with Distress Inks for my focal point. Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Whisper White, Bubbles and Fizz DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Twisted Citron Distress, Abandoned Coral Distress
Die Cut: Fresh Daisies (SSS)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Happy Birthday Gorgeous

The Stamp Review crew is featuring Happy Birthday Gorgeous today!  It was a cold and windy Easter - no flowers outside anywhere yet so I was happy to put some on my card!  It was a busy day with Miss E helping to deliver Easter lilies..........

 .......and Gram enjoying a visit from the Easter Bunny before we all went out to dinner!

Hope you enjoy hopping around with us today!
If you missed Tanya‘s wonderful designs hop back there.....


Otherwise hop over to Kelly's blog to see what treats she has in store!

I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch this week.

I followed corner to corner in the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

Stamp Set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti Frutti DSP
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fusion: Easter Bunny

This is the last of my Easter cards for this year. I loved the funky sketch at Fusion this week so I started there with my design.  I may also have been a bit inspired by "Little Miss Peepular's" shirt too!  So many bunnies!

I have been sending Easter/Spring cards to Gram for the past week and a half.  Her nursing home is under lockdown due to a nasty stomach virus going around - no one in or out.  I still drop off her favorite snacks but I leave them in the main office instead of going up to the resident wing myself.  And as for Gram I hear she is happily munching her chips, cookies and drinking Coke every afternoon as usual......a stomach bug wouldn't dare come near her!

Hope you join us at Fusion!

Global Design Project has an Easter Theme this week.

Stamp Set: Oh Bunny (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Sweet Soiree DSP
Ink: Powder Pink

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Out for Delivery......FMS330

Looks like these bunnies are rolling a couple more eggs off of their assembly line - just in time for Easter!  Hope the Easter bunny packed his cross country skis - he'll need them to make deliveries around here this year!

My talented fried Jen Brum - who lives waaaaay farther north than I do - has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us ~


Stamps:  Hello Easter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Berry Burst, Powder Pink
Paper:  Whisper White, Sweet Soiree DSP
Gina Marie Border Diecut

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sending Sunshine! FMS329

I think all my friends here in the Northeast would appreciate some sunshine this week!  That must be what inspired my card - along with Kim's wonderful sketch! Lots of creative possibilities with this one!

So have fun with Kim's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!  Put anything you want in the corner.....except Baby of course!

StampSets: Sending Sunshine (Wplus9), My Sunshine (SSS)
Ink:  Night Of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Whisper White, Tutti-frutti DSP

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Bubble Over

The Stamp Review Crew is featuring the Bubble Over stamp set today.  It is such a fun set with endless options for many occasions!  Bubbles and Fizz DSP coordinates with it perfectly.  

We had a great day celebrating the Big Guy's - and his twin sister's -  70th birthday yesterday.  The clan gathered from far and wide for a birthday/St.Patrick's Day Dinner.

 My daughter's friend designed these adorable table centerpieces......hollowed out cabbages were the vases for the flower arrangements!  So clever!

If you are on track you should have arrived here from my friend Anne Schach's blog.  Her work is always amazing!

Now you can head on to see what treats Yapha Mason has in store!

I used colors from the DSP - and from the Inspire.Create.Challenge.

Stamp Set: Bubble Over
Paper: Bubbles and Fizz DSP, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Lemon LimeTwist

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Toucan of My Appreciation

When I taught third grade we learned about toucans when we studied the rainforest. The kids loved to write simple punny poems using the word toucan.  I gave an example or two like this:

What can scare a toucan?  BOO-can!

What can float a toucan?  A CANOE-can!

Who can write a pun about a toucan?  YOU-can!

If you have a punny toucan question and answer I would love to hear it!

I am delighted to be the guest designer at the Tic Tac Toe challenge this week!  I decided to go corner to corner and picked Puns - Accents - Metallics.  Check out the wonderful inspiration from the Tic Tac Toe Design Team and then pick your own line of design inspiration!

I based my layout on the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch.

Stamp Set:  Bird Banter
Paper:  Silver Foil, Whisper White, Springtime Foils
Ink: Black, Copics
Accents:  Black Rhinestone, Silver Cord, Wonky Stitches Die

Fusion - Rain or Shine

There is nothing better than a friend who has been by your side since you splashed in puddles as a kid!

There are raindrops falling from those clouds but they are a bit hard to see in the photo!

I took my inspiration from the photo this week at Fusion.  Photo or Sketch or Both.........your choice  of inspiration at Fusion!  Join us!

Stamps:  Beautiful You, Weather Together, Hero Arts Sentiment
Paper:  Whisper White, Eastern Palace DSP
Ink: Black, Copics, Soft Sky
Die Cuts: Stitched Cloud Edges (MFT)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thinking of Sketches.....FMS328

When it is my turn to draw up a sketch for a challenge at Freshly Made Sketches I use two very "scientific" techniques.  Sometimes I doodle with a pencil on a blank sheet of paper until a layout takes shape.  Sometimes I cut out shapes and actually move them around until a layout I like develops.  So to prepare for this week's sketch I sharpened my #2 yellow pencil and sat down at my desk.  And right there on the corner of my desk were six cards I had just made using the new Waterfront set.  The elements of this set work together beautifully to create countless outdoor scenes.  And those same elements gave me the basic design of my sketch this week! Maybe checking my card stash should be my third technique for developing a sketch!  

I'd love to see how you interpret my sketch this week. Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Sets: Waterfront, Sentiment from Hero Arts
Ink: Pool Party, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring Snow.....FMS327

I am sure there must be a flower under all this snow just waiting to pop up as we speak - that's what inspired my card today!  I love a good snowstorm just like Miss Emma does....

And I don't even mind when I am housebound and the only thing moving in the neighborhood is a snowmachine....

But I draw the line when Mother Nature drops 18 inches of  heavy wet widowmaker snow and breaks my beautiful row of bushes along my sun porch!  She and I need to have a serious talk!

As you read this we are having a repeat of the storm we had last week.....heavy snow is falling and we will probably have 18-20 inches before it is over. I've been to the grocery store, have three new books and a brand new box of Stampin' Up! supplies arrived last night - I am ready!

My talented friend Jen Mitchell from nearby Massachusetts - who is definitely not happy about today's snowstorm - has a fun sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Join us and make her smile!

I am also linking to The Paper Players Spring Challenge - one can always hope it will be here soon!

Stamp Sets:  Meadow Flower (Altenew)
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Petal Passion DSP
Die Cuts: Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Love Ya Line Border (Lawn Fawn)