Thursday, January 11, 2018

Punny Valentine

The Punny Valentine Challenge at The Paper Players this week makes me smile so I decided to get a head start on some Valentines.  Remember when we had to memorize this sentence to learn the planets?

My very educated mother just served us nine pickles.

And I just can't seem to throw Pluto out of the group!

I used the sketch at Cas(e) this Sketch for my design.


Stamps:  Dream Big (Hero Arts)
Ink: Black, Copics
Paper:  Whisper White, Black,  Brushed Silver, Hero Arts Patterned, Red Glitter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Day......FMS319

After two weeks of crazy sub-zero temps and arctic winds the temperature finally made it into double digits!  Miss Emma hit the slopes with her dad and the Big Guy while I stayed home and made this card using tropical colors in honor of the sunshine and 20 degrees!

Rita has a great sketch for us to start the new year at Freshly Made Sketches.  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets: Bubble Over
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP, Silver Foil

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fusion: Mail Call

This little panda is just the right guy to deliver a sweet message.  In today's world of instant messaging, texting and cell phones it is a treat to receive a handwritten message.

The Big Guy and I leave notes on the kitchen table to keep each other posted on our whereabouts if need be.  He is not a fan of cell phones and reluctantly carries an old flip phone for emergencies.  We all know better than to call him just to chat.  And iPhones are the devil's tool in his world.  I left my phone on the table the other morning while I walked the dog.  As I came back into the kitchen he was poking at my phone and yelling hello. He said Erin was calling but he couldn't answer it.  I took the phone and swiped it to call her back when to my surprise Adele popped up on the screen and started singing Hello.  Yes somehow the Big Guy managed to disconnect the call and wake up that helpful "person" who lives in your phone who naturally thought the he was ordering a tune from Adele!  The Big Guy was not amused ...... but I am still laughing.....hey even Superman had his kryptonite!

It is our first Fusion of the year and we have some guest designers playing along with us - hope you join us~!  I used the sketch and the picture for inspiration this week!

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (SU), You (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Bubbles & Fizz DSP, Wood Textures
Ink:  Black, Calypso Coral

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review......

As we get ready to welcome 2018 tonight I thought I'd stop by to say Happy New Year!  We are in a deep freeze here in the Northeast.....crazy cold (25-30 below wind chills - yikes!) even for winter lovers like us!  So we are staying in tonight and watching movies with the pups.  I plan to get back into my stamping routine tomorrow.

It was a great year for stamping.  Had a wonderful trip to Atlanta for World Cardmaking Day and I am so fortunate to be on three Design Teams (Freshly Made Sketches, Fusion, Stamp Review Crew) with some amazingly talented and oh-so-fun-to-be-around ladies!

The highlight of my stamping year was the email from Lydia Fiedler in January asking me to join the Dirty Dozen team at Splitcoast - wow I couldn't believe it!  Splitcoast is an amazing resource of techniques, inspiration, challenges and friendship. If you are not a member - join - now!  Dirty Dozen team members serve a six month term and create six cards on a specific theme every month.  If you are a member of Splitcoast you also get to see that gallery of over 70 incredible cards every month.  Because my term ended last summer I can share a few of those cards with you now - I picked my favorite from each of the six challenges I did.  

February's theme was "Food for Thought" so I used an apple and SU's Labeler Alphabet to create a punny sentiment with Concord & 9th's set You Are Enough.

March's Theme was Secret Garden and I created a Graffiti Garden using SU's Swirly Bird and Adventure Bound DSP and the set You from SSS.


April was all about Backgrounds so I used some diecuts from SSS and inked up a summery background with Distress Oxide Inks.

May's theme was my favorite - Hop To It!  Lots of rock and roll and jumping critters!  One of my cards was this street scene using SU's In the City and City Streets by Sunny Studio.  And what does this parade of VW bugs have to do with hopping?  It was all about trying to teach my daughter Erin how to drive a standard.......we hopped all over town for days and days and days!


June brought a Sunrise/Sunset theme.  SU's Everyday Hero provided the perfect skyline for a sunshine sentiment from My Sunshine by SSS.

July's theme was Relax - the perfect summer theme!  This card shows my favorite place to relax - lakeside in my Adirondack chair!  I used SU's Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Serene Scenery DSP and Lots of Love along with My Sunshine from SSS to create the scene.

It was an amazing six months sharing and learning from so many talented artists at Splitcoast. Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek! I am looking forward to another year of stamping fun in 2018.  Thanks to each and every one of you who read my blog - I have made some wonderful friends through blogging and stamping!  And special thanks to everyone who leaves a sweet comment - it means a lot!  Wishing you all a fabulous 2018!  Sending love from me and my wonderful supporting cast of characters.......The Big Guy, Miss Emma, Gram, Erin and the Pups......