Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fusion: Fourth of July Jars

About those new stainless steel appliances I was talked into when we remodeled our kitchen two years ago.......I tried really hard to love them but it wasn't meant to be.  So much much easily marked.  And don't get me started on the horrible glass top stove!  I just couldn't take those high maintenance cold metallic sentries any more!  New white appliances were delivered today and I am much happier.  It was like welcoming old friends back home!  Hello sweet friends!  And the stainless steel trio?  They are headed to the lake - my son has become their new constant caregiver......

Fourth of July is just around the corner so the inspiration at Fusion is perfect for this time of year! I used both elements on my card today for Fusion!  But you can be inspired by part of it.....or all of it!  Hope you join us!

Stamp Sets:  Fresh and Fruity (Sunny Studio), Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9)
Paper:  Tasty Treats DSP, Whisper White
Dies:  Wonky Stitches (Avery Elle)
Ink: Black, Dapper Denim , Copics

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where I Come From....FMS293

Where I come from daisies grow wild alongside the the edge of the fields.......or along a fence line.  I don't know anyone who actually plants daisies....they just sort of appear on their own!

Where I come from this traffic light (about a mile north of my house) is the last light you encounter before you cross "The Blue Line".....meaning you have entered the Adirondack Mountains.  A few miles later you would arrive at the Great Sacandaga Lake (where our camp is) and a few more miles puts you in Hamilton County which is larger than the state of Rhode Island.  1800 square miles - give or take - and not one traffic light in the whole county!  

Where I come from driving south will take you to "civilization" but for some reason we always seem to head north.............

I used the new SU sets Daisy Delight and Beautiful Bouquet to create my card today along with that gorgeous Delightful Daisy DSP.

Karren Johnson my amazingly talented friend from the other side of the planet (wonder how many traffic lights between here and New Zealand?) designed this curvy sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! Hope you join us!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Labeler Alphabet

Labeler Alphabet is perfect when you want to make up your own sentiment.  And it is easy to use because it doesn't need to be exact!  It is supposed to be a bit wonky!

And speaking of daughter and her husband are on a road trip out west this week......1300 miles to South Dakota!  Why?  To pick up these sweet Havanese pups!

Are these guys adorable or what?!?!?  Emma says she is calling the left one Blaze and her momma says the right one will be Bentley......I may call them Bandit and Scruffy! Meanwhile Emma and I will stay home and wait - impatiently I'm sure! We'll shop for doggie toys and treats and tuck this card in with the goodies.  

It's going to be a reign of terriers for sure.......hopefully not a reign of terror training two pups at once!

If you have just seen Natalie's wonderful work you are on track!  If not head back!

Otherwise you are off to visit Kelly and see what treats she has in store!

Stamp Sets:  Labeler Alphabet, Bella and Friends, Garden Party, Number of Years
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Smoky Slate

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quite the Leap....FMS292

I love "behind the scenes" stories that tell what really the making of this card for example......

I can't envision a card totally in my head.....I have to play around with paper, colors and images a bit on scrap paper before I start the real thing.  I loved Cecile's circles this week and decided to try a one layer card and recreate the sketch with just stamping.  I planned a light wash in the background with my design stamped on top of it.  I pulled out Eastern Elegance and started playing with circles and patterns (as you can see below) while my watercolor dried.....just trying to figure out how I would do it "for real."  

But my watercolor wash ended up being very dark and I thought to that looks like a frog pond.......and before I knew I had frogs playing leap frog across the pool!

Cecile my oh so talented friend from across the big pond has a delightful sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I am also adding this card to the CAS Summer watercolour gallery.

Stamp Sets:  Ribbit Ribbit (Avery Elle), Hoppy Days (Newton's Nook)
Ink:  Black, Zig Watercoloring