Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fusion: Black and Orange






We've already had some Halloween fun this week. Yesterday morning the dogs started barking and chasing a bat through the dining room! If I'm outside I'm ok if a bat flies by...... but in the house.....yeow!  But you know the Big Guy is never without a plan!  First he opens the front door while I toss him a tennis racket from the cellarway.  Then he closes the French doors to try to confine it to the main hall while I barricade myself in the laundry room.  Then he sits on the stairs while the dogs hopefully chase it out the open front door......but if it turns to head up the stairs ........ well you know what would happen!

We live in an area where a bat will find its way inside now and then.  The rational side of my brain knows they are harmless and valuable critters......but the irrational side of me makes me hide in the laundry room.   I am happy to report the little guy found the front door and escaped from a howling dachshund, two yapping poodles......and the Big Guy's racket!


We also had this visitor near our camp this week snacking on some berries along the road.......and the plan for dealing with this critter is simple........leave the area immediately!







 We have a great inspiration photo and sketch this week at Fusion!  I used both!  Hope you join us!


Stamp Sets:  Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Season to Sparkle, Holiday Home, Cutie Pie (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Whisper White, Halloween Night DSP

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who Me? FMS301







Aren't you just waiting for everything to slide off that shelf and fall into the sea of jumbled letters? I am!  My father and I found always found humor in things slightly askew.....and I think that's how I like my friends too!  I may have trouble deciding who gets this card!

Like Cooper for instance.......just look at that smirk on his face!  It's as if he is saying of course I wanted to cover myself in smiley faces........why else would I have rolled in Emma's sticker stack?!?





Jen Brum, my talented friend from the north, has designed a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!

                                          

Stamps:  Bookcase Builder (SU!), To Thine Own Shelf (SSS)
Paper:  Whisper White, Color Theory DSP
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, Distress
Stencil:  Jumbled Letters (MFT)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What Was I Thinking?





The Big Guy is a very observant person.....me not so much.  I go through life in my own little bubble and take Emma with me! This week Emma and I went to the Post Office and I let her pick out my stamps.  She chose a page of Disney Villains with large, colorful images. We had a grand time talking about the villains and their movies.  I may have even sung a verse or two of the Cruella DeVil song while we happily slapped stamps on my cards to mail.  As I dropped the cards into the mail slot it dawned on me that I mailed two sympathy cards and three get well cards adorned with a crafty evil queen, a mean old stepmother, a shady conniving fox, a scary sea witch and a crazy croquet playing queen!  So not appropriate........



                                               


I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch and the cue word Safari from CASology to design my card today.  And I guess it would be ok to use Scar from the Lion King on the envelope!


                                                     



Stamp Sets:  Hero Arts Safari Set
Ink:  Distress, Black
Paper:  Go Wild DSP, Tip Top Taupe

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In The Pink





A few years ago I was at the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City when my daughter called.  She was very excited that she had just signed up to sell thirty-one products.  I had no idea what they were. Well the ladies around me at the table filled me in right away and raved about their products - especially for holding or transporting stamping supplies!  So I am now a convert and my craft room is filling with all sorts of handy 31 products to hold supplies!  If you have a 31 product working hard in your craft room I would love to hear about it!

And then there are the lucky bags that get to go to the lake with us!



So this card is off to Erin to say Congrats on running a successful business and being promoted to Director!  (Her recent convention reminded me a lot of our SU! gatherings!)





I used the sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch and Fabulous Flamingo for my card today - had to keep with the pink theme for 31!




Stamp Set: Fabulous Flamingo
Ink:  Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Black
Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Whisper White

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy 300 Freshly Made Sketches!






Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating this week......300 Sketches!  That is amazing!  Let's see according to my math....which can be sketchy at times.....300 times 10 Design Team cards plus 300 times an average gallery of 75 equals over 25,000 cards!  Yeow that is amazing! What is even more amazing is that no two were alike.   And it never gets old - I love seeing what everyone creates!  If you add your card to our gallery this week you get a chance to win all of the cards that the team designed this week!  Hope you join us this week to help us celebrate 300!






Stamp Sets: Wood Words, Beautiful Bouquet
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Dies:  Stitched Shapes (SU) Scalloped Frames (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fusion: Pastel Pencils







Words to live by.........but if you are reading my blog I bet you already know that!




             I used both the sketch and the picture as my inspiration at Fusion!  Hope you join us!

                                 


Stamp Set: Crafting Forever
Paper:  Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Pick A Pattern DSP
Ink: Flirty Flamingo
Die Cuts: Stitched Hillsides (Lawn Fawn), Pencils (Sugar Pea)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Whew! FMS299






Directions to make this card:

1 - Mask off rectangles and sponge inks in rainbow order to create vertical elements.

2 - Choose a large Happy Birthday sentiment and balloon images to stamp but decide to cut a stitched border before stamping.

3 - Make the Big Shot sandwich and totally fail to notice that there is a die stuck to the underside of the top plate.........


because there is cardstock being used as a shim on top of the plate which hides the rogue die!



4 -   Run your sandwich with the stowaway die through the Big Shot and end up with a stitched frame AND the word friend cut out in the middle of your project!

5 - Swear......loud enough so the Big Guy hollers "What's wrong?"

6 - Head to the kitchen for a bowl of ice cream then return to craft room fortified and ready to start all over.

7 -  Look at the ruined card front still on the desk and think......"Wait maybe I can save this!"

8 - A bit of trimming, a switch to butterflies and flowers, and a bit more diecutting and a new creation is born!

Whew this stamping stuff is hard work!






Kim our oh so talented designer from out west has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you join us!



Stamp Sets:  Jar of Love (SU), Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Dapper Denim, Distress
Lovely Words Thinlits (SU)
Glitter Enamel Dots (SU)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing....FMS298





Once upon a time long ago a princess (me) and her prince (the Big Guy) lived in a castle (an old two family house).  The princess was great (huge) with child and had been sent to bed to await the birth.  The prince decided the princess needed total peace and quiet and would not rent out the upper chambers.  One day while the prince was sharing his knowledge (teaching) and the princess was resting (watching soaps) a fairy godmother (realtor) who knew of the empty rooms appeared. With her was another royal couple (and a toddler and a cat) from a distant land (job transfer) who were desperate for lodging before winter.  This new princess was greater (twins) with child and also needed rest. There was an instant connection between the two princesses and the first princess said "Of course you can all move in!" (And the Big Guy later said "Are you crazy?")  But by the New Year the castle sheltered three new babies, a toddler, a cat and a dog. Every day the two princes set off for their duties while the two princesses chatted, laughed and played (and changed diapers) all day!

That was forty years ago and we are all still friends even though we now live in separate kingdoms. We got together and had a great visit this past weekend!  Life is a beautiful thing for sure............and the Big Guy isn't always right........







I am excited to be hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along - I will be by to check out your gallery!


I sponged distress inks in shades of green and orange on white paper and then used a diecut from  Seasonal Layers to make the leaves.

Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons
Ink: Sahara Sand, Distress Inks
Paper:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fusion: Hello






It was very quiet in my house the other night while I made this calm soft thank you card.  I must have been inspired by the four hours of peace and quiet while the Big Guy took the troops to Monster Jam.  Who knew this little girly girl would love Monster Trucks!?!?!?





And she even got Gravedigger's autograph!






No ear protectors necessary in my craft room.....it was delightful......





I used both the sketch and the photo this week for inspiration at Fusion - your choice what to use!  Hope you play along!



Stamp Set: Tranquil Tulips
Die Cut: Avery Elle Hello, Stitched Edges
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White,  Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Garden Green, Crumb Cake





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sending Sunshine and Smiles......FMS297





A friend of ours was recently given a diagnosis that no one wants to hear.  After our initial conversations and the shock of it all I decided I just can't keep sending him "oh I'm so sorry - be strong" cards. We were summer neighbors at the lake for 25 years before he retired and moved south so we have lots of fun memories.  Every week I jot down one of those memories in a card and send it out.  I am hoping if the memory makes me smile it may make him smile too!  This card is headed south tomorrow reminding of the time he tried to swamp his brother's Sunfish and ended up swamping himself instead........as the crowd on the beach cheered!


My talented friend Jen Mitchell has a great sketch for us this week......just slightly askew....fun!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!


www.freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Seaside Shore









I surprised myself when I bought this stamp set. I thought it was cute and I do love the ocean.  So why was I surprised?  Well I'm not a fish fan - don't want to see them, touch them, smell them or eat them!  I sit with my back to the aquariums in waiting rooms!  My poor kids grew up without a goldfish or two.  And when I go in the lake I keep telling myself that there are no fish in the lake...none at all....hah! Maybe this fear comes from a crazy fish we had in our aquarium when I was young. It was a big catfishy looking thing that lived for years. My father loved his fish tank and especially that fish.  Every now and then it would launch itself out of the tank and land on the carpet next to the couch....true story!  My father would laugh and plop it back in the tank until the next time.  I confess to saving that thing twice because no one else was in the living room.  But good fortune doesn't last forever......one day it launched itself into an empty living room......



If you have just viewed Kelly's wonderful work you are right on track!  If not head on back.....



But if you are going right in order Mickey and her terrific creations are next!



Stamp Set: Seaside Shore
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Calypso, Watercolors, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Watercolor

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dreamers Gotta Dream.........FMS294





This is my life......forever trying to sneak time in an Adirondack chair to read. But there is always something going on in this family of ours!  This past weekend the Big Guy and Emma's daddy put up her new swingset....which she calls her playground.  It was quite the event.  I'm not sure if the language of the builders was always playground appropriate but hey they worked ten hours for free!  My daughter was the gopher and I provided lunch.....and we both wrangled puppies!



The pups were eventually banished to the playhouse.....even though they preferred to be underfoot!







I love the sweet square sketch my friend and talented Artisan Jen Timko designed for us this week!  Hope you join us at Freshly Made Sketches!



Stamp Sets:  Bike Ride (SU!) My Sunshine (SSS) Blissful Butterflies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Die Cuts: Seasonal Layers(SU!) Stitched Layers (SU!)
Ink: Distress, Soft Suede, Black, Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fusion: Sand, Beach....and Sunshine!







Those summery beach signs were my inspiration for my card today.  We are a long way from the nearest ocean but luckily "our" lake is nearby!  We search for flat rocks to skip instead of seashells and float on big old tractor inner tubes instead of surfboards. OK so no fresh seafood but wood grilled pizza and barbecued ribs taste good too! Our sandy beach is smaller but there is plenty of lawn for softball, volleyball and rolling tube races.  It takes a lot of talent.....and a lot of crazy.....to climb into the hole of the tube and let your friends roll you across the lawn, over the sand and into the lake.  

But in the meantime there is something wonderful about being the only person lakeside after the holiday weekend is over......no kids, no dogs, no boats.......just me and my book of the week :)







I took my cue from the beachy photo at Fusion this week. Hope you play along using the sketch, the photo or both!




The fun sketch at Global Design Project this week reminded me of the beach signs so I used it for my card!


                                       


Stamp Sets: Sending Sunshine (Wplus9), My Sunshine (SSS)
Inks: Black, Distress Oxide
SU Stripes Stencil
Paper: Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Christmas in July....FMS295





Once upon a time long ago our family was small......the kids were little and getting together for family events was easy. But kids grow up, move away and have their own kids and suddenly getting together at holiday time was tough - especially in the winter!  So a few years ago we decided to gather once a year over Fourth of July weekend at our camp on the lake.......and Cuzziepalooza was born!  It is two days of fun, family, food, and surprises - a bit like Christmas in July!

                                            




My very talented Australian friend Narelle has us going in circles this week at Freshly Made Sketches - hope you join in the fun!
                                                   


Stamp Ink Paper has a Christmas in July theme this week!



Die Cuts:  Seasonal Layers (SU!), Let It Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Gold Foil, White, Be Merry DSP




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Coffee Cafe





The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Coffee Cafe this week - such a fun set!




As you read this we will be halfway through a long Fourth of July weekend at the lake.  Today was our annual Cuzziepalooza Day.  Lots of cousins.....lots of fun!  And all the moms and dads will need lots of coffee tomorrow morning!  


If you just came from seeing Charlet's wonderful work you are right on track - if not you can head back and check it out!




Thanks for stopping by - now head onward to see what treats Twila has in store!


 


Stamp Sets:  Coffee Cafe, Kinda Eclectic
Paper:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP, Wood Textures DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight