Thursday, November 20, 2014

CCEE1447 Oh Snap!

Maryann challenged us to make a card using photos, photo stamps, etc.  How cool that our grandson Nate is a photography major in college.  Here is the birthday card I will send to him!!

Please feel free to join us in this, and our other weekly challenges!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CCEE1446 Bargello

Maryann challenged us to create a card using the Bargello Technique, which you can find HERE.

Here's mine:

I had fun with some cute little bunnies and a variety of brown papers.  I think I could send this anytime, not just on Easter.

Please join us on our blog, and if  you upload, add CCEE1446 to your keyword.  See you next week!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CCEE1445 Movember

Our Hostess for the month of November is Maryann Einam, one of our two "down Under" gals.  For her first challenge:

MOVEMBER - A Global Movement raising funds for Male issues (

She challenged us to create a card that features a moustache.  Here's mine:

I hope you will notice the wonderful droopy moustache, and the nice beads that are threaded on the twine.  I love this fabulous face!

Please join us, and be sure to add CCEE1445 to your keyword.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CCEE1444 Make a Scene!

The challenge is to make a scene.  I'm good at that.  Oh!  A card scene......well, I'm not as practiced at that, but here's what I did.

I can't remember what it's called, but I had some ink left on my brayer, and I rolled it on some white cardstock.  I saved it, and used it as a basis for this reflection card.  I added one of my favorite sayings, and I love it!!  Doesn't this look like a wonderful winter scene?

Please join us today, and every Thursday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CCEE1443 Autumn

Our challenge from Liz and Lynn is to make a card using the rich, wonderful colors of Autumn.

I love the beautiful jewel tones in the leaves, but not the omen they give regarding the end of the year!!  I just got these fabulous die cuts, and was delighted to use them for this card.  Pretty, even if I do say so myself.  Please join us.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CCEE1442 Halloween Fun

Our challenge this week is to make a Halloween card using our favorite ghoul, ghost or monster.

The children and grandchildren in this family have become zombie fans (who can figure!), so this card will go to one of them.  I added a bunch of Halloween stuff that I really like, especially the ghosts and drippy blood, so I guess part of this is MY favorite!  Please join us!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Owl Birthday

Today I made a card using only punches.  White on white is fabulous, don't you think?

I used the Owl punch for the three owls, of course.  The balloon is the 1" circle punch, and the branch comes from the bird punch.  I finished up with the party hat punch.......all these are from Stampin' Up.

you can see that I made a non-standard card.  Usually I make an A2, but this one is 6" x 3 3/8", and will fit in a check sized envelope.

The cord is silver, the eyes are rhinestones, and everything is popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for taking a peek at my card today.  I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing long weekend.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CCEE1441 International Drum Month

Our challenge today is to make a card using a drum or other musical instrument to celebrate music as the international language.  I thought it called for some RED.  Please join us!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CCEE1440 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liz and Lynn are the Hostesses for the month of October, which is also Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We were asked to make a card, and send it to a survivor.  Mom and I are both breast cancer survivors, but I'm not going to keep the card will go to my friend in Pennsylvania who is finally in remission!!!  Here's the card for Elaine:

Please join us, and send a card to someone who will be uplifted by it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nature's Leaves - Hostess Post (ME!)

Today I was hostess at SCS for the Technique Lover's Challenge.  It was the second time, and I was still so nervous about posting it correctly.  My friend in Texas, Joan, held my hand as she led me through it again!

The challenge came out okay, and lots of people have made fabulous and interesting cards, using what I called "Punched strips".  You'll have to go to my gallery to get the directions.

Here is the card I made showing the punched strips.  I hope you like it too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CCEE1439 Dog Card

For Lois' last challenge, she challenged us to make a card with a dog in honor of National Dog Week (Sept. 21-27).


I love the dog in this Penny Black stamp!  He's all paper pieced, and looking forward to Halloween.  I added a strip punched from a Martha Stewart oldie but goodie, and some orange pearls.

Please join us this week, and come back again next Thursday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CCEE1438 Wordplay Challenge

From our hostess Lois - "In honor of "Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day", include on your card something that starts with each of the following letters - H U G."

H = herd (of cows)
U = udders (of course)
G = grass

I stamped and colored some cute SU cows, punched the grass, and die cut the sun and clouds.  The bg is embossed with an old folder, and everything is popped up.  I didn't have the letters, except in some tiny wooden ones, so I rubberbanded them, and it worked.  Not that I'll do that again.  I think I like the look of computer generated words better.  At any rate, here are my HUGs.

Please join us in this fun challenge, and come back in a week for another!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lots of Butterflies

Our Featured Stamper this morning (Jennifer - Mother'sDaughter) made a beautiful card with some butterflies on it.  I used that card as a basis for my own, adding more to it (stencil via lightbox), and a big die cut elegant flutterer.  Here it is:

I thought I would share it because I just love how lacy and elegant it is!!  Have a great day, and GO Patriots!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CCEE1437 Odd Day

Our hostess this month, Lois, challenged us to use an odd number of the same embellishment.  I added five brads to this birthday card.


Please join us for this easy peasy challenge, and be sure to post your card to our blog HERE.

See you next week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Anniversary to US!

Today is our 51st Anniversary....the beginning of the 52nd year!  Wow.  Went by fast, and I'm still in love with the big guy.  Last night we went out to eat, just the two of us, while middle son and family stayed and cooked for Mom.  Nice treat.  On we go to the next milestone, I guess.  I don't often share, but wanted to let you know we have decided to reinvest in each other. LOL.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hot off the press - Oliver

Our Great grandson Oliver will be a year old on the 19th of this month.  I made a card for him this morning:

It was a challenge at SCS, and was inspired by the title, "Puppy Dog Tails".  Here are some pictures of Oliver that came this morning, all the way from Las Vegas!

Look at the dimples!


Messy Face
This boy is the image of his Daddy, our grandson Justin!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CCEE1436 Newspaper

Lois Bak is our hostess for the month of September.  Since she told us today is Newspaper Carrier Day, she challenged us to use newsprint on our cards.

We stopped subscribing to a delivered paper in favor of receiving the news on line.  Our landfill doesn't need any more!!  So.....I printed up something and used it as my newsprint.  I hope I don't hear the stamping police!  Here's what I made:

Please join us HERE, and join us again next week for another challenge.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CCEE1435 Herringbone

For her last Challenge, Amber has chosen the Herringbone Technique.  She calls it a fun technique using up scraps of paper.  Well, it does use up scraps of paper, but it was more involved than just fun!!! (But that's me!!)  Here's mine:

It took a while to find papers that went together, but I finally found some.  Then I had to find a bigger piece!  I added some die cuts, and a ribbon, and now that it's done I really like it!!

I made my own enamel dots, using Perler beads, and baking in the oven on parchment paper for 35 min at 325 degrees. 

Join us.  Please remember if you post your card to add the keyword CCEE 1435.  See you next month with a new hostess.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Classes with Dina Wakley!!

I spent the weekend (all day Saturday and Sunday) at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield MA.  I took three classes taught by Dina Wakley, Strong and Powerful Women, Beyond the Inkpad, and Making Faces.

Here is Kate (store owner) and Dina (on the right) before class.
I was talked into the class (didn't take much!) by my friend, Julia Aston (here with Dina) and Dina with me.

Dina is a talented (and crazy) person, full of fun, and covered with all kinds of paint.
Julia and I started out clean and pretty neat, but soon looked like her.
Dina brought all kinds of supplies with her, and we added our own, and by the time we were not far into it, we had our spots at our tables completely full.

Here's my Art Journal with some of the things we learned:

Beyond the ink pad......stamps and stencils and ink and paint and gesso.......

For the class on strong and beautiful women, these are pages created from the bottom layer up.....gesso, paint, stencils, stamps, dressing, like paper dolls (using painted deli paper and chinese rice paper). We inked up Dina's new stamps!

The class on Sunday was arduous, to say the least.  We spent six hours learning to draw faces (some with success, some not), and color them.  We used paint, sumi Calligraphy paint, india ink, Ranger stains,  Stabili art pencils, and color blocking.  Here are some of my results.

First we were told to draw a face.  Mine is awful.....but wait until you see the pages from the end of the class.

Mine don't look like Dina's faces, but neither did anyone else's.  Here are some of the pages of those sitting around me:

And here's one of Dina's!!

At the end we played "Show and Tell", and what a perfect ending.........Kate with her book, and Dina!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CCEE1434 For the Teacher

Amber says, "School starts back up today for my kids! (I'm doing the happy dance!!)  So let's make a card or item that can be given to the teacher at open house or first day of school.

I think this card qualifies for open house (or for the end of the year), but not first day.  Since my children have been out of school forevah (last one graduated high school in 1989!), I needed to really think about this!

How cool that I had the owl and apple punches, and had two different papers with pencils on them!

Please join us, this week and every week, for a fun challenge.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Saturday!

Saturday used to be my favorite day of the week.  Now that I am retired, EVERY day is Saturday! How cool is that???  This morning I made a card in wonderful colors ...... shades of peach.  I have no one in mind to send it to, so it will go in my stash of cards.  I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CCEE1433 In Sympathy

This week Amber gave us a "saying goodbye" challenge.

I made a sympathy card that I could send to a man.  I used masculine colors, and nothing fancy...... just a die cut of cattails and a lacy oval.

Please join us this week and every week with your card for the challenge.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CCEE1432 Piggy at the Fair (Mixed Media down one post)

Our hostess for the month of August is Amber Hillman.  For her first challenge, she has asked us to make a card having an object or animal that you would find at a County Fair (she and her kids are part of 4-H), and extra points for having green.

Here is Piggy at the beach, enjoying a cold treat.  And wouldn't you know it, she's carrying her green purse (to pay for her treat!).

The water looks really nice, but not to Piggy, who is merely a sun-worshipper in her blue bikini.

This Piggy has never been to the County Fair, and would be appalled to see her distant relatives in their pens!

Feel free to join us, and be sure to add CCEE1432 to your card!  See you next week!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mixed Media Challenge #2

Today I made a card for the Mixed Media Challenge (which you can find HERE).  The theme is Summer, and the optional part is burlap, which I decided to forgo.

My idea of summer is sitting on my porch watching my garden fill up with bees, gathering nectar from bee balm, daisies, and a variety of other perennials.

I used modeling paste on a honeycomb stencil, distress ink and spritzers with ink and water, acrylic paint, mesh with sponges and paint brushes, and RED sharpies for the bee balm.  The bees are stamped with Archival Ink, and I used an orange marker for their bodies and glitter glue for their wings. The sentiment is cut out and popped.  This really looks like my garden, complete with weeds!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dare To Get Dirty Challenge

This challenge was to use a triangle shape.  I combined it with another challenge, to make a seasonal scene.  this was great fun.  I hope you like it!  I'm also entering it in Virginia's View Challenge HERE.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CCEE1431 I Love Paris

Our Hostess Shirley challenged us to make a card related to a song title.  Here's mine:

"I Love Paris" has always been a favorite song of mine.  I've never been to Paris (Sabrina's favorite place), but I don't necessarily think that's a requirement.  I hope you like my card, and that you will join us this week!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CCEE1430 Recipe!

Here's the recipe Shirley gave us to follow:  2 circles, 1 oval, and two or more octagons.  This one was tough for me.  I ended up making an octagonal card, using a second octagon inside the first.  The two flowers are circles, and the tag is an oval.  Here it is:

I also sponged the oval, adding a bee, and put gems in the center of the flowers.  The branch of leaves is from Sizzix, and the flowers are from Lil Inker.

Join us again next week.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CCEE1429 Chickens!

Shirley's challenge this week is to make a card with a chicken (Watch out for those chickens!)

I never seem to have enough get well cards, so that's the theme of my card this week.  Nothing wrong with a little chicken soup!!  Please join us again this week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Today I made a card in honor of the featured stamper at SCS.  I cased a card she made of a birdhouse, that was blue and white, with lots of butterflies.  Mine is ALL white, and has birds in a nest in the hole....and a sign on the fence ....makes a nice Anniversary card, huh?

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CCEE1428 Repurpose!

As her second challenge, Shirley said, "We all have bits and pieces of things we have saved in our stash for those "just in case we need it moments'."

I have saved a mesh bag that came with some stuff in it from the Dollar Store........who knows what that might have been!  Anyway, I cut the bag to make a bg for the flowers.  Here's my card for the challenge:

I bought this wonderful LARGE stamp, and finally made it in its real size (made it smaller before).  The colors are kinda bland, but I think I like it this way.  Maybe again I will make it in shades of RED.  What do you think???

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mixed Media Challenge #1 (CCEE below)

There is a challenge at the Mixed Media Blog.  The theme is "Nature", and for this challenge we can use a tag.  Here is mine:

I started with a manilla tag, stenciling with Peeled Paint Distress ink.  With a honeycomb stencil, I added gesso, then more ink in honey.

Using my cuttlebug, I die cut the Sizzix bee and leaves.  The leaves are shaped with McGill rollers, and the bee was colored with Tim Holtz markers in honey and pumice.  The flower was curled with a bone folder, layered and pierced to admit a sparkle brad.

The small tag was stamped with part of a saying and sponged on the edges, and along with the bee, popped up.  I punched a green circle to cover the tag hole, and tied light green satin through it. Last, I added crystal glitter glue to the wings of the bee.

HERE is a link to the challenge

CCEE1427 RED, White, and Blue

Our hostess for the month of July is Shirley.  Her first challenge to us is to make a RED, white and Blue card (and it doesn't have to be patriotic).  Here's mine:

Please join us, and be sure to come back next week!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mixed Media

My friend Julia and I have signed up for a couple of classes in August to learn how to make Art Journals.  The class is being taught by Dina Wakley who is a Mixed Media artist.  As a result of taking the class, we had to buy a number of things that we'll be using, and since this is all new to me, I thought I should try something Mixed Media.  Here is the card I just made:

I applied acrylic paint, bubble wrap, spackle (with a stencil), then distress ink that was spritzed with water on a rubber stamp.  I stamped a saying to make it a get well card.  I think it's not too bad for a first effort.  Next time, I'll use the background to add a die cut or something other than a stamp.

Thanks for looking.  If you have any recommendations as to how I should progress, feel free to let me know.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CCEE1426 Sunglasses

For my last challenge, I chose the theme Sunglasses.

Now that the sun is directly overhead, we all need to be protecting our peepers, right Joanne?  Please make a card that  uses sunglasses.

Here's mine:

I had fun with some die cuts....waves, cloud, make this card.  I can think of a lot of different sayings to put inside.  I 'll decide when I send it.

I hope you will join us, and will link your card HERE.

See you next Thursday with a new hostess and a new month of challenges.