Saturday, May 23, 2015

First and Last Day of school

First Day of School for Erin

My daughter sent me these pictures of our Granddaughter Erin, and her little brother Tommy, taken on the steps of their house, one in 2003, and one in 2015.  Erin and her sidekick Tommy have sure grown up.  She is graduating from Wachusett High School on June 6th.  He is finishing his Freshman year.

When she was little, and would argue with him, I told her one day he would be bigger than she was, and to be very, very careful.  Well, he just turned 15, and look at him!

I thought this set of pictures was too good not to share.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CCEE1521 Fabric and Corrugated Paper

This week Joanne challenged us to use fabric and corrugated paper on our card /project.  The corrugated paper can be made using a crimper or already be crimped.  The fabric must be something other than ribbon.

Here's mine:

In another life I was a dressmaker.  You will laugh at this:  I have NO fabric.  I found some that I had saved from the wrapping of some apple butter made by a friend, so that dictated a Christmas card.

After sewing for so many years I ruined my hands, and subsequently had to have surgery last year on both thumbs, having bones removed.  Luckily it hasn't hampered my cardmaking!!LOL!

In addition to this cute fabric, I sewed (yes I did) with my daughter's old machine - she has my beloved Bernina - , punched out a holly strip, and added a bow with a snowflake brad.

Please join us HERE, and link your card/project.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fabulous Grands!!

Last night I attended the Achievement Awards at Wachusett High School, where two of my grandchildren matriculate.  Erin is a Senior and Tommy is a Freshman

Erin received the Achievement Award for her Excellence in Restaurant Management.  She has just returned from Anaheim CA where (after winning the statewide competition) she competed in the National Restaurant Association Pro Start Program against 48 teams, and came in 13th.  We are going to her graduation on June 6th, and she leaves July 6th for New England Culinary Institute.  Upon graduation, she will have a Bachelor's Degree in Pastry and Baking.

Tommy is a first year Latin student.  He took the International Latin exam (along with 11,000 other freshman) and scored a Level 1 Silver Maxima Cum Laude.  The award was a certificate and a silver medal.  Not a bad start to his High School years!

We are so proud of our grands!!

 Erin is the blond, third from the right.  As the names were called, they were added to the wall below.

 Tommy is the farthest student on the right.  and is already a tall and handsome guy!
Here is Tommy after receiving his award.

Thanks for looking, and allowing me to brag about my smart (and beautiful) high schoolers!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CCEE1520 Acrylics and Inks

Joanne challenged us to create a bg using inks, but no stamps or embossing folders.  There has to be something acrylic on the card or project.  You can use stamps for the main panel, but the bg must be made without stamps or embossing folders.

My bg was made using distress ink spray in London blue and postbox RED.  I used the same colors on a manila tag, embossing, and then sponging on white acrylic paint.  Then I used Versamark and white embossing powder on the fireworks, adding gold to all the edges.  I topped it off with white ribbon, an eagle charm and brad, and gold star brads.  Whew.

Please join us on our blog, linking your card or project HERE.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CCEE1519 Three-part Challenge

Joanne is our hostess for the month of May.  Her first challenge is to use an embossing folder, brads, and a self-made flower.  (You can use dies to create the flower if you want).  Here's mine:

As you can see, I went with my favorite color combination (and Joanne's too!), and the music embossing folder.  Joanne Travis was kind enough to send me these petals and leaves, which I curled and layered for my flower, and used a white brad to hold it together.  I finished off with a strip of white cs, black gingham ribbon, and brads.

Please join us and be sure to link your card HERE.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CCEE1518 National Astronomy Day

Our last challenge from Frances this month is to make a card/project which includes stars.  Here's mine:

I just couldn't resist using starfish, and as an afterthought added not only a star, but a star saying.

Please join us, linking your card/project to our blog HERE.  See you again next week!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Crafting with Richele Christensen - The Whole Weekend! (Long Blogpost!)

Our fabulous LSS, Absolutely Everything in Topsfield MA, invited Tim Holtz distressing expert Richele Christensen for three classes.  My friend Julia Aston (artystamper at SCS) told me it was registering, so I hustled and signed up with her for all three.  Here are the results............

Distress is Best Class - cards

Down By The Sea Mini Configuration Book

 This is the inside (with the lantern unlit
 Here is the front
Here is the inside again, with the lantern lit in the upper corner, center.

The second day...............

Collection Folio

I know it's a lot to take in, but guess what it was like making these fabulous projects!!

Be sure to check out Richele's blog HERE.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CCEE1517 Hug an Australian Day

Frances challenged us today to use a cute critter that we think is huggable (and bonus points is we use an animal native to Australia.  Of course, I used a Koala Bear!

I think he's just plain adorable.  Don't you?

Please join us HERE on our blog so we can see your cute critter too!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CCEE1516 A Favorite Book for Inspiration

Our challenge today is an inspiration, as this is National Librarian Day.  We are to use a book (children's or adult's) on which to base our cards.  Here's mine:

One of my favorites is "The Time Traveler's Wife".  I thought this beautiful large image was perfect for portraying beauty, travel, and pensiveness (as she wonders where Henry is, and what year it may happen to be!).

The color didn't show up well, but it's in lavender and purple.  I added some die cut poppies and a ribbon to finish it off.

Please join us, and let us know your favorite book too!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CCEE1515 Stencil

Our challenge from Frances today is to use a stencil.  Easy peasy!

My card uses a single stencil that I bought about 15 years ago in the wallpaper department. I guess it was about time I used it!!

Please join us the fun and show us your stencil!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CCEE1514 Humor

Our hostess for the month of April, Frances challenged us to make a card using either a funny sentiment or a humorous image or both.  Yesterday was April Fool's Day, and this month is National Humor Month, so show us some fun!!

Here's mine:

I used some crimping and piercing to go along with my funny image.  The inside says, "Heard you caught a bug.  Hope you get rid of it soon!"

Please join us.

Monday, March 30, 2015

I'm the hostess

...of course with the mostest.  LOL.  This week I am the hostess at SCS for the Technique Lover's Challenge.  I challenged the group to make a card using only cardstock, and in only one color (but not white).  Here are my samples:

I hope you will try this!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CCNS Challenge # 78 Bunnies Rule!

Here's my card for this week's challenge at Classy Cards n Such..........HERE.

These bunnies are in a hurry....only a week to go!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CCEE1513 Lamb

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb (we hope!).  My final challenge this month is to make a card using the image of a lamb.  If you have no lambs, you may use any farm animal.

On my card, an escapee is going to have a better day than his pasture-mates, for sure!

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.  Thanks for joining me this month.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CCEE1512 Weather

We expect March winds. This week I have challenged the CCEE Stampers to make a card with a weather theme.  Here's mine:

I thought this get well card (with the funny panel) would be great for a guy friend who can use soon cheer.

Please join us, linking your card HERE, and join me again next week for my last challenge of March.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


The challenge this week at Classy Cards n Such (#76) is to use green.  Here's what I made:

Have fun and join in HERE.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


March's holiday is St. Patrick's Day.  My  challenge to you this week is to make a card using the color GREEN.

As always, if posting to another site, please add the keyword CCEE1511, and be sure to add your card to our blog HERE so we can see it too.

Here's mine, to start us off:

Anne Harmon - Inkinginred

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Classy Cards n Such Challenge #75

The Challenge at Classy Cards n Such this week is to use an EDGE (On The Edge).  I used  Curved Borders Two by Spellbinders for my little Easter card.

The wreath under the bunnies and the bunnies themselves are Memory Box dies. I also added some cute little cotton tails from Savvy Stamps.

Please join the challenge HERE.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Congratulations Erin and Jordan!

Our granddaughter Erin, and her team partner Jordan won FIRST PLACE in the Pro Start State Competition.  You can read about Pro Start HERE.  They were in First Place at the local level, and were so delighted to win at the state level.  They received a $15,000. scholarship each to their respective culinary schools when they graduate from high school.

Here are  Jordan and Erin:

Now they will compete in the Pro Start Invitationals in Anaheim CA April 18-20.  This competition is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, who pays their plane and hotel expenses.  They also will receive scholarships from the Association, and will be honored with a dinner in June by the MA state assn.

We are so proud of the girls, and so pleased that the hard work that went into their presentations has been rewarded!!

 Hooray for our Erin and Jordan!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CCEE1510 Wild Animal/Lion

I am your hostess for the month of March.  March comes in like a LION.  My challenge to you is to make a card with a lion or wild animal theme.  Here's mine:

My lion is from a very old SU set.  I think this makes a wonderful birthday card for any guy......age 5 to whatever!!

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge #74

This week the Classy cards 'n Such Challenge has a quilt for inspiration.

And here's the card it inspired:

I loved the cars, fences, palm trees, so I decided we had to go with a "WOODY", Dude, to hang ten on a RED surfboard at the beach.  I hope you like it, and that you will join in the fun of the challenge.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

CCEE1509 Inlaid Die Cuts

Sabrina challenged us to a technique today, Inlaid Die cuts.  You can find the directions at SCS under tutorials.  Here's mine:

I used scraps of matching blues to make this birthday card for my cousin's little boy who will be 6.  The whale is from SU, and I added a PTI "HELLO", and an oval nestie.  The face is done with a googlie eye and marker.  Please join us!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CCEE1508 The Moon

Interestingly, because February is a short month, there can actually be years in which there is no full moon at all.  The last time this happened was 1999, the next time will be 2018.  So while this isn't one of those years, the challenge from Sabrina is to feature the moon.

Here's mine:

Inside it says, "Don't worry if you're making waves simply being yourself.  The moon does it all the time".  (Scott Stabile)

Please join us.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Oh Dear!

Here is my dear and sweet husband, snow blowing with a bad cold, bad throat, and a temperature of 101, and a cough that kept him up all night.  We are having more snow tomorrow.  Hardly fair.

He is 6'4" tall...can you imagine how deep our snow is???????????

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hot Tub and Pool?

There is a hot tub and a  pool under all this snoow.  The fence is six feet high, so that gives you a pretty good idea of the depth.  This month we have had over 100 inches of snow.  Enough already!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CCEE1507 Pearls

The Finnish word for February is "helmiku" which means "month of the pearl'.  That's  our challenge for this week.  We may use a pearl technique, liquid pearls, or real pearls.

I used pearls on the stick pin, the umbrella, and on the corners of the card.  The image is from A Day For Daisies and is water colored.  Please join us, and come back again next week!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Thoughtful - Challenge # 71

Classy Cards and Such Challenge #71 for this week - the Theme is Thoughtful, and there is a picture to inspire us.  Here is the picture:

and here
is my card............

Join in, and link your card for a prize if you win!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CCEE1506 Royal

Our hostess for the month of February is Sabrina Friel.  she reminds us that February 6th, 1952 was the day Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne.  She challenged us to make a card featuring crowns or royal images (and that playing cards could work for this too).

Here's mine:

As you can see, I used an embossing folder of the Queen of Hearts, and a little stamp for the ticket.  I think this makes a nice Valentine as well!  Please join us.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I'm the WINNER!

Classy Cards n Such is a new site for me.  They have a challenge every week, and this was the first time I entered.........and WON!  I need to thank my friend, Shirley, for passing along the information.

Here's the card I made for their LETTER IT challenge, a shaker card.  I laid the card down to take the photo, so all the beads wouldn't be in the bottom.

Thanks for looking, and you can visit them HERE for this coming week's challenge.