Thursday, July 28, 2016


Joanne, for her last challenge this month says,

"Today is National Milk Chocolate Day.  Let's make some deeeelish designs showing chocolate in some form or using the color chocolate."

I did both:
Please join us HERE

Sunday, July 24, 2016

May I brag???

Our beautiful granddaughter Erin, most of you know, is at New England Culinary Institute in VT.  Here is her latest creation for her cake class:  The theme is SUMMER ----

She says it's a lemon-raspberry gateau.  Here's a look at it more from the side:

Isn't it the most amazing looking cake?  I think I could eat some of this (or all of it) by myself!!!

It was so gorgeous I just had to share a look at it!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CCEE1629 Beach

Joanne's all-time favorite place is anywhere there is a beach.  She has challenged us to create a card that honors beaches.

I love the beach too!  Please join us HERE

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CCEE1628 Cows

Tomorrow is National Cow Appreciation Day!!!  And you didn't even know this, I'll bet!

Joanne's challenge says,

"Let's create a card with a cow or two on it.  If you happen not to have cow images, then use another "farm" animal.  Please add a fun sentiment OR make it a get well card."

I chose to make a get well card, using a fun image from Whipper Snapper and some Rusty Pickle paper.

Please join us, linking your card HERE

Thursday, July 7, 2016

CCEE1627 Ice Cream!

Joanne is our hostess for the month of July.  She tells us it is National Ice Cream month.  Our challenge is to celebrate by having some ice cream on our cards.

Please join us by linking your card HERE, and join us again next wee,!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CCEE1626 Mixed Media

Vicky'l last challenge is to use mixed media.  She says this is a real challenge to her, and it is to me too!

I had started this tag ages ago, and completely revamped it for this as a mixed media.  I used two different stencils, using spray distress ink and then gesso.  I added the rest on top.  That's about as mixed as I get!

Please join us, posting HERE.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

Twenty-one years ago today, we watched our beautiful daughter Amy marry the love of her life, Tom.  Here they are then:

And today:

Happy memories of that day.........and more happy days to come!  We love you both so much!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CCEE1625 Birds

Vicky says...

"I cannot tell a fib!  As most of you know, I love birds.  Let's use birds on our cards this week... Crazy Birds, real birds, cartoon birds ... whatever trips your trigger!  One, two, a flock ... it's your choice.  Show me those birds!"

I used Crazy Birds, and a sentiment from Tim Holtz as well.  The bg I made using mustard seed, marmalade, and peeled paint, spritzing with water.  I also used my die cuts on the birds, their beak, eyes, and wings.  It's a business sized envelope card.  I don't make many this size, but I wanted to add the three birds as I've seen them.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you will feel the urge to join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CCEE1624 Birthday

Vicky says that today is her sister's birthday.  She has challenged us to make some birthday cards .... something we can all stock up on.

I made a CAS card, very generic, something I could send to anyone, and with a single stamp as well.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nathan's Photos!!

Here are the two photos our grandson Nate took, and gave us.  I just had them framed, and they are on the dining room wall.  He just graduated from college with a double major, Business and Photography.  These photos were taken at night with long exposures, and are gorgeous!!

The top one was taken in a state park, the bottom one in Gloucester MA.

I'm posting these, not only with pride, but to show them at Splitcoaststampers where I made a card with the wrapping paper from the framer.  The challenge today was to use trash.  Here's the card (and it will go to Nate, who loves mail, even at almost 22), and saves all my cards (how special is that??????)

Thanks for looking!

CCEE1623 Donald Duck Day

Vicky says:  Donald Duck has been around since 1934.  Let's celebrate Donald by using a duck...real or imaginary, extra points if  you use Donald or any other fictional duck on your cards.

I have always loved this teeny stamp of the cutesy duck and the sentiment I put with it.  No Donald or extra points for me today!

Please join us and link your card HERE.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Confirmation Day

Today our grandson Tommy is being confirmed.  His mother, my daughter, posted a picture of him at his first communion:

This is Tommy now:

And this is the simple card I made (for a grown boy of 16) and will contain the check:

And now the Confirmand:

 And the yummy cupcakes Erin made;

The bishop put his Mitre on Tommy!

Tommy and his Godfather, Uncle Paul

And finally with Mom and Dad:

This was taken at the house, and Dad couldn't wait to change into shorts!  Boy was he fast!!  We had a great day!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

CCEE1622 Rocky Road Ice Cream Day

Our hostess for this month is Vicky Gould.  Here is her first challenge:

A day dedicated to the eating of Rocky Road Ice Cream!!!  A dessert made from chocolate,  marshmallows, nuts and an ice cream flavor.  Let's celebrate this popular ice cream by adding a dessert to our cards......use an ice cream cone, sundae, or any other Rocky Road dessert you can think of.  Let's get yummy!

Okay's mine!


My little chocolate Whipper Snapper bear is surrounded with milk and dark chocolate, and inside he says.....You are AWEsome!

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

P.S. His flavors are butter pecan, chocolate, strawberry, and pistachio, with chocolate and a cherry on top!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Some recent cards.............CCEE below

I haven't posted any weekday cards in a long time.  Here are a few I made for Splitcoast Stampers:

Thanks for looking!

CCEE1621 Blueberry Cheesecake!

Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day.  Who knew?  but it sounds so yummy.  Our challenge is to make a card with this theme in mind.

I used blueberry and cheesecake colors, and this saying from Inkadinkado that I just love.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

CCEE1620 Four Way Card

Our challenge today is to make a four way card.  You can find the tutorial HERE.

I think these little frogs from Your Next stamp are fun!!

Please join us, and link your card HERE

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Help opening the pool

Jay is still in his neck brace (until the 25th), so he asked for help from "the boys".  Tom brought Tommy and John, and David came for sheer brawn!

Tommy uncovering the diving board

Here's the director..proof he is being good!

This leaf cover smells like dead fish..Tom and Tommy are brave!

John was willing to pose.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Happy BIrthday to ME!!

Today is my 72nd birthday....and what a great start!!  Jay, the best husband in the world, wrote me a poem!  How cool is that??

Our sweet Erin, our culinary student granddaughter, gave me an outfit to wear this Saturday, when we go to Riverdance, and at the moment, she is making me popovers!!

Could any day be better than this???????????

CCEE1619 Fibromyalgia Awareness with Purple

According to the National calendar, today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  It's a chronic disease that our hostess Maryann has.  There is no cure, but maybe someday there will be.  Our challenge is to make a get well card and add a purple ribbon.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

CCEE1618 Let There Be Light

Maryann is our hostess for the month of May.  Her first challenge is to add a lighthouse to our cards.

Here's mine:

Please join us, and link your card to our blog HERE!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

CCEE1617 Baseball

Anne here with my last challenge for April.  It's baseball season again.  Promote your favorite team, their colors, or just a baseball theme.

My team is the Boston RED Sox, but I chose to use the theme of baseball, as I had this wonderful saying.  It has been languishing in a drawer!!  About time to get it inky.

Thanks for joining me this month.  I hope you will create something, and link it to our blog HERE.  We have a new challenge every Thursday, and love to have you join us!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CCEE1616 Spring Landscape and RED

Spring brings lots of changes to our landscapes.  Your challenge today is to make a scenic card, and be sure to add some RED (I Love RED!).

I love this green it's so pretty!  I colored the branches and trunk in brown, tore the bg, and added some RED birds.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

CCEE1615 One Layer and....

Anne Harmon back again with my second challenge for the month of April.  One layer cards are always easy to mail.  Create a one layer card with a water color panel or background.

Don't you just love these crazy birds?  My card uses only Tim Holtz stuff.......distress inks, image, sentiment and stars.  I added some sequins just because.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

CCEE1614 Masculine with Plaid

I'm your hostess for the month of April.  My challenge to you is to make a masculine card using plaid paper or stamp).

Be sure to link your card to our blog HERE.  See you next week!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

CCEE1613 Vintage Paris

According to the Days of the Year web site, today is Eiffel Tower Day.  So for our challenge this week, let's celebrate all things Parisian...It could be the Eiffel tower, French poodles, Berets, Champagne, RED/white/blue color combo.  You get the idea!

I made a vintage card.  Here's what I used:
Small Circle Burst (Memory Box)
French stamps and Cancellation
Eiffel Towel with postmark over
Key image with bow on top
Merci (Stampin' Up) in corner

Please join us, and link your card HERE

Friday, March 25, 2016

From Sandy and Laura for Easter!

What a nice surprise!  This morning my friends Sandy and Laura gave me flowers for Easter!  Here they are:

Aren't they the most beautiful hydrangeas you've ever seen???

I had to make them thank-you cards immediately, and since these pink hydrangeas were so gorgeous, that determined the theme of the card:

I used the tole technique (cut out layers and popped), and the card will please them, I know.  What nice friends they are !!  Thanks, Sandy and Laura!

Corner Fold Card for Mom

I just had to share a card I made for my mother for Easter.  It's called a Corner Fold,
and it's just the cutest thing.  Here are the pictures so you can see all the parts:

This is the way it looks as it comes out of the envelope.

Here is the inside, left and right as it opens up.

This is the base that folds up as it closes, and down as it opens.

  The reason it says "hoppy eggster" is because our oldest son, David, has called it that for years.

I used lots of die cuts (bunnies, chicks, clouds, sun, eggs, banner, letters), and painted the bunny on the front.  The lace on the front is a punch border, and the grass inside is a punch as well.

When I gave it to Mom her eyes really lit up.  It sure was worth all the work!!  Thanks for looking, and have a great Easter!