Our hostess for the first month of the new year (can it be 2017 already???) is Vicky Gould.
She loves birds, so her challenge is to show beautiful birds on our cards. Here ya go, Vicky!
I don't often try my hand at water color, but this image is just so beautiful, I gave it the brush and water. Because I didn't remove the paint at the end from my craft sheet, I got a few errant marks near the flowers...........so that's why the ribbon is where it is. Just another opportunity for embellishment!! LOL!
Please join us, and link your card HERE. See you next week.
For the very first year, I did not have Christmas. David, our eldest, offered to have us all, and gratefully I accepted. My knee surgery was not quite a week old, and I was glad to be able to sit for the most part.
Amy made Swedish meatballs with help from Tommy and John, and Erin made the beautiful tea rings from my last post. Tom made his fabulous corn casserole that we all missed on Thanksgiving.
David regaled us with rib roasts, spinach and cheese, and baked potatoes stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon (oh boy......that put me right over the top). Sarah made us dips and plenty of Chex Mix (my personal fav!).
The day before my surgery, Cousin Greg came and we made kruppkakor together - we've talked about doing it for years, and finally did - and I also made pickled pears and sylta, so we ended up with a Swedish Christmas after all.
There was WAY TOO MUCH food altogether, and by dinner time, Jay and I passed, going instead for a little nosh.
Everyone was pleased with presents. You can see our happy faces in this picture taken by Nate's girlfriend Samantha.
I hope your Christmas was as happy as ours was.....the only comment Jay and I made to each other was that we couldn't believe how fast the grands had become adults!
On the left: David, Sarah, Sam, and Nate in front.
Center: Jay and me (with one steristrip on my knee)
Right: Amy and Tom, Erin, John, and Tommy in front.
"According to the Days f the Year Web Site, the 10th of December is Gingerbread Decorating Day, and the 12th of December is Gingerbread House Day. So for our challenge this week, let's include something gingerbread related on our cards."
I just love this new set from SU with the gingerbread boy and girl, and used them to add to my Double Z Fold card.
Please join us in this our last challenge for the year. Post your card HERE.
This morning I am posting two pictures I got from our granddaughter at Culinary School. The first is the landscape as she walked from her apartment VERY EARLY to her pastry class......I think she leaves before 5:30 AM.
She called it "Walking in a Winter wonderland, and it sure is gorgeous!
Then this is her Final Exam in her Laminations class.........Cruffins (a croissant in the shape of a muffin), with brown butter pastry cream, and maple sugared pecans on top. They sold out immediately at the school bakery in downtown Montpelier. And no wonder!!
I just hate it when she sends pictures of her pastry.....I salivate for nothing!!! But...........
Sunday, November 27th is Pins and Needles Day, which commemorates the opening of a historical Broadway play called Pins and Needles. This week, let's create cards with a sewing theme, using either stamps, dies, papers, buttons, pins, needles, or any combination of the above.
Inside, my card says "What's Up?"
My stamps are from MFP, and I used the dress form die from PTI, along with the chevron dies, and an oval Nestie.
I don't usually post the cards I make daily......they are always on SplitCoastStampers if you really want to see them. (Or on Pinterest) Today was the exception.
I followed the sketch that's posted every Wednesday.
I turned it 90 degrees, and made my card. Here it is.
The trees in the front take the place of three of the circles, and for the fourth I die cut and sponged two clouds.
When I had it all done, it looked a little sparse, so I punched out some RED birds. Still not finished looking, I sprayed the whole card with White Linen to make snow. Then it was done.
I love the look of the gently sponged sky with soft clouds, and the pines in the background. I hope you like it too. If you are looking at this card, and you receive it in the mail for Christmas, you won't be surprised, but in real life, the cards are much better in person!
"Tomorrow, November 11th is Origami Day. Let's include something origami on our cards. It could be a folded shirt, dress, crane, a folded box - whatever you like."
I made an origami doll, following this SCS tutorial. At first I went to Pinterest, and tried a bat, then a frog, and ended up more confused than when I started!!! This one looks so easy, but it's NOT!!!
If you are brave, join us, and link your origami piece to our blog HERE.
Frances is our Hostess for the month of November.... Here is her first challenge:
"The 2nd of November was Wobbly Wednesday, the day to bring awareness to a condition called Nystagmus, a non-stop and uncontrolled movement of the eyes, symptomatic of problems with the visual system of the brain and body. For our challenge this week, let's add something wobbly on our card....it could be those fun wobbly eyes, action wobbles or some other form of movement on your card."
I just love this image and saying from Your Next Stamp, and after cutting it out, added an action wobble to the back of the light bulb for a little fun. This card will go to one of my grandsons.
Feel free to join us, adding your card to our blog HERE.
For her last challenge, Joanne gives us a recipe:
Circular and square elements
This was really fun!!
The Chloe Stems are the circular element. The 2 layer flowers have little tiny rhinestones inside them. I added leaves and a ribbon, and distressed the edges of the squares. This card is in very soft shades of green and tan, and was hard to photograph, so I've added a little description.
Thanks for looking. Please join the team for a look at what they have done, and add your card to our blog HERE.
According to Liz's research, it is More Herbs, Less Salt Day!! Herbs and plants add so much to our lives, so in honor of this unusual day, make a card with an herb or plant on it. I know we have lots of followers who love gardening, so any of these images would work great. You might even want to add colors that are named after herbs and plants: sage, thyme, lavender, cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, celery, olive, or cocoa, as well as all those you can think of. Have fun with it.
You can post your card with your comments HERE, or you can post it to SCS using CCEE1634 as your keyword.
Today I was a little off-beat.........hope you don't mind a little humor!!
Tomorrow is Liz's birthday, and also Orville Wright's. Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation to make it National Aviation Day, to honor Orville Wright. She thought it would be fun to hunt down an image of something man has made fly in the air. It might be an airplane, helicopter, rocket, jet, or hot air balloon. If none of these are available to you, how about a kite or a simple birthday balloon? Our bonus can be to make it a birthday card!!!
Happy Birthday Liz!!!
Please join us in wishing Liz a Happy day by adding to our blog HERE!
Yesterday Amy drove us to Montpelier to see the Cake class at NECI to see the Wedding Cakes the students had made. Erin's was of course the most beautiful, and by far the yummiest. The theme she was given was shades of pink. This was harder for her than you might think..........Pink was her favorite color when she was teeny, but not anymore!! Tiffany blue took over years ago.
Here is the cake she made, with her standing behind it so you can see the wire she bent into the shape of "LOVE":
This is her set-up on pink with flowers on the table and champagne in the flutes.
After we had a chance to appreciate all the work that went into the cakes, she removed the top layer,
Then, her Chef showed her how to cut it for us to taste!! Woo-hoo!
Here are the other cakes with their themes:
Ombre green (He had to make the bow 25 times before it came out right!
Shades of Blue
Chef gave the the remainder of the bottom layer (four cake layers and the filling was raspberry cream cheese!!) to us to take home for those who couldn't go !!
After the tasting we went to Erin's apartment to wait for her, out for lunch(!), shopping, then the 3 hour ride home, part of which was in a DELUGE!!
Thanks for looking.
P.S. I should have added that also along for the tasting was her boyfriend Nick and Terri, his mother. Nick doesn't like sweets (can you imagine???), but he did take a taste and approved of her work!!
Liz again with this week's challenge. The month of August is National Catfish Month. Fishing is a year round sport and hobby around where I live, especially saltwater fishing. So, for the challenge this week, find a fish, or someone fishing and it might make a perfect masculine card for your stash!!
I used the large F from SU, and added fish and dewdrops, cut out some water plants, and that's it!
Sister’s Day! Liz is here as the hostess for August. Here's her new challenge:
"As many of you know, or perhaps you don’t, Lynn and I are sisters. When we were asked to join the CCEE team at the same time, we both thought it would be fun to be doing this together. So, for your sister card, find an image of a pair or group of ladies or girls who just might be sisters doing things that sisters like to do."
Aren't these little girls adorable??
Please join us, and be sure to link your card HERE !
Yesterday, the crown was passed. My DH, Jay, has been the "cham-peen" fisherman in the family for many years. He caught a mail bag, and a snapping turtle off the Floating Bridge in Lynn MA as a kid. Later, in Wellfleet, on the Cape, with squid for bait, he caught 2 sandsharks and 2 squids. Amazing, right?
The trophy now goes to our grandson Jake, shown here on the day he got his license and car this month.
Yesterday, he drove alone to our house to celebrate his 17th birthday with fun socks (tigers, zebras, and ice cream cones ~ he LOVES fun socks!) and a check. While he was here, he treated us to this story:
He was fishing with his other grandfather and two family friends, and fell asleep in the boat with his line in the water. He woke up when he realized he had something on the end....a BASS. The only one that was caught during his annual fishing week.
Later, they were trolling, and he felt a little pull, thinking it was weeds, so he pulled up his line to find on the end of the hook.......... Wait for it...........a CLAM!
We all felt it was only fair to give the honor of fabulous fisherman to Jake, for catching fish while sleeping, and catching a clam with a rod and reel. I'm sure you'll agree he is worthy!