Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sketch Challenge and a new fold!

Today is the day for a new Sketch Challenge at SCS.  Here's what we were given:

And this is what I did ............

At the moment there is a special Fall Fest going on as well, and the new fold (for me at least) is called Panel Pull Out.  And this is the Thanksgiving card I made:

Inside it says, "Get your FAT pants ready!".  I love it!  This will probably go to our chef, Erin, in New York, doing her final Internship.

Thanks for joining me today.  Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


The color challenge on SCS today had the loveliest, green, saffron, and blue.  I had a lot of trouble with the coloring of this digi, as it left black on everything.  It spread into the sweet colors.  Oh well, it is what it is, as we say.

At least the paper piecing came out okay!!  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Our Featured Stamper today at SCS is Tracie Clary (taclary).  Here is her card which inspired mine:

And here's the Thanksgiving card I made, changing the colors and theme, but keeping the layout.

thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Some Gibson humor.

Today the Inspiration Challenge at SCS is a website with beautiful shoes. 

This is the pair of clogs that led to the making of my card this morning.

I LOVE this Gibson girl image, and use it a lot.  She has the best face for humorous comments!

Thanks for looking.  See you later.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Googly-eyed skeleton

Today the challenge at SCS is to make a card based on World Sight Day.  For this, I used googly eyes on the skeleton.  This Halloween card will go to our four year old great grandson, Oli.

Thanks for looking.  My CCEE challenge for today is posted below.

CCEE1741 Farmers

Frances says today is "Old Farmers Day".  Her challenge is to create something farm related.

Inside it says,  "HAD !"

Please join us, adding your card HERE.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

For Dori

Many of you know I send cards to a girl who is dying of a brain disease. She loves flowers. Her disease has progressed to where she needs 24 hour care, and can no longer speak, feed herself, or stand. Hospice has been called. She's a lovely young sad. This card will go to Dori.

If you would like to join me, here is the address:

Dori Houston
20 Salisbury Street
Holden MA 01520

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Two-fer on Tuesday!

Today, the Color Challenge on SCS is to use Razzberry, Navy and Bermuda Bay in our card-making.  Here's the one I just posted:

I called it Psycho-Path.

Today was also the Teapot Tuesday Challenge, called "Elvis has left the Building!"  The cards are to be sent as a thank you to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police in recognition of their self-less work.  Here's the card I made, and put in the mail this morning:

This computer image is the nicest one of "The King".  Since I already had out my Razzberry paper, this was a quick one.

I had a busy morning, going to have my annual mammogram (all good!) and out for breakfast with my honey.  Then card making.  Isn't retirement GREAT???  Have a great day too!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday morning duo

I love Monday!  (When you are retired, every day is Saturday!)  There are always two challenges at Splitcoaststampers on Monday.

The Clean and Simple:  Add a layer.  Here's my card:

Inside it says "It's snowing cats and dogs.....OOPS!...just cats."

The layers are the snowflake border and the paper pieced scarf on the cat-snowguy.

The other challenge for today is the Technique Lover's Challenge, which is to use the tutorial for Acrylic Batik.  I had never done this, and it was not only easy, but fun.  The part of the card with the batik is the wall.

Inside it says, "It was a terrible summer for Humpty Dumpty, but it was a GREAT FALL."

I have a reputation to uphold at SCS.  I love cards with humor, and make them as often as I can. 
Hope you like my cards for today.  See you tomorrow.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CCEE1740 Balloons

Our hostess for the month of October is Frances.  She tells us that today is "Balloons Around the World Day", so she challenges us this week to add some balloons to our cards.

Aren't these bears cute?  They are sending happy wishes to our Daughter-in-law, who says she is celebrating her LAST birthday!

Please join us, adding your card HERE.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

CCEE1739 Johnny Appleseed Day

Here is Kelly's last challenge for the month of September:

In honor of Johnny Appleseed Day and his kindness and generosity, create a card with anything apple related: apple trees, apple pies, etc.

I thought this dp with all the Autumn words (including apples) was perfect for the background.  The pie rotates in the channel around the center.  Is this not the best card to send dto our pastry chef??

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CCEE1738 Pirates

Kelly says last Tuesday was "Talk Like A Pirate Day".   She challenged us to create a card using anything Pirate related-brownie points for using maps!

I guess I get extra points today!!

Please join us and link your card to our BLOG.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Our Dear Granddaughter, Erin, is visiting family and friends before she begins her last internship.  She has moved to New York.  How cool is that!!

Right now she is in Auburn GA with her BFF, Haley Jones.  Erin borrowed a dress from her cousin Samantha, as it is Auburn's colors!  Here are the two of them at the football stadium:

Next, Erin is off to Sun City Arizona to spend some time with Omi and Grampy.

We know she's having fun, BUT WE MISS HER ALREADY !!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CCEE1737 Roald Dahl Day!

September 13th was Roald Dahl Day.  Kelly challenges us to create a card using any one of his books as inspiration.

My kids' favorite was "Fantastic Mr. Fox", so that's what inspired my card.

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CCEE1736 Teddy Bear day

Our hostess for the month of September is Kelly.  Her first challenge is to create a card featuring a Teddy Bear.

Our best friends are celebrating their anniversary  tomorrow.  What could be cuter than to send them Mr. and Mrs. bear!!

Please join us in Kelly's first challenge by adding to our blog HERE.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

CCEE1735 Monochromatic Card with Die Cuts

For my last challenge of the month:

I once did a challenge on SCS, asking our fellow crafters to make a one color card, and using only die cuts (you can also use punches).  The results were wonderful..  Let's do that again!  (Here's a link to that challenge  Technique Challenge )

This card was very hard to photograph......the paper is actually a very light shade of blue.  I realized after it was finished I had put the toe grips for the flipflops upside down.  Mea Culpa.

I used a number of different die cuts, and it was really fun!

Please join us again this week, and be sure to post your card on our BLOG where we can enjoy it too.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First day of school

The brothers off to Wachusett Regional High School..................
Tommy and John
This year Tommy is a Senior and John a Junior.  Where did the time go???

Amy posted this picture on Facebook............and posted a couple more:

These are of Tommy and his friend John McAndrew as they were, and now.  So grown up!!

She also posted this amazing picture of herself as a Senior in High School, with the latest of Tommy:

She said she couldn't deny him.  How much do they look alike!!  WOW!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

CCEE1734 Water Color

My challenge to the team, and to you, is to make a background using water colors, then finish the card in whatever way you wish.

This card is a case of one made for SCS by Birgit.  I loved the whole idea, and since our anniversary (54th...can you believe it??) is in two weeks, thought it would be fabulous for DH.

The bg is color washed in tumbled glass and london blue.  The owls are from Paper Smooches, with different eyes.  The birches are from Paper Trey.

Please join in on the fun, and be sure to link your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CCEE1733 Nautical

I continue to issue the challenges this month.  As the summer draws to a close, make a card with a nautical theme.  This can include the beach if you so desire.

Here's a bit of beach.......sandcastle and shells.

Please join us, linking  your card to our BLOG here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CCEE1732 Insects

My challenge for you today is to make a card using bees, dragonflies, any kind of insect.  Be sure to add some stickles to their wings (if they have wings).

I stenciled a honeycomb bg in addition to using parts of a honeycomb stamp, adding bees and a hive. Gold stickles completed my card with an Amuse sentiment.

Be sure to add your card to our blog HERE.  I'll be back next week with another challenge.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CCEE1731 Emboss

This month I am the Hostess.  For my first challenge, I ask you and the team to use any technique that involves embossing - wet, dry, resist - whatever appeals to you.

I couldn't resist (no pun intended) buying a large - 5 x 7 - embossing folder.  It was so beautiful that after I ran it through my Big Shot, I knew it had to stand alone.  I sponged and used only a simple sentiment.  it's a bit early for Easter, but the lilies made me do it!!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CCEE1730 Tall and Thin

For her last challenge, Maryann asked us to create a tall thin card (with any theme) to celebrate Walk on Stilts Day.  I couldn't resist a circus card!!

This card has images from Stampin' Up with a few tickets.....and the saying is, "have fun", which I think this card is!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CCEE1729 Exploration

Another day on the days of the year calendar in Moon and Space Exploration Day.  Maryann challenged us to use this theme as inspiration for a card.

I made a circle card.  First I die cut the globe from Tim Holtz.  Then I cut out this cute spaceman, who obviously comes in PEACE.  It's a good thing!

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CCEE1728 Rocks!

According to the days of the year calendar, today is International Rock Day.  Maryann challenges us to use the colors of stone ( gray, brown, black, white, etc.) for our cards.

I took the challenge literally, making a thank you card for a friend.  Inside it says,

"You ROCK!"

Thanks for joining me here today.  I hope you will feel like checking out the rest of the Team's cards, and want to post your own on our BLOG as well.  See you next week.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

CCEE1727 Mask

Maryann is our hostess for the month of July. Her first create a card using a mask, whether it is using a masking technique or a stamped image of a mask.

I chose this wonderful image by Rick St.Denis.  The mask is cut out separately and popped up.  The paper is from Michaels, in a Harlequin pattern.  How perfect is that???

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CCEE1726 Fairy Day

For her last, Frances challenged us to include fairies on our cards (Saturday the 24th was Fairy Day).

Isn't this just the sweetest image?  I've been saving it for quite a while, and so finally it's on the cover (with all the mushrooms) as an anniversary card for my dear husband.  This year it's our 54th!!!  

I hope you like what I did, and that you will join us with a card of your own.  Please post your card HERE so we can enjoy it too!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CCEE1725 Music

Frances tells us yesterday was World Music Day - Music Day and Make Music Day.  So let's include something music related on our cards this week.

I stamped a music bg, distressed it and added it to my cardstock.  Then I glued a doily onto the top, adding a punched strip.  I printed off a decoupage of a candy box, and it has three layers. I took the photo of it on an angle so you could see the layers.  Finished it off with a saying from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for joining me today.  Please enter a card of your own, and send it to our blog HERE .

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CCEE1724 Flip-flop

According to the Days of the Year web site, Friday the 16th of June is Flip-Flop Day.  So for our card this week, Frances challenges us to make Flip-Flop cards.  That can be the flip-flops that are shoes, or Flip Flop cards, or you may have another flip flop idea.  Whatever works for you.

This is the outside.......and here's the flip side:

I love the soft green as a bg, and hope you do too.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

CCEE1723 Ocean

Today is World Oceans Day.  Frances has challenged us to create something that reminds us of the ocean.

This little girl from Rubbernecker Stamps has picked some beach plum flowers growing by the side of the path leading to the beach.  They are pretty blooms, and the jelly made from the beach plums is delicious.  When I think of the Atlantic Ocean, which is where I grew up, I think of those flowers and jellies!!  There is also a sailboat in the distance, and I've always loved seeing the sails!!

Please join us this week, and every week.  Upload your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Frances is our hostess for the month of June.  Here is her challenge:

"The 2nd of June is Doughnut Day so for our challenge today create something that has some type of "hole" in it.  It could be a doughnut, cheese, a fancy fold card with a hole....anything."

Here's mine:

My Hole is actually three holes........A large one for the ball, and the finger holes as well.  This is what the card looks like closed, and here it is open with white behind it so you can see it really is cut out.

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017


For Lois's last challenge, she wants us to celebrate our challenge team by representing each of the letters in our name - C-C-E-E.

I used celery, chick, and cameo for the C's
and egg and evergreen for the E's

and made a little's 1 3/4 " X 1 1/4" and 1/2" deep.

Here it is closed...cameo flowers, gold stickle centers, evergreen leaves, and a green brad.

Inside it says "chick's rule!", and the chick is on a spring so it pops up when opened.

Lois, I hope you enjoyed all the cards (and matchbox) I made in your honor with folds!

Please join us, linking your card or project HERE.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Busy Weekend!

Saturday morning, our youngest grandson, John, was confirmed.  The Bishop presented a fairly good sized Confirmation class, and the service was wonderful.

Here's John, wearing his new glasses.

And after, with the family.

Last Confirmand, and Amy says........."PHEW!"


Tommy and Sophia went to the Junior Prom, with a whole group of friends in a limo.

Erin just had to have a pic with her younger, but taller, brother.

Here are Tommy and Sophia Colletta:

Just heard from DD, and Tommy said they danced all night, the food was edible (chicken something), and they were all exhausted by the time they got to the Norum's to sleep.  I guess he woke up when someone stepped on him, but it was morning anyway.  Amy and Erin provided breakfast, and the newly licensed guy drove home.  I'm so glad they all had such a good time!!  (And didn't he look fab in his new tux???)

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Driver!

This has been quite a week for our grandson Tommy.

First, he received an International Latin award (for prose!!)

Then he had his 17th birthday (with sister Erin, who was 20 last week)

and, to top it off, his driver's license!!

Congratulations Tommy!  Hard to top a week like this!!!