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!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

CCEE1612 Happy Birthday Frances!

Today is our hostess Frances's birthday.  She challenged us to create a card that includes the things she loves.......owls, and cards that pop up, flip or pull open, accordian style, etc.

Here's my flip owl card (outside)

And here's what it looks like when it flips.  Cool, huh????

Happy happy birthday dear friend!!

Please help us celebrate, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CCEE1611 Poultry

Saturday is Poultry Day.  Let's be inspired by poultry when creating our cards this week ........ chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, emus, ostriches, etc. or eggs.  As Easter is just over a week away, you could create an Easter card, but this is optional.  Bonus point if you include Green on your card to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today.

This little duck is a spinner card, and a fun cheery hello or recovery card.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CCEE1610 Apples

Tomorrow is National Johnny Appleseed Day,  Frances asks us to feature apples on our card creations.

Frances always enables us when it comes to accordian cards, and I finally stopped resisting!!  Here's the card I made for the challenge with  the Accordian Fancy Label die from Elizabeth Creations!!

Please join us, adding your card to our blog HERE

Thursday, March 3, 2016

CCEE1609 Blue Dress and Happy

Today is "I want to Be Happy Day"......who doesn't want to be happy:) and tomorrow is Dress in Blue Day (our hostess Frances' favorite color).  So for our cards this week, Frances has challenged us to include the word "Happy" somewhere on our cards and also to include the color blue.

I used a Stampendous image, water coloring the dress caribbean and turquoise blue..

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

CCEE1608 Floral Design

In 1995 Massachusetts Governor William Weld declared February 28 Floral Design Day to honor Carl Rittner, the founder of the Rittner School of Floral Design.  Let's take this week in the dead opf winter to do some paper and ink floral designs.

Thanks Lynn for a fun month of challenges!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

CCEE1607 Drink Wine!

Who knew?  In America, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day.  Our challenge is to include a wine glass or bottle on today's card in honor of this weird day!

Here's the outside

And the rest of the quote on the inside.

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CCEE1606 Heart Shape Animals

From Lynn:

Way back when I was in grade school, every Valentine's Day my classmates and I had such fun creating Valentine Critters to decorate our Valentine boxes.  The task for today is to create an animal of any kind on your card in which you use heart shapes for some of its body parts.

Using my owl punch and a heart punch, I made this Valentine Owl.

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CCEE1605 Skating Snowman

Our new hostess for the month of February is Lynn McAuley.  Her first challenge to us:

Many of us are having icy or snowy weather (or are dreaming that we do) now that February has arrived.   My challenge to you is to create a project which features some activity unique to the cold months of Winter.

My snowman from Sassy Cheryl (via Vicky Gould....thanks!) is having the time of his life skating on the pond.  Thank goodness he can do it.  I am such a klutz that the few times I went skating were a disaster!!

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

CCEE1604, Chocolate Cake

Who doesn't love chocolate cake!  Did  you know they even have a special day to celebrate this yummy treat!  Chocolate Cake Day was the 27th of January.  Your cards this week should feature cake, bonus points if it is chocolate cake.

My chocolate cake has a top layer of mocha on this gatefold card.

My DGD Erin is in culinary school, preparing to be a pastry chef.  I thought I'd include a pic of one of her creations for you to drool over:

Please join us, adding your card HERE.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Always Playing With Paper Challenge


this is the make a masculine card using this picture for inspiration.  Here's the card I made:

Now, here's the really weird part.......the image I chose is the EXACT SAME image Lesley used.  Either we were on the same wavelength, or I'm a dunce!  You can decide!!

Here's the site if you would like to play along....and please!  be smarter than I was!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

CCEE1603 Opposites

Did you know that the 25th of January is National Opposite Day?  For our challenge this week, make a card/project that has opposites on it.  Think opposite colors  on the color wheel, stripes and polka dots, black and white, mirror image, etc.

I chose opposite with white, and white with black.

Please join us, and link to our blog HERE.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CCEE1602 Hats!

Tomorrow (January 15th) is Hat Day.  The challenge is to include a hat in our card creations this week.

I love these hat images from Stampendous!  I think this will be a fab masculine birthday card, and we have two in January and one in February.

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

CCEE1601 Tea

Welcome back to the CCEE Challenges!  Frances is our hostess for the month of January.  She says apparently this is HOT TEA Month.  Her challenge was to make TEA themed cards.


Here's my card using an oatmeal bg, and cream (tea needs a little cream), and a blue bird on the lid beside the tea leaves.

Please join us, linking to our blog HERE

Monday, December 14, 2015

Erin and Nick

Today I posted something on SCS regarding our beautiful granddaughter Erin, and her long-time boyfriend Nick.  I thought I should post some pics so you could see them.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

CCEE1550 Leap Seconds

Our hostess Joanne says:

"Did you know?  There are occasional "LEAP SECONDS" added to the official year.  They help to correct minor variations in time.  On DECEMBER 31, 2015, the folks who maintain the official time for the planet will add an extra second to the day!  To honor this, the challenge for this week is to incorporate time into  your card.....a clock, a date, a watch, etc.

Here are the outsides and insides of my card.

We have a friend and neighbor who is a clock and watch repair person.  He repairs not only ours, but some from all over the world.  He maintains clocks for museums, did the one for the Chinese exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum, and repaired a clock that was purchased at auction for 2+ MILLION dollars!!  This will be a thank you card for him (he never charges us!)

The background is a clock embossing folder, sponged in Suede.  The tag has sepia and suede ink, and uses rubber stamps of pocket watches, old men (Stampendous/Tim Holtz), and a saying.  I added a strip of burlap to the tag, along with some brass metallic paper run through the cb with a Sizzix die, and put together with a brass brad.

This is our last challenge of the year.  I hope you will find time to join us, adding your card to our blog HERE.

 Happy Holidays to you all!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CCEE1549 National Roof Over Your Head Day

To celebrate this day, Joanne, our hostess, challenged us to make a card with a house or building on it.  She said it's a day to be thankful for those of us who are fortunate enough to have a safe home to live in, and to think about those around the world who do not.

There is snow lightly sponged in blue,, and fair weather clouds at the top.

 This house has a number of stamps that go with it for other holidays.  The trick is to get them to line up...........even with my Stamp-a-majig I had trouble.  This may be the only one you will see.

Speaking of seeing.....see you next week for our last challenge for 2015.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CCEE1548 Black Friday

Today is Thanksgiving and tomorrow is Black Friday in the USA.  Many will be taking advantage of the sales.  Our challenge was to create a card with a shopping theme, and the card must also have included the color black on it somewhere.

This gal is having a great time shopping, in her black high heel boots.  I'm just glad it's not me!!

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CCEE1547 Universal Children's Day

Tomorrow is Universal Children's day.  Let's create a card featuring a child having fun of some type.

Herre's a kid all set to play some ball......kinda looks like John, our youngest grand!

Please join us, linking your card HERE

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CCEE1546 Sesame Street Inspiration

Frances' challenge to us is in celebration of Sesame Street.  The 10th of November marks 46 years since the show began.  Create a card inspired by the show (something related to a character, cookies, or feature a letter, etc.)

I chose our BIG yellow friend, Big Bird.  This stamp is from the Tim Holtz set Crazy birds, and I just love them.

Join us and link your card HERE.  See you next week.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

CCEE1545 Look For Circles Day

According to the Holiday Insight website, The 2nd of November was LOOK FOR CIRCLES DAY.  Frances challenged us in her first this month to create a card using circles.  How many can you include on your card????

I didn't even count how many circles I used....Perhaps you would like to count them for me??

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CCEE1544 Down Under

For her last challenge, Maryann asked us to create a card with something down under.  It could be under the sea, or a tree, under an umbrella, or even from down under in the world.

Mine with a mermaid is from under the sea.  I love this little image from Whipper Snapper!

Please join us!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

CCEE1543 Reflections

Maryann challenged us this week to create something with reflections - it could be a mirror,or on water,, or a verse that looks into the past.

My card shows a cat seeing himself as a lion.   The large image is inside a mirrored frame.  Both images are retired from MFP.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CCEE1542 Acetate

Maryann challenged us to use acetate today.

The acetate on my card is between the two shades of green, and is printed with white script.  Please join us!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CCEE1541 Chocolate Combination

We couldn't be female without some CHOCOLATE in our lives.  Make a card using a chocolate combination - chocolate and pink, chocolate and green, or chocolate and vanilla.

I used the combination of chocolate and vanilla, and threw in a bit of cherry for fun (who doesn't LOVE chocolate covered cherries???).  I thought this old advertisement for French Chocolate was wonderful.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CCEE1540 Block Card

Well, this was a fun challenge from our October hostess, Maryann Einam.  She gave us two tutorials to watch to make our card/project today. and

Here's the block card I made:

I used SU's set, Happy Fall, Y'all for my words, done in markered distress ink, and the leaves are Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves.  I think it's really cute.  I'll next make an envie to send this (5 x 6 1/2 to give it enough room).  

Thanks for looking.  Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CCEE1539 National Cherries Jubilee Day

As our last challenge for the month of September, Lois asked us to make a cherries card in honor of this National Day. (YUM!)

How cool I could find a small piece of paper that was perfect, covered with cherries.  I even had a sentiment that went with it!!!

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

CCEE1538 Citizenship Day

Today Lois challenges us to make a Patriotic card , or one indicating our heritage.  I chose Patriotic, as I send cards to my Uncle Warren (Korean War), son Paul (Desert Storm), and neighbor Brad (Viet Nam) for Veteran's Day.  I think I like this well enough to make three of them!

The image and words (inside it says "Thank you for your service") are from Taylored Expressions, and includes the die cut.  The hardest part of this card was pressing together the snap stars!!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you will join us, linking your card HERE .

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CCEE1537 Swap Ideas Day

Lois challenged us to make a card using a technique we've learned and want to share.  I thought up this technique, using ONLY one color of cardstock (but not white!).  Here is my card using my lavender cardstock.

If you look closely, you can see the punches (Halloween fence, graves, owl, moon, spiders, bats), die cuts (clouds, hat, ghosts, cat, branch), and I cut pieces for the hilly graveyard.  Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NBUS Challenge #5

I'm entering this card in the NBUS Challenge #5.

The theme is Anything Goes.  The rule is that you must use Never Before Used SCHTUFF!!

My NBUS is a Bushel of Apples die cut from Obsession Impressions, and also the Accordian Fancy Label from Elizabeth Crafts Designs.

I die cut Twiggy Tree from Memory Box, and punched green leaves with my Martha Stewart Punch.

Paper:  RED, white, tan, green
Ink: Sepia Versafine
Sentiment: Country Apple from Stampin' Up

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CCEE1536 Skyscraper Day

Lois is our hostess for the  month of September.  Today is her birthday (Happy Birthday girlfriend!!)...also that of Louis Sullivan, the architect credited with designing the first skyscraper in 1856.  Today's challenge is a Word Play.......include on your card something that starts with each of the letters in CITY.

Here's my card:

Did you figure out the letter items??

C = city, clown, circus, clouds, clumps of grass, clubs

I = Indian Clubs (for juggling)

T = tent, tie (polka dotted), trees

Y = yellow (hair, tent, sun, clubs)

Please join in the fun this week!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CCEE1535 Bow Tie Day

For the last of August, Frances has challenged us to include some sort of bow tie on our cards, in appreciation of Bow Tie Day (tomorrow).

I couldn't resist these three blind mice I found on the web, and saved in my digis.  The bg is a Rubbernecker stamp.

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE