Thursday, April 17, 2014

CCEE1416 Favorite Movie/Star

Kathy's challenge to us today is to make a card that reflects our VERY favorite movie or movie star (which we have to identify).

Here's my card:

High Plains Drifter is my favorite movie, and Clint Eastwood is the star.  He again plays the "man with no name".  In the movie, he is an avenger against a whole town that watched some really bad guys kill the sheriff.  He makes the people paint all the buildings RED, and changes the name of the town from Lagos to HELL.  When the bad guys come back, he leaves the town to fight for itself, which it doesn't do, and he quietly rides away and fades into the distance.  I love it.  I think I've probably seen it 20 times.

And just because my favorite color is RED, it was so easy to make a card for this challenge!!

Please join us!!  Link your card to our blog HERE.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A card for Saturday's Inspiration

Here's the card I made today..........
It was inspired by this:
Stef gave us a site that has designs for book covers, invitations, all kinds of artistic design.  I saw another piece that was RED and black, and I'm sure someone will be surprised that wasn't my choice today!

Mom and I have been battling some kind of yucky something that makes us feel light-headed and just not so good all over.  Our card making has suffered, but today we thought we might feel a little better if we went to the craft room.  So far, we feel about the same.  We hope it's a short term thing.

The sun is out today (hooray!), DH is at U Lowell officiating at a Track Meet, so we have nothing we must do.  A day of rest.  Hope you are having a day of rest too.  Bye.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CCEE1415 Bunny or an Egg

For Kathy's 2nd challenge, a card for Easter with a bunny and/or an egg.  Here's mine:

I put my sweet bunny (wearing her Easter bonnet) on dimensionals, over two different nestabilities.  She is surrounded by flowers in purple with white pearl centers.  The big double bow matches her hat and dress.  I think she's pretty spiffy!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sore Fingers, fabulous results!

After much consideration, I decided to take my stamps off their wood and sponge, and deal only with the rubber.  I started this painful project about two weeks ago, and thanks to some help from my mother and DH, I finished yesterday.

I ordered Stamp DVD cases (300 of them!), and put the stamps inside, labeling the spines, and of course, alphabetizing them.  My SU sets are separate, also my holiday themes.  From now on, it's acrylic blocks for me.  I can't believe I got them all in one bookcase!

Here are the boxes I emptied of stamps.  Some of them were in my craft room, and others were under beds upstairs.  This does NOT include all my SU sets that were already in my craft room.  Luckily, I didn't count boxes, cases or stamps, or I might have had more than palpitations!

 This is the single bookcase that holds all the stamps.  Beside is obviously the case holding the large bg stamps I didn't peel off. 

Here is an example of two SU sets in one case.  Under the plastic on the outside are the pages from the catalog showing which stamps are included, so I don't have to open a case to know what's inside.

I still have TONS of work to do, but I had been asked what I was doing unmounting my stuff, so here is where I am.

My fingers need to heal, then I'll be back.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CCEE1414 Different Stamps

Our hostess for the month of April is Kathy Bradley.  Her first challenge too us is to use 3 different stamps/digital images (a sentiment CANNOT be one of the stamps/images).

Here's mine:

I used three different owl images, a branch for them to sit on from Sizzix, and LOTS of leaves.  The bg paper is a tree.  I'm not very fond of the coloring, so I hope I made up for it with the googlie eyes and dimensionals.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CCEE1413 Recipe

Joanne has challenged us to follow a recipe:
Flowers + Pearls + Heat Embossing + Dry Embossing + Person Image

Here's what I did:

I think the card is pretty much self explanatory.  I added some Sizzix leaves to give a grounding to the flowers, that were all punched.

This is my favorite face image - A Gibson Girl stamp.  I love to use it with funny sayings because it seems so beautiful and serene that a goofy sentiment is in direct opposition to it!!

Please join us in this fun challenge, and be sure to link your project to our blog HERE.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Tuesday Surprise

I seldom post on the day of the Color Challenge on SCS, but was pleased with my results, and decided to share.  This card uses three of the colors requested (guava, green, black), and a lot of die cuts, a new stencil (which I love!), and a big nestie as a bg.  I hope you like it too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CCEE1412 Spring or Autumn Scene

Here's Joanne's challenge:

Spring has Sprung here in the U.S.  Frances, in Australia, is facing Autumn.  One thing these two seasons share are bright blue skies and lots of color in nature.  Make a card/project with a spring or autumn scene including blue skies.  (She added...extra points if it's a birthday card....her sister's birthday is today!)

Here's mine:

Bright colors of orange and blue, skies with puffy clouds, and a kite for Spring.

I added a little faux stitching and twine, and some piercing, in Joanne's honor.  Somehow I forgot the birthday aspect, so no extra points for me!!

Please join us, this week and every week, for some fun.  Be sure to add CCEE1412 to your keyword if uploading to SCS, and link your card or project HERE.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CCEE1411 Snacks

Our hostess, Joanne, says today is Popcorn Lover's Day.  Popcorn is her favorite snack. (Mine too!) Tomorrow, March 14th, is Potato Chip Day, another popular snack.  Her challenge to us today is to make a card with some kind of a snack connection.

Obviously, I had to go with Popcorn.

 I used the SU set, Sweet Treats, for my card. I  colored and cut out the bag and popcorn, popping them up (of course!).  The card is yellow, and has been punched with the Curve Punch.

This card will go to my grandson Jake, who makes popcorn every time he comes to visit!!

Please join us this week, and every week, making sure to link  your card HERE, and adding CCEE1411 to your keyword if you upload to SCS.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CCEE 1410 Art

Our hostess for the month of March is Joanne.  Here is her challenge to us:

Michaelangelo's birthday was March 6, 1475.  Let's honor this wonderful artist with our cards this week.  Either have a sentiment that refers to ART in some way or have an image that shows an artistic tool (ex. paintbrush, pen, artist palette).  Let's get our artsy vibes flowing.

Here's mine:

Everything here is Italian - the script, the book pages, the stamp.  Oh wait.the pen and glasses are not....or maybe they are!

I used parchment paper, and predominantly Sepia ink.  The pen nib is gold, and the barrel of the pen an old-looking green.  I had the stamp just begging to be used with a blob of ink, and the glasses have shiny frames.  I hope you like it.  I had such fun putting it together.

Please join us, linking your creation HERE.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CCEE1409 Chocolate Birthday

Today the challenge from Vicky is Chocolate for her 70th birthday.  In her words,
"Well, it's my 70th birthday. One of my favorite things (as evidenced by my waist!) is chocolate.  Let's see some chocolate on your can use chocolate images, cocoa, chocolate chip paper....anything representing chocolate...the more chocolate, the better!"

Here's my birthday card for Vicky:

Here's some milk and dark chocolate.  The Manhattan Flower ef from SU is embossed in white (chocolate of course!), and popped up in layers.

I think it looks almost good enough to eat!

Happy, Happy Birthday, dear friend!!  You beat me to 70 by 3 months!  Let me know how it is, okay?

Please join us in making a card for Vicky, and posting it HERE.  See you next month for a whole new group of challenges from Joanne.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

CCEE1408 Delft Tile

Vicky's challenge this week is to use the technique called "Delft Tile".  You can find the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  This was fun, and to do a second time, I would do a better job, but I liked this card, nonetheless.  Here it is:

I stamped Antique BG (SU) in brilliant blue after scoring the cardstock.  The teapot is popped up. 

I hope you will want to try this, and join us HERE to link your card.

See  you again next week.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CCEE1407 Punch Art

Vicky, our February hostess, challenged us to make Punch Art - 3 or more punches to create something (no dies, just punches).

I cased a card I found online, using the bird punch from SU, and two heart punches.

The flower is sponged with lavender and celery, and the petals are curled with my bone folder.  I added green glass micro beads to the center.

I did use an embossing folder after two of the layers were put together, and decided not to tempt FATE by adding a sentiment.

Please join us this week, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CCEE1406 Paper Mosaic

Our Hostess for the month of February is Vicky Gould.  She has chosen some pretty challenging themes for us, and YOU!  The first of these is for today.....Paper Mosaic.  The technique is to cut little pieces of paper, and glue them down in a mosaic pattern, then stamp and cut out.

Here's my mosaic (and I hope you like it!)

I used  bits of yellow, orange, and rust paper, made my mosaic, then cut out the shape of Africa.  The dancer and sentiment are from Rubbernecker Stamps.  The brads are dark brown.... sort of hard to see, and the whole background is sponged in the three colors as well.

Please join us in this interesting technique, linking your card or project HERE.  See you again next week.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Birthday Boys!

Sunday we celebrated the combined birthdays of DH, eldest son, and grand.  John was 13, finally a  teenager, on January 30, David was 49 (OMG!) on the 31st, and Jay will be 72 on the 14th of February (Valentine's Day).  Here they are:

Just as they were to blow out the candles, David put an envelope in front of his mouth!  I guess Grampy and John had to do all the hard work themselves.  With 16 of us, we made VERY short work of the cake.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CCEE1405 U is for Umbrellas

Sabrina's last challenge to us for January is the following:
"Here in Ireland it rains at this time of year. A lot. Umbrellas are very important.  Bonus points if you also bring good raingear along:D, but sunshades and beach umbrellas are also perfectly suitable for the challenge."
Here's what I did.

I found this wonderful image online, and printed it three times.  I popped up the entire umbrella and the bunnies first.  The 2nd layer has the two bigger bunnies popped, and the upper part of the umbrella.  I hope you can see all the popped up parts.

I think this will make a cute Easter card, don't you?

Please join us, and link your project HERE.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CCEE1404 Bright Flowers

Sabrina challenged us to "bring some colour to January with some bright flowers".  Here are mine:

Now I know there are no tulips and Hollyhocks or gladiolas to bloom in January in Massachusetts, but they are colorful, aren't they?

Please join us in making some bright flowers. Be sure to link your card or project HERE.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CCEE Special Tribute to Charlene

Our dear teammate and special friend, Charlene Merrick, passed away, after a battle with brain and liver cancer.  We believe she is now at peace, and no longer suffering.

A warm, friendly, and whimsical woman, she loved Penguins, M & M's, and the color purple.  In her honor we are adding a special addition to our weekly challenges.  Please join us in remembering LilLuvsStampin'.

Here is Charlene's beautiful card from her gallery on SCS:

And here is my version done in shades of purple:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CCEE1403 Poetry Inspiration

Sabrina challenged us to be inspired by the words and imagery of this poem.

Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind -

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.
A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea -

A poem should not mean
But be.

Here is my card:

Thanks for looking.  Please join us in this wonderful challenge and link HERE.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CCEE1402 Bordered Sentiment

Our challenge from Sabrina this week is to make a card using a technique called Bordered Sentiments, which you can find HERE on SplitCoastStampers.

It's an easy tutorial, and one I'll use again, as I was unfamiliar with it.

Please join us, and link your card on our BLOG.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Feel Better Soon!

A Cyber friend had gall bladder surgery yesterday.  This card was made this morning for her......and the best part is, now that she's had the surgery, she's feeling MUCH better.  Been there, done that.  what a relief it is to be able to eat and not go into those awful spasms!!  I think she will like this!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Terrible Loss

Our CCEE teammate, Charlene Merrick (aka LilLuvsStampin) passed away after a battle with liver and brain cancer.  She was the sweetest woman ...... gentle, kind, and full of good humor.  We will miss her terribly.  Julia Aston and I were to get together with her two summers ago when she was in our area, but the night before she was rushed to the hospital, and had her gall bladder removed.  She went home to recuperate.  We kept in touch by internet, and when she was diagnosed with cancer, we sent her cards of cheer every week.  I cased a card of hers to send to her family to let them know how much I personally cared about her.

The only blessing is that she is now at peace and the pain and suffering she was enduring is done.  Remembering you with love, dear friend.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CCEE1401 Teddy Bear's Picnic

Our hostess for the month of January is Sabrina Friel.

Here is her challenge:
A party with a twist to celebrate the New Year.  Bring your teddy bear along, but you must include something old and something new, and tell us what they are.

My designer paper from Creative imaginations is old, and my distress markers are new.

I love this little person from Whipper Snapper stamps, and by adding a bow, the toddler becomes a girl.

Please feel free to join us, and link your card HERE, so we can enjoy it too.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CHF43 Winter

Steph is our hostess for the very last day of the year.  She challenged us to make a Winter themed card.

I used a digi stamp from CHF called "Winter Chapel" (#2344), and a sentiment from the stamp set Night Before Christmas (colored with two markers).

Here is what my card looks like when it's closed.  I wanted you to see both.

 I hope you have enjoyed what the Design Team at Cornish Heritage Farms has shown you this year.  I also hope you have been stamping right along with us, and have shopped on occasion at the store.

I wish you a Happy New Year, and the best of everything for 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Challenges

Grandson John hit the hot tub bright and early this morning.  Very cold, but not to kids, I guess.  Mom and I made two cards, one for the Clean and Simple, and one for Technique (shaker).  Now, I'm going to show you both of them, but please forget them soon, as one or both of them may be off to you in the near future.

This is a simple case of Jen's card with a row of little bunny bottoms, which I did in white emboss, and added a simple knotted ribbon and a teeny cotton ball.

Here is the shaker card, which is filled with green and gold glass beads.  I haven't made a shaker in a long time, and had forgotten how extremely messy they can be all over the room.

Now remember what I said ......... look, and then forget!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blue Music

This card was made for two challenges, the queen For The Day, and Free4All.  I used Elvis double-sided paper, and the layout from our Queen, Dara.  Not making too many cards lately, what with the Holidays, and our grandson John staying with us.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Couple of new cards

It's been a busy week with Dr. and Dentist apppts, so here I am a little late posting a few cards I just finished.

This went to the girls in my Dentist's office.  I saw them both Monday and Tuesday.  They are always so cheerful!

The Gibson girl on the front is popped up, and I added some flourish leaves and a lacy background, as well as a popped poinsettia.  I thought they might enjoy a shaped card, rather than a regular rectangular one.

This card was made with a brand new stamp set  I got from my UPS guy yesterday.  The set is one I thought about for a long time, and when the price was reduced, I couldn't resist.

The layout is the sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers today.  the background is embossed, and so is the RED strip.  I painted the image, splattered it with some caramel color ink, and layered it popped up on the green and white.

I hope you like these cards.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CHF42 We Three Kings

"December 20th is Go Caroling Day ... create a card or project inspired by a Christmas Carol".  This is our challenge this week at Cornish Heritage Farms from Frances, our  hostess.

I think you can tell my card is based on the song "We Three Kings".

Please join us, linking HERE.  See you next Tuesday !

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CCEE1350 A Tree

 This is our LAST challenge of the year at CCEE.  For our finale, Frances posted the following:

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!
 In beauty green will always grow Through summer sun and winter snow.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches!

Use the lyrics above for the inspiration of your card for the challenge this week. Your card can include a Christmas tree, pine branches of a Christmas tree or even a tree in a summer or winter setting.

Here is my card, A Victorian Christmas:

Please join us, linking your card at our blog HERE.  Have a wonderful and safe Holiday, and we hope to see you in the new year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thomas Kinkade Week

This week the Thomas Kinkade image from Cornish Heritage Farms is done all in sepia.  The title of this one is "The Village Lighthouse".  His coloring of it is fabulous, but since I am not HE, I took the easier way out.

Take a look at all the fabulous Kinkade stamps at Cornish Heritage Farms yourself, and see how gorgeous they really are!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

CCEE1349 A Stocking

Frances is our Hostess for the month of December (which will only be two weeks of challenges).  
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.'

So Frances told us to include a stocking.  Here is my card for the challenge:

I love this little image from A Day For Daisies.

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.  See you next week for our last challenge of 2013.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hoopy Birthday!

Some days silly takes me over!  Mom and I were looking at Pinterest this morning, and came across this bird.  We giggled, then laughed.  I just had to print it out, and use it for the sketch challenge at SCS today.  I hope it tickles yur fancy too!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CHF41 Inspired By Santa

"December 4th is Santas' List Day - are you on the "Nice" list or the Naughty List?? Create a card or project that is inspired by Santa."  This is the challenge given to us by our hostess, Frances.  I used this cute image from Cornish Heritage Farms of the three kittens wearing Santa Hats.

There is a checkerboard bg, and a CHF sentiment with the ribbon.  I hope you will want to join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

On To Christmas!

My cards are all ready to go on Monday.  I stamped them all this morning.  No more Christmas cards to make, just a few tags for presents for the grands.  I ordered the last of their items from their wish lists. Phew.

In the meantime, here are a few cards that didn't get posted.

 this one was for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS.  I saw a beautiful gilded and white bowl, thus this card.

 Here is a step card made with die cuts.  I did add some light blue sponging to give it some definition.  I think it came out really well, and it even fit in a regular envelope.

 This Get Well card is made with two digital images from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I have been on their Design Team all year, and have scads of their wonderful designs.  I went with a monochromatic card, and it will go out to a guy, don't you think?

And last, but certainly not least, I made this pop-up card with an ornament and flakes.  It's in its envelope, and on the way to friends for Christmas.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

CCEE1348 Sketch

Here  is the sketch Cindy gave us for this challenge.

......................and here is the card I made for it:

I used some wonderful shades of purple and olive green.  The lilac is out of the box....a technique I love to do.  The papers are just scraps from my file, but I thought they matched really well.

We'd love to have you use this fun and easy sketch from Cindy. 

 Please join us, and link your sketch HERE.

See you next week.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CHF extra

Here's an extra card made with a CHF digital cardinal.

Adds to my stash of Christmas cards.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

CCEE1347 Embossing and Glitter

Cindy's challenge this week is to use Embossing (dry or wet) and Glitter.

I dry embossed the snowflakes, and used glitter glue on the snow and in the center of the flake.  I think this makes a really cute Christmas card.

Please join us, linking your card HERE, and come back next week for another fun challenge.