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!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CCEE1720 Fun Fold

Lois loves to make fun fold cards...we all know that.  So this week she asked us to make a card that includes more than one fold.

Well Lois, here ya go!! Lots of folds, not to mention some dp and pups!!

Please feel free to join us.  Link your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCEE1719 Wildflowers

Lois tells us that the second week in May is Wildflower Week.  The challenge is to include some flowers on our cards.

Since Lois really likes folded cards, I've decided to honor her this month with those as well as her challenges.  Here you see the front of the card.

And her is what it looks like opened up.  I love the little spray of Spring flowers in the diamond and in the corners.  I hope  you like them too.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A gift for Jake

The challenge today from Audrie at SCS was really fun.  We were to be inspired by a Pinterest site of hers, where she saved hand-made books.  I chose an accordian design, which I'm showing you here:

and here is what I did with it:

I filled the accordian album with pictures:

Jake came to spend a few hours with us, play cards, and eat.  I offered him this little mini album to take to college with him, and he was delighted.  He is one of six cousins, and there are pictures of them, him, and two of the whole family!!

Thanks to Audrie for her great ideas!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCEE1718 Orange

Lois is our hostess for the month of May.  Here's her first challenge:

"Here's a weird celebration.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, let's include the color ORANGE on our cards."

It's known that orange is Lois's favorite color.  Hmmm.........

The words say, "Hoping your Halloween is spooktacular!"

Wasn't this the perfect time to start my Halloween cards for this year??  I'm not really given to using this color much, but it sure worked here.  Thanks Lois!

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CCEE1717 National Garden Month

Joanne says:  "When I think of April I also think of flowers....spring is here and flowers are blooming.  That is probably why April is National Garden Month".  She has challenged us to make a card that includes floral or garden images.

Dry embossing a beautiful folder, then sponging makes such a pretty card.  Don't you agree?

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CCEE1716 Hi Sunshine

April is also Global Astronomy Month.  Joanne asks us to create a card having to do with astronomy, such as moons and stars, but not limited to that.  We could also fantasize about alien creatures and space travel....we are to use our imaginations and DAZZLE!!

Who could resist using this big bright and happy sun....Dazzling, right???

Please join us HERE and add your card to our blog!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CCEE1715 Humor

Joanne tells us that April is National Humor Month.  There are many occasions when a funny image or sentiment can make the day of someone facing some type of a challenge (or an "aged" birthday).  Our challenge is to make a humorous card.

I thought this cat walking away was hysterical.  We have great friends who have MANY cats, so this goes to them.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCEE1714 Road Trip

Our hostess for the month of April is Joanne.  Her first challenge is to take a scenic road trip on our cards in some way, as the first week of April is called READ A ROAD MAP WEEK.

This old roadster has been around the world, and has said bye-bye to friends and family to go on a trip again.  If I had a car like this I'd be in it all the time!!  I think this makes a great card for a guy who is retiring, don't you?

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CCEE1713 Lyrics/Van Gogh

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen, They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now
Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand
These are the lyrics of an old favorite song Lynn asked us to use for inspiration...........Today is Vincent Van Gogh's 164th birthday.

I kept the colors blue and gray, and was inspired by the line ...
"Sketch the trees and the daffodils"
Please join us, adding your inspired card or project HERE.

Monday, March 27, 2017

First College Visit!

How can it be possible that Tommy is visiting colleges???  Our grandson, who wants to be a Doctor, has been deluged by college pamphlets after seeing his PSAT scores.  I think he will end up going to a school where he feels comfortable.  My DD and DSIL are smart to take him as soon as possible.  He's involved with Driver's Ed, and doing his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts, so his time is at a premium.  Here he is in Connecticut, at  Univ. of New Haven with the mascot.

I'll keep posting as he goes on his journey.  (We heard that there was an excellent presentation and tour, and that the food was good.  All important features!)

More good news......while Tommy was in CT, big sister Erin was here.  She is on break from Culinary School where she is a Senior.  Her GPA is 3.97.  How sweet is that!!!  What fab grands we have!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CCEE1712 Puppy

Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend?  In honor of National Puppy Week, find some of your cutest images of a puppy and feature it on your card this week.

Isn't this the cutest thing???  I love this image from Mo Manning!  This goes to my DGD Sam, away at college.

Check out our blog HERE.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CCEE1711 Buttons

National Button Week is coming up, so our challenge is to make use of buttons or faux buttons on our projects.  We could even make a box or jar in which to keep some of our favorite buttons.

I used real glass buttons on this Vintage button card, illustrated by Mucha.  I love his images!  The buttons are Vintage too.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CCEE1710 Bubbles

According to Lynn, this is National Bubble Week.  Our challenge is to make a bubble card.  This might include making use of a technique like painting with bubbles ( or bubble wrap on a brayer, or a bubble stamp or image of children blowing bubbles.  She says to use our imagination for whatever it brings to mind.

I used an AI image...these gals are using large balls for exercise, but they reminded me so much of bubbles that I couldn't resist using them with the cute saying,
      "May your day bubble over with happiness"

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017


In honor of "old stuff" day, Lynn, our hostess for March has challenged us to:

"make a card or project making use of some of your earliest stamps of your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash, or a Vintage image of something from the past.

I guess this fits the criteria of something from the past.  When I was little, my grandparents took me to a place in NH for a week that only had a "privy".  I got a kick out of it, but was glad to come back to civilization!

Please join us, and link your card HERE