Thursday, March 26, 2020

CCEE2013 Coffee

For her last challenge, Maryann asks us to celebrate Caffeine Awareness Month with a coffee themed card.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCEE2012 White, Black, & ?

Maryann's challenge this week is to create a Wedding, Anniversary, or Celebration card in white and black with the addition of one other color.

I guess I goofed - I made an invitation.  I think I hear the Challenge Police in the distance, and getting closer!

The color I added is Peekaboo Peach.

Please join us HERE.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

CCEE2011, Bag

Our next challenge from Maryann is to create a bag, box, or container that can be used to contain a party favor.

I thought this Easter lily paper made into a bag would be fun for my grown-up grands filled with Easter candy for the boys, and little cards for the girls.

Thanks for joining us, and please share your cards HERE.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

CCEE2010 Floral

Maryann is our hostess for the month of March.  Her first challenge to us is to make a card or invitation highlighting a floral arrangement.

My flowers are from Concord and Ninth, and are die cut into the card.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

CCEE2009 Pocket card

this is Anne Harmon here with my last challenge for the month of February.

Pocket cards are such fun.  Use any technique to make one.

Here it is, using matching papers,.  The outside says, "You are one of my nicest thoughts"(Georgia O'Keeffe), and the inside just says Love.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

CCEE2008 Paper Piecing

Anne again.  My challenge to you this week is to make a card for a friend using paper piecing, and send it!

I love this silly bird from Rubbernecker.  He is pieced and sitting on a branch under a cloud with a slight sun showing.  The sentiment is from AI, and such fun!

Please join us HERE.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

CCEE2007 Valentine

This is Anne Harmon again.  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day (also my DH's birthday!).  My challenge to you is to make a masculine Valentine in non-traditional colors (no RED or pink).

On a clear things out kick, my DH has given the majority of his tools to our Erin's Nick, who just loves to tinker.  This Valentine will go to Nick.

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020

CCEE2006 White Embossing

Happy February!  This is Anne Harmon, your hostess for the month.

White embossing is beautiful on neutral colors.  My first challenge to you is to use white embossing on a card using kraft, or any other shade of brown.

You will laugh, but I make holiday cards year 'round.  This card goes in my stash for Thanksgiving.

I love this image of a Native American woman, and think she looks fabulous embossed on brown vellum!

Please join us by posting your card on our blog HERE.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

CCEE2005 International Hot Air Balloon Week

Lynn challenges us for her last of the month, to shake the gloom of Winter by filling the skies on our cards with bright and colorful hot air balloons.  An uplifting and encouraging sentiment would be a perfect pairing!

My Hubby and I went o Lake George for the Hot Air Balloon Festival last year.  What a colorful and exciting time it was, seeing as many as 50 up in the air at a time.  Some people even took a ride (but not scaredy-cat me!!).

Join us HERE

Thursday, January 23, 2020

CCEE2004 Ice, Ice, Baby, Ice, Ice

From Lynn:

" It seems to me I have been bundled up in sweatshirts and sweaters for weeks now! Baby, it's cold outside.  Let's see those icy creations!!  Add your glitter and shine to make some shimmery Winter beauties."

Where is the shimmer, you say?  Everywhere there is snow!!!

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CCEE2003 Book Publisher's Day

Lynn's challenge:

"Create a card which features characters, a theme, or a quote from one of your favorite books!!  Bonus points if it is on the current best sellers list!!"

One of my favorite books is by Bram Stoker, "Dracula" in which the lead character says....."I don't do mornings."  The first time I read this line, it just cracked me up, so when I saw this stamp, I had to have it!

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

CCEE2002 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Lynn says:

"In the United States, January 9th is a day set aside to celebrate police officers by thanking them for their public service and showing them support.  Let's help out by creating a card to thank these dedicated servants.  To spread the word, post your cards on all of your social media accounts!"

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Little train ....

For the Inspiration Challenge at SCS today, I made this St. Pat's Day card.

This wall mural at Murale Design

.... got me to thinking of using my little train punch to make a card for March 17th.  I used an Amuse shamrock, Wasabi ink and paper, and stamped the date (Studio G) for the front.

Inside it says,

"We'll stop at O'Ryan's, O'Connor's, and O'Flaherty's for pints - You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning!"

Thursday, January 2, 2020

CCEE2001 It's June in January

Lynn McAuley is our hostess for the month of January.

For her first challenge:

"Some of our fans may not realize that two of our CCEE Stampers Design Team Members are living down under in Australia.  Their seasons are the exact opposite of ours.  They have always gone with the flow and designed cards to conform to our climate.  Let's turn the tables this week and make some summery cards they can put to use right now!  Bring on the heat!!!

To me, nothing says HEAT like the desert.  I sponged the bg in lavender and tan, added some sunshine, and a cactus.  To base my cow skull, I added some barbed wire and some pebbly sand.  The skull was stamped and fussy-cut, and I added some flowers as a touch of whimsy.

Inside, my card says,  "Hot enough for ya?"

Please join us, adding your card to our blog HERE

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Monkey Selfie

Today I'm posting a Selfie card.  The challenge at SCS was to make a thank you card for something you received for Christmas.  My gift was a Skylight, a machine that uploads pictures from a phone or the 'net.  It can change the size of photos, scramble the order, and when I opened it, the family started adding photos so I could see how it was done.  Great fun

Hence the selfie.  We have a grandson, Tom, whom we call Monkey Boy, so since I'm sending the card to his family, I used the Curious George images and die cut tropical leaves on the front.  The bg paper is from Reminisce.  I think they will enjoy getting this one!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Snow Day Craziness

We woke up to some inches of snow that we were not supposed to get.  Needless to say, we are not Winter people.......the only season in New England that doesn't make us jump for joy.

As I type, DH is out with the snow blower (he asked me if I would like to learn how to use it.  Silly boy!).

Snow days make me crazy.  I am a bit nutty (?) to begin with, and I'm sure you know that, so it's not much of a reach to understand my card on SCS yesterday.

This goes to one of our grands who loves cards with funny sayings.  Here it is:

"THIS is my step ladder.  I never knew my REAL ladder."

Couldn't resist.

CCEE1950 Santa in the Window

For our last challenge of the year, Lynn asks that we create a card with a window.

"It will then be your choice on whether  you want to be peeking IN on Santa or peeking OUT at Santa.  I can't wait to look through your window to spy on Santa.  Have fun!!"

The two black kitties are watching as Santa and his reindeer wish them a Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Please join us HERE   and be sure to join us in January for our new challenges for 2020!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

CCEE1949 Big and Bold

Our hostess for the two weeks in December is Lynn.  For the challenge, she asks us to create a holiday card where a BIG and BOLD sentiment is the star on the front of our design.

The saying is the whole card......I added an embossed frame, and some tiny leaves of holly where the dotted "i" is placed.

Please join us for our last two challenges of 2019 HERE.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

CCEE1948 MOvember

November is also known as MOvember which is a time to celebrate and raise funds for male issues.  For our challenge this month, include a moustache on your card in some way.


Pleas join us HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

CCEE1947 Ride

Tomorrow is Go For A Ride Day, so for our challenge this week, incorporate some sort of transport on your card... bike, car, train, plane, hot aid balloon etc.  How will  you be riding this week?

Our granddaughter Erin's many year boyfriend, Nick, is a car enthusiast.  I thought this would be a perfect birthday card for him.

Please join us HERE.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CCEE1946 Ice Cream

Frances tells us:

November 11th is Sundae Day...Doesn't that sound like a delicious day!  Create a card that features ice cream of some sort.

Please join us linking your card HERE.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

CCEE1945 Coffee

Apparently tomorrow is Cappuccino Day.  Frances challenges us to make a coffee themed card.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CCEE1944 Halloween!

Today is Halloween!  Although many celebrate - let's keep it simple and create a card with anything Halloween or Harvest ...costumes, candies, spooky things or just use orange and black!.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Friday, October 25, 2019

A Raise for Erin

Got a call last night from our granddaughter Erin.  Seems she got a  5% raise, in advance of her review next month.  How cool is that?!  I made a card for her this AM, and it's in the mailbox waiting to be picked up soon.

It fulfilled two challenges this AM on SplitCoastStampers, the Free4All, and the MIX (splat). 

We are delighted to hear she is doing well, but are not in the least surprised!!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

CCEE1943 Fall

Fall  porch ~ thinking of a porch in the Fall ...leaves, pumpkins, rocking chairs, wreaths on the door, decor.  Create a card with a Fall Porch in mind or use Fall colors.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCEE1942 Fossils

Our challenge from Kelly...

"Yesterday was National Fossil Day!  A fossil is a preserved impression of a once-living thing from a past geological age, including plants, animals, shells, and more.  Create a card including anything that has been found as a fossil  - dinosaurs, leaves, amber, footprints, etc.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CCEE1941 Rainforest Week

For her next challenge, Kelly says,

" It's World Rainforest Week (10-16).  Create a card showing the rainforest or any animal you'd find in the rainforest (and/or trees, rivers, rainforest animals, etc.).

The saying is,

"The older  you get the better you get, unless you're the banana."

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CCEE1940 Techies Day

Our hostess for the month of October is Kelly.  For her first challenge she says,

"Today is National Techies Day.  I am so grateful tp have the technology that we do!  Create a card with something "techie" on it (computers, cell phones, etc.) or simply create a thank you card (if need be!).

Inside it says,

"Anything not nailed down is a cat toy!"

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

CCEE1939 Dream

For her last challenge of the month, Frances says,

"The 25th of September was World Dream Day.  For our challenge this week, create a card with someone/something sleeping/dreaming."

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

CCEE1938 Talk Like A Pirate Day

Frances says, "Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, so grab those pirate stamps/dies to create your card this week.  If you have no pirate stamps, think beach, ocean, or treasure.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CCEE1937 Honey Month

Frances tells us, "Apparently September is Honey Month, so for our challenge this week use this as your inspiration ... honey, bees, bears, even stamp companies that have honey in their name!"

I haven't made a shaker card in ages, and now I'm not so sure of what I put in it.  There are gold sequins and black and gold microbeads.  I think I should have left the black out.....makes it look kinda dirty.

My grandson John's girlfriend, Autumn, will appreciate the work, so it will go to her.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CCEE1936 Tall Cards

Our hostess for the month of September is Frances. She says:

"The 3rd of September was Skyscraper Day.  For our challenge this week let's make tall cards."

This card will go to my daughter, Amy, who always has twenty things going at once.  I thought this would bring a smile.  I used hats from a number of different sets, and the paper pieced crazy cat.

Thanks for looking.  Please join us, and add your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CCEE1935 Encouragement

For my last challenge, make a card or project that encourages someone, and send it.

Here's my card.

Thanks for joining me for this month's challenges.  Be sure to upload your cards for this challenge to our blog HERE.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

CCEE1934 Fancy Folds

I love fancy folds Use whatever fancy fold that takes your fancy!

The card is held closed by the shell.

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First Day of School

Just had to post this picture our son David sent us.  This is our granddaughter Sam, as she leaves for first day of Law School.  WE are all so proud of her.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

CCEE1933 Vacation destination

Anne Harmon here with my next challenge.  Create a card using a vacation destination ..... one you would like to go to, and be sure to add a 3D element for fun!

The saying is, "I speak fluent French ... fries."

Please join us, linking to our blog HERE.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

CCEE1932 Embossing

For my next challenge, use either wet or dry embossing.  Embossing adds so much to a card.  Add some bling (glitter, gems, sequins, etc.)

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

Thursday, August 1, 2019

CCEE1931 Die cut

Anne Harmon here for the month of August.  Your first challenge is to create a card with a die cut, and be sure to add a ribbon.

The die cut hive and bees are on bee paper.  How cute is that?!

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

CCEE1930 Moths or Butterflies

National Moth Week 2019, July 20-28

For Vicky's last challenge:

"Who knew the moth would have a whole week dedicated to it.  Use a moth (or butterfly) on your card today.  Extra credit if you actually have a moth stamp/digi you can use.  This is an opportunity to add to your birthday, thank you, thinking of you or just all-occasion card stash!  Let the bugs fly!

This image of moths is from Tim Holtz, colored and spritzed.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CCEE1929 Stencils

Vicky says,

"If you're like me, you have a lot of stencils.  I have a drawer full that I never think of.  get one of those out that you haven't used (or haven't used in ages) and put it to good use."

My stencil is the sun's rays.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

CCEE1928 Cheer the Lonely

Vicky's challenge:

"Most of us probably know an older person who may or may not live alone.  Let's make a Thinking of You card, and actually send it out.  If you don't know anyone, send it to a local nursing home and address it to "Someone Special" or any other phrase you can think of.  Let's cheer up some people today!"

Images from Penny Black always make me smile!

Please join us, adding your card HERE.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Now that the pool is gone, we are trying to grow some grass..........

Luckily (?) we have had LOTS of rain, so we are partway there!

In the meantime, our Hosta

has multiplied since adding it to the island last year, and we are seeing

new spikes in bloom on our Yuccas!  Those creamy bells are just gorgeous!  Nice to see a lot of green.  The grands are missing seeing the pool, but we are not missing all the work!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

CCEE1927 Freedom Week

Vicky is our hostess for the month of July.

"Since both Australia and the USA have RED, white and blue for their colors, let's use those colors to make a card....does not have to be for a holiday, just RED, white and blue...but, of course, if you send out Patriotic cards, go for it!

For fun, I used our colors to make a Christmas card!!

Please join us.  Link your card HERE.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Blog Hop For Joanne (jojot)

In honor of our very dear friend and colleague on the CCEE team, this card is posted in remembrance of what a creative and fun person Joanne Grzelak was to all of us.

I have recently had hand surgery, and was not able to make a card.  Instead I am posting a card Joanne made and sent to me.  It's so typical of her style, especially the piercing that was always done so perfectly!

Joanne sent me cards on a regular basis.  We met at a stamp show in Springfield MA a number of  years ago where I was a demonstrator.  She surprised me by coming up to me and announcing herself.  It set off giggles, and we became friends - more than just in "cyberland".

Here is one of her cards that I have treasured (I have saved them ALL!).

Most of the cards she made for me were RED, my favorite color, but this one shows how detailed her cards really were.

I shall sorely miss her, and this blog in her honor (which would have embarrassed her!), is a tribute to a fabulous stamper, and a wonderful person.  Love you, my friend.

Here is the list of everyone who is participating in the blog hop. .

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CCEE1926 Catfish Day

For her last challenge this month, Lois says Tuesday the 25th was National Catfish Day.  She asks us to create a card that has some kind of fish or sea life on it.

I don't know whether this is a bass or not, but it goes to Jake, our family fisherman.  He loves to get funny cards, so here is the inside:

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