Thursday, July 19, 2018

CCEE1829 National Zookeepers Week

Lynn says........

"Trips to the zoo were always one of my favorite summer activities.  Let's honor the zookeepers of the world by including a zoo animal in our design this week.

Just couldn't resist a card of a lion, king of the jungle, and feature of many zoos.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CCEE1828 National Simplicity Day

Lynn says, "July 12 has been declared National Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau who was a devoted advocate of living a life of simplicity.  So on this lazy day of summer, my challenge to you is to create a clean and simple one layer card!"

I die cut the stitched window into the front of a folded white card, then stamped the image through the window into the inside.  One layer, easy peasy!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CCEE1827 Impossible Card

The July challenges are brought to us by Lynn McAuley.  Her challenge to us is to make an "Impossible Card".

"This new fun fold based on a famous card trick is sweeping the internet.  I thought it would be great if the CCEE Stampers put their own "twist" on this design this week.  Here is a link to a tutorial by Maymay Made It Crafts that will show you what it is all about!  It demonstrates the Impossible card is several varied sizes -".

Here is my card facing you

and this is the other direction

Fun card, with a "twist"!

Please join us, making one of these nifty folded cards, and link yours HERE.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CCEE1826 Relax!

For her last challenge this month, Joanne has given us the theme "relaxation".  She challenges us to create a card that depicts Relaxation to us......can be a place where we are relaxed or what we do to relax.

This is me, in a hammock reading at the beach.  I don't get to the beach any more (too gritty, you know?), but I sure enjoy reading in a chaise beside my pool all summer!!

Please join us, linking to our blog HERE.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CCEE1825 Ocean Challenge

As most of us know, the ocean is Joanne's favorite place.  Her annual trip to Maine is sacred!  In honor of that, she has challenged us to create a card inspired by the ocean or beach.

Here's my card, inspired by flip-flops at the beach, with a little crabby crab with googly eyes.  Thanks for looking.

Please join us, adding your card to our BLOG.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CCEE1824 Blooming Flowers

For her second challenge of June, Joanne mentions that Spring came really late this year.  She asks us to create a card with blooming flowers.

These flowers are certainly summertime beauties!!  Finally nice to see them blooming after tthe horrid Winter we all had!!

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CCEE1823 Virgin Stamp

Our hostess for the month of June is Joanne

She says:
"I don't think I am the only one with unused, or "virgin" stamps.  This week I want you to go through your stash and ink those virgins to create this week's card".

I just couldn't believe this set had sat unused for years on the shelf.  Now I have a nice card for Thanksgiving!!  Thanks for looking!

Please join us on our blog HERE.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

CCEE1822 Embossing Folders

For my last challenge of the month, use your embossing folders on your card today.

Our two granddaughters are turning 21 this month.  This is for Samantha, the animal-crazy girl!!

I used the paw print embossing folder.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018


I wake up in the morning to the NEWS.  Make a card using each of these letters ..... N, E, W, S.

I used N = nest, E = eggs, W = wren, and S = sun.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

CCEE1820 Pack Rat Day

This is the day you have dreaded.  My challenge to you is to use paper you have hoarded!!

I have saved this paper........too pretty to cut into.  I couldn't put anything on top of it....I didn't want to hide the beautiful roses and leaves!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


My birthday is in two days.  Make me happy by using some RED on  your card!

I guess I could call this Butterfly Kisses!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Erin is 21!

Just can't believe our little sweet pea Erin is 21 today.  She's working in the BIG CITY (NY!) and loves it!  We just called her to sing (loud and off key of course) and she said it was "Dreadful, dreadful!" Well it should be........we've been practicing for years!

Happy Happy Birthday, Miss Erin!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

CCEE1818 May Flowers

I am your hostess for the month of May.  Since April showers bring May flowers, my first challenge is to fill your card with pretty flowers.

My bee is collecting nectar from poppies and clover in a pretty meadow.  The card itself is a deep purple.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

CCEE1817 Poem

As her last challenge, Lois tells us that April is National Poetry Month, and today is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  She asks us to create a card using a poem as inspiration.

The poem I have chosen is "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.  Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

This has always been one of my favorite poems.  I hope you think my card represents a bit of the fabulous words of this WWII flying Ace.

Please join us, adding your card to our BLOG.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CCEE1816 Bicycle Day

Today is Bicycle Day.  Lois asks us to put a bicycle on our cards.  We can also use anything with wheels.

Today I chose to use a skateboard.  This will go to a friend's son who loves to use his.......and he takes incredible risks. (Glad he's not mine!!!)

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

CCEE1815 National Pet Day

Lois tells us that yesterday, April 11th was National Pet Day.  Her challenge is to Use a pet (dog, cat, canary - whatever) on our cards.

You may think this frog is a bit of a stretch as a pet, but as the mother of two boys, believe me, it's not.  We always had animals in our house when the boys were at home..........snakes, frogs, a praying mantis (Charlie), mice, caterpillars, whatever could come home in a pocket or hands.

Thanks for looking.  Please join us nexy week for another fun challenge.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

CCEE1814 National Tartan Day

Lois is our hostess for the month of April.  For her first challenge, she asks us to create a card using plaid (tomorrow is National Tartan Day!).

I love this teen image!   I colored it in the shades of the plaid behind it.

Please join us this week and every week for a fun challenge!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

CCEE1813 Fun Fold

For her last challenge, Vicky asks us to use a fun fold.

This card is called Hidden Message..a lot of work, but great results, I think!

Down in the lower right corner, you can see the words changed when the card is opened.

Thanks for looking.  Please join us and link your card HERE.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

CCEE1812 Humor

Vicky tells us that today Is National Goof Off Day.  She challenges us to make a funny card.

The little girl by Mo Manning isn't funny, but I hope you think the saying is!!

Please join us and link your card HERE.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

CCEE1811 Green

Vicky comments that St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday.  Her challenge to us is to make a card featuring GREEN - it can be a St. Patrick's card, but we can also choose to just use the color green (not all of us are Irish, but we do need cards of various types!).

I love this leprechaun, and the saying really gets too me.  I decided to make a box card, that folds to mail.  I hope you think it's fun.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Storming again!

Two Nor'easters in five days!  This time we had a casualty .....

This beautiful 80 foot tree is now going to have to be cut down entirely.  Called the Tree service people at 7 this morning, and we are on their "LIST", as we are not alone with tree damage.  Luckily it fell into one side of our driveway, so we can still get in and out.  I guess this is why we have saved our money!!!!!!!!!!!!

CCEE1810 Three D Word Die Cuts

Vicky challenged us to use this fun technique, found here !!

Please join us using this fun technique, and post you card on our BLOG.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

CCEE1809 National Pigs Day

Our hostess for the month of March is Vicky Gould.  She tells us, "Today is National Pigs Day.  Let's see some fun pigs on our cards."

I'm sending you all Hogs and Kisses!!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CCEE1808 Polar Bears

For her last challenge, Kelly has asked us to create a card for Polar Bear Day.  We can use bears, snow, or use white as our card's focal color.

I love this Whipper Snapper polar bear.  Don't you just love him lying in the snow??

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CCEE1807 Tic Tac Toe

Kelly's challenge this week is to use the the Tic Tac Toe set up shown below.
I chose the center going across..... a RED, love themed, shaker card.

Please join us, linking your card to our BLOG.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

CCEE1806 What YOU love

Today's challenge from Kelly :

"Since it's almost Valentine's Day, create a card showing something that YOU love."

I love RED (no surprise there), so it may be a surprise that my card has none!!  I LOVE books, and I have a special place in my heart for giraffes.  Thus my card.

Please join us, linking your card to our BLOG.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CCEE1805 Spunky Old Broad's Day!

Kelly is the hostess for February.  Her first challenge is to create a card/project featuring our favorite sassy ol' gal!

Please join us, linking your card HERE

Thursday, January 25, 2018

CCEE1804 Favorite Technique.

For her last challenge, Liz gives us an easy one....Show your favorite technique in cardmaking.

I have two favorites, so I used them both........sponging and die cuts.

Please join us, and link your card HERE

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CCEE1803 Cold Weather Garment

Today's challenge is inspired by the phrase, Baby it's cold outside!  We are asked to use an image showing a Winter garment.

 Here's my little eskimo baby in her parka, keeping warm despite the falling snow.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CCEE1802 Hot Tea Month

For her second challenge, Liz asks us (in honor of Hot Tea Month) to use a teapot or teacup on our cards, or use a tea stain technique.

Here is my teapot as seen from the closed position.  Below is how it looks open.

Please join us this week (and every Thursday) and be sure to link to our blog HERE.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

CCEE1801 Waddle We Do In 2018?

Another year, and the CCEE girls start again!

This month, Liz is our hostess.  For her first challenge, she tells us to use a penguin or other animal that loves the cold.

Here's my TAC penguin sitting on his block of ice, saying hello to his friends.  The dolphins are die cuts.  In the background are mounds of snow and a cloud filled sky.  This card will go to my DGD Sam who loves ALL animals.

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017

CCEE1750 Favorite Stamps

For the last challenge of the year, Maryann asks us to keep it simple, using a favorite holiday stamp to create a card.

I actually used a wonderful pine cone stamp, and a terrific die cut.  There's also a fabulous die cut and a punch..........but of course the best part is the RED.

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

Have a safe and happy holiday......see you next year!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CCEE1749 Christmas Carols

Maryann is our hostess for the two weeks in December.  For her first challenge, she asks us to take inspiration from any Christmas carol.

This is my favorite song at Christmas.........but once it gets into my head, it stays!!!  The Santa image is is a two layer free stamp from Paper Craft Magazine.

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Congratulations! So proud!!

Congrats to our grandson Tommy for Induction to National Latin Honor Society. Requirements are all A’s in Latin for the prior year and honor roll overall.

Omi and Grampy were there from Arizona to share the joy!!!

AND.................his mom, our daughter,

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

CCEE1748 Baby or Wedding

For Joanne's last challenge:

"as the last of our celebratory month, I would like you to make a baby card or a wedding card........your choice.  If you have lots of time, you could make!!

Obviously, I went with a baby card.  The picture doesn't show that one of the hands is pink, and one is blue.  So are the little safety pins.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Free For All

I made a very simple card today.  No stamping at all.  We were to be inspired by a quote from Thoreau, regarding the world of imagination and color.

I think this finishes up my Christmas cards for this year.  I always send them out on the first of December.  The envelopes are addressed.........just have to take a last trip to the post office for more stamps!

Thanks for looking, and have a terrific day!

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Here we all are at DD Amy's.......missing son Paul, DIL Debbie, grandson Jake, and granddaughter Samantha.  Amy took the picture.  Jay and I are at the end (in case you couldn't guess!).

You can tell by the plates that we are about to dig in.  There was also pie - apple, cherry, blueberry, and pumpkin.  I had a sliver of each!!  I brought home just enough turkey, stuffing, and gravy for an open faced sandwich for Jay and me.

CCEE1747 Holiday Stash

Joanne challenges us this week to make a card for our holiday stash....Christmas, New Year's, winter.....whichever we need most for our stashes.

I always need Winter and Christmas cards, and I think this one will work for either.

Please join us at our blog HERE, and post your card as well.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our Tommy!

 Wachusett Regional High School. November 2017

The high school defines its core values as creating a positive culture of learning, leadership, behavior and work ethic. The students who earn the “Mountaineer” award do that job and do it well, Pratt said.
“I think they deserve a little recognition for that,” he said. “It’s more than just an academic award, it’s more than just an athletic award; it’s a character award, I think,” Pratt said.
November was the inaugural month for the award. Pratt sent out an email to more than 100 teachers and staff at the high school, requesting nominations and a brief explanation of why the student was nominated.
This first round netted 11 nominations. As the assistant principals read why each student was put forward for the award, they decided there was no reason to narrow the list to just one recipient.
“I didn’t want to set a number to it because I didn’t want to exclude anybody,” he said. “We want to see leaders in the classroom, kids getting out of their comfort zone, kids that are inclusive of other kids.”
Pratt explained the award to the students and read out what their teachers wrote about them in their nominations.
“They were surprised, but these are the humble kids. They were a little embarrassed, too, by what they were being recognized for,” he said. “I think for some of these kids, this is what they do everyday.”
In addition to the certificate, the students also received a coupon for a 25 percent discount at the school store. Pratt hopes to grow the program to be a little more formal, with the Mountaineers of the Month getting a little breakfast break and maybe some recognition like gift certificates from the community at large.
He also plans to send a letter home to parents so they know their student got nominated.
“So we’re starting out small and hoping to build on it,” he said.
Pratt is in his third year as assistant principal.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CAS and TLC combination

The challenges this AM on SCS are:  CAS - Thankful.  TLC - crayon rubbed embossing.

I really need some practice at brayering.......thank goodness a ribbon can hide a lot of things!

This card will go to our next-door neighbors.