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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Featured Stamper Challenge

Today the FS at SCS is Helen G.  Here is her card I cased:

and this is my version:

I kept the same theme and side step technique, but changed the sentiment, added cattails and clouds, and used a different fence.

Thanks for looking. fence.  Thanks for looking

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Today the challenge on SCS was themed SPACE.  Here's what I added to the gallery:

I love these little aliens from Stampendous, and the sentiment from Putting on the Ritz.  The entire saying is - "There's nothing in the Universe that says I have to make sense."  Don't you think this is fun???  I think the gems and googlie eyes make this a hoot!!  Thanks for looking!

CCEE1746 Birthday

Happy Birthday to our hostess Joanne.  Today we make feminine birthday cards with flowers for her!

Happy, Happy Birthday, dear friend.

Please join us in making birthday cards for this special lady!!  Post your card HERE.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday

Today I'm sharing two cards, one for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Below is the Z Fold card for the Color challenge (RED, blue, green).

For the sketch today, here is my Christmas Santa, going over the world.

Thanks for looking!!  Have a great day!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

CCEE1745 Guys

Joanne says:

"I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I never seem to have enough masculine birthday cards.  This week is for the guys......make a masculine card of any type.....does not have to be a birthday card."

This is indeed a birthday card for our grandson Nate. He is about to turn 23.  He loves music, and plays guitar.  I think he'll like this.

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sketch Challenge

Today is my favorite challenge day.  A sketch is provided.  I flipped the sketch to accommodate the eyes on the cats.

Inside it says, "The years have been kind to you.  It was the weekends that did the damage!"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Color Challenge

Today the colors for the challenge at splitcoaststampers were

Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Crushed Curry (Orange, RED, yellow).

Of course, neutrals are always okay.  I thought this was a good card for someone who loves music.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday Inspiration

Today our website is called Frontgate.  I chose this to inspire my card:

I had seen a funny card on Pinterest, and it popped into my head just as soon as I saw the pearl necklace. 

And here's mine, cased from Pinterest....

I hope you think it's funny too!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Side-step card

Now that our grandsons are older (the youngest is 16!), I have to make more masculine cards.  Here are two I made to go out shortly.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Casing Favorites (CCEE Below)

Today's challenge at SCS is to CASE (copy and save everything) a card put into our favorites.  Here is the card I kept by Roberta (stampin'nana):

Here's what I did with her card to make it mine:

Tthanks for looking!

CCEE1744 Thanksgiving or Thanks

Our hostess for the month of November is Joanne.  Here is her first challenge:

she says, "I'm going to keep it simple.  The holidays are coming, and times will be busy.  This will be a month of celebrations.  This week I would like you to make a Thanksgiving card OR a card of thanks."

This card will go to my DD, who loves to get fun cards.  I think this will make her laugh!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The SCS challenge today is the sketch:

And here's my card:

Nothing like a chuckle in the morning!  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Colors and the Tickle

The Color Challenge today at SCS is to use Honey, Turquoise, Pear, and Rose, and for dessert, water color.  Here it is:

This card will go to my Aunt next month for her birthday.  She still wears hats!

The Tickle today is to be inspired by apples.........I think this covers it!

This will be sent with some goodies to another Teapotter when I get a message as to whom it goes.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Two-fer

My card for today covers both challenges at SCS.  The Clean and Simple is to make a decorated Christmas Tree.  The Technique Lovers Challenge is to Splash Watercolor.  Here's the result:

The pineapple top is the "tree", decorated with Christmas lights, and the bg is the new technique.  This card will go to our granddaughter Sam(antha), who has a real THING for pineapples.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A CASE for Sunday

Every Sunday there is a Featured Stamper.  We are to find one of her cards or projects, and to use it to inspire our own.  Here is CraftyJennie's (Jennie Maier) card I found:

I liked the layout and colors.  Those I kept, but changed the rest, here:

Thanks to Jennie, and to you for looking.  See you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tough Day? and Cutie Pie

Our inspiration site today at SCS is called Jellycat, a place filled with cute toys for little ones.  My card is based on a cuddly (if you can believe it!) sloth.  You can see it HERE.

Inside it says,
"Tough day?  Try being one of the Seven Deadly Sins!"

This will go to my son the English Teacher to perk him up on a tough day!

I liked the site so much I did another card:

This one will go to DGD Sam.......inside it will say,

"You're one in a Chameleon!".

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fussy Cutting

I have loved cutting things out of paper ever since I was given scissors!  I used to love the Betsy McCall paper dolls that came in my mother's magazine, and the Katy Keene's in comic books.  When I saw that the challenge on SCS today was to "fussy cut", I was in my glory.

I had saved a page of 3 D decoupage from the net, and today was the day to cut the five layers of this little image and use it on a Fall card.  I thought the little fairy was darling!!

Thanks for looking, and have a terrific day!

CCEE1743 Cats

Frances tell us:

Apparently tomorrow (27th) is Black Cat Day and Sunday (29th) Cat Day.  So for our challenge this week include a cat on your or not.

I couldn't resist this fun black cat...of course this is for Halloween!!

Please join us, linking your card to our BLOG.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Fun Sketch!

Wednesday is my favorite day on SCS.  The Sketch Challenge is always fun, and usually quite a challenge as well.  Here's the one for today:


I changed the basic shape from a square to an A2 sized card.

This chicken that looks like she's panicking is from Eat Cake Graphics.  I love this image and saying, and use it for lots of occasions.  Inside it says'

"Oops.  My Mistake.  Happy Fall!"

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The past few days, Halloween has been the theme at SCS.  Here's what I've made:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday's Featured Stamper

Today the Featured Stamper is Jeanette Cloyd (Forest Ranger).  Here is her card I cased:

I was inspired by the layout.  I changed the theme and stamps, and added a ribbon in place of the brad.  I also omitted the brads (DH said to leave it alone.).  Here's mine:

Thanks for looking, and congratulations to Jeanette!