Thursday, December 13, 2018

CCEE1851 Gingerbread

For our last challenge of the year, Frances challenges us to create a card or project in the gingerbread theme.

Thanks for joining us in 2018.  We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CCEE1850 Elf

Frances is our hostess for the two weeks of December that wrap up our challenge year.  Here is her challenge to us:

One of the traditions she loves to do at Christmas has to do with Elf on the Shelf, which she loves.  She asks us to include an elf on our cards this week.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

CCEE1848 Circles and Squares

For my last challenge.

Circles and squares are simple geometric shapes.  Make a card using at least one of each.

Thanks for being with us for the month of November.  Be sure if you're joining us to link your card HERE.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

CCEE1847 Birthday Humor

Today, November 22nd, is my daughter's birthday.  Amy loves to get funny cards.  I challenged the group to make a birthday card, and extra points if it's humorous.

Please join me again next week, and if you make a card for this challenge, please post it on our BLOG.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CCEE1846 Topaz

The November birthstone is a TOPAZ.  My challenge this week to the group:  Make a card using the colors in the yellow to amber range.

Be sure to come back next week for my challenge.  If you join us, please add to our blog HERE.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CCEE1845 Tongue Twister Day

Today is Tongue Twister Day.  Most languages have their own versions of tongue twisters.  In sign language, they are called "finger fumbles".  My challenge to you is to use a tongue twister to inspire your card.

Here's the one I chose:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? 

I know that woodchucks are also called groundhogs, so this card is going to a friend who says his favorite holiday is Groundhog's Day!!  (He's weird, but very sweet!)

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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CCEE1844 Turkeys/birds

Happy November!  I will be your hostess for the five Thursdays coming up.

This is the month of Thanksgiving in the United States.  My challenge to  you is to use a turkey on your card.  If you are in another place that does not celebrate, you may use a bird.  It wouldn't hurt if there was a RED feather or two!

I feel sorry for this turkey.  I'm sure he's not one of those to be pardoned!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

CCEE1843 True One Layer Only

For her last challenge, Joanne says,

"Many of you do fabulously wonderful fancy fold cards, which is not my thing.  So today I am going to challenge you to make a true one layer layers, no pop-ups, no embellishments.  All work must be on the base layer.  Embossing is fine, of course.

Thanks Joanne, for giving us fun challenges this month!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

CCEE1842 Mustache/Masculine

Joanne tells us today is No Beard Day, so make some masculine cards with mustaches, but NO BEARDS.

This will be a birthday card for one of the guys in the family.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CCEE1841 Dogs

Joanne says:

As you all know, I love my two pups.  They are both rescue pups from Tennessee.  well, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month.  Let's create cards with dogs on them."

Here's mine:

This doggie card will go to our granddaughter Sam, who adores all animals.

Thanks for looking, and please come back again next week.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

CCEE1840 Nontraditional Halloween

Joanne is our hostess for the month of October.  Here is her first challenge:

"This week we are going to make Halloween cards with nontraditional colors.  If you don't celebrate Halloween, do the same for Thanksgiving cards."

Here's my card as it would come from the envelope:

...and here it is opened:

Please join us this week, and every Thhursday.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

CCEE1839 Set Back Stamping.

Maryann was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's set back stamping tutorial, using stamps and dies, something different to the normal layering, that should be fun.

 HERE'S the tutorial.  And here's my card:

I also paper pieced the image.  This was really fun!!!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

CCEE1838 Baby

Maryann asks us to create a card using baby as our inspiration. Example: new baby, baby shower, grand baby, baby animals or even just a baby sized card.

Here's my card, suing the multistep bear.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

86 kids sat for the EMT written test at UMass, and the top 35 went on to the practical.  Guess who is now an EMT at his college?  We are so very proud of our grandson Tom (a Bio-Chem major), who intends to be a Doctor!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CCEE1837 Fortune Cookie Day

According to the days of the year calendar, it is Fortune Cookie Day.  Maryann has challenged us to use this to inspire an Oriental themed card.

My friend Julia (artystamper) gave me this set of fortune cookie die cuts.  They are just right for this challenge!!!

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Fashion Week in NYC!

Look who’s got a table at Fashion Week in NYC???

This is our Erin in NYC.  Her company, Sugar Monster Sweets, has a table for Fashion Week.  Don't all these yummies just have you salivating???  Here are some more photos of the desserts:

I sure wish I was there and sampling those goodies.  Way to go, Erin!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CCEE1836 Shadow Box Card

Our hostess for the month of September is Maryann.

Here is our challenge from her:  Shadow Box Card.  This card has been around for a lot of years but lately I have noticed some modern twists to it, so give us your version of a shadow box card.

Is there any treat quite as satisfying as popcorn?  This card will go to our grandson at college.

Thanks for looking.  Please join us, linking your shadow box card HERE.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

CCEE1835 Spring Flowers

For Frances' last challenge, she tells us:
"In my part of the world (Australia), Saturday is the first day of Spring.  Flowers are beautiful any time of the year, so let's see some flowers on your cards this week."

I guess I have to honor our Lois with this shades of orange, her favorite color!

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018

CCEE1834 Ride The Wind Day

Frances tells us:

Today is apparently Ride the Wind Day.  This day was created to celebrate the first man-powered flight.  There are so many things that rely on wind to make them work, so let's include something that needs wind on our cards today.  Some examples include kite flying, windsurfing, hang gliding, sailing boats, birds flying, hot air balloons, balloons, paper airplanes, etc.

Butterflies fly, but save their energy by coasting on air currents.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


When I took a look at Facebook to see what was happening with my children and grands...........
this is what I saw:

These CRAZY boys, Tyler, Tommy (our grandson), and John

were back on earth from 14,000 feet!!!!!!!!!!! 
It's a good thing no one told me in advance what these boys were planning!  I'm afraid of heights, so Tommy didn't his risk taking from me.  They had such a good time they'll be doing it again.  YUCK!!

CCEE1833 Bees

Frances tells us Saturday (August 18) is World Honey Bee Day.  She challenges us to include a bee or two on our cards this week.

Today I made a Clean And Simple (one layer) card, using the rubbed crayon embossing technique.

Please join us HERE.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

CCEE1832 World Lion Day

From Frances, "Tomorrow is World Lion Day.....Lions are also often referred to as the "King of the Jungle", so let's see some jungle animals appearing on our cards this week...bonus points if you include a lion.

Bonus points for me!

Here's a sweet lion, an old set from Stampin' Up.

Join us at our BLOG.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Congratulations to our Tommy!

Congratulations to our grandson Tommy Chisholm, who last night had a board of review, and is now an Eagle Scout!!!  We couldn't be prouder!!   Here is our handsome young man:

He has just moved his name from Life Scout to Eagle on the display board of his Troop.  His Court of Honor will be held during the Thanksgiving school vacation.

Way to go, Tommy!

CCEE1831 Coloring

Our hostess for the month of August is Frances.  She says " apparently today, August 2nd, is Coloring Book Day.  Coloring books are popular for both young and old.  For our challenge today use an image on your card that needs to be colored......bonus points for those who have coloring books and uses an image from one of those for your card today."

I have no coloring books, so I used an image from that needed coloring:

I hope you will feel moved to join us, adding your coloring HERE.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

CCEE1830 National Refreshment Day

Lynn's last challenge to us:

One way to beat the heat of summer is with a cold refreshment.  Do you cool down with a glass of lemonade, a rainbow snowcone, an ice cream cone, a cold bottle of beer?  Whatever it may be, share with the CCEE Stampers your favorite cool-down treat in your design this week.

For years I didn't eat ice cream.  It just never appealed to me.  Then........Hot Flashes struck, my body temperature changed, and now I LOVE ice cream.  Who knew????

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

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.