Wednesday, December 9, 2015


\ Joanne is ouir hostess with the CCEE Stampers last challenge of 2015.  We will be taking a short break before returning in the New Year on January 7th.  So at this time we would all like to extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!! is this week's challenge.....

Did you know? There are occasional "Leap Seconds" added to the official year. They help to correct minor variations in time. On December 31, 2015, the folks who maintain the official time for the planet, will add an extra second to the day!  To honor this, the challenge for this week is to incorporate time into your card…..a clock, a calendar, a date, a watch, etc.

We'd love to have you play along. All you have to do is create something using the above challenge, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword CCEE1550. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see your card too.

While you at the blog, check out all the great examples the other members contributed.

For the life of me, I could not find any clock stamp I have. I know I have a few, but I did find this clock on some design paper. With a busy week, I just let this be a quick and easy card this week. Nothing like doing a time saver, for the challenge dealing with leap seconds. LOL

Have a most joyous Holiday, Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. It is a day to be thankful for those of us who are fortunate enough to have a safe home to live in AND to think about those around the world who do not. To mark this day, our challenge today is to make a card with a house/building of some sort on it.

I used an old Flourishes set for this card. I am grateful for my humble abode, and I am thankful that I have friends who are always so wonderful about welcoming me to their homes. I will continue to support Family Promises who find wants to give shelter and meals to those who do not have those luxuries.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CCEE1548 Black Friday

Hi everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American Friends. Frances is back today with her last challenge for the month.

Today is Thanksgiving in the USA and tomorrow is Black Friday. Many will be taking advantage of the sales. Create a card with a shopping theme, the card must also include the color black on it somewhere.

We'd love to have you play along. All you have to do is create something using the above challenge, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword CCEE1548. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see your card too.

Now, lets see what the CCEE gals have come up with this week:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CCEE1547 Universal Children's Day

Welcome to our CCEE challenge blog, Frances is our wonderful hostess again to give you the challenge for this week.

Tomorrow is Universal Children's Day. Let's create a card featuring a child having fun of some type.

We'd love to have you play along. All you have to do is create something using the above challenge, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword CCEE1547. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see your card too.

Now, lets see what the CCEE gals have come up with this week:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Hi everyone,

It's Frances hosting again today with another fun challenge for you.

The 10th November is Sesame Street Day, this year celebrates 46 years since the show started. Create a card the is inspired by this show … You could feature any of the characters from the show; something related to a character eg garbage bin or cookies; or feature a letter of the alphabet etc.

We'd love to have you play along. All you have to do is create something using the above challenge, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword CCEE1546. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see your card too.

Now, lets see what the CCEE gals have come up with this week:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CCEE1545 Circles

Frances is our host for the month of November. Here's what she has for us:

According to the Holiday Insight website, the 2nd November was Look for Circles Day. So for our challenge this month let's create a card featuring circles …. How many can you include on your card??

We'd love to have you play along. All you have to do is create something using the above challenge, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword CCEE1545. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see your card too.

Don't forget to check out the other Design teams cards while you are at 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


 We have enjoyed MaryAnn's fabulous challenges for the month of October, and this is her final one for the month. The theme is "downunder." You could go Australian, or simply whatever comes to mind for something under something. Check out the cute interpretations the team came up with over on the CCEEstampers blog. Join in on the fun and add your card with the keyword CCEE1544 on SCS, and link it to

I will be heading out Thursday to do a jail ministry for 4 days. Please keep us in your prayers that God's love touches the hearts of the 42 women taking part in the program. I'm leading the music and I never feel closer to God than those hours I spend behind bars sharing the gospel with these that God has not forgotten.

I will catch up on commenting on Monday, when I return.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


This is for this week's CCEE challenge 1543. The theme is refections and I decided to do a reflection in the ice. It doesn't show up well in the photo, but the ice is actually covered with a glassy gloss.
Hope you join us this week and play along by linking your card to CCEEstampers.While you are there check out the lovely reflections left by the team.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Maryann is continuing as our hostess for the CCEEstampers this month. She asked us to use acetate. I used some acetate cut from a clear box. I ran it through my cuttlebug in an embossing folder. Then I diecut some fall leaves in fall colors and placed them under it and attached the edges, so this could be somewhat of a shaker card.

Come play along by adding CCEE1542 to your card you upload to SCS and link to the link over on CCEEstampers blog.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Maryann is again our hostess as we continue through October. Sorry I missed the actually specifics on this challenge until after I had made this card. I was to use chocolate (every woman's favorite flavor) with a color combination of chocolate and pink, chocolate and green, or chocolate and vanilla. I actually used a metallic gold and chocolate combination. The flower I used has all of those three colors in it. I did a direct from pad ink rub of the gold pad to my embossed leaves. Please check out the other team member cards who probably followed the directions. Check them out

If you join us in the challenge over on SCS please use the CCEE1541 for your keyword.
Link it to the link over on CCEEStampers blog.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


This week Maryann has challenged us to do a card that would remind someone of a stack of children's blocks. I find any kind of card that requires measuring, folding a certain way and is 3-D to be a real challenge for me. I surprised myself with this one. I love Graphics 45 papers because of their vintage looks and decided these colors and images would fit into my scheme of things. I also had a good time going through my embellsihment stashes and finding just the right ones to add. Thosre are paper roses on the tops of some of the blocks..

Join us in the fun, and link your card to the link over on CCEEstampers and use the CCEE1540 for your keword over at Splitocaststampers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CCEE1539 cherries

For her last challenge for September, Lois is asking us  to celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day, and asking that you make a card with cherries on it; or, if you don't have any cherries, use any fruit.
I just happen to have this digital image from Power Poppy of cherry blossoms with cherries and just had to use it for this challenge. Thanks, Lois for all the wonderful challenges you provided this month.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


My zentangle for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CCEE1538 Citizenship

Lois is again our hostess and it being citizenship day, she has challenged us to make either  a patriotic card, or a card depicting our heritage. You know Texans seem to act like Texas is a country all to itself, and I am pretty proud to be a Native Texan who was borned here and have never left the state. The stamp in the center is a stamp from Dead Beat Stamps, a great little stamp company here in Texas, and inside I used a Dead Beat Stamp that says, "If you are lucky enough to live in Texas, you're lucky enough!" The Bronco Rider stamp is from Stampabilities.


This is for the House Mouse Monday Challenge #203 Bingo challenge. I used the yellow, ribbon, and flowers/leaves row. I used copic markers to color the image and used a diecut for the sentiment.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


What a week it has been! On Tuesday night I was trying to load this card to the CCEE blog for this week's challenge, and the photos would not download. It turned out I had a virus and my laptop had to spend a few days with the Geek Squad. What great guys and after 3 days, I finally got my laptop back. Here is the card that I could not load earlier.

I did it using my MISTI using this silhouette stamp from SNSS. I inked it with green ink, stamped it, then inked it  by adding the turquoise ink in a striped fashion using the edge of the ink pad. I used those teardrop mini ones from Memento. Then I added some hot pink and this was the results.
Pretty easy and fun. I got inspired by Lydia's MISTI Marble technique on SCS but decided to do a direct from pad kind of application of the ink rather than the glove she used for the marbling effect. I couldn't find a rubber glove around my house, so the adaption was a necessity.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CCEE city word play

I was having computers problems that needed to be resolved before I could get this downloaded on my blog. This for the challenge for the CCEEStampers this week.

This week Lois is our hostess and it is also her birthday. So first off, Happy Birthday, Lois!
Her challenge for us this week:

CCEE1536, Skyscraper Day

Lois here.  I'm the hostess for this month's CCEE challenges.  In addition to being my birthday today, it is also the birthday of Louis H. Sullivan (born Sept. 3, 1856), an architect credited with designing the first skyscraper.  Today's challenge is a Word Play challenge.  Include on your card something that starts with each of the letters in CITY.

My C is a compass on a circle, my I is ink, my T is twine and the tiny triagnles on the design paper, and my Y is yellow. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CCEE1535 bows

Frances is again bringing you her last challenge for the month.

Apparently tomorrow is Bow Tie Day, so for our challenge this week let's include some sort of bow on our cards this week … it doesn't have to be a Bow Tie as long as it is a bow.

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1535 to your keywords.

Now let's  check out the cards our Design Team created for us this week.

I got a little wild and crazy with my creativity this week. I had a die to cut the bow, so I just hand cut all the rest of this card to come up with this little chef. The sentiment is from a retired Satmpin' Up set. His bugged eyes were made with white brads and I colored the black part with a sharpie!!  Tie one on with us and have as much fun as I did!!  Then link it over on the CCEEStampers blog here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CCEE1534 Lemonade day

Frances back again as our hostess and  ... are you ready for another challenge?

According to the Days of the Year web site today is Lemonade Day …. Let's celebrate by creating cards that features lemonade in some way. If you don't have anything Lemon or lemon related feature some other kind of beverage.

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1534 to your keywords. Don't forget to check on the other designs our team members came up with for this cool challenge.

I used one of my favorite House Mouse stamps. It is colored with  Copic markers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Hi all,

 Frances is again bringing us another fun challenge. 

She says:
"This week we are creating Screen Divider Card - I have been meaning to make one of these style cards for some time now … so let us create one for today's challenge. Here is the link to the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1533 to your keywords.

Now let's  check out the Screen Divider Cards our Design Team created for us this week."

I made mine rather simple using some old Florishes images of a tulip and sweetpea. The scriputer stamp is from Stampablities (I think). The images were colored with Copic markers. I used a diecute to cutout the bottom.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Frances is our new hostess for August. In honor of National Golf  Month, she has asked us to create a card that features some sort of sport, but of course, there are bonus points for a golf theme.  She also requested use of green somewhere on your card.

Come join in on the fun and link it to the CCEE Stampers blog linky found here. While you are there, check out the sporty cards made by the other team members.

I used kraft paper, Graphics 45 design paper, used a seasoned stamp from my collection and added the golf flag (my added green) and used my Itty Bitty stamp to make my green grass and also the speckles on the golf ball.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


You may or may not know that July 31 is the day that both Harry Potter and his creator, J. K. Rowling celebrate their birthdays. Today the challenge is to create a card or project that honors the remarkable literary character, Harry Potter.

Please join us and link your creation up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1531 to your keywords.

               Check out the terrific designs from the other team members over at the CCEEStampers blog.

I've not read any of the Harry Potter books, but did a little research on the books and when I saw "flying keys" I was inspired to do this card.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Just Add Ink #272

This multilayered butterfly is a stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps. The fern is from a retired Stampin' Up set, and the sentiment is from Verve. This card is made for the Just Add Ink Challenge #272.  The minute I saw the challenge was to stamp a butterfly, I could not resist the challenge!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Lynn is again our hostess and her challenge to us was to use the watercolor bokeh method.  I used this sentiment from Our Daily Bread to be the focal point of this card and added a few sequins and pearls and added this diecut border.

Hope you join us on this fun technique this week and link it over on the CCEEStampers blog.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


For the JUGS 302 color challenge this week. I found out today that a friend I grew up with in my youth is facing breast cancer. I made this for her and since she lives hundreds of miles away, I plan to bombard her with cards to help her keep her spirits up.  I used an old retired SU stamp for the flower and a Verve stamp for the sentiment. The design papers are from my scrap pile, so this was a card from the stash! I love those kinds.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


The Texas heat has finally hit after a rather mild June. Lynn, our hostess this month, has given us a chance  to get a break from the heat by creating an underwater scene. I used an underwater image from Klonz and the sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I had a great time mixing some of my favorite blues onto this panel.

Come join in the fun by linking your card to the CCEEStampers blog, and while you are there check out the other underwater scene shared by the team. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Tomorrow is national Cheer Up the Lonely Day so Lynn is challenging us this week to create a card of friendship and encouragement to mail to someone you know who lives alone. I know it will bring them joy to hear that you are thinking of them!

Please join us in bringing joy and happiness to someone you know who needs it. Link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post and then drop your card in the mail. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1528 to your keywords.

Thanks for stopping by today to see the creations of the CCEE Design Team and to join us in this week's challenge!
My card was made with a Power Poppy digital and a Power Poppy stamp for the sentiment. I love these pretty camellias.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas Card Challenge #31

I have set a self goal of making 5 Christmas cards each month. I am a few shy of being caught up with that pace, so I decided to use a little extra motivation and today it came from the Christmas Card Challenge found here.  This challenge is a color challenge:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CAS on Sunday #62

CAS cards are becoming my favorite cards, because they take less time, they are easier to mail, and simple often seems more elegant. I used two different companies embossing edges for this card. The sentiment is from Flourishes and the sun and seagulls are die cuts. I love the fact that embossing causes shadows, and I used dimensional strips to stick on the birds to add extra shadows, and let the sun and shadows help emphasis the words of this proverb. This took less than 10 minutes to create and I really liked the look. Hope you do too. Check out the others over on CAS on Sunday' blog.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CCEE1527 4 th of July

My sister, Lynn, is our hostess this month for CCEE Stampers. She has asked us to share with everyone how one can spend their 4th of July. My son and his wife are going to the Willie Nelson Picnic in Austin this weekend and we get to keep my grandson, Ethan. So, since I have this terrific stamp from Deadbeat Stamps, I thought it could fit into this challenge rather nicely. You know you are getting old when it seems more appealing to just watch concerts on television rather than fight the heat and the crowds.  Hope you get to hear some fabulous music over the weekend.
Get on over to the CCEE blog to see how all the other design team will be spending their 4th of July. If you join in the challenge, please link your card
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paper Players 251

This week the challenge is a sketch challenge for the Paper Players. Masculine cards are always the cards I have the least on hand in my card stash. So I decided this was going to be one that could be used for a masculine card. I used a pretty sheet of design paper for the back panel, and used this image from a Sweet and Sassy stamp set and a matching sentiment. Check out the sketch over at the Paper Players blog.

CAS on Sunday 61


The challenge on CAS on Sunday #61 was to make a one layered card. That is one of my favorite things to do and I really like making one layered collage cards. So, on my card today, I used an old retired background stamp from Stampin' Up, then I do some multilayered stamping using some Kitchen Sink Stamps for the pen and butterfly, The postage stamp and cancelation stamps are also Kitchen Sink Stamps. Then for the final thing was to ink an embossing folder and stamp with it the geometric pattern. I wanted to leave some of the card clear of all stamping as it is a CAS card.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch 129
I make my stencil from the negative side of my leaf diecut. It works so beautifully. I sponge the Mountain Pine and Pear tart Memento ink on, added some small punched flowers, and centered them with pearls. A simple but elegant look. I had the sentiment in my Sweet and Sassy container, so I assume it is from there, unless I misplaced something cleaning up.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CCEE1526 Weddings

Hi, today is my last challenge to host for June. As a child, I remember the local newspaper selected a June bride to feature in a specially published section of the paper in the month of June. Only one was selected, so I am sure it was a great honor. For our final challenge of the month, make a card featuring a bridal couple or a wedding cake.
For fun check these out:

It is a great source of inspiration.  We would love to see you share your ideas and creativity with us so please link them here. It you post your card on SCS please use CCEE1526 as you keyword.

I had some fun using my embossing plate like it was a icing decorating kit. Not sure of the source for the little bride and groom. The leaves are from Stampendence and the hydrangea punch is from Martha Stewart.  The design paper is from my stasch of old Stampin' Up design papers. 


Such great summer colors this week on Color Throwdown 348. Decided to go with a patriotic theme for July 4th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stenciling and fall colors

I made this card for two challenges using stenciling, and also for the color challenge over on JUGS298. Less is More 229 and Tuesday Throwdown challenge 250 both had stenciling as their challenge. I love using my diecut scraps as my stencils for cards. These leaves seemed perfect for the fall colors for the JUGS challenge. The sentiment is from Verve.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CCEE 1525 Long card

Welcome to our challenge this week, again hosted by Liz. 

We are coming up on the longest day of the year, June 21st. In honor of that, the challenge this week is to make a long card. 

We would love to see your creativity shared, so please add your long cards to our link. If you are posting on SCS, use the CCEE1525 as your keyword.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015



I haven't gotten to take part in the ODBDSLC challenges for quite some time. But today, I am homebound because of a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico. We' have had a little rain, but the news is on non[stop and hopefully it is not as damaging as they were predicting. No body really has to give me a reason to stay home, as I will gladly spend time in my craft room without too much of a reason. I love this lighthouse from ODBD and I added the die cut gulls and the letters dad. I hope all dads out there have a great Father's Day! I will be spending a little time with mine.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CCEE1524 Roses

The flower for June is the rose. There are so many varieties and colors in roses. So, Liz's challenge to you for this week is to make a card or project that makes use of a rose or a bouquet of roses. Come join us in the rose garden this week and share your creations on our link. If you post over on Splitcoaststampers don't forget to use CCEE1524 as your keyword.

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1524 to your keywords.

Now let's see what the Design Team came up with for this week.

I used a pretty rose stamp from Flourishes, stamped it with tuxedo black memento ink, coloring it with Copic markers. The design paper is from Graphics 45.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CAS some sunshine

Having some fun with a new set I got from Stampendous.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CCEE1523 Rollin' into Summer

You have to think way ahead to keep up with these dynamic ladies on the CCEE design team. I submitted this challenge months ago, and now that June is getting started, it's been more like thunder rollin' in  here in Texas. My challenge for you if you choose to take it is to use some sort of brayer technique to make your card. I googled stamping ideas using a brayer. I  am sure there are some great tutorials over on Splitcoaststampers as well.

I simply rolled the color for the sky and water on with a brayer and then kind of bounced the brayer somewhat for the clouds.

Get by the CCEEstampers blog to check out all the terrific samples done by the team and add your card to the link.
Make sure you use the CCEE1523 as your keyword over at SCS.

Color Throwdown challenge 345

I love this digital stamp from Power Poppy and when I saw the inspiration picture for the colors this week on Color Throw Down, I knew these geraniums had to be the focus of my card. This is one of my favorite color combos.
I colored the geraniums with copic markers, I used a MS punch on the white paper and spellbinder die cuts on the image and border. I added a black and white stripped taffeta ribbon as a final touch.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cut It Out challenge at Power Poppy

I love Marcella Hawley's floral images. Last night I found a little time to get this card made for the Power Poppy Cut It Out challenge. I colored these geraniums with copci markers. All the stamps and images I used arre from Power Poppy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Joanne's challenges have been so fun this month and she has challenged us to make use of the many tools in the stamp room, some of which have had to be hunted down. This card was to make use of heat embossing, paper piecing, paper piercing, and some kind of framing. So, I dry embossed the white panel using a diffuser to leave a frame for my heat embossed sentiment. I also heat embossed my flower on a small gingham printed design paper, fussy cut it myself, and added the sequins and big gold dome. I die cut the red frame and the leaves. I am a horrible paper piercer, and the holes I punched on some parts above the sequins on the red frame do not show up so well in the photo, but I promise there are some there. LOL.

Joanne is a master of black and white cards, and often adds red in as a pop of color, so in honor of her and my own love of this color combo, I chose those colors for this card. Love ya' Joanne and continuing prayers for your back problems.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


How fun Joanne's challenges are for May! Today's challenge is to use corregated paper and fabric on your card.  I used a crimper on some gold chrome cardstock and I used green felt for my fabric on my leaves. I guess the lace could be fabric as well. I did some faux fabric using blue denmin design paper for the top of the card. I am not sure of the source of the sentiment.  Go through your stash piles and see what you can create for this challenge.

Go over to the link on CCEEStampers to post your card, and while you are there check out all the great designs our team created for Joanne's challenge.  Make sure to use the CCEE1521 code on Splitcoaststampers site.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Get out your acrylics and your inks.  Joanne, our hostess for this week, wants you to create a background using inks, but no stamps or embossing folders. She also wants something acrylic on your
card/project. (You certainly may use stamps for your main panels….only the bkgd.
must be made without stamps or embossing folders.

So, I smeared some acrylic paints onto an acrylic block to come up with the colors for my background. I layed some diecut numbers out and sponged around them with ink to add to the backbround. She said no stamps, but she didn't say stenciling!! I added a diecut graduation cap, and the diecut label. The sentiment is from Kithch Sink Stamps. I added a clear acrylic button tied with a metalic gold chord, sprinkled a few gold sequins across the card and wah-lah--a handy graduation card for this time of year.

You can join us on this fun challenge, by linking your card over on the CCEEStampers blog, and also enjoy seeing the creations of all the other team members.