Thursday, January 29, 2015


Today is Vicky's last challenge for the month of January. Today's challenge is to do a
 Beached Out Image (click link to see tutorial).

I used purple paper on mine and it bleached out to be a pretty pink. I made use of many old stamps for this card and added some little punched flowers for the nosegay. I even stamped some hearts on the background to make this be a Valentine for my stash.

Join us for our CCEE 1505 challenge this week by linking your card to our CCEEStampers blog here

For next week's challenge our hostess will be Sabrina.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This card is for the Color Throwdown challenge 327. Not only was I inspired by the colors, but also the picture posted on the challenge. I embossed the white heart with a Sizzix embossing folder, colored in some of the parts with copic markers. Then I rubbed Imperial Purple ink (Versafine) over the raised part of the embossing. It is so dark of a purple that it appears black. I really didn't have a sentiment that said what I wanted to say, so I just did a handwritten one. I added a kiwi mat behind the heart, faintly stamped a partial doily onto the yellow background. I added a purple bow and some layered primas with a purple rhinestone middle. It was fun doing a Valentine card in non-traditional colors for the season. You can find the challenge here.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

JUGS277 and C4C270

This is my card for the JUGS 277 challenge and today's Crazy for Challenges. This is the Jugs challenge :

 and the C4C challenge was to use opposites. I used black ink on the red embossed background and white ink on the embossing folder for the red heart. I also made this card open at the heart for the sentiment instead of the background opening for the sentiment. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite cardmaking events of the year.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CCEE1504 silhouettes

January is rolling right along and Vicky is our wonderful hostess again. The challenge this week is to use a silhouette and a sentiment on the front of the card.  I pulled out an old favorite of mine from Stampin' Up. I am busy trying to get my Valentines done and ready to mail because it won't be long and it will be here.

Join us this week with your silhouette and if you post it to Splitcoaststampers make sure to use the code CCEE1504. Also go over to the CCEE blog and link your card to the link there.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CCEE1503 - stamp etching

Vicky has some great challenges happening this month. This stamp sketching gave me the chance to look at my stamps in a different way and decide which ones I could add some sketched lines to.  This flower stamp is from Verve. I multistamped this flower on the white panel and then decided to add the sketch lines in different places on the flowers or in different patterns or directions. The leaves are some of my zentangling that I enjoy doing as well. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs. I used a little embossing edge to run up the side of the card's base. The coloring is done with Copic markers. I guess most of us on the CCEE design team love floral stamps or maybe they were the best ones to try for this technique, but go check out all the lovely examples done over on the CCEE blogsite.  Have fun and try a little sketching yourself, just don't forget to link it or on the CCEE blog site here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Now that Christmas is over, it is time to check out some of the challenges I have been unable to fit in my schedule. One of which is Our Daily Bread Design Shining Light Challenge. My stamping budget has had to take a cut and so I am limited on my ODBD stamps that I thought would work for this sketch which is what the challenge was to follow. I know it is one of their older stamps, but I still love it and the small word sentiments that go with these Sweet Williams. I love Graphics 45 paper because it is reversable and found this one to work perfectly for this challenge.  The bow is one of my favorite diecuts. This is some of my night time lighting so this looks navy instead of black but wanted to get this posted.

CCEE 1502

Vickcy is our hostess this month for our CCEE challaneges, and she wanted us to make sympathy cards for our stashes. These are easier to make before you actually need them, and this month has been a very difficult month for me having lost two wonderful Christian men in my life. I have also had two precious women in my life who have lost their mothers within the same week. 

I used this beautiful diecut and sentiment from Our Daily Bread designs. I embossed the background with an Anna Griffin folder. 

It will be wonderful seeing what the team creates as that will be a great help to me when I have to be making many more of these this week. 

Be sure to check the CCEE Stampers blogsite.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Sorry to be late in posting this on my blog. I 've been out of town for the new year. This is one of my old Christmas stamps that I gave a little needed love to this season. I love cardinals. Seeing the male cardinal out on a wintery day just is such a beautiful contrast in the colors of nature. So glad Vicky likes birds and gave me a chance to make a card with this old Stampin' Up stamp.

Just because a stamp is no longer on the market or in a catalog, doesn't mean it no longer makes pretty cards. How's this for a new Year's resolution: give a few of those stored away stamps a little attention and let them shine on a few of the cards you make this year. It will be fun!!

Join us in this new year, and we would love to see your cards over on the CCEEblog's link.