Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Welcome to another week of challenges. This month we have Vicky as our hostess.

Today is Eat a Red Apple Day, so in the spirit of Christmas let's create something that includes the color Red.

Check out the other great cards from the rest of the team over at the CCEEStampers blog.

This might also fit the Craft Rockers Challenge #29 Winter time theme.

I used an stamp from Unity and colored it with copic markers chromatix markers, and Spectrum Noir markers. I found this little brass apple charm in my stash, so I colored it with my alcohol markers and daggled it with silver chord to go along with this theme of apple day.  I thought maybe this little red riding hood had a basket of apples she was delivering.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Completing my month of getting to be guest designer with the Crazy for Challenge group. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to join in on the fun of these fun Saturdays.  On this card I made use of a retired Stampin' Up set added some punched decorations, so glittery strips of paper and sequins and rhinestones always add  some glam. Check out all the fun over at C4C blog.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CCEE1647 Pins and Needles

It's Frances as our hostess one last time to issue the challenges for November. I hope you enjoy her  final challenge for the month.

Sunday 27th November is Pins and Needles Day which commemorates the opening of a historical Broadway Play called Pins and Needles in 1937.

This week let's create cards with a sewing theme, using either stamps, dies,  papers, buttons, pins, needles or any combination of the above.

Such a fun challenge and I made some paper buttons, used seam binding for my ribbon, an actual pin, and images from the sewing room. Thanks, Frances for all
 your fun challenges this month.
Make sure to check out all the great cards from the team over on the blogsite: 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you visiting my blog. Count your many blessings and fill your heart with graditude. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Vintage Christmas

I love vintage stamps and don't have a huge amount in my stamp collection, but I do love the ones I have and this is one of my favorites in my Christmas stamps. I tried to use muted colors using my copic markers. This gittered brocade paper was left as a scrap on my cutting table from a previous stamping project. Loved the regal colors and added the red seam binding tie to contrast and then added a sprig of holly. The challenge can be found here.

A little stamping fact about me. I don't really like repeating any card I do, mainly out of the lack of excitement that doen't carry over in duplicating what I have done. I love the creativity of putting it all together, so I compare myself to a kalidiscope. I just never like seeing it in the same way again, life is always in motion just like the pieces inside the kalidiscope, and the probablity of ever repeating that exact pattern is just so unlikely. As it is also with me. So, each person getting a handmade card from me  always gets a one of a kind, and I have to say finding these great challenges have been great motivation for me and kept me excited in the card making process this year. Most of them can be found here on my blog or in my gallery over at Splitcoaststampers. If you type in LLChristmas you will see many of my collection for this year that have been loaded over there. It's been a fun cardmaking season this year and I haven't had this much fun in years.

Bugaboo Bingo Challenge

I love these kinds of challenges, so had to get right on this one that the catch a bug challenge has going this week. Here's the choices:


I picked ribbon, Thanksgiveing theme, and distress.  Now to get this card in the mail tomorrow so it might arrive in time to my brother and sister in law. Hope all of you have a happy thanksgiving as well.

C4C363 Sketch

What a fun sketch this is for this week's challenge on Crazy for Challenges! Here it is, so give it a try and load your card over on the C4C

                                                          I used a favorite old Stampin' Up stamp on my card and loved working this striped design paper different directions fot the top squares. I colored the image with copic markers. I am always in need of "get well cards" so I made one for my stash.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mod Squad challenge - Ribbons, Ribbons! Who's got the ribbon?

I decided to take on Judy and Vicki's challenge to use Ribbon on a card this week. I was excited to see Power Poppy being one of the sponsors this week. So, I printed out this Power Poppy holly digital I have on my computer. I have grown to love using digitals mainly having the advantage of sizing it to be whatever you need. I colored the image with copic markers and added a stamped senitment. I decided to add the ribbon a  little differently into the design of the card.  I am a huge fan of Marcella Hawley's artwork and have always enjoyed using her images on my cards.

Check out the details of this challenge over at the Mod Squad blogsite.

Jingle Bells Challenge - White Christmas

I have been finding all kinds of new Christmas challenges that have helped motivate me to get the rest of my Christmas cards done. A few new stamps and dies have also helped the motivation as well. Below you will see the photo that was my inspiration that went with the challenge I found here

Here is the inspiration for this challenge:


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CCEE1646 Bears

Hi everyone,

 Frances is again our fabulous hostess with another challenge. 

Yesterday 16th November was "Have a Party with Your Bear Day". So to celebrate, let's feature bears on our cards this week.

Don't forget to check all the other team members cards on the CCEEstampers blog found here.

I used Kitchen Sink stamps for my card this week. The multilayering of the stamps help make this little fuzzy bear so lifelike. I added the punched flower as his offering of love, and tried to create a soft sky background.  I made a big bow with seam binding for the final touch. Hope he brings someone a little love. 

Little Red Wagon Challenge 368 embossing

Here is my embossed card for the Little Red Wagon Challenge #368. I inked my embossing folder with teal zeal ink (Memento), Then I ran it through my Cuttlebug. The embossing folder is from Darice, Then I added the diecuts and gemstone. This was pretty quick and easy, and I like the elegant look the embossed background gave to this card.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

CCEE1645 Orgami

Hi everyone,

It's Frances again, back with another challenge for you all.

Tomorrow 11th November is Origami Day, lets include something origami on our cards. It could be a folded shirt, dress, crane, a folded box whatever you like.

Now it is time to see what the Design Team came up with this week HERE.

This little sailboat is my attempt at orgami. I freehanded the "sail away!" sentiment. 
Used a Paper Studio embossing folder for the ocean. 


Checking out the challenges today on Paper Playful and decided the colors for the CQC challenge this week are awesome.  So here is my card:

I used 2 retired Stampin' Up background stamps (French script I stamped in really rust and the Medallion in old olive). The flower and sentiment are from Verve stamps. The gold leaves are a Spellbinder leag die. I mounted this on some cool caribbean.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday Throwdown 319

This card is for two challenges today: the Tuesday Throwdown challenge, which the theme is all about words and the Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use soft sky, pacific poine, and elegant eggplant for the colors.It also qualifies for the Cuttlebug Mania tic-tac- toe challenge. I used embossing, diecuts, and purple.   I love this embossing folder that features the many words we use to express Merry Christmas, so I used is by inking up the folder and spritzing it with water before I ran it through my Cuttlebug. I added a few punched and diecut flowers and snowflakes. The purple gemstones added just a touch of glimmer to it as well. Folder from Sizzix, snowflake punch is Martha Stewart, and the diecut flowers are from Stampin; Up.  Inks are Stampin' up.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Come and get it challenge - Tic-Tac-Toe

Trying out some new challenges that I have found on Paper Playful. This is for the Come and get it challenge that was a tic-tac-toe challenge. I did the pink, ribbon, and gemstone row on the board. This stamp is from Unity Stamps.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Guest Designing for Crazy for Challenges

I was so honored to have my stamping friend, Mariann invite me to guest design over on the Crazy 4 Challenges website this month. I have enjoyed taking part in their challenges when my schedule allowed, and so happy this month worked out for me for the upcoming challenges. My card was made using a Flourishes stamp and sentiment. I used kraft paper as my base, Graphics 45 design paper, and black and white. I love coloring images so this one I did with my copic markers. I used one of my favorite border dies for this as well. Peaches are my favorite of the Texan fruits we have over the summer. Some of my dearest friends have moved away over the years,  but I find this sentiment to be so true of those dear friends that will always remain so. It doesn't matter how long it's been since you have seen them, it seems like we just pick up where we left off.

Friday, November 4, 2016

PP Power and Sparkle November challenge

Love the Power and Sparkle challenge for November that I found over on their blogsite
 I love this pink and white houndstooth paper I found in the bargains at Tuesday Morning a while back. It came in handy for this Think Pink challenge theme. I used Power Poppy's holly digital and fancy cut it out to spread cross the front of my card. I love silver with pink so I added the silver metallic ribbon too. A few diecut berries I added and I popped my holly up with dimensionals. Thanks, Power Poppy for getting me well on my way to getting my cards done before November is over.

CTD 417

On a roll getting some fun challenge cards done. This one is for the Color Throwdown #417 using orange, turquiose, and green. I love inking up my embossing folders, then I spritz it with water and then I smash it onto my card front. I used a stamp from Sweet and Sassy (the silhouette) and the other stamps are from Flourishes.

First Mod Squad Challenge for November - Go for the Gold

This card is for the Mod Squad Challenge that is found here. I found these lovely gold scraps in my stash, I used an old SU background stamp for the stamping on the middle circle. The embossing folder is from Sizzix, and the snowflake punch is Martha Stewart. I edged the middle circle with gold Nuvo embellishment mousse and added the gemstone for the middle of the snowflake. I figure if you use elegant items on an easy CAS card, you come up with some amazing results. This one will be easy to duplicate if I get in a bind for more Christmas cards needed.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

AI challenge - Prep for Christmas 196

Wow, was it ever fun to find this challenge from Art Impressions on Paper Playful today. I got this AI stampset on sale after Christmas last year. I love their old ladies, since I find myself in that category and I find the humor in them and understand them entirely. I colored my image with copucs and Spectrum pens and made use of some glittery paper on my after the Christmas sales last year. It's been fun pulling out all these great buys and having such fun creating with them all this year. You can find the challenge HERE.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


/Frances is our hostess this month for our CCEE challenges.

The 2nd of November was Wobbly Wednesday, this day is to bring awareness to a condition called Nystagmus, a non-stop and uncontrolled movement of the eyes, symptomatic of problems with the visual system of the brain and body.

Let's take a look at what the Design Team came up with this week. over on the CCEEblog site. ..