Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CC EE1725

Hi everyone,

It's Frances here with our new  challenge for you all this week.

Yesterday was World Music Day; Music Day and Make Music Day .... so let's include something music related on our cards this week.

If you would like to play along, don't forget to come back here and post a link to your card on the Mr Linky over at the CCEEStampers blogsite that can be found here. Check out the team's cards while you are there. 

For my card, I used a stamp from Layers of Color. I also used an embossing folder that I inked with amber fossil oxide distressed ink. The pretty design paper I found in my stash of hoarded paper. Loved the little gold spots on it. I added some punched butterflies with pearled bodies. 

My three challenge card

I have been having such fun with my Oxide Distress inks. This time I used them on a piece of design paper that looked like ledger paper. I did some subtle stamping of a smaller image with butterflies from Unity with these same ODIs, then added the scripture (from Sweet and Sassy stamps) and the diecut butterfly and image from ODBD. I added the diecut leaves and punched flowers as my final embellishment. I went over the butterfly wings with a sparkle pen, although it doesn't show up so well in the photo. I am using this in the following challenges this week:
The Mustard Seed Faith challenge - to use birds, butterflies, or Natural scene
Simon Says challenge - to used patterned papers either printed or handstamped
Mod Squad Challenge - use many colors.

I created this background paper on a piece of design paper, and liked the way it turned out. After the stamping and colors were done, I glued it to a light blue card base.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another MSC Make a Square

I just had to do another Power Poppy card for the Make a Square challenge over on Mod Squad this week. I love this digital of the dogwood and I am always in need of cards with this sentiment for my Care Team obigations at my church.  You can find the challenge here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Make it Square

I used a Power Poppy digital image and digital sentiment for this square 5 and 1/2 square card for this card for the Mod Squad Make it a Square card challenge. I colored it with copic markers, sponged lipstick pink Oxide ink around the edges. I have been making my cards more mail friendly lately so this is a one layered card. Here is where you will find this challenge.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Hi everyone,

It's Frances as our hostess again with another fun challenge for you all.

According to the Days of the Year Web Site - Friday 16th is Flip-Flop Day. So for our card this week let's make flip flop cards! That can be the flip-flops that are shoes (thongs for us in Aussie) …. Or Flip Flop Cards or both …. Or you may have another flip flop idea whatever works for you :) 

Want to play along? Don't forget to come back and add the link to your card using Mr Linky that you will find here on the cceestampers blog.

I tried to make a fancy fold card and making my own pattern. Kind of crude, but had fun experimenting. No stamps, just cut paper, and even did my own hand written message.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Paper Players challenge #348

Below is my card for this challenge. I used one of my newest purchases from Unity stamps to make this card. I stamped it with versafine black, and colored it with copic markers. These seemed like the perfect colors for this cute image. I came closest to these colors with what I had on hand. Hope it works. Here is the link to this challenge.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CCEE challenge

Hi everyone, 

Frances is again our challenge hostess. 

Today is World Ocean Day, so the challenge this week is to create a card that reminds you of something related to the ocean.

If you would like to play along, don't forget to come back and add your link to Mr Linky at the bottom of this post.

Now let's see what the Design Team has created for you this week ........
over on the blog site here

I have been having such fun with my new Distress Oxide inks and created this background behind my stamped image of the ship from Flonz. I colored my sails with a white galaxy pen and the wood with a brown copic marker. 

Mod Squad challenge = Spark it up!

What a fun challenge for this week on Mod Squad this week! I love anything with a sparkle to it!!
I made use of 3 sparkly papers from my scrap pile for my background, and then I stamped these Unity images and cut with dies. I colored the image with my copic markers. I sponged the sentiment oval with purple distress ink.  I think this will be a perfect birthday card for any of my winedrinking friends.


This is for the color throwdown challenge 446. I am using Distress Oxide Inks, and some Unity stamps I just received recently. Just trying out new ideas. 

Another Power Poppy June Bug Challenge card

I just love getting over into my downloads and finding these great Power Poppy Digital images. Since I found butterflies on some of the images I had, I decided to try another for the Power Poppy June Bug Challenge. These climbing clematis fit the bill. I googled images of clematis to check out what colors these grow. This bluish purple seem to be one variety. I used a Martha Stewart embossing folder and made this a window card, so the image is actually inside the card.

Power Poppy's June Bug Challenge

I loved Allison's challenge over on Power Poppy's blog for June.  I used the Pure Prairie digital from Power Poppy and the scripture is also a digi from Power Poppy. Because this is a digital, I was able to make it the size I wanted it to be. This is a great advantage over the vinyl or rubber stamps, which I make use of often. I made this a CAS and added an embossed edge just a a final touch to the empty side of the card. I love how the colors pop from the white.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Background challenge at Mod Squad

I have been having such fun the past few weeks experimenting with my Distress Oxide Inks from Ranger. I was thrilled to see self made backgrounds as the challenge this week on the Mod Squad challenge. I also made use of some new Unity stamps I ordered this week. I colored in the butterfly wings with Copic markers.

I was so excited to see that my card had made the top 3 over at Mod Squad's blog. Thanks for the mention. I loved doing this challenge.

Birthday girl

I have done this card for the Unity Stamp challenge to use an Unity girl stamp, and also the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge to do a birthday card. I made use of Unity stamps, and my Distress Oxide inks on this

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Hi everyone,

Frances is our hostess this week , and has a wonderful challenge for us. 

Apparently the 2nd of June is Doughnut Day so for our challenge today create something that had usome type of "hole" in it. It t
If you would like to play along with us, don't forget to link your card using Mr Linky below.

Now let's see what the design team has created this week

I am misus any donut stamps, but since I am behind on my Christmas card goal I set for myself, I decided a wreath has a hole in it. So Christmas it is for me this month. I try to make at least 4 Christmas cards a month so that when December gets here, I have it done. 

I used an embossing folder then cut it out with a die, used some great Tim Holtz paper that I could sand off the color for a different effect. Here it is:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Sisterhood of snarky stampers

I have been experimenting with my new Distress Oxide Inks and decided to add this flamingo that is new to my stamproom too. It was a purchase I made at my recent trip to Michael's . Stamps were on sale, enough said. I rememberd that the Sisterhood of snarky stampers had a beach theme this week, and I needed a thank you note to a friend that loves the beach.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


I found another "pink" challenge today over on the House Mouse challenge so here is my card for it.
I colored the image with copic markers, I used pink lipstick  Distress Oxide ink for the pink embossed backgound, and added a few pink flowers just to get more pink on the page.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

In the pink challenge and Mod Squad Challenge

There is nothing more fun than using some new tools and finding an exciting challenge that motivates some ideas. I made this card for the Mod Squad challenge   to make a birthday card. I also am  trying a new challenge blog that I have not done before: In the pink  and the challenge was to use embossing and of course lots of pink.  
For the embossing, I inked the embossing folder with my lipstick pink oxice distress ink and then sent it through my Cuttlebug. I stamped my Unity stamp and colored the birthday girl with copic markers and paper pieced her outfit. I fussy cut it out, then made a birthday tag to add. I mounted it on pink paper as the card base.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CCEE1721 Celebrate us!!!!

Lois is back with her final challenge for the month.  Let's celebrate us -- the CCEE challenge team.  She's asking us to include on our card something to represent each one of the letters in "our name" - C.C.E.E.

So, I used diecuts mostly on my card: c for cat, c for cactus, e for earth, and then I added some embossing at the top and bottom of my card.  I found this sentiment from Unity stamps that had a c for celebrate, an e for everyday, and an e for everywhere.

If you join us for this challenge, don't forget to use CCEE1721 as you keyword. ccee

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My wild rose

I made this card using one of my favorite of stamps from Flourishes. I stenciled a partial background first using yellow ink and my Clarity brush. Then I stamped the flower image and colored it with copic markers. I added the sentiment with versafine black ink, and added some little dots with an old favorite SU itty bitty background stamp with peanut brittle Memento ink. I really loved the way this turned out. I am using it for these challenges that I found listed on Paper Playful:

PSC#32 Flower power challenge
Let's Craft and create challenge #125 - Make your own background
Creatalicious Challenge #145  Use a stencil

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CCEE1720 Fancy Folds

Lois has challenged us this week to use a fancy fold on our cards.  So she is  asking you all to make a card that includes more than one fold on it.  It doesn't have to be complicated; it just needs to have more than the normal "fold in half."

So, fancy folds are definitely a challenge for me, I did an easy one.  I experimented with some of Tim Holtz's new oxide inks at Lynn's house over the weekend. They are pretty amazing and are the newest things on my wish list. I used a script background stamp for the final layer of the background and I used die cuts for the image and the sentiment. Masculine cards are usually  a challange for me too, so included that on this card too.

I know the team will have some great unique fancy fold cards for you to check out over on the CCEE blog and hope you will want to play along with us this week. Use CCEE1720 as your keyword on SCS.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CCEE1719 Wildflowers

Lois is again our hostess with another challenge.  The second week in May is Wildflower Week.  Let's include some flowers on our cards today.

I used Distress inks with my Clarity brushes to make the color for the background for my silhouetted wildflowers. Since Mother's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to make my card a Mother's Day card. This is a dutch fold card so it would fit the TLC637 challenge on SCS as well.

Monday, May 8, 2017

COF May 17

I am a day late getting my card loaded, but wanted to share my card for this month's Crafters of Faith challenge for May.  Sue selected the following scripture for this month and this challenge:
My favorite verse is:
"Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God." Psalm 90:2.

Whenever I feel like I can't make it through a tough time, I remind myself that whatever problem I'm facing is so teensy-tiny in the big scheme of things. God always was, He is, and He always will be...long before I was on this earth and long after I am gone. All I have to do is be still and let Him take care of things. Thoughts of His constancy comforts my soul, even in the most troubled times.

Comfort is the key word for May. Make a card of something that brings you comfort. It can be a bowl of chicken soup, a fuzzy pet, reading a good book or spending time with a special person.

Have fun!

Music is very comforting to me, as is finding that quiet, still place to focus on God and His presence. I stamped this scripture from Zephaniah 3:17 because I loved that line that says: "He will quiet you with love, and He will rejoice over you with singing." 
That brings me great comfort in knowing that the Lord is always in our midst and will save us from any stress, grief, and dispair. 

Please check out the other members of this groups fabulous cards:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Hi, Lois will start the month as hostess for the CCEE challenges.  She found a weird celebration to start off the month.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, let's include the color ORANGE (which just happens to be one of her favorites!) on our cards.

I love this stamp from Unity as is the sentiment. I stenciled the flowers on the background and made use of my clarity brushes.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Hi....Joanne is back  with her last challenge for the month of April. She writes:

When    I    think    of    April    I    also    think    of    flowers….spring    is    here    and    flowers    are    blooming.        That    is    probably    why    April    is    National    Garden    Month.        Make    a    card    that    includes    floral    or    garden    images.

We hope you will play along with us.  If you do, when uploading to SCS please use the keyword CCEE1717.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Joanne is again our hostess for this week and she made it a fun one.

April    is    also    Global    Astronomy    Month.        Create    a    card    having    to    do    with    astronomy,    such    as    moons    and    stars,    but    not    limited    to    that.        You    could    also    fantasize    about    alien    creatures    and    space    travel.        Use    your    imagination….Dazzle    us!!!  

If you play along with us, please upload to the SCS gallery using the keyword CCEE1716.

Here are the 'out of this world' creations made by the CCEE Stampers team you can check out here.

I found an oldie but goodie when I went on my adventure in my stamproom for something that would fit this theme. I can't remember when it last had ink on it. I didn't even remember having this one, so it might have been one a friend who got out of stamping sent me all her old sets. The sentiment stamp is one I bought at Hobby Lobby. Thought it fit well with the theme. I did a little wet embossing and added some silver sequin stars as well. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

CAS and stenciling

I love doing stenciling especially now with my Clarity brushes I purchased recently. I used a Unity stamp set to stamp over this stenciling for these CAS challenges I found over on Paper Playful:
AAACards CAS#88 
CAS on Sunday #106

I used Ranger Distress inks for the stenciling and Versafine black for the sentiment.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CCEE1715 Humor

Joanne is our hostess for  the second April challenge for the CCEE Stampers and you.

The    month    of    April    is    National    Humor    Month.        There    are    many    occasions    when    a    funny    image    or    sentiment    can    make    the    day    of    someone    facing    some    type    of    a    challenge    (or    an    ‘aged’    birthday).        Please    make    cards    using    humor.

We hope you will join us with this challenge.  When uploading your card to SCS, please use the keyword CCEE1715.

Don't forget to check out the other humorous cards created by the others on the team over at the CCEEstampers' blog to give you your laugh for the day. 

My card was made with an image from Artistic Impressions and a sentiment from Unity stamps. I found this fun design paper in my paper stash, which I am trying hard to deplete. I used copic markers to color my image. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My CAS spring card

There seem to be a lot of spring themed cards this week over on Paper Playful's list of challenges. So, here is a list of the ones it might qualify for:

Inspirational challenges #132, #196 challenge at 613 Avenue Create, and Come and Get it Challenge-In the Garden.

The stamp I used is from Unity. The die I used is by Stampin' Up, and the embossing folder I used is from Sizzix.

JUGS388 Multi step stamping

This is my latest mulri stepped stamp set from Hero Arts and I love it. When I saw that the JUGS #388 challenge was multi stepped stamping I knew which one to reach for.

You can find the challenge here:


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mod Squad Paper Piecing challenge

Paper Piecing is one of my all time favorite techniques and I find it so fun to piece the cool outfit for this pretty lady from Unity Stamps.  While checking out the weekly challenge for Mod Squad, I was so happy to see it is paper piecing. It was fun finding some woodgrain for the guitar even. You can check out this week's challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge.


Hi.  It is Joanne here with the first of the April Challenges.
The    first    week    of    April    is    called    Read    a    Road    Map    Week.        I    want    you    to    take    a    scenic    road    trip    on    your    card    in    some    way.        Have    fun    with    this!!

We would love for you to join us with thisi challenge.  Please use the keyword CCEE1714 when uploading it to the Splitcoast galleries.

Sometimes it is one thing that gets your mojo going and on this card it was my wavy design paper on this card. I found it in my stash and then had to figure out the layout of the card and the elements to use with it. Here are the results. I used a retired Stampin' Up stamp on my card, diecuts, and did a little free handed sentiment. I have a friend whose husband remodels these little travel trailers for a hobby. She will probably be the one who gets this card. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Today he would be 164 years old! Let the lyrics of Don McLean's time-honored classic, "Vincent," inspire your design today. Don McLean wrote this song in 1971 after reading a book about the artist's life.


by Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

We hope you choose to be inspired by Mr. McLean's beautiful words to create a card to honor Vincent Van Gogh and his contributions to the world.

If you post to Splitcoaststampers or any other on-line gallery, please include keyword 1713

I thought this embossing folder would be a great one to smear ink onto and spritz and print with to gain that feel of Van Gogh's starry night

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend? In honor of National Puppy Week, find your cutest image a puppy and feature it on your card this week! Heck, you could even throw in two or three! I love puppies!

Join us in this challenge and post your link below. Should you share your design at Splitcoaststampers or another on-line gallery, add keyword 1712.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CCEE1711 Buttons

Lynn's challenge for us today:
National Button Week is coming up, so let's be ready by adding buttons or faux button to our cards or projects today! Perhaps it might even be a specially made box or jar in which to keep your favorite buttons! Have fun with this and be sure you return to share you creations here!

If sharing on Splitcoaststampers or another on-line gallery, please add keyword CCEE1711.

Thanks for dropping in today! Hope you decide to play along!

This is a digital image from Power Poppy. The top sentiment was part of the set. I computer generated the buttoned part and handwrote the "care" on it. I love buttons and I loved playing with my grandmother's button jar when we went to her house. Funny how we could entertain ourselves with simple things like that when toys were not available. I don't remember sitting around whining about being bored either. I guess we right brained individuals could use our minds in creative ways even with something as simple as buttons and the Sears Roebuck catalog.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Let's Go Green challenge over at Power Poppy


These gladiolas are from a Power Poppy digital as is the sentiment. I decided they would do well on the March Challenge to Let's  Go Green at Power Poppy.  Spring is definitely the time of year that the earth begins to laugh, so decided to drop that sentiment in the midst of these gladiolas.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CCEE1710 Bubbles

This week is National Bubble Week. To celebrate bubbles, you might create a design using a technique like painting with bubbles or stamping with bubble wrap. You could also certainly use any stamps you have which incorporate bubbles in the image.

Use your imagination and join us this week in celebrating bubbles! Link you creations below!

Those adding your design to Splitcoaststampers or other only line galleries need to add keyword CCEE1710.

Thanks for visiting us today! We love seeing you here!

I started this card by adding reinker to some dish detergent and blew bubbles with a straw. It didn't turn out all that well, so I added the stamped bubbles too. For an embellishment I added dew drops because they looked bubbly. A fun challenge and who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trying out my new digi

I was inspired by a beautiful card made by a stamper I admire so much over on SCS, Linda Paider. She used this new digital from Power Poppy, and the nice thing about digitals is that you can purchase it and have it the same day. Can't beat that, right?  So looked to see what challenges this card might be suitable for and decided on these two: Cute Card Thursday and Double D Challenge.

I colored this image with my chromatix markers. I embossed the two front pieces with a Sizzix folder. I also embossing the pink mat for the image.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CCEE1709 old stuff

Lynn is our new hostess for this month, and she has asked us in honor of "Old Stuff" Day to make a card or project making use of some of the earliest stamps in your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash. A fabulous vintage image would also be great for this challenge!

So dig deep and pull out that "Old Stuff" to play along. If adding your challenge card to Splitcoaststampers or another gallery, add keyword CCEE1709

I love looking through all my old stamp sets that I couldn't seem to part with and found two retired stamping up sets. One had this vintage lace glove, lacy border, and sentiment, and the other set had these pretty long stemmed flowers. I thought this pretty much fit the bill. Showing a little love to these not so frequently used stamps, seem to bring me some smiles too. What's that saying, "Everything old is new again."

SC634 and Mod squad "bleach technique" challenge

I combined the sketch challenge for today over at Splitcoaststampers with the bleach challenge going on today over at the Mod Squad Challenge. Technique challenges are always about playing and experiementing for me, as I have very few that turn out like I visualize them in my mind. Today I tried not to have that preconceived idea of finished card in my mind other than to follow the sketch I had in mind. When bleaching out colored cardstock, you might be surprised with the color that appears, but this one came out a cream color. I dipped the stamp into the bleach and stamped the image so that it would bleach out. Then with a paintbrush I painted leaves with bleach. After this dried, I used versafine black ink to restamp the image, and I used black sharpie to draw details to the leaves. Then I added copic markers to add color. I really was pleased with the results. It reminded me of a pretty floral fabric when it was finished. I then cut it down to be the size I needed for the sketch challenge.

Thanks, Mod Squad for mentioning my card as one of your top three for this challenge. I am honored beyond measure.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafting with Dragonflies challenge #75 Purple

I just love this new stamp I got from Unity stamps. I experimented using an edge of an embossing folder to rub ink on and spritz with water to provide a pretty purple background I really like the way it turned out. and it made the face even more promenient.  Challenges are always what inspire me or provide a little mojo to jump start my creativity, so when I saw that the Crafting with  Dragonflies challenge this week was purple, I was off and going. Purple is not a color I use all that often, but I think it was perfect for this card.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


This is my last week to host the CCEE challenges this month, and it is a tic tac toe grid that is available over on the CCEE blogsite.  I am using embossing, a scripture, and ribbon. I decided to do something a little different with my ribbon this time rather than a usual bow. I also inked over the embossed portion of my card with green ink. This is one of my favorite scriptures,

Hope you go by the blogsite as linked above to see all the terrific choices my dear team members used for this challenge. Hope you can join us, and if you load over at Splitcoaststampers, please use the CCEE1708 as your keyword.

Tuesday Throwdown challenge

For the Tuesday Throwdown to make use of my favorite embellishment, I used diecuts and seam binding as my favorite embellishments. The digital is from Power Poppy  and I colored it with my copic markers.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Power and Sparkle challenge for February

I finally figured out how to print out the digital image in lighter colors so that I could take part in this month's Power and Sparkle challenge over at Power Poppy.  I love this dogwood digital from Power Poppy and wanted use it for my first attempt at this technique.   I have to shout out a big Thank You to my dear stamping friend, Irene who gave me some pointers for getting this printed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dragonfly Journeys challenge - Bodacious bows!

I've been trying out some new challenges to put on my blog to ger a little more traffic over here. This card I made using my new digital image I got over at Power Poppy. The great thing about digitals is that since they store on your computer, they take less space than stamps, and the other advantage is that you can resize it to fit the space you want to use. I printed it onto watercolor paper, then I tried using my reinkers from my copic markers to paint the sky. I used the makers for the flowers and I also used some Chameleon markers. This is big wide ribbon for my bow. I added the pearls for the corners.

You can find this challenge on at this site .