Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Hello to all our CCEE followers! Lynn here to share with you this week's challenge.

"Back in the day when I was a young mother, one of the first trips I planned during the summer break from school was a day at the zoo for my son and his cousins. We all loved watching the crazy antics of the animals. This week in honor of zookeepers' week, I am challenging you all to include at least one (more if you want) zoo animal on your card."

Those of you who choose to share your card in an online gallery, please include the keyword CCEE1829.

I used some great design paper on kraft and used  these lions from an old retired stamp set from Stampin' Up. Retirement means fixed income at my house, so since I have made a major investment in my stamp collecting over the years when I worked, I am now getting around to using some of these things I have had and not made much use of. It's been fun pulling out so many of these old gems 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

T is for Tropical and tree

When checking on challenges to do today I found that on CAS on Sunday you were to add  a splash of watercolor and for the Just Add Ink challenge this week you were to do something for the letter T. So, here is my tropical tree, with some watercoloring in the bg.  I love this old SU palm tree from a retired set. I used distress oxide inks to do my watercoloring. Kept it clean and simple by using white paper.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CCEE1828 National Simplicity Day

It's Lynn back again to share with you the second July challenge. 

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 it's time to simplify. My challenge to you is to create a clean and simple one layer card!

Please include keyword CCEE1828 if you choose to play along and post your card to an online gallery.

I used white cardstock, a stencil, a stamp, and a punch. Pretty basic stuff for this simple card. 

Color Throwdown Challenge #501

This is for today's Color Throwdown Challenge to use gray, yellow, and kraft. These are done with Distress Oxide inks and Unity stamps.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Having fun with Oxide inks

I am giving a little love to an old, favorite stamp of mine...this palm tree. It is from an old Stampin' Up set. I tried the gel plate impressionsim technique for my oxide distress inks for a technique challenge and then I found this challenge over on Paper Playful:

This was a fun new way for me to use my inks so thought I would share the results. I inked my largest acrylic block with some of my oxide ink colors, spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and this was the resulting background. Then I stamped the palm tree, the circle for the sun and the sentiment. I colored the tree with colored pencils

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CCEE1837 The Impossible card

Hi, friends. Lynn McAuley here! I will be hosting the CCEE Challenges for the month of July and hope that you will want to join in on the fun.

Suddenly I am seeing the Impossible Card popping up everywhere I turn. This new fun fold is based on a famous card trick so it isn't really all that new! I thought it would be great if the CCEE Stampers put their own "twist" on this design with their creations 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 in several varied sizes.

Won't you join us in creating an Impossible Card. It really is simple and not at all impossible!!

If you post to an online gallery, please include keyword CCEE1827.

Spotlighting zinnias

Decided to take part in the Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge this week. The challenge is to do "spotlighting."  I love this stamp I have had for a while that I ordered from Flourishes. Marcella Hawley is the artist and I just love her floral pieces.  Thought this flowers on this design paper reminded me of these zinnias so used it and pulled out that bright orange to be the card base. I colored with alcohol markers and stamped the image with versafine black.