Thursday, December 17, 2020

Use your stuff challenge


I made this card for the winter, snow, Christmas theme over on the Use Your Stuff challenge. I found this piece of cardstock that I had made earlier this summer that I had stamped this background pattern all over it.  It cut it into 4 pieces and used this one for today. I added this Unity girl on the front and I forgot to tag the company name for this sentiment stamp when I placed it in an organizing box.  I also addeed some tiny little rhinestones on some of the snowflakes and they are so small you can't see them int he photo. These are so tiny that I don't have to put extra postage on them for mailing, so I like that!

You can find this challenge here:

I went to load this card for the challenge and it was the first time I had ever gotten the message that the limit had uploaded its limited number. I guess I will have to get an earlier start on a Monday challenge. 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Put a Bow on it #98


I did this card for the International Art and soul challenge -Put a bow on it. The bow is a digital stamp from  Power Poppy. the sentiment is from Unity, and I am not sure of the source for the manger stamp. 
I colored the images with Copic markers. The background cardbase is embossed. 

Paper players Challenge 521

This card was made for the Paper Players Challenge #521.  I embossed sentiment with white embossing powder. I used black and white gingham design paper for the lower portion of my card. I stamped the Unity manger with versamark ink and covered with silver embossing powder. I used silver chrome card stock to die cut the wavy border from Divinity designs, and the SU star punched star.  

You can find the challenge here:

Saturday, December 12, 2020

2020 a year that's been all elfed up!


I did this card for the Inspiration challenge on SCS and for the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers. On the inside of the card it says "...a year that has been all "elfed" up."  Check out both of these challenges :

I can't figure out which of my friends will like this card the best. I stenciled the background with candied apple distress oxide ink, used the top part of a Tim Holtz ice cream cone stamp, and the feet of some elves from a Stampendous stamp set. This was just so fun!!  I die cut the numbers and wrote my sentiment inside free handed.. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Try it on Tuesday Challenge


I made this card for the Try it on Tuesday Challenge that can be found here:

This was a fun way to use up some of those great Christmas design paper scraps. The gold chrome scraps (one of which was the negative side from a die cut I made) added the sparkle as did the row of glittered stars on the top row of stripes. The holly design is a digital from Power Poppy. I colored it with copic markers. 

Here's wishing you a safe and merry Christmas and that 2021 brings an end to this horrible pandemic. 

Festive Friday Challenge #0074

 I made this card for the Festive Friday Challenge today. I was to pick 3 things from the list that is found on this: 

So, I used holly, red, green, and peace. I embossed the white background, stamped the dove with versamark ink, added silver embossing powder, then die cut the dove, holly, and peace. I also added some die cut evergreen behind my dove. The final embellishment were the tiny metal sets that were silver that I colored red with my copic marker so it would look like little red berries on the cyress branches. This stamp and die set is from Sizzix.

You might want to check this challenge out here:

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

CCEE2050 - The Glow of Christmas

 Lynn McAuley here with the final CCEE Stampers challenge for 2020, which has been a bleak and dark time for us all. For the CCEE2050 challenge, I am asking that your cards reflect a seasonal light of hope and promise for a brighter new year. It can be represented by a candle, the lights on a Christmas tree, the star of Bethlehem, or any other light that comes to mind.

Should you choose to join us in this challenge and post to an on-line gallery, please include keyword CCEE2050 with your design. We look forward to seeing the light you choose to shine on 2021.

This is our final challenge for 2020. Thank you to our faithful followers for your visits and entries in 2020. Following our Christmas break, we will be starting a new year of fun challenges on January 7. 

I used an old favorite stamp of mine from Hero Arts with this little singer in the lantern light singing her heart out with praises to God. Since singing in groups is still being discouraged because of the COVID virus, here is hoping that next year we will not be having to sing alone any more. I pray some great choirs will fill the churches when we can all return to worshiping in person. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

CCEE5049 Wrap it up

 Lynn McAuley here hostessing for December's final two CCEE Stampers challenges for the year 2020. If you are like me, you are probably ready for the year of 2020 to be wrapped up tight with a bow tied securely around it. Let's be done with it!!

For this challenge make use of the Christmas wrapping paper of your choice as a part of your holiday design.

Grab up some paper scraps from your gift wrapping adventures and join us in this week's challenge. If posting to an on-line gallery other than you blog, include keyword CCEE2049. We look forward to seeing your wonderful designs.

Love this Christmas plaid paper, this old SU stamp with the Luke scripture on it and a cute little angel from an unknown source.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

CCEE2048 Tie one on

 Hi everyone!

Kelly here with our last challenge for November ~
I hope you've enjoyed the challenges as much as I have!

For this last challenge, November 24 is Tie One On Day.
It's in honor of Thanksgiving cooking and using an apron!
Create a card using an apron as your focal image 
or any TIED element ~ think ribbons, twine, etc!

Use the code CCEE2048 for any gallery or the link below:

I used a very old Stampin' Up set for this little pilgrim girl. I stamped her three times because she is wearing an apron. So all these little pilgrim girls are ushering in my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast.....the, pecan, pumpkin, buttermilk, peach, sweet potato....just to name a few! Since the theme is tie, I decided to wrap this embroidery thread around the front of my card, and add a little tag. This is a 6 by 6 card that I plan to send to one of one group of my grandkids who we will not be seeing this  Thanksgiving. Hope everyone has a safe and distanced holiday. Please pray for the healing of our nation and this virus that has spread over the globe. 

HMFMC #329

 I know the old poem "The Night before Christmas" speaks of not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. Well, that is not the case with this little festive trio all fired up with their holiday songs to share in the merriment of the season. This is my newest of House Mouse stamps for me, and I play a guitar, so I just had to have this musical trio. With a Christmas twist on this week's HMFMC, I wanted to enter it in the challenge. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. 

You can find the information on this challenge here:

Thursday, November 19, 2020


 Here are the colors for the Color Throw Down challenge this week:

I have really been doing a lot of stenciling lately, which I love doing with my Distress Oxide Inks. So I used some colors that I thought were close to these on my card making use of my most recently purchased stencil that came from The Rabbit's Hole. 

I embossed the Stampin' Up sentiment in versamark and covered with Gina K white embossing powder. Then I sponged over it with the distress inks to make it an embossing resist. My final touches were the gemstones for the toppers and clear sequins for the snow.  

Find the challenge here:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

CCEE2047 Sunflowers


Hi everyone!

Kelly here with another challenge.
It's getting darker earlier and winter is abound for many ~
let's brighten it up with some cheerful yellow sunflowers!

Create a card this week using a sunflower as your focal point ~
either a stamped image or your designer paper.
Please use the code CCEE2047 if you use a gallery or the link up below!

This image is from Flourishes LLC which is no longer operating but the artwork is by Marcella Hawley who is the owner of Power Poppy. Her floral images are amazing and I still collect them to this day. She sells many of her digital images on her site.  I colored this with colored pencils and copic markers. 

Get by CCEEStampers blogsite:

The Little Red Wagon Challenge #576

 The Little Red Wagon Challenge theme this week is "Say it Loud".  So I wanted to try out this new stencil from The Rabbit Hole making the Ho, Ho, Ho to cover most of the card. the I used a bold "Merry Christmas" over it in black ink. The stenciling was done using distress oxide barn door ink. I added a few sparkly holly stickers on it as accents.  You can find this challenge here:

I  am now in high gear getting my Christmas cards made. I plan on doubling my card list this year since 2020 has been a year of great separations and if we are still doing limited social gatherings, I hope a special card made just for them, will bring a little extra joy to many of my friends and stamping friends. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge - #33 - Stars


My star is of course, the star of Bethlehem.  I used this wonderful little set from Art Impressions and the star that shone over the manger in Bethlehem. On the one on the left I used design papers from Echo Park. I colored it with Copic markers and mounted it all onto kraft cardstock. The card on the right is made with the same stamp from Art Impressions and put on an embossed folder that is either from Sizzix or Spellbinder. The folder only haslf of the pattern that looks like sun rays, so I placed it on top with the arch completing the full circle and ran it back through my embossing machine. It has little diecut pieces that I put some gold chrome paper behind so it would shine through. I popped up Baby Jesus with some dimensional pieces on both cards. Thanks for forgoing the rule about different occasions as I really am heavy into getting Christmas cards completed. I want to send out so many more this year, because of all the lack of time I have gotten to spend with friends due to this pandemic. 

Here is where you can find this fabulous challenge:

Shades of Orange


The theme for the Color my Heart challenge this week is to use shades of orange. So, I wanted to try out a new stencil I had gotten this week from Stamplorations, so using every shade of orange I had in distress oxide inks, I made my background. The dies are from Spellbinder and I used two different shades of orange for them. I did not have any orange gemstones, but I do have an orange copic marker, so I colored some of the clear stones to solve that little problem. One of the ways I find copic markers to be so handy. 

Here's the details of the challenge:

Thanks to all the super sponsors

 Here's my card of thanks to all the fabulous paper craft and coffee related businesses that sponsored the fabulous Blog Hop going on this week at this site:

All of those involved have made this such a fun week. I am only a consumer and I work for none of these companies, but I thank them from the bottom of my heart for having this during very trying days of 2020. You have lifted my spirits by helping me be motivated creatively, and you have given me something to look forward to. I think by tapping people into their creative side of their brains, we get to work out our emotions in the expression of our art whether it is stamping, painting, writing, song writing, decorating, or whatever it may be. It helps us hold onto our sanity and helps us express the hope that we all have within us. 

So I made this card using Unity stamps, distress oxide inks, and copic markers  as a little way of saying thank you for all the super sponsors who have brought this to us this week. Much love and may Jesus and coffee always be a part of your day!! 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Freshly Made Sketch 461

 I made this card for the Freshly Made Sketch #461 this week. Using every opportunity in my challenge hunting to make a Christmas card as I plan to send out more than usual this year due to not getting to be with family and friends during the holidays. 

 I used red cardstock for the card base. I use white paper to diecut for the panel up the side. I added an embossing sentiment using white embossing powder and versamark. I added pearls for my aceents.

Color Throwdown Challenge 619


The colors this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge are red, light blue, and silver. I made the background with TH alcohol inks and then I used distress oxide ink for the stenciling. The stencil is from Gina K. I punched out a silver chrome cs snowflake with a large Martha Stewart snowflake punch. I then added red and silver gemstones. The sentiment is stamped in versafine black using a retired SU stamp in my Christmas collection. This is mounted on white cardstock although it looks pink in this photo.  You can find the challenge here:

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

CCEE2046 Letter to Santa


Hi everyone -
 welcome to another challenge!
Kelly here for the month of November ~
and the second week in November is Dear Santa Letter Week!

Let's make a card featuring a letter to Santa.
If you use a gallery, please use the code CCEE2046 or the linky that is found on the CCEEStampers blogsite found
While you are there checkout the team cards for this week. You will find some cute ones.

I love the AI girls and this old gal just wants a clearer definition of what Santa means by GOOD before she completes her letter to Santa.  The sentiment is from Studio g.  I used some cute Santa printed design paper from My Mind's Eye! I colored the image with copic markers and used a silver metallic pen for the belt buckle, bells, and earrings. Just to add  a little sparkle I used these little holly stickers. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Come for Coffee

 I am just so excited that the 2020 Fall/ Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is happening this week, that I just had to make another card. This time I used a digital from StampLorations that was so fun to color. I embossed my background cardstock and then rubbed some antique linen Distress Oxide ink over it, and die cut a lacy edge to put at the top and bottom of the card. I added diecut words for my sentiment.  The image was colored with Copic markers. 

Hope you get by to check out all the fun going on here:

Saturday, November 7, 2020

2020 Fall/winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


It's coffee time and time for this fun blog hop going on here:

I have so many wonderful coffee related stamps and I have just over the last year become a coffee drinker myself. I always loved the smell of coffee but now with all the fancy flavoring in coffees I decided I liked the taste of coffee too!! I used this cute stamp from Unity and Unity sentiment as well for this card. I have a box of cards that the background layouts are already made from using up scraps from other projects. I like to make them as I clean up after a day of card making so I can use up those still great pieces so that my scrap piles don't get any higher. I looked through my box and found this one which reminded me of rich colors and coffee has such rich flavors and also it featured that strip of brown. I stamped the image with versafine black. I colored the image with Copic markers, and did a little fussy cutting and completed the card. 

That first cup in the morning is usually all I need for the day, but I know when the weather turns colder I will drink it more throughout the day.  

Make sure you go check out this fabulous hop and the super sponsors that are making it possible and providing prizes. You won't want to miss it this week. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

CCEEE2045-National Men Make dinner day

 Hi friends!

Kelly here from the design team to welcome you to the November challenges.

November 1st is National Men Make Dinner Day!

Although both can make the evening meal and some men like to cook on a regular basis,

for this challenge, we're just having fun with creating card with men chefs!

Create a card with a male chef, a man cooking, men with an apron, etc!

Use the keyword CCEE2045 if you post to your blog or a gallery.

This sentiment that says, "Cooking is love made visible." was  a part of this design paper pad so I used it. The stamped image is from Artistic Impression, and the grill is from Spellbinder.  This guy is taking it easy while his coals get just like he likes them. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Come for Coffee

 I made this card for the stencil challenge over at Stamplorations. I used a stencil I purchased from Stamplorations and also the digital image was theirs as well. It die I used is a Spellbinder set.  I used distress oxide inks for the stenciling, and copic markers for coloring the image. I thought this would make a cute way to invite someone over for a cup of coffee. 

You can find this challenge here:

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Poinsettia and Pomegranates - Power Poppy


For this month's challenge over at Power Poppy we are asked to use embossing wet or dry. I did something a little different on this one. For the background I applied versamark ink into the open spaces of a stencil. I then added white embossing powder to do a little embossing resist for the background. I used candied apple red from Distress Oxide inks, and then I stenciled the script in Lucky Clover Distress oxide ink. I colored my digital image from Power Poppy with a combination of colored pencils and copic markers. I added sparkle pen on the snowdrops, and gold metallic pen dots on the vase. The digital image I cut out and glued over the background stenciling. 

Here is where you can find this challenge:

Sketch Saturday #634 and water colored clouds

I have been wanting to try the watercoloring clouds for the WCE022 challenge all week, and finally found some time today to try it. As I was checking on other challenges that started today, I found the Saturday Sketch challenge HERE and I used this archived sketch from 2015 here:

I just recently purchased a Cricut Joy and made this silhouette of the shepherds with it. 


IC778 and JUGS 560

 I am using this for the SCS Inspiration challenge as the table setting on my background screen was what inspired me with my colors and images, and when I saw that the challenge for Just Us Girls was to use a word die cut, well this seemed perfect for both challenges.  I embossed some snowflakes on the hexagon shapes and then rubbed Distress Oxide Spun Sugar on the background of the hexagon. Then I printed out one of my favorite holiday arrangements from Power Poppy digitals. It is colored with copic markers. I also stamped some snow flakes onto the blushing bride cardstock base  with one of my old Stampin' Up sets.  Lastly, I added the die cut joy made with silver chrome cardstock. The flowers are popped up with a dimensional. I have gotten busy making Christmas cards so I will be able to send out more than usual this year. Since 2020 has been a year when I have seen less of friends and relatives because of Co-Vid, I am planning on sending them one of my one of a kind cards I make during the year.  

You can find the Just Us Girls challenge

Thursday, October 29, 2020


 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here again this week, with one last challenge for the month.

October is Black Cat Awareness month, incorporate a cat of any color on your card this week.

Now let's take a look at our Design Teams creations for this challenge .....

I made a slimline card this week using diecut circles, leaves, and cat silhouettes in some great

fall colors.  If you choose to play along and post your card over on SCS please use CCEE2044 as your keyword.  Link your card over on the 

CCEEStampers  and while you are there check out all the cat cards the team has created. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

CCEE2043 - More than one fold

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time again, here on CCEE Stampers. Today I (Frances) have another challenge to share with you.

More than 1 Fold - Create a card that has more than one fold… Gatefold, Z Fold Card, Easel card etc. 

Let's take a look at our Design Teams creations ....

check them out at

I chose to use the gatefold on this birthday card. The flower image and sentiment are digitals from Power Poppy. I colored the floral image with copic markers in colors that coordinated with my plaid paper. The card base is garden green cardstock. 

Christmas Kickstart Challenge 40


I made this card for the Christmas Kickstart challenge to use pink. I stenciled the background with two shades of pink distress oxide inks. Then I stamped the pine leaves from Unity with spruce distress oxide ink. I then stamped the ornament (from Unity), colored it with copic markers, and then cut out and glued onto the card.  Here is where you can find this challenge:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

CCEE2042 Dictionary day

 Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome back to CCEE Stampers. It's Frances here again this week bringing you another challenge. 

Apparently tomorrow is Dictionary Day. For our challenge this week, create a card that includes words on your card. Maybe a scripty word background either stamped or using patterned papers, large focal sentiment etc.

Let's take a look at what our Design Team created for this challenge ...

Here is my card made as a wedding card for my great niece, Zoe, who is getting married at the end of  October. I embossed the By Definition background stamp with versamark ink, covered it with white embossing powder. Then I stenciled over it with a Gina K stencil using hickory smoke distress oxide ink. and did embossing resist. Then I embossed the word LOVE on the oval. I then stamped the flower to cut out and add. I mounted it on a gray card base. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Jingle Bell Christmas and Just Us Girls challenge


I love this stencil from Gina K so I used it to use various shades of pink distress oxide inks to make this ombre band on this Christmas card. I also used a retired sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up by stamping it with the bightest of the pinks. Although my silver chrome mounting of the panel and the holly leaves look more black than silver,  they are silver and my evening lighting situation for photographing reflected too much of the light. The berries are little dew drops of pink and red. I wanted to use this in the ombre challenge for Just Us Girls challenge this week as well as the pink challenge on the

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

CCEE2041 World Octopus Day

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here again this week bringing you another fun challenge.

Today is World Octopus Day, include an octopus or other sea animal on your card.

Now let's take a look at what our Design Team created this week over on the

I have no octopus stamp so I came up with this idea with this seahorse.  Four of the octopus arms are reaching out from the side of the card.  The sentiment is one of the Tim Holtz snarky ones from his 

idea-ology collection. The stamps are from Deep Red. This design paper worked out well for my design too. I colored the seahorse with a copic marker.

 Come join in on the fun. If you put your card on SCS use CCEE2041 as your keyword. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

My new digital from Stamplorations


I recently purchased this fabulous digital from Stamplorations and found it perfect for this easy layout that I like to use a lot. I embossed the brown paper, colored the mugs with copic markers, and mounted it to a scrap of design paper, I am adding it to Stamplorations' Anything that goes challenge for October that you can find  here by clicking to the  badge below:

Tuesday morning sketch 574


I've been in the mood to start my Christmas cards now that some cooler weather has arrived. This cute sketch for the Tuesday Morning Sketch motivated me to use this Artistic Impression stamp that I have never used before.  The papers I used are from Echo Park and the cardbase is kraft from Gina K.

Here is the sketch:

You can find the challenge here:  

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

CCEE 2040 Mad Hatter

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's a brand new month and our challenge hostess for the month is Frances Byrne.

Before we get onto this week's challenges we would like to introduce you to our two new Design Team members who are joining our team this week. Please make welcome Hazel Estibeiro, her blog is Handcrafted Expressions and Manal Habib, her blog is Miniscraft

Apparently the 6th October is Mad Hatter Day, so for our challenge this week create a card inspired by the theme … Hats, Alice In Wonderland, Mad Hatter.

Let's take a look at what the Design Team created for this challenge.

I did not own any Mad Hatter things so I freehanded this hat as I browsed Alice in Wonderland related items on the internet. I had this cute stack of cups that I thought would go with tea, and I found this cute saying on Pinterest.  Hope I got close to something that fits this theme. 

Let's check out what the team has shared over at CCEEStampers blog found here:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Violets in Rich Razzleberry


I made this card for the Color Challenge  over on  Splitcoaststampers this week using white, rich razzleberry, and old olive. I used one of my favorite stamps from Flourishes (no longer in business). It is probably at least 8 years old. I really do not know.  It will always be a part of my stamp collection no matter how old it is. Since it is old and so are the ink pads I used for this card, I am entering this in the Retro rubber challenge this week too. You can find that challenge HERE.

I send out a lot of sympathy cards for my church, and this will make a great one when needed.  

Monday, September 28, 2020

Make My Monday Challenge - scraps


Design papers are so pretty and I have trouble even throwing away scraps such as these. So, for the Make my Monday Challenge to use up your scraps, I found this perfect opportunity to weave them together for a wonderful background for this digital stamp from Power Poppy that I colored with copic markers. You can find this challenge here:

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Christmas Throwdown - September Technique challenge

 The challenge over in the Christmas Throwdown challenge this week is to use a partial stencil on your card. I used half of the Gina K snowflake stencil on my card using Distress Oxide inks. Then over the top of that I stamped with Versafine black the nativity and the sentiment. This is one layered card will be an easy to mail card for Christmas.  I am not sure of the source of the image and sentiment as I forgot to mark my case with that information.  

Here is where you can find this challenge:


This card got an honorable mention from The Christmas Throwdown Challenge in September 2020.