Thursday, December 17, 2020
Use your stuff challenge
Monday, December 14, 2020
Put a Bow on it #98
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: http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2020/12/pp521-color-challenge-from-claire.html
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: https://festivefridaychallenge.com/
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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
CCEE2048 Tie one on
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:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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.
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: https://twofercardchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/11/twofer-card-challenge-33-stars.html
Shades of Orange
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
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
CCEE2046 Letter to Santa
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
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.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Poinsettia and Pomegranates - Power Poppy
Here is where you can find this challenge:
Sketch Saturday #634 and water colored clouds
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,
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,
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,
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 http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/2020/10/im-dreaming-of-pink-christmas.html
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
CCEE2041 World Octopus Day
Hi Crafty Friends,
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,
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: http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/09/challenge-132-use-up-your-scraps.html
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: