Wednesday, July 29, 2020

CCEE2031 Harry Potter

Lois here with her final challenge for the month.  As you are most probably aware, she is  a big Harry Potter fan.  Tomorrow (7/31) is his birthday.  The challenge to you is to create a card to celebrate this event - something magical or just a birthday card.

I know nothing about Harry Potter, so I am very limited on much about what might even fit the bill here. I think owls are some how connected and I copied this quote from one of the characters for the sentiment. I did a stenciled background and sponged around the sentiment panel with distress oxide ink as the stenciling us distress oxide ink as well. The owl is a sticker I found at the Dollar Tree.  

/There are some terrific Harry Potter cards over on the blgsite that you can find here:  Play along and join the fun!! 

Anything Goes on Simon Says

This was my lastest purchase from Simon Says so thought I would use it for this anything go challenge they have going this week.  I used the Gina K stencil for my reverse stenciling on the background. The colored ink is Distress Oxide Inks that I love. I used colored pencils and copic markers to color this cute artist. Here's the details about the challenge:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Daring Cardmaker challenge

My card for the Daring Cardmaker challenge this week. using the power of three. You can find this challenge here:

I used this favorite old stamp for River Rubber works of this trio of older ladies. The sentiment is from Unity. I colored the image with copic markers, and added some paper punched flowers (3 of course).

Friday, July 24, 2020


Here's the TGIF challenge for this week that this card is made for:

I find it so fun going through all those great papers I saved and just could not throw away to use one just such challenges and layouts for which they can be used.  I spent a few days at the beach last week (a much needed get away after being quarantined for over 4 months due to the COVID virus.
So making use of some blue and aqua scraps, I added some Stampin' Up shells and sentiment and loved how it turned out. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

CCEE2030 National Zookeeper Week

The third week in July is National Zookeeper Week.  Create a card with a zoo animal on it.

I used Unity stamps for my card and did a little stenciling. 
Check out the other delightful animals of the zoo from the team:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

CCEE2029 National Hot Dog Day

Yesterday (7/15) was National Hot Dog Day.  Make a card using something you would have at a picnic -- a hot dog, a hamburger, a checkered tablecloth, or maybe some ants!

This is my card with the juiciest hamburger ever! The hamburger stamp is from Deep Red Stamps. I had this fun picnic paper to use with it. The sentiment and die is from Jelli  Bean Soup.

Don't forget to get over the cceestampers blog to check out the delicious designs by our team:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Twofer #29 Butterflies

This butterfly has been in my collection a while. It is from Our Daily bread Designs which have changed their name since then. I used some Unity stamps with it on the purple card, which is a thank you card. For the green one, which is a get well card, I used some stamps from some retired Stampin' Up sets, from which I keep handy for making these kinds of backgrounds.  I am not sure who makes this sentiment as I made it with some of my sister's stamps. I didn't write it down. I've only seen my sister once since the quarantine as she lives 100 miles away from me. We do love stamping together when we get some of those special times together.   I used my favorite TH distress oxide inks for my backgrounds, versafine black for the sentiments and images, and copic markers for coloring the butterflies. 

I was delighted to find this Twofer stamp challenge over on challenges for days. This is must my second month to participate on a challenge but I really like that part of the requirement in the challenge is to use two different types of cards using one similar stamp or die cut for both.  I didn't quite follow the requirement last time since I used the same embossing folder, but that wasn't one the list. So, I hope I am doing better this time. You can find all the details for the challenges here on their site:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Daring Cardmaker

Using dots and stripes together on this card, I am using it for the Daring Cardmakers' Challenge this week. /the rose is from Gina K. I am not sure where the sentiment is from.  The rose was colored with colored pencils and copic markers.  You can find this challenge here:


I made this card for the Festive Friday for celebrating the International Day of Friendship which is July 30th.   I chose to use pink, polka dots, green, a flower, and a friendship sentiment.  This is a pretty easy card all stamped onto the design paper and then colored with copic markers. This is an easy to mail card as well being with extra layers, etc.  The stamps are from Gina K.

You can find out the details on this:
Blogsite found here:


Here is the sketch for the TGIF challenge this week:

I used a Fourishes strawberry stamp designed by Marcella Hawley on this card. It is colored with copic makers. I used two kraft tags for the centern pieces. I used an old SU speckled itty bitty background stamp with brick red distress oxide ink for the back ground. I used colored pencils to color the strawberry image on the kraft paper. Since these tag tops had holes punched in them, I decided to tie a little red ribbon into a square knot between the two holes.
Here is where you can find the TGIF challenge details:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Summer Flowers - July IO challenge

I have purchased some of the digital images over at Impression Obsession the last couple of months and they have been so fun to use on my cards. I am using this one that reminds me of the summer flowers that grow up along the roadside on Texas rural roads and so often this is the exact scene you see with a community of mailboxes in the midst of them.  You can find the IO July challenge details here:

I think the biggest advantage of purchasing digital stamps is that you get them instantly as soon as you purchase them. If you haven't ever taken a look at what IO offers, go check it out, it won't disappoint you and you might even find some adorable free ones. Who doesn't like something free?

CCEE2028 Bee Day

Tomorrow (7/10) is Don't Step on a Bee Day.  Use a bee on your card.  Easy Peasy!

This is a new set to me that I am using for this challenge today. It is from firefly.  It included the die with the set.

Check out all the bee-u-tiful creations of the team over on the CCEEstampers blogsite you can find here:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Color Throwdown Challenge 601

Here is my card for the Color Throwdown this week using the colors below:
blogsite for challenge:

The image I used is a digital by Impression Obessions. It was colored with copic markers. The stenciling was done with distress oxide inks of antique photo, and aged mahogany.

Christmas in July

I did this card for the sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers today, and also for the Christmas challenge for July to use white. The challenge for the Little Red Wagon challenge this week is embossing so I used embossing on it too. This nicest part is it helps me get my Christmas stash going so I will have plenty of cards complete and ready to go in December. 

The embossing folders are from Darice and Sizzix, and the die is from Spellbinders.

You can find the Little Red Wagon challenge here:

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Sweet and Sassy July Challenge

This is such a fun image that I downloaded for free from SNSS today. I water colored my lemonade and the lemon and then I covered the lemonade pitcher with Nuvo Crystal Drops. Loved these design papers I found in my stash to use on the card as well.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

CAS 593 and intaas#87

On Splitcoaststamper's CAS challenge this week the theme is luv bugs.  So I am using these little wooden ladybugs for embellisment. On the International art and soul challenge #87 the challenge is to use tiny things, so these little bugs worked well for that challenge as well. I stamped with distress oxide inks: crushed olive and mowed lawn. The sentiment is in versafine black. The leaves are from a retired SU set. This is my favorite "throw" down stamp when it comes to leaves. It is a handy size and works well with other stamps or stamps alone in repeated stamping as done on this card.

You can find the International Art and soul challenge here:

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Card Making Moodboard challenge

This was for a really fun challenge over at Daring Card Makers. Take a look at this moodboard and pick at least 3 elements to use on your creation, What fun is that??

You can find this challenge here:

Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

I did this card for a couple of challenges. One of the challenges was the Double Trouble challenge to use red, white, and blue, as was the Simply Create 162 challenge.  I also made it for the Free for All challenge on SCS to use two different background stamps using different colors. 

The background stamps I used are two very old Stampinn' Up stamps I have had in my collection for 10 years or more. One was stamped in antique photo distress oxide inks, the other I used chipped sapphire distress oxide ink. The paper doll is from Tim Holtz. The striped paper is designed paper, the gold scrap is paper punched with the letters USA. The flag is a cupcake topper.

You may find these challenges here:

The Double trouble challenge -

The Simply Create challenge -

Free for all challenge -

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mod squad - silhouettes

I invested in some of Tim Holtz's Ranger alcohol inks to try some of those wonderful backgrounds and this is my first attempt. Looks like I need a lot of practice, but that's why the call these things challenges, right? To try out new things, new techniques, and see what happens. I love this silhouette of the trumpeter and these squares and notes are from another die set. 

You can find the Mod Squad challenge here: \

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CCEE2027 World UFO day

Lois here to start my month as hostess for the challenges.  Today is World UFO Day.  Make a card with something from space -- the sun, the moon, a planet, a UFO, a rocket ship.  Or, create a galaxy background for your card.  Here is a link to a tutorial for a galaxy background

I am somewhat limited on my options of space related topics in my stamps. So I tried for a galaxy background with distress oxide inks. I added some silver stars, and little space orbs along with my handmade rocket ship. I named this "Rocket's red glare!"  Check out the outer space wonders of the team over on the CCEEStampers blog found HERE.