Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tic Tac Toe 143

For the Tic Tac Toe challenge #143 I used heart, ribbon, banners for my 3. You can see the choices here:

I used a stencil from Stamplorations, a stamp from Hero Arts, and distressed oxide inks for the stenciling. I embossed the image with versamark ink and gold embossing powder. The festive banners are dies. 

Thanks, Tic Tac Toe!!!


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

CCEE2149 Family Traditions


The spider brings luck – Ukraine


Here is Lynn's challenge for us this week:

Lynn McAuley here with this week's CCEE Stampers Challenge. If your family is like mine, there are certain family traditions that show up at each of your Christmas celebrations together. I am challenging each of the CCEE Stampers and their fans to create a holiday card which depicts on the front of his/her design a favorite or an unusual Christmas tradition shared by family members each and every year.

I'm thinking that mine might just be the wackiest! Do you know of anyone else who dresses up a yellow rubber chicken to gift to one lucky family member? I can't wait to learn about the holiday traditions in your family! 

Please use Mr. Linky found over on the cceestampers site HERE to this challenge. If posting to an online gallery other than your blog, include keyword CCEE2149.

Happy stamping!!

Many years ago a sweet friend of mine made a beautiful beaded spider that hung from a clear fishing line that looked like a glimmering spider web. This is a custom from the Ukraine that is a sign of good luck if you find a spider web on your Christmas tree on Christmas morning. So every year I hang this adorable little spider on my tree. It looks like it is dangling by its spider web as it hangs from the branch. 

I stamped the pine needles  ( a Unity stamp) in green distress oxide ink. I added little gemstones to represent little lights on the tree. I stamped the spider in gray ink and then took copic makers in various colors to dot the legs to look like multicolored beads like the one on my tree has. The body sections of the spider are done in gemstones as well. I used a sparkle pen to make the glimmering thread the spider is dangling from. 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

As You Like It - Embellishments

 The As You Like It challenge this week is to use a favorite embellishment and to say why. My favorite embellishment for Christmas is always something that adds a little sparkle like gemstones and gold chrome paper. I cut this tree with a die from Impression Obsessions and I added the gold foil paper to the star and stem and then added tiny gemstones that I colored with my Copic markers. The sentiment is an old one that I am not sure of the original but it is probably SU (I have unmounted many of my Christmas stamps from their wooden bases).  

Here is where you will find the details of this challenge:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CCEE2148 Celebrate with a Song

 Lynn McAuley here as the December CCEE Stampers Hostess for our final three challenges for 2021.

Music plays a huge part in the celebration of the Christmas holidays for many, many people. We hear holiday music played in churches, piped to us in stores, coming through our radios, and featured on holiday specials on T.V. throughout the month of December.

For today's challenge, "Celebrate with Song," I am asking that the CCEE Stampers use song lyrics from a holiday song (either secular or religious) as the sentiment on the front of a Christmas design.

Should you choose to join us in this holiday challenge, please use Mr. Linky below to link to your card. If your card is posted in an online gallery other than your blog, please include the keyword CCEE2148 so that it can be found easily.

On my card, I used a sentiment from Unity which are some words from the prophet Isaiah that Handel included in "The Messiah."  I used a diecut and some pretty background paper to make this quick and easy card for this busy, rushed season. May you position yourself during this season to slow down and enjoy the glories and wonders around you. 

Check here to see what songs have come to the team's minds: 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Double D Tree challenge


I spent my night last night making Christmas cards and most of them had Christmas trees on them, so I am using this one for the Double D tree challenge going on this week at this sight:


I am having fun using some of my Christmas paper scraps and I added this Sizzix die to it and a sentiment from SU.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Make the Card challenge 42

I used a background stamp with the words of 'Twas the Night before Christmas on it. This stamp is from Rubbernecker, I used red distress oxide ink for the stamping. I used an Inpressioon Obsession die for the tree and birds. The embellishing was done with mini rhinestones on the tree, and  I did this card for the Make this Card challenge. The challenge was to make use of a background stamp. 
You can see the details here:


CCEE2146 Buffalo Plaid


Hi friends!

It's Kelly with your challenge this week.

I absolutely adore black and white buffalo plaid (also known as buffalo check)

so please create a card with buffalo plaid as your focal point.

Sorry, Kelly, the only buffalo print paper I had was turquoise, so I went with that. The stamp is from Rubbernecker. The sentiment die is from Impression Obsessions, and the pine might be as well. Not sure on that die. I colored the image with copic markers. I used a sparkle pen to accent the snowflake and the sugar sprinkles on the cookies and on the pine to give it an icy look. 

Make sure to check out the team's cards over on the blogsite:

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Christmas Card Throwdown challenge - Rainbow colors


I made this card for the Christmas Card Throwdown challenge to use rainbox colors. I use part of an Impression Obsessions background stamp to swipe the distress oxide ink colors across on the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped it onto white water color paper. Then I stamped the silhouette and sentiment from Sweet and Sassy Stamps with black versafine ink. 
You can find the details of the Christmas Card Throwdown challenge here:

Krafty Chicks Christmas challenge - 3 wise men


Had time to make one more card for the Krafty  Chicks Christmas challenge this week. You can find the details for the challenge here:

C.R.A.F.T. 617 - Christmas

 I made this card using a Sweet and Sassy Stamp that I received this week. I used a stencil and distress oxide inks for the background. I used the green distress oxide ink for the sentiment. These fabulous dies are from Gina Marie. I used red paper for the card base. I thought this would make a great entry for the C.R.A.F.T. #617 for its Christmas theme this week. You can be found the details here:

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cardz for Galz - CAS


This is one of my favorite CAS stamps to use for Christmas. I did a little partial stenciling behind it  with distress oxide inks and a plaid stencil. I mounted this on a rusty card base. 
Here are the details for the challenge i am using this card to enter:

Krafty Chicks 585 Christmas challenge


I branched out from my comfort zone this Christmas and made quite a few slimline cards this season. This is a Power Poppy digital that I colored with copic markers. I carefully did the stenciling around the image. I really was pleased with the way this turned out. I used distress oxide ink for the stenciling. I mounted this onto a pink card base. I have taking part in almost every Christmas challenge I can find because I want to have lots of Christmas cards this season to send and I love making each of my cards differently to see how many of the Christmas stamps and digitals I have in my collection that I can use. This digital came in handy because I can size it to be whatever size I need it to be. I am entering this card into the Krafty Chicks Christmas challenge this week. You can find the details here:

The sentiment is from Stampin; Up (an oldie but goodie). 

Hope your holiday cardmaking is getting off to a brisk start, and that your mojo flows during the season, 

A Walk in the Woods

 Our ABC challenge theme was animals, and the theme for Double D Challenge was a Walk in the Woods, so here is a card that is for both of these challenges:

I loved this little squirrel die cut so decided to capture this little scene of them preparing for the winter season.  I used distress oxide inks for the stenciling and the sky. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Idealogy strip. 
You can find the details for the Double D challenge here:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

CCEE2145 tags

 Hi friends ~ Kelly here with your weekly challenge!

Today's challenge is simple. Let's get ready for the holiday gift giving

by creating a set of tags ~ any style!

Please use the link at the bottom of the post to add your tags this week!

These were quick and easy for those busy times of the season. I used the spellbinder tag shape, a Gina Marie star die, and scraps of design paper for the strips. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

STAMPlorations November challenge - stamps and fall


I love this quote on this Stamplorations stamp. Thanksgiving is the season of gratitude and this is such a lovely worded quote about Gratitude. I used an Impression Obsession background stamp for the background in robin egg distress oxide ink. The I found some khaki colored paper in my design paper stash to make the frame and do the punching on using a Martha Stewart punch. The card base is blue bayou, This is a simple card but I thought it turned out nicely I am entering it in the STAMPlorations November challenge found here:

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act 584


I wanted to try out my new background stamp today that I got in the mail from Impression Obxessions. I used versamark ink that then added Gina K white embossing powder to it.  Once it was embossed I added distress oxide inks ( in fall like colors. I stamped just a portion of this background stamp onto a smaller piece of white paper and colored it with copic makers. I then cut it out, used a Gina K heart die to cut this heart in red, stamped on the sentiment from Impression Obsessions. I added the little sunflower with a dimensional foam piece. I used a white gel pen to go over the stamped letters of the word, "HOME." 

I am using this as my entry for the Krafty Chicks Stamp act challenge this week. You can find the details of that challenge here:

Just us Girls Merry


I made this card this morning for the Just Us Girls challenge and also the Falliday Fest challenge of Ann's on Splitcoaststampers to use a red cardinal. I always love getting to use up some of my scraps from previous Christmas seasons, as I did for the design papers for this card. 

You can find the details for the Just Us Girls challenge here:

And if you have not ever joined the Fan Club over on Splitcoaststampers, don't miss another minute of the fun and benefits you have available to you there. There are great challenges every day, and I have over 7000 of my cards in my gallery over there that I have appreciated as my way to keep copies of my cards for the last 17 plus years. It is a great space saving file for me for sure. Well worth the $25 yearly fee. That's just $2 a month and you can't even buy a craft magazine for that cheap. And the loads of ideas you have available to you is beyond what you would ever find in a magazine.  If you have never checked out Splitcoaststampers, go check it out. Anyone can browse free even without a membership, but with what all they offer to me on a daily basis is well worth this minimal yearly fee. I want these kinds of sites to stay active and alive so I choose to support them. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Jesus is the reason for the season

 Now that November is here, most of the cards that will be created in my stamp room will be Chistmas cards. So I am taking on this challenge that was offered by As You See It challenge to feature the one that  that sums up Christmas for you. Having been a Christian all my life, Christ's birth has always been a part of my Christmas season and celebrating it. I remember as a child, my parents taking part in a live nativity tableu at my church. As their "young adult" class got older, it was the senior high youth group that took on that event when I was a teenager. The church festivities during this season always sums it up for me. JESUS is the reason for the season.

I used all my old Christmas paper scraps to create my background for this card. Then I added the die cut nativity and the embossed the sentiment with versamark ink and Ranger embossing powder. 

Find all the details here:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

CCEE2144 Manatee Awareness Month

  Hi friends!

Kelly is out CCEE hostess for the November challenges.

November is Manatee Awareness Month so let's celebrate

 Florida's beloved, iconic marine mammal by adding one (or more!) to a card!

I did not have a manatee stamp so I copied this digital. I cute a slimline card of light aqua, and then used 3 different stencils and distress oxide inks to make the background. The sentiment is from Stampdendous. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CCEE2143 create a scene


 Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome back to our CCEE Stampers challenge blog. It's Frances here again with one last challenge for October.

For our challenge this week ... Create a Scene! For our challenge this week create a card that features a scene of some type… outside or inside. 

Now  let's take a look at the cards our Design Team created for this challenge.

Check out their blogsite here:

I used a fabulous Impression Obsession background stamp for the snow and sky, the snowman and boy are an old retired Stampin' Up set as is the sentiment. I am unsure of the source for the trees. The inks I used were distress oxide inks, versafine black, copic markers and white gel pen. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Jingle Bell challenge - Not a creature was stirring


Here is my card for the Jingle Bell Challenge this week that has the theme - Not a Creatrure was Stirring.
I used this cute Penny Black stamp with this cute pig and I used my new Impression Obsessions slimline background stamp for the background. The trees were cut with a Momenta die out of dark green paper..  The sentiment is from Paper Trey Inc. I used two shades of my distress oxide inks for the background and I used copic markers for the coloring of the pig image. 

Here are the details for the Jingle Bell challenge:

The Daring Cardmakers - Make it pink


This card was made for the Daring Cardmakers - Wear it Pink challenge. I used a pink designer paper to stamp this image from Unity stamps. I colored the skin and hair with copic markers. The image and black sentiment and background was stamped with Versafine Black ink. The background pattern was stamped onto the pink paper using an old background stamp from Stampin' Up using hot pink ink. 

TGIF339 Alcohol blending


I have not gotten my alcohol inks out in a while, so with the alcohol blend challenge going today for the TGIF 339 challenge, I decided to give it a go. This cat stamp is a new one I just got recently from Impression Obsessions and hadn't used yet. So I stamped it with versafine black ink on white paper and fussy cut it to use on this background that I did using Yupo paper. The butterflies were punched using colorful scraps with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  I mounted this on a black cardstock card base.  
I am using this for the TGIF challenge and the Free for All Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. 

Check the details out here:  

TicTacToe 136


I love these kinds of Challenges and I really liked that it had a Christmas theme. I love getting my Christmas cards done ahead, so this card will help me add to my stash. I don't make the same card, I make about 100 unique ones. I used the line glitter, red, and green diagonal line on this grid. Here is my card:

The reindeer and the sentiment are dies cut in gold chrome paper. The glitter is the bold stripe on the smaller red strip of design paper. I loved how the large polka dots looked with the green and white striped dp. I am trying to branch out some this Christmas and am including some slimline cards to my mix. 

C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Christmas

The challenge for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge was a Christmas challenge to use non-traditional colors. I had this digital from Power Poppy that I thought would look unique in some of these colors we don't usually think of at Christmas. I used Copic markers for the coloring media. For the background I used some distress oxide seedless preserves ink to stamp some pine needles from Unity. Then I water colored with a brush and water to soften the look. I added some pine needles using shimmery gel pen. It doesn't show up so well in the photo but looks great in real life. I die cut the sentiment with gold chrome paper.

Check out the details for the challenge here:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

CCEE2142 Numbers

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here again to bring you another challenge.

Number It .... Include a number or numbers on your creations this week. You can make an aged birthday card; number themed designer paper, number themed embossing folders or dies. Anything goes as long as there is a number somewhere!

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

Check out the CCEEstampers blogsite.

This is an image from Art Impressions. The sentiment is from Stampendous. I used some Tim Holtz  blackout idea-ology paper to emboss with the numbers and then I sanded off the black to reveal the kraft color underneath. I colored the image with copic markers. Inside I added the words:
"Afterall, it's just a number!" I mounted this onto a kraft card base. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge 250

This was made for the Inkspirational challenge to make a card for a man or boy. I know a lot of men who love wildlife so I used this stamp from Repeated Impressions. The background is made from a Sizzix die (the radial one) and the circle is from Gina Marie. The sentiment s a Tim Holtz idea-o-logy sentiment tag that says "Never Stop Exploring." You can find the details of the challenge here:


JUGS606 color challenge


An alternative to the usual fall colors, I am using the colors yellow, green, and turquoise that are the Just Us Girls' challenge colors this week. You can find the details for this challenge here:

I wanted to keep it clean and simple so I did a partial stenciled background using a Gina Marie stencil. I don't know the source of the stamp, but I stamped it in versafine black and colored it with copic markers. The sentiment is from an old Stampin; Up fall set. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Krafty Chicks Christmas challenge


I wanted to try out this new die that I got yesterday so I made it a Christmas card for the Krafty Chicks Christmas challenge. It was made completely with dies. 
Get the details of the challenge here:

CCEE2141 mini slimline

  Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here, back to bring you another challenge. 

Just like Slimline Cards, Mini Slimline Cards are also becoming very popular, for our challenge this week create a Mini Slimline card. Typically Mini Slim Line Cards are either 3 1/2 inches x 6 inches or 3 inches x 6 inches. More info on Mini Slimline cards can be found in the files section of the Slimline Card Addicts Facebook Group. 

Let's take a look at the inspiration from our Design Team ...

CCEEstampers blog

I used two of my new Picket Fence stencils for this and the sentiment is also from Picket Fence.
I used various fall colors of distress oxide inks for the stenciling and versafine black for the sentiment. 
This was a quick and easy and I love this size. 

Monday, October 11, 2021


I could not find my cute Halloween House Mouse stamps in my stash, but decided to use this one. I will call it A Halloween Musical Treat!!!  I water colored the tree in the background and falling leaves, and also the HM image. The sentiment says: This is the good stuff.   

You can fiind the details of the House Mouse challenge here;

Saturday, October 9, 2021

CAS Christmas - grey and red


I made this card for the grey and red color challenge that is happening this week over on the CAS Christmas challenge that can be found here:

I used stamps from Impression Obsessions and a sentiment stamp from an old retired Stampin' Up set. 
I stamped the ribbon stamp with versafine black, and colored it with copic markers. The trees were done with distress oxide ink. The sentiment is stamped over them in versafine black. This ribbon stamp is a great surprise I found in my grab bag I had ordered from IO. It looks like the real thing and will be great making easy to mail, flat cards for this Christmas season. 

Friday, October 8, 2021

I'm Dreaming off a Pink Christmas


I love using pink for at least a few of my Christmas cards each year, and I love working ahead in getting my Christmas cards made, so here is the card I made today to enter the Jingle Bell Christmas card challenge this week.  The challenge is to use pink, I love these design papers I found in my stash, and I thought a pink beetle bug  would be adorable so I used this Unity stamp. The sentiment is an old one in my collection from Stampin' Up, The big tree is a die cut. 

You can find all the details for this fun challenge here: