Thursday, September 16, 2021

DL Art challenge - Fall Colors


   Since I seem to be in the mood for mushrooms today, I did this card for the DL Art challenge to use fall colors. The colors of fall are the very reason that fall is my favorite season of the year. This image is a digital from Power Poppy and Marcella Hawley's magnificent art work. I colored it with copic markers and used the reversed side of the design paper I used on my CCEE card just below here on my blog. 

To find the details for the challenge over at DL Arts here is their site:

CCEE2137 National Mushroom Month


September is also National Mushroom Month. Easy challenge: include a mushroom on your card. 

Check out all the fabulous mushroom cards the design team has made for this challenge here on the CCEEblogsite.

Also using this for the Inspired By... challenge 's fall theme.  You can find the details for that challenge here:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Crafty Hazelnut Christmas challenge - Using Patterned Paper


I like to make Christmas cards all during the year, so I will have the supply I need to send done by December. Doing challenges like the Crafty Hazelnut Christmas challenge is a fun way to get that done. Their challenge this week was to use patterned paper. I had this pad of Christmas paper from Martha Stewart  in my stash for years now, so decided it would make a great card to meet this challenge. I stamped the trees using candy apple distress oxide ink and then I die cut them. I used these flower gems for the star on top.  You can find the details of this challenge here:

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Falling Leaves

Fall seems to be in the air, and so do fall challenges. So I made this one for the Alphabet Challenge this week to use L is for leaves. It also fits the Inkspiration challenge of autumn leaves and the Three Room Studio challenge to use vellum. 
Here are the sites for the challenges so you can check out the details for these fabulous challenges:

First I made the blended colors of distressed oxide inks on white cardstock. Then I ran it through my embossing folder ( a leafy one). Next I used my sanding block to rub off the ink from the raised parts of the embossing. I die cut some vellum leaves with a sizzix die. The ovals are also from Sizzix. A added red dew drops for berries. The sentiment is one I stamped using one of my sister's stamps while I was visiting her, and unfortunately I failed to record the source. It is nice to have a sister who shares this passion with rubber stamping with and together we have a fabulous collection of supplies over the past 20 years. 


Just Add Ink 571 - Just Add Lines


The challenge over on Just Use Ink this week looked like fun. We were to use lines. So I did a little scoring and I used some striped washi tape to make two bold lines in the corner. This girl image is from Impression Obsessions and the plants and pots are from Rubber Tapestry peg stamps. I used distress oxide inks for the tapestry stamps. I used versfine black for the IO image and colored pencils to color it.  You can find the details for the challenge here:

TGIF 333 and Crafty Catz #563


I am always in need of some masculine birthday cards and the Crafty Catz challenge this week inspired me to make this one. I also used the sketch from the TGIF #333 challenge this week as my layout. You can find both of these challenges below:

I used designer papers for the background, the jeep is from Unity stamps, and the sentiment is from Impression Obsessions. I mounted it onto a kraft card base. I made use all neutral colors to look more masculine and papers that had rugged or plaid textures. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

CCEE2136 - swapping ideas

 Tomorrow (9/10) is Swap Ideas Day. For today’s challenge, find a card you have seen using a new technique to you, or a new color combination, or anything you’ve never done before and make a card. Be sure to credit the person whose idea you have used. 

I have started collecting stencils lately so I found a technique called shadow stenciling. I stenciled antique linen distressed oxide ink onto a black background, and then added white gel pen lines to one side so it would have a shadowed look. This stencil is from Stamplorations and the stamps are from Unity stamps. I used versafine black ink for the stamped images. 

Check out the ideas being swapped over on the CCEE stampers blog that can be found here:

I also entered this card for the Ways to use challenge on Splitcoaststampers to use a balloon,
I entered this in the Cardz 4 Galz challenge found here:

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

CCEE2135 Honey Month

 September is Honey Month. For our challenge this week, Lois wants us to  include something related to honey on your card – bees, honeycombs, beehives. 

I used a stamp set from Stampendous, the dies are from Fire Fly.
 I stamped the images with versafine black ink, and used copic markers for coloring.  The smaller bees are embellishments. Check by CCEEStampers website to see all the fabulous sweet creations made by our team HERE.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021



 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances Byrne here again with one last challenge for the month of August.

Today is Dog Day! For our challenge today, include an image of a dog on your card.

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

I am doubling up on the fun this week and made both of these cards for this challenge.. 

One is stamped and watercolored, and one is stenciled, stamped, and added another one of those cute Tim Holtz paper doll photos. The sentiment stamps are from Fiskars. 

Stop by over on the CCEE website here to check on some other cute doggy cards created by the other team members. You can find them HERE.

Little Red Wagon #616 Stenciling

 I did this card for the sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today, and also am adding it to he Little Red Wagon challenge today too for the stenciling.  I stenciled this with a Gina Marie stencil using a makeup brush for blending the distressed oxide ink. I stamped the images with Versafine black, and the stamps are from Unity. I love this lacy die from Sizzix so used it as my only embellishment.  I really need to replenish my sympathy cards since I make a great deal of them for our Care Team at my church.  You can find the details of the Little Red Wagon challenge here:

I make a daily visit to Splitcoaststampers daily, which I have done for the last 10 years at least. You don't have to be a member to visit and see all those terrific galleries there, and check out their daily challenges, which are always fun to participate in. I have been a member over there for over 17 years and now that I am retired, I can browse for hours over there. Check it out here:

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

CCEE2133 - Photography Day

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here again this week and she has another fun challenge for us all.

 Apparently today is Photography Day. For our challenge this week include something on your card that is photographic related … a photo/photos; images of photos, cameras etc. 

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

Using distressed oxide ink, I stamped my background using an Impression Obsessions. Using a darker green distress oxide ink, I used  background stamp from Stampabilites. Then the darker green dots were stenciled on with a stencil from A Colorful Life. I stamped the sentiment in versafine black. I added one off Tim Holtz's vintage photo paper dolls for my photo image. The flower is a die from Impression Obsessions, I added a few small punched white flowers and used pearls for all the flower centers. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021



 Hi Crafty Friends,

Frances is  here again this week with another fun challenge for you all.

Today is Vinyl Record Day! For many, Vinyl Records are a thing of the past. But in recent years they have started to make a big comeback with even new albums being released. For our challenge this week it's all about music … bonus points if you included an image of a vinyl record on your card. 

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

Check them out HERE

I used some musical score design paper and a die that was from my sister, Lynn's collection. I had to make a quick card this week so it came in handy to have it on hand.  

Friday, August 6, 2021

Mojo Magic fairy

I am using this card for three challenges today:
Mixed challenge on Splitcoaststampers

and the

I used this adorable stamp from Polkadooddles,  added wings with punched gold hearts. Did a little embossing and stenciling for the background. Added a few gold sequins for sparkle.  I call her my "mojo magic" fairy and she is always welcome in my stamproom!! 


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Time Out challenge 193 a single rose

 When I saw this Leo Buscaglia's quote the basis for this week's Time Out challenge, I just had to take part. This is one of my old favorites from a Flourishes' stamp set designed by Marcella Hawley. I watercolored it after it had been stamped onto watercolor paper. I mounted it to a deep red card base. 

Here is where you can find the details for this challenge:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

CCEE2131 International Beer day

  Hi Crafty Friends,

It's a brand new month, so that means a new challenge hostess which this time around is Frances Byrne.

Apparently tomorrow 6th August is International Beer Day, for our challenge today include something beer or wine related on your card.

Let's take a look at what our Design Team created this week on the CCEEblogsite HERE.

I used some SU design papers and a stamp from Unity for my sentiment. The cactus design paper is not SU. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

HMFMC346 spots/dots


This is my card for the HMFMC346 challenge. You can find the details for the challenge here::

Found these great papers in my stash that had spots and dots. I love this oldie but goodie House Mouse stamp so perfect for the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. This sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Idealogy pad and just seem to fit this little napping mouse. 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Alphabet challenge - I for insect

I used this great design paper for this "insect" requirement for this challenge and a Tim Holtz die. The TH tag says "Let Life Surprise You."  You can find the details of the Alphabet Challenge this week here:


Make the card challenge #26


Enjoyed making this card for the Make the Card Challenge using some gifted paper that I received from a friend,, adding dies and embossing with gold, using some washi tape for my stripes,  You can find the details for this challenge here:

Pour me another cup

With the theme of  "Pour me another cup of coffee" for the Free for all challenge on Splitcoaststampers I thought immediately of this cute digital from Stamplorations. I added the sentiment and actually paper pieced it. Love how it turned out. I am also adding it to Stamplorations' Anything goes challenge that can be found here:


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Freshly made Sketches #496


I made this card for the Freshly made Sketch challenge #496 and you can find the details here:

I used the ballet slippers stamp from Impression Obsessions, the rose stamp is from Inkadinkadoo, and the sentiment is from a stamp set by artist Laurel Burch. 

CCEE2130 International Tiger Day

 Today is International Tiger Day.  Lois; challenge for this week is to include a tiger (or other cat) on your card -- tiger, lion, your own little tabby (you get the idea).

Check out the samples the team left over on the CCEEstampers website:

This is the only tiger I have in my collection. So I used this MFP tiger from a set long ago. I had fun with this layout and tried to make use of some of the colors from the background design paper. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Fab n' Funky Christmas challenge 534

I made this card for the Fab n' Funky challenge today and the theme of the challenge is Christmas. I always love a Christmas challenge that offers me a chance to get my Christmas stash going during the year. You can find the details for the challenge here:

I stamped this Unity image with versamark ink, then added gold embossing powder to it After heating it, I colored the tree green with a copic marker. I added a silver gemstone star to the top of the tree and added these holly stickers to the corner.. 

Monday, July 26, 2021



I love my house mouse stamp collection, which started over 18 years ago, and thought this was a good one to use for this week's House Mouse challenge with the food and drink twist. I tried to get a glossy finish with my clear Nuvo spread over the image.. I colored this with colored pencils. The sentiment is made from dies.  Here are the details for the HMFM:

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge #244


The challenge today on the Inkspirational challenge was to use spots/dogs. So since this design paper supplied some spots or dots for me I added this Impression Obsession image that just came an order today. Always anxious to try out the new toys in my collection. I used some polka dotted design paper for the butterflies that were punched using a Martha Stewart punch. I colored my image with copic markers.  

Friday, July 23, 2021

Make the Cards challenge #25

 I made this card for the fun challenge on Make the Cards challenge #25. It is a 3-2-1 challenge using 3 flowers, 2 ladybugs, and 1 sun!  You can find the details here:


Here's my card made with stamps from Unity and a stencil from Gina K. I used distress oxide inks for the sun, versafine black for the image and sentiment and copic markers for the coloring. The little ladybugs are made of wood. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Man takes to the air


I am using this card for the Ways to Use challenge on Splitcoaststampers today and also for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge #495 with the details found here:

The cloud stamp for the diagonal strip is from Impression Obsessions and the dies are from Sizzix .

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

CCEE2129 National Hot Dog Day

 Yesterday (7/21) was National Hot Dog Day, so include this national treasure on your card.  If you don't have a hot dog image, you can use any kind of fast food item. Thanks, Lois for this terrific challenge. 

I've had this little stamp in my collection for quite some time, but it had a hamburger. I drew a hot dog and glued it over the hamburger just for this challenge. I love the sketch challenge over on SCS this week , so I used that design for my layout. 

Summer is passing so fast, but hope you are enjoying yours!!! Thanks for checking in on our challenge and hope you will check out all the team's samples over on the blogsite here::

Saturday, July 17, 2021

JUGS 595 color challenge


My card was made for this color challenge this week at Just Us Girls. I used masking tape to section off the portions on the front of my card. I used distressed oxide inks to blend into the spaces. Then I stamped over with a textured stamp from Stampabilities. I also stenciled in over some of the yellow space with a stencil from Divinity designs. The cowgirl image and sentiment are from Unity. They were stamped in versafine black, and colored with copic markers. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

CCEE2128 - Cow Apprecialtion Day

It's Cow Appreciation Day! Lois is asking su to  put some kind of farm animal (cow or otherwise) on your card. Not having a cow in my stamp collection, I used this fabulous rooster silhouette from Impression Obsessions. The sun was stamped with a large stamp from Stampin' Up and the clouds were stenciled using a stencil from A Colorful Life. I masked off the bottom to create a fence like image. 
The sentiment is from American Crafts. 


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Daring Cardmaker - In the background

I have been experimenting with some new background stamps I have purchased from Impression Obsessions recently. I have use 3 different ones for this background and I love how it turned out. I used distressed oxide inks for the background. The image is alsoo a stamp from Impression Obsession that was a lovely surprise in a "grab" bag purchase. Those are always fun to see what is included and this was a sweet little collection of birdhouses, I colored it with colored pencils 

 The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Idea ology sticker pads. 

Checkout the details of the challenge here:


Friday, July 9, 2021

Color Throwdown 650 and Mod Squad challenges

This is for the Color Throwdown challenge this week to use gray, yellow and black. . 
Here are the websites for the details on these challenges:

I used gray and yellow distress oxide inks for the stamped background. The large background stamp I used was from Impression Obsessions.  Over this I stamped an old SU background stamp with versafine black. I stamped the cross (from Unity) onto white cadstock colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it to add to the background. I punched small flowers with a Martha Stewart flower punch out of vellum and added to the cross. I added white glittery enamel dots on the cross. 


Tuesday Morning Sketch 613

I loved this sketch that I found on the Tuesday Morning sketch challenge I found this week.
You can find the details here:

I used design paper, night of navy cardstock, and a die cut for the focal point, I embossed the sentiment in gold so that it would stand out. I love ideas that make use of smaller scraps. This one was great.


Christmas in July


I am using this card for my Splitcoaststampers' MIX 441 challenge, and also for the DL Art #281 challenge with the theme Christmas in Julu.  You can find the details of the DL Art challenge here:

Lots of fun things were used on this card: versamark ink for the embossing, lots of fun papers, paper punch, and I love this Tim Holtz paper Doll photo that just helps vintage and modern come together on these fun creations. I used a Santa hat sticker for her festive hat! The center of the snowflakes are sparkly enamel dots.  The embossed image is from Unity Stamps. 

Krafty Chicks #567 Christmas


Lots of challenges with Christmas in July themes and a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas cards done way ahead of schedule. This one I made for the Krafty Chicks #567 challenge that can be found here:

I used some great Christmas plaid paper and on the oval I used a poinsettia stamp from Unity. I colored it with Copic markers and then added the gold chrome paper "Joy" and I used a gold metallic pen to accent the centers of the flowers and the berries. I also used the metallic pen to draw a gold line on each side of the plaid to add a little additional accent. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

CCEE2127 Honoring Dotsy

 Today Loiis is our hostess and we are honoring her sister's birthday, so  use something on your card that begins with each letter in her name -- DOTSY.

For mine I used D- a dog, O-orange and ovals, T- triangles on the design paper, S- silver foil on the design paper and it's a slimline cardm and Y - yellow and YAY (on the design paper)! 

Check out the team's samples over on the CCEEstampers blogspot found here: