Wednesday, June 30, 2021

CCEE2136 National Ice Cream Month


Hi, Lois starts our month as hostess.  According to that wacky holiday chart, July is National Ice Cream Month and July 1st is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.  Lois' challenge to us is to include some ice cream on your card.

I used a stamp set by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsessions. I also make use of many various dies from my collection and a Tim Holtz Paper Doll (vintage photo). Ice cream has a very interesting history going back for centuries, and it has always been my very favorite summer dessert. I am glad we are celebratinig it for a month so I have a great excuse to eat it for the whole month of July!! One of my favorite concoctions for homemade churned ice cream consists of Big Red soda and sweetened condensed milk put in a electric ice cream maker to churn. This bright pink of my ice cream reminded me of the color of it. 

Check out the fun over on the CCEE blogsite here:


I inked a SU embossing folder with purple, blue, and green distress oxide inks, spritzed with water and ran it through my embossing machine. I added a Spellbinder image that I colored with copic markers and die cut with its matching die. I used some die cut leaves to accent the piece. Little silver glittery enamel dots were used as flower centers I used a Martha Stewart flower punch for one of the flowers. 


Monday, June 28, 2021

Sunday Stamps #260 sketch

I love to make nautical cards in the summer because the beach is my favorite place to visit. I am using this sketch that is the one Sunday Stamps is using this week. You can find this challenge here:

I used design paper for my vackground. I used stamps from some old Flourish stamp sets that I have in my collection of stamps and the sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I used distress oxide stained walnut ink and also versafine black. I fussy cut the rope trim and the shells.


Crafty Hazeelnut Christmas Challenge - Snowflakes 548

Motivated by the Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge this week's theme this week - Snowflakes, I decided to get another Christmas card done early and into my stash. I used the Gina K snowflake stencil and used stormy sky distressed oxide ink for the snowflake and for the blue speckles stamped with an old Stampin' Up stamp, The sentiment is from Unity, I embellished this with pearls and sparkly enamel dots. I also added a little sparkle with sparkly gel pen. You can find the details of this challenge here:

Jingle Bells Challenge - neutrals


The Jingle Bell challenge this week was to use neutral colors, so I used ivory paper, a strip of kraft and gold paper, and stamps from Impression Obsessions.

This is my latest Christmas stamp that I ordered from Impression Obsession. I stamped all the images with versamark and then covered with gold embossing powder. I heated the powder I fussy cut the pieces to add to the card. The design paper stripe I used is gold foil on kraft. I layered the star with the bigger portion stamped onto kraft paper and the center portion stamped on ivory paper. I used a little glitter dot for the center of the star. 

 You can find the details of this challenge here:

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Daring Cardmakers - In the garden


As a child, we had the sweetest older couple who lived across the street from us with the most beautiful vegetable garden and every summer we looked forward to the beautiful strawberries they would grow. This pretty image from Impression Obsessions brought me found memories of so long ago and thought this perfect red and green diagonal striped design paper would look perfect with them. I did this for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week that had "In the Garden" as the theme. You can find the detail of the challenge here: 

Also done for the Allsorts challenge to use design paper. 'Here are the details for this challenge:

Friday, June 25, 2021

Summer poppy

I had this gray card base sitting on my working desk, so I decided to put this black and gold design paper scrap with it, then I found the black tag in my stash, so with versamark ink I added this beautiful poppy by Shery Russ and covered it with gold embossing powder. After I heated it, I used colored pencils to color this beautiful poppy. The sentiment is also by Shery Russ from another set from Stamplorations. I love how it popped from this black paper. Just thought I would share it here over on the Stamplorations blog. 


Thursday, June 24, 2021


 Hi friends!

Kelly here with our last challenge for June and

I hope you've enjoyed playing in the challenges!

June 20 is National Eagle Day in the USA so let’s celebrate this national symbol.

It’s a time set aside raise awareness about the bald eagle

and to preserve the bird's natural habitat.

Please use an eagle (or bird if you don't have an eagle) on your card/project

to celebrate this winged treasure!

For my card I  first used an old favorite SU background stamp I have had for years as the background. Then I inked up an embossing folder that had stripes with blue distressed oxide ink. I ran it through my Big Shot and with my fabulous blending brushes added the red. I cut my eagle silhouette out of black paper using one of the patterns on my Cricut Joy. I punched out the silver stars and glued them on. The eagle has dimensionals behind him. This is going to be a great card to send someone for the 4th of July.

You can find all the other team member's cards over on the CCEE blogsite found here:

We'd love to have you play along with us on this or any of our challenges. 

I am also entering this card in the DL Challenges this week as the criteria is red, white, and blue. 
You can find that challenge here:

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

HMFMC #343 Make it Small

Here is my tag for the HMFMC #343 challenge to make it small. I used a stamp set from Stampendous. I kept it simple on a kraft tag and on white cardstock. I used Versafine black and copic markers for the image and background. You can find this current challenge for House Mouse here:


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Cardz 4 Galz - purple and circles #149


I had such fun with this card. I inked this embossing folder that is covered with these textured circles using Distress Oxide inks in various shades of purple. I stamped the Unity girl stamp onto white paper and colored it with copic markers. The balloons she is holding were great circles as well.   I  mounted this onto purple cardstock. Behind the girl is a bench die cut so it appears she is sitting on something. This makes a perfect card for my birthday stash that always comes in handy. 

You can find the details for this terrific challenge here:

I was so thrilled to have been mentioned in the top 3 winners for this card:

Thanks, Cardz 4 Galz!!! 

CCEE2124 Great Outdoors


Hi friends!

Kelly here with your June challenges.

Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? Fun!

Create a card/project showcasing something fun outdoors

- camping, hiking, biking, picnics, etc!

I used some great design papers I had and stamped some of my Unity stamps for the jeep and the sentiments. I colored the jeep with my copic markers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Color Throwdown Challenge #647


This image I used was from Power Poppy. I colored the image with copic markers. I used a kraft cardbase and kraft and gold dp for my accent pieces. Washi tape is the only added embellishment and my sentiment is from one of my Tim Holtz Ideology tablets. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Inspired's meal

"Inspired by...." has a great challenge that goes great for Father's Day--dad's meal. 
I love this big juicy burger stamp from Deep Red. I colored it with copic markers. The beer mug I cut with my Cricut Joy. I used some Nuvo gloss for the foam.

Things in the sky


"Things in the sky" is the theme for this week's MyTime to Craft challenge. You can find it here:

I used an awesome clouds background stamp from Impression Obsessions and a fun stamp set from Art Impressions for this birthday card. For the sky I used distress oxide broken china ink, for the image I used versafine black ink and copic markers.  

Christmas in non-traditional colors


It is always fun to do Christmas card challenges during the summer and especially in non-traditional Christmas colors. Such it is for this week's 52 Christmas throwdown challenge to use gray, yellow, and black.  You can find this challenge here:

And it also fits the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge to use non-traditional colors. 

I used distress oxide inks: Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke for the stenciling. I used an image from Power Poppy that I colored with copic markers, mounted this card front onto black paper. I used gold chrome for the diecut JOY, and added sparkle gel pen onto the ornaments to add a little shimmer. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Stamplorations June Stencil Challenge


With my last order from Stamplorations, I got this fabulous sentiment panel. I made my background with a stencil that is from Artplorations . I laid it in horizonal position to make this background and I brushed distress oxide inks (in warm colors to go with the word fire). I decided to color over the words with copic markers just to add a little more color to the card. I used my Gina Marie rectangle die as the frame for this sentiment in Crushed Curry. Then I  used crushed curry for the cardbase as well. 

It is always fun to see what Stamplorations has going every week on their blogsite as they have so many opportunities to take part in  and fun monthly prizes that are available for participation. 

Check out the details and opportunities for yourself here:

Seashells sing a song for me


I love the beach in summertime, and seashells are part of the fascination for me. When I saw this challenge over on the Fusion website, I knew it was a "must do" for me. I used some design papers from my stash, I stamped shells from an older SU set I have in my collection, the sentiment is one of my favorites from Unity, and the cute little crab die is from Gina Marie.  I sponged the color onto the shell and satrfish with distress oxide inks. I stenciled the card base with broken china distress oxide ink to make it look like the ocean. Thanks for stopping by to check out my card. Hope you have a safe and wonderful summer. 

Here is where you can find this fun challenge:

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Candy Cane Fun


I do not mass produce Christmas cards instead everyone gets a unique design and one of a kind when they get a card from me. I am the kind of artist that enjoys to process of creativing and doing over the finished product. Making more than one of anything would get every boring for me. So, I love that there are challenges that motivate me to make Christmas cards during the year. So, this card is for two of those challenges.  Here is the list of challenges this card is for:

The digital is from Sassy Cheryl designs. I am not sure of the source of the sentiment. I color the image with copic markers. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

CCEE2123 Donald Duck Day

  Hi friends! Kelly here with another challenge this week.

Yesterday was Donald Duck Day,

her husband’s favorite Disney character :)

Please feature a duck(s) on your card/project.

Although my husband's name is Donald, I did not have a Donald Duck stamp, or any cute little duckie stamps, so I used a silhouette image off of my Joy to cut this realistic image of a duck for my card this week. I did some original water coloring for the background scene and stamped an Hero Arts imagine for the sentiment. I water colored using distress oxide inks. I stenciled the clouds with my clouds stencil from A Colorful Life.

Check over on the CCEEstampers blogsite here:


Double D challenge Bee Inspired


I love this bee set from Stampendous and was excited to see the theme of theDouble D  challenge this week.  I used distress oxide inks to do a water color smash on watercolor paper for the background. I stamped on the honeycomb background using stained walnut oxide ink and stamped the bees with versafine black ink. Then I colored them with Copic markers.  I mounted this onto a honey colored cardstock card base.  


The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge


I used a stencil to make the water, an IO cloud background stamp to make the sky, a Stampendous set for the sailboat,  anchor, and sentiment. The lighthouse is from a Sweet and Sassy set. 

This great challenges can be found here:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In the sun summer fun

 Summer seems to be in full force and all I found lots of summer challenges in the stamping world this week. So here is my card made with scraps from my paper piles, and stamps that are probably around 10 years old. The sun I punched, and the chair was a diecut. The palm is from an old Stampin' Up set and the sentiment and beachball are from an old Flourish set (that is no longer in business). 

Here are the challenges I am using this card for:

Happy Summer, everyone!!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Color Throwdown Challenge #645


I made this card for the Color Throwdown challenge this week to use black, aqua, and hot pink. 

I used a stamp by Gina K designs. I used an embossing folder from Stampin' Up. The sentiment was done in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold embossing powder. The rose is stamped onto hot pink paper. The leaves are colored with a dark green colored pencil. I used a white colored pencil to add the highlights to the rose. The details of the challenge can be found here:

Bitten by the Bug 2 - Country Fair


I made this card for the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge themed "Country Fair." I used my Joy to create the banners. I stamped the basket of apples (stamp is All Night Media). I paper punched the medalion circles and cut out the streamers. The table top is a piece of design paper. I hand wrote the letters on the banner with a white gel pen. The apples and baskets are colored with copic markers. Hope you enjoy my prize winner apples!! 

Here are the detail for this fun challenge:

Jingle Belles challenge -All Bundled Up

 Here's the challenge over on Jingle Belles challenge this week:

We're All Bundled Up this week ... which means we're asking you to create cards with lots of layers (at least three).  Break out your favorite papers, ephemera and embellishments and layer it on.

I used some of my fun scraps on this card. Some were Christmasy and some were not. I love this Art Impression image and the sentiment is from a sassy little set from Studio G.  I added some sparkle gel pen to the jingle bells s our Christmas gal has accessorized with and a glittery little holly sticker just to make things a little more festive. 

You can find the details and link for this challenge here: 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

C.R.A.F.T. masculine challenge


The challenge  over on C.R.A.F.T.  site this week is masculine. You can find the details of their challenge here:

The blue heron stamp is from Repeat Impressions, the sentiment is from Sweet and Sassy, and the fence is from Rubbernecker. I masked the moon with distress oxide inks,  and I stenciled the clouds and water with stencils from a Colorful Life. 

Going Girly for Birthday celebrations


This is made with one of my favorite stamps from Unity. I have some June birthdays coming up and wanted to get my stash ready. I also am entering this into these two challenges this week:

The Fun n' Funky challenge which is a "go girly" theme with the details found here:

I also am entering it in the Krafty Chick's #562 challenge "stamp act" with the details found here:

I had some great scraps left over on my paper cutting table so I made use of them and then I stamped the birthday girl with this Unity stamp. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I colored the image with copic markers and added a little sparkle pen over the top of her dress on on the petticoat edge. I highlighted the light reflections with a white colored pencil. I added a few sequins just be be a little festive. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

CCEE2122 - Repeat Day


Hi friends! Kelly here with your June 2021 challenges.

Today is Repeat Day!

For this week, we'd like for you to use the

repeat stamping technique on your card/project.

I did some repeat stamping on the card base for this card with an old Flourish set  that will forever be in my stamp collection. I love that peach season is here. Fresh peaches are so delicious. I colored the center piece with copic markers. I stamped the image with distressed oxide antique photo ink.  The dotted circle die is from Gina Marie. The little burlap bow is a sticker.  I hope you are in for one delicious summer that includes some peaches and cream homemade ice cream. Doesn't that sound amaging!! 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Color Hues Challenge


This card was made for the above color challenge and also for the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge. I used design paper as the base of my card, I added the black images that are from Bo Bunny, then I added the kraft (lighter brown strip that I embossed to add texture). The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's metallic sticker sentiments pad called Ideology. They are so easy to use and there are so many great choices of sentiments. 

HMFMC341 embossing

 This is one of my favorite House Mouse stamps, and I have to use it at least once every graduation season. I decided to combine it with the embossing challenge going on over at HMFMC 341 that can be found here:

I embossed the silver card stock then I rubbed a black ink pad over it. I colored the image with copic markers. I cut this flourised die out of some silver dotted black paper. The sentiment is from Idelogy from Tim Holtz.