Thursday, September 30, 2021

CCEE2139 Classical Music Month

 September is also Classical Music Month. Create a card with a musical theme. It doesn’t have to be classical music. It could be Jazz, Country, Rock 'n Roll - anything musical, even a musical instrument. 

Be sure to check out the CCEEStampers blog here:

I used an old retired SU set that is probably 15 years old. I used versafine black ink to stamp the images and used distress oxide inks for the blending. Music has always been a huge part of  my life, and I love all kinds of music. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Christmas Joy with embossing and stenciling


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here on my blog. I usually make about 2 Christmas cards a week during the rest of the year so that I have my stash done and ready basically before the first week of December gets here. I got a little behind on that quota this year so I am making up for some lost time. I did this card for the Technique challenge this week on Splitcoaststampers. I am also entering it into  the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge, which was to use the worrd JOY. This card also fits the challenge to use embossing that is the Make my Challenge. 

You can find these challenges here:

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Christmas card Throwdown


This was a fun card to design with the use of 3 of my washi tape strips. I used some really thin ones along with the plaid wider one, This die I used is from Tim Holtz (Sizzix) and I embellsihed the tree with some additional gold and white striped thin washi tape and some gold gemstones and a star sticker on top. I am not sure of the source of the sentiment but it is from an older stamp set I have and I liked the way it fit my space there on the diagonal. Here is the site for this challenge:

I love taking part in Christmas challenges as it helps me gain some early motivation to get started on those Christmas cards and December gets too busy to wait until the last minute. Besides, I make each of my cards different and unique so my friends get a one of a kind design!! Besides, I get really bored making large numbers of the same design!

color throwdown challenge 661


I did a little shadow stenciling on the background for this card. I used gray distressed oxide inks for the stenciling and a black fine sharpie for the shadowing of the shapes. I used black paper for the thin hexagon frames, and Kraft for the leaves that were diecut and shaded with black and gray and linen inks. The sentiment is from Stampendous and done with versafine black ink. The silver gemstones were used as simple embellishments just to add a little sparkle.  The link for the challenge is here:

Less is More 452 Hexagons

I love CAS because they are quick and easy for me to fit into my time schedule. I punched my hexagons from design paper scraps. I stamped the plants from various Rubber Tapestry stamps that I have in my collection. They are such fun little stamps to use that are mounted on wooden dowels. The sentiment is from a Stampendous set I have. I did a little scoring just to add a few little subtle lines to the design. 
You can find the details for the challenge here:


Allsorts Challenge 643 - Nature

Since I have collected stamps for over 20 years, fall and Halloween are a time I can get into some of my old favorite stamps to bring them back to life.  I used a retired SU stamp for this card. The background was stenciled a few weeks ago and did not get used, so thought it would work into something for this card too. The pumpkin stamp is one of those little bargain ones you used to be able to find at Michael's. I also used a favorite little SU stamp that was part of an itty bitty background set. I have used that little stamp so often just to add a little texture to scenes and images. The paper border punch is an oldie from Martha Stewart. The sentiment is from an Idea-ology pad from Tim Holtz. Since it is difficult to read in this phoro, it says: One of a Kind!

I have not taken part in the Allsorts challenges in a while and I love fall and the way nature takes on a whole new palette of colors, I made this card just for their challenge. You can find the details for the challenge here: 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CCEE2138 Autumn Equinox

 Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox. Create a Fall-themed card. 
When I think of fall, I think of the colorful leaves.  I used a Sizzix leaf set to make these. The uderneath part is stamped with a Rubbernecker background set. It was inked with various distress oxide inks.. 


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Just Us Girls 602

Using the colors of the Just Us Girls challenge this week of red, orange, and yellow, I also used the theme of butterflies that was the challenge on Mod Squad. You can find the details of these challenges here: 



I used a stencil to do part of the background and the other part was done with an Impression Obsessions background stamp for the other part. The buttterflies are from a retired Stampin' Up set and the sentiment is from a TH's Idea-o-logy pad. I used distress oxide inks for the stenciling and background. I used versafine black and copic markers for the butterflies. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - In a Jar


I have had this little die set for awhile and have never made a card with it, but it just seemed fitting for this challenge. The sentiment is a Sizzix die and the jar die set is from Momenta. The zig zag border punch is from Martha Stewart. You can find the details for the challenge here:

I added the candy stickers for my embellishments. I love getting some of my Christmas cards done early and finding these terrific Christmas challenges are great motivation. 

Mo Manning's Superduper Boy


How fun it is that Mo Manning is highlighting her retired images in the challenge this month! I have many of these in my collection and here is one that is always so fun to use for kid's birthdays or just any time you want to remind your kiddo just how great they are or when they just need a special kind of recognition!! I love this little guy matched with all these starry design papers I found in my stash. I punched out the big gold stars as an embellishment. The sentiment is die cut. I love coloring with my copic markers. 

The details for this challenge can be found here:

Friday, September 17, 2021

Jingle Belles Tic Tac Toe Challenge


It's that time to get started on my Christmas card stash, and the Jingle Belles tic tac toe challenge looked like a fun way to get motivated, So  I used the line with Santa, die cut, and gold as the elements for this card. The diecut is from Spellbinder, and the background stamp is from Impression Obsessions. Santa was a part of this silhouetted set. I am not sure of the source for the sentiment, and I added little gold gemstones for the ornaments on the tree. You can find the details for the Jingle Belles tic tac toe challenge here:

The Daring Cardmaking Challenge - Going Round in Circles

This card is from two challenges today: the Daring Caremaking challenge to use circles, and the F4A604 challenge on Splitcoaststampers today to use two things. I punched out two circles from this flowered design paper and then colored the inside portion of the circles. I used a dimensitonal behind each of the circles to give it that spotlight technique look. To add the circle theme, I used polka dotted paper as a contrasting band across the card. The Joy is die cut using gold chrome cardstock.  I accented the centers of the highlighted flowers with gold gemstones and also used one for the dot on my "J." 

You can find the details for the challenge for the Daring Cardmaking challenge here:


Try Stampin' It on Tuesday sketch


I had fun using some scraps I found on my work table in my stamping room, and stamped these flowers from a new set I had bought this week from Momenta and the sentiment was from a set from Stampdendous. I colored the image with copic markers, and die cut the oval and punched the flower (SU), hearts (Creative Memories) and the tiny butterfly from a Creative Memory punch as well. 

Global Design Project 309 and F4A604


The Global Design Project challenge this week was to use black, white, and any color, which is one of my favorite color combinations. Then we I saw that the FreeforAll challenge this week was to use 2 of something. So, I used these two burgundy roses on this black and white card. I embossed the sentiment in white. You can find the details for the Global Design Project here:

The rose stamp is from Power Poppy, the sentiment is from Verve, and the white embossing powder is from Gina K. 

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.