Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Christmas Gnome

Can't believe I am still making Christmas cards, but I plan to get at least 10 done each month this coming year to be ahead of the game. I bought such cute Christmas dies this year that I need to make many more cards using them to offset the price of the dies. Know what I mean?  This cute gnome die is from Momenta and the cute design papers are from Paper Studio. It's was hard to resist those 60% sale items at Hobby Lobby that lasted the whole month of December. This sketch was this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers' . The other challenge I made this card for was the Christmas Craft Room challenge that was to use a gnome.  The sentiment was done free handed to make it fit the space I needed it to be.  You can find the Christmas Craft Creations challenge HERE.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

CCEE2248 Time clocks

 Hi Crafty Friends

Welcome to our final CCEE Stampers challenge for 2022. 

Before we get to Maryann's challenge below, I (Frances) wanted to update you about our challenge group. 

Sadly I have to let you know, that this will be our final challenge here on this blog. After over 15 years of lots of fun challenges, it's time to say goodbye! I was fortunate to be one of the foundation members of this challenge group, which started in July 2007 over on Splitcoast Stamper ... there were eight of us. We called ourselves ... Cheers & Challenges Eclectic Ensemble which later got shortened to CCEE Stampers. When we first started our challenge group there weren't many if any others around, now there are so many. We have had a lot of fun over the years, and a big thanks to all our current Design Team members for playing along each week and taking turns issuing the challenges each month. 

Thank you also for those of you who have also played along with us over the years, we love that you play along with us.

Okay ... now let's get to Maryann's final challenge for 2022.

Time is counting down to the end of the year, so I am asking that your feature clocks on your card. Think of time clocks, stop watches or even a countdown clock anything to do with time.

Wishing you all a Merry and Safe Christmas and New Year.

Now let's see what our Design Team created for this week's challenge.

Here's my card, and I have to say it's been fun ladies and I will cherish the friendships that have come from this incredible talented artists.  

Thanks, Frances for all the hard work you have put in over those 15 years. 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Just Add Ink 632

I made this card for the Just Use Ink Challenge. 

I am using tree and sparkle as my two choices.  The die is from Sizzix and I used a 3-D eembossing  folder for the background. I added gemstones for the sparkle. 


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Color Throwdown Challenge #721


This is for the Color Throwdown  challenge this week. The image is a Power Poppy digital and I used copic markers to color the image. The background is done with Pine distress oxide ink. I stamped a few partial pine needles onto the smashed background. I did a little gold gilding to it as well.  You can find the details for the challenge here:

CCEE2247 Favorite Christmas card

                                                          Hi Crafty Friends

It is Maryann back again this month for the challenges, since it is so close to Christmas now is the time to build up your card stash.

                          Create a Favorite Christmas Card, any style that you like.

                                 Now let's see what the designer team have created.

I used a Sizzix die and a sentiment from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. The background was a pre-made card with the gold foiling already on it. 

As a Christian, my favorite cards are always ones that tell of the reason for the season....the birth of Jesus Christ. The sentiment says, "Star of Wonder, Star of night, Guide us to thy perfect light." 

May His peace and His love shine in your hearts this Christmas season and help bring His joy to the world. 

Little Red Wagon challenge #682

The theme for the Little Red Wagon challenge is glitz, glitter, gleam, glow. I tried to go for it all. This has gold foiling on the background paper, golden snow flakes and a glimmering rhinestone in the center.  You can find the details for this challenge here:


Monday, November 28, 2022

CCEE2246 Seaside Holiday

 Hi Crafty Friends

Maryann here again with the last challenge for this month, thanks to all who played along with the challenges this month.

Whatever the season it is great to get away, celebrate the day with a seaside holiday. Use the seaside for inspiration for your card today.

 Now let's see the what the design team have created.

                                           Maryann Einam

Sorry to be late as I was gone for the week of Thanksgiving. Here is my card a little late.

I used a Stampin Up set. The sentiment is handwritten.  I used distress oxide inks. 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Tic Tac Toe #188


I did this card for the Tic Tac Toe challenge #188.

 I used the third row down: any shape, wreath, gold foil  It is so fun finding these great challenges to motivate my Christmas card making. I love making each of my cards different as you can check out for yourself here on my blog. I have been posting many over the past few weeks.. 

The image dies are from Tim Holtz (Sizzix), the background stamp is from Rubbernnecker. I cannot remember the source for the JOY sentiment. The glow from the street light is from distress oxide yellow ink.  

Friday, November 18, 2022

Beyond the Blue Challenge #74

 I love quick and easy and I love white and gold, so I did this card for the Free4All challenge on Splitcoaststampers, and for the Beyond the Blue challenge this week \to use gold. You can find the details of the Beyond the Blue challenge here:

I used white paper for the base, design paper for the background, washi tapes and a die for the design, and a holly sticker as an embellishment. A quick and easy card. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Freshly Made sketch challenge 562 and Christmas craft Creations Challenge

 I did this card for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge 

Details of the challenge found here:

 and I also am entering it in the Christmas Craft Creations challenge to use washi tape. 

Using a black background I added metallic washi tapes and a red foil diecut bow with a tree rhinestone center on the bow. An easy CAS and a great design layout. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

CCEE2245 Fun folds

                                         Hi Crafty Friends

It is Maryann here again with this weeks challenge.

Receiving cards is so much fun, a fun fold card with a wow factor gives so much joy to the recipient.

Create a card with more than a center fold. Think of a easel, pop-up, center step or shutter card.

Let's take a look at what the design team have created.

Fun and fancy folds are always the biggest challenges I ever have to overccome. I have been focused coffee themed challenge this week because of the big Coffee Lover's Blog Hop this week. These stamps are from Unity. I tried out my new TimHoltz distress water color pencils.Theywere lots of fun. I added a little bit of stenciling and splattered dots to the front.The stencil is from A Colorful Life.


Monday, November 14, 2022

Double Trouble Challenge and Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Using some Momenta dies I made this card for the Double Trouble chellange this week. It will also be added the challenge cards over on the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop going on this week.
You can find the details for these challenges here at these sites:



Cupcake Inspiration challenge 557


I did this challenge for the Cupcake Inspiration challenge to use an owl, and I did this for the CoffeeLover's Blog Hop challenge as well. You can find these challenges here:


The stencil is from Rubbernecker and the stamps are from Unity. I colored the image with copic markers and the stenciling is done with broken china distress oxide ink. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

AAA card challenge #228 and CAS716

I made this card for the AAA card challenge 228 which was to make  something along the edge using rainbow colors. So with a variety of distress colors I stenciled the edge using a new Colorful Life stencil I recently purchased. I added silver puffy stars in some of the shapes. The sentiment is from Gina Marie designs. You can find the details for this challenge here:

It also meets the criteria for the CAS challenge #716 over on Splitcoaststampers as well. 


Friday, November 11, 2022

Tic Tac Toe187


I used the middle row down. Snow, my free item was gemstones, and blue. This is a wonderful background stamp from Impression Obsessions, and the snowman is from Rubbernecker. The sentiment is from a Sweet and Sassy digital. I love using digitals for sentiments because you can size them to the size that will best fit your card.  

Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop

 How exciting to see the Coffee Lovers'  Blog Hop starting today!!

I ran across this sentiment die in my die collection today, and decided I would pair it with this to go cup sent as a gift from a stamping friend. So here is a quick slimline card that I could enter in this fun event.. 

Make sure you get over to the site and check out the fun this week:

Thanksgiving card with sweet and sassy stencil and digital


I am taking a little break for a few days to participate in the Sweet and Sassy stampathon to help then celebrate their 15th birthday. I have enjoyed collecting stamps and stencils from them over the years and have recently started collecting digitals from there as well. Digitals are great for sentiments because you can size them the size you want and being stored on the computer is an easier place to find them and takes up less space for me. LOL
I used this brand new digital for fall being offered right now and I love coloring images so this one was really fun to work with I used my Sweet and Sassy crocheted doily stencil for the background by blending distress oxide inks for my stenciling. I colored the image with copic markers. 

Join the sweet and sassy facebook page and you will find the details of the celebration there:.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

As You Like It Challenge - non-traditional Christmas colors

I like using pink as a non-traditional color, and with this one I used this striped design paper to coordinate the light green and teal and red with it. These colors are fun and striking and grab attention of their own during a season when red and green dominate.  This card was made for the As You Like It challenge this week. You can find the details of the challenge here:


Cardz 4 Galz - watercolor background

I made this card using a watercolor background water coloring with distress oxide inks. The image is a digital from Power Poppy. I colored the image with copic markers.  I used a sparkle pen for the halo and the berries. 

You can find the details of the challenge here:

Christmas Kickstart #67 Trees, trees, trees

Been busy all day making Christmas cards. This one is for the Christmas Kickstart challenge #67 with the theme being Trees, Trees, trees!  I used a few different die cuts on this one. One of them included the embossing folder with the die built in.  You can find the details of this challenge here:


Krafty Chicks 637 Christmas

'Tis the season to get going on those Christmas cards, and I love finding these Christmas card challenges to give me the motivation I need to get going. I have a huge collection of die cut sets and so many of them are for the Christmas and winter season, so I made use of some of them for this card that I made for the Krafty Chicks Challenge #637. I have teasingly given myself the challenge to make use of  every Christmas die I have to make my cards this year. It would be an awesome goal for me, and it would be a fun way to create with different ones coming together for a card. I might also add here that I guess I am somewhat ADHD when it comes to card making because I never want to make any two alike. The fun is in the creative part for me, not always the perfection of the product. 

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


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

CCEE2244 - Silhouettes

 It's Maryann back with this weeks challenge.

I love the simplicity of the a Silhouette, a lot of companies have them whether they are stamps or dies.

Create a card with a beautiful Silhouette, it can be in a scene or a standalone image.

Now lets look at the creations from the design team.

Here is my card for this week:


I stenciled the background with a stencil from A Colorful Life using blue distress oxide inks. The stamp set is from Sweet and Sassy.. The ground was made with black torn paper. I used some small rhinestones as stars. I have been working on Christmas cards all week so used this theme for one of them. 

Try It on Tuesday - Sparkles and Shines

I made this card for the Try It on Tuesday Challenge to use Sparkle and Shine. The sky was done with A Colorful Life stencil and distress oxide inks. The largest star I left white and then colored it in with sparkle gel pen, The stamps are from Sweet and Sassy. I am making a Christmas themed card with every challenge card I make for the next couple of weeks to get my Christmas stash built up and ready to send.  You can find the details for this challenge here below:

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Passon for Markers - digital challenge

This card I made from scraps left over from other projects and a digital from Power Poppy that I had colored last night to possibly use today for a project. So this turned out to be the project. I colored it with copic markers. I have as my goal to make it a Christmas theme for every challenge I am taking part in this week, 
Here are the details for the Passion for markers challenge this week #666:


Retro challenge - Ombre

I love my 3-D embossing folders and inking them with distress shades of aqua seemed like a perfect way to do it. Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I wanted to make a Christmas card theme to add the the stash I need to be creating. After inking up the inside of my embossing folder, I ran it through my embossing machine. I used this cute snowman image from Rubbernecker and colored it with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Unity and I punched it out with a Stampin' Up punch. 
You can find the details for this challenge here:


Sunday, November 6, 2022

International Art and Soul Challenge #146 - Christmas


So happy to be finding some Christmas challenges starting as it is time to get going on my card making that I do for Christmas every year. I make about 100 cards a year all during the year to keep up the count, and I very seldom make the same design twice. Here is one I designed this morning after being iinspired by a similar design I saw on the internet earlier this morning. I made it with kraft paper, design paper, and scraps. I used a heart die and a Christmas greenery die cut set from Momenta. 
I will be contributing this card to the downloads for the challenge on International Art and Soul challenge where you can find the details of the challenge here:

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Crafty Hazelnut Christmas challenge - H is for Holy Family

I made this card for the  Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge to use some thing that starts with H so I used the Holy family and their Halos. I used a piece of white paper that was embossed with a 3D embossing folder from Sizzix. Then I stenciled over it with my brand new star stencil from A Colorful Life, using blue distress oxide ink. I really love the way it turned out.  I used silver chrome paper and black cardstock for the die.  

 Details for this challenge can be found here:


I used the Color Throwdown colors for this card today. I am trying to make a Christmas card with every challenge I am doing to get some of my Christmas cards done. 

I used a Sizzix die for the poinsetttia to make a stencil. I used a stencil from Gina Marie for the swirly lines. I stamped the sentiment and added a little gold washi tape as my only embellishment. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

CCEE2243 Walk your dog week

 Hi Crafty Friends

It's a brand new month with means it is time for a new hostess. It is Maryann here and I will be your hostess of the next few weeks.

According to the days of the year calendar, it is walk your dog week. Walk you dog week is a week holiday dedicated to bringing your dog a healthier lifestyle. Make a card with your furry friend in mind.

My son has a labradoodle so I colored this Mo Manning digital for my dog image. It is colored with copic markers. I used a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy sentiment that says: "I meant to behave, but there were too many other options."  

Check out the team cards here on the CCEE blog:


Fab N' Funky - Shades of Blue

Checking out the weekly challenges to see which ones can be Christmas cards. The Fab n' Funky challenge this week is to use shades of blue. So this design paper seemed to meet the challenge. I added these Spellbinder and Sizzix dies to complete the card. I added some gold chrome paper just to add to the gold foil on the paper. You can find the details of the challenge here:


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

CCEE2242 Animated characters

 Lynn McAuley here with the final CCEE Stampers Challenge for October.

Friday is International Animation Day. What joyful and action-packed entertainment has filled our lives through the talented creations of the world's amazing animators. In honor these animators' remarkable work, choose one of your favorite animated characters to feature on this week's CCEE design. How fabulous would it be if you included the name of the animator who created your character!

These are some of our Design Team's favorite characters.

I picked Walt Disney's Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I used a recently acquired stamp set and the cirlces were punched from an Echo Park design paper pad. I mounted this on black and then glued to a brilliant blue card base. 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Little Red Wagon - Dots and stripes

I needed some quick and easy thank you cards. Grabbed some dotted and striped scraps from my scrap box and this gold chrome die to add quickly to it. I love these 5 minute cards.  It is on a navy cardstock base, 

The details for the challenge for this Little Red Wagon challenge is here:

The die is from Gina Marie Designs. 


Addicted to Stamps - dies and stencils


This stencil is from Rubbernecks and I used distress oxide inks to do the stenciling. The dies are from Sizzix and cute from silver chrome cardstock.  I am getting a head start on some of my Christmas cards. This was done on pink cardstock. 

Art Impression Challenge - Let's hear it for the Boys

I love these little frogs and what boys don't love frogs??? So I made this card for the AI challenge this week. I love the expressions on these frog's faces and love using all this green. You can find these great challenges on the Art Impression website here:

I colored the image using copic markers. I added some scraps of green gingham and a few green gemstones just to make it more festive for a birthday celebration. 


C.R.A.F.T. non-traditional Christmas colors


Trying to get a few early Christmas cards made ahead of time. This one I did for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge using non-traditional colors. 

Check here for the details of the challenge:

I used a Sizzix die for the holly, and I used a 3-D embossing folder from Sizzix as well for the texture used for the card front. I colored this with distress oxide inks and copic markers. I added a ribbon and a die cut sentiment from Sizzix for the sentiment made of pink chrome cardstock. 

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Allsorts - Colours of Autumn

I love fall colors so I made this card using them as the color scheme for this room. You can find all the details for this challenge this week on Allsorts challenge using colours of autumn here:

The papers used are Graphic 45 and the stamps used are from Unity. 

Friday, October 21, 2022

Christmas in non-traditional colors

I have been having such fun this afternoon making a lot of cards with my Power Poppy digitals. This is a Christmas floral arrangement that I decided to color in non-traditional Christmas colors for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week. I used copic markers to do my coloring. The background was silver chrome paper embossed with a Sizzix 3-D embossing folder. I mounted it onto a rose pink card base. Since it is using this metallic, shiny paper I am also going to enter this card into the monthly challenge going over on the Power Poppy Blog.

Inspiration Station #40 - Harvest

The challenge over on Inspiration Station this week had the theme of harvest. I loved this digital image that I got this week from Power Poppy, It is perfect for this challenge. I stamped the background with an old Flourishes stamp set as was the sentiment. I colored the image with copic markers. I used a Gina Marie die for the circle. You can find the details for this challenge here: