Thursday, March 31, 2022

Jingle Belles challenge - Plaids


I love getting to make Christmas cards early by taking part in the various Christmas challenges that can be found on the internet. This card was made for the Jingle Belles challenge which was to use plaid. This cute snowman image is from Rubbernecker. I used a plaid card from Paper Studio added a design paper that said Merry Christmas all over it and some glittery silver cardstock behind it. I punched the snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch on white paper. I added gemstones to the centers. The image circle was cut using a Gina Marie die. The image was colored with Copic markers. 

Here are the details for the Jingle Belles challenge:

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

CCEE2212 - Eiffel Tower Day

  Bonjour Crafty Friends,

Frances here again with the final challenge for the month.

Apparently today is Eiffel Tower Day - create a card with a French theme, bonus points if you include the Eiffel Tower. 

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

Frances Byrne - StampOwl's Studio

Lois Bak - Clownmom Creations

Maryann Einam

Lynn McAuley - Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper 

 Kelly Santi

I used an oldie but goodie  French Script background stamp from Stampin' Up for the background. I added these cherry blossoms from an old Flourishes set designed by Maracella Hawley. The pink ink on the background is the new Tim Holtz Saltwater Taffy distress oxide pad,  and the images were stamped using Versafine Clair Black.  The Eiffel Tower and sentiment are scrapbook embellishments. 

Color Throwdown Challenge 686

Loved the colors for this week's color throwdown challenge that is seen below. I used two Impression Obsession background stamps using distress oxide inks. The violets are from an older Flourishes set designed by Marcella Hawley.  


You can find the details for the challenge here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

CCEE2211 Happy Birthday, Frances!

Welcome back to our CCEE Stampers challenge blog, it's Frances Byrne here bringing us this week's challenge.

Today is France's birthday, so for our challenge this week create a card using one or more of her  favourite things … Slimline cards; Interactive or Pop-up cards; owls; blue. 

Now let's take a look at the cards our Design Team have created on the website:.


Happy Birthday, Frances. I made a slimline card with an new owl die set I recently purchased. I loved the sentiment, and I wanted to send Frances some love for her birthday. She is the rock of this stamp group and is so very creative and inventive with her unique and wonderful paper creations. Have a wonderful birthday, Frances and sending you lots of love over the miles. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

CASology 401 - Hats

Hats is the theme for the CASology challenge #401. I used this stamp from Unity for this challenge. It is colored with Copic markers. The image and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Clair black ink. 

Details of the challenge are found here: 


Inspiration Station #26 - Rainbow

I just got this new stencil from Ranger (Simon Hurley) and decided to use it for the Inspiration Station challenge this week  using rainbow colors.  I made use various colors of distress oxide inks from Tim Holtz. I added rhinestones in the centers. The sentiment is from Stampendous stamped in Versafine Clair black ink. I mounted it on a light blue card base.  

You can find the details of the Inspiration Station challenge here:


Dream Valley #266

This card was made for the Dream Valley challenge #266 using the spring time theme. I stenciled the background with the new saltwater tally distress oxide ink, stamped the Hero Arts rose and watercolored the petals with the same saltwater taffy distress oxide ink, and the leaves I colored with a copic marker. The sentiment is from Stampendous and stamped in Versafine Clair. The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart punch using a scrap of design paper from my stash. 

The details of this challenge can be seen here:

Monday, March 21, 2022


I love making my own background so the twist on this challenge was one well taken. First I started with a retiform layered background of distress oxide inks. Then I added a background stamp from Impression Obsessions over the retiform layer with a darker pink distress oxide ink. I stamped the mouse image onto white paper, colored with copic marke and cut out and glued onto the front. The sentiment and the mouse image were stamped with versafine Clair black ink. I mounted this onto a yellow card base. 

You can find the details of the House Mouse challenge here:

Hoppy Easter

I am using this card for these  challenges:

I did the layered retiform background with distress oxide inks. Then with purple distress oxide inks I stenciled the hearts and flowers with left behind negative pieces from diecuts. The little rabbit and sentiment is from Unity. I colored the rabbit with copic markers.



Saturday, March 19, 2022

Allsorts #668 - Feminine


While cleaning up today, I found  a bunch of these white cards that I had previously embossed. So I decided to see what stenciling would look like over that. Then I colored at fussy cut this digital image from Power Poppy. It turned out so feminine with these pretty colors so I am entering it in this week's Allsorts Challenge #668. I used distress oxide ink to do the stenciling and I used colored pencils and copic markers to color the flowers. The sentiment is from a tablet of sentiments from Tim Holtz. 

You can find the details of this challenge here:

Can you handle the pressure? challenge

It's always fun finding a new challenge to try. Today I am taking the Can you handle the pressure? challenge making use of embossing and with plaid as a twist. I embossed half of this plaid with a 3-D Sizzix embossing folder. Then I sanded the embossed side to rub the color off the embossed side of the embossed portion of the plaid. This is a fun technique that I love to use on design papers that I have embossed. The poppy is a digital from Power Poppy that I colored with colored pencils and copic markers. The sentiment is from Stampendous. 

You can find the details of this challenge here:


Daring Cardmakers Hello spring


I have been making lots of spring floral cards this week and I am letting this one reflect sunflowers and the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Praying for Ukraine and the brave people who are standing up for justice. I will use this card as my entry for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week. 
You can find the details of this challenge here:

I used a stencil for my background, and blue distressed oxide ink. The sunflower bouquet is a digital from Power Poppy that I colored with copic markers. I colored some clear gemstones with a yellow copic and then added them on the background. 

Friday, March 18, 2022

Art Nudge and As you See It challenges

I am using the colors for the Art Nudge challenge today on facebook. I have been following them for some time now on Facebook, But this was my first opportunity to get the time to take part. I am also using this card for the As You See it challenge #279 with the theme "Spring in the air."  Check out the colors on the Art Nudge challenge on Facebook and you can find the details for the As You See It challenge this week here:

The daisies are a digital from Power Poppy, and I used Copic markers to color the image. I used a piece of polka dotted design paper, and then added magenta dots to it to add more of the color choices to my card.  The sentiment strip is from Tim Holtz. 


Alphabet Challenge Your Favorite color combo

For the Alphabet Challenge this week for Y - Your favorite color combo, I used my favorite of red, black, white, and green. These geraniums are a digital from Power Poppy. I used my copic markers to color it. The black and white gingham made a perfect background and with a scrap of red I paper punched this double border. The floral image was attached with dimensional tape strips. The Tim Holtz sentiment stripe says "Find Joy in the Ordinary" and all was mounted on a red card base. 

You can check for the details of this challenge here:

I am so honored to have been selected for this challenge!

Double D - Something with a handle

I have gotten so behind on my schedule of trying to do a couple of Christmas cards each week during the year to get my cards done before Christmas gets here. So I chose this digital from Power Poppy to be the required element of the Double D challenge this week to use something with a handle. So this cup of something sweet seemed to meet the bill. I colored the image with copic markers, added sparkle pen to some of the elements, and a gold diecut hinge and sentiment. 
You can find the details for the Double D Challenge here:


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

CCEE2210 St. Patrick's Day

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances here bringing you another fun challenge this week.

Today is St Patrick’s Day. Create a card that features either leprechauns or gnomes.

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

The background shamrocks are a digital from Power Poppy that is colored with Copic markers.

The garden gnome is from Inkadinkadoo. and I colored it with Copic markers as well. 

The sentiment says, "Lucky is a state of mind."  from Tim Holtz.


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

CCEE2209 Using die cuts

 Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Frances back this week with another challenge for you.

Die Cuts Only - create a card that is created using dies only, no stamps. If you must, you can use a stamp for the sentiment, but bonus points if you use dies.

Now let's take a look at our Design Team's creations.

Click here: http://www.CCEEstampers.

I used dies from Gina Marie (heart), Impression Obsessions (sentiment and yellow flowers) and Sizzix (flowers and leaves), 



Friday, March 4, 2022

As You See It recipe card #269


This card was made for the As You See It recipe challenge for this week. It was to make use of a die cut, embossing, twine or ribbon, thinking of you theme, and pastels. I used a 3_D embossing folder from Sizzix, distress oxide inks in pale pinks and light green. 

Here is where you can find the details of the challenge:

Mod Squad Challenge Standing with Ukraine

This card was made for the Mod Squad challenge this week to use blue and yellow for their theme of Standing with Ukraine. This is a sunflower stamp from Spellbinder. I used scraps from my design paper scraps to make my background. I have decided that for the 40 days of Lent I will be making a card that will remind people to pray for Ukraine and all people of the world seeking freedom and justice for them and peace to live without fear. 

You can find the details here:


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

CCEE2208 - Five by Seven card


Hi everyone,

it's a brand new month, which means we have a brand new challenge hostess for the month ... this time around it is ... Frances Byrne.

Just like Slimline & Mini Slimline cards, the 5 x 7 inch card size is becoming more and more popular. For this week’s challenge create a 5 x 7 inch card.

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

check it out here:

I used the sunflower stamps from Kitchen Sink and scraps left over from another card I had made. 

This card is for the people of Ukraine. Praying daily for their safety and courage.