Wednesday, July 27, 2022

CCEE2229 National Picnic Month

It's the middle of summer, and July is National Picnic Month.  Include something on your card that would be part of a picnic (picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, picnic food, or even ants).

I used a double stencil ser from Rubbernecker, The digital basket is from Impression Obsessions, and the ants are dies from Gina Marie Designs.  I made the conversation bubble and hand wrote the words:

"Hey, guys....who said this is a real picnic?"

The digital image was colored with Copic markers. Hope you make it over to check out the other fun pinics featured by the rest of the crew over on the CCEEstampers blog site here:


Monday, July 25, 2022

Double Trouble challenges and Christmas in July


Getting some Christmas cards done in July puts me ahead of the game in December, so this is one of the many cards Christmas themed cards I have gotten made this week, taking this Double Trouble challenge that paired with the Jingle Belles Challenge as well as some of the Dirty Girl challenges this past week on Splitcoaststampers.  You can find the links to all of these here:

I used red cardstock, silver chrome paper for the ornament die from Spellbinder with gold chrome for the hangers. I used Sizzix holly die and red gemstones for my berried.  This is a slimline card.  

Thursday, July 21, 2022

CCEE28 Ice Cream


July is National Ice Cream Month.  Today's challenge is an easy one -- include some ice cream on your card.

I am making use of some old stamps today and a few die cuts. I embossed the design paper, used silver chrome paper for the Rubbernecker die (with holes). The sentiment is an old SU stamp and the ice cream stamp I am not sure of the source. Hope you are using ice cream to keep cool from this particularly hot summer we are having. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

CCEE2227 - National Tape Measure Day

 Today is National Tape Measure Day.  The challenge to you today is to make a card incorporating a tape measure or something else used in sewing on your card -- either some kind of a sewing-related image or perhaps stitching.

Thanks, Lois for this great challenge. I did not find a tape measure in my stash, but I did run across these little house mouse friends having fun in someone's sewing room. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy strip that says "I'd like to announce I have no idea what I'm doing," 

The image was colored with copic markers and I added some punched flowers and leaves. 

Check out the cards from the Team over on the CCEEblogsite:

Sisterhhood of crafters challenge - butterflies, dragonflies, and bees

I used lots of different stamped and embossed layers on this card. I made it with dragonflies and a butterfly to meet the criteria of this week's Sisterhood of crafters that can be found here:

I used two stencils by A Colorful Life in my background one with distress oxide ink blended in and the other(the dragonflies) with versamark ink and then covered with ultra thick clear embossing powder. The did an embossing resist technique using an Impression Obsession background stamp, Then I added a script Stampin' Up background stamp using versamark ink again, and this time added gold metallic embossing powder over it. The final touch was the butterfly from Our Daily Bread (now Divinity Stamps), coloring it with copic markers and putting a layer of sparkle gel pen over the wings for a final shimmer. 


Monday, July 11, 2022

Don't Miss the Fun coming up on Splitcoaststampers!!


It's happening starting this weekend and you won't want to miss the fun. I love Splitcoaststampers, where I have spent almost every day for the past 20 plus years to check out their daily challenges, and of course the special events and virtual stamp nights they host in addition. This Dare to get Dirty is even your opportunity to win a few really great prizes from some really great crafting companies who  support our artform (and addictions). I invite you all to come and join in on the fun that will include great challenges to take part in during the entire week. It's a great way to stay in the air conditioning and remain cool in these hot crazy days of July. No place I'd rather be than creating in my favorite crafting spot. 

Sunday, July 10, 2022


I made this card for the HMFMC 369 challenge Here Comes Summer. I used an oldie but goodie from my House Mouse collection of stamps and used a Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy strip that says: "I admit that my weirdness is above the national average, but I'm comfortable with that." I am adding this on the inside: "At least I know how to beat this Texas heatwave. Just let the water run a few minutes before you get in (weird I am, but I am not stupid!)

You can find the details for this challenge here: 


CAS on Friday - Silhouettes

 I love cards with silhouettes and have a great number of silhouette stamps and dies. This one is using a die from Impression Obsessions. I blended the blue on with a blending brush with broken china distress oxide ink, and using the same ink I stamped the dots for snow. The sentiment is stamped in versafine clair black using a stamp from Unity. 

Details for this challenge can be found here:

Saturday, July 9, 2022

As you like it #278

I made this card for the As You See it Challenge this week with an oldie but favorite of my stamps. This set came as a trio of these fine vintage ladies and is a set from Hampton Art Stamps. The sentiment is from Gina Marie designs. I did the background stamping of the card base and panel with background stamps from Impression Obsessions. I added a few die cut flowers and some punched leaves for embellishments and also enamel dots for the flower centers. 


Less is More 468


I used a border Darice embossing folder for this card, I blended some distress oxide ink around the edges. The die set I used is from Sizzix. 

Christmas card Throwdown - color challenge

I made this fun card for the Christmas Card throwdown color challenge this week to use red, white, and aqua. I found this fabulous piece of design paper in my stash for the background and then added my Santa gnome from Rubbernecker. I paper pieced and cut my banner to run across the top and then used these fabulous alphabet letters that have been in my stash so long that the letters peeled apart from the sticky side, so I had t glue them on. 

It is so fun to get ahead on my Christmas card making and taking part in these Christmas challenges make it all the more fun!!


Beyond the blue challenge - Use 2 or more stencils

Stenciling has become a real "go to" technique for me. As a child, I remember my grandmother using stenciling when painting layers of images onto fabric. These stencils were made from waxed heavy paper. and with stiff stenciling brushes she would rub and blend in her fabric paints. Today's stenciling is a little different but adds wonderful colors and blending to a background. The challenge over at Beyond the Blue was to use 2 or more stencils. I chose to actually overlap my stencil layers onto each other for my card. I used various purple distress oxide inks for both layers and two different stencils. Then I added some Spellbinder die cut flowers to it and a large sentiment from  Picket Fence, which was stamped using versafine clair black. 


Inksapiration Designer's choice challenge


I am getting started on my Christmas cards so I thought the favorite color monochromatic challenge over on Inkspiration would be a good fit. I used two coordinating design papers from the same paper pad 

The die I used is from Momenta. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Jingle Belles Rock - stars and stripes

 Christmas in July seems to be a popular theme and the one on challenge on the Jingle Bells challenge is stars and stripes this week. So, I used a striped background with design paper, and there is a star on the top of my tree. I am also using this card for the F4A646 challenge this week.

You can find the details for the Jingle Bells challenge here:

I used a die set from Tim Holtz for the tree, and a stamp and die from Rubbernecker for the gnome. The striped paper is a sheet of design paper. The sentiment is from  Tim Holtz's Idea-o-logy tablet. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Hi, Lois here with the first of this month's challenges.  Tomorow is my sister Dotsy's birthday.  She is an avid card maker and scrapbooker and also helps with wedding floral arrangements with her friend.  In her honor make either a birthday card or a wedding card.

For my card I did a wedding card making use of mostly white on white. The sentiment and background for the lattice piece of the dies I used a soft blush color. This embossing folder is from Sizzix, the die cut set is from Spellbinders, and the sentiment is from Gina Marie designs. I used pearls are my embellishments. 
Be sure to check out the teams creations over at the blogsite:

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #477


This card was made for the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #477 this week. I used some double sided design paper for my strips, so I flipped on to show the reverse side. I used two Gina K stamps for this card, and a die cut (which I am not sure of the source). I watercolored the flower and leaves with distress oxide inks, and used distress oxide inks to stamp the splattered background on the white panel.

Color Throwdown Challenge #700

I loved these colors for this week's color throwdown challenge. I made my smashed orange background with the left over rusty hinge distress oxide ink that was left on my glass work area that I spritzed water on. Then I added walnut stain doxi ink onto my Impression Obsession background stamp that I stamped in various places over the smashed ink. I tore some kraft paper from an recycled kraft envelope to add for the kraft. I used one of my new momenta border dies that was cut from design papers that had these colors in it. I stamped the sunflowers from Unity onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.The sentiment from Impression Obsessions with versafine clair black. Then I mounted it on a morning marigold card base.