Saturday, May 30, 2015

Crazies Think Vacation


(Sorry about the muddy picture.)


Hi everyone,

It's the last Saturday of the month, which means our challenge hostess,  Barb,  has one last challenge for the Crazy4Challenges DT this month.
  

Here is this week's challenge ......

School is about out and vacations are either planned or being planned. What would be your ideal vacation spot? Beach, mountains, backyard? Whatever your destination is, let's create a card or project using it as your inspiration.

My card is clean and simple, but it does depict an actual place I will be visiting several times this summer.  It is Cape  Neddick Light, better known as Nubble Light, which is in York, Maine.  Friends and I have been taking a trip to this area for over 45 years.  (Yep.......I am that old!!!!!)  This place is one of my absolute favorite three places I have visited in the world......along with Aruba and Japan (well....and Myrtle Beach, too)!!!  Being near the ocean is important to me, as you can see from my favorite places.  I think it was nurtured in my youth when our family would venture on the weekends to Misquamicut Beach in nearby Rhode Island.  The whole family --sister, brother, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles--would go and our blankets and umbrellas would take up quite a large area of the beach.

This stamp of Nubble is from Repeat Impressions.  The sentiment, I think, is by Hero Arts.

Be sure to stop by the Crazies Blog to see where the rest of the DT likes to vacation.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The CCEE Stampers Get Their Tools Out

(So sorry about the muddy picture......just could not get a sharp picture.)

Welcome to the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  For the month of May, I (Joanne/jojot) am your hostess.  For the challenges this month, we are going to concentrate on tools and embellishments rather than themes.  Please feel free to do a faux version if you do not have the tool or embellishment.

Get out your tools for this one.  You must have something heat embossed, have some paper piercing, paper piecing, AND some type of framing on this card/project.  It should be pretty easy to get ALL these elements on one creation.  Have fun!!!

My piercing is around the edges of the base card, my piecing is the little girl's dress, my framing is the sentiment frame, and the heat embossing was used for the sentiment.

I can't wait to see how the rest of the CCEE DT managed to get all four elements on their cards.  Be sure to check them out at the CCEE Stampers Blog.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Crazies Go Green...and Green....and Green......


Barb is back today with another challenge for us at the Crazy4Challenges DT.

May's birthstone is the emerald. Let your project strongly feature the color green this week. Any shade of green will do as long as it is the main color on your project.

I think I have the green requirement covered as most of my card is green with a touch of yellow.  My flowers were made with a Memory Box die.  I popped up a second layer of the yellow flowers to give it more dimensiin.  I used a SU punch for my sentiment panel.  I dry embossed the base panel and added a few rhinestones as accents.


Be sure to check out the GREEN creations by the rest of the DT at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CCEE Stampers Challenge -- Fabric and Corrugated Paper


Welcome to the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  For the month of May, I (Joanne/jojot) am your hostess.  For the challenges this month, we are going to concentrate on tools and embellishments rather than themes.  Please feel free to do a faux version if you do not have the tool or embellishment.

This week our cards/projects must have fabric and corrugated paper.  The corrugated paper may be made with a crimper or already crimped.  The fabric must be something other than a ribbon. 

My original plans were to use burlap on my card, but my stamp cave is such a mess that I could not put my hands on it.....so I went with Plan B.  I wish I could say that I created this beautiful fabric bloom, but I can't.  I have had it forever and just could never make it work on a card.  Well, this week I did.......I had to keep the rest of the card fairly simple.  I used already corrugated paper for my horizontal panel along borders made with a Martha Stewart punch, added some paper piercing, and the thank you sentiment finished it off.  I am happy to say that I love the results....plus I used this flower that has been hanging around for much tooooooo long.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the fab creations by the DT....you are sure to be dazzled.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Crazies Get Sketchie



It's the third Saturday of the month which means that it is Sketch Challenge week. Barb, our Crazy4Challenges hostess for May, has designed a fun sketch for us to play with :)


I went monochromatic this week.  I heat embossed this silhouette bloom imageand sentiment and dry embossed the back panel.  I added a horizontal panel of lace and some pearls.  Kept it pretty easy.   I used a Marvy corner rounder and SU circle punches.

Be sure to stop in at the Crazies Blog to see the fab creations made from this one sketch.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CCEE Stampers Get Inky with their Acrylics

Welcome to the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  For the month of May, I (Joanne/jojot) am your hostess.  For the challenges this month, we are going to concentrate on tools and embellishments rather than themes.  Please feel free to do a faux version if you do not have the tool or embellishment.

  Here is this week's challenge.......
Get out your acrylics and your inks. I want you to create a background using inks, but no stamps or embossing folders. I also want something acrylic on your card/project. (You certainly may use stamps for your main panels….only the background must be made without stamps or embossing folders.

 Last week I went CAS with my card.  This week I worked way too hard on this one.  However, in the end I am pleased with the results.  For my background I used some spray inks on watercolor paper.  My acrylic is obviously the see-through part of the card front.  Last week I took the easy way out with my paper flower, so this week I decided to make up for it with this paper bloom mace with MFT dies.  I used a button as the center and added foliage from a number of dies.  I added the iron work borders both in and out of the front panel to hide where I adhered the acrylic sheet.

Hope you have time to stop by the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the fab creations by this very talented and friendly team.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Crazies Appreciate Teachers

Barb is back this week with another fun challenge for us all.

School will be letting out here in the US soon, let's make a teacher appreciation card and actually USE it. If you don't need it for yourself, gift it to someone who does. 

I kept the school part subtle with the designer paper.  At the end of a school year, it was often nice to remember our 'real life'......so I went with this lovely rose from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

As a retired teacher (after 35 years in the middle school realm) I can say that teachers really do appreciate expressions of true caring after spending a year with the students and their parents.  So do be sure to mail them if appropriate for your circumstances.

Be sure to visit the Crazy4Challenges Blog to see the fab creations by the DT.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The CCEE Stampers Follow a Recipe


Welcome to the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  For the month of May, I (Joanne/jojot) am the hostess.  For the challenges this month, we are going to concentrate on tools and embellishments rather than themes.  Please feel free to do a faux version if you do not have the tool or embellishment.

The challenge for today is to use at least one embossing folder, brad, and a self-made flower on your card/project.  You can certainly use dies to create your flower(s) if you want.

For my card I used a die from Memory Box, a sentiment from Hero Arts, an embossing dot folder, three brads, and some rhinestones on the flower centers.

I kept it simple as even though I got an injection in my back yesterday (well, actually two shots but I'm not going to tell you the whole miserable story),  I am still hobbling around.  The shots were nothing, but the aftermath was ugly.  It was after 7 tonight when I finally made it down to the stamp cave.  So apologies for the simple flower.  I had actually hoped to play with some new flower dies I got, but had not time for the learning curve tonight.

Please join us AND visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab creations by this fantastic and talented team.   If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1519 to your keywords.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The 'EYES' Go Crazy......

Hi Crazy Fans!

It's a brand new month which means it is time to introduce our new Crazy4Challenges  hostess for the month, which this time around is Barb Anders.

Before we get onto this week's challenge, we have some updates for you.  First up, Lynn Putt, sadly, has left us as she is very busy and doesn't have the time to play along with us right now. 

Vicki Burdick, who was our Guest Designer in April, has now joined us on the Design Team. We are excited to welcome her to the team.

Finally we need to introduce this month's Guest Designer .... Broni Holcomb from Splash of Watercolor blog. We look forward to having Broni play along with us each week.

OK,  now onto this week's challenge!

There are ALL kinds of "holidays" these days.  Have you noticed that? One of the "monthly" observances for May (in the US, at least) is Healthy Vision Month. I know we're all aware of how precious vision is.   So let's celebrate it this week. Your project should have something related to vision or eyes on it. Use your imagination--the "eyes" have it this week!

On this card I used die cuts from two small die sets by Impression Obsession.  The sentiment comes from a Pure Innocence set by My Favorite Things.

Be sure to stop by the Crazies Blog to see the fab creations by the DT.