Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sketch Time with the Crazies

The Crazies are going sketch happy this week.  You will find the original sketch along with all the DT examples using the sketch at the Crazies Blog.  Be sure to stop in for inspiration.

Thanks to Frances, our July hostess, for a fabulous sketch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The CCEE Goes to the Chickens

Shirley, our CCEE Stampers hostess for July, challenge us to make our card/project with chickens this week.  My first reaction was that I didn't have any chickens.....but then I looked in my 'fun animals' drawers and found several of them.

The chickens are by Penny Black, and the sentiment is from another Penny Black set.  I also used a MS border punch and my corner rounder, along with some large brads.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will also travel to the CCEE Stampers Blog to join in all the 'chicken' fun!!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Crazies Bring Out Their Inner Teddy Bear


Apparently July 10th was Teddy Bear Picnic Day, so Frances challenged the Crazy4Challenges DT to create cards/projects with a teddy bear on them.

I used this retired Penny Black bear along with a Just Rite sentiment stamp to create my card.  I used a MS border punch on the red vertical panel, a corner rounder for the base, an SU oval punch for the sentiment, and a Spellbinder die for the image panel.  Two brads finished it off (and hid a dirty spot) along with some dry embossing.

Be sure to check out what should be a precious gallery at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The CCEEers Become Frugal and Repurpose Items

Shirley, the creator of our July challenges for the CCEE Stampers, asked us to use things in our stash that we kept because we just knew we would use it someday.  I used to decorate pads for my friends, but definitely bought more than I have used.  We are all retired now, so there is less use for such items, so this has been gathering dust.  I kept this very clean and classic as I am not sure how I will use it or if I will gift it.  Once I know that, I might decorate it a bit more.

I used a variety of Spellbinder dies and a retired SU set for this creation.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog.  There will be lots of 'repurposing' inspiration.......might get you to use something you have kept for a long time....figuring it would come in handy.....but still sits there gathering dust.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Going Red, White, and Blue with the Crazies

Frances is our hostess with the mostest for July.  This first week she gave the Crazy4Challenges DT  the color combo of red, white and blue.  You did not have to make a patriotic card...just use the color combo.  I have been gathering a stash of cards for a dear friend, so I went non-patriotic.

I apologize for my somewhat fuzzy picture.  It was just one of those days when the camera would not cooperate.  The sketch I used is one I saw a few years ago.....unfortunately I did not write down the name of the stamper.  If you recognize the sketch, thanks for the inspiration.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see our red, white and blue gallery of creations.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CCEEers Go Red, White, and Blue


Shirley created our challenges for July.  This week our goal was to make cards with red, white, and blue to honor the 4th of July holiday.  However, since we have international DT members, the card does not have to be patriotic.  I am putting together a gift of cards for a friend, so I kept it generic.

These poppies and the sentiment are from 2 sets by Penny Black.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the fabulous red, white, and blue creations by this very friendly AND talented team.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crazies Go Seasonal


For the last challenge of June, Peggy asked the Crazy4Challenges DT to think about the season they are in right now.  She wanted us to represent it in some way.  Well, flowers are blooming and summer is here, so that was my inspiration.

Not much to say about this one....I created my flowers using a die cut from MFT and used my new 'tool' which helps shape them.  I am not sure of its name....if you need to know, just leave me a question in the comments and I will check to find the name.  I believe the sentiment stamp is from Flourishes, but I am not sure.  Not much help this week, eh??????  The problem is that I type the post on the second floor and my stamp cave is in the basement, so at the end of the day I really don't feel like going down two flights of stairs just to find out the company....but I would be glad to do it for you if needed.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab seasonal projects/cards by the DT.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CCEE'ers Protect Their Peepers with Sunglasses


It would take me hours to tell you the story behind this card......seems like I kept taking wrong turns in the creative process........ending up in a new direction each time......and even getting lost and almost giving up along the way.

The challenge was an easy enough one.  Anne asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card using sunglasses as a reminder to protect out eyes as the sun is getting stronger in the Northern Hemisphere.  No problem, I thought.  I have dies of glasses, a large stamp of glasses.......however.....I did not have any vellum or transparency that looked like the lenses of sunglasses......and that was the rub.......!!!!!  So I went to general plan 2.......I had buttons that were sunglesses......so I cut the shanks off and would use them as accents on my card.........but the design I had in mind just wouldn't work......but the beach scene was fine so I kept that element.  I then dug deep and found this image of sunglasses which I repeatedly stamped on the orange c/s.  However, the card looked EMPTY.....so forage I did and found this unmounted bather I don't think I have ever used before.  Colored her up, cut her out.....attached her to the card.......and then realized the orange piece probably should have been cut to look a bit more like a surfboard.....but I was not starting over again!!!   So, as they say.....IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!!!

It is also very appropriate as on the day that this posts, I will be ocean gazing......ah....love the ocean breezes, the salty air, the sun shining on my face, the smell of fresh seafood (esp. ''lobstah'), the sounds of the waves......and the good company of dear friends.

Can't wait to be inspired by the sunglasses creations of the rest of the team.  Let's all journey over to the CCEE Stampers Blog to be inspired.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Crazies Play with a Sketch


Since it is the third Crazy4Challenges challenge of the month, Peggy, our hostess, has given us a fabulous sketch to play with.


I stayed pretty true to the sketch, just changing the circle to a rounded rectangle.  Otherwise it is spot on.  The element at the lower left was made by masking a chevron stencil so I used only one row.  The image is from Penny Black.as is the sentiment.  The sentiment element was made with a SU punch.

Sketches are always fun to play with AND fun to see how others play with them.  It is amazing  to see the variety of styles and ideas that flow from the same sketch.  Hope you will stop in at the Crazies Blog to be inspired.