Thursday, December 11, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus

For the last CCEE Stampers Challenge of 2014, we were asked to feature Santa on our cards/projects.  I used my absolute favorite Santa by Flourishes.  This was a pretty simple card to stamp, but I had some fun creating the layout.  I added some piercing to the small vertical areas on the sides of the base card.

Can't wait to see how Santa is featured on the cards/projects of the rest of this fabulous DT.  Join me in checking out their creations at the CCEE Blog.


At this time I would like to say what a joy it has been to play with this team throughout 2014.  Many of them are longtime Splitcoast stamping friends while others are new friends.  What they all have in common is that they inspire me and motivate me to grow in my chosen craft.  They cheer each other on, have shared grief in the loss of one of our members nearly a year ago, are forgiving when real life gets in the way of stamping, and just generally share in each others joys and woes.  Thanks to each of you for being my friends.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to all meet in real life, face to face??????  I can dream, can't I?????


I would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year  

I will have one more post for the Crazies Challenge and then will return in


with a CCEE Challenge and Crazies Challenge in the first week of January.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Crazies Color Challenge

For this week's Crazy4Challenges goal, Heather asked us to create cards based on the color scheme in the photo below:

I decided to use one of my very favorite snowmen images.  This way I could get the colors into their scarves, buttons, ear muffs, and hat.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the creations the rest of the team created using these colors.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CCEE Plays Tic-Tac-Toe

For this first week of December, the CCEE Stampers have been given a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge by our hostess, Lynn.

 We were to choose any row we would like across, down, or diagonally in the board above and were to include those three things on a holiday card. You could add more items, if you wish, but you must use the three in the row you have chosen!

I went with the middle vertical row of snow, embossing, and glitter......except I substituted bling for glitter.  I DO NOT USE GLITTER.  I have enough troubles with my weak peepers without having little bits of shiny things making them worse.

I used a new 'frame' die cut from Simon Says Stamp.  The only issue I had was that the tiny pieces of the R and theA disappeared in the scraps and I had to find them and carefully place them where they belonged.  I think in the future I am going to make it easy on myself and leave the areas blank.  Everyone will know what it says without that fine detail work.

Other than than, this was an easy-peasy card.  I back the die with first designer paper and then plain red cardstock.  Place all of that on a snowflake embossed base card.

Can't wait to see what the rest of the CCEE team comes up with using the Tic-Tac-Toe. Check it out with me at the CCEE Blog.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Square Dancin' with the Crazies

I am keeping this post short as I am late to the gate.....IYKWIM......!!!!

Frances is our hostess this week and this is her challenge......

Apparently today is Square Dance Day, so to celebrate let’s get those square cards, dies etc out! Bonus points if you incorporated Dancing somehow on your card as well. 

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CCEE Shows Off Their Telescoping Skills

Lynn and Liz have their last November challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week.  They asked us to use the telescoping technique.  A fabulous tutorial of this can be found at Splitcoaststampers.  I used my current fav floral set from Penny Black Stamps.  I used my Spellbinder hexagon dies to create my 'telescopic' image.

Be sure to go to the CCEE Blog to check out the telescopic creations of the rest of the team.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Crazies Say Hello

Frances continues as our November hostess for the Crazy4Challenges DT.  This is her challenge for this week.

Yesterday was World Hello Day … So for our challenge this week let’s create a card that says “Hello”. Bonus points if your card shows some way that we can say Hello … eg by using speech bubbles on your card, using a phone stamp/die; using letters/envelopes on your card; Image of someone sending or delivering mail; saying Hello is different languages etc. 

I did not go for the extra points this week.  I kept it pretty simple and to the point.  I wanted to add it to a holiday stash of all occasion cards I am giving a friend.

Be sure to go to the Crazies Blog to see the HELLO creations by the rest of the team.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Uniique Photo Creations by the CCEE

Maryann, our CCEE Stampers hostess for November, asked us to use photos in some way on our cards.  I immediately went to photos I have of my two of my three favorite places to vacation......Maine and Aruba.

The first a birthday card I created by printiing a picture of Nubble Light in York, Maine on cardstock using the sepia tones.  I kept it simple and neutral in tones as this is a masculine birthday card for a friend.

On the second, I used pictures of a divi tree and one of a palm covered table on the beach.  The glasses shown are a rubber stamp which I heat embossed and then cut out.  I then sized the pictures to fit in the glass lenses.  It didn't come out quite as cute as I thought it seems to need a 'nose' to fill in the empty area between the glasses and the sentiment.  Maybe I should have put a mustache......thinking of a previous challenge this!!!

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog.  I myself can't wait to see what the other team members created with their photos.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sketching It Up with the Crazies

It is the third challenge of the month for the Crazy4Challenges DT.  Frances, our hostess, gave us a fabulous sketch to work with this week.

I stayed very true to the sketch.  I used an image by Impression Obsession.  Only a tad bit of coloring was needed.  I used designer paper for my horizontal panels and textured the red circular panel.  I added a touch of piercing in the upper left hand corner to 'balance' the brads.

Be sure to check out how the rest of the Crazies used this fab sketch at the Crazies Blog.


I want to wish my sweet little girl, Angel, a very happy 4th birthday.  My birthday is tomorrow, so we will celebrate together.  (Unfortunately, mine is not my 4th........I hit the big 65 this year!!!))

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Going 'Technie' with the CCEE

Maryann is the CCEE Stampers Challenge hostess for November.  This week she asked us to make cards using the bargello technique.  This happens to be a technique that I really like so I was glad to play with it again.

Instead of using for my entire background,  I used it for a small panel on the bottom of the design.  Splitcoast has a wonderful tutorial on this technique if you want to check it out.  The only stamping was the leaf.  I did not put a sentiment as I am undecided if I will use it for a Thanksgving card or a masculine birthday card.  We shall see......!!!!

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see how the rest of the team enjoyed this technique.