Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Opposing Crazies

The Crazy4Challenges DT hostess this month is Peggy.  She asked us to use opposites this week.  Could be any kind of opposites, based on color, shape, etc.

I went with my fav opposites of BLACK and WHITE.  Gotta love that combo, eh????

I used an old SU set for the bloom and a MFT sentiments set for the sentiment.

Be sure to check out how the rest of the Crazies found their 'opposites' at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Silhouettes on the Shade

Vicky is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers in January.  This week she asked us to create cards using silhouette stamps AND to be sure to use a sentiment on the front.

Well.....I LOVE silhouettes, so the hardest thing was to decide which one I would use this week.  I went with this 'wild' one from (I think) I Brake for Stamps.  This should have been an easy card, but my embossing powder gave me a hard time.  What you can't see here is that the background on the image is sponged.  Well, I sponged with distress inks and apparently they 'attract' embossing powder.  I did this image three times....the first time the entire image was covered in embossing powder.......the second, I heated the sponged background before doing the embossing.......still stuck to the whole area........and the third time I 'dried' it with the heat gun twice, let it rest, and then embossed my image.  I ended up having to take a paint brush and get rid of most of the powder from the wrong places HOWEVER, as you can see, it is still a bit going to have to figure this problem out......Have never had this problem before, but I may never have used the distress inks for sponging before.  Anyhooooooo....this was the best I could do.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous silhouetted creations by the rest of this fabulous team.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sketch Week with the Crazies

Sorry for the very muddy has been one of those weeks.

It is the third challenge of the month for the Crazy4Challenges DT so it is a sketch.  I was unable to grab the sketch this week so be sure to go to the Crazies Blog to see the sketch AND the fab creations by the rest of the team.

Since the sketch was a simple one, I decided to make a sympathy card for my stash.  Sadly, I seem to use a lot more of these lately.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the upper border on the horizontal panel.  I used a Hero Arts sentiment stamp and a Kaiserdraft stamp for the image.  In the bkgd., which does not show in this muddy picture, I used an Impression Obsession background stamp ofo clouds.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Etching Along with the CCEE Stampers

Vicky, our hostess for the CCEE Challenges in January, asked us to use a technique called stamp etching this week.  There is a tutorial for this at Splitcoaststampers at this link.

I can't wait to see what the other DT members did with this technique.  This is only my second time trying it and have not perfected it yet.

I used a stamp set from SU for my images and one from Hero Arts for my sentiment.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to check out the stamp etches projects/cards by this fabulous team.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Crazies Inspiration

The Crazy4Challenges DT were given this picture of a spanking new craft area as our inspiration.  Peggy, our hostess for January, asked us to use whatever item came to mind when looking at the photo (along with any inks and stamps).  Well, this picture made me think of all the organizing I really need to do in the new year. collection of dies would be the first thing I would tackle.  Therefore, I used dies on my card along with a Penny Black flower and leaves.

This card will be added to my all occasion gift stash of cards I am building up.  The dies I used are from Paper Smooches and were bought with a gift certificate a fabulous fellow stamper sent me for Christmas.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see what items the rest of the team thought of with this inspiration craft room photo.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CCEE Sympathy Creations

This week  is the 20th anniversary of Vicky's mom's passing.  In her honor she asked the CCEEers to make sympathy cards this week.

I went a bit abstrace tis week, using a 'branchy' stencil on tan cardstock.  I sponged with a deeper brown ink so the 'brances' would show in different degrees.  I did this as I really wanted to make a masculine sympathy card.  After doing the sponging, I overstamped the whole panel with a linen background stamp, but I don't think that really shows here in the pic.  (At least MY sick peepers don't see it in the picture.)

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts sentiment set.

Thanks for looking, and be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the wonderful sympathy cards created by the rest of the team.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Crazies Go CAS in the New Year

Peggy is our hostess for the month of January, and she has asked the Crazy4Challenges DT to keep things simple this week.  Think CAS (clean and simple).  Well......I combined this challenge with yesterday's Free4All Challenge on Splitcoast, which was to case a fav stamper's style.  I am inspired by many of my fellow stampers, but when I think of dramatic and fun CAS, Karen Dunbrook comes to my mind.  Along with Julie Warner, Karen and I were on the Innovative Stamp Creations design team together.   Since then I try to 'channel' Karen when I try CAS cards.  This was actually my version of one of her cards.  If you are a challenge participant at Splitcoast, you got a sneak peek at this card in yesterday's galleries.

The sentiment stamp is from Penny Black.  The other stamps and stencils used are ancient stamps from my scrapbooking days.  I am sure they are all retired now.   Some of the companies don't even exist anymore..

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab CAS creations by the rest of this fabulous DT.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to All!!!

Welcome to the first CCEE Stampers Challenge foro 2015!!!  Vicky, our hostess for January, asked us to make cards using birds......a fav of hers.

I wanted to use a new 'toy', so I went with this silhouetted die cut from Spellbinders with two birds on wires.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.  I added a panel of designer paper and some paper piercing.  Simple, yes, but in one of my fav color combos.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous ways in which the Design Team went 'to the birds'.

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.