Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sketch Time with the Crazies

It is the third Crazy4Challenges challenge for the month, so our hostess, Rachel, has a great sketch for us to play with this week.




I flipped the sketch and moved the placement of the sentiment.  I did a spotlighting creation where you only color a section or sections of the image.  I added a sentiment from the same stamp set.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the various interpretations of this week's sketch.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nautical Creations by the CCEE


Anne Harmon is our hostess with the mostest this month.  Here is her challenge for the CCEE Stampers and YOU......

As the summer draws to a close, make a card with a nautical theme.  This can include the beach if you so desire.

I used a Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set for the image and sentiment.  I dry embossed the background and used designer paper for the horizontal panel.  I uused my Misti to get a nice dark image, and then sponged on the inks.

Be sure to check out the nautical creations at the CCEE Stampers Blog.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Crazies Go Monochromatic



Rachel is back as the August Crazy4Challenges hostess.  Here is her challenge for this week...

.Hello, it's Raquel again.  The theme this month is monochromatic.  The team is making cards that has different shades of one color.

I chose to play with pinks.   I used a stencil to sponge in the big bloom.  I added a birthday sentiment and then pierced around the unstamped edges of the base.

I can't wait to see the monochromatic creations by the rest of this DT.....hope you will travel to the Crazies Blog to see them for yourself. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CCEE Gets Buggy


Anne Harmoon continues as our August hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is her challenge for this week.....

This week the topic is insects.  My challenge to you is to make a card using bees, dragonflies, any kind of insect.  Be sure to add some stickles to their wings (if they have wings!).

In my neverending quest to use virgin supplies, I managed to use virgins to create all the elements of the card.  I used a die to create the outer frame in gold cardstock.  I also die cut the dragonfly with a SU die.  I heat embossed a Joy stamp for my floral element.  I did NOT use the stickles, but I think the shiny gold cardstock gives a glimmer all its own.

Be sure to check out the insect creations by the rest of this adventurous DT at the CCEE Blog

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Crazies Celebrate Summer


A new month of Crazy4Challenges and a new hostess.....here she is with this week's challenges....


It's a new month and that means a new hostess and guest designer. My name is Raquel Mason and I will be your hostess this month.  Our guest designer is Fran Sabad.

Let's kick the month of August off with a Summer Fun challenge!  Let's keep it simple for the summer and make a bright and cheerful card.

When I think of summer, it is definitely the ocean I think about.....thus the topic of my card this week.  The Stamp Oasis grass/sand stamp began the design.  To that I added a masked sun, a templated sky, and a torn paper sponged sea.  I then used a Spellbinder diamond die to cut and emboss the main panel.  In the background I did dry emboss the background with a sandlike pattern.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the summertime creations by the rest of this team. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CCEEers Emboss Away.....


Anne Harmon is the August hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is her challenge for the first week.....

Hi!  This is Anne Harmon, and I will be your hostess for the month of August.

For our fist challenge, I ask you to use any technique that involves embossing - wet, dry, resist - whatever appeals to you. 


 I have been trying to use items I bought and never used.  This week I used two virgins......the JustRite die cut and the Ellen Hutson scribble flowers.  The base panel was dry embossed with a floral spray embossing folder.   I also rounded corners with my Marvy ccorner rounder punch and used a sentiment from MFT.

Be sure to check out the fabulous embossed creations by this very talented team at tge CCEE Blog.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Crazy for Tigers


Maryann continues as the Crazy4Challenges hostess for July.  Here is her challenge for this week.....

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another Crazy challenge.  Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month is back with one last challenge.

Before we get into this week's challenge we would like to thank our Guest Designer for the month Kristine Reynolds for playing along with us again this month.

Now let's get onto this week's challenge ..... 


According to the days of the year Calendar today is International Tiger Day. Create a card using the colours Orange, Black and White for your theme.

As you can see, I went with the colors.  I first sponged my sky with various distress inks in the honey and orange colors.  I then used my Misti to stamp my Stamp Camp forest image several times to get the black as deep as possible.  I then layered the main image and added the sentiment.
Be sure to check out the tigers and tiger colors on the DT creations at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CCEEers Walk on Stilts


Maryann continues as our hostess ths month for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is her challenge......

Create a tall thin card with any theme to celebrate walk on stilts day.

I created a tall thin card that is a one layer card as well.....on its side.  I masked the edges of the card and then using a variety of stencils and distress inks to 'fill in' the main panel.  I then over sponged with another distress ink.  I then used my Misti to stamp the MFT silhouetted poppy images and the sentiment.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous creations by the rest of this wonderful groupe of friends who share this DT challenge. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CCEEers Reach to the Moon, Stars, and Beyond


Maryann continues as our CCEE Stampers challenge this week.  Here is her challenge.....

 Another day on the days of the year Calendar is Moon and Space Exploration day, use this theme to inspire your card.

I stayed a bit closer to Earth and went with the moon.  I did masking and sponging to create the sky using my cloud template.  I then stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms tree image and extending its base by sponging black ink.  I layered it, added piercing and a sentiment.

Be sure to go to the CCEE Blog to see the other wordly creations by the rest of the team....most of whom went deeper into space tha I did.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Getting Sketchie with the Crazies



The third challenge of the month is time for a Crazy4Challenges sketch.  Here is my card based on that sketch with a few tweaks.....


I first stamped the water elements (which I extended across the card instead of stopping part way).  I then masked the pink rectangle area and first sponged and then did some final touches with a Copic marker.  I stamped the duckie on a separate piece of cardstock and but it ou, popped it up and then 'floated' it in the water.  Using my Misit I stamped the sentiment several times to make it dark enough.

Now be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fabulous and creative ways the DT used this same sketch to create so many wonderfully varied cards.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CCEEers Have 'Rocks' in Their Heads


Maryann continues as our hostess for July......here is her CCEE Stampers Challenge for this week.....

According to the days of the year Calendar, today is international Rock Day - use the colors of stone ( greys, browns, black, white etc..) for your card.

I used a variety of stamps from Stampscape and Stampenous to create the scene.  I also sponged the ocean and the clouds.  The sentiment is from ????. I then cut the panel in three parts and added some piercing on the top and bottom of the base level.

Be sure to check out the creations by the rest of this fabulous team by going to the CCEE Blog.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Crazy for Travel


Maryann Einem is our hostess for the Crazy4Challenges.http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/   Here is her challenge for this week.....

Hi Crazy fans,

Maryann is back with another fun challenge for us all.

Create a card to celebrate a popular travel destination. Any place, town or country.

I chose my favorite place to travel to......THE OCEAN.......I am not a sun bather anymore, but I just love to sit near the ocean and enjoy its beauty and sounds.

I colored an image by Stampendous with Copics, added some MS punched borders, and then stamped a Technique Junkies sentiment..
Be sure to stop in at the Crazy's Blog to see the other fabulous travel destinations from the rest of this fabulous DT.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

CCEEers Mask It Up


It is time for another CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is Maryann with the challenge......

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to another month of  challenges. It's Maryann here and I am your hostess for the month.
Hope you have fun with my challenges.

Create a card using a mask, whether it is using a masking technique of a stamped image of a mask.

I created a one-layer card......always a challenge for me, but something I do like to do.  I masked my rectangular 'panle', sponging on Cool Caribbean ink....I then used Memory Box stencil to add the dots to the background with Bermuda Bay ink.  I then removed the mask and, using my Misti, stamped the Technique Junkies image over and over again to get a truly black image.  I then paper pieced aroung the edges of the card.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab masked creations by the rest of this talented and wonderful DT. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Crazies Visit the Park


Maryann Einem is our July hostess for the Crazy4Challenges DT.  Here is this week's challenge.....

According to the Days of the year Calendar today is Hop a Park Day - using stamps, dies or both create a scene or something you may see in a park.

Around here, many of our parks are forests withh lots of rocks left by the glaciers.  In the lakes, ponds, and riverways, many people boat, kayak, and swim.

I used image stamps from Stampscape and a sentiment stamp from WOW.

Be sure too visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab park creations by the rest of the DT.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fairy Day with the CCEE


Frances shares with us her last CCEE Stampers Challenge for June.  Here it is.....

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our CCEE challenge blog. Frances here again with my last challenge for the month.

Saturday the 24th was Fairy Day …. So let's include fairies on our card this week

I used a fairy die from Joanna Sheen along with a sentiment from MFT Stamps.  I sponged the background using a stencil and distress inks.  This was a really easy card to create.
Be sure to stop at the CCEE Blog to peruse the fairy creations by the rest of this wonderfully creative team.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crazy for Water

Joanne here with the last Crazy4Challenges challenge for June.  Here is you challenge for this week.

Today is Swim a Lap Day, Please include some form of water on your card.....a river, the ocean, a pool, raindrops, puddles, bubbles......it is up to you what form the water takes.

I used a new to me stamp from Technique Junkies for my image, a sentiment from DRS Designs, a cloud template, and a Marvy corner rounder.  I also used my Misti to stamp my image several times to get a deep black image.

Be sure to visit the Crazies blog to see the water creations by the rest of the team.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CCEE Celebrate World Music Day


Frances is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenges in June.  Here is her challenge for this week.....

Hi everyone,


It's Frances here and I have another challenge for you all this week.

Yesterday was World Music Day; Music Day and Make Music Day .... so let's include something music related on our cards this week.

On this truly one layer card, II uused an unmounted stamp.  I am not always good at marking my cling and unmounted stamps so I can't tell you who it is from.   Sorry.  The sentiment is from WOW sentiment stamps (I think).....really have to bring post its down to the stamp cave so I can write the companies down and leave gthe post it in the card til I post it......gotta work  on that.....lol!!!

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fabulous musical themed creations by the rest of ths fabulously talented team. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sketch Week with the Crazies

It is the third Crazy4Challenges challenge of the month, so it is a sketch.  I have trouble grabbing the sketch, so go to the Crazies Blog to check it out.

 I am still working on my collection of all occasion cards for gift stacks, so I went with a sympathy card using an image from ODBD. Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to check out the various interpretations of the sketch.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CCEEers Go Flippin' and a Floppin'


Frances continues as our June hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Here is here challenge for this week.......

Hi everyone,

It's Frances here again with another fun challenge for you all.

According to the Days of the Year Web Site - Friday 16th is Flip-Flop Day. So for our card this week let's make flip flop cards! That can be the flip-flops that are shoes (thongs for us in Aussie) …. Or Flip Flop Cards or both …. Or you may have another flip flop idea whatever works for you :) 

I used a stamp set by ______________  (I'll fill in the name if my brain burp clears).  I embossed the background, die cup the image panel, and added brads.
Visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab creations by this fabulously creative team.  I wimped out on making a fancy fold flip flop card, but I am guess others were much braver than I....lol!!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Crazy for Roses


Hello.....Joanne here with your next challenge foro the Crazy4Challenges.  Here is this week's challenge.

June is Rose Month. Have a rose as one element (or the only element) on your card OR have a whole garden of roses.

My roses stamp is from Stampendous, while my sentiment stamp is from MFT.

Be sure to stop at the Crazies Blog to see the garden of rose creations by the rest of the DT..

Thursday, June 8, 2017

CCEEers Have Oceans of Creativity


Frances is our hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge this month.  Here is her challenge for this week......

Hi everyone, 

Frances here again as your challenge hostess. 

Today is World Ocean Day, so the challenge this week is to create a card that reminds you of something related to the ocean.

I am late to the party, but really wanted to play as i love and collect stamps/images having to do with the ocean.  This was a virgin C.C. Designs stamp which I did some simple coloring of.  I added a sentiment, rounded the corners and that was that..
Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab creations made ON TIME by this wonderful, friendly, and forgiving DT.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crazies Repeat


Hello.....Welcome to the Crazy4Challenges challenge.  It is the first week of June, so the hostess duties fall to me, Joanne.  Here is our first challenge for June.

Today is Repeat Day. On your creations this week, you are to repeat some part of your design at least three times. This could mean three same sized circles, three of the same flower.......three of something on your card.  Can't wait to see what you create!!!

I went CAS this week.  I used a stamp set from Altenew for my 'blobs' and sentiment.  The blobs and the brads are my repeats for the challenge.  I used a Spellbinder die for the image panel and dry embossed the base of the  card.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the repeated designs of this fabulous DT.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The CCEEers Get Hole-y


As this is our first challenge for June, we have a new hostess, Frances.  Here is her challenge for this week.....

Hi everyone,

It's Frances here, and it is my turn to host the challenges this month.

Apparently the 2nd of June is Doughnut Day so for our challenge today create something that had some type of "hole" in it. It could be a doughnut, cheese, fancy fold card with a hole … anything.

I used a stamp and die set from Memory Box to create this CAS card.  I used a sentiment from Penny Black to finish it off.

Be sure to stop by the CCEE Blog to see the hole-y projects by this wonderful DT...I am sure you will enjoy stopping by.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crazies Go on Summer Vacation


I am late in posting this, so, with only a few minutes til posting time, here is the challenge for the Crazy4Challenges DT and YOU this week.....

Hi Crazy Fans!

Barb is back this week with her final challenge for the month. Before we get into the challenge we would also like to thank Lori Tecler who was our Guest Designer for the month. 

School will be letting out soon in the US and Summer vacations are being planned. Create a card using a Summer destination theme--could be the beach, the mountains, or simply your back yard in a hammock. 

Instead of creating an ocean scene, I went with shells whick to me represent the ocean.  Be sure to visit the Crazies blog to see the vacation ideas of the rest of the team.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrating the CCEE Stampers


Time for a very special CCEE challenge....here is Lois with the challenge.....

Lois here with my final challenge for the month.  Let's celebrate us -- the CCEE challenge team.  I'm asking you to include on your card something to represent each one of the letters in "our name" - C.C.E.E.

/Well.....here are my CCEE elements......

C= Corners Rounded
C= Celebrate sentiment
E= Elephant
E= Embossing

I created my exotice scene with a stencil from Memory Box and a die cut from Joanna Sheen.  I added some animal embossing to the base card.  The sentiment stamps is from Little Paper Shop.

Can't wait to see what the rest of the DT created????  Stop in at the CCEE Blog to see.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time to Get Sketchie with the Crazies


The third Crazy4Challenges challenge each month is a sketch challenge.  You can see the Crazies sketch HERE.  For some reason I have a hard time grabbing the sketch for my post.

I used a stamp by Christine Adolph along with the sentiment from Paper Smooches.  The inside sentiment is ....'you've just been young for a really long time'......this will be my card for a friend's 80th birthdat.  I used dies from MFT.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the various way this talented team used the sketch.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Crazy for Greens


Here is the Crazy4Challenges challenge for this week....

Hi everyone,
It's Saturday which means it is time for another challenge with the "Crazies".

For our challenge this week Barb tells us ....

This is my birth month and the gem stone for May is the emerald. Use some shade of green on your card—bonus points if it’s emerald green.


  I mixed greens in the creation of this card.  I used unmounted, unidentified stamps to create this card.  I masked the areas I wanted to remain white, then stamped the leaves and colored them with Copics.  I then sponged in the bkgd. green color.  I then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment and pierced a frame around the image block.

Be sure to stop in to the Crazies Blog to see the green creations by the rest of the team.    

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCEEers Go Wild for Flowers



Lois continues as the CCEE Stampers Challenge hostess for May.  Here is her challenge for this week.......

 Lois here again with another challenge.  The second week in May is Wildflower Week.  Let's include some flowers on our cards today.

I used a stamp by Penny Black for my image.  Using my Misti, I kept adding layers of color to the image.  In real life the shades of colors are more evident.  I am still creating cards for gifts, so this will be another for a gift stash.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab creations by the rest of this talented team AND to get the details on how you can play with us.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Crazies Are Thankful for Nurses


Time for another challenge with the Crazy4Challenges DT.  Here is this week's challenge from Barbara who has retired from the Crazies.
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Today is National Nurses Day in the US. As a retired nurse, this day is special to me and I am forever grateful to all the wonderful nurses I’ve worked with or who have cared for me in some way. My challenge today is to make a thank you card. You can make it nurse or medical themed if you want but it’s not necessary.

I used a sweet nurse stamp from Penny Black.  I kept it simple and left the sentiment off.  This was supposed to be a thank you card, but I think I will use it more as a get well card.  However, I am sure the Crazies will forgive me as we are a flexible, low drama group.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab thank you/medical cards made by the DT and to get details on how you  can play along with us.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCEEers Honor Candied Orange Peels



\Lois is our hostess for the month of May.  Here is her challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week.....

Hi, Lois here to start my month as hostess for the CCEE challenges.  I found a weird celebration to start off the month.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, let's include the color ORANGE (which just happens to be one of my favorites!) on our cards.

I used  Penny Black set for my CAS card today for the flowers.  My Misit came in handy for the layering of colors on my flowers..  I added a die cut sentiment.

If you are ready for an orage-bright dazzle, be sure to visit the CCEE Blog.  You will also learn how you can play along with us.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Crazies Get Jazzy


Happy to say that this week I remembered to post my Crazy4Challenges card here on my blog.  Somehow, last week there was a glitch.  Sorry about that.....

Anyhoooooo.....

This week's Crazy4Challenge challenge is....

Tomorrow is International Jazz Day …. Include some form of music on your card. Music notes; inspired by a song; your favorite musican; music designer paper …. It's up to you!

I used an unmounted saxophone stamp for my image.  I created the background with washi tape.  I die cut the sentiment, the fishtail pendant, and added piercing and a few brads.  This card will be kept for a dear friend's b'day in August who is a fabulous sax player.


Be sure to stop at the Crazies Blog to see the jazzy creations by the rest of the DT and to learn how you too can play along.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CCEE Celebrates Garden Month



Hi....Joanne here with my last challenge for the month of April for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.

      
When    I    think    of    April    I    also    think    of    flowers….spring    is    here    and    flowers    are    blooming.        That    is    probably    why    April    is    National    Garden    Month.        Make    a    card    that    includes    floral    or    garden    images.

We hope you will play along with us.  If you do, when uploading to SCS please use the keyword CCEE1717.

 My iris is a Penny Black image and the border was created with a MS punch.  I also used an MFT banner die, bling, and piercing tools.

Be sure to stop by to see the garden of creativity at the CCEE Blog.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Global Astronomy from the CCEE



Let's have some fun with this third CCEE Stampers Challenge of April.
  
April    is    also    Global    Astronomy    Month.        Create    a    card    having    to    do    with    astronomy,    such    as    moons    and    stars,    but    not    limited    to    that.        You    could    also    fantasize    about    alien    creatures    and    space    travel.        Use    your    imagination….Dazzle us!!!  

If you play along with us, please upload to the SCS gallery using the keyword CCEE1716.

I am going to have to get back to you on the company for the image and sentie.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to view these out of the world creations by the stellar DT.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Getting Sketchie with the Crazies


Frances is our Crazy4Challenges hostess and she gave us this sketch to play with this week.





As you can see, I played around with the sketch a bit.  I turned it up and made the bid panel a bit skinnier than the sketch.

I used this die from Memoriy Box that had still been a 'virgin'.  I added some piercing at two levels and then  some brads at the corners.

Be sure to stop in at the Crazies Blog to see the fab interpretations of this fab sketch challenge.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Humor Rules the CCEE



Joanne here with the second April challenge for the CCEE Stampers and you.

      
The    month    of    April    is    National    Humor    Month.        There    are    many    occasions    when    a    funny    image    or    sentiment    can    make    the    day    of    someone    facing    some    type    of    a    challenge    (or    an    ‘aged’    birthday).        Please    make    cards    using    humor.

We hope you will join us with this challenge.  When uploading your card to SCS, please use the keyword CCEE1715.





I used a set by There She Goes for both the image and the sentiment.

Be sure to stop by the CCEE Blog to enjoy the humor of the DT's creations.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crazy for Zoo Critters


Frances reeturns as our Crazy4Challenges hostess this week.  Here is her challenge for us....


Hi 'Crazy' Fans,

It's Frances here as your challenge hostess for the month with another fun challenge.


Today is Zoo Lovers Day … so for our challenge today let's feature animals on our cards wild or not.

I right away thought of my Sweet n' Sassy set of critters, including this sweet elephant.  The sentiment is from The Little Paper Shop.  I used a matching SNSS die to die cut the image and added some piercing to the border of the base layer.  To a tab made with a SU punch, I added three small heart brads.

Now be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab creations using zoo critters.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCEEers Go on a Road Trip


Hi.  It is Joanne here with the first of the April Challenges for the CCEE Stampers.
      
The    first    week    of    April    is    called    Read    a    Road    Map    Week.        I    want    you    to    take    a    scenic    road    trip    on    your    card    in    some    way.        Have    fun    with    this!!

We would love for you to join us with this challenge.  Please use the keyword CCEE1714 when uploading it to the Splitcoast galleries.

I used a set from There She Goes Stamps to creat the truck and trailer.  The scenic panel is a Stampscape stamp.  Once again I forgot to write down the company for the sentiment.....I am so bad about that....sorry.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Blog to see the DT's road trip creations.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Crazies Go Wild for Rainbows


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 Frances our challenge hostess from last month, continues to host the challenges this month. Here is her challenge for the Crazy4Challenges DT this week.
Before we get to our challenge for this week we have a few announcements to make. First up we would like to welcome 4 new Design Team members to our team ..... Judy Rozema, Amber Trubiak; Amy Ottmers and Vicki Beall.  These 4 ladies make a wonderful addition to our Design Team and we all look forward to having them play along with us each week. 

This month we would like to welcome our Guest Designer for April who is Kristine Reynolds. Kristine is one of our alumni DT members so it is great to have her back playing with us this month.

Now onto this week's challenge ...... 


Monday  3rd April is Find a Rainbow Day …. So let's make rainbow card this week. Note you don't have to include a real rainbow unless you wish …. Just a card that is multiple colors. It is up to you whether you stick to true rainbow colors or not.

This is actually my second card for this challenge......the first was a bit off and I just wasn't happy with the final results, so off I went to try again.  I had this Penny Black stamp set (flower) out from this week's Color Challenge on SCS and decided to give it a try.  I also used an Avery stamps set with the bow, ribbon, and tag images.  Together I was able to get all the colors of the rainbow in AND this time was pleased with the result.
Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fabulous rainbow delights created by the design team AND to find out how YOU can play along with us.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

CCEE Is Inspired by a Song and Van Gogh


 Lynn has a wonderful inspiration challenge for the CCEE Stampers Challenge this week.

March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Today he would be 164 years old! Let the lyrics of Don McLean's time-honored classic, "Vincent," inspire your design today. Don McLean wrote this song in 1971 after reading a book about the artist's life.

Vincent 

by Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand




We hope you choose to be inspired by Mr. McLean's beautiful words to create a card to honor Vincent Van Gogh and his contributions to the world.

If you post to Splitcoaststampers or any other on-line gallery, please include keyword 1713

 My card was inspired by this line......Flaming flowers that brightly blaze.

I used a Penny Black set for my flowers/leaves.  I forgot to write down what company made the sentiment.

I can't wait to see the fab creations that come from this inspiration challenge.  Be sure to stop at the CCEE Blog to check them out and find out how you can play with us.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crazy 4 Owls


Frances continues as the March hostess for the Crazy4Challenges DT.  Here is her challenge for today....

It's Frances here again with our final challenge for March. Yesterday was my birthday, anyone who knows me knows how much I love owls. So for our challenge this week include an owl on your card. If you don't have an owl no problem, any feathered creature will do.

So....before anything else, Ii would like to wish Frances (or Hoots...as I call her) a belated happy B'day.  Hope it was a great one, Hoots!!!

All images as well as the sentiment come from JustRite Designs.  I actually bought this set because of Frances' love of owls...knew it would come in handy through the years of challenges with her.

To see the parliament of owls on the creations of the rest of this talented team at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The CCEE Challenge Goes to the Dogs


Lynn has a great challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week.  Here it is.....

Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend? In honor of National Puppy Week, find your cutest image of a puppy and feature it on your card this week! Heck, you could even throw in two or three! I love puppies!

I used a virgin dog image from Whipper Snapper along with an unmounted, unidentified sentiment stamp.

I love puppies, dogs of any age so I am looking forward to this week's creative DT work.  If you are too, be sure to visit the CCEE Blog where you will see some fab cards and details on how you can play with us.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The CCEE Get All Buttoned Up


Lynn has a great challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week.  This is her challenge.....

National Button Week is coming up, so let's be ready by adding buttons or faux button to our cards or projects today! Perhaps it might even be a specially made box or jar in which to keep your favorite buttons! Have fun with this and be sure you return to share you creations here!

I 'covered' the challenge in two ways.  I used three actual buttons.  My blue panel is also embossed with a button embossing folder.  That doesn't show up very well due to the muddy photo.

Be sure to visit the buttoned up creations by this fabulous team at the CCEE Blog.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Going CRAZY for Butterflies


Frances is our hostess this month and she has a great challenge this week for the Crazy4Challenges DT.  Here it is......

Tuesday the 14th March is both Moth-er Day (focusing on Moths) and Learn About Butterflies Day. So for our challenge this week include a Butterfly or Moth on your card. Bonus points if you include a flower on your card to celebrate Plant a Flower Day tomorrow (12th March)

I used a Penny Black set for all three butterflies......I have used the large dotted one many times, buut one of the smaller ones was still a virgin.....but no longer... lol  I added (of course) a bit of piercing to the edges.

I cannot wait to see what wonderful butterflies are a'fluttering in the Crazies Blog post this week.  Be sure to check them out.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The CCEE Gets Bubbly


Lynn continues as our hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenges for March.  Here is her challenge for this week.

This week is National Bubble Week. To celebrate bubbles, you might create a design using a technique like painting with bubbles or stamping with bubble wrap. You could also certainly use any stamps you have which incorporate bubbles in the image.

I used a sweet image from Penny Black, coloring it with Copics.  The sentiment is from Just Rite Designs.  I then added some piercing.

Be sure to visit the bubbly creations by the rest of this DT at the CCEE Blog.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Crazies Love Books


Frances Byrne is our Crazy4Challenges hostess for the month of March.  Here is her first challenge of the month.....

According    to    the    Days    of    the    Year    web    site,    Thursday    2nd    March    was    World    Book    Day.    For    our    challenge    this    week    take    your    inspiration    for    making    your    card    from    a    book    …    adults    or    children’s    book    whatever    you    prefer.  

My card was inspired by a series of books called the Gray Whale Inn Mysteriies.  These are very light reading and always involve island life off Maine as well as a murder or two.

I must apologize for the muddy picture....in real life this is crisp white and the embossed/die cut scene really pops.  The die is by Memory box.  I sponged a background piece and attached it to a piece of turquoise card stock and then cut to the size of the die.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the fab creations by the DT and to find out how YOU can play along.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The CCEEers Use Their "Old Stuff'


This is goingto be a quick  post as I am 'late to the party'......I thought this was scheduled......before heading to bed, went to be sure it posted.....and.........it was missing.

Here is the challenge....

 n honor of "Old Stuff" Day, make a card or project making use of some of the earliest stamps in your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash. A fabulous vintage image would also be great for this challenge!

I used a very old SU two -step stamp set.....an early purchase in my stamping 'career'.

Besure to visit the CCEE Blog to get more details and to see the fab creations by the rest of the team.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crazy for Words


Tammy Hershberger continues as our February Crazy4Challenges hostess.  Here is her challenge for this week....

For    today's    challenge,    I    want    you    to    "Use    Your    Words."        Please    make    the    sentiment    the    focal    point    of    your    card.        Whether    you    choose    to    use    a    large    sentiment,    or    maybe    die-cut    some    words...    whatever    you    decide,    the    words    must    be    the    focal    point    of    your    card.

I used a Memory box die to create my ocean and 'blinged' each wave crest with a rhinestone.  I used a cloud template to create the background for the sentiment.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the wonderful creations by the DT and to see how YOU can play along with us.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CCEEers Play Tic-Tac-Tpe


Liz gave us a tic-tac-toe challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  I was unable to grab the tic-tac-toe board, but you can see it on the CCEE Blog.

I chose the blue, watercolor, wild animal row for inspiration.  I used watercolor paper and roughly painted the bkgd. panel.  It appears textured as this watercolor paper has a major texture to it.  I then added my 'wild' butterfly and the sentiment.  The butterfly die is by Cheery Lynn,

Be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the varied choices and creations made by the DT.