Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CCEE 1741 - Acetate

Our CCEE October hostess, Frances, has challenged the CCEE Stampers to create cards that include acetate in some way. Shaker Cards; Magic Color Slider Cards; Gap Cards; Acetate Windows etc.

I have chosen instead of a card to make a Christmas treat box. It is really easy and fun to do.
You cut an acetate card box in half and construct a cardstock lid. Then add the treats of your choice and decorate for the holidays. You end up with a cute, quick, and inexpensive treat for friends or coworkers.

Take a look at the creative ways the CCEE Designers have added acetate to their projects!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Get Well - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today's card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is one of the cards I have created for the Falliday Fest over at Splitcoaststampers. You can see all of the challenges in this thread.

For the Block Party Challenge hosted by Ceal participants were to use an acrylic block to stamp a background for the design. I put Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Tea Dye Distress Ink on my acrylic block. After spritzing it with water, I stamped in on my white card front. I then added the leaf from Multi Step Big Leaves by KSS.

Here is the recipe for the leaf:

Layer 4 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 2 Memento Morocco
Layer 1 Memento Cantaloupe

I then stamped on the sentiment from Make a Big Statement using Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate.

I finished the card off with a splattering of Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CCEE 1741 - Old Farmers Day

Did you know that today is "Old Farmers Day?"  Frances, our CCEE hostess for October, has asked that the CCEE Stampers show their appreciation to our farmers by creating something farm related today.

I have used images from

Horses by Inkadinkado
Landscape Silhouettes by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

a sentiment from
Scripture Medley 5 by Verve

Check out what the CCEE Stampers are doing down on the farm:

Monday, October 9, 2017

KSS LMS59 - Autumn Squirrel

Two things have been showing up in my yard a lot this week: squirrels and acorns. They were the inspiration for this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Images used came from the following Kitchen Sink Stamps Sets:

3 Step Autumn Squirrel
Multi Step Snowy Cabin
Multi Step Birch Trees
Multi Step Owl and Autumn Moon

Color Recipe for the Squirrel
Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Sepia
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel

The sentiment is die cut using
Shine Thinlits by Sizzix

Find more KSS inspiration in the work of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CCEE1740 - Balloons

Hi Crafty Friends,and welcome to another CCEE Challenge. Being a brand new month, it is time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Frances Byrne.

Today is “Balloons Around the World Day”. So this week Frances has asked the CCEE Stampers to add some balloons to their cards.

I have used Bryna Girl from Unity to create my birthday design.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CCEE1739 - Johnny Appleseed

In honor of Johnny Appleseed and his kindness and generosity, September CCEE hostess, Kelly McKown-Santi, has asked the CCEE Stampers to create cards using anything apple related this week!

This old campfire prayer from my many years as a Girl Scout immediately came to my mind. The bushel basket of apples is from Multi Step Harvest by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today is a fun day in the Kitchen for a couple of reasons. For one, we are doing a collaborative blog hop with My Sweet Petunia. I have long been an owner and a fan of their amazing MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) and have been a devoted user of it from the time it was introduced to the craft market. Layered stamping and the MISTI are truly a match made in heaven! I am the proud owner of three MISTIs: two originals and one mini, and I will never again be without one.

Fourth Monday is always a Let's Make a Scene Day for my Kitchen Sink sponsored design.
For today's scene I have mixed images from Multi Step Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Trees, Multi Step Birch TreesMulti Step Pumpkins, 3 Step Baseball (I made the fence posts from the baseball bat), and Multi Step Snowy Cabin.

The mini MISTI I use most often when I am working on small individual images like the pumpkins. I love to use it whenever possible due to its small footprint on my work surface. Here is a look at how I got started on this card.

The rest of the card was created in the original MISTI with its larger work surface. This card measures 5.5 by 7.5 inches. As you can see, there is plenty of room to work with. I stamped the truck first and after masking it, I added the road and grass before stamping the background tree.

I finished the scene by adding the cut out fence posts and the pumpkins to the foreground, brushing some color on the sky, and stamping the sentiment.

Please check out the KSS designs created using the MISTI from
The Kitchen Sink Crew and the My Sweet Petunia Design Team.

Participants in the blog hop who comment on each of the linked samples below
with be entered in the prize drawings. One person will win an original or mini MISTI and one person will win a $50 gift certificate to the Kitchen Sink Store.

Lynn McAuley

Winners of these two drawings will be announced on October 3!

Our other reason for excitement is the 10th Anniversary of Kitchen Sink Stamps! And what better way to celebrate than with a huge sale!

35% off all items in stock - Free Shipping at $65 (US Only)
(Sale Excludes Out of Stock and Special Order/Retired Items)

Sept. 25th - 29th (midnight PDT)

Enter Code: KSSDECADE at checkout to receive your 35% discount!

We hope the My Sweet Petunia Team enjoyed creating with
Kitchen Sink Stamps
every bit as much as we love stamping with MISTI!

Thank you all for your visit today.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CCEE1738 - Pirates

For this week's CCEE Challenge, Kelly has reminded us that Tuesday was "Talk like a Pirate Day!" She has challenged us to create a card using anything pirate related and promised us extra 'treasure/booty' for using a map anywhere on the card! No extra booty for me!

The die cuts for my pirate design are by Cuttlebug and the sentiment is by Tim Holtz.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Splendor - KSS

I am calling today's all occasion card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps "Autumn Splendor." I love the colors and textures of the fall and decided to use them here today to encourage autumn along its way as it makes its approach on South Texas. I so look forward to its arrival each and every year!!

Created with Kitchen Sink Stamp images from:

Multi Step Big Leaves
Letters from the Past

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CCEE 1737 - Roald Dahl Day

Kelly McKown-Santi has another fabulous challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers. We are celebrating Roald Dahl DayFor challenge #1737,  we are to create a card using any one of his books as our inspiration.

Back before I retired from teaching, there were years when I threw out the basal reader and based my entire reading program for my 4th graders on the amazing books written by Roald Dahl. My students honed and sharpened their reading skills on his delightful tales of fantasy including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The B.F.G.,  The Witches, and Matilda. But their all time favorite of his books was his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood!  What a life he led and shared with children the world over!

Images from Kids at Play by Flourishes
Victorian Alphabet by Spellbinders

Linked below are the Dahl inspired designs by the CCEE DT!

Frances Byrne

Monday, September 11, 2017

Autumn Birthday Blessings - KSS LMS

On this second Monday in September the cool air has inspired me to create an autumn birthday card for this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The images come from Multi Step Birch Trees, Multi Step Harvest, and Multi Step Icy Pond. The words are pulled from various Kitchen Sink Stamps sets.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CCEE1736 - Teddy Bear Day

Happy September from the CCEE Stampers!
Kelly McKown-Santi will be our hostess during the month of September.
She has informed us that Saturday (9/9) is Teddy Bear Day ♥
She has asked us to create a card using a bear somewhere on our design 
for challenge #1736.

Images from
Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes
Multi Step Bunch o' Balloons
Big an Bold Swashes
by Kitchen Sink Stamps

See the cute teddies used by the rest of the CCEE Stampers DT:

Monday, August 28, 2017

KSS - Ladybug Parade

The 4th Monday of the month brings with it another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. For this cheerful birthday card, I stamped the two sunflowers from Multi Step Giant Sunflower first and then the stems and leaves. I next placed masks over the flowers and leaves and laid a lattice stencil over the top. Then it was safe to sponge the grassy background and the sky. After removing the stencil and the masks, I added the four ladybugs. Finally after matting it and mounting it to the card front, I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Whole Family with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Be inspired by the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CCEE1734 - Watercolor Background

CCEE hostess, Anne Harmon, has taken it easy on us this week. Her only request for this week's CCEE Stampers Challenge is to create a watercolor background for our cards. The rest is up to us.

I used my distress oxide inks and lots of water to create my background for today's design!

The image is from UNITY.

Don't miss the watercolor beauties created by the CCEE DT. You can find them below!

Monday, August 21, 2017

KSS Monday - Bold Birthday

For today's post sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have made a bold and bright birthday design. The new Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger are so much fun to work with. They make great backgrounds and pair so perfectly with KSS' Big & Bold Swashes and Make a Big Statement. For this card, I created an emboss resist background by embossing the swashes in black before adding the Distress Oxides over them.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CCEE1733 - Nautical Cards

As the summer draws to a close, our CCEE hostess, Anne Harmon has asked that we make a card with a nautical theme.  She said we could include the beach if we want.

Sailboat by Stampin' Up
Sentiment by Unity
Sea Bird Die by Impression Obsession

If you love the sea as much as I do, you will want to check out these amazing nautical designs by the CCEE Stampers Design Team Members:

Frances Byrne

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LMS - Palms on the Beach - KSS

For this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have returned to one of my favorite places---the beach. Could there be a more perfect way to end the summer? I don't think so!! I think it will be a great masculine birthday with it's seaside theme and tall design.

Images for this design came from the following Kitchen Sink sets:

Multi Step Rolling Hills (makes a pretty ocean)

The bird dies are from Impression Obsession.

Click below to be inspired by more wonderful
Kitchen Sink Stamps designs:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CCEE1732 - Insects

This week the topic is insects.  Anne's challenge to the CCEE Stampers is to make a card using bees, dragonflies, any kind of insect.  She said to be sure to add some stickles to their wings (if they have wings!), but I forgot! Ooops! Sorry, Anne!

The sentiment is from Unity.
The ladybug dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
The branch and leaves are Sizzix dies.

Check out the buggy creations by the CCEE Design Team below:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Faith-Based Sympathy Design

The world lost some beautiful souls this week. This card was created for the family of one of them.

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.
Dies by Sizzix (Butterfly), Elizabeth Crafts Designs (Leaves),
Stamps of Life (Flowers)
Embossing Folder by Darice
Basically Bricks Stencil by Studio 490

Monday, August 7, 2017

August COF - Life's Simple Pleasures

For today's design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have created a card for the Crafters of Faith Challenge. The Crafters of Faith is a group of wonderful Christian ladies who have joined together over on Splitcoaststampers in this faith-based group. Our mission is to encourage each other, chat with each other, lift each other up, pray for each other, and craft together with scripture as our focus.

August is my month to serve as hostess of this challenge,  and I have chosen as this month's scripture James 1:17 --- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. I have encouraged the Crafters of Faith this month to celebrate life's simple pleasures which bless our days with joy and beauty and meaning in the cards they create.

The images from these Kitchen Sink sets were used to create this card:

Multi Step Berries
Whole Family
Multi Step Harvest

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CCEE1730 - Emboss It!

Anne Harmon is our CCEE hostess for the month of August. For her first challenge, she has asked the CCEE Stampers to use any technique that involves embossing - wet, dry, resist - whatever floats our boats! So I did a little dry embossing on the background and wet embossing on my sentiment! The sentiments and die cut are both from Altenew.

Head on over and see the rest of the embossed beauties
created by the CCEE Design Team!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Butterflies and Prayers - KSS

Today's card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created for a dear friend who was involved in a serious accident this week. It was created with images from 3 Step Butterflies, Multi Step Big Leaves, Letters from the Past, and Words of Comfort & Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps. It was stamped entirely with Distress Oxide Inks by Ranger. I can't seem to put them down these days! They do things that no other inks can!!

Find addition KSS inspirations at the blogs below:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CCEE1730 - Walk on Stilts Day

CCEE hostess, Maryann, has challenged the CCEE Stampers to create a tall thin card with any theme to celebrate Walk on Stilts Day this week!

Here's mine. No stamping at all this week - just embossing and die cuts for this elegant white-on-white sympathy design.

Embossing Folder by Darice
Dies by Sizzix

Monday, July 24, 2017

KSS - Tropical Birthday

This week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is a tropical birthday card featuring single layer silhouettes from 3 Step Aloha and Multi Step Palm Trees. The red moon was created using Abandoned Coral and Black Soot Distress Oxides. The sky and water were sponged on with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and the silhouettes and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

Also creating with Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CCEE 1729 - Moon and Space Exploration Day

Another day on the Days of the Year Calendar is Moon and Space Exploration Day. Our CCEE hostess, Maryann, has asked us to use this theme to inspire our cards this week.

Images from:
Nature Silhouettes by Stampin' Up
To the Moon by Altenew
Praise the Lord by Unity

Monday, July 17, 2017

Distress Oxides and Layered Stamping

I cannot tell you how much I love the new Distress Oxides from Ranger. I received my shipping notice that the 12 newest colors are winging their way to my house this week. Unable to contain my excitement, I pulled out my old ones to create this colorful design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The images are from Multi Step Carnation and Make a Big Statement.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CCEE1728 - International Rock Day

According to the days of the year calendar, today is International Rock Day - so hostess Frances Byrne has asked that we use the colors of stone ( greys, browns, black, white etc..) for our CCEE Stampers designs this week.

I have used images from the following sets:

Flutter Stamp by Bo Bunny
Insightful Meadows by Unity
She Never Says Never by Unity
Itty Bitty Backgrounds by Stampin' Up

View the work of the CCEE Design Team at their blogs below:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CCEE1726 - Fairy Day

Saturday the 24th was Fairy Day …. So CCEE hostess, Frances Bryne, has asked that we all include fairies on our cards this week!

A huge thank you to Shelly Wong, a fellow member of the Gulf Coast Paper Crafters, who introduced me to these fabulous images!!

Here are links to the CCEE Stampers' fabulous fairy creations: