Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CCEE1717 - National Garden Month

Spring is here and flowers are blooming.  That is probably why April is National Garden Month.    

For her final challenge as the CCEE April hostess, Joanne as asked that we make a    card that includes floral or garden images.

The scripture is a gift from Word Art Wednesday.
Hello, Doily by Stampin' Up
Wildflowers Dies by Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart

Take a look at the garden beauties created by the rest of the CCEE Stampers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

KSS - Let's Make a Scene - Hummingbird

The fourth and final Monday of April brings with it a new Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Today's card was inspired by the hummingbirds that have returned to my part of Texas in recent weeks. I can sit for hours watching them flit from flower to flower in the backyard!

Images from the following Kitchen Sink Stamps' sets were used to create this scene:

Also creating beautiful design with Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CCEE1716 - Global Astronomy Month

Hostess Joanne Grzelak has invited the CCEE Stampers to have some fun with this third April Challenge!

April is 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!!!

Images:  Altenew - To the Moon
Papers Recollections White and Black
Inks: Black Soot Distress Ink by Ranger
Stampin' Up Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, and Barely Banana
Versafine Onyx Black

Embellishment: Rhinestones

Head on over and check out the "Out-of-this-World" designs
by the members of the CCEE Stampers' Design Team:

Frances Byrne

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun Fold 07 with KSS

Fun Fold #7 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is a simple window box frame folded from a 5 x 5 inch piece of designer paper. I marked dots at  2.5 inches on each side and then scored the paper as shown in the first photo.

Here the paper has been scored and folded:


For the first sample, I added a 3.5 white panel inside for stamping. On the last two I stamped directly on the designer paper.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used:
3 Step Butterflies
3 Step Big Leaves
Words of Comfort & Joy

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used:
Multi Step Carnation
Multi Step Giant Sunflower
Make a Big Statement

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used
Multi Step Pears
3 Step Big Leaves
Make a Big Statement

Visit the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CCEE1715 - Humor

For our second April challenge our hostess, Joanne, informed the CCEE Stampers that April is National Humor Month. She reminds us that there are many occasions when a funny image or sentiment can make the day of someone facing some type of challenge (or an "aged" birthday). So this week she has asked the CCEE Stampers to make cards showcasing humor.

For me and my friends, every birthday is a challenge these days. Here is the card that I have made for a friend celebrating an unnamed birthday this month!

Stamps: Crazy Dogs by Tim Holtz
Sentiment by Unity
Designer Paper - BasicGray

Be sure to visit the rest of the CCEE Team if you want to start your day with a smile!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Let's Make an Easter Scene - KSS

I am here today with Kitchen Sink Stamps' Let's Make an Easter Scene design to wish you and all those you love and happy and much blessed Easter.

For my family and friends holy week is filled with worship, thanksgiving, and praise as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used in this design:

Thank you for visiting today!! It always brings me joy to know you have been here!

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCEE1714 - Read a Road Map Week

A new month has arrived and the CCEE Stampers are welcoming Joanne Grzelak into the driver's seat as hostess for our April Challenges.
The first week of April is called Read a Road Map Week. Joanne has invited us to take a scenic road trip on our cards in some way.

Stamps - Smile by Impression Obsession
Bicycle Die by Spellbinders
DP by BasicGray (sure do miss them)
Cardstock by Recollections

Check out the CCEE Stampers DT creations and then join in on the fun!

Maryann Einam    

Monday, April 3, 2017

KSS Fun Fold #6 - Open Book Fold

For the today's Fun Fold design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have chosen to make an "open book" fold sympathy card featuring the Multi Step Iris.

My completed card is 4.75 inches by 6.5 inches. The insert was cut from a 6 inch by 10 inch panel of card stock. The red lines are cut and the blue lines are scored.

Cut 1 inch down from the top and one inch up from the bottom from inch 1 to inch 9 on your trimmer. The score lines are at inch 1,2, 8, and 9 from cut to cut. At 5 inches score all the way across the card. At 4 and 6 score from the cut to the outside edge at the top and bottom.

After the pop up is cut and scored, fold and burnish all the folds and place score tape on the three sections shown below to secure to inside of the card. Repeat of the other half of the pop up.

I then attached the stamped images to the front and inside of the card.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used for this design:
Visit the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CCEE 1713 - Happy Birthday, Vincent!

The end of March brings my last week as hostess of the CCEE Stampers' March Challenges. Are you ready for something a little different? My final challenge for you is an inspiration challenge. 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.


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

I 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 has no stamping this week, only embossing and die cuts. The embossing folder is by the Paper Studio while the Shine Bright die is by Momenta. The star dies are by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I rubbed the embossed background with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embossing Mousse.

Linked below are the cards inspired by this wonderful song by Don McLean and the amazing artistic talents of Vincent Van Gogh.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

KSS - Let's Make a Scene - Kittens and Carnations

It's time again for another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Today I decided to have a little fun with these cute kittens and place them in a grassy lawn with a basket of carnations in front of a lattice wall.

To create this scene, I stamped the kittens first and then masked them to add the basket. I then masked the basket as well and laid the lattice stencil over the card front and brushed in the green grass and blue sky with my Clarity brushes using distress ink. Once I removed the lattice stencil but not the masks, I added the carnations and the grassy foreground. After removing the kitten and basket masks, I added a few more blades of grass to create a smooth transition. The sentiment was stamped last of all.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used to create this scene:

Looking for more Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration,
find it at the links below:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Music Heals the Soul

Ghosting is my new FAVORITE background. Who needs designer paper when you can create your own?

Today's card was created with Katie Girl by Unity. I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then colored her with watercolors. I then masked her and brushed the background with Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress ink. I placed a Faber Castell stencil over this and spritzed it generously with water. I immediately removed the stencil and let they water react with the ink for 20 seconds. I then blotted off the water with a paper towel and these were the results. The sentiment is computer generated.

This card has special meaning for me so I am keeping it for myself!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CCEE1712 - National Puppy Week

Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend? In honor of National Puppy Week, I have asked the CCEE Stampers to find their cutest image a puppy and feature it on their cards this week! Heck, they could even throw in two or three! I love puppies!

Dog image by Stampendous!
Sentiment by Stampin' Up

Check out the adorable pups featured in the work
of the rest of the CCEE Stampers Design Team!

Frances Byrne

Wakely Girl - Unity

I spent this morning playing with my watercolors and my Unity girls. I used Wakely Girl to complete three challenges.

This first card was created for the International Art & Soul Challenge #4 - Embossing. I dry embossed the background script panel with Cuttlebug Script Texture. I then skimmed the top of it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and brushed the background with Walnut Stain Distress ink. The sentiment is heat embossed.

This second card was created for Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge #637 and the Unity Watercolor Challenge.  The designer paper is Happy Day by My Mind's Eye .

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fun Fold #5 - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Fun Fold Design #5 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is a stair-step fold card. This type fold has been around for a long time. It really is simple to do and makes for a dramatic display. If you haven't gotten around to giving it a try yet, do! I think you will be pleased with the results!

My card was made with a 5.5 inch by 11 inch piece of cardstock cut and scored as shown in the photo below.  The two cuts are 1.25 inch in from each long edge. The cuts begin 1 inch from the bottom and end at the 6.5 inch mark. The scores are at 1 inch, 2 inches, and 6.5 inches in from the edge to the cut. The final score is across the center panel at 5.5 inches. The finished card fits in a standard 5.5 x 5.5 envelope.

The subject matter of today's design was inspired by the beautiful work of Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper of the week, DJ Rants. Her design which inspired my card can be seen here. I created the card to place in her Featured Stamper Gallery this week.

Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Multi Step Birch Trees
3 Step Honey Bunny
Words of Comfort and Joy

Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Grass Die
Impression Obsessions Deer and Cardinal Dies 

Find more Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration here:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CCEE 1711 - National Button Week

National Button Week is coming up, so the CCEE Stampers plan to be ready by adding buttons or faux buttons to our cards or projects today!

I used my buttons to poke a little fun at this crazy weather our nation is experiencing these days!

No stamping here. The sentiment is computer generated and the snowflakes are cut with Sizzix dies. The scarf and hat were cut from paper scraps.

Check out the ways in which the CCEE Stampers used their buttons:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Texas Highways - KSS

I hope that you have come to visit today looking for the latest Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. This card was inspired by the highways I have traveled in the last couple of weeks in my part of Texas. Wildflowers of every color and hue are abloom along the roadsides from Indian paintbrushes to Drummond phlox, from Indian blankets to our beloved bluebonnets making Texas seem like heaven on earth.

Images used to create today's scene came from
the following Kitchen sink Stamps:

Multi Step Bluebonnets
Multi Step Rolling Hills
Multi Step Tree Friends
Multi Step Shamrocks and Clover
3 Step Baseball

Also creating with Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CCEE1710 - National Bubble Week

The CCEE Stampers Challenge this week is to honor 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.

Use your imagination and join us this week in celebrating bubbles!

Spa-Tastic Friendship by House-Mouse Designs, Inc.
Simple Sayings by Stampin' Up

Check out the rest of the bubbly goodness created by the
CCEE Stampers Design Team linked below:

Frances Byrne

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Texas Sunrise

I belong to a group on Splitcoaststampers know as the Crafters of Faith! My sister, Liz, was the hostesss for the March challenge and here is what she said:  I've done a little studying last night and I have decided that for March I want to use this scripture from Psalm 40:3 NLT: "He has given me a new song to sing."

Feature a sunrise or sunset on your card and just as different as our cards will be, aren't you just amazed at every new day that God gives us? Be adventuresome with your faith to get out of the box that might seem most comfortable to you and don't let your comfort restrict God's plans for your new song He has for you to sing.

Here is the card I have created for this challenge!

The images are from High Tide by Stampin' Up.

The scripture is by Our Daily Bread.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fun Fold #4 - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Fun Fold #4 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is the design I am sharing with you on this first Monday of March! There are three simple pieces that create this fun and easy slider card. They include a 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches piece of cardstock scored at 4.25 inches with a 3 inch square die cut on the front panel. A stripe of white cardstock cut 4.25 x 7.5 and scored at 2.5 and 5 is needed for the inside of the card. The final piece is the 3 inch square that fits in the front of the card.

The photos below demonstrate how the card is assembled. These are the three stamped pieces needed to create the card.

The inside panel is attached to the inside of the card with my tape runner used on the back of the third portion of the scored and folded panel.

With the card closed, red line tape is placed as shown below for attaching the boots in the front opening of the card.

Card Front

Inside of Card

I used stamps from the following sets by Kitchen Sink Stamps for today's fun fold design:

Multi Step Cowboy Boots
Multi Step Cowboy Hat
Multi Step Lucky Horseshoes

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CCEE1709 - "Old Stuff" Day

Hello, and welcome to a new month of CCEE Challenges.  I will be hosting the March challenges for the CCEE Stampers. 

This week in 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!

So dig deep and pull out that "Old Stuff" to play along. If adding your challenge card to Splitcoaststampers or another gallery, add keyword CCEE1709.

I am sharing with you the stamp set that got me started on my layered stamping journey with Kitchen Sink Stamps way back in 2007. When I purchased this set and started posting my creations on the web, I caught the eye of Maria Colosimo, owner and creator of Kitchen Sink Stamps. She contacted me and invited me to join her design team. It has been a joy and pleasure to work with her all these years! Now, 10 years later, it is exciting to see more and more people getting into layered stamping!

I used the old SU deckle scissors to created the decorative edge of my card. Back then I didn't have many dies or punches!

Images from
3 Step Hearts & Roses
Multi Step Wedding Rings
by Kitchen Sink Stamps 

Check to links below to see what old stuff the rest of the CCEE Stampes pulled out to use.

Frances Byrne

Monday, February 27, 2017

KSS - Let's Make a Spring Scene

Another 4th Monday has rolled around which means it's time for another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The theme this week is spring! It has arrived early this year in Texas and all the trees are putting on their new leaves blanketing the countryside in green. I am heading out this weekend for a little road trip and will be looking for signs of spring across the state. I will be keeping my eyes peeled to spot some Indian Paintbrushes, Texas Bluebonnets, and Dogwood blossoms! I'll let you know next week what I saw when I return.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used in this design include:

Make a Big Statement

You can find more beautiful KSS creations at the blogs below:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CCEE1708 - Tic-Tac-Toe

Our CCEE February hostess, Liz Williams asked the CCEE Stampers to pick from the tic tac toe board below either vertically, horizionally, or diagonally for the elements of our cards this week.

Since the gatefold design with interlocking frame that I made for Monday's post was still on my desk and it was fun and easy to make, I went with the bottom row: Fancy Fold, A Wild Animal, and Wet Embossing.

All the images I used for this card are from Stampin' Up. The chicken wire die is by Sizzix.

You can see in the picture below that the frame is glued to the top of the gatefold and the stamped image is glued to the bottom panel of the gatefold.

And this final photo shows how the closure works. Like I said, fun and easy.

See how the Tic-Tac-Toe Board played out in the rest of the CCEE Team's designs:

Monday, February 20, 2017

KSS - Fun Fold Monday

Third Monday brings with it another Fun Fold design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Here in our state, the first bluebonnets of the season are cropping up and in another week or two they will be in full bloom along highways throughout the Texas hill country. Many Texans will be grabbing their cameras, hopping in their cars, and taking to the roads looking for those magical photographic moments that happen each spring in Texas!

Today's card was made from a 5.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock scored at 2.75 inches from both ends to create a basic gate fold with designer paper added on top. I made a die cut frame, cut an oval from its center, and cut a white oval on which to stamp. The top half of the frame was glued to the top of the gate fold. The bottom half of the stamped oval was glued to the bottom gate fold. They slide together and interlock to close the card.

Stamps: Multi Step Bluebonnets by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Designer Paper: Susan Winget Meadow by K & Company

This is how the card started:

I added a layer of designer paper and a white panel inside and the frame and stamped oval to the front:

And here is what it looks like when the stamped oval in inserted into the frame for closing:

It is a fun and easy card to make yet it still has the WOW factor for the person who receives it.

Thank you for checking out my latest Kitchen Sink Stamps design today! Find more fabulous designs on the blogs below:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CCEE1707 - Feminine Birthday

Today is our mom's 88th birthday, so Liz has asked the CCEE Stampers to make a feminine card for the special lady of their choice. This is the card I created for Mother.

My card features Peony Bouquet by Altenew and Script Birthdays by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Linked below are the beautiful birthday cards created by the CCEE DT.