Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CCEE1725 - Make Music Day

According to CCEE hostess, Frances Bryne, yesterday was World Music Day; Music Day and Make Music Day. Therefore she has asked that the CCEE Stampers include something music related on our cards this week.

When I saw today's theme, I knew I had to pull out Katie Girl by Unity Stamp Company. The background was stamped with Oxide Inks using Multi Step Guitar by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The globe die is by Sizzix.

The CCEE Stampers Design Team is welcoming a new member this week: the lovely and most talented Kelly McKown-Santi. We are so very thrilled to have her join us.

Check out her creation and those of the rest of the team at the links below. Then join us in this fun challenge and post your musical design on the CCEE Blog!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Texas Night Lights

I am back today after a week away enjoying the simple country life that my wonderful state of Texas has to offer. My time away was an inspiration for today's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. This week's scene depicts an old farm truck under an antique street light surrounded by fireflies!! Hope you love it as much as I loved making it!

Kitchen Sink images from:

Multi Step Classic Old Truck
1/2 Pint Alphabet

Also sharing work using Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CCEE1724 - Flip Flop Day

According to the Days of the Year Web Site - Friday 16th is Flip-Flop Day. So for our cards this week, Frances has asked the CCEE Stampers to make flip flop cards! That can be the flip-flops that are shoes (thongs for Frances and Maryann in Aussie) …. Or Flip Flop Cards or both.

Stamps used are Avant-Garden by Stampin' Up and Everything Stronger by Unity. Papers are Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, and Pistachio Pudding by Stampin' Up and designer paper by BasicGrey.
The Flip-Flop Die is by Sizzix.

Creations of the CCEE Stampers Design Team:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CCEE1723 - World Ocean Day

According to CCEE hostess, Frances Bryne, 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 combined a couple of my newest nautical treasures to create today's card. The images are from other side of fear by Unity. The die cut ocean waves are from the Sea Breeze Collection: Gentle Ocean by Couture Creations. I just noticed that I glued the waves in upside down. I better pay closer attention next time. LOL!!

Follow the links below to the ocean creations of the rest of
the CCEE Stampers DT.

Crafters of Faith

I belong to the Crafters of Faith over on Splitcoaststampers. Each month a hostess selects a scripture and/or theme for the members to use as the inspiration for their cards. I think that I have neglected to post most of those cards over here, so I decided to put them all together in this one post today.

January - Theme - Friendship
Scripture - Proverbs 27:9 - A sweet friendship refreshes the soul

Image by Unity

February - Theme - Love
Scripture - 1 Corinthians 16:14 - Do everything in love.

Lighthouse from High Tide by Stampin' Up
Scripture by Our Daily Bread Designs

March - Theme - Sunrise/New Day
Scripture - Psalm 40:3 - He has given me a new song to sing.

Lighthouse from High Tide by Stampin' Up
Scripture by Our Daily Bread Designs

April - Theme - Joy
Scripture - Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Images from Sheltering Tree by Stampin' Up
Scripture from Word Art Wednesday

May - Theme- Comfort
Scripture - Psalm 90:2 - Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from the beginning to the end, You are God.

Die Cuts - Background, Wildflowers, and Detailed Butterfly Minis by Sizzix
Scripture by Word Art Wednesday

June - Theme - Trust of Faith
Scripture - Psalm 46 - Be still and know that I am God.

Image from Unity
Sentiment by Our Daily Bread Designs

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Let's Make a Scene for Father's Day - KSS

It is hard to believe that June is already here which means Father's Day is right around the corner! This week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps uses images from several of their sets to create a nature inspired card for  Father's Day. The sets used include: Multi Step Birch Trees, Multi Step Cabin by the Lake, Multi Step Lilacs, Multi Step Lighthouse, and Multi Step Tree Friends. The flowers at the forefront of the card have lilac leaves and punched flowers with microbead centers.

The Kitchen Sink Crew also includes:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CCEE1722 - Donut Day!

Frances Byrne is our CCEE Stampers hostess for the month of June. She has informed us that apparently the 2nd of June is Donut Day. In honor of donuts everywhere, she has challenged us to create something that has some type of "hole" in it. It can be a donut, cheese, fancy fold card with a hole … anything.

The fold flat diorama card I made on Monday had a great big hole in it so I decided to do a redesign on that for Donut Day! Today, however, I made it with the same design on both the front and back so that it can be used as a table decoration.

The scripture is from Our Daily Bread Designs.
The leaves are from Avant Garden by Stampin' Up.
The die cut crosses are from Spellbinders.

See the holey cards of the CCEE Design Team below:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fold Flat Diorama Card - KSS

For this week's Fun Fold design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have created a three level diorama which folds flat for mailing. 

The basic construction is created with one kraft panel and one blue panel each measuring 5 inches by 7 inches and scored at 1 inch and 6 inches. The mid-range panel of kraft and blue are 2 inches by 6 inches and scored at 1/2 inch and 6 and 1/2 inches. I die cut the circle opening in the kraft panel and added a dark brown frame on the back side of it.  I did all the stamping and embellishing before scor-taping the panels together to complete the card.

Images used to create today's card come from the following Kitchen Sink sets:

Multi Step Lighthouse
Multi Step Cabin by the Lake
Multi Step Berries (sentiment)

The die cut seabirds are by Impression Obsession and the wheel is from the Sea Breeze Collection by Couture Creations. The sea grass is punched with Martha Stewart's fern punch.

Here's a look inside to see how the center panel is attached.

Thanks for your visit today! I love it when you drop by!!

Those looking for further Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration should check out the work of the rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CCEE1721 - Celebrating CCEE

As Lois's final challenge for the month,  she has asked the CCEE Stampers to celebrate us -- the CCEE challenge team.  We are to include on our cards something to represent each one of the letters in "our name" - C.C.E.E.

I went with-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Celebrate Cupcakes - Elegant and Edible

The cupcake is from Stampin' Up's Sweet Cupcake.
The background, I Love Lace, is also by Stampin' Up.

The CCEE Stampers Design Team

Frances Byrne

Monday, May 22, 2017

On the Beach at Sunset

I am back today with another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. It celebrates the end of school and the beginning of summer vacations for most folks around here. Like many of them, I am anxious to head to the beach for a little R & R!

Images used to create this scene come from the following Kitchen Sink Stamp sets:

Multi Step Palm Trees
Multi Step Cabin by the Lake
Multi Step Tree Friends
Multi Step Sail Boats
Make a Big Statement

Also creating with Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CCEE1720 - Fun Folds

Wow, the third week of May already!  As you probably know,our hostess loves to make Fun Fold cards.  So she asking all CCEE Stampers to make a card that includes more than one fold on it.  IShe says it doesn't have to be complicated; it just needs to have more than the normal "fold in half."

My card is a three level seaside diorama.

Stamped Images and Sentiment are from
High Tide by Stampin' Up

To see more Fun Folds visit the blogs of the CCEE Stampers DT members!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCEE1719 - National Wildflower Week

Lois Bak, May hostess for the CCEE Stampers, is back with another challenge.  The second week in May is Wildflower Week so this week's cards need to feature flowers!

I am sharing a little Tim Holtz love today as I have used my new Distress Oxides to create my card as well as his new Wildflowers #2 dies. The sentiment by our past first lady is from a wonderful Texas stamp maker, deadbeat DESIGNS.

The following Distress Oxides were used on this card:

broken china
peeled paint
iced spruce
fired brick
fossilized amber
spiced marmalade

See the beautiful blossoms featured by the rest of the CCEE Stampers:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Apartment Window - KSS

For Let's Make a Scene #50 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I made this peek into an apartment window into a quick and simple birthday card. The bricks were created with Studio 490 Stencil Basically Bricks sponged with fired brick Distress Oxide. The window is a die from Poppy Stamps. The images come from Multi Step Baskets, Multi Step Get Well Teddy, and Make a Big Statement.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

National Candied Orange Peel Day

Lois Bak is starting her month as hostess for the CCEE challenges and she has found a truly weird celebration to start off the month.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, she has asked that the CCEE Stampers include the color ORANGE (which just happens to be one of her favorites!) on our cards.

Bookcase Builder by Stampin' Up
Happy by Impression Obsession

Recollections White
BasicGray Designer Paper

Orange you wondering what the rest of the CCEE Stampers created?

Check it out below:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mother's Day Gate Fold Surprise - KSS

For Fun Fold #8 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have used the classic gate fold to hide a bouquet of beautiful roses inside my Mother's Day card! I hope my mom likes her surprise!

I used images from Kitchen Sink Stamps' 3 Step Heart & Roses and words from Whole Family.

The designer paper is from PB&J by Basicgray.

Front of Card

Inside Card

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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.