Wednesday, May 29, 2019

CCEE1922 - What's Cookin'?

Before we get to our CCEE challenge for this week, we have something very sad to let you know. Our dear team member, Joanne Grzelak, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning. Joanne had been on a leave of absence for a number of months due to health issues, but had intended to come back and play with us, shortly. Joanne was always so very supportive and was much loved in the stamping community. We will miss her so much. Farewell, dear friend. Your beautiful work delighted and inspired us week after week.

May is apparently Barbecue Month and the 28th of May is Hamburger Day so our hostess, Frances Bryne, has asked the CCEE Stampers to think BBQ's and/or Hamburgers when creating our cards this week … 

I went ahead and included both with this adorable set from Newton's Nook Designs called Winston's BBQ which was a gift to me from CCEE DT member, Kelly McKown-Santi. Thank you, Kelly!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Let's Make a Memorial Day Scene - KSS

Sometimes in the trips to the beach, the backyard bar-b-ques, and the picnics at the park we take part in on this holiday, it seems like the true meaning of the day is often lost.

In today's Let's Make a Memorial Day Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I hope we all have a chance to look at our nation's flag and remember those brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation for our freedom.

You might also wish to take part in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm your local time.

Kitchen Sink Stamp Sets used to create this card include:

Color Recipe for the Palms
Layer 3 SU Mossy Meadow
Layer 2 SU Lucky Limeade
Layer 1 SU Lemon Lime Twist

Color Recipe for the Tree Trunk
Layer 1 SU Soft Suede
Layer 2 PTI Dark Chocolate

Color Recipe for the Water
Layer 2 PTI Spring Rain
Layer 1 SU Baja Breeze

Papers used are from Recollections, My Mind's Eye, and the Paper Studio.

The window die is from Poppy Stamps.

Check out the creations of the Kitchen Crew
for more Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

CCEE1921 - To Die For

May CCEE Hostess, Frances Byrne, has challenged the CCEE Stampers this week to create a card that uses at least one die.

For my card I used one Tim Holtz Crazy Dog die and one Quote Bubble die from EK Success. The designer papers are from the Paper Studio. The sentiment is from Gina Marie Designs.

Visit the CCEE Design Team Members to see what dies they have chosen to use:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Let the Summer Begin!!! - KSS

Today's one layer card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps celebrates the beginning of my summer. Two friends and I are headed to Mo Ranch (take a virtual tour if you would like) near Hunt, Texas on the beautiful banks of the Guadalupe River at the end May. Which is ALMOST here! I am so excited!

There is so much fun to be had on and around the river, but I doubt I will be in one of the canoes with my klutzy balance. 

Kitchen Sink Sets Used for this Card Include:

Tiny Norway Pine Multi Step Clear Stamps (no longer available)

Color Recipe for the Cabin

Layer 4 SU Soft Suede on the wood and SU Creamy Caramel on the brick
Layer 3 SU Baked Brown Sugar on the wood and Creamy Caramel on the brick
Layer 2 PTI Fine Linen
Layer 1 Memento Desert Sand

Color Recipe for the Tiny Norway Pine

Layer 3 PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 SU Mossy Meadow
Layer 1 Memento Cottage Ivy

Color Recipe for the Lake

Layer 1 Memento Summer Sky
Layer 2 PTI April Rain

Sentiment - PTI Dark Chocolate

Grass - Distress Oxide Peeled Paint

Looking for more KSS inspiration? Here it is:

I am entering today's card in the following challenges:

I am so happy that you came by for a visit today.  I hope you saw something you liked and will want to visit again!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

CCEE1920 - Pizza Party

Tomorrow (17th May) is Pizza Party Day so for our challenge this week CCEE May hostess, Frances Byrne has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card that features pizza or some other food item on it.

Everybody needs dessert after their pizza, don't they? My card was created with Sweet Cupcake by Stampin' Up and a digital sentiment from Tlc Creations.

Check out the tasty treats the rest of the CCEE Stampers Design Team have created for your pleasure:

Monday, May 13, 2019

Let's Make a Scene - Fairy Ring - KSS

Today's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was inspired by something I saw while out walking in the neighborhood this week.  One of my neighbors had a circle of toadstools growing in their front yard. In many countries they call a circle of toadstools is a fairy ring. There are many legends surrounding a fairy ring. Some of them are quite dark and scary, but some of them suggest that finding one can actually bring you good luck. Here is a link to an interesting article about fairy rings from Garden Collage magazine.

I have chosen a sentiment that could work for bad luck (when said sarcastically) or (said literally) for good luck.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Sets Used:

Color Recipe for the Toadstools

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Soft Suede
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 1 Momento Desert Sand

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Calypso Coral
Layer 2 Momento Tangelo
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Crushed Curry

The tree trucks were created with a woodgrain stencil by Momenta. Some of the grass was cut with a Grassy Edges die by My Favorite things and the stamped grass was from KSS Honey Bunny.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

For additional designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Nancy Stamps by Nancy McCabe

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

CCEE1919 - Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday in many parts of the world including the USA, Canada & Australia. May CCEE hostess, Frances Byrne therefore has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card suitable for a mother. She says it doesn't have to be a Mother's Day card.

Since I finished my mother's card last week, I have created a Mother's Day card for my amazing daughter-in-law and put in today's mail.

The image and verse are from Unity.
The daughter-in-law sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Below are links to the cards created for this challenge
by the CCEE Design Team:

Monday, May 6, 2019

Roses for Mother - Kitchen Sink Stamps

For today's Mother's Day card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I knew I wanted to use the beautiful rose and rosebud from Heart & Roses Multi Step Clear Stamps.

I wanted to create a swag of flowers to frame the sentiment so I went searching for something to use as filler to add shape and dimension to the spray of roses. I settled on one of the tiny layers of greenery from the Birch Trees Multi Step Clear Stamps to create a pale lavender "baby's breath" type flower and was very pleased with the results. I inked it up with Memento Lulu Lavender and then used an SU Old Olive marked to color the part of the stamp that is a tree branch.

I then went looking for one more element to add more color and texture. For the magenta berries, I used a stem from Shamrocks & Clover Multi Step Clear Stamps and the center from the small blossom in Enchanted Dogwoods Multi Step Clear Stamps. After stamping the center in Memento Lilac Posies, I then used a pencil eraser inked with Lilac Posies and stamped off once before stamping again on top of the berries!  (I am sure you can pick out the one that I forgot to stamp off!)

I finished the card by stenciling a delicate doily by Prima with Milled Lavender Distress Oxide.The sentiment was then stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, and I finished the card with a purple bow on the top corner.

Color Recipe for the Roses

Layer 4 PTI Lovely Lady
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Regal Rose
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 1 PTI Sweet Blush

Color Recipe for the Leaves

Layer 1 Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

The sentiments were pulled from Whole Family Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

Today's Mother's Day card is being entered in the following challenges:

The Kitchen Crew has created more beautiful designs 
to inspire you!
See them linked below:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CCEE1918 - Space

It's a brand new month, so that means it is time to introduce our  CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess for the month of May. Leading us this month is the very creative and talented, Frances Byrne.

May 3rd is International Space Day and May 4th is Star Wars Day. So Frances has challenged the CCEE Stampers this week is to create space themed cards.

I have mixed together images from Unity and Kitchen Sink Stamps to create my card.

Don't miss the chance to see the Out-of-this-World designes

Ready for Father's Day - Kitchen Sink Stamps

This Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was inspired by today's Sketch Challenge #747 over at Splitcoaststampers. I am trying my best to stay ahead of the cards I will be needing in the coming weeks so I felt this sketch was perfect for a seaside Father's Day design. This gets another needed card checked off the list!

Kitchen Sink Stamp Sets Used to Create this Scene:

Color Recipes

Layer 4 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Going Gray
Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen

Palm Tree Trunk
Layer 3 Memento Rich Cocoa
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Soft Suede
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar

Palms on Tree
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Tranquil Tide
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green
Layer 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves

Stone Wall
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel

Ocean Water
Layer 2 PTI Hawaiian Shores
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Balmy Blue

The seagulls and pilings are from Beachfront Seagulls by Memory Box.

In addition to the SCS Sketch Challenge, I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Also creating beautiful designs with Kitchen Sink Stamps: