CCEE2232 ~ National Peach Month!

   Hi friends!

    You're a peach!

And so is the month of August :)

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog

with our hostess, Frances and this is her challenge!

Apparently August is Peach month and Monday 22nd August is National Peach Day, 

so for our challenge this week create a card that features one or more things

 that begin with the letter "P" .. 

A punched image; patterned paper; pansy; paint; person 

or a product that is from a company whose name starts with “P”.

Wow that is a lot of P's but creative enough that I'm sure 

you'll find something in your crafty stash to play along!

For my card, I used a stamp from Pink Fresh Studio

as well as as Paint (watercolor) for my image and background.

I also used Peaches and Cream cardstock (Fun Stampers Journey)

and Peach colored enamel dots (Altenew).

Be sure to head over to the CCEE Stampers blog

and check out all the DT cards

as well as link up yours, too!

Thanks for stopping by!



CCEE2231~ Embossing folders!


                                                                  Hi Crafty Friends,

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers from our hostess, Frances.

She writes:

A few months ago, Jennifer McGuire shared a technique using embossing folders.

 Let’s give it a try. You can find Jennifer's tutorial here

For my card, I did use an Altenew embossing folder called mega succulent.

It's an extraordinary one to use!

I ran it through the Gemini Jr 

and then blended distress oxide inks onto the top of the cardstock

to highlight certain areas.

Be sure to see what the Design Team has created by heading to the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!



3M: Wildflower bouquet!


Hi friends!

I have a new card to share today for the 3M card group

 ~ the 3 Musketeers ~

and it's a wildflower beauty!

We are 3 friends that create cards virtually

and take turns sending a mystery stamped image 


we each make a card with that stamped image using our own supplies :)

Here's mine!

I wanted the image to be the focal point of the card

so I added a sentiment to the inside of the card.

I normally only show the front of my cards

so the recipient can be surprised

but this one is heading to a local nursing home

for my son's carddonation so I'll share a peek :)

Thank you, Barb, for a beautiful image to work with this month.

To see what Barb and Jeanette created using this same image,

head over to their blogs



and we will be back next month with another mystery image!

Thanks for stopping by!



Dueling Darlings 2 ~ Strength Behind Santa!

Hello friends!

I have a wee bit of a late start to today's post ~ 

I was making cookies!

Or coloring them making cookies, at least :)

Today is Dueling Day for the DD2!

Our hostesses this month were Carol and Tracie 

and they have a Christmas in July theme of Mrs. Claus ...

the strength behind Santa!

I love tht ~ thank you ladies!

Our kit was from Carol and it's SO CUTE!

I think I added at least one of each element she sent us ~

and colored the image with my copics.

Unlike Mrs. Santa here with glasses on her face,

I have misplaced mine!

I literally can't see 2 fingers in front of my face

much less color very well, ROFL!

I'll definitely go back over this image at a later date

and give her some touch ups :)

Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the DD2 has created ..

here are the blogs

and the link to Lorraine's gallery on SCS.






Lorraine - SCS Gallery



That's it for this post!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,



CCEE2227 ~ Tape Measure Day!


Hi friends!

Goodness, it's a real life ACTUAL blog post!


And in case ya didn't know .......

Today is National Tape Measure Day!

Here is my YOUTUBE video version of this card:

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers this week

and our hostess for July is Lois.

Here is her challenge!

The challenge to you today is to make a card incorporating a tape measure

 or something else used in sewing on your card -- 

either some kind of a sewing-related image or perhaps stitching.


This theme was a little out of my wheelhouse

so I used 4 different 'stitched' dies to make a blue floral card.

Be sure to head over to the CCEE Stampers this week

and check out the DT cards!

Thanks for stopping by!



I WHEELIE like you!


Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a cheeky card ~

I do love me a punny saying!

I'm in an Instagram collaboration to create a card

with a funny, wild, obscure, wacky holiday :)

Here is the YOUTUBE version if you want to see!

I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting Brownielocks to see

all the weird events and holidays people celebrate ...

including mah-self :)

So today I'm celebrating National Guinea Pig Day!


There is a possibility these stamps and dies I used are hamsters.


No. One. Will.  Know.

Isn't it cute!

That one at the top (probably me since I run on Starbucks 

and 3 hours of sleep going around in circles!)

sure has a lot of work keeping up with the one below!

The stamps and dies?

Lawn Fawn - circle die from Hero Arts!

And that's it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,



CCEE2225 ~ Roses and Pearls!

Hi friends!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog ~

Roses and Pearls!

Lynn has been the amazing hostess for the month of June

and this is her last challenge of this month:

The rose is the national flower for the month of June while the pearl is June’s gemstone. I am therefore asking the CCEE Stampers to include both of these beauties on their card for this week’s CCEE Challenge!

This is my final week as challenge hostess, and I hope you will play along and share a wonderful design using the rose and pearls!! Won't they make for beautiful June wedding cards?

  Yes, absolutely!

My card today is using a rose stamp and die from Altenew

called Amazing Things.

It is such a beautiful set!

I started with a watercoloring of the roses,

and while it was drying, did a quick stenciled background

using a polka dot look with Picked Raspberry distress ink.

Once both of those were dry,

I added a sentiment from the Tim Holtz ideology sticker set

and popped the roses up on some dimensional foam.

I am fresh out of pearls (shucks!) so I added the closest thing I had:

white enamel dots from Altenew!

Be sure to stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog 

and check out the rest of the cards from the DT!

Thank you, Lynn, for your wonderful month of challenges!

Big hugs,



CCEE2223 ~ Celebrating Father!

There's a new challenge this week at the CCEE Stampers - 

Celebrating Father's Day!

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day.

 I would like for you to create a card for the father of your choice 

(be it your father, your son, a neighbor, a friend, etc.)

 personalizing it by showcasing his favorite hobby. 

Any occasion will do, as long as it is a masculine card featuring a hobby.

My card features dies from Disney's Mickey Mouse ~

and this is the golf set!

The keyword for this challenge is CCEE2223. 

We would love for you to stamp with us on this challenge!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,



DD2 ~ Women of Strength


Hi friends!

Welcome to 3 am!

It's just me - finishing a card at this 

(as my mother always loves to say)

ungodly hour!

My ENTIRE LIFE I've never heard another person say that!

But, yep ... it's 3 am and

 I. just. now. finished. a. card.

So, today is reveal day for the Dueling Darlings 2!

Normally, we'd have 2 teams 'dueling' with ONE theme,

TWO different card kits!

This month, Jeanette graciously volunteered to send out ALL the kits!

Thank you, Jeanette!

It was a lifesaver more than you can ever know,

and knowing your OWN plate was full, I thank you extra!!

This month's theme:

Women of Strength

The image is from the adorable Hello Bluebird "Frosty Mornings"

and I've used a few of the papers, gems she sent as well.

I did use my own die to create a frame and my own copic markers

to color - the rest was the kit!

And I still have a lot left to make several more cards :)

Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the DD2 has created ..

here are the blogs

and the link to Lorraine's gallery on SCS.






Lorraine - SCS Gallery



That's it for this post!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,



Otters in the ocean!


Hi friends!

Today's card is a double duty -

 June 8 is World Ocean's Day this year

and that's the theme of the CCEE Stampers this week!

This adorable image is for the 3M June (3 Musketeers)

sent to us by Jeanette and it's otter-ly adorable!

The image is from CC Designs and reminds me of my daughter's

family - they are 3 and just as happy and smiling!

And otters DO live in the ocean!

So, I made my card a few days ago 

with a watercolor panel as the background

BUT accidentally glued it upside down!


The green was the bottom as one of the favorite spots at the zoo

for Alice (my granddaughter) is the otter slide!

It's a pretty green slide with a blue top tunnel

that you crawl through while they swim above - it's SO CUTE!

I had hoped to remake it but haven't had a free chance

so upside down it is :)

I do love me some punny cards and think this is just so cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers this week


 Barb and Jeanette's cards which are on their blogs.

Crafty hugs!


The ONE new in '22 ~ June!

 Hello friends!

It's time for my very favorite challenge ~ One Plus Twelve!

This card series is where I take one stamp

(and JUST one stamp)

and create a card twelve times - one for each month.

For June's card, I went shabby chic!

For my stamp this year, 

I've chosen the butterfly stamp from PInk Fresh Studio:

 and thought I'd go way outside the box this month!

I adore creating in new styles and learning new techniques

so that my cards aren't always cookie cutter.

I have recently been bitten by the journaling bug

and making my own tags, pages, flip books, pockets, etc

and many are in a shabby chic style.

So, my butterfly this month is as well!

On one side of the butterfly, it's stamped in designer paper

but the other side didn't have any design - it was plain.


It quickly became the palette for being able to build texture and layer.

I used a stiched arch die to pop up the frame to emulate a cathedral

window overlooking a beautiful garden below.

Yeah ... that's how my mind often works, LOL!

The sentiment is an epoxy word I've had for years in a set

and looks similiar to a style you'd see from a label maker.

I'm showing the inside because I added the 'popped out frame'

to the inside and carried over the shabby chic-ness.

This  so very sweet and I'm pleased with how it turned out :)

My friends Barb and Jeanette have joined me 

this year again and have their own cards on their blogs

which you can see here:



That's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by!



CCEE2221 ~ Country Cookin' :)


Hey y'all!

Mighty nice to see ya today!

We're cooking up something country today at the 

CCEE Stampers blog!

Our sweet hostess, Lynn, is starting us off with the June challenges

and I'm sure it will be a fun month!

This is what she says:

 In the USA, June has been declared country cooking month. I am therefore asking the CCEE Stampers to create cards which feature fabulous bounty from the garden in the form of fruits or vegetables that you love to prepare and serve your family during the hot months of summer.

I LOVE vegetables!

I decided to create a card with my favorites: carrots :)

I grabbed a couple of Lawn Fawn stamp sets

and Lawn Fawn designer paper

and created this cute card ~ lots of sharing and lots of carrots!

I do not have a green thumb for gardening or harvesting or canning

but I am a self taught pretty good cook :)

Many friends and family around our table will attest to that

and based on how many 'repeat visitors' I get that lick their plates clean,

I'm guessing it must be true!

So win/win - LOL!

That's it for me, friends!

Please visit the CCEE Stampers blog to see all the DT cards

as well as link up yours!

Thank you, Lynn, for the fun challenge!

So pull out your stamp collection and see what you can put together for this country cooking challenge. Should you post your project to an on-line gallery other than your blog, please add CCEE2221 as a keyword on hashtag.

Crafty hugs,


Entered to: SSS Wednesday Challenge - Little Critters


3M: Hooray!


Hi friends!

Hooray for the Class of 2022!

Today's card is a very late one for the 3M

card group but it is still May!

So double Hooray!

I'm still playing catch up from a very foggy March April & May :/

This adorable image is from Colorado Craft Company

and sent to the 3 Musketeers from Barb as she was the hostess.

These critters are SO adorable!

Since it's graduation time, mine are celebrating!

I watercolored the critters ~ originally I was going in another direction.

I've paired it with a polaroid frame (spellbinders)

with a starry background (spellbinders) stencil

and popped it all up on the starry background.

That's it for today's card!

Be sure to pop in to see Barb's card

and Jeanette's card!

And thank you Barb for this month's mystery image!

Crafty hugs,



Just because!

 Hi friends!

We made it ...


I am hoping this weekend will behold some crafty time

because my soul needs it :)

Today's card is on my YouTube channel

if you'd like to view it there!

Today's card is one that I created for some friends

that are in the military.

My sweet friend excitedly shared they got their orders to Germany!

She knew that I'd be her most excited friend!

I've used the sensational sunflower stamp set from 

Pink Fresh Studios and popped up the images on dimensional foam

to give it lots of layers.

There is a very light layer of distress oxide blending on the panel

and then an embossed vellum circle peeking through.

I do love how this came out -

and hopefully my friend will love it, too!

If you'd like to learn more about this stamp set 

and the proceeds, you can read it here ~

it's a wonderful thing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty hugs,


Card entered to:  Pink Fresh Studio Monthly Challenge

SSSWChallenge ~ Layer it Up!


CCEE2219 ~ Dance Like a Chicken Day!

 Hi friends!

National Dance Like a Chicken Day was this week ~

 so let's have some fun at the CCEE Stampers!

This day entertains with people flapping their arms 

and strutting chicken-like.

Create a card with a chicken(s) as the star!

Dancing is optional :)

For my card, I've used CC Designs Roberto 

and Echo Park paper with a farm/chicken theme

to create a whimsical card for a special chick! 

Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog

and see what the Design Team has created!

Thanks for stopping by!