Monday, December 18, 2017

Let It Snow - KSS Monday

As hard as it is to believe, the weatherman is predicting the possibility of another snowfall in Victoria, Texas on or near Christmas! In my entire life, I have had a white Christmas exactly once and that was 14 years ago on my first Christmas in town. Just over a week ago we had about 3 inches of snow, and I felt we were done for at least another 20 years! Now this!! We are all anxiously watching the sky and keeping our fingers crossed.

We certainly won't be doing any ice skating or sleigh riding, but I know if we get even three inches again, there will be snowmen galore!!

So, of course, the weather report is the inspiration for this week's Kitchen Sink sponsored design!

I have entered it in the Splitcoaststampers' Clean and Simple challenge today which is titled White Christmas!!

Images used on today's card come from the following
Kitchen Sink Stamps Sets:

The sentiment was made with Winter Thinlits by Sizzix

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 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Favorites from the CCEE Team - CCEE1750

This week's challenge will be the CCEE Stampers last challenge for 2017 as we all want to take a little time to concentrate on family and friends. Of course, we will be back on the 4th of January to start another year of fun challenges!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of our challenges every week. We love that you play along with us.

Wishing you all a Merry and Safe Christmas and New Year.

Our hostess Joanne Grzelak, has asked that we keep things simple for our final challenge for the year. She requested that we use our favorite holiday stamps to create a card.

Well, I have many, many favorite holiday stamps, but my favorite which I added to my collection this year is Winter Pine by Gina Marie Designs. I hope you like how I used it to create today's Christmas card design.

I mixed it with several of my favorite dies from Gina Marie Designs, Stampin' Up, Taylored Expressions, and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

For more beautiful holiday designs, look in on the rest of the CCEE Design Team today:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cozy Christmas - KSS Let's Make a Scene

Who would have thought that this south Texas girl would wake up on Friday morning and look out her window to see the ground and trees covered with snow? It has been 13 years since we have seen snow in my neck of the woods so, of course, it was the inspiration for this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps.
To create this scene I used images from the following KSS sets:

The die cut window is from Poppy Stamps and the lacey punch is by Martha Stewart.

Be sure to check out Maria's latest creation using her amazing stamps:

 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

Here is a look at the snow event that inspired today's Let's Make a Scene card!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CCEE1749 - Christmas Carols

Now that the holidays are almost upon us, do you find yourself singing or humming along with the Christmas music blasting from every speaker? For our challenge this week, our hostess Joanne has asked that we take our inspiration from any Christmas Carol.

Singing Deck the Halls for my inspiration!!

The images on my design are from Merry Patterns by Stampin' Up.

Find out which holiday carols inspired the rest of the CCEE Stampers!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Playful Christmas 2 - KSS

Today's simple Christmas design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created with images from their Playful Christmas 2. The tree was stamped with Versamark and embossed with copper glitter by Zing! The star was die cut and also embossed with copper glitter. For the sentiment I used Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink. The designer papers are by the Paper Studio.

Take the time to look in on Maria's latest creations below:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CCEE 1747 - Weddings and Babies

As the last of our celebratory month, Joanne would like for
the CCEE Stampers
to make a baby card OR a wedding
card......our choice.

She suggested that if we have lots of time, we could make!!!)
Time I don't have so I made a fun card to welcome a new baby girl.

The Dachshund is from
Gina Marie Designs.

I wonder who made baby cards and who made wedding cards?

Let's Find Out!!

Frances Byrne

Monday, November 27, 2017

Peace to All - Let's Make a Scene - KSS

For this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps I have created a card for the holiday season using images from Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees and Multi Step Birch Trees. The sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps' Playful Christmas 1. The moose was created with a moose die from Gina Marie Designs.

Color Recipe 
for the snowy pines
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade

Color Recipe
for the birch trunks
Layer 2 PaperTrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Layer 1 PaperTrey Ink Classic Kraft

I used a brush to add Peacock Feathers Distress Ink for the sky.

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Kitchen Sink Stamps
when you visit

 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator
of Kitchen Sink Stamps

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CCEE1747 - Holiday Stash

This week Joanne has the CCEE Stampers making a card for our holiday stash.  She said it can be a Christmas card, a New Year’s card, or a winter card…..whichever one we think we most need for our stash.

I am frantically trying to get my Christmas cards in the mail before December 1 so mine is a Christmas card, of course.

This card was created with Stampin' Up's Night in Bethlehem.

See the cards the members of the CCEE Design Team are adding to their stashes this week!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Roses of Sympathy - KSS

A dear friend lost her sweet mother on Saturday so for this week's design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps I have used their 3 Step Heart & Roses set and their Words of Comfort & Joy to create this feminine sympathy card.

Color Recipe for the Rose

Layer 4 Memento Rhubarb Stalk stamped 3 times (using my MISTI, of course)
Layer 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Layer 2 Memento Love Letter
Layer 1 PaperTrey Ink Hibiscus Burst

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 1 Memento Pistachio

The embossing folder is Rose by Anna Griffin for Cuttlebug.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CCEE1746 - Floral Birthday

Happy Birthday to our beloved CCEE hostess, Joanne Grzelak!!  In honor of her special day, this week's challenge is to make a feminine birthday card with flowers.  In addition, Joanne has asked the CCEE Stampers to honor her on her birthday by doing a random act of kindness.  She has asked us to call a friend who might need cheer, pay for someone's coffee, or give a hug, .....try to make a difference.

The sentiment is from Happy Birthday, Everyone by Stampin' Up
The Die Cut Wildflowers are by Tim Holtz

Here are the floral creations from the rest of the CCEE Stampers honoring Joanne on her birthday!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings - KSS LMS061

I have been struggling with computer issues in recent days and have finally gotten this post to load. Later this morning, it is off to the repair shop where I hope they are able to fix all the computer problems I have been having for the past week.

For today's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have made a card of thanksgiving. It includes images fro the following Kitchen Sink Stamps sets.

3 Step Turkey Trot
Multi Step Trees
Multi Step Birch Trees
Multi Step Pumpkins

Check out Maria's blog below for more
Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CCEE1745 - Masculine Cards

Our CCEE hostess, Joanne, says that she never seems to have enough masculine birthday cards.  She has therefore declared this a week for the guys. We are to make a masculine card of any type….does not have to be a birthday card.

I am always in need of masculine cards of encouragement to send for members of my church. I made a half-dozen of these this week to add to my church stash.

The deer image is from Gina Marie Designs and the sentiment is from New Mercies by Verve. The woodgrain background was stamped with Hardwood by Stampin' Up.

See more wonderful masculine designs
by the CCEE Stampers: