Thursday, August 27, 2015

CCEE1535, Bow Tie Day

For her last challenge, Frances says tomorrow is Bow Tie Day.  So, let's include some sort of bow on our cards this doesn't have to be a bow tie as long as it is a bow.

Laynee turned 8 this year....last year her birthday present was a little bundle of energy!  I found this pug on Pinterest and knew immediately I had to make it for her birthday party.  I also found that scrapbook paper digital on Pinterest.

The inside has this image on the left:

...and the sentiment says:  "Pugs and Kisses!"  I think she liked it!  Hope you do too!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CCEE1534, Lemonade Day

Frances says that according to the Days of the Year web site, today is Lemonade Day.   Let's celebrate by creating cards that feature lemonade in some way.  If you don't have anything lemon or lemon-related, feature some other kind of beverage.

I found this amazing image on Pinterest.  I computer generated the sentiment and used an unknown digital for my lemons.  The banner was also found on Pinterest.   My card is a box card that fits folded in an A2 Envelope.   Love that Pinterest site!

Join us in celebrating Lemonade Day!  Please add CCEE1534 to keywords on splitcoaststampers and link back to our CCEE Blog.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CCEE533, Screen Divider Card

Today's CCEE challenge issued by Frances is to make a Screen Divider Card.  These are quite easy.  You can find a tutorial here.

Hope you will join in with us this week.  Please add CCEE1533 to key words on splitcoaststampers.  Link back to the CCEE Blog too!

Have a fun, crafty day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

As you may already know, August is Artist Appreciation Month.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a couple artists who definitely inspire me.  
Back around 1982, I was invited to a Stamping Up party…through that party, I joined a group lead by a demonstrator on card making.  At that time, I met my all-time favorite artist, Renee Logan.  Renee and I eventually became friends and today I call her my “soul sister”…although I moved from Virginia, she and I have maintained a close relationship.  However, I digress.  Renee invited me to her “studio” where I was completely overwhelmed.  She has “everything”!  Renee began teaching me about color, coloring, textures, and techniques and I owe any talent I may have completely to her!  Not only does she stamp, she sews AND, she is an awesome oil and watercolor artist.  Her home has many, many awesome oil paintings framed and displayed.  I am so envious of her talent!!

Here are just two of her awesome paintings:

I have been a member of SCS since March 2005 and have had contact with sooo many wonderful artists, but let me first tell you about Kittie Caracciolo a/k/a Kittie747 on SCS.  Kittie was already a member when I joined and I must say, her cards knocked my socks off!  You can see her gallery here .  Her coloring and use of design are awesome.  Kittie moved on as a designer for Impression Obsessions and began making cards using dies…and wow, can she use dies!  The scenes she creates are awesome…so lifelike.  Yes, definitely, Kittie has been a big influence to me!

I also want to point out an artist, Patience Brewster.  You can find her blog here.   Now, there’s another wonderful artist.  You must check out her Christmas Ornaments!!

To all my artistic friends, Happy Artist Appreciation Day….you all deserve applause.  Thank you for your inspiration!  You bring joy to my life.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CCEE1532, National Golf Month

This month, Frances a/k/a stampowl, takes over as hostess.  Frances says:

"Apparently this month is National Golf for our challene this week, let's create a card which features some sort of sport.  Bonus points if you create a Golf themed card.  Oh, and we might need to see the color green on your card too.

I used a Sweet 'n Sassy digital and colored with copics.  I decided to make a box card as I'm in a swap and need 12 box cards.  This card folds flat to fit in an A2 envelope and I love the end results.  I used a white brad to mimic the golf ball!

Come join us.....adding CCEE1532 to key words on splitcoaststampers and linking back to the CCEE Blog.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CCEE1531, Harry Potter

For her last challenge this month, Lynn says:  "Tomorrow is Harry Potter's birthday.  Create a card of some kind that honors this amazing literary character.

Let me tell you what I know about Harry's a book series!  Thank Goodness for Pinterest!

Inside says:  "If it involves hogwarts, magic and saving the wizarding world, count me in.

Have a great day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CCEE1530, Watercolor Bokeh

For this week's CCEE Challenge,Lynn is featuring a background technique known as watercolor bokeh. The word bokeh is a photography term which describes the way a camera lens creates out-of-focus points of light.

Here is an excellent SCS tutorial which explains the steps taken to create this unique look. Take a peek at it if you are not familiar with this background technique.

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom CCEE Stamper blog. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1530 to your keywords.

Love the outcome!