Thursday, July 11, 2019

CCEE1928, Cheer Up the Lonely Day, July 11th

Most of us probably know an older person who may or may not live alone.  Let's make a Thinking of  You card and actually send it out.  If you don't know anyone, send it to a local nursing home and address it to "Someone Special" or any other phrase you can think of.  Let's cheer up some people today.....your cards will make a huge difference in a stranger's life!

I have been taking my aunt who broke both legs last November to our local Veteran's Administration Home to play luncheon music for the vets who live there.  What a privilege this has been!  Not only have I enjoyed her music from their era, but I have enjoyed watching those old guys get together and eat their lunch.  Seeing men this age who have lost limbs or are there due to age and no one to take care of them has deeply touched me and given me a new respect for vets! My great uncle served in WWI as a foot soldier and my uncle, who is still living at age 100, served in WWII as a bomber pilot.  I have been privileged  to sit and listen to their tales of valour.  Say a prayer for all our vets …. we would not be the USA without their service and valour!

My card is going to the VA for a vet....where you gonna send yours?  Nursing homes are a wonderful place too.  So, don't forget to mail it to "Someone Special"!  Thanks!

BTW:  This was a Decoupage Pack I got at our local stamp store....I did not do the coloring....just the placement, but I thought it made a "pick me up" card and I like how it turned out.  Hope my vet likes it too!  

Thursday, July 4, 2019

CCEE1927, Freedom Week; July 4-10

It is my turn to take over as the July hostess!  For my first challenge, since both Australia and the USA have red white and blue for their colors, let's use those colors to make a card!  It does not have to be for a holiday just red, white and blue....but, of course, if you send out Patriotic cards, go for it!  Have fun!  

My brother-in-law and his wife got married on the 4th of July, so what better theme for my red, white and blue card than an anniversary card!  Two birds; one stone!  Hmmmm… for me!

Let's see your red, white and blue cards.  Happy 4th to all you in the USA!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tribute to Joanne Grzelak

It was with deep sadness that we learned of Joanne's passing  Joanne was a member of a couple challenge blogs and her cards were always outstanding!  I am privileged to be a member of the CCEE Stampers group as she was....thanks to her!

I met Joanne as a cyber friend on splitcoaststampers more years ago than I can even remember.  She was one of the most gracious, kind people I have had the privilege to cyber-meet.  We had talked on the phone several times and the friendship just grew and grew.  She will be sadly missed!

Joanne loved the ocean and always looked forward to her annual vacation trips!  She was a teacher and loved children.  Therefore, this little boy sadly tracing a farewell to Joanne along the ocean shore seems to characterize Joanne to me.  The sentiment was carefully chosen as it says exactly what I think..…."It's had to forget Someone who gave you so much to remember" ….indeed Joanne can never be forgotten! 

Rest in Peace, dear friend.....until we meet again!

Please check out the beautiful tributes others have made to Joanne and join in if you feel so moved:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CCE1926, National Catfish Day

For her last challenge this month, Lois says "Tuesday (June 25) was National Catfish Day.  Create a card that has some kind of fish or sea life on it.

Well, my sick sense of humor came to the forefront and I decided to go with it.  Hence, the "Catfish"!

I have no earthly idea what to do with this card, but it was fun to put together!  This is a TRUE catfish!  LOL!

Show us your card with fish or sea life!  Have a fun, creative day!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

CCEE1925, National Pink Day

Continuing as hostess, Lois says this Sunday (June 23) is National Pink Day.  Easy challenge - make a pink card!

I decided to make an easel card and found some pink paper which I loved.  This is also a thank you card which will be going to someone pretty special.

The water lily is from Our Daily Bread and colored with Copics.  The sentiment is ???.....a vellum tag I have had for awhile!  I hope you like cards are!

Make a pink card and link back to our blog so we can see it...come on, you know  you want to!

Have a fun, creative day!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

CCEE1924, Stitching

For today's challenge, Lois says to make a card which has some stitching on it..either actual stitching, Faux stitching or stitch-edge dies.

This card serves a double purpose as I needed a card for my step-daughter/friend (much more friend than "step")!  I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop to make my stitched edge. 

All die cuts are from Sizzix--except for blue border beneath the main focus which is from Frantic Stamper.

Come join in with this fun challenge.  Show us your cards by linking back to our blog here.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CCEE1923, High School Graduation

Lois takes over as hostess for the month of June.  Lois says:

"This is the 60th anniversary of my graduation from high school - June 9, 1959.  So, our challenge this week is to make a card depicting your favorite subject in school."

Well, my absolutely favorite subject was shorthand.....and I was very proficient with it and it opened the doors for me to start out as a receptionist at a Savings & Loan, advance to closing secretary, and then Assistant Branch Manager.  When my husband's job took us on the road, I never had a problem getting a job.  I don't even know if they teach shorthand today, but I surely loved it and it opened many doors for me.  I am enclosing a sample of shorthand and a translation of what the sample "practice piece" says.  What fun memories....thanks, beat me by 3 years graduating, but, I wasn't far behind!

Have a fun trip down memory lane and join us in this challenge.  Please add your card to the link on our CCEE blog so we can see your creations and memories!