Thursday, May 25, 2017

CCEE1721 CCEE

For Lois's last challenge, she wants us to celebrate our challenge team by representing each of the letters in our name - C-C-E-E.

I used celery, chick, and cameo for the C's
and egg and evergreen for the E's

and made a little matchbox.............it's 1 3/4 " X 1 1/4" and 1/2" deep.



Here it is closed...cameo flowers, gold stickle centers, evergreen leaves, and a green brad.



Inside it says "chick's rule!", and the chick is on a spring so it pops up when opened.

Lois, I hope you enjoyed all the cards (and matchbox) I made in your honor with folds!

Please join us, linking your card or project HERE.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Busy Weekend!

Saturday morning, our youngest grandson, John, was confirmed.  The Bishop presented a fairly good sized Confirmation class, and the service was wonderful.

Here's John, wearing his new glasses.

And after, with the family.




Last Confirmand, and Amy says........."PHEW!"

Later...............

Tommy and Sophia went to the Junior Prom, with a whole group of friends in a limo.

Erin just had to have a pic with her younger, but taller, brother.



Here are Tommy and Sophia Colletta:




Just heard from DD, and Tommy said they danced all night, the food was edible (chicken something), and they were all exhausted by the time they got to the Norum's to sleep.  I guess he woke up when someone stepped on him, but it was morning anyway.  Amy and Erin provided breakfast, and the newly licensed guy drove home.  I'm so glad they all had such a good time!!  (And didn't he look fab in his new tux???)

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Driver!

This has been quite a week for our grandson Tommy.

First, he received an International Latin award (for prose!!)






Then he had his 17th birthday (with sister Erin, who was 20 last week)



and, to top it off, his driver's license!!



Congratulations Tommy!  Hard to top a week like this!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CCEE1720 Fun Fold

Lois loves to make fun fold cards...we all know that.  So this week she asked us to make a card that includes more than one fold.



Well Lois, here ya go!! Lots of folds, not to mention some dp and pups!!

Please feel free to join us.  Link your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCEE1719 Wildflowers

Lois tells us that the second week in May is Wildflower Week.  The challenge is to include some flowers on our cards.




Since Lois really likes folded cards, I've decided to honor her this month with those as well as her challenges.  Here you see the front of the card.






And her is what it looks like opened up.  I love the little spray of Spring flowers in the diamond and in the corners.  I hope  you like them too.

Please join us, and link your card HERE.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A gift for Jake

The challenge today from Audrie at SCS was really fun.  We were to be inspired by a Pinterest site of hers, where she saved hand-made books.  I chose an accordian design, which I'm showing you here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/387591111671070130/

and here is what I did with it:



I filled the accordian album with pictures:



Jake came to spend a few hours with us, play cards, and eat.  I offered him this little mini album to take to college with him, and he was delighted.  He is one of six cousins, and there are pictures of them, him, and two of the whole family!!

Thanks to Audrie for her great ideas!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCEE1718 Orange

Lois is our hostess for the month of May.  Here's her first challenge:

"Here's a weird celebration.  May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day.  To celebrate, let's include the color ORANGE on our cards."

It's known that orange is Lois's favorite color.  Hmmm.........



The words say, "Hoping your Halloween is spooktacular!"

Wasn't this the perfect time to start my Halloween cards for this year??  I'm not really given to using this color much, but it sure worked here.  Thanks Lois!

Please join us, and be sure to link your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CCEE1717 National Garden Month

Joanne says:  "When I think of April I also think of flowers....spring is here and flowers are blooming.  That is probably why April is National Garden Month".  She has challenged us to make a card that includes floral or garden images.



Dry embossing a beautiful folder, then sponging makes such a pretty card.  Don't you agree?

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CCEE1716 Hi Sunshine

April is also Global Astronomy Month.  Joanne asks us to create a card having to do with astronomy, such as moons and stars, but not limited to that.  We could also fantasize about alien creatures and space travel....we are to use our imaginations and DAZZLE!!



Who could resist using this big bright and happy sun....Dazzling, right???

Please join us HERE and add your card to our blog!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CCEE1715 Humor

Joanne tells us that April is National Humor Month.  There are many occasions when a funny image or sentiment can make the day of someone facing some type of a challenge (or an "aged" birthday).  Our challenge is to make a humorous card.



I thought this cat walking away was hysterical.  We have great friends who have MANY cats, so this goes to them.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCEE1714 Road Trip

Our hostess for the month of April is Joanne.  Her first challenge is to take a scenic road trip on our cards in some way, as the first week of April is called READ A ROAD MAP WEEK.



This old roadster has been around the world, and has said bye-bye to friends and family to go on a trip again.  If I had a car like this I'd be in it all the time!!  I think this makes a great card for a guy who is retiring, don't you?

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CCEE1713 Lyrics/Van Gogh

Vincent
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen, They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now
Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand
These are the lyrics of an old favorite song Lynn asked us to use for inspiration...........Today is Vincent Van Gogh's 164th birthday.

I kept the colors blue and gray, and was inspired by the line ...
"Sketch the trees and the daffodils"
Please join us, adding your inspired card or project HERE.

Monday, March 27, 2017

First College Visit!

How can it be possible that Tommy is visiting colleges???  Our grandson, who wants to be a Doctor, has been deluged by college pamphlets after seeing his PSAT scores.  I think he will end up going to a school where he feels comfortable.  My DD and DSIL are smart to take him as soon as possible.  He's involved with Driver's Ed, and doing his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts, so his time is at a premium.  Here he is in Connecticut, at  Univ. of New Haven with the mascot.


I'll keep posting as he goes on his journey.  (We heard that there was an excellent presentation and tour, and that the food was good.  All important features!)

More good news......while Tommy was in CT, big sister Erin was here.  She is on break from Culinary School where she is a Senior.  Her GPA is 3.97.  How sweet is that!!!  What fab grands we have!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CCEE1712 Puppy

Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend?  In honor of National Puppy Week, find some of your cutest images of a puppy and feature it on your card this week.



Isn't this the cutest thing???  I love this image from Mo Manning!  This goes to my DGD Sam, away at college.

Check out our blog HERE.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CCEE1711 Buttons

National Button Week is coming up, so our challenge is to make use of buttons or faux buttons on our projects.  We could even make a box or jar in which to keep some of our favorite buttons.


I used real glass buttons on this Vintage button card, illustrated by Mucha.  I love his images!  The buttons are Vintage too.

Please join us, adding your project to our blog HERE.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CCEE1710 Bubbles

According to Lynn, this is National Bubble Week.  Our challenge is to make a bubble card.  This might include making use of a technique like painting with bubbles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVOCt5b1sPM) or bubble wrap on a brayer, or a bubble stamp or image of children blowing bubbles.  She says to use our imagination for whatever it brings to mind.


I used an AI image...these gals are using large balls for exercise, but they reminded me so much of bubbles that I couldn't resist using them with the cute saying,
      "May your day bubble over with happiness"

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CCEE1709 OLD!

In honor of "old stuff" day, Lynn, our hostess for March has challenged us to:

"make a card or project making use of some of your earliest stamps of your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash, or a Vintage image of something from the past.



I guess this fits the criteria of something from the past.  When I was little, my grandparents took me to a place in NH for a week that only had a "privy".  I got a kick out of it, but was glad to come back to civilization!

Please join us, and link your card HERE

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CCEE1708 Tic-Tac-Toe

We are finishing off the month with a tic-tac-toe challenge.  We are to pick three vertically, horizontally, or diagonally on the grid.



I chose the diagonal from the lower left hand corner to the top right - fancy fold, blue, ribbon.



Please join us, adding your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CCEE1707 Feminine Birthday

In honor of Liz and Lynn's mom's birthday today, the challenge is to make a feminine birthday card for some special lady in your life.



My special neighbor will get this card for her birthday.  She loves blue and butterflies..what could be better?

Please join us, adding your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CCEE1706 Valentine

For our challenge this week, Liz has asked us to show a little love by making a handmade Valentine.  It's a color challenge.....RED, black, and white, and for the bonus, add a glimmer of silver.



My Valentine kitty is wearing Valentine boxer shorts that are fussy cut and popped.  The image is pasted over RED mirror paper, and there are silver heart brads scattered about.  The fun sentiment is from Joanne Woodward - Paul Newman must have been a fab guy, but not as fab as my DH who will get this card from me!

Please join us by adding your card HERE to our blog.

Monday, February 6, 2017

We have three family birthdays within 15 days.........John, our youngest grandson on Jan. 30, David, our son on Jan. 31, and DH, Jay, on Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day).  We get the family together to celebrate them with a cake with three candles.

This year, Amy has the flu, so all of the Chisholm's stayed home.  We didn't get John.  We had the rest of the guys, and only two candles, but we managed to sing really loud, so maybe John heard us!  Here are the birthday boys.  Happy Day, guys!!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CCEE 1705 Reading/Book

Our new hostess for the month of February is Liz Williams.  In honor of Library Lovers month, she challenged us to a reading or a book theme for our cards.

I used Fairy Tales as my theme......


Inside it has a humorous comment:

"Life is not a fairy tale.  If you lose your shoe at midnight, you're drunk!"

I send cards to my DD at her Law Office every week.  She has a difficult job, lots of  hours, etc.  As a result, the cards I send to her are always fun.  Her legal secretary, Annie, and Dori, her office manager, also get a card occasionally, and the cards are left beside the coffee machine for them and the other lawyers to enjoy.  I think this card will bring smiles, and maybe a laugh or two.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy BIrthday David!

Today is our eldest son's birthday.  David is.......dare I say it??........52!  Hard for his mother to be only 39 today!!



Here he is with his fabulous family.......Samantha, Sarah, and Nathan.

He has turned out to be more than we ever could have wanted.......he is kind, smart, caring, a hard worker, and so family oriented.  We are so lucky to call him our son.

Happy birthday to you, David,.....we wish for more happiness in your future!!  Love, Mom and Dad.


Congratulations Tommy!

Last evening, Jan. 30th, we were treated to a fabulous evening.  We went to the induction of our grandson Tommy into the National Honor Society at Wachusett Regional High School.



He is not only a wonderful student, but generous, kind, and compassionate.  We are so lucky to have him in our family.  

Here he is after the ceremony, with his big sister Erin:



Here he is with his mother, our daughter Amy, and his father, Tom.



Also, a picture taken with Grammy and Grampy:




Yes, that's me, the old lady on the right.  We were so happy to have been there!!

Only one person was missing..........

Monday, January 30, 2017

John's birthday........16!!!!

Our grandson John was missing from the evening.  We had spent the afternoon with him, celebrating a separate and wonderful occasion.........his 16th birthday.




It's hard to believe that our youngest grandchild is so old!!  Now he will be learning to drive, and taking his first steps to being his own person.  He's wearing his gummy bear socks, and opening presents.  He chose some peace and quiet after we sang to him (loud and off key), and skipped an evening back at the school.  You get all your own choices on your birthday!!

Happy, happy birthday to John, his Celtics shirts, his Walking Dead book, socks and sweatshirt, and new basketball sneakers.  Really growing up!!!  We love you so much!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CCEE1704 SNOW

Vicky says:  "By now we're in the SNOW season.  Let's see an all occasion card - thinking of you, get well, hello........any card you can send on a normal day (no birthdays or holidays), and it should have snow on it, one way or another."

Here's mine:

Inside it says, sending you Eskimo kisses!  I think this is a fun Winter card!

Please join us, linking your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CCEE1703 Black and Ivory

Our challenge today from Vicky, our hostess for January, is to make a card using Black and Ivory.  Here's mine:



I went with a CAS card for my grandson's confirmation.  I think this card is masculine for a 16 year old guy.  No frills, just a simple statement.

Please join us today, and every Thursday, and be sure to link your card HERE.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CCEE1702 Tri-Fold Card

Vicky challenged us to make a tri-fold card........anything we chose from SCS or You Tube.

Here's mine:

Here it is standing up


And a pic of it so you can see the three parts easier.

This is actually an accordian card, but I think it qualifies as it has three parts.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

CCEE1701 Bird Day!

Our hostess for the first month of the new year (can it be 2017 already???) is Vicky Gould.

She loves birds, so her challenge is to show beautiful birds on our cards.  Here ya go, Vicky!


I don't often try my hand at water color, but this image is just so beautiful, I gave it the brush and water.  Because I didn't remove the paint at the end from my craft sheet, I got a few errant marks near the flowers...........so that's why the ribbon is where it is.  Just another opportunity for embellishment!! LOL!

Please join us, and link your card HERE.  See you next week.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Family Christmas

For the very first year, I did not have Christmas.  David, our eldest, offered to have us all, and gratefully I accepted.  My knee surgery was not quite a week old, and I was glad to be able to sit for the most part.

Amy made Swedish meatballs with help from Tommy and John, and Erin made the beautiful tea rings from my last post.  Tom made his fabulous corn casserole that we all missed on Thanksgiving.


David regaled us with rib roasts, spinach and cheese, and baked potatoes stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon (oh boy......that put me right over the top).  Sarah made us dips and plenty of Chex Mix (my personal fav!).

The day before my surgery, Cousin Greg came and we made kruppkakor together - we've talked about doing it for years, and finally did - and I also made pickled pears and sylta, so we ended up with a Swedish Christmas after all.



There was WAY TOO MUCH food altogether, and by dinner time, Jay and I passed, going instead for a little nosh.

Everyone was pleased with presents.  You can see our happy faces in this picture taken by Nate's girlfriend Samantha.



I hope your Christmas was as happy as ours was.....the only comment Jay and I made to each other was that we couldn't believe how fast the grands had become adults!

On the left: David, Sarah, Sam, and Nate in front.
Center:  Jay and me (with one steristrip on my knee)
Right:  Amy and Tom, Erin, John, and Tommy in front.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Oh YUM!

Our talented granddaughter Erin, at Culinary School, has outdone her grandmother (ME!) by not only making our family favorite Swedish Tea Ring, but decorating it as well!



Apparently she made it for a class, and it has become a huge hit......and well it should, as it is as delicious as it looks!!  Brava Erin!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CCEE1649 Gingerbread

From Maryann:

"According to the Days f the Year Web Site, the 10th of December is Gingerbread Decorating Day, and the 12th of December is Gingerbread House Day.  So for our challenge this week, let's include something gingerbread related on our cards."



I just love this new set from SU with the gingerbread boy and girl, and used them to add to my Double Z Fold card.

Please join us in this our last challenge for the year.  Post your card HERE.