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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Greetings from Montpelier VT!

This morning I am posting two pictures I got from our granddaughter at Culinary School.  The first is the landscape as she walked from her apartment VERY EARLY to her pastry class......I think she leaves before 5:30 AM.



She called it "Walking in a Winter wonderland, and it sure is gorgeous!

Then this is her Final Exam in her Laminations class.........Cruffins (a croissant in the shape of a muffin), with brown butter pastry cream, and maple sugared pecans on top.  They sold out immediately at the school bakery in downtown Montpelier.  And no wonder!!



I just hate it when she sends pictures of her pastry.....I salivate for nothing!!!  But...........

WAY TO GO, ERIN !!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CCEE1648 RED!

Maryann is our Hostess for the month of December, where we have only two challenges.

She tells us, "Today is 'Eat a RED Apple Day', so in the spirit of Christmas let's create something includes the color RED."  How perfect is that for ME!!!!!


Join us in making a RED card, and post yours HERE on our blog.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CCEE1647 Pins and Needles

For her last Challenge, Frances told us :

Sunday, November 27th is Pins and Needles Day, which commemorates the opening of a historical Broadway play called Pins and Needles.  This week, let's create cards with a sewing theme, using either stamps, dies, papers, buttons, pins, needles, or any combination of the above.



Inside, my card says "What's Up?"

My stamps are from MFP, and I used the dress form die from PTI, along with the chevron dies, and an oval Nestie.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CCEE1646 Bear

Frances tells us yesterday was "Have a Party with Your Bear Day", so to celebrate, she challenged us to feature bears on our cards this week.



These images are from Stampendous.  Of course, this card will go to one of our grands!

Join us on our blog with your card of a bear HERE.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WInter Trees

I don't usually post the cards I make daily......they are always on SplitCoastStampers if you really want to see them. (Or on Pinterest)  Today was the exception.

I followed the sketch that's posted every Wednesday.

I turned it 90 degrees, and made my card.  Here it is.


The trees in the front take the place of three of the circles, and for the fourth I die cut and sponged two clouds.

When I had it all done, it looked a little sparse, so I punched out some RED birds.  Still not finished looking, I sprayed the whole card with White Linen to make snow.  Then it was done.

I love the look of the gently sponged sky with soft clouds, and the pines in the background.  I hope you like it too.  If you are looking at this card, and you receive it in the mail for Christmas, you won't be surprised, but in real life, the cards are much better in person!

Stamps: Inkadinkado, Paper Co. Studio
Inks: Cool Caribbean, Handsome Hunter (Stampin' Up), Ranger White Linen Spray
Paper: White, RED, Hunter
Dies: Memory Box clouds, Dee's Winter Tree

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CCEE1645 Origami

Frances tells us:

"Tomorrow, November 11th is Origami Day.  Let's include something origami on our cards.  It could be a folded shirt, dress, crane, a folded box - whatever you like."


I made an origami doll, following this SCS tutorial.  At first I went to Pinterest, and tried a bat, then a frog, and ended up more confused than when I started!!!  This one looks so easy, but it's NOT!!!

If you are brave, join us, and link your origami piece to our blog HERE.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

CCEE1644 Wobble

Frances is our Hostess for the month of November....  Here is her first challenge:

"The 2nd of November was Wobbly Wednesday, the day to bring awareness to a condition called Nystagmus, a non-stop and uncontrolled movement of the eyes, symptomatic of problems with the visual system of the brain and body.  For our challenge this week, let's add something wobbly on our card....it could be those fun wobbly eyes, action wobbles or some other form of movement on your card."



I just love this image and saying from Your Next Stamp, and after cutting it out, added an action wobble to the back of the light bulb for a little fun.  This card will go to one of my grandsons.

Feel free to join us, adding your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CCEE1643 Recipe Card

For her last challenge, Joanne gives us a recipe:
 Circular and square elements
 Flower(s)
 Dry Embossing
 Bling

This was really fun!!


The Chloe Stems are the circular element.  The 2 layer flowers have little tiny rhinestones inside them.  I added leaves and a ribbon, and distressed the edges of the squares.  This card is in very soft shades of green and tan, and was hard to photograph, so I've added a little description.

Thanks for looking.  Please join the team for a look at what they have done, and add your card to our blog HERE.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CCEE1642 One Layer card

This week Joanne has a double Challenge for us:  First you must make a true one layer card....nothing popped up or embellished. Second the card must have a Halloween or Thanksgiving theme.



My card is made with the Autumn Days set from Stampin' Up.  I used only markers rubbed on the stamps, in RED, orange, olive, and brown, on tan paper.  The sentiment is also SU.

Please join us, linking your card on our BLOG, where you can see the cards made by the rest of the team.  Be sure to be here next week for Joanne's last challenge.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

CCEE1641 World Sight Day

For Joanne's second challenge, she says'

"Today is World Sight Day.  Include glasses, eye charts, or a sentiment related to one's sight on your card."



I thought this would make a fun tall card!!  Isn't the sentiment just perfect for the image??

Please join us HERE.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

CCEE1640 Get Well

Joanne begins the month of October as our hostess.  For her first challenge, she says:

"Today is Physician's Assistant Day.  In honor of that, let's make get well cards."



I started with the sentiment from Inky Antics, and went into my OLD Christmas stamps for this angel from Stampin' Up.  Lots of vanilla and purple, and a pretty print.  I hope you like it.

Please join us HERE on our blog with your get well card, and check out what the rest of the team has done..

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CCEE1639 Christmas/Winter

Today, as her last challenge, Lois says,

"Summer is over.  Let's make a Christmas and/or Winter card."



I made a Z-fold card, using Tapestry stamps in RED and green.

Please join us, linking your card HERE.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CCEE1638 Follow the List

This week Lois has given us a list to follow:

Include on your card (1) animal
                                  (2) layers
                                  (3) colors (plus neutrals - black, white, gray - if you wish)



I used gray for the words and the fox, and white paper.  On this I used dp in green, pink, and blue.  I think all this fits the list.

Please join us, posting you card HERE.  See you next week!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CCEE1637 Just Die Cuts

Lois gave us the new challenge:  Make a card with NO stamping - just die cuts.



I used die cut circles, flowers, ferns, and pennants.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you will want to join us.  If you do, please link to our blog HERE.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CCEE1636 W-O-R-D

Lois gave us a word challenge this week - the word being WORD.  Include something on your card that begins with each of the letters in W-O-R-D.

Today is also our 53rd anniversary!!  This card will go to my DH.  Inside it says, "thanks for all you do"!



W = white;  O = owl;  R = round;  D = doily

Please feel free to join us HERE, where you can see the rest of the team, and post your own entry.

See you again next Thursday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Halloween Accordian

Here are the panels of the Halloween Accordian I made with the 5 Little Pumpkins, a finger play for Kindergarteners:

This is the outside (first panel)


2nd panel


Next:


Next:



Last:



And this is what it looks like open a bit.



Tied with a ribbon, I think it's kinda cute!