Bye for now

Hi Friends ��

A quick update.. I was sick last week when I was diagnosed with gallstones and went to the doctors on Sunday and now have pneumonia �� I'm at home from work resting a lot but I've made a few decisions . I need to make myself better I need to concentrate on my health for my kids and my grandkids  , so I have sadly stepped down from two of my design teams �� I will no longer be on City  Crafter design team, or Paper Sweeties �� it's a said decision to make but I have a lot of stress in my life right now and I need to concentrate on me for the moment . I wanted to let you know as my blog will be silent for a while but my love for paper crafts will bring me back when I'm well and healthy again �� thank all of you guys for all of your support and well wishes ��I have made such wonderful friends I love this community that we have ! I will visit your blogs soon when I can  , I'm sure I'll be laying around healing �� see you soon friends !! 

CAS(E) this Sketch Guest Designer

Hi Friends! Today I'm the Guest Designer at CAS(E) this sketch! Unfortunately, I have been very sick since Christmas. I have had three attacks that were unbearable. I went to the doctor yesterday and had an Ultrasound and it's my Gallbladder. I have stones and will have to have surgery. I didn't get my cards to Chrissy in time (yesterday,) was in horrible pain. I was a bit better today but sleeping alot and the heating pad is my best friend! Anyway , that's it for now....going back to bed :-(. Thanks Chrissy, I'm so honored!!



This technique is done by expermenting! I used a brayer and paint on an embossing folder. You don't run the embossing folder thru any machines, you just brayer the paint onto the folder put the paper inside and run your fingers over the folder to spread the paint. I added three different colors of paint each time. I think I really like this technique!

Hugs, Char


City Crafter week #245 Oh Feathers!

Hi Friends! Today a new challenge is up at City Crafter! Kirsty is our hostess and she has chosen the theme :
Feathers (To have feathers on your project, stamp, embellishment, wood piece, patterned paper etc)
For my card I started with a stamp set from Pink paislee called  "Color Wash Stamps"
I stamped the background with pigment inks and then die cut a feather from Wplus9. I glued about 5 feathers under the inked one for height,  And then layered the feather back on top.
 Bea , this week's Guest Designer has graciously offered this week's prize package! (See picture below)
Thanks for visiting! I had a great time with my daughter and Granddaughter this weekend, although Kinley was sick :-( It's hard to see babies sick, but she's better today! Her Dad was out of town so I helped Destiny with her. It's hard not to steal her lol!
Have a great week!
Hugs, Char 

Paper Sweeties Rewind!

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! Today were celebrating Paper Sweeties release yesterday and doing one more card as a Rewind! For my card I used two different Paper Sweeties stamp sets, one old and one new! The 1st stamp set I used is called Bouncing baby and its a new set released yesterday! The 2nd set I used is an older set called Occasions !

On my way down to visit sweet Kinley after work...Her Daddy 's going out of town on business and I'm going to hang with my daughter and Kinley!
Have a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs, Char

Paper Sweeties January Release Party!

Hi Friends! It's release day at Paper Sweeties! I've made a  card with Bouncing Baby! I started by embossing the baby elephant with white embossing powder and then watercoloring him with some oranges and pinks.

Today you can order the darling sets you've seen here and
on the DT'S blogs!

New Product Links!
Paper Sweeties
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back for one more card made with these adorable stamp sets!
Hugs,, Char

Paper Sweeties January Release Countdown!

Hi Again! It's the second day of Peeks for Paper Sweeties January Release! Today I am showing the stamp set "Bouncing Baby". The release this month is all baby themed and so adorable!

Be sure and check out the so very talented DT :-)

Thanks for visiting and I'll be back tomorrow for the January Release Party!!
Hugs, Char

Paper Sweeties January Release Sneak Peeks!

Hi Friends!! This is my second post for today !  It's that time again , for Paper Sweeties January Sneak Peeks!! Today I used the new release Bundle of joy! It's the sweetest little baby buggy! I paper pieced the buggy and added some buttons on the wheels :-)

Be sure and check out the DT'S creations!

Sweet Cuts - Bundle of Joy

I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek :-) Hugs. Char

City Crafter Challenge #244 Winter White

Hi Friends! Today is a new challenge at City Crafter!! The sweet and talented Stella is our hostess! Stella has chosen the theme:
Winter White (make a card or project with mainly white and add some touches of neutral or pastel colors, for example pale blue, pink, green or grey)

Well, This is as white as I get lol! I used a stamp from Altenew called Doodle Blooms and the sentiment is from Wplus9 called Strickly Sentiments 5. A very casual design

The fabulous Deepti is our Guest Designer this week yay!!! Be sure to visit her here

And yuou can check our the fabulous DT'S creations at City Crafter!

Hugs, Char

Happy Birthday Ros!!!

Hi  friends! Today is a special day! It's my dear friend Ros birthday! I made this card for you Ros to celebrate your special day! I'm sorry I didn't get it mailed in time but it will arrive soon :-)
For my card I used the big tag set called "Tags a Lot" from  Mama Elephant and folded the paper and left the top un cut so it would be a card. I used Papertrey Birthday Style Stamp. I cut the balloons out with from glitter paper from DCWV glitter paper. Less mess lol! A little washi tape and some sequins.

Miss Kinley is in on the celebration too!! :-) Almost 7 months! I just can't believe it :-(

Ros, dear friend have a day that's as special as you!!! Hugs, Char

City Crafter Challenge #243 Burlap Love

Hi and happy Tuesday! It's time again for a new  City Crafter Challenge and It's my turn to host. I have chosen the theme:
BURLAP! (Make a card or project using burlap) :-)

A little Crate paper, burlap and love went into this card :-)
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a fabulous day! Char

Happy Anniversary Fusion!!

Hi Friends!! Happy Sunday! I had some time to play in the Fusion Anniversary challenge. It's their 1 year anniversary!!

I used some Crate paper goodies on this card and the circle is an old stamp I had from Calico Studio. The sentiment is from PTI!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!! Hugs, Char

Mixed Media Card Challenge New

Hi Friends!! Happy New Year to you!!! This is my second post for today. For Paper Sweeties go here.
The new challenge for The Mixed Media Card Challenge is up!! The theme is "NEW" Lots of ways to interpret that theme -- you could use new supplies, have the word "new" in your card, use a technique that is new to you, or however else you'd interpret the theme. "Tissue" is an optional element.

I liked the picture so thought I'd make something similar. I started by blending some distress inks to make the background. My card in person is alot darker, but I like the pink! I glittered up my fireworks with some Martha Stewart Glitter. The city scene is cut with my Cameo as is the sentiment.

I hope that the year year brings you lots of joy and happiness!!! Hugs, Char

Paper Sweeties January Inspiration Challenge #27 - 'Winter Wishes'

Hi and Happy New Year!!! I hope 2015 brings all of you the best!! I want to thank all of you for your friendship and sharing your wonderful creativity with us all to enjoy! Here's to a NEW and wonderful year!

Paper Sweeties has a new challenge up!
For my card I used the new set called Homemade with Love and the sentiment is from the set Let It Snow

Be sure and check out the fabulous DT's creations :-)
January Guest Designer:  Beth Johnson
Hugs, Char

Christmas Trip

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! My daughter Destiny , Kinley and I went to Santa Cruz, Monterrey and Carmel. Carmel was my favorite because of the beautiful houses, scenic drive and wonderful shops..If you can think of the most quaintest town ever it's Carmel. They are known for their storybook houses.Below are a few. I hope you don't mind but I posted a few pictures of the trip! We had alot of fun! I WANT one of these houses, they are so darn cute in person!


Kinley at Carmel State beach...1st time with her feet in the sand :-)
These next set of pictures are also Carmel's 17 mile drive. It's full of beautiful homes, Pebble beach, and gorgeous ocean! We saw about ten seals to the right of this picture....waiting for those pictures from dd.The day could not have been more perfect!


 On to Santa Cruz!

Kinley and Destiny at Santa Cruz Boardwalk Dec 2014
Kinley at 6 months


 Monterrey Bay Aquarium

We were doing to go to Disneyland but canceled the trip until next year. To many obstacles , but we had so much fun on this trip anyway!
 Hugs. Char

Papertrey Monthly Blog Hop!

Hi friends !! A quick post as I'm out of town and posting from my iPad lol

Lots of glitter on this card !!

Hugs Char

Paper Sweeties Designer of the month

Hi Friends! This month I am the designer of the month at Paper Sweeties!  Each month Debbie takes turns with the whole DT. I decided to make a card using Deck the Halls , I just love Debbie's sweet little bird with his matching Santa Hat! I also haven't made to many Shabby cards lately and thought it was about time :-).

Thanks Debbie!! Merry Christmas to everyone!

Hugs, Char