July 22, 2014

City Crafter Challenge # 221 Christmas in July

Hi Friends! It's the fabulous Kirsty's turn to host this week and she has chosen the theme:

 Christmas in July (never too early, so YES, make a Christmas card for the challenge this week :-)


I hope you can play along! With it being 110 in Redding it was hard to make a Christmas card  :-) Ummm I wonder if Kirsty had the same problem? I used the stamp set from Hero Arts called Wreath of leaves. I embossed the stamp set with Shabby Shutters embossing powder. The poinsettia die is from IO and the house is PTI. Still at the coast and having a great time for my B'day!  Be back soon :-) Hugs, Char

July 15, 2014

Curtain Call Chalenge ~ Anything goes

Hi Friends! I made a card for the Curtain Call Challenge. It's their 1st anniversary and I thought a bright, happy card was in order :-)

I used this months kit from PTI and stamped some circles in bright happy colors, added some washi tape and stamped the label and rose.

If you have a chance to play along you can go here !
Have a great day!! Char

City Crafter Challenge #220 Chipboard Challenge

Hi and Happy Tuesday! Its Anna's turn this week to pick the challenge and she has chosen the theme:

The Challenge: To use at least 1 chipboard
For my card I made my own embellie by embossing chipboard and than painting it, and sanding. For the embossing I used this embossing folder called patchwork. The paper is a combination of digital and Studio Calico South of Market pp. The sentiment is from PTI as is the border. I added some lace on top of the turquoise frame and finished off with some acrylic paint.

GD: Robyn (spotlight artists award winner week 206)

The winner this week is going to win this packet of Chipboard Alphabets from Maya Road, sponsored by Kirsty.

I hope you can play along this week girls! To play go here , stop by and see the awesome DT's creations!
It was 113 today , I'm leaving for the ocean on Saturday for my Birthday ...I can't wait to feel the cool air!
Hugs, Char

July 11, 2014

U Rock!

Hi There! I just wanted to share another card I made for The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog! For the challenge go here! You still have some time to join in the fun!

For my card I embossed my watercolor paper by running the stencil with an embossing mat through my Big Shot to get the impression onto the paper. Then I laid the stencil back over the paper and used my blending tool and distress inks to add the desired color to the dry embossed part. Its easy and a fun way to make a back ground :-) I finished off by adding several sheets of patterned paper to the background and added a strip of double sided tape to the bottom,  pulled off the paper and added gold glitter. The sentiment is from Altenew and it's called "Label Love", the bird is from Hero Arts ,  and the heart is embossed with some Orange Zing embossing powder.
I can't leave with out posting a current picture of Miss Kinley :-) You know us grandma's :-)
I told my daughter that since she lives in another town I NEED a picture of Kinley every day, every day :-), so this was my picture on Tuesday snapped with her phone! I love this little girl so much and threaten to steel her every day! I'm having a sleepover with the other grans on Friday...I'm trying to talk Destiny into coming up for the night with Kinley. The other grands LOVE Miss Kinley  and smile from ear to ear when they see her :-) ......it would be fun to have all my girls  in one place for a sleepover!
I hope you can play along with the MMCC, it's so much fun to get your hands inky!! Hugs, Char

July 08, 2014

City Crafter Challenge # 219 Sunshine and Lavender

Hi Friends! It's my turn to host this week at City Crafter and I picked the theme:

Sunshine and Lavender (make a card or project using the colors yellow and lavender)


I started  by blending some distress ink for the yellow back ground. The stars are cut with a die, and then stamped and water colored with more distress inks. The sentiment is PTI that I backed with patterned paper.
This weeks Guest Designer is karasiowa ! She is a very talented designer, and layers cards fabulous!
I hope you can play along this week! I love seeing your cards in the gallery!! If you want to play go here and be sure to check out the amazing DT's creations! Hugs, Char

July 06, 2014

Paper Sweeties Challenge # 21 Patriotic Prints

Happy July and welcome to another fun Paper Sweeties Challenge ! Sorry I'm late on my post due to baby I didn't get all my DT cards done...tried :-)

 For my card I used You make me smile and Alphas Lower

This is a month long challenge so link up and join the fun.
You can link up on the Paper Sweeties Blog HERE.
Need more inspiration well hop with the Paper Sweeties Design Team.
July Guest Designer: Bethie Johnson

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Char

July 03, 2014

Bundle of joy Bottle Card

Hi Friends! Just popping in before this weekend starts to play in a fun challenge at The Card  Concept Challenge! This challenge seems perfect for what's been going on in my life lately :-) I just happened to make a few baby cards lately :-)

Seems like I've been on a Mixed Media kick for awhile now and wanted to use up some of my Crate Paper, and what better paper then the Little Bo Peep collection for a new born :-) I love the rose paper...so vintage and soft. The bottle was cut with my Cameo.

I always look at the different classifications and not quite sure which one this fits into? Maybe shabby?
I'm going back to my daughters tomorrow...miss that baby so much already :-) But, whatever your plans are I hope you have a wonderful 4th!!!!! Hugs, Char

July 01, 2014

Mixed Media Challenge July ~ A touch of Nature

For this week's new City Crafter Challenge go here

 Hi Friends! I'm so excited and honored to have been chosen as one of Shery's new DT members for the Mixed Media Card Challenge! (Thank You Shery!) She has an awesome lineup of really talented people and I'm so excited to see and be inspired by their work :-) Thank You miss Sue for the info :-)

I started with a manila tag . I sprayed 3 different colors of Dylusions sprays (Tangerine, Pure Sunshine, Fresh Lime) directly onto the stencil MPD Concentric Circles , then I layered the tag on top of the stencil to create the back ground. The bird is water colored with distress pens. The  flowers are stamped from a PTI set called Polka Dot Parade # 2  , The bird is from Dina Wakley called Scribbly Birds . I colored the ribbon with some spray ink also. I love this little bird and I'm afraid he will be used a lot lol!

I hope you can join in the fun this month! The 1st challenge starts July 1-25 Go here to check out this awesome Mixed media Challenge Blog and all the awesome DT'S creations!! I'm positive you will have lots of fun!!
I'm home today from my daughters and here's a picture of my new grandbaby :-) more to follow :-). I am the luckiest girl ever! She is so so precious!

Hugs Char

City Crafter Challenge # 218 Let's go to the beach

Hi Friends! The wonderful Ros is our host this week and she has chosen the theme:
Let's go to the beach (create a beach themed card or project)

This card was made with Crate Paper's "The Pier" I have also used a digital image from Bety's digital shop.

This weeks prize : Prize: 3 digi sets from Deedees Digi !!
 And this week's guest designer is : Ela17 (spotlight artists award winner week 206)
And be sure to stop by City Crafter to see the other DT's creations! Hugs, Char

June 25, 2014

Papertrey blog hop!!

Hi Friends! I'm still at my daughters, and hopefully I scheduled this to post right! Today is PTI's monthly blog hop! I chose to work with the colors and a sketch!

I cut the circles with my Cameo and then colored them in with my blending tool, the stamp set is Wet Paint, and then I splattered pink and gold speckles all over :-) That's about it

I'm sorry I won't be able to hop around until I am home and looking forward to it!!
Hugs Char

June 24, 2014

City Crafter Challenge # 217 Red,White and Blue

Hi Friends! The wonderful Kirsty is our Host this week and she have chosen the theme:
Red, White and Blue (create a project that includes all 3 colors, other colors are allowed but we must be able to see Red, White and Blue on the project)

This week's Guest designer is the talented Victoriya N (spotlight artists winner week 206)
This week's winner receives a Guest Spot!! Be sure and visit City Crafter to see the wonderful DT'S creations!
Thank you girls for all the well wishes! We had a little scare this morning and Kinley wound up in NICU, but thankfully all is well and she's coming home today!! She is the most perfect baby :-) Hugs, Char

June 23, 2014


Hi Friends!! Well Destiny made it!! Kinley was born June 21, 2014 at 12:45 a.m. She weighs 7 pounds 2 oz and is 19" long !! I was up for 24 hours but it was worth it! I am still crying with tears of joy! I participated in the birth and saw her born! I can't tell you how beautiful the miracle of birth is! WOW!! I sat and held her for three hours last night and was at the hospital all day today! They will come home tomorrow and I get to share Kinleys bedroom with her while I'm down here  :-) My son , DIL and granddaughters came to visit yesterday and this is Jasmine holding her new cousin! She was so happy for her to finally arrive, they had a calendar and wrote her due date on it, they said she took forever lol!

A card I made last week....one of my nervous energy cards :-)  Another  stamp  from Dina Wakley called Scripted Hearts I used the Rock and Roll technique again to blend the yellow in the center with the red around the outside. The sentiment is from Altenew , and is called Label Love,  the bird is Hero Arts

Well, that's about it, you girls are the best! Thanks for the inquires and well wishes!! Hugs, Char

June 19, 2014


Hi Friends! Just poppin' in to share a card I made (among many) with all this nervous energy I have :-) My Cameo was feeling neglected so I dusted off the cobwebs and put her to work cutting out the background :-) I fell in love with this stamp set and had to get it, it's new from Impression Obsession and you can find it here I water colored it with distress markers. :-)


I hope your having a wonderful week! Thanks for all the wonderful support for me on grand baby! She has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and they might induce :-) I'll keep you posted :-)
 Hugs, Char

June 18, 2014


Hi Friends! I hope your having a wonderful week! So Miss Virginia Lu as been posting a variety of cards that she made with one single stamp and it's the stamp below. Isn't it pretty? I do believe she is an enabler :-)


Here's my take....I used a combination of Alcohol inks (for the flowers) and distress ink. The alcohol inks are very vibrant and bright! Instead of using a felt pad I used a blending tool so I could stay on the lines :-) The sentiment is from Wplus9. I love their handwritten sentiments!

I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Challenge (Anything Goes)

Baby update:  Destiny still hasn't had the baby, but the doctor said he might induce if she hasn't had Kinley by Friday.
Thanks for asking ! You are a great and caring bunch of friends and I appreciate you! Hugs, Char

June 17, 2014

City Crafter Challenge # 216 Fruits

Hi Friends!! Its the talented Anna's turn to host this week and she has chosen the theme:
Fruits (make a card or project with fruits)

I started by using a stencil underneath and using a melon and yellow ink. The top is a die from Kelly Perky called outline chevron.  The stamps in the center are PTI, a few sequins and that's it!

Our Guest Designer this week is Sylvia Nelson !! (spotlight artists winner week 206)
And be sure to stop by City Crafter and see the awesome creations of the other DT!
I'm linking this card up to Simon Says Stencil it!
Hugs, Char

June 15, 2014


Hi Friends! Well no baby yet :-( Hopefully soon! She's starting to dilate so that's a start lol!
I got some goodies today on the mail..... Stamps by Dina Wakely so I played tonight. I have so much nervous energy waiting for Kinley I made four cards tonight lol!

 This stamp set is called Circle Script . I LOVE it! I used the rocking technique on the top circle  and a strait pink on the bottom circle. The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter.
I have to tell you about a great place to shop in case your looking. It's called Frantic stamper and they have a big inventory of everything! They have 1000's of dies and everything else you could want. I ordered on Thursday and it was on my doorstep  Friday...granted there in Medford Oregon which is only 3 hours away but they are very quick at shipping which is a plus for impatient people like me :-)
I hope you Have a great weekend! I'll keep you posted on baby status!
Hugs, Char


June 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Anna!!

Hi! It's a special day today! It's Annas birthday, please join us at City Crafter to wish her the best birthday ever!!

 I cut the butterfly with my Cameo. I cut a second butterfly for the top. I embossed the top with molding paste and used a Tim Holtz Doily stencil. Let it dry and then add watercolor over butterfly. When that's dry I added pure color in spots over the top to bring out the detail. Add stickles when dry and that's it. The rose die is from MFT. I cut from watercolor paper, dipped in distressed ink and after it dried I added stickles to the petals.

Happy Birthday Anna!!!! I hope your day is as special as you!! Hugs, Char

June 11, 2014

Watercolor Love

Hi Again! Here's another card I made by embossing with a stencil, it's the same technique as the balloons. See this post. I love the textue that this technique creates! The butterfly is from Poppy Stamps and you can find it  here . I finished it off with a little washi tape and that's it!


On a baby note.......No baby yet :-( Shes actually due on Monday! This waiting is making me a nervous wreak, everytime she calls me I run for the phone, so I told her when you call just say yes or no and she said are you kidding me? I'm going to be saying get your fanny down here NOW lol!! Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting :-)