Hi Friends,
I just wanted to let you know why I've been MIA....I've had a horrible family tragedy. Please keep me in your prayers.
Thank You, Char

Winnier of theWinniw and Walter Leading Lady ~ Month of June

Hi! I know I was suppose to post the winner of my Leading Lady Month, and I'm a few days late, I'm sorry for that. The winner of the 30.00 gift package is : Lisa!!! , Congrats Lisa!! Send me your information and I'll make sure Shay gets it!

Thank You everyone who left such sweet comments, I felt loved!!

Hugs, Char

Winnie and Walter Week 4 Vellum

Hi Friends! Happy Saturday! I'm so excited to be back for another round of fun! This month flew by!  I 've had a blast being here and sharing some fun techniques.  I have been a big fan of Winnie and Walter from the beginning and was over the top excited to be June's  Leading Lady!  Shay and Julie are wonderful !! I can't tell you how much I appreciate you girls! Thank You for your  kindness and generosity !

The topic today is Vellum!
Vellum is a translucent paper that is used by a lot of card makers. It can adapt itself to lots of different techniques. Because it's a different type of paper, it has to be handled differently than other papers,  It can add lots of dimension to your cards. Vellum comes in many different colors. I just used the clear but it comes in many colors! 

On this card I used the fabulous Multifaceted Cutaway to start. I added bits of patterned paper for interest. I tore some vellum and placed on top of the die. then I layered some hearts, die cut some xoxo's  from Audrey Cutaway's to place on top of that . For the top piece I die cut the word "always" on a plain piece of cardstock, backed it with patterned paper and stamped "Love You" on you on top with "The Big, The Bold and the Happy" I finished off with some cut hearts and a beautiful gold embossed rose from Maggie's Roses :Cutaways, and some water colored leaves from the same set.

I love this stamp set called In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya and thought it would be fun to stamp with different flowers and ink colors to make my background. I then added a layer of vellum over the top to soften. Sometimes I like to sew the vellum, it adds character to the card ! I then added an additional square of vellum under the dark blue  sentiment. The sentiment is from In a word, Hello. I love all these big dies because I feel they make a wonderful impact on your cards, or projects!

I  stamped a heart from the True stamp set, embossed with gold embossing powder and then colored the back of the heart with red copics. The tag is from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways. (LOVE THESE) , I also stamped strips from True in gold embossing powder and vellum. The sentiment is also from the same set. The border is from Audrey Cutaways. I love the sweet scallop in this versatile set! I finished off the a small tag from the same set, tied it to the heart and added another heart on top. Added gold accents.

This card was fun to make. I love to et inky! I started by cutting  a circle, used a blending tool and some pink and purple distress ink and blended the two colors. After that was  dry, I splattered some water drops because water reacts with the distress ink and causes the ink to lighten where the water lands. Kind of looks like a broka effect to me. I used the stamp set Sparkle and embossed the stamp with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is embossed in white. I splattered some silver paint on the base of the card, and added sequins to finish.

And my last card is water colored with vellum flowers. I started by cutting a stencil of sorts with the Multifaceted die and acetate running it  through my bigshot to cut. If you don't get a clean cut try using a metal shim, and if you still don't get a clean cut, use an exacto knife to cut away any leftover pieces.. I wasn't going for a solid cover with my water colors, I just wanted to get some of the lines in the background. I embossed some flowers from In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya  with some bright green embossing powder, and the leaves were embossed with white. After embossed, I hand cut them and placed on top of some gold thread. The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Friends

Also as Julie and Shay are so generous they have given me a $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter store over on my blog  so if you hop over there and leave me some love I will choose a random winner from all the comments left on my Leading Lady posts through  June! You have until next Saturday until I choose the winner.

This has been so much fun! Thank You for your support and new friendships made! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Char

Happy Birthday

 Hi ! I hope your having a great week! Last weekend we had Kinley's 1st birthday party and it was a blast! I didn't have a lot of time to make things, but I did make her hat and the little (one) banner on her highchair :-) See pictures below. I made her a card with a cute elephant set from Wplus. Same elephant on her hat, but I didn't have time to take a picture of it. She was so petite about digging into the cake lol...Here you have 20 people with cameras ready and she is just looking at the cake lol 1st she dipped her finger in it for a taste. Finally she warmed up to it :-)

This card has Ellen Hudson goodies on it. Julie Ebersole designed this stamp set called "Wish Big", water colored everything, super simple
Thanks for all your support on my Winnie and Walter posts! You girls are the best!!
This week it's very HOT in Redding.....Temps triple digits as far out as the next ten days...suppose to be 115 here on Friday :-(
I love it here....except the heat...that's just plain hot!
Hugs, Char

Winnie and Walter ~ Watercolors Week 3

Hi Friends~! I'm back for week three as Winnie and Walter Leading Lady! It's been a blast! This week  I've made all my cards with watercolor, which is one of the hottest trends right now, and so fun! You don't have to be an expert, of even take classes, just get some water color paper, some watercolors and just play around with them!  It's a favorite of mine ,  and I hope it sticks around for awhile!

For this card I wet the paper first before applying the color. It's a good idea to add painters tape, or washi tape to secure the paper as it helps the buckling. The flowers are white embossed which makes a nice area for the watercolor to "pool", and blend in a contained area. I used In Bloom: Addie's Garden stamp set for the flowers  , True for the sentiment. The sweet little hearts and outer frame I used are from the versatile  Essentials: Audrey Cutaways , I added some cardstock to the sides to bring interest and tie in the flower..A little twine to finish off.

 For this card I took a stencil with polka dots and lightly inked some dots in the background with some yellow, green, and pink distress ink. I added a plain white label on top of the dots to break up the design and then layered a water colored rose on top of the label. This beautiful rose is called In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways , it's a fabulous rose if intricate lines, LOVE IT! The banner is from The Big, the Bold and Extras Cutaways , and the sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Extras 

For this card I used  some watercolor paper, wet the background and added some yellow, blue and purple water color, let air dry. If you get color where you don't want it, just take a paper towel and lightly blot, it will soak up the unwanted color. After dry,  take your word die and cut the paper in the area you want. I cut 5 or 6 Hello words in white cardstock  to glue to the back of the water colored one. It adds dimension and looks cool! Then just add the die back to the spot you cut it from, easy ! This awesome big Hello die is called In a Word: Hello Cutaway, I also used Audrey Cutaway's for the edge

This card was fun to make! I stated stamping on a plain piece of cardstock. When I was done stamping I just added a little water around the flowers to blur them. Then I ran the card thru my Big Shot with the Multifaceted Cutaway . For the most part all the pieces stayed in there places and the few that didn't,  I just glued them in. I then ran the card through my Zyron to put a sticky adhesive  coat over the card and then added lots of glitter! I finished off with a sentiment from The Big, The Bold and Friends ,

With this card I wet the paper, added the color and took my acrylic block and laid it on top for about ten minutes, then lifted off. Stamped some gems from My Precious, cut a panel with Audrey Cutaways just like the "Hello Card". Added some sequins

Remember to leave a comment on this post, or any Winnie and Walter Leading Lady posts on my blog throughout June for your chance to WIN a $30 gift card for Winnie and Walter, just for leaving a comment!
Once again, a HUGE thanks to Shay and Julie for their generosity, and for this fabulous opportunity!

Have a great day! Char


Good Morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had Kinley this weekend. I set up her new pool for Grandmas house as it was 106. She wasn't sure at first, but loved it in the end :-) Destiny (her mom ) started her in swim lessons, which I think, the earlier the better, so their not afraid of it.
 I got some Wplus9 goodies in the mail last week and had some time yesterday to play some more. I had so much fun watercoloring in the images. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. What I love about these is the intense color you get from them compared to my cheap ones. The stamp set is called Doodle Buds, such a fun stamp set!

Have a great day!! Hugs, Char

Winnie and Walter Week 2 Alcohol Inks

Hi Friends! SO happy to be back for another week of Winnie and Walter Leading Lady inspiration! I hope your enjoying this beautiful month of June! It's the last of the semi-cool weather for us in Northern California. It gets plenty hot for the months of July-Sept.

This week I want to talk about Alcohol Inks. I don't see them used a lot in card making but they are a lot of fun and so easy to use!

First up is a floral card I made with In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya", And The Big, the
Bold and Friends This stamp set is so adorable and I love the unique flowers in this set!

When using Alcohol Inks you need glossy paper to start because it's a non-porous surface, an ink blending tool with felt, some blending solution and a non stick craft sheet. Pick the colors you want to use, On my card I used Watermelon, Citrus, Mermaid,  and Sunset Orange. To start, add a few drops of each color onto the felt pad, add blending solution to the felt pad and tap lightly onto the glossy paper where you want the color to go. When adding the inks to paper I kind of twist and turn my wrist so the color applies evenly. After you get the color where you want it,  I then embossed the flowers on the top of the alcohol inks with white embossing powder. Finish off with gold embossing for the sentiment on Vellum.

For this card I used the same technique, same colors but I used more blending solution. As you can see the colors are lighter. Have fun , experiment and share what you make! The sentiment is from The Big, the Bold and Friends and embossed with gold embossing powder.

For this card I used the wonderful new "Hello" Die, In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya, In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways , and The Big, the Bold and Friends Stamp Set. I used the alcohol inks to made a solid green background.,  this is a great idea for all the wonderful dies, and SVG cut files that Winnie and Walter carry, or to make  your own paper in the colors that you use to match

With this card I used about 4 different colors for a colorful bloom. Instead of embossing the flowers with embossing powder, I used Ranger Archival Ink , it's important to use archival ink so it doesn't smear. The beautiful stamp set I used is called In Bloom: Addie's Garden, The Big, the Bold and Friends
This card combines water coloring and alcohol inks. The background is water colored and the beautiful bloom is made using alcohol inks. I left some areas white and filled in the rest with some blues and greens. I used the colors Mermaid, Stream, Citrus, and Botanical.  Just have fun with this technique, it's addicting! The flower is from In Bloom: Addie's Garden. I LOVE this beautiful set of stamps, I think they are the perfect size for a focal point on your card. The sentiment is from The Big, The Bold and Comfort cutaways that coordinate with The Big, The Bold and Comfort stamp set

I've had a lot of fun playing around with alcohol inks and I hope you will give them a try!

Remember to leave a comment on this post, or any Winnie and Walter Leading Lady posts on my blog throughout September for your chance to WIN a $30 gift card for Winnie and Walter, just for leaving a comment!
Once again, a HUGE thanks to Shay and Julie for their generosity, and for this fabulous opportunity!

Have a great day! Char

You lift me up

Good Morning! I got this adorable set from Wplus 9 in the mail yesterday and couldn't wait to make a card with it. The set is called party animal. I have a very good friend who loves giraffes and it's perfect for her!
Everything is watercolord in and the balloon has some embossing on it. That's about it!
Have a wonderful day friends! Hugs, Char

Sending Smiles

Hi Friends! I hope your having a wonderful week! It's so hot here in Northern California. I can't seem to handle the heat when the temp goes from the 80's to 106!! It will e a long week of over 100. Usually this kind of heat doesn't come until the end of June. I think were in for a long hot summer!

For my card today I inked up the background with Papertrey text background stamp. The paper is from Becky Higgins Inspire collection the tag is from Winnie and Walter/ Audrey Cutaways. The roses are also W&W In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet , the sentiment is from The Big, The Bold Friends I tool a fine tip marker and squiggled some black lines around the tag and patterned paper. Splatted some ink and tied a twine bow.
Thank you for all the wonderful support for my Winnie and Walter Leading lady debut! Your awesome!!
Hugs, Char

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady ~ Week 1 Gelatos

Hi Friends!

I'm beyond thrilled to be the June Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter !  I am a huge fan of Winnie & Walter products and had so much fun creating with their newest products! I will be their Saturday guest for the month of June and so excited to get started!
First a bit about me 
 I'm a mom to 2 beautiful grown kids. I have three amazing grandkids, ages 11 months, 6 and 8. I can't believe how fast they grow up! I've been paper crafting since 2008, but have always been into some sort of crafting in one form or another...I make jewelry, paint, but since  I started making cards etc...I mainly do that , I'm hooked!  I work full-time for an imaging company ( X-ray's, Ultrasounds, Mammograms, etc..) I've been there 17 years...yikes! I am an accounting manager and I'm also the Director of Human Resources. I also love the ocean (usually where I always go for vacation), waterfalls, redwoods, and going to the movies

I've been happily blogging since 2008 !

I have met so many wonderful people during this blogging journey...and a lot that I call friends. It's such a tight knit and supportive community, I love that!

Let's get to my projects today, shall we?

Today I thought I'd share what you can do with :  Gelatos

First up : Hope Endures:

I started by cutting some card stock strips to make the diagonal you see on the left side. It's fast and easy, if you don't have a diagonal stamp it's the next best thing! I took these beautiful flowers from the new set In Bloom : Addie's Garden and first embossed the flowers with white embossing powder. Then I took two colors of Gelatos, Blue and lavender and just rubbed over the flower. I then took my finger and blender the colors together. I love how the two colors when combined made different shades of purple. Then I took a wet brush with water of further blended. When dry I hand cut and layered on my card, Very easy and such a fun technique!

I used The Big, the Bold and Comfort Cutaways for the word "Hope". I have used many word dies and I tell you folks, these cut like butter, they are fabulous! The Big, the Bold and Comfort stamp set for the word "endures". I LOVE these stamp sets for the reason that you have so many choices of words in these sets, very versatile!

These Gerber Daisy flowers are  from In Bloom: Addie's Garden. They were embossed with white embossing powder and colored with Gelatos in orange and red. For the gelato method I use watercolor paper . I took my fingertips and blended the colors,  then a small brush with a bit of water to blend further. After the flowers were dry I added a few dots in the center with distressed ink in brown. The background is the Multifaceted Cutaway(which I love)! I didn't break through all the pieces so the card stock would show through in the background. I splattered some ink in dark purple. The sentiment is called "The Big, the Bold and Comfort Cutaways". These are absolutely beautiful dies!

Next up, a card I made using "In a word" Hi cutaway and The Big, The Bold and Friends stamp set I started by using some glaze from Fabel Casel and mixed with the Gelatos to make a colored glaze.  Once the glaze is mixed with the Gelatos, just take a spatula with the mix and spread across your paper, let dry and then take a different color of gelato and color directly on your paper in the spots that are still white. Squirt the watercolor paper with water and brush it over the whole surface to fill in the white spots, let dry and take a clean paper towel, or dry baby wipe and wipe off the glazed area that resisted the gelato!

Shay and Julie have GENEROUSLY provided a $30 Gift Card to one of my readers !!  To enter, simply comment on my Leading Lady posts throughout this month. I will be choosing a winner at the end of the month from ALL of my Leading Lady posts, so you have a few chances to enter!

A HUGE thanks to Shay and Julie for their generosity, and for this fabulous opportunity!

See you next Saturday! Char

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #12 Collage

Hi Friends! It's that time again for a new challenge! This month the challenge is "Collage" , with an optional element "Frame".

I started this card by adding Crate Paper to the base in torn pieces. I added gel medium to adhere them. I added a small frame around the words. I then added white acrylic paint aver the top of that. When all that was dry I used two different Tim Holtz stencils with molding paste, let dry and inked over the top of the paste and around the edges. My big hello die cut is from Winnie and Walter. I love how big it is! I watercolored a few butterflies and that's it!

I'm sorry I've been MIA, I've been busy with a surprise I will post on Saturday, and watching this munchkin! See that sticker she has in her hands? That's the number 11 , for 11 months old. Her Mom put it on her dress and she promptly ripped it off and put it in her mouth, as she does with everything lol! Her Mom and Dad are going to New York and I will be watching her Thursday -Sunday this week.
She is finally feeling better, and is the best, and sweetest baby. Has a wonderful disposition just like her mom it. She's always smiling and happy. I can't believe she will be 1 on June 21st!

I hope you have a fabulous week! Hugs, Char