September 01, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge # 3

Hi Friends! Happy September!!! I thought September would never get here :-) It's time again for the Mixed Media Challenge! This month the challenge is Autumn Colors! Try creating a mixed media card that incorporates either metal or leaves or both! Go beyond your inks and stamps...and be as messy or clean as your creative muse tells you (or lets you) :-)

This month's challenge is pretty special too because we've got a fabulous sponsor: Add a Little Dazzle! She has some beautiful metal! You will be seeing more cards with metal :-)
Add A Little Dazzle is offering a $15 gift certificate to use towards products in the AALD Boutique

I started out embossing the left a panel with a stamp from Dylusions, then I colored it with Distress inks and a blending tool. I was sent some beautiful metal from Add a little dazzle ! This metal is so awesome and comes in different colors! I placed a tree die on top of the metal and ran it through my big shot. It cut perfectly the first time! Then I colored the tree with Alcohol Inks. I love how the tree picked up the curves and bends in the metal and if you look close the tree looks like actual bark!  I finished off with various colors to emboss the Sentiment which is from Winnie and Walter
I hope you can come join in the fun! Hugs, Char

August 31, 2014

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge # 23 Pretty Pumpkins

Hi Friends! It's that time again, for Paper Sweeties Monthly Inspiration Challenge!

Here's my take. I  colored and glittered up some of Paper Sweeties Stamps :-) The pp is Melissa Frances.

I hope you can hop around and see what the talented DT cooked up :-)
September Guest Designer: Jill Norwood

Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Char

August 28, 2014


Just  poppin in to share a card I made with a new stamp collection called "Fall" , from Precious Remembrance  I really love this company, they have GREAT stamps!!

 I started off by embossing the leafs with gold embossing powder and then I used distress inks to color them in and then I finished them with gold gelatos for a beautiful sheen. Added some splatters (There always good right?) And that's it!
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting me! Hugs, Char

August 26, 2014

City Crafter Challenge Week # 226 Shake It Up!

Hi, and a Happy Tuesday to you! This week Ros is our wonderful hostess and she has chosen the theme:

Make a Shaker Card!!

I decided to get out my PTI shaker supplies (it's about time). I started by using a blending tool and a stencil for the background. I blended together three colors. Then I took the top piece and cut the butterfly with a PTI die, and then I sat and wondered how I was going to get around all those curves and the antenna's with the tape lol! But, I managed to do it with the PTI sheets as you can cut it as small as needed (Thank Goodness), I then  filled it with three colors of sequins and that's it :-) I love shaker cards, their simple with a lot of the Aaawww quality from the recipient lol!

Our Guest Designer this week is Synnove ! Please stop by her blog and say hi!

 Do you have any plans for this coming holiday weekend? I'm going to the coast with my daughter, granddaughter and MIL! I can't wait, one more final trip before the holidays start. It amazes me that once October starts the next three months fly by at an alarming speed! My favorite three months and poof, GONE before you know it! And then my most UN-FAVORITE time of the year (summer) drags on and on and on. Does anyone have a reasonable explanation for this? :-) Whatever your plans are, have a great weekend!
Hop over to CCCB and take a look at all the  wonderful projects from our team this week!
I hope you can play along this week!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char

August 24, 2014

Papertrey Blog Hop !!

Hi Friends!! Today is the monthly Papertrey Blog hop!

Here's my take. I started by using a polka dot stamp to emboss the  Dots with gold embossing powder to make the envelope insert. For the card I used Polka Dot Basics and in various sizes I started stamping random dots in embossed gold and 1st and 2nd generation stamping in Hibiscus Burst. I also embossed the gold paper under the top so it would show through on the bottom

Thanks for stopping by! Char

August 20, 2014

Miss You

Hi! I hope your having a great week so far! It's cooling down to around 97 here and it totally makes a difference in the fact that it's tolerable! The mornings are crisp and cool and makes me giddy that fall is around the corner!

I cut  the background with my trusty Cameo. I have found that it cuts watercolor paper like butter and you can cut intricate things easily. I water colored the background and butterflies with watercolor paint this time. I want to invest in some high quality watercolor but need to research fist. It's something I love to do so I don't mind the investment. The tag is PTI's newest tag sale die.
Nothing new here. Still nursing my arm and going to Chico on Saturday to see my baby! She's 2 months already and getting so big! Here's a video of her. My daughter said she is making a howling sound so she video taped it. It's so funny! I can't believe at 8 weeks she's doing this. Turn up the sound :-)
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Hugs, Char


August 19, 2014

City Crafter Challenge Week 225 Inspiration photo challenge

Hi Friends! Today is a new challenge at City Crafter! Our hostess os Kirsty and she has chosen the picture below for this weeks inspiration!
Create a project inspired by the following picture, you could pick up the colors, you could make a baby girl project, you can do anything but tell us what inspired you for your project.

Our Guest Designer this week is Joanne ! She has a beautiful Shabby style!
I hope you can play along this week!!
Check out her work at City Crafter Challenge Blog and be inspired by the CCCB Designers

August 15, 2014

Best Friend

Hi Friends! I hope your week is going great! It's almost over :-) I love my weekends but they don't last very long...but I always look on the bright least I have a job right? Otherwise I wouldn't be able to buy my card making goodies and that would be horrible!...I made this card with PTI's newest Make it market kit. I used the Memento Luxe . I LOVE these inks! Their pigment inks and go on so nice and crisp!

I hope I have some time to make some cards tonight, I got the MRI back on my shoulder...that's a story for another day , huh Sue ?lol!! All is damage or tears....just frozen shoulder.... the radiologist said you don't have to do anything they just happen to women your age .........really? I'm hearing that a lot lately and must say I'm not fond if it lol!! I hope you have a great weekend! The weather is coming down to around 99 and the air is actually cool in the morning....I'm getting so excited for fall, my favorite time of the year! Hugs, Char

August 12, 2014

City Crafter Challenge # 224 Roses

Hi Friends! I hope your having a great week so far! It's time for a new challenge at City Crafter And it's the very talented Anna's turn to host and she has chosen my favorite flowers as a challenge......
Theme : ROSES
Make a project using at least one rose (flower, stamp, paper, etc) You can make a card, tag, ATC, LO or any sort of project.
These roses remind me of the ones in my yard! In the spring they look like these, in the summer heat their half the size..its just to hot for them!
Here's my card. I started with water coloring the background with some aqua and yellows. After that was dry and splattered some of the same colors only stronger. The flowers are from PTI Make It Market called "Beautiful Brushstrokes". After I water colored in all the flowers I drew a frame around the flowers with a permanent black pen.

Our Guest Designer this week comes from France, and her name is Dawn! Please stop by her blog and say hi!
I hope you can play along this week!

Hop over to CCCB and take a look at all the projects from our team this week!
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char


August 08, 2014

Sending Happy Thoughts your way

Hi Friends! Just poppin in to share a card I made awhile back and forgot to share.

For the sun rays I colored the back of a stencil with distress markers, sprayed a bit of water and laid  it on the watercolor paper. I intensified the yellow after it was dry with some more distress pens and blended with my water color brush. The cut the city out twice and water colored the buildings. After that was dry I used some foam tape and layered then off center from each other. The heart is embossed with some gold glitter embossing powder. The stamp is from Altenew called sketchy city.

 I hope you have an awesome weekend!!! I'm watching Kinley tomorrow and can't wait. She's 7 weeks already!
Hugs, Char

August 05, 2014

City Crafter Challenge Blog 223 Home is where the heart is

Hi everyone! This week its my turn to host at City Crafter and I've chosen the Theme
 Make a card or project using a house
 I fell in love with this house! Its adorable! You don't have to make a Christmas house, any house is great!
Well I had a mini album made for this challenge, but when I went to take a picture of it..... it was no where to be found!! How could a mini album just disapear? I have looked high and will show up when I'm not looking right? So I had to scurry and make a card :-) I started by embossing a piece of watercolor paper and water colored it with some distress inks. The houses are cut with my Cameo. I also ran the houses through my big shot with a wood grain embossing folder and then water colored those. After everything was done I couldn't find a place to put the sentiment and thats when vellum comes in handy :-)

Our Guest Designer is Lula ! Come join in the fun and be inspired by the CCCB Designers


Hugs, Char

August 01, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge #2 Summer

Hi Friends!   Can you believe it is already August??!! :)  Another month has gone by and it's time for the next Mixed Media Challenge (#2 - Summer:  optional element - burlap).  We had an incredible amount of participants for our first challenge (Touch of Nature) and the DT enjoyed looking at all the beautiful creations - thanks so much for playing along with us! :)

 Challenge #2 ...

For my card I added three colors of distress paint to an embossing folder, laid watercolor paper inside and ran it through my Big Shot. Added distress paint to color the inside of roses. I Shabbied up some burlap so the color would show through the wings. This awesome butterfly is from Memory Box and is called Asti. This awesome die only cuts out the wings so you have so many choices!
And this is what the card looked like before the burlap went on. I think the burlap helped break up the colors. Don't you?
I hope you can play along this month! It's a lot of fun!!! Have a great weekend, I have the girls tonight and am excited! Hugs, Char

Paper Sweeties August Inspiration Challenge #22 - 'Let's Celebrate'

Hi Friends!! It's that time again, Paper Sweeties Monthly inspiration Challenge!! On the 1st they will have a brand new inspiration for you to play along with. You can enter as many times as you wish throughout the month — the more times you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win!

That's not all. Paper Sweeties is celebrating their second birthday!!! Won't you join us and some special guest as we celebrate with a hop!


Char Cundy (me)

AND ... introducing our August Guest Designer + newest Design Team contributor: Larissa Heskett!!

Paper Sweeties has an EXTRA SPECIAL CELEBRATION going on this month … in August Paper Sweeties turns TWO! To help kick off their month-long celebration, they have a HUGE DESIGNER’S BLOG hop to treat you with !!!   Hugs, Char

Our August Special Guest Designers:

Hugs, Char

July 29, 2014

Sending you Sincere thanks

Hi Friends!
I wanted to pop in and share a card I made for an angel on earth. Let me explain... A co-worker of mine has a daughter who has needed a kidney transplant  since she was 9 and shes 14 now. My co-worker had a place reserved at a Ronald McDonald house for $20.00 a night. They called her last week and said they were able to finally start construction on their expansion but she had to find alternative housing because the transplant patients couldn't stay there during construction. Her surgery is scheduled for next Friday. I couldn't believe they did this to all the transplant patients right before their surgery. Its stressful enough to have her daughter go Thur this without having no where to stay at the last minute!! So my co-workers and I raised $3000.00 for the hotel she was going to have to stay at. $140.00 was the cheapest and the hospital mandates that after the surgery the patients have to stay within a certain distance from the hospital for a few weeks.

I remembered I have a friend who's cousin lives by the hospital so I called her and asked her if she would call them and see if they knew of anything within a mile of the hospital. She posted it on a site called Nextdoor and got three replies immediately! One of the people she had met before and this lady had volunteered at this hospital for 33 years! She has a 3 bedroom house with an in law quarters attached. It has a pool and the best news? FREE for as long as my co-worker needs it!! Is that the BEST story? It brought tears to my eyes and my co-worker meets her tomorrow to work out the details! So that stress of off my co-worker and she can concentrate on her daughter :-) So, I made this card for my friend's cousin who facilitated the meeting and truly is an angel:-) Prayers to my co-worker and her daughter  for a successful transplant.

City Crafter Challenge # 222 Animal Magic

Hi Friends! This week at City Crafter, the fabulous Ros is our host! She has picked the theme:
(make a project that includes an animal)

I'm still on the Christmas kick!

Our Guest Designer this week is Bev !!
Now hop on over to City Crafters and
to be inspired by the CCCB Designers :-)
Hugs, Char

July 27, 2014


Hi Friends! I'm back from vacation and want to share a few pictures :-) I dreaded coming back to the heat! We have had a very weird summer with excessive days over 100. More like 108..I don't now about you but that kind of heat wears on me. If my kids weren't here I would seriously think about moving lol!!

This is my favorite beach in Trinidad..It's called Luffenholtz Beach. The road to get to it was washed out at one time a few years back and only 1 lane for a stretch. But so worth the drive...This stretch of the ocean is located on a road called Scenic Dr. There is access to the beach...just a walk down some stairs

This is another part of the same road, it has a rocky cliff that you can walk out to

I drove down this country road and it was sooooooo creepy......So many houses were just left deserted and still standing . Thought it was interesting to share...I have alot more houses but am only boring you with a few :-)

An old school

This was another house on the same road...deserted and creepy.....

And this was a garage next to the house was on a country lane that lead to the beach..There were a few shacks that some people lived in but a lot empty too

This was a house I almost collapsed and all the trees and berry bushes were covering it

 And these two buildings were next to the collapsed house

Even the trees on this road were different. I couldn't get them all in with my cell phone

And when I  got home I found this beautiful card in my mailbox from Ros (Thank you Ros!! )
I need to get around to your blogs soon! I have been having a problem with my shoulder and have an MRI set up for next week. I'm told I have something called frozen shoulder. All I know is I didn't do anything to it but I can't lift my right arm very high and it hurts horribly :-(. So needless to say I havent been on the computer much...I'm trying to rest it and stretch it. After the MRI and it dosent show that I have damage I have to start physical therapy. My doctor told me its very common in "women my age"......what the heck!!! See you soon! Char

July 25, 2014

PTI Blog Hop

Hi Friends! It's that time of the month again...PTI Blog Hop~~!!
Here's the inspiration picture

And my cards. For the 1st one I started my stamping with PTI Background Basics.Gingham Stamp set in Pure Poppy. Layered a heart doily on top, followed by some stamped banners from Banner Builder and the new make It Market Beautiful Brushstrokes

 Next up a card made with Note Niblets Stamp Set . I embossed six banners and water colored them in Hawaiian Shores and Pure Poppy. The weird thing is the colors look different. Must be because of the embossing. I lined them up on an angle added a sentiment and flicked some watercolor in the background with the same colors.

That''s it for me this month! What a fun inspiration picture !! Thanks for visiting! Hugs, Char