Hello dear friend

Hi Friends! Today is an Altenew day! I mixed and matched Altenew stamp sets for this card :-). I used the Halftone Hello die , Brush Art Floral Stamp , Peony Bouquet . The ink is all over the place lol! I mixed and matched several companies.

I'm entering this card in the CAS(E) this sketch challenge !!
Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Char

Wishing you Valentines Day Hugs

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!! It's sunny here and will actually be in the 70's by Sunday! Can you believe it? In February? I know we need the rain, but I don't like the rain :-) My mood is different when it's sunny, the world looks brighter :-)

I made this card with the new stamp set from Altenew , its called Peony Bouquet, and I love it! The roses are so easy to line up for perfect stamping! I started with distress ink in spun sugar for the 1st layer then the second layer was stamped  with Berry Sorbet, and the 3rd layer is Raspberry Fizz. The sentiment is from Simon Says and it's called  Sending and Wishing .

 I'm joining in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Have a heart!

 Have a fabulous weekend!! Hugs, Char


Love you more

Hi bloggy friends :-) I hope your having a great week? I hope all the rain we've been getting will help get us out of a drought this year :-)

I did a quick shaker card using an ombre effect. I blended three distress inks together, splattered water to lift some paint. Added Hero Arts sequins, and the bunny is from Purple Onion Designs.
Have a great day! Hugs, Char 

Some birdie loves you

Hi! I hope your having a great week? I'm back to share a card made with Clearly Besotted "Some Birdie Loves You" and it has the cutest birds in this set, I couldn't resist lol!

This little guy was colored in with Zig real brush markers, I love the way they blend. The frame is from My Favorite Things and it's called Wonky  Stitched rectangle Frame. I think it's such a fun frame!
Some Birdie Loves You
I'm joining in my friend Lori's challenge. If you have  a Valentines card made, or?? something with hearts come on and join in the fun! Here's the link
Have a wonderful day!! Hugs, Char

Have a beautiful day!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I don't get Martin Luther King Day off :-(....So back to work tomorrow! I had Kinley overnight on Saturday and she is so fun! At almost 19 months she is so smart and does the cutest things! You know I'm a grandmother so .....I have bragging rights :-).

 I saw on line that this stamp set  from Hero Arts called "Youre so lovely" isn't available until February 5th, but I was able to order it? Not sure but Ellen Hudson had it, I LOVE it! O.K. let's get real........I love everything stamps, paper, inks, yada,yada.....:-) Anyway, I used my Misti to stamp the flowers with different colors using the rock and roll technique. Pigment inks are great for this ! Then I finished off with some gold splattering and a trim from Pretty Pink Posh.

Have a great day! Char

Be Mine

Hi Friends! I'm on a Valentine roll :-) After the holidays it's fun to change it up to something new :-) We have a cabinet at work with handmade jewelry and my friend keeps telling me to add my cards. I think I just might this year! The proceeds are donated to help women who can't afford Mammogram's get them :-)

Really simple card! I used Papertrey's new release from last month called XOXO , and the XOXO die .
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char

Owl we need is each other

Hi , Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!

When I saw this sweet little owl I had to have him :-) He's from Unity Stamp Company. The name of the set is ,  "It's going to be owl right. He's colored in with Zig clean color markers. The hearts are from Simon Says, called "Stitched Heart Collage"  and the paper I used is from Pebbles, called "We go together".  It's an older paper pad but one of the cutest !
Have a great day! Char


Hi Friends! Today I'm joining in Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog. The theme is "New" , so this is my new crafty stash that I haven't used yet. It's from Simon Says and the set is called "Birthday Celebration". I think I have every Elephant stamp set there is....I'm beginning to think I have an addiction to them :-), but they are so darn cute!  I have a few more cards coming up next week :-)

If you want to play along here's the link!
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
Have a wonderful weekend!! Hug's, Char

True Love

Hi! Hope your having a great day! Seems like I'm back to posting regularly :-) I still have a huge amount of stress in my life but making cards is a way to help release it! It makes me happy, as do these adorable little bees! I truly do love all the stamp sets by Stacey Yacula from Purple Onion Designs, there so cute!

Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Char

Love You

Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday! Just a quick card to share today :-)

I used the same stamp set as last time, but used the small single flowers. I love how the sentiment is outlined in this set.  I water colored the background, used  pretty pink posh stitched borders  die and My Favorite Things chevron paper
Have a great day! Hugs, Char

You have my heart

Hi and Happy New Year! My wish for you this  year is that you have a life filled with love and happiness!  I want to Thank all you wonderful friends for all the beautiful Christmas cards! You don't now how happy it makes my heart to open up that mail box and see a homemade card! It has always touched me because I know how much time and love goes into one and I'm so happy that you girls thought of me! Thank You!

Feels like I didn't finish all my Christmas card and I'm on to Valentines! I love this new set from Simon Says called Roses for you

I stamped the image several times with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder, then I  just watercolored the roses and leaves with different colors. This card was alot of fun to make :-)

Well that's it for me, have a great weekend! Hugs, Char

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  This is how I spent mine! Disneyland  reached its limit of occupancy by 12:00 and needless to say was extremely crowded and cold ! They didn't do the fireworks because it was to windy but we did get to see the parade! The next day we went to California Adventure and it was less crowded and more to do for Kinley :-). She didn't know what to think of the characters lol!

I just wanted to stop in and say Hi and wish you all a Happy New Year!!! Hugs, Char

You're a friend like no one elf

Hi Friends! Well 9 days until Christmas, everyone ready? I did the majority of my shopping online this year. It was definitely better then fighting the crowds, but I still did some of that too! It wouldn't be Christmas without that part right? lol

While I still had some of those trees colored from the last card I decided to use them! I had the elf made already to. Do you make stuff and put it aside to make something at a later date? I try and do something creative every day, and I've learned that if I'm not creative one day I will at least sit down and color something. That way I still feel like I've accomplished something! Anyway, I think I added a few to many sequins as I can't see his cute feet lol!
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Linking up to Simon Says Die Crazy! Use one of their exclusive products (The trees) called "Home for the holidays".
Have a great day! Hugs, Char

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas

Hi Friends! Just popping in to share this sweet little owl card.

There's a designer for Purple Onion Designs named Stacey Yacula, and I just love her designs! This sweet owl stamp is called (Winter owl on tree stump), I've combined a few different stamp sets for this card. The tree is from Simon Says and it's called Home for the Holidays, I LOVE the trees in this set! The presents are from Lawn Fawn and the set is called Toboggan Together and it is adorable as well! And finally the sentiment is from Ellen Hudson , called Tis the season. The snow hills are from pretty Pink Posh called "Stitched Borders". The background is blended with distress inks and then I took the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says and some paste for the snow. The rest is colored with Copics and finished off with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. That's it!
I'm entering my card into this week's Simon Says Monday Challenge
Simon Monday Challenge Blog
Happy Monday! Hugs, Char

Visions of Sugar Plums Day Three - cards

Hi Friends! Today is Day three and last day for Sugar Plums Blog Hop :-(. I had so much fun!  Be sure to visit all the blogs listed below for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes! And also link your projects to Lori's blog!


OK 1st up is a card I made by cutting different pattern papers into strips. The I sewed each strip onto the paper and distressed the edges. The snowman is from October Afternoon. The snowflake is a die cut from Simon Says.

This card was made with Fancy Pants called Wish Season .
I just layered some papers and embellishments. I've been stamping so much lately I really miss just putting together a card from paper lines! 

Same with this card, I used October Afternoon's Under the tree . 
I finished off with a snowflake die cut from Simon Says Snowflake Border

 This last card was embossed with a wood grain embossing folder and the stamp is from Lil' Inker called Oh Deer. I colored it in with Copics and used a Wink of Stella glitter pen over the top.


Here is a list of all the prizes:

Lawn Fawn - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Cutting Cafe - 3 Sets of Choice to a Winner
Moonlighting & Co. -  1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
PPinky Dolls - 1 Digital Stamp Image of Choice
Baers Design Studio - 1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
CanvasPop -  one 16x20 canvas of your favorite photo
ChouxChoux Paper Art -  Mega Giveaway of Christmas Crafting Goodies

If you didn't already, you can click HERE for "Win Your Christmas" from Canvas Pop.

How do you win the prizes?  Easy!  Comment, comment, comment!  Comment here on my blog and then comment on all the other blogger's posts, too.  For every comment you make during Visions of Sugarplums, Lori will add your name for a chance to win one of our prizes.  All winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Sunday, December 13th.

Don't forget the challenge, you can link up your Christmas/Winter projects HERE.

Now for more fun I'm heading out to check out all of these wonderful blogs.  I just love seeing everything they've made.  Aren't they awesome???

Lori Hairston 

Thank you for joining us for Visions of Sugarplums!  Be sure to check out Lori's blog on Sunday, December 13th for the winners announcement!! 

Merry Christmas Friends! Hugs, Char

Visions of Sugar Plums Day 2 tags

Hi Friends! Welcome to Day 2 of "Visions of Sugar Plums" ! I hope you had a great day hopping around yesterday, and got some ideas for your holiday giving :-)

  Link up to the Visions of Sugarplums Christmas/Winter Challenge!  You can find it HERE.
Today I'm sharing a variety of Christmas tags. All these tags have a vintage flair. I just love this sweet deer :-)

 I used the adorable line from October Afternoon called "Under the tree" . I fell in love with the vintage images! I don't know about you, but I love vintage things for the holiday. Maybe it reminds me of when I grew up, and the great holidays I was raised with! My mom always put out a picture made with all kids of vintage jewelry shaped like a tree. I LOVED that tree and keep saying I need to make one but I've priced vintage jewelry and it's not cheap! Here's a link to one, not the one I grew up with but it will give you the idea . Ours was shaped different and had lights around the tree.

For this tag I made the bottom layer from vellum, then I layered a tag on top of that with some embellishments from the set.

This sweet gingerbread girl is from a digital image that I got last year. I can't remember there, but if you want to know just E-mail me and I'll find out. I added some October Afternoon paper to the background and added a big bow :-)

This last tag is from a stamp set called Carmel, Eggnog, and Patty Penguin .  

 I colored in these guys with Copics and used a blending tool with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. That's it for me today :-)

 Let's talk a  minute about our Sponsors for this year!  They are awesome and generous!
Here is a list of all of this year's giveaways:

Lawn Fawn - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Cutting Cafe - 3 Sets of Choice to a Winner
Moonlighting & Co. -  1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
PPinky Dolls - 1 Digital Stamp Image of Choice
Baers Design Studio - 1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
CanvasPop -  one 16x20 canvas of your favorite photo
ChouxChoux Paper Art -  Mega Giveaway of Christmas Crafting Goodies

How do you win?  Easy!  Comment, comment, comment!  Comment here on my blog and then comment on all the other blogger's posts, too.  For every comment you make during Visions of Sugarplums, Lori will add your name for a chance to win one of our prizes.  All winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Sunday, December 13th.

Here's a list of all the sweet ladies on our hop today! Be sure and check out all the fabulous inspiration!

I'll leave you with the sweetest of cookies, my favorite : Snowmen!

Get this fun Melting Snowman cookie recipe by signing up for our Pillsbury Cookie Countdown! You'll receive the cutest cookie recipes every day leading up to Christmas. Learn how to decorate your favorite easy recipes. Perfect for if you are hosting a cookie swap, exchange or party.:


package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies 
miniature creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped
container (1 lb) vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting
large marshmallows
miniature chocolate chips (for eyes)
Dots™ orange gumdrop candies, cut into small carrot-shaped triangles (for noses)
pouch black cookie icing
Heat oven to 350°F. On ungreased cookie sheet, place dough rounds 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, to make hats, remove creme from sandwich cookies, and attach miniature peanut butter cup to one half of sandwich cookie, using small amount of vanilla frosting. Continue for remaining hats.
Cut marshmallows in half, and place one half on top of each cookie, cut side down. In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining frosting uncovered on Medium (50%) 20 to 40 seconds, stirring halfway through, until slightly warm. Spoon frosting on top of marshmallow and cookie to look like melting snow; attach hat to top of each cookie. Attach miniature chocolate chips and orange gumdrop candy for eyes and nose. Allow to set 20 minutes.
Use black cookie icing to pipe arms on each snowman cookie. Wrap one piece of licorice around neck for scarf. Allow to set completely before serving, about 30 minutes.
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,  Char

Visions of Sugar Plums Day 1

Hi Friends! Welcome to the 1st day of Visions of Sugar Plums Blog Hop! It's a three day event with lots of wonderful inspiration and prizes! My friend Lori Hairston is the very talented person who puts this on every year and I'm honored to be invited back every year! Thank You  Lori!

The Challenge:  
The theme is Christmas/Winter.  It can be a card or any project that fits the theme.  Lori is hosting the challenge and you can link to the challenge on Lori's blog.  The challenge will end December 20th.  The randomly selected winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn.

1st up is a snowman that I've been wanting to make for years now and fortunately had the time to try it! It was so fun to put him together! First I started with a smooth Styrofoam ball. I painted the ball with white acrylic paint and then added the nose and eyes with the tip of a paintbrush. For the nose I used Sculpey clay. Just pinch off a bit roll it to make a nose and bake it on the oven for 30 minutes. I didn't have a hat template so I winged it! For the brim I cut a circle from a circle die. The hat, I just cut a strip to the size I wanted, and the top was cut from another circle a bit bigger then the hat, glued on and then cut. The poinsettia is a die from Memory Box called a small blooming poinsettia, which is the perfect size for the hat I created. After he was done I sprayed some acrylic spray glue all over him and sprinkled him with clear rock candy glitter! He's cuter in person and perfect for the top of a jar to give for gifts filled with your favorite goodies!

Next up is the second snowman I made. Same directions, just a different hat. This hat was made with

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today and will hop along to see all the inspiration by the other talented designers :-)

Maria Patrick    
Here's a list of the fabulous sponsors! 

Lawn Fawn - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique - $25.00 Gift Certificate
The Cutting Cafe - 3 Sets of Choice to a Winner
Moonlighting & Co. -  1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
PPinky Dolls - 1 Digital Stamp Image of Choice
Baers Design Studio - 1 Set of Choice to Three Winners
CanvasPop -  one 16x20 canvas of your favorite photo
ChouxChoux Paper Art -  Mega Giveaway of Christmas Crafting Goodies


You can have a chance to win the prizes by commenting on all the blogs.  Your name will be entered for the prizes for every comment you leave.  The more comments you write, the more chance you have to win!!

Canvas Pop has another great giveaway going on right now - you could WIN YOUR CHRISTMAS!  Enter by December 11th.
Enter the WIN YOUR CHRISTMAS giveaway HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char