August 01, 2014

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


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 :-) 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 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