Hello

Hi Friends! Well, I'm back from a much needed vacation! I wound up taking two full weeks, and I've never done that :-). I truly got away, relaxed and re-energized! I went to Oceanside, then drove to Laughlin, as a friend of mine had a golf tournament. We were given balcony rooms and it was the Blues and brews weekend, so I sat on my balcony and listened to blues music! While in Laughlin I went across the river and was in Arizona. I went to a small town off Route 66 called Oatman. It's a small ghost town/mining town and in it's hay day the miners would use donkeys in the mines. After things went belly up they let the donkeys go wild, and to this day the donkeys come into town every day (Walk in the middle id the street)  and the tourist's feed them lol! We had to wait about 15 minutes for the road to clear enough to drive thru! Also, in this little town, Clark Gable and Carol Lombard had their honeymoon. They have the room glassed off but you could see inside. Pretty cool! I asked why he would get married in a small town like that and they said he liked to play poker with the miners and it was a nice quiet town off Route 66. It got me to thinking it would be fun one day to drive the whole Route 66. I loved San Diego and Oceanside.....beautiful!




 
 
 
Here's more info on the town

 

Oatman started life over 100 years ago as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town's population grew to more than 3,500.
Olive Oatman
Olive Oatman. Chin tattoo was given her by the Mojave Indians, who reportedly treated her well

Oatman was named in honor of Olive Oatman, who as a young girl, was kidnapped by an Apache tribe, sold toMojave Indians and later rescued in a trade in 1857 near the current site of the town. Oatman was served by a narrow gauge rail line between 1903 and 1905 that ran 17 miles to the Colorado River near Needles, California.
But both the population and mining booms were short-lived. In 1921, a fire burned down many of the smaller shacks in town, and three years later, the main mining company, United Eastern Mines, shut down operations for good. Oatman survived by catering to travelers on old U.S. Route 66. But in the 1960s, when the route became what is now Interstate 40, Oatman almost died.
Oatman is a fun place to visit -- an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets and gunfights staged on weekends. The burros are tame and can be hand fed.  I was surprised to see five old Model T Fords out for a Sunday drive down the main street of Oatman. The cars fit right in with the romantic image of this old town, taking us back to 1915 era old west.
The Oatman Hotel, built in 1902, is the oldest two-story adobe structure in Mojave County and has housed many miners, movie stars, politicians and other scoundrels. The town was used as the location for several movies such as How The West Was Won, Foxfire and Edge of Eternity.

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel March 18, 1939. Their honeymoon suite is still one of the major attractions at the Oatman Hotel. Gable returned there often to play poker with the local miners and enjoy the solitude of the desert.

 
Oatman's "wild" burros are the descendants of burros brought here by the miners in the late 1800s; when the miners no longer needed them, they were turned loose. Each morning they come into town looking for food. They wander the streets and greet the tourists. Burro pellets and carrots are for sale at many of the shops -- the burros will eat all day if you feed them. Shortly before sunset they wander back to the hills for the night.
 
Oatman Video link
 




 Many of the shopkeepers make their own products and obtain other rare and interesting items from far and near. There are many handmade leather goods, handmade Indian jewelry and excellent knives sold right from the wooden sidewalks running the length of the town.
Local gunfights are staged on the weekends



Map of Oatman's location in the Mohave Desert


There are two main roads linking Oatman to State Highway 95. One is paved and the other is a dirt road leading to Bullhead City about 25 miles away. The dirt road is in fairly good condition and is certainly a pleasurable egress from Oatman. The scenery along this route is excellent and will really make you feel like you're back in the untamed days of the old west.

You can see the old mine tailing piles and a fascinating variety of desert vegetation and rock formations.
 
 
So my daughter says, mom you never go anywhere except the ocean......I happen to love the ocean. I can honestly say, I'm NOT a   dessert person, I'm a water, and trees kinda girl :-) But I can say I venture out of my comfort zone and will go back to the ocean next year lol!
 
 
Have a great day! Char

Thank you for being you!

Good Morning! I hope your having a wonderful week! I made this card the same day I made the other one. It's in the same colors, but a different  variation. I thought it would be fun to do the image in half colors! I stamped the image twice on 2 pieces of water color paper making sure it was in the same place. For this I used my Misti...I really don't know how we lived without it! My opinion is, it's worth every penny if you stamp a lot. I colored in the image on one piece, cut it and lined it up with the un-colored image. Does that make sense? It's easy to do and different. What do you girls think?



 
Playing along with happy Little Stampers/April-case-designer-Joyce-Mehrberg! Happy Birthday Happy Little Stampers!!!
 
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2016/04/april-case-designer-joyce-mehrberg.html

This Hero Arts kit is sold out, sadly to say :-(...I really love the partial die flower in the kit.
 
Have a wonderful day!! Hugs, Char

Sprinkkle life with a little silliness

Hi ! Well it's Sunday and raining. I'm meeting with some friends that are coming up from sac at noon, I can't wait :-) . Then coming home for some card time! Yay for Rainey days! I'm going to visit my son tomorrow and will be going on a much needed vacation on the 17th thru the 27th. I haven't had a vacation in two years in between all the things happening . it's a good time to take a few weeks,  May will be busy with court stuff :-( . 



When I saw this stamp,  I thought it was so cute ! I'm normally not a chicken person but I really liked it ! coloring images is so relaxing to me anymore I'm trying to build up my Copic markers collection but it's so expensive , so I do it a little at a time , not to mention you can't find them anywhere lately ! hopefully that'll get remedied soon  ! 

 


Have a fantastic day! Hugs,char

Wishing you the most beautiful day

Happy Friday! I hope you girls have had a wonderful week! I get Kinley today and am always so excited! I told Destiny she should have another baby and give Kinley to me :-) Shes such a sweetheart and makes my heart happy :-) I haven't had a lot of time in the last few weeks to make cards, but I did last night. This flower set is from the new Hero Arts kit and I LOVE it! Water coloring is so therapeutic for me!
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

What Are You Willing To Do For Happiness?:
 
 
I hope you girls have a wonderful weekend! Hugs to all of you! Char

Be True, Be you

Hi There!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter? Here's another card I made with PTI'S  "Be" stamp. The adorable butterfly  and stamp set is from Concord and 9th. The butterfly die  is called Flora and Flutter. I really LOVE the butterfly!

I just embossed the flowers in white and water colored the flowers, Very Simple
 
I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Hugs, Char

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I made a few Easter cards. This 1st on is for Miss Kinley! She is definitely my Happy!


I've been having a great time practicing with my copics, its very relaxing. Sometimes , after a hard day at work, my eyes don't like it very much :-)



Happy Easter friends!!

Be Brave be Original


Blog-hop-logo

Hi Friends! Sometimes when I'm not feeling very crafty and I sit and stare at a card that's not coming together, I've found that it doesn't help to sit and stare, so when that happens I will color an image, or watercolor a background etc...at least it's still doing something fun. That's the case with this background, I have many sitting around my craft room. ready to be made!

 

 
I used the PTI cover plate  for this card,  but my watercolor background wasn't big enough, so I cut the butterflies apart and arranged to fit. I hand stitched the bodies of the butterflies with some colored thread, and believe me......that's a stretch for me lol I'll sew a card on a machine, but I really dislike hand sewing. The sentiment is heat embossed in white and the stamp set I used is called  "Be"
 
Thank You girls for the wonderful support and prayers!
Hugs, Char

Go get carried away on your birthday

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend? I had Kinley and she's always my comfort and happiness! She is the light in my life , and I'm so thankful for her! I'll post a video I took on my phone this weekend of her watching "The Wiggles", their a group from Australia I believe and a friend told he how much her kids adore them, so I played one of their songs for her.


 
This set is from Mama Elephant. I think it's a very sweet set! I blended some distress Ink for the background and spritzed with water. Very easy to do. Colored in the little girl with copics, and I watered colored the balloon with graduated color like the BG.
 
I'll leave you with Kinleys video. Be sure and turn the sound up :-)
 
video
 
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char

Just for you

Hi Friends! Thank You for all the well wishes for last Monday. I'm afraid that the court system is very broken, and they have postponed things for another three months. I had a mini meltdown, but I'm  back up and ready to fight. I've never in my life had to go to court, and see how things work, but I'm appalled seeing our system in action. They don't care about people, they only care about politics. It's so sad and breaks my heart.

I'm drowning my heartache and constant stress with Kinley and crafts, both are lifesavers. This card is made with a  Hero Arts stamp  called "For You flowers color layering" I used various inks...I don't usually stick with one brand, but mix and match, and I'm definitely very bad at writing  down what I use . I finished off with a strip of gold glitter, some sequins in gold, I splattered some ink and pp.
 
I just want to say THANK YOU for all your support and prayers, it means the world to me, you girls are the best! Hugs, Char

Chirp,Chirp,Chirp Happy Easter

Hi Friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend? Mine was relaxing. On Saturday it was so windy and rainy and I couldn't get warm, so I  thought I'd get under the covers and before you knew it I took a 4 hour nap! I guess I needed it. I went to see my son on Sunday, and today I have court for the girls :-(. Prayers please :-)

This little card is made with Lawn Fawn's new stamp set called Chirp,Chirp,Chirp . I think it's such an adorable stamp set! I started by masking off the chicks and stacking them on top of each other. I had no real plans for the card and after they were stacked, I thought now what :-)lol I decided to make it look like they are helping each other paint the egg. I think I'll send this one to Kinley for Easter :-)
 
Kinley and her Mom went to Disneyland this weekend and I told Destiny I'd like to have a picture of Kinley and Mickey....She looks unsure of Mickey and I  don't have all  the pictures yet,  but Destiny assures me that Kinley warmed up to him and she has pictures of Kinley hugging him and a picture of them nose to nose lol!
 
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful week!! Hugs, Char

So sweet of you

Hi Friends!   I guess I'm still on a flower kick and still making cards with my new goodies. Except for the embossing folder, the rest is PTI.  The flowers are called Bold Blossoms, the stamping on the background is from the set,  Brushed Off .  The embossing folder is from Taylored Expressions and you can find it here . I know it's a weird color combination. I made it for the PTI Blog hop , but didn't get it up in time. I thought that the combination wasn't me, but in the end I think I like it lol



 
And last but not least, I am excited to share I won the Hero Arts Fabulous Flowers Challenge!!!! I couldn't believe my eyeballs Whoo Hoo!!!
 
 
 
 
Have a great day! Hug's, Char

So glad were friends

Happy Friday! I am still playing with my PTI goodies! This was a fun card to make ! The flowers are Pretty Peonies, the stencil is also new from PTI.


 
I'm playing in the Make It Monday Challenge
 
Have a great weekend friends!! Hugs, Char

Its time for new beginnings

Hi Friends ! I hope your having a great week! I've been busy making cards and playing with my new PTI ! I love these tulips and knew that when it came out I had to have it, tulips are my daughters favorite flowers and this is for her :-).




Have a wonderful weekend girls! I'm getting Kinley Friday night because I can't spend a weekend without her :-) She's my light and joy right now :-) Hugs, Char


Happy Birthday

I want to start off by saying thank you for all the support you have so kindly given me. You girls are so wonderful and I truly appreciate your friendship! Thank God for making cards too, as it helps keep my mind busy and helps relieve the insurmountable stress .

 
I made this card for a very special friend in my life that has helped me beyond words. I love the spring colors and this new frame and butterfly from PTI.
 
 
 
 
I'm going to add this card to NBUS over at Darnell's. I'm sure you all know and love Darnell,  but if you haven't met her in blogland take yourself over for a visit here!!

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much friends! Hugs, Char

Im sorry I forgot your birthday

Hi Friends! Well it's almost the end of another week. I love 4 day work weeks :-) I'm watching Kinley tomorrow night and can't wait! She is 20 months old already and is so fun! I made this card for a blog friend who recently had a birthday (I won't mention any names), incase she sees this. But she is wonderful and I hope her and I can meet one of these days! Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us could have a big reunion and meet! I would love that! It's funny how close I feel to you girls when we haven't met in person. It just goes to show you how you can meet people blogging with common interests and become friends! I can't say it enough you girls are the greatest! 
 

 



 
Hugs, Char

With Thanks for all that you've done

Hi sweet bloggy friends! I hope your having a wonderful week! Its been so sunny here and everything is blooming, including my nose!! Finally today, it's raining again and we suppose to have 40 MPH winds. I'm just not ready to have spring yet as were in a drought and need more rain! But on paper I'm ready for spring as you can see I'm all about the flowers lately!

I'm playing along this week at The Card Concept
 
This stamp set is one of Wplus 9's new releases, called Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculas . Basically, I white heat embossed the image  and water colored the image in. I added a simple accent of diagonal lines from a die set from MFT. The striped paper is PTI. That's it!
 
Thanks for stopping be! Hugs, Char

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