Paper Sweeties September Inspiration Challenge #24 - 'Happy Fall'

Hi There! It's that time again for Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge! Fall is my favorite time of year and the cooler weather doesn't hurt either!

For my card I used the Party Time Bundle! The bundle includes the stamps and dies! I am smitten with these sweet roses and adorable cake!

For more  inspiration,  continue on the hop so you don’t miss a single minute of today’s creativity and fun from the Sweeties DT :-)
October Guest Designer: Nance Salkeld

Hugs, Char

City Crafter Challenge Week 231 Crazy Pumpkins

Hi There! It's my turn to host this week at City Crafter and I thought some crazy pumpkins would be fun! So think about creating a crazy pumpkin card or project! 
 I can't wait to see what you make :-)
Theme: Colorful Pumpkins of a different color (make a card or project with a pumpkin in any color EXCEPT orange) It can have a touch of orange , just not totally orange
I used the pumpkin die from PTI and plain card stock. I snuck in some orange felt leaves, the tag is also from PTI
 Our Guest Designer this week is Samra Leshinski please stop by and say hi!
and do check out the wonderful work of the CCCB Designers

Here's a new picture of my daughter and granddaughter. I want to steal her, she's so precious! She has a bit of red in her hair and her grampa  had red hair (  Irish). It's suppose to skip a generation but my other granddaughters didn't get it. I hope Kinley keeps it!

Hugs, Char

Creative Blog Hop

Good Morning Friends! I have been asked by my awesome friend Annette of "My clever creations"

to participate in the Creative Blog Hop. !
Annette posted her special post on the 22nd! If you missed it go here. If you've never been to Annette's blog your missing out, she is fun and her designs are fabulous! here are a few of my favorites Annette has designed.

I love the idea of this hop as we get to know a lot more about the people we visit and I don't know about you but I feel like you guys are my friends even if we haven't met. You share you family pictures, your life, your ups and downs and I get worried when you don't post for awhile! I  truly valued  each and every one of you!
O.K. On with the questions :-)
What am I working on?
I'm working on all my design team projects for the next month and trying to fit a Halloween card or two in as it's my favorite time of the year! . I try to stay a month ahead of the Holidays so I can get some homemade things made for friends and family:-). I also made this card for a friends daughter to give to her full picture soon :-)

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Honestly, not sure! I feel like I don't have a style. When I first started making cards Melissa Phillips was my hero, and still is :-) SO, I started off with a shabby style with buttons, bows and layers :-) But, now, I spread my wings and  make all kinds of cards, CAS, layered, collage, etc...whatever the mood strikes!

Why do I create what I do?
I have always created in one way or another. I have a stressful job and creating makes me happy and helps the stress :-)! I've always created in one form or another. Years ago I did ceramics, then I moved onto Toll Painting (Are you girls and guys old enough to remember Tole Painting?) :-) anyway, I'm still doing a bit of that. I make Jewelry when I can. We have a cabinet at work to sell our Jewelry and I donate a percentage to women who can't afford a Mammogram they can get one for free. I also donate my cards at work. They have them on  the counter and sell them. What they make gets donated to Brest Cancer also. It makes me feel good to donate them to a great cause!
How does my creative process work
Funny question because I don't really have a process! Whatever peeks my creativity like a new stamp set, some  awesome paper, maybe it's a great sketch . When I sit down my card is a blank slate, but then again, so is my mind occasionally lol! If  that's the case I've learned over the years to walk away , and go back later. It works for me usually but really not good at deadline time yikes!  I look at magazines, pinterest, my wonderful friends blogs, anything out there that peeks my interest! Or sometimes when I can't sleep because the gremlins are busy causing havoc in my noggin I lay there and think of a card to make! Maybe I should just get up and make the dang card and then I'd be sleepy enough to sleep!
Thanks for letting me share with you all today.Thanks for being such great bloggy friends.


Have a wonderful and blessed day. Char

September 2014 Blog Hop Challenge

Hi! It's that time again for Paperytrey's Blog Hop!

I started with "Wreath for all seasons" stamp, this is probably the most CAS card Ive ever made. The card stock is Enchanted Evening, the wreath is stamped in Ripe Avocado and Autumn Rose ink, as is the sentiment. I finished the berries with a coat of Glossy Accents

I started off by embossing the card stock. The web's are from the Spider Web Trio cut from Smokey Shadow card stock. The spiders are from Tremendous Treats stamp set and water colored with Enchanted Evening. The card and banner are Autumn Rose.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!! Hugs, Char

City Crafter Challenge Week # 230 Focus on Sentiment

Hi friends! Happy Fall!!! Ros is our talented hostess this week at City Crafter and she has chosen the theme :

 Focus on the Sentiment (make a card or project where the SENTIMENT is the focus point)

Here's what I came up with. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz. I water colored the background, and embossed the hearts with a glitter embossing powder.

Our Guest Designer is Agnieszka , stop by and say Hi!
The winner for this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer at CCCB. Please stop by and see the rest of the talented DT's creations! I hope you can play!

I'm so excited for cooler weather! We are even supposed to get some rain at the end of the week, SO NEEDED! The scrapbook garage sale went well. I got rid of alot and the rest will go to the grandkids and what they don't want I will donate, but not back in my house lol!
I hope your having a wonderful week! Hugs, Char

Thankful for you

Hi! I hope your having a great week! I'm still plugging along getting stuff ready for the scrap booking sale this weekend. My daughter came up to Redding so I filled her trunk to take to Chico because I don't have a truck and don't have enough room is my HUGE trunk for it all . We have hot weather still and a lot of fires. This week the town of "Weed" practically burned to the ground. there church, library sad. I pray that we get some much needed rain here soon!

Meanwhile, found a minute to make this card. I cut the background with my Silhouette. The flowers are from Wplus9 and they called Pretty Peonies. The sentiment is Precious Remembrance..
 I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Hugs, Char


Way To Go

Hi Friends! Reverse Confetti has a color chalenge every month and I finally had time to play :-) I received this cute little owl named Oliver Owl and had to ink him up!

I love his great big glasses!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Char

City Crafter Challenge Week 229 Diagonal

Hi Friends! It's time again for City Crafter's Challenge!! Kirsty is our fabulous hostess and she has chosen the theme:

Theme: Diagonals (join in the trend of diagonal)

Here's my card. I used a new stamp set to me. It's from Precious Remembrance and called Positive Thoughts. I love this set!
I started  by embossing the circles with white embossing powder and then water colored over the embossed circles. Then I stamped the splatters with the stamp set, finished off stamping the hearts and sentiment.
We have a wonderful new DT member that's joined us this week!! Please welcome STELLA ! We are so happy to have her! Please stop by her blog  and send her some love :-)
Our GDT this week is Carol! 
Please stop by City Crafter and see the prize for this week and the fabulous designs by the DT!
I hope you can play along! Hugs, Char

Frightful and Delightful

Hi Friends! I hope your having a great week! I've been  going through my scrapbook room and sorting and cleaning getting ready to take A LOT of my old things to a local scrapbook store to sell. There having a scrapbook yard sale and I bought 2 tables (8 feet) lol...Problem is it won't be enough. I have 6 years of accumulation :-)

 I received this Tim Holtz owl stamp and a wonderful Walter and Winnie Halloween stamp set to play with so I HAD to play with then right?  I water colored the background with some distress inks and gelatos and stamped the web,spiders, owl and sentiment. I love the eyes on the owl they look like lemon or orange slices lol

Well back to cleaning. My whole living room floor is covered in filled boxes of scrapbook supplies. And really what amazes me is it doesn't even look like I did anything in my room...Oh No :-)

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

and Darnell's

I'm submitting this to Darnell's NBUS challenge  (as Darnell  pointed out to Lisa, you can use new  Schtuff  to as it's never been used (Never occurred to me either Lisa :-)
Hugs, Char


City Crafter Challenge Week 228 Butterflies

Hi  Friends! Anna is our hostess this week and shes chosen the
Butterflies ( use at least one butterfly on your project)

This week Pamellia Johnson is our GDT and she is fabulous! You have to stop by her blog and see her work :-)
I hope you can play along! I see so many of you playing in this challenge and Mixed Media Card Challenge and I LOVE it! You girls warm my heart with your fabulous creations and inspiration! Hugs, Char

Hello There

Hi Friends!
I saw this adorable stamp set designed by Melania and I fell in love with him! I colored him in with my distress pens and after I was done I made a mask out of him laid it over the colored one and then I painted the sky with Faded jeans. I had this nifty Washi tape that I thought was fitting, and thats about it!


Have a great day! Hugs, Char

City Crafter Challenge 227 I can see clearly

Hi friends! I'm back from the coast. I went with my daughter and Kinley, and my MIL. It was a great time with 4 generations! It's my turn to host at City Crafter this week and I've chosen the theme:

use acetate, vellum,  clear plastic, etc! Make sure we can see your clear element on the card or project.

I got my inspiration for the background from Dawn at Wplus9. Click on the link and be prepared to be amazed :-).  I love the bokeh effect and it was so easy the way she did it!. I finished off the card with some vellum balloons that I embossed with some white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Wplus9. I love the lettering :-)

This week's prize package is sponsored by our Guest Designer and friend of CCCB - Stella
Hop on over to City Crafter and see the wonderful DT creations!! Hugs, Char

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

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


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

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

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