December 2, 2008

Ciao Bella!

I just love this little image from Stampotique. Isn't she cute? Kim, was our Mystery Image hostess who sent out this image. When I first saw the image, I thought what am I going to do with this! I had no problems once I decided on the layout. I used diamond Stickles and Fun Flock on her tutu to give some dimension. I also broke out the primas that I have been hoarding. I just hope my partner Ida, like this card. As you can see, there are other elements that went into making this card. The sentiment was printed from my computer.

November 30, 2008

TSSC46 - I Wish No Stamp Card

By the time I finally sat down to create a card for this week's challenge, I was too tired to think. I pulled out the I Wish Simply Scrapbooking Kit and made this card. It is not my best work but I wanted to participate in this week's challenge. Make sure you check out the other players and their creations over at Techno Stamper.
I must admit though, these kits come in real handy for non-stamping cards. After looking at this card several times, deciding if it was worth posting, I decided to post. But, if I remade this card, I would back it onto a Chocolate Chip card base. Let me know what you think?

November 22, 2008

Look What I Did!!!

Have you ever had one of those days where you did something and it left you feeling proud? Well that was me! I feel so innovative and I am quite sure that I am not the first to think of this, but I feel like I am. On one of my many "clean-up my stamp area" moments, I realized that the Spellbinders Nestabilities did not have a home and needed one. While pondering what to do with them, one of them fell and landed on a card with a magnet in it. I noticed the magnetic force when I tried to remove the die to return it to its little holding bin. Then lo and behold, a lightbulb went on! Ding! That is when I realized that I could attach a magnetic sheet to my inner cabinet door and free up the little bin for another item. The hunt was on. I went to my local Office Depot and Staples to see if they carried such an item. The salespeople looked at me strange, as if I was asking for a strange object unheard of to the human race. Anyway, fast forward to today (Saturday). My package arrived and I quickly went to work on making a new home for the Nestabilities. The magnetic sheet was purchased from and adhered to the cabinet with velcro. Yes, its a little crooked but it is okay, because it won't be seen often. I had to cut the sheet because I ordered two feet, which was a little too much. Anyway, I succeeded in cutting the sheet without incident.

November 16, 2008

MJ's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #44

I can't believe it! I completed this card in 38 minutes from start to finish. This one was pretty easy, because all week, I thought about this layout. I love the layout and how this card turned out. The sketch was fairly easy to work with. I didn't have a specific image in mind when I started but after looking at the few stamp sets I own, Morning Soft spoke to me. It was the perfect stamp for this layout. First I stamped the image using Staz-On Jet Black ink, twice on whisper white cardstock, then colored both
flowers using pink pirouette re-inkers and the aqua painter pen. After that I cut out one of the flowers with the leaf and inserted a rhinestone brad in the centerand then attached it to the other image using a stampin dimensionals. This card was finished off with flowers from the flower fusion and the Boho Blossoms punch along with Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. I hope you like this card as much as I do.
Stamp: Morning Soft
CS: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black
Accessories: Flower Fusion, Boho Blossoms punch, Rhinestone brads, Pink Pirouette & Kiwi Kiss Re-Inkers, aqua painter, Pretty in Pink & Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, CB Swiss Dots folder

November 14, 2008

Happy Birthday

November 14th is one of the best day's of my life. Why you ask? It is the day I welcomed my beautiful daughter into this world. Today she is 17 years old. She is not a baby anymore but she will always be my baby! I made this card specially for Bri using this image from Inky Antics. I am so proud of this card because I used my prisma color pencils and gamasol for the first time! Wow! is all I can say. I know that many of you have moved on to the Copics, but I am enjoying the fact that I can color and not have the brush strokes show up. What a great concept!!! Anyway, the image is stamped using Staz-On Timber Brown. although you can't see it well in the picture, the center of the flower has dazzling diamonds and the balloon has crystal effects on it for some texture. I also used the nestabilities embossing template for this card. I am on a roll. Needless to say, Bri loved her card because it had a little turtle on it.

November 11, 2008

Welcome Christmas

This card was made for a swap I participated in about a month ago. I really love how this card turned out and I am thinking about making fifty of them to send out this Christmas. The card opens just above the sentiment. This card design was a CASE of another card I saw at my upline's house. As I was looking through all the gorgeous swap cards Rose received, this layout just jumped out at me. Alas, this card was born! I hope you like it as much as I do.

Stamps: Snow Burst, Heard from the Heart
CS: Real Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Holiday Treasures
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, 1/4 " Grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" square punch, scallop punch

November 10, 2008

MJ's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges 42 & 43

I have two cards to share with you. This week's sketch challenge 43 and last week's. Although I had SK42 made, I didn't get a chance to take a picture and upload. I simply ran out of time.
Here is my SK43 submission. Frosted Tulips -- you like? I really like how this card turned out. I flipped the sketch so that the card is vertical versus horizontal. This sketch is so fun and easy to work with. I will be using this sketch for future cards. Here are the details that went into making this card. Stamp: Embrace Life CS: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Haiku DSP Ink: Staz-on Jet Black Accessories: 2-Way glue pen, Dazzling Diamond, 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, miscellaneous brads, double rectangle punch

Although this card did not turn out the way I envisioned it, it has some potential. I used the Score Pal to create double score lines above the strip of DSP and a single score line below the strip. Cardstock used are B. Burgundy, So Saffron. It also uses CB Swiss Dots embossing folder. At the time I created this card, I didn't realize how pale the 1/4" Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon looked. Note to self -- do not use use this color ribbon when re-making this card.

October 26, 2008


Here is my creation for MaryJo's sketch challenge #41. Although the sketch seemed relatively easy, but it was harder than I thought. You won't believe it but, I created two other cards and I wasn't "feelin" them. Thank goodness I didn't tape anything down because this card was made with the pieces from the other cards. Although you can't see it well in the picture, the icing on the cupcake is covered with Dazzling Diamonds, and the cherry is topped off with Crystal Effects. I think it turned out okay. Hope you think so too!

Make sure you check you go over to MJ's blog to check out her creation as well as the other players.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Party Hearty, Canvas, Its Your Birthday (ret.)
CS: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Pink Passion, Basic Black Craft
Accessories: SU Stampin Write Markers, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, 1/4" Black Grosgrain ribbon, Clear EP, Scallop punch, SU large corner rounder (Ret.), Creative Memories cutting system.

October 13, 2008

TSSC39 - Inspired by Nature

I am surprised at myself because I have participated in MaryJo's sketch challenge for two consecutive weeks. I had my 20-month old nephew yesterday for what seemed like an eternity. I gave him some large unbreakable crayons and a floor pad to color on. As I complemented him on his "scribble", three colors stood out. They were orange, brown, and green. This is where my color inspiration came from for this sketch challenge. This sketch was easy, but I ventured away from the exact sketch just a wee bit. I added Dazzling Diamonds to the center of the flowers to give it some texture; it looks white in the picture. I really like the outcome of this card. Make sure you take a look at the other players in this week's challenge. TFL.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Wow Flowers
CS: T. Tango, Choc. Chip, W. White
Inks: T. Tango, Choc. Chip, O. Olive, K. Kiss
Accessories: 1/4" Choc. Chip grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4" & 1" circle punch, D. Diamonds, Paper Piercing

October 7, 2008

Singing Charlotte

I wish this image truly represented me. I love to sing, but I can't hold a note! My husband always tells me to keep my day job because I would starve as a singer!!

This Singing Charlotte image was sent from our Mystery Image hostess, Stefanie. I was totally at a loss as to what I would create but after taking a closer look at the image, the only thing that came to mind was Christmas. With that in mind, Christmas Singing Charlotte was born. I love the outcome of the card. Hope you do too! Thanks for looking.

Recipe (all items SU except where noted):
Stamps: Singing Charlotte from, Punches Three
CS: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, I Wish Simply Scrapping Kit
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, Watercolor crayons
Accessories: Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, Brads (Bold Brights), Scallop Square punch, Wide Oval punch, crimper, Scallop border punch (Michael's)

October 6, 2008

TSSC38 -- 2 for 1

This card for MaryJo's Technostampers challenge. This card should have been posted last night, but I was really tired and told myself that I would do it first thing in the morning. Well fast forward to the afternoon. I am finally getting a chance to post.

Although this card seems a little plain (lacking embellies) I still like the way it turned out. I used the Inspired by Nature stamp set. I love the set, but find it very hard to use especially if you only want to use a portion of the flower. I had such a hard time lining up the image to paper just to get that one flower -- special huh?

The color combo in these cards are Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla.

This card was also made using the same layout. I think it is a little too plain.
This card is screaming for help! I really like the layout and the paper/color combination used. What can I do to help this card?

September 26, 2008

You're On My Mind

Thats right! You're on my mind!! I had another week of hell. I've neglected my Blog and when I finally logged into my e-mail, I had over 120 unread e-mails. Now to weed through them all.

This card was made using my favorite stamp set Upsy Daisy. I like this color combination of Bravo Burgundy and So Saffron. I am not too sure of the Kiwi Kiss cardstock around the border of the image. The image and the sentiment were colored using markers. Let me know what do you think of this card?

I am off to bed as tomorrow will be a full day. Our company is having its company picnic and I will be working the first 2-3 hours before I can relax. TTYL!

September 20, 2008

I'm Baack!

Wow! this has been a week from hell!! I have been meaning to update with new posts as promised, and I even uploaded some pics to schedule. Didn't get around to it and I have had some e-mails asking about my pledge to update the blog on a regular basis this month. Besides the hectic days at work, my husband was sick. Last weekend he was not feeling well at all. I asked him if he wanted to go to the ER and he said he would be okay. This wasn't anything out of the ordinary for him so I didn't make a big deal out of it. Did I mention that he is a diabetic and has renal failure? Well by Monday morning he was so weak, I took him to the ER. He was severely dehydrated and his blood pressure was really low. He also had an infection.

Fast forward, five days later and here we are at Saturday. The hubs was released today and is feeling very good. He is still on antibiotics and is gaining his strength back. I can't believe how much I missed him this past week. Tonight we had dinner at the LA Food Show and our daughter Bri took this picture of us.

September 12, 2008

Pocket Silhouettes Notepad

This past weekend, my upline and sideline had our Open House. This is one of the door prizes I made. I found these cute little mini legal pads at the 99 cents store. They measure 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 and come 3 per pack. I thought they were so cute, and had to make a cover for them. This is the one I keep in my purse. There have been many times I am out and an idea strike me and need to write it down, but have no scrap paper in my purse, or I meet up with an old acquaintance, and need to exchange phone numbers but have nothing to write on (hello!! business cards). Has that ever happened to you? Well, problem solved. This tablet is a great item for my purse, and I am sure it is for the recipient too. TFL.

September 10, 2008

Upsy Daisy Birthday

I participated in a Silhouettes challenge from one of the groups I belong. This card is a case from Cindy Lawrence. While blog surfing, this card just jumped out at me and I just had to make one of my own. Since I signed up for the Silhouettes challenge, I thought why not make two. One for me and one for my assigned partner. I was so pleased with it's outcome, I gave the other card to my upline. I was too lazy to make another one.

I substituted the buttons with brads from the Earth Elements family. The DSP is from the Haiku series. The image and sentiment was colored in using Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, and Old Olive Markers. Cardstock used are Very Vanilla, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, and Old Olive. The background on the Eggplant cardstock was stamped using one of the image from Sprinkles stampset.

I love the way this CASE turned out. I hope the recipient likes it as much as I do! TFL.

September 8, 2008

Upsy Daisy Again

Here is another Upsy Daisy card. This one is made with Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla. Other stamps used on this card are Sanded Background and Curvy Verses. These colors compliment each other nicely.

Upsy Daisy

I am just loving this stamp set. It is so versatile. This stamp set can apply to either gender, it just depends on the colors you use. I saw a flap card at my BFFs house and liked the layout. So I borrowed it and made the Thank You card. Colors used are Chololate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla.

September 2, 2008

Upsy Daisy Birthday

In keeping with my pledge, here is a card I made this past weekend for a friend's birthday. It is made using SU's Top Note die. I thought it would be a great idea to make this card a flap card and open with the die cut. I've attached a picture of the card standing up so you can see how this card opens.

I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set with Kiwi Kiss ink and then filled in the flowers with a gold glitter pen, which you can't see in the picture. The edges of the Whisper White cardstock is sponged with Kiwi Kiss. The card is really pretty in person. Cardstock used are Taken with Teal, Kiwi Kiss, and Whisper White. Thanks for looking.

August 31, 2008

A Blogging Pledge and New Cards

I, Charlotte, promise to be a better blogger and post on a weekly basis. Well at least for the month of September! Where have I been? Nowhere! Absolutely nowhere!! Just busy livin' 'la vida loca'. However, I do have a few items to show you. They are made from SU's new Haiku DSP. This DSP is just beautiful! What do you think?

I don't remember who's blog I CASED this card from. It was one of those days, where I was blog surfing during work and I was interrupted and instead of minimizing I actually closed Internet Explorer (IE). The image of this card remained in my brain until I came home and immediately the card. I am quite pleased with this card.

Made this card out of the scraps of paper left over from the previous card. Love the way it came out. I had no idea what to do with the scraps, but then I just started cutting the pieces and layering them. The center image has Estern Blooms directly stamped on the DSP in Close to Cocoa. I then stamped the image on Very Vanilla in Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, and So Saffron and punched out the flowers using the 1/4" circle and applied them to the branch on the center image. The center image is also popped up on a pop dot to give it some dimension. to complete this card, I added a felt flower and used a build a brad in the center.

This notebook was made from the left over scraps. I tell you this DSP is too beautiful to waste. The pages on the inside are index cards. I used the BIA to bind.

Hope you are inspired by these. Thanks for looking.

August 13, 2008

Cards Made at my Playdate

This past Sunday, I had a playdate with my upline and sideline. I thought all three of us would be stamping some great images, but I was the only one stamping. They were busy making their list of things to order from the new SU IB&C.

I was looking through the August issue of Cards magazine and came across a few layouts I liked. I decided to case the layouts of three cards but only two of them were okay for your viewing pleasure. I will re-do the other card later on. This card is made with the Eastern Blooms stamp set. Cardstocks used were Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink. Inks are Regal Rose and Choc. Chip Craft. The image in Choc. Chip and the sentiment were embossed with clear EP. I finished the card with Pretty in Pink and Chocolate 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and Diamond Stickles to the center of the Pink flowers.

This card did not turn out the way I imagined, but it is acceptable. I really like the layout. It is clean and simple. I will use this layout again sometime because it will force me to use the Hodgebodge Hardware I already own. For this card, I used Kraft, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla cardstock with Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. The image is from Embrace Life. I used the stamp off technique for this card.

Hope you like it. TFL.