Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vintage Tag


 This was Kim's project.

1.Distress tag with worn lipstick, fired brick, peeled paint and vintage photo. Next lightly spritz with water & dry with heat gun. Stamp tag with background stamp and jet black ink. Stamp sentiment on banner and distress with vintage photo.
2.Coat blackout modeling film with glue n seal, let dry. Next apply a coat of crackle paint  with some heavier spots and let dry. Die cut butterflies
3.Apply blending solution & metallic inks to felt pad and tap on both sides,   add other alcohol inks if desired.
4.Heat butterflies with heat gun and shape.
5.Distress flourish with vintage photo, Make paper rose. Adhere all embellishments to tag. Tie on ribbon.

I figured it was better to just post the directions than for me to try and remember the steps!!  :-)

Hope you give this a try!!!  

Hugs,
Char

Friday, September 28, 2012

Celebrate the occasion

This was Karen's project.  Looks harder than it actually was.

We layered the bottom two pieces of DP onto the white card.  Then, we cut the White die cut, sponged blue ink all around the outside, stamped the sentiment on the top half....and then put down the strip of DP.....being careful to add the ribbon to the top and tuck it in...and then arranged the two halves on the top and bottom of the strip.

We made little flags out of DP and attached them to toothpicks and adhered them to the ribbon and added a bow to the top!!
Have a great day!!
Char

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Post it Note holder

This was Sue's project.  We used two square coasters and stamped a big background stamp on both sides of each coaster.  Then, we stamped an image on white card stock using blue ink, cut it out and adhered it to a black background and then attached that to the front of one of the coasters.

We punched two holes at the top using a Cropodile punch and attached a blue ribbon.

Then, we adhered a pot it note pad inside.

Have a Great day!!!
Char

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


 This was Nicole's project.  Using the SU Owl punch, she created this thank you card.  Her inspiration for this card came from Dawn'sStampingThoughts.  If you click on that link, it will take you right to the video to show you how easy it is!!

Enjoy your day!!!

Char


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Copic Butterflies

This was Lori's project. Using some butterfly stamps, a circle punch and Copics, we created this pretty card.  We stamped and colored the butterflies, added the verse and then punched circles in the card stock.  Then, we attached the black ribbon and adhered that layer to the orange card.

You could also punch out the circles first and then stamp!

I am thinking it would be a cute idea with mice, too :-)  You know, like yellow card stock for the cheese....with mice on the front?  Get it??

I am not too good at Copics but it was fun coloring, just the same.

Hugs,
Char


Monday, September 24, 2012

Two step stamping

Easy, fun and so pretty!!  This card was the project of Rosie.  We did two step stamping, or that is what she called it.   You just lay three different sized pieces of card stock on top of one another.  Then, you stamp the leaves and dots all over.

After you are happy with what you have stamped, then layer your white card stock on top of your coordinating card stock and glue together.

We added three brads on the second layer!!

I will be making more of these in the next few weeks, after I get my stamping room back :-)

Hugs,
Char

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cute candy treat bag

Another fun, quick and cute idea!!!  Candice brought this project.  Just stamp a tag, add some embellishments, ribbon and attach it to a cellophane bag filled with goodies!!!

What a fun treat to give out for Trick or treating or just to give at a birthday party!

The ideas are endless with this one!!

Hugs,
Char

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Photo Plaques

Adorable project.  Charlotte brought the square plaques for all of us to paint and decorate using the papers she brought.  Then, she had these little clothespins with cute little bees, flowers, lady bugs and other fun things, on them.  You attach those at the top to hold your photos.

Mine was done using Sunflower paper, although I didn't upload the photo of it.  I added the clothespin with a  little yellow flower on it.  I am going to use mine in my kitchen to hold recipes while I am baking.

There are so many options for this project.  I did buy 12 more wooden plaques so that I could make some for gifts!!  

Have a great day!!!
Char

Friday, September 21, 2012

Halloween Treat Holder

Fun and easy treat holder.  Bridget provided this project. You just score at two different places, add your background paper, punch a circle in the front piece, fold it up and adhere to the back piece.  Then, you add your pencil and sucker and tie it off with a ribbon.

On my holder, I had the option to either add a ghost or a pumpkin and I chose the pumpkin.

This would be a cute idea to give those special kids on your block!!

Hugs,
Char

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bunny Bag

This was a project the project that Tammy brought for us to do. I love how easy and cute it was.

It's basically a brown paper bag and she had us cut out different components for the nose, teeth, feet and ears.  Then, we added googly eyes, twine for the whiskers and buttons for the toes.

I will definitely be making some of these around Easter time.

Have a great day,
Char

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What a fun retreat!!!

 We left on Thursday, September 13th to go to my annual retreat in Salem, OR.

We could see the smoke from the Pole Creek Fire ahead of us in Sisters, OR.

 As we were driving through Sisters, the smoke was laying over the town.


 We took a drive through Camp Sherman, which is along the way, to take some photographs.

It was about 40ยบ outside and a tad chilly but I just had to take a few photos of the Metolius River winding through the camp.







We had a great time at the retreat!!  I would post photos but I didn't get a group photo and don't want to post individual photos without permission.  I uploaded all the projects and have them scheduled to start posting, tomorrow.

We had a great weekend with LOTS of laughter, shopping, silly games (to earn prizes) projects and sharing of ideas among one another!!!  Each attendee received a gift bag with fun goodies inside.

But all too soon it came to an end!!  Boy how come the time FLIES when you are having FUN??? We had our traditional farewell breakfast and we were OFF to our own homes!!

This year, we had gals from Montana, Idaho, WA and Oregon.  A few of these gals, including me, have been to every WAG since 2003.  We started out as demonstrators for The Angel Company, but since it closed it's doors in August 2011, we have continued to gather as friends.

On our way home, we stopped along the highway at a campground and had lunch.


 Here is a picture I took of the Breitenbush River before we stopped at the campground.
After we ate, we had to climb down an embankment and over a huge tree that had fallen (easier for my hubby and 17 year old granddaughter) but we found a little sandy area where we could lay on a blanket while he put his line in the water.


The sun was hiding behind the trees.  It was the perfect time of day to lay down and look up at the sky and listen to the river rushing by.









The leaves on some of the trees were just starting to turn!!!  Fall IS on the way!!!


What a great weekend!!!!

Have a great day!

Char

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Birthday FUN continues

My youngest Son took me out for a belated birthday gift.  We stopped at a wonderful deli called Pastrami Old World Deli and had their Reuben Tall Boy.  YUM!!!! Stacked HIGH with corned beef and all the usual fixings.  I chose the Cole slaw as the side and it came with pickles and a pickled tomato.  I could only eat half but saved the other half for later that night.


 Then, we drove over to the amphitheater and had a bit of a walk to get to the venue.  We got there about 45 minutes to an hour before the Huey Lewis and the News concert began.  Then, I heard it....the heart beat and KNEW that they were starting with my favorite song of theirs, "The Heart of Rock and Roll".  They started right on time, WHOOHOO!!!  



Here is a photo I took off their website that someone else had posted because mine were all dark and didn't turn out all that well.  


Most of mine came out pretty dark, but then I was using a brand new camera and wasn't used to the settings, yet and of course, it was dark!!  :-)

Had an AWESOME time!!!!





Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

 Since yesterday was my birthday, I decided that since I didn't have any cards to post...(except my birthday cards which I will probably post later), I would post the drive hubby took me on.

Here we are on our way to Lake Simtustus in Central Oregon.  It's not too far to drive but it's really windy but not a lot of traffic, which I liked.

I didn't take many shots of the drive there because it's just sort of drab and boring.


Here is the first part of the lake that we took a photo of and we were sort of surprised that this part of the lake looks green....we weren't sure why that is...because as you can see in the next photo...it's blue.  I am sure there IS an explanation, we just don't have one.







 And, here, you can see what I am talking about.  Maybe the sun/shade...???  I have no clue. It's all the same lake.

I didn't take photos of the actual RV camp but it was set on a high hill and some of the RV's were parked at the very edge.  I told hubby that our luck, I would get out in the middle of the night and forget which way I was supposed to go and step over the edge.  Beautiful view, though, on the edge.  Just not for me :-)

Then, we drove on up to Pelton Park Store and Marina/Roxy's Cafe.  We had a yummy burger and no, I was too busy eating it to take a photo.  Dang!!
On down the road, we stopped at Pelton Dam and looked over the edge at the water and I saw some Indian Ponies down by the water.  I put my camera on zoom....otherwise you wouldn't have been able to see them.   They look closer than they actually were.

Then, we drove out to the highway and came on home.   It was a nice day and a nice drive.  I was planning on taking more pictures than I did, but we just were enjoying the scenery and quiet.
Here is the birthday cake my hubby made me, German Chocolate cake with Coconut/Pecan Icing. My favorite!!!

He opted to only put one candle in it, for fear of burning down the house ;-)

Oh, I didn't mention, he bought me a new camera,  (purple) with all kinds of features on it....so I will be learning how to use it in the upcoming weeks and months.


Have a great day!!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy 4th, a little late

This was a card we made back in June for the 4th of July.  I fully intended to do just that.....like I said.....I intended.....but I didn't get a chance to make more....so I will save it for maybe next year!!

Such a bright and cheerful card and so patriotic!!  Love the glitter paper from SU.

I think we used a background stamp for the stripes.  Correct me if I am wrong.

I guess I need to start making more cards here at home so I KNOW what I am using. ;-)

One of my favorite patriotic cards!!

Have a fun day!!!
                                                                        Char

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lady bug, lady bug

A fun and cute card.  Simple to make too!!!  Basically all red and black and a little sentiment and you are done!!

I think you can probably figure it out just by looking at it......

Have a great day!!!

Char

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hamburgers anyone??

We did this same card the same day we did the pizza card.  I think this one was my favorite only because I prefer hamburgers over pizza.  Not that I don't like pizza, too.

We layered different pieces of punched elements to create the hamburger.

I just love how it looks like it's sitting on a picnic table.

I'll probably send this to someone but not before I get the directions to the elements.

I keep planning on writing down the directions when I am doing the class but it's so fast and furious and I am yakking too much to take time to write down anything.

Have a great day!!!!!
                                                                       Char

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Angry Bird Card



 Now THIS was a fun card!!!  But, alas, I don't remember just exactly how we did it.

I'll have to ask my class demonstrator next month.

But, it made me smile!!!  I love making character cards and animal punched cards.

Oh and by the way, I took a cute critter punch class a couple of weekends ago and will have some of those to show you in the weeks ahead...when I get them finished :-)

I goobered up by his nose.....so can't send it off to anyone so I have to get the directions to make some more of these.

Have a great day,
Char

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy Birthday

I feel this could be used as a masculine or feminine birthday card.  I loved the yellow and blue combination.

This is a very simple card to make and you could try different color combinations.

Love the chevron embossing folder!

Have a day!!!  :-)

Hugs,
Char

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Retirement

This card was supposed to go to a friend that retired from her job at school!!  I thought I had sent it and now I feel so badly that I found it still sitting on my desk in the craft room.

I still plan on sending it to her...maybe it will be even more of a surprise if she gets it now that school has started again??

This was a bright, cheerful card....we used a sponging technique to make the sunbursts.  I wasn't all that good at it as you can tell...LOL

Oh well, the thought was there when I was making it.

I know so many are so good at creating and sending cards out in a timely fashion but things just always seem to get in my way........and I know that is just an excuse.

Anyway, hopefully she doesn't check my blog out but if she does and she knows who she is....please tell me to send you that DANG CARD!!!! :-)

Hugs,
Char


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cute Strawberry Card

Isn't this just the cutest card??  It's been so long, now, that I can't even remember how we made it.  But, I think we used a red heart and embossed it and then topped it with Boho blossoms and leaves?

Anyway, it's so cute in person!!!  I wanted to recreate some of these, after the class,  but I got carried away with just enjoying summer and never got around to stamping any more of them.  Heck, I haven't stamped all summer except when I went to class.

It never ceases to amaze me just how simple and fun a card can be to make.  Just a few little embellishments and a stamp and you are done!!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Hugs,
Char


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, AGAIN to my dear hubby

What a gorgeous display!!!
Happy birthday, to my dear hubby!!!

Ok, I thought I was being clever and sending him his card via my blog before he got the actual card.  BUT,  I gooooofed!!!   He is 68 today, not 67!   He caught that and I didn't.

He is two years older than me and since my birthday is not till next week, I just added two years to my current age.  DUH!!!

Here is a gorgeous display of God's wondrous sky art.  My Granddaughter and I were at Bi Mart, last night, and as I was coming out of the store, this is the sight I saw.  She was sitting in the car and noticed it and jumped out and she started taking pictures and I got my phone out and started taking pictures and  we kept walking to different parts of the parking lot to get a better view.  People were looking at us like we were idiots.  But, I didn't see ONE person actually look up to see what we were taking pictures of.  Didn't they even notice this glorious display?

That is one thing my Granddaughter and I share....the love of taking pictures and we will stop along side the road and jump out just to take a picture of something that moves us.

We live in the great state of Oregon where the mountains are plentiful.  I NEVER get tired of taking photos of Mt Hood or of the other mountains that surround us.

We are going to take a day and just go around taking photos of different things.  Next up is a trip to WAG (an annual stamping get together...our 8th year) over in Salem, OR and along the way we will be taking photos of different things we see.

Then, comes a FALL trip to take photos of the changing of the leaves.  Can't WAIT!!!

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!

Hugs,
Char




Happy Birthday to my Dear Husband

Not sure if this is the card I will actually give him today, but since he likes pizza, I thought it was an appropriate one to share, today.

My hubby turns 67 today and he is still my favorite!! :-)

He has asked for hamburger cheese patties for dinner (two patties with a piece of cheddar cheese in the middle and then pinched all around and fried in a pan and then add tomato sauce) It was a dish my Mom created years ago and he just loves it!

Go figure....but hey, it's easy and he loves it....so that's what he's getting.  He also wants a berry pie for dessert.  He's not a cake person....so I'll see if I can find some berries in season or else....off to Costco I go :-)

This was such a fun card to make.....and it could be used for a teenager or just about anyone!!  It could even be made into a pizza party invite!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Hugs,
Char