Thursday, December 29, 2016

Believe in the Miracle of Christmas

Hi all, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was a very busy one with my mom here from out of town and 10 people for dinner in my little townhouse. But, crowded though it was, we had a great time. We are now looking forward to New Years Eve and the start of a new year. We wish you all a fabulous upcoming year filled with love, laughter and prosperity.

Today starts a new challenge at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge. It is my favorite type of challenge...Anything Goes...and the twist is...Anything Goes! I have the great privilege of being a Guest Designer for this challenge that is being sponsored by PPinkyDolls. If you haven't checked out Chris Hanthi's images you should head over there and do so.

The image that I had to play with is called Cold Days. I just loved this image, the little dog on it reminds me of my own little dog Molly. And it was so much fun to colour and design a card for. I paired my card with a Stampin' Up sentiment that I have. The sentiment on the front of the card is a freebie I got from Crafty Cat 957.

I used dp and cs that I had in my stash. I know that the cs is from Bazzil but not sure about the dp. I cut out the frame for the inside using my Nestibilities Decorative Labels One. The poinsettia flourish is from my Spellbinders Holiday Set. I made the Christmas tree using a tutorial that I found on line here. The card fold is called a Tunnel card, unfortunately I can't find the tutorial for this again.

We hope that you will join us at The Outlawz Challenges for Twisted Thursday. You do have to become a member but no worries, it's free.

Thanks for visiting my blog ~ Charlene

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Beary Merry Christmas

Hi all, I'm back again with another adorable image. This time my image is from Art by Barb. The image was offered free on Kit and Clowder recently and Art by Barb has an awesome challenge that you can enter it in. You can still get the image on Kit and Clowder and enter the challenge until Dec. 12. If you missed the image as a freebie, you can always pick it up in her online store and while you're there check out all of her other incredible images.

The image is called Bearing Gifts and is just so sweet. I decided to make a gatefold card with it to give to my husband's boss and his wife for Christmas...they loved it.

The base of the card is a celery colour by Bazzil. My Santa dp is something I picked up at my local dollar store and the vine die's and poinsettia's are from my Spellbinders Holiday set. I coloured the image with a combination of my Chameleon Markers and Copic Markers. I added some Star Dust Stickles to the hats and some rhinestones that I had in my stash. The sentiment is by Michelle Perkett Studio.

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Crafting With An Attitude: Challenge #22 - Anything Goes
Digital Delights: Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze: Challenge #114 - Winter/Christmas Colours
Sweet Stampin: Anything (Christmas) Goes
A Snowflakes Promise: Challenge #34 - Winter Theme
Avenue 613 - Challenge #192 - Anything Goes/Optional Twist - Holiday Happiness
Addicted to Stamps - Challenge #137 - Christmas
Angie's Digital Stamps - Challenge #4 - Anything Goes/Optional Twist of Christmas
Lacy Sunshine's Color Your World - Christmas Angel Kisses Anything Goes Nov.20
Come and Get it Challenges - Christmas Challenge

Monday, November 28, 2016

In case you haven't heard, The Outlawz Challenges has a fabulous Progressive Challenge happening right now. What this means is that every month you will receive a free image to play with and as long as you make a project within the month you will receive your next image free. How fabulous is that? You have to be a member of The Outlawz but it is free to join. This month we got to play with the most adorable image from Di's Digi Downloads called Mousemas Post. Oh my goodness, this image was just the most fun to play with. But don't take my word for it, check it out yourself. If you would like to get this image yourself you can find it here.

For the inside of the card I used an image by Pattie's Creations called Merry Christmas Lamp Post. You can find it here. I used a sentiment from Nana Vic's that you can find here.
Thank you for dropping in. I hope that I have managed to inspire you in some small way.

Supplies used:
Images: Mousemas Post - Di's Digi Downloads
              Merry Christmas Lamp Post - Pattie's Creations
              Christmas Sentiment - Nana Vic's
Coloured using: Chameleon Pens
Die's - Snowflake Corner - Memory Box
           Small Blooming Poinsettia - Memory Box
           Holiday (frame) - Spellbinders
Rhinestones - from my stash
Stickles -                                                

Challenges Entered:

The Outlawz Challenges - Progressive Freebie Challenge
Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything (Christmas) Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Challenge #329 - Christmas
Creative Moments - Challenge #107 - Anything Goes
The Outlawz Challenges - Twisted Thursday
The Outlawz Challenges - Festive Fridays
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #275 - A Christmas Card
The Crafty Addicts - Challenge #29 - Anything Goes/Option of Christmas Paper
Word Art Wednesdays- Challenge #258-259 - Anything Goes
Christmas with the Cuties - Challenge #1 - Anything Cute and Christmassy Goes

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I'm back!!

Hi all, I know, it's been a long time since I last posted. Life has had quite a few ups and downs lately. But I'm back and hopefully this will be the first of many new posts.

The Outlaws Challenges is having a progressive freebie challenge and the fabulous image has been provided by Di's Digi Designs and is called Sunflower Mouse. This image is just too cute for words and as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to make a card for my mother in law's upcoming birthday with it.
 Isn't it just the most adorable image? So I scoured the internet and found that fabulous dp at Lilac-n- Lavender . I printed the image on white cardstock, colored it with my Chameleon pens and then fussy cut it and glued it onto the dp. The ribbon and rhinestones were in my stash.
This is the inside of the card again using the paper I found at Lilac-n-Lavender and with sentiments by Nana Vic's Digitals.

If you would like to join in on The Outlaws Progressive Challenge you can join them here. You will have to become a member but it's free and they even have a few freebie images!

Thanks for popping in ~ Charlene 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Anniversary Wishes

Wow, it's been quite a long time since I was last on here. Thank you for having patience with me as I have been spending the last few months just being with my family. My crafting time has been down to pretty much nothing lately but I am hoping that that is going to change soon. I think I may have finally started getting some of my inspiration back again...keep your fingers crossed.

So my mother in law and father in law just celebrated their 59th Anniversary recently...59 years, wow! Not many people can say that they have been happily married for that many years. My parents made it to their 60th Anniversary and what a wonderful milestone it was. So of course I had to come out of hibernation and make a card for the in laws. I started out with a card cut file freebie from Birds Cards called a Swirly Deep Edged Card that I cut using my Silhouette. I then added this adorable freebie bride and groom by Jade Dragonne at Deviant Art.

I coloured the image with my Chameleon pens (please excuse the guy's face...I had a problem lol). I added ribbon from SU and little rhinestones in my stash. The yellow cs is by Bazzil, the white is Recollections and the dp is also from Deviant Art. The sentiment is my own made with some of the words from the Anniversary song. The fancy square behind the image is from my Nestibilities Labels One Small.
The corners on the inside were punched with a Martha Stewart punch...not sure what it's called as I got it second hand. I found this wonderful sentiment for the inside on Splitcoast Stampers. Thank you so much for popping in. Hugs ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered: 

Crafty Friends Challenge: Challenge #16 - Gems and/or Pearls
HIMCR: Challenge #221 - Favorite cutting tool (my silhouette used to cut the card template, my Nestibilities Labels One small for the square behind the image, Martha Stewart corner punch on the corners on the inside).
Digistamps4Joy: Challenge #117 - Anything goes/twist something with a B (bling & bow)
Alphabet Challenge: R is for ribbon
Artbymiran: Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic: October Challenge - Inspired by music (The Anniversary Song)
Crafting with Friends: Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Challenge #297 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers: Challenge #95 - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers: Thank you for the music (Inspired by the Anniversary Song)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Digistamps4Joy Mid Challenge Reminder for Challenge #113

Hi all, it's time for the mid challenge reminder at Digistamps4Joy. For those who don't know, Digistamps4Joy is now an Anything Goes with a optional twist monthly challenge. Our challenges run from the 1st of every month to the last day of every month. 

This will also be my last challenge as a DT member for DS4J. It was an extremely difficult decision but with the loss of my dad and sister last year and other family members with health issues this year, I feel that it is time for me to say good bye. I have so enjoyed being a part of this fabulous team with such an incredible 'boss'. They have been like a family to me and have seen me through many trying times over the last couple of years. So I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to them. 

Now that the mushy stuff is over, the theme for this month's challenge is Anything Goes with the the optional twist of Spring! The image that I used is called 'Spring has Sprung'. It is such an adorable image and I have been wanting to use it for awhile now. 
 The designer paper is from Graphics 45 and the CS is by Recollections. The cut file topper is a freebie from Birds Cards. The flowers in the right corner are made with a program from Silhouette and the roses and pearls are from my stash. I coloured that adorable image with my Crayola pencil crayons and oms. I added a few white highlights with my white gel pen. 
Now it's your turn to show us what you've got. You are not required to use a DS4J image but if you do not only does it bring a smile to our faces, but you have the chance on winning the DT choice prize of a $10 Gift Voucher to DS4J! How awesome is that? You have until June 30th to join us so why don't you head on over to our Challenge Blog to check out all of the rules and prizes. And while you're there check out the fab creations that my team mates have created to delight and inspire you. 

Thank you to those of you who have been faithfully following me over the years, I hope to still see you popping in. And for those of you who are new, thanks for popping in and I hope to see you again. 

Thanks ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:
Crafts Galore Encore: June Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: June
Crafty Time: June Challenge - Girls Girls Girls
Lia Stampz: Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Life in Details: June 2015 Challenge - Summer/Winter
Live & Love Crafts: Challenge #36 - In the Garden

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Graduation Celebration - DS4J New Release Sunday June 14, 2015

Hi all, it's time for a new release again at Digistamps4Joy. I got to play with one of Margy's new images and I have to admit, I have always wanted an image like this one. It's a cameo called 'Cameo Lady'. I have always thought that cameo's are just so elegant and this one does not disappoint. 
I used a card cutting file from Birds Cards. I just loved the butterfly's and thought they would look nice with the cameo image. I coloured her with my Chameleon pens and added green 'gems' on her as well as on the frame around the image using my green metallic gel pen. The CS is by Recollections and the DP by SU. 
The sentiments inside is a freebie from Docrafts. I used my Nestibilities Scalloped Square for the frame for my sentiment on the inside and a Memory Keepers punch for the corners of my sentiment on the front. 

I hope that I have inspired you enough to head over to our Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the images being released today and also check out the incredible creations my team mates have made. 

Challenges Entered: