Monday, November 7, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #63

Hey everyone!!

The new Lasting Memories challenge started yesterday! It's all about sephia and earth tones!! How fun is this?! I used My Memories Suite to make a digital layout:

Of course I chose to scrap my little man! I'm always taking random pics of him and came across this one while looking for a photo that would look good in a sephia tone. I hope you like it! Now go check out the rest of the fab DT, get some inspiration and get your scrap on!! Make sure you link up by Nov. 12th, 9pm est.

xoxo Charity

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Paper Lovin' Gals Challenge #4!!

Hey everyone!!

So things are finally starting to settle down a little bit. Still moving stuff out of the old house into the new room I'm renting. Scrapbook mostly unpacked and organized. Work slowing down...a tad. So onto a fun challenge!

At Paper Lovin' Gals we encourage ALL kinds of crafting projects inspired by the picture provided for you. We are a weekly challenge blog that runs from Thursday to Wednesday. Lots of prizes and friends to be had! So here is Challenge #4 picture for you:

I LOVE this pic!! There are sooo many things I wanted to do for this one but the time was just not on my side. I love the blue in the bed spread so I made a little frame inspired from that:

I used the Zig Two-way fine tip glue pen to 'draw' the glue swirls then sprinkled glitter on them.
This is actually how the frame started off!
I bought a bunch of these on clearance for .50 cents cause I knew I could alter them!

I hope you like my inspiration from the picture! Now go check out the rest of the fabulous DT for even more inspiration!! They have some beautiful projects to show!!

xoxo Charity

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge: Something You Cherish

Hey everyone!

So it has been chaos around here with the move, unpacking, refilling my car with boxes from my original house I left here before I moved to Vegas. Now that I'm back I'm getting all the stuff I left behind the first time! Plus work has been crazy cause of xmas merchandise coming (but my fave time of year!). So needless to say my layout is late!

This week your challenge is to create a layout about something you cherish and use that word for or in your title! That easy! It can be anything, the coffee I'm drinking right now, the football we watch on Sundays, the little man laying next to me! Anything you cherish! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Here's mine:

As we all know I just 'Cherish' my son! He makes me want to make good decisions for us, be a good person, just be the best that I know God put in me! So of course I made my layout of the day I was blessed with my son.

Now, go to Lasting Memories and get some inspiration from my DT Sisters and get another LO made!

xoxo Charity

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paper Lovin' Gals Challenge #3!! Plus a GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!!

It's time for another challenge at Paper Lovin' Gals!! I LOVE being on this design team because you can make ANYTHING for the challenges! So this really gets your creative juices flowing! Plus:

Here is the pic for inspiration:
OOOOOHHHH...SPOOOOOKYYYYY!! Ok, I just had to do it!
I love the orange in this picture, and the little scaredy cat! And since this blog is all about ANYTHING GOES and I have a little special treat in store, I wanted to make something really cool! So here is my creation:
Do you want to know how I made my fabulous sign??? By using this:
That's right! My Memories Suite! It's not just for scrapbooking!! I pieced this together in the software and guess how much I paid for all the lettering, design, paper and embellishments?
Then I printed it, adhered it to chip board and added some favorite embelli's! Isn't this awesome? 

 Layered on sticky-back orange and black felt.
Added a ghost button and spider button with lots of glitter and ribbon!
Watch how I put it all together!!

You know what's more awesome?? One of you is going to win your very own free software download! This is what you have to do:
For 1 entry (these 3 must be done in order to be eligible):
a. Enter any project for the current Paper Lovin' Gals Challenge #3
b. Check out My Memories Suite, then come back and tell me your favorite kit.
c. Show the DT's some love! Check out their blogs and leave them a comment under their design for Challenge #3, once you hit all 5 (Michele K., Michele F., Holly & Kasey) (including myself), then leave your comment telling me you did it!

Sounds like a lot....I know....but this software is fabulous and I want to give it to someone scrappy who is willing to do a little leg work! You have until Wednesday, Nov. 2nd at 9pm to get it all done.

Now get in on the fun!!! Go! Right now!! Check out the team, the photo, get inspiration and submit that project!! Can't wait to see who wins!!

xoxo Charity

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bling it on!! Challenge #61

Hey everyone!!

We have a new challenge for you at Lasting Memories!! We want to see BLING, BLING AND MORE BLING on those layouts!! Here is what I came up with;

The giant scroll is from the Home Accents cartridge, fit to page. The black paper I stamped all over it to make my own pattern with flowers and silver ink. No hidden journaling this time...I know I know, I can't believe it either! I just love how the blue scroll picks up the blue in his eyes. I added some 'drops' of bling throughout the page with some 'stitch' lines around the paper. I added a blue strip of paper separated by a white rope, kind of hard to see.

I hope you like my take on this layout challenge! Now go check out the other fabulous DT's and get your submission in by Saturday, 8pm est!

xoxo Charity

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paper Lovin' Gals Challenge & DT Call!!!

Hey everyone!!

It is time for the 2nd challenge over at Paper Lovin' Gals! I'm sooo excited! We also have a Design Team Call going on and need to fill 3 spots....soooo....when you enter your fabulous craft project (inspired by the pic provided) put your name with DT at the end of it. That's it! You have until Tuesday, November 1st 8pm pst to enter for the call.

So here is the next challenge picture to get inspired from;

Isn't this such a pretty pic!! Of course the pumpkins just jumped out at me and I thought of a million things I could do. However, I just moved a week ago from Las Vegas to Cleveland, Ohio and didn't have a lot of my scrapbooking supplies unpacked...I know! I couldn't believe it wasn't the first thing to be unpacked either! 

Anyways! Here is what I came up with;

I LOVE the stick pins that Denise makes, and they're only a $1!! The red paper I pulled from the barn, the blue was pulled from the sky, the orange from the pumpkins and of course the pumpkin and leaf from the pumpkins! I really like to make little cards with these stick pins cause they make a really nice and quick card/gift all in one!

The pumpkin is a sticker I mounted to chipboard, the twine and papers are from blog candy I won. I folded the orange paper and taped it down. I just stuck the pin under the twine and into the paper so whomever gets it can just pull it out!

NOW....on to your projects! Remember, this is ANY craft project!! We want to see it ALL!! Take a look at the pic provided, get some inspiration from all the DT's and get your craft on!

xoxo Charity

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paper Lovin' Gals--Very FIRST Challenge!!

Hey everyone!!

OMG!! I have been holding in my excitement and it's bursting!!! I was sooooo graciously asked to be part of a BRAND NEW DT for Paper Lovin' Gals! It is owned by Michele K. and Michele F.---hehehe, I know M&M, I love it!---and they have come together to form this blog strictly for challenges. The main theme is getting inspiration from a pic they choose and you can do ANY craft from it! You can choose the colors, layout, an item from the pic or anything that inspires you! How fabulous is that??!! We want to see ALL kinds of craftiness!!

Now on to the challenge!! Here is your first pic of inspiration;

OMG isn't this just uber cute?!! And here is what I created;

 My inspiration came from the colors. The blue and pink are so gorgeous! I altered some letters I bought from Michaels on clearance. They were originally white with the white metal hook on the bottom.
 I painted them with black as a base and then blue. 
Hot glue gun came in handy for the feathers and flowers.
Tulip Pearl paint was used for the pearls
 Gotta have bling!!

I made these letters for some very special friends I will be leaving behind with my move from Las Vegas to Ohio. I wanted to make them a little something and when I saw this pic I just knew what I was going to do!!

I hope you like my take on the challenge! Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's creations for even more crafty goodness. Now go get your scrap on....or knit...or sew....or anything!! Cause that's what these challenges are all about! now do the hokey pokey and turn yourself about!! Ok..corny I know but I know you were thinking it too!

Go to Paper Lovin' Gals and link up by Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 8 pm pst.

xoxo Charity

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge - Tag You're It! #59

Hey everyone!!

It's Sunday Sunday Sunday!! We know what that means! The guys are watching the game and we are going to get our scrap on!! So here is another fabulous challenge for you from Lasting Memories! It's all about tags on your layouts and Karen has also chosen a sketch for you to use if you would like to!
I tried to stay as close to it as possible but every time I looked at the little envelope with the tag on it I knew I wanted to use the little envelope of hair I have from my son. Well, that was from his first 'real' hair cut when I cut it ALL off!! So of course that would call for more than just one pic! he he he! So here is my take on the challenge;
Can you believe that is the same little man just an hour later??!!
He instantly grew up and looked older once I cut his hair off! 
Here is the envelope with his long lock of hair! 
If you look close, I put tiny little tags on the pics too, kind of like tabs.
I adhered them together with a brad in the corner so you can swivel them open. 
And here it is with the pics closed again.
I even did the journaling along the edges! I know!! No hidden journaling this time, that's a first!!

Welp! I hope you like my layout! Go to Lasting Memories, check out the other DT's pics, get some inspiration and get to scrappin'!! What a better way to get some layouts done than to join in on some layout only challenges!! I cannot wait to see what you all create!!

Have a blessed day!

xoxo Charity

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scrappin' Sista Birthday Month!!

Hey everyone!!

I am soooo honored to be part of Christel's Birthday Month! Everyday this month a new Crafter will be featured for Christels birthday. Today is my day and I made her a Flower Birthday Card with all the fixins'! Christel said her favorite colors are purple, orange, turqoise and red, and even though her birthday is in October, nothing Halloween themed. So I tried to incorporate as many of the colors as I could! I really hope she likes her card!
And at last minute, what would a card be without a little charm gift!
I LOVE these! I get these and my stick pins from Denise's Etsy Shop for CHEAP!!
I added tons of flowers I pieced together, some I dyed myself. I cut the rosette out with my Cricut.
I used Tulip Pearl Fabric Paint for the 'pearls'.

The butterflies were also cut with my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot.
The 'Happy Birthday' is a stamp from my stash.

If you have never been over to Scrappin Sista's Blog, you are missing out! She does fabulous work and is extremely inspirational. It was such a blessing to be part of her birthday month! Happy Birthday Month!
Thank you Christel!!

xoxo Charity

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #58

Hey everyone!!

Time for another fabulous challenge from Lasting Memories!! I LOVE these challenges because it's all about layouts, only layouts and nothing but layouts!

Today's challenge is Recipe With A Twist....and the twist is you have to incorporate SONG LYRICS on your layout somewhere! Ok, lets just start with an OMG cause I kept forgetting this little element of the challenge! Here's the recipe part;
  • (1) photo
  • (2) embellishments of choice
  • (3) colors of choice
This part was easy peasy for me. But why would it be a challenge then? Oh no!! Karen has so graciously added the lyrics part to get our creativity flowing! My son and I have a favorite song by Bruno Mars, it's the Lazy song. So I had this song going through my head while choosing a pic and figuring out how in the world to add lyrics. If I did a vintage or grunge look it would be easy, however, that was not what my creative juices were telling me to do! As you can see by the colors!! 

And que the challenge!
I did print the lyrics and just couldn't figure out how to get them on this page and have it still look good. So what I did was write the lyrics along the stems of the flowers!! PHEW! Got them in there! I didn't, however, get that in the video cause when I hit 'record', little did I know I had it on 'pic' mode! So it just took a pic while I was merrily writing away! And here it is:

When we woke up one morning, this is what JaKobe looked like! With tissue and all!!
What scrapbooker wouldn't get a pic of this!

 Can you see the lyrics I wrote in green along the stems?
They're there, just squint a little bit!
 And it continues along the stems for the song.

And here is how I put it all together (minus the part where I wrote the song on the stems!)

Now go check out my Design Team Sisters;  BrendaMarieKarenCarynVickiAmyMichelleWendyJoelle and Kim for some uber fab inspiration and get those layouts done!! We just cannot wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo Charity

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Hey everyone!!

I'm sooo blessed for sooo many things and now I have even more blessings coming my way!! Thanks to Felicia over at Scrapper in the Making! She was having a fabulous Birthday Giveaway and you had to follow along all month. And let me tell you, she didn't make it easy! That girl scraps a lot and you had to comment on every post all month. But it was soooo worth it cause I got to see all the beautiful work she does!

Thanks soooo much Felicia for letting me play and win an uber fab giveaway! I'm moving across country in a week and am having the package sent there, so it will be like xmas when I get there!! Now that's something I won't mind at all having to unpack! he he he!!

xoxo Charity

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cards for Izzy!!!

Cards For Izzy


Hi there! As most of you know, Evanna's daughter has been diagnosed with Leukemia. When Evanna emailed me last week, I just felt heartsick and wondered what could I do? So, after a lot of thought, I'm going to run "Cards For Izzy" and reach out to all our fellow blogging friends to send a card to little Izzy. All cards can be mailed to Karen at:

Cards For Izzy
c/o Karen Wilson
PO BOX 438
Willow Beach, ONT
L0E 1S0

Cards do NOT have to be "Get Well", in fact, they can be absolutely ANYTHING that will put a smile on a little girl's face. If you have little ones and they want to make something, PLS add that in! The more cards, the better. I'm asking for all cards to be mailed out by October 21 and I will wait a couple weeks to be sure I get everyone's and then I will pkg everything up and send out to Evanna. Thank you all so very much - now let's make this little girl, and her family, smile.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #57

Hey everyone!!

First I want to say my prayers are going out to a fellow Design Team Sister Evanna. Her and her family found out this week that her little girl has leukemia. As a mother to a 3 yo, I just couldn't imagine what she is going through and how strong they have to be right now for her little girl. Please send a prayer her way as we all know it can do wonderful things! My heart goes out to you Evanna.

It's Sunday Sunday Sunday!! We have an awesome challenge for you this week at Lasting Memories!!! It is all about FRAMES & FLOWERS on those layouts! So break out those pics, get some scrappin' goodies and get some layouts done! Do you need some inspiration? Then check out what my Design Team Sisters have cooked up for you! Brenda, Marie, Karen, Caryn, Vicki, Amy, Michelle, Wendy, Joelle and KimThere are, as usual, awesome layouts to get inspiration from.

This was SUPER easy peasy for me because we all know just how much I love, love, love flower!! I may have a little boy but that sure doesn't stop me from adding those flowers on my layouts!! The frame part was kind of tough cause I apparently don't use frames much! So that part was kind of a challenge for me. So here is my layout:

I added lots of flowers, most I made myself. 
The pic opens like a book with my journaling inside.
 "Grow" "Bloom" wording I had in my stash.
The frame around the page is chipboard I painted.
 Flowers I pieced together and added my uber fav stick pins from
Denise for only $1 each!
 The blue flower I cut with my Cricut Expression, inked and glued together.
I added another gorgeous stick pin.
 And VIOLA!! Lots of flowers and some frames!

Here's a video to see out it was created!

I hope you like my layout and get inspired to get some of your layouts done. Don't forget to check out my Design Team Sisters at Lasting Memories and spread some love. You have until Saturday Oct. 1st to get linked up!

And if you could, please say a prayer for Evanna.

xoxo Charity

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mega Monday Birthday Giveaway!!

Hey everyone!!

Scrapper in the Making is celebrating her birthday month by having a fab birthday bash! Go check her out, you won't be disappointed! You have until Sept. 26th 11:59 EST to enter her giveaway!

xoxo Charity

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #56

Hey everyone!!

It's Sunday and you know what that means?!!! There's a new challenge at Lasting Memories! Time to get another layout done to add to your scrapbooks and feel like you're accomplishing something! That's why I just LOVE Lasting Memories Challenges because it's all about LAYOUTS! Nothing else, just layouts, so we are forced to get our scrap on and get those pics decorated and in the books!

So this challenge is a fun one! Use the sketch provided, twist it, turn it, make it work for you just as long as we can still see it somewhere in there! The only catch is it needs to be done in FALL COLORS. Need some inspiration? Go check out the rest of the fabulous Design Team and see what they've cooked up for ya'!

My layout is about good old pumpkin carving! JaKobe, his Dad and his Stepbrother Brandon and I were carving pumpkins. JaKobe just wanted to stir the pumpkin guts that were in the bowl and pretend he was cooking! He later tried to eat part of it and realized that wasn't the best decision he's ever made! We made a total of 5 pumpkins (3 boys, dad and mom). I think I might do another page to this LO to include the pic of all of the pumpkins....we'll see! Until then, here is this one using the provided sketch:

 Stick pins and charms by Denise at
Only $1!!

 The pumpkin is cut out from a paper that had pumpkins all over it.
I then used Crystal Effects from Stampin' Up to make him shine!
 The leaf tag is from another piece of paper filled with little pics and I cut it out.
 Title cut using my Cricut Expression with Sure Cuts A Lot2 software.
You know me and my hidden journaling!!
And ofcourse a video to show how I put it all together!

So....check out the Design Team's creations at Lasting Memories, get inspired and get your scrap on! I'm also going to enter this layout at the Creative Accents Challenge. They too have a great DT and wonderful challenges! This challenge you have to use ribbon, embellishments and patterned paper. I can't wait to see what you create using the sketch with your fall colors. You have until Saturday at 9pm est to get linked up. Thanks for checking out my layout!

xoxo Charity LMDT