Christmas, Squishy Technique

Stampin Up Season of Cheer & Your Presents Card for Mojo Monday 415

Hello Friends!

Here is the sketch from over at Mojo Monday! I must say, this is a very easy and super cute sketch! I was able to think of a card immediately. I finally got to use my watercolor paper!!! I love the design paper, Season of Cheer and it’s watercolor, hand painted images…so beautiful! It coordinates great with the watercolor paper.

I used an aqua painter and just picked up the Soft Sky color from the lid of my stamp pad (just use the “squishy, squishy” technique lol. (That’s where you squeeze the ink pad a few times before opening it so that color will get on the lid. 🙂 Also, see the Cherry Cobbler cardstock on the sides of the poinsettia paper? I only used 2 small strips for that 🙂 This is just a trick I use when I want to save on paper or don’t have enough paper, or if I’m trying not to make the card too thick! Your Presents

I stamped the little bow 2 times, once upside down, then cut it out. Super easy and cute! Love the gold glimmer paper with the embossing! Your Presents

I hope you enjoyed my card, if so, leave me a comment! See below for all the stamps & supplies I used for this project. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


3-D Anti-Bacterial Holder Tutorial & NEW CLASS – New style from Bath & Body Works! Register online! Ships October 1st!

Hey Y’all!  I was SO excited to see a new pocket hand sanitizer (Anti-Bac) from Bath & Body Works! It’s smaller and it’s oval! So now it fits in the oval punched paper holder better and it saves card stock since the box is shorter. 🙂 I used the tutorial by Erica Cerwin and modified it a bit. My step by step video tutorial is HERE. Anti-bac holder

Here is how I put this cute hand sanitizer box together: Start with a 3″ x 9″ piece of card stock.

Antibacterial holder

Score the long side at 1″, 2″, 5″ & 6″. Fold on the score lines and set that aside. Then work on the bottom piece. Cut a piece that is 1-1/2″ x 6″. Score on the long side at 1/2″, 1-1/2″, 4-1/2″ and 5-1/2″. Then turn the piece at score it on the short side at 1/4″ and 1-1/4″.

Antibacterial holder

Then fold on the score lines and cut off the corners of the small piece. You can then apply your adhesive (I prefer sticky strip). Then you can use the oval punch to punch the center.

antibacterial holder

Then you’re ready to peel the back off the sticky strip and put your box together! I like to adhere one side, then the front, then the other side, then the back.

I’m also excited to announce that I have a 3-D Hand Sanitizer holder kit for purchase. It’s $15 (shipping included, and you get everything pictured here PLUS a PDF file instructions. (does not include stamped images or the pocket anti-bac) They will be all ready to put together with sticky strip on them (you would just peel it off!).


antibacterial holder 3-D

Just register HERE by the 25th and I will be shipping them by the 1st. If you just want the instructions in a PDF file it is $5.00. (select which one when you register)

The stamp sets I used are Amazing Birthday, Grateful for You, Howl-O-Ween Treat and White Christmas. You can view these and all the other products I used by clicking the items below.

Antibacterial holder

My step by step video tutorial can be viewed HERE.

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Sympathy Card

Mojo Monday 414 – Contest

Well, that weekend went by super fast. 😦 I love those long holiday weekends, playing in the pool with the kiddos, having a BBQ (or going to one in our case), cold beer, spending time with family. My mother in law came to visit this weekend. She is so sweet, she brought me some jewelry. She loves to find great pieces at consignment/resale stores and sometimes she gives me her own pieces. It’s just a thing she does and I think it’s so special. This weekend I got to work on her wedding invites for her wedding in October! So fun! (I would not have her use store bought ones) 😉

Besides that, I was working on some tutorial videos which I will talk about here but also share in another post. Very fun stuff! But here is the card sketch for over at the Mojo Monday blog….

I had lots of ideas for this card….here is something coming together…I just love the Flower Patch stamp set with matching Framelits! I didn’t end up using the Blackberry Bliss. It seemed to dark to me as this was for a sympathy card. Flower Patch, SympathyAnd here is my finished card. I used Mint Macaron for my base. (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ size A2 card) I also used the Butterflies Thinlits. The Fine-Tip Glue pen works great for these types of die cuts. Check out my video HERE on how to use the Fine-Tip glue! I share a cute Halloween Anti-Bac holder in the video! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! Flower Patch

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Stampin Up Holiday Catalog is HERE!!!

Hopefully some of you have been catching all my sneak peeks and now you can finally order from the new Holiday Catalog! Order your favorites now while supplies are in stock! 🙂 I know I did & will order more ASAP! There is SO much to love in this catalog.

Holiday Catalog 2015
Holiday Catalog 2015

I have too many favorites to list them all, but here are some MUST haves! I either already ordered these or definitely will this month. I’m already planning my Holiday card classes and will be posting them up in October!!!  To see more on my online classes click HERE. To see more about my in-person classes, go HERE.

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Mojo Monday 413 – Amazing Birthday & Cherry On Top DSP

Just a quick post since I’m doing this at 2:45AM! Ugh! I was trying to get it up here on Monday…I will pay for this tomorrow when my toddler comes in my room around 7:00 AM saying “I NEED MIIIILK”. He loves his vitamin D milk. 🙂
So here is the tall & skinny sketch from over at Mojo Monday. I love that this is a 3.5″ by 5.5″ inch card as opposed to the standard A2 (4-1/4″ x 5 1/2″). You would just use a 3.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock scored at 5.5″.

For this sketch I instantly thought of Amazing Birthday! I love the 1-1/4″ circle stamps that it has. So easy to stamp & punch! I love love love the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper, it is so, well, YUMMY!!! Get some, you won’t regret it. Amazing Birthday

Here are the products I used for this card:

Sorry such a quick post! Stay tuned this week for the Tuesday deals and a quick video using some of those products! Thanks for stopping by!


September Stampin’ Up Card Class, In Person, Online or Email option; Thankful Forest Friends with Into the Woods Designer Paper Online Card Class $15I’m SO excited to be starting my classes online! I’ll be offering my kits for purchase, which will include everything you need to stamp the above 4 cards. (Except stamped images!) Complete supply list and shopping list will be included in the directions.

These beautiful fall themed cards are so fun to put together.  The deadline to sign up for this class is September 20th in order to reserve your packets.
Make these 4 lovely cards for only $15. Class fee is waived with a minimum order.

You have 3 options to purchase this kit:

  • In person: My class will be on September 20th from 2pm-4pm at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 3609 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA.
  • Online: $15 or waived with a minimum order.  Just place your online order on my website of more than $25 merchandise, and use host code SYGEWYZC.  I‘ll mail out the packets and email directions on September 25th.  Please note** Do Not Choose – No Contact – when you place your order.  This is so I can see where to ship your packets!  I cannot see who is ordering when your online account is set up with no contact.
  • Email only:  Receive the printable PDF directions, by September 25th for all the cards with complete supply and shopping lists for only $10. These are my in-class directions sheets and contain full measurements and step by step directions. The photos have not been watermarked and the sheets do not have my name on them, so they are demonstrator friendly to reuse them for a class.  You may offer the sheets for free with any $25 order.
Recommended supplies to assemble these projects as shown with the packets:
Stamps: 139723 Thankful Forest Friends (suggested blocks are A, B, C & D) and 134276 And Many More (suggested block is B)
Ink Pads: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Tip Top Taupe, Old Olive & Tangelo Twist
Markers: Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry
For In Person & Online packet customers all card stock will be precut, punched (if needed), scored and embossed to make assembly as SIMPLE as possible. Your packet also includes envelopes!

To celebrate my first month, your ONLINE kit purchase will include a FREE embellishment kit! (Not valid for the in-person class or email) These are hand picked items by me! Sometimes I will include retired items or something made by me (like “card candy”), but mostly, they are current Stampin’ Up items. It’s a great way to try new products! 🙂 Here is a picture of this month’s FREE embellishment kit! (I reserve the right to make substitutions) 😉 FREE Embellishments!

Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin Giveaway!!

Hello Friends!

If you’re here you have seen my video or saw my picture of my Paper Pumpkin Kit Giveaway! Yay! So here is what I’m giving away and why…

This Birthday Bash Paper Pumpkin kit!…not the finished card or bag 🙂 I’m doing this because I want to share these amazing kits with everyone!!! Also because I’m back at this blogging thing and would love some followers. Then I can share my card inspiration with others and maybe earn an occasional comment or two 😉 FREE Paper Pumpkin KitSo, how do you win? Easy! Just become a Follower on my blog AND comment on this post. Please comment only ONCE! To become a Follower: under my picture on the right side you will see “Follow This Blog”, click to follow and enter your email address so you will get my blog updates. Then comment on this post saying “I’m a follower”, or feel free to say something nice about my blog 😉

TO GET UP TO 5 EXTRA ENTRIES!!!…..Read on…..

1 extra entry for sharing my giveaway picture on your Pinterest board (my username is sweetpiecesbyme)

1 extra entry for tweeting about it (tag me @sweetpiecesbyme)

1 extra entry for sharing it on Instagram (tag me @sweetpiecesbyme)

1 extra entry for sharing it on Facebook & Liking my Page

1 extra entry for sharing it on your personal blog (link my giveaway picture back to this post)

If you do any of the above for extra entries, you must comment on this post with which ones you did so I can keep track! (Please only comment ONCE!)

Come back here on Sept 1st (or maybe the 2nd) and see if you won!!! If not, don’t worry, you can still sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get 1/2 off your 1st two months! Read on….

If you are ready to sign up and start receiving your super cute Paper Pumpkin kits, click on this 50% off flyer! Enter the promo code: HALFOFF at checkout so you will get 50% off your first 2 months! What a DEAL!!!

50% OFF Paper Pumpkin

I plan to have many more giveaways so please come back often! I will also be regularly posting new cards and projects, tutorials and fun videos! I say fun because I am funny and well therefore fun 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!! ~ Charlene


Mojo Monday 412

Yay it’s Monday! Well…by the time I post this, it could possibly be Tuesday. 😉 We put the kids to bed, did the dishes and picked up toys, then finally I got to make my Mojo Monday card. It’s been a rough few days being sick, but I’m feeling so much better I’m gonna stay up late! haha (praying I don’t get a relapse!)
Happy Haunting

Here is the cute sketch by Julee:

I couldn’t help but use the awesome spiderweb doilies…AGAIN! Man I just cannot get enough of these! You’ll be able to purchase these Sept 1st, don’t worry 😉


And in which case you will also need the Fine-Tip glue to use when adhering these beautiful embellishments! Trust me, you’ll NEED this.

Fine-Tip Glue

I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp the background in a random pattern using Rich Razzleberry. Then I stamped a couple of those creepy looking spiders from the All Year Cheer stamp set, using the Archival Basic Black ink (which will be in the new catalog!).  MUST HAVE.  Once I adhered the Spider Web, I cut little banners with the design paper and the rich razzleberry Happy Haunting Washi Tape. I doubled the tape so it would look a little darker. Of course I had to add some bling! The Metallics Sequins are SO pretty AND versatile! You can use these on almost every card…and for $5 for approx 750 pieces, well, you can’t argue with that. 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave me some love! xoxo

Holiday Catalog -
If you don’t have a demonstrator, please let me know & I’ll be happy to mail you a catalog! Starts Sept 1st!

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Here are all the products that I used on my card.

Family, Life, Living, Love, Writing

Saying Goodbye…

On Saturday my family and I said goodbye to my Aunt Linda. She was my mother’s cousin and they were very close having grown up together and even had their wedding anniversaries only 3 years apart. Their children very close in age. She was my “Auntie” out of respect and love. It came as quite a shock when I found out she had terminal liver cancer only a few short weeks ago. Then we found out she passed away August 1st.

Me & Auntie Linda
Me & Auntie Linda (Feb 2015)
Linda's Memorial
Linda’s Memorial (Aug 2015)

Everything happened so quick. We are still in shock. I’m so saddened that we lost her too soon. She had so much life left to live. I made a card for the family using the Flower Patch stamp set and the Flower Fair framelits.

For Linda's Family
“For the Family”

While at the funeral reception I had the pleasure to finally meet Laura Vegas! Crazy small world that she is part of our extended family! It was neat to talk to her and ask her about her latest scrapbooking and designing adventures! Even though I felt silly I had to ask for a picture with her. After all, she is family 😉 We had a lovely chat with her, me and my sister, Caroline. We are both eager to get our blogs off the ground and she had some great insight! I’ll be following her blog for sure for lots of inspiration.

Me with Laura Vegas
Me with Laura Vegas

Even though it was a very sad day, it brought family closer together. It made me also start thinking. What if tomorrow was my last day here? Would I be ready? Would my family and children know how much I love them? I decided I must write letters to my children and my husband as soon as possible and tuck them away. Yes it is sad to think about it, but no one knows the hour that their time will come.

On the way home we had to stop at our old family favorite, King Eggroll. We used to frequent the Berryessa location in San Jose many an occasion for dim sum and eggrolls. If you live in the Bay Area and you have never had a King Eggroll, stop what you are doing and head there now. 😉 You’ll thank me. We got the usual dumplings (dim sum) and decided to take a fun family selfie because my parents and us siblings are hardly ever together with no spouses or kids!

Dim Sum

My Family
My Family

Here’s to my Aunt Linda and to anyone else that has lost someone….

It’s been a long day without you my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
Why’d you have to leave so soon?
Why’d you have to go?
Why’d you have to leave me when I needed you the most?
‘Cause I don’t really know how to tell you
Without feeling much worse
I know you’re in a better place
But it’s always gonna hurt
Carry on
Give me all the strength I need to carry on
It’s been a long day without you my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
How do I breathe without you
I’m feeling so cold
I’ll be waiting right here for you
Till the day you’re home
Carry on
Give me all the strength I need to carry on
So let the light guide your way
Hold every memory as you go
And every road you take will always lead you home
It’s been a long day without you my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again

Writer(s): Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Charlie Otto Puth Jr, Justin Scott Franks, Andrew Cedar


Mojo Monday 410 – On Thursday?

Hello Friends!

Yep, time got away from me this week! I am just now posting my card for the Mojo Monday Challenge. I would love to blame this on something or someone…such as, my 3 year old son is sick and has been coughing A LOT, my upline’s meeting was today, I had to show my house this week, I had to clean the <insert whatever here>…but I won’t. I will just say, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! HA! I am a major procrastinator so I think that has been and always will be my motto. 😉 Anyway, on to the Mojo Monday sketch and card!

Super cute layout! I can’t stop thinking about the new Spiderweb Doilies that will be in the Holiday catalog September 1st, so I used those! I also sponged some silver glimmer paper to get an “almost” black….which you won’t HAVE to do anymore because there will be BLACK GLIMMER PAPER!!! Ahhhhh! 🙂 But if you do just get the silver…think of all the possibilities! 😉


I also trimmed the spiderweb behind the “moon” (because no one would know!) and I used that for a tag I made. Sneaky, huh? The iced rhinestones are new too, or will be Sept 1st, and they are gorgeous! They add SO much sparkle to the card. Well, that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed this post (I do try to entertain) and my card!