Monday, January 28, 2013

Honeymoon Layout - Amore

Just a short post for today...

Feels good to be scrapbooking again. I can only do it after we put my son to bed! So, here is a 2 pager for my Honeymoon album. I used a Let's Scrap Challenge, 1-23-13.

No stamping today...what?? LOL ...I promise I'll make a card tomorrow - a birthday one! Some cupcakes will be involved.

Sweet Scrapbooking,
Charlene :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fab Friday Challege #10

I happened upon another challege site when I was browsing blogs! Fab Friday and it's run by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. So of course I had to play and add their blog to my weekly challenge sites. This week's Fab Friday Challenge #10 is a color challenge, and they are great colors!!

I had so much fun with all the colors and decided how I wanted my banner to look. There are so many possibilities! I'm really enjoying this stamp set and matching dies. :-) So here is the card I came up with.

And here is a close up of what the heart looks like when you open up the card. Doesn't it totally look like the satin ribbon that goes across a heart box of chocolates? (I think so!) ;-) 

That's all for today! Hope you have a lovely stampin' weekend! I know I will at my card class, even though so far I only have 1 person coming. Gotta start somewhere :) 
Sweet Stampin,

SUO Challenge #62 - New Toys!

Good morning Friends!

I was lucky enough to be able to purchase some new toys to craft with. By lucky enough I mean, my husband let me and "toys", I mean some new products from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog!
The challenge over at SU-Only Challenges, #62 was to use some of our new "toys" and create anything. I decided on a simple Valentine's card. 

In love with the new stamp set Hearts A Flutter and the matching die cuts to go with! :) I created a card using some Pinterest inspiration and came up with my own twist on it. I love how it turned out!  I love the Pool Party embossing powder! It looks so pretty on the card stock!! The small blue heart on the stamped image is punched from the Owl Punch in case you were wondering. This will be one of my cards for my card class this Sunday...I can't wait!

PS - I was just thinking about how different my life is with a baby. I get up to feed him, change him, love on him, then take a brief shower to at least rinse the stink off of me (haha). Then I make him breakfast, feed him, change him, get him milk. When he plays I grab a hot tea, I just discovered Green Tea with Blueberry and Acai, YUM. Then I can sit for mere minutes to rest until he needs me. It's amazing that we now live for our children instead of just ourselves They need our care, nurturing and love. It's such a gift. Hardest work I've ever done...and I've done hard work (I was a Fire Fighter!), but the best gift we can be given. I know one day I'll reclaim some "me" time for more card making or scrap booking, but right now, it's all about Wyatt. I will still make time to sneak in my blogging! :-)


Sweet stampin,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mojo Monday "Oh Baby" Card

Get inspired by the new Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge! (MOJO277) This card was simple to make and the colors really pop! A few special  items I used are Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration exclusives. Earn them FREE starting with a $50 product order from Jan. 22 - March 22. Details and the Sale-A-Bration brochure are on the right hand side of my blog.

The Tangerine Tango Ribbon (exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration as part of the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack)  is thin, easy to work with and gives a satiny finish. The patterned paper I used is also a Sale-A-Bration exclusive!

I must also leave you with a picture of my little love bug, Wyatt. He was patiently waiting for another bite of pears & mango and had the CUTEST "I'm waiting" face EVER. I love it!!!!

Sweet Stampin,
Charlene ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Retired Stampin Up! Stamp Sets & Misc items for SALE!!! **Updated 2/2/14

Here are some used retired stamp sets (and misc items) that I have for sale:

Item                                                 Price       Condition
Baroque Border Roller Stamp           $4.00     (some black staining on stamp) SOLD
Pines & Poinsettias (wood mount)     $10.00    (Blocks have some ink on them, stamps are like new) SOLD
Always Elegant (clear mount)            $ 3.00     (some light staining on stamps) SOLD
Best Friends Forever (clear mount)   $ 6.00     (hardly used, like new) SOLD
Two Step Stampin' Mini Messages   $ 4.00      (wood mounted, new condition, never used) SOLD

2/1/14 - **More to come....ribbon, embellishments, paper, etc! 
Keep checking back for more Stampin' Up Retired items for sale!**
(I hope to have more items posted by 2/14/14)

To purchase any of these or if you have any questions at all, please email me at sweetpiecesbyme@gmaildotcom and let me know what you are interested in and your zip code. I'll let you know the shipping price and total cost. You can then either mail me a check or pay via Paypal (I will email you the address). Once payment is received I will mail you your item(s). 

Sweet stampin,
Charlene :-)

Introducing Paper Pumpkin...your creativity carriage awaits!


Sign up for my Paper Pumpkin monthly kit HERE!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Enter me as your Demonstrator: Charlene Becker
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Questions? We've Got Answers
Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?
Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).
How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!). Because we are auto shipping these, the pricing structure is slightly different from our other Stampin' Up! products.

I love this and can't wait for my Paper Pumpkin escape!!!

Sweet Stampin,
Charlene :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Starts Tomorrow!!

HOW DO YOU EARN FREE GIFTS DURING SALE-A-BRATION?   Between Jan. 22 and March 22, you'll receive your choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend. 

Place an order conveniently through my website at the details will be posted tonight at Midnight, Mountain time!

See new products and stamp sets and get ideas here! I'll be posting some new card designs starting this week! One of my new years resolutions is to BLOG MORE!...My DS Wyatt, who is now 7 months old, keeps me busy. He doesn't sleep much during the day so I plan to make cards, craft, scrapbook at night. I will leave you with a picture I took, caught Wyatt spelling words with his blocks! ;-) Yep, gonna frame this one for sure!

Sweet Stamping,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Menu Board

I've been wanting to create a menu board for a while now! I've seen a lot of them on Pinterest and I did get a few ideas from it. I finally did it! I am very happy with it. All I need to do now is type up all the recipes that I cook (and there's a lot), get them laminated and then hang up my board. Here is a picture of my finished board. I used all Stampin Up paper. Even though this paper is retired it is one of my favorites. I love that it matches Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake, two of my favs. The boxes that hold the recipes are actually for       3 x 3 notecards, I used the You Tube video here. I embellished them with the naturals buttons by SU as well. If you like what you see and you have any questions, let me know! Happy cooking!