Tuesday, September 1, 2015

~Life ~ Breaths~ Moments

 
Happy September Blogger friends! I can't believe we are now in the last quarter of 2015. I think the year has whizzed on by us like a drop in the bucket.
This quarter is certainly my favorite time of the year with fall, thanksgiving, Christmas and then of course I have a September birthday.
 
Now, I am thinking on preserving the garden bounty. I will be going to help my daughter-in-law on Thursday with her first canning adventure. I have the pot, jars and accessories. She certainly has the skill to do this just not the equipment. And, it will be fun working together in the kitchen. We do that well.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another that I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Edna wanted us to use 4 different stamps to create our background and Kathleen wanted us to make a masculine card.
 
To create my background I used several stamps: Great Impressions' distressed background, Stampin'-Up's gorgeous grunge, Verve's text objects.

Stamped in Bermuda bay, tangerine and baked brown sugar. On the striped portion I used my SU markers to get all 3 colors.

My sentiment is from the wedding silhouettes collection by Artful Inkables. The feathers are a set from Stampin'-Up. I really like the feather images in this set. To complete my card I tied the feathers with thread and added some bermuda bay sequins.
 
Well, it's time to close this post. I have lots to do in my kitchen today. We are going to a friend's home to have a meal together, and I am bringing the main course. They have a toddler so this will make it easier on them.
 
Until next time........God bless.
 
Card details:
Stamps: distressed background (K94- Great Impressions Stamps), four feathers & gorgeous grunge (Stampin'-Up), text objects (Verve), wedding silhouettes (Artful Inkables) 
Paper: bermuda bay, whisper white Paper Size: A2 
Ink: bermuda bay, tangerine tango, baked brown sugar 
Accessories: feather framelits (Stampin'-Up), bermuda bay sequins & thread  
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.  
2.  Craft Your Passion has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Crafty CardMakers has a no patterned paper challenge.
4.  Get Creative Challenges has a no printed paper challenge.
5.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to use a trio of colors.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hello My Friend

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
 
It was a great weekend for us. On Friday evening we went to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. We took our youngest grandson along with us. It was a perfect evening for baseball.
 
 
 
Saturday evening we had a special speaker come to our church. The crowd was a little smaller but that didn't diminish the enthusiasm of the speaker. The speaker was Bill Yount, and he brought such a message of encouragement. We were glad we went to hear him speak.
 
Today, after church I spent some time cooking. We are getting such an abundance of tomatoes right now so I decided to use some of them. I made a cream of fresh tomato soup. Found a great recipe from the Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and it was fabulous. Here is a link to the recipe.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Sandee was the hostess and she wanted us to make a card using the letters;
D = die cuts
I = ink
R = round (circles), rectangle (striped panel)
T = trim (sequins)
Y = yellow
 
This was an easy card to make for this challenge, I used a Stampin'-Up paper pumpkin kit from August 2014 to complete my card.

Love all the kits I have received so far. You get detailed instructions to complete each card. This card was an alternate project using the card supplies. See original here.
 
Well, my friends, it's time to dime the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: seriousl amazing (Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin Kit) 
Paper: primrose petals, mossy meadow, hello honey, whisper white Paper Size: A2 
Ink: primrose petals(Stampin'-Up) 
Accessories: paper pumpkin kit August 2014, sequins, brads 
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Pile It On has a friends/friendly hello challenge
3.  Stamping Sensations has an anything goes with a stamp and die.
4613 Avenue Create is anything goes with twist: event: thinking of you, trend: sequins
5.  Hiding in my Craft Room has an anything goes
6.  My Sheri Crafts has a long time no see challenge.

Friday, August 28, 2015

~ Friends ~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Harvest time at the Marsh household is in full bloom. Our tomato plants are really thriving and producing in abundance. I found a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa for cream of fresh tomato soup - link to recipe here. It sounds really delicious and a good way to use fresh tomatoes. I plan on making it today or tomorrow.
 
My daughter-in-law also has a slew of tomatoes so I offered to help her can them. She was anxious about doing that. I have the jars and a canning pot.  I did this last year with my tomatoes for the first time and it was successful.
 
You follow the directions exactly and it's successful. I read the instructions from Ball (canning jar maker) and used a recipe from the Food Network. I enjoyed the tomatoes all winter. It was a delicious base for marinara sauce.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is one that I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. It was selected as a fave by the hostess of the challenge and pinned to the SCS Pinterest board. See board here.
 
For my card, I created my background by using used Stampin'-Up reinkers in melon mambo (bright pink) and coastal cabana (blue-green) with an aqua brush. I spread the ink around on watercolor cardstock. I let it dry and this is the pretty background that I got.

I kept it simple by adding some DMC floss and my butterfly die cut. The butterfly is a die from  Stampin'-Up. My friends word is a die from Elizabeth Crafts.
 
That's my card for today. Time to close this post. I have lots to do today and tonight we have tickets for the baseball game. We are taking our grandson and then he comes here for a sleepover. It will be a great night weather wise for a baseball game.
 
So until next time....God bless.
 
card details:
Paper: ww, ranger distressed watercolor paper Paper Size: Square 4.5 x 4.5 
Accessories: Butterfly thinlits die, melon mambo and coastal cabana reinkers (Stampin'-Up), DMC Floss #959, rhinestones, Elizabeth Crafts die 
Techniques: watercolor
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting with an attitude has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes.
3.  In the Pink has a fly away challenge + use pink and one other color.
4.  Crafting By Design has a things with wings challenge.
5.  Fab 'n Funky has a things with wings challenge.
 


Sunday, August 23, 2015

~Celebrate~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Another beautiful summer day here in Pittsburgh.
 
I am having a problem with one of my molars and woke up this morning with some horrible pain. I took and Advil and laid back down to wait for the ibuprofen to take affect. Well, I fell back to sleep and when I woke again it was too late for me to get ready for church. What a disappointment. I don't like missing church because it sets my week up.
 
The tooth is another issue. I will be calling the dentist tomorrow morning. Not sure what the problem is. I was there for a cleaning about 2 weeks ago and the tooth has been bothering me since. But the pain this morning was a bit intense.
 
Oh well, enough of that. Let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for The Splitcoaststampers color challenge #544. Vicki was the hostess and she chose a subtle color palette with wisteria wonder, so saffron and calypso coral.
 
wisteria wonder, so saffron, calypso coral
 
For this sample, I started with my layout which is last week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #282


My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up collection "etcetera". Love all the dots.
 
The wisteria wonder angled pane is cut with the MFT pierced rectangle stax die. The image and sentiment panel is cut with the same die set.

The stamped ribbon and tag are stamps from the PTI set "no strings attached".
I stamped my birthday sentiment using a set from MFP. To complete this card, I added a few die cut sequins. The sequins die is from MFT.
 
Well, that's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: no strings attached (PTI), oopsy daisy (MFP) 
Paper: calypso coral, very vanilla, wisteria wonder, so saffron
Paper Size: A2 Ink: calypso coral, wisteria wonder 
Accessories: : pierced rectangle stax & sequins dies (MFT)

I am also entering:
1.  Glitter n Sparkle has a happy birthday challenge.
2.  Stamping Sensations has anything goes with a stamp and die.
3.  Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge has a birthdays challenge.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

~Hello You~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's such a beautiful Saturday here in Pittsburgh. Sunny, warm and no humidity. The air conditioner is off and the windows are open.
 
Tonight we are celebrating my daughter-in-laws birthday. It will be held at their home and she wanted to do something different. They are having an 80's dance party. It will be in the back yard on the patio. It's big and will be able to hold the dancers. There are about 30 people coming. 
 
We will bring our fire pit for those of us who might not be dancing. I am looking forward to a fun evening in her honor.  It will be an evening of appetizers. I decided to make fresh figs with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. You bake them for about 10 minutes. I have not made this recipe before but I have done figs, goat cheese and honey. Here is a link to the recipe  iwill be using.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another that I created for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. There were prizes awarded and this card won. Whoo-hoo- it is a 1 year extension on my fan club membership. It was also featured on the DTGD Board on Pinterest. In fact 7 of the cards I made were featured as hostess faves on that board.
 
For my card I used an element from the March Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin'-Up. It had the "You" word outline and yellow thread to actually stitch the word.
I really like these kits that come in my mailbox every month. I think there is a special right now for new members. Half off your first 2 months.

Stamped my hello word, added an arrow and hand drew some lines on the main panel. A first for me but I think it emphasizes this white panel a bit. This technique (hand drawn lines) was another DTGD challenge.

For my background, I used the Stampin'-Up "Boho Chic" embossing folder. This is a new folder and I really like the look it gives a card.
 
Cut my daisy from the Stampin'-Up daisy die #2 and my card is completed. And, that my friends also wraps up this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Sew You (Paper Pumpkin Kit -Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: textured rose red, daffodil delight, old olive, whisper white, Paper Size: A2 
Ink: rose red 
Accessories: MFT arrow die, Boho chic ef, daisy #2 die, flower fair framelits (Stampin'-Up), daffodil delight thread

I am also entering:
1.  Alphabet Challenge "N" is for no designer paper.
2.  Chocolate Coffee & Cards has a use a sentiment challenge.
3.  Crafty Catz has a flowers challenge.
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge has an anything goes.
5. Crafty Gals Corner has an anything goes challenge.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

~one little baby~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit with the Charmed Life Blog. This month is just whizzing by and soon our church based pre-school will start up again for another year.
 
This is the 3rd year of the school's existence and all of our classes are full with a waiting list. We added a 3rd class for the pre-k age -4/12 -5 year olds. I am still working with the youngest kids 2 1/2 -3 1/2 year olds. That age is a bit tough in September but by May they are a completely different group.
 
On another note, our vegetable garden is producing a nice crop of veggies for us especially the zucchini. I may make some zucchini bread today. We like it and I can make a few extra loves to share. Tomatoes are in abundance especially the grape tomatoes and oh so sweet.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another that I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. They have wrapped up for the year and prizes are being awarded. There is also a board on Pinterest where the hostesses are showcasing their favorites. This card is on that board. So excited!!
 
I started my card by choosing the layout which is from SC552. Cathy was the hostess for this challenge.
 


 To make my baby card, I used the lullaby designer paper from Stampin'-Up. My rubber ducky and booties are from the Stampin'-Up "something for baby" set. There are also matching dies to cut the images.

Used an alphabet embossing folder for the coastal cabana panel. Sentiment is from the Stampin'-Up curvy verses set. Did some paper piercing with a piercing pack from Stampin'-Up.
 
Well friends that's my card for today. Time to get busy with my zucchini bread. So until next time.......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: something for baby, curvy verses (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: coastal cabana, ww, hello honey, lullaby dsp (Stampin'-Up) Paper Size: A2 
Ink: coastal cabana, hello honey, basic black 
Accessories: baby's first framelits, alphabet ef, paper piercing pack essentials (Stampin'-Up), flag stax die (MFT), circle die (Spellbinders)

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
2.  DL.Art August challenge is anything goes.
3.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Ruby's Rainbow has a die cuts or punches challenge.
5.  WordArt Wednesdays has an anything goes challenge.

 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

`a thought away~

 
Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was such a beautiful summer day here in Pittsburgh. Really hot and humid but that's our summer weather and I love it.
 
We started the day off with church. Our service was great as usual. The worship team did a wonderful job. We had a couple that just returned from doing volunteer work in Israel and they were given opportunity to share their story. I really liked listening to what they had seen and done in the land of the bible.
 
This evening I watched the final episode of the Food Network Star. The one I picked of the 3 finalists won- Eddie Jackson. I thought he had a lot of camera charisma. It was a fun watch for 10 weeks. His show will be airing in early October. I will have to be on the lookout for it.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers.
For my card I used the Stampin'-Up set "stippled blossoms". This is a 2 step stamp set and I really like the look of the flowers when stamped. My Misti tool was a real help in lining up the stamps.

I fussy cut one of the flowers and popped it up for a bit of dimension. Flowers are stamped in daffodil delight and crushed curry inks. Used pistachio pudding and mossy meadow for the leaves.

 A top flag and a pierced strip were added to complete this card. Well, time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

Stamps: stippled blossoms (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: strawberry slush, ww, all abloom dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2 Ink: crushed curry, pistachio pudding, mossy meadow, daffodil delight 
Accessories: nested pennants (Spellbinders), blueprints 3 (MFT)
Techniques: fussy cutting  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

~Hexagon Birthday~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I wanted to post yesterday but after going to the gym I spent the time in my kitchen.
 
We had a bunch of garden tomatoes so I decided to roast them and then turn that into a vodka sauce. I followed 3 different Food Network recipes to get my Penne pasta with vodka sauce on the plate.
 
Here is the recipe to roast the tomatoes which was made into a marinara sauce-recipe here-and finally to my vodka sauce-recipe here. We don't drink vodka so I bought an inexpensive sample bottle at the store. I only used a teaspoonful so I have more than enough left to make this recipe again at least 4x.
 
Along with the pasta I also made some roasted garlic rosemary meatballs - recipe here. These I baked and was able to use the rosemary that is growing on my deck. the only thing I would do different next time is to use a ground beef that has more fat content. I used ground sirloin. 
 
You roast a whole head of garlic and add that to your meat mixture. I am a big fan of garlic and rosemary so these meatballs were right up my alley. My hubby loved the different flavors. We had an enjoyable dinner on the deck.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another one that I created for the SCS CC543 challenge. Maura was hostess and she chose basic gray, lucky limeade and bermuda bay for the color trio.
 
I stenciled my background with the textured honeycomb stencil from Memory Box in all 3-challenge colors. The left panel is embossed with the Stampin'-Up honeycomb embossing folder.

Used the Stampin'-Up set- "six sided sampler and coordinating punch" to continue the honeycomb theme. My happy birthday sentiment is another Stampin'-Up set "party this way". I cut a flag in lucky limeade and stamped the sentiment in basic gray. I saw this layout on Pinterest using this stamp set. I used her layout but amped up the card to my own style.
 
Well, my friends that's it for me for today. Time to get my to-do list accomplished. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details
Stamps: six sided sample & party this way (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: basic gray, lucky limeade, Bermuda bay, ww Paper Size: A2 
Ink: basic gray, Bermuda bay, lucky limeade 
Accessories: : pennants die (Spellbinders), honeycomb ef (Stampin'-Up), circle punches (Marvy Uchida), honeycomb textured stencil (Memory Box) 
Techniques: stenciling

I am also entering:
1.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Try it on Tuesday has a stencil challenge.
3.  Cards in Envy has a birthday challenge.
4.  The Artistic Stamper has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Sisters of Craft has an anything goes challenge.
 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

~Cheers~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Happy Tuesday to you all and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
 
Well, the card making frenzy is over at Splitcoaststampers. I wasn't able to get a card made for all 40 challenges but I did manage 23 of them.
We were able to combine challenges and in the end that's what I started to do. I had grand plans when the challenges started but life has priorities you know - even with card makers (lol)!!!
 
This card I am showing today hit a couple of those challenges plus a few more. I was pleased with how this one turned out. Over on the MFT Blog they are having a summer school and the lesson was on design repetition.
 
I knew that I wanted to do a stenciled background for my card and also for one of DTGD challenges so this lesson and homework was perfect for me. I used a dots stencil from Stampin'-Up and the colors from the SCS color challenge.
 
Maura is our hostess this week and she chose basic gray, bermuda bay and lucky limeade as her color palette.
 
bermuda bay, basic gray, lucky limeade
 
I secured my stencil onto my white cardstock and using sponge daubers started sponging my ink. I really like how the background turned out so I guess my homework assignment was a success (lol)!
 
Used the MojoMonday layout on this card but I took a little creative license with it. Instead of 2 circles I used one and substituted the coffee cup as the 2nd circle. Used the MFT flag stax to cut a flag and the celebratory greetings die for my cheers word.
 
 

Well, Blogger friends that's my card for today. So until next time.........God bless.
 
card details:
Paper: bermuda bay, whisper white, basic gray Paper Size: A2 
Ink: basic gray, bermuda bay, lucky limeade 
Accessories: perk-up, flag stax & celebratory greetings dies (MFT), circle dies (Spellbinders), circle mask (Stampin'-Up)  
 
I am also entering: 
1.  MFT Summer School - repetition challenge
2.  Try it on Tuesday has a stencil challenge.
3.  Crafting from the Heart has an anything goes challenge

Monday, August 10, 2015

~Grateful~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog on a Monday in August. Hope your weekend was spent doing the things you like to do.
 
As for me, my Saturday was spent with some of my stamping friends. I try to have a get together every other month at my home. We enjoy a light lunch together and then work on our crafting projects.
 
Not everyone could make it this time around. There were just 4 of us but, we enjoyed the day. And, I now have a Big Shot in my possession again. I had mentioned in a previous post that I broke mine. Well, one of my friends had her old one that she sold me for $20. Old- ha- let me tell you that it was in excellent shape and is like brand new.
 
I worked on cards for the DTGD challenges that are currently running on Splitcoaststampers. You have to be a member of the fan Club to play along. They have been fun and take you out of your stamping zone.
 
I will post all that  I made in later posts. Didn't get to finish all the challenges like I wanted. Just ran out of time. Out of the 40 challenges posted so far, I have completed 19 and hope to get a few more in today.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #542 on Splitcoaststampers.  I was the hostess and I chose a rich, fall color palette with elegant eggplant, delightful dijon, cajun craze and mossy meadow.
 
elegant eggplant, delightful dijon, cajun craze, mossy meadow

I stamped my own background paper with stamps from the Stampin'-Up sets autumn days, fantastic foliage, stippled blossoms and the Verve set abundant blessings.

Layered that panel on mossy meadow cardstock then onto delightful Dijon. On the middle panel, I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder "autumn type".

The grateful word is a die from PTI and I cut in elegant eggplant. My ribbon is cotton twill died with Cajun craze re-inkers.

To complete my card, I cut 2 maple leaves and sponged them with Cajun craze, mossy meadow and delightful Dijon inks. I pressed them onto a Versamark pad and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Irl they are very shiny.

I finished this card off with a bow made with mossy meadow thick bakers twine. Now I have my first Thanksgiving card of the year completed.

And, that my friends is my card for today. Have to get back to my craft room and see what I can complete for today.

So until next time.......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: autumn days, fantastic foliage, stippled blossoms (SU), Abundant blessings (Verve) Paper: delightful Dijon, elegant eggplant, mossy meadow, very vanilla 
Ink: Cajun craze, delightful Dijon, mossy meadow, elegant eggplant, versamark 
Accessories: : thanksgiving words die (PTI), leaf dies (dare 2b artsy), autumn type ef (Cuttlebug), Cajun craze reinker, cotton twill, clear ep (Hero Arts), mossy meadow thick bakers twine Techniques: dry & wet embossing  
I am also entering: 
1.  Cute Card Thursday  has a One Word challenge.
2.  Sisters Of Craft has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Crafting When We Can has a ribbon, twine or washi challenge. I used twine.
4.  Stamping Sensations has a anything goes with a stamp and die.
5.  Sister Act Card Challenge has an anything goes.
 

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