Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Card Concept Inspiration Challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since our last Card Concept Challenge. 

Our challenge that starts today is an inspiration challenge. As part of the wild card team, I am to create a card in the clean and graphic style. I based my card on the colors in the photo. I created my card using rectangles, circles, lines to form my graphic design.

I started my card by stamping my background image using the PaperTrey Ink stamp "ombre builders" in old olive ink. The rounded rectangle layer was cut from kiwi kiss designer paper and a PaperTrey Ink die "phrase play #5".  I cut the happy word 2 additional times and layered it to give it some dimension.

I used part of a stamp from Mark's Finest Papers for my sentiment. To complete my card, I die cut some sequins from an MFT die. 

That completes my card for this challenge. Hope you can play along. Drop over on the Card Concept blog to get all the details and to check out the other amazing cards the designers have created. 

This is the inspiration photo and read here for an explanation of the card styles the designers will be using.

Inspiration Photo

Monday, August 18, 2014


Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I am still out in San Francisco with my precious granddaughter Phoenix Daisy. My son and daughter-in-law returned home today from their get away in Cabo, MEX. 

Phoenix Daisy was happy to see them. Tomorrow my daughter-in-law starts school again. She is a teacher and this is a week of in-service days for her before the kids return. 

I will leave on Tuesday to return home to Pittsburgh and my hubby. It was another awesome time with Phoenix Daisy and more memories made. I am hoping for one more visit this year before they return for Christmas.

Onto my card for today. This is another one that I made before I left Pittsburgh but didn't post here on my blog. I bought these beach stamps at the rubber stamp show held here recently and decided to use them to create this beach scene. The scene was created with 4 different stamps. 

I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers CC489. Vicki was our hostess and she chose bermuda bay, pool party and calypso coral for her color trio. Option is water coloring.

The water and sun is a stamp from Just For Fun. I colored the water with pool party re-inker and an aqua brush.
The sand and sandpipers are a stamp from Seaside Stampin' Ink. Colored with a creamy caramel water color crayon and basic gray ink.

My couple in the canoe is another stamp from Just For Fun. The paradise sentiment is another stamp from Seaside Stampin' Ink. I stamped that in coastal cabana ink.
I framed the scene in coastal cabana and then layered in calypso coral and whisper white. That's my card for today. Time to dim the lights here in San Francisco for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

This is a photo of Phoenix and I having a treat at the ice cream parlor.
sweet treat time

I am also entering:
1.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge. 
2.  Pile It On has a Beach/Sea challenge. 
3.  That Craft Place has a nautical challenge.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

~gingham thanks~

Hello Blogger friends. Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well, we returned from a great beach vacation in Ocean City, MD. It was a wonderful family time and some new memories were created. 

I had a 2 day turn around time and hopped on a plane to San Francisco. My youngest son Brett and daughter-in-law Ghilly wanted to do a little get away, and I am here taking care of Phoenix Daisy. They weren't able to join us for the family vacation this year. 

They left this morning and so this is my first day alone with my precious  3 1/2 year old granddaughter. She goes to pre-school and I just dropped her off and will pick her up at 12:30. Already she asked to go to the ice cream parlor because that's what we did on my last visit in March. I agreed because that's just what Grandma's do (lol)!!

So onto my card for today. This one I created, back in Pittsburgh of course, for the Splitcoaststampers SC498. Janette was our hostess and she provided a great layout to work into a card. Just the kind I like with lots of layers.

My designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "gingham garden" collection. I have wanted to use the gingham paper for some time. I think it worked well with this layoutand shows it off nicely. 

My stamped image is from the Stampin-Up set "serene silhouettes". I used markers to color the image then spritzed with water. I have never done this before and I like the look of it.My thank you is from the Stampin-Up set "greetings galore". I stamped in melon mambo ink and added 2 additional circle layers. Punched some butterflies to complete my card. 

Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.........God bless. 

card details:
Stamps: greetings galore, serene silhouettes (Stampin-Up)                                                                        Paper: melon mambo, pear pizzazz, ww, gingham garden dsp                                                                          Ink: melon mambo, pear pizzazz                                                                                                     Accessories: Spellbinders Mattings Basics A & circle dies, MS butterfly punch

I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp has a "summertime fun" challenge. Flowers represent a big part of summer. 
2.  Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes challenge. 
3.  Stamp and Create has an anything goes challenge.
4.  613 Avenue Create-anything goes with a twist of sights, sounds, tastes of summer. My Flowers are one of the sights of summer.
5.  Crafting When We Can has a bright colors challenge.
6.  Robyn's Fetish has an anything goes challenge.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Card Concept Wedding Challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
 I have been sitting on some news and today is the day I can make my announcement. I was invited by Lesley Croghan to join the Card Concept Design team. I was so excited to be chosen for the team. It will be a 3 month stint that starts today August 6 and continues though October.
The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge blog.The participants are encouraged to create a card, based on the challenge and they have to choose one of the "styles" of our designers to design in.
The styles are divided into 6 style themes:
  • Clean & Simple (CAS)
  • Clean & Layered
  • Clean & Graphic
  • Freestyle Collage
  • Shabby Chic
  • Classy & Elegant

Our challenge for this 2 week period is a theme challenge and we are to create a wedding card.
My assigned theme for this challenge is a clean and layered card. My inspiration from this photo was the blue color of the hydrangeas and the white roses.
To create my card, I used several different Spellbinders dies. I used the Spellbinders dies - resplendent rectangles, floral ovals and standard ovals to set off the beautiful sentiment.
The sentiment is a stamp from Great Impressions - "wishing you joy". I added a bow with a white rose ribbon center and rhinestones to complete my card.
This is such a fun challenge so I hope you can play along with us. Drop over to the Card Concept blog to "meet" the other new designers. Then pull out your wedding stamps and create a card for the challenge.
Until next time.......God bless.
Card Details:
stamps: wishing you joy F18 (Great Impressions Stamps)
ink: marina mist (Stampin-Up)
paper: marina mist, whisper white (Stampin-Up), Gina K White
accessories: Spellbinders resplendent rectangles, floral, large and small ovals, marina mist ribbon, hero arts rhinestones

Monday, August 4, 2014

~Yorkshire Birthday~

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe we are into August already. The summer is flying.
This week we are on vacation at the beach in Ocean City, MD with our son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons. We arrived on Saturday and will stay until Saturday, August 9.
We have guests staying at our home. That was a bit tricky getting ready for the guests as well as vacation. But, its our very good friends from Virginia and they were coming to Pittsburgh for a family event. So they will take care of the house while we are gone. A win-win for both of us.
It has been overcast for 3 days although the sun did peek out a bit yesterday afternoon. The overcast conditions have kept the crowds at bay on the beach. Yesterday, we took our corn hole game down and had a little family competition.  It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Last night our dinner out was at a place called "liquid assets".   The food was really good and they carried a variety of different wines and craft beers for purchase. It was a good choice for our first dinner out.
We usually eat breakfast and lunch in and then have dinner out. Right now we have a pork shoulder in the crockpot to have pulled pork sandwiches for lunch.  It's one of the boys favorite meals.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the inspiration challenge #450 on Splitcoaststampers. Audrie was our hostess and she took us to the Country Curtains site for our inspiration.
I chose the Yorkshire lined rod pocket curtains as my inspiration piece. The pattern reminded me of some Stampin-U designer paper that I had from the "modern medley" collection.

I used the layout from the Wednesday sketch #497 challenge for my card.

The inspiration photo had some touches of red with flowers and wall hangings so I picked up on that in my layout.

The flowers are from the Stampin-Up "simple stems" set. On the bottom corner I fussy cut one and popped it up for a bit of dimension.
The birthday die is from PTI. Added some butterflies with pearl centers to complete my card.
That's my card for today. Time to get my day rolling, so until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Stamps: simple stems (Stampin-Up), sending happy thoughts (MFP) 
Paper: VV, basic black, modern medley dsp (stampin-up) 
Ink: real red 
Accessories: PTI birthday die, MS butterfly punch, Spellbinders Matting Basics A, SU pearls   
I am also entering:
1.  Come and Get it Challenges has an all about dies challenge.
2.  Crafting At The Weekend has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Natalie's and Amy's challenge has a die cuts and flowers.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

~If friends were flowers~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We sent our week-end guest on his way and I spent some of the day getting the bedroom and bathroom back in order.
Attempted to do some laundry and then in the middle of a drying cycle the dryer stopped running. My hubby said he will deal with it tomorrow. Hopefully it's something simple and not a new dryer. Don't know about you but I would rather spend money on something else really anything else!!
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for this week's CC #488 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and I chose quite an array of colors for this week's challenge.
It's about "all abloom". Our gardens here at the Marsh household are in full bloom and there is quite an array of color. So I am giving you quite an array of color this week. 
I chose 7 colors  and you had the option to pick 3 to work with or use all 7 of them.
The challenge colors are:

Blushing Bride
Daffodil Delight
Island Indigo
Lost Lagoon
Mossy Meadow
 Pistachio Pudding
Strawberry Slush

The option this week is all about summer - so your creation is to reflect summer- flowers, beach scene, garden scene, summer fruits- you get the idea.

My card this weeks started with my designer paper. I used the “all abloom” collection from Stampin-Up. Once I decided the pattern, I looked for a sketch. I am using this week’s MojoMonday #355.

I used lots of dies on this card. Scallop and paper bow are MFT blueprints 3, The banners are MFT flag stax die. I used the Stampin-Up "fancy fan" embossing folder for some texture.

The doily is also MFT -dizzy doily cut in strawberry slush. I cut a white circle from a Spellbinders die.

The flower is from the Stampin-Up “secret garden” set. I stamped with strawberry slush ink on blushing bride card stock.

My sentiment is from the Verve set “dream big and stamped in lost lagoon ink.

That's my card for today.  It's late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

Card Details:
Stamps: Secret garden (stampin-Up), Dream Big (Verve) 
Paper: daffodil delight, island indigo, mossy meadow, blushing bride, strawberry slush, ww, all abloom dsp (Stampin-Up) 
 Paper Size: A2 
Ink: lost lagoon, strawberry slush 
Accessories: Mft dizzy doily & flag stax dies, Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B dies, SU secret garden framelits and fancy fan ef   
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Girls Challenge is an anything goes.
2. The Crafters Café Challenge is anything goes.
3. Creative Moments has an anything goes with optional twist of one flower.
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to emboss it.
5. Sisterhood of Crafters has a die cuts/punches challenge.  



















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

~celebrate your day~

Hello blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was one of those laid back summer days for me. I went to the gym for a workout session with my trainer. Whew! It was a workout and I definitely was exhausted when I left the gym.
My hubby was on a golf outing today so when I came home I immediately tuned in to the HSN 24 hr crafting event. I bought some Martha Stewart punches and as I type this the show is still going strong. I saw a lot of things I liked and almost bought but I restrained myself (lol)!!
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #487 on Splitcoaststampers. Becky is our hostess and she chose soft sky, soft suede, pear pizzazz and crisp cantaloupe for our color palette. Our option this week is to make a feminine card.

I just bought this Penny Black stamp at the Pittsburgh Rubber Stamp Show. And, I also just watched this tutorial on the Spellbinder blog by Linda Lucas using Labels 8 dies. So that was my card inspiration.

I used soft sky for my card base and cut it with the Spellbinders labels 8 die. The next layer is soft suede cut with the Spellbinders decorative labels 8 die. The image layer is cut with a smaller Spellbinders  labels 8 die and I sponged in soft sky before I removed it from the die.

Stamped my coneflower image in crisp cantaloupe and pear pizzazz. My sentiment is stamped in soft suede and is from the Verve set "poppy birthday".

I used some rhinestones for a little bling and added a bow made from pear pizzazz seam binding.
That's my card for today. Time to get back to my HSN craft until next time God bless.
Card details:
Stamps: Blush (Penny Black), Poppy Birthday (Verve) 
Paper: Soft Sky, Soft Suede, WW     
Ink: Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Soft Sky (Stampin-Up) 
Accessories: Spellbinders labels 8, Decorative labels 8, Darice Rhinestones, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding, 
Techniques: Die Layering 
I am also entering:
1.  Deep Ocean Challenge has lots of layers.
2.  Fan-Tastic Tuesday has an anything goes.
3Party Time Tuesdays has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Ladybug Crafts has a summer flowers challenge.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

~winter wonderland~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was a rainy Saturday here in Pittsburgh and a bit on the cooler side. We have a week-end guest here from Florida and he is enjoying the rain and cool temps. It is a bit of a welcome break from the air-conditioner but I am ready for summer to return.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Featured Stamper #387 challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Judy was the hostess and she chose Nancy Thomas as this week's featured stamper.
The idea is to look through the Featured Stamper's gallery and chose a card to re-create in your style. I chose this card.
Since I don't have a birch tree die, I used some BoBunny designer paper that already had birch trees and a woodland scene in it. I used a Paper Trey ink die to cut the deer and the tiny red cardinals.

I also added a red frame around my winter scene. Used Spellbinders Mattings Basics A to cut. I punched a couple of snowflakes and used wink of stella pen for some sparkle.

My sentiment was stamped in Versamark and then white embossing powder. I used a corner rounder on the edges of the sentiment panel for interest.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Hiding in My Craft Room has a Christmas in July challenge.
2.  My Sheri Crafts is Christmas in July with lots of layers.
3Winter Wonderland has a "blue Christmas" challenge.
4.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge has a Christmas in July.
5.  Divas By Design has a Christmas in July.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Hello Blogger friends! thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life blog. We picked our first zucchini's (we had 2) from our garden. I decided to stuff them using a recipe I found on the Martha Stewart website.
first zucchini and tomato
They were delicious. Here is a link to the recipe if you want to give them a try. When I served mine I spooned a marinara sauce over the zucchini and dusted with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I will definitely use this recipe again since my hubby liked it as well.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for a friends birthday. I put the sentiment on the inside. But forgot to photo that- oh well next time for sure.
My card colors are from the CC485 on Splitcoaststampers. Peggy was the hostess and she chose hello honey, night of navy and sahara sand. Our dessert is texture - fibers, felt, embossing folders, mixed media etc.

My card is using a new stamp set from PaperTreyInk- "ombre builders". I die cut a tag with a Sizzix die and sahara sand cardstock and used several different patterns and stamped in night of navy ink.

My poppy flowers and sentiment are from the Verve set "poppy birthday". I stamped in night of navy on sahara sand cardstock.

I did a bit of stenciling on my backgroundg using a stencil from Plaid. I used hello honey ink for a tone on tone look. My hello word is cut in hello honey cardstock with a die from MFT - "happy hellos".

I used some cotton perle on my tag to complete my card. My card inspiration came from the PTI board on Pinterest.
Well that's it for me for today. Time to get busy with some household chores. I would rather be creating but we have a guest coming this weekend. So until next time........God bless blogger friends.
card details:
Stamps: Ombre Builders (PTI), Poppy Birthday (Verve) 
Paper: Hello honey, Sahara sand, night of navy, old olive 
Paper Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 
Ink: Night of navy, Hello honey 
Accessories: Sizzix Tag die, Verve poppy builder die, DMC cotton perle, Plaid stencils,
I am also entering:
1.  Totally Gorjuss has a tag it challenge.
2A Girl Who Crafts has an anything goes July.
3.  Country View Challenges has a stencil it.
4.  LadyBug Crafts has a summer flowers challenge.
5.  Crafting At the Weekend has an anything goes.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

~There was a girl~

Easel card Closed view

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's a beautiful summer Saturday here in Pittsburgh.

There was also a rubber stamp show held here this weekend. So guess where I spent 5 hours of my day? There were make and takes and lots of product for sale. A fun day for any crafter.

I also went to a graduation party later in the day. The young woman who graduated is from our church. She is excited about going away to school and starting the next phase of her life. So my card for today was made in Jaime's honor.

 I used the colors from this week's color challenge #486 on Splitcoaststampers.  Barbara is our hostess and her challenge colors are: old olive, calypso coral and daffodil delight.

Option is to make a fancy fold card. I decided to go with an easel card. See tutorial here.

 My images and sentiments are from the Waltzingmouse set “half pint heroines”. I stamped the image and colored with the new Stampin-Up blendabilities in old olive and daffodil delight. My calypso coral color is a Copic marker. I then fussy cut the hot air balloon to place in the scene.

Easel card open view

For the finishing touches on the outdoor scene I started with the PaperTrey Ink die "in the meadow" to create my hills. The houses were cut from the Cheery Lynn Designs die "winter village". The sun and cloud are dies from MFT.

My thought process for the scene is the graduate leaving her home for college. Hence, the houses, hills and hot air balloon.  I thought the sentiments I used really described  who Jaime is as a young woman.

Well it's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day so until next time.........God bless.

Card Details:
Stamps: half pint heroines (Waltzingmouse) 
Paper: calypso coral, old olive, choc chip, ww, sweet pea dsp (Stampin-Up) Neenah White 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: memento tuxedo black 
Accessories: Cheery Lynn Designs winter village die, MFT sun and clouds die, PTI in the meadow die, SU blendabilities old olive, daffodil delight, Copic R22, R24  

I am also entering:
1.  Crafts For Eternity Recipe Challenge has a sports challenge.
2.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is summertime fun.

3.  Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge is all about girls.
4Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
5.  Crafty Little Fairies has a summer fun challenge.
6.  Moving Along with the Times has a "girls just wanna have fun challenge.
7.  Time Out Challenges has a "fun in the sun".


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