Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Card Concept Sept 17 Challenge

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Today there are 2 events going on for me. The first is my birthday. We celebrated last night with a fabulous dinner at my son and daughter-in-laws home. She is such a wonderful cook and she honored me with her cooking talents. More on what she made in another blog post. So stay tuned!!
 
The 2nd event is another challenge over at the Card Concept Blog.  This 2 week period we have a color challenge - my favorite type. Here is a beautiful inspiration photo to help in creating your card.
 
My card theme for this challenge is the shabby chic style. Not my usual style of card making but I was happy with how this one turned out. My card picks up on the colors, of course, and also the fall leaves.
 
I found this designer paper from Graphic 45 - "the eden symphony collection". I thought it was a perfect starting point for my shabby chic design. I layered that over some cherry cobbler cardstock and did some distressing of all these layers.
 
Next I looked to my die collection to see what could assist me with this design. I found another big help with this Cherry Lynn Designs die - "border carnivale". I cut in cherry cobbler cardstock and added some pearls.
 
I thought that a shabby chic layout should include a doily so I cut one using another Cherry Lynn Designs die "French pastry" in so saffron cardstock. I sponged over the doily with so saffron ink to distress a bit more. The card is taking the shape I want at this point. The autumn sentiment is a stamp from Great Impressions.
 
I knew I needed some ribbon so I made a bow from cherry cobbler seam binding and spritzed it with water to give it a crinkly look. I think this is also one of the key elements of a shabby chic design.
 
To pick up on the leaf theme I cut some leaves using a Spellbinders die in cherry cobbler and lucky limeade cardstocks. That completed my card. This one is a bit larger than I usually make at 6 x 4 3/4, But I don't have to mail it since I will be giving it to my neighbor for her October birthday. How about that for being ahead of schedule??
 
Hope you can join in on the challenge this time. With The Card Concept challenge you get to choose the style of card making you are comfortable with or attempt a new style. Either way its a fun challenge!! Drop over to the blog to see all the fabulous inspiration from the other designers.
 
Card Details:
Paper: cherry cobbler, so saffron, lucky limeade (SU), eden symphony (Graphic 45)
Ink: cherry cobbler, so saffron
Accessories: carnival border, French pastry dies (Cherry Lynn Designs), fall leaf dies (Spellbinders), paper distresser (Tim Holtz), cherry cobbler seam binding (SU), pearls (Darice) 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

~teaching is love~

 
Hello blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by my blog. Look around Charmed Life Land for awhile- I have lots of eye candy for your viewing pleasure.
 
We completed our first week of pre-school. Such an amazing group of children this year. They are so cooperative and after 2 days are quickly catching on to the routine of the class room. Well, what we have introduced to them so far.
 
Only one little boy didn't want to do the art project. We don't force them to do the projects because then a crying episode can develop. He loves doing everything else so we fully expect him to turn around once he sees the projects are fun.
 
Since I am in back to school mode, I thought I would show you another card I made in that theme. I still have a couple of more cards to make to give to my niece who is a  teacher as well as some friends. I put a Starbucks gift card inside as a way to thank them for being teachers.
 
I cased myself on this card. See my original here.
 
I had the perfect stamps with the Verve "teachers count" set. The layout is an old MojoMonday #293 sketch. I modified it a little.

Used some Recollections school themed dp for my bg layer.  The rectangle layer is riding hood red cardstock and was run thru my big shot with the Stampin-Up "alphabet" embossing folder.
 
I did a bit of a chalkboard and used the same stamp from the Verve set and also added an apple to this layer. The apple is from the Stampin-Up "perfectly preserved" set and matching "Cannery thinlits die".

Stamped my sentiment on more Recollections patterned paper and added a few brad hearts to complete my card. 
 
Well, it's time to get my day started here in Charmed Life Land. So until next time......God bless.
 
Card Details:
Stamps:Teachers Count (verve), Perfectly Preserved (SU) 
Paper: old olive, riding hood red, black, recollections dp 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: riding hood red, old olive 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, cannery framelits, riding hood red ribbon, clips assortment, Alphabet EF (Stampin-Up)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Free For All Challenge #237 wanted us to use apples on our creation.
2.  Case Study Challenge #208- inspiration came from Debby Hughes. I picked up the apple theme. 
 
3.  Freshly Brewed Challenge is "school days".
4.  The Paper Girls have a back to school challenge.
5.  Tando Challenge has a numbers and letters.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Winters First Hello



 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I honestly don't know where the days are going. I don't seem to be accomplishing the goals that I have in mind for each day. A little tweaking is in order I think.
 
Our pre-school has started back up again. Yesterday was our first class. It was only for an hour and the parents come with the kids. Thursday will be another 1 hour class but no parents. The kids all did well as we introduced a modified routine to them. It will be exciting to see how they progress though the year. I only help out 1 day a week but for the first few months I will go both days. I do that to help get the kids acclimated to the routine as well as to get to know me. Just another reason I need to organize my days better.
 
Anyway, I wanted to get this post completed before I head off to the gym. On Wednesday's its our group day with the trainer. Don't know if I mentioned before that I exercise every Mon-Wed-Friday with 4 other women.  It's been good for all of us because if you have someone to go to the gym with, you are more likely to go. At least that's how it's worked out for me.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is the 2nd card I made for The Splitcoaststampers CC494. This one I created for the CC494 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess  and for my color palette I chose melon mambo, basic gray and wild wasabi.
 
I chose the colors based on this comforter set I saw on Pinterest. Thought it would make a pretty card and based on the SCS gallery, I was correct.
 
 
I also gave an option to use these non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card or a winter scene. The 2nd option was to add flowers or create a summer scene for the card. You can see that card here.
 
I created this Christmas card using the Grand Christmas die from Memory Box. I saw this card on the Memory Box site and used it for my inspiration today. I changed the colors and dies to give it my touch.

Stamped the background trees in wild wasabi using a stamp from Just For Fun stamps. To complete my card I used the MFT Blueprints 3 dies and cut a bow and a stitched edged panel in basic gray cardstock.
 
This one will be easy to mass produce for Christmas. I will probably make at least 10 of these.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
I am also entering:
1.  Robyn's Fetish has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting At The Weekend has an anything goes challenge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summers Last Hurrah

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday here in Pittsburgh.
 
Just the type of day that our tomatoes like to turn them red and ready for picking. They are ripening at a very nice pace. I roasted some the other day with olive oil, garlic and thyme. They were super delicious. I used them to make a vodka sauce to serve with some ravioli that I picked up at Trader Joes.
 
The sauce is really easy to make and is so delicious. I put the tomatoes in my food processor to puree them. Then I sautéed some onion and more garlic-added my roasted tomatoes, fresh basil (also from our garden) and 1/2 cup of vodka. The alcohol cooks off in this dish since you let it simmer for about an hour. To finish it off I added some heavy cream and it's done.  
 
I am definitely going to make this again. By roasting the tomatoes it really enhances  their flavor.  I have been roasting a lot of vegetables lately. They are so delicious and easy to prepare. You just drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and any other seasoning you like.  
 
Now, onto my card for today. This one I created for the CC494 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess  and for my color palette I chose melon mambo, basic gray and wild wasabi.
 
I chose the colors based on this comforter set I saw on Pinterest. Thought it would make a pretty card and based on the SCS gallery, I was correct.
I also gave an option to add flowers or create a summer scene for the card. Wanted to make it summer's last hurrah. The 2nd option was use these non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card or a winter scene.
 
Today I am showing my summer's last hurrah card. This card is using lots of dies and background stenciling.
 
I had this card saved in my faves on Pinterest and used it for my inspiration today. I changed the colors and some dies to give it my touch.
 
The background die is the Memory Box “massa leaf frame, the lighter green is the Memory Box “chloe die”. My flower is the Cherry Lynn Designs “sunflower die” and I cut it from melon mambo cardstock.
 
The butterfly is from Elizabeth Crafts and it was cut twice-once in basic gray and then I layered the melon mambo over that. 

"Thanks" word is a Taylored Expressions die cut in basic gray.

I stenciled the background with a Heidi Swapp stencil and used melon mambo ink. I completed this card by adding some gray rhinestones.
 
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time......God bless.

I am also entering:

1.  Crafts Galore Encore Challenge wants us to make a card.
2. Scrap It Girl has a stencil or mask challenge.  
3That Craft Place has a summery colors challenge.  
4.  A Gem of a Challenge has a summertime challenge.
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Card Concept "back to school' challenge

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's September and that means back to school, cooler temps, shorter days and welcome fall!!
 
We are celebrating back to school this time on the Card Concept Blog with a theme challenge. As part of the wild card team, I am to create a card in the classy and elegant style.
 
I thought that might be a bit difficult with a back to school theme but I proved myself wrong. Using lots of layers and ribbon I think I achieved my goal. From this photo, I picked up on the colors, the chalkboard with the numbers, alphabet blocks and the apples.


Last year I bought some Verve Stamps that were all about teachers and school. So that was my go to set. I also used an older MojoMonday #293 sketch that was perfect for the style card I wanted to create. I also saw this card by Verve diva Laurie using this sketch and I liked her added use of ribbon.  
 
I used the numbers stamp from this set to create my own background. Stamped in old olive ink on ruled paper from Pink Paislee. Also used this same paper for my circles.
 
To pick up the alphabet theme, I used the Stampin-Up "alphabet" embossing folder on the red rectangle layer.
 
On my chalkboard,  I again used the numbers stamp and stamped, wet embossed and sponged with white ink to give a chalkboard look. I added a clip and some die cut circles that I had in my stash.
 
Instead of adding apples to my card, I used circles which is why this sketch worked so well for me. Stamped my sentiment, added a die cut heart and some ribbon and bow to complete my card. Circles cut with Spellbinders and MFT dies,
 
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. 
 
Card Details:
Stamps: teachers count (Verve)
Ink: old olive, craft white (Stampin-Up), Memento tuxedo black, white dye ink (Making Memories)
Paper: Maraschino (Bazzill), old olive, black (SU), 365 degrees (Pink Paislee)
Accessories: Spellbinders matting basics A & B, circle dies, MFT blueprints 3 die, metal clip, ribbon (SU) 
 
I am also entering:
1.  Dies R Us has a back to school theme.
2.  LadyBug Crafts has an anything goes.
3Really Reasonable Ribbon has an autumn colors with ribbon.
4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge is back to school.
5.  Creative Card Crew has a chalkboard technique challenge.
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~Cupcake Birthday~

 
Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well, it's back to school time. My grandsons started back today. No issues with the school bus- so that starts the day off right. They both came home with homework and they weren't real happy but not to much complaining.
 
I picked Ethan (our youngest grandson) up after school. He was a little tired and a little cranky but, I was still excited to see him. I stayed with them until 10:00 this evening. Usually I am not there that long but my son and daughter-in-law had a dinner out planned with some friends.
 
Now I am back home and even the drive home was a little quicker than usual. I made it in just under 40 minutes. I wanted to get my blog post done and head off to bed. I have plans to go to the outlets tomorrow to look for a dress for an upcoming wedding.
 
So onto my card for today. I needed a card for a 70th birthday party we were invited to and this is what I came up with. I wanted some fun and trendy.
 
My card started with my layout and I used the MojoMonday #358 sketch. 


My card colors are from the Splitcoaststampers CC491. Peggy was our hostess and she chose the fabulous color trio of blackberry bliss, so saffron and bermuda bay. Our   option was to "put a sentiment on it". 
 
The card background panel is Stampin-Up designer paper from the  "moonlit" collection. I used the Stampin-Up set "cupcake party" and stamped in bermuda bay.

To complete my card I die cut the birthday word in bermuda bay. The die is from PaperTrey Ink.
 
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time......God bless.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~Coral Thanks~

 
Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I made it back safely from San Francisco. I was gone between vacation and then off to take care of my granddaughter for almost the month of August. It is good to be back home and sleeping in my own bed.
 
The flight home got a bit crazy. My first flight was delayed and that would have me missing my connection so I was rescheduled for another flight. The 2nd flight was all boarded and then the captain announced the aircraft was being taken out of service. There was a problem with the vacuum system in the lav. 
 
Since I had to connect to get back to Pittsburgh, I was re-scheduled for the next morning to fly out. Phoenix Daisy was glad to have me back. We played until her bedtime.
 
I am still adjusting to the time change but I will be fine in a few days. Now it's time to catch up on harvesting our garden crop and other house stuff.
 
But for now, I am going to catch up on my blog posts. So onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #493 on Splitcoaststampers. Becky is our hostess this week and she chose the trio of old olive, calypso coral and lost lagoon. The option this week is to use something recycled.
 
I  used the Stampin-Up stamp set 'language of friendship". My flowers are stamped in lost lagoon and fussy cut. I layered each flower several times for added dimension.

The leaves are die cut with a Verve die. This is where I used the shampoo box. I also used the recycled box to cut my "thanks" word with a Taylored Expressions die.

My background paper is from the Stampin-Up collections -"I am me" and Epic day this and that". The coral ribbon is also from Stampin-Up.

My butterfly is cut with a die from Elizabeth Crafts.  I picked it up earlier this summer at a local rubber stamp show.  The center circles are cut with a Spellbinders scallop circle and an MFT die.

Well that's my card for today. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time......God bless.

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

Paradise



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.  

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