Monday, August 3, 2015

~love you to the moon & back~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog. Hope your weekend was a great one whatever you did.
We are underway with August. Where did the first 2 months of summer go to??? It seemed like a blink of an eye and this new month showed up. I have another month off and then our pre-school starts in early September.
I will be working there 2 days a week for the first few months. Just until the kids get used to a pre-school routine and their teachers. then right after Christmas I drop back to 1 day a week.
My class meets 2 days a week, and we have another assistant who will work the other day. It's just enough for me to stay involved and keep my mind active and still allow me time for my card making and other activities. I had the chance to move up with the older kids but that would involve 3 days a week. I didn't want to feel like I was working again. After all, I spent 30 years in corporate America.
For my card today, I am showing one I made for the Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty challenges. If you are a member of the Fan Club you can play along in the challenge. If not, today is a good day to join and then you can join in on all the fun. And, there are fabulous prizes to be won. Click here for more info.
For my background,  I sponged 3 shades of Stampin'-Up inks onto some distressed water color cardstock. Made a circle mask for my moon before the sponging.  I started with the turquoise and sponged that all over the paper, then added some night of navy and final the blackberry bliss ink. 
I then used the Stampin'-Up stars stencil mask and sprayed it with a perfect pearls mixture. 

 Memory Box has these celestial bodies dies so I decided to cut some stars and the planet. I found some textured metallic paper in my stash. The moon is sponged with white and gray ink then some acrylic paint. I used the textured side of the cardstock so it gives the moon "craters".

My sentiment is from the MFT set Mr. Roboto. I say this to my sweet 4yr old granddaughter. So guess who is getting this card (lol)!!
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get busy on my color challenge card. I am the hostess this week and my card will be due tonight. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Mr Roboto (MFT) 
Paper: tempting turquoise, distress watercolor cardstock (Ranger), metallic textured cardstock 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: blackberry bliss, night of navy, tempting turquoise 
Accessories: stars decorative mask (Stampin'-Up), celestial bodies (Memory Box), arrow die (MFT), starry die (Verve), perfect pearls (Ranger) 
Techniques: stenciling, mixed media 

I am also entering:
1,  ABC Challenge is "O" is for open.
2.  ARTastic Challenge is over the moon - it's all about the background.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

~ stenciled heart thank you~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Summer is busy for all of us with family time, picnics, reunions, graduations and just enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
So making my blog part of your day really means a lot to this blogger. Leaving your comments are so special to me and I read every one of them.
My hubby is working on this Saturday and our neighborhood is especially quiet. Lots of people away on vacation or just out enjoying the day.
I decided to write up a quick post and then go and make some cards. There is the DTGD challenges over on Splitcoaststampers. You have to be a fan club member to submit a card, but there are prizes to be won. And, the fan club is a great way to access more of the site.
I will have to get creative with my cards for these challenges. I use so many die cuts these days and I broke my Big Shot machine. So frustrated with myself on this one. I was helping my neighbor with some shower invites and I took a Sizzix die out to use but didn't take the bottom plastic case off.
When I started to run it through the machine it got stuck - of course it did! I backed it out and that's when I noticed the plastic. The machine worked with a little coaxing for a couple of weeks after that event and just the other day it broke completely.
I was in the middle of making a card when it stopped working. My die and paper got stuck and it took about 30 minutes to figure a way to get it out. I was so provoked at that point I put the card aside and haven't been back in my craft room since.
I briefly considered buying the new 9" Sizzix Big Shot and  I still may at some point. A friend of mine offered me her old Big Shot for $20. She purchased the bigger model and has no use for her older one.
That was an offer too good to pass up but I have to wait until next Saturday to get it. I am hosting another stamping get together and she will bring it then. I still have the original Sizzix machine but I don't remember how to use it. So today I may pull it out and see how it works.
I have a card to make for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers this coming week and I am the hostess. My card idea involves die cutting so I need help.
Anyway onto my card for today.  For my card I used  Liquitex acrylic gloss gel medium and Stampin-Up melon mambo reinker. I took my Stampin'-Up heart stencil and used this mixture to stencil hearts on my background. I like the way it turned out and it has a nice gloss to it. Which, of course doesn't show up in the photo.

My flowers and sentiment are from the PaperTreyInk set "cutting garden". I stamped in melon mambo & old olive inks and used the matching dies to cut them out. I added some ribbon and a bow to complete my card. In case your wondering, this card was made before the Big Shot bit the dust.
Well, it's time for me to close this post and see where if my mojo is till in gear. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: cutting garden (PaperTrey Ink) 
Paper: melon mambo, ww (SU), Strathmore mixed media paper   
Paper Size: A2 Ink: melon mambo (SU) 
Accessories: cutting garden die (PTI), ribbon (Michael's), melon mambo reinker, heart stencil (Stampin-Up), Liquitex acrylic gloss gel medium, 
Techniques: mixed media, stencil

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting with Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2   Graph' It color challenge is inspired by florals.
3.  Simply Create Too has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
5.  4 Crafty Chicks has an anything goes challenge.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

~ Cup of Cheer~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
I sent my son, daughter-in-law and precious granddaughter back home. We had a wonderful visit and I miss them already. The house is so quiet. But, on a happier note, I go out there in October to take care of her while Mom and Dad attend a wedding in Cape Cod.
Phoenix Daisy kept me going from morning until night. We had some special moments together. I took her to the farm one day to pick blueberries. She really liked that. And, now I have some of that delicious fruit in my freezer to be eaten on a cold, wintry day.
Our family reunion was a lot of fun. Phoenix Daisy got to meet some of her cousins and had such fun playing all day and into the night with them. I won the corn hole tournament with one of my brothers as a partner. In my family, that gives you bragging rights until the next reunion (lol)!!!
Now onto my card for today. This is another one I made for the SCS color challenge 540. Peggy was our hostess and she chose crushed curry, smoky slate and tempting turquoise. 

For this card I used this week’s MOJO407 sketch for my layout. I needed a card of encouragement for a friend and she likes coffee.

 My coffee mug is a die from MFT. I embossed the coffee cozy with a folder from Darice in smoky slate.

My “sending” word is a die from Simon Says Stamp cut in tempting turquoise. The “cup of cheer” sentiment is a stamp set that came in this month’s Stampin’-Up Paper Pumpkin kit.

The background designer paper is from the Stampin’-Up collections- "Flashback and Flowerpot". I used the MFT chevron stripes die to join the 2 panels. Added a couple of die cut hearts to complete the sketch and my card. 
Well that's it for me for today. Time to get busy with my household chores. Need to get the house back in order now that my family is gone.
So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: thanks a latte (Paper Pumpkin Kit July 2015) 
Paper: Crushed Curry, tempting turquoise, ww, smoky slate, Flashback and Flowerpot dsp (SU) Paper Size: A2 Ink: tempting turquoise 
Accessories: Sending die (Simon Says Stamp), perk up, chevron stripes dies (MFT), circle dies (Spellbinders), hearts ef (Darice),   

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HB2U -a masculine card~

Happy Tuesday Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
I am getting ready for a visit from my son and his family tomorrow. I am so excited to see my 4 yr old granddaughter again. It's been 2 months since I visited her.
I have lots of fun things planned for us to do together so I will see how many of the plans actually work out.
It's blueberry time here and one of the local farms has a pick your own berries. She loved doing this last year with picking strawberries. Then we brought them home and made strawberry jam together. We will probably just enjoy eating the berries this year.
I also wanted to take her on the Good Ship Lollipop. Although that is only a week end cruise so hopefully it will fit into our schedule. We have a train that runs into the city and goes right to the docking area.
And also in this same area is an incline that is a Pittsburgh landmark. She has never been on it or my daughter-in-law either. So I would like to fit that in as well. It runs up the side of a very steep hill. In fact it is used every day to bring people into the city for work.
We also have a family reunion on Saturday and my youngest grandson is in a baseball tournament this weekend. And, my other daughter-in-law wants us to come over for dinner. So lots to do in a short amount of days.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Color Challenge #540 on Splitcoaststampers. Peggy is our hostess and she chose tempting turquoise, smoky slate and crushed curry for her color trio. Our option this week is to make a birthday card.
tempting turquoise, smoky slate, crushed curry

I decided to case myself with my card this week. Using this card I made previously as my inspiration piece. By changing colors I was able to make it a masculine card.

My tempting turquose background dsp is from the Stampin'-Up `sweet taffy" collection. Cut my frame with an MFT die in smoky slate.

The arrow was stamped with a birthday sentiment from the “all shook up” Paper Pumpkin kit.

My HB2U balloon is stamped in crushed curry ink on white cardstock. The striped ballon is stamped in turquoise ink on turquoise cardstock.
The 3rd balloon is stamped in smoky slate ink on smoky slate cardstock. I like how it made the balloons a bit darker. Used my Misti tool for stamping.

The sentiment is from the “all shook up” Paper Pumpkin kit. well, that's my card for today. Time to get a move on with my day. I have lots to do to get ready for the family coming here.

So until next time......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: : party balloons (MFT), all shook up (Stampin’-Up Paper Pumpkin Kit) 
Paper: smoky slate, tempting turquoise, ww, sweet taffy dsp (Stampin’-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: tempting turquoise, crushed curry, smoky slate Accessories: party balloons, arrow, instaframe, blueprints 3 dies (MFT), twine

I am also entering:
1.  Card Mania has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Fashionable Stamping Challenge is all about the men.
3.  A Gem of a Challenge is birthday wishes.
4.  Hiding in My Craft Room has a lots of layers challenge.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

~Hugs From Afar~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit The Charmed Life Blog on this Sunday in July.
We are back home after our little getaway. We came home to very hot and humid weather. That's ok since we need our tomatoes to start to ripen.
Yesterday, I went, with my friend Linda, to the rubber stamp show that comes to Pittsburgh in July. They moved the venue this year to a location about an hour from me.
The organizers said attendance was down. Hopefully, it will pick up for today. I like having a stamp show come to the Pittsburgh area each year. But, if its not attended that will keep vendors from returning and then the organizers will pull out.
We did 3 make and takes and lots of shopping. So all in all it was a fun day with my friend Linda. We are planning on a get together in a couple of weeks to use some of our new products. That is always a great day.
I am working on my post before church so let's get on to my card for today. This one I made awhile ago and just didn't post it to my blog. I made a similar card with this post back in January. But this one is a simplified version.
I wanted a card of encouragement and the plane die and background paper helped me make a quick card. The designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up collection "welcome neighbor".  My plane die is from Impression Obsession.
The houses and clouds helped decide my card colors. I used melon mambo and bermuda bay card stock. Cut the plane in melon mambo. The sentiment on the banner is from Verve. It was a free one I received for an order placed.
Well, that's my card for today. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Verve 
Paper: bermuda bay, melon mambo, welcome neighbor dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: Memento tuxedo black 
Accessories: Impression Obsession plane die
I am also entering:
1.  Eclectic Ellapu has a travel challenge.
3Alphabet Challenge is "k" for kind thoughts
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Happy Thursday Blogger friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
We are away for a few days on summer vacation. We didn't make it to the beach this year, but we are is just fine with me.
Our neighbors gave us a heads up on this place nestled in the woods in Wardfordsburg, PA. It is a 3 hour drive from Pittsburgh. The place is called Green Valley Cottages.
The Excelsior Cottage is the one we booked and is a private gated one on 22 acres. There are lots of flowers, a meandering creek, a little man-made pond, walking trails into the woods, 3 decks to sit and take it all in. Obviously there is internet or I wouldn't be making this post.
On the property with our cottage is the original barn the owner uses for storage, and an old 1 room school house. We are about 15 miles to the nearest town. So on arrival we went food shopping and have cooked here every night. The kitchen is well stocked and equipped.
Further down the road where the other 3 cottages are is a private lake with a paddle boat. We took it out twice and just relaxed on the lake. There are 2 other families here but you wouldn't know anyone else is here. We are away from where they are and only see them at the lake.
We also have a fire pit here and each night have built a fire and made s'mores. Last night for dinner we decided to use the charcoal grill and I made some awesome hamburgers. Well, I prepared them and my hubby did the grilling. It's sort of a guy thing you know.
We leave for home tomorrow late morning. I have really enjoyed my time here. I would love to come back in the fall when the leaves are changing. It would be so beautiful.
view from front deck -old schoolhouse in back

hiked to the lake on 1st day to check it out
 Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #539 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen is the hostess and she chose wild wasabi, perfect plum and soft sky as her color combo.
wild wasabi, perfect plum, soft sky

I decided to use the Stampin’-Up “wondrous wreath” set to make my very first Christmas card of this season. Need to get a move on it cause I make a lot of cards to send. I like making Christmas cards using non-traditional colors.

My background is soft sky cardstock, and I used the Stampin’-Up “hardwood” stamp and stamped in soft sky. I used my newly purchased Misti to stamp several times to get a darker impression.

I stamped my wreath in wild wasabi and then a little contrast with cucumber crush. The bow and Joy word are cut in perfect plum.

Added a few of the flowers from the wondrous wreath set and stamped on perfect plum cardstock with perfect plum ink. Finished my card with the sentiment from a Whipper Snapper stamp.

Well, that's my card for today. So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: wondrous wreath (Stampin’-Up), our house (Whipper Snapper Designs) 
Paper: basic gray, soft sky, perfect plum Paper Size: A2 
Ink: soft sky, perfect plum, wild wasabi, cucumber crush 
Accessories: wonderful wreath framelits dies, Misti

I am also entering:
1.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is Christmas
2.  DL.Art Thursday Challenge is Christmas in July
3.  Addicted To Stamps has a holiday challenge.
4.  Crafting By Designs has a get ready for Christmas challenge
5.  Crafty Gals Corner has a Christmas in July.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

class of 2015

Happy Saturday Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope your weekend is going well so far.
I spent last night helping my neighbor work on wedding shower invites. There was a slight error on her printed invites and she needed to add a small printed tag to add some rsvp info.
She printed the rsvp information and I used one of my tag dies to cut out the words. We made a small twine bow and attached it to the card. It turned out really cute. Took us until 1:00 am but they were all finished and ready for mailing today.
Today we had a graduation party to attend for my great niece. It was a wonderful time spent with family. My niece is an amazing story of overcoming adversity. She lost her Dad (my nephew) unexpectedly 3 years ago.
She even won the Amelia Earhart award her high school gives to a student who has overcome social, learning or health issues to become a better student and citizen.   She was given an HP laptop and a college scholarship award.
So we definitely wanted to go and celebrate with Tori. Now onto my card for today. This is the one I made to give to her. Her school colors are black & gold. I just made the card today and finished it up with only time to get a shower and head out the door.
I had to get a quick photo of the card before we left. No time to look at the photo and edit and take others if it didn't photo correctly. I wasn't really pleased with this photo but it's what I have to show today.
I decided to make her a shaker card. I added some red sequins because the school colors were just a bit dull to me. Or maybe it was the gold paper I had to use. In real life I liked how it turned out.
I used some MFT graduation dies to cut my hat and class of info. I cut the class of, 2015 and star with some black glitter paper I had in my stash. On the black background panel I used a stars embossing folder.
That's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
paper: black cardstock (Stampin'-Up), gold text weight paper (The Paper Company), black glitter paper (Tessler Stamps)
Accessories: graduation accents, little numbers (MFT), sequins (Darice), Stars embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

~Sending Wishes~

Happy Wednesday! Hello Blogger friends and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Today I went with my friend to our local Penney's store to look for some new curtains for my bedroom. My hubby painted it about a month ago. I have a new comforter that I bought about a year ago and never took it out of the packaging.
The room is almost getting finished. We are such procrastinators when it comes to getting things done it seems. The curtains weren't in stock so they will be delivered to my home next week. I just need to buy some new rods and my hubby will put them up. They had rods at Penny's but I thought I may be able to pick them up at Bed Bath and Beyond a little cheaper. If not, I will make a trip back to Penney's and get the ones I saw there.
Then there is still the issue of my new craft room. I am still working on getting that organized. Although I get sidetracked and would rather create than organize (lol)!!
Which was the case today when I returned from my curtain buying.
I checked out the sketch on Splitcoaststampers and decided to work on that. Allison is the hostess and she created a great layout for us this week. I like using tilted panels on a card.
I just got a box of new Stampin'-Up goodies in the mail and I decided to use some on this card.

My image panel is created with the Butterfly Basics stamp set. I stamped in crisp cantaloupe, tangerine tango and pistachio pudding. The colors in my designer paper.

The butterfly is cut with the butterfly thinlits die in tangerine tango and designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "Venetian Romance" collection. The background designer paper is from the same collection.

The smaller tilted panel that goes over the edge of the card is embossed with the Boho Chic embossing folder and a piece of designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "watercolor wonder" collection.
That's my card for today. It's getting late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Butterfly Basics 
Paper: island indigo, pistachio pudding, whisper white, venetian romance dsp (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: pistachio pudding, crisp cantaloupe, tangerine tango 
Accessories: Boho Chic ef, butterfly thinlits dies (Stampin'Up)  

I am also entering:
1.  Creative Card Crew has a die-cut challenge.
2.  Deep Ocean Challenge has a 2 stamped images challenge. I stamped a collage.
3.  Loves RubberStamps has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Papertake Weekly has an anything goes challenge.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

~Balloon Birthday Greetings~

Happy Tuesday!! Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Well, we had rain again yesterday and more rain in forecast for the next 10 days. I am not complaining but all the rain has played havoc with the garden, and we have lost some potted flowers because they got too water logged.
One of them was a pretty verbena that one of my pre-school students gave me. It was doing so well then 2 weeks of rain was just too much for it.
I heard from my son and daughter-in-law yesterday about their expected arrival in Pittsburgh. She is in Boston now visiting her parents and will be here on July 22.
I am so excited to see them. My son gets in on July 24 and they will be here until July 27. We have a family reunion on July 25th. It will be fun to have them here for that this year.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #538 on Splitcoaststampers. Vicki is our hostess and she chose island indigo, melon mambo and sahara sand as her color combo.
sahara sand, melon mambo, island indigo

Our option this week is stripes. I used them in one of my stamped balloons. Somehow, I got the option mixed up and thought it was to make a birthday card. But, it all worked out in the end (lol)!!!
For my card, I used the MFT "party balloons" stamp set and matching die-namics. My inspiration came from this card I had pinned on Pinterest.

My melon mambo background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up `sweet taffy" collection. The sahara sand frame is another MFT die as is the island indigo arrow and the pierced indigo band. I used mounting foam on the frame for added dimension.

The balloons are stamped in melon mambo and island indigo inks on sahara sand card stock. I also used mounting foam on the balloons for dimension.

The mambo ink looks darker on the sahara sand cardstock. Maybe because I just used my new Misti to get a solid image, and there are more layers of ink. Love this new toy and it works just as marvelously as everyone says it does.

I stamped my birthday sentiment in island indigo. The sentiment is from a set I received in the Dec 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin'-Up.  
Well, it's time to close this post. I have a few errands today. One of them is to go to Penney's to look for new curtains for my bedroom. My hubby painted it a couple of months ago and it's time to finish off the room. I have had a new Comforter set for over a year but it didn't come with matching curtains.
So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Paper Pumpkin 2014, party balloons (MFT) 
Paper: sahara sand, melon mambo, island indigo, sweet taffy dsp (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: melon mambo, island indigo 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, insta-frame, party balloons, lead the way, blueprints 3 die-namics (MFT), Misti  

I am also entering:
1.  Craftin' Desert Divas has a birthday linky party.
2.  Crafty CardMakers has a sentiment challenge.
3.  Jo's Scrap Shack has an anything goes.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

~God Bless the USA~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed life Blog.
We had a great 4th of July weekend. Hubby & I did get to see our community fireworks on Saturday night. They were quite spectacular.
Then today we were invited to a friend's home for a backyard cookout after church. It was a very nice and peaceful afternoon. They have a pool but the water was a bit chilly because of all the rain we have had. It didn't stop the kids from jumping in the water and playing.
Our friend had some roasted corn on the cob. It was so delicious. He has a smoker grill and used an apple smoked wood along with the charcoal. So all in all it was a great day spent with friends.   
Now onto my card for today. This is one I made to send to my brother for the July 4th holiday to thank him for his military service. He is an army veteran.
I used the Flourishes set "patriotism on parade" and the set has this silhouette plus the same images in an outline stamp.

Stamped the silhouette image and then stamped the outline image for the 2 flags. I colored the tiny flags in real red and navy and popped them up over the flags on the silhouette image. This covers the stripes portion of the SCS WT challenge.

My fireworks are from a stamp by Great Impressions and stamped in real red ink. The added stars are from the Verve scalloped trio die. I used this die and cut a border in marina mist to ground my silhouette image. 
Well that's my card for today. It's tiem to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: patriotism on parade (Flourishes), fireworks (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: night of navy, marina mist, whisper white 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: real red, night of navy 
Accessories: scalloped trim trio die (Verve) Techniques: paper tole

I am also entering:
1.  SCS WT #537 Challenge is stars & stripes.
2.  DL. Art has a red, white and blue challenge.


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