Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HYCCT1404 ~new day~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe how quickly October is moving along. I haven't even put my fall decorations out yet. The inside ones I mean.
Between pre-school, the gym, cooking classes and other activities in October, my days have been full.  I am determined by Saturday that I will have the decorations up, laundry finished and house cleaned.
We are in the process of painting a bedroom so the stuff from that room is in other rooms. That makes things seem like they are in disarray, to me anyway.
Today, I am going to another cooking class at the Crate in Pittsburgh. Not sure if I would have chosen this on my own but some friends wanted me to attend with them. So I wanted to get my blog post finished before I leave.
So onto my card for today. This one I made for the HYCCT challenge #4. Sabrina was our hostess and she wants us to hold it together without your usual resources. No foam dots, or other tape, no wet glues or Glossy Accents, no glue gun...
You can use things like brads, eyelets, stitching (machine or hand), staples etc.
This was a bit of a challenge since I made a multi-layered card using the deconstructed sketch #172. But I managed with a brad and some staples.

My card background is designer paper from the "good morning sunshine" collection by Stampin-Up. I cut this panel with the MFT blueprints #15 die. The sun is also a MFT die as is the flag.

My sentiment is from the MFT clearly sentimental line "new beginnings". I held the rectangle panel together with a flower brad. The sun and flag are held together with staples. I colored them with a pumpkin blendabilities marker.
That's my card for today. Tiem to get ready to leave for my cooking class. I will let you know how it went tomorrow. Until next time........God bless.

card details:
Stamps: new beginnings (MFT) Paper: choc chip, summer sun, orange, ww, good morning sunshine dsp 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: choc chip 
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 15, flag stax banner & sun dies, staples, flower brad, pumpkin blendabilities (SU)   
I am also entering:
1.  City Crafter Challenge is a piece of sky. Create a card using a sun, moon, rain etc.
2.  Party Time Tuesday is anything goes.
3.  Crafty Cardmakers #125 is "it's only words".
4.  The Paper Girls have an anything goes challenge.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

HYCCT1402 ~friendship~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. My Sunday started over with church. The worship team did a tremendous job even with the lead singer and backups being out.
Our Pastor also had a great message today. The gist of it was that a crisis can bring defeat or empowerment. And, that our God wants to enter the equation of our lives.
This afternoon we went to Ethan's (youngest grandson) football game. His school team was in the semi-finals but they lost in overtime.
It was a cold day sitting and watching the game. I was covered with a blanket and a couple of jackets plus gloves. It was about 50° but we were not sitting in the sun and it was a bit windy. I was glad to get back in the car at games end to warm up.
We stopped for some pizza on the way home and when we arrived at home there was no electrical power. My hubby didn't have any house keys with him. We always come in through the garage but the automatic openers don't work when there is no electricity.
Then I remembered my keys were in my purse and that little problem was solved. The power came back on about 8:00 pm this evening. So that allowed me to get online and do this blog post.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the HYCCT1402 challenge. Rebecca is our hostess and she wants us to have our card reflect an image of something that floats.

I used a sailboat image, and my designer paper is reflecting objects you find in the sea that also float. It is from the Stampin-Up "maritime" collection.

I used the Verve stamp set "text objects". The sailboat is stamped in night of navy ink and I paper pieced the sails and the boat bottom and then fussy cut the image.  

My card layout is the October SFYYT sketch.
That's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Text Objects (Verve) 
Paper: real red, coastal cabana, right of navy, maritime dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: night of navy 
Accessories: Spellbinders matting basics A & B & circle dies   

I am also entering:
1Crafting At The Weekend has an anything goes challenge.
2The Cutting Edge #12 challenge is an inspiration challenge. 
My card is using the inspiration card colors and the transportation theme. Instead of an airplane I have a boat.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HYCCT1405 ~double love~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday. Our weather is taking a nose dive, and we are expecting a frost either tonight or Sunday night.
It's fall and late October so I knew it was coming eventually, but I am still not ready (lol)!! The gardens will be done for another year. And, we have lots of green tomatoes yet on the vine. Plus a lot of our flowers are still blooming.
Speaking of tomatoes, Yesterday I roasted a big batch of ripe ones with garlic and thyme and made an awesome spaghetti sauce. Roasting them brings out such a delicious flavor.
I also made stuffed banana peppers. We didn't grow any of these so I picked them up at the farmers market. They turned out great as well. The stuffing was just some hot Italian sausage, ground beef, onions, garlic and parmesan & asiago cheeses.
I packed them in my hubby's lunch for today so I hope he doesn't think they are too hot. I tried one last night and it had a bit of a kick to it but not overpowering. Today, I am roasting beets and making zucchini bread. I will give you the update on how that turned out in tomorrow's post.
Now, onto my card for today. This one I made for the Splitcoaststampers HYCCT challenge #5.  Diane is our hostess and she wants us to use both pink and purple on our card and some element, or elements, of your card to be in twos.
For the challenge colors I used melon mambo and rich razzleberry. And, for the "twos element, I used the Our Daily Bread Designs stamp "little girls" and stamped in melon mambo ink.
Used several dies to complete my card: the MFT dizzy doily die -cut in melon mambo cardstock.
Verve pennant trim die cut in rich razzleberry card stock.
Impression Obsession "I love you" die - cut from Echo Park designer paper.
The background panel is from the Stampin-Up "sweet taffy" collection.

My card layout is the October 2nd week Viva La Verve sketch.
Well, it's time to close this post and get my Saturday started. So until next time......god bless.
card details:
Stamps: Little Girls (Our Daily Bread Designs) 
Paper: melon mambo, rich razzleberry, ww, sweet taffy dsp (Stampin'-Up), Echo Park dp 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: melon manbo 
Accessories: Verve pennant trim die, MFT dizzy doily die, Impression Obsession I Love You die, Spellbinders circle die

I am also entering:
1.  ODBD has an anything goes with ODBD stamps.
2.  Alphabet Challenge is round or rectangle.
3.  Kitty Bee Designs has a dies/punches challenge.
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
5.  Crafty Hazlenut's Patterned Paper challenge.

Friday, October 17, 2014

HYCCT1403 ~hope~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Fall weather is upon us here in Pittsburgh. We are having warm days and cool nights. Its perfect soup making weather.
So, I tried a recipe that was demonstrated at a cooking class that I took in September at the Crate in Pittsburgh. It was for cream of mushroom soup. I used crimini mushrooms, thyme, onions, chicken broth, half and half and sherry. The flavor was wonderful. It's a keeper recipe for me. I took some over to my daughter-in-law and she really liked it as well. My next soup will be a butternut squash apple soup.
Now onto my card for today. This is another that I made for the HYCCT challenges on Splitcoaststampers. For Challenge #3 we were to look through our paper stash to find all those teeny strips that you never use and put them to use making your background for your card.

I looked in my stash and decided to use strips from the "springtime vintage" designer paper from Stampin'- Up to make my background.

The stamp image is from the Stampin'-Up set "stippled blossoms". The flowers are stamped in rose red ink. I stamped off once to get a variant in the ink shade. Fussy cut the flowers and laid them over a Memory Box die cut flourish.

My sentiment is from the Stampin-Up set "blooming with kindness". to complete this card, I added some butterflies cut with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
Well, 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: Stippled Blossoms & blooming with kindness (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: very vanilla, old olive, rose red, springtime vintage dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: Rose Red 
Accessories: Memory Box flourish, MS butterfly punch, pearls
I am also entering: 
1The Crafting CafĂ© has a "think pink" challenge.  
2.  Sisters of Craft have an anything goes challenge.
3.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

~Card Concept Challenge #21

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It is time for another challenge over at the Card Concept Blog

This 2 week period we have an inspiration challenge and our theme is country/sunflowers. Here is a beautiful inspiration photo to help in creating your card.

My card style this time is clean and simple. I have a bit of a struggle with this style because I am used to layers and designer paper and I want to keep adding to my card. But, I think I did fairly well in keeping it on the cas side. At least for me anyway (lol).

When I looked at this photo, I immediately thought of creating a card with a mason jar for the vase. I used my Stampin-Up set "perfectly preserved" and the matching die. I cut the jar in vellum and used some blue distress ink on the back. the twine and bow help the jar help complete a country look.

The sunflower is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The leaves are another die from Stampin-Up's "secret garden" collection. The inspiration photo has the flower vase on a checkered tablecloth and I used a stamp from Great Impressions for that look.

To finish off my card, I added some sequins cut with a MFT die. Hope you can play along with our fun challenge this time.

The rules are fairly simple. You have  different card styles to choose from to help you create. The styles are defined here,  there are lots of samples from the rest of the DT and you have the inspiration photo. All that's needed is your card!! 

This card is also for The Splitcoaststampers HYCCT1412 challenge. Lori is our hostess and she wants us to make a card with warm colors and something fuzzy like twine.

Until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Stamps: perfectly preserved (Stampin-Up), plaid background (Great Impressions)
Ink: tumbled glass distress (Ranger), early espresso (Stampin-Up)
Paper: naturals ivory, old olive, summer sun (stampin-Up), vellum (Paper Company)
Accessories: sunflower (Cheery Lynn Designs), secret garden framelits and perfectly preserved (Stampin-Up), sequins die (MFT), twine (Recollections)

Monday, October 13, 2014

HYCCT01C Challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope your Sunday went well and you had an opportunity to kick back and relax some.
We went to watch our youngest grandson (Ethan) play football last night. He ended up at Children's Hospital with a concussion. He had a baseline done previously and my daughter-in-law will have to take him to the concussion center this week to find out what his limitations will be.
He had a headache today and his head hurt after talking on the phone. My hubby and I don't like these young boys playing football for this very reason. But, we are not the ones making decisions where our grandsons are concerned.
So if you could add Ethan to your prayer list, it would be greatly appreciated.
Now, onto my card for today. This one I made for the first day Hope You Can Cling to Challenge 01C on Splitcoaststampers. Dini was our hostess and she wanted us to use something on our card that we could hold onto - a handle.
For my card I used the vintage big wheel image from Great Impressions Stamps. The sentiments are also from Great Impressions. 
The card layout was last weeks Deconstructed sketch #171.
The background paper is from Stampin-Up's "sweet taffy" collection. The bottom sentiment is stamped on turquoise card stock and cut with the MFT bracket die.
That's my card for today. It's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Vintage Big Wheel, Never Give Up, Journey (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, ww, sweet taffy dsp (Stampin' Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry (Stampin-Up) 
Accessories: MFT bracket die, Spellbinders circle die, circle punch  
I am also entering:  
1.  613 Avenue Create is anything goes.
2.  Addicted to Stamps has an anything goes.
3.  Pile It On Challenge #41 is to use 2 or more die cuts. I used bracket & circle dies.
4.  Scrappy Hands Challenge is to use 3 elements. I used 3 dots below sentiment.
5.  Brown Sugar Challenge #115 is triangles. I have them in my designer paper.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hope You Can Cling To 2014

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. My hubby was busy the past few days with taking wallpaper down from one of our spare bedrooms.
Actually, it's the room that our sweet granddaughter Phoenix Daisy sleeps in when she comes to visit. We are going to paint this room, replace the area rug and move the computer into another room.
And, since we were in a facelift kind of mode, my hubby agreed that I could take our den and turn it into my crafting space. Whoo-hoo!! I will have my own space instead of working on the kitchen table.
No more having to clean the area up every night and then pulling out the stuff again the next day. We have to do some rearranging and moving out what's in there now. But, I am so excited to have my own space. Pictures will come when I get in there. Hopefully, I won't delay on this.
Now onto my card for today. I am taking part in the Hope You Can Cling Challenge 2014 on Splitcoaststampers. They partner with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for the fifth annual month long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer.
You have the option to send your cards to the center when the challenges are finished. I take that option and feel very good about sending them each year.
This is my 4th year being involved in the challenges. It stretches me as a card maker with the daily challenges that are posted.
So for the next 30 days I will be posting the cards that I have made for the HYCCT challenges.

This card I am showing today was made for one of the first 3 challenges. Lori was our hostess and she had a "shine on" challenge.  The challenge was to create a card that uses light to convey encouragement and hope ... a lamp, a candle, a lightbulb or sunshine!

I thought of the MFT sun ray die and decided to go that route. I cut the sun ray with summer sun cardstock. Layered it over a piece of BoBunny designer paper that I sponged lightly with tangerine tango ink.

 Cut a circle with a Spellbinders die and stamped my sentiment. The sentiment is from the Stampin-Up set "ray of sunshine".

That's my card for today. So until next time.........God bless.

Card Details:
Stamps: Ray Of Sunshine (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: Naturals ivory, summer sun (Stampin-Up), Anna Sophia worn dots dp (Bo Bunny) 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: tangerine tango, early espresso 
Accessories: MFT sunray die, Spellbinders small circle die   

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting At The Weekend has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Sister Act has an anything goes challenge.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fairytale Love

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Today was my day at Pre-school. I go every Tuesday and for the first couple of months, I also go to help out on Thursdays.
I really like the class we have this year. The kids are so cooperative and love doing all the activities and lessons. We have 10 in this class. Today we had a leaf project that involved glitter. It was a bit messy but they love using glitter especially the boys.  For those type projects the lead teacher likes me to work with the kids one on one.
I took some Spellbinder die cut maple leaves and some other embellishments in addition to the glitter. Since the embellishments were small I took my "pick me up stick" for the kids to use. It helped them pick up the small ladybug buttons and place them on a glue dot and then on the leaf. It worked their fine motor skills. They were intrigued at how it worked.
Now onto my card for today. I used the blueprints 15 from MFT to create my card and the Stampin-Up colors of so saffron, smoky slate and strawberry slush. I also used the May 2014 blueprint 15 sketch.

The background designer paper is from Stampin-Up’s watercolor wonder collection. My sentiment is from the MFT set “clearly sentimental about romance”.

The flower die is from Cheery Lynn Designs cut in so saffron. The small panel under the strawberry slush is cut from the SU “silver fancy foil vellum” collection. I cut some hearts from this designer paper to complete my card.
Well, its late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.........God bless.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

~eclectic dream~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Today I went with my daughter-in-law Joellen to a lunch & learn class at our favorite cooking school here in Pittsburgh. It's the Crate Cook.
The class today was a demonstration one and they prepared in front of us: sirloin steak with a pomegranate glaze - lemon herb mashed parsnips and a Pear & Frangipane Crostata with Raspberry Glaze. Such a delicious lunch, and I have all the recipes to create this at my home.
I have never had parsnips before and the way they prepared them was quite tasty. They used lemon-scallions-thyme and chives.
It was a wonderful afternoon spent with Joellen. This was her birthday gift and she enjoyed herself.  She is an accomplished cook and these recipes will be added to her repertoire.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #498 on Splitcoaststampers. Barbara was our hostess and she chose elegant eggplant, crushed curry and garden green as her color trio. Her optional twist was to use leaves on your card.
I just bought the Stampin-Up "kinda eclectic" stamp set and decided to use it on my card to create an eclectic collage. My image is stamped in crushed curry, old olive and elegant eggplant inks. I had no garden green ink so I color subbed this week.

The flowers are from the Stampin-Up set "language of friendship". Stamped in elegant eggplant ink and then I fussy cut and popped them up for dimension and added interest.

The "dream definition" is from a new to me stamp set from Technique Junkies "definitions" and stamped in elegant eggplant ink. The dream word cut from elegant eggplant cardstock is from a Memory Box die.

I found and used some crushed curry ribbon in my stash. And, to complete my card I die cut a butterfly using a die from Elizabeth Crafts.
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: Kinda Eclectic, Language of Friendship (Stampin' Up), Definitions (Technique Junkies) Paper: elegant eggplant, curshed curry, ww, BoBunny Dsp 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: crushed curry, elegant eggplant, old olive 
Accessories: Memory Box dream cloud die, Elizabeth Crafts butterfly die, crushed curry ribbon, hero arts rhinestones   
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting Musketeers has an autumn colors challenge.
2.  Creatalicious Challenge is flower power.
3.  Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes challenge.
4.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Crafting When We Can has a no designer paper challenge.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

~Hello Autumn~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday, October 4. It is also world card making day so I hope to have a chance to make a card or 2 today. 
I have been on a cooking spree lately with canning and harvesting from my garden plus using all the local produce that's available. I have been visiting the local farms as well as the farmers markets.
Our green peppers are done for this year so I had to buy a few to make stuffed pepper soup. I used green bell and yellow peppers to make this delicious soup. It's one of my husbands favorites. I really liked how this one turned out.
In fact, I went to the Farmers Market last night and bought some red and green bell peppers to make more. This time I will freeze it to enjoy later in the fall. If anyone would like the recipe I used just send me an email or a comment on this post and let me know.
Now onto my card for today. This one is a sample I made for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #497. Peggy was our hostess and she chose a lovely fall color trio with hello honey, blackberry bliss and very vanilla. Her optional item was to add splatters to your card.
vanilla, honey, blackberry
I went with a fall theme for my card. The background is the Cuttlebug embossing folder "autumn type". The leaves and acorns are cut with a Spellbinders die. I made a small bow with twine and taped it to my leaves.

The "hello" word is a die from MFT as is the cornstalk and arrow. My sentiment is a Great Impressions Stamp and I just used the autumn word and stamped in blackberry bliss ink.
For the splatters option, I used the Stampin-Up spritzer and attached a marker. I sprayed a few times on my card. That completed my card.
Well time to end this post. I have to get back in the kitchen because today it's more canning of tomatoes. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: second spring -E550 (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: blackberry bliss, hello honey, vanilla, soft suede, mossy meadow 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey 
Accessories: Mft corn stalk,happy hellos, arrow dies, Spellbinders fall leaves, twine, cuttlebug autumn type embossing folder, SU spritzer 
I am also entering:
1Anything Goes With a Twist -twist is anything goes.
2Brown Sugar has an autumn/fall challenge.  
3. Kitty Bee Designs has a fall colors challenge.
4Left Of Center Challenge is 3 or more layers.
5Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.   


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