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.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

~Home Of The Free~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's July 4th and time for celebrations all over this great land of ours. We are going to a friends house for a backyard barbecue and then off to a fireworks display this evening.
I can't believe it's been 4 days since I have posted a card. I was a bit busy this week. We had our pre-school teacher thank you dinner and I was hosting it at my home. I spent Wednesday cleaning and food shopping. Thursday was our dinner so the food preps started early in the day.
I served a roasted butternut squash salad with a white wine vinaigrette, orzo with caramelized onions and blue cheese, and chicken breasts with lemon sage butter. Everything turned out great and the teachers asked for the recipes.
I have made these dishes before and I think my very favorite was the orzo. It has such a delicious blend of flavors with added honey, balsamic vinegar, mascarpone cheese, spinach golden raisins, nutmeg and toasted pine nuts.  If any of you would like this recipe, just let me know. I can email it to you.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my nephew to thank him for his military service on this 4th of July. He is an Air Force vet and served 4 tours of duty in Iraq.
the card colors are from the Color Challenge #536 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura was the hostess and she chose real red, marina mist and night of navy as her color palette. 
real red, marina mist, night of navy
My layout is an older Sweet Sunday Sketch #274.

I used the MFT Blueprints 15 dies to cut my background pieces. My white background layer is stamped with the Great Impressions fireworks stamp in real red. The sentiment on this panel is from SNSS stamps "patriotic cocoa".

The bottom striped panel is designer paper from Recollections. Sentiment on this panel is from the same SNSS set.

 Added some stars cut with an MFT die to complete this card. Well, blogger friends it's time to close this post. Have 2 dozen ears of corn to shuck for the backyard barbecue we are attending. Hope your day is a blessed one no matter what your plans.
Until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: patriotic cocoa (SNSS), Fireworks - G303 (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: night of navy, real red, whisper white, marina mist  
Paper Size: A2 Ink: night of navy 
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 15 dies

I am also entering:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge is red, white and blue
2.  My Sheri Crafts has a 4th of July challenge.
3.  Bloggers Challenge is to wave the flag
4.  Brown Sugar is a red, white and blue challenge.
5.  Crafts 4 Eternity has a red, white and blue challenge.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sweet Greetings

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We had a wonderful day here at the Marsh household. Our youngest grandson came to spend the night and the entire day with us.
We went to his ballgame last night. They played a team on our side of town. We sat in quite a downpour watching the game. But our big umbrellas kept us covered and dry.
My hubby took Ethan to the driving range today to hit golf balls,  and he loved it. He couldn't wait to tell me how far he hit the ball. They are trying to set up a golf outing some time this summer.
Ethan will be allowed to drive the cart, and he was really excited about that. We took him back home this evening around 8:00. Stopped to get an ice cream cone on the way. A sweet treat that ended a really sweet day for us all.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #537 on Splitcoaststampers. I am the hostess and I chose some of the new Stampin'-Up in-colors for my color trio with cucumber crush, watermelon wonder and hello honey. Our option this week is to make a card showing your favorite summertime sweet treat.
watermelon wonder, cucumber crush, hello honey

 I knew I was making an ice cream card and also I knew I was using the Stampin'-Up designer paper from the "cherry on top" collection. Found my layout with the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #275 so I just had to put it all together.

 My ice cream bars are die cut in the challenge colors with the MFT "sweet treats" die. On the whisper white panel they are mounted on , I used the gorgeous grunge set and stamped in watermelon wonder.

My flag banner is stamped with a sentiment from the MFT "spooky wishes" set. I added the die cut hello from the "happy hellos' die from MFT. Cut first in cucumber crush then I layered hello honey over that.

And, that blogger friends is my card for today. It's late and time to dim the lights i  Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.

card details:
Stamps: gorgeous grunge (Stampin'-Up), spooky wishes (MFT) 
Paper: whisper white, cucumber crush, watermelon wonder, hello honey, crumb cake, cherry on top dsp (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: tuxedo black (Memento), watermelon wonder 
Accessories: MFT happy hellos, sweet treats, coffee, flag stax dies, Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B  

I am also entering:
1.  Die Cuttin' Divas have an anything goes challenge.
2.  Make My Monday Challenge Blog has a summer sweet treats challenge.
3.  The Pink Elephant Challenge is anything goes.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

~Feather Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. And the rain continues........but we had a bit of a reprieve this afternoon and hubby and I decided to make a return and then stop at one of our favorite pizza places.
Obviously we weren't the only ones who decided to run out between the raindrops. The store we had to go to is a crowded area on Saturdays and there was lots of traffic on the roads and in the store.
But, we were able to make our return and head off to enjoy our pizza. It rained a bit on the way and stopped by the time we reached the restaurant. We came home and hung up some wall decorations I purchased at Kirkland's the other day. Looks good!!
Then I had a call from my friend in Virginia and we caught up on what has been happening in our lives since our last conversation. So all in all I had a good Saturday spent with my hubby. We don't always get that time together. Love it when we have it though.
Now onto my card for today.  I wanted to used the Stampin'-Up "four feathers' set. Bought it a few months ago but never inked it before. I like the patterns on the feathers. Have to use this set again soon.
Used the sketch from the Splitcoaststampers SC546. Cathy is our hostess and she provided a great layout for us.

To start my card today, I looked through my designer paper and that determined the direction I went. I found this Stampin'-Up paper from the "confetti celebration" collection.

I thought the papers were perfect for the "four feathers" stamp set and decided to make a birthday card.  Stamped my feathers in crushed curry ink and added a corduroy button to complete that part of the sketch.

To finish off my card, I stamped a birthday sentiment on an angle between the feathers. The sentiment is from the "party this way" set and also added some Bermuda bay sequins. In my excitement over using the four feathers stamp, I realized that I forgot an element of the layout. I had in mind ribbon but, it was not to be on this card.
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.
card details:
Stamps: four feathers, party this way (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: strawberry slush, basic gray, bermuda bay, whiser white, confetti celebration (Stampin'-Up) Paper Size: A2 
Ink: bermuda bay, crushed curry 
Accessories: feather framelits dies, bermuda bay sequins, corduroy button

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Today was a girls shopping day. I went with my friend to the Kirkland's and Home Goods stores. They are about a half hour away from my home. We spent almost 4 hours browsing through both stores and each of us bought a few things.
Then we got caught in a torrential downpour on the way home. I do not like driving on a highway when it's raining so hard you can't see and the water is ponding on the road. But, I exited as soon as I could and went home another way. It took a little longer but I felt better about driving on side roads.
I bought some wall sconces for my living room and when I unpacked the box at home one of them was broke. Now, I have to make another trip back to the store tomorrow. Friday's in that area are always so busy with traffic. Frustrating for sure.
Now onto my card for today. A few weeks ago I made this beach scene card. When I made it I sponged a couple of backgrounds and stamped the beach sand, sea oats and sand piper birds. So I had this one laying on my craft table. To finish it off, I decided to stamp a sailboat and a different sentiment. I stamped some birds in the sky and my card is done.
 Now I have another card to send off to my niece who is battling breast cancer. She completed her chemo and the surgeon did a lumpectomy. Her cancer is a rare aggressive type of cancer. She is doing her radiation now. I saw her a couple of weeks ago and I think she looks great. I am sending her cards to encourage her.
Well, it's late and time for me to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: : just beachy (Seaside Stampin' Ink), Sail Away (Great Impressions Stamps), scenic selections (Marks Finest Papers) 
Paper: : kraft, early espresso, whisper white (stampin-Up),    
Paper Size: A42   
Ink: soft sky, coastal cabana, crumb cake, early espresso 
Accessories:  mini ink blenders (Ranger) 
Techniques: sponging
I am also entering:  
1.  Crafting Musketeers has a shades of summer challenge.
2.  Life in Details has a summer/winter challenge.
3.  Sisters of Craft has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Crafty Gals Corner has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Ruby's Rainbow challenges has an at the seaside challenge.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

~Sailboat Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit at the Charmed Life Blog. I am back to trying to get my new craft room in order. But, I needed a little break so I decided to post on my Blog. Maybe that's the problem I am taking too many breaks from organization and that's the reason it's taking so long (lol)!!!
I want to have this completed by mid July since my son and daughter-in-law are coming for a visit. And, this mess was going on at Christmas time. My saga started with painting the room my 4 yr. old granddaughter sleeps in.
Then we moved the desktop computer out of that room. That was when my hubby suggested taking his den and making it my stamping studio. Oh yes, I jumped right on that one.
So we moved the computer and desk in there and started bringing my craft supplies up from the basement. That was right before Christmas- obviously my excitement got the better of me. I had no layout in mind for the room and no idea what to use for storage.
Now 6 months later I bought storage units from Ikea, Stamp 'N Storage and Home Depot. I am still in the midst of organizing and purging supplies. I have used some organization ideas from Jennifer McGuire. I took all of my Stampin'-Up wood mount stamps that I was keeping and converted them to clear mount. That in itself was a huge undertaking.
Today I am finishing organizing my Spellbinder dies and my PaperTrey Ink stamps and dies. Once that's done there is all my ribbon, embellishments and paper. The paper will be another huge project.
I will keep you posted on my progress. Wish I had some professionals to help me but alas I don't. So I need to stay focused and get this done.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for today's color challenge #536 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura is hostessing her first challenge and she chose real red, night of navy and marina mist as her color palette. Our option this week is to use enamel dots or sequins. I was so focused on the colors this week that I totally forgot the option (lol). 
real red, marina mist, night of navy

But, I did take Maura's suggestion to make a fun masculine card. I had some pieces left from a Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit and I decided to use them for my boat sails. I saw this card on Pinterest and used it for my inspiration. Changed it up to make it my style.

My water is stamped with the PaperTrey Ink "ombre builder" set in marina mist. Clouds stamped with same ink and the stamp is from A Muse.

For my boat bottom, I used a Spellbinders circle die and cut it in half. It's embossed with a Tim Holtz "woodgrain embossing folder" and run through my Sizzix Big Shot.

My birthday die is from PaperTrey ink cut in night of navy.  I decided to place it on the card at an angle. I like how this one turned out and now I have a masculine card for my stash.
Hope you can play along with us this week. We have some great colors and you may be our next fave of the week and that gives you a chance to guest design with the CC Team. Just go to this post on Splitcoaststampers and get all the details.
card details:
Stamps: ombre builder (PaperTrey Ink), clouds (A Muse) 
Paper: real red, night of navy, whisper white 
Ink: marina mist 
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit (Jue 2014), birthday die (PaperTrey Ink), Spellbinder circle die, Woodgrain embossing folder (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Sizzix Big Shot

I am also entering:
1.  Cardz 4 Guyz has a die or punch challenge.
2.  Cuttlebug Mania has a "sentimental journey" challenge. Add a sentiment to card.
3.  Fan-Tastic Tuesday has an anything goes with a twist: touch of summer.
4.  Loves Rubberstamp has a die-cut challenge.
5Papertake Weekly has a trio-tastic challenge. I used 3 die cuts.
6.  The Challenge has a nautical theme challenge.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Hello Blogger Friends! It's Sunday and we are celebrating Father's Day. My hubby is out cutting the grass (his choice) and then plans to spend the later afternoon and evening watching the US Open. It's being held near Seattle so that's a 3 hour time difference.
Our son here in Pittsburgh just returned from their trip last night and Ethan has a baseball game today. So we probably won't see them until later on in the week. And our son in California will call with his Father's Day wishes. We get to see them in another month. They are coming to Pittsburgh for our family reunion.
We returned Apollo, my son's dog, yesterday. He was so excited to see his family once again. It is a lot of work taking care of a dog if you don't have one. But, this morning I actually missed having him  here with us.
Now onto my card for today. This is one that I made for a friend who asked if I had any extra cards. She wanted one for her hubby, Dad and Father-in-law. I had only 2 extra ones so I put this one together for her. It is a Clean and simple design but I liked how it turned out.
This is a mainly Stampin'-Up only card. I don't make many of those but the other 2 I gave Kendra were this color scheme so I was trying to keep things somewhat similar. The card base is blackberry bliss and the designer paper is from the "Moonlight" collection.
My flag is cut in hello honey cardstock and I used a MFT die. My circle is embossed with the Stampin'-Up "on point" folder.
The sentiment is the stamp set that was included in the April Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin'-Up. I have been getting those kits for a year now and I can say that I have loved every one of them.
To complete my card I added some extra thick bakers twine in blackberry bliss. This was part of an in-color accessory pack offered by Stampin'-Up during sale-a-bration this year.
Time to finish this post and start my hubby's Father's Day dinner.  My neighbor just sent over a big pot of homemade marinara sauce. It is really delicious. So I am going to make some chicken parmesan, a potato-kale casserole and a tossed salad. We have lots of garden lettuce growing. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
stamps: love you a lot  (paper pumpkin April 2015 kit)
paper: blackberry bliss, hello honey,  whisper white, moonlight dsp (Stampin'-Up)
ink: blackberry bliss
accessories: MFT flag stax dies, Spellbinders circle dies, Sizzix on-point embossing folder
I am also entering:
1.  Dragonfly Dreams has a special occasions challenge. Mine this year is Father's Day.
2.  Glitter 'n Sparkle has a one for the boys challenge.
3.  Sentimental Sundays has a Father's Day challenge.
4.  Stamping Sensations has a die and punch challenge.

Friday, June 19, 2015

~Simple Pleasures~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's a rainy Friday here in Pittsburgh. In fact, it's been raining since last Saturday and it's supposed to continue for the next several days.
And our dog adventures are coming to an end tomorrow. My son and his family come back from the beach early tomorrow evening.
Last night I woke up around 4:00 and Apollo wasn't in his dog bed. So I got up to see where he went and lo and behold I found him in the living curled up on the couch. He even moved the pillow to get comfy.
I thought it would be best to have him in our bedroom since he sleeps in my grandson's bedroom. I had the bedroom door closed the night before and he was up several times walking around the room and whimpering to get out. I really didn't want him roaming around the house because I didn't want him on the couch or any of the other beds.
So tonight the door will be closed again. This is his last night here and all in all he did very well. He has a big backyard to run around and we took him for 2 long walks every day.
Now onto my card for today. This one I mad for the color challenge #528 on Splitcoaststampers. Peggy was the hostess and she chose the color palette of sof sky, blushing bride and crumb cake. Our option was Crabby (beachy), Shabby (chic), or Fabby (anything else). As you can see I chose the beachy option.
soft sky, blushing bride, crumb cake

To create my sky I sponged soft sky, for the water I used coastal cabana, and for the sand I sponged crumb cake on glossy cardstock.

I then used several different beach stamps to create the scene of sea oats, sand and the birds. The stamps as well as the sentiment are from the "just beachy" collection by Seaside Stampin' Ink.

I stamped the images and the sentiment in early espresso. I cut a beach umbrella with the Spellbinders "surfs up" dies in blushing bride designer paper and my card is done.

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

card details:
Stamps: just beachy (Seaside Stampin' Ink) 
Paper: kraft, early espresso (stampin-Up), kromekote glossy cardstock 
Paper Size: A4
Ink: soft sky, coastal cabana, crumb cake, early espresso 
Accessories: surfs up dies (Spellbinders)., mini ink blenders (Ranger) 
Techniques: sponging 
I am also entering: 
1Bloggers Challenge is all about summertime.
2.  Frosted Designs has a summertime blues challenge.
3.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
4.  Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog has a summertime sentiments challenge.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

~Happy Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well it's Wednesday and the 5th day of my dog adventure. I am taking care of my son's dog for a week. They went to the beach for a little r&r.
Apollo misses his family for sure. I decided to stay at my son's home for a few days because of all the rain we are having. His backyard is set up with a long dog run. But, he wasn't sleeping well and on Monday night woke me at 4:30 barking. Instant fear I tell you!!
Well, it started to rain very hard and it was thundering and lightning. The rain pounding on the roof caused the barking and he is afraid of the thunder. So I decided to bring him to my home which was the original plan.
He did well last night. He slept through the night and was good through the day. He even ate all his food today. That's the first time since they left on Saturday.  I have 2 more days yet with him and then I will take him back to his home on Saturday. My son and family should return early Saturday evening.
Well enough of my dog adventures let's get to the card for today. My feminine birthday card is a case of one I made previously. See the original masculine card here
My background paper on my birthday card is from Stampin-Up's "more amore" collection. The balloons and sentiment are from the Stampin'-Up "party this way" set.  I stamped them  in primrose petals ink and then fussy cut. Sentiment is stamped on an MFT bracket die.I cut some streamers from primrose petals card stock.

On the image panel,I used the Stampin'-Up set “gorgeous grunge” to add some background splatters in primrose petals ink. Punched a few raspberry ripple hearts from a Spellbinders die and added to an embossed panel to complete my card. 
Well, that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: party this way, gorgeous grunge (Stampin-Up)   
Paper: primrose petals, very vanilla, raspberry ripple, more amore dsp (Stampin-Up)
Paper Size: A2 Ink: primrose petals (SU), tuxedo black (Memento) 
Accessories: Su border punch, Cuttlebug EF, MFT bracket die  
I am also entering:  
1.  Crafty Creations has an embossing challenge
2.  Sisters of Craft has an anything goes.
3.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

~Class of 2015~

Hello blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was a hot and humid Saturday here in Pittsburgh. We went to my nephew's high school graduation party. It is always a good time with the extended family.
I am also taking care of my son and daughter-in-law's dog for a week. They left today for the beach. So it will be an adventure with Apollo and I. We don't have any pets and already I see they are a lot of work.
He doesn't like going out in the back yard to run by himself. So I sit with him (lol). He chases the birds and butterflies and plays with his toys. We went for a walk today and he did good with me. I was concerned about that. He is a very strong dog and quite energetic.
Hubby and I are staying here tonight and tomorrow we head back to our home with the dog. He keeps going to the window and looking out. I know he misses his family. I am hoping that he will be okay in my home. If not we will come back here and stay.  
So now onto my card for today. This is the card I made for my nephew. His school colors and green and white with black accents. I started with my layout which is the sketch challenge #544 on Splitcoaststampers.
The card background is garden green. I wanted some texture but couldn't find my stars embossing folder. So I decided to use the Stampin'-Up alphabet press embossing folder. I thought it worked well.
My black angled strip is cut with the star die from the MFT Blueprints 18 dies. The "grad cap and class of" are dies also from MFT graduation accents set. The 2015 is also a die from MFT. I cut the sentiments and grad cap 3x and layered for more dimension.
Well, that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Paper: basic black, garden green, white Paper Size: A2
Accessories: graduation accents, little numbers, blueprints 18 (MFT), Spellbinders matting Basics A & B , alphabet press (Stampin'-Up)  

I am also entering:
1.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Just Us Girls has a stacked die cuts sentiment challenge.
3.  Scrapper's Delights has an anything goes #45 challenge.



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