Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~It's A Boy~

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well we had a touch of winter weather back with us yesterday. It was snowy and cold all day. No accumulation of snow just a shocker to your body after temps of 82° on Sunday. But, it is supposed to warm up again in the next few days.
I am having Easter dinner at my home with my son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. Still working on my dinner menu but I do know the main dish will be an Easter ham. We only have that once a year and my hubby likes it on Easter. Have to check out the local stores to see who has the best price.
Now onto my card for today. I needed a baby card for my nephew and wife. They just had a baby boy and it is their first.
I used the layout from the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #483. Janette was the hostess and she provided a great layout for us. I love the look of angled panels.

My background designer paper from DCWV the "nana's kids prints" collection.  The bottom angled panel is barely banana and I used the Stampin-Up alphabet embossing folder. The card colors are from the Color Throwdown #287.
My elephant is a Memory Box stamp and matching die. I stamped in soft sky on barely banana cardstock.

Sentiment is from the Verve set "practically perfect". Added some abc corner embellies to complete my card. I bought these years ago from QVC. Yay for using up stash supplies.
Well, time to get started with my day. Lots of odds and ends to take care of in the house before Sunday. So until next time........God bless.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Elephant (Memory Box), Practically Perfect (Verve) 
Paper: certainly celery, barely banana, DSP DCWV Nana's Prints   
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: sofy sky, gumball green 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, Sizzix alphabet ef, Memory Box die, Paper Crimper, Baby buttons

I am also entering: 
1.  Verve April Diva Dare challenge- to make a baby or kid's themed card.
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is animal antics.
3.  Feeling Crafty Challenge has an anything for a child challenge.
4.  Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes using yellow.
5.  Stamping Sensations has a dies/or punches challenge.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

~Calvary Crosses~

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I am back home after a few days taking care of my grandsons. Loved the time spent with them.
 It's going to be a beautiful week-end weather-wise here in Pittsburgh. The sun is shining and the temps are going to be warm,warm,warm!!!! Yay - good-bye to cold, dreary weather for now anyway.

Yesterday was our last fish fry of the year at our church. It was busy and a long work day for us in the kitchen. But, it's been fun these last 5 weeks. My shrimp and crab chowder sold out again. I received so many compliments. That always makes me feel good because its a lot of work. But, to know that people appreciate the work behind it all is great.

Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #473 on Splitcoaststampers. Vicki was our hostess and shose the color combo of pool party, so saffron and sahara sand.  

I started my card by sponging the background in a sunshine pattern with wild honey distressed ink on white cardstock. I followed this tutorial by Gina K found on the StampTV site.
But basically I used a scrap piece of cardstock and sponged along the edge and kept moving the cardstock until I covered my background and achieved the sunburst look.

My crosses are Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps die and I cut those in soft suede (my other neutral this week) and then used a TIm Holtz embossing folder to add some texture. I used a PTI die for my hill and I cut that in soft suede designer paper.

Clouds are from an MFT die and the stamped sentiment is from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I used a Memory Box “wildflower die” for the flowers around the crosses. I cut with Sahara Sand designer paper for the flower stems and then cut again with pool party card stock for the actual

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

I am also entering:
1.  Alphabet Challenge is "E" for Easter.
2.  Crafts 4 Eternity has an Easter challenge.
3.  Cut It Up has an Easter challenge-using die-cuts.
4.  JellyPark has an Easter challenge.
5.  Moving Along with the Times has an Easter/Spring challenge.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stippled Blossoms Birthday

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. This has been a busy week for me. My son & daughter-in-law are out of town and I am taking care of the 3 boys while they are gone.
The responsibilities are being split between the 2 sets of grandparents. I have the easier days because of the boys being in school and the weekends are always hectic with their sports schedules.
Today was also our pre-school outing and we went to a farm. The kids really liked it. We had a tour of the farm and got to see the animals and the animal babies.
We fed the ducks and then had a picnic lunch. There is a big playground area there so the kids were able to run, swing and slide for a couple of hours. They were not ready to leave when our day was over.
Now I am back at my sons just waiting for the boys to come home from school. Then there is baseball practice as well as a baseball game. Lots of hustle and bustle before the day is over. But, I like being with them and whatever I have to do is fine with me. I go back home after they leave for school in the morning.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Ways to Use it Challenge #473 on Splitcoaststampers. It was about using something new that you haven't used before.
I used the Taylored Expressions "scribble" cutting plate and cut it in crisp cantaloupe cardstock. I also used a new pattern in the Stampin-Up "sweet sorbet" designer paper pack.

My flowers are from the Stampin-Up "stippled blossoms" set. It's a 2 step stamping set. I stamped in pool party and then coastal cabana ink. The small flowers are stamped in crisp cantaloupe and I stamped off once to get a darker image on my 2nd stamp.

The birthday word is cut from a PTI die. Added some pearl centers to my flowers to complete my card.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time......God bless.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: pool party, ww, crisp cantaloupe, sweet sorbet dsp (Stampin-Up)    
Ink: pool party, coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, old olive 
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Scribble cutting plate, PTI birthday die, SU pearls

I am also entering:
1.  Time Out Challenge is Happy Birthday.
2.  Crafting For All Seasons has a die/punches challenge.
3Penny's Paper Crafty has a flower power challenge.
4.  Incy Wincy Designs has a 3-2-1 challenge. 3 ink colors, 2 die cuts, 1 designer paper

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter Peeps

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Can't believe how fast the weekend went by.
We didn't do anything super special. Friday was our 4th fish fry at our church. It was another successful one. My shrimp & crab chowder sold out and I received many compliments from customers. The days are long and busy so Saturday is somewhat of a rest day for both my hubby & I.
I did take some more of my cards to the store that is selling them for me. This one I am posting today is one of those. I found out they are closing as of the end of May. The long cold winter was a tough one on their bottom line. I felt really bad for the owners because they are always talking up my card to their customers. I may start selling on Etsy or try to find another local store.
Today started with church in the morning and then we went over to my mother-in-laws to spend a few hours. We helped her hang some new curtains and changed out a window blind. Now it's late Sunday night and I am watching TV and typing up this post.
Now onto my card for today. I needed some additional Easter cards and the layout from this week's Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #482 was a great one.
I used the Stampin-Up set "a good egg" for my card. Paper pieced the egg shells with designer paper from the "spring mix stack" from DCWV. I also used this same paper stack for my card background.

Stampin-Up candy dots and May Arts chevron ribbon completed my card. That's it for today. time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

I am also entering:
1.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes; Optional: sights of spring-new life
2Dream Valley has an Easter challenge.
3.  Robyn's Fetish has an Easter challenge #206.
4.  Sketchy Colors wants us to use lime green and yellow.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

~some bunny loves you~

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well the weight loss challenge at my gym is over and winners announced. I came in 3rd place with a 15% weight loss. I won a month of working with a trainer.
I was disappointed at first then I had to give myself a "talking to". I have lost 22 lbs. -I feel good and I am eating healthy. The competition was the push I needed to do what I have wanted to do for over a year. It's so easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits and then start adding weight. Since I am only 5 ft. 3", a 20 lb. weight gain is big for me. And that works the same in reverse. A 20 lb. loss is really visible on me.
So now my focus is to keep eating healthy, keep going to the gym, and keep the weight off.  The 5 member team that I was a part of during the competition has decided to keep exercising together. I like the idea because it will give me the incentive I need to get to the gym .
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge. Becky is our hostess and she chose the color trio of old olive, night of navy and bermuda bay.
I just bought these Impression Obsession "bunny" dies and the Memory Box "massa leaf" die and decided to make an Easter card. I saw this framed Easter bunnies card on the KittieKraft BlogSpot and used her tutorial to make my card.
I sponged the background with Ranger peacock feathers ink to create the sunrays. Added grass cut with an MFT die and wildflowers cut with a Memory Box die.
Used a punch for the eggs that are in the grass. The navy frame is cut with a Spellbinders die. My sentiment is from Great Impressions Stamps.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.
Card Recipe: 
Stamps: some bunny loves you C343 (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: bermuda bay, ww, night of navy old olive, Stampin-Up welcome neighbor dsp 
 Paper Size: A2
Ink: Ranger peacock feathers, Stampin-Up night of navy 
Accessories: Memory Box Massa leaf and Wildflowers dies, Impression Obsession bunny die. Spellbinders small square die, Marvy flower punch, MFT grass die, Stampin-Up circle punch 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

~rain boots~

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We had somewhat of a busy weekend. Friday was our 3rd fish fry at our church. It wasn't as busy as the other 2 had been but we still had a nice turnout. The fish tacos continue to be a good seller plus the shrimp and crab chowder that I make.
Saturday we had a friend come in from Ohio for an overnight visit. I wanted to cook out on Saturday but the weather turned rainy and cold. So I decided to do a "faux" cookout.
I made burgers on the George Foreman grill and for the chicken I changed my recipe and made a great lemon, garlic and rosemary chicken dish in the oven. Roasted some cauliflower and broccoli and had a tossed salad. 
We had a wonderful dinner and evening together. We sent him on his way on Sunday afternoon after church.
I did my final weigh-in for the weight loss challenge on Saturday morning. My total weight loss was 22 1/2 lbs. for a 15% loss. I didn't finish in 1st place and not sure if I secured 2nd place or not. I will find out tomorrow. But, I feel great and am exercising regularly so that's a plus in my book. The work to maintain the loss will be almost as intense as losing it. But, I want to keep the weight off so I have to do what it takes for the maintenance plan.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made using the Great Impressions Stamps "when it rains F448". I paper pieced the boots and the sentiment is stamped in lucky limeade ink.
The background designer paper is from Stampin-Up's "tea for two" collection. Paired it with calypso coral cardstock and ribbon. My scallop edge punch is from Martha Stewart.
Well, that's my card for today so until next time.......God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  613 Avenue Create is anything goes with optional color challenge. I took the option this week. My designer paper and boots have yellow, pink and orange.
2Challenges 4 Everybody is anything goes.
3.  Paper Players has a tic-tac-toe. Mine is paper piecing, patterned paper and ribbon.
4.  Crafty Girls Challenge is anything goes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

~Congrats Tori~

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I woke up to snow this morning. But just on our grass and sidewalk not the streets. The sun came out and it was gone by noon. The temps stayed very cold all day but, a warm-up is on the way starting tomorrow. So looking forward to some warmer weather.
The weight loss challenge is winding to a close at my gym. I am currently in 2nd place. Someone moved ahead of me after our weigh-in last Saturday. I am at a 13% loss and she is at 14%. The final weigh-in is this Saturday. So I will see where I end up.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made especially for a niece of mine. She won an award in her school for overcoming adversity. I am so proud of her. I will send her this card with a gift card inside.
I am the hostess this week on Splitcoaststampers for the color challenge #471.  I  chose a medley of colors for our challenge. I really like all the colors in the Stampin-Up “sweet sorbet” designer paper (black, pistachio pudding, crisp cantaloupe, pool party, sahara sand and summer starfruit) so I chose all of them. I gave the option to pick 3 to work with or use all 6 of them.

My card started with the “sweet sorbet” designer paper which I used for the card background. Since I am making this card for my 16 year old niece so I wanted it to be a little trendier.
I thought the layout from this week’s Viva la Verve sketch was perfect for a teenage girl card.

The angled panel is pool party and I used the Stampin-Up chevron embossing folder. My black circle is cut with the MFT dizzy doily die.

Sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set "good thoughts". Stamped in black and added to a Spellbinders labels 8 die cut in pistachio pudding.

Added a black feather cut from an Impression Obsession die and some pool party ribbon to complete my card. 
Well, 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.
I am also entering:
1.  Through The Craft Room Door has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Artistic Inspirations has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Cards In Envy has an anything goes with an A2 card.
4 Craft-Dee Bowz has an anything goes with a handmade bow.
5.  Crafty Boots has a feathers challenge.
6.  Make Something Monday wants us to use a doily.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

~ you are appreciated~

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well today was another weigh-in day for the weight loss challenge I am involved in at my gym.
I was shocked this week that I lost 6 lbs. So overall I am at a 13% weight loss. I was in first place last week.  I will see how that unfolds for this week. There is one more week to go. Focus is my buzzword this week.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the inspiration challenge #433 on Splitcoaststampers. Audrie was our hostess and she chose the Flickr gallery of Ruth Bleakley for our inspiration.
I chose the Eagle Creek Topographic map and the blue marbled journals as my inspiration pieces. I knew I had some Stampin-Up designer paper that resembled the design of both these books and in the same colors.

The designer paper is from Stampin-Up's "venetian romance" collection. I used the island indigo pattern for my background and the calypso coral pattern for my flags.

The "thanks" word is a die from Taylored Expressions. I received it as a thanks for a recent order.

The "you are appreciated" words are from the Verve "teachers count" set. My layout is the March Week 1 Viva la Verve sketch.
Well, its late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Crazy 4 Challenges has a free for all challenge.
2.  Brown Sugar has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Cut It Up challenge #41 is anything goes.
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
5.  Crafty Girls Challenge is anything goes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

~garden flowers~

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well today I finally made the jump to buy and I-Phone.
I received an email from Verizon Wireless and they offered me a free I-Phone 5C with a 2yr renewal. I have been thinking about doing this for some time and especially when I travel to San Francisco. You can have your e-ticket sent to your phone and use that at the gate.
I went to the Verizon store in the mall but they didn't have the phone in stock. I guess there were lots of other people that received the same email. They obviously acted on it a little faster than I did.
I put a call into the Verizon call-center and the rep there was very helpful and explained what my options were. With the deal clinched, she is sending me the phone via Fed-Ex in the next couple of days.
So now onto my card for today. This one I made for this week's color challenge #470 on Splitcoaststampers. Peggy is our hostess and she chose midnight muse, baked brown sugar and cherry cobbler.

I have wanted to try the whitewash technique for a while after seeing lots of cards on Pinterest and viewing several tutorials. So Peggy’s challenge gave me the push I needed to get me out of my comfort zone. Here is a link to the SCS tutorial.

I used the Stampin-Up “secret garden” set and stamped with versamark ink on kraft cardstock. I embossed with white embossing powder and then used an aqua painter and white pigment, midnight muse and cherry cobbler inks to color the flowers. I stamped the leaves on baked brown sugar cardstock and also embossed and used the secret garden framelits to cut out and place on my card.

The doily is cut from midnight muse with a Cheery Lynn Designs die. I stamped and colored another flower to add to the center. Finished my card with some midnight muse ribbon.

I didn't add a sentiment because I am not sure how I will use this card yet. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Tuesday Throwdown has a tic-tac-toe. I used die-cuts, flowers and ribbon.
2.  Craft-Dee Bowz has any anything goes with a handmade bow.  
3.  Love To Create Challenge blog has a cas/and or classy/elegant. I chose classy/elegant. 
4.  The Crazy Challenge has a flower frenzy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Easter Chick

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed life Blog. I had some great news today when I went to the gym for my training session. I found out that I am currently in first place in the weight loss challenge. Whoo-hoo!!
I am so excited. I am at a 9% loss with 11 days to go. I just have to stay focused for the remainder of the time. I so want to win this because the top prize is a year with a personal trainer.
I will keep you posted. The top 3 people are all working with the same trainer. I really like him because he works you according to your age and ability. Not everyone is at the same level and he takes that into consideration.
Now onto my card for today. I played along with the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #432. Audrie is the hostess and this week she took us to the Packaging of the World site for our inspiration. 

 As soon as I saw this oops! panties design I decided to go with it. I love the chevron design in the packaging and I knew I had just the right designer paper for my layout. The background designer paper is from Stampin-Up's "fresh prints" collection.

I used the 3 colors in the design of blue, yellow and hot pink on my card.

I created an Easter card and my image and sentiment are from the Stampin-Up set "a good egg". I paper pieced the chick's shell with the background designer paper.

My layout is from this week's de-constructed sketch #142. That's my card for today.
Well, it's late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Just Inspirational Challenges is all about Easter.
2.  Lexi's Creations wants us to use punches/dies. I used both.
3.  Stamp and Create has a ready for spring challenge.


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