Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CC525 ~Happy Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Spring has finally come to Pittsburgh. We have such a beautiful week-end with lots of sunshine and Monday was warm, just a perfect spring day.
The daffodils, crocus and hyacinths are blooming. The tulips that the deer didn't eat have not bloomed as yet. But, my husband has been very consistent to use the deer-off spray to keep them away. 
This morning was my day at pre-school. The kids were very high energy and we decided to take them outside to the play area for about 15 minutes. They worked off some energy before the parents came back to pick them up. I can't believe we only have a month of school left. Where did the year go???
Today we made grape juice with the kids. They learned the letter "j" so this activity tied right into their learning. They really enjoyed putting the grapes in the juicer and watching the grape juice come out. Not to mention that they loved the sweetness of the juice. And, no added white sugar.
I am going to do a fun activity with them for the remaining Tuesdays of the school year. Next week I plan on ice cream. I own a Vita-Mix and you can make some fabulous ice cream really quick in that machine.
Now onto my card for today. this is another one that I made for Color Challenge #525 bingo game on Splitcoaststampers. Since the challenge is over, I can now say that we did have a hidden prize for this fun game.
You had to use the diagonal row of colors consisting of cherry cobbler, bermuda bay, mossy meadow and soft sky. The prize was a Splitcoaststampers mug. We only had 1 stamper select that color combo. So we didn't have to do a drawing for the winner.
We had 2 prizes to award and the other went back to the prize bag. Not going to say what the other prize was because we will run the game again in about 6 weeks.

As an incentive to the other stampers, I used that color combo to make this card. The "Happy" word is the PaperTrey Ink "phrase play #5 die. My birthday word is from the Stampin-Up set "see ya later". I stamped in cherry cobbler ink.

Added some mossy meadow thick bakers twine and candy dots in cherry cobbler and soft sky to complete this card.
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get ready for my photography class for tonight. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: See Ya Later (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: WW, bermuda bay, Kaleidoscope dsp (Stampin-Up)
Paper Size: A2 Ink: cherry cobbler 
Accessories: PTI Phrase Play #5 die, SB pierced rectangles die, corner rounder, Mossy Meadow thick bakers twine, regals & soft subtles candy dots (Stampin-Up)
I am also entering: 
1.  PaperTake Weekly Challenge is words, words, words.
2.  Craft-dee Bowz is anything goes with a handmade bow.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Kindness You Show

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
This week kind of got away from me. I have wanted to post a card earlier in the week but somehow it didn't happen. Ever have weeks like that??
We had a very nice Easter celebration here at my home. The in-laws + our next door neighbors were here for dinner. The food was plentiful and delicious.
I made a new brussel sprouts recipe that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. It was made with bacon, shallots and thyme. One of those keeper recipes. If anyone would like it, just let me know in your comments and I will send it along.
We are having a guest for the weekend so I have some household chores to do before he arrives. Nothing major since the cleaning was already done for Easter. And I kept ahead of everything during the week.
We are also going to Ikea today to pick up some storage stuff for my craft room. I am excited to be getting additional pieces to get this room finished. More on that later.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Color Challenge #525 on Splitcoaststampers. I am the hostess this week and we are having a bingo game. See post here for all the details. Something may be hidden in the bingo card so come and join in on the fun. Just sayin'!!!
Just like regular bingo, you can pick a horizontal or vertical row. A diagonal line might be interesting. You can even select the 4 corners for your combo, if you like. , 
I chose a vertical row for my colors of blushing bride, rich razzleberry, mossy meadow and pear pizzazz. I liked the contrast of greens and the mix of razzleberry against the soft pink of blushing bride.

My card uses lots of dies and background stenciling. I had this card saved on one of my Pinterest Boards and used it for my inspiration today. I added some layers and changed colors to give it my own touch.

The stenciling is done with a Heidi Swapp stencil in pear pizzazz ink. I lightly splattered some rich razzleberry ink with a toothbrush.

I used 3 Memory Box dies : My background die is the "massa leaf frame" and I cut in mossy meadow cardstock. I also used the "chloe leaf die" and cut those in pear pizzazz cardstock. My flower is the Pavilia bloom outline and background dies. I cut the background flower in rich razzleberry and the outline in white.

To complete the card I added a butterfly cut with an Elizabeth Craft die in blushing bride and the butterfly body in rich razzleberry for some contrast. Scattered some sequins cut with the MFT sequin die.

Well, that's my card for today. Time to get on with my busy day. So until next time.......God bless.
card details: 
Stamps: lotus blossom (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: blushing bride, mossy meadow, rich razzleberry, pear pizzazz, ww 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: pear pizazz, rich razzleberry 
Accessories: massa leaf frame, chloe leaf die, Pavilia bloom outline & background dies (memory Box), small butterfly (Elizabeth Crafts), sequin die ( MFT), Heidi Swapp stencil 
Techniques: stenciling 
I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is spring showers and or spring flowers
2.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
3.  4 Crafty Chicks has a die cuts challenge.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

~Easter Blessings~

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Happy Easter to all of you. Hope your day is a blessed one. We are starting off the day with a church service.
It will be a full congregation today so I have to get there a bit early to get a seat. No walking in as service starts for me today. (lol)!!
Then our family celebration will be with my in-laws. Our son and daughter-in-law are with her family this year. So the dinner table will be a bit less full. I invited my next door neighbors who are driving home from Philadelphia today. That way a nice warm meal will be waiting for them.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made as my last Easter card of the season. I used the layout from the SCS sketch challenge #534. I added a few more layers to my card but still kept to the basic sketch design.  
 I chose my designer paper first and that determined my card colors. The designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "all abloom" collection.

The Easter word is cut with an Impression Obsession die. The flower is the Pavilia bloom outline die from Memory Box.

The curved bottom of the designer paper is cut with the stitched hillside die from Lawn Fawn and the blessings word is a die from Simon Says Stamp.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.
Card Details:
Paper: strawberry slush, mossy meadow, blushing bride, all abloom dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 
Accessories: Easter Joy die (Impression Obsession), Pavilia Bloom die (memory Box), Christmas Blessings die (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Hillside die (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

~Easter Joy~

Hello Blogger Friends and a happy April to you all!!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
My hubby and I were out in San Francisco for 5 days taking care of our sweet granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. My son and daughter-in-law both had business trips. 
The time went by so quickly and of course we were exhausted at the end of the day. She has boundless 4 year old energy and wants to play all day. She was so sad the day we left to go home.
When we arrived in Pittsburgh, my daughter-in-law called us because Phoenix Daisy was crying. She wanted to FaceTime with us and the service did work on my phone in the car.  She called again the next morning and we did the Facetime for about an hour.
This video service from Apple is wonderful. And it's so perfect when you have family or friends that live far away. The quality of the connection is great. It runs over your internet connection or your cell phone service.
I will be back out there at the end of May because the parents want to go away for a little r & r over Memorial Day. Hubby wont make that trip because of work. I am already looking forward to it.
Now onto my card for today. I am showing another Easter card. I didn't make many this year and I didn't mail any of the ones I made yet. Hopefully that gets done today.
The colors are from the SCS color challenge #523. Barbara was our hostess and she chose and she chose choc chip, melon mambo and garden green for her color palette.  Our option this week is to make a spring card. 
melon mambo, choc chip, garden green

 I thought these colors were perfect for an Easter card. I also found some Basic Grey designer paper in my stash that had all the challenge colors and flowers. How is that for a great score???

My frames are from the Spellbinders floral oval and small oval collections. The Easter word cut in choc chip is a die from Impression Obsession. I cut it 3 times and then layered to give it more dimension.

To finish my card, I added some ribbon and bow with a sequin center and also candy dots from the brights collection at Stampin-Up.
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get on with my day. So until next time......God bless.
card details:
Paper: choc chip, melon mambo, ww, Basic Grey sultry dsp 
Paper Size: A2 
Accessories: Spellbinders A & B matting basics and floral oval dies, Impression Obsession die, Michael's ribbon, Darice sequin, SU candy dots   

I am also entering:
1.  Addicted to Stamps has a holiday challenge.
2.  The Crafters CafĂ© has an Easter challenge.
3.  Fab 'n Funky has lots of layers
4.  Clear It Out Challenge is to use 2 or more things from stash. I used the last of both the dp as well as the ribbon.
5Craft-Dee Bowz is anything goes with a handmade bow.
6.  Get Creative Challenge is to use a die cut.
7.  Crafty Ribbons has an Easter challenge with ribbon
8 613 Avenue Create has an anything goes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stained Glass Cross

Hello Blogger friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit at the Charmed Life Blog. I appreciate all the guests who come by.
Well, I know it's spring because it reads that way on the calendar and some of our crocus have popped up. But, we had over an 1" of snow here in Pittsburgh tonight.
I was busy with other things before I noticed the snow on our deck. When I went to the front of my house it looked like a winter wonderland - pretty and so serene. Just like you would want on December 24th or 25th but not on March 24th (lol)!!
Oh well, the spring flowers are coming up and I have seen lots of robins. So I know for sure that Spring is about to make a grand entrance soon.
Until that happens, I have an Easter card to show you with some spring colors. This one I made for the color challenge #521 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was our hostess and she chose a lovely palette of colors with lost lagoon, daffodil delight, strawberry slush and pear pizzazz. Our option is to use flowers but not stamped ones.
lost lagoon, daffodil delight, strawberry slush, pear pizzazz

I  just bought this new stained glass cutting plate from Taylored Expressions after seeing the beautiful card samples on her store web site. I thought Karen's colors would be beautiful as a stained glass window.

I cut the image once in white and then again in all the challenge colors. I pieced in the die cuts for the stained glass look. Before I started the piecing of the dies. I layered the white image panel over a panel of strawberry slush card stock.

My Easter word is a die from Impression Obsession. The tulips are a die from the Frantic Stamper.

I layered them over a piece of vellum because they seemed to be competing with the background. The vellum is a nice separation, I thought. This idea came from
Joan Ervin. Thanks Joan.

Well, that's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Paper: WW, daffodil delight, lost lagoon,pear pizzazz,strawberry slush, vellum 
Paper Size: A2 
Accessories: stained glass cross cutting plate (Taylored Expression), Easter Joy die (Impression Obsession), tulip accents (Frantic Stamper) 

I am also entering:
1.  Artistic Impressions has an anything goes with a twist of Easter.
2ABC Challenge has a "F" for festive.
3Always Something Creative has an Easter challenge.
4.  My Craft Creations has an anything goes.
5.  Curtain Call InspirationChallenge - I used the colors from the inspiration photo


Sunday, March 22, 2015

~Easter Joy~

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
It's March Madness time in our household and in the rest of the country!!!. My hubby is a big college basketball fan and Pittsburgh is hosting some first and second round playoffs this year. The teams for the Saturday games are NC State vs Villonova and Notre Dame vs Butler.
So he was able to go to the games on Thursday and Saturday with our son and grandsons. He decided to take the train downtown tonight. The last game went to overtime, and he didn't know if he missed the last train from downtown.
I was thinking that I would have to drive into the city at 12:30 am to pick him up. He did manage to get on a train that was running to the parking lot where he left his car, he thinks. But as I type this, I am still not sure if I have to drive somewhere to pick him up.
So I decided to write up a blog post while I wait for the outcome of his adventure. Can you believe it's spring already. Yesterday was cold here and today was not much better. But, the temperatures look like they are on the rise all this week. By mid-week we will have a 60 degree day. Yay!!
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color Challenge #520 on Splitcoaststampers. Vicki was the hostess and she chose coastal cabana, real red and daffodil delight for her color trio. 
coastal cabana, real red, daffodil delight
I didn't re-read my email with the challenge colors before I made my card. And, I used so saffron instead - oops!!. I think I would have liked the daffodil delight much better on my card but too late now. 

 I decided to try these colors for an Easter card. With a downplay on the red, I think they worked. I recently purchased 2 new to me Impression Obsession dies after seeing this card by KittieKraft. I used it for my inspiration this week.

The background is the Impression Obsession Easter cutout square. I paper pieced the flowers with real red.

To make the frame I used some Spellbinder square dies. My sentiment is the Impression Obsession Easter Joy die. I cut in real red and layered the coastal cabana cut over that.

Now I have one Easter card finished. Still need a few more and I am working on that. As I am ending up this blog post, I hear the garage door opening. My hubby made it home safely. Thank the Lord!!
card details:
Paper: coastal cabana, so saffron, real red, ww, Paper Size: Square 
Accessories: Easter cutout square, bunnies, Easter Joy dies (Impression Obsession), Spellbinder square dies  
I am also entering:
1.  Challenge Up Your Life has an Easter challenge.
2.  Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has an "E" for Easter challenge 
3.  Bloggers Challenge has an "outdoors" challenge.
4.  Brown Sugar has an anything goes challenge.
5Aud Sentiments has a 2 word sentiment challenge.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Baby card in a box


Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and visit the Charmed Life Blog.

This month has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I was sick for a week and then over at my son's home taking care of my grandsons for a week.
I just returned home yesterday morning and then off to preschool. I also am taking a photography class and that is on Tuesday nights.

So yesterday afternoon was spent getting the homework done and also buying the extra stuff he wants us to have for our cameras. That would be an extra battery-a lens hood-uv filters and a tripod. I was only successful in getting the extra battery. Turns out we didn't need any of the extras for this week's class. So I stressed myself for nothing (lol)!!!

Today will be a day of getting our receipts etc. ready for filing our income tax. It seems like I do so much of the work for the accountant who actually prepares the return. But, I guess that's the way that goes. I will be glad when it's done for another year.

Anyway, onto my card for today. This one I created for a young couple in our church who had their first baby. I really like making the cards in a box and I thought this one turned out so cute.

I used the colors from CC518 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and I chose
brown sugar, pistachio pudding, hello honey, crisp cantaloupe, and coastal cabana. The option for the challenge was to make a baby card.
brown sugar, pistachio pudding, hello honey, crisp cantaloupe, coastal cabana

I used the Stampin-Up set "something for baby" and the matching framelits dies to cut out the images.

My designer paper is from the lullaby collection from Stampin-Up. For the "baby word", I used the MFT little letters dies.

Here is a
link to a tutorial for the card in a box. It's put together by Frenchie a Stampin-Up.
And, some other side and rear views of the box. 
 left side view
 rear view
 left side view
right side view
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get my tax info started. So until next time......God bless.

Card details:
Stamps: something for baby (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: WW, coastal cabana, hello honey, pistachio pudding, lullaby dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Ink: coastal cabana, pistachio, pudding, hello honey (Stampin-Up) 
Accessories: babys first framelit dies (Stampin-Up), MFT blueprints15 and MFT little letters  

I am also entering:  
1.  Addicted to Stamps has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting For All Seasons has a pastel hues challenge.
3.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Going-Grey with Scrap Creations has a pastels challenge.
5.  Not Just Cards has an anything goes challenge

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

~flower patch birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and check in on the Charmed Life Blog. I am doing fine and enjoying the weather this week in March as well as the longer days.
I am also taking a photography class at our local community college.  I bought a new Canon Rebel camera and have no idea how to use it. The class runs for 8 weeks so I should have an idea of what I am doing by the end of it. 
Last night was our first class and I like the instructor already plus he seems very thorough. He is teaching the class in my community on Monday nights and in a nearby community on Tuesday nights. He said rather than have to miss a class if we can't make our Tuesday night then come to the class on Monday night.
When I registered I was told the Monday night class was full so I had to register for the Tuesday class. So now I have an option which will help me out because of some conflicting plans in the next couple of weeks.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #519 on Splitcoaststampers. We have a new hostess, Kim, in the group and this was her first challenge with us.
She selected the color trio of blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz and pool party. Our option was to use our favorite embellishment.
blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz, pool party

These colors spoke flowers to me. And flowers seem so feminine and from there birthday. So I went that direction and decided to use a new stamp set. I bought the Stampin-Up flower patch set with matching dies several months ago and didn't ink until today.
Stampin-Up stamp sets and dies always are a bit tricky to get lined up correctly. So first I had to search YouTube to find out how to do that. Frustrating for sure. You would think they would put some info on their website, but I guess that's too easy. I am so glad that demonstrators are willing to share tips and pointers on products.

 I stamped the flowers with blackberry bliss and pool party inks then die cut. I used the leaf die from the set to cut some leaves in pear pizzazz. I sponged the edges to give a little depth. My designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "gingham garden" collection.

To complete the card and include the option, I added some pear pizzazz ribbon. Die-cut the birthday word in blackberry bliss and scattered a few sequins.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: flower patch (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz, ww, gingham garden dsp (Stampin-Up)     
Ink: blackberry bliss, pool party, pear pizzazz 
Accessories: flower fair framelits (Stampin-Up), pear pizzazz ribbon, birthday die (PTI), gold sequins (Darice)   

I am also entering:
 1Fresh Brewed Designs has a flowers challenge.
2.  Mod Squad Challenge is to use flowers.
3.  Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes
4.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has a flowers and ribbon challenge.

Monday, March 2, 2015

~Bunny Hugs 'n Coffee~

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit the Charmed Life Blog.
We had a crazy snow and ice storm yesterday in Pittsburgh. It kept me from attending church services. It's supposed to continue during the week. At least the ice part of it. I am looking forward to March going out like a lamb since it came in like a roaring lion!!
And, I am also battling a sore throat -earache -and general body achiness.  I am pumping the vitamin C trying to stay ahead of a cold. So many people are sick right now with a variety of illnesses.
I won't be at pre-school tomorrow. Don't want to carry anything there. I also wont be picking up my grandson from school. That is a big disappointment because Tuesday is my day with him. I will try and schedule another day this week, possibly.
Now onto my card for today. This is another I made for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Get all the details here. There are lots of prizes to be won so pull out your coffee themed stamps and dies and play along. Already 259 stampers have posted cards!! Lots of coffee lovers out there.
I am sending this card to my friend who is in need of some cheering up. She loves coffee and needs some hugs right now. I will give her this card along with some K-cups. She likes the blend I buy from the San Francisco Bay coffee company.
Since the hop theme is spring I pulled out a Great Impressions Stamp (C343) and some Impression Obsession bunny dies. Along with my MFT coffee dies.
The designer paper is from the DCWV "spring mix pack". Lots of beautiful bright spring paper as well as spring glitter paper. I used some of the glitter designs for my card. 
The paper bow is an MFT die from the Blueprints 3 collection. Well that's my card for today. Time to make a cup of tea to soothe my sore throat. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
stamps: some bunny loves you (C343) - Great Impressions Stamps
paper: white, daffodil delight, Baja breeze (Stampin-Up), DCWV spring mix pack 
ink: wild wasabi
accessories: MFT coffee and blueprints 3  dies, Impression Obsession bunny dies, Spellbinders matting basics A & B

Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's been one of those crazy and busy type days. And, we have stuff planned all weekend.
So, it looks like the busyness will continue through Sunday night. But, I did manage to get my workout in at the gym today.
Our youngest grandson is coming to spend the night. My hubby and he are out watching some high school basketball games right now. It's playoff time and they enjoy going and just spending time with each other.
So I am here for the night, but I don't mind. I have plenty to do to keep me busy. It never seems to end, you know. The stuff to do part (lol)!!
Today, on my friend Vicki's blog, I noticed that there was another coffee lovers blog hop. I wanted to take part back in December but I couldn't so I decided today to jump in there for the Spring Hop.
Here is a link to the blog and info on how to enter your card.  Lots of prizes!!
I have these coffee themed stamps and dies that I purchased from MFT. All I needed was to select my color scheme and layout. I also needed a thank you card to send to a friend so my card sentiment was already decided as well.
I picked a bright color scheme so I hope this qualifies as spring. I just read the fine print after I made my card.
Since these designer papers from Stampin-Up were still out on my desk, I decided to use those. They are from the "retro fresh collection.
The bow is also a die from MFT. It gives the look of ribbon without all the bulk. The Post Office will be happy.
Well, that's my card for today. I am jumping over to the blog to see all the entries for the hop.
Until next time.......God Bless.
Card details:
Paper: tangerine tango, coastal cabana, baked brown sugar, very vanilla (Stampin-Up)
Ink: choc chip
Stamps: perk-up (MFT)
Accessories:  coffee die and blueprints 3 (MFT),  Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, Darice Hearts embossing folder


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