Friday, October 14, 2016

Autumn Seasonal Tree

Hello Blogger Friends and a happy Friday to you all. Well, it's officially fall here in Pittsburgh. We had our first frost last night.
So that is the end of our flower gardens. They were still producing dahlias, zinnias, gerbera and African daisies. I cut flowers yesterday and brought them inside to enjoy them. Here is a picture of what I have from our beautiful gardens.
But, we still have the beautiful fall leaves to enjoy, and they have not reached their peak beauty yet. Here in this area anyway. So I thought  I would go with a fall card for today's post. I used this super cute seasonal tree die to create it. Let's get started with some details on my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog.

really rust card base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
chocolate chip layering panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Autumn Vine designer paper panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
tilted panels: 2 7/8" x 2 1/2"

I used this week's sketch #614 from Splitcoaststampers for my layout. It's a basic sketch but I liked the tilted panels. I added a couple of extra layers to the sketch just for some additional interest.
Once I decided to use this layout, I went looking through my stash for some autumn themed designer paper. I found this Stampin'-Up paper from the "autumn vine" collection and matched it up with really rust and chocolate chip cardstock and more mustard ribbon. I used the ribbon for layer #2 in the sketch.
I used the chocolate chip and really rust cardstock for my tree and more mustard & sage shadow for the tree leaves. That picked up the background colors of the designer paper. I also cut a couple of pumpkins from the Harvest Scarecrow die. Layered the tree and pumpkins on some white cardstock. To ground the images, I sponged some old olive ink.
To complete my card, I stamped a sentiment from the Verve set "abundant blessings" in chocolate chip ink. I hope I have given you some ideas for this cute new die. I think it makes a great card for Thanksgiving or a Fall theme.
Also, don't forget about our current challenge #7 for October. The theme this month is Fall. This new die would work great for the challenge.
So until next time.........God bless.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Autumn Tree + Distress Crayon technique

Hello Blogger Friends! A happy Friday to you all. thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Another weekend is upon us. Hope you have plans for something fun and have a chance to get a little crafty. That would really be fun!
We are going to our youngest grandson's football game tonight and then tomorrow we have a painter coming to do some work in our kitchen. Yes, we are still working on finishing up the remodeling we started months ago. Sometimes what you think will be a easy project runs into something you didn't expect. Nothing on the schedule for Sunday as yet outside of church.
Today for my blog post I am showing a card that I made of r my weekly blog post on the CottageCutz Blog.  I went to a garage sale recently and the person holding it was selling some Ranger Distressed  Crayons. She had 18 of them for $5.00. They were brand new and she just didn't like working with them. What a find for me!!
So I watched some YouTube videos to see what to do with them and the idea for the background on this card was born. I am using some new dies from the Autumn 2016 release. These ones are the autumn tree w/ swing and the give thanks die set. So let's get started with details on my card for today.
Chocolate Chip Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Kraft Layering Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Image Panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Distressed Crayon Technique:
Step 1:  Used watercolor distressed cardstock and applied a layer of Gesso to prepare the paper. Set aside to dry.
Step 2.  After that dried I applied the distress crayons in fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, mustard seed and peeled paint. Used my finger and a little water to spread the color around. The finger method is what Tim Holtz recommended in of his videos. I set this aside to dry. You could use a heat tool to dry it as well. I used this time to start making my die cuts. 
Step 3. Once this was dry I took a sun-ray stencil laid it over top of the color and used a wet (but not soaking) paper towel. I followed the stencil layout and started to remove color. I was really pleased how this turned out. Especially since it was my first attempt with these crayons. I did make another one and didn't use the Gesso layer. The color is much subtler without the Gesso.  Just depends what you are looking for with your color. 

Step 4: Now that my background is prepared, I am ready to make my die cuts. I used various shades of fall cardstock and cut my autumn tree with swing, the leaves pumpkins and sunflower. I used some distress ink to highlight the colors.  The Give Thanks word I cut 2x in chocolate chip cardstock for dimension.  I attached it to the right side of the card and took it just slightly off the card for added interest. I didn't want to completely cover up the stenciled sun image.
Step 5:  Now my card is ready for assembly. I used a combination of Ranger multi-matte medium, glue dots and double sided tape on all the die cuts. 

Step 6: The image panel is layered on kraft cardstock. I then used foam adhesive for added dimension to attach to the chocolate chip card base. And with that, my card is completed. I hope I have given you some inspiration on a way to create a fall scene using a couple of different die sets.
Well, that's it for this post. So until next time......God bless
 I am also entering:
1.  Craft For the Craic has an autumnal twist - use kraft paper. Used kraft for layering plus kraft for some leaves
2.  Creative Artiste has an anything goes with mixed media
3.  4 Crafty Chicks has a die cuts challenge
4.  Cards 4 Galz has a fall colors challenge

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

~Doodle Flowers Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
I am so enjoying the fall days we are having right now. The squirrels are busy gathering acorns for the winter ahead. They are all over our yard both acorns and squirrels.
Of course it helps that we have two large oak trees in the front yard. Sometimes they stop their gathering to play. It's fun to watch them chase each other around the yard and then up and down the trees.
Yesterday one of the neighborhood hawks swooped down to gather one up for his meal. It didn't upset me because it's all part of the balance of nature. The size of these hawks always amazes me.
My husband put some suet out on the bird feeder and it always draws the cardinals. This morning the female one was busy pecking away at it and then stopped to feed the male who was siting and waiting his turn.
I have seen this before but it always brings that "aw look how cute moment" no matter how many times I see it. I think we all need those moments just to sit back and observe nature. It's so calming.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Inspiration challenge #565  on Splitcoaststampers. Stef was our hostess and she directed us to the Decorative Dishes   site for our inspiration.
As soon as I saw this plate I knew I found my inspiration and my card idea was born. Here is a photo of the plate I used as inspiration.

From Decorative Dishes site

These doodle flowers dies from CottageCutz really reminded me of the flowers on this plate.

I used some Stampin'-Up polka dot designer paper in daffodil delight for my background. The flowers are cut from 2 shades of Bazzill purple cardstock.

I used the CottageCutz rounded rectangle die to cut the frame because it reminded me of the center of the plate.

My happy word is a die from MFT. I stamped the birthday sentiment on a banner to complete my card.

Well that's it for me for today. Until next time.........God bless.
Card details:
Stamps: be blessed (Verve)
Paper: white, daffodil delight polka dot parade dsp (Stampin'-Up), gummy bear, jellybean cardstock (Bazzill)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: concord crush (Stampin'-Up)  
Accessories: doodle flower set 1, leaves & stems, beehives and stitched rounded rectangle dies (CottageCutz), happy hellos, flag stax dies (MFT) 
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafty Gals Corner has a die cuts/punches challenge.
2.  Fab 'n Funky has a include the word "happy" challenge. 
3.  The Crafty Addicts Challenge has an anything goes/use patterned paper challenge.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Christmas Wisdom Words

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
It's the first day of October 2016 and World Card Making day. Hope you can find some time to get a little crafty today. My hubby is at work until 11:30 pm so I have all day to spend in my craft room with no interruptions. Doesn't that sound like fun? Well it does to me that's for sure!
This card I am showing today was made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. It features another of the new Christmas 2016 dies. This one is the Wisdom Tree. The words are a wonderful description of what Christmas represents.

So let's get started with some details on how I created my card. I wanted the words to be the focal point so I kept the embellishments minimal and dressed the card up with some Stampin'-Up designer paper, ribbon and a few sequins.

Bermuda Bay Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
White Layering Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Designer Paper Panels: 1 1/4" x 5 1/4", 1 1/2" x 5 1/4", 1" x 5 1/4"

I found some odd sized pieces of this designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "winter frost" collection in my stash. But, I had nothing big enough to cover the size panel I wanted to use. So  I decided to cut 3 different size panels for my background. That solved my problem. You know how it is when you want to use something on a card. Nothing else you look at works (lol)!!
My next step was to cut the words from the Wisdom Tree die. I cut it twice just for some added dimension.  I decided to stay with the bermuda bay color theme. I used the CottageCutz rectangle and stitched rectangle dies to cut the panels for the words.
I started the assembly process with the background designer paper.  I decided to add some white satin ribbon on this panel. Again just for added interest. I used some Ranger multi-matte medium and attached the words to the white panel.
Secured the image panel to my card with some dimensional adhesive. I wanted this panel raised up from the striped background just a bit. I finished it off with a few teal sequins.
Here is a close-up photo of the image panel. I love the beautiful font and die shape and of course the bottom layer with the flourish and "25" finishes the tree perfectly.
Well, that's it for me for today. I hope I have given you some inspiration if you are looking for ideas for your own Christmas cards. This one would be easy to mass produce. And, now it's time to head back to my craft room to see what I can create. So until your next visit ..........God Bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Broken Fairy Designs has an anything goes with a twist of monochromatic.
2.  Crafty Friends has a special occasions challenge.
3.  My Sheri Crafts has a Christmas challenge.
4.  Winter Wonderland has a tic tac toe challenge. I used ribbon-tree and die cuts
5.  CCEE Stampers has a Christmas challenge.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

~Get Well Soon~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
We are 1 week into our fall season and our weather has been beautiful. The late season flowers are blooming like crazy in our gardens. We have dahlia's, zinnias and mums gracing our back yard.
My hubby brought in a beautiful bouquet of cut flowers tonight. I love being able to go right outside and get my flowers. It gives me the same feeling as going out and picking fresh vegetables to be used for dinner. So I am enjoying this season because it ends quick and the cold, rainy days of fall will be upon us before I know it.
Now, onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #602 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura is the hostess and she chose sweet sugarplum, rich razzleberry and smoky slate. Optional was to make a thinking of you or sympathy card.
My layout is based on the Viva La Verve September sketch. The sketch was an angled panel, which I love, but with my diagonal background paper it just didn't look right. So I straightened out my rich razzleberry panel and then stamped my sentiment on an angle.

The background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up 2016-2018 in-color paper pack. Cut my rich razzleberry panel and the smoky slate circles with CottageCutz stitched rectangle and circle dies.

My images and sentiment are from the Lawn Fawn "get well" set. The band aid and med bottle are stamped in sweet sugarplum ink and then I did some paper piecing. The cute little nurse birdie is colored with Stampin'-Up rich razzleberry blendabilities markers. The lightest ink is a good match for sweet sugarplum.

The "hi" word is a die from MFT. I added some wink of stella for a little pizzazz. I completed my card by adding some heart enamel dots. They are from the Stampin'-Up in-color collection.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge has an anything goes.
3.  The Crafty Addicts Challenge is anything goes/patterned paper.
4.  Crafty Sentiments Designs has an anything goes challenge.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Suspended Spinner Ornament Card

Hello Blogger Friends and a happy Friday to you all. Can't believe another week has come and gone. Thursday was the official start of the fall season.
So even though the temperatures in the high 80's are still screaming summer - it's a wrap my friends. My garden is still producing tomatoes and beans. In fact, today I will be roasting and then freezing another batch.  I will be set for this winter with fresh tomato sauce both jarred and frozen.
I feel like I should be showing beach style cards but Christmas is starting to knock on our doors. With that in mind today I am bringing you a Christmas card using several of the new CottageCutz Christmas 2016 dies.
I have said before that I like making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors and that's what I have done today. My card colors are Stampin'-Up's new dapper denim, mint macaron and melon mambo. I used the Nested Ornaments : Teardrop, the bow from the Holiday Mason Jar and the Christmas word from the Wisdom Tree Die.

I also tried my hand at a suspended spinner card for the first time. I don't have a video to show you but the ornament spins nicely. It will be a fun surprise when the recipient opens the card. I did find this video on YouTube that helped me create my card. My ornaments spin just like her Christmas tree does.  So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Mint Macaron Card Base:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Mint Macaron Designer Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

1.  I started off by cutting my teardrop ornaments. For this card I used the smallest ornament in this 3 die set. I cut those in a denim blue color. I wanted to add a flourish to the ornament so I used the wisdom tree die and cut the bottom flourish in melon mambo. My camera is almost making it look red.
2.  The next step was to cut the opening for the spot where my ornament will suspend. I used the CottageCutz Circle Set dies (3rd largest) to cut both the patterned paper as well as my card base.
3.  Once the first opening was cut, I took the next largest circle die and this time just cut my mint macaron designer paper. I wanted to be able to see the underlying cardstock and give the appearance of a framed layer.
4.  Now I am ready to attach some gold metallic thread to the 2 ornaments and then adhere those together. I cut approximately a 5" piece of the gold thread and laid it in the middle of the ornaments. I used Tombow adhesive for this step. I used 2 ornaments so when it spins around you will see a finished back of the ornament. The silver dots were left after I cut the ornament tops. I thought they made a cute little embellishment.

5.  The ornament is now ready to be centered in the opening of the card base. I pulled the thread so it was taut and then taped it down and trimmed off the excess metallic thread.
6.  On this step, I attached the patterned paper to the card base. I wanted a bow over my ornament but did want to use ribbon. So, I used the bow that is part of the Holiday Mason Jar die set. This was cut in the melon mambo color.
7.    My card is ready for the sentiment. I debated on whether I should stamp a greeting or use a die cut. Once I cut the Christmas word from the Wisdom Tree die in melon mambo color my mind was made up without even trying a stamped sentiment. I really like how the pink color complimented the mint designer paper.
Well, Blogger friends that completes my card for this post. I hope I have given you some inspiration for the teardrop ornament dies. Don't forget about the newest challenge that is running right now on the CottageCutz Blog. The theme is holiday and here is a link for more information.
So until next time........God bless!!!


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