Friday, December 19, 2014


Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog during this busy season. I appreciate all my readers and followers.
I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. Today the wrapping gets finished and some baking. Then tomorrow food shopping and cleaning and  Iwill be all ready for my Son and his family. They get in Saturday night at 11:00 pm.
Only one snafu from yesterday's shopping expedition. One of the stores I went to charged me twice for a sweater I bought and I picked up the wrong size shirt for my son. Fortunately the store is very close to me. So last night at 10:30 I went back to exchange the shirt and get my bill straightened out.
I wanted to get my blog post done early so I can get into my day. This is another version of this card I posted yesterday. I changed my word to Joy but otherwise all the paper and layout is the same.
I made several of these cards with different words and papers. The layout was an easy one to reproduce for my last minute card making.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: simply snowflakes (Stampin-Up)
Ink: lost lagoon
Paper: lost lagoon, soft sky, ww, all is calm dsp
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 3 die, Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, PTI Joy die
I am also entering:
1.  Red Rubber Inspirationals is all about Christmas Cheer.
2.  Southern Girls Challenge is Christmas cheer. 
3. Time Out Challenge is Christmas is Love.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Blessings

Hello Blogger Friends!! I cant believe it's been a week since I posted on my blog. I was out in San Francisco for my precious granddaughters 4th birthday. She was so excited to have her Grandma there for the party. 
This is a picture of her from pre-school. They were having a cookie baking day. I just love her chefs hat.
I am back home now and in last minute crunch mode to finish up the things I need to get done before Saturday. They are coming here for Christmas.  
I still have Christmas shopping to finish as well as gift wrapping and food shopping to get done. The malls will be crazy with people and traffic but I have to go there today to finish up.
I haven't completely planned my Christmas menu as yet. I always have these elaborate meals and I am in the kitchen most of the day. My daughter-in-law said I should keep it simple this year. I am leaning towards that end but don't know to do to make that happen.
So let's get to my card for today. This is another of my Christmas cards that I sent out. I tried to keep my cards flat this year so extra postage wouldn't be required. Instead of real ribbon I opted for a faux look with a die from MFT.
My background designer paper is the "all is calm" collection from Stampin-Up. I wasn't going to buy any new designer paper this year but I couldn't pass this up. It is so pretty and I really liked all the different patterns in the collection.
On the tilted panel,  I used the snowflake stamp that came in the November paper Pumpkin kit. I stamped in lost lagoon ink. The Christmas word is a die from Simon Says Stamp.
To finish up my card, I added a snowflake with a rhinestone center. The snowflake was also from the November Paper Pumpkin kit.
Well, blogger friends that's it for me for today. Time to tackle the mall and finish the shopping. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: simply snowflakes (Stampin-Up)
Ink: lost lagoon
Paper: lost lagoon, soft sky, ww, all is calm dsp
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 3 die, Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings die
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Creations has a diecut challenge.
2.  Creative Moments has an anything goes/non-traditional colors for Christmas.
3.  Fresh Brewed Designs has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
4.  Little Red Wagon is a Christmas theme challenge.
5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is a winter inspiration theme. I didn't use Penny Black Stamps but a SSS die.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Card Concept Challenge #25

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well the decorations are done and last night I made my final cards. Although I think I said that the other day (lol)!!
Today I will be addressing and mailing them. Not exactly where I wanted to be on the 10th of December but progress is being made on my to do list.
Today the card I am showing is my final one as a member of the Card Concept Design Team. My term has gone by so quickly. Thank you Lesley Croghan for an amazing opportunity. I wish you and the Card Concept Challenge a successful 2015. 
Now onto the challenge for this time.  It is the last one for 2014 and is titled "silent night neutrals". Lesley and team will return on January 7th for a one year anniversary celebration.
  1. This week we are inspired by the colors in this "sweet" photo! You could be inspired by the shapes, the textures or even the theme! The skies the limit, as long as you are able to explain how you were inspired.
  2. The team is divided into the different styles and each designer explains how they were inspired by the challenge! 
  3. So come and join us and try your hand at a brand new "style" of card making or work in your comfort zone, it is totally up to you!
The styles are explained here and this is the  inspiration photo we are using this time around.
My card falls into the classy and elegant category. Although I have to admit I did have a bit of trouble using these colors. I am not a "neutrals only" designer. But that is what expands you as a designer - when you move out of your comfort zone.
After a few failed attempts, I decided to case myself with a card I made for the SCS color challenge. See that one here. Then things fell into place for me.
My card colors are from Stampin'-Up and I used baked brown sugar, sahara sand, white, silver and some designer paper from the Holiday Lounge collection.  
I stamped the sentiment panel with a snowflake image in baked brown sugar ink and added the "joy" word. To complete my card, I used some silver stars leftover from another card and a paper bow cut from an MFT die.
Check out the samples from the rest of the design team here. then pull out your neutral paper and start creating. Until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: simply snowflake ( Stampin-Up)
Ink: baked brown sugar
Paper: baked brown sugar, sahara sand, ww, silver, holiday lounge dsp
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 3 die, PTI wonderful words die, Spellbinders matting basics A & B, Stars - November Paper Pumpkin Kit (Stampin-Up)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

~season's greetings~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Especially during this busy time of year when we could all use a few more hours in the day and a few more hands to help us out.
I have finished decorating. Yay!! I was working on cards yesterday and  I decided that I am finished there as well. Once I get on a roll with Christmas cards I could keep on making them. It's such fun.
Are any of you like that? Which once again makes me ask myself why don't I make them throughout the year so I don't have this last minute frenzy. Hopefully, I will change that this year.
I pick-up my grandson after school on Tuesday's so when I return tonight I will start addressing the cards. Don't know if  I mentioned it before but on Friday I fly out to San Francisco. I am going for Phoenix Daisy's birthday. It's a short trip and I return Monday evening.  She is so excited that I am coming out. She turns 4 this year. Where has that time gone?
Now onto my card for today. This is another one I made using the color combo from CC506 on Splitcoaststampers. It was rose red, mossy green and basic black.
I used the Stampin-Up "bright and beautiful" stamp set and matching star framelits.
The star ornament is 2 stars stamped in rose red. I scored down the middle for a 3-d effect. I hung the star on a piece of black glitter paper cardstock.

Added some rose red seam binding with black ric-rac and a black metallic sequin center. Die cut some stars in mossy meadow with the Verve starry night die.

My layout is from a card I saw on Sandi MacIver's blog. She made her card in green and gold. I wanted to try that color combo just didn't get around to it. Oh well, maybe next year (lol)!!
Well friends it's time to close this post. I have Pre-School class this morning, So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: bright and beautiful (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: mossy meadow, ww,(Stampin-Up) black glitter paper (Tessler Stamps) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: mossy meadow, rose red 
Accessories: rose red seam binding, Starry night die (Verve), sequin die (MFT), black ric rac   

Saturday, December 6, 2014

~Snowflakes Sparkle~

Hello Blogger Friends and a good Saturday morning to you. Thanks for taking time out of a busy season to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
My Christmas decorating is a bit off my planned schedule but I hope to finish all today. I took some time yesterday to go to an All-Clad cookware sale. It is held 2x a year her in Pittsburgh. This fabulous cookware is made in a plant not far from my home.
I did picked up a few Christmas gifts at some great prices. My youngest son really likes this cookware so I am adding to his collection.  I have to go through what I have purchased since July to see where I am at with gifts. I did a lot of online shopping at QVC in July.
Time to get to my card for today so I can get back to decorating. I have another Christmas card to show today. That will be my theme for awhile. Christmas that is!!
I really like using dies to create scenes on cards. On this card I used several for my forest scene.
The colors are from CC506 on Splitcoaststampers. Becky is our hostess for "tis the season". She chose the color trio of rose red, mossy meadow and basic black. 

My black background is stamped with white craft ink and the MFT "snowflake background" stamp. I decided not to emboss for a more subtle effect. I just used the heat tool to dry the pigment ink.

The white birch trees are cut from a Memory Box die. I added 3 birds cut with a PaperTrey Ink die in rose red.

My snow slope and deer are PaperTrey Ink dies. Added some small pine trees cut in mossy meadow with a die from Poppy Stamps. To complete my card I used some Stampin-Up chunky glitter on the snow bank and the tree tops.

I created this card with a variation in colors. I used real red, midnight muse (dark blue) and whisper white. My trees are a die from Impression Obsession.

That's my cards for today. Time to get on with my day. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: in the meadow (PTI), snowflake background (MFT)
Paper: ww, rose red, basic black Paper Size: A2 
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento), White Craft (Stampin-Up) 
Accessories: birch tree die (memry box), in the meadow dies (PTI),  Impression Obsession evergreen die
I am also entering:
1.  Alphabet Challenge is "V" for Variety. I used 3 different embellishments with my dies.
2.  Brown Sugar has a winter challenge.  
3. Crafts 4 Eternity has a winter challenge.
4. 4 Crafty Chicks has an animals challenge.
5.  C.R.A.F.T.  challenge is Christmas
6A Crafty Mess has a Christmas traditional colors challenge. My 2nd is red, white, green and blue.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Hello Blogger Friends! Hope this Thursday finds you happy and well.
Well ,it's 3 weeks until Christmas and I feel like I am a bit behind where I wanted to be at this point. But, today is another aggressive work day for me and I hope to get a lot accomplished. I hope to get 2 trees decorated today.
I have already started getting Christmas cards in the mail and mine are not ready to be mailed yet. Or, I should say I don't have enough made to mail. Every year I say I will get involved in the Christmas card challenges in blogland, but I don't do it. That will be a resolution for me again next year. So I will see where that goes (lol)!!
Now onto my card for today.  I had this idea for this card floating around in my head for awhile. It turned out just like I pictured it. I used a lot of different dies and stamps to create it.
My card colors are from the Splitcoaststampers CC502. Vicki is our hostess and she chose marina mist, midnight muse and gumball green. Option is to use a die cut word.
The colors were perfect for my Santa scene.

 My background snowfall is done with the MFT "snowfall" stamp. I stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
The Santa and reindeer are cut in midnight muse with a die by Impression Obsession. The moon is cut with a Spellbinders circle die in some textured silver metallic I had in my stash. The believe word is a die from Elizabeth Crafts.

The landscape was created with stamps and dies from PTI- the holiday home set and the rolling hill is the "in the meadow" die. I added some chunky glitter to the hill. My evergreen trees are a die from Memory Box.
I may make a few more of this card. With all the dies, it made it fairly easy to assemble.
Well, Blogger Friends it's time to close this post and get moving on my decorating day. So until next time.........God bless.
Card details:
Stamps: Holiday Home (PaperTrey Ink), Snowfall (MFT) 
Paper: WW, midnight muse, marina mist, gumball green (Stampin-Up) Paper Size: A2 
Ink: choc chip, Versamark 
Acessories: MFT snowfall bg stamp, Santa die (Impression Obsession), In the meadow and holiday home dies (PaperTrey Ink), believe die (Elizabeth Crafts), Stampendous EP, Evergreen border  die(Poppy Stamps), chunky glitter (Stampin-Up), Circle die (Spellbinders)

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting By Designs - anything goes with a twist -all things Christmas.
2Crafting For All Seasons challenge is "tis the season.
3.  Divas By Design has a Festive challenge.
4.  Fresh Brewed Designs has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Christmas/Holidays
6.  Happy Little Stampers has a sketch challenge. This was made for my card (lol)!!
7.  Kylie is addicted to Stamps has a Christmas Card challenge. She is offering a watermark and blog signature.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HYCCT1422 ~love you a latte~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Today was pre-school day. It was our first day back after Thanksgiving break. The kids were a bit energetic but still cooperative.
We started practicing songs for our Christmas program. They really like to sing. I had them make a gingerbread man for our school Christmas tree. They turned out so cute. I usually buy the packaged kits from Michael's or Oriental Trading. They give you everything you need for the project.
I work with the kids one-on-one for these projects. It's good for their fine motor skills but to attempt it as a group wouldn't work as well. They love doing crafty things and of course I do too (lol)!!
This afternoon I started my Christmas decorating. I had a goal set of where I wanted to be at the end of the day and I met it. The trees will probably go up Friday or Saturday. I put up 3 of them. Then it will be onto mailing my Christmas cards and gift wrapping.
My cookies and candy need to fit into this mix as well so my days need to be organized and full. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Now onto my card for today. This is one I created during the HYCCT challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I never got it posted on my blog.
I used the new "perk up" MFT stamps and dies for this card. 

My card colors are real red, crumb cake and coastal cabana from the Splitcoaststampers CC501 challenge. I was the hostess for that challenge. The layout is an old MojoMonday sketch #322.

 The background paper is from the Stampin-Up "fresh prints" collection. The heart and stripes embossing folders are from Darice.

That's my card for today. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. tomorrow will be another busy day. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: perk up (MFT) Paper: real red, coastal cabana, crumb cake, fresh prints dsp (Stampin-Up) Paper Size: A2 Ink: real red 
Accessories: coffee die (MFT), Darice hearts and stripes embossing folders, red ribbon

I am also entering:
1.  A Little Bit Crafty has an anything goes.
2.   Crafts Galore Encore Challenge is anything goes.
4.  One Crazy Stamper has an anything goes challenge.
5.  The Crafting CafĂ© wants us to reflect on our favorite thing from 2014. Mine is dies.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HYCCT1429 ~Grateful~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog this thanksgiving weekend. Hope your celebration was a great one.
We had a wonderful time with family and lots of delicious food. I spent a couple of days in prep work for the feast and all day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. But, it was so worth it to be able to bless my family. And, all of them are so appreciative of the time we have together as well as the fabulous dinner they are served.
Now, the Christmas rush will begin. I have done lots of shopping already and I was out on Black Friday. I don't mind the crowds and there are lots of deals to be found.
For my card today, I am showing one last thanksgiving card. The word on this sums up how I feel about my family. So grateful for each one of them.
On this card I used the Stampin-Up set "fantastic foliage" and stamped a leaf background with cajun craze and wild honey inks.

I used the Cuttlebug folder "autumn type" for my middle panel. The "grateful" word is cut from the PTI "count your blessings" die in cajun craze and choc chip card stock.

The maple leaf is cut from a Spellbinders die and I sponged these distress inks over it-peeled paint, fired brick, rusty hinge and wild honey. I rubbed some Versamark over that and then used clear embossing powder and embossed it. IRL it is really shiny. I like the way it turned out. I saw this technique used by Kittie747 on her blog.

Finished my card by adding some peach parfait ribbon. That's my card for this 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: fantastic foliage (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: peach parfait, choc chip, cajun craze, ww, Paper Size: A2
Ink: cajun craze, wild honey, peeled paint, fired brick, rusty hinge 
Accessories: Cuttlebug Autumn Type EF, Spellbinders maple leaf die, PaperTrey Ink count your blessings die

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Card Concept Challenge - Make a Tag

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving here at the Marsh household. I have a big dinner planned for tomorrow and lots of family coming to enjoy it. 
It's time for another Card Concept Challenge. This time around its all about a snowman and we are asking you to make a tag. 
Here is an inspiration photo to help in creating your tag.
And, for this challenge the team is also part of Tracey McNeely's 25 days of Christmas tags. Thank you for having us Tracey!  There are prizes to be won with this challenge so make sure you leave a comment here and on the other designers blogs.
When I looked at the inspiration photo I saw the snowman (of course) and his big arms reminded me of birch tress. So that's the direction I took.
My tag started with teal cardstock and I die cut some Memory Box birch trees.  Added a few red birds to the trees for a little contrast and interest.
I die cut some snow banks with the PaperTrey Ink "in the meadow" die set and added chunky glitter. My cute little snowman image is a stamp from Your Next Stamp. I colored him with Copic Markers and fussy cut.
To complete the tag I die cut the "merry" word and added some red ribbon and silver cording.  The sentiment and die are from Paper Trey Ink - "holiday words" collection.
Well that's it for me for today. So don't forget to leave a comment here because I will be picking one comment for another chance to win the fabulous prizes that Tracey is offering.
Here is a link to Tracey's blog post  where she explains how you can win one of the prizes she is offering. Lots of chances to win so don't pass this up.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
tag details:
Paper: taken with teal, whisper white (Stampin-Up)
Stamps: mini snowman (Your Next Stamp), holiday words (Paper Trey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Birch trees (Memory Box), In the Meadow & holiday words dies (Paper Trey Ink), chunky glitter , red ribbon(Stampin-Up), silver cord (Michael's), Copic Markers

Saturday, November 22, 2014

HYCCT1425 ~just saying hello~

Hello Blogger Friends and a good Saturday morning to you. It's the start of the Thanksgiving rush for me. Today my plan is to go and do my food shopping for the big day.
I am also still trying to get my house back in order after the bedroom painting and rearranging of another room. We have an old 36" television that has presented a problem getting it downstairs.
It is extremely heavy and the first attempt at bringing it down didn't work. So it is sitting in one of the spare bedrooms and I am more than anxious to get rid of it. Hopefully, it will happen in the next couple of days.
My neighbor also asked me to make her wedding invitations. And, today is our first meeting to get something together. The wedding is next October and I won't be starting them until after the holidays. But, I would like to get an idea of what she is after as far as a design.  
So that's the layout of my day. Hope you have something fun planned on this pre-thanksgiving weekend. Let me know in your comment.
Now onto my card for today. This is another one of the cards that I created for the Splitcoaststampers HYCCT challenges. Kelli Jo was the hostess for the HYCCT1425 challenge. She asked us to create a card using the Bokeh Technique.
I have seen lots of cards in blog land using this technique but have never done it myself. I looked at several tutorials but in the end I just did my own thing. I like how it turned out.
Here is a video tutorial from Lydia over at Splitcoaststampers. My card is very loosely based on what she did.

I used coastal cabana ink and both Stampin-Up and Dylusions dot stencils to create the background. I used sponge daubers and let the ink get very light before I re-inked the dauber.

My butterfly is cut from an Elizabeth Crafts die. The sentiment is a stamp set that a friend of mine gave me but it has no company name on it (?).
Well, that's my card for today. Time to get a start on my day. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Paper: whisper white, coastal cabana, fresh prints dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: coastal cabana 
Accessories: sponge dauber, SU & Dylusions dot stencils
Techniques: Bokeh Background


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