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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rose Happy Birthday

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope you are staying warm in your neck of the woods. It's still cold here and tomorrow more snow is coming.
But, the cold didn't keep me away from my work-out routine. Today was my work-out day at my gym. I still have been going 3x a week. It helps to have a team of 5 women that I work out with regularly. We keep each other accountable.
For me, if I know the other girls will be there it makes me want to go. We are still working out 1 day a week with our trainer, Josh. The other 2 days we just do the routine he has us on. Today there were only 3 of us, but we had a good work out.
Josh has us on a routine where we work with weights for strength. He has us doing core exercises to help improve our balance and stability. And then we do some cardio to help burn calories and build endurance. 
Now, onto my card for today. I have been wanting to try the embossing folder stamping technique. Here is a link to a great tutorial.
 I used the wavy hearts embossing folder from Darice and inked it with picked raspberry and spun sugar distress paints. I then sprayed it with gold glimmer mist. I really like the way the background turned out.
My flower is from the PaperTrey Ink set "cutting garden". Stamped in picked raspberry ink and cut with the matching die. To complete my card I stamped the birthday sentiment and added some bold pink ribbon.
I also made this card for the SCS IC480 challenge. Audrie, our hostess, took us to the Crystal Gayle Photography site for our inspiration. Fabulous site and I looked in every category at her lovely work.

For my inspiration I chose this single pink rose card. I focused on the single flower and the pretty pink color for my card.

That's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: cutting garden (PaperTrey Ink) 
Paper: pear pizzazz, melon mambo, pink glitter paper, mixed media paper 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: melon mambo, choc chip 
Accessories: picked raspberry and spun sugar distress paints, MFT sequin die, tattered angels glimmer mist, Offray shocking pink ribbon  
Techniques: embossing folder stamping

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mom's Valentine 2015

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's another snowy Saturday here in Pittsburgh.
We are expecting about 3-5" of snow when its all over. Our temperatures have risen overnight and we are expected to go above freezing today. Yay!!
We have a birthday party to attend later this afternoon so hopefully the roads will be okay when we have to travel. The freezing rain is expected to start right about the time we leave.
Luckily, I don't have to drive. My hubby will take care of that. We will see what my friends do about the party. They live about 20 minutes from us. We are the ones who will be traveling the farthest.
I still have to make a birthday card, but I wanted to get a blog post done first. I tried doing this last night but Internet Explorer kept crashing and I wasn't able to get online.
It looks like my Norton anti-virus was the culprit. I discovered that after doing some research this morning. I was just ready to contact Norton when they applied a fix to the problem. And Internet Explorer started working immediately.
Oh well that problem is taken care of so let's get on with the post for today.
I realize its a week after Valentine's day but I wanted to post this card  I made for my mother-in-law. She really liked the card and called to tell me so. I was very surprised because usually she doesn't say anything about the cards I make.
I kept it on the clean and simple for that reason but, I really liked how it turned out. I found this card on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration piece. I made several changes to make it my own but kept the same layout.
The background embossing is done with the Stampin-Up tulips embossing folder. I also used the Stampin-Up adorning accents embossing folder on the white panel.
My hearts are cut with the Spellbinders classic hearts die in real red cardstock and also some Recollections red glittered paper. Behind the largest heart I used some Starforms adhesive black glittered paper and also used the same paper to cut my love word. The adhesive made this a breeze to attach my love word.
I finished up this card by adding some red bakers twine. Well, that's it for me for this Saturday morning. Time to get busy and make the birthday card I need for today. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Paper: real red, whisper white, Recollections red glitter paper, Starforms glittered black adhesive paper
Accessories: Impression Obsession love die, SU tulip and adorning accents embossing folder, Twinery red twine, Spellbinders classic hearts die 
I am also entering:
1.  Left Of Center challenge is to use our dies
2.  Simply Create Too has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Miriam's Crafting Blog has a romance challenge.
4.  JellyPark Friends has a love is in the air challenge.
5.  Happy Little Stampers has a cas embossing challenge.

Friday, February 13, 2015

~Aidin's latte~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog on this Friday in February. It's the day before Valentine's Day and I still have a few more cards to show.
This is one that I made for my middle grandson Aidin. He has started to drink coffee made from the new Keurig machine that my daughter-in-law received for Christmas. He has a lot of different favorites already.
So I thought a coffee themed card would be perfect for him for Valentine's Day. Aidin likes the cards I make for him and takes the time to look them over and give me feedback. He is always more positive than not, but he does let me know when he thinks something could have been done differently.
It's always so precious to hear from him. he told me recently that he has saved every card I ever made him. How about that!!
So onto the details for this card. This is my sample for this week's CC517 on Splitcoaststampers Barbara is our hostess and she chose the color trio of coastal cabana, old olive and bermuda bay. Our option this week is layers- and we are to use 4 or more.

I needed one more Valentine card and a masculine one so the colors worked out perfect for me. I like using non-traditional colors for Valentine cards.

My card layout is this week's Mojo384. Lots of layers in the sketch so the option is covered. 

My bermuda bay panel is embossed with a new to me embossing folder from Darice - "heart background".
The coastal cabana designer paper is from Stampin-Up's "maritime" collection.
The heart border is Verve's "scalloped trim trio" die.

My coffee cup and sentiment are from The MFT "perk-up" stamp and coffee die set. I finished this card by adding some twine and a tiny bow.
Well that's it for me for this post. Time to get back to my stamp organization. I am still in the process of setting up my new stamping room. What an undertaking this has been.
So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Perk-up (MFT) 
Paper: early espresso, old olive, ww, bermuda bay, coastal cabana, maritime dsp (Stampin-Up) Paper Size: A2 Ink: bermuda bay 
Accessories: coffee die (MFT), heart background EF (Darice), scalloped trio die (Verve), twinery twine
I am also entering:
1.  Brown Sugar Challenge is a bow and a die cut.
2.  Bloggers Challenge is love is in the air.
3.  Chocolate, Coffee and Cards is love is in the air.
4.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

~keep me in your heart~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope you are staying warm in your area of the world.
We are in the middle of a deep freeze here in Pittsburgh. We have had a lot of cold but not too much snow. Nothing like they are getting in New England. But on a good note the days are getting longer.
Today was my day at pre-school and we had our valentine party. The kids were so excited. On Tuesday we made their valentine boxes. We used cereal boxes and covered them with white paper and then decorated them.
I die-cut large hearts and added the kids names in the center. I did that with alphabet dies. We had some foam and felt shapes and let the kids decorate them however they wanted. I was impressed with the creativity of 3 year olds.
I will get the photos of the boxes that the other assistant took and post them here.
Now onto my card for today. I still have Valentine cards to post. This one is my sample for CC516 on Splitcoaststampers. Peggy was the hostess and she chose a feminine palette with pink pirouette, melon mambo and whisper white.
pink pirouette, white and melon mambo
With these colors, I immediately thought Valentine. I started my card with the sketch and worked from there. I used last week's Mojo383 layout.

 The card base is pink pirouette. On the next layer, I used designer paper from Stampin-Up's "gingham garden collection". My next panel is embossed with the Darice `layered heart" folder. The sentiment panel is Verve's "hundred hearts" set. I just love this saying from Winnie the Pooh.

To complete my card and the sketch requirements, I die cut some flags in melon mambo and added a die cut heart from Cheery Lynn Designs in pink pirouette. The hearts on the sentiment panel are die cut with an MFT die.
Well, that's my card for today. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: hundred hearts (Verve) 
Paper: pink pirouette, melon mambo, ww, gingham garden dsp (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: melon mambo 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting basics A & B and nested pennant dies, Cheery Lynn Designs two of hearts die, Darice layered heart background ef, MFT coffee dies (hearts)   

I am also entering:
1.  4 Crafty Chicks has a valentine's challenge.
2.  Cute Card Thursday has a perfectly pink challenge.
3.  In The Pink has a love is in the air challenge.
4.  Crafting By Designs has a love is in the air challenge.
5.  Penny's Paper-Crafty has an embossing challenge.  


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