Wednesday, February 10, 2016

We Go Together

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
I was thinking this morning how much I have enjoyed having this blog and posting my work to it. I also like being able to share a bit of my life with my blog readers. It's been 6 1/2 years that I have been blogging. Where did those years go?
 
I look back at my work and see how I have grown as a stamper over the years. I have been on several design teams and now I am the design team coordinator of the Splitcoaststampers color challenge.
 
So thank you to my followers and readers who just stop by to have another look at my work. I so appreciate all of the support that I receive from everyone. Love reading your kind comments as well, and they are always welcome.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the Free For All Challenge #311 on Splitcoaststampers. Jeanne was our hostess and she wanted us to create a Valentine card for a guy.
 
I just bought these bacon & egg dies from Taylored Expresssions specifically for making a guy Valentine card. Timing is everything!

I used a kraft, chocolate and red color combo. Thought they would be great guy colors as well. My designer paper is paper from the Canvas Corp that I have had in my stash for awhile.

I cut my heart from a Spellbinder die and added the bacon & egg images. Stamped the first part of my sentiment on the heart with a stamp also from Taylored Expressions. It's her "we go together" set.

I cut a scroll from a Verve die and added the remainder of my sentiment. Then cut a pennant added some hearts and I have another Valentine finished. This one I will give to my grandson Aidin-he loves bacon and eggs. And he always tells me that I make him the best breakfasts.
 
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: we go together (Taylored Expressions) 
Paper: kraft, real red, ww, soft suede, brown sugar (Stampin'-Up), chocolate dots (Canvas Corp) Ink: tuxedo black, (Memento), real red (Stampin'-Up) 
Accessories: classic hearts (Spellbinders), scroll & pennant trim die (Verve), bacon & egg die (taylored Expressions), love you die (Impression Obsession)   

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

~tic tac toe valentine~

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
We are having a taste of winter here in Pittsburgh. It's been snowing on and off since last night. It's not sticking and we have had about 2" here in our community. Although we had to drop my card off at the shop right after dinner and it was starting to get icy. The salt trucks were out but it could be a rough commute tomorrow morning.
 
This was one of those days when some comfort food for dinner seemed like a good idea. So after preschool I went to the market and picked up the ingredients to make a meat loaf.
 
I used a new recipe and made this cheeseburger meatloaf. It was so full of flavor. My hubby loved it and I did as well. I rolled the meatloaf like a jellyroll with the cheese in the middle. It was a nice combo of ingredients and flavor.
 
Lately when I buy red meat, I am getting either black angus or the grass fed beef. What a difference in taste and no antibiotics or growth hormones. Its a bit pricier but then can you put a price tag on your health?
 
Now onto my card for today. I made this one for the ways to use it challenge #569 on Splitcoaststampers. Sabrina was the hostess and she wanted us to use tape of some sort on our cards.
 
I wanted to make a Valentine  X & O card using washi tape. I didn't have any black tape so I used the red that was in my stash. For the X & O's I used black alphabet stickers. Added a flag, stamped my sentiment used some twine and a button and I have another Valentine card made.
 
Well, 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: filled with love (Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2014) 
Paper: real red, basic black, whisper white 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento) 
Accessories: washi  tape (Recollections), alphabet stickers (Flavia), MFT blueprints 15, licorice twine (twinery), black button (stash)  

I am also entering:
1.  Cards 4 Guyz challenge #106 is Valentine or love.
2.  Clear it out challenge blog has a twine challenge.
3.  Fairy Tale Blog has a valentine's day challenge #136.
4.  Lemon Shortbread has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Cards In Envy has a from the heart challenge.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

hugs, kisses,valentine wishes

 
Hello Blogger friends and a happy Sunday morning to you! It's Super bowl Sunday although I hear the sports announcers referring to it now as the big game.
 
Don't know the background on that so I will have to check it out with my hubby. Anyway we don't have any special plans for watching it since our team is not in it. Usually we go over to my son's home but they didn't say anything this year.
 
We have been busy the past few days so I didn't check in with them to see what was up. Sometimes they call the day of and invite us over. But either way we are okay since the game is over late and my hubby has to get up at 4:15 for work.
 
Anyway time to move on to my card for today. This one I created for the sketch challenge #578 on Splitcoaststampers. Cathy was the hostess and she gave us this great square layout to work into a card.
 
 
I decided to go with a Valentine card. I still need a few and this sketch was good for my idea. My card dimensions are a 4 1/8" square.

 Used elements from the Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit from January 2015. That would include the patterned paper, the gold lined heart, the gold paper clip, the red flags as well as the pink & gold twine. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set that was included in this kit in real red ink.

The heart designer paper was actually intended to be a bag topper from this kit. So there is a crease in the middle of it. I covered it by wrapping the twine around and then didn't pay attention that I adhered it to the card upside down (lol)! I discovered that after the card was posted on SCS. I was able to correct it but I didn't retake the photo.
 
The love you and small red hearts are from an Impression Obsession die and my background embossing folder is from Darice. And that my friends is my card for today.
 
Time to get start getting ready for church. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: filled with love (Paper Pumpkin January 2015) 
Paper: real red, pink pirouette, ww 
Paper Size: SQ 
Ink: real red 
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2015, love you heart die (Impression Obsession), hearts embossing folder (Darice)

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting When We Can has a hearts challenge.
2.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Addicted To Stamps has an anything goes with a stamp

Friday, February 5, 2016

You Are Tea-riffic

 
Hello Blogger Friends! thanks for stopping by to visit with me in Charmed Life Land. I so appreciate all the visits I get and all the comments that you leave. I read them all.  
 
Didn't do much of anything today. Went to the gym and had an appointment with our trainer. Our team just loves working with him. He has taken us a long way in the 2 years we have been working with him. There are 5 of us on our team. We meet 3x a week for our workout. And, about every 2 weeks we meet with Josh.
 
I did make a card today as well. I will post that one in the next day or 2. This card I am showing today I made for the color challenge #568 on Splitcoaststampers. Vicki was our hostess and she chose soft sky, so saffron and basic gray as her color trio.
 
 
 
My card is using elements from the Stampin'-Up July 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. This Pinterest card was my inspiration.
I changed the kit card by using basic gray as my base color. I also added some soft sky designer paper on the card base.

On the image panel I used confetti celebration designer paper  and cut a flag with an MFT die. The striped layer is part of the kit as is the gray background designer paper .

On my teacup I stamped a flourish in soft sky ink. It's from an older set from My time Made Easy. The sentiment is from the Stampin'-Up set "a nice cuppa". Finished my card by adding some cotton Perle twine and a few soft sky hearts.
 
Well, it's getting late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless!
 
card details:
Stamps: thanks a latte (SU Paper Pumpkin July 2015), a nice cuppa (SU), spot of tea (MTME) 
Paper: basic gray, painted petals & confetti celebration dsp 
Ink: soft sky, basic gray 
Accessories: Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin Kit July 2015, heart punch (marvy uchida) Cotton Perle twine, Flag stax die (MFT) 
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Alphabet Challenge has a Y for you choose. I have a card of encouragement.
2.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has an anything goes with ribbon or trim.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thanks A Latte (2)

 
Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for stopping by to visit with the Charmed Life blog. Today was my day at preschool. We had 4 kids missing from class. It makes such  a big difference in our day with a smaller class.
 
This class likes doing art work. Today we had them do some heart stamping. We shaped a cardboard toilet paper holder into a heart and had them dip it in white paint. Then they stamped on red paper. It turned out really cute and the kids were so proud of their paintings.
 
After class my hubby took me to lunch. We were given a gift card to a local restaurant for Christmas and decided to use it today. It was a nice afternoon spent together. We are attending a marriage conference at our church and relearning the importance of making time for each other.  You need to make deposits into a marriage to have a successful one.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for one of my preschool families as a thank you for a Christmas gift. I used the contents of the July 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin'-Up.
 
This one I followed the kit instructions with the exception of adding a few sequins. The kit came with the background designer paper, the die cut teacup, ribbon and a stamp set.
 
I have said it before and I will say it again. I  am really happy with my subscription. I don't always get to making the cards the month the kit comes but since I am not a Stampin'-Up demonstrator that doesn't matter to me. This kit came in handy for me because  I needed thank you cards after Christmas.
 
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes.
3.  Southern Girls has an anything goes challenge.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thanks a Latte

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Well, it's official- Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow so he is predicting an early spring. I just read that Groundhog Day has been celebrated in the US since 1887.
 
But truth be told the group that puts on the event here in PA actually decides ahead of time what the prediction will be. I read somewhere that they use the Farmers Almanac. Just a bit of levity to start off my blog post today. 
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made with the contents of the Stampin'-Up July 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit. I know I have said it before but these kits are just fabulous. You can either make the card according to the kit instructions or create your own design.
 
For this card I used the kit contents and changed things around a bit. Instead of using the white card base I changed it to basic gray. I found this card idea on Pinterest and used it for making this card.
 
The designer paper I used is from the Stampin'-Up "confetti celebrations" collection. The sentiment is one of the stamps that came in the set.
 
For the coffee cup, I used the stamp from "amazing birthday" and stamped in tangelo twist. Die cut a small heart from kraft paper to complete the card. And, that's my card for today. It's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: thanks a latte (july 2015 paper Pumpkin)
Ink: basic gray, tangelo twist
Paper: basic gray cardstock, kraft, confetti celebrations dsp
Accessories: July 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit, MFT flag stax die & heart die
 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 27th - It's Your Day

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog on this final Sunday in January.  
 
It was a beautiful spring like day here in Pittsburgh and we are in the middle of winter. I am not complaining though by any means. There was plenty of sunshine and a beautiful sunset. And, my day started with church. We had a guest speaker that brought such an encouraging message for us. What could be better for a Sunday?
 
Now I am just relaxing typing up this blog post and waiting for my Downton Abbey series to come on television. So let's move onto my card for today.
 
This is a card I made from the Stampin'-Up December Paper Pumpkin Kit. The kit theme was to make calendars and there is even a holder for the completed projects.
 
I decided to make the monthly calendars and give them to my friend for her desk at work. But since January was almost over when I started the kit, I made a birthday card for my niece instead.  
 
I found this idea on Pinterest from Debbie's Designs. I cased her idea but I did use different flowers and added gold sequins to my card.
 
The calendar came as part of the kit. I stamped over the number 01 with the January word stamp in soft suede ink. Then, wrapped some gold bakers twine around the calendar.  The gold foil banners came in the kit as well. I used some dimensional adhesive to pop up the calendar left of center on the background paper.
 
Since Sueanne's birthday is on the 27th I used some punches to cut a circle to place over the 27. The background designer paper was a part of the kit. I only had to add the die cut flowers which also came in the kit.
 
Stamped "it's your day" on the white banners that came in the kit. This sentiment is from the Paper Pumpkin June 2015 kit. Finished this card by adding a few gold sequins to the right corner.
 
Well, Blogger friends it's time to close this post and dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
stamp set: its your day(PaperPumpkin June 2015) one great year (Paper Pumpkin December 2015)   
paper: rich razzleberry
ink: soft suede
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit December 2015,  1/4" & 1/2" circle punches
 
I am also entering:
1.  My Pumpkin Challenge has a full year of fun challenge.
2.  Addicted To Stamps has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Hiding in my Craft Room #236 is a freestyle challenge.
 

We Go Together

 
Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog on this last Saturday of January 2016.
 
Today I had my stamp group over for a day of crafting. There were only 3 of us but it was a fun day of talking, eating and working on our own projects. I made some beef stew for lunch and served it with cornbread.
 
One of the women brought some fabulous pastries from a favorite Italian Bakery in the Pittsburgh. Moio's has some fabulous desserts. There were some left and my husband even got to enjoy one for dessert.
 
I was working on some Christmas cards. Didn't complete anything but I have about 8 in the works. It's a head start for Christmas 2016. I am determined not to be stressing come December (lol)! So I will see how my plan works out.
 
Now onto today's card. This is another that I made for the color challenge #567 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and I chose strawberry slush, mint macaron and early espresso for my color trio. Optional this week is to make a Valentine using these non-traditional colors.
strawberry slush, mint macaron, early espresso


 I went with the Valentine option and I am using some new to me dies and stamps I just purchased from Taylored Expressions.

My background hearts are cut with the blooming hearts die. I used early espresso and replaced the espresso hearts with strawberry slush and mint macaron hearts. Layered this over very vanilla cardstock and my base is strawberry slush.

My cute images are from the "little bits - pb & j" dies. I cut the peanut butter from kraft cardstock and the jelly from strawberry slush. The sentiment is from the "we go together" stamp set and stamped on mint macaron card stock.
 
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.
 
card details:
Stamps: pizza my heart, we go together (Taylored Expressions) 
Paper: strawberry slush, mint macaron, early espresso, very vanilla, kraft (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: early espresso 
Accessories: blooming hearts cutting plate, pizza my heart dies (Taylored Expressions), pierced rectangle stax (MFT)  
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog has a love is in he air challenge.
 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coffee to my Donut

 
Happy Tuesday Blogger Friends and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Our big snowfall is history now and we all survived.
 
The news media makes such big events out of these storms. Sometimes it's warranted and sometimes its just hype. This one fell somewhere in the middle. Our area had 8" of snow. I just enjoyed the day with my hubby. I even helped him shovel the snow which was a bit tiring.  We waited until the snow was done and then went out.
 
Now we are supposed to have sunshine for the next 5 days. That is unusual for Pittsburgh. Our days in January and February are mostly cloudy and we don't see much of the sun. So this will be great and help to melt the snow that's here.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is my sample for the color challenge #567 on Splitcoaststampers. I am the hostess this week and I chose
strawberry slush, mint macaron and early espresso  for my color trio. Optional this week is to make a Valentine using these non-traditional colors.
 
I went with the Valentine option and I am using some new to me dies and stamps I just purchased from Taylored Expressions. My background hearts are cut in mint macaron cardstock, and I used the blooming hearts cutting plate. I popped out the macaron hearts and added  strawberry slush hearts. This is layered over early espresso cardstock.
 
My cute images are from the “pizza my heart” set and matching dies. I did some paper piecing on the images. The sentiment is from the “we go together” set and I stamped in early espresso ink. Layered onto very vanilla and then early espresso for some contrast.
 
Well that's my card. Hope you will drop by Splitcoaststampers and check out the color challenge. I would love to have you all play along.
 
So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: pizza my heart, we go together (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: strawberry slush, mint macaron, early espresso, very vanilla (Stampin’-Up)
Ink: early espresso
Accessories: blooming hearts cutting plate, pizza my heart dies (Taylored Expressions), pierced rectangle stax (MFT)

I am also entering:
1.  Creative Card Crew has an anything goes challenge #105
2.  Crafty CardMakers has a punches/dies challenge #156
3.  Make My Monday wants us to use our newest or most favorite stamp. These are my newest.
4.  Where the HeArt is has an anything goes challenge #5.
5.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge #160
6.  ABC Challenge has a "z" for zero challenge - no embellishments

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Valentine Wishes

 
Hello Blogger Friends and a happy Saturday to you all. thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
We had a winter storm here in Pittsburgh that started Friday night and ended this afternoon. I am south of the city and we had about 8" of snow here. I had my groceries bought so I didn't have to go out anywhere.
 
My hubby had to work today and he said the roads were terrible when he was making his way home this morning. But the snow plow has been out in my community and my road has been plowed and salted.
 
The snow is over for us so getting to church tomorrow shouldn't be a problem. Just really cold tonight at 10°. One of those nights for sitting in front of the fireplace to keep warm.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #566 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura is our hostess and she has chosen pretty in pink, melon mambo, pumpkin pie as her color trio. 
melon mambo, pretty in pink, pumpkin pie

The shades of pink were screaming Valentine's Day to me so that's where I took my card. I used the pumpkin pie color very minimally with the addition of an enamel dot.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up collection "sending love". The  white hearts are outlined in gold and are from the Stampin'-Up January 2014 paper pumpkin kit as are the sentiment stamps. I had this card in my Pinterest gallery and used it for inspiration.

I stamped 3 of the hearts sentiments with melon mambo ink then added the die-cut love word in the 4th heart.

I finished this card by adding a paper bow cut in pink glitter paper. And that's my card for today. Time to close this post and get into my kitchen and get dinner made. I am going simple and making turkey tacos tonight.
 
So until next time.......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: filled with love (Paper Pumpkin January 2014) 
Paper: pretty in pink, melon mambo, sending love dsp (Stampin'-Up), pink glitter paper (Recollections) 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: melon mambo 
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2014 & candy dots brights collection (Stampin'-Up), Blueprints 3 (MFT)

I am also entering:
1.  AllSorts has a Valentine's Day challenge.
2.  Hiding in my Craft Room has an any holiday challenge.
3.  Cut It Up challenge blog has a love is in the air challenge.

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