Wednesday, November 25, 2009

austin's card

happy thanksgiving to all who are visiting the charmed life blog. I am writing up this post on wednesday evening. I spent the day cleaning and then doing my prep work for my thanksgiving feast.

my husband's family will be joining us for dinner. I bought a 22 lb turkey since we love leftovers and some of the family will want to take a plate home.

I also invited a young couple from church to join us as well. they are from texas and have no family here to celebrate with. my husband & I are like parents to them.

we just love ruben & aidee.

now onto my card for today. this is the last of my thanksgiving cards. I made it for my oldest grandson, austin. he doesn't notice all the details of the card like his brother. rather, he looks for something special in what I write to him.

so on the front I used rub-on words that mentioned all the food items he likes on thanksgiving. then on the inside I used a rub-on that read"thankful hearts". my thought was that our hearts should be thankful for all the blessings we have.

I wrote in his card that our hearts are thankful that we have him as a grandson. he had a rough day at school and this was perfect timing for him to hear that. he gave me the biggest hug and an "I love you grandma". he made my day as well.

on this card I used close to cocoa and summer sun cardstock. my designer paper is from heidi grace. I used the other side of this on a card a couple of days ago. I liked the big sunflowers on this side and knew they would work well with the idea I had.

my scarecrow is an embossed die-cut from we r memory keepers. I cut him out and popped him up on dimensionals. then I used rub-ons for all the words.
this picture came out a little dark but in real life it looks lighter.

well, its time to wrap this day up. I leave you with a few of the words from an old hymn titled

"count your blessings".
count your blessings,
name them one by one
count your blessings
see what God hath done

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

aidin's card

happy tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. today, I went over to meet my grandsons' school bus and take care of them until my son comes home from work.

I took their thanksgiving cards over to them. aidin (middle grandson) is such a hoot. he loves my cards and he studies every element on his card and comments about what he likes and doesn't like. I do a little extra on his card for that reason. he saves all my cards, by the way.

they won't be with us for thanksgiving this year. I have to share them with their other grandparents. we are having my husband's family for dinner.

but, as we talked today, I realized that traditions are being made for them from both families. aidin mentioned things that he likes about coming to both places.

I will miss not having them but they are coming to sleep over on friday night.
my husband & I just love sleep-overs and so do the boys.
we do the same things each time they come. we make popcorn and watch a movie.

they have their pillows and blankets spread out on the family room floor and just settle in. we have tried to do some different things but they end up asking for the popcorn and movie.

kids just love routine. it's their security-even at grandma's house. another tradition in the making for them.

I guess you can tell that I just love those boys and I am so thankful for all 3 of them. thanks for letting me go on about them.

now for my card. I am posting the card I made for aidin. Since it's a card expressing all the things I am thankful for, I am using it as card #2 for the stampin sisters in christ challenge

I used the cuttlebug embossing folder autumn type as my background.

the image is from darcie's stamps. she calls them "u-cuts". they are die cut images that you cut out-hence the name "u-cuts". I think they are such cute images.

I cut a rectangular nestabilities to showcase the image.

my paper is from bazzill-its called monochromatic orange. I bought it some years ago. don't even know if you can get it this way any longer. but the pack had 6 or 7 different shades of orange cardstock in it. they are all cut for an a2 card.

the designer paper is from chatterbox -tangerine outlet. i also used a scallop border punch.

well, its a wrap for another day from charmed life land. Looking forward to your comments on this card.


happy monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I went to the local stamp store tonight with kendra & aaron.
we picked out their cardstock colors so I can get a sample wedding invitation together. I mentioned this in a previous post.

we found the paper immediately and it matches so well with the colors of her bridesmaids dresses.
that is always good when you don't have to search and search.
the paper is from paper cuts and is a beautiful, shimmery chocolate shade called echo and the accent color is another gorgeous fall color called copper ore.
This color looks like the gorgeous shade of orange you see on the fall leaves.

oh, did I say her wedding is next October? she is giving me plenty of time to get these done. I believe I am making 115.
When I get a sample together that they both like I will post it here. I probably will not start them until after christmas.
although, I know kendra will be excited to see it sooner if I can get it done.

so now onto my card for today. I made one of my last 2 thanksgiving cards. in fact, I am sending this one to kendra's parents.

it actually cover 3 challenges. the first is saturday's sketch challenge from crazy for challenges. I really liked the layout they provided.

then for my color scheme I used our creative corners colors this week of choc chip, close to cocoa, pumpkin pie and white. I used this great Heidi grace paper called harvest row.

the 3rd challenge is the stampin sisters in christ challenge . we were to create a thanksgiving card. I used the cuttlebug embossing folder called autumn type for the thankfulness word. My sunflower is an embossed die-cut from my stash. it's from we r memory keepers.

well, its a wrap for another day my friends. I leave you today with the scripture chosen by helen phelps from the stampin sisters challenge group:

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up. (NIV)

card recipe:
paper: su pumpkin pie, choc chip, heidi grace dsp
accessories: cb ef, we r memory keepers die cuts, brads

Sunday, November 22, 2009

december 25

happy sunday to you and thanks for taking some of your day to visit the charmed life blog.

its one of those peaceful, relaxing kind of days. the house is quiet and the sun is shining again here in pittsburgh.

we had a baby dedication at church today. our pastor's daughter had her little girl dedicated.

heather & chris have 3 children and their 2 little boys looked so sweet up on stage when the dedication ceremony was taking place. they had matching outfits on complete with ties. too cute I tell you!!

our pastor was beaming as he dedicated his granddaughter. we also had cake & coffee after service today. it gives everyone a chance to mingle a little instead of heading out the door right away.

now, onto my card for the day. I made this card for 2 challenges. the first is the featured stamper challenge on splitcoaststampers. we visit the featured stampers gallery and pick a card and then change at least 2 things about the card.
biggan (today's stamper) made an easter card with colored eggs. I changed it to christmas with presents-I used different paper, ribbon and a different shape for the image.

I really like this paper I found in my stash from the paper company called cool metallics. I embossed the ivory sheet with a new cuttlebug folder called winter borders.

my image is actually a rub-on from stampin-up and I placed it on the nestabilities labels 4 shape.
I also had this great pomegranate satin ribbon in my stash . Using up supplies, which is a good thing.
I kept basically the same shape of card except I made my a little longer. I wanted to do that since Friday's limited supplies challenge was to make a long and tall card.

well, it looks like it's a wrap for today my friends.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

count your blessings

happy friday and welcome to the charmed life blog. it was another beautiful, sunny day here in pittsburgh.

I am enjoying the sunshine now because come january there won't be much. but, no complaints from this mouth.

a few years ago we had a missionary visit our church and he was talking about how much we complain. the weather was one area he touched on. he said it's not want God wants coming from us.

I was convicted by that message. from that point on I haven't complained about the winter weather in pittsburgh.

the bible admonishes us to do everything without complaining. I am not perfect by any means-God knows that. I just gained a victory in this area.

anyway, onto my card for today. I made another thanksgiving card. I should have mailed them out today, but I didn't get to it. I wanted to make some more but time is running short.

this card was for the thursday challenge over at splitcoaststampers.
we were challenged by julia to find ways to be thankful.

I chose to make a card around the harvest theme. we are so blessed in our land. so I am counting my blessings.

I used the designer paper from stampin-up's autumn traditions with always artichoke, elegant eggplant and white cardstock.

My image is colored with prismacolors and gamsol. I am still working on this technique but I am not so intimidated to color with these pencils now. I like how this one turned out.

I cut a leaf from the designer paper and added it in the corner.
I also used the cuttlebug embossing folder "just my type" to emboss the one panel. I thought it matched up with the dsp.

well, my friends friday is now a wrap. thanks for stopping by and remember to leave me a comment. I like hearing from all of you.
card recipe:
stamps: clearly wordsworth, anita's
paper: su always artichoke, elegant eggplant, autumn traditions dsp
ink: always artichoke
accessories: cb ef just my type. prismas & gamsol

Thursday, November 19, 2009

blog award

happy thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog today. this is super early for a post for me, I think I said that yesterday as well (lol). tonight, I have kendra & aaron coming over- they are a young couple that my husband & I mentor. they are getting married next year and we have been meeting with them. we felt really honored that they would ask us to meet with them. it's been about a year now.

kendra also asked me to make her wedding invitations. another way that she honored me!! I am a little nervous, but she is so encouraging to me. so tonight we are going to go over her ideas so I can come up with a sample for her.

now, speaking of honors a couple of weeks ago, april, from sugar daisy creations blog gave me this one lovely blog award. again, I was so honored since I am verye new to the blog world.

I was busy and did not post the award right away and now I can't find her blog. It seems to have disappeared from blogger. Or, maybe it's just me. so, april if you are reading this send me the link to your blog.
well, its a wrap for another day my friends. hope you will drop by to visit soon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

season with smiles

hello from charmed life land and happy wednesday to you. I am posting earlier than I usually do.
meaning that its before 5:00 est. we have plans to go out to our favorite pizza place tonight.
we haven't been there in awhile, so I am looking forward to it.

we used to go every week and the pizza makers used to call my husband by name when we walked in. if friends were with us they just laughed.

well, onto my card for the day. I don't think I have ever made a monotone christmas card before, but I like how it turned out.

I made this one for the flourishes challenge. it's the first time I have participated in one of their challenges.

I used the stampin-up christmas jingle kit again. I love all the elements from this kit, I am determined to make all the christmas cards that I can from it.

I used 2 new cuttlebug folders-winter borders (it has this great house and tree border) and also seasons greetings-it provides all the background words. I added some red faux brads and a hero arts poinsettia and that completed my card.

well, its a wrap for today. I send a blessing of peace as we are about to enter the busy, christmas season. keep a smile in the season and don't let the busyness of it all take away your joy.
card recipe:
paper: su textured choc chip, vv
accessories: christmas jingle kit, ribbon, hero arts poinsettia, cb ef

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

sparkling holiday

happy tuesday to all who are visiting the charmed life blog today. I hope you had a good day no matter what you did or where you were today.

I really had a hectic, crazy day yesterday which is why I didn't post a card. I thought I lost my wallet and it had all my credit cards in it. I called the bank since I was there earlier but they didn't have it.

So, I called a couple of the credit card companies and they advised there were no fraudulent charges posted. that was good news.

I searched all over my house. that was also good since I did some cleaning in the process. I drove back to my church since I was there earlier in the day. no success either at that location.

I was starting to get anxious so I called my good friend, Elaine and asked her to pray. In her prayer, she asked the Lord to let me lay my eyes on the wallet. So. I continued to look and still no success.

Then I called another good friend, Karen and she prayed for God's peace to be on me. I was very anxious at this point. She advised me to put on some worship music and not to worry. She was very confident it would show up.

The music filled my house with such a sweet peace. I listened to a cd from Integrity titled "God will make a way". It seemed appropriate for my situation. But still no wallet.

My husband came home from work and he looked for about an hour, but no success.

I woke up this morning and started looking again. I went through my craft stuff so many times thinking I put it away with something.

well, early this afternoon I walked into my computer room and I went to straighten out the chair. As I did my eyes looked down to the black arm of the chair and there was my wallet. it was stuffed between the chair cushion and the arm. my wallet is black and was easily concealed by the black arm.

I checked this room 4-5 times and was on the computer several times and so was my husband.
I was so excited and called both my friends who prayed with me. They were as excited as I was.

Well, onto my card for today. I found some stuff in my stash that I forgot I had and wanted to use some of it on a card. I used the sketch from the mojomonday blog.
julee comes up with such awesome layouts each monday.

my trees are from an old stampin-up simply scrappin kit called "sparkling holiday". I think the trees look like the new patterned pines set.

my designer paper is from basic grey the fruitcake collection. I have used this on several christmas cards and really like the looks of the paper.

I also found an epoxy christmas sticker and used that to complete the card.

well, its a wrap for another day my friends. if you have any prayer needs drop me an email. God hears and answers prayers.
card recipe:
paper: su old olive, ww, basic grey fuitcake dsp
accessories: su sparkling holiday scrappin kit, creating keepsakes expoxy sticker, offray ribbon

Sunday, November 15, 2009

holiday jingle christmas

happy sunday to you and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

it was another sunny day here in pittsburgh and unusually warm for mid november.
even the announcer on the pitt football game last night commented on the weather.

pitt beat notre dame 27-22.

our local high school (bethel park) won their 2nd round playoff game on friday night, 32-14.
it was a bragging moment for me because they beat the school that my grandsons attend.

our steelers didn't do quite so well. they lost today to cincinnati 18-12.

with all this sports talk, I do hope I have some sports fans out there.

so onto my card for today. I made this one for the featured stamper challenge on splitcoaststampers. today, they featured dawn easton. she is one of my favorite stampers. I have used her ideas on many occasions.

the idea is to look through her gallery for some inspiration and then create a card. I chose this card of hers.

the squares on her card reminded me of ones that are in stampin-up holiday jingle kit. I wanted to use them to make a card and dawn's layout was perfect for it.

no stamping on this card. all the elements are from this kit from stampin-up. this kit is great. it's an easy way to make some really pretty cards with the die-cut images you get. they are designed for scrapbookers so even the adhesive is on them.
but, i see more and more rubber stampers using these kits. stampin-up has a nice selection.

I used textured choc chip and red cardstock on my card. The red dotted designer paper is from the kit as well.

I used an oval nestabilities to cut the scallop frame for the "merry christmas" sentiment. which is also part of the kit.

for my border i used a new border punch from fiskars called "upper crest".

my ribbon is from stampin-up-it was on clearance-love sales. its called alpine originals. I finished the card by adding red nailheads.

well, its a wrap for another day here in the charmed life land!!
I leave you this sunday evening with some words from

psalm 148:
praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens
card recipe:
paper: su textured choc chip, real red
accessories: holiday jingle kit, alpine originals ribbon, nailheads, nesties

Friday, November 13, 2009

thanksgiving pheasant

happy friday to all who are visiting the charmed life blog. we had another beautiful, warm sunny day here in pittsburgh. I could so get used to weather like this. I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
'cause, it wont be long before the snow will be flying here.

well, my card for today covers 2 challenges. I like it when I can do that.

on friday at splitcoaststampers its always a limited supplies challenge. today we were to use a bird on our card and we had to make a thanksgiving card.

I bought some autumn harvest rub-ons from stampin up and this great pheasant, wheat and the give thanks sentiment are all part of the collection.

My designer paper is from stampin up as well-the autumn traditions pack. I matched it with stampin-up soft suede and crushed curry cardstock and soft suede ribbon. I guess I am trying to say this is a stampin-up only card.

my card layout is from mercy kerin's tuesday sketch challenge. thanks mercy for another great sketch!!

well, it's a wrap for today my friends. thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

christmas ornament

happy thursday and welcome to the charmed life blog.

it was another beautiful, sunny day here in pittsburgh. a perfect day to be outside doing anything but that's not where I was.

since, I have been at church a lot lately getting our new bookkeeper on board, I had a lot of stuff to catch up on at home. but, somehow I didn't seem to make much progress.

tonight is also our home group meeting and my husband & I lead the group. so, I had a few things to prepare for that as well.
I also had to get some stamping time in as well (lol). but, that was after I went to buy some groceries. the supplies were at a low point. I guess we have all been there.

anyway, onto my card for today. this one was for 2 challenges.

the 1st was wednesday's sketch challenge over at splitcoaststampers. this layout was an easy one to work with and roxie always gives measurements. she makes it easy for us.

the 2nd challenge was a new one for me. I was blog surfing today-when I should have been doing laundry, and I found the creative belli blog.

they had a challenge going on where you use a christmas themed embellishment on your card.
I am trying to use the die-cuts from the stampin-up holiday jingle kit. so their challenge was a good one for me.

my paper is from the basic grey fruitcake collection.
I also used a rub-on from stampin-up's word flurries set. and that is basically my card.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

thankful, grateful, appreciative

happy tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

I just love tuesday. its the day I go over with my grandsons and spend a few hours after school with them.

today, it was homework time so my oldest grandson got most of the attention.

I live in another township about 45 min from them. It just so happens that this friday night our high school football team will play their team in a 2nd round playoff game.
we are all going to go, but they know I am cheering for my team not theirs.
we had a good time teasing each other about which team is better.

now onto my card for today. it covers 2 challenges: the mojomonday sketch challenge and splitcoaststampers tuesday color challenge.

the colors are vanilla, kraft and burgundy.
I used some new basic grey indian summer designer paper and a brad. it paired up well with the burgundy-at least I thought so.
I punched a leaf from the same designer paper.

I inked up a new stamp from the "wandering words" set on this card. I also used an older leaf embossing folder from sizzix on the other vanilla panel. I added some vanilla ribbon and that finished my card.

well, my friends its a wrap for another day. I finish my post with some words from psalm 25:

show me your ways oh Lord, teach me your paths.
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

my prince

happy sunday to you and thanks for taking time to visit the charmed life blog. it was another warm, fall day here in pittsburgh. lots of sun and beautiful blue skies made it a great day to be outside.

we went to aidin's championship football game (our middle grandson). the game was played at one of our local university football fields. so how exciting do you think that was for a group of 10 yr olds?

they won (14-8) which even made the game more exciting.

today I am posting the card I made my husband for our anniversary, which was yesterday.

I had this die cut from darcie stamps and it reminded me of cinderella's pumpkin. I knew when I eventually used it that it would be a card along those lines.

Then yesterday the occ challenge was an inspiration challenge. they showed this photo and asked us to create a card

So my card was starting to take life. I used the splitcoaststampers sketch from this past wednesday and created the card I titled 'my prince'.
I have been blessed with a wonderful man who loves the Lord and his family.

I used bazzill textured paper and a cuttlebug swirl embossing folder on the first orange layer.
my triangle sides are bobunny dsp and then the darice die-cut.
I bought a sheet of her fall designs. she calls them u-cuts because they need to be cut-out.

I computer generated my sentiment because I didn't have any stamps that reflected the prince charming theme.
he really liked this card. so all the work I put into it was so worth it.
well, its a wrap for another day my friends. I pray the Lord bless you and keep you in his care.
card recipe:
paper: bazzill textured, bo bunny dsp
accessories: cb ef, sq & oval punches

Saturday, November 7, 2009

year of blessing

happy saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day here in pittsburgh. I spent some of the day stamping, and I made 2 cards.

today is my 22nd wedding anniversary so one of the cards is for my husband. I will post that one tomorrow. we are going to dinner tonight to celebrate.
happy anniversary honey-he subscribes to my blog so I don't want him to see the card before I give it to him!!
my card was made for the inspiration challenge on splitcoaststampers.
we visited the jonathan adler site to find our inspiration today.
I chose this lollipop rug to help design my card.

I did something completely different this week. Usually, I select my inspiration and then look for designer paper to complete the card.

this week I chose two of the colors in the rug and used them to complete my card.
My main colors are not quite navy and kiwi kiss and I used urban garden designer paper to accent the card.

my layout is from the verve mojomonday sketches- #107. I also used the verve stamp set "wishing you". I didn't have any navy brads to match my paper so I made faux ones.

I thought this would make a nice birthday card. I do have a few coming up in my family this month.

well, it's a wrap for another day. remember to leave me a comment. I like hearing from all my visitors.

card recipe:
stamps: wishing you (verve)
ink: not quite navy
paper: not quite navy, kiwi kiss, very vanilla, urban garden dsp
accessories: nesties, su ribbon originals

Thursday, November 5, 2009

double challenge merry christmas

happy thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

I am still battling the remnants of a head cold. but life goes on even when you don't feel good.

I spent the majority of the day at church. we hired a new bookkeeper and I am her mentor for the week.

she is just perfect for this job. very creative and always thinking about ways to improve on what she is expected to do.

when I came home I quickly checked splitcoaststampers. when I saw the thursday challenge, my mojo started kicking in.

we were challenged to use stickers in any form on our card. I love using stickers and die-cuts. they help you create great looking cards.
I called this a double challenge because I used mercy kerins tuesday sketch challenge for my layout. love the sketches she gives us to use. thanks mercy!!

I used the stampin up christmas jingle kit. I have seen other bloggers making 30+ cards with this kit.
this is only my 5th card but there will be more. I havent posted the others yet so stay tuned!!

the merry christmas sentiment and the red holly, snowflake middle piece are the die-cut stickers. I punched 2 oval scalloped borders to frame the sentiment.

the kit also has textured card stock which I love. I used a cuttlebug folder to emboss the snowflakes and added some red nailheads.
well it's a wrap for today, my friends. if you like what I am posting, sign up for email delivery. it will come right into your in-box and its free!!
card recipe:
paper: su textured choc chip, real red, vv,
accessories: simply scrapin holiday jingle kit, oval punches, nailheads

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

time, season and purpose

happy wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

I have been missing in action for over a week now. I missed not stamping and posting but for good reason.

we were away last week from wednesday through saturday. we went to a conference in baltimore-"voice of the apostles". it was sponsored by global awakening an organization that our church is affiliated with.

we had so many great teachings by various church leaders and the worship was awesome.

on sunday, we had a worship event at our church with heather clark. she is a worship leader from canada.
if you ever have the chance to attend one of her worship services by all means go. she has such an incredible voice.

then I was down with a cold for a few days but I am recovering. thank the lord.

for my card for today I used making memories designer paper(poinsettia stripe falala)
I really liked the distressing on this paper. I added hero arts felt poinsettias and some green rick rack.

my scripture stamp is from repeat impressions-stamped in memento rich cocoa ink. the layout for my card was from the week-end sketch challenge 98.

until next time, I pray the lord bless you and keep you in health.
card recipe:
stamps: repeat impressions
paper: su so saffron, vv, making memories
ink: memento rich cocoa
accessories: rick rack, dimensionals, hero arts poinsettias


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