Saturday, January 28, 2012

You Are Cherished

Happy Saturday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Today was a busy day and packed with activities. I started my day by hosting a women's luncheon at our church. We had a soup & salad lunch. I made one of the soups and I was pleased with all the comments and recipe requests.
It is a Squash-Apple Soup. I used butternut squash, carrots, sweet potato, carrots, apple, rutabaga and onion. This combo gets tossed together with butter and cooked until onion is translucent about 5 min. You then add chicken stock and cook for about 20-25 minutes. I then pureed it in my food processor. Add heavy cream-real maple syrup and cayenne pepper. It is delicious.

We also served an Italian wedding soup made by another woman in our church. It also was super delicious.  For our salad we served a Romaine-Spinach salad and some great crusty bread. I had all the salad additions served on the side so the women could add what they wanted to the lettuce mixture. Another woman in church makes an incredible blue cheese dressing and she brought it today.

It was a successful day and a great woman's get together. We then headed to a family 50th birthday party. In fact, the card I am posting today is one I made to give along with our gift. It was a fun family time although we left a bit early because I am still not feeling 100%.

Onto my card for today. I made this one for the free for all challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Wendy was our hostess and she wanted us to make a card using kraft and chocolate chip cardstock. This was in honor of National Chocolate Cake day.

My card used both those colors of cardstock and designer papers. My image is from the new set at Mark's Finest Papers - "love remains" and the sentiment is from the "you are cherished" set.

I colored the rose with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I layered it with real red and chocolate chip cardstock.

To complete my card I used some red satin ribbon also from Mark's Finest Papers.

Well, time to dim the lights in charmed life land for another day. So until next time..............God bless.

Some other challenges:
1.  Secret Crafter challenge wants us to use ribbons.
2.  Stamp, Scrap and Doodle has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Fussy and Fancy has a polka dots challenge.


  1. Very pretty. I love the simplicity and nice layout.

  2. a gorgeous creation and lovely use of the ribbon, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

  3. Beautiful arrangement on your card. Soup sounds delicious!

  4. Great coloring of that rose with your prisma pencils! A gorgeous card.

  5. This is SO beautiful, Mary! You did an awesome job coloring that rose bud. It looks so real!

  6. Mary, this is beautiful! Wonderful design and coloring. Lovely card!

  7. Oh I love that image and the red is so beautiful against the chocolate and kraft!

  8. Thank you for joining in at Secret Crafter Saturday challenge. Love the colour scheme on your card.Linda x

  9. Beautiful, Mary! I love the rose stamp. The red really makes this card stand out!

  10. Beauitful card!
    Thanks for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  11. Lovely card, love the colors you used. Thanks for joining us at SSDS! Good Luck in the challenges.

    Just A Pac Rat

  12. I love the clean, elegant touch in this card, and the colours you've used are so perfect together. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy. Best wishes from Lisbeth K



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