Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Baby

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
 
Hope you have something fun planned for the holiday weekend. It's President's Day on Monday so we all get an extra day to our weekend to relax.
 
We did have a great Valentine celebration on Wednesday. I love to make us an elaborate dinner and serve it in courses. I don't make anything ahead of time so my work is done between courses. This way we get to enjoy each course before the next one arrives.
 
I started with our appetizers of baked brie served with jam and crackers and a glass of wine. The next course was our salad. That was a mix of baby arugula, spinach, red and green romaine and a baby tango lettuce with chopped cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pistachios and strawberries. I served it with a champagne pear vinaigrette.
 
Next was our entrĂ©e which consisted of broiled salmon with  lemon pepper seasoning, filet mignon with a blue cheese sauce and a baked potato. The potato I start in the microwave then rub it with butter and salt, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes.
 
Our dessert was chocolate covered strawberries. My hubby enjoyed his special dinner and my treat was a dozen white roses plus 2 dozen red tulips. He couldn't decide what to buy so he got both.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #CC670. Karen was our hostess and she has chosen pink pirouette, blushing bride and pear pizzazz as her color trio. Optional was to use lace on our card.

When I saw the colors I could only think of a baby card with the 2 pinks and light green. So that’s the direction I took.

My sweet little bear and moon are a die from CottageCutz – Bear on Cloud and Moon. I cut the moon in white glitter paper. The bear is in baked brown sugar. I couldn't seem to get a good picture that shows the true color of the bear. It is a soft, light brown shade. It fits the pinks well IRL.

The blankie, hat, bow, cap on moon and bear nose are in pink pirouette.

The card base is blushing bride as is the designer paper. The paper is from the Stampin’-Up “bundle of love” collection.

My welcome baby sentiment is from the MFT stamp set “beautiful baby”. Finished my card by adding a few pear pizzazz stars.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time...........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: beautiful baby (MFT)  
Paper: blushing bride, pink pirouette, pear pizzazz, baked brown sugar, very vanilla, bundle of love dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: pear pizzazz  
Accessories: Bear on Cloud and Moon, cross stitched rectangle dies (CottageCutz), white cotton lace (Hobby Lobby)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp has an add a die cut challenge.
2.  Alphabet Challenge has a "X" for x-tra special occasion.
3  Polka-Doodles has an anything goes challenge.
4  4 Crafty Chicks has a lots of layers challenge.
my valentine tulips

my valentine roses

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stitched HB2U Card

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
 
Nothing much happening here for me today. My hubby is working so my plans are to be in my craft room. I have some DT cards I need to finish plus Valentine cards.
 
I usually make some extra cards for Valentine's Day and take them to church and let some of the guys pick one for their wives. They always like doing that and their wives like getting one of my handmade cards. So this will be my entire day. But, I like being in my room and creating so it will be fun for me.
 
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Today, I am using the new Stitched Alphabet, Stitched Owl and Bird and the Stitched Sun, Clouds and Umbrella dies to create a birthday card for a little girl.  So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: Since I was creating an outdoor scene, I started by sponging my cardstock with distress inks. I used tumbled glass and mowed green lawn on distress ink cardstock.
I sprayed the panel with a mister to move the ink around a bit and get a more muted look.
I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. I like the water spots and how the ink splattered a bit in the comer of the card.
Step 2: I started cutting my images.
Bird: cucumber crush cardstock for the body and pacific point cardstock for the wing.
Cloud: I cut it from the sponged background
Sun: I cut this out intending to use it in the corner of my card. When I started assembly, I forgot I had it and put the bird image up to high on the panel (LOL)!!!
Tree Branch: cut in brown sugar cardstock and the leaves are cut in garden green cardstock.
HB2U: cut in cucumber crush cardstock.. I just love the look of the stitched letters. They are so perfect for a kid's card.
Step 3: Now that all the images are cut, I am ready to start card assembly. I think this little stitched bird is just to cute. She could be used for a variety of occasions, but today I am using for a birthday card.
Step 4: I finished off my card by stamping the sentiment directly on the cloud. I thought it added interest and didn't interfere with my sponged background. Used my MISTI for placement and also to insure I would get a good stamped image.
I wanted to add some enamel dots but I didn't have any in the cucumber color. So I cut some small circles and used those on the card. I secured the image panel to the card base to complete this card.
Cucumber Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Image Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Well, Blogger friends that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedowlandbird.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsuncloudsandumbrella.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedhoneybees.aspx

 
 

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchednumbers.aspx
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes + option to share fave distress ink technique. The one I used today is one of my faves because it's easy to get the desired result.
2.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is 2 or more layers.
3.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
4.  As You Like it Challenge has a fave way to add stitching. Mine is by using dies - gives a beautiful result. 
5.  Creative Knockouts has a birthday wishes challenge.
 
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Polar Bear Snowglobe

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
We had a crazy, rain, freezing rain and snow storm  here in Pittsburgh today . The schools were closed and there were some accidents. We were advised to stay off the roads if you didn't need to go out.
 
It wasn't my preschool day so I didn't need to go out. I just had plans to go to the gym but when I was planning on going the snow started and the roads got icy again. So I stayed home and worked on my preschool art project. Tomorrow we will have the kids decorate gift bags for their upcoming Valentine party.
 
So with all the snow and cold weather, it seemed like a good day to show a Christmas card with Polar Bears and some background paper with snow. I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #662. The colors are berry burst, tranquil tide, and gold.
 
My snow globe is a die from CottageCutz. The polar bear is part of the snow globe friends die set.

I cut the images in the challenge colors. Since my polar bear was cut in whisper white, I sponged on some smoky slate ink, so it would stand out a bit on the white globe.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "delightful daisy" collection. I cut a frame in berry burst (love this color) with the pierced wide rectangle die also from CottageCutz.

The sentiment is the "vintage Christmas wishes" stamp set from Hero Arts. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: vintage christmas wishes (Hero Arts) 
Paper: whisper white, berry burst, tranquil tide, delightful daisy dsp(Stampin'-Up) white & gold glitter paper (Recollections)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: tranquil tide, smoky slate  
Accessories: snowglobe w/fawn, snowglobe friends, pierced wide rectangle, circle and pierced circle dies (CottageCutz)  
 
I am also entering:
1.  Christmas at Sweet Stampin' has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Sisterhood of Crafters has a snow challenge.
3.  The Merry Christmas Challenge has an anything goes Christmas.
4.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes.
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine Hugs & Kisses

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Well the Super Bowl is in the history books. We did watch the game and of course rooted for the Philadelphia Eagles. We are on the western side of PA and are not Eagles fans usually but it's different when it's Super Bowl time.
 
I like watching football and I thought this was an exciting game. And, then there are the commercials, which I like watching as well. Some were silly and some were just too funny. Some of the Geico commercials really make me laugh. Then there were the controversies. That part of it just gets old sometimes!!
 
So let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #671 on Splitcoaststampers. Barbara was our hostess and she chose real red, whisper white and silver for her color trio. Optional this week is to make a Valentine.
The main stamped image and sentiment are from the Stampin'-Up Heartfelt Love Notes stamp set. It's part of the Paper Pumpkin Kit for January.

The fancy heart is a die from CottageCutz as are all the small hearts.
My background paper is silver fancy foil vellum from Stampin'-Up. I layered that over silver cardstock.

The card layout is the January Viva La Verve Sketch.
Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Hearfelt Love Notes (Jan 2018 PPKit)
Paper: real red, whisper white, silver fancy foil vellum (Stampin'-Up), silver cardstock (recollections)
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: real red, (Stampin'-Up) tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: fancy heart, rectangle, stitched rectangle, love bow & arrow dies (CottageCutz), blueprints 3 (MFT)
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Scrapbook Stamp Society has an anything goes challenge with option of Valentine.
2.  Stamps + Fun = Creativity has a hearts challenge.
3.  Paper Players has a "will you be my Valentine" challenge.
4.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
 

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Spring Floral Wreath

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this first Saturday in February.
 
It's one of those lazy Saturdays here in my house. I have been catching up on email and watching some interesting and eye opening documentaries online. I have plenty of household chores that I wanted to get done. So hopefully before day's end I get to a few of them.
 
My card today is one that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.

 
I am using the  new Fresh Spring Floral, Lil Bunny Peeps and Spring Meadow dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.
 
Step 1: Since I was creating a spring wreath, I chose some spring like colors for the card base and the wide rectangle frame I was using.
Sweet Sugarplum Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Wide Rectangle Frame: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"
White Rectangle Layer: 4 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Step 2: I cut the wreath, flowers and stems using garden green cardstock, sweet sugarplum and rich razzleberry cardstocks for the flowers.
Step 3: I started the frame assembly at this point because I wanted to attach the wreath directly to the white panel. Used double sided tape on the white panel to attach to the rectangle frame. I decided to stamp my sentiment before I started adhering the wreath. Just thought it would be easier that way. I used my MISTI since it's a clear stamp and sometimes you don't always get a good impression on the first try. And in this case, I did not so I stamped it twice.
 

Step 4: Continued the assembly by attaching the wreath, flowers, and leaf stem to the white panel. Once I started, I decided to make the leaf stems a lighter shade of green. I wanted them to stand out a bit.
Step 5: I thought the card needed something else in the way of an embellishment. So I cut a butterfly from the new Spring Meadow die for the wreath center. Then I also added a bunny for the frame corner. I cut this in the rich razzleberry cardstock using the new Lil Bunny Peeps die.
To complete my card I attached the frame to the card base. I was going for the tone-on-tone look so I used dimensional foam tape on my frame to lift it off the card base. It gives it a little more depth since the card base is also sweet sugarplum.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=fresh+spring+floral

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=lil+bunny+peep

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzspringmeadow.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=pierced+wide+rectangle
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is 2 or more layers.
2.  Sweet Stampin' has an anything but a birthday challenge.
3.  Crafting with Friends has an anything goes challenge.
4.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.  
5.  PolkaDoodles Craft Challenge is anything goes.
 
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cocoa Thank You

Hello Blogger Friends. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
It's the first day of February already. Hard to believe that January is in the history books. All of my to-do's didn't seem to get accomplished so hopefully in February.
 
Most of them revolve around my craft room. But, I also want to get our file cabinet cleaned out and in order. Then closing out 2017 on my Quicken account. I started in January but didn't get it finished.
 
Then comes the 2017 taxes. We did have someone doing our taxes for us but last year I went back to Turbo Tax. Since we can itemize any longer, it didn't make sense to pay someone to do them. I put all the info together for them anyway. And gathering that information and putting it on a spreadsheet usually took me 2 days. So I will gather the information and let Turbo Tax do the return.
 
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created using the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #669. Robin was the hostess and she chose berry burst, daffodil delight, old olive and pool party. Optional was to add some sparkle.
berry burst, daffodil delight, old olive, pool party
 
I needed some thank you cards for gifts that I received from my Pre-School students. I thought a card that had somewhat of a coffee theme would work for some since I received several gift cards for local coffee establishments.

My card is using the SC678 layout from Splitcoaststampers.  Cathy was the hostess and she gave us a great layout for our cards. It worked out well for me.

My coffee cups are part of the CottageCutz Cocoa & Sweet Treats die. I cut them in daffodil delight and berry burst. Stamped my sentiment with the Love Letters set from Lawn Fawn in berry burst.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "delightful daisy" collection. The bottom rectangle panel is part of the Year of Cheer Specialty designer paper also from Stampin-Up. It is shiny so I covered the optional and also with the wink of stella I added to the snowflakes.

I finished off my card by adding a few snowflakes to the top of the card. I did that to balance it out a bit.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: love letters (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: old olive, whisper white, daffodil delight, berry burst, pool party, baked brown sugar, choc chip, basic black, year of cheer specialty dsp, delightful daisy dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: berry burst
Accessories: cocoa & sweet treats die (CottageCutz), wink of stella (Kuretake)  

I am also entering:
1.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is 3 of a kind.
2.  Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Cute Card Thursday has an anything goes challenge.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hot Air Balloon Hello

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
 
Can't believe we are already at the last Saturday in January. I am using these winter months to get some organizational projects done around my home. The biggest one will be in my craft room. It's way past time to go through my stuff and get rid of things that I am not using. More on that in future posts.
 
For today I am showing a card that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.   I am using a new Spring Hot Air Balloon die and the new Stitched Sun, Clouds and Umbrella die. I thought I would create a "thinking of you" type card today. So let's get started with some details on how I created it.

Step 1: With the hot air balloon die, I knew I would be creating a sky scene with some clouds and the balloon floating. I found this designer paper in my stash from the Stampin'-Up "serene scenery" collection that worked well for this card.
I used a kraft cardstock as the layering panel for the designer paper and island indigo cardstock for the card base.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Kraft panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Designer Paper: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: I cut the hot air balloon and the stitched clouds. When I cut my dies, I used different color cardstock as opposed to coloring each piece. I like how colorful the balloon turned out.
For the balloon:
kraft for the balloon basket
berry burst for the balloon
lemon-lime for the chevron and other shapes - I did an inlay technique here
 smoky slate for bunny
powder pink for her outfit
Step 3: Now that the dies are cut and assembled, I started the card assembly. I adhered the base and panels with double sided tape. I did that before I stamped my sentiment. It's not how I usually like to do it but my ideas were running ahead of me this week (lol)!!
Used the stamp-a-ma-jig to get the right placement for the sentiment. I stamped with black ink since it was going right on the patterned paper.
The balloon and one of the clouds was adhered with dimensional adhesive.
I felt like the card still needed something else so I scattered a few sequins. They seem to be my go to embellishment these days. I think they were a good finishing fit for my card.
Well that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you an idea on a way to use this new die. All the new release dies are currently on sale for 25% off in the online store.
So until next time.........God bless.

Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzspringhotairballoon.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsuncloudsandumbrella.aspx

 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  My Time to Craft has a transport challenge.
3.  Crafty Catz has an anything goes with an optional of something new.

 

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