Monday, November 11, 2019

Holiday Hedgehog

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
 
Hope your weekend was a good one. We had dinner with friends on Saturday night. It was a nice evening with 3 other couples. Sunday was just a bit of a laid back day after church. I made a big brunch with bacon, eggs, toast and pumpkin pancakes.
 
Today, I have a chiropractor appointment then off to the gym. When I return home I have a DT card due and then my preschool project for Tuesday. I want to have the kids do some sponge painting that will end up a turkey. They love doing their crafts and showing me when it's done.
 
Now, let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for both the color challenge #763 on Splitcoaststampers and a group DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Jeanne was the hostess and she chose lovely lipstick, coastal cabana and blueberry bushel for her color trio.
I decided to go with a Christmas card. I used the new Holiday Hedgehog die from CottageCutz. His scarf and hat are cut in two of the challenge colors. For the circle background I sponged clouds with a cloud stencil using cracked pistachio distress ink. Its a good match for coastal cabana.

The background papers are from the Stampin'-Up "let it snow" collection. Where the 2 panels are joined, I used lovely lipstick ribbon. My sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn winter scripty sayings set and I stamped it in blueberry bushel.

Finished off my card by adding a few snowflakes. I used wink of stella to add a bit of sparkle but it doesn't show well in my photo. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: winter scripty sayings (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: coastal cabana, blueberry bushel, lovely lipstick, baked brown sugar (neutral), crumb cake (neutral), whisper white, let it snow dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Ink: blueberry bushel (Stampin'-Up), cracked pistachio distress (Ranger)
Accessories: : holiday hedgehog, circle set, stitched circle dies (CottageCutz), lovely lipstick ribbon (Stampin'-Up), cloud stencil (MFT)wink of stella

I am also entering:
1. Gem of a Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes.
3.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes.
 
 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Moose in Forest

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this 2nd Saturday in November.

Well, we did the time change and it's getting dark at 5:30 pm. I will be used to it in a few weeks but right now it seems so late when I notice it's dark outside. I just need to settle in for a long winter's nap (LOL)!!!

My hubby and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary on Thursday, November 7. We went downtown to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and had a great dinner. Our waitress even surprised us with a free dessert. It was a lovely evening.

Now it's time for me to begin thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have started buying a few Christmas gifts but haven't really made a dent in my shopping list. For the past few years, I have done most of my shopping on QVC & HSN. I just love the convenience and if my gift recipients aren't happy it can be returned with no fuss.

Well, I have a lot on my to-do list today so it's time to move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the new Moose in Forest die and an older sketch from Freshly made sketches to create this Christmas card.
Tranquil Tide card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Designer Paper: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Kraft Angled Rectangle: 3rd largest Cross Stitched Rectangle die 
Kraft Designer Paper Square: 3rd largest Square Set die.
 
On the angled panel I stamped a few trees in tranquil tide ink from the Stampin'-Up "lovely as a tree" set. The designer paper I used is also from Stampin'-Up -part of the "tranquil textures" collection.

I used burlap ribbon for the long rectangle panel. I thought it added to the woodsy appeal of the card. Instead of a stamped sentiment, I used the Noel banner from the Christmas Car & Trailer set from CottageCutz. I liked it draped between the 2 pine trees and also the touch of red cardstock.

To finish off my card, I attached the image panel to the card base and used a few rhinestones in the right corner. That's it for me for this post. So until next time...…...God bless!

 dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  CHNC has an anything goes challenge.
2.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes with a critter.
3.  Crafty Animals has an anything goes.
4.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge is anything goes.
5.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is anything goes.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Christmas Car & Trailer

Hello Blogger Friends. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed life Blog today.

November is off and running. I hope you are all doing ok after the time change this weekend. Getting darker earlier isn't something I like but after a couple of weeks, I will be used to it.  I am having Thanksgiving at my home as I usually do but there will be less people this year. But, big or small it's one of my favorite holidays and I love cooking for it. 

I am definitely thinking about Christmas now. I made a few gift purchases over the weekend. That always makes me feel good. 
My cards are on track for completing early. I am hoping to mail them out in early December. That would be a first for me. Usually I am scrambling to get them done in the 2nd or even 3rd week.

Now onto my card for this post. I made this one for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the new Christmas Car & Trailer die. I have a friend that is into camping, now that she and her hubby have retired. So when I saw this die I thought of them and decided it would be their Christmas card. 

I dry embossed the background designer paper with the Stampin'-Up "Woodland Textured" embossing folder. I was trying to get the look of a wooded campsite. 

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Merry Christmas + Deer Family die. 

And, that is it for me for this post. So until next time......God bless!

dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Dragonfly Dreams has a Christmas/Winter challenge. 
2. The Paper Players has a into the woods challenge. 
3.  CHNC has an anything goes Christmas. 
4Dies R Us has a trees and/or leaves challenge. 
5.  12 months of Christmas link-up has an anything goes w/optional red and green

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Santa's Workshop

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this last Saturday in October.

I can't believe I am saying the last week in October. Wow - soon Thanksgiving and then Christmas. This is my favorite time of year with the upcoming holidays. The trees are finally changing colors in our area and my neighborhood is ablaze with color.

I want to go and pick a few leaves today so I can take them into preschool and show the kids. We have been talking about leaves changing colors and I want to show them. Visuals are good for 3 year olds.

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the new Santa's Workshop die. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

My designer papers are from the Stampin'-Up "Let it Snow" collection. I like the festive look of the pattern I chose. The coordinating colors are coastal cabana and real red. I used real red ribbon to join the panels where they meet.

Since I was using ribbon and I didn't want it to show on the inside of the card, I cut another piece of white cardstock 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I taped the designer paper to this layer and then wrapped the ribbon. I then attached it to my white card base. It really doesn't add much weight so no issues on mailing.
White Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Designer Paper Panels: 5 1/2" x 2 1/8"
I cut Santa's Workshop with a combo of Christmas red and green cardstocks. I stuck pretty much to the packaging colors. I stamped the Santa sentiment on the light post.  Even though there are several pieces to this die, it came together quickly, And, if you were to cut the pieces in white then color it would even be faster.
I wanted the Santa Workshop image on a circle. I used the 2nd largest die from the Circle Set and 2nd largest Stitched Circle dies. I sponged some clouds using a cloud stencil on the white circle in cracked pistachio distress ink. This color coordinated with my coastal cabana cardstock and designer paper.
attached the Santa Workshop image using dimensional adhesive.
Attached this image panel to the card base with dimensional adhesive. I cut 2 small tufts of red ribbon and added them to the side. Just for a little card interest. I wanted a sentiment on the card and my original thought was to stamp on a flag banner. But it just didn't fit this card. So I stamped directly on the designer paper using a spruce ink.
And that's my card for today. Have a great fall weekend and until next time...…..God bless.
dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Winter Wonderland has a Merry and Bright challenge. 
2Crimbo Crackers has an anything goes Christmas challenge. 
3.  Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper has an anything goes. 
4.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes. 
5A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge. 




Saturday, October 19, 2019

Penguin Carolers sing Joy to the World

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit The Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in October.
 
I can't believe we are midway through the month. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then the mad Christmas rush. Although this year I am ahead on my Christmas cards. That's a big step for me because I usually am stressing about finishing up the cards in December. Now I have enough for my Christmas list.
 
I have a busy weekend. My Mother-in-law is coming for a couple of days. So I have to get ready for that. She lives with my sister-in-law now so we try to give her a break once a month.
 
Also, we are having our annual Art Gallery night at preschool on Tuesday. The kids have been working on projects since the beginning of the school year. I have to get them setup at school and will probably do that Monday morning. The parents are excited to see what their little ones have been doing.
 
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Here are some details on the creation of my card.
 
I started my card with the current MojoMonday #525 sketch. When I saw the sketch I thought of the Penguin Carolers die.
I cut the penguins in red, white and black cardstocks. I love the little songbooks they are holding.
The Joy to the World sentiment was cut in a black foil cardstock. The shiny foil would be a darker contrast for the designer paper and stand out well on the white circle background.
I started card assembly. The circles are attached with double sided tape and the sentiment with Ranger multi medium matte
Added the penguins  with dimensional adhesive. The dots and snowflake are cut from the black foil.
I thought the card needed something else to brighten it up. So I changed the card base to red cardstock and added some small red dots to the snowflakes on the designer paper. I was happy with the finished look of my card.
Well that's it for me for this post. Time to get on with my day. So until next time...…..God bless.
 
dies I used to create card:
 
 

I am also entering:
1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes with a critter. .
2.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas is anything goes.
3.  Sweet Stampin' Christmas is anything goes.
4.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge is anything goes.
 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Coral Petals Birthday

Hello Blogger Friends Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog. Fall temps are definitely in the air. It's windy and colder today and our days are slowly getting shorter.  I can't hold onto summer forever even though I would like too (LOL)!
 
But with my card making I can still celebrate summer. This one I made using the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #753. Karen was our hostess and she chose calypso coral, petal pink and pear pizzazz. Optional was to use foil and I did just that with some black foil butterfly antennae.
calypso coral, petal pink, pear pizzazz
 I selected a go to sketch for my card layout. I used the Painted Petals stamp set to stamp my calypso coral flowers. The background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "floral romance collection".

I used petal pink ribbon and a petal pink pearl to get the pink in there. Stamped my sentiment from an old Verve set. I love the font. My butterfly is a die from CottageCutz.
 
Well that it for me for this post. Time to get into my craft room and get my DT card for tomorrow finished. So until next time...…..God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: painted petals (Stampin'-Up), be blessed (Verve)
Paper: whisper white, pear pizzazz, calypso coral, floral romance dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: calypso coral, pear pizzazz
Accessories: artisan pearls, petal pink ribbon (stampin'-Up)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes.
2.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes.
4.  Seize the Birthday has an anything goes with option of kid's birthday.
 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hugs From Afar

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
 
I have Preschool today but I am up a bit earlier than usual so I decided to write up a Blog post before my class.
 
We have a theme of pumpkins and harvest for the month of October. So today I have a pumpkin that I am going to carve and do a simple Bible lesson with the kids. I found something really cute and short on Pinterest that I thought would work well with my kids. They will get to see what's inside of a pumpkin and touch the seeds. I have already carved and cleaned it and put everything back in place to make it a bit easier in class.
 
Our weather is starting to turn colder and that should be the end of our vegetable garden. We still have a few zucchini on the vine and I am hoping that they ripen before the first frost. It's been one great year for our garden.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #756 on Splitcoaststampers.  Barbara was our hostess and she chose pretty peacock, old olive and pool party for her color trio. Optional was to add a bird or feathers.
pretty peacock, old olive, pool party
I needed a card of encouragement for a friend so the optional item was perfect for me.

My background paper is from the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit. It has pretty peacock and pool party splatters on it. The grapevine wreath is a die from CottageCutz. I tilted the image panel for added interest.

I stamped my sentiment in pretty peacock on a small tag and attached it to the wreath. Scattered a few pretty peacock rhinestones to complete my card.
 
card details:
Stamps: Order Thanks (Verve)
Paper: gray granite, pretty peacock, old olive, May 2018 Paper Pumpkin dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: pretty peacock
Accessories: grapevine wreath w/bird (CottageCutz), tag punch (Martha Stewart), noble peacock rhinestones (Stampin'-Up)
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Put on Your Party Hat

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
 
I feel like I am starting to get a handle on my time once again. Preschool is starting to fall into a routine and I am getting caught up on my other life responsibilities (LOL)! And the stress of being behind leaves as well!!!
 
I finished up some household chores and that left me time to write up a blog post. This card I made for color challenge #752 on Splitcoaststampers. Jeanne was the hostess and she chose daffodil delight, pacific point, flirty flamingo.
 
daffodil delight, flirty flamingo, pacific point
For my card I used the Party Hats die from CottageCutz to create a masculine birthday card. I cut the hats in the challenge colors. Background paper is from the Stampin'-Up "Brights" collection. I used some clear wink of stella on the hat toppers.
 
The sentiment is from the MFT stamp set "bitty birthday wishes". To finish off my card, I scattered a few daffodil delight enamel dots. I also entered this in one of the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Joanne hosted and she wanted us to use the word STAMP to create our card.
S - Star
T - Tuesday's color challenge
A- Accents
M - Masculine
P - party hats
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time...….God bless.

card details:
Stamps: bitty birthday wishes (MFT)
Paper: whisper white, pacific point, daffodil delight, flirty flamingo, basic black, pacific point dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento),
Accessories: party hats die (CottageCutz), enamel dots (Stampin'-Up)
die I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzpartyhats.aspx
I am also entering:
1.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
2.  A Perfect Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Happy Little Stampers has an anything goes with dies.
5.  The Cutie Pie Challenge has an anything goes challenge.  
 

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