Thursday, November 25, 2021

More 2021 Thanksgiving cards

Hello Blogger friends! Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all. 

Things are under control in my kitchen so I thought I would make a quick Blog post. I am expecting 10 people for dinner and also expecting a great family time. I spent all day in the kitchen yesterday prepping for the meal. So today is just a matter of roasting the turkey and baking all the sides. Dessert is pumpkin and apple pies plus a pumpkin roll. 

I wanted to post more of the Thanksgiving cards I made this year. These ones were from the Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin Kit - Hello Pumpkin. It's last year's kit but I finished all the cards and even made some favors from it. Forgot to take pictures of the favors.  



So I hope your Day is a blessed one and remember to give thanks for something or someone. So until next time......God bless. 

I am also entering:
1. Crafty Gals Corner has a thanks/thankful challenge.
2. Creative Moments has an anything goes challenge.  
3. Fab 'n' Funky has a checks and/or plaids challenge.
4. Simon Says Stamp has an anything goes challenge. 
5. Lemon Shortbread has an anything goes challenge. 


Saturday, November 20, 2021

Magic of Christmas

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

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving and I have lots to do here. My son came over to help us mount a TV upstairs, and we thought originally he was going to go up in the attic. Well the access to the attic is from the closet in my craft room. 

So I had to take out the storage unit and everything that was on it. Then the plans changed, and he didn't have to go up there. So now I have to get the shelving unit back in the closet and everything put back on it. It is a good time to go through everything and get rid of the stuff that I don't use anymore. I can see it will be an all day project. 

So let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.  

Design Steps:

I started my card this week with the layout. I liked the sketch #880 on Splitcoaststampers. I thought it would work well for the oval shape of the die.
I looked through my designer paper for a background pattern that might fit and not overwhelm the die scene. I found this "all is calm" collection from Stampin'-Up. It's a subtle snowflake pattern that I only had pieces of, but I had enough to use for the three horizontal layers.
 
Soft Sky Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
All is Calm Designer Paper Layer: 3 7/8" x 3 11/16"

Layer under DSP: 4" x 3 11/16"  
Next, I cut the image from lost lagoon cardstock. Then I used the 2nd largest die from the Oval die set to cut a snowy background from white glitter paper.
I cut the Christmas sentiment using the Merry Christmas w/Shadow die. The shadow is the soft sky (card base) and the Christmas phrase is the lost lagoon shade.
Now that all my card elements are prepared, I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the designer paper layers to the card base using double sided tape. 
I attached the image panel to the white glitter panel with Art glitter glue. Then I attached to the card base with dimensional adhesive.
To finish off my card I attached the Christmas phrase with glue dots and added a few snowflakes for element 4 of the sketch. And, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless. 
I am also entering:
1.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge. 
2.  Jingle Belles has a Banner Holiday challenge. Inspiration is the blog banner. My designer paper has the snowflakes and the trees.
3.  Aud Sentiments has an anything goes + a sentiment.  
4.  Crafty Creations has an anything goes challenge. 
5.  Paper Shelter has a say something challenge. 


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Happy Holidays

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today. 

We just returned from a weekend trip to San Francisco. It was a quick trip to visit with my son and his family. We haven't seen them since Christmas 2019. They were going to come this summer and then my precious little granddaughter had an unfortunate accident and the trip was canceled. They were so excited to see us and we them. It was a wonderful family time and already we are anticipating their Christmas visit. 

I am now in Thanksgiving mode. We are having 12 people for dinner and since Thanksgiving was canceled last year, I am so looking forward to the celebration.  

I did some shopping today since the media has been saying that turkeys may be hard to get. My store had 3 freezer bins full of them So no shortage here in Pittsburgh. I picked up a few other things I will need but since I went shopping without a list, I don't have everything I will need. 

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #867 on  Splitcoaststampers. Karen was our hostess and she chose mint macaron, petal pink and pool party for her color trio. Optional this week is metallic.
pool party, petal pink, mint macaron

I thought these colors were perfect for a Christmas card. I even had the designer paper with the challenge colors. I don't have petal pink cardstock so I subbed blushing bride.

I went with a fun fold for my card - it's called the split panel fold. The panels are joined together with an acetate window sheet. I didn't see a tutorial on SCS for this fold. But I did make a card using this fold before. You can find the tutorial on this Blog post. If you like watching videos I found this one on YouTube from Wow NOLA Creations

I used the Stampin'-Up set poinsettia petals and coordinating dies for my card. For the scalloped edge I used an old Stampin'-Up punch. Cut the poinsettia in blushing bride cardstock and the leaves are mint macaron. I sponged them to get a deeper shade. For the poinsettia center I used some beaded pearls from Stampin'-Up.

I cut another leaf and stamped my Christmas sentiment to complete my card. To get the pool party color in there I scattered a few enamel dots. They were white and I colored them with a pool party Stampin' blend alcohol marker. 

Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless. 

card details:
Stamps: poinsettia petals (Stampin'-Up)
Paper: mint macaron, blushing bride, brushed metallic, window sheet, whimsy & wonder dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: mint macaron (Stampin'-Up), tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: poinsettia dies, beaded pearls, white enamel dots, pool party stampin' blend (Stampin'-Up)
Techniques: split panel fold
I am also entering:
1.  Allsorts has a Christmas challenge.
2.  CHNC #268 has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Creative Creases has a die cuts only challenge. 
4.  DragonFly Dreams has a Christmas/Winter challenge.
5.   Alphabet Challenge is "P" for patterned paper.  

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Santa Gnome in Present

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

It's a cold one here in Pittsburgh. We even had snow showers early this morning. With the wind chill it's a 28° "feels like temp", although the actual temp is 36°. 

One of those days when a pot of soup or chili is a good meal. I am actually going to make chili. And, I have corn bead in the freezer so I am good to go. Now let's move onto my card for today.

This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Today for your viewing pleasure, I have a design featuring the whimsical Santa Gnome in Present die from the Christmas Part 2 collection. We have so many cute gnomes in the collection this year. Here is a card I made using another one of them.


So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.

Design Steps:
I started my card this week with the layout. As I have said so many times before having the sketch in mind helps start as well as simplify the card making process for me. I liked the sketch #869 at Splitcoaststampers. I thought it would work well for this cheeky little gnome.
Then I also used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #869. We were to use cherry cobbler, gold and shaded spruce. Perfect colors for the Christmas gnome.
cherry cobbler, gold, shaded spruce

I had the perfect designer paper that had all the challenge colors. It's from the Stampin'-Up "wrapped in plaid" collection. My card is a 5 1/4" square. For the diamond shape, I used the largest Stitched Square (3.5") die and the circle is the 2nd largest (3 1/4") from the Circle set.

cherry cobbler base: 5 1/4" square
gold layer: 5" square
designer paper: 4 7/8" square
Next, I cut the Santa Gnome in the challenge colors. I used Art glitter glue to assemble the image. I like this one because it dries clear.
I stamped my sentiment on an angle in the circle using the shaded spruce ink. I used my MISTI for placement. The stamp set is from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages set. 
Now that my card elements are prepared, I am ready to start card assembly. I used double sided tape to attach the panels. The Gnome is attached with dimensional adhesive. I also changed the Christmas ornament, I decided to cut it from the designer paper to give a bit more contrast against the green present box.
To finish off my card, I attached the panel to the cherry cobbler card base and also scattered a few gold sequins. And, 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.  Alphabet Challenge is "P" for patterned paper.
2ABC Christmas Challenge is "W" for whimsical.
3.  The Male Room Challenge #156 is "gnomes". 
4Christmas Crafts All Year Round -something that starts with U,V, or W.  - Whimsical and White bearded gnome
5.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge is anything goes. 















Saturday, November 6, 2021

Santa Gnome & Silly Reindeer

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

The holidays are quickly approaching so time to finish up your Thanksgiving cards and move onto Christmas. My Thanksgiving cards are done and I will be putting them in the mail sometime next week.

Today for your viewing pleasure, I a CAS design featuring the whimsical Santa Gnome w/Silly Reindeer and the Merry Christmas w/Snowflakes dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card. 

Design Steps:

I started my card this week by cutting the images. The packaging had the perfect Christmas colors so I went with those. 
Then I looked through my designer papers for a paper that had a snowy background scene. I found this one and thought it was just perfect. With the right designer paper I think you can make a more simple design but still have the wow effect. 
I didn't want to cut too much off this paper so I decided to go with a square card. 

Navy Blue card base: 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Designer paper Layer: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
I cut the Merry Christmas sentiment in navy blue cardstock.
Now that all my card elements are prepared, I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the designer paper to the card base with double sided tape. The images are attached with dimensional adhesive. Lifting them slightly off the background gives your card more depth.
To finish off the card, I added the sentiment using Art glitter glue. This one is my new fave and it dries clear. Well, 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 #567 has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
2.  Just Us Girls  word week is "Merry" challenge.
3.  The Fairy and the Unicorn has an anything goes challenge. 



Friday, November 5, 2021

Christmas Wreath

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today. 

It was another very cold night here in Pittsburgh. Fall has finally arrived. The leaves haven't completely fallen from the trees in our neighborhood yet. We didn't have the beautiful display of Fall colors as in years past. And, I am not sure why that happened. 

Anyway, time to move onto my card for today. This one I created using the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #857. 
Just Jade, fresh Freesia, Merry Merlot

Barbara was the hostess and she chose just jade, fresh freesia and merry merlot for the color trio.  Optional was to use a stencil. It didn't work on this card. 

For my card, I used a stamp set I just purchased from Gina K Designs - holiday wreath builder set. I also purchased the wreath builder template that helps you with the placement of your stamped elements.

I used the challenge colors for my wreath. My center circle is stamped with fresh freesia and the sentiment with just jade. I added a just jade circle layer and then used dimensional adhesive to secure.

Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Stamps: holiday wreath builder (Gina K Designs)
Paper: just jade, basic black, whisper white (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: 4 1/4" Square
Ink: merry merlot, just jade, fresh freesia (Stampin'-Up)
Accessories: wreath builder template (Gina K Designs), circle & stitched circle dies (CottageCutz)
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Creations has an anything goes challenge. 
2.  Mod Squad wants us to make a project that includes poinsettias. 
3.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes. 
4.  Shopping our Stash wants us to use flowers on our creations. 
5.  A Perfect Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge. 


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Nativity Noel Wreath

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

Well we had our first killing frost last night. What that means that anything from our gardens that were hanging on are gone completely for this season. My hubby was out in his gardens today cleaning up and pulling plants and preparing the gardens for winter. 

It was a bountiful year for our flower and vegetable gardens this year. Now it's time to let the ground rest and settle in for the Fall and Winter Seasons. We turn the clocks back this Saturday night. So starting Sunday it will start getting dark a lot earlier. 

Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #854. I was the hostess and I chose gold, cherry cobbler and shaded spruce as my color trio. Optional was to make a Christmas card. 

I used several CottageCutz dies to create my Christmas card. The wreath is the Vine Wreath with Berries die and I placed the Nativity Noel in the center. I framed the card with the Pierced Wide Rectangle die. The background paper is from the Stampin'-Up "plush poinsettia specialty paper". It's a vellum paper and I thought it worked well for the wreath background.
To finish up, I scattered a few sequins and my card is done. Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Paper: shaded spruce, cherry cobbler, plush poinsettia specialty paper (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: vine wreath with berries, nativity noel, pierced wide rectangle frame dies (CottageCutz), gold sequins (Darice)
I am also entering:
1.  Aud Sentiments Challenge is Christmas + a sentiment. 
2.  Creative Knockouts has a lots of layers challenge.
3.  Fab 'n' Funky has a Christmas challenge. 
4.  The Paper Shelter has a Christmas challenge. 
5.  The Sisterhood of Crafters has a wreath challenge. 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Christmas Mailbox

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

It's the last Saturday in October. The end of year holidays are now upon us. Hope you have your Thanksgiving cards made. I will be working on completing mine today. I have a couple of Stampin'-Up kits that I plan on using to get those cards done. 

I have a good start on my Christmas cards but still need about 20 more. I send a lot and I also have a big family. This is another one that I made using new CottageCutz Christmas dies. It's also for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.

Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring the whimsical Christmas Deer w/Mailbox and The Merry Christmas w/Shadow dies. This one will go to my sister-in-law who loves woodland animals and feeds the deer regularly. So let's get started on some details of how I created my card.

Design Steps:

This week I started my card with my layout. As I have said so many times before having the sketch in mind helps start as well as simplify the card making process for me. I liked the sketch #877 at Splitcoaststampers. I thought it would work well for this cute little Christmas deer.  

Next, I cut the images and stuck with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.
 
Then I looked through my selection of Christmas paper to see what would work for the sketch I chose. I found one that I liked. I thought I would use some vellum over the designer paper to tone down the somewhat busy pattern.

red card base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
designer paper layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
white layer (element 3 of sketch: - 1 3/4" x 4 1/8"
Next, I cut my Merry Christmas w/Shadow sentiment in red and green. Love this new shadow die.
Now that my card elements are prepared I am ready to start assembly. I attached the vellum to the designer paper with glue dots. It definitely gave a muted look to the designer paper. I put them in places that I new would be covered with the white panel and then the images.
The white panel with the sentiment is attached with double sided tape. I trimmed the design paper layer a bit because I was going to attach a snow bank.
The images are attached next with dimensional adhesive. I cut two snow banks from the North Pole die and attached them with double sided tape. I added two snowflakes for elements 4 & 5 of the sketch to complete my card.
And, 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.  Crafty Catz has an anything goes challenge. 
2.  Jingle Belles has a creature feature challenge. 
3Aud Sentiments challenge is use a Christmas sentiment.
4.  Creative Knockouts has an anything goes challenge.  
5.  CHNC Challenge #566 is anything goes.
6.  Little Red Wagon Challenge is "outside".
 


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