Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valentine Cup of Love

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
 
It's a cold and blustery day here in Pittsburgh. We had a winter storm overnight that dropped about 4-5" of snow. It's one of those days that's perfect for staying indoors looking at the snow from the window and doing some crafting.
 
That's my plan for the day. I am showing a card that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. Today my card is featuring some older Valentine dies. I used the cups of love dies to create this card. So let's get started with the details of how I created my card.

Step 1: I started my card this week with my layout. That's always a go0d starting point for me. It gives my Mojo a jump start. Splitcoaststampers had this sketch that worked really well for the card I had in mind. I am showing a card that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
Step 2: Once my layout was decided upon, I chose my card colors. I kept with the traditional red and white with a black accent for the card base and layers. For the cups I decided to add some pink and a Caribbean blue cardstock.
I had a pack of older Valentine themed papers and chose one of the patterns for my card. I used a hearts embossing folder on the black panel for interest.
Red Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Patterned Paper Layer: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Black embossed layer: 5 3/8" x 1 1/2"
Step 3: On this step I cut the cups and the various embellies to decorate them. I assembled them and then took my photo. I attached everything with Ranger multi medium matte.
Step 4: Started my card assembly. Adhered the card base panels with double sided tape.
I attached the cups to the black embossed panel with dimensional adhesive.
Then I added the steam and the ascending hearts. On the blue cup, I added the love word from the Love Bow & Arrow die. Did you catch the cute little perched birdie?
Step 5: Since I was stamping my sentiment directly on the patterned paper, I heat embossed. Used pigment ink and black embossing powder. I wanted the sentiment to stand out.
That completes my card for this post. I hope I have given you some inspiration for the Valentine cards you may be creating. All the dies I used on today's card are available in the online store.

 
Have a great week and until next time.......God bless!!
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzcupoflove.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzlovebowandarrow.aspx
 
 
I am also entering:
1.  CCEE Stampers has a "fits me to a tea" challenge.
2.  Creative Knockouts has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Craftaholics R Us has a pattern paper challenge.
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Joy To The World

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
It was such a spring like day here in Pittsburgh with temps in the 60° range. That won't be sticking around too long though. We are supposed to get a winter storm with 3"-6" of snow plus freezing rain this weekend. Oh well it is winter and we are less than a month into the season.
 
Since we were in Hawaii for Christmas, we didn't get to have some of our Christmas celebrations. One of those was with my in-laws. So we had them over for dinner last night.
It was a very nice evening spent with family. I kept the dinner very simple- well for me anyway. I roasted a ham, made a hash brown potato casserole, fruit salad and corn bread. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and our time together.
 
I still have all my Christmas decorations up. So my home has that Christmas feel and warmth. I wanted it that way because the in-laws don't decorate or if any of them do it's very minimal. I will probably start taking the decorations down next week. That's a slow process for me and I pack everything up very carefully. 
 
Well now let's move onto my card for today. With all the talk of Christmas, you should have known I would be showing a Christmas card. This one I created for the color challenge #663 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was the hostess and she chose either gold & white or silver & white for her color combo. Optional was to make it sparkle.
 
I used the sunray die from MFT and cut in white glitter paper. Layered that over gold foil.

My angel image and the Joy Nativity are both dies from CottageCutz. I cut those in the same gold foil paper and scattered a few gold dots on the sun rays to complete my card.
 
Well, it's late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets (Stampin'-Up), White Glitter Paper (recollections)  
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Joy Nativity, Angel Trio Dies (CottageCutz), SunRay Die (MFT) 
 
I am also entering: 
1.  The Merry Christmas Challenge has an anything goes Christmas.
2.  A Snowflakes Promise has an anything goes challenge.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
 
It's been awhile since I posted a card but for good reasons. My hubby, sons and their families all went to Hawaii for Christmas. It was something out of the norm for us. My hubby wanted to take me for my birthday in September and then our kids found out and they wanted to go as well. So we planned it for Christmas.
 
We went to the island of Kauai. It was such a wonderful family time and definitely not long enough. We stayed only a week, but 10 days would have been better. Don't know if we will ever go back there again but it was a birthday present to remember.
 
I will post some pictures later because  I want to move onto my blog post for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. Let's get started with some details on my card.
 
I returned home to find that I received a few Christmas cards from friends that I didn't send one to. So I decided to make a few quick New Years cards. I am using the Happy New Year Greeting die. It has such a beautiful font and it is still on sale for 25% off in the online store.

Step 1: I knew I wanted the die to be the star of this card so I chose cardstock and a subtle patterned paper. The paper reminded me of fireworks and that works perfectly for the clean and simple card I am showing today. It is from the Stampin'-Up Year of Cheer collection.
Black Cardstock Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Pearl Metallic layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Year of Cheer Designer Paper: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: I cut my Happy New Year Greeting from black cardstock. I thought it would be striking against the patterned paper. Sometimes on certain dies I use a precision base plate with my Big Shot. It cuts the more detailed dies very easily.
The die cut removes from the die itself with very little effort on my part. I also have a metal shim but I like the precision base plate better. This plate gives you the exact sandwich you should use when cutting with your Big Shot.

I cut 2 of the greeting because I wanted it to stand out on the card.
 
Step 3: Started the card assembly. I attached the New Year Greeting with thin rolled up glue dots. It gave the greeting the dimension I was also looking for on my card.

Once I attached the panels and the die, it just didn't seem quite finished to me. Tried sequins in several different colors then finally decided on the black rhinestones. It added the extra pop that I wanted. They already had adhesive so it made them easy to scatter around the card.
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/cottagecutzhappynewyeargreetingelites.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Just Us Girls has a word week anything goes challenge.
3.  Krafty Katz has an anything goes challenge
 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Silent Night, Holy Night

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. It's now 2 days before Christmas and all my gifts are wrapped. I am ready for our Christmas Day celebration.
 
I am showing a card today that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.
 
Step 1: I don't have many photos to show today but I will give the steps I used to create this card. Started by sponging my background on white cardstock with several different die inks.
I used Stampin'-Up inks- pacific point, berry burst and rich razzleberry. Once the sponging was complete, I took some white acrylic paint and a toothbrush and flicked it on the background to resemble stars.

Step 2:  I cut my image from black cardstock. I thought this would accent it nicely against the sponged background. 
I used berry burst and pacific point cardstocks to layer and as the card base. The cardstock matches my ink colors.
Berry card base:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Blue layering panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Sponged panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 3: I completed the card by stamping my sentiment on the sponged background panel. The sentiment is a stamp set from PaperTrey Ink. The panels are attached with double sided tape.  Well, that's it for me for this post. I would like to extend a Merry Christmas to all my blog friends. Until next time.......God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzbabyjesuswithanimalselites.aspx
 
 

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

We Three Kings

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in December.
 
Hope your Christmas plans are going well. Mine are just a bit behind. But today, I will finish up the cards and get them addressed and I will be on schedule. I have one more card to make and then I will be officially done this year. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Each year I say that I am going to make cards all year but it doesn't happen. Maybe this coming year it may work. 
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog and also for the IC628 challenge on Splitcoaststampers.
 
Today for your viewing pleasure, I created a card using the Nativity - Three Kings die. I had this idea to use this Three King's die and a background of sheet music. Well fortunately for me, Pam my DT sister, directed me to where I could get these vintage printables for free. And, my card came to life. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.

Step 1: My first step was die cutting the 3 Kings. I wanted them to have colorful outfits so I used bright colors for their Kingly attire.
I colored two of the faces with Copic E00 (skin white) and E02 (fruit Pink) for some shading. For the 3rd King I sponged a medium brown ink on white cardstock and then die cut from there.
The die pieces were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I like this adhesive when using die cuts because it dries clear.
 
Step 2: The vintage song sheet can be sized however large you need it. I used my photo editing software to size it to 4 x 6 and then printed on parchment paper. Then I cut it down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". If you are interested here is the Pinterest link for this song printable. I used gold foil as my layering panel and the card base is a berry shade. It's the same color I used for the Kings garments.

Berry Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Gold Foil Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Song Panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 3: Time for card assembly and I used double sided tape to attach the panels.
The Kings were attached with dimensional adhesive. I wanted them raised up from the panel for depth.
Once they were on the panel I decided the Bethlehem Star would look good. I wanted something small as an embellishment. So I used the Three Kings Peace ornament and cut just the star. I wanted more depth here as well so I cut 2 more and layered them.
That complete my card for this post. It's a simpler one, but I like how it turned out. So until next time.......God bless.

Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutznativity-threekings.aspx
 

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

I am also entering:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge has anything goes Christmas.
2. Crafting By Designs has a Christmas challenge.
3.  Jingle Belles has a holiday wrap-up challenge.
4 C.R.A.F.T. challenge is Christmas.
5.  Creative Knockouts has a Christmas Delights challenge.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Eve Santa

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Sunday in December.
 
It is cold and blustery today but we aren't having snow like other areas of the country. it's one of those days when I start thinking of comfort food. So for brunch, after church, we had pumpkin pancakes and eggs. The pancakes with real maple syrup really satisfied on a cold day.
 
Busy day for me again today. I have some DT cards due so I will be working on those most of the day. My hubby went to help his Mom get her home decorated for Christmas so I don't have to fuss over dinner.
 
But, before my day starts I wanted to post another Christmas card.  I made this one for the color challenge #650 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and I chose tranquil tide, crumb cake, soft suede and very vanilla as the color palette. Optional on this palette is ribbon or twine.
tranquil tide, crumb cake, soft suede, vanilla
I decided to try and come up with a Christmas card with these colors. Yay! I was successful.

I used the CottageCutz Christmas Eve die and cut in very vanilla cardstock. Looks like this die is sold out but here is another very similar that would work for this card as well. It's the Santa's Best Friend's die.  Layered that over Stampin'-Up tranquil tide designer paper from the delightful daisy collection. It reminded me of a nighttime sky.

I paper pieced the deer with soft suede cardstock. They are part of the die. I tried sponging but it was just a bit too light so I used cardstock.

For the moon I wanted some definition, so I inlaid silver (neutral) cardstock. I created a snowbank and added chunky glitter.

To finish off the card, I stamped my sentiment and added a linen thread bow to the lamppost. The sentiment is the wandering words stamp from Stampin'-Up.

Well that's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.

card details:
Stamps: wandering words (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper: tranquil tide, crumb cake, very vanilla, soft suede, delightful daisy dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Ink: tranquil tide  
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Christmas Eve die (CottageCutz), in the meadow die (PTI), linen thread, chunky glitter (Stampin'-Up) 

I am also entering:
1.  Addicted to Stamps has a Season's Greetings challenge.
2.  Come and Get It has a Christmas Challenge.
3.  Dragonfly Journeys has a Here come Santa Claus Challenge.
4.  Pile It On has a non-traditional holiday colors challenge
  
 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas Shaker

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in December.
 
I can't believe it's just a little more than 2 weeks until Christmas. My house is decorated and I just have to finish up my Christmas cards. That is my goal for this weekend. Which is why I am showing you a Christmas card today.
 
This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I created a Christmas shaker card. I used the Merry Christmas w/reindeer and Mistletoe & Bells dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.

Step 1: Shaker cards are not difficult to make. And the following tutorial will show you how simple they really are. I started by cutting my circle in the image panel. Used the 3rd largest of the Circle dies- it's a 2 3/4"" circle. I embossed the panel with a falling snow folder.
Image Panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: Cut the dies I am using for my card. The pine tree inside the shaker is from the Window Christmas Friends die, also used the Merry Christmas w/reindeer and Mistletoe & Bells dies. I used the largest of the Stitched Square dies and cut the panel that would hold the shaker elements in place. I stamped this panel with some snowflakes.
Step 3: Started the assembly of the shaker part of card. Used glue dots to attach the  3 1/2" window sheet to the back side of the image panel. I took a used dryer sheet and rubbed it across the window sheet. It eliminates the static. Used dimensional foam adhesive and attached to edge of circle. I used my powder tool (EK Success) and ran it around the inside of the foam adhesive. It keeps the sequins from sticking to the adhesive.
Added some different colored sequins to the inside of the circle.
I then attached the pine trees to the square panel and then centered the panel over the sequins. 
 I used more dimensional adhesive on the back of this panel to allow it to sit evenly on the card base.
Attached this shaker panel to the red card base.
Step 4: Cut my Merry Christmas sentiment in red cardstock.
Used Ranger multi medium matte and attached to card front.
To complete my card, I added the mistletoe and bells and scattered a few red sequins. I hope I have given you some inspiration on a fun Christmas card. That's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzmerrychristmaswreindeer.aspx

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

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

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

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsquaresetbasics.aspx
I am also entering:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge has anything Christmas goes.
2.  Card Mania has a Christmas challenge.
3.  Country View Challenge has a Christmas theme.
4.  Creative Craft Cottage has a Christmas is coming challenge.
5.  Dive Cut Diva's has a Winter theme challenge.

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