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.  
 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

O Holy Night

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

Another week has zipped on by and I am still so busy with preschool and my design responsibilities that I haven't had time to post on my Blog. I definitely want that to change so I am hoping that preschool starts falling into a slow down mode and I have more time. I am trying to organize my time well but the days just get ahead of me. 

Our garden is still producing so I have been busy this past week with roasting and freezing our tomatoes. I thought I finished up the last batch and then my hubby brought in a bunch more. I haven't even noticed there were still tomatoes on the vine (LOL)! He also picked 6 huge green peppers that I stuffed last night for dinner.  

I also have about 15 banana peppers that need used and we will be getting more zucchini. I am thanking God for a bountiful harvest. We will have a lot of winter enjoyment. Now let's move onto my card for today. 

This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the new O Holy Night Christmas die to create my card. My background is from the Brutus Monroe "watercolor galaxy" collection. 

I cut my image with a royal blue cardstock.  Sometimes I will double cut an image to give it more dimension but with this die, I didn't think it was necessary.
Next, I started the card assembly. The image panel is attached to the layering panel with double sided tape. For the image I used a combo of glue dots and Ranger multi medium matte. I attached it off center intentionally.
I finished off the card front by cutting a few tiny stars from the left over designer paper and attached to the left side of card.  The silver card base is attached with double sided tape. These stars were cut from the older Nativity Bell die.

silver card base: 6" x 4 3/4"

I usually don't finish off the inside of the card but I decided to with this one. I stamped the O Holy Night sentiment in blueberry ink. The sentiment is from a PaperTrey ink stamp set. 
Then I used one of the new Holiday Corners die for the left corner. These corners make for a beautiful finishing touch and they will work for the front or the inside of the card.  
I cut it in a royal blue cardstock. I finished off the inside by scattering a few stars cut in the same silver metallic as the card base. I used the star from the new Joy to the World die.

Well that's it for me for this post. Hope you have a great weekend. So until next time...…..God bless. 
dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Friends has a Christmas Challenge.
2CHNC challenge #459 is anything goes Christmas
3.  C.R.A.F.T. challenge #531 is Christmas. 
4.  Crimbo Crackers has an anything goes Christmas
5.  Cute N' Crafty Christmas is anything goes. 
7.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Santa & the Red Nose Reindeer

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this first Saturday in October.
 
I am still playing catch up since my visit to San Francisco and then staying at my other son's home here in Pittsburgh to take care of his dog.
My Preschool class is starting to adapt to our routine so everything should start to fall into place for me as well. 
 
I did manage to get my Fall decorations up around my home. I just have a more things to do and that will be finished. Then I have the last of our garden tomatoes to roast and freeze for winter enjoyment.  
 
The freezer on our refrigerator quit working last Friday and is still not repaired. We had to go and buy another one to put in our garage. The repairman came out and said he had to order a new motor for this 3 year old refrigerator. He said he would be back once it comes in. Hopefully that is sometime this week. This is the 2nd major repair on this LG fridge. So if you are in the market for a new one, I would avoid this brand.
 
Anyway, let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am using the new Santa & Reindeer w/Sleigh die. So here are some details on how I created my card.
 
 I used an old sketch I had pinned on one of my Pinterest boards for the layout.
 
 I cut all the image pieces in various shades of Stampin'-Up cardstock.
My background designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "Let It Snow" collection. The real red ribbon is also from Stampin'-Up.
I added my image pieces to the designer paper layer and scattered a few red enamel dots.
To finish off my card I die cut the merry Christmas sentiment in real red cardstock. And, that's it for me for this post my friends. So until next time......God bless.
dies I used to create card:
 

I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Catz has an anything goes with an option of ribbon, bow or flower.
2.  Cute N' Crafty Christmas is anything goes.
3.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes.
4.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge is anything goes.
5The 12 months of Christmas link-up has a sensational Santa challenge.  


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Believe in the Magic

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this last Saturday in September.
 
It's been a whirlwind September for me. Preschool started and I was busy getting my lesson plans and bulletin boards ready. Then I had a short trip to San Francisco to take care of my precious granddaughter.
 
My son asked me last May to come out because they had a short trip planned to New Orleans. It really wasn't a good time for either of us but the time spent with my granddaughter was priceless. Now this weekend I am over my other son's home taking care of their dog while they visit my grandson at college.
 
Now that you know why I haven't posted for awhile, let's get started on my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am using a new Christmas die "Believe in the Magic".
 
I wanted to make a CAS card that would be easy to make multiples of for Christmas. I used this new "let it snow" designer paper from Stampin'-Up. I paired it up with coordinating coastal cabana and white cardstocks.
 
I made it slightly larger than my normal A2 cards.
coastal cabana card base: 5 3/4" x 4 1/2"
white layering panel: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
designer paper panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
I used real red and shaded spruce cardstocks for my die cuts.
Attached the die cut images with Ranger multi medium matte. This one dries clear which is why I like to use it. I wanted to create a partial reindeer shadow in the moon so I cut just one reindeer in black cardstock and did a slight offset.  The moon is cut from the CottageCutz circle set. It's a 2" circle.
To finish off my card I attached the image panel to the card base and scattered a few sequins for interest.
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/cottagecutzbelieveinthemagicelite.aspx
 
 
I am also entering:
1.  Winter Wonderland has a favorite embellishments challenge. I like sequins.
2.  Crimbo Crackers has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Sweet Stampin' Christmas has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Cute N' Crafty Christmas has an anything goes.
5.  Fab 'n' Funky has a Christmas challenge.
 


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