Saturday, June 23, 2018

Graduation Card

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to sop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
 
It's been a crazy week here. We had a flash flood on Wednesday night in our community and our street was affected. Only minor damage at my home but other houses on the street weren't so fortunate.
 
I have never been in a flash flood before and it's incredible how fast the water comes and how powerful it is. It took chunks of asphalt out of the street and our road is buckled in several areas. The homes at the other end of my street had dumpsters brought in to throw stuff away that was damaged when water came into their basements.
 
It was scary watching what was happening on the outside of my home. Neighbors were calling and panic was in their voices. My hubby wasn't home so I was getting unsettled the worse it got. The rain stopped almost as quickly as it started. I think we had about 4.5" of rain in an hour at least that's what I believe I hear on the news.
 
Now onto my post for today. This card I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am featuring the new Traffic Light die. I needed a graduation card, and I thought this die would make something a little different.  Let's get started with some details on how I created my project. 
Step 1: I chose my card colors based on the school colors. It's a blue -gray theme. My blue cardstock is called lost lagoon and I used patterned paper to match. I used the largest Stitched Scallop die to cut my rectangle panel.
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Stitched Scalloped Layer: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
 
Step 2: Cut out the traffic light pieces. I like to use colored cardstock when I cut my dies. It's easier for me to do it that way. But you can certainly use white cardstock then the color medium of your choice. Either way works great.
I cut the 2018 from gray cardstock and I used the Stitched Numbers die. This card is going to a girl so the scalloped panel and the stitched numbers give it a bit more femininity.  
Step 3: Time to start a bit of the card assembly. I attached the PP layer to the card base with double sided tape.  
Started the assembly of the image panel. First, I had to stamp my "go" word on the greenlight. I didn't have a stamp with just that word. But, I found one with the word "got".
By masking off the "t" and the rest of the sentiment I had what I wanted. Sometimes we just have to get a little resourceful with what we have to work with.   
Attached to panel then I stamped my sentiment in the bottom right corner. Used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for help with keeping it straight.  
 I  applied Ranger multi matte medium to the numbers. Placed them on an angle just for added interest.
Step 4: To finish off my card, I used mounting tape and attached image panel to base.  I thought it needed something else to complete it so I added a few gray enamel dots. It was just a little bling but not too much to overwhelm the other elements of my 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/cottagecutztrafficlight.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=stitched+numbers

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutznestedstitchedscalloprectangleset.aspx
I am also entering:
1.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Aud Sentiments has an anything goes + a sentiment challenge.
3.  Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
4.  World Wide Open DT Challenge has an anything goes challenge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Best Dad

Hello Blogger Friends. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today. Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing.
 
We had some great family time yesterday. We honored both my husband and son for Father's Day with a delicious dinner at my son's home. It originally was supposed to be here at our home but my son was out of town all last week and wanted us to come over there. It worked out great for us since we are having problems with our 2 year old refrigerator and after 3 repair visits still not fixed.
 
My daughter-in-law co-labored on the dinner. We started off with appetizers that included a charcuterie tray (Italian meats & cheeses), prosciutto with cheese and granny smith apples, cream cheese topped with a pepper jelly. All of us snacked on that while we prepared dinner.
 
Dinner was marinated grilled chicken, a baked  potato bar (bacon, cheese, broccoli and sour cream), green beans, caprese salad (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil) and a tossed salad with lettuce from our garden. For dessert my daughter-in-law baked a carrot cake and a strawberry-rhubarb pie. The guys loved everything.
 
The only thing that was missing was our son from California. But, we did get to talk to him and today I am showing the card that I made for him.
 
This one was created with the contents of the Stampin'-Up April Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit was filled with items that can make great masculine cards and even some gift boxes. Just love these kits. My goal while I am on break from pre-school is to work on completing the kits that are beginning to pile up on me.
 
For the tangerine background, I took apart one of the boxes and used it as designer paper. The island indigo nautical piece is a notecard from the kit. I just used it as designer paper. The circle, anchor and life saver are all die cuts from the kit and the rope twine was also in this kit. See why I love these so much!!! Everything you need for projects including adhesive.
 
I cut a flag banner and stamped my sentiment. The sentiment is from the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. I added a few orange sequins to complete my card.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...…...God bless.
 
I am also entering:
1.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Pile It On has a holidays/Layers challenge. Mine is Father's Day
3.  Crafty Calendar has a 3 of something challenge. I used 3 die cuts.
4.  Stinkin' Inkers has a "Guys Have It" challenge.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

RaceCar & Flags for Father's Day

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for stopping to visit today with The Charmed Life Blog on this Sunday in June. We had a great service at church to start our day. Since it's Father's Day, our Pastor  prayed a special blessing on all the Father's in attendance.  
 
Later this afternoon we will head  over to celebrate the day with our son and his family. My daughter-in-law and I have planned a delicious dinner for both of the guys. She has also invited her Dad to come for dinner so he will get to enjoy it as well.
 
Have some things to get taken care of before we leave, so I am moving onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #691 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess, and I chose dapper denim, tangerine tango and sahara sand for my color trio.
dapper denim, tangerine tango, sahara sand
Optional this week was to use a 4th color - soft suede.
soft suede
These colors just screamed masculine to me. Good thing because I needed another Father’s Day card. This one is for my son and he is a big Nascar Racing fan. So I created my card with that in mind.

The dies are all from the CottageCutz “Just For Guys release. I used the Racecars & Flags + the Build-A-Sign dies. Pieces are all cut in the challenge colors.

Background dapper denim striped designer paper is from the Stampin’-Up “by the shore” collection. I also used a strip of basic gray designer paper for the racetrack road. The sentiments are from the May “manly moments” Paper Pumpkin kit.
 
I was happy how this one turned out and I will be giving this to my son today. Well, that's it for me for this post, So until next time...…...God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: manly moments (Stampin’-Up) Paper Pumpkin Kit May 2018  
Paper: very vanilla, whisper white, dapper denim, sahara sand, soft suede, tangerine tango, by the seashore dsp, basic gray dsp (Stampin’-Up)  
Paper Size: 5" Square
Ink: dapper denim
Racecars & Flags, Build-A-Sign dies (CottageCutz)  
 
I am also entering:
1.  Allsorts challenge is to use two or more dies.
2.  Simply Create Too wants us to create a card for a male
3.  Creative Craft Cottage has an anything goes challenge.
4.  HLS has anything goes with dies challenge.
5Kitty Bee Designs has a masculine card challenge.
 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A RaceCar Birthday

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed life Blog this Saturday in June.
 
I mentioned the other day that we were having issues with our 2 year old refrigerator. Well, since Thursday the repairman has been out 3x. Last night at 7:00 pm was his last visit. About 2 hr after he left the same problem occurred.
 
The refrigerator is not cooling and an error code shows up in the display. Of course, they don't work on the weekends. I can't go shopping because I am afraid stuff will go bad. We already threw out food in the refrigerator. Just don't want to take a chance. Oh well, I guess I will be seeing him again on Monday.
 
Let's move onto my card before I get to rambling and complaining about this refrigerator. This is a card I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
 am featuring the new Racecars & Flags + the Build-A-Sign dies.  Masculine cards are made so easy using these new dies. I needed a birthday card for a nephew who is a big Nascar racing fan. Let's get started with some details on how I created my project.

Step 1: Since I knew what dies I was using this week, I had to decide on my card colors first. I think that stripes always have a nice masculine vibe and red & blue stripes for sure. I found this striped patterned paper in my stash - so red & blue were my colors of choice.
White card base: 5" square
Blue Layer: 4 7/8" square
Patterned Paper: 4 3/4" square
White Image Panel: 3 1/2" square
 Step 2: Cut the images from red, blue and white cardstocks.
My sign choice was based on the word I was going to stamp on it. Needed something large enough to fit nephew.
 Secured them to the white square panel with double sided tape and Ranger multi matte medium. I added the striped gray paper to resemble a road or racetrack.
 Stamped my happy birthday sentiment with denim ink on an angle with the help of my MISTI. The nephew word is also stamped with denim ink.
 Step 3: Started card assembly. The image panel is secured with mounting tape and the flags with double sided tape.
Finished my card by attaching to the white card base. I hope I have given you another idea for a way to use the new masculine dies. Here is a link to another card I made using these same dies for Father's Day.
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=build+a+sign

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

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsquaresetbasics.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Always Happy Birthday has an anything goes birthday challenge.
2.  Classic Design Team Challenge is anything goes.
3.  Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Daisy Chain Challenges has a for the boys/men challenge.
5.  Kitty Bee Designs has a masculine challenge.
 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tulip Celebration

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Since I am on summer break from Pre-School, I made myself a to-do list of different chores I want to complete this summer. So far I have finished 2 of them, Then my plans for today were tripped up. 
 
I had to deal with our refrigerator repair. It's only 2 years old so you wouldn't think a repair would be necessary. But alas, we noticed it wasn't cooling properly so we called for service.
 
Fortunately, when we purchased it, we went for the extended warranty. Otherwise we would be paying for this repair now. The service man came out and replaced some fans in the refrigerator. Then later in the afternoon an error code showed up on the display. I called him and he came back and re-plugged the fans that he installed earlier.
 
It worked for a couple of hours and now the error codes are back again. I couldn't call him again this evening. Everyone deserves some downtime from their day job. I sent an email and will call him first thing in the morning. Hopefully, he can come back tomorrow and fix whatever is wrong.
 
I better move onto my card for today before I get myself in a tizzy over this refrigerator. This one I made for the Color Challenge #688 on Splitcoaststampers. Stef Perry was our hostess, and she chose watermelon wonder, old olive and smoky slate for her color trio. Optional this week is to use a die-cut.

For my card layout, I used the Jan 2018 card maps sketch. I somewhat modified it and left off the ribbon and bow.

I stenciled my background with a vintage quilt stencil in watermelon wonder.

My stamped watermelon wonder tulip images are from the Stampin'-Up "tranquil tulips" set. I have had this set for awhile and have been wanting to use it. I thought the colors this week were so right for the tulips.

Sentiment is from the Verve "poppy birthday" set. Finished off this card with a few metallic enamel shapes. I already sent this off to Barbara- another of our color challenge designers. She and her hubby celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last Friday.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...….God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: tranquil tulips (Stampin'-Up) 
Paper: watermelon wonder, whisper white, old olive, smoky slate   
Paper Size: A2   
Ink: watermelon wonder, old olive (Stampin'-Up), tuxedo black (Memento) 
Accessories: vintage quilt stencil (Wendy Vecchi), flag stax die (MFT), circle & stitched scallop rectangle dies (CottageCutz), metallic enamel shapes (Stampin'-Up)
 
I am also entering:   
1.  Aud Sentiments challenge is anything goes + a sentiment.
2Crafting with an Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
3Southern Girls has an anything goes challenge.
 
 

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