Saturday, November 10, 2018

Peace, Love & Joy Greetings

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
My son and granddaughter came in for a quick weekend visit. It's a Father-Daughter weekend so my daughter-in-law stayed behind in San Francisco. Last night we went to watch my youngest grandson's football game. It was a rainy, cold night but the family time was priceless.
Today we are going to see the Grinch movie. My hubby and Phoenix Daisy have had Mr. Grinch "adventures" since she was 3 years old. My hubby has always liked watching the original Grinch animated movie. So for Christmas one year our grandsons bought him a Grinch plush. And now it has become so important to our granddaughter. He gets to go to the movie with us. This time is so precious and will be gone before I know it. Although she tells me all the time how could she not love Mr Grinch he is part of our family.
She is asleep right now so I wanted to get my post done before she gets up to start her day. This card is one that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
I used the Love, Peace & Joy die and also the Splitcoaststampers sketch #722 to make my card.
I used white corrugated designer paper from Stampin'-Up for panels 3 & 4. What I did though was cut a single piece of cardstock and then used ribbon to divide the panels. Die cut my phrases and attached with Ranger multi matte adhesive. The sentiment is part of the Papertrey ink "wonderful words holiday" collection.
Finished off my card with a few white sequins. This design I intend to make multiples of for my Christmas cards. It was relatively quick and it's flat for mailing.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time ……...God bless.
die I used to create card:
 I am also entering:
1.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Craft Rocket Challenge has a Christmas is coming challenge.
3.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
4Classic Design Team Challenge is anything goes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Merry Christmas Trees and more

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
Well the U.S. election is over for another 2 years so hopefully there will be a bit of peace and civility in our land. And, the endless political commercials and phone calls have come to an end.
I voted in this election, and in every election, because it's a right that I don't take for granted. I pray for our nation. We need a return to the faith of our forefathers.
There is a healthy conflict between conservatives and liberals that has always been there. Its when it becomes divisive that it is destructive to the nation. Only God can dissolve the hate that is coming out of people.
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #718. This layout tends to be on the CAS side.
CAS is not a style that I am totally comfortable with so any help I can get I gladly accept. As I was looking through my Stampin'-Up Christmas designer paper I found a collection I wanted to use, but I didn't know the name, or the colors associated with it.

So that led me to last year's holiday catalog. Not only did I find the paper there was also a card that caught my eye. The layout was similar to this week's sketch, and with some minor tweaks I had a card. I am happy with how this one turned out.

The paper Christmas trees are part of the pattern of the "Quilted Christmas" designer paper collection. I cut them out to use on my card. The felt tree is part of the Stampin'-Up stitched felt embellishments.

For the two circles that are part of Diane's sketch, I used a felt holly embellishment. I stamped my sentiment in garden green ink. Scattered a few small red dots for interest and a red star over the felt tree.
I used a basic stitch lines die for some added interest under my image panel.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...….God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)  
Paper: garden green, whisper white, real red, Quilted Christmas dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: garden green (Stampin'-Up)  
Accessories: basic stitch lines die (MFT), stitched felt embellishments (Stampin'-Up)  
I am also entering:
1.  ABC Christmas Challenge is "W" for wishes.
2.  Christmas at Sweet Stampin' has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Ellibelles Crafty Wednesday has a Christmas and seasonal holidays challenge.
4.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes.
5.  Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a tic-tac Challenge #6. Bottom line of stamping, red and plaid.
6.  Double Trouble has a Christmas and tic-tac challenge with TSOT

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Puppy Under The Tree

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
Welcome to November and the start of  the busy holiday seasons. Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away. I host the dinner for the family. This is one of my favorite holidays. I have such great memories from my childhood and I have created great memories with my own sons and grandchildren.
I have all my fall decorations up. I did this early September. Today I will put out a couple of Pilgrim decorations that I have. Then on Thanksgiving weekend, I will start with my Christmas decorations.
I just received some wonderful news last night. My son is coming in from San Francisco next Friday, and he is bringing my sweet granddaughter with him. They are coming to go to my grandsons football playoff game. I am so excited to see both of them. My daughter-in-law is staying behind this trip. Brett wanted to make it a Father-Daughter weekend.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am using an exclusive die from CottageCutz. It's Dakota the Husky and it's only available on the online store. So you won't be able to buy it at any retail store.
I created an indoor scene and my idea was to have a puppy under the Christmas tree. The puppy of course is a gift from Santa.  I chose some striped patterned paper for wall paper and a woodgrain paper to resemble wood flooring.
The Handmade Tree w/Presents die was used for my tree. I just love these stitched dies. They are very detailed and so on trend with the farmhouse look that is all the rage right now.
I wanted the sentiment to read from Santa. I thought the Stitched Alphabet die would work for some big Santa lettering and then the from phrase would be stamped.  I die cut the letters in gumball green cardstock from Stampin'-Up. 
Dakota the Husky was cute with white and smoky slate cardstock. I thought the Santa hat would be so right for him since he is a present.
I attached my images with dimensional adhesive. I wanted more of a 3D look and have them lifted off my faux wallpaper background.
I attached the Santa Phrase on an angle for interest. Used Ranger multi medium matte as the adhesive. The "from" phrase sentiment was attached with dimensional adhesive.
And that's my card for this week. Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour tonight. Until next time...…..God bless.
card details:
Stamps: stitched stockings (MFT)  
Paper: very vanilla, mossy meadow, gumball green, real red, old olive, daffodil delight, smoky slate, whisper white, be of good cheer dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)  
Accessories: Dakota the Husky, Handmade Tree w/Presents, Stitched Alphabet dies (CottageCutz)
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafty Friends wants us to use 2 or more patterned papers.
2.  Sweet Stampin' has a trees challenge. I stamped the "from" sentiment.
3.  4 Crafty Chicks has a Christmas challenge.
4.  Craft Rocket challenges has a Christmas is coming challenge.
5.  Simon Says Wednesday has an anything goes challenge.


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