Thursday, April 29, 2010

mothers day mambo

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.

My new furniture arrived today. We were expecting the delivery between 7:30 & 9:30 a.m. I somehow thought it would be closer to the 9:30 time frame.

Well, at 6:10 the driver called and said he was running about 40 min ahead of schedule and would be at my home around 7:00.  Sure enough that's when he arrived.
They had everything moved in and papers signed by 7:30 and he was out the door.

It all looks so good with the new paint. My husband has come around, my friends. Once he saw the brown leather chairs against the accent wall he loved it. This is the wall that was painted a sort of avocado color.

I have to admit I was a little nervous when he didn't initially like the color. Even though my friends insisted that all was well.  Now that  I see it all together, I am very pleased.
I guess its like making a card. You select your colors and images but until its done you don't really know if it will look the way you envisioned.

My card did turn out the way I planned today. This one was made for 2 challenges.

1.  The Wednesday sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers had an easy sketch this week. It's one of those that really shows your designer paper off well.

2.  The colors on my card were from the curtain call color challenge #27. This is my first time making a card for this challenge. The hostess, Stacey, had us use melon mambo, pink pirouette, celery and white. I loved this color combo together. It just looks so vibrant. To me, it was the perfect colors for a mother's day card.

My designer paper is from the good neighbors collection. My image and sentiment are framed in melon mambo and a pink pirouette scallop square. It was cut with a nestie die.
I stamped the sentiment in celery and added a celery bow.

My blossoms are from the season of friendship stamp set and I added some pearls to the center. I cut one out and placed it on the corner for a little dimension.
That is basically my card.

It's time to turn off the lights in charmed life land for another day. We have a day trip to Ohio tomorrow. Come back for the scoop on where we went and what we did.

card recipe:
stamps: season of friendship, whipper snapper designs
paper: melon mambo, pink pirouette, whisper white
ink: melon mambo, certainly celery
accessories: nesties, ribbon, pearls

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the banana birdie

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Tuesdays are the day I look forward to because its the day I meet my grandsons school bus.

I got caught in some traffic on my way over and was about 3 minutes late getting there.
Ethan (our youngest) always gets concerned if I 'm not there when they get home. When I give him my story he is always okay.
I forgot my cell phone so I couldn't call and let them know I was on my way.
So we did homework and had some snacks then the boys went outside to play hockey.

Aidin was supposed to have a baseball game at 6:00 but it was changed to 8:00. Well we are supposed to have frost tonight so I decided not to stay for the game.
I like watching them play but not in the cold with winter coats and gloves on.

Little league baseball, to me, should be played when its warm and you are sitting in the bleachers with shorts and sandals on. You know what I mean??

They are going to Boston on Sunday for a few days to watch the RedSox play. Every year they take a mini-trip to a city with a major league baseball team. The boys love it. Somehow, I think  they like staying in a hotel with a swimming pool more but they talk about the game afterwards.

Now onto my card for today.  When I came home I put together a card that covered 3 challenges:

1.  The color challenge on splitcoaststampers today was one of those out of the box challenges for me. I like that Betty Wright pushes me like she does. Our colors today were ballet blue, barely banana and old olive. I struggled with the ballet blue but in the end I used it on the wing of my bird.

2.  The challenge on the StampinB blog was a color challenge as well. They asked for blue, yellow and white. So my card qualified for this one as well.

3.  My layout came from Mercy Kerins's Tuesday sketch challenge. This was a fun layout and one that I found easy to work with.

My card uses the designer paper from stampin-up's tall tales pack.  My banana panel was run through my big shot with a cuttlebug embossing folder-"just my type".
I used the bird punch from stampin-up. I tried to sponge in some cloud in the background.
I added a little ribbon tab above my sentiment.  I was thinking I might be able to use this for a Mother's Day card. I'm not sure my husband wasn't really wild about this card.

Oh well, it's late and I am tired so its time to dim the lights in charmed life land for today.
Until next time-God bless.

card recipe:
stamps: all year cheer
paper: old olive, barely banana, tall tales dsp, ballet blue
ink: old olive, ballet blue
accessories: circle punches, 2 step bird punch, olive ribbon

Sunday, April 25, 2010

mothers day blooms

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I love Sundays-they are always such relaxing days. We start it off at church and usually end it up spending time with family.

Our pastor had such an inspirational message today. We are at week #3 of a mini-series entitled "search for significance".
This week the message was on the blame game. It so much easier for us to blame others for things because it shifts the responsiblity from us to them.
He challenged us to think why we blame others. And, why we can't admit when we're wrong.
He took  us to Genesis 3:8 and showed us how this blame game started with Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent for what they did wrong.
He left me with the thought that God doesn't blame me.

We had dinner with my husband's family this evening. We had a really good meal at a local restaurant. The conversation was pleasant and funny at times. A time set aside to share our lives the way only families can.

Now onto my card for today. I made this one for several challenges:

1.  Sunday is the featured stamper challenge on splitcoaststampers. This week we visited the gallery of an incredible stamper gloriousgreetings. I chose her what's the buzz card to case.
I used some rainbow background paper to create my scene and stamped some clouds.
My flowers are recollections dimensional stickers. I made a little hill from tall tales designer paper.
I added some buttons to continue with my whimsical theme, and a sentiment to make it a Mother's Day card.

2.  Our creative corner blog had a challenge this week to use blossoms and flowers on your card. It's always such fun to use flowers on your card, especially for Mother's Day.

3.  The stampin sisters in Christ blog had a challenge to make a Mother's Day card. Their scripture reference this week is from Exodus 20-the 4th commandment-to honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment to carry a promise with it.

Well, that's my card for today. Blessings to all my blogger friends.

card recipe:
stamps: whipper snapper designs, amuse
paper: gina k white, hot off the press bg, tall tales dsp
ink: memento rich cocoa
accessories: reflections dimesnional stickers, buttons

IC229 rubber ducky

My 2nd post for today.
This was a card I made for Saturday's inspiration challenge on splitcoaststampers. This week Stef, our hostess sent us to the green rainbow shop.

They carry anything from organic clothing, to natural soaps, toys, recycled jewelry, recycled glass plates, recycled paper and so much more.

I found this cute little push along duck to use as my inspiration.
I decided it would make a sweet baby card. I used an embossed rubber ducky die cut from we r memory keepers. I had it in my stash for awhile.

My layout is from this weeks ccee stampers blog and was a sketch challenge this week. It worked well for my card.
My designer paper is from Stampin-Up, the delicate dots collection.
I also used the spots and dots cuttlebug embpossing folder. I completed the card by adding some white rick rack.

Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

tribute to cathleen

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It's been a busy couple of days here at our house.
Painter is done-furniture is scheduled to be delivered-need to pick out some new window treatments and get the house back in order.

I feel like I am on a roll now so while I have the momentum I am going to get closets organized and continue with organizing my craft supplies.

Well, my card for today is for a new game on splitcoaststampers: It's called the "queen for a day".
It's been going on for about 6 weeks. This week the talented Cathleen Torina was given the honor. She is a super talented stamper.
Congrats Cathleen I hope you enjoyed your reign!!

The idea is to look in the chosen stampers gallery, select one of her cards and do a re-make on the card. I wanted to take part in this to honor Cathleen since she is one of my paper doll friends.
I saw this card and decided to make that one mary marsh style. I kept Cathleen's layout and used the same nesties fleur de lis die to cut my shape and the same cuttlebug folder. I changed the colors and used a different stamp set. Since her theme was shoes, I went that route but used ballet shoes.
I used my bow easy to tie this bow. I think its works better with silk ribbon though.

Well, it's late here and I am tired so time to turn off the lights in charmed life land for another day.

card recipe:
stamps: dance (simon says stamp)
paper: su melon mambo, ww
ink: memento black
accessories: nesties fleur de lis, cb ef, pearls, ribbon

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.
Today, my painter showed up at 7:30 with 3 of his crew ready to paint. They brought their tarps, spackle, rollers, brushes and were ready to roll.

Everyone had their own job to do and didnt waste any time getting to it. Since our stairs to the 2nd flooor were part of this I was kind of confined to my kitchen area.
So after a few phone calls and some kitchen chores, I pulled out my stamps and I was ready to roll.
The creative arts were flowing freely in my home today (lol)!!

They finished up about 3:00 and rolled out with the same speed they rolled in earlier in the day.
I am very pleased with the colors I picked. I wanted a warm feel to my room and that's what it reflects.

My husband has not seen the room yet, but can I tell you he wasn't thrilled with the color choice.
He really didn't want any color as a matter of fact.
His preference was to stay neutral. He wanted to go with the cracked wheat walls and popcorn ball ceiling. Don't you love the color names? But, he let me have my way and add eco green to that mix.

The painter has a few minor touch-ups to make and then I will be ready to have my new furniture delivered. We have been planning this since 2006 and now it has finally happened.

Well enough of this saga. Let's move onto the next one. My card for the day-drumroll please!!

The ways to use it challenge on splitcoaststampers is: mixing patterns

We were to mix up some fun prints. We had the option of using designer paper or stamping our own pattern. I opted to use the designer paper, since I knew exactly what  I was going to do. I decided to make this a Mother's Day card. That's one down anyway.

I had seen this card on flowerbug's inkspot blog several weeks ago. I took the idea and made changes so it would become my card.
I used designer paper from the sending love specialty pack. I used a corner rounder to curve my edges.  The flowers are from the flower fusion too and the button is from the sherbet designer set.
I added some chocolate chip satin ribbon and stamped my sentiment and that was my card.

Well, it's time to close this post and go watch the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. We are in the playoffs right now. God bless my blogger friends.

card recipe:
stamps: whipper snapper design
paper: su vv,choc chip,  sending love specialty dsp
ink: memento rich cocoa
accessories: satin ribbon, button, nesties circle die, circle punch, brads

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

appealing daisy

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I spent the day yesterday at the paint store selecting paint colors for my great room.                                                  I ended up selecting a color for my accent wall that was totally different than what I originally intended. I wanted a cinammon shade, but honestly couldn't find what I envisioned.  
The pillows on my new sectional have stripes in them that are different shades of green.   So I selected several possibilities and took them to the furniture store.                                     
When I held them by the pillows, it gave me such a custom look-I was so surprised.                          
To compare it to a stampin-up color line, maybe old olive could be close but there is more yellow in my color.
 Another trip back to the paint store to have them mix me a pint sample of my colors.                  
 For all the other walls I have this butter cream shade-its named cracked wheat.                                
The lightest shade in this family will be the ceiling color. My husband put the green on the wall and then the butter cream shade. I think it looks so good together.
The painter is coming on Thursday, I think. I can't wait to see the finished product.

My card for today was made for the color challenge on splitcoaststampers. I had an email from Betty Wright. She is the hostess of the challenge.
She asked me if I could make a sample to show with hers. I was so honored and intimidated at the same time. Betty is one talented stamper.
It took me hours to put the card together and in the end I liked what I came up with for the sample.

The colors I was to use are: basic grey, apricot appeal and sage shadow. The option was to use lace on my card. This could be accomplished with a punch as well. I used the Martha Stewart lace doiley punch on basic gray cardstock.

My card base is basic gray then a layer of sage shadow. I made my own background paper with the stampin-up filigree stamp. On the next sage green panel, I used a cuttlebug embossing folder and stamped the filigree background on the other.

My apricot appeal requirement was met with my daisy. I used a sizzix die and cut it from card stock and designer paper. I stamped for you in the center. That way I can use this for a variety of occasions.  I added some gray satin ribbon and that completed my card.

The layout was from karen giron's sweet sunday sketch challenge. It was such a fun layout to work with.

Well, its time to turn out the lights in charmed life land today. Talk to you soon!!

card recipe
stamps: su filigree & tiny talk
paper: basic gray, sage shadow, apricot appeal, vv
ink: sage shadow
accessories: bigz daisy die, ms border punch, satin ribbon

Saturday, April 17, 2010

my apple card

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We had a potent storm roll through the Pittsburgh area yesterday afternoon. There were thunderstorms and high-speeed winds that took done trees, power lines and sheared roofs. The wind speed topped at 86 mph.

The hardest hit area was south of the city which is where I live. We were fortunate in that nothing happened to our property but others were not so fortunate. People had trees fall on their homes, crash through their roof or just uproot. We had such unseasonably warm temps earlier in the day and then a cold front came with these severe thunderstorms.

It's really cold today and so overcast , but the storms are done.

My card for today is for 3 challenges:

1.  The Saturday inspiration challenge tooks us to Crate Label Museum site. I found this great apple label and used it as my card inspiration. I had an apple applique and some apple buttons as well as apple designer paper.

2.  The next challenge was on the crazy 4 challenges blog. They provided a sketch for us to use this week. It was fun to work with and fit my card idea well.

3.  The next challenge was on our daily bread designs blog. We were to use something that was recycled. I used a scripture verse (Acts 14:17)that I cut out from the 2008 Lang Country Sampler calendar. It was shaped like a banner and I thought the words fit my apple image. I will use this card when someone needs encouragement.
I added a little ribbon tab and finished off my card.

 It's time to close this post since we are going to watch one of my grandsons play some basketball this afternoon. Baseball starts next week for all 3 of them.

card recipe:
paper: su ww, old olive, summer picnic dsp
accessories: simplicity trims apple applique, apple buttons, ribbon

Thursday, April 15, 2010

time to celebrate

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It was a gorgeous day here in the 'Burgh as Pittsburgh is affectionately known.
Today is tax day here in the US. I sent my federal & state returns in previously and  today on the deadline I submitted the local taxes. It's over for another year-can I have a big whoo-hoo!!!

My card for today is for 2 challenges:

1.  The mojo monday sketch #134. It was designed by the talented Teresa Kline. I really liked working with this sketch and it worked perfectly for my masculine birthday card.

2.  The ways to use it challenge on splitcoaststampers was about the passage of time. We were to create a card with time as our element. We were given a lot of creative license on this. So I decided to make a masculine birthday card and use a clock and a calendar.

When I considered the colors, soft suede jumped right out. I knew if I picked a designer paper with stripes in it, I would be golden. So that's what I did.
The Christmas cocoa specialty pack from stampin-up had just the perfect striped papers. I used the cuttlebug embossing folder 'fleur de lis' for my background. I think this has a masculine appeal to it.
I added a stop watch and a calendar for my "time" elements. The Martha Stewart border punch is great for masculine cards.
My sentiment is from 2 stamp sets-bella's bloom & just celebrate.

I have an April birthday and when I get the date I will circle that on the calendar and stamp happy birthday on the inside.

Well, I am going to turn out the lights in charmed life land for today. Hope you found time to stamp today.

card recipe:
stamps: bella's bloom, just celebrate
paper: soft suede, real red, christmas cocoa dsp
ink: soft suede
accessories: k& co epoxy sticker, su calendar kit, ms border punch

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

my yard photos

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I went out in my yard today to take some photos of the tulips and other blooms we have right now. I love the spring time. Everything comes to life and the landscape is so beautiful..
This reminds me of a scripture from the
Song of Solomon 2:11-12:

See! the winter is past
 the rains are over and gone flowers appear on the earth
the season of singing has come                                                   

The birds are singing and building nests. The spring flowers are in bloom.
I have a card to post later but for now here is a sample of what's blooming in my yard.
I tried to line these photos up differently but blogger wasn't cooperating. If
you have any tips on this let me know. It looks different in edit mode than when it posts.

 My husband has started planting. I am not sure what he put in today. I just admire it and take pictures. And, try to take credit for his work (lol)!!
The bottom left picture is our grape hyacinths. They are little mini plants but oh so pretty.
The deer have left them alone. Well, maybe because my husband sprayed the deer repellant.
This plant on the right is called lungwort. He has it planted on the bank of the creek behind our house.

on my mind

This is the card I made for theTuesday color challenge on splitcoaststampers. The colors that our hostess, Betty wanted us to use were blush blossom, cameo coral, ruby red and an optional cocoa.

I started it yesterday then had to leave to go take care of my grandsons. When I finally got back to the card last night, I wasn't able to get a good photo. The colors looked so different so I decided to wait until morning to try again.

Then I started taking pictures of the flowers in my yard and decided to psot them. I kept getting side tracked all day today.

I stamped my flowers and colored them with prismacolor pencils and markers. For the largest one I added a button that I cut from a sizzix die. The smallest flowers have the ruby red buttons.
My corner element is a cuttlebug die-vintage and that is done in cameo coral.

Time to turn out the lights in charmed life land for another day. Blessings!!

card recipe:
stamps: time well spent, upsy daisy
paper: cameo coral, blush blossom, gina k white
ink: close to cocoa, coral, ruby red, blush blossom
accessories: cb vintage die, sizzix buttons #5 die, buttons

Monday, April 12, 2010

mackinac island inspiration

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.
And yes, it was another beautiful spring day here in the 'Burgh.

All of our tulips are up and the late bloomers are getting ready to open.
I can't take any credit, my husband has done all the work. The yard is his creative outlet.
He has flowers blooming from early spring through late fall.  I just walk around the yard and admire everything.

My card for today was made for the clean & simple challenge on splitcoaststampers.
This week it was an inspiration challenge and postcards from Mackinac Island in Michigan is what we were to use for our creations.

The postcards were all so pretty and provided lots of inspiration. I chose this scene with a beautiful lilac tree as my inspiration.

Since I don't have any lilac stamps I decided to use my season of friendship set and make my flowers lilac colored. I stamped the tree and added some leaves. The flowers were stamped, cut out and popped up for dimension.
I thought they looked like individual lilac flowers. My background is the clouds designer paper from paper pizzaz. I cut my hill from stampin-up's tall tales designer pack. I added buttons to complete the card.
Well, my friends it's time to turn out the lights in charmed life land for another day. So until next time.....

card recipe:
stamps: season of friendship
paper: gina k white, paper pizzaz, tall tales dsp
ink: lovely lilac, memento rich cocoa, old olive
accessories: playground designer buttons

Sunday, April 11, 2010

the best day ever

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It was such a beautiful, sunny day here in the 'Burgh. Temps were on the cooler side but it was a just right day.
We had a great service in church today. Our pastor mentioned that the Sunday after Easter is considered "low attendance Sunday".
But, that wasn't the case in our church.  We had a number of visitors, and we were relatively full.

Our associate pastor preached today and he had such a great message. It was titled "according to Him" and was about our quest for true identity. What we do or don't do doesn't change God's love for us.
God made us to be the person He wants.
We can accept what God says about us because it's not distorted. And, what he says comes right from the bible: Psalm 139:14- I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
This will be a 4 week series and  I am already looking forward to the message for next Sunday.

My card for today is for the Mojo Monday 133 contest. I am just finishing this right under the wire.Tthe contest closes in about 1 hour.

I really liked the layout that Jeanette Olen provided. I used some designer paper from BoBunny called Alissa so cute. I liked all the pretty flowers and since it is double-sided I was able to use the striped side for my middle panel.
My pink layer was cuttlebugged with the floral fantasy folder. My sentiment is from the verve "wishing you" set. The sketch called for this to be set in an oval so I used my nesties to cut the shape.
I added a flower and my ribbon is from stampin-up and is black velvet.

Well, its time to close this post so I can get my card linked up to the Verve-Mojo blog.

Just a reminder that if you would like me to pray for you for any reason, drop me an email. God hears and answers prayer.

card recipe:
stamps: verve wishing you
paper: su black, pretty in pink, bobunny dsp
ink: memento balck
accessories: pearls, bazzil flower, su black velvet ribbon

Saturday, April 10, 2010

home sweet pennsylvania

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It was a busy day but definitely an enjoyable one.
My good friend Cindi's daughter is having a baby next month and today was the baby shower. She received so many cute things. She is having a boy -her first baby and Cindi's first grandchild.

 In fact, her daughter-in-law is having a baby 2 weeks later. So Cindi  is just ecstatic-she has wanted grandkids for such a long time.

Several young mothers had their infants at the shower. I am always in awe looking at a baby-I see God's creative hand at work. What a wonderful gift that He gives us.

I made Gina a onsie card to go along with the gift I gave her. She loved it-do you believe I didnt take a photo of it.
 I made 3 of them so I will photo the others and post them later.

My card today is for 2 challenges:

1.  The inspiration challenge on splitcoaststampers was to make a card that was inspired by our home state. Our hostess even gave us a website to visit to get info about our state.
I learned that the state bird of Pennsylvania is the ruffled grouse.
Our forefathers gave the name pheasant to this bird. I didn't have a pheasant stamp but I had some rub-ons from stampin-up's autumn harvest collection.

2.  My 2nd challenge and  layout for the card is from the ODBD blog. The challenge today was a sketch.
I think it set my pheasant image off well.
Since the image was white I had to place it on dark paper. I decided to use eggplant and kiwi kiss.
I  had some eggplant designer paper from colorbok that I have wanted to use.
For my kiwi kiss color I used the raspberry tart collection that had some kiwi kiss paper in it.

On my first  kiwi kiss panel I ran it through a cuttlebug folder for texture. On this layer I used a new stampin up border punch-it was the free one from sale-a-bration.
My thanks sentiment is a rub-on from the same collection as the pheasant. I added a piece of eggplant ribbon and that completed my card.

Well, its time to dim the lights for another day in charmed life land. Tomorrow its up early for church and I want to be rested. Our pastor has a great message planned. God bless my friends.

card recipe:
paper: su eggplant, kiwi kiss, colorbok dsp raspberry tart
accessories: autumn harvest rub-ons, border punch, nesties, eggplant ribbon, cb ef

top note quilt

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to viist the charmed life blog
Well, we went from sunny and 83 degree temps to overcast, windy and 45 degrees.
My furnace clicked back on today. I remember shutting the ac off a few days ago.
It's a typical sping here in the 'Burgh. The temps swing sometimes erractically.
But,the good news is that it is spring and the tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are in bloom.
Also, the dogwood trees with their beautiful white flowers.
We don't have one but they are all over my neighborhood.
There is nothing that compares with God's creation!!

My card for today was for the free for all challenge on splitcoaststampers. 
Our hostess, Wendybell, challenged us to make a quilt card from our scraps. I have never made a quilt card before. But, I wanted to use my top note die with a technique I had seen done on splitcoaststampers.

I don't sew so this is as close as I will get to making a quilt. I love quilts and  the Amish quilts that I have seen in Ohio are so beautiful..

I used some scraps from the ginger blossom designer pack (retired stampin up). I punched the squares with a 1 3/8" square punch and taped them onto a piece of cardstock.
Then I took the top note die and ran it through the big shot machine. It produced a quilt look rather easily.
I didn't tape it to the die so it moved slightly when I ran it through the big shot. And, the tip on the bottom of the shape was cut off. I wasn't about to tape all those squares again so I used some photo corners and covered all the tips.
The photo corners were from the "just delightful" simply scrappin kit. I am using up some of my stash. My card base is cameo coral.
I added some pearls and stamped my sentiment and that is my card.

It's time to turn off the lights in charmed life land for another day, my friends. Hope your weekend is a good one.

card recipe:
stamps: wow flowers
paper: cameo coral, ww, ginger blossom dsp
ink: cameo coral
Accessories: top note die, nesties labels 2, amuse pearls

Thursday, April 8, 2010

praying for you

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. As I am typing my post, I am wondering where this day went. I was busy doing catch-up around the house and trying to create as well.

I am also trying to get all my stamp stuff organized. It's frustrating to not know what you have when you are trying to get a card together.

Today I worked on my ribbon collection. I separated it into 3 photo boxes by colors. I used my label maker and labeled the boxes. I was happy when this was done. I have wanted to work on this since Christmas.

My next project is my brads, buttons, etc. I guess all the bling. Today I found some pearls that I forgot I had.

I know you all understand what I am talking about. I think this is probably one of the biggest complaint of stampers. I see it mentioned on a lot of blogs.

I am on a mission here, my friends. I am determined to get all my stuff in order.

Well, onto my card for today. This one is for the ways to use it challenge on splitcoaststampers. Today we were to add some diagonal element to our card. I decided to use a triangle as the angled element.

I used an old layout from sketch challenge 253. It had the angles I was looking for.

Since I had my soft suede card stock out from yesterday's card I decided to use that as my base. The designer paper is from cloud 9-the cinnamon stick collections. I used a chipboard flower and rub-ons from this same collection as my image.

I thought the triangles brought some focus to the flowers. I punched them with a 1 3/8 square punch and then cut them in half.

I added some pearls to the points. These are the ones I mentioned above that I forgot I had.

My sentiment is from stampin-ups thoughts & prayers set.

That basically is my card. I thought it could have been brighter. But, with the colors I used it could work as a masculine card as well.

Well, its time to turn out the lights in charmed life land for another day.

I want to leave you with a some words from

Proverbs 31:
A wife of noble character who can find?
...she sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her task
she is clothed with strength and dignity

card recipe:
stamps: thoughts 7 prayers
paper: soft suede, cloud 9 dsp
ink: soft suede
accessories: cloud 9 chipboard & rub-ons, amuse pearls

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

turquoise birdie

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.
It feels like summer here in the 'Burgh. We have had temps in the 80's the past several days.
My hubby turned the ac on yesterday. I had to shut it off. I just can't go from heat to ac overnight.

Our tulips haven't all bloomed yet so what does that tell you!! It's not summer time my friends.

I opened up all the windows and turned on the ceiling fans and I was happy.

Hope you all had a great Easter. We were with my son-daughter-in-law and grandsons. It was such a relaxing day. family time is always good.

Our attention has turned to getting our vacation plans secured. We are going to Bethany Beach in Delaware this year. We are just a little late at getting a rental. I found about 10 condos that were available the week we want to go. So hopefully this week that will be taken care of.

Oh well, onto my card for today. This one is for 2 challenges.

1. The color challenge on splitcoaststampers this week is celery, turquoise and soft suede. I really liked working with this combo. My card base is the celery and then soft suede. I added designer paper from 2 different stampin-up packs in soft suede. Ribbon and a celery button completed my card.

You may notice that I crimped one of my panels. Betty Wright gave us an extra challenge this week- use our crimpers. I can't remember the last time I used mine.

2. The 2nd challenge is the Wednesday sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers. This layout worked well for my card. I used the stampin-up bird punch instead of stamping an image.

Well, it's late and time to turn out the lights in charmed life land for today. God bless my blogging friends.

card recipe:
paper: su celery, turquoise, vv, soft suede, autumn traditions & specialty dsp
accessories: bird punch, ribbon, sherbet button


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