Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 3 Kings

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Today I went for a cooking class at my favorite cooking school here in Pittsburgh- The Crate.
The classes are demonstration type. The instructors prepare the meal in front of the class and we get to eat a full meal when the demonstration is complete.

Besides card making, cooking is my next passion.

Today our menu consisted of:  butternut squash soup with apple & bacon, roasted butternut squash salad with sherry vinaigrette(loved this with Gorgonzola cheese & toasted pecans), sweet potato & yam gratin, cranberry chutney, and bourbon pumpkin tart with walnut streusel. All this was prepared in front of us. We also had roasted turkey which the staff made but did not demonstrate.

I have decided I will make all of the dishes between my Thanksgiving & Christmas menus. Everything we had was so delicious.

calypso coral

lucky limeade

baja breeze
Well onto my card for today. This one I created for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge.

 Betty was our hostess and she chose the amazing color combination of  calypso coral, lucky limeade and baja breeze and the neutrals of our choice. My neutrals are early espresso and white.

I thought of this “three kings” image (Morning Star Stamps) immediately when Betty gave us the colors.  I colored the images with prismacolor pencils and gamsol and cut it out with a spellbinders oval die. I stamped the star in gold and used a sakura glitter pen for highlights.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin-Up “ski slope” collection. The taffeta ribbon is early espresso and my lace is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs-“deco lace light”. Betty wanted us to make a decorative edge on our card. I finished my ribbon with a decorative edge.

I added a brad to my bow center to complete my card.

This is the card that took me all day to finish. Don't ask me why or how it happened but it did. I am a slow crafter anyway but this was a bit ridiculous. I felt like I was moving in slow motion all day on Monday.

Well my friends its late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.........God bless.

Some other challenges:
1.  Paper Pretties Blog has a Christmas challenge with non-traditional colors.
2Sweet Stamps also has a Christmas challenge with non-traditional colors.
3.  Stamptacular Sunday Challenge has a punch or die-cut challenge.
4.  Craftyhazelnuts Christmas has a challenge -whatever lights your candle. I used a star above the 3 kings.


  1. This is such a elegant card - thank you for joining in my CHNC challenge 46 - hope to see you again soon x

  2. Oh my....all of those dishes sound scrumptious! Your card is spectacular! I love the way you used the challenge colors!

  3. Not only is this a fantastic stamp, but the colors are perfect for the Wise Men!

  4. GORGEOUS! Love this and your coloring is fantastic. Such a wonderful card for Christmas.
    Wish I'd been with you at the cooking class..sounds like so much fun!

  5. What a fun color combo and you made it work beautifully
    Thank you for sharing with us this week at
    Sweet Stamps Challenge
    Have a sweet week.

  6. stunning card, lovely colors, image is great.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday this week

    Hugs Winnie

  7. Beautifully colored image. I just love Wise Men stamps. Lovely arrangement, too.

  8. You have used the challenge colors beautifully, Mary...this is such a gorgeous Christmas card!!!!

  9. Your card is beautiful. I would not have thought to pair those (bright) colors in a Christmas card but they work perfectly.
    Oh that menu does sound yummy!

  10. Oooh.. verry nice card! Love the image!!

    Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Hope to see you in the Boy Oh Boy Challenge this week too!

    Hugs Tine

  11. OK, I'm hungry for Thanksgiving dinner now... Sounds like a wonderful experience! Your wise men look fabulous and the DSP is great with this! The bow and lacy trim were the perfect finishing touches!



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