Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peace On Earth

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Ours was wonderful and so relaxing.

We celebrated with friends from church this year. My bff was here for the the first time as well. I loved it!!

My son & daughter-in-law were with her family.we chatted by phone but  Ididnt see them. My mother-in-law was taking care of her daughter. She just had a lung operation. We sent leftovers which they loved.

I tried a couple of new ideas for my stuffing and gravy. I was pleased with the outcome so I will use it again next year. I subscribe to the Food Network magazine and the Thanksgiving issue was packed with lots of helpful ideas. I loved the cranberry recipe in the issue. My guests did as well.

So now onto my card for today. I cant believe its been a week since I posted. I missed creating with paper but I definitely created a fine feast in my kitchen.

This card was done for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I am on the color challenge team there and this week was my turn to post a sample. Our hostess was Julia and she chose the color trio of Kraft, Pear Pizzazz and White.

I had some difficulty at first because I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card but the colors were somewhat limiting. So I decided to use images that didn't require coloring.

The kraft background is stamped with the snowflake from the Verve “winter wonder remixed” set. I used the cuttlebug snowflake folder on my white square background piece.

The circle snowflakes and sentiment are from the same Verve set and I used a spellbinders die to cut it.

To cover the pear pizzazz color I cut a Spellbinder lacy square and circle. I also used some pear pizzazz seam binding and bakers twine.

Added an angel charm and some Anna Griffin dimensional snowflakes to complete my card. Another Christmas card for my stash that is nowhere near being completed. But, I have plans to work, work, work this week.

Well, 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.  Craft Your Passion has anything holiday or winter related.
2 Hooked on Craft Challenge has a winter wonderland challenge.
3 Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet has a Christmas challenge.
4Outlawz greetings challenge is anything goes.
5.  Ribbon Reel has an anything goes challenge.
6.  Oldie But Goodie blog has a Christmas challenge wit hno red or green. My stamp set is 3 years old.

card recipe:
stamps:winter wonder remixed (verve)
paper: su crumb cake, pear pizzazz, white
ink: pear pizzazz, crumb cake
accessories: spellbinders lacey square & circle dies, pear pizzazz ribbon, baker’s twine, Anna Griffin snowflakes, dress it up angel charm,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Let It Snow

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Can you believe it is the Saturday before Thanksgiving? I love celebrating this holiday. It's one that evokes many happy childhood memories in me.

My son & daughter-in-law will spend the day with her parents. We share this holiday as it should be. My husband's family isn't coming this year. My sister-in-law is recovering from a surgery and my mother-in-law wants to spend the day with her.

I invited my bff-this is the first year we will celebrate together. She usually travels to Virginia or has her family here. But that didn't work out this year so she & her hubby will be with us.Whoo-hoo!!
We also will have a young couple from church that we have taken under our wing. They are from Texas and have no family locally.

I bought my turkey today-a strapping 21 lb bird. And now the week long preparations will begin.

I wont be spending much time card making this week but I do have one to show you today. I made this one for the sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers. This is the layout we were to work into a card.

My mitten image is a spellbinder die that I cut in pretty in pink cardstock and then embossed with the cuttlebug embossing folder "dots". I added some ribbon and pearls for a trimmed edge.

My background is also a cuttlebug embossing folder-"snowflakes". The 3 squares are spellbinder rectangle dies and I stamped a snowflake in the middle from Verve's "winter wishes" set.

I punched a tag and added some of the curly white trim. The sentiment is from Stampin-Up's "tiny talk set. Some pearls were added to complete my card.

Well it's late and time to close this post. So until next time.........God bless

Some other challenges:
1.  CES challenge blog has a snowflakes challenge.
2.  Just Some Lines blog has a tic-tac-toe challenge. I chose embossing-ribbon-punch or die-cut.
3.  Winter Wonderland challenge has a "cute Christmas image". I think pink mittens fit this.
4CCEE Stampers has a 2 diecuts or punches challenge.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: tiny talk (su), winter wishes (verve)
Paper: su pretty in pink, ww, old olive, basic grey eskimo kisses dsp
Ink: melon mambo
Accessories: spellbinders mitten & rectangle dies, ribbon, pearls, cb ef -snowflakes

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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let It Snow

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I would like to say that I don't know where the day went today. I  was working on a card for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers and that's all I did. It took all day for me to finish the card. I am not sure how that is possible but it happened.

I will be showing that card tomorrow. The one I am showing today I made for the winter wonderland mini viritual stamping night on Splitcoaststampers. Lisa is our hostess and she wanted us to make a card or project with an image of a something you'd bundle up with....scarf, hats, mittens, sweater, blanket, etc.....AND to make it warm and cozy....... incorporate felt into your project.

I always wear a scarf in the cold weather to bundle up and keep warm. For the felt part of the challenge, I found this snowman in my stash. It's a felt applique. OI added some sparkle with red rhinestones.

I have had it for years and today it finally gets used. I have another one so I can make 2 of these cards anyway. There was a .25 sticker on the back-I must have found it on clearance somewhere.

My background embossed layer is the Cuttlebug "snowflakes" folder. My stamped snowflakes are from the Verve set "winter wonder".
I stamped in navy ink several times without re-inking to get a gradient look.

The tag sentiment is from Stampin-Up's "tiny talk set".

I added some red ribbon with a snowflake button and bakers twine to complete my card.

Well it's very late now so I have to dim the light in Charmed Life Land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

Some other challenges:
1.   Craft Your Passion has a "let it snow" challenge. I am so on this one!!
2.   Hooked on Craft wants us to use a punch or a die cut. I used both.
3.   Incy Wincy Designs has a tic tac toe challenge. I chose red-christmas sentiment-ribbons.
4.  Ooh-la-la creations has a bingo. I chose ribbon-diecut-sparkle.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Tree Collage

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. This day rolled by so quickly. Yet it was a relaxing day spent with my husband. Our day started with church and our service was wonderful today. Well I think it's that way most weeks.

This evening we had tickets to the Univ of Pittsburgh basketball game. I love going to these games. There is such an energy in the Petersen Events center with the cheerleaders, band and the team. Pitt won so that always makes the game better.

We stooped for an Italian hoagie on the way home-yummy. And now I am sitting here typing up my blog post and watching TV. Just about ready to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. But I wanted to post my newest card before I did that.

This one I made for 2 challenges on Splitcoaststampers. The featured stamper challenge. Anne aka itsapassion is the stamper who is being featured this week. We select one of her cards and make it over in our style.

I chose this Christmas card of hers.  I kept Anne's tree and poinsettia theme. My tree is a Christmas tree and my poinsettia is a spellbinder's die cut.
I changed the colors and added another layer and ribbon. On my tree I placed red pearls and highlighted the candles and the tree top with a glitter pen.

In the corner I used a cherry lynn doily die and cut it in quarters and placed my die cut poinsettia on top. The stamp image is from Our Daily Bread Designs-"Christmas Tree Collage".

The other Splitcoaststampers challenge is the holiday virtual stamping challenge. There are 6 challenges and this one is #3. The challenge is to create a card that represents your favorite holiday song. Use at least two layers and two embellishments (i. e. ribbon, brads, something shiny). 

This card actually represents 2 of my favorite carols. O Christmas Tree and Joy to the world. The background sheet music on my image has the words "joy to the world".

Well that's it my blogger friends. Hope you liked my card for today.

Some other challenges:
1.  Stamptacular Sunday challenge wants us to use a punch or die cut. I used a poinsettia die & a lace doliy die.
2.  Craft Your Days Away blog has an embellishment bingo. I chose pearls, flowers and ribbon.
3.  Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge is "whatever lights your candle". I have several candles on my christmas tree and also a star on the tree top.
4.  Totally Gorjuss has a Christmas traditions challenge. One of ours is a Christmas tree with decorations. In fact I put 2 trees up each year.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blog Candy Winners and more.......

Happy Saturday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We had a somewhat busy day today. Our 2 grandsons were in a basketball tournament and it was in our section of town. So we went over for the 11:00 game for Ethan and the other team didn't show up. In fact, they dropped out of the tournament but our kids were never called. It didn't matter for us because our drive was a short one for a change. But my son & daughter-in-law had to drive 40 minutes to get to the school.

So they let Ethan's team practice and then we went out to lunch because we had some time before Aidin's team played. It was a nice relaxing lunch in fact we sat outside and ate. Do you believe that?? It's November 12 and we had a warm sunny day here in Pittsburgh.

Well Aidin's team won and both the boys teams will play on Friday night. I will probably go over and pick Ethan up after school and bring him to my house. His parents won't get home from work in time to drive across the city during rush hour for a 6:30 game.

Time to move on to the next matter at hand- blog candy. I picked a winner for the Bo Bunny paper and that was Margaret from Black Shadow  Creations -comment #38. So Margaret send me your address so I can get the paper out to you.

During the blog hop I had some of you start to follow my blog. I had my 100th follower during this blog hop. I decided to give something else away. It's a pack of designer paper from DCWV- their Harvest Gathering matstack.  My 100th follower is Peggy Wainman from Heartfull Stamping. So Peggy if you send me your address, I will get the paper out to you.

Now onto my card for today. This is one I created for the free for all challenge on
Splitcoaststampers.  This is Dawn's challenge: ...make a thank you card...but with a twist. Include on that card the embellishment that YOU are most grateful for! What is your most favorite, always the "go to" embellie, trademark embellishment...that completes your card?

I really like using ribbon on my cards. I like the completed look it gives my cards.

On this card I used Stampin-Up twine and I layered a fall multi-colored ribbon on top of that from American Crafts. My bow has a sunflower button for the center.

My images are from Stampin Up's "autumn days" set. I stamped the wheat in wild honey distressed ink and the berry sprigs in old olive and pumpkin ink.
The sentiment is from Verve's "bountiful harvest" set. I embossed my background with the cuttlebug folder "pumpkin harvest".

That's it for me for today. Church in the morning and then tomorrow I have a Christmas card to post.

Some other challenges:
1.  Our Creative Corner  wants us to create a project using pumpkins or the color pumpkin pie as the focal point or main color of your project! I used the color and then a pumpkin embossing folder as well.
2.  Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays wants us to make a thank you / Thanksgiving card.
3Card Makin' Mamas has a "be thankful" challenge.
4.  Frosted Designs has a fabulous Friday challenge of embossing. I embossed my background layer.
5.  Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge is to make a Thanksgiving  card with a sentiment.

card recipe:
Stamps: autumn days (stampin-up) bountfiul harvest (verve)
Paper:su vv, choc chip, pumpkin pie
Ink: su choch chip, old olive, pumpkin, ranger wild honey
Accessories: su twine ribbon, american crafts multi, spellbinders dies, cuttlebug ef

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Scarecrow Gives Thanks

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I finally put my cards for the Cancer Center in Houston in the mail today. I was involved with the "hope you can cling to" challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Click on the above link to get more info.

I was able to make 15 cards out of the 31 challenges and send them off. It was a great feeling knowing that the families and even the patients themselves have the opportunity to pick one of the cards sent in and give it. I didn't know about the challenge last year but now that I do I plan on being involved every year.
There were 3600 cards made by the stampers at Splitcoast. The response was amazing. But I see that's what happens when you put out a vision where there is a need.

Here are all the cards I made: Challenge #1, #4,  #5 #6, #7,  #8, #9, #11, #12, #13, #14, #16,  #18, #21, & #24.

Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #348 on Splitcoaststampers.  Vicki was our hostess and she chose the trio of cajun craze, turquoise and crumb cake. I used some chocolate chip as my neutral color for layering.

I thought this color scheme was just screaming for a fall card. I needed another thanksgiving card (maybe 2) so I took that route. This one will go to one of my grandsons.

I used the scarecrow & pumpkins from the Stampin-Up set “happy fall y’all”. I colored my scarecrow with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.

I cut him out and then layered on a piece of cardstock to create a little scene. I punched a little fence, tied a little tag to it and popped up pumpkins.

I paper pieced his hat and the leaves with cajun craze cardstock.

My background embossing is the cuttlebug folder “autumn type”. Added some ribbon and twine and that completed my card.

Well, it's late and time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day.

Some other challenges:
1.  CCEE Stampers wants us to use 3 different shapes on our card. I used a tag, rectangle & fence-since we can use dies.
2.  Charisma Cardz is having a cutesy challenge. I think my scarecrow is pretty cute.
3Dutch Dare Card Challenges wants us to use our punches and dies. I used 2 Martha Stewart punches-the mini tag and the fence punch.
4.  The Outlawz greetings card challenge wants us to "give thanks".
5.  Creative Card Crew has a "thankful" challenge.

My Artsy Card

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We have had 4 of the most beautiful fall days here in Pittsburgh. I love lots of sun and warm temps. Not too many days left like this before the cold, snowy days of winter roll into town. So I enjoy it while I can.

My card layout is Wednesday's sketch from Splitcoaststampers.  I wanted to use the colors from Wednesday's color throwdown and I was having a little difficulty.

The sketch and color throwdown weren't particularly difficult but when I wanted to put them together is when I had the problem. 
I titled my post today "my artsy card" because that's how I think my card ended up looking today. But, I was determined and my perseverance paid off.

I had some embossed paper from K & Co and I sponged all the challenge colors on the leaves on the paper. I thought it took on a "artsy look". 

I used this for the largest layer on the sketch. On my 2nd layer I embossed with the cuttlebug "autumn type" embossing folder and sponged this with riding hood red. On the oval layer I stamped my sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Verve sets "bountiful harvest" and the stamped leaves are from "dream big".

I punched 2 maple leaves with a Marvy punch and added some lucky limeade ribbon with a button center to complete my card.

Well it's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land  for another day. So until next time .........God bless

Some other challenges:
1Crafting for all Seasons has a texture challenge #13.
2.   Paper Pretties has a button challenge.
3Truly Scumptious blog has a bingo challenge. My card fits in embossing-buttons-ribbon block.
4.  The Sisterhood of Crafters has a "giving thanks" challenge.

card recipe:
stamps: abundant blessings & dream big (verve)
paper: su very vanilla, riding hood red, k & co embossed dp
ink: riding hood red, lucky limeade, pool party, pretty in pink
accessories: cuttlebug ef, limeade ribbon, button, spellbinders oval dies

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #103

Click here for the SNSS blog hop

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It's time for another Creative Belli Challenge. The challenge this time is paper piercing your project.

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments! Everyone is welcome to play along! Challenge a stamping friend! Just follow the theme.

There is also a design team call out for the Creative Belli Blog. Would you like to be a Belli Girl? Check out all the details here.

For my card I used a spellbinder poinsettia die. My old embellies are my rhinestones and my designer paper.  I did my piercing on the sentiment layer. That was cut with the spellbinders rectangles die.

The sentiment is from the Our Daily Bread designs set "worship the Lord". I used my stampa-ma-jig to line it up vertically.

I added some cherry cobbler seam binding from Stampin-Up to complete my card.

The layout is from the ODBD blog. It's their Saturday shining the light challenge #83. It was a fun sketch to work with and gave me a chance to make another Christmas card.

Well that's my card for today. Time to close this post.

Some other challenges:
1.  Top Tip Tuesday has a Christmas anything goes challenge.
2.  Christmas Inspirations wants us to use bows on our project.
3I Did It Creations Challenge is looking for our Christmas creations.
4.  Mark's Finest Papers has a fall or winter theme.

Card Recipe:
stamps: worship the Lord (ODBD)
paper: su cherry cobbler, kraft, deck the halls dsp
ink: cherry cobbler
accessories: spellbinder poinsettia & rectangle dies, darice rhinestones, su cherry cobbler seam binding

Monday, November 7, 2011

SNSS Birthday Blop Hop

Hello and welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps birthday blog hop. Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is so excited to be celebrating 4 wonderful years.

I have had the amazing opportunity of being on the design team for the past 6 months. I truly enjoyed my experience with Korin and the rest of the Sweet 'n Sassy Team. Even though my design term has come to an end, I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this birthday blog hop.

A fantastic group of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps design team members past and present, along with some special friends, have put together this fabulous Birthday Blog Hop to kick off a whole month of fun. We have 36 stops so the hop will take place over three days - feel free to take your time visiting each blog!

You have until 11:59pm EST November 9th to leave comments on as many blogs as you can. On Saturday, November 12th Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will announce FOUR winners (chosen at random from comments on random stops along the hop); each lucky winner will receive a prize pack including stamps, dies, paper & twine valued at $40!

I also have blog candy to give away to one lucky commenter. It's a brand new 36 page pack of the BoBunny "blitzen collection" christmas paper.
Just leave me a comment and tell me to enter you in my drawing. I will announce my winner on Friday, November 11. So check back here to see if you won this candy.

 If you have been following along already you should have come from the amazing Jerusha Borden's " I love papercrafting blog".

If you are only starting here, please head back to the SNSS blog and go from there. You won't want to miss any stops along the way! Also, don't forget to comment on as many stops as you can....the more comments the better your chance of winning one of the fabulous prize packs! :)
Here is my card for the blog hop:

I am using "Christmas Light" set designed by the amazing Dina Kowal. This set has a matching die. Can that make card making any easier?

I water colored my image and then popped it up on a spellbinder lacy circle die. My sentiment is also from this same set and it was stamped and then embossed.

I used gold metallic paper so the embossing helped my red ink to show up a little better.

My lacy border is the Cheery Lynn "lace light" border die. They cut with such great detail. I used a maraschino cardstock to cut the border and the spellbinder lacy circle.
My striped designer paper is something I have had in my stash for years.

Your next stop on the hop is the incredibly talented "Lori Craig" but just in case there are any hiccups, here is the whole list of celebrants on this party train:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Because I Care

Happy Thursday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Another beautiful fall day here in Pittsburgh with lots of sunshine.

We had snow last Saturday. It was just a dusting but nonetheless snow. We weren't here but my neighbor took pictures and emailed them to me.

I mention this because before we left for San Francisco our dahlias were still in bloom. It was the last of our summer bounty.

Do you believe that my husband just cut 5 flowers and brought them in today. they survived the snow. It's the last of them until next year.  I didnt take any photos maybe I will do that for tomorrow's post.

Ok so onto my card for today. This one I made for the "ways to use it" challenge on splitcoaststampers. Toni was our hostess and she wanted us to use newsprint on our cards. I have seen it done many times but I have never used it before.

I scoured the newspaper looking for an article to spark my creativity. I found this one on breast cancer and it was in color. I am still making cards for the "hope you can cling to" challenges. This challenge was to use different size shapes.

For my layout I used the sketch #213 from the MojoMonday blog.  we could make either a round or square card. I chose the square one this time around.

I pulled out my spellbinders circle dies, my stampin-up oval punches and I cut the rectangle myself. So I was good for the hycct challenge.

My patterned paper is from American Crafts. My sentiment is from Stampin-Up's "because I care" set.
The felt flower is from Pebbles and my butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch. I added some brown pearls to the corners and the sentiment panel to complete my card.

And that my friends also completes this blog post. So unti lnext time..........God bless.

Some other challenges:
1.  4 Crafty Chicks blog has a diecuts challenge.
2Create me Pink blog has a flower challenge

Have Courage

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We had a beautiful fall day today here in Pittsburgh. Lots of sunshine and warmer temps makes winter seem so far away. But this Sunday we end daylight savings time and it will be darker an hour earlier.

We are getting closer to Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be just around the corner. I have started planning both menus and also have made a dent into my Christmas shopping. I wish I could say the same thing about my Christmas cards. I have made about 15 cards so far and I need somewhere around 80.

I do have some ideas for quick and easily mass produced cards. I just have to get moving on them.

I did make a card today though that wasn't Christmas. I liked the sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers and I knew it would work for the idea I had in mind.

I am still making cards for the "hope you can cling to" challenges on splitcoaststampers as well. Click on the above link for more info.

This challenge was hosted by Taylor and she wanted us to make a girlie card-using lace-ribbon-pearls all the stuff girls like.

On my middle white panel I used the "distressed background" stamp from Great Impressions with melon mambo ink.

For the panel across the card, I used the Cherry Lynn lace border die and ran white ribbon thru it. Then added a small bow with a rhinestone center.

I also used a cherry lynn flourish and added a ribbon flower for the image part of the sketch. I finished my card with a tag and sentiment.

Well, my friends its late and time to dim the lights in charmed life land for another day.

Some other challenges:
1.  Freshly Brewed blog has an anything goes challenge #71.
2.  Create Me Pink blog has a flower challenge.
3.  Creative Craft blog has a fancy edges challenge.
4.  Papertake Weekly has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Ribbon Carousel has an anything goes challenge.

Card Recipe
stamps: tiny words (wordsworth), distressed background (great impressions)
paper: su ww, melon mambo, old olive
ink: melon mambo
accessories: offray ribbon flower, cherry lynn lace border & flourish dies, ms tag punch, hero arts rhinestones

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Give Thanks

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We just returned from a 4 day visit with our sweet Phoenix Daisy in San Francisco. Well, of course we visited with Brett & Ghilly as well.

My hubby helped Brett with the backyard. They made a living wall and planted a bunch of succulents. The living wall was made with a canvas pocket and then you add dirt and your plants.

I took care of Phoenix for 3 days and gave Ghilly some free time. She and Brett also had a much needed date night. It was such a wonderful visit and just way to short. They aren't coming here for Christmas so I have some disappointment to deal with there. But, I have my other son, daughter-in-law and  3 grandsons to enjoy.

I have already started to plan my Christmas menu. The boys are already starting to talk about the day and what we will be eating. We will have a wonderful day with our 5 blessings here in Pittsburgh.

Well onto my card for today. this one I made for the color challenge #347 on splitcoaststampers. Peggy was our hostess and she chose the rich color combination of bravo burgundy, more mustard and always artichoke.

This screamed fall to me so I created a thanksgiving card. I need a few more cards to send.

I used the Stamping-Up set "autumn days" for my images. I stamped the pheasant image in chocholate chip and then used markers to add artichoke, bravo burgundy and mustard to the bird.

I placed him on a background stamped with the berry branch from the same set and embossed with the Stampin-Up basket weave folder. Then added mustard ribbon, a burgundy button, a tag stamped with a sentiment from Stampin-Up's tiny talk set.

My designer paper is from the the"autumn vine" collection. That's my card for today.

It's time to dim the lights in charmed life land for another day. So until next time........God bless

Some other challenges:
1.  Clear it out challenge wants us to show our favorite holiday. I made a thanksgiving card, This holiday  is right up there with Christmas. Almost everything on my card is over a year old and from my stash.

2.  Oldie but Goodie blog has a buttons nad bows challenge. My pheasant image stamp is a year old.

3.  The Outlawz has a greetings challenge and we are to use some scrap paper. My designer paper is a leftover from a 12 x12 sheet as well as my vailla & burgundy layers.

4.  Tuesday Throwdown has a "thanks" challenge.

5.  Craft your Passion has a "bingo" challenge. I chose -buttons-(my choice) embossing and sentiment


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