Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Butterfly...........

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. This was such a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh. Sunshine and warm temps and I was able to have the windows open instead of the air-conditioner. I spent the day making a couple of cards and then did some cooking.
I bought some banana peppers, sweet Italian sausage and ground beef at the Farmers Market and to make some stuffed banana peppers. They were delicious but really hot. I even soaked the peppers for a 1/2 hour to reduce the heat. My hubby could only eat one of them. I shared a couple of them with my neighbors who love spicy food. They thoroughly enjoyed them.
I browned the sausage and ground beef in a little olive oil with onions and garlic. Once it browned I added some fresh basil, oregano and salt and pepper. I stuffed the peppers and added some marinara sauce and topped with grated parmesan cheese.
First time I ever made these and they were a success but the heat of the peppers probably would keep me from making them again and also since Hubby liked the stuffing but not the pepper.
Well onto my card for today. This one I made for a new challenge blog - "Seize the Sketch".                                                                                                                                                     This challenge was their kick-off. Here is the sketch they provided.
Using angles on a card by stamping, or using ribbon or patterned paper is so popular right now in the paper crafting world. I have been wanting to try it so this sketch was the perfect opportunity.  
I used some Stampin-Up designer paper from the "tea for two" collection. The frame I used is a Darcie's U-cut from her "garden bird" collection. The butterfly is a die from Cheery Lynn Designs cut in pink and I added some small pearls.
Stamped the sentiment in island indigo ink and added some pink rhinestones to complete my card.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.
Some other challenges:
1.  One Stop Craft Challenge wants us to add stripes.
2Totally Gorjuss wants us to use die cuts or punches.
3.  Sister Act Card Challenge has an anything goes.
4.  Stampin For the Week-end has a butterfly challenge.


  1. Such a sweet and colorful card! Thanks for linking up at Sister Act this week!
    Trisha-DT Member

  2. Wish I'd been around to help eat those stuffed banana peppers! I love those things.
    Beautiful card and love the sketch you used for it. So pretty with that butterfly.

  3. I do not like hot either Mary!! Many times I make stuffed peppers and throw the peppers away and eat the inside :) Your card is beautiful, love the softness and cool medallion. Lovely quote also :)

  4. Beautiful card - so soft and feminine! Thanks for joining us this week at Seize the Sketch! :)

  5. Beautiful colors and details, Mary! Lovely card and sentiment.

  6. Love the angles on this. So pretty!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch.

  8. Hi Mary, your card is absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining our challenge at TG this week. hugs Sharon x

  9. what a creative idea ! I love your wonderful card! I am your newest follower! Thank you for joining us at Totally Gorjuss for our challenge!
    Marie XX

  10. I love how you recreated the stripes! Very pretty card!! Your peppers sound yummy! I like spicy food as long as it's not so hot that it ruins the other flavors.

  11. very pretty and I like your clean and simple style, I have trouble with that one. thanks for playing with us at Stampin' for the Weekend.



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