Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cheers to 2014

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life blog. It's New Years Eve 2013. Can you believe it is the final day of 2013?
This year went by so quickly that I am almost not sure where it went. A blogger friend of time encouraged me to do a review of the year to see what I have accomplished. It will probably be a lot more than what I think. So I am going to do that as well as do a review of my favorite cards for 2013. So stop by tomorrow for the card review.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess for cc459 and I chose the color palette of black, silver and white. I decided to make a New Years card. I send these out as well as Christmas cards. This is a special one for a stamping friend of mine.
My layout is this week’s MojoMonday sketch #326. We had a round or square option and I chose to make a 4 1/2" square.

My background paper is a silver metallic textured that I found in my stash. I layered it over some Stampin-Up silver cardstock. The striped layer is some paper from BoBunny and to this layer I added a border die cut from Verve. The border die seemed to fit my celebration card.

The sentiment layer is a stamp from MFT. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for placement on 2 lines. I stamped the remainder of the sentiment on the inside.
It reads: and another chance for us to get it right.

I cut a flag pennant from a Spellbinders die in silver. The 2014 are black alphabet stickers from my stash.

Completed the card with some licorice bakers twine and used some of the circles from the border die on the sentiment panel.
Well that's it for me for this post and this year. So until next time.......God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Fan-tastic Tuesday has a New Year challenge. My card is a 4 1/2" square.
2.  Shopping Our Stash wants us to use the last of something. I used my last piece of the silver metallic textured paper.
3.  Card Mania has a Happy New Year Challenge.
4.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes.
5.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes with a twist. Use black + a fave color. I like black with silver for elegance.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Peace On Earth

Merry Christmas and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We have had a wonderful weekend leading up to Christmas.  
My son and daughter in law came in from San Francisco with our sweet granddaughter Phoenix Daisy. And, we get to have her again this year for Christmas morning. She is so excited to have Santa come and bring her a new stroller for her "babies".
We took her to the mall today and had her ride the Christmas train. She wouldn't talk to Santa because she is still afraid of him. That was fine with me because the line to talk to him and get a photo was at least 30 deep.
She is in bed now so I took a quick minute to post my card. My card is using the Just Rite Stamper set “Christmas Treasures”. I stamped the wisemen in midnight muse ink. I used a Spellbinders circle to cut and layer. I stamped the background sentiment also part of this same stamp set in midnight muse and cut with a Spellbinders circle die.

My background baja breeze designer paper and the striped designer paper is from the Stampin-Up “ski slope” collection. To complete my card I added some satin ribbon and a gold star.
It's time to close this post and get to bed. It will be a big dinner at my home tomorrow with both my sons and their families.
I hope your celebration is a blessed one. Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cup of Christmas Cheer

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well, its 12 days until Christmas.
My plan for completing all that I want is coming along slowly. I went out to finish Christmas shopping yesterday and 95% is done. I had intentions on starting my wrapping last night, but that didn't happen. So it will be a marathon wrap today.
I had several interruptions and then I didn't feel like starting it. Half of my cards are written out and ready to drop off at the post office. That will be a task for today along with the wrapping.
My son and his family come in on December 21 so everything that I want to complete has to be done by then. Once my granddaughter comes its all over for me. We have cookies to bake and then off to the mall to ride the Christmas train and maybe visit Santa. She was afraid last year so maybe now that she is 3 it will be different.
Now onto to my card for today. This is another of my Christmas cards. I wanted to use some Washi tape on one of my cards. I used this craft tape for the first time a couple of months ago. So I bought some red and decided to try it on a Christmas card.
I like how it turned out. My printed image is from Darcie's Stamps U-Cuts collection. They are all ready to go on a card. Just a lot of fussy cutting is required.
I placed the cup image on a Spellbinders die and added the word "Merry" cut from a PaperTrey ink die to complete my card.
Hope your Christmas tasks are going well. Leave me a comment and let me know I am not the only one dashing to finish (lol)!! Until next time..........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.   Pals Paper Arts has a color challenge. I used real red instead of rose red.
2.  4 Crafty Chicks has a food or drink challenge.
3.  Crafty Girls Challenge has an anything goes.
4.  Creative Knockouts has a "tis the season" challenge.
5.  Cute Card Thursday has a Christmas catch-up challenge.
6.  Happy Campers Craft Challenge is Christmas.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Merry Christmas

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. The Christmas countdown has begun. I have so much to do and it seems like not enough days to do it all.

This calls for a plan to organize my days wisely and pack in all that I can for each day. I am about 95% completed with my decorating. Then I have my cards to address and mail out.

I make chocolate candy so that is on the agenda for this week as well as some cookie baking. I don't do a lot here but the ones I make are time intensive. I have to finish my Christmas shopping and then the presents need wrapped. 

Christmas menu needs planned and the shopping for that. I have to have all of this done by December 21st because that's when my son and his family come in from California. When my sweet little granddaughter arrives there won't be anything happening except her because she will want my undivided attention. And, I want to give that to her.

Now, let's move to my card for today so I can get cracking on my to-do list. This one I made with a new die that I bought from Memory Box. The Merry Christmas words make for a quick and easy Christmas card. Then you can embellish it however else you want. I saw this card on KittieKraft blog and used it for my inspiration. I changed the bow to a poinsettia.

I decided to use the Spellbinders poinsettia die to complete my card. I di a little sponging on the flower and leaves for some depth.

Well, it's time to end this post and get back to my Christmas list. Hope your preparations are going well. So until next time..........God bless.

I am also entering:
1.  That Craft Place has a Christmas challenge.
2.  Hiding in my craft room has a colors of Christmas challenge.
3.  Bloggers Challenge is Christmas or Hanukkah.
4.  Crafters CafĂ© wants us to use red.
5Divas By Design has a feeling festive challenge.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Words of Christmas

Happy Saturday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe its been over a week since my last blog post.
It's not like I have not been card making because I have been working furiously at getting my Christmas cards finished. I just haven't taken photos of them yet.
I also have cards for sale in a boutique near my home and I had to make extra Christmas cards to display there.
Then there is all the other Christmas stuff that needs to get done plus I have my family in this mix. LOL - it makes me tired just thinking about all I have been doing and still need to do.
But I decided this morning before I get back to decorating my home that I would post on my blog. And, I have a Christmas card to show of course.
This one is done in some non-traditional colors but, I like doing that for a holiday. The color challenge #455 on Splitcoaststampers this week was hosted by Karen. She chose daffodil delight, wild wasabi an gold as her color trio. Her card is gorgeous so click on her name above and check it out.
I decided to highlight the gold and use a metallic brown as a neutral fro my card base as well as for my frames.  The Spellbinders poinsettia die is cut in the daffodil delight color with wasabi leaves.

My gold background paper is from K & Co –“Christmas Cheer gold words”. I used the Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B to create the rectangle frame. I layered inside that the Spellbinders Decorative Labels 28 cut in the brown metallic.

My poinsettia is cut with the Spellbinders die in daffodil delight. I sponged while in the die for some added depth. My leaves are cut in wild wasabi.

I added some gold ribbon treatment to complete my card. The layout is this week’s MojoMonday #322.

That’s my card for today. Time to resume the Christmas decorating. So until next time........God bless.

I am also entering:
1.  A Creative Romance has a "Sparkle at Christmas" challenge.
2.  Card Makin Mama's has a Christmas/New Years challenge.
3.  Crafty Hands Challenge Blog  has a seasons greetings challenge.
4.  Jelly Park Friends has a Christmas challenge.
5.  C.R.A.F.T. has a Christmas challenge.


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