Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masculine Birthday

Hello Blogger friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Well, fall has officially arrived. It will be the end of our growing season soon. No more flowers or fresh veggies- enter sad face here!!
Although we did have quite a harvest from our vegetable garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, onions, leeks, eggplant, carrots, green peppers as well as all the herbs.
Today, I am going to can the tomatoes. I have made salsa before but never a tomato sauce. I found a recipe on the Ball website that I will use.
Last week I put up 13 jars of pear butter. I will give some as a little Christmas gift with a loaf of pumpkin bread. People always appreciate homemade gifts, I think.
pear butter
It is such a delicious recipe with the added cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, apple cider and brown sugar. My hubby really likes it as well as anyone I have given it to. We have a friend with several pear trees and he invited us to come over and pick all that we wanted.
So the hubs picked two - 5 gallon buckets and then went yesterday and picked some more. I am thinking about making more of the jam but that's after I finish my tomatoes.
Now, onto today's card. This one I made for my son for his birthday. I forgot to take a photo of it at home so I took it over at his home with my I-Phone. I went outside but I think it looks okay.
It is a Stampin-Up mainly card. I used a few Spellbinder dies to cut my frame and oval. I really like how it turned out. My inspiration came from this card I saw on Becky Roberts Blog. I just changed the ribbon to black on my card.
I used the Stampin-Up set - "see ya later" and my designer paper is from the
kaleidoscope collection. For the candles I cut a small piece of paper and rolled it around a pencil then used glue dots to secure it.
The candle flame is punched using the Stampin-Up bird builder punch. This is the wing. It makes a perfect flame. Then to make it sparkle, I used dazzling diamonds glitter.
Well, that's it for me for this post. Time to get into my kitchen and start my tomato processing. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
stamps: see ya later
paper: basic black, melon mambo, whisper white, daffodil delight, kaleidoscope dsp
ink: memento tuxedo black, melon mambo & pool party markers
accessories: Spellbinders mattings basics A & B and oval dies, bird builder punch (SU), black ribbon, dazzling diamond glitter
I am also entering:
1Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes.
2.  Incy Wincy Designs has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Sparkle N Sprinkle has any anything goes using glitter, embossing powder or flocking.
4.  Craftyhazelnuts has a patterned paper challenge.
5Paradise of Stamps has an anything goes challenge.
6 Tok Bobok has a masculine challenge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Card Concept Sept 17 Challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Today there are 2 events going on for me. The first is my birthday. We celebrated last night with a fabulous dinner at my son and daughter-in-laws home. She is such a wonderful cook and she honored me with her cooking talents. More on what she made in another blog post. So stay tuned!!
The 2nd event is another challenge over at the Card Concept Blog.  This 2 week period we have a color challenge - my favorite type. Here is a beautiful inspiration photo to help in creating your card.
My card theme for this challenge is the shabby chic style. Not my usual style of card making but I was happy with how this one turned out. My card picks up on the colors, of course, and also the fall leaves.
I found this designer paper from Graphic 45 - "the eden symphony collection". I thought it was a perfect starting point for my shabby chic design. I layered that over some cherry cobbler cardstock and did some distressing of all these layers.
Next I looked to my die collection to see what could assist me with this design. I found another big help with this Cherry Lynn Designs die - "border carnivale". I cut in cherry cobbler cardstock and added some pearls.
I thought that a shabby chic layout should include a doily so I cut one using another Cherry Lynn Designs die "French pastry" in so saffron cardstock. I sponged over the doily with so saffron ink to distress a bit more. The card is taking the shape I want at this point. The autumn sentiment is a stamp from Great Impressions.
I knew I needed some ribbon so I made a bow from cherry cobbler seam binding and spritzed it with water to give it a crinkly look. I think this is also one of the key elements of a shabby chic design.
To pick up on the leaf theme I cut some leaves using a Spellbinders die in cherry cobbler and lucky limeade cardstocks. That completed my card. This one is a bit larger than I usually make at 6 x 4 3/4, But I don't have to mail it since I will be giving it to my neighbor for her October birthday. How about that for being ahead of schedule??
Hope you can join in on the challenge this time. With The Card Concept challenge you get to choose the style of card making you are comfortable with or attempt a new style. Either way its a fun challenge!! Drop over to the blog to see all the fabulous inspiration from the other designers.
Card Details:
Paper: cherry cobbler, so saffron, lucky limeade (SU), eden symphony (Graphic 45)
Ink: cherry cobbler, so saffron
Accessories: carnival border, French pastry dies (Cherry Lynn Designs), fall leaf dies (Spellbinders), paper distresser (Tim Holtz), cherry cobbler seam binding (SU), pearls (Darice) 

Friday, September 12, 2014

~teaching is love~

Hello blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by my blog. Look around Charmed Life Land for awhile- I have lots of eye candy for your viewing pleasure.
We completed our first week of pre-school. Such an amazing group of children this year. They are so cooperative and after 2 days are quickly catching on to the routine of the class room. Well, what we have introduced to them so far.
Only one little boy didn't want to do the art project. We don't force them to do the projects because then a crying episode can develop. He loves doing everything else so we fully expect him to turn around once he sees the projects are fun.
Since I am in back to school mode, I thought I would show you another card I made in that theme. I still have a couple of more cards to make to give to my niece who is a  teacher as well as some friends. I put a Starbucks gift card inside as a way to thank them for being teachers.
I cased myself on this card. See my original here.
I had the perfect stamps with the Verve "teachers count" set. The layout is an old MojoMonday #293 sketch. I modified it a little.

Used some Recollections school themed dp for my bg layer.  The rectangle layer is riding hood red cardstock and was run thru my big shot with the Stampin-Up "alphabet" embossing folder.
I did a bit of a chalkboard and used the same stamp from the Verve set and also added an apple to this layer. The apple is from the Stampin-Up "perfectly preserved" set and matching "Cannery thinlits die".

Stamped my sentiment on more Recollections patterned paper and added a few brad hearts to complete my card. 
Well, it's time to get my day started here in Charmed Life Land. So until next time......God bless.
Card Details:
Stamps:Teachers Count (verve), Perfectly Preserved (SU) 
Paper: old olive, riding hood red, black, recollections dp 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: riding hood red, old olive 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, cannery framelits, riding hood red ribbon, clips assortment, Alphabet EF (Stampin-Up)
I am also entering:
1.  Free For All Challenge #237 wanted us to use apples on our creation.
2.  Case Study Challenge #208- inspiration came from Debby Hughes. I picked up the apple theme. 
3.  Freshly Brewed Challenge is "school days".
4.  The Paper Girls have a back to school challenge.
5.  Tando Challenge has a numbers and letters.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Winters First Hello

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I honestly don't know where the days are going. I don't seem to be accomplishing the goals that I have in mind for each day. A little tweaking is in order I think.
Our pre-school has started back up again. Yesterday was our first class. It was only for an hour and the parents come with the kids. Thursday will be another 1 hour class but no parents. The kids all did well as we introduced a modified routine to them. It will be exciting to see how they progress though the year. I only help out 1 day a week but for the first few months I will go both days. I do that to help get the kids acclimated to the routine as well as to get to know me. Just another reason I need to organize my days better.
Anyway, I wanted to get this post completed before I head off to the gym. On Wednesday's its our group day with the trainer. Don't know if I mentioned before that I exercise every Mon-Wed-Friday with 4 other women.  It's been good for all of us because if you have someone to go to the gym with, you are more likely to go. At least that's how it's worked out for me.
Now onto my card for today. This is the 2nd card I made for The Splitcoaststampers CC494. This one I created for the CC494 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess  and for my color palette I chose melon mambo, basic gray and wild wasabi.
I chose the colors based on this comforter set I saw on Pinterest. Thought it would make a pretty card and based on the SCS gallery, I was correct.
I also gave an option to use these non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card or a winter scene. The 2nd option was to add flowers or create a summer scene for the card. You can see that card here.
I created this Christmas card using the Grand Christmas die from Memory Box. I saw this card on the Memory Box site and used it for my inspiration today. I changed the colors and dies to give it my touch.

Stamped the background trees in wild wasabi using a stamp from Just For Fun stamps. To complete my card I used the MFT Blueprints 3 dies and cut a bow and a stitched edged panel in basic gray cardstock.
This one will be easy to mass produce for Christmas. I will probably make at least 10 of these.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Robyn's Fetish has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting At The Weekend has an anything goes challenge.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summers Last Hurrah

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday here in Pittsburgh.
Just the type of day that our tomatoes like to turn them red and ready for picking. They are ripening at a very nice pace. I roasted some the other day with olive oil, garlic and thyme. They were super delicious. I used them to make a vodka sauce to serve with some ravioli that I picked up at Trader Joes.
The sauce is really easy to make and is so delicious. I put the tomatoes in my food processor to puree them. Then I sautéed some onion and more garlic-added my roasted tomatoes, fresh basil (also from our garden) and 1/2 cup of vodka. The alcohol cooks off in this dish since you let it simmer for about an hour. To finish it off I added some heavy cream and it's done.  
I am definitely going to make this again. By roasting the tomatoes it really enhances  their flavor.  I have been roasting a lot of vegetables lately. They are so delicious and easy to prepare. You just drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and any other seasoning you like.  
Now, onto my card for today. This one I created for the CC494 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess  and for my color palette I chose melon mambo, basic gray and wild wasabi.
I chose the colors based on this comforter set I saw on Pinterest. Thought it would make a pretty card and based on the SCS gallery, I was correct.
I also gave an option to add flowers or create a summer scene for the card. Wanted to make it summer's last hurrah. The 2nd option was use these non-traditional colors to make a Christmas card or a winter scene.
Today I am showing my summer's last hurrah card. This card is using lots of dies and background stenciling.
I had this card saved in my faves on Pinterest and used it for my inspiration today. I changed the colors and some dies to give it my touch.
The background die is the Memory Box “massa leaf frame, the lighter green is the Memory Box “chloe die”. My flower is the Cherry Lynn Designs “sunflower die” and I cut it from melon mambo cardstock.
The butterfly is from Elizabeth Crafts and it was cut twice-once in basic gray and then I layered the melon mambo over that. 

"Thanks" word is a Taylored Expressions die cut in basic gray.

I stenciled the background with a Heidi Swapp stencil and used melon mambo ink. I completed this card by adding some gray rhinestones.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time......God bless.

I am also entering:

1.  Crafts Galore Encore Challenge wants us to make a card.
2. Scrap It Girl has a stencil or mask challenge.  
3That Craft Place has a summery colors challenge.  
4.  A Gem of a Challenge has a summertime challenge.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Card Concept back to school challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's September and that means back to school, cooler temps, shorter days and welcome fall!!
We are celebrating back to school this time on the Card Concept Blog with a theme challenge. As part of the wild card team, I am to create a card in the classy and elegant style.
I thought that might be a bit difficult with a back to school theme but I proved myself wrong. Using lots of layers and ribbon I think I achieved my goal. From this photo, I picked up on the colors, the chalkboard with the numbers, alphabet blocks and the apples.

Last year I bought some Verve Stamps that were all about teachers and school. So that was my go to set. I also used an older MojoMonday #293 sketch that was perfect for the style card I wanted to create. I also saw this card by Verve diva Laurie using this sketch and I liked her added use of ribbon.  
I used the numbers stamp from this set to create my own background. Stamped in old olive ink on ruled paper from Pink Paislee. Also used this same paper for my circles.
To pick up the alphabet theme, I used the Stampin-Up "alphabet" embossing folder on the red rectangle layer.
On my chalkboard,  I again used the numbers stamp and stamped, wet embossed and sponged with white ink to give a chalkboard look. I added a clip and some die cut circles that I had in my stash.
Instead of adding apples to my card, I used circles which is why this sketch worked so well for me. Stamped my sentiment, added a die cut heart and some ribbon and bow to complete my card. Circles cut with Spellbinders and MFT dies,
That completes my card for this challenge. Hope you can play along. Drop over on the Card Concept blog to get all the details and to check out the other amazing cards the designers have created. 
Card Details:
Stamps: teachers count (Verve)
Ink: old olive, craft white (Stampin-Up), Memento tuxedo black, white dye ink (Making Memories)
Paper: Maraschino (Bazzill), old olive, black (SU), 365 degrees (Pink Paislee)
Accessories: Spellbinders matting basics A & B, circle dies, MFT blueprints 3 die, metal clip, ribbon (SU) 
I am also entering:
1.  Dies R Us has a back to school theme.
2.  LadyBug Crafts has an anything goes.
3Really Reasonable Ribbon has an autumn colors with ribbon.
4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge is back to school.
5.  Creative Card Crew has a chalkboard technique challenge.


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