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.


  1. This is such a cute birthday card and I love that sentiment. Great idea to roll the paper to make candles too. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  2. Love the candle idea! Very creative. Thanks for joining us over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  3. Love your man card Mary!! The black and pink really pop with the fun candles!! Your pear butter sounds yummy and Im with you homemade goodies are the best Christmas gifts :) Im sure all your recipients will be thrilled with them!

  4. Mary, what a great birthday card. I love how you made the candles and the flames. Bet your son loved it.
    Ooh, the pear butter looks so pretty in those jars. Bet your tomato sauce will be great. Super gifts, indeed!

  5. Boy, you have been busy. That will be a much appreciated Christmas gift. I did some tomato sauce for the freezer. Fun card, I like the color scheme.

  6. Thanks for playing with us this week at Incy Wincy’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge! What a great creation!! Hope to see your work in our next challenge!
    Karen C

  7. Beautiful Birthday card. Thanks for joining us at Paradise of Stamps.

  8. Super card Mary! I will be casing it for sure! I remember the days of canning. Peaches were my favorite. Don't do any canning now. Someone "borrowed" my pressure canner, lol!

  9. Beautiful, Thanks for your participation.

  10. Love it. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  11. I love the candles and polaroid like frame on this fun card! You have been one busy lady and I'm glad I finally got the chance to stop in again and visit! Hope you had a marvelous birthday too!



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