Thursday, January 22, 2015


Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Today was my fill-in day at Pre-School. Our other aide had a family emergency so I filled in for her.
We have a new girl in class so I like being there for both Tuesday and Thursday classes so she will get to know me. Today during our story time she wanted me to hold her so I would say that we are off to a good start.
Although 2 of the other kids wanted me to hold them as well. So I had 2 on my lap and one on the floor in front of me. I have a good relationship with all 10 of my students. They love me and I love them.
It's a tiring 2 hours but so worth my time. I spent 30 years investing my life in corporate America and now I am investing myself into the lives of these precious children. A much better choice I would say!!!
Now onto the card I created. This one I made for the Color Challenge #514 on Splitcoaststampers. Vicki is our hostess and she chose an interesting color palette of marina mist, pacific point and crisp cantaloupe. Our option was to emboss.
pacific point, marina mist and crisp cantaloupe

I don't often say I have trouble with the challenge colors but these ones gave me fits. The problem was I wanted to give equal weight to the cantaloupe. When I downplayed the color my card came together quickly. I needed a masculine birthday card so downplaying the cantaloupe color was a good idea.
All the die cuts on my card from MFT. I just purchased the balloon stamps and dies as well as the celebrate dies.  I die cut some sequins in cantaloupe and scattered them on the panel.  I cut the "celebrate" word in marina mist and overlaid with the pacific point.

The background designer paper is from Stampin-Up's "high tide" collection. My panels are cut and embossed with the Spellbinders Matting Basics A&B. So I covered our option as well.

Well, that's it for me for today. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: birthday balloons (MFT) 
Paper: WW, marina mist, pacific point, crisp cantaloupe, high tide dsp 
Ink: marina mist, pacific point 
Accessories: MFT birthday balloons, celebratory greetings and sequin die-namics    
I am also entering:
1.  Scrapbooker PHd has a masculine birthday + die cut challenge.
2.  Crafty Gals Corner has a let's hear it for the boys challenge.  
3.  The Male Room has a shades of blue challenge.


  1. Gorgeous card I love the balloons <3

  2. Oh wow! I just love this cute card with those balloon dies and that bold striped paper. It looks so clean and professional! I'm glad that you've found a way to give back that also brings you so much joy. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Crafty Gals Corner this week!

  3. This is adorable, Mary! I love balloons for birthday cards. Children need people in their lives like you. I'm glad you are working with the little ones :)

  4. Just the perfect touch of cantaloupe! I'm sure the children love you. It sounds very rewarding. (I sent you an email a couple of days ago. Did you get it? Thanks, Lisa)

  5. Love how you used the colors! I also like the balloons!
    Thanks for playing along with our Let’s Hear it for the Boys Challenge this week at Crafty Gals Corner!
    Crafty Gals Corner - DT Coordinator
    Crafty Gals Corner

  6. Very cheerful card. Lots of fun with the balloons. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

  7. You are right - downplaying the cantaloupe color was the key to making this work. The combinations of shades and patterns of blue is excellent. Everything works great together. Thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD for our masculine birthday challenge.



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