Thursday, July 16, 2015


Happy Thursday Blogger friends!!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
We are away for a few days on summer vacation. We didn't make it to the beach this year, but we are is just fine with me.
Our neighbors gave us a heads up on this place nestled in the woods in Wardfordsburg, PA. It is a 3 hour drive from Pittsburgh. The place is called Green Valley Cottages.
The Excelsior Cottage is the one we booked and is a private gated one on 22 acres. There are lots of flowers, a meandering creek, a little man-made pond, walking trails into the woods, 3 decks to sit and take it all in. Obviously there is internet or I wouldn't be making this post.
On the property with our cottage is the original barn the owner uses for storage, and an old 1 room school house. We are about 15 miles to the nearest town. So on arrival we went food shopping and have cooked here every night. The kitchen is well stocked and equipped.
Further down the road where the other 3 cottages are is a private lake with a paddle boat. We took it out twice and just relaxed on the lake. There are 2 other families here but you wouldn't know anyone else is here. We are away from where they are and only see them at the lake.
We also have a fire pit here and each night have built a fire and made s'mores. Last night for dinner we decided to use the charcoal grill and I made some awesome hamburgers. Well, I prepared them and my hubby did the grilling. It's sort of a guy thing you know.
We leave for home tomorrow late morning. I have really enjoyed my time here. I would love to come back in the fall when the leaves are changing. It would be so beautiful.
view from front deck -old schoolhouse in back

hiked to the lake on 1st day to check it out
 Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #539 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen is the hostess and she chose wild wasabi, perfect plum and soft sky as her color combo.
wild wasabi, perfect plum, soft sky

I decided to use the Stampin’-Up “wondrous wreath” set to make my very first Christmas card of this season. Need to get a move on it cause I make a lot of cards to send. I like making Christmas cards using non-traditional colors.

My background is soft sky cardstock, and I used the Stampin’-Up “hardwood” stamp and stamped in soft sky. I used my newly purchased Misti to stamp several times to get a darker impression.

I stamped my wreath in wild wasabi and then a little contrast with cucumber crush. The bow and Joy word are cut in perfect plum.

Added a few of the flowers from the wondrous wreath set and stamped on perfect plum cardstock with perfect plum ink. Finished my card with the sentiment from a Whipper Snapper stamp.

Well, that's my card for today. So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: wondrous wreath (Stampin’-Up), our house (Whipper Snapper Designs) 
Paper: basic gray, soft sky, perfect plum Paper Size: A2 
Ink: soft sky, perfect plum, wild wasabi, cucumber crush 
Accessories: wonderful wreath framelits dies, Misti

I am also entering:
1.  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is Christmas
2.  DL.Art Thursday Challenge is Christmas in July
3.  Addicted To Stamps has a holiday challenge.
4.  Crafting By Designs has a get ready for Christmas challenge
5.  Crafty Gals Corner has a Christmas in July.



  1. Thanks for playing with us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week and good luck!
    Monica - DT

  2. Very pretty, I'm lovin'the wreath thanks for joining my DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY CHRISTMAS IN JULY CHALLENGE. Have a blessed day DIANA L.

  3. Lovely Christmas card, Mary! I like the SU wreath and your layout too. The wood grain bg is perfect. Thanks for playing over at ATSM. Melissa - DT

  4. Wonderful card - that wreath is lovely! And your vacation spot - just awesome! Thanks for sharing and joining us at ATSM!

  5. Lovely colours. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

  6. It's so pretty! And the colors are perfect! Thanks for joining us at Graft Gals Corner! Jeanie, DT



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