Sunday, September 20, 2015


Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. We had such a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh. Sunny and warm was the order of the day.
After church I came home to get busy canning more tomatoes. I love preserving the bounty for use during the winter. Once I get started I could keep going, but I ran out of tomatoes. I have 9 pint jars and 1 quart jar to store away. 
my canned tomatoes
My friend just brought me a bushel of pears from her Mom's farm. I will be busy this week making pear butter. It is a yummy jam to use on toast or bagels. Anyone that I have shared a jar with absolutely loves it.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #548 on Splitcoststampers.  Maura was our hostess and she chose crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie and garden green for her color palette. 
garden green, pumpkin pie, crushed curry, cherry cobbler
I needed some teacher cards so I used these colors to create one of them. My pencils are a 2 step stamp set from PTI. There are different patterns for the pencils in the set and then a matching die to cut them out.

I found this stamp set very difficult to work with. I cut my pencil shape first and then did my stamping. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get placement of the stamps. I tried using my Misti tool but the pencil shape is to small to be held in place with the magnets. My friend sent me some pointers so I am going to try what she suggested and see if it makes this set any easier to use.
The teacher word is also a die from PTI. Made a quick banner using a die from MFT. My background is embossed with the Stampin'-Up alphabet press embossing folder.

I colored the pencil points with a crumb cake & black marker. My erasers are cut from crisp cantaloupe cardstock. I also used basic gray cardstock to simulate metal under the eraser. It's stamped with an image from the PTI set.
Well, that's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: pencil me in (PaperTrey Ink) 
Paper: crushed curry, garden green, white Paper Size: A2 
Ink: pumpkin pie, crushed curry, cherry cobbler,(Stampin'-Up) peeled paint distress (Ranger) Accessories: pencil me in & teacher die (PaperTreyInk), flag stax (MFT), alphabet press ef (Stampin'-Up)  

I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Calender Challenge has anything goes.
2.  Hiding in My Craft Room has a freestyle challenge.
3.  Southern Girls has a layer it up challenge.
4Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes.   


  1. Brilliant idea for a teacher card! Love it! Thanks for joining the Southern Girls this challenge.

  2. Mary I LOVE your card!! Those pencils are way cool, so fun for a teacher!! You canned tomatoes look yummy and the pear butter will be delicious I bet!! Have fun canning it :)

  3. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at HIMCR, good luck!!! Amy DT

  4. A great card - thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calendar Challenge.

    Helen x



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