Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sending Hugs from Noah's Ark

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this Saturday in April.
It's already a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh-sunny but on the cool side. But, the temps don't matter to me because Spring is officially here. Our spring flowers are blooming and the trees are budding.
I don't have any special plans for today. Hubby goes to work this afternoon so maybe I will just go into my craft room for a bit. That's always fun for me.
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.  
We just had the cutest release of baby dies. There are 42 different designs. So perfect for creating cards to welcome the new baby, baby birthday cards or even as baby shower invitations. I have several nieces who just got married and now are expecting so I will need baby cards soon. Just not right now and that may be where you are at.

So today for your viewing pleasure, I am showcasing the new Noah's Ark die. But, I am showing another way to use this die that isn't centered around a baby card. I featured this card on Tuesday using the choo choo train dies with the same idea. 

I needed a card of encouragement to send from a group of us. I thought all the ark animals would be perfect for a card of this type. So let's get started with some details on how I created this card.

Smoky Slate Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Island Indigo Layer Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Designer Paper Image Panel: 5 1/4" x 4"

Step 1: This week I created my card design totally around my designer paper. I found this awesome scenic water and sky designer paper in my stash. It's from the Stampin'-Up "serene scenery" collection.
I thought it would be a great accompaniment to the ark. I really like using designer paper on my cards. So when the card design, dies and paper fit like a glove it's a win-win for me.
Step 2: I cut all the animals and the ark using different color cardstock. The colored picture on the die packaging is always the perfect colors-in my opinion. So I usually use colored cardstock that matches the picture.
 Step 3: I assembled the ark and placed all the animals in their assigned spot. Normally, I would do this right on the patterned paper but I only had 1 sheet of this paper and I didn't want to make a mistake or get glue somewhere it shouldn't be. You know how easily that can happen (lol)!!
 Step 4: I stamped my sentiment on this step. I used 2 different stamps and my MISTI for placement. I forgot to take a photo of this part of the process. Started assembling all the layers. I changed the base color to a light gray instead of the white I was going to use. I thought the smoky slate accented the island indigo panel and the designer paper more than the white.
Well, Blogger friends that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you another idea on how to use these new dies. Until next time..........God bless!!!
Die I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1. Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2. Brown Sugar Blog has a die cut challenge.  
3. Crafting with friends has an anything goes challenge.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fairy Hugs Shaving Cream Technique

Hello Blogger Friends and a happy Wednesday to you all.
We had a new mattress delivered this morning. We were long overdue in buying a new one. When you go to buy a mattress now you really get an education. Our sales person was very knowledgeable and we are confident that we made a good decision. We also have 90 days to try it and if it doesn't work we can return it and pick another mattress.
The delivery men were in and out within 10 minutes and even removed the old mattress. And, there were no issues getting it up our stairs. That was a bit of a concern with us. So tonight will be the first sleep test.
Now onto today's card. This one I made for one of the Virtual Stamp Night challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  Dawn Mercedes VSN APRVSN17M was the hostess for this challenge. She wants us to create a card w/o any stamps on it. I love using dies so that's the direction I went.

My background was made using the shaving cream challenge. Here is a link to this technique.

I used pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz and mossy meadow re-inkers with the shaving cream. I cut the foliage border in mossy meadow cardstock. The fairy was in my stash. The hugs word I cut in mossy meadow and pumpkin pie cardstock and then did a slight offset.

I found the pumpkin pie scalloped frame in my stash so I decided to use that. Secured it to my mossy meadow base and this card was done. It's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time....................God bless.
card details:
Paper: mossy meadow, pumpkin pie, whisper white
Paper Size: A2  
Accessories: pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz, mossy meadow reinkers, spring fairy, spring foliage border dies (CottageCutz), rectangle die (Impression Obsession), hugs die (MFT)  
Techniques: Shaving Cream
Dies I used to create card:
1.  Crafts and Me has a things with wings challenge.
2.  Crafting with an Attitude #26 challenge is anything goes.
3.  Crafty Girls challenge #35 is anything goes.
4Creative Knockouts has a lots of layers challenge
 I am also entering:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

~ Follow Your Dream ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Enjoying my last couple days of Easter break before pre-school resumes on Thursday. It's a bright sunny day here in Pittsburgh. My grandson has a baseball game this afternoon at his school. So it will be a perfect day for it. 
Let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog.
And, for your viewing pleasure, I am showcasing the new Choo Choo Train dies. But, I am showing another way to use this die that isn't centered around a baby card.

So without further delay, let's get started on how I created my card.

bermuda bay card base: 5 5/8" x 4 3/8"
black Layer Panel: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Image Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"

Step 1: I started my card this week by die cutting my train pieces. I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #631. The colors are red, crumb cake, bermuda bay and black. I also used a neutral of smoky slate and basic gray.
bermuda bay, black, real red, crumb cake

Step 2: I decided to create an outdoor scene for my train. I started it by sponging the teal ink on the top part of my white cardstock.

I wanted some mountains in this scene so I took a post it note (it's blue) and tore it into a mountain range shape. Placed it on my cardstock to cover the card top and sponged in chocolate ink.

For the final step to the background, I sponged more teal ink and then crumb cake and tea dye distress. I was happy with how the background turned out.

Step 3: I usually stamp my sentiment as one of my last things to complete my card. But, since I had a couple of layers on this one I stamped at this point in the process. I used Tuxedo Black ink and my MISTI for placement.

Step 4: I placed my train cars, couplings and track on the completed background scene.

Step 5: I layered the black cardstock to the image panel and then to my teal card base. And, that completed this card. Here is a close-up of the card. I wanted to show the detail in the train cars -right down to the couplings that connect the train together. You can click any of the photos to make them larger.

I hope I have given you an idea for a different way to use this die. Sometimes by just thinking out of the box a bit, you can get a creative idea to use a die in a unique way. Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time..... God bless.

Die I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Always Fun Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Lost Coast Designs has a favorite background technique. Sponging is one of my faves.
4Path of Positivity has a beauty of nature challenge.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

~ Easter Blessings ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Today is Easter Sunday so I hope your day was a good one.
We started our day off with Church. Our Pastor had a great Easter message. In fact, I told him after service that I thought it was the best Easter message I ever heard him preach. We have been part of this church since 1990 so I have heard a lot from him over the years.
After service we went to visit with our son and daughter-in-law for a couple of hours. Then we moved to my hubby's family where we had dinner. It was a great time of just enjoying each other's company and having a great meal together.
My hubby's niece hosted the dinner at her home. She is such a great hostess. I have to drop a thank you card in the mail and let her know how much we appreciated the day.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #629 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was our hostess and she chose sweet sugarplum mint macaron and pear pizzazz for her color trio.
sweet sugarplum, mint macaron, pear pizzazz
I used the MojoMonday #491 sketch. I love tilted panels so this layout was for me.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "playful palette" and blooms and bliss collections. The Easter Egg is the die from CottageCutz - "build an Easter egg" collection. I cut the background egg in pear pizzazz as well as the bow across the center of the egg.

Sentiment is from MFP "blessings" stamp set. I stamped in sweet sugarplum ink and used my MISTI for placement. Finished off the card with some mint macaron and sweet sugarplum enamel dots.

I am also entering this in the Splitcoaststamper April Virtual Stamping Night challenge. The hostess was Lee and the challenge was "April Fun".  She wanted us to use the letters APRIL in our card design.

A - angle (sentiment panel)
P - Polka Dots
R - Rectangle Dies
I - Ink (sweet Sugarplum)
L - Layering
That's my card for today. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: blessings (MFP) 
Paper: sweet sugarplum, mint macaron, pear pizzazz, whisper white, playful palette, blooms and bliss dsp (Stampin'-Up)   
Paper Size: A2
Ink: sweet sugarplum
Accessories: stitched rectangle & rectangle dies, build an Easter egg (CottageCutz), it's my party & 2016-2108 in-color enamel dots (Stampin'-Up) 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

S'more Fun

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Today is my first day of Easter break at Preschool. I used the day to clean my craft room and some other household chores.
And, yesterday the 2016 taxes were finished and filed. That headache is over for another year. We owed a very minimal amount so that was very good.
I also put my Easter cards in the mail today. They are just going locally so they will get there by Saturday. Don't know why I didn't send them sooner. I have had them done for awhile.
We will be having Easter dinner with my hubby's family. Usually, I cook and have them here but his niece wants to host this year. My son and daughter-in-law will be having dinner with her parents. So this all works out nicely for me.
Now onto today's card. This one I made for the virtual stamp night challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Misti was the hostess of the "funny friend" challenge. She wanted us to project that you could send to THAT friend that is a punny, snarky, humorous card.
I think mine falls in the punny and humorous category.

Did you ever see a squirrel toasting marshmallows (lol)!! My precious 6 year old granddaughter will love this because when she comes to visit in the summer we always make s'mores together.

I used lots of CottageCutz dies to create my campground scene. The background paper is something from my stash. I layered that over night of navy cardstock.

The sentiment is from the get toasty set by MFT.
Well, that's it for me for this post. time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
Card Details:
Stamps: Get Toasty (MFT)  
Paper: night of navy, mossy meadow, baked brown sugar,cajun craze, summer sun, kraft, smoky slate (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: night of navy, smoky slate (Stampin'-Up), distress inks tea dye, rusty hinge  
Accessories: snowcapped mountains, mushrooms & greenery, campfire squirrel, campsite dies (CottageCutz) 
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting With An Attitude has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes challenge.
3Crafty Creations has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.

Monday, April 10, 2017

~ Wrinkle Free Distress Technique ~

Hello Blogger Friends. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today. Hope your weekend was relaxing whatever you did and that there was some crafty time in there as well.
I didn't do anything special just some household things. I did finally purchase the new knobs for my kitchen cabinets and I even put them on. It wasn't difficult at all.  Some months ago I mentioned the remodeling that we were doing.
Well, it's still not done. Christmas came and I put everything on hold and then it went to the back burner for some reason. It's so close to being finished so I am pushing ahead.
The eating area of the kitchen needs painted so I am going this week to pick that out. I will also be purchasing a new ceiling light fixture. I didn't see anything that jumped out at me at the big box stores. So, I am looking on line. I also need a new area rug and the hardwood floor in the eating area needs refinished. I am going to call the contractor today.
Hopefully in the next month I can call this project a done deal. It's been a year so it's more than time to be done.
old olive, rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie
Now let's move on to my card for today. this one I created for the color challenge #628.  I was the hostess this week and I chose old olive, rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie for my color trio.

For both my cards I decided to do a wrinkle free distress technique. The tutorial is here on SCS.

I swiped my 3 colors of distress ink (spiced marmalade, seedless preserves and peeled paint) on my craft mat- sprayed with water-and then laid my distressed watercolored cardstock on top.

I made about 4 backgrounds and each one of them turned out different. I didn't lay this background back in the ink after using the heat tool. I got a slightly lighter color on my spiced marmalade on this one.

I first tried the technique using Stampin'-Up inks, but I didn't get the same dramatic effect that I did with the distress inks.

This background reminded me of a misty English moor so I went with that and started stenciling. What I did on this card is way out of my comfort zone (lol). But, I like how it turned out

After the stenciling was done, I had to add the fairy. She fit right in the scene. It's the Spring Fairy die from CottageCutz. The sentiment is a stamp from Great Impressions. Layered my background on a rich razzleberry card base to complete this card.
Well that's it for me for today. time to get started with my card for this week's color challenge. So until next time......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Wishes Have Wings (Great Impressions Stamps)
Paper: rich razzleberry, whisper white (Stampin'-Up), distress watercolor cardstock (Ranger) 
Paper Size: A2
Ink: spiced marmalade, seedless preserves, peeled paint, old olive, rich razzleberry   
Accessories: Spring Fairy and Wildflowers 2 dies (CottageCutz), Garden Fronds Stencil (Memory Box), Blossoms Stencil (Martha Stewart)
Techniques: Wrinkle Free Distress 
Dies I used: 
I am also entering:
1.  Cards in Envy has a fantasy and flowers challenge.
2.  Crafty Cardmakers has a Things with Wings challenge.
3.  Lost Coast Designs has a favorite background technique

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bee Happy with Bumblebee Ben

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
It's a bright and sunny day here in Pittsburgh.  Such a difference from yesterday when it was cold and blustery and snowy all day. It laid on the grass and roof tops but didn't stick to the ground.
It didn't keep people from coming out to our church fish fry. We had a big crowd and another sell out on my shrimp and crab chowder. We have one more next Friday for this year. It's a lot of work but the camaraderie in our kitchen is great.  
Now onto my card for today. this one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Today for your viewing pleasure, I am showcasing another one of those dies.  I present Bumblebee Ben. He will be the star of my framed card. So without further delay, let's get started on how I created my card.

Vanilla Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Hello Honey Frame: largest wide stitched rectangle frame die 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Image Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Step 1: I used Tuxedo Black (Memento) ink on  X-Press It Blending cardstock to stamp the image. I always stamp 2 just in case I make a mistake in coloring.
Today, I am using both Prismacolor Pencils + Gamsol and Stampin'-Up Blendabilities Alcohol Markers.
Gamsol is an odorless mineral spirits that helps to move the wax around in the pencils.
Blendabilities used: Melon Mambo (light & medium), old olive (light and medium), might of navy (light, med and dark )
Prismacolor Pencils: PC1082, PC947 (brown), PC928, PC993 (pinks), PC1060 (gray), Black & White

After coloring I cut Ben out with the coordinating die. It's included in the set.
Step 2: Cut the frame with the pierced wide rectangle frame set in a honey cardstock.  I wanted a stenciled background for the beehive and bee. Used distress ink, honeycomb stencil and a stencil brush.
Step 3:   With stenciling complete, I cut my background elements. Used an older die set "Beehives" that includes the beehive, bee and tree limb. I thought it worked well with Bumblebee Ben. Used the same honey cardstock for the beehive. Used vellum for the bee's wings and sponged lightly with honey distress ink.
Step 4:  Stamped my sentiment. This is a card of encouragement so I thought this stamp would work well. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. I laid the card pieces on the background and added the frame to make sure I got the proper placement.
Step 5:  I assembled my card on this step. I used mounting tape to lift the frame from the background. It adds interest to your card. Since the frame was popped up, I didn't need to do that with Ben. Here is a close up shot of the dies. Really a lot of detail in the beehive and bee and in the stitched frame. All of the CottageCutz dies have such great detail.
Well, Blogger friends that's it for me for this post - until next time.........God bless.
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge has a furry friends challenge.
2.  Crafty Friends has an animals or birds challenge.
3.  My Time to Craft has a no designer paper challenge.  
4.  Creative Knockouts has an Outside Fun challenge.


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