Monday, October 30, 2017

Good Wishes Tree Christmas Card

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today. Hope your weekend was a good one. I spent both days crafting and that's always fun.

Today I get to visit my dentist and then hit the gym. But this afternoon I will be back in my craft room getting my sample card ready for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge.

But before all that I have a Christmas card to show on this post. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: I wanted to use red & green as the main colors and I found this paper in my Christmas collection. I thought the music background would work well with the Christmas words. I matched the designer paper with a pine green, a cherry red and kraft cardstocks.
The patterned paper had a nostalgic look to it so I decided to use burlap ribbon.
Step 2: I cut the good wishes words in the cherry red cardstock. I like the different style font that is used on each word.
I secured this to the patterned paper panel with glue dots. I used mini ones and rolled them into small lines.
Secured the image panel to the cherry red card base, I liked how the panels pop with the addition of the red card base.
Red Card base: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Green Layering Panel: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Step 3:  I thought the panel needed something else to complete it. I tried a small bow but that didn't work. So I cut some bells and added them to the corner and scattered some gold sequins. It completed the card nicely.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time...........God bless.

Dies I used to create card:

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Falling Leaves Thank You

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this final Sunday in October.

It's a rainy and damp day here in Pittsburgh. I am sitting here typing up my post enjoying a hot cup of coffee. I wanted to turn the fireplace on but I always like my hubby to be here for the first start of the year. We have a gas fireplace so I just like him to turn it on. But, today he is at work so no fire for me.

Yesterday, I had some of my stamping friends over for a fun day of crafting. Everyone was working on different projects. I pulled out one of my Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kits to work on. I was able to make 7 cards. The kit includes a gift box to give the cards away. I plan on giving them to a friend for Christmas.

I will post pictures of those cards later. Today's card is another one I made using a different Paper Pumpkin kit. This one is the September falling leaves kit. I made this one using the colors from CC654. Stef was the hostess and she chose cajun craze, crushed curry and fresh fig as her color trio. Optional this week is metallics.
cajun craze, crushed curry, fresh fig
For my card, I used elements from the September "falling leaves" Stampin’-Up Paper Pumpkin kit. The large background die-cut leaf was already blended with cajun craze. I used the leaf stamp from the kit and stamped the leaf veins in Cajun craze ink.

The 3 smaller crushed curry leaves were stamped on very vanilla cardstock with another stamp from this kit. I fussy cut these leaves. The kit also had gold metallic leaf stickers that I used for the dessert option. Layered the gold leaf on top of the other leaves.

I scattered some sprigs and leaves cut in cajun craze and fresh fig cardstocks. These are from the CottageCutz pine spray die.

On my background I used the Stampin’-Up pinewood planks embossing folder. I splattered some cajun craze ink with a spritzer tool on the embossed panel.

To complete my card I stamped my “thank you” sentiment on the metallic die-cut tag that was also included in the kit. And, that's it for me for today Blogger friends. So until next time.......God bless.

card details:
Stamps: layered leaves (September 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit) 
Paper: Cajun craze, very vanilla, fresh fig 
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: Cajun craze, crushed curry 
Accessories: September Paper Pumpkin Kit, spritzer tool, pinewood planks ef (Stampin’-Up) Pine Spray die (CottageCutz)  

dies used:
I am also entering:
1.  Addicted To Stamps has an Autumn challenge.
2.  Challenge Up Your Life has a die-cuts challenge.
3.  Polka Doodles has an anything goes challenge. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sweet Greetings Christmas Cupcake

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. It's a beautiful Saturday here in Pittsburgh.

My plans for today are to spend the day in my craft room but don't know if that will work out. I want to go over my son's for a visit.

Tomorrow there is a baby shower at church. Our church is associated with a local Crisis Pregnancy Center and we are having a shower for a young woman who chose life for her unborn baby.

It's a sad situation because her parents threw her out of the house when she wouldn't have an abortion. She lives with an aunt now. But when she had a sonogram and saw the baby within her she couldn't have an abortion. The pregnancy center contacted our church and asked us to host a shower for her. There are 50 women from the church that are coming. I am excited to be a part of blessing her.

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. I used a new die Christmas Tree Cupcake, for my sample card. I wanted to show a card that would be easy to mass produce using this new die. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: Since this is a Christmas cupcake, I knew I was going to use red and green for the cupcake itself. So I checked my cardstock and patterned papers for a Christmas theme of red and green. I found this dotted paper that I thought would look good as a background. Dots and stripes always work for me for Christmas.
Step 2: Once I had the shades of red and green chosen, I was ready to cut my cupcake image.  As with all CottageCutz dies, this has such amazing detail and just so cute.
Step 3: I wanted to have the cupcake framed inside a circle die. I used the Nested Stitched Doily die and cut in the cherry red cardstock. I also used the stitched circle die (3rd largest) as a layering piece and cut this in kraft cardstock.

 I adhered the circles together with double sided tape and then stamped my "Sweet Greetings"sentiment.
Step 4: I started the assembly of my card. I decided that I wanted to break up all the dots on the background panel. So, I used a 3/4" x 4 1/8" piece of the green cardstock and layered some kraft ribbon over that.  It will be just enough once my circles are layered on top.
Attached the cupcake to the circles with dimensional adhesive.  There are little circle ornaments that are part of this die that I forgot to attach earlier. I cut them in white, green and red cardstock. I scattered the extras on the image panel for added interest.
To complete my card, I attached the image panel to the red card base. I thought it just needed something else so I added a small bow made with the kraft ribbon. It finished my card off nicely.
Well, Blogger Friends - that's it for me for this post. So until next time...........God bless.
Dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has an anything goes challenge with ribbon.
2.  Winter Wonderland has a Christmas Flowers challenge. My cupcake has a poinsettia image.
3 C.R.A.F.T. has a Christmas challenge.
4.  A Snowflakes Promise has an anything goes challenge.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sweetheart LoveBirds

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.

I can't believe it is already mid-October. This year has gone by in a blink of an eye. We are still having very mild temperatures for Fall.

The leaves  on the trees are still green so I don't know if we will have the gorgeous display of autumn colors this year or not. I am hoping we don't go from warm temperatures into winter weather. I love the Fall season with its warm days and cool nights and the changing leaf color. Will have to wait to see what develops here.

In the meantime, let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Julie was the hostess for this DTGD17justwritedesigns challenge.

For my background, I used some Liquitex gloss gel, pistachio pudding, melon mambo and pink pirouette reinkers plus a heart stencil from Stampin'-Up. It is a simple technique that I thought made for the perfect background for my card.

The sweetheart lovebirds and love phrase are both dies from CottageCutz.  The love phrase is cut in melon mambo cardstock and the birds in pink pirouette and pool party. I sponged the birds with the matching ink for a little more depth.

 I thought I could use this as a wedding or anniversary card. And, that completes my card for today. So until next time........God bless.

Card details:
Paper: melon mambo, whisper white, pink pirouette, pool party
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: pink pirouette, pool party  
Accessories: sweetheart lovebirds, love phrase (CottageCutz), heart stencil, pistachio pudding, melon mambo, pink pirouette reinkers (Stampin'-Up), gloss gel (Liquitex)  
Techniques: stencil 
Dies I used on card:

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Get Creative has a wedding challenge.
3.  Glitter & Sparkle has an anything goes challenge.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snowflakes + Mother of Pearl Technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this Saturday in October.

I am back from my trip to San Francisco. I went out for a week to take care of my precious granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. The time spent with her was so wonderful and went by so quickly. 

We play non-stop with her baby dolls, and she has 7 of them. I am always amazed at her creativity and the ideas she has to play with them. She told me no one plays "Babies" like I do. Of course, because that's what Grandma's do (lol)!!

It's been awhile since I have posted on my Blog. There was no time when I was away. I went to bed when Phoenix went to bed because I was so tired. Then just when my body adjusted to the 3 hour time difference, it was time to come back home.

My card for today is one that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used a new Christmas die, Snowflakes Set for my sample card. I chose the faux mother of pearl technique for my background because it's a very simple technique to do and it has a huge impact on your finished card.  I also thought it would give the illusion of a snow squall. So perfect for my snowflake images.  Here is a video link to a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.

And, I also wanted to show a card that would be easy to mass produce using this new die. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: I used some Frost White Acrylic paint from Tsunineko. It has a bit of a shimmer to it. This paint acts as a resist and shows through the colors that I will sponge on in the next step.
I put a small amount of the frost paint on my craft mat. I used a piece of cling wrap and scrunched it up and then dipped it in my frost paint. I pounced it on my craft mat to work it into my cling wrap and also to insure that I didn't have any big globs of paint.

I then dabbed it lightly on my white cardstock. I left some open space so I could sponge the colors I was going to use. There is lots of shimmer on this panel that is hard to capture in a photo. I set it aside at this point to allow it to dry.
Step 3: Once the paint was dry, I decided on the shades of distress ink with tumbled glass and broken china.
After I started to sponge the ink, I decided to add a 3rd shade of ink using peacock feathers. I liked the color variation that I achieved. You can see on the photo below the white paint has resisted the distress ink.
When I finished sponging I used a paper towel to rub off the ink that was sitting on top of the white frost paint. This allows more of the frost design underneath to come through.
Step 4: Since I was going with a turquoise card base, I decided to layer the pearl panel on white. Just for some variation between layers.
Turquoise Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
White Layering Panel: 5 1/4" x 4 1/8"
Background Panel Size: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 5: I cut my snowflake images from white cardstock. They are such pretty shapes and I really like the size variation.  I was able to use all 4 of the images on my background panel.
To adhere the snowflakes to the background panel, I cut small pieces of dimensional adhesive. I didn't want them laying flat against the background.
Step 6: The sentiment is from an older CottageCutz die - Merry Christmas Santa. I cut it from one of my practice panels that I made. I sponged more ink on it for more of a contrast. I also cut another phrase in white and very slightly offset it. 
To complete my card I attached it to the turquoise base. I wanted some depth between these two panels so I used some white fun foam behind the image panel. It gave it just the lift I was looking for I secured it with Tombow liquid multi glue.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

Dies I used to create card:


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