Saturday, July 14, 2018

Peeking Santa

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weekend. We have my family reunion today and it will be a great time. Then on Sunday I have my niece's wedding shower. Looking forward to that as well.
 
I have been watching the Christmas in July special on QVC this weekend. And of course, I started my Christmas shopping. That has put me in a Christmas mood so I had to make a Christmas card. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
 
Step 1: This week I started with my layout. I saw this one on Splitcoaststampers and thought it would work great for the card that I had in mind. It would allow me to use Christmas patterned paper as well as traditional Christmas colors.
Step 2: I chose my colors for my card. The card base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (#1) is red and I chose a matching patterned paper 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" for layer #2.
For layer 3 on the sketch, I am using the peeker pocket.
Layer #4 is red cardstock cut at 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Layer #5 is mossy meadow twine that matches the peeker pocket.
Step 3: Started cutting the die cut elements. First up is my peeker pocket. I used mossy meadow cardstock that picks up the color in the patterned paper.
Next, I cut the Santa. I colored his face and nose with Copic Markers EOO (skin white) & E02 (fruit pink). The arms, hat & beard are cut in cardstock. For the holly on his hat, I used wink of stella pen for a bit of bling.
The last die cut piece is my sentiment. I thought Believe was so appropriate with a Santa image. The word is from the Believe w/Holly Flourish die.
Step 4: Started my card assembly.
I thought the twine needed something else so I tied a little bow and used a red enamel dot center.  Attached the believe phrase with Ranger multi matte medium to complete my card.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...…...God bless.
 
dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzbelievewhollyflourish.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=peeker+pocket

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=peeker+santa
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes w/option of Christmas in July.
2.  CHNC #394 has an anything goes w/optional die cut or punch.
3.  Kitty Bee Designs has a Christmas in July challenge.
 
 
 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Follow Your Dream

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
Hope your week is going well and that you are getting to take advantage of some of this great summer weather.
 
I had our annual preschool teacher get together on Tuesday evening. It was a wonderful and relaxing evening. We were able to sit out on my deck and enjoy the summer night. Weather conditions were right until about 9:00 when it started raining. So we just moved it in doors.
 
My menu had an Italian theme this year. For the appetizers, I made a charcuterie board with soppresta, prosciutto, capicola and a nice selection of various cheeses and olives. I wanted a caprese salad and decided to serve it on a small wooden skewer. That made such a nice presentation. I also served a French sparkling lemonade, ice tea and a homemade Sangria.
 
Then for our main entrĂ©e, I served ravioli with a basil pesto. The basil was from my garden. I also had meatballs made from grass fed beef in a marinara sauce. The sauce was from last summers harvest. It was a blend of roma and heirloom tomatoes roasted with onions, garlic and a balsamic vinegar. These were the last 2 bags left in my freezer.  
 
I was completely happy with how everything turned out and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the food. I love opening up my home and hosting a gathering. It's a reminder to me that I need to do this more often.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #CC693. Jeanne was our hostess and she has chose so saffron, bermuda bay and flirty flamingo for her color trio. Optional was to add balloons to your card.

I needed a graduation card and I wanted something a bit less traditional. I thought this hot air balloon fit that criteria and also the optional item. So I created a little outdoor scene.

The hot air balloon die is from CottageCutz, and I used the challenge colors to cut the pieces. The sentiment is an older set from Waltzingmouse that had just the right sentiments for my card. The background paper is from an older Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit. It was a bermuda bay card base and I cut it to use as designer paper.

Scattered some Bermuda bay sequins to finish off my card. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...…...God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: half pint heroines (Waltzingmouse)  
Paper: bermuda bay, flirty flamingo, so saffron, baked brown sugar, smoky slate, whisper white   
Paper Size: A2   
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)   
Accessories: spring hot air balloon, stitched sun, clouds, umbrella dies (CottageCutz), bermuda bay sequins (Stampin'-Up) 
Dies I used to create card: 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzspringhotairballoon.aspx
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsuncloudsandumbrella.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting By Designs has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Creative Moments has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Pause, Dream Enjoy has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Simon Says Stamp has a fun in the sun challenge.
5Sunny Day Crafting has an any animal challenge.
 
 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Fishing Boat Sympathy

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

Another Saturday is upon us and here's hoping you have some fun plans. I am planning to wash some of my windows today. I have my hubby to help me so I am taking advantage of it. Doesn't sound like much fun though - right (lol)!

It's one of the final chores on my summer to-do list. And once I complete them, I will have the rest of the summer to do whatever I want. That means a steady diet of my craft room before school starts. Whoo-hoo that's exciting to me!!!

So let's get started with some details on my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz blog. My card today is featuring the Fishing Pole & Boat die. I need a sympathy card for a friend who just lost her husband to liver cancer. He was an avid fisherman and even the remembrance pamphlet they gave at the funeral home reflected that.  It was such a beautiful tribute that I will use it for the inside of my card.

Step 1.  I sponged some clouds in my lake scene using a cloud stencil and tumbled glass distress ink. The cardstock is taped with repositionable tape to my craft mat. I do this to keep it from moving while I am stenciling. And the craft mat makes clean-up easier.

Once I was satisfied with the look, I stamped my background mountains with basic gray ink.  I used the Stampin'-Up Waterfront set. It is supposed to give the look of watercoloring. I wanted the mountains to have a misty appearance since they were in the background. I thought I achieved that.
Used marina mist ink (medium blue)for the water. I stamped off once before I stamped the water to give it that same look.   I wanted the fishing boat and die cut water pool to be the emphasis.  
For the sun and rays, I used a sun ray stencil and daffodil ink. Taped the stencil to the corner of my scene.
I also sponged some kraft ink at the waters edge for the lake shore.

Image Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

Step 2: Cut the boat and fishing pole using different shades of brown cardstocks. The water is cut with marina mist cardstock. It's the same ink I used to stamp the water.
Step 3: Time to start the card assembly. I layered the die cut pieces onto the sponged and stamped scene I created.
I adhered the image panel to a marina mist cardstock base. Once I did that I decided I didn't like the fishing lure that I used. So I cut the one that is part of the fishing pole die in red and a light gray cardstock. I thought the smaller lure looked better in my scene.
 I wasn't sure about adding a sentiment on the card. But, I wanted this to be more personal for my friend so I gave in and stamped "sharing in your sorrow" to complete my card.
Well that's it for me for today. Time to get busy on my windows! So until next time...…...God bless.
Die I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=fishing+pole

I am also entering:
1.  Crafts Galore Encore has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Create and Inspire has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge.
4.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Simply Create Too has a no patterned paper challenge. 
6The Male Room has a fish/fishing challenge.







































































































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