Sunday, February 25, 2018

Miss Petunia Bunny

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Hope your weekend was a good one.
 
Ours was a bit busy but it was fun busy. We had the opportunity to spend time on Saturday with friends and then today with family. Both days involved birthday celebrations.
 
A friend of ours moved to North Carolina and she spent last night at our house. She left early this morning before church. I enjoyed our evening together. It's always hard to see good friends move away. You have plans to visit each other but somehow life gets in the way and your friendship starts to fade.
 
Don't want to get too nostalgic so let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am using the new Miss Petunia Bunny die to create an Easter card.  She is just the cutest little thing. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: This week I started my card with a sketch. I am using the Viva la Verve February sketch. I thought it would work perfectly to showcase Miss Petunia as well as add layers to my card. Since I like to use patterned paper, the addition of layers to my cards always works for me.
Step 2: I looked through my patterned papers and found this Spring Mix. I liked the bright colors so I matched it up with some corresponding cardstock.
 Berry Burst Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Berry Burst Doily Circle: I used the largest of these dies
White Stitched Circle: I used the 4th largest of these dies
Berry Burst rectangle Layer: 1" x 5 3/8"

Step 3: I cut Miss Petunia Bunny using different colored cardstocks. The eggs in her basket I cut in white cardstock and then colored with distress inks - spun sugar, seedless preserves, tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade. Used a little pink chalk to add some color to her floppy ears. Attached the body pieces using Ranger multi matte medium.
Step 4:  For the image panel I used a cloud template and sponged with tumbled glass distress ink. For the grass, I used mowed lawn distress ink and a dauber and sponged around the bottom of the circle.
I realized I forgot to cut the larger rectangle panel. I used the 3rd largest pierced rectangle panel and cut in white cardstock. Decided to stamp a sentiment in the upper right corner with berry burst ink. I masked off the part of the sentiment I didn't want to use before i inked my stamp. For placement I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Step 5: Now that the card elements are ready, I can start assembly. Added all the elements of the sketch to the patterned paper panel. I eliminated the scalloped trim on the long rectangle panel. I thought my diamond background paper was a bit to busy to add scallops.
I used dimensional adhesive to attach Miss Petunia Bunny to the image panel. I always like the look of the image lifted a bit from the background. It adds depth.
To finish off my card I scattered a few berry burst sequins. I hope I have given you an idea for using the Miss Petunia Bunny die. She is on sale for 25% off and there is plenty of time to get her for Easter cards.

Dies I used to create card:
 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzmisspetuniabunny.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=sweetheart+doilies

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedcirclesetbasics.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzpiercedrectanglesetbasics.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Allsorts Challenge has something that starts with the letter "B"
2.  Crafty Friends has a Springtime challenge.
3.  Cute Card Thursday has a cute critters challenge. 
4.  Sweet Stampin' has a Spring has sprung challenge.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Baby

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
 
Hope you have something fun planned for the holiday weekend. It's President's Day on Monday so we all get an extra day to our weekend to relax.
 
We did have a great Valentine celebration on Wednesday. I love to make us an elaborate dinner and serve it in courses. I don't make anything ahead of time so my work is done between courses. This way we get to enjoy each course before the next one arrives.
 
I started with our appetizers of baked brie served with jam and crackers and a glass of wine. The next course was our salad. That was a mix of baby arugula, spinach, red and green romaine and a baby tango lettuce with chopped cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pistachios and strawberries. I served it with a champagne pear vinaigrette.
 
Next was our entrĂ©e which consisted of broiled salmon with  lemon pepper seasoning, filet mignon with a blue cheese sauce and a baked potato. The potato I start in the microwave then rub it with butter and salt, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes.
 
Our dessert was chocolate covered strawberries. My hubby enjoyed his special dinner and my treat was a dozen white roses plus 2 dozen red tulips. He couldn't decide what to buy so he got both.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #CC670. Karen was our hostess and she has chosen pink pirouette, blushing bride and pear pizzazz as her color trio. Optional was to use lace on our card.

When I saw the colors I could only think of a baby card with the 2 pinks and light green. So that’s the direction I took.

My sweet little bear and moon are a die from CottageCutz – Bear on Cloud and Moon. I cut the moon in white glitter paper. The bear is in baked brown sugar. I couldn't seem to get a good picture that shows the true color of the bear. It is a soft, light brown shade. It fits the pinks well IRL.

The blankie, hat, bow, cap on moon and bear nose are in pink pirouette.

The card base is blushing bride as is the designer paper. The paper is from the Stampin’-Up “bundle of love” collection.

My welcome baby sentiment is from the MFT stamp set “beautiful baby”. Finished my card by adding a few pear pizzazz stars.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time...........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: beautiful baby (MFT)  
Paper: blushing bride, pink pirouette, pear pizzazz, baked brown sugar, very vanilla, bundle of love dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: pear pizzazz  
Accessories: Bear on Cloud and Moon, cross stitched rectangle dies (CottageCutz), white cotton lace (Hobby Lobby)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp has an add a die cut challenge.
2.  Alphabet Challenge has a "X" for x-tra special occasion.
3  Polka-Doodles has an anything goes challenge.
4  4 Crafty Chicks has a lots of layers challenge.
my valentine tulips

my valentine roses

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stitched HB2U Card

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
 
Nothing much happening here for me today. My hubby is working so my plans are to be in my craft room. I have some DT cards I need to finish plus Valentine cards.
 
I usually make some extra cards for Valentine's Day and take them to church and let some of the guys pick one for their wives. They always like doing that and their wives like getting one of my handmade cards. So this will be my entire day. But, I like being in my room and creating so it will be 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. Today, I am using the new Stitched Alphabet, Stitched Owl and Bird and the Stitched Sun, Clouds and Umbrella dies to create a birthday card for a little girl.  So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: Since I was creating an outdoor scene, I started by sponging my cardstock with distress inks. I used tumbled glass and mowed green lawn on distress ink cardstock.
I sprayed the panel with a mister to move the ink around a bit and get a more muted look.
I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. I like the water spots and how the ink splattered a bit in the comer of the card.
Step 2: I started cutting my images.
Bird: cucumber crush cardstock for the body and pacific point cardstock for the wing.
Cloud: I cut it from the sponged background
Sun: I cut this out intending to use it in the corner of my card. When I started assembly, I forgot I had it and put the bird image up to high on the panel (LOL)!!!
Tree Branch: cut in brown sugar cardstock and the leaves are cut in garden green cardstock.
HB2U: cut in cucumber crush cardstock.. I just love the look of the stitched letters. They are so perfect for a kid's card.
Step 3: Now that all the images are cut, I am ready to start card assembly. I think this little stitched bird is just to cute. She could be used for a variety of occasions, but today I am using for a birthday card.
Step 4: I finished off my card by stamping the sentiment directly on the cloud. I thought it added interest and didn't interfere with my sponged background. Used my MISTI for placement and also to insure I would get a good stamped image.
I wanted to add some enamel dots but I didn't have any in the cucumber color. So I cut some small circles and used those on the card. I secured the image panel to the card base to complete this card.
Cucumber Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Image Panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Well, Blogger friends that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedowlandbird.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedsuncloudsandumbrella.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedhoneybees.aspx

 
 

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchednumbers.aspx
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes + option to share fave distress ink technique. The one I used today is one of my faves because it's easy to get the desired result.
2.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is 2 or more layers.
3.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
4.  As You Like it Challenge has a fave way to add stitching. Mine is by using dies - gives a beautiful result. 
5.  Creative Knockouts has a birthday wishes challenge.
 
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Polar Bear Snowglobe

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
We had a crazy, rain, freezing rain and snow storm  here in Pittsburgh today . The schools were closed and there were some accidents. We were advised to stay off the roads if you didn't need to go out.
 
It wasn't my preschool day so I didn't need to go out. I just had plans to go to the gym but when I was planning on going the snow started and the roads got icy again. So I stayed home and worked on my preschool art project. Tomorrow we will have the kids decorate gift bags for their upcoming Valentine party.
 
So with all the snow and cold weather, it seemed like a good day to show a Christmas card with Polar Bears and some background paper with snow. I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #662. The colors are berry burst, tranquil tide, and gold.
 
My snow globe is a die from CottageCutz. The polar bear is part of the snow globe friends die set.

I cut the images in the challenge colors. Since my polar bear was cut in whisper white, I sponged on some smoky slate ink, so it would stand out a bit on the white globe.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "delightful daisy" collection. I cut a frame in berry burst (love this color) with the pierced wide rectangle die also from CottageCutz.

The sentiment is the "vintage Christmas wishes" stamp set from Hero Arts. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: vintage christmas wishes (Hero Arts) 
Paper: whisper white, berry burst, tranquil tide, delightful daisy dsp(Stampin'-Up) white & gold glitter paper (Recollections)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: tranquil tide, smoky slate  
Accessories: snowglobe w/fawn, snowglobe friends, pierced wide rectangle, circle and pierced circle dies (CottageCutz)  
 
I am also entering:
1.  Christmas at Sweet Stampin' has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Sisterhood of Crafters has a snow challenge.
3.  The Merry Christmas Challenge has an anything goes Christmas.
4.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes.
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine Hugs & Kisses

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Well the Super Bowl is in the history books. We did watch the game and of course rooted for the Philadelphia Eagles. We are on the western side of PA and are not Eagles fans usually but it's different when it's Super Bowl time.
 
I like watching football and I thought this was an exciting game. And, then there are the commercials, which I like watching as well. Some were silly and some were just too funny. Some of the Geico commercials really make me laugh. Then there were the controversies. That part of it just gets old sometimes!!
 
So let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #671 on Splitcoaststampers. Barbara was our hostess and she chose real red, whisper white and silver for her color trio. Optional this week is to make a Valentine.
The main stamped image and sentiment are from the Stampin'-Up Heartfelt Love Notes stamp set. It's part of the Paper Pumpkin Kit for January.

The fancy heart is a die from CottageCutz as are all the small hearts.
My background paper is silver fancy foil vellum from Stampin'-Up. I layered that over silver cardstock.

The card layout is the January Viva La Verve Sketch.
Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Hearfelt Love Notes (Jan 2018 PPKit)
Paper: real red, whisper white, silver fancy foil vellum (Stampin'-Up), silver cardstock (recollections)
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: real red, (Stampin'-Up) tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: fancy heart, rectangle, stitched rectangle, love bow & arrow dies (CottageCutz), blueprints 3 (MFT)
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Scrapbook Stamp Society has an anything goes challenge with option of Valentine.
2.  Stamps + Fun = Creativity has a hearts challenge.
3.  Paper Players has a "will you be my Valentine" challenge.
4.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
 

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Spring Floral Wreath

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this first Saturday in February.
 
It's one of those lazy Saturdays here in my house. I have been catching up on email and watching some interesting and eye opening documentaries online. I have plenty of household chores that I wanted to get done. So hopefully before day's end I get to a few of them.
 
My card today is one that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.

 
I am using the  new Fresh Spring Floral, Lil Bunny Peeps and Spring Meadow dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.
 
Step 1: Since I was creating a spring wreath, I chose some spring like colors for the card base and the wide rectangle frame I was using.
Sweet Sugarplum Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Wide Rectangle Frame: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"
White Rectangle Layer: 4 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Step 2: I cut the wreath, flowers and stems using garden green cardstock, sweet sugarplum and rich razzleberry cardstocks for the flowers.
Step 3: I started the frame assembly at this point because I wanted to attach the wreath directly to the white panel. Used double sided tape on the white panel to attach to the rectangle frame. I decided to stamp my sentiment before I started adhering the wreath. Just thought it would be easier that way. I used my MISTI since it's a clear stamp and sometimes you don't always get a good impression on the first try. And in this case, I did not so I stamped it twice.
 

Step 4: Continued the assembly by attaching the wreath, flowers, and leaf stem to the white panel. Once I started, I decided to make the leaf stems a lighter shade of green. I wanted them to stand out a bit.
Step 5: I thought the card needed something else in the way of an embellishment. So I cut a butterfly from the new Spring Meadow die for the wreath center. Then I also added a bunny for the frame corner. I cut this in the rich razzleberry cardstock using the new Lil Bunny Peeps die.
To complete my card I attached the frame to the card base. I was going for the tone-on-tone look so I used dimensional foam tape on my frame to lift it off the card base. It gives it a little more depth since the card base is also sweet sugarplum.
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/search.aspx?find=fresh+spring+floral

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=lil+bunny+peep

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzspringmeadow.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=pierced+wide+rectangle
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is 2 or more layers.
2.  Sweet Stampin' has an anything but a birthday challenge.
3.  Crafting with Friends has an anything goes challenge.
4.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.  
5.  PolkaDoodles Craft Challenge is anything goes.
 
 

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