Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stitched Flowers for Mom

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

It's a beautiful sunny Saturday here in Pittsburgh and the day before Easter. After church service tomorrow, we are planning a family dinner. Really looking forward to the time we will have together.

I am busy today with finishing up my cleaning and then the dinner prep. But, I wanted to get this card posted that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. So lets get started with the details on how I created this project.

Step 1: Since this is a floral card for Mom, I wanted the flowers to be in bright Spring colors. So I used daffodil delight, pink and purple for my flowers and  wild wasabi green for my stems.
 Once the stitched flowers and leaves were cut, I arranged them on my patterned paper. The paper is from a collection that matches the wasabi green cardstock.  I wanted the flowers curved a bit for depth so I used a bone folder to curl up the edges. I attached flowers with dimensional adhesive.
Patterned Paper Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
 Step 2: Cut my Mom Phrase from the Stitched Alphabet die with purple cardstock.
 I tried placing the letters across the bouquet but the colors just blended in too much with the flowers. And, because I curled the flowers I could see I was going to have difficulty attaching it here. The next option was to place it at the bottom of the patterned paper. I like the look of it placed there.
Step 3: To complete my card I attached the image panel to a wasabi cardstock base. It is a match for the patterned paper and I thought it looked better than using vanilla.
Wasabi Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  Well that's it for me for this post. I hope you have a wonderful Easter. Until next time.......God bless.
Dies used to create card:

Friday, March 30, 2018

~ Stitched HB2U ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Well here we are at the end of March. It came in like a lion and seems to be going out the same way. The temps started to warm over the past few days but lots of rain.
This is Easter week-end as well. I will be hosting dinner at my home. Originally it was for 9 people but my hubby's family isn't coming now. My Mother-in-law had an issue with her shoulder this week and she is recovering so her son and daughter won't leave her alone on Sunday.
I am still looking forward to the family time even though there will be less of us. I have most of my food shopping done just a few small items to pick up yet. Today I am busy finishing up my cleaning. But, I wanted to get a Blog post in today. So lets get started with some details on how I created this card.
wild wasabi wisteria wonder soft sky
This is a card I created for the color challenge #673 on Splitcoaststampers. Pam was the hostess and she chose wild wasabi, soft sky and wisteria wonder. Optional was to add pearls. I couldn't get pearls to work on this card so I used wisteria wonder enamel dots.

For my card, I sponged my background with distress inks of tumbled glass and mowed lawn on distress ink cardstock. After I was happy with the sponging I sprayed the cardstock with water. I wanted to move the ink around a bit.

I needed a cute birthday card for a 10-year-old, and I thought these new stitched dies from CottageCutz would work well.

The bird is from the CottageCutz Stitched Owl & Bird die. Cut her in wisteria cardstock and her blue wing is cut from the sponged background. The tree branch is from the Stitched Honey Bees die.

My clouds are also cut from the sponged background. I stamped my sentiment in black ink directly on my cloud. The HB2U are cut in wisteria from the new CottageCutz stitched alphabet and stitched numbers die.
Well that's my card for today. Hope you can stop by tomorrow. I made a sweet card for Mother's Day with these stitched dies. So until next time...........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: : little birdie (MSE)  
Paper: wisteria wonder, wild wasabi, whisper white, basic black, baked brown sugar (Stampin'-Up), distress ink watercolor cardstock (Ranger)
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: tumbled glass, mowed lawn distress inks (MSE), tuxedo black (Memento)  
Accessories: stitched Owl & Bird, stitched Honey Bees, stitched alphabet, stitched numbers and stitched sun, clouds & umbrella dies (CottageCutz) subtles enamel dots (Stampin'-Up)
Techniques: sponging 
dies I used to create card:
 I am also entering:
1Simon Says Wednesday has an anything goes challenge.
2.  The Crafty Addicts has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Cute Card Thursday has an add a quote challenge.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Coffee & Donuts

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
It's a rainy and cold day here in Pittsburgh. In fact, it's supposed to rain and possibly snow the rest of this week. We just came through a 4 day stretch of sunshine which is unusual for us. But, it did help to melt the 7" of snow that was on the ground from last week.
So today is one of those days that it's perfect to stay indoors in the craft room. My hubby is at work until 7:00 pm so I can stay in here all afternoon. I have a couple of cards to make and then I will work on cleaning up the room. Don't know about you but when I am in here creating, it gets messy so quickly.
I am on Easter break from pre-school. We are off until next Thursday, April 5. I am also having Easter dinner here at my house and there will be 10 of us. My usual dinner is ham, hash brown potato casserole, fruit salad, mac n' cheese and a cooked veggie and some dessert. Nothing too complicated because I like to enjoy the family time.
I have lots to do to get ready for the day - cleaning, shopping and getting my Spring /Easter decorations out. Don't know why I haven't decorated yet. But, that's okay because I will leave the decorations up through April.
So let's move onto my card for today. This one I created using some Rise & Shine dies from CottageCutz. They are breakfast themed and the DT has made some really cute samples with the dies. See those here here and here.
I wanted to created a card to let that special someone know you love them. It could be used for an anniversary or birthday or even at Valentines day by changing up the patterned paper.
I used the Coffee & Donuts dies on my card. The sentiment is from a Taylored Expressions set. The designer paper is from the old Stampin'-Up Sweet Pea collection.
Well that's it for me for today. Time for me to get busy with my planned activities. So until next time..........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting from the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Pile It On has a circles and/or squares challenge.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Sunrise

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in March.
We had a snowstorm earlier this week with about 7" of snow once it was all over. It's still really cold here but the sun has been shining and the snow is melting fairly quick. The days are definitely longer. I noticed the other night at 7:45 it was still light outside.
Hard to believe that March is almost over and next weekend is Easter.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. So lets get started with the details on how I created my card.

Step 1: I had this idea brewing in my head for awhile about sponging a sunrise with hills, the cross and the Easter Phrase. I wasn't real sure of how I was going to accomplish all of this but I think it worked out well the way I created my card.

I started by sponging my white cardstock with distress inks. I used hello honey, abandoned coral oxide and wilted violet oxide. I just purchased a few of these oxide inks and they sponge on so smoothly. I really like them. Now I can see why the team loves them so.
Card Panel: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 2: I was going to create a slope for my hill and then I decided to use the rock die from the "under the sea" collection. I cut two of them with some soft suede patterned paper. I re-sized them by cutting off of the bottom to create my hills. Just another way to get more mileage out of the dies that you already own.
 Step 3: Now for the cross, I just used a stamp I had in my collection and stamped with the help of my MISTI in soft suede ink. I centered the cross in between the slops of the hills. Attached the hills to the sponged sunrise panel. Sponged a bit more of the coral and violet inks to get the color a bit more vibrant.
 Step 4: The Happy Easter phrase was just a bit to big to fit this panel so I snipped off the Happy part. Just the word Easter seemed to fit the sunrise background I created.
 Step 5: I wanted to layer this image panel on a violet background but I had no cardstock that color. So I took a piece of white cardstock and sponged the outer edges with the wilted violet oxide ink. Now I had the perfect color panel. Attached to the image panel and then attached to my coral card base.
Violet Layering Panel: 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Coral Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Step 6: I decided to do a little finish work on the inside of this card. I added several eggs and some of the flowers that are part of the Happy Easter Phrase die.
Well that's it for me for this post. Have a great weekend and hope you find some time to get crafty. So until next time.......God bless!
Dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1:  Sweet Stampers has an Easter/Spring challenge.
2.  Brown Sugar Challenge is Spring or Easter
3.  Cut It Up has an Easter challenge.
4.  Polkadoodles has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Moving Along with the Times has an Easter challenge.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Some Bunny

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
We are in the middle of March Madness here at our house. My hubby is a big basketball fan so the games have been on non-stop this weekend. It's not a problem with me. I can just go about my day doing what I want then (lol)!!! 
But, honestly I had extra time at pre-school the past 2 weeks and the time change has left me a bit low energy this weekend. So I didn't really do much. Went for a 2 mile walk today but it really didn't energize me.
I spent some time getting our art project ready for Tuesday's preschool class. March is Dr Seuss month so we always do projects based on one of his books. This week it's Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You.
We will be making a paper bag cow puppet. The kids will just have to glue all the cow pieces, that I cut out today on the bag. Should be an easy project to complete. Although with 3 years old and glue sticks you always have to watch. They sometimes get carried away with putting glue on the project.
Now onto my project for today. This one I created for the color challenge #676 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was the hostess and she chose rich razzleberry, garden green and sweet sugarplum for her color trio. Optional was to use scallops.
rich razzleberry, garden green, sweet sugarplum
I created an Easter card using the sweet Miss Petunia Bunny die from CottageCutz. My layout is the February Viva la Verve sketch. This sketch works perfectly for Karen's dessert option. It also calls for a scalloped circle panel.
 I also cased myself on this card. Here is another version in different colors and designer paper.

The background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up Irresistibly Floral collection. It's an embossed paper designed to be sponged with your fave color for an easy resist technique. I used rich razzleberry ink and did an ombre technique going from lighter to darker.

The long razzleberry rectangle panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug "just my type" folder. The scallop circle was cut with the CottageCutz "Sweetheart Doily" die.

On the image panel I sponged garden green ink for the grass. Cut some small clouds and sponged those with sweet sugarplum ink. Miss Petunia bunny was cut with the challenge colors. She is just the cutest little thing. Used dimensional adhesive to lift her off the panel for depth.

I stamped the sentiment with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig since it's a horizontal stamp. I wanted it to run vertically down the side of this panel. To complete this card, I added some sweet sugarplum enamel hearts.
It just went into the mail to my sweet 7 year old granddaughter. I get to see her in a few weeks.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: some bunny loves you (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: rich razleberry, sweet sugarplum, soft suede, garden green, ivory naturals, whisper white, irresistibly floral dsp (Stampin'-Up)   
 Paper Size: A2   
 Ink: sweet sugarplum, garden green, rich razzleberry
Accessories: Miss petunia Bunny, sweetheart doilies, stitched circle, pierced rectangle dies (CottageCutz), just my type ef (Cuttlebug), in-color enamel shapes (Stampin'-Up)  
Techniques: emboss resist
I am also entering:
1.  Dragonfly Journeys has a bunnies. chicks & ducks challenge.
2.  The Library Challenge is Watership Down- it's all about bunnies
3.  My Time To Craft Challenge is Easter/Spring.
4.  Brown Sugar Challenge is Spring or Easter
5.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Window Scene

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Sending a happy St Patrick's Day to you all. I read some interesting articles on what Patrick did during his lifetime. It's a far cry from what it's turned into this day and age.
Anyway, let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Here are the details on my card creation.
Step 1: I decided to create an outdoor scene. Started by using a brick wall stencil and white 3-D molding the wall. I stenciled on a light gray cardstock.
 Carefully removed the tape and set it aside to dry. I like how some of the brick have the appearance of slight imperfections. Just like real brick. This panel is 3 7/8" x 5 1/8".
 Step 2: On this step I cut my window, vine and flowers. I love the detail of the flowers in this die. Used sweet sugarplum, rich razzleberry and daffodil yellow cardstocks.
 I cut my 2 chickies from daffodil yellow cardstock and sponged the edges slightly with wild honey distress ink. Just to add a little depth.
 Step 3: Ready to start some card assembly. I used dimensional adhesive on the window and chicks. I like the dimension it gives to your card. Since you are looking into the window, I added some sweet sugarplum cardstock so it would look like a painted wall. The Spring grass is an older CottageCutz die.
 Step 4: I wanted to get a sentiment on this card and I just wasn't quite sure how to do that. Thought about stamping on the egg shell or on the grass but neither of those ideas really resonated with me. Then the lightbulb went off and I decided to add the Joy phrase to the window.
It is the perfect size. And, this die is currently 80% off. You can pick it up for just a $1.00 in the online store.
I also cut 3 butterflies in the same colors as the window flowers. They are from the Spring Meadow die.
Step 5:  To complete my card I used the sweet sugarplum cardstock. The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Well, that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you an idea for an Easter card.
Until next time ........God bless.
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Classic Design Team March Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Let's Craft & Create has anything goes + option Easter.
3.  Creative Knockouts has a Spring is on the way challenge.
4.  Moving along with the times has an Easter challenge.


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