Sunday, May 6, 2018

Friendship Grows

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time once again to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
It's a rainy Sunday here in Pittsburgh. One of those perfect days for sipping on some warm tea and crafting. Ha- you knew I would sneak the crafting aspect in there.
My hubby had to work today so as soon as I finish this post, I am off to my craft room. I have a few DT cards due this week and  I want to get a jump start on them. Plus the pre-school kiddos are making a gift for their Mom's so I have some prep work to do for that.
We had a cinco de mayo party at my son and daughter-in-laws home yesterday. We emphasize the food aspect of it more than the alcohol. We did have my daughter-in- laws special sangria recipe that paired so well with all the food dishes.
Her family came and her sisters are fabulous cooks. So we had quite a spread and each dish was better than the next. It was such a nice night of eating and socializing. I am getting hungry thinking  about all we had there (lol)!!
So let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for a recent DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #684. The colors were tranquil tide, sweet sugarplum and rich razleberry.
tranquil tide, sweet sugarplum rich razzleberry

I started my card by stenciling my background with sweet sugarplum ink. This is one of my favorite techniques because it gives you a quick background that always looks great. Especially if you don't have the right designer paper to use.
The vintage quilt stencil was one I bought some time ago and never used. I applied the ink with a Clarity Brush because I wanted the stencil work to be very soft. The Clarity Brush works great this way.

The iron stand w/plants is a die from CottageCutz. I cut the greenery in tranquil tide cardstock. I didn’t think I would like that color for greens, but I do. My pots are all cut in rich razzleberry cardstock.

Stamped my friendship sentiment and added a couple of sweet sugarplum enamel shapes to complete my card. Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: friendship grows (Great Impressions Stamps)
Paper: sweet sugarplum, tranquil tide, rich razzleberry, basic black  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: sweet sugarplum (Stampin'-Up), tuxedo black (Memento)  Accessories: Vintage Quilt Stencil (Wendy Vecchi), Iron Stand w/Plants die (CottageCutz), Clarity Brushes, In-color enamel shapes (Stampin’-Up)  
Techniques: stenciling   
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafter's Castle is anything goes w/option of sharing a favorite technique - mine is stenciling.
2.  Hiding in My Craft Room has a freestyle challenge.
3.  Sweet Stampin' has a flowers challenge.
dies I used to create card:



  1. What a great idea! Love it! I love the sentiment with the plants. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Blessings, Jeanie
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafter's Castle

  2. Wonderful card design. Love your entry for our 'Flowers' challenge at Sweet Stampin. Gorgeous job! Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

  3. Absolutely beautiful card!!! I love the colors and the stenciling. I have stencils and should use them...thanks for the inspiration...and...Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle



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