Sunday, July 29, 2018

Penguin Bearing Gifts

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
I have my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter visiting with me this week. They will be here until Tuesday. We have been having a great family time. So this post is going to be short because I just have a few minutes before my granddaughter wakes up and we start our day.
This is my sample for Color Challenge #697. I was the hostess and I chose smoky slate, berry burst and granny apple green for my color trio. Optional this week is Christmas in July. I like using non-traditional colors to make Christmas cards.
This is also my card for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. We are having a throwback month in July and featuring previously released dies to give some fresh ideas.

 My favorite TV shopping channel is having a Christmas in July event, and it has put me in the Christmas spirit. So in the midst of some hot and humid summer weather here in Pittsburgh, I have created a wintry scene to cool things down a bit (LOL)!!!

My cute little penguin carrying a Christmas present is a die from CottageCutz as is the layered pine tree. I used berry burst cardstock for his scarf and hat and the present is cut in granny apple green with a berry burst bow.

 On the pine tree, I used mossy meadow cardstock. Stampin’-Up is calling this dark green a neutral. And you know neutrals are ok to use along with the challenge colors.

I embossed the white background with the Stampin’-Up softly falling embossing folder. I cut a few extra snowflakes with white glitter paper just for some added interest at the top of the card.

On the snowbank I used Stampin’-Up chunky glitter and then my Christmas Greetings sentiment cut in berry burst. The die is also from CottageCutz.
Well, I didn't get the post done before my sweet little granddaughter woke up and now she is being put to bed for the night.  That's my card for today. So until next time...….God bless.
card details:
Paper: berry burst, smoky slate, whisper white, mossy meadow, basic black, soft suede (Stampin’-Up), white glitter paper (Recollections)  
Paper Size: A2  
Accessories: penguin with presents, campsite, Christmas greetings dies (CottageCutz), chunky glitter, softly falling embossing folder (Stampin’-Up)  
dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Crafter's Castle has a Christmas in July challenge.
2.  HIMCR #363 has a Christmas in July challenge.
3.  CHNC #396 has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
4.  Cut It Up has a Christmas in July challenge.
5.  Fussy and Fancy has a Christmas in July.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

October Harvest

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in July.
Hope your summer is going really well. I am enjoying my time off pre-school and using it to get chores accomplished around the house. Just things that I can't seem to get to during the school year.
I am working through my to-do list and have over 3/4 of it done. The last big thing will be my craft room. Hoping to get that re-organized before school starts up in September.
The other day I went through all our records and organized our filing cabinet. I have been wanting to do that for 2 years and it's finally done (LOL)!!! We had a shredding event in our community this morning, and I was able to take 2 boxes of stuff there that will be shredded. It was sponsored by one of our State elected officials.
Now, let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. So let's get started on some details of how I created it.
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. I flipped the sketch to accommodate the truck image. It also would allow me to use fall themed patterned paper.
Step 2: I chose my card colors based on the designer paper . It's from the Stampin'-Up Painted Autumn collection. The card base is a deep, rich brown shade.
Early Espresso Card Base (Element 1): 5 1/2" x 4 14"
PDesigner Paper (Element 2): 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Vanilla Rectangle Panel (Element 3):  3 7/8" x 2 7/8" - 2nd largest stitched rectangle die
Step 3: I cut my truck from Stampin'-Up cardstock- using always artichoke and mossy meadow for truck body, black and smoky slate and basic gray for tires, smoky slate for door handle and trim around windows, soft suede for the wood planks, baskets are baked brown sugar cardstock.
The October Phrase is cut in cajun  craze cardstock.. Used the calendar months die. Looks like it's currently out of stock, but you could use one of Expressions Phrases dies such as Blessings, Grateful or Happy.
Step 4: Started the card assembly. Attached the first 3 panels together using double sided tape. Before I attached the image panel I decided to sponge a few clouds and at the bottom, I sponged some crumb cake ink to simulate the dirt in the harvest field.
Attached the truck using dimensional adhesive. I always like the look of an image lifted from the panel a bit. I forgot to stamp the sentiment before I attached the panel so I did it at this point. I used my MISTI because it's a clear stamp and sometimes it needs stamped twice- and it did. I used cajun craze ink so it would match my October phrase.
Step 5: I attached the wood truck planks with Ranger multi matte medium. I ended up cutting the October phrase 3x to give it more dimension on the card.Especially since part of it was against the designer paper ,which is a bit busy. This is element 4 of the sketch. I moved it up top. I guess I took a bit of liberty with this sketch.
For the 3 embellishments of the sketch I found some sunflower buttons in the stash. I thought they worked great.
Well, 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. Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Jo's Scrap Shack has an anything goes challenge.
3.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Southern Girls has a tic-tac-toe challenge. I am using die cut-stamp-blue.
5.  Simon Says Stamp has a die or punch challenge.





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