Monday, September 3, 2018


Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
It's the last holiday weekend of summer. We are celebrating the labor day holiday. The weather here is hot and sunny. The perfect weather for our tomatoes to ripen.
Yesterday I processed my first batch. It's a lot of work but I love taking the summer bounty to enjoy in the cold winter months. I have five 16 oz jars now. I will probably end up with about 12-15 jars once its all said and done.
I also roast some with onion, garlic, olive oil, a bit of balsamic glaze and some salt and pepper. It makes such a incredible sauce. You don't need to add anything else. I use a variety of tomatoes in both the canning and roasting methods. Right now all I have is roma tomatoes but our heirlooms are getting ripe. Those two together make a powerhouse sauce.
I wanted to get this post done so I can enjoy a bit of the outdoors today. This card I made as a sample for for the color challenge #699 on Splitcoaststampers.
rich razzleberry, berry burst, old olive
Karen was the hostess and she chose rich razzleberry, berry burst and old olive as her color trio. Optional this week is a touch of gold.

I decided to do some coloring on my card because these colors seemed like they belonged on a flower. I am using the Oriole w/Blossoms stamp and die from CottageCutz.

Colored the coneflowers with Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends, and Prismacolor pencils & gamsol. The coneflowers stems are old olive stampin' blends. I took some liberty with the oriole since they are usually black and orange. And, orange is not one of our colors this week. I colored with prismacolor pencils and gave him more of a sparrow look.

My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "gold fancy foil" vellum collection. I layered with gold foil. Added some ribbon and a bow to complete the card.
No sentiment yet because I am not sure if this will be a birthday card or something else. The heart on the bow is a metallic enamel shape.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time...…...God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Oriole w/Blossoms (CottageCutz)  
Paper: berry burst, gold foil, gold fancy foil vellum (Stampin'-Up), solar white cardstock (Neenah Crest)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)  
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive Stampin' Blends, berry burst ribbon, metallic enamel shapes (Stampn'-Up), Prismacolor Pencils: PC947 Dark Umber PC1082 Chocolate, PC995 Mulberry, PC1062 Cool Gray, Stitched Eyelet Oval die (CottageCutz)  
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
2.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Classic Design Team Challenge is anything goes.


  1. This is lovely Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

  2. Beautiful card Mary..I love cone flowers..Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  3. Hi Mary how pretty I'm a bird lover and your card is precious. I raise Cocktails and Love Birds so when I see anything with birds on them it's right up my alley. BTW I became a follower of your blog too! Enjoy your happy crafting and awesome weekend!



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