Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Lantern

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
Well Christmas Day 2018 is in the history books. We had such wonderful family time both Christmas Eve with my in-laws and Christmas Day with my son and his family. Our dinner on Christmas Day was fabulous. My daughter-in-law and I work so well together in the kitchen.
I made a ham which I don't usually do for Christmas but I had some other new recipes that I thought would compliment it well. I made an orange marmalade glaze for the ham which turned out so delicious.
The new recipes were roasted rainbow herbed carrots. I bought white, purple and orange carrots. Hence the name rainbow. The herbs I used to season were fresh rosemary, thyme, shallots, garlic. Then I roasted them with olive oil and the herbs.  They had such incredible flavor. This one s definitely a keeper.
I also made green beans with a gremolata. The gremolata consisted of lemon zest, garlic, fresh parsley, pine nuts, a bit of parmesan cheese and olive oil. I also had a sweet potato gratin. This consisted of fresh sliced sweet potatoes, gruyere cheese, heavy cream, onion powder, smoked paprika and chipotle powder.
I also had a fresh fruit salad. My family was happy with everything and I had compliments galore. Now let's move onto my card for today.
This is another of this year's Christmas cards. I created this one using the colors from CC716 on Splitcoaststampers. Jeanne was our hostess and she chose melon mambo, pear pizzazz and blushing bride for her color trio. Optional was to add foliage.
melon mambo, pear pizzazz, blushing bride
My lantern image is the Lantern w/Pine boughs die from CottageCutz. I used the challenge colors plus some neutrals for the greenery.
My pine boughs are cut in mossy meadow (Stampin'-Up's new neutral) and the acorn is soft suede and baked brown sugar.

I just bought the Stampin'-Up Buffalo Check stamp and wanted to use it on this card for my background. I stamped in blushing bride ink and then used a pear pizazz marker and drew lines to make it a tartan plaid.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time...….. God bless
card details:
Stamps: buffalo check (Stampin'-Up), christmas messages (Hero Arts)  
Paper: pear pizzazz, blushing bride, whisper white, melon mambo, mossy meadow, baked brown sugar, soft suede  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: melon mambo  
Accessories: lantern w/pine boughs, rectangle dies (CottageCutz)
I am also entering:
1.  As You Like It has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting with an Attitude #46 has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Crimbo Crackers has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
4.  ABC Christmas Challenge is "Z" for zero embellishments. I used a die but added no additional embellishments.
5.  Christmas at Sweet Stampin' has an anything goes challenge.
6.  Cute N' Crafty Christmas #3 has an anything goes challenge.


  1. Love your design. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting with an Attitude Janet DT

  2. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Happy New Year!
    Helen x

  3. Beautiful card and thank you for entering the Crimbo Crackers challenge!



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