Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ballerina Mouse Birthday

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today!
 
It's harvest time at the Marsh home. Our tomatoes are coming in fairly quickly now. I canned 8 pint jars the other day and I have enough to do another 8 jars today. It's a bit labor intensive, but I so enjoy going down to the basement in the winter and reaching for a jar off my shelves for a recipe.
 
It will take most of my day but we have no other plans for today. And, it is so much better than going to the grocery store to get a can of tomato sauce. Especially since my hubby does organic gardening. So I know what's in my jars.
 
Anyway, before my day starts let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used one of the new Birthday dies- the Ballerina Mouse.
 
I need a birthday card for a friend's 3 year old daughter. We were invited to her birthday party last night. So let's get started with some details of how I created my card.
 
I used the sketch #762 from Splitcoaststampers. Diane is the hostess and she gave us a great layout for our cards. The layout allowed me to use designer paper, a birthday number balloon and a stamped sentiment.
I wanted the papers to be girly, and I found this older Stampin'-Up designer paper with shades of pink, teal and cocoa. I used the coordinating cardstocks as layering panels. 
 
Cocoa Card Base: 4 3/8" x 5 3/8"
Pink Layering Panel: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Designer Paper: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

I cut the Ballerina Mouse in smoky slate cardstock, her outfit in shades of pink and the slippers in teal cardstocks.
For the number balloon, I used the Stitched Numbers die. The sentiment is a stamp from MFT. It's a one liner, but with the help of my MISTI and masking I was able to stamp it on 3 lines inside the circle.
 
To balance off the corners of the card, I added the Happy phrase and a balloon bunch.
Well, that's it for me for this post. o until next time......God bless.
 
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzballerinamouse.aspx
 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzfestivebirthdaygreeting.aspx
 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/search.aspx?find=stitched+numbers
I am also entering:
1.  A Gem of a Challenge has an anything goes.
22 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes challenge.
3.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Crafty Animals has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Creations in Pink has an anything goes mainly in pink.
 
 


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fairy Birthday Wishes

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life blog this Sunday in August.
 
Hope you had a great summer weekend. Ours was laid back but enjoyable. We drove to Ohio to visit a farm that my hubby likes. It's about 1 1/2 hours from our home. He is looking to purchase a couple more zucchini plants and no one has any. In fact, he can't even find any seeds.
 
Our plants are done producing and we would like to enjoy some more this season. I could buy them at the Farmer's Market but they use insecticides and my husband does not. He has really gotten into natural vegetable gardening. His gardens really produced this year.  
 
Today I started the processing of canning tomatoes. It takes so long that I spread it out over 2 days. Tomorrow I will do the water bath. I should get about eight (8) to ten (10) 16 oz jars of sauce. We have so many more tomatoes that are almost ripe and I will get a 2nd batch processed. They will carry me to the beginning of next summer.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess for this challenge and you were to create a scene using die cuts. Anyone can participate in the challenges this year because we are celebrating 15 years of DTGD. But, you have to be a member of the fan club to win prizes.
 
I created a birthday card using the Cottage w/Petal Roof and Fairy Garden Flowers dies from CottageCutz.
 
I am sending birthday wishes from the fairy garden. I have a friend who has a fairy garden and will love this card especially the petal roof cottage. For the background I used a clouds stencil and sponged with tumbled glass distress ink.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...…..God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Paper: highland heather, whisper white, coastal cabana, granny apple green, soft suede, pretty in pink, so saffron (Stampin-Up), vellum (Paper Studio)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: gorgeous grape (Stampin'-Up), tumbled glass, mowed lawn distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: cottage w/petal roof, fairy garden flowers (CottageCutz), cloud stencil (MFT)
Techniques: stenciling
I am also entering:
1.  Sweet Stampin' has a things with wings challenge.
2Brown Sugar has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Simon Says Wednesday has a die cut challenge.
 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Birthday Mouse and Cupcake

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
 
It's been a bit since I have posted on my Blog and there is a good reason. My son, daughter-in-law and precious granddaughter were here for a visit. We had such great family time.
 
One of the days we went to our local amusement park. Both my sons loved going there when they were growing up. Well my 8 year old granddaughter loved it as well. It was here first visit to an amusement park ever.
 
And, to make it even more memorable she played one of those games that you never win, and she won. The prize was a huge elephant over 4 ft tall. She was so excited and of course she couldn't take it back home to San Francisco. So it's sitting in the bedroom we made for her, here at my home. Her parents haven't made a decision yet if we can send it out to her.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the cute Birthday Mouse Cupcake die to create a birthday card for my friend's little boy. So let's get started with some details on how I created it.
 
I had this designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "birthday Memories" collection. The presents and balloons were a perfect background for my image.
I die-cut the mouse using the colors that coordinate with the designer paper - pacific point, pumpkin pie and lemon lime twist. The cupcake is cut in choc chip cardstock and the candle in gorgeous grape.
The sentiment is from the MFT set 'bitty birthday greetings". It's a one line stamp but my panel wasn't long enough so with the help of my MISTI, I made it 2 lines.
I attached the image and the image panel with dimensional adhesive. I cut a banner and stamped another sentiment and used that for my images to rest on. That way they don't looks as though they are floating in the air.
 
I also cut a few streamers and added them to the designer paper. They fit in well. And, that's my card for this post. So until next time...….God bless.
Dies I used to create card:
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzbirthdaymousecupcake.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzfestivebirthdaygreeting.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Aud Sentiments has an animal + a sentiment challenge.
2.  Creative Knockouts has a furry friends challenge. HaHa don't know if a mouse its a friend but it is furry.
3.  Seize the Birthday is a birthday challenge.
4.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies has an anything goes.  
5.  Dies R Us has a bright colors challenge.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Never to old for Cake

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog.
 
Hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying the summer weather. It was a beautiful day here, but I didn't spend any time outdoors. There was a Rubber Stamp show in town this weekend.
 
So I decided to go and ended up spending 5 hours there. It was good just to walk around , look at product, buy some things, do a few make and takes and just enjoy my time out.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used the new Mouse with Cake die to create my card. And for the layout, I went with this week's sketch #759. I thought it was a unique layout and would showcase this new die well.
 
To get the curved shape , I used the  largest of the stitched oval dies. For the bow at the top of the sketch I subbed  the Birthday phrase. The stamped sentiment is from an MFT set.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time...….God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: bitty birthday wishes (MFT)
Paper: gorgeous grape, granny apple green, brights dsp (Stampin'-Up), watercolor wash dsp (MFT)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: gorgeous grape (Stampin'-Up)
Accessories: festive birthday greeting, mouse with cake, stitched oval dies (CottageCutz), glitter enamel dots (Stampin'-Up)
I am also entering:
1.  Cut It Up has a critters challenge.
2Inspire Create Stamping Challenge has an anything goes.
3.  Creative Moments has an anything goes challenge.
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

JoyFul Wishes

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.
 
Today was my day to go and spend a few hours with the little boy from my Pre-School class afflicted with the AFM virus. Here is a link to read more. It's a Go Fund Me page BUT it gives the complete story of what happened to Sam. That's the reason I linked there.
 
I have been going over once a week to give Stephanie a little break. I stay about 2 hours or more and play with Sam and his brother Jack. I try and take something with me for us to work on together.
 
Today I took a dinosaur book with stickers and we worked on it for a little and then the play time changed direction. We played with their stuffed animal puppies and they got hurt and had to go to the Vet. I was the Dr and they each took a turn being my assistant and the dog owner. It was a fun time with them and they seem to love the play time.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #747 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was the hostess and she chose soft seafoam, very vanilla and rococo rose for her color trio. Optional was to use pearls. It is also a Christmas in July theme.
 
I like trying to create a Christmas card with non-traditional colors. It always presents a challenge. For this card I used a vine wreath die. The berries are cut in rococo rose as are my little mittens.

The soft seafoam background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "tranquil textures" collection. The sentiment is stamped in rococo rose.

I finished off my card by adding 3 snowflakes cut in soft seafoam. I added pearls to the centers to cover the optional twist.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time...…..God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: winter scripty sayings (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: rococo rose, very vanilla, soft seafoam, tranquil textures dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: rococo rose (Stampin'-Up)
Accessories: vine wreath with berries, cocoa warm wishes, stitched wide rectangle frame dies (CottageCutz), pearls (Stampin'-Up)

I am also entering:
1.  Sweet Stampin' Christmas has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting By Designs has a get ready for Christmas challenge.
3.  Crafty Gals Corner has a Christmas in July challenge.
4.  Cute N' Crafty Christmas is anything goes.
5.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge is anything goes.
 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jolly Snowman

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in July.
 
It's hazy, hot and humid again today and a perfect day to post a snowman card. There are Christmas in July sales and celebrations everywhere. Qvc -my favorite shopping channel has promos all month, and in Blogland there are lots of challenges. Not that I am wishing the summer away but it's a perfect cool down card (lol!).
 
I made this card for the Christmas in July theme and the color challenge #746 on Splitcoaststampers. Jeanne was the hostess and she chose granny apple green blushing bride and melon mambo. Optional was to use stripes.
granny apple green, blushing bride, melon mambo
With these non-traditional colors, I thought a snowman with a hat and scarf would work. For my card I used the CottageCutz die "jolly snowman" die. I cut my happy snowman's hat and scarf in the challenge colors and to cover the dessert option I gave him a striped hat and scarf.

For the snowy background I used an MFT snow stencil and embossing paste with a little added glitter. I carried the glitter theme through to the snowbank and the snowflake that landed on the snowman by using white glitter cardstock.

My Merry Christmas sentiment is a stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I stamped in granny apple green. To complete my card, I added a couple of melon mambo glitter enamel dots, and my first Christmas card of 2019 is done.
 
Well that's it for me for this post, so until next time...….God bless! Enjoy your summer weekend!
 
card details:
Stamps: winter scripty sayings (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: melon mambo, whisper white, granny apple green, blushing bride, soft suede, basic black, granny apple green dsp (Stampin'-Up), white glitter paper (Recollections)
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Ink: granny apple green (Stampin'-Up)
Accessories: jolly snowman die (CottageCutz), flag banner die, snowfall stencil (MFT), glitter enamel dots, dazzling diamonds glitter (Stampin'-Up)
Techniques: stenciling
I am also entering:
1.  Cut It Up has a Christmas in July challenge using die cuts.
2.  CRAFT has a Christmas challenge.
3.  Crimbo Crackers has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
4.  Sweet Stampin' Christmas has an anything goes challenge.
5.  The Male Room has a Christmas in July challenge.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Hugs For You

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life. Hazy, hot and humid is our weather for today and with 87degrees temps not much outdoor activity in our neighborhood. 
 
We had a follow up appointment with the Orthopedic Dr this morning to check my hubby's fingers. He had a lawnmower accident on the 4th of July and cut a couple of fingers on his right hand and broke the fingertip bones in those fingers.  
He required stitches in those fingers and today the stitches were removed. The soft tissue is still healing but the Dr. is very pleased with the results so far.
 
His next visit is the 29th of July and we are looking for another good report. In the meantime he is not allowed to be out working in his garden. The Dr said there is a lot of bacteria in dirt and if it gets in the wound it could cause an infection. So I am being a policeman and making sure his orders a re carried out. This hasn't been easy for my hubby because he spend 4-6 hours daily in his flower and vegetable gardens and sometimes longer.
 
A friend came over and helped him out the other day and will come back again to help. Plus our next door neighbor who is just as avid in the gardens has helped out. Lots of others offered but my hubby is fussy about his gardens and won't allow just anyone in to help. I totally understand that.
 
Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #743 on Splitcoaststampers. Barbara was the hostess and she chose old olive, mint macaron and calypso coral for her color trio. Optional was to use designer paper.
 
For my card I used some of the elements from the Stampin-Up May 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit and made an alternative card design. The nest image and leaves are a card base in the kit. I cut it (3 ½" x 5" ) and added some color to the image by coloring the leaves and the eggs. This is my designer paper optional.

I used mint macaron, old olive and calypso coral Stampin Blends to add the color. The old olive markers were from the original alcohol marker release from Stampin'-Up and they are really dark on the crumb cake paper. The color looks more like mossy meadow, so I layered a piece of mossy meadow (neutral) cardstock (2" x 5 ¼") to complement the coloring. Here is a link to all the neutral colors we are using for the color challenge team.

Layered my image panel with soft suede (neutral) (3 5/8" x 5 1/8") and the card base is calypso coral (3 7/8" x 5 ½"). Added some calypso coral ribbon for interest. The sentiment label came in the kit as did the "Hugs" and "For You" words.
 
Well that's it for me for this post so until next time......God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Hugs from Shelli (Stampin Up May 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit)
Paper: calypso coral, mossy meadow, soft suede
Paper Size: 3 7/8" x 5 1/2"
Ink: calypso coral
Accessories: princess & rose die (CottageCutz), Paper Pumpkin May Kit, calypso coral ribbon, stampin blends (Stampin Up)
I am also entering:
1.  Polkadoodles has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Aud Sentiments has a sentiment + bingo challenge. I used ribbon-stamp and die cut.
3.  Stampotique Designers Challenge is all about Friendship this week.

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