Friday, October 21, 2022

Spooky Ghost House & Chance To Win

Hello Blogger Friends! Happy Friday to you and thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today. 

It's a beautiful Fall Day here in Pittsburgh. We had a heavy frost overnight a few days ago and our vegetable gardens are finished for this year. Some of the flowers are still blooming which is a surprise. We are supposed to have warming temps this coming week so they will still be around for awhile. 

Now let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #916 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess, and I chose gorgeous grape, daffodil delight and pumpkin pie for my color trio. Optional was a Halloween or Fall card. 
gorgeous grape, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie

For my card I took the Halloween option. I used a new die from CottageCutz - the Haunted Ghost House. I cut the house in the challenge colors plus neutrals of brown, gray and mossy meadow.

My background sky is ink blended on Bristol smooth cardstock with distress inks that are a good match for the Stampin' Up colors. I used black soot, villainous potion, carved pumpkin and forest moss. I masked part of the sky with a circle to get the moon image and then sponged some black soot ink on the moon to create shadows. 

My welcome phrase is cut in pumpkin pie, and I sponged the carved pumpkin ink to get a deeper color. Did you catch the bone that is supporting the side roof (lol)!!!

Also, if you would like the chance to win this card and the die I used to make it, just follow my Blog and leave me a comment. For another chance to win a different die - check out this Blog post. Because of international postage rates, I can only offer this to US stampers. 

Well, that's it for me for this post. So, until next time.......God bless. 

card details:
Paper: gorgeous grape, pumpkin pie, naturals white, soft suede, baked brown sugar, gray granite, black, mossy meadow dsp (Stampin' Up), Bristol smooth cardstock (Canson)
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Ink: black soot, villainous potion, carved pumpkin, forest moss distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Haunted Ghost House, Bee Phrases dies (CottageCutz)
Techniques: ink blending
I am also entering:
1.  Beyond the Blue has a Halloween challenge. 
2.  Cut it Up has a Halloween challenge using a die cut.
3Aud Sentiments has a Halloween/Fall + a sentiment challenge. 
4Creative Knockouts has a Halloween challenge. 

Dies I used to create card:

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Trick or Treat

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.

Well, I am officially done with all the harvesting of my hubby's vegetable garden. I roasted the last of the tomatoes this morning and made some Stuffed Pepper Soup with his green bell peppers. 

It has been a successful gardening year for him both with his vegetables and his flowers. I had cut flower bouquets all summer. Hopefully the frost holds off for a bit because I am not ready to part with the beautiful dahlias that are growing this year. 

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog

For my card sample today, I am featuring the new Witch Hat, Witch Legs and the Trick or Treat Phrase dies. So, let's get started with some details of how I created my card.

Design Steps:

For my card I used the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #914. We were to use granny apple green, melon mambo and highland heather. I thought they were bright and fun colors and would work well for my card design. I used a deeper shade of purple for my card.
granny apple green, melon mambo, highland heather
I cut the images from cardstock in the challenge colors. 

For my card sentiment, I decided to use the Trick or Treat Phrase die. I cut it from the grape shade of cardstock I am using.
I kept my card base as white cardstock and the designer paper is granny apple green. It's also in an unusual size. At least a size that I have never used before. I also used a border punch on the designer paper just for added interest.
White card base: 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Designer paper layer: 4 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Now that my card elements are prepared, I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the hats first with double sided tape to the designer paper. 
Next, I added my trick or treat phrase with clear drying glue.
Now I am ready for the witch legs. I attached those to the card base before I attached the designer paper.
To finish off my card, I attached the image panel to the card base with double sided tape. I decided to add a few spiders from the Spooky Truck (currently out of stock) die just for added interest. I used the stars from the Trick or Treat Phrase die.
Well, that's my card for this post. So until next time.......God bless

Announcement: I am offering to my Blog followers or email subscribers a chance to win this card and the Witch Hat and Witch Legs dies I used to create it. Just leave me a comment and let me know you are interested. I am only opening this up to US stampers. The cost to ship overseas would be too much.  

dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Shopping our Stash has a frightfully delightful or anything Halloween challenge. 
2.  Unicorn Challenge #81 has a spooky and/or cute challenge. 
3.  Crafting Happiness has a Halloween challenge. 
4Crafty Calendar has a Halloween challenge. 
5.  Taylormade Cards4U has a Halloween/Fall challenge. 

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Hangin' with my Gnomies

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog today.

Well fall is upon us - days are getting shorter, the nights are getting much cooler and our furnace is running. Our vegetable gardens are still producing but this weekend might be the end of all that. We are expecting a frost tonight. Most of our tomatoes have ripened and I have done my roasting, freezing and or canning. 

I haven't had the time to get my Fall decorations up as yet. I usually do that mid-September but life has been busy with other things. I hope to get to it this weekend. I usually start Christmas decorating right after Thanksgiving, so these Fall decorations need to be put out asap!

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #915 on Splitcoaststampers and for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.  For the color challenge we were to use soft suede, pale papaya and pear pizzazz. Optional was to add shades. In other words, add any darker or lighter shades of the challenge colors.
soft suede, pale papaya, old olive
I took the option this week and used darker shades of the colors to create my Halloween card. For the pale papaya, I used pumpkin pie, for the pear pizzazz I used old olive and mossy meadow and for soft suede I used choc chip and a metallic brown cardstock (cat's bowtie). Also, to get a darker shade of the soft suede I sponged the soft suede sleeve of the gnome with soft suede ink.

My layout was from the Paper Player #610 sketch. 
My dies are from the new Halloween release by CottageCutz. I used the Spooky Tree Gnome die. 

I stenciled my background image panel with carved pumpkin distress ink and a Tim Holtz stencil. The sentiments are stamps from Sweet Pea Designs and MFT. I finished off my card with a few pale papaya gems.

Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.....God bless. 

card details:
Stamps: gnome sweet gnome (Sweet Pea Designs), pretty pumpkin (MFT)
Paper: soft suede, pumpkin pie, choc chip, old olive, mossy meadow, baked brown sugar, pumpkin pie dsp (Stampin' Up), metallic luster (Bazzill), cashew stenciled vines dsp (Lasting Impressions
Paper Size: A2
Ink: pumpkin pie, soft suede, choc chip (Stampin' Up), carved pumpkin distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: spooky tree gnome, double stitched rectangle dies (CottageCutz), hocus pocus layering stencil (Tim Holtz), pale papaya gems (Stampin' Up)
Techniques: stenciling

I am also entering:
1. The Most Magical Time of the Year - challenge #1 - 365 Days of Halloween and Christmas 
2.  Aud Sentiments Challenge is Halloween/Fall with a sentiment.
3.  Craft Rocket Challenges is Autumn/Halloween. 
4.  Crazy is our fame- Stencils are our game challenges is stencils w/optional Halloween colors. 
5.  A Perfect Time to Craft is anything goes. 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Thankful for Friends

Hello Blogger Friends! Happy Sunday to you! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog. 

I have been missing in action on my Blog because it's harvest time here at the Marsh household. My hubby's tomatoes have been later this year and it's kept me busy for the last week to 10 days. And, I am still not done. I have at least 40 waiting for me to roast. 

I did something a bit different this year. I roasted several batches and then put them in jars and canned. It was a tip from my daughter-in-law. I have 5 jars of roasted marinara sauce and about 6 quarts in my freezer. I am not sure if I will freeze or can all that are still coming. My freezer is almost full with all that I harvested this year plus all the extra chicken I have been buying. That's why canning might be the only option at this point.  

Now onto my card for today. This card I created using the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #912. We were to use crushed curry, poppy parade and garden green for our colors. Optional was to make a Fall card. 
crushed curry, poppy parade, garden green

Since we are coming into my favorite time of the year, I decided to make a Thanksgiving card with these beautiful colors. For my leaves, I first die-cut my leaves from Bristol smooth cardstock and then ink blended barn door and fozzilized amber distress ink. These colors are a good match for the Stampin' Up shades.

I pressed them in Ranger Perfect Medium and then used clear embossing powder. This technique makes the leaves really pop. It's a technique I picked up from Kittie on the Kittie Kraft Paper Creations blog. 

My background paper is from an older Stampin" Up Paper Pumpkin Kit- Gift of Fall. I love the ink blended background. I layered it on a crumb cake (kraft) panel then crushed curry and my card base is the poppy parade. 

The sentiment is from the same kit. Finished off my card with a few crushed curry enamel dots. First Thanksgiving card of the season is done. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

Card Details:
Stamps: gift of fall (Paper Pumpkin 2019)
Paper: poppy parade, crushed curry, crumb cake, bristol smooth cardstock (Canson)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: choc chip (Stampin' Up), barn door, fozzilized amber distress inks, perfect medium (Ranger),
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit Aug 2019, crushed curry enamel dots (Stampin' Up), fall leaves die (CottageCutz), embossing powder (Recollections)

I am also entering:
1. The Paper Players has a theme challenge- changing seasons Autumn. Love Fall & Thanksgiving. 
2.  MTTC challenge #491 is to pick 3 Autumn colors- red, yellow & green are mine. 
3.  TTTC challenge #181. I chose Autumn colors, enamel dots and ink blending. My leaves are ink blended as is my background designer paper. 
4.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge. 
5.  TaylorMade Cards4U has an anything challenge goes w/optional of Halloween/Fall. 


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