Thursday, February 23, 2017


Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Spring is just about a month away but we are having such warm temperatures and the spring flowers are already popping up.
We were able to take the preschool out for a little outside play yard time. It so improves their classroom behavior and concentration time. We had a show and tell time this week.
They love coming up in front of the class and showing off their toy. We prompt them with questions about what they have brought into show the class. They are very talkative for 3 year olds. 
I can't believe how fast this year is going. This class more than previous years has really tugged on my heart strings. I will miss them a lot when the year is over.
So before I get emotional let's move onto my card for today. This is the very last of my 2017 Valentine cards. I made it using the colors from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #618. Roberta was our hostess and she chose basic gray, rose red and very vanilla for her color trio. Optional was to make a Valentine card and that's just what I did.
I used MojoMonday480 sketch for my card layout. I think the sketch shows off the elements of the card without covering anything up.

My background designer paper is from the long retired Stampin’-Up Holiday Harmony collection. It’s a Christmas designer paper but it had one of the colors I was using on my card. It’s actually purely pomegranate which is a twin sister to rose red.

I used basic gray satin ribbon for the angled panel in the sketch. On the sketch square panel, I embossed with a hearts folder from Darice. The rectangle panel I used for my sentiment and that allowed me to get the very vanilla covered.

The sentiment is from the Verve “Hundred Hearts” set and stamped in purely pomegranate ink. I love this sentiment from Winnie the Pooh (lol)!

I finished off my card by scattering a few hearts. The top left heart is a new Valentine die from CottageCutz - “fancy heart”. The other hearts are cut from CottageCutz dies as well.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
 Stamps: Hundred Hearts (Verve)  
Paper: basic gray, purely pomegranate, very vanilla, holiday harmony dsp (Stampin’-Up)  
Paper Size: A2
Ink: purely pomegranate
Accessories: fancy heart, rectangle & circle dies (CottageCutz), blueprints 15 (MFT), basic gray satin ribbon, hearts embossing folder (Darice) 
CottageCutz dies I used to make card:
 I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Girls Creations has an anything goes challenge for February.
2.  Cards Und More has a Valentine's challenge #178.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wildflower Sympathy

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this last Wednesday in February.
Can't believe that February is almost over. We haven't really had that much of a winter. Either in the way of snow or cold temperatures. Yesterday at pre-school we were able to take the kids out for some time in the play yard. they loved the outdoor time.
My card for today was made for my DT post on the CottageCutz blog. I am featuring some of the new Wildflowers dies by CottageCutz. I have used Wildflowers 1 and Wildflowers 3 on my card for today.

Let's get started on how I created this card.

Mint Macaron Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Navy Layering Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Patterned Paper Panel: 5 1/4" x 4"

I wanted to use these beautiful wildflower dies to create a sympathy card. My choice of colors today came from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #622. When I was looking through my cardstock, I found these A2 card bases in my stash that had a watercolor wash. It was perfect for my card idea. The card bases are from Concord & 9th.
watermelon wonder, mint macaron, night of navy
So all I did was cut the A2 card to the size panel that I needed. The card had the watercolor design on the front and back of the base. So now I have another panel to create a 2nd card. I matched it up with a mint macaron  and night of navy blue panels.
Even though I was creating a sympathy card, I still wanted a splash of color for the flowers. I used the watermelon color for the wildflowers. I thought that would look good against the mint and dark blue of the card front.
I stamped my sympathy sentiment on the image panel in navy ink before I assembled my card. I then assembled the panels with double sided tape. I didn't add my die cut images because I didn't want the flowers to interfere with the layering. Sometimes it can through off your eyeballing of getting the layers straight.

card with layering panels added
My next step was to add my wildflowers, butterfly and scatter a few sequins to finish off this card. I like to have a sympathy card or 2 in my stash for when the occasion arises. It's easier for me to create a sympathy card when you don't need one.
Below is a photo with a close-up view of the dies. You can always click on it to get a larger view.
Well that's it for me for today. Until next time.........god bless.
Here is another slight variation of this card. On this one I used navy enamel dots and a dragon fly.
dies I used on these cards:
 I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Lemon Shortbread has an anything goes challenge.  
3.  Alphabet Challenge is "Y" for you chose.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Valentine You're Sweet

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Today is a preschool day for me but I wanted to get this blog post done before I head out the door. We are doing an art project there with markers, cardstock and coffee filters. I saw this done on Pinterest and I tried it here at home so I know it works.
The kids will color the filters with different shades of markers and then we will spritz the filters with water. The filter will be on top of a piece of cardstock and when wet will bleed through to the filter leaving behind an interesting design.
Once the filters are dry they can be used for another project as well. I was thinking of making tissue flowers from them and they can give them to their Mom's. They all love to color and get really quiet when they do. I thinks it's kind of therapeutic for them.
Now let's move onto my card for today. This is another of my Valentine cards. This is a cardI made for the F4A363 challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Shirley is our hostess and she wants us to make a Valentine.

For my card, I used the Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit from January 2016. Found this card on Pinterest and used it for inspiration. The kit was designed to make a heart banner but I used it to make this card. This was another one I took to my church and one of the guys there selected it to give to his wife.

The striped heart in the kit was too large for an A2 card so I used a die to cut it to fit. I also cut another smaller heart in watermelon wonder cardstock.

I used another die to cut my Valentine word. Then the kit stamps for the remaining part of the sentiment. The green flag banner is part of the kit as are the watermelon wonder sequins. I cut a small strip of sequins to place under the banner and then scattered a few around my card.

My background striped paper is from the Stampin'-Up "irresistibly yours" collection. You can color it in your choice of colors. I used mint macaron ink and my Clarity Brush to get a softer look.
Well, that's it for me for this post. Time to head out the door for preschool. So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: cute conversations (Paper Pumpkin January 2016)  
Paper: mint macaron, watermelon wonder, irresistibly yours dsp (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2016, Happy Valentine's Day Phrase & Stitched heart dies (CottageCutz)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

~ Love 'n Roses ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life blog.
It feels like an early spring day here in Pittsburgh. The temp is around 60° and the sun is shining brightly.
We just came back from church and are enjoying a bit of leisure time before my hubby has to head off to work. I will be going to the gym this afternoon and meet up with my other 2 exercise partners.
Yesterday afternoon we went to the University of Pittsburgh basketball game. They were playing Florida State and Pitt pulled off a big upset. It was an exciting game and a fun time with our son and grandson. We stopped and had pizza at our favorite restaurant on the way home.  So gym time is definitely in order for me today. Have to work off those calories (lol)!
Now lets move onto my card for today. I have a few more Valentine cards to show so bear with me. This one I made for the color challenge #621 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura is our hostess and she chose basic black, whisper white and real red for her color trio. Optional this week is to use hearts.

I started this card with my designer paper. I found this Stampin'-Up collection "timeless elegance" in my stash. I love this paper. It is so beautiful that I had a hard time cutting it to use. Maybe that's why I haven't used it until now.

So the paper is an all black collection. This particular piece has these beautiful roses. I decided to color them with a Copic Marker. I am so pleased how it turned out. The paper took the alcohol marker so beautifully.

Then I discovered via Pinterest that this pattern was a favorite of many for coloring.  Here is just one example of a watercolor on the roses here.

I wanted this paper to be the star of the show so I kept the design simple. I added some black mesh ribbon and some white cotton lace underneath the rose image. To the lace I decided to use some black rhinestones. I wanted a sentiment so I die cut the "love" word and my card is completed.

A friend of mine asked me to make a more elegant card for his wife for Valentine's day. I had to wait until he gave it to her before I could show it here.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time..........God bless.
card details:
Paper: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Timeless Elegance DSP (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Accessories: Copic R29, Black Mesh Ribbon (May Arts), White Cotton Lace (Hobby Lobby), black rhinestones (Darice), Love Heart Die (Impression Obsession) 
Techniques: Copic Marker Coloring 
I am also entering: 
1.  Glitter 'n' Sparkle has a ribbon or lace challenge. I used both.
2.  Crafty Calendar Challenge has a February "love is in the air".
3.  A Vintage Journey has a words that are special challenge.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

~ Wildflower Love ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
It is a beautiful spring like day here in Pittsburgh. Crazy weather for February. It's a perfect day for going for a walk or some other outdoor activity. the local parks will be packed today with parents getting their kids out for some fresh air.
We are going to the University of Pittsburgh basketball game today with our son and grandson. I won tickets at a fundraiser that I recently attended. They are really good seats plus a parking pass came along with them. It will be a fun time. It's the first game we have attended this year.
So let's get rolling with my card for today. This is one that I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.
Card Details:
Navy Blue Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Patterned Paper Panel: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Navy Blue Rectangle Panel: 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" (2nd largest of rectangle dies)

My choice of colors for my card today came from the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #622. I am the hostess of that challenge and I chose mint macaron, watermelon wonder and night of navy for my color trio. 
watermelon wonder, mint macaron, night of navy
My background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up "floral boutique" collection. Once colors and paper were picked, I decided on a card layout and cut the necessary pieces.

The circles are from the CottageCutz circle and stitched circle dies. Both are the 4th largest dies in the sets. The navy blue rectangle is from the 2nd largest rectangle die in this set.
I cut the wildflowers in the watermelon wonder color. And the dragonfly in the mint macaron shade. When I started the assembling of my card, I decided to use the Wildflowers 3 die and eliminate the 2 die cuts from Wildflowers 1.
I decided to add a mint macaron strip across my card and top that with some night of navy ribbon. I also stamped my sentiment on the white circle in navy ink. I used an embossing folder to add some texture to the mint panel.
I was now ready to start the assembly of my card. On the large panels I used double sided tape. On the wildflowers I used Ranger multi-matte medium. The wildflower dies have great detail as you can see in this close up photo. On the sentiment circle I also added some watermelon sequins.
Well Blogger friends, that's it for me for this post. Until next time........God bless
Dies used to create this card:
I am also entering:
1.  AllSorts Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Hiding in my Craft Room has an embossing challenge. I embossed my mint ribbon panel.
3.  Scrapper's Delights has an anything goes challenge.

Friday, February 17, 2017

~I Love You- Valentine~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe that we are already more than midway through February.
Valentine's Day has come and gone for another year, but I still have a few card designs to show here on the blog. I usually make a few extra cards and then take them to my church. I let some of the guys pick a card for their wives. They are always appreciative and it makes me feel good to be able to share my work.
This one was taken by one of the guys from church. It was the first time that has ever seen one of my cards. He was a bit flustered for some reason. He wanted me to pick one for him. Of course I wasn't going to do that.
He didn't look through all I had when he came to this card. And this is the one he selected. Just knowing his wife it fit her to a tee. They are a classy couple and I think this one is a bit more elegant with the black & red color scheme. 
So here are some card details.This is my first card sample for Color Challenge #621 on Splitcoaststampers. Maura was our hostess and she chose real red, basic black and whisper white for her color trio. Optional was to use hearts.

This card was a quick one to make. My black card base is from Core'dinations. It is textured and embossed. I found it in my stash already cut and the ribbon and twine  attached. So I decided to use it for this Valentine card.

I cut my dies -Happy Valentine's Day phrase and the hearts from real red cardstock. Both dies are from the CottageCutz valentine collection. The larger heart is the Fancy Heart die from CottageCutz.  I used this to stamp my sentiment - it's from the Lawn Fawn set "love letters".

 To complete this card,  I scattered some small hearts. Well that's it for me for today. Stop by again tomorrow,  I will have a couple of cards to show using some new CottageCutz spring dies.  Until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: love letters (Lawn Fawn)   
Paper: Core'Dinations Black, real red 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: tuxedo black
Accessories: Happy Valentine's Day Phrase, Fancy Heart (CottageCutz), red ribbon, licorice twine
I am also entering:
1.  A Bit More time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
2The Artistic Stamper has a hearts challenge.
3.  Die Cut Diva's want us to use red or pink 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

~ I Just Called ~

Hello Blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
It's the day after Valentine's Day 2017. Hope you were able to do something special with someone you love. Last year hubby & I decided to start a new tradition by staying home and I cook us a special meal. So I wanted to continue it again this year.
We started off our evening with appetizers and a glass of wine. I found some really good cheese and crackers at Whole Foods. I served that with delicious array of olives from the olive bar at Whole Foods.
The 2nd course was a chopped green salad with kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, radicchio, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds with a poppy seed dressing.
The next course was a smoked mozzarella and roasted pepper ravioli with a homemade basil pesto. I served a dinner roll with this course.
I ended up the meal with a grilled grass fed strip steak topped with a blue cheese butter. For dessert, I served a raspberry chocolate cheesecake along with a vanilla gelato.
The meal was spread over a 3 hour period which we both laughed about. But just being the two of us we could do that because we weren't under any time constraints.
Now let's move onto my card for today. This is the car d I gave to my hubby for Valentine's Day. When we were first married he used to call and sing this song to me at my office. It's a song from Stevie Wonder.
wild wasabi, wisteria wonder, soft sky
Here are the card details. This is my sample for the Color Challenge #620 on Splitcoaststampers. Pam was our hostess and she chose wild wasabi, wisteria wonder, and soft sky for her color trio. Optional this week is thank you. I skipped it on this card.

I am still in need of Valentine’s cards so that’s the direction I went. And, I like using non-traditional colors for Valentine’s cards.

For my layout, I used the MojoMonday 482 sketch from January 30th. It is a square layout this week and my card size is a 4” square.

Background designer paper is from the Stampin’-Up “have a cuppa” collection. The wisteria wonder hearts are perfect for my Valentine card. For the 2 squares in the layout, I used the CottageCutz love postage die and cut them in basic gray for a little contrast. This is one of my neutrals this week.

The telephone is also a CottageCutz die and includes the hello word that I cut in soft sky cardstock. The sentiment is from the GinaK Designs stamp set “sung from the heart”.
And, that is my card for today. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: sung from the heart (GinaK Designs)
Paper: whisper white (thick), soft sky, wild wasabi, basic gray, have a cuppa dsp (Stampin’-Up)  
Paper Size: Square
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: love postage, telephone dies and double stitched circle dies (CottageCutz)
I am also entering:  
1.  Cards Und More has a love challenge.
2.  The Paper Shelter has a "be my Valentine" challenge.
3.  Stampin' Royalty has a die challenge.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Violets + Colored Pencil technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this 2nd Saturday in February.
We came through our first big snow of the season. And, this weekend our temperatures are on the rise. It's been such a crazy winter. Well, actually no winter really at all. It's not been really cold here and we have hardly had any snow. Crazy winter weather for sure!
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly post on the CottageCutz blog. Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring one of the new Birthday Flowers sets. This one is the Violets Flower - February.  Not only is it a stamp but it has a matching die. So let's get started on how I created my card.

Wisteria Wonder Card Base: 5 1/8" x 4"
Wide Rectangle Frame: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"
Kraft Image Panel: 4 5/8" x 3 5/8"

For this week's card, I wanted to use Prismacolor pencils to color my image on Kraft cardstock. I  stamped the Violet's image with Stampin'-Up white pigment ink. I set it aside to dry for a few hours or you could speed up the process with your heat tool.
For my next step I gathered up the Prismacolor pencils I wanted to use. I chose 2 different shades of purple pencils (PC932 & PC1008) for the flowers and 2 shades of green pencils (PC109 & PC989) for the leaves and stems. On the centers I used a yellow (PC916) and an orange pencil (PC1002).

What I like about this technique is that after you color the image the white pigment ink is still there and gives your image that little pop. I used the lighter purple pencil to color the flower and then the darker to add shading. The darker pencils give it depth and define the flower. I did the same with the leaves.
It really produces a soft look by stamping on the kraft cardstock and then using the colored pencils. You definitely should give this technique a try.

 Once the image was colored, I decided to cut a rectangle frame in white cardstock and use the new Calendar Months die to cut out February. I thought this would be a nice card to send to someone special to let them know you are thinking about them. Come February we are getting tired of winter and a handmade card always brightens someone's spirits.
The final step before assembling my card was to step the sentiment. I like to use my MISTI tool with clear stamps in case you don't get a good image the first time. With this tool you just re-ink your stamp and try again.  I used a chocolate ink for my sentiment because the card look is so soft. I thought black was a bit too stark.

To assemble the card, I used double sided tape to secure the layers together and Ranger multi-matte medium to secure the February die cut at the top of the card. 
Well, that's it for me for today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out your colored pencils and give this technique a try. Time for me to get busy with my day. I have my granddaughter's valentine card to make and get in the mail.
So until next time.........God bless!!!
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Friends has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Colour Crazy Challenge is anything goes.
3.   Jo's Scrap Shack has an anything goes challenge.


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