Sunday, January 15, 2017

~ Peppermint Latte Thanks ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Hope you all are having a good weekend.
 
We went to a fundraiser last night for a local policeman who was shot and killed when responding to a domestic violence call. There was a significant amount of money raised for the officers family. It felt really good to be a part of it.
Lots of local companies contributed in a big way to the fundraiser. In addition to having a great pasta and meatball dinner there were lots of donated prizes to be won.
 
And guess what? I won 4 tickets + a parking pass to a Pittsburgh Panther basketball game in February. I was so excited when they called my name. My hubby & I love going to the games but tickets are hard to come by, if you don't hold a season pass. Now we just have to decide who to take along with us.
 
Today, I am working on getting my Christmas decorations put away. But, I thought I would take a little break and do a blog post. So let's get started on some details of this card.
 
I created this one for the color challenge #616 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and my color trio was dapper denim, melon mambo and pear pizzazz. Optional was something new - a new year's card, new die or stamp or a new technique. 
dapper denim, melon mambo, pear pizzazz
I have something new on my card with the CottageCutz Peppermint Latte die and the Stampin'-Up thankful thoughts stamp set. I needed a thank you card for a gift I received for Christmas that was coffee themed.
My layout is from the MojoMonday #478 sketch. It worked well to show off my image as well as the sentiment.
My background striped panel is designer paper from the 2016-2018 in-color paper pack from Stampin'-Up. I cut the image and sentiment panels with the stitched rectangle and stitched circle dies from CottageCutz.

I used dimensional adhesive to lift up the cup a bit from the white panel. Just some added card interest. The sentiment is stamped in dapper denim ink from Stampin'-Up. To complete my card I scattered some die cut melon mambo hearts.
 
Well that's it for me for today. Time to get back to the packing away of my Christmas stuff. So until next time.........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: Thankful Thoughts
Paper: dapper denim, melon mambo, pear pizzazz, whisper white, 2016-2018 in-color paper pack  
Paper Size: A2
Ink: dapper denim
Accessories: CottageCutz Peppermint Latte, stitched rectangle and stitched circle dies , SB Matting Basics B, MFT blueprints 3 
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Making Memories Crafting Challenge #1 is anything goes.
2.  Polkadoodles has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Craft Rocket Challenge is something new. I used new stamp and dies.
 
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzpeppermintlatte.aspx
http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzstitchedrectanglesetbasics.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzpiercedcirclesetbasics.aspx
 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

~Typewriter Love~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Another weekend is upon us and we have some plans for both days.
 
Today we are going to a fundraiser dinner for a local policeman who was killed during a call to a domestic dispute. Our next door neighbor is a policeman and his wife along with others have organized a dinner at a local church. 
 
Tomorrow we will be attending church with our extended family and then out to lunch. It's football playoff time and the Steelers are in the 2nd round. So tomorrow night is covered as well. And in between all of this, I still have to get my Christmas trees taken down and put away. So lots to keep me busy this weekend.
 
So let's get started with my card for today. This one I made for my weekly blog post on the CottageCutz blog. Another Valentine card but as I said previously, I need lots of them.
I am featuring one of the new CottageCutz Valentine dies today. This one is the Typewriter die and is currently on sale at 25% off. In fact all 14 new Valentine dies are 25% off. So drop over to the store and pick out what you need to make your Valentine cards and save a little money while your at it!

I jump started my mojo this week by using a sketch to get my creative juices flowing. So here are the details on how I created my card.

Coastal Cabana Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Embossed Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Image Panel: 3 3/8" x 2 3/4"
Real Red Layering Panel: 3 1/2" x 2 7/8"

The sketch that I followed is an older one from Freshly Made Sketches but it worked perfectly to show my image off.
I decided to emboss my background panel but didn't want to use a heart embossing folder. So I settled for an arrows folder. I thought it added a unique appeal to my card.
 
Next step was to cut the elements of the typewriter die. I cut this vintage image in with coastal cabana cardstock. I love the modern appeal the typewriter has using this shade of blue. The accents are in gray. The little heart on the keyboard is so sweet. This is just the cutest die. I am sure all of you have someone in mind that this image would be perfect for this Valentine's day.
 
I cut three pennant flags with designer paper from Stampin'-Up's "polka dot parade" collection. Scattered some additional red hearts to balance out the image panel. I cut these from the Love Bird Branch die. After I assembled my card I decided I didn't like the "sweet" word cut in pink. Not a problem. I cut another one in red and glued it over top. Here are some close up photos. You can see the detail on this die.
 
Well, this completes my card for this post. Time for me to get busy with my day. So until next time........God bless.

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutztypewriter.aspx

http://www.scrappingcottage.com/cottagecutzlovebirdbranch.aspx
 
I am also entering:
1.  Brown Sugar has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Hiding in my Craft Room has a super scraps Saturday. I used scraps of designer paper.
3.  Jo's Scrap Shack has an anything goes challenge.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Today was my day to drive over and pick up my youngest grandson at school. He has so much going on at the school after hours that I haven't been able to go over and pick him up lately.
 
It would be silly to drive to the other side of town during rush hour and then drop him off at home at dinner time. I like to spend some time with my son and daughter-in-law as well but I don't feel right to stay at dinner time. It would be like inviting myself to dinner.
 
So today was a treat for me to go and get him early. I had time to visit and then we went out to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. We had an enjoyable evening together and a great meal.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another that I created for my weekly post on the CottageCutz Blog. My layout is from the Wednesday sketch challenge #626 on Splitcoaststampers.
 
Black Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
red Heart Embossed Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Black Layer For Image Panel: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Image Panel: 3 3/8" x 4 1/4"
 
For the image panel I used a white corrugated paper I found in my stash. And on the red background, I used a hearts embossing folder. The Happy Valentine's Day die is a new die and is now available in the online store.
 
 
I decided to make a substitute on the circles in the sketch on this card. I used 2 die cut images and then the "V' from the Happy Valentine's Day die cut served as the middle shape.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God bless.
 
card details:
Paper: Basic black, real red, white corrugated paper (Stampin'-Up)
Paper Size: A2  
Accessories: love bow & arrow die, happy valentine's day phrase(CottageCutz), Hearts embossing folder (Darice)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Creative Moments has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge.
3.  Moo-Mania and More has a love challenge.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Valentine Love

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this first Saturday of January.
 
Today we are going to my extended family Christmas celebration. We have 2 big get togethers throughout the year - one in the summer and one at Christmas time. Everyone will bring a side dish to share and my sister in law will bake a huge ham and we buy chicken. I am making mac 'n cheese. I thought the kids would like that as well as the adults.
 
It will be a good time of seeing family. My brother's house is big and the floor plan is such that it can easily accommodate 50-70 people. That's how many will be in attendance.
 
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly blog post on the CottageCutz blog. I am starting my Valentine cards because I send a lot of them and also give some of them to the guys at church to give to their wives. 
 
So here are the details on how I created this card as well as lots of photos for the step by step process.
 
Red Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Red Layer For Image Panel: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Image Panel: 3 3/8" x 4 1/4"
 
My layout is from this week's sketch #626 on Splitcoaststampers. You will notice on the sketch photo they have circles. When you use a sketch it's a starting point. You can always substitute the images. As long as your finished card resembles the sketch your good.
 
Once I decided on this card layout, I chose my patterned paper and that determined by card colors. I cut all the layers and then the die cuts. I am using the new Love Bow & Arrow die which will be in the online store soon for purchasing.
 
Before I assembled my image panel, I stamped my sentiment. The stamp was a bit to long for this panel so I masked part of it off and stamped it on 2 lines. I used my MISTI tool to accomplish this. Although any stamp positioner would work as well. I placed the bottom heart on the panel so I would have an idea of where to place my sentiment. 




 
 For the long rectangle strip in the sketch, I used pink cardstock measuring 3/4" x 5 1/2" and a heart embossing folder for added texture.

I added my die cut images.   After I assembled my card, I thought the image panel looked bare. So I scattered some love words and hearts to finish it off. I was happy with the finished card.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. Enjoy your day whatever you have planned. And, until next time...............God bless.

card details:
Stamps: love you with all my heart (MFT) 
 Paper: real red, whisper white , pretty in pink, christmas cocoa dsp (Stampin'-Up)
 Paper Size: A2
 Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)
 Accessories: love bow & arrow die (CottageCutz, adorning accents embossing folder (Stampin'-Up)
 
I am also entering: 
1.  A Gem of a Challenge is celebrating something new. I am using new dies.  
2.  Crafty Calendar Challenge is something new.
3.  Just Us Girls word week challenge is "new".
 
 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A King is Born

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this 3rd day of January 2017. It's quite a mild day here but overcast and rainy. In fact it's been raining all day.
 
Today was also my first day back at preschool after Christmas break. The kids were fine and seemed excited to be back. They were quite talkative for 3 year olds and letting us know what they got for Christmas. The 2 hours went by so quickly. I am already looking forward to Thursday. I have a mitten art project planned for them.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another of the recycled card projects I did for Christmas. You can see the others here, here, here and here.
 
This is my card for Sabrina's sing, sing a song WT614 challenge.
My song inspiration is A King is Born. Here is a link to a great YouTube video.

 On this card I recycled a Christmas card I received last year and created a new card. I used a template from Just For Fun Stamps to cut the image in 4 pieces and used some postage stamp scissors for a fancy edge.

In addition to the template for cutting your image, my friend also has this faux postage background stamp that stamps a background for your images once they are cut. It's also from JFF Stamps.

We were together in the summer and everyone brought some Christmas cards to try this technique out.  I used the SC622 sketch for my layout.
 
I layered the image with a chocolate shimmer cardstock. I used some gold striped designer paper that I found in my stash from Making Memories. I thought it matched nicely with the image.

Used a die to cut the paper ribbon and bow in the chocolate shimmer cardstock. Layered these panels on a vanilla shimmer cardstock and that completed this card. And that also completes this post for today. So until next time........God bless.

card details:
Stamps: faux postage template (Just For Fun Stamps)
Paper: vanilla & chocolate shimmer paper, stardust stripe gold paper
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: blueprints 3 die (MFT), postage edge scissors (ProvoCraft)  

Monday, January 2, 2017

~O Come, All Ye Faithful~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
 
Well today is my last day of vacation as Pre-School resumes tomorrow. I am anxious to see the kids and get back to our school routine. It might be a bit of a rough day for some of them since we were off school for 11 days.
 
The weather is expected to be warmer tomorrow so we may even be able to go outside to our play area for a bit of exercise. They like getting out for 15 minutes or so and it helps break up the day for them.
 
Now onto my card for today. This is another of my Christmas cards. I have a couple more to post so I hope you will hang in there with me. I have shown several of these cards that I made from Christmas cards that I received last year and created a new card. You can see the other ones here, here, and here.  
 
I used a friend's template from Just For Fun Stamps to cut the image in 4 pieces and used some postage stamp scissors for a fancy edge.

In addition to the template for cutting your image, my friend also has this faux postage background stamp that stamps a background for your images once they are cut. It's also from JFF Stamps.

We were together in the summer and our stamp group brought some Christmas cards to try this technique out. I layered the image with elegant eggplant cardstock. I used some silver striped designer paper that I found in my stash from Making Memories. I thought it matched nicely with the image.

Used a MFT die to cut the paper ribbon and bow in elegant eggplant cardstock. Layered these panels on silver cardstock for my base and that completed this card.
 
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: faux postage template (Just For Fun Stamps)   
Paper: Silver, elegant eggplant (Stampin-Up), Stardust Strip silver paper (Making Memories)
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: blueprints 3 die (MFT), postage edge scissors (ProveCraft)
 
I am also entering:
1.  A Bit More Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge.
2.  A Perfect Time to Craft has an anything goes challenge
3.  Card Mania has a layer it up challenge.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

~Glowing Candles~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this first day of January 2017.
 
We spent last night with my son and daughter-in-law. We had dinner at their home and then a quiet evening together. Both of the boys were out with friends. We stayed overnight since it's a 45 minute drive back to our home and who wants to be out at 12:00 especially on New Years Eve.
 
Now I am just kicking back and enjoying the holiday. Everything seemed to go by so quickly the past week. So enjoying my trees and decorations is the order of the day.
 
I am still showing the cards I made for Christmas. This one was created for the color challenge #613. Pam was the hostess and the color trio she picked was crushed curry, garden green and real red. Optional was to have a Christmas glow.
crushed curry, garden green and real red
For my card, I used the "glowing candles" die from Memory Box. I cut it in cherry cobbler, garden green and gold and then did the inlay technique. I layered the candles over some pine branches and those I cut with an Impression Obsession die.

To create a warm glow on my card, I used some crushed curry designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "watercolor wonder" collection. Scattered some red sequins because the top of the card looked a little bare to me.

Stamped my Merry Christmas sentiment to complete my image panel. This panel was cut with a MFT die. I thought the stitched edge added interest. Layered this panel over a red card base to finish off my card.
 
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless and Happy New Year!
 
card details:
Stamps: Light of Christmas (SNSS)  
Paper: cherry cobbler, garden green, mirror gold, watercolor wonder dsp
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: Accessories: glowing candles die (Memory Box), pine branch die (Impression Obsession), blueprints 15 (MFT), red sequins
 
I am also entering:
1.  Crafting When We Can has a It's Christmas challenge.
2.  Pile It On has a celebrations challenge.
3Alphabet Challenge is "U" for use something red.
  

 
 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

~Peace~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Can you believe it is the last day of 2016? This year just flew by, well for me anyway. Looking forward to see what 2017 has in store. We have no plans for tonight so a quiet evening will be in the works for us.
 
Yesterday (Dec 30) we went to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh for a performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze. We really enjoyed it and had great seats in the 3rd row from the stage. It was here for 2 days only and I purchased tickets back in October as a birthday present for my hubby. If it comes to your city at Christmas, it definitely is worth going to see.
 
 Now onto my card for today. This is another of my Christmas cards. I made several of these using a template from Just For Fun Stamps and recycled Christmas cards. You can see the others here and here. The layout is from the sketch challenge #622 on Splitcoaststampers.
On this card I recycled a Christmas card I received last year and created a new card. I used a friend's template from Just For Fun Stamps to cut the image in 4 pieces and used some postage stamp scissors for a fancy edge.

In addition to the template for cutting your image, my friend also has this faux postage background stamp that stamps a background to lay your images in once they are cut. It's also from JFF Stamps.

 I layered my snowman image with a mirror red cardstock. I used some designer paper from the "all is calm" collection by Stampin'-Up that I thought fit well with the snowman theme.

Used a die to cut the paper ribbon and bow also in the red mirror cardstock and added some snowflakes cut in white glitter paper.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time......God bless and Happy New Year.
 
card details:
Stamps: faux postage template (Just For Fun Stamps)  
Paper: whisper white, all is calm dsp (Stampin'-Up), red miorror cardstock (Darice)
Paper Size: A2
Accessories: blueprints 3 die (MFT), sbow globe accessories die (CottageCutz)
 
I am also entering: 
1.  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas is anything goes.
2.  Hiding In My Craft Room has an any holiday challenge.
3Craftaholics R US has a Christmas theme challenge.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

~Igloo Christmas~

Hello Blogger Friends! thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog over these 2016 Christmas holidays. Hope your Christmas was enjoyable.
 
We had our son and his family in for 5 days. I loved having my 6 year old granddaughter her on Christmas morning. Her eyes were full of excitement as she came down the steps to see what Santa left her. They left the day after Christmas to go and visit her other grandparents in Boston.
 
Our Christmas dinner was a great success. I had my other son and his family who live locally here as well. I served chicken piccata for dinner. Only have made this once before. My family loved it and kept raving about how delicious it was.
 
This dish is made with lemons and capers. Here is a link to the recipe I used. I tweeked it a bit by using a white wine to deglaze the pan.
 
I also made a wild rice dish with roasted grapes which was another big hit. I found this recipe in a magazine that I was browsing through while waiting in the grocery store line to checkout. I took a picture of it with my phone instead of buying the magazine. Then I printed it out at home so I could follow it.
 
I also served a kale and swiss chard salad with bacon, onions, feta cheese, cherries and a delicious dressing that everyone also thoroughly enjoyed. My neighbor shared this recipe that she has made for several Christmas dinners.
 
Well, I better move onto my card before  you tire of reading this blog. This is another of the cards I made for Christmas. On this card I used the layout from the sketch challenge #622 on Splitcoaststampers. Cathy was the hostess and she gave us a great sketch to work with. I was finishing up my Christmas cards so this helped me create another one.
On this card I recycled a Christmas card I received last year and created a new card. I used a friend's template from Just For Fun Stamps to cut the image in 4 pieces and used some postage stamp scissors for a fancy edge.

In addition to the template for cutting your image, my friend also has this faux postage background stamp that stamps a background for your images once they are cut. It's also from JFF Stamps.

We were together in the summer and our stamp group brought some Christmas cards to try this technique out. I recently found 6 of these recycled cards in my stash and decided to complete them to send out.  I thought the rectangular layout would work for this sketch.
 
So I layered the image with a blue cardstock from Bazzill. I used some designer paper that I found in my stash from ProvoCraft. I thought it matched nicely with the image.

Used a die to cut the paper ribbon and bow in real red cardstock and added some snowflakes cut in a silver glitter paper. The sentiment is part of the Snowglobe die from CottageCutz. I cut it 2x once in real red and then in whisper white and did the inlay technique so the letters would stand out against the blue background.
 
Well that's it for me for this post. I still have a few more Christmas cards to show so stop back again tomorrow. Until next time........God bless

Monday, December 26, 2016

~Season's Greetings~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. We had a wonderful Christmas celebration with my sons and their families. I was able to finish all my preparations on time and enjoy the days we had together.
 
I am going to relax for a few days since I have a week off from pre-school and my hubby is also on vacation. So, for the next several days, I will be showing some of the cards I made for Christmas.
 
On this card I used the layout from the sketch challenge #622 on Splitcoaststampers. Cathy was the hostess and she gave us a great sketch to work with. I was finishing up my Christmas cards so this helped me create another one.

On this card I recycled a Christmas card I received last year and created a new card. I used a friend's template from Just For Fun Stamps to cut the image in 4 pieces and used some postage stamp scissors for a fancy edge.

In addition to the template for cutting your image, my friend also has this faux postage background stamp that stamps a background for your images once they are cut. It's also from JFF Stamps.

We were together in the summer and our stamp group brought some Christmas cards to try this technique out.

I recently found 6 of these recycled cards in my stash and decided to complete them to send out.  I thought the rectangular layout would work for this sketch.

So I layered the image with real red cardstock. I used some soft suede designer paper from Stampin'-Up that I thought fit well with the horse color.

Used a die to cut the paper ribbon and bow and added some snowflakes that I found laying on my work table. the sentiment is a set from a Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin kit from November 2015.
 
That's it for me for this post. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Lnd for another day. So until next time.........God bless.
 
card details:
Stamps: faux postage template (Just For Fun Stamps), mistletoe & holly (Stampin'-Up November 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit)  
Paper: whisper white, real red, christmas cocoa dsp (Stampin'-Up
Paper Size: A2
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento)
Accessories: Blueprints 3 (MFT), snowglobe accessories(CottageCutz)
 
I am also entering:
1.  Cards In Envy has a celebrate the season challenge.
2Dream Valley Challenges has a Christmas challenge.
3.  Come and Get It Challenge is all about Christmas

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