Monday, October 16, 2017

Sweetheart LoveBirds

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

I can't believe it is already mid-October. This year has gone by in a blink of an eye. We are still having very mild temperatures for Fall.

The leaves  on the trees are still green so I don't know if we will have the gorgeous display of autumn colors this year or not. I am hoping we don't go from warm temperatures into winter weather. I love the Fall season with its warm days and cool nights and the changing leaf color. Will have to wait to see what develops here.

In the meantime, let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for the DTGD challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Julie was the hostess for this DTGD17justwritedesigns challenge.

For my background, I used some Liquitex gloss gel, pistachio pudding, melon mambo and pink pirouette reinkers plus a heart stencil from Stampin'-Up. It is a simple technique that I thought made for the perfect background for my card.

The sweetheart lovebirds and love phrase are both dies from CottageCutz.  The love phrase is cut in melon mambo cardstock and the birds in pink pirouette and pool party. I sponged the birds with the matching ink for a little more depth.

 I thought I could use this as a wedding or anniversary card. And, that completes my card for today. So until next time........God bless.

Card details:
Paper: melon mambo, whisper white, pink pirouette, pool party
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: pink pirouette, pool party  
Accessories: sweetheart lovebirds, love phrase (CottageCutz), heart stencil, pistachio pudding, melon mambo, pink pirouette reinkers (Stampin'-Up), gloss gel (Liquitex)  
Techniques: stencil 
Dies I used on card:

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Get Creative has a wedding challenge.
3.  Glitter & Sparkle has an anything goes challenge.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snowflakes + Mother of Pearl Technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog on this Saturday in October.

I am back from my trip to San Francisco. I went out for a week to take care of my precious granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. The time spent with her was so wonderful and went by so quickly. 

We play non-stop with her baby dolls, and she has 7 of them. I am always amazed at her creativity and the ideas she has to play with them. She told me no one plays "Babies" like I do. Of course, because that's what Grandma's do (lol)!!

It's been awhile since I have posted on my Blog. There was no time when I was away. I went to bed when Phoenix went to bed because I was so tired. Then just when my body adjusted to the 3 hour time difference, it was time to come back home.

My card for today is one that I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I used a new Christmas die, Snowflakes Set for my sample card. I chose the faux mother of pearl technique for my background because it's a very simple technique to do and it has a huge impact on your finished card.  I also thought it would give the illusion of a snow squall. So perfect for my snowflake images.  Here is a video link to a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.

And, I also wanted to show a card that would be easy to mass produce using this new die. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: I used some Frost White Acrylic paint from Tsunineko. It has a bit of a shimmer to it. This paint acts as a resist and shows through the colors that I will sponge on in the next step.
I put a small amount of the frost paint on my craft mat. I used a piece of cling wrap and scrunched it up and then dipped it in my frost paint. I pounced it on my craft mat to work it into my cling wrap and also to insure that I didn't have any big globs of paint.

I then dabbed it lightly on my white cardstock. I left some open space so I could sponge the colors I was going to use. There is lots of shimmer on this panel that is hard to capture in a photo. I set it aside at this point to allow it to dry.
Step 3: Once the paint was dry, I decided on the shades of distress ink with tumbled glass and broken china.
After I started to sponge the ink, I decided to add a 3rd shade of ink using peacock feathers. I liked the color variation that I achieved. You can see on the photo below the white paint has resisted the distress ink.
When I finished sponging I used a paper towel to rub off the ink that was sitting on top of the white frost paint. This allows more of the frost design underneath to come through.
Step 4: Since I was going with a turquoise card base, I decided to layer the pearl panel on white. Just for some variation between layers.
Turquoise Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
White Layering Panel: 5 1/4" x 4 1/8"
Background Panel Size: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Step 5: I cut my snowflake images from white cardstock. They are such pretty shapes and I really like the size variation.  I was able to use all 4 of the images on my background panel.
To adhere the snowflakes to the background panel, I cut small pieces of dimensional adhesive. I didn't want them laying flat against the background.
Step 6: The sentiment is from an older CottageCutz die - Merry Christmas Santa. I cut it from one of my practice panels that I made. I sponged more ink on it for more of a contrast. I also cut another phrase in white and very slightly offset it. 
To complete my card I attached it to the turquoise base. I wanted some depth between these two panels so I used some white fun foam behind the image panel. It gave it just the lift I was looking for I secured it with Tombow liquid multi glue.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

Dies I used to create card:

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Christmas Joy Nativity

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Another weekend is upon us. Hope you have some great plans.

I will be in my kitchen today making cookies for my niece's baby shower. My contribution is a ladylock. It's a puff pastry with a delicious vanilla buttercream filling. I plan on making 8 dozen cookies.

I can't attend her shower because I will be out in San Francisco taking care of my precious granddaughter Phoenix Daisy. My son and daughter-in-law are going away for a little r & r over the Columbus Day weekend. My hubby is staying here in Pittsburgh to hold down the fort while I am gone.

I am looking forward to seeing her and doing all our usual stuff. Which generally means we will play with her baby dolls from morning till night. She just never gets tired of it. I get worn out at the end of the day though (lol)!!

Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Today, I am using one of our new dies Joy Nativity. To me this die represents the essence of Christmas. I love the bold Joy word as well as how the Holy Family is nested in the letter "O".  So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1:   This week I started off with a sketch. I found this perfect one on Splitcoaststampers. It wasn't too fussy and it allowed the Joy word to be the center focus.
Step 2: I looked through my paper stash for patterned paper that wouldn't take the focus away from the Joy word and at the same time have a touch of elegance to it. I found this red and gold paper that I thought would work for the elegant look I was after. I paired it up with a red card base that was almost a perfect match.
Maraschino Red Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Patterned Paper Layer: 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Step 3:  For the oval elements #3 & #4) of the sketch I used the largest nested stitched eyelet die and the 2nd largest oval die. It nested quite nicely in the eyelet die and the eyelet die kept with the elegant look I wanted for this card.

Step 4: I cut my Joy word in a gold cardstock. There is such detail in this die. If you click on this photo or any of them really, it will allow you to see the detail I am talking about. Attached to the oval shapes with dimensional adhesive. Being raised a bit from the ovals will give it nice depth. 

Step 5: Attached the oval panel to the striped patterned paper layer. For the #2 layer of this sketch I decided to use ribbon. Looked through my ribbon stash and found this pleated ribbon that is a good match for the card base.  I really like adding ribbon on Christmas cards. I think it dresses them up nicely. 
 Attached my image panel to the card base and scattered a few sequins to complete this card. I hope I have given you an idea for using this new Joy Nativity die. By keeping your card simple, you could easily mass produce this one for Christmas. Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.........God bless.

Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Hiding in My CraftRoom has a freestyle challenge.
2Just Us Girls has a word die cuts challenge.
3.  Alphabet Challenge has an "O" for oval
4Winter Wonderland has an anything goes Christmas challenge.
5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is anything goes.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Frankenstein owl says hello

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Hope you all had a good weekend.

I have been down with a cold and yesterday was the first day that I started feeling well. Time for me now to catch up on all my "other stuff" that was neglected. Oh, I didn't mention that I passed it along to my hubby. And, now he is off work sick.

Our weather has been like summer time here. Hot and humid but I am loving it. Not ready to let summer go yet even though fall has officially arrived on the calendar.

Anyway, let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. There is a new release of Halloween & Christmas dies just released for ordering. Check them all out here.

My card today is using some of the new dies: Frankenstein & Ghost Owls and Halloween Phrases & More. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

When I saw this Frankenstein Owl die, I immediately knew I was going to make a card for my husband. I call him Dr. Frankenstein sometimes- jokingly of course. He was filling his gas blower in our garage once and the smell filled our entire house. Hence the name was borne for him (lol)!!So he will get a chuckle out of this card as well.

Step 1: Selected my card colors. I found some double sided designer paper in my stash from an old Halloween collection. I liked these patterns and thought it would work well for the layout I had in mind.
Green Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Designer Paper: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" (cut in half)

Step 2:  I cut my Frankenstein Owl in Stampin'-Up old olive, pear pizzazz and mossy meadow cardstocks. He is such a little cutie.

I also cut a rectangle- used 2 different sizes and layered them together on my cardstock to get a wide frame. I did the same with the wacky stitched circle to get a wider frame. To connect the layers together, I used the CottageCutz icicle die. I thought it would work for the drippy goo you see on Halloween cards.
I cut my hello word from the CottageCutz Hello Spring die in a pumpkin shade. The pumpkin is part of the Halloween Phrases & More die.
Step 3: Attached the rectangle and circle to the card base. The rectangle is on an angle-just for some added interest.  
I changed the color of the drippy goo to a pumpkin shade. The designer paper has this cinnamon shade in it but its not a lot and I didn't think it was a good match on my card.
My Frankenstein Owl is popped up with dimensional adhesive. Attached the hello word and my pumpkin to the rectangle corner.
To complete my card, I stamped the friend word and scattered a few orange sequins. I hope I have given you some inspiration on a way to use this cute new owl die.

Time to get busy with the "other stuff" that got neglected (lol)!!!. So until next time...........God bless.

Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Always Fun Challenges has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafting From the Heart has an anything goes challenge.
3Crafty Cardmakers has an Autumn Challenge.
4heARTful Stamping has any anything goes + stamping challenge.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Give Thanks 2017

Hello Blogger Friends Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Well, Autumn has officially arrived on the calendar but the weather here in Pittsburgh is typically what we have in July and August. That we didn't have during those months (lol)!!! It's 88° and high humidity.
This is just the weather that tomatoes like to ripen, and we have a lot right now. I spent several days this week canning tomatoes. I have 12 jars now to enjoy this winter. I also have been roasting a lot of them as well. I will probably have enough this week to process another 7 jars. It's a lot of work and this week  I didn't feel well so it took me twice as long to get this done.
Preschool has started and a couple of kids have already been out sick. I guess I got what they had but life goes on when you are an adult. Today I am feeling better and trying to catch up on stuff I didn't get done this week.
So, let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #648. Pam was our hostess and she chose daffodil delight, wild wasabi, fresh fig and very vanilla as her color palette. Optional this week is sequins. I didn't have any sequins that fit this color scheme so I used daffodil delight enamel dots.
daffodil delight, wild wasabi, fresh fig, very vanilla
 When Pam picked these colors, I thought of making a Thanksgiving card with sunflowers. So that's the direction I took. My first Thanksgiving card of the season.

The sunflowers, wheat stalks and give thanks word are all dies from CottageCutz. I cut the sunflowers in daffodil delight and sponged with the same color ink for depth. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up on the card for added interest.
The centers I cut in fresh fig. Love this rich fig color but it is a bit hard to photograph. Wheat stalks are cut in crumb cake and sponged with a bit of fossilized amber distress ink.

For my background, I used the pinewood planks embossing folder (Stampin'-Up) with vanilla cardstock and then sponged with crumb cake ink.

To complete my card, I cut my give thanks phrase in fresh fig and added my enamel dots. Well that's it for me for today. Time to get back to some household chores.
So until next time........God bless.
Card Details:
Paper: fresh fig, crumb cake, daffodil delight, wild wasabi, very vanilla  
Paper Size: 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Ink: daffodil delight, wild wasabi, crumb cake (Stampin'-Up), fossilized amber distress (Ranger)
Accessories: sunflowers, wheat stalks, give thanks dies (CottageCutz), pinewood planks ef, its my party enamel dots (Stampin-Up)  
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Hiding in my Craft Room has an any holiday challenge.
2.  My Time to Craft has a die cuts only challenge
3.  Simon Says Stamp has a Pop it up challenge. I popped up my sunflowers


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