Sunday, March 18, 2018

Some Bunny

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
We are in the middle of March Madness here at our house. My hubby is a big basketball fan so the games have been on non-stop this weekend. It's not a problem with me. I can just go about my day doing what I want then (lol)!!! 
But, honestly I had extra time at pre-school the past 2 weeks and the time change has left me a bit low energy this weekend. So I didn't really do much. Went for a 2 mile walk today but it really didn't energize me.
I spent some time getting our art project ready for Tuesday's preschool class. March is Dr Seuss month so we always do projects based on one of his books. This week it's Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You.
We will be making a paper bag cow puppet. The kids will just have to glue all the cow pieces, that I cut out today on the bag. Should be an easy project to complete. Although with 3 years old and glue sticks you always have to watch. They sometimes get carried away with putting glue on the project.
Now onto my project for today. This one I created for the color challenge #676 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was the hostess and she chose rich razzleberry, garden green and sweet sugarplum for her color trio. Optional was to use scallops.
rich razzleberry, garden green, sweet sugarplum
I created an Easter card using the sweet Miss Petunia Bunny die from CottageCutz. My layout is the February Viva la Verve sketch. This sketch works perfectly for Karen's dessert option. It also calls for a scalloped circle panel.
 I also cased myself on this card. Here is another version in different colors and designer paper.

The background designer paper is from the Stampin'-Up Irresistibly Floral collection. It's an embossed paper designed to be sponged with your fave color for an easy resist technique. I used rich razzleberry ink and did an ombre technique going from lighter to darker.

The long razzleberry rectangle panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug "just my type" folder. The scallop circle was cut with the CottageCutz "Sweetheart Doily" die.

On the image panel I sponged garden green ink for the grass. Cut some small clouds and sponged those with sweet sugarplum ink. Miss Petunia bunny was cut with the challenge colors. She is just the cutest little thing. Used dimensional adhesive to lift her off the panel for depth.

I stamped the sentiment with the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig since it's a horizontal stamp. I wanted it to run vertically down the side of this panel. To complete this card, I added some sweet sugarplum enamel hearts.
It just went into the mail to my sweet 7 year old granddaughter. I get to see her in a few weeks.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: some bunny loves you (Great Impressions Stamps) 
Paper: rich razleberry, sweet sugarplum, soft suede, garden green, ivory naturals, whisper white, irresistibly floral dsp (Stampin'-Up)   
 Paper Size: A2   
 Ink: sweet sugarplum, garden green, rich razzleberry
Accessories: Miss petunia Bunny, sweetheart doilies, stitched circle, pierced rectangle dies (CottageCutz), just my type ef (Cuttlebug), in-color enamel shapes (Stampin'-Up)  
Techniques: emboss resist
I am also entering:
1.  Dragonfly Journeys has a bunnies. chicks & ducks challenge.
2.  The Library Challenge is Watership Down- it's all about bunnies
3.  My Time To Craft Challenge is Easter/Spring.
4.  Brown Sugar Challenge is Spring or Easter
5.  PolkaDoodles has an anything goes challenge.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Window Scene

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Sending a happy St Patrick's Day to you all. I read some interesting articles on what Patrick did during his lifetime. It's a far cry from what it's turned into this day and age.
Anyway, let's move onto my card for today. This one I created for my DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Here are the details on my card creation.
Step 1: I decided to create an outdoor scene. Started by using a brick wall stencil and white 3-D molding the wall. I stenciled on a light gray cardstock.
 Carefully removed the tape and set it aside to dry. I like how some of the brick have the appearance of slight imperfections. Just like real brick. This panel is 3 7/8" x 5 1/8".
 Step 2: On this step I cut my window, vine and flowers. I love the detail of the flowers in this die. Used sweet sugarplum, rich razzleberry and daffodil yellow cardstocks.
 I cut my 2 chickies from daffodil yellow cardstock and sponged the edges slightly with wild honey distress ink. Just to add a little depth.
 Step 3: Ready to start some card assembly. I used dimensional adhesive on the window and chicks. I like the dimension it gives to your card. Since you are looking into the window, I added some sweet sugarplum cardstock so it would look like a painted wall. The Spring grass is an older CottageCutz die.
 Step 4: I wanted to get a sentiment on this card and I just wasn't quite sure how to do that. Thought about stamping on the egg shell or on the grass but neither of those ideas really resonated with me. Then the lightbulb went off and I decided to add the Joy phrase to the window.
It is the perfect size. And, this die is currently 80% off. You can pick it up for just a $1.00 in the online store.
I also cut 3 butterflies in the same colors as the window flowers. They are from the Spring Meadow die.
Step 5:  To complete my card I used the sweet sugarplum cardstock. The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Well, that's it for me for this post. I hope I have given you an idea for an Easter card.
Until next time ........God bless.
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Classic Design Team March Challenge is anything goes.
2.  Let's Craft & Create has anything goes + option Easter.
3.  Creative Knockouts has a Spring is on the way challenge.
4.  Moving along with the times has an Easter challenge.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Easter Egg Plant

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
I can't believe we are almost at mid-March already. And, tonight we move the clocks forward an hour to usher in 8 months of daylight savings time.
The flowers are poking through in our yard. Can Spring be far behind? We had snow a couple of days this past week but with the extended daylight hours, it's all good.
We had a great family dinner tonight at Texas De Brazil. My grandson loves going to that restaurant and we were celebrating his birthday. Lots of good conversation and we all ate way to much.
Let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. Here are the details on how I created this card.
Today, I am showing a card from our Spring die collection. They are on a limited time sale at 25% off. I used the Chickies w/Egg Plant, Spring Meadow, and Stitched Flowers dies. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1:  Since I knew what dies I planned on using, I looked through my cardstock and patterned papers for some spring colors. I have a spring mix stack from DCWV that has some great patterns in it. I just needed to match it to cardstock. Decided that yellow and green would coordinate well with the pattern of paper I chose.
Wild Wasabi (green) card base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Daffodil Delight (yellow) layering panel : 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Patterned Paper layer: 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
 Step 2: cut my "egg plant" from a lilac cardstock and layered yellow underneath.  The plant pot is also cut in lilac with a matching paper for the trim. The stitched flowers are cut in lilac and yellow.
 Step 3: Started the assembly of the card base and layering panels. Used double sided tape to secure. 
I decided to cut a white rectangle 1 3/4" x 4 1/2" as a base for the egg plant & pot. Lightly Sponged distress tumbled ink as a background.
 Used the Spring Meadow die to add some grass to the bottom of this panel. This die has 2 heights of grass so you can add shading for a slight color variance. I used the wasabi green cardstock and sponged the background. Also cut a butterfly in lilac cardstock for another element for my card.
 I cut a stitched cloud from the Stitched Sun, Clouds & Umbrella die. Sponged that in distress ink and stamped my Easter sentiment directly on the cloud. I used my MISTI tool to stamp 2x in order to get a darker shade of purple.
Step 4:  Attached all the elements to the image panel with double sided tape and glue dots.
 Used dimensional foam tape to secure the panel to the patterned paper layer. I wanted it lifted somewhat since the paper has a busy pattern. Attached my 2 stitched flowers and butterfly and this card is completed.
Well that's it for me for this post. Time to dim the lights in Charmed Life land for another day. So until next time.......God bless.

Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  My Time to Craft has a Easter/Spring challenge.
2.  Alphabet Challenge has a "Y" for your choice challenge.
3.  Brown Sugar Challenge has a Easter/Spring challenge.
4.  Crafty Catz has a layer it up challenge.
5.  Kitty Bee has an in the garden challenge.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Miss Petunia Bunny

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. Hope your weekend was a good one.
Ours was a bit busy but it was fun busy. We had the opportunity to spend time on Saturday with friends and then today with family. Both days involved birthday celebrations.
A friend of ours moved to North Carolina and she spent last night at our house. She left early this morning before church. I enjoyed our evening together. It's always hard to see good friends move away. You have plans to visit each other but somehow life gets in the way and your friendship starts to fade.
Don't want to get too nostalgic so let's move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am using the new Miss Petunia Bunny die to create an Easter card.  She is just the cutest little thing. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Step 1: This week I started my card with a sketch. I am using the Viva la Verve February sketch. I thought it would work perfectly to showcase Miss Petunia as well as add layers to my card. Since I like to use patterned paper, the addition of layers to my cards always works for me.
Step 2: I looked through my patterned papers and found this Spring Mix. I liked the bright colors so I matched it up with some corresponding cardstock.
 Berry Burst Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Berry Burst Doily Circle: I used the largest of these dies
White Stitched Circle: I used the 4th largest of these dies
Berry Burst rectangle Layer: 1" x 5 3/8"

Step 3: I cut Miss Petunia Bunny using different colored cardstocks. The eggs in her basket I cut in white cardstock and then colored with distress inks - spun sugar, seedless preserves, tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade. Used a little pink chalk to add some color to her floppy ears. Attached the body pieces using Ranger multi matte medium.
Step 4:  For the image panel I used a cloud template and sponged with tumbled glass distress ink. For the grass, I used mowed lawn distress ink and a dauber and sponged around the bottom of the circle.
I realized I forgot to cut the larger rectangle panel. I used the 3rd largest pierced rectangle panel and cut in white cardstock. Decided to stamp a sentiment in the upper right corner with berry burst ink. I masked off the part of the sentiment I didn't want to use before i inked my stamp. For placement I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Step 5: Now that the card elements are ready, I can start assembly. Added all the elements of the sketch to the patterned paper panel. I eliminated the scalloped trim on the long rectangle panel. I thought my diamond background paper was a bit to busy to add scallops.
I used dimensional adhesive to attach Miss Petunia Bunny to the image panel. I always like the look of the image lifted a bit from the background. It adds depth.
To finish off my card I scattered a few berry burst sequins. I hope I have given you an idea for using the Miss Petunia Bunny die. She is on sale for 25% off and there is plenty of time to get her for Easter cards.

Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Allsorts Challenge has something that starts with the letter "B"
2.  Crafty Friends has a Springtime challenge.
3.  Cute Card Thursday has a cute critters challenge. 
4.  Sweet Stampin' has a Spring has sprung challenge.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Baby

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in February.
Hope you have something fun planned for the holiday weekend. It's President's Day on Monday so we all get an extra day to our weekend to relax.
We did have a great Valentine celebration on Wednesday. I love to make us an elaborate dinner and serve it in courses. I don't make anything ahead of time so my work is done between courses. This way we get to enjoy each course before the next one arrives.
I started with our appetizers of baked brie served with jam and crackers and a glass of wine. The next course was our salad. That was a mix of baby arugula, spinach, red and green romaine and a baby tango lettuce with chopped cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pistachios and strawberries. I served it with a champagne pear vinaigrette.
Next was our entrĂ©e which consisted of broiled salmon with  lemon pepper seasoning, filet mignon with a blue cheese sauce and a baked potato. The potato I start in the microwave then rub it with butter and salt, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Our dessert was chocolate covered strawberries. My hubby enjoyed his special dinner and my treat was a dozen white roses plus 2 dozen red tulips. He couldn't decide what to buy so he got both.
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #CC670. Karen was our hostess and she has chosen pink pirouette, blushing bride and pear pizzazz as her color trio. Optional was to use lace on our card.

When I saw the colors I could only think of a baby card with the 2 pinks and light green. So that’s the direction I took.

My sweet little bear and moon are a die from CottageCutz – Bear on Cloud and Moon. I cut the moon in white glitter paper. The bear is in baked brown sugar. I couldn't seem to get a good picture that shows the true color of the bear. It is a soft, light brown shade. It fits the pinks well IRL.

The blankie, hat, bow, cap on moon and bear nose are in pink pirouette.

The card base is blushing bride as is the designer paper. The paper is from the Stampin’-Up “bundle of love” collection.

My welcome baby sentiment is from the MFT stamp set “beautiful baby”. Finished my card by adding a few pear pizzazz stars.
Well, that's it for me for this post. Until next time...........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: beautiful baby (MFT)  
Paper: blushing bride, pink pirouette, pear pizzazz, baked brown sugar, very vanilla, bundle of love dsp (Stampin'-Up)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: pear pizzazz  
Accessories: Bear on Cloud and Moon, cross stitched rectangle dies (CottageCutz), white cotton lace (Hobby Lobby)
I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp has an add a die cut challenge.
2.  Alphabet Challenge has a "X" for x-tra special occasion.
3  Polka-Doodles has an anything goes challenge.
4  4 Crafty Chicks has a lots of layers challenge.
my valentine tulips

my valentine roses



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