Thursday, September 1, 2011

peace & strength

Happy Thursday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Our summer heat is returning to Pittsburgh. We are going to have temps up around 90 with high humidity. I will keep the hot weather for as long as possible.

So not ready for shorter days and cold nights. Although I do love the fall season. We have such beautiful displays of vibrant color on the trees in Western Pa. It's time to put away my summer decorations and bring out the autumn.

My card for today is one that I made for the color challenge #338 on splitcoaststampers.

Karen Barber was our hostess and she chose quite a challenging trio for us to work into a card. We were to use cherry cobbler, calypso coral and more mustard with neutrals of our choice.

I used vanilla and chocolate chip as my neutrals. Karen also challenged us to make our own patterned paper.

These colors seemed to speak of fall and leaves to me. So that's the direction I decided to go. My leaf image is is a newly released stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This clear stamp set is the "season of change".  This set was designed by the amazing Dina Kowal. I love the pattern on the leaves.

I stamped the leaf images as my background on the top par of the vanilla panel and then on the bottom I used a cuttlebug embossing folder. I stamped a bigger leaf and cut it out and popped it up on the rectangle panel. I also used the cuttlebug embossing folder on this panel.

I added some calypso coral ruffled ribbon and a corduroy button to the center. That completed my card.

The layout for my card is this week's sweet stop sketch #123.

That's it for today so until next time.......God Bless

Some other challenges:
1.  The Ai Factory challenge blog wants us to use buttons & bows.
2.  The Fab 'n Funky blog wants us to "go mad with embossing". I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on my card.

3Passionately Artistic blog has a linking party. Join in its fun



  1. Beautiful card, Mary! I love the colors and the sketch! You rocked both challenges!

  2. What a gorgeous fall card, Mary...the colors are gorgeous and I love all the leaves!!!!

  3. Your card is so beautiful. I love the colors and how you put them together. Love your details. Hugs,

  4. Love all the texture and all the yummy layers, Mary! A great choice for the challenge.

  5. This is so pretty, Mary!! Great job with those awesome challenge colors. I love those leaves!! (But I'm not quite ready for fall, either. I can't believe that it's already September! My kids don't go back to school until next Wednesday, so I still have some time :). )

  6. Great use of the color challenge! Love those leaves! Our temps were at 97 today, so I'm looking forward to some cooler weather!

  7. I love how you used these colors, Mary! Great layout, stamps and sentiment!



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