Monday, April 12, 2010

mackinac island inspiration

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.
And yes, it was another beautiful spring day here in the 'Burgh.

All of our tulips are up and the late bloomers are getting ready to open.
I can't take any credit, my husband has done all the work. The yard is his creative outlet.
He has flowers blooming from early spring through late fall.  I just walk around the yard and admire everything.

My card for today was made for the clean & simple challenge on splitcoaststampers.
This week it was an inspiration challenge and postcards from Mackinac Island in Michigan is what we were to use for our creations.

The postcards were all so pretty and provided lots of inspiration. I chose this scene with a beautiful lilac tree as my inspiration.

Since I don't have any lilac stamps I decided to use my season of friendship set and make my flowers lilac colored. I stamped the tree and added some leaves. The flowers were stamped, cut out and popped up for dimension.
I thought they looked like individual lilac flowers. My background is the clouds designer paper from paper pizzaz. I cut my hill from stampin-up's tall tales designer pack. I added buttons to complete the card.
Well, my friends it's time to turn out the lights in charmed life land for another day. So until next time.....

card recipe:
stamps: season of friendship
paper: gina k white, paper pizzaz, tall tales dsp
ink: lovely lilac, memento rich cocoa, old olive
accessories: playground designer buttons


  1. What a lovely card. Remember when we first started blogging and we had so few followers? Our numbers are picking up steadily!! You were one of my first followers. thank you.

  2. Lovely lilac tree and what a great idea to paper piece the grassy area! I just picked a bouquet of fresh lilacs yesterday...absolutely LOVE them! Next to roses, they're my fave flower!

  3. Love the tree and the flowers, but especially impressed with the sky background, WOW!

  4. This tree is just lovely with the wonderful popped up flowers and pretty cloudy sky Mary - and your DP rolling hill looks super!!

  5. I love your little scene here :) Beautiful sky and fun grass!

  6. Mary, I just love the lilac color!! this set has been on my list, off, on, off, on!! I sent in an order yesterday, and it was off again! Now I'm sorry. This card is wonderful, and I just love the buttons!!

  7. How lovely this is, Mary!! Love the blooms on your tree and the cloudy sky. Such beautiful work! I just got those buttons yesterday and can't wait to use them for something.

  8. Hey PA "neighbor". :) This is GORGEOUS! Love your clouds and those pretty purple blooms on the tree. Awesome card!

  9. WOW! Gorgeous colors and design, Mary! Beautifully detailed and inspired! Lovely card!

  10. Wow! Love this beautiful spring creation, Mary! Wonderful flowers and use of the buttons!

  11. I love that tree with the purple flowers!! Fabulous card!

  12. GREAT CARD Mary... love trying to do CAS... You have really got it down perfectly good.. .I get to detailed and it is then not CAS... LOL.. yours is perfectly delightful.. Love it...

  13. Mary - what a gorgeous tree! All that cutting...WOW!

  14. Wow! This is beautiful Mary, I love your tree!

  15. Oh so pretty, a breath of spring for sure.



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