Monday, July 26, 2010

my first dtgd challenge

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We had such a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh.

Lots of sunshine and no humidity so that was my cue to open the windows and turn the air conditioner off for awhile.

I managed to make it until 6:00 and then it was just to hot so air conditioner back on (lol)!!

Our week-end guest left for the airport around 11:00 so I had the day to myself.

Of course my mind went immediately to crafting. After all the house was clean-the laundry was all done-hubby was at work-so what's a girl to do??

The correct answer is pull out your stamping supplies and see what the challenge blogs are up to and make a card, of course. But, you already knew that.
The challenge blogs were loaded with inspiration and I chose 2 and I only had to make one card.

1.  The ccee stampers had a sketch challenge with a twist. You had to make a Christmas card. After all Christmas is only 5 months away they advised. So I have my first Christmas card completed.

2.  Splitcoaststampers has a challenge running for fan club members only. I think there are 33 challenges in all. I will not complete them all but I did manage to get one done. And it's my first ever "dare to get dirty challenge".

You might be wondering about the name of the challenge. Let me explain-since I am a Christian woman. There are a group of 12 designers named the "dirty dozen" on splitcoaststampers.
They are affectionately know as the "dirty girls". And, the challenges are affectionately known as the "dare to get dirty" challenges.
I worked the challenge from Bev Rousch. It was a fun one.

There is no stamping on my card. I used the Stampin-Up Christmas Jingle kit that is loaded with die cuts for my sentiment and image.
The background is done with a cuttlebug folder "season's greetings". On the 3 red panels I also used a cuttlebug folder "winter borders".
My poinsettia is from hero arts and I added a red bow and that completed my card.

I only need 79 more Christmas cards-whoo hoo!!. My plan is to have them done early this year. I want to get them in the mail right after Thanksgiving. I pray my plan works out the way I want.

Well, it's time to dim the lights in charmed life land for another day. I am up early to take care of my grandsons tomorrow. Good night and God bless!!

ETA: My blogger friend Davi from alstromeria's artistry encouraged me to also enter this card in the Tuesday Throwdown challenge. They are making Christmas cards also this week.  This is a new challenge for me. Drop over to their blog-the design team has some great samples.

card recipe:
paper: su choc chip, vv, real red
accessories: su christmas jingle kit, hero art poinsettia, cb seasons greetings, winter borders, brad


  1. Welcome back! This card is very pretty! Your ribbon is gorgeous!

  2. This is wonderful, Mary! So glad you had a chance to stamp! Beautiful Christmas card and design!

  3. Like the detail with the poinsettia - and 80 Christmas cards ??!! Suddenly my 20-something Christmas cards seems soo easy....

  4. Gorgeous card Mary! I am glad I started on my Christmas cards in January! I don't think I could get 79 done in the next five months!

  5. Mary, this is just beautiful! I love the embossed bg, and the wonderful RED ribbon! TFS!

  6. Love this sensational holiday card!! What a beautiful design, Mary!!

  7. Hi Mary, Stopped by on my lunch hour but blogger wouldnt work. Love your beautiful card. The texture, wonderful red ribbons and die cut look fab together. You really need to enter it in the Tuesday Throwdown challenge this week. :)

  8. Such an elegant card! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown! We hope to see you again next week!


  9. So very elegant, Mary! Great design! I need to get started on my card and not wait until the last minute like usual!

    Glad you had fun with your guest!

  10. wow, this is so beautiful. I love it.
    Thanks for joining us in the CCEE challenge.

  11. What a pretty Christmas card! Love the colors and the embossed BG. Great circle image. :o)

  12. Your card is so pretty and elegant. I love the embossed background too. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

  13. Very nice. I like the design a lot(especially the 3 panels) and have an Annabelle Stamp that would work perfectly for the circle element.

  14. So chic, elegant, and gorgeous!! Love the red and white.

  15. Great job, I love the panels to the side, and the texture with the circle sentiment panel is fab! Glad you got Dirty!



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