Saturday, March 5, 2011

inspiration challenge #274

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Rain, rain and more rain was the order of the day. One of those days when it would be fun to curl up in front of the fireplace and read or watch TV with a nice cup of tea. But, I didn't do that. I just said it would be nice!!

I made a card early in the morning before I had to run out for some church related stuff.

I had a women's meeting at church. We are kicking off a new year for women's ministry, and we had a planning meeting. Then we did a bit of prep work for the pancake breakfast we are having after church. And, it was still raining.

Early evening we got together with our good friends and had some pizza. It was a fun evening of chatting and catching up on our lives. We left about 10:00 to head home, and it was still raining.

I am typing this blog post in bed with my husband just dozing off into never ever land.  How can you type quietly so as not to disturb someone? I am not sure how but it seems to be working since he first complained and then promptly fell asleep (lol)!!!

I made this card for 4 challenges:

1.  The Saturday inspiration challlenge at splitcoaststampers, hosted by Stef, took us to the Cath  Kidston site. It was filled with plenty of inspiration for card makers. When I came across this fabric, I knew I found my inspiration.

It reminded me of the new vintage springtime paper from Stampin-Up. I had a lamp template that I downloaded a month ago from Paper-Crafts magazine. It was in their Jan-Feb issue and the template is free. I knew I could use the designer paper on the lamp and create a vintage card.

2.  The 2nd challenge was one that Verve Stamps was hosting. They called it the Verve fan blog hop.

All you had to do was make a new card and use at least one Verve stamp. I just found out about this last night so I had to hurry this morning and get my card finished by 12:00 pm.  Mission accomplished I might add.

I used the flower from the Verve set "great friend". I stamped it -cut it out and popped it up for dimension. I added a brad to the center from Stampin-Up's fabric sweet stitches collection.

3. The creative inspirations challenge blog wanted us to use a template for our projects. I am all over this challenge with my lamp template.

4. The catch the bug challenge has an anything goes.

That completed my card and this post. Oh yes, and it is still raining!!

card recipe:
stamps: great friend (verve)
paper: su vv, rose red, springtime vintage dsp
ink: rose red
accessories: sweet stitches fabric brad, ms lace doily punch


  1. Love it Mary!!! So very cute and that flower just gives it the WOW factor. Great!

  2. Darling card! Love the lamp template!! I know about the rain. Must have been everywhere yesterday! I came out of the bowling center yesterday from rolling in a tournament and it was storming wildly. To get home I have to drive across a bridge that is three miles long. Needless to say it was pretty eerie!!

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  4. I saw this at SCS, but just had to come over with another shout out! Beaautiful! The design, papers, and detailing are fabulous, Mary! Love the layered Verve flower! Awesome card!

  5. How cute is this! I love it, Mary!

  6. What a great idea love the lamp and love those papers, thanks so much for joining us at Creative Inspiration Challenge blog...


  7. This card is just adorable. Love the colors. AWESOME!!!!

  8. How clever! I just love this idea, Mary.

  9. Mary, your lamp is so beautiful!!! I love how you added that flower, its gorgeous!!! hugs,

  10. Hi Mary! What a cute lamp card, love it! Thanks for playing in our anything goes challenge at Catch The Bug!

  11. neat card! thank you for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!

  12. Fabulous and so creative! Wonderful, Mary!

  13. This is too cute, I love it...and matching on IRL, lol! Great job!



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