Thursday, March 24, 2011

Inspiration challenge 276

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Wow, what a weather day we had here in Pittsburgh.

Severe thunderstorms, hail and a tornado warning darkened our skies right around 5:00.

The tornado touched down in an area east of the city causing damage but no serious injuries. Now tonight we are expected to have snow showers after 60 degree temps today. Erratic spring weather for sure!!

Tonight we went to a  marriage seminar at church. It's a video series called "love and respect".  I love the approach that this series takes.  Women are motivated by love and respect most powerfully motivates a man. These two ingredients are the key to a successful marriage. It's a 5 week series and well worth the 90 minutes of your evening. So if it ever comes to your church don't hesitate to go.

My husband and I consider our marriage to be a good one. So why are we taking this course? Because we believe it's an enrichment to our marriage. You have to keep working at what's important to you.

So onto my card for today. This one I made for several challenges:

1.  The inspiration challenge on splitcoaststampers this week took us to the Kirkland's site for our inspiration. I love to shop in this store. I knew I wouldn't have any trouble finding something to create a card.

This lamara spice pillow caught my eye right away. I thought the fabric looked just like some patterned paper from Stampin-Up's "elegant soiree" collection.
The sentiment is from Verve's "dream big" set. I used the Stampin-Up decorative label punch and added some daffodil delight seam binding. I added the offray ribbon flower to complete this card.

2.  The for fun challenges blog wants us to make something with flowers and a sentiment as our focal point.
3.  The freshly brewed blog wanted us to use 2 or more embellishments.
4.  Lexi's creations challenge wants us to use ribbon but no bows.

Before I close this post, I wanted to thank Lisa Echerd from Lisa E's design blog for this awesome blog candy that I won several weeks ago. I made today's card for her as my way of saying thanks. If you have never visited, drop by her blog. She does some great work with cards & layouts.

Until next time.........


  1. Such a pretty card Mary! Love the pretty flowered patterned paper and the fancy ribbon treatment! EEEKS! A tornado! Be safe :)

  2. Gorgeous card! The DP is a beautiful background for your details!

  3. So striking, Mary! I love that ribbon treatment and pretty flower--perfect complements to your beautiful DP!

  4. A marriage like all growing things must be nourished (I've heard something like that before and it is true!) It is wonderful that both you and your husband invest time in something so valuable. Thank you for your kind comments!

  5. Lovely card, Mary! This DSP is just stunning, and your scrunchied ribbon is so pretty! I can relate to the crazy weather. We had low 70's here last week, and this morning it was 28 degrees. Our chance of "wintry mix" comes this evening! lol

  6. This is so stylish, love the ribbon & the paper ! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations this time for our 'ribbons without bows & knots' challenge and good luck, hugs Jacky x

  7. Gorgeous! A strikingingly beautiful BP, which is enhanced by that wonderful yellow ribbon ruffle! Thanks for sharing with us at FOR FUN this week..........Hugs, Ali x

  8. Such a beautiful card Mary!!! I love what you did with that gorgeous ribbon. It really makes the card pop!!! hugs,

  9. Lovely card. Wonderful DP. Just very sweet and lovely. Thanks for playing with us over at For Fun this week.
    Love n hugs

  10. Love the beautiful dp and that fab ribbon treatment! Beautifully done, Mary! My dh and I have done the love and respect seminar at our church also. We really enjoyed it and it reminds you of things that you should take care of in your marriage! Sorry about your bad weather. We were in the 70's for several days and now it is back down in the 40's. Even had a few snow flurries! Take care ~ Hugs!

  11. This is really pretty, that ribbon and flower are gorgeous, well the whole card is, beautiful. Thank you for playing along with us at Fresh Brewed Blog.

  12. This is a gorgeous CAS card!!! I LOVE the dimension you added with the fun ribbon treatment!

    thanks for playing along with us at Fresh Brewed Designs 2 or more Embellishments challenge!
    Have a blessed day!


  13. This is such a prett creation! Thanks for playing at Lexi's Creations

    hugs Lexi xxx

  14. This is such a pretty card...especially love the ribbon treatment and warm happy colors!



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