Sunday, March 6, 2011

stamping in time challenge

Happy Sunday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Well I joked yesterday about all the rain we had and guess what?? It turned to snow by morning. The freezing rain started first and woke us up about 6:45 am because it was hitting our windows.

That continued until 8:00 am and then it changed over to snow. The roads in my community were messy to say the least. It was a Sunday morning and the salt trucks just weren't out as yet.  I think I may have considered staying home from church but today was our pancake breakfast and I was helping to run it.

Intersting enough when I was out of my community all the nearby communites roads were just wet. I guess theirsalt trucks were out ealry or they didn't get any of the freezing rain. So I am glad that I didnt stay home. Because I would have missed a great service not to mention the breakfast afterwards.

So onto this card. I made a Christmas card. i know I know it's march and i should be thinking about flowers. But, my paper doll friend, Betty Wright is hosting a challenge on Our Daily Bread Designs blog. It's her stamping in time challenge and she wants us to make a Christmas card. This way we get our cards started for 2011.

I am all for that. I said last year I was going to get involved in challenges where I could make my Christmas cards throughout the year. That way I am not stressing in December that they are not finished. I make at least 60 cards to mail.

Card details: I used the ODBD set "worship the Lord". I really like this little church. I colored the image with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I used some flower soft "polar white" on the snow areas. I don't think it shows up in the picture real well but in real life it looks like flaky snow.

My background paper is from Stampin-Up's "deck the halls" Christmas collection. I also used cherry cobbler paper & seam binding. I cut a frame from the spellbinders labels 2 die. I like the look it gave my card.

The layout for the card is the mojo180 sketch . Julee really gave a great sketch for us. Of course, I think I say that about all her sketches. I chose the square layout-my card is 5 x 5.

Other challenges:

1.  The die cut dreams Christmas club wanted us to make a card inspired by a Cristmas carol. My little red country church reminds me of the song: "ding dong merrily on high". The lyrics talk about the church bells ringing from the steeples.

2.  Aly's Sunday challenge is an anything goes.

3.  The crafty pad blog wants us to use ribbon on our card.

Well, time to wrap up this post. So until next time.......

card recipe:
stamps: odbd worhsip the Lord
paper: su cherry cobbler, gina k white
ink: memento black, cherry cobler
accessories: nesties, seam binding, white ribbon, border punch snowflake button, flower soft


  1. Mary your card is really pretty! I love the dp, layers and the rich red bow!! I will have to send you some of my warm sunshine :)

  2. oh this is gorgeous Mary!!!

    thanks for the heads up on the win @ Crafty Pad!
    enjoy your Monday hun!

  3. Lovely card Mary! That image is so pretty and the sketch worked so well. Hope the roads are all cleared by now. :o)

  4. Such a beautiful card. I love your coloring. The details and that ribbon are gorgeous. Hugs,

  5. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Good on you for starting early (I keep meaning to but am yet to get there :$) I love this image and your coloring and that red ribbon is so divine! Thank you for playing along with us at The Crafty Pad weekly challenge of Ribbon. Good luck in the draw to win that awesome prize! & I hope to see you again on Sunday for a new challenge The Navy Wife

  6. Such a beautiful card!! love the image .. it's gorgeous!! thanks for sharing it with us at DCD Christmas Club this week
    Lynne xoxo

  7. Just a beautiful Christmas card, Mary! I love that church scene and love the church in red.
    Will Spring ever get here? Seems your snow just continues on and on. Stay warm!

  8. This is super adorable Mary!! I love everything about it my dear!!

    P.S. I left you a little something on my blog.

  9. Mary, this is stunning! Beautiful coloring and detailing! The background paper is fabulous, too! Lovely card! Thanks so much for playing ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge! Beautifully done!

  10. Beautiful Christmas card and won't you be thrilled to have so many cards already made when December rolls around?! God even sent you the snow so you'd really get into the spirit of the season - lol!

  11. I love that church scene Mary - perfect for a Christmas card! It is great to get a head start on the cards so it's less stressful come December!

  12. Great Christmas song inspired creation! I love the image and rich colors! Thanks for joining us at DCD's Christmas Club! xox Trisha

  13. Mary, this is a lovely, elegant card. I love the card design as well at the DP you chose. The image is so beautifully colored too. Thanks for joining us this week at The Crafty Pad for our challenge using "ribbon."

  14. Gorgeous, Mary! Fabulous coloring! The dp is perfection with this!

  15. lovely scene! thank you for playing with us this week at Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club!



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