Saturday, April 2, 2011

my obx lighthouse

Happy Saturday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It's almost 10:00 pm and I am not sure where the day went.

We are having a problem with the ice-maker in our refrigerator and we had someone over here looking at it. It's not fixed but I think they figured out the problem. Never think about ice until I don't have any.

Had to run to Sam's club and pick up snacks for our church Sunday School. It's for the kids I should add.

My laptop battery had a red x on it tonight. HP says there is a problem and it needs replaced. Oh really-this laptop is only a little over a year old. Nothing is built to last for any length of time it seems. But a year is a little ridiculous. Don't you agree??

We are watching the NCAA basketball games on tv right now. Well my hubby is watching and I am visiting blogs and now writing up this post for my own blog.

My card for today took me longer than I wanted it to. I am practicing using my prismacolor pencils and I thought this lighthouse image was a good one to practice on.

I made this card for the inspiration challenge on splitcoaststampers. This week our hostess, Anne, took us to the OuterBanks Trading Group website to find our card inspiration.

First let me say that the Outer Banks (obx) is my favorite vacation spot. We were in Kitty Hawk last year and Corolla the year before. I have such wonderful family memories from both vacations.

So when I went to the site it stirred up a lot of beach memories. I knew I would have no problem finding inspiration to create a card on this site. I finally decided on the Bloody Point lighthouse as my inspiration. Interesting enough I discovered this lighthouse is in South Carolina.

I have had this lighthouse image from ODBD stamps for awhile and it has not seen ink. Maybe because it required coloring. But one of my goals this year is to get better with my coloring skills. I used prismacolor pencils and gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) as the medium.

I decided to go with a nautical theme so I wanted to use a striped patterned paper and score my white paper to resemble bead board. That's what I have seen in the beach houses we have rented.

I may give this card to a male friend of ours who also loves the OuterBanks and goes there every year for vacation. His birthday is in May and they are going to Nags Head for vacation right about that time.

Some details about my card: The patterned paper is from creative imaginations. I made the score lines with my score=pal. I used my spellbinders "Fleur de lis" dies to create my nautical looking image on the corner of the lighthouse. At least I thought it was nautical looking. What do you think??

A few other challenges that I am entering my card:

1.  The catch the bug challenge blog has an anything goes challenge.
2 Crafty Ann's challenge blog wanted us to make a card inspired by an Elvis song. He recorded a song titled the "lighthouse".
3.  Totally papercrafts challenge blog has a "one for the boys" challenge. I made my card with a definite masculine theme.

well that's it for tonight my blogger friends. Church in the morning and then a baby shower in the afternoon and maybe another card tomorrow. So until next time......

Phoenix Daisy 3 months old
Here is the newest picture of my sweet granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. I get to visit with her over Easter. I cant wait to hold her and give her lots of kisses.


  1. Lovely card Mary! You are doing great with the Prismacolors! I try to go visit lighthouses whenever I travel and there is one nearby. Sorry to hear about the laptop battery but you are right nothing is built to last! My work laptop has had a blinking battery light for almost a year now. I just remember to take the power cord with me wherever I go, lol! Phoenix sure is growing!! Sweet Sweet little girl!

  2. Beautiful card Mary and I hope your first visit with us at Crafty Ann's won't be your last! :o) You've coloured this beautifully incidentally so I can see you doing much more stamping. Thank you for sharing this with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Ann x

  3. First of all, Phoenix Daisy is such a cutie! Secondly, your card is beautiful! Great coloring, and I love the embellishment! A fabulous masculine card!

  4. Beautiful card. Awesome colouring and colour. I don't know why, but I am always attracted to lighthouses. Re your breakdowns, it seems like it comes in threes. So watch out.

    Your granddaughter is so cute.

    Enjoy your weekend with your family.


  5. Oh Mary - I am in love with this!! Nice job of coloring also~~

    Phoenix is getting SO BIG!! Gosh they grow up fast! She is just a cutie too!

  6. Make sure one of those kisses has my name on it for Phoenix. She is gorgeous! Your card is beautiful. I love your bright colors and your coloring is fantastic! Hugs,

  7. Wonderful card Mary! So pretty and I love that background paper you selected to go with it. Just wonderful.
    AND that little baby is ADORABLE!!! So very cute.

  8. Gorgeous card, beautiful stamp and your grand daughter is a little stunner! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck
    Claire xx

  9. love this! thanks for playing with Bugaboo! Joy DT

  10. Beautiful card, love your choice of colours. Thank you for joining in with Crafty Ann's challenge this week.
    Jen x

  11. About a year is all I can get on my batteries, too. I have found that doing a complete discharge so that it goes completely dead and then recharge every few months helps extend the life. Phoenix is beautiful!

  12. Great job with your coloring, Mary! LOVE the nautical colors and details!

  13. What a gorgeous card you have made here. I so wish I lived near the sea and to see images like this when I want to. Not long now until you get your extra special cuddles at Easter - enjoy!!!! Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

  14. Well, I can certainly see why this was chosen! This is beautiful, beautiful, Mary! Precious picture of your DGD!

  15. Fabulous card :-) The image is adorable and the papers and design are lovely :-)

    awww ,, what a cute photo too ,, she is gorgeous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Totally Papercrafst Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  16. Your colour selections are just perfect for this image, great job with the colour on the lighthouse as well!

  17. great card! love the colors. thank you for joining this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!



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