Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #119

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. It's time for another Creative Belli Challenge. I wasn't able to play in the last challenge because of a family emergency. So I was excited to take part in this latest challenge.

Challenge #119 - Branches

Pull out your stamps of branches and ink them up, paint your chipboard branches, cut a small branch off a tree in your yard, or cut out some branches from designer papers, whatever tickles your fancy.
Have fun adding "branches" to your project!

Remember the spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments! So don't go out and buy new stuff look through your stash and use what's there.

Everyone is welcome to play along! Challenge a stamping friend!! Just follow the theme and use a branch somewhere on your project.

Check out what the rest of the design team has created for some wonderful inspiration.

My card is a pretty simple one. I made it at our stamp club meeting recently.

I took a live branch from a flower arrangment that I received. Interesting story about this arrangment. We had a death in the family and this arrangment was one of many that came to the funeral home. It was so big and had so many beautiful flowers I brought it home and made 5 other arrangments out of it. The funeral home throws them out if you don't take them.

The florist put these branches in with the flowers as a decorative item. I didnt think they were alive. But the one that was in mine bloomed. It seemed like a sign from the Lord about new life. Our loved one received salvation on his death bed.

Well onto the details of my card. I used the Stampin-Up bird punch and placed it in a scalloped cirle, I used another circle punch to cut out the embossed blue layer. Some saffron ribbon and pearl embellies completed this card.

It's back to the wedding invites I am working on. I expect to finish them today. I will photo and display them on my blog after the bride gets delivery of them.

I had to show this picture of my sweet granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. She is 6 months old now. I sent her this pinwheel card recently and as you can see she loves it. Here is the original post.

card recipe:
paper: stampin-up saffron, nqn, ww
accessories: sizzix ef, saffron ribbon, pearls from stash, 2 step bird punch, scallop circle punch,


  1. Mary, love how you have used the live branch. Lovely color choice. I know it comforts your family to know that your relative is now "Safe in the Arms of Jesus".

  2. What a beautiful card, Mary! I love your branch. And Phoenix Daisy seems to be enjoying her tasty card. :D

  3. Wonderful card. I love the way you used the branch to highlight the punched bird. Thanks for sharing your personal story, it was very uplifting.

  4. I love the blue and yellow together and that branch is perfect! Your granddaughter is sure growing and she is a beauty!

  5. I love your story about the branch you used- wonderful accent for your bird. Love the blue/yellow colors!

  6. Your card is sooo pretty, Mary...I love the blue and yellow color combo and how cool to use the real branch!!! Your DGD is just precious, too...what big, beautiful, blue eyes!!!!

  7. Lovely card Mary! Your granddaughter is growing and just as precious as she can be!

  8. The card is wonderful, Mary! Love the colors and wonderful design! Of cours, Phoenix Daisy totally steals the show! Hee! She is growing so fast and looks so cute!

  9. Mary, Love this clean and simple look to your creation. Love the idea to use a branch from a floral arrangement. Thanks for the great idea!

  10. I love the use of the real branch. It makes this card so special! What an adorable picture of Phoenix Daisy!

  11. Another beautiful card! Love the story that makes this card so special to your family! He does work in mysterious ways! Thanks for the stamp info (guess I'll have to go shopping now,don't you just hate that :-)

  12. Lovely card Mary. That bird and branche are perfect.... lovely colors too. Little Phoenix is so adorable... hope she didn't taste your card. :o)

  13. What a delightful card with the branch and bird.
    So pretty!

    Right to the mouth...ha Phoenix Daisy is such a cutie and seems to really be enjoying her card.

  14. Beautiful color combo Mary and the embossing with the layered bird are really delightful!! You little Phoenix is beautiful blessing :)

  15. Love the way you incorporated a live branch onto your card design! Phoenix Daisy is growing like a weed and is absolutely adorable with those big dark eyes!

  16. Love the navy and yellow color combination on this lovely card! So beautifully done.
    I love that picture of the baby, she gets cuter and cuter all of the time!
    Have a lovely weekend, Mary.

  17. Love how you worked that little branch in there for your pretty bird to perch on Mary! and how sweet is Phoenix Daisy! Look how her outfit matches her lovely card from Grandma!!

  18. Really pretty, you do such creative things with your ribbons, Mary!



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