Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #122

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. I cant believe that it's the 20th of July already. this month is just flying by.

It's time for another Creative Belli Challenge.

This challenge is a Christmas inspiration challenge. Our inspiration piece is this beautiful Christmas china that belongs to our design team member, Karen Wallace.

Thank you Karen for providing us with such lovely inspiration to create our cards and projects. 

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments! 

Everyone is welcome to play along! Challenge a stamping friend!! Just follow the theme-simple right??

Click here to check out the samples from the Creative Belli design team. 

For my card the inspiration was the cardinal & the bow on the china pattern. My cardinal is a old stamp from Rubber Stampede. I colored him with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Used an oval spellbinder die to cut it out and then sponged crumb cake in the frame to match the patterned paper.

My background paper is last years Christmas paper from Stampin-Up - "deck the halls" collection. My ribbon treatment is Stampin-Up cherry cobbler seam binding. I used a bow easy to make a triple bow and a button for the center.

That completes my card for this challenge. Hope to see you play along with us. So until next time......

Some other challenges:

1.  The ABC Christmas challenge wants us to use a stamp that is older than a year. I bought this cardinal at Christmas 2008.
2.  The crazy challenge blog has a Christmas in July challenge.
3.   Paper creations ink also has a Christmas in July challenge.

card recipe:
stamps: cardinal (rubber stampede)
paper: su cherry cobbler, neenah white, deck the halls dsp
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding, button, spellbinders oval dies


  1. What a lovely bg for that beautiful RED cardinal! Really inspired, Mary!

  2. Wow this is gorgeous, I love all the dimension on this, just beautiful!

  3. Love that triple bow and the card is just stunning! LOVE IT!

  4. a brilliant and wonderful creation!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  5. Gorgeous card, Mary. Love that bow and thanks for the tip about sponging in the Crumb Cake ink, it really gives a pretty effect.

  6. Wonderful card- I love the Christmas Cardinal and the beautiful background paper- and your awesome bow!

  7. What a gorgeous Christmas card, Mary....the cardnial is a real stand out and I love the paper and bow treatment...beautifully done!!!

  8. What a wonderful card from your inspiration Mary! love the cardinal!

  9. That is absolutely the PERFECT bow - and a lovely combination of papers and images. Great job with the challenge, Mary!

  10. Mary, Your designer paper is gorgeous. The cardinal sure is a sign of winter.

  11. Your card is stunning! The papers you used are gorgeous!

    Thank you for posting my blog candy in your side bar. Good luck in the draw!

  12. What a gorgeous Christmas card, Mary! Love the cardinal and the beautiful bow!

  13. This is beautiful! You are very talented. Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink.

  14. Your card is beautiful! Thank you for playing along with us this week at the Crazy Challenge - Good luck, Dominique

  15. Beautiful, Mary! This card is a fabulous take on the Christmas china!

  16. Gorgeous card - so classy and full of the Christmas spirit.
    hugs, Joyce

  17. Beautiful holiday card! Awesome job on the coloring! Thanks for joining is at Paper Creations Ink!

  18. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  19. Gorgeous card. You really did capture the feel of the IP with your wonderful card.

  20. Such a beautiful Christmas creation, Mary! Love the cardinal and that beautiful bow!

  21. Wonderful card, just love it
    Thanks for Joining us at Paper Creations Ink

  22. gorgeous card Mary, we don't have cardinalbirds over here, it's such a pretty bird
    thanks for joining the PCI challenge this week

  23. This is so beautiful! I always love cards with bird images and the cardinal is such a stand out image!

  24. Gorgeous Christmas card Mary. That cardinal image is so pretty and the paper is perfect!

  25. Gorgeous card. Love the background and the double red ribbon.

  26. Absolutely stunning, Mary! Rich in details and beautifully colored! Wonderful Christmas card!

  27. Gorgeous card I love Christmas birds, Thanks for playing along with us on the
    ABC Christmas Challenge
    hugs Samantha

  28. This is beautiful, Mary! I love the vintage look of this card!! And that bow is beautiful!



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