Thursday, November 3, 2011

Have Courage

Happy Wednesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. We had a beautiful fall day today here in Pittsburgh. Lots of sunshine and warmer temps makes winter seem so far away. But this Sunday we end daylight savings time and it will be darker an hour earlier.

We are getting closer to Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be just around the corner. I have started planning both menus and also have made a dent into my Christmas shopping. I wish I could say the same thing about my Christmas cards. I have made about 15 cards so far and I need somewhere around 80.

I do have some ideas for quick and easily mass produced cards. I just have to get moving on them.

I did make a card today though that wasn't Christmas. I liked the sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers and I knew it would work for the idea I had in mind.

I am still making cards for the "hope you can cling to" challenges on splitcoaststampers as well. Click on the above link for more info.

This challenge was hosted by Taylor and she wanted us to make a girlie card-using lace-ribbon-pearls all the stuff girls like.

On my middle white panel I used the "distressed background" stamp from Great Impressions with melon mambo ink.

For the panel across the card, I used the Cherry Lynn lace border die and ran white ribbon thru it. Then added a small bow with a rhinestone center.

I also used a cherry lynn flourish and added a ribbon flower for the image part of the sketch. I finished my card with a tag and sentiment.

Well, my friends its late and time to dim the lights in charmed life land for another day.

Some other challenges:
1.  Freshly Brewed blog has an anything goes challenge #71.
2.  Create Me Pink blog has a flower challenge.
3.  Creative Craft blog has a fancy edges challenge.
4.  Papertake Weekly has an anything goes challenge.
5.  Ribbon Carousel has an anything goes challenge.

Card Recipe
stamps: tiny words (wordsworth), distressed background (great impressions)
paper: su ww, melon mambo, old olive
ink: melon mambo
accessories: offray ribbon flower, cherry lynn lace border & flourish dies, ms tag punch, hero arts rhinestones


  1. Absolutely beautiful Mary! Love the ribbon weaving! I am going to have to break down and get some of the CL dies, lol!

  2. What a cool idea to weave the ribbon. Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Ribbon Carousel.

  3. This is gorgeous, Mary! Love the banner border with the woven ribbon and you know I love that flourish!

  4. Gorgeous card Mary! Love the background, and especially all the PINK!

    So glad you joined up in our new challenge!


  5. Wowza, this sure is a stunner of a card! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the Freshly Brewed Anything Goes monthly challenge.


  6. This is so pretty!
    Thanks for playing at the Ribbon Carousel!

  7. a lovely card. Simple but very effective.
    Thanks for joining Papertake Weekly.

  8. Beautiful, Mary! I love the lace border with the ribbon threaded through it. The rhinestone and the pearls are the perfect bling! I really love it! A wonderful girly card!

  9. Mary this is just gorgeous!! I love the distressed look with that beautiful die cut and pretty flower. So feminine and airy really love it :)

  10. Beautiful! Thank you for joining our Anything goes challenge at FRESHLY BREWED CHALLENGES!

  11. Stunning!!! Thanks for joining us at the RCC this week.

  12. This is so pretty.
    Gosh I made my very 1st Christmas card this week so you're way ahead of me!

  13. A beautiful card. I love the flower. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft.
    Nikki x

  14. This definitely fits 'things girls like'! So beautiful, especially that woven ribbon and flower! You have a better start on Christmas than I...procrastination comes naturally to me!

  15. Beautiful. Love that flower!
    Thanks for joining in our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Fresh Brewed Designs!

    :) Gale
    (come by my blog and enter to win a free copy of 'My Memories' scrapbook software!

  16. Wow, Mary...this is beautiful! I love those splashes of pink and those gorgeous flourishes! So glad to see you over at the Ribbon Carousel this week!

  17. That border die is fantastic!!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!

  18. Gorgeous card, I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges.
    Bev x

  19. This is so pretty! I love the pink srayed background.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges month long prize challenge! Don't forget, you have until the end of the month to enter using a FBD image to win our BIG BLOG CANDY!

    Have a blessed day
    Heather D.

  20. Hi Mary! Your card is so pretty! I love that lace border die!
    Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our month long prize challenge, "Anything goes!"
    Remember if you enter a project with a Fresh Brewed Designs Image, you will be entered into our big blog candy drawing!
    Warm Hugs, Sheryl



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