Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bandit of Love

Happy Sunday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Are you familiar with the tradition of  Punxsutawney Phil? The groundhog from Pennsylvania who comes out of his dwelling at Gobbler's Knob every February 2. 
He didn't see his shadow yesterday. So according to folklore, it's an early spring.

Punxsutawney is about 65 miles northeast of where I live. The town gets about 15,000 visitors on Groundhog Day. After the Bill Murray movie "GroundHog Day" they had upwards of 30,000 visitors.

All I can say is that it was really frigid here today. With temps at 9° this morning. We had snow on and off all day. Probably about 3" is on the ground right now. More is expected tomorrow.

So an early spring would be nice. But, that's in the Lord's hands fortunately. Punsutawney Phil is a media event but not who I depend on for my weather report (lol)!!!

Anyway, onto my card for today. This one I created for the new monthly challenge on the Great Impressions Blog. It's all about hearts. The prize would be the chance to guest design in April. Sound like fun?? Well you can't win if you don't play.

For my card I used the Great Impressions Stamp "Smokey the love bandit G478". Isn't he just the cutest thing? I colored him with markers and a blender pen. I fussy cut him and layered on a Spellbinders lacy circle die cut.

The sentiment is "bandit of love B230". You could use this either for kids or an adult. I am giving this one to my hubby for Valentine's Day.

My card layout is the current de-constructed sketch #87.

My card base is black and then I used another piece of black and put it through my heart paper crimper and rounded the corners.

My pennant flags are cut from real red designer paper and I layered licorice twine over them and a heart brad in the corner.

Well that's it for me for today. So until next time.......God bless.

Some other challenges:
1.  Allsorts has a "let's get cute" challenge.
2.  Drunken Stampers has a groundhog day challenge. You can use a furry animal.
3.  Hiding in my Craft Room has a red challenge.
4My Time To Craft has a love is in the air challenge.


  1. Super cute! I love your card design with the banners. Great take on the the sketch.

  2. Darling little raccoon valentine, Mary! Super sweet & sure to bring big smiles!

  3. Simply precious!!! Love that cute image too.

  4. Mary, this is so cute. You really worked this sketch well. Love this new image. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The black background adds a little drama to this adorable Valentine, Mary!!!! Love the adorable little critter and how you added the twine, too!!!!! Stay warm in all that cold weather....burrrr!!!!

  6. Mary,
    Since I make Valentines for 3 boys I think this just may have to be on my next order. This is adorable.

  7. That is the cutest image. I always feel sorry for old Phil being dragged out of his happy hole and held up to have flash bulbs going off in his face. Probably thinking - "Here we go again, same old thing ever year" :-)

  8. Beautiful card Mary, love the fun little guy! Gosh sounds waaaay to cold, stay warm :)

  9. This is wonderful! I love the gorgeous red and black together and your fantastic stamps! I'm so glad you were able to join us for this week's Deconstructed Sketch!

  10. What an adorable card! This little bandit is a cutie patootie! I love the banners!

  11. Great card!! Thanks for playing along with the "Groundhog Day" challenge on Drunken Stampers this week.

  12. What a fantastic card! That image is super cute! Thanks for playing along with us at Drunken Stampers!

  13. Love the card, love the sketch, thanks for taking time to join the Drunken Stamper for Groundhog Day.

  14. Darling card Mary! Love that ground hog and I for sure don't rely on his weather predicting abilities either, lol!

  15. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  16. Up here in Nova Scotia we have a groundhog named "Shubenacadie Sam" that does our predicting :) I really love your take on that sketch (I have it printed waiting for me to play!) and that fab little raccoon! So glad you could celebrate Groundhog Day with us at Drunken Stampers :)

  17. A very cute card. Thanks for sharing at Drunken Stampers.

  18. Lovely card, Great image, thanks for sharing at MTTC x

  19. Love the sketch!! The image you have used is so cute and I love the red. Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  20. What a darling card Mary. Such a sweet image. Love the flags in the background. (Sring has arrived here but for only couple days... AND after a huge snowstorm. What would Punsutawney Phil think of that?! LOL!)

  21. The raccoon is so cute and I really like the banners on this!



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