Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Greatest Gift

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Spring is here I am so happy to say.
Our spring flowers are in bloom in our garden and the robin who builds a nest under our deck has returned. She built a nest and laid 3 beautiful blue eggs in it.
I took this photo of the nest from above and between the slats on our deck.

birds nest under my deck

The space between the wood slats is just 3/4" of an inch so I put my camera on the opening and snapped away. I was so surprised that it turned out so well. The mama bird was perched on a tree not to far away watching me.

Now onto my card for today. This one I made for this week’s color challenge #423 on Splitcoaststampers.  Becky is our hostess and she chose not quite navy, Baja breeze and river rock. Our option this week is to use plaid or stripes. I used both with my designer paper choices. 

I thought these colors would make a great masculine card so that was my starting point.
My sentiment from the new Waltzingmouse “man of the hour" set. I love all of the masculine sentiments in this set.
I stamped in not quite navy on river rock cardstock. I stamped and popped up the word “God” for added dimension. Cut with the Spellbinders labels 4 die. The button is a Stampin-Up sizzlits die.
My layout is an old MojoMonday sketch #250.

The background baja breeze designer paper is from the Stampin-Up collection “Parisian Breeze”.

The next panel is using not quite navy designer paper from the Stampin-Up collection nautical expedition”. I cut the pennant flags with the Verve “pennant trim” die.

My vertical panel is cut in not quite navy cardstock and I used the Stampin-Up square lattice embossing folder. I cut a flag with an MFT flag stax die in baja breeze.

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

I am also entering:
1.  Cards For Men has an anything goes challenge.
2 Love To Scrap challenge blog wants us to use die cuts. I used several on this card.
3.  Mema's Crafts has an anything goes challenge. There is also blog candy-click here
4.  Outlawz has a greetings card challenge.
5.  613 Avenue Create has an anything goes challenge.
6.  Stamping Sensations has a special occasions challenge. Mine is Father's Day.


  1. Beautiful card, Mary! Love the stamp, and you have done an amazing job with it! Great colors, and layout...and way to rock that sketch!

  2. Love the sentiment and you chose great colors. Perfect Dad card! Thanks for taking time to share your talent and play with us at Mema's Crafts.


    P.S. Just in case you didn't know there is blog candy if you're interested..just add your name.

  3. Great card for Father's Day!! Love the sentiment and the layout! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

  4. What a wonderful sentiment, Mary. These colors are great for a masculine card.

  5. Wonderful Fathers Day card Mary!! REally a very nice sentiment. How cool is that the bird builds a nest there, those eggs are such a pretty blue ;)

  6. wonderful Father's Day card Mary, beautiful sentiment!!

  7. What a stunning card for a Dad, love the sentiment! Perfect for our non birthday theme. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  8. Lovely Creation Thanks for joining us at Loves To Scrap.

  9. Hi, Mary! Your work is always lovely and this is another perfect example of just how extremely talented you are. I love you ability to follow the sketch almost literally, and then put in those small elements that make it uniquely yours! Great Job! Thanks for playing with us at 613 Avenue Create!

  10. Great looking masculine card. I like all the little banners.
    How fun to have the Robin's nest so close by. Aren't those eggs such a pretty color of blue.

  11. This card is fab! Fantastic layout and love the blues! So glad you joined us for our Anything Goes challenge at Cards for Men!

  12. Beautiful card! I love all the shades of blue!

  13. A really elegant creation Mary.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations this month.

    B x

  14. Very glad I clicked the link to see what the eggs look like - gorgeous blue and thanks for sharing your photo's with us, I'm a bird lover and these are very different to our UK robins hugs Karen x

  15. Fabulous Male card - thanks for joining us at Cards for Men this fortnight
    Lisa x

  16. You did an amazing job with these colors! Such a wonderful card for Father's day!



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