Saturday, October 19, 2013

autumn window

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. My day started today at a memorial service for my niece's mother-in-law. The Pastor did a wonderful job with the service. He relayed many pleasant memories. My niece already sent me an email thanking us for coming out today.
Then this afternoon we went to pay our respects to a friend who lost her Mom and best friend. Sharon shared many good memories of her Mom with us.
It's never easy going to a funeral home, but I have learned over the years that the people affected by the loss really appreciate you coming. You don't have to say much. They want to talk and share their memories. You are just the listener.
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for the color challenge #446. I was the hostess and the color trio I chose was summer starfruit, soft suede and cajun craze. I also included in the challenge an option of making a bow treatment.
I created a window scene this week using the Grand Madison window die.
The outside "brick wall" was created using the Time Holtz embossing folder-"brick wall".

My inside walls are summer starfruit designer paper from the Stampin-Up "patio party" collection and for the bottom of the wall I used the Stampin-Up  stripes embossing folder.
My valance is cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs die in cajun craze.

For my wreath I used the Stampin-Up set “autumn days”. I stamped the leaves in cajun craze and a few in summer starfruit and then fussy cut. I hung the wreath with summer starfruit ribbon.

The grand window box is cut with a die from Poppy Stamps in cajun craze. I used some old Stampin-Up rub-ons for my sentiment. Added a few leaves here to complete my card.
I have another Thanksgiving card done now. I have a few more to make and then I will start my Christmas card frenzy.
Well, it's time to dim the lights in Charmed Life Land for another day. So unti lnext time.......God bless.
I am also entering:
1. Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges has an autumn challenge.
2. Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe challenge is autumn leaves.
3. Sister Act Card Challenge has an anything goes.
4. Stampin' For the Weekend has an anything goes challenge.
5. Stuck on you sketches has a die cut challenge with an autumn theme.
6. Really Reasonable Ribbon has an autumn leaves and ribbon challenge.


  1. Beautiful fall colors and love the way you've used that window die. Lovely!

  2. One of my favorite cards I've seen this fall! You used your dies in such creative ways with this card, Mary, to create a beautiful scene. I love the touch of having a valance. No, going to funeral homes is never pleasant, but you are right, it is just being there that makes such a difference.

  3. Gorgeous card Mary! So sorry for your niece's loss. I'm sure it meant so much to her having you there.

  4. Beautiful card Mary. I loved it on SCS and just had to stop by and leave a comment here too. :) Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Oh, I love the fall themed window! Very pretty card!
    Sending prayers and sympathy to your loved ones...

  6. Love the scene you've created here. Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card Challenge this week.

  7. This is absolutely adorable! Love it! Thanks for joining is at SOUS!

  8. Very nice fall theme for a real pretty card. Thanks for playing along with us at SOUS.

  9. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.

  10. This is lovely - and the brick embossing folder is fab!

    Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend for our Anything Goes Challenge!


    Julie x

  11. This is so very lovely! It really is!
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. It's been an incredibly hard year in our home for losses as well. I'm going to a funeral this monday actually. Just saying that I understand and appreciate you doing something to let her know she's being thought of.
    Thank you for sharing this creation with us at Stuck on U Sketches.

    Warmly, Leah

  12. What a gorgeous card!! Love the embossed bricks behind the beautiful autumn window!! Thanks for joining the Autumn Leaves and Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  13. Fabulous card Mary!! I love the brick embossed really give nice background for your beautiful window! The dimension you created really with the popped up window and wreath is really nice ;) You are so right about how meaningful it is to others when you take the time to share in their sorrow!

  14. So pretty, love the brick with the window and the leaf wreath, gr8t job! Thanks for joining SOUS!

  15. This is a very fun and festive Fall project : ) I love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon : ) Huggs from Ginny at Polly's Paper : )

  16. Such a gorgeous the embossed background! Thanks for sharing this with us at SOUS.



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