Friday, February 7, 2014

The Love Bandit

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I can't believe that it is only a week until Valentine's Day. I have to get my cards addressed and in the mail.
I have been a little pre-occupied this past week with a weight loss challenge that I am a part of at my gym. I would love to win the grand prize of a year's worth of personal training.
I loved working with the trainer that I had. But it's so pricey to continue it and this prize would be so awesome. I don't have a lot of weight to lose-15 to 20 lbs-and they base it on percentage of weight lost. So its fair for everyone.
The challenge runs for 2 months and we work with a trainer in group settings. I have 5 women in my group. Even as I say only 15-20 lbs, that is a lot of extra weight to be carrying around since I am only 5'3". I do carry it well and have been going to the gym since last July and I am getting toned. But, I want to stay healthy and active so I can spend time with my grandkids. I will keep you all posted on my results. Tomorrow is the end of our first week and we go for the 2nd weigh-in.
Now onto my card for today. I have my last Valentine card to show. To start I used the week 5 layout from the Viva la Verve sketches.
I used this stamp "Smokey the love bandit" from Great Impressions and colored him with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I also used a red Copic marker on the heart.

Fussy cut the image and layered him on a couple of circles cut with Spellbinders dies. The love word is a die from Impression Obsession-it's from the "love you heart" die set. . The xoxo is a die from Stampin-Up. It's part of the Circle thinlits.

On the bottom black panel I used the diagonal stripes embossing folder from Darice. Well it's time to close this post for today. I am on my way to the gym for some cardio exercise. Until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Little Fairies has a love challenge.
2.  Splitcoaststampers WT 465 challenge is to color an image.
3.  Creative Knockouts has a be mine challenge.
4.  Cute Card Thursday has a lots of love challenge.
5.  Divas By Design has a diecuts challenge.
6.  Little Red Wagon has a love theme challenge.
7.  The Male Room wants us to create a male Valentine. This one is for my grandson.
8.  Simon Wednesday Challenge is "have a heart".


  1. Mary, your "love bandit" is just adorable. It's a wonderful valentine. I am addressing mine today.

    Good luck with the weight loss challenge. That would be a super prize to win.

  2. What a cute little bandit this one is!! Precious and I love the way you used him on this cute Valentin card.
    Keep up the good work on the weight loss program. That's a wonderful prize you can win.

  3. Hi, Mary! So lovely to see you at GI again! :) This is DARLING!!! LOVE your colors and fabulous use of the sketch! Thanks for linking up at Great Impressions--I hope to see another of your creations there SOON!!! :) HUGS and happy weekend! Mynn xx

  4. That's an adorable image on your card. Good luck with your weight loss challenge. That's a motivating prize!

  5. I'm sure your Grandson will love his card, the colours are amazing. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room.

  6. This is absolutely adorable - I love the little bandit cat, I'm sure your Grandson will love it. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room!

  7. How cute is this! What a sweet little bandit! And good luck with your weight loss challenge!

  8. A really lovely card, I love your cute love bandit - perfect for Valentine's Day, thanks for playing along this week in TMR - Jacqueline xx

  9. Love this fun Love Bandit Mary! The little guy is tooo cute and the pretty dps to go with him are perfect! Hope you win the challenge that would be too cool! And just have to say are a real shortie :)

  10. LOVE the LOVE Bandit, he is so cute!!! Great job with the challenge and thanks for playing with us at the Little Red Wagon!

  11. Great colour combo. Thanks for playing with us at Divas this week x

  12. Wonderful Love themed card! Thanks for joining in with the Crafty Little Fairies this week!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  13. Great card...Thanks for playing along with us at Divas by Design this week.
    Wendy xx

  14. So cute, Mary! I love raccoons (not the real ones, just cartoon ones) and this one is adorable. Great design. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart!

  15. Loving your texture and pattern paper! Simply wonderful inspiration. Thank you so much for joining us Creative Knockouts for our Be Mine Challenge.

  16. I love your GI image and how you paired him with the beautiful texture and colors! Thanks so much for joining us for the Great Impressions challenge! I hope you share with us again!



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