Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Card Concept back to school challenge

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's September and that means back to school, cooler temps, shorter days and welcome fall!!
We are celebrating back to school this time on the Card Concept Blog with a theme challenge. As part of the wild card team, I am to create a card in the classy and elegant style.
I thought that might be a bit difficult with a back to school theme but I proved myself wrong. Using lots of layers and ribbon I think I achieved my goal. From this photo, I picked up on the colors, the chalkboard with the numbers, alphabet blocks and the apples.

Last year I bought some Verve Stamps that were all about teachers and school. So that was my go to set. I also used an older MojoMonday #293 sketch that was perfect for the style card I wanted to create. I also saw this card by Verve diva Laurie using this sketch and I liked her added use of ribbon.  
I used the numbers stamp from this set to create my own background. Stamped in old olive ink on ruled paper from Pink Paislee. Also used this same paper for my circles.
To pick up the alphabet theme, I used the Stampin-Up "alphabet" embossing folder on the red rectangle layer.
On my chalkboard,  I again used the numbers stamp and stamped, wet embossed and sponged with white ink to give a chalkboard look. I added a clip and some die cut circles that I had in my stash.
Instead of adding apples to my card, I used circles which is why this sketch worked so well for me. Stamped my sentiment, added a die cut heart and some ribbon and bow to complete my card. Circles cut with Spellbinders and MFT dies,
That completes my card for this challenge. Hope you can play along. Drop over on the Card Concept blog to get all the details and to check out the other amazing cards the designers have created. 
Card Details:
Stamps: teachers count (Verve)
Ink: old olive, craft white (Stampin-Up), Memento tuxedo black, white dye ink (Making Memories)
Paper: Maraschino (Bazzill), old olive, black (SU), 365 degrees (Pink Paislee)
Accessories: Spellbinders matting basics A & B, circle dies, MFT blueprints 3 die, metal clip, ribbon (SU) 
I am also entering:
1.  Dies R Us has a back to school theme.
2.  LadyBug Crafts has an anything goes.
3Really Reasonable Ribbon has an autumn colors with ribbon.
4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge is back to school.
5.  Creative Card Crew has a chalkboard technique challenge.


  1. Mary, I love all the layers and embossing on this! What a wonderful back to school card.

  2. Awesome inspired card! Love the long chalkboard too

  3. Oh Mary I haven't been to your blog is WAY too long! This creation is fabulous and I'm I love design! The chalkboard panel is a PERFECT idea! Well done!
    Thanks so much for playing in our ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  4. Gorgeous card <3 love your layout

  5. This is gorgeous Mary. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  6. Such a pretty card, great job Mary! Thank you for participating in our challenge from Dies R Us!

    Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

  7. Very pretty, Mary! Love the clip and the ribbon! Love the embossing on the background!

  8. Perfect card for a teacher. The chalkboard look and numbers work so well.

  9. Gorgeous card Mary and love the stamps and sketch that you used. I am a huge Verve stamp fan too, love their products and ... thanks for sharing your card with us on RRR Challenge this month :)

  10. I just love this card! The colors are so rich and the layers you've created are wonderful! The little clip at the top is such a wonderful accent! Your ribbon is absolute perfection, too. What a treat to visit and find such a lovely work of art! Nicely done! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  11. Hi Mary! Your card is absolutely ADORABLE! So creative and fun, and perfect for the challenges you've entered. I wish you the best of luck. I also wanted to let you know about another challenge blog, and that's mine....Word Art Wednesday. We're a Christian challenge blog with a new Anything Goes challenge each week with awesome prizes. I'd love to have you share your wonderful art and to fellowship with us. It would be a tremendous blessing to have you join us. I hope you'll stop by to play along.
    Have a great week!
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. This card would also qualify for our CIRCLES challenge this month at V's Sweet Ideas. - Your fabulous circles on this card are just perfect for this challenge as well. It really would be awesome to have you share in both. God bless you!

  12. I love all the numbers and layers on this. Great card!

  13. What a great card! I love all the layers and their 'back to school' meaning - a beautiful card! :)

  14. This card is really awesome Mary! There are chalkboard, lots of numbers, red, and green! Great, great take on it!!

  15. This is precious, Mary! Love that vertical chalkboard.

  16. Great card. Love all the embossing. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our 'Back to school' challenge.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) x

  17. Marvelous card! I love all of the different layers and the chalkboard design!



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