Wednesday, October 1, 2014

~Card Concept Oct 1 Challenge~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit the Charmed Life Blog. Hope you are enjoying this first day of October 2014.
I just saw a reminder on someone's blog that it is 12 weeks to Christmas. Yikes!! I need to get a move on my Christmas cards. Don't want to be caught up in the last minute frenzy again this year (lol)!!
It is time for another challenge over at the Card Concept Blog.  This 2 week period we have a color challenge - my favorite type. Here is a beautiful inspiration photo to help in creating your card.
current challenge theme
My card theme for this challenge is the freestyle collage. I like being on this design team because it takes me out of my card making box. I don't usually make collage style cards but I gave it a good effort.  Another big challenge for me was to use these colors and not make a Halloween card.
My card picks up on the colors, the gingham tablecloth, and also the fall themed items in the photo.
I started my process by stamping my background with the "gingham plaid" stamp from Impression Obsession in black on white cardstock. Then I started my die cutting.
I just bought this new "blessings" die from Simon Says Stamp and I cut the word from tangelo twist cardstock. I also used a couple of Cherry Lynn Designs dies - the lace corner deco and the fanciful flourish dies.
My final die cut is a pumpkin from Cuttlebug-it is embossed as well. I also used the bird image from the Stampin-Up set "nature walk". I had to fussy cut this one.
Then I just started layering all my elements on the card. I also picked up on the lace that was lining the pumpkins in the photo. So I added a piece of May Arts mesh ribbon to one of the corners to complete my card.
Hope you can join in on the challenge this time. With The Card Concept challenge, you get to choose the style of card making you are comfortable with or attempt a new style. Either way its a fun challenge!! Drop over to the blog to see all the fabulous inspiration from the other designers.
Card Details:
Stamps: nature walk ( Stampin-Up), gingham plaid (Impression Obsession)
Ink:  tuxedo black (memento)
Paper: whisper white, basic black tangelo twist (Stampin-Up)
Accessories: blessings die (Simon Says Stamp), décor corner and fancy flourish dies (Cheery Lynn Designs), Pumpkin die and embossing folder (Cuttlebug)


  1. Excellent card, Mary. I love the gingham background like the one in the photo, it really is a lovely backdrop for the pumpkin.

  2. Love how you were inspired by the gingham too, Mary! This is beautiful!

  3. Mary, this is so pretty...I love the bright orange pumpkin on the black gingham background, so striking. Sorry about your Pirates but we had to do is an even number year and the Giants need to play in the World Series again. Thank you for you sweet comments on my blog.

  4. 12 weeks to Christmas! I wish you hadn't said that...but you really nailed the freestyle collage style with your cute card Mary. I love the elegant pumpkin die cut...that is gorgeous! Well done!

  5. So Gorgeous card Mary! I love black gingham pattern and bright orange pumpkin! - xoxo Yoonsun



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