Wednesday, March 11, 2015

~flower patch birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to stop and check in on the Charmed Life Blog. I am doing fine and enjoying the weather this week in March as well as the longer days.
I am also taking a photography class at our local community college.  I bought a new Canon Rebel camera and have no idea how to use it. The class runs for 8 weeks so I should have an idea of what I am doing by the end of it. 
Last night was our first class and I like the instructor already plus he seems very thorough. He is teaching the class in my community on Monday nights and in a nearby community on Tuesday nights. He said rather than have to miss a class if we can't make our Tuesday night then come to the class on Monday night.
When I registered I was told the Monday night class was full so I had to register for the Tuesday class. So now I have an option which will help me out because of some conflicting plans in the next couple of weeks.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #519 on Splitcoaststampers. We have a new hostess, Kim, in the group and this was her first challenge with us.
She selected the color trio of blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz and pool party. Our option was to use our favorite embellishment.
blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz, pool party

These colors spoke flowers to me. And flowers seem so feminine and from there birthday. So I went that direction and decided to use a new stamp set. I bought the Stampin-Up flower patch set with matching dies several months ago and didn't ink until today.
Stampin-Up stamp sets and dies always are a bit tricky to get lined up correctly. So first I had to search YouTube to find out how to do that. Frustrating for sure. You would think they would put some info on their website, but I guess that's too easy. I am so glad that demonstrators are willing to share tips and pointers on products.

 I stamped the flowers with blackberry bliss and pool party inks then die cut. I used the leaf die from the set to cut some leaves in pear pizzazz. I sponged the edges to give a little depth. My designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "gingham garden" collection.

To complete the card and include the option, I added some pear pizzazz ribbon. Die-cut the birthday word in blackberry bliss and scattered a few sequins.
Well that's it for me for this post. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: flower patch (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: blackberry bliss, pear pizzazz, ww, gingham garden dsp (Stampin-Up)     
Ink: blackberry bliss, pool party, pear pizzazz 
Accessories: flower fair framelits (Stampin-Up), pear pizzazz ribbon, birthday die (PTI), gold sequins (Darice)   

I am also entering:
 1Fresh Brewed Designs has a flowers challenge.
2.  Mod Squad Challenge is to use flowers.
3.  Crafting From The Heart has an anything goes
4.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has a flowers and ribbon challenge.


  1. Lovely card with beautiful blooms.

  2. Hi Mary! These look like colors I might have chosen for the color challenge! what a pretty b'day card - love the flowers and pretty pattern!

  3. Beautiful card, Mary. I love that Blackberry Bliss and the colors all look so pretty together.
    I know you will learn a lot in your class. I need to do the same thing so I can learn more about my camera.

  4. Love the colors and the lovely flowers. I am SO ready for spring!!

  5. Very pretty car. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  6. Mary this is a beautiful card!! I love the colors and those giant flowers!! What a blessing to be able to get a camera and to go to classes!! You will be a pro in no time ;)

  7. What a sweet card, Mary. It's really lovely, and I can't thank you enough for sharing it in our challenge. We hope you have a great week, and that you will join us again soon.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  8. Beautiful card with this week's colors! I do not use my flower dies enough, lol! I have a new camera too and need to go back to school. I have forgotten a lot of what I knew many years ago....

  9. This card looks gorgeous in the colors - well done

  10. Mary this is so perfect for our ‘FLOWERS’ theme. Just love the colours and design. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    {Fresh Brewed Designs DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  11. Pretty colour combo, Mary. And I do love the big bold blooms.
    x Asha

  12. Such a lovely card you have made. Thanks so much for playing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

  13. This is beautiful! Love these colors and layered flowers! Wonderful Birthday card!

  14. Great card!
    Thank you for joining us at
    Really Reasonable Ribbon!



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