It's Challenge Day!

It's been a busy week for me and I haven't had the time
to play with challenges. That's what I'm doing this morning - catching up. 
Challenges are a great way to jump start your creativity, or
to challenge yourself to go out of your comfort zone. Plus,
simply put, they are just plain fun to do!!!

This card was made with the 
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #98 in mind. The
challenge was to "add some country charm with stitching and
buttons on your card."

I did faux stitching around the edges and my buttons are a
little hard to see. They are the clear hearts from the Bitty
Buttons collections (SU). 

My favorite part of the card is the piece of cardboard box
that the toile ribbon is tied to. I love how the corrugated piece
adds a rustic feel to the card. I think I'm going to be playing
with that some more :)

all products are Stampin' Up unless noted
card stock: crumb cake, confetti white, always artichoke,
        early espresso
dsp: fresh prints paper stack
stamp sets: merry merry (recollections),  winter wreath (avery elle),
    christmas lodge (retired stampin' up)
big shot: designer frames EF, snow burst EF
punches: oval punch, scallop edge border punch
embellishments: toile ribbon, linen thread, bitty buttons
    piece from a cardboard box

Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!


Mrs A. said…
Your card has a lovely rustic feel to it. Love the whole look that you have achieved. Hugs Mrs A.
Karren said…
Fabulous card! You've really nailed the country charm! Love that beautiful ribbon you've used.
Kristie Goulet said…
Very pretty card, Susan! You nailed the country charm. Love that you used the cardboard. Perfect!!!
Notes by Nina said…
Beautiful card Susan, country and vintage all rolled into one. Love it. Thank you joining us for Merry Monday.
Lori Turner said…
Totally loving this, Susan! You totally ROCKED this challenge at Merry Monday this week -love the rustic feel to your card!
JD/ Jill said…
This card is lovely, and just perfect for this week's Merry Monday Challenge!
Katie Melhus said…
I love the rustic feel of your ripped edges and that bird stamp is so pretty! So glad you're playing along this week at Merry Monday!
Bonnie said…
What a sweet image and I love how you've framed it! Great job on the faux stitching! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!
Wendy said…
Such a pretty card, Susan! Love the image and how you framed it! Great card for this week's challenge! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)
Darnell said…
You were very creative and innovative with this gorgeous card, Susan! Congratulations on the well-deserved HM honor from MM! Have a great week! Hugs, Darnell
Susan Powell said…
Thank you Ladies. It was such a fun challenge to do - as are all the challenges at Merry Mondays!
Susan Powell said…
thank you Darnell :)
Unknown said…
Susan I have a question I love this card but what is that around the top of the card I tried to in large but could only get it to 49% so is that the flax stitching? Thanks and all you christmas cards are so amazing I love them all!