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Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday #266 Santa

The jolly old man himself gets featured in Sue's fun challenge #266 at Merry Monday this week.

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This summer I bought CC Design's "Making a List" Santa image and had to give it a go. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and Black Licorice; Pop-tone Snow Cone
Stamps - CC Designs JD1074 Making a List; Penny Black 40-164 Christmas Story
Hero Arts CM100 Christmas Messages (ho, ho, ho); Impression Obsession CC177 Wooden Plank
Die - My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 13
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa; Tumbled Glass & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
Other - Copic Markers; gold gel pen

I stamped the image in black and colored with Copic markers. I then used a black Copic calligraphy pen to emphasize some of the lines and shadows already part of the image. I used a gold gel pen on Santa's glasses; it went a bit wonky but, oh well....I masked the image and stamped the wood plank for a floor. I cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and matted it with black, then adhered to a top fold A2 card stamped with text. I kept it simple with no other embellishments and a quick stamped sentiment.

Please check out Merry Monday for the Santa cards created by the rest of the Design Team and I hope you can join us this week! Thanks for stopping by and for all the kind comments!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Merry Monday #265 - Outdoor Winter Activity

Time for Nina's challenge #265 at Merry Monday to showcase a winter activity on your Christmas card.

I went for a new-to-me Pure Innocence set from My Favorite Things. Don't know what it is about this little girl that draws me to her. I've seen some darling cards featuring various versions her and decided to order a couple. Here's my card featuring the sledding girl.

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Snow Cone,
scrap of Authentique for banner - not sure which collection...
Stamps - My Favorite Things Dashing By; Simon Say Stamp Falling Snow
Dies - MFT Dashing By; Lawn Fawn Hillside Borders; Hero Arts flag banner (retired)
Other - Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Hero Arts White Puff Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, 
foam tape, Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Embossing Ink,
Lawn Fawn snowflake sequins

I stamped and colored the image with Copic markers, then stamped the sentiment on a banner. I formed a horizontal top-fold A2 card and embossed falling snow using a cool puffy white powder, then I added a few snowflake sequins - too much?? I couldn't resist! I dry embossed a snowy hill for her downhill run. Done!

I remember many a fun winter day as a child, sledding down various hills at a family friend's farm. We lived in town and they had the best hills out in the country! Then we had yummy hot cocoa to help us warm up. Any fun memories you want to share? I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping and I hope you visit Merry Monday to enjoy all the wonderful creations of the other Design Team members! Please play along in Nina's fun challenge if you have the time this week.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Merry Monday #264 Red & Kraft

Merry Monday to all! This week Marcia hosts challenge #264 to use the colors red and kraft on your Christmas card.

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What a gorgeous wreath on her inspiration photo!! And I love kraft with just about every color but especially  with red! Here's my take:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV Ms Sparkle A2 card; dotted kraft by unknown; 
Basic Grey Bowties (red for label); scrap of kraft for holly;
Simple Stories Handmade Holiday 12x12 pad
Stamp - Hero Arts DC115 Frame Stamp & Cut (retired)
Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Greens Mini 661597
My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames (retired)
Inks - Festive Berries & Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Other - foam tape; Mark Richards Nailheads

I started with a red card and added an embossed dot panel trimmed off another A2 card (can't remember the manufacturer). I found some yummy textured kraft paper in a Simple Stories pad and decided it would be great for a frame. Stamped and trimmed the sentiment label and added it to the frame with some embossed holly in a medium shade of kraft. Added some red nailheads for the berries. Could've made a shaker but was too lazy, I guess.... Well, too lazy to look for my acetate which wasn't in its proper place!!

Hard to believe Christmas is only seven weeks from today - yikes! So lucky to have enough cards for my list already - the rest will go to charities. How are you doing on your holiday card stash? Join us at Merry Monday to keep on track!!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the wonderful creations by the rest of the Design Team!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Merry Monday #263 - Photo Inspiration

Merry Monday everyone!! 

Lori has a gorgeous photo inspiration this week for challenge #263.

My eyes went right to the wooden shutters with the red sign against the crisp white plank walls behind. I also loved the pines, plus the poinsettias beneath the cabinet. So, here's my take on it:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Michael's green; Basic Grey Bowties;
My Mind's Eye Necessities Wood; Core'dinations neutral A2 card
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Joy, Blueprints 20 (retired) & Bold Stripes Cover-up;
Hero Arts label (from an old stamp & cut set - retired); Impression Obsession Pine Branch
Stamps - Hero Arts CL796 Peace Poinsettias (retired)
Other - Copic Markers, foam tape

To get the white plank background, I first tried an embossing folder - no good; mine have vertical stripes and weren't wide enough for me to do the paper sideways. Then I remembered a My Favorite Things die I purchased recently. I've seen bunches of tutorials on using dies for embossing so I decided to try it - worked like a charm!! My wood plank paper looks greyish in the photo but it's really brown (although not the shade of the inspiration photo....). I stamped the poinsettia multiple times & cut one down to layer. I hand drew the veins in the petals and colored with Copics. In keeping with the rustic feel, I staged the photograph with a wood slice - they sell them in the craft section at Target (my home away from home - LOL).

Can't wait to see what elements you pull from the inspiration photo! Be sure to check out all the wonderful cards from the Merry Monday Design Team this week. My Guest Designer tenure is half over - sure is going fast! Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Merry Monday #262 - Gifts

Hey all - who doesn't love loads of presents for Christmas?!! Well, check out Linda's challenge #262 at Merry Monday to add a gift to your Christmas card.

Here's my take on the challenge:

Supplies: Paper - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Penny Black Holiday Trimmings 6x6
Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6, Pop-tone Snow Cone, Authentique Summer Seasons 6x6
Stamps - Hero Arts DC217 Christmas List Stamp & Cut, CL343 Holiday Sayings
and CL644 Bring on the Merry
Dies - My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 & 20 (retired)
Hero Arts DC217 Christmas List (scroll)
Other - Copic markers, Distress Makers, Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink, foam tape

I recently ordered another new Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set (love them - have too many? - never!). Immediately after opening the package and cutting apart the dies, I cut the cute scroll. Then I stamped it with the header Nice List. At the time, I was playing with some non-Christmas Authentique papers and one of the pages had a bunch of little rectangles with printed sayings. One of them had a check list that fit perfectly on my scroll - yay! I figured the soft blue color would work for a Christmas card. I hand wrote names of sisters and friends and checked them all off as being nice, even though they can be naughty sometimes!! The scroll laid around for a while, waiting for a home. When I spotted Linda's challenge, I knew it would look great with a pile of presents.

I used 2 presents from the stamp & cut set, then added 2 from other sets. I started by stamping the large present from the Bring on the Merry set, then masked it off and stamped it twice more. Masked those three and stamped 2 from the stamp and cut set. Colored and fussy cut the entire thing. So - five presents and eight names on the list - hmmmm, didn't add up. I stamped 4 more presents since I wanted an odd number, colored them and tucked them around the masked presents. Then I played around with some papers to pull out the present colors but not overwhelm them. Finally stamped the sentiment Ho, Ho, Ho which I thought worked well with a Santa list.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll make Santa's nice list this year! Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the Merry Monday Design Team; I'm really enjoying my Guest Designer slot!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Merry Monday #261 - Ornament

Welcome! Time for another Merry Monday - Challenge #261. This week Kelly asks for an ornament on your Christmas card.

I went for a holiday set from Hero Arts that I bought back in August. I just love their Stamp & Cut sets which come with stamps and dies to match some of the images. This set has two ornaments, a branch, a bow and a hanger (with dies to match all), plus some sentiments. Here's my card:

Supplies: Paper - Core'dinations kraft A2 card, BoBunny Christmas Collage 6x6,
American Crafts Christmas 6x6
Dies - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 20 & 21 (both retired)
Stamps - Hero Arts DC215 Holiday Ornaments Stamp & Cut & K5242 Big Pine Bough (retired)
Other - Pine Needles, Hickory Smoke, and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink,
Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink, Michael's gems, foam tape, Marvy silver pen, Wink of Stella

Instead of the branch that came with the Holiday Ornaments set, I used an old wood mounted fave from 2009 - Big Pine Bough, stamped a couple of times and filled in a bit with a colored pencil in a lighter shade. At the edge of the snowflake paper where the lines didn't connect onto the note paper, I just filled in with a marker. Do you recognize the snowflake paper from last week's card? I had cut two rectangles of different sizes when planning that card. Decided to use the second one for today's card since it worked well with the music paper. After stamping the ornament onto the matching diecut, I trimmed it down so there wasn't as wide a border. The areas on the ornament that appear darker are due to the addition of Wink of Stella - gives a nice shine in real life!

That's it for today. Be sure to stop by Merry Monday and check out the rest of the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Merry Monday #260 - Sketch Challenge

Hi all - at Merry Monday this week, Debbie created a sketch for Challenge #260. Yay - I love sketches and had loads of fun with Debbie's! With all the layers, I enjoyed finding the perfect combination of papers!!

Supplies: Paper - Hero Arts PS572 Earth Mix Folded Cards (Latte shade), 
patterns by My Mind's Eye "All is Bright" & American Crafts "Christmas"
Michael's brown, scrap of Neenah Solar White
Dies - Hero Arts DI198 Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies
My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21 (retired)
Gingerbread by former Lifestyle Craft's QuicKutz
Stamps - Hero Arts CL343 Holiday Sayings and CL644 Bring on the Merry (both retired)
Other - Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink,
Clear Embossing powder, Marvy white gel pen, Copic Markers, foam tape

Instead of the stars I changed the shapes to a pair of gingerbread people, in keeping with my resolution to show love to my stash of never-before-used-stuff (NBUS). Hey - the die's only 5 years old - give me a break LOL... For the bow on the gingerbread girl, I stamped just the bow portion of the candy cane from the Bring on the Merry set, then fussy cut it to remove the tails. I played around with different media for putting "frosting" on the gingerbread people - a bunch of them would never have made the cookie plate, that's for sure! I tried some copper Nuvo drops my friend Betty sent me but I couldn't get my dots small enough, despite several attempts. The white gel pen gave me the best results. I'll save the Nuvo for another project - thanks again, Betty!

Please visit Merry Monday for more Christmas inspiration with this sketch from the wonderful Design Team. Thanks to Debbie for creating a fabulous sketch and thanks to all of you for stopping by!!