Monday, November 24, 2014

Wondrous Wreath of Joy {MM136}

Hi all, happy Monday to you!  It's my last week as a Featured Designer at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge and I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to Lesley and the fabulous folks on the Design Team for inviting and welcoming me.  Such a great group of talented designers...  thanks all!
This week Bonnie is challenge us to use Red, Green and White on our projects.  I was inspired by the pretty colors used on this card as well as the wonderful sketch over at Pals Paper Arts this week:
Put them all together and came up with this:
 It was another day or rain and gray skies so the colors are not as true as I would like.  Pistachio Pudding really looks lovely paired with the rich tones of Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler.  Love the small print on this Garden Green DSP from the Trim the Tree paper stack.  Speaking of stacked, I cut the Joy sentiment twice in Cherry Cobbler CS and Silver Foil paper off setting the two just a bit.  It really adds weight to the sentiment and makes it pop!  Almost like a drop shadow would do on a digital image.
Stamping just a portion of the wreath on the inside gives it the look of a garland swag and highlights the sentiment perfectly!  Make sure to check out the fabulous work of the Merry Monday design team.  I know their work will inspire you to play along!  Thanks again to the whole DT for being so welcoming and friendly during my month-long stay with them!  

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Little Dash of Christmas Cheer {PP223}

Happy Thanksgiving week! Can you believe it? I knew it was coming fast but geez...I'm not ready for this year to end yet! But I guess it will go one without me if I don't jump on board so....  It's time for another week with The Paper Players where lovely LeAnne has a fun sketch for us:
I'll admit, I took a few liberties with the sketch...not intentional mind you.  I kinda forgot about the exact placement of the sentiment as well as the little scalloped border on top...yikes!  That will teach me to check the sketch badge before I start work on my project!  I hope LeAnne forgives me.  :-)
My card was inspired by the rustic colors in the Under the Tree speciality DSP.  I love the deep rich shade of Kraft and used that little diagonal striped piece as a starting point.  I liked the idea of stripes with stars so I embossed a piece of Garden Green cardstock wiht the Lucky Stars folder and had a little fun with my Star Framelits.
There is no stamping on the stars just a little more speciality DSP (doesn't it look like snow?) and a trio of sentiments from Endless Wishes.  I thought the small scale font looked sweet as a eensy little banner.  Each one was stamped onto Naturals Ivory cardstock and snipped to meet the scale of the sentiment--the ends were flagged with the Hexagon punch.
It was gray and rainy ALL day here in the Sunshine (LOL) State and the ink on my card got a little wet.  Please ignore the drizzle marks! I barely managed to get these pix taken before the deluge hit again.  I used a star stamp set I already had--Be the Star-- on the inside in Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  The clean lines of this set pair nicely with the overall clean look of the card.  So, what do you think?  I rather like it as these big stars just make me smile!

I know all the wonderful inspiration from The Paper Players design team will make you smile too!  Be sure to check out their work and then join us before the challenge ends on Friday, November 28th at Noon (PST).  Come back tomorrow when I have my final card as Featured Designer at the Merry Monday Challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Jingle Bells for a White Christmas {MM135}

Wow, where did last week go?  My oh my, the weeks are zipping by aren't they?!  I'm pleased to bring you another Christmas card for Merry Monday.  Love working with these gals--they are so sweet and talented!  This week, Sue is our hostess for a challenge to use Christmas Bells.

I must say, this was quite a challenge for me!  I don't own a single bell stamp (gasp!) and while I could have downloaded something from the Silhouette store, I challenged myself to use Stampin' Up products.   What do you think?
 This White Christmas stamp set is so stinkin' cute!  Love the little polar bear, the treescape and the darling bitty banner!  On the focal piece, I stamped all the images with Memento black ink and used my Smoky Slate (light) Blendabilities marker to color the trees.  I stamped the treescape a second time on Whisper White cardstock and trimmed it down to the treeline to make my snowy forest.
The polar bear was fussy-cut and given some glitz with Dazzling Diamonds.  I gave the bitty banner some depth by coloring it with the lightest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker.  It's just slightly darker than the Pool Party cardstock in the background and helps the banner stand out. 
I used the only Christmas bells I had....mini jingle bells!  While these are retired SU, I am certain they can be found at any craft store.  I tied them onto my banner with some Cherry Cobbler ribbon and a glue dot.
This card is a different fold--opening just slightly off center.  I scored the 4.25" x 11" piece of SMoky Slate cardstock at 3" and 8.5" to get the unique gate opening.  One side is covered with a Smoky Slate pattern from the All is Calm DSP.
Of course, you know I couldn't stop there and did a little more stamping on the inside.  Love that more and more of SU's sets are coming with coordinating sentiments for the front and inside of our cards. 

I hope you'll join us over at Merry Monday!  Be sure to stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team and their amazing work!  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

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