Wondrous Wreath for Merry Monday #123

Hi there

Today I broke open the 'Wondrous Wreath' photopolymer stamp set from the new Holiday Catalogue for this week's Merry Monday#123 challenge. Bonnie's challenge is to use a wreath on your card.


I'm really enjoying working with photopolymer stamps as they make 2-step stamping a snap. Stamping on a piercing mat will give you the best quality image from these stamps. I had in mind to create a wreath on a front door for my card (just in case you can't tell it is a door, lol). The tabs on the stamps and the framelits make lining up the image for die cutting very easy. As the 'Joy' sentiment is floating off the wreath, I die cut 2 and stuck them together to make it a bit sturdier.


Project Details
Stamps Hardwood, Wondrous Wreath, I Love Lace
Card stock & Papers     Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Real Red
 Ink Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Rhinestones (coloured with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities),Early Espresso Candy Dots, Window Sheet
Tools     Wonderful Wreath framelits, Squares Collection Framlits, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Xyron

Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday #101

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I decided on the spur of the moment to enter this week's  Merry Monday Challenge. I had hoped to enter last week, but we were hosting a young man from Germany on a Rotary Study exchange, so I had my hands full with other activities.

This is the inspirational photo Lesley provided for the challenge, which is to use only grey, red and white on your card.


This is a lovely fresh colour combination and the Design Team have done a fabulous job with it.  I decided to break out two uninked stamp sets that I have been wanting to use for ages. The first is the 'Post Card' stamp and the other is 'Santa's List' stamp. I think they go well together, as they both have an olde world feel, yet the colour combo is very contemporary. This is what I came up with.



Project Details
Stamps Post Card, Santa's List (Retired), Merry Little Christmas (Reitred), Winter Post (Retired)
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White
 Ink Smoky Slate, Real Red
Accessories Basic Rhintestones
Tools     Postage Stamp punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampamajig, Dimensionals. Basic Gray, Real Red and Smoky Slate Stampin' Write markers

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Thanks to the ladies at Merry Monday for choosing this card for an Honorable Mention.


Merry Monday #84

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I've just managed to scrape into this week's Merry Monday #84 challenge of Trees with Bling. I definitely have the trees covered and I've added a touch of bling to the inside.

I've made this card for friends in Germany who will be having a snowy Christmas.  They live in an area that backs onto a large park where the deer wander free, so  I thought this was very appropriate.


I've kept the inside very simple with some more trees and a strip of silver glimmer paper to represent the snow. 


 This card is a custom size to fit my design, so I have taken the opportunity to make a custom envelope for it with the Envelope Punch Board and some retired 'Winterfrost' DSP that has Always Artichoke as one of the main colours.  It is not a colour we have seen recently in DSP. I love how quick and easy this is now, with this tool.



Project Details
Stamps  Lovely as a Tree, Four the Holidays  
Card stock & Papers     Kraft (textured, retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke. Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Winterfrost DSP (retired)
 Ink  Versamark, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Accessories  Basic Rhinestones, Mini Silver brads, Always Artichoke Seam Binding ribbon.
Tools     Deer Trio die (not SU),  Snowburst Embossing Folder (retired), Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Dimensionals, sponge dauber, Envelope Punch Board

Thanks for looking!

Merry Monday - Anything Goes

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I've pulled out a bunch of my favourite retired products to create this Christmas card for the Merry Monday 'Anything Goes' challenge. Now that it is July, it really is downhill to Christmas, so I need to get cracking on a few more cards.  

The 'Christmas Cocoa' DSP has to be one of my all time favourites with the colour combo of Real Red, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and White.  'Dasher' is also one of my favourite Christmas stamps and I've kept the layout simple with lots of white to keep it bright.



Project Details
Stamps Dasher (retired), Four the Holidays (retired), Snowy Pine Landscape (not SU)
Card stock & Papers     Soft Suede, Real Red Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa DSP (retired), Champagne Glimmer Paper
 Ink Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real REd
Accessories 1mm and 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), In Color Glimmer brad (retired)
Tools     Petals a Plenty Embossing folder, Snow Flurry Bigz Die (retired), Big Shot,  Dimensionals

Have a good week.

Merry Monday #64

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It has been way too long since the last one, but today I have a card based on this week's Merry Monday #64 sketch.  I have really missed doing these sketches, so hopefully I can get back on track building my Christmas stash.  This is the sketch from Lesley:

The sketch yelled 'silhouette' to me, so I got out my ink pads and blending tool to come up with a dramatic skyline for the Three Wise Men.  I have inked part of the main image from the 'Come to Bethlehem' stamp set with Early Espresso ink and then clear embossed it. The star was stamped and embossed separately to position it.  The mat is Brushed Gold and the panel is popped up on the gorgeous Rich Razzleberry.


Project Details
Stamps Come to Bethlehem
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Brushed Gold Metallic, Early Espresso Textured (retired), Whisper White, Neutrals Patterns Stack
 Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, 
Accessories Small flat back gold pearls (not SU)
Tools     Small Oval punch, Gold & Clear Embossing powders, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Inkssentials Blending tool (not SU), Distressing tool

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