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

Thanks for visiting!

Merry Monday #54

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I've had a busy long weekend attending our Rotary District Conference in regional Victoria, so I haven't had any opportunity to create for the last few days.

However, I'm very pleased to accept Lesley's invitation to be the Guest Designer for Merry Monday #54 this week, which is a theme challenge - SNOWMEN.


Whilst we don't have a cold Christmas in Australia, I love snowmen and this challenge gives me the opportunity to use the cute 'Snow Much Fun' stamp set that I bought a while ago.  I have created a faux snow globe scene for the main focus of the card.  I was going to make a shaker card, but after adding a few layers for the snowy hills and snowman, I ran out of room and I didn't want to make the card too bulky.  

The snowy hills were created by heat embossing with Irridescent Ice to give them a subtle sparkle. The snowman was coloured with Copics, cut out and popped on the hills. The sentiment on the base of the globe was created on the computer, printed and then die cut. I love Pool Party with Real Red for a more contemporary colour combo for Christmas. The DSP was an unexpected and happy find; it pays to go through your paper stash as it is easy to forget what you have! 

For the inside, I stamped and coloured the tall, thin snowman from the same set to continue the theme.


Project Details
Stamps  Snow Much Fun
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Xpress-IT Blending card, Storytime DSP
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, 
Accessories Brights Buttons, White Bakers Twine
Tools     Nestabilities Circles, Snow Globe die (not SU), Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Heat gun, Copics (BG10, BG11, BG15, R27, YR04, Y02, C00, C1, C3, C5), Computer, Printer

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Monday #53

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It's time for Merry Monday #53, which is a great sketch from Lesley. 

I received this lovely stamp 'Snowy Pine Landscape' (not SU) this week and decided to use it to create a mini scene for my card. I've stamped in Early Espresso and then clear embossed it and after masking off the moon, the sky was sponged on with a dauber in Bashful Blue and then the edges in Not Quite Navy.  The reindeer from the retired 'Winter Post' was stamped in Soft Suede, embossed and popped up in the foreground.  

Blue and brown are not traditional Christmas colours, but I like it for a change and I have been wanting to use this particular design from the Festival of Prints DSP for ages. With all of these 'snowy' cards I'm making, I'll have to find some e-friends in the northern hemisphere to send them to!


Project Details
Stamps Snowy Pine Landscape (not SU), Greetings of the Season, Winter Post (retired)
Card stock & Papers Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Bazzill Textured White (Linen),  Early Espresso, Festival of Prints DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Seude, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Nestabilities Ovals, Big Shot, Snowflake punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun

Thanks for visiting.

ETA: Thanks to the DT for choosing this card for a Honourable Mention.

Honourable Mention

Merry Monday #52

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Time for another Christmas card with the Merry Monday #52 challenge.  This week is a colour challenge with Always Artichoke, River Rock and Cherry Cobbler being the chosen colours to work with.

It is ages since I have used Always Artichoke on a card. I used it quite a lot a few years ago, but with the trend towards brighter colours it fell by the wayside. However, this is a great opportunity to renew the acquaintance with a more classic, muted Christmas card than usual. I have also used a retired stamp set 'Peaceful Wishes' which I bought second hand in the very early days before I joined up with SU.  It is still a keeper.

It is difficult to see, but I have trimmed the brocade ornament with pearls to enhance the classic elegance and popped up the entire panel on textured Always Artichoke card stock. 


For the inside, I have used the miseltoe stamp from 'Peaceful Wishes' with markers direct to the rubber. 


Project Details
Stamps Peaceful Wishes (retired), Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season, Woodgrain
Card stock & Papers Always Artichoke (textured, retired), Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Regals Pattern Stack
 Ink Always Artichoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, River Rock
Accessories Antique brads, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Craft wire (not SU)
Tools     Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampamajig, Stampin' Write markers (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler), Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by.

ETA:  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Merry Monday for selecting this card.

Merry Monday Winner

Merry Monday #51

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How quickly the week flies by and it is time for Merry Monday #51 challenge.  This is my last week as the Featured Designer and I want to thank Lesley for the opportunity to be part of the Design Team for the last month.  It has been a privelege to review and comment on the fabulous cards that are made each week for Merry Monday. I've also enjoyed the variety of challenges each week and will be continuing to participate as frequently as I can. It is a great way to build your Christmas card stash. I've made 10 Christmas cards so far this year - woohoo!

This week  is a Tic Tac Toe challenge where you get to choose 3 options to be included in your card. You can select the 3 in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  Here is the table:

I chose the PUNCHES - DIGITAL - CUTE options for my card. 

Punches - I have used a number of punches to create the sentiment and to round the corners of the card.

Digital - The main image is a digital stamp - 'Santa Marci', which I have printed onto Xpress-IT blending card and coloured with Copics. The thing I love about digital stamps is that you can adjust the size of the image before printing, which I have done here.   You can't really tell from the photo, but I had added crushed velvet flock to the 'fur' trim on the hat, dress and boots using my Quickie glue pen.  It  gives the card an extra touchable dimension.

I have earmarked this card for a couple of  little people who are amazed that a grown-up likes colouring as much as they do! 

Cute - I think the end result is cute, but I'll leave that for you to decide!

For the inside, I have used some more of the snowflake DSP and added the cute panda, which is also a digital image that I sized, printed and coloured with Copics.



Project Details
Stamps Santa Marci & Panda Digital stamps (not SU), Snow Swirled, Mixed Medley (Hostess, retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Snow Festival DSP (Retired), Brights Patterns Stack, Xpress-IT Blending card, scrap Red Glimmer paper
 Ink Real Red
Accessories Red & White Bakers twine (not SU), 1/4" White Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, White Crushed Velvet flock (not SU)
Tools     Snow Burst Embossing folder (retired), Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 7/8" Circle punch (not SU), Owl Builder punch (heart), Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Real Red), Quickie Glue pen, Copics, Computer and printer

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Have a great week.

Merry Monday #50

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It is time for this week's Merry Monday #50 challenge.  This week it is a theme challenge - ELEGANCE.

Definitions of elegance include  'tasteful opulence in form, decoration or presentation'.  When I think of elegance, I think of monochromatic designs and sparkle.  I love jewel colours for Christmas and together with silver and sparkle this is what I have for you today.  I initially chose Midnight Muse for the main colour with the silver embossed 'Star Tree' encased in silver glimmer. This stamp was given to me by a lovely friend and it is the first time I have used it.  It is very detailed, but heat embosses beautifully.

For the inside, I have used the same elements again in the reverse colours to maintain the elegant look.

This is a design that is easy to replicate, so I took the opportunity to make another two, also in jewel colours.  This one is in Raspberry Ripple.


This one is in Elegant Eggplant.

This one is in Island Indigo.



Project Details
Stamps   Star Tree (retired)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper
Ink Versamark, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant.
Accessories None
Tools     Nestabilities Ovals, Ovals Framelits, Delicate Designs Embossing folder, Large Scallop Edgelit, Big Shot,  Merry Minis punch pack, Dimensionals, Embossing Buddy, Silver embossing powder, Heat gun

Make sure you check out the inspiring samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!