Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Penguins

Hello. I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge whose theme this week is Penguins. I created a CAS card showcasing the Marianne Design Penguin die set.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Penguins

The Marianne Design Penguin die set includes two penguin options. (I purchased my set from 123Stitch. Marianne Design is headquartered in The Netherlands and sells through a few US retailers.)

I created the background scene by partially die-cutting the mountain included the Marianne Design Igloo and Mountain set. I had to hand cut the edges to span the card’s width. I did this as I didn’t want too many layers on the card (I often have two or three snow hills!). The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Let It Snow set.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #258
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Merry Monday Challenge – Stenciled Evergreen Ornament Scene

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up (the link -up runs until August 31 at noon) with another CAS card featuring the Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Woodland stencil, this time used to create a scene within the Impression Obsession Round Ornament.

Stenciled Evergreen Ornament SceneThe Tim Holtz Woodland stencil includes two evergreen trees, each with a snow overlay. I began by stenciling the trees in the background with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I then inked the center tree with Pine Needles followed by Unicorn White Pigment ink using the snow portion of the stencil. Once dry, I cut the scene with the Impression Obsession Round Ornament. I heat-embossed the Hero Arts Christmas Messages sentiment on Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide. To finish I added snowflakes cut with the Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes die.

Stenciled Evergreen Ornament Scene

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge

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Let It Snow – Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up

Hello! I’m still playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up (the link -up runs until August 31 at noon) with a CAS snow/ski-themed card featuring the Elizabeth Crafts’ Skis die set.

Merry Monday Christmas Summer Link-up

I began by die-cutting and assembling the skis and poles. I added Vintage Photo Distress ink to the skis for a little bit more color. I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment on white cardstock, which I die-cut with the mountain die in the Elizabeth Crafts’ Skis die set. I dry-embossed the MFT Stamps Timber Green cardstock base with the Taylored Expressions Cable Knit embossing folder for texture.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge

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Merry Monday Challenge – Stenciled Snow-Covered Evergreen Trees

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up (the link -up runs until August 31 at noon) with a CAS card featuring the Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Woodland stencil.

Merry Monday Challenge Summer Link-Up

It took me a couple of tries to create this design. To begin, I stamped the Christmas Messages sentiment in Memento Luxe Love Letter ink on the white cardstock panel.

The Tim Holtz Woodland stencil includes two evergreen trees, each with a snow overlay. I started with the taller tree, as it is in the background, by inking it with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce and then with Unicorn White pigment ink. Once dry, I inked the two smaller trees with a combination of Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles followed by Unicorn White pigment ink. To finish off the card, I added a star die-cut from Gold Leaf Cardstock to one of the trees. The card base evergreen cardstock was cut from a 12″ x 12″ Bazzill piece I had in my stash.

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge
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Merry Monday Summer Link-up – Die-cut Ornaments

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up with a CAS card using turquoise blue, green, and purple. This isn’t a color scheme I often use (perhaps one I have never used) and it took a bit to figure out what element I would make which color.

Merry Monday Christmas

I stamped the Candy Stripe Bold Prints background cardstock (Stampin’ Up) with VersaMark for a subtle pattern after trying the coordinating Stampin’ Up ink (which was too dark). To keep things clean, I heat-embossed the Christmas Messages sentiment on the die-cut ornament.

Merry Monday Christmas
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Merry Monday Christmas Challenge – Summer Link-up

Hello! I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-up. I looked through all of their 2017 challenges, pulled out my holiday supplies, and started creating! I figure this way I’ll know the Christmas themes for which I might be missing products when the new holiday supplies are available for purchase (I’ve already started a wishlist)! This card also provided me the opportunity to figure out which green and red cardstock combinations work best for Christmas. I am on the hunt for an evergreen cardstock – if you have a favorite, I would love to hear it!

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I grabbed the Echo Park – I Love Winter Pines stencil and applied white pigment ink on a kraft background. I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Wreath & Bow to cut Stampin’ Up cardstock (Real Red and Garden Green) for the wreath embellishment. I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Christmas Messages set in Stampin’ Up Soft Suede ink on Sugar Cube cardstock and cut the sentiment strip and underlying red strip with dies in the My Favorite Things STAX Fishtail Flags set.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Summer Link-Up

I created a CAS, rustic-feeling holiday card on kraft cardstock, with a wreath as an embellishment!

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Holiday Die-Cut Birds

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS holiday card showcasing the Elizabeth Crafts Birds set for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #219.

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Birds

Holiday Die-Cut Birds

I cut the birds from Memory Box cardstock in my stash (the cardstock is vibrant and easy to cut). The birds were easy to assemble. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Christmas Messages onto blue cardstock and cut it with a Spellbinders oval die. I added the birds to the oval with foam adhesive. I used two different stitched square die sets from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut the background (patterned paper in my stash) and the card base. One of the sets includes a die that cuts a stitched square 4.25″ x 4.25″. The square cards size works great for these smaller images.

Holiday Die-Cut Birds

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Merry Monday #217 {Retro/Vintage}

Hello. I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge whose theme this week is Retro/Vintage (a Christmas style/theme that I really like!).

Merry Monday #217 {Retro/Vintage}

I created a CAS card using Taylored Expressions die-cuts:

TE Vintage/Retro Christmas Die Cut Card

This card features one of my favorite retro/vintage color schemes: teal blue, red and white. I framed the Jolly Old St. Nick scene using the Picture Perfect – Vertical die. The patterned paper is from a pack I had in my stash. The card base is silver metallic from the Metallic Neutrals pack – the finish and color reminds me of aluminum Christmas trees!

TE Vintage/Retro Christmas Die Cut Card

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Warm Winter Wishes: Merry Monday Challenge

Merry Monday Challenge #214

I’m playing along with Merry Monday #214 whose theme this week is “Warm Winter Wishes.” The temps have turned chilly here in the PNW on this first day of fall, making it easy to think about cozy things!

Merry Monday #214

My card showcases the My Favorite Things Warm & Fuzzy die set which I purchased after the holiday season last year. Kraft and red is one of my favorite Christmas color schemes and feels cozy to me! I used the We R Memory Keepers Wood Grain embossing folder whose larger size allowed me to dry emboss with a horizontal wood grain. I’ve yet to get the Lawn Fawn Argyle Backdrops set put away since I keep using the same sentiment!

Merry Monday #214

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Peace Snowflake – Die-cut Holiday Card

I’m playing along with two challenges – Merry Monday #213 and CAS(E) This Sketch #189 – with a CAS holiday card.

Merry Monday 213

CAS(E) this Sketch #189

Peace Snowflake

I was inspired by the shapes and colors in the Merry Monday #213 photo and the CAS(E) This Sketch #189 design (a sentiment overlaying a symmetrical and centered focal item).

I die cut the Memory Box Dazzling Snowflake (from a holiday release several years ago) from a red cardstock panel (cut with the dotted rectangular die in the Blueprints 13 set). (The Memory Box Spectacular Snowflake die is similar.) In either case, the snowflake die cuts small pieces, which are difficult to use alone. This style works well for the knock-out technique.

I backed the red panel with white cardstock (even though my card base was also white, creating this panel made assembly much easier). I die cut the sentiment from silver glitter cardstock and attached it to a vellum strip. I taped the strip behind the snowflake panel and attached the panel to a white cardstock card base. To add a little bling, I attached some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins (the mix contains 4mm, 6mm and 8mm sizes) with Ranger Multi Medium, Matte.

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