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


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


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


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.


Another Merry Monday #180 Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with another reindeer card. Turns out, I have a lot of reindeer-themed supplies!

Hero Arts Reindeer Stencil

I used Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter embossing paste with the Hero Arts reindeer stencil. I allowed the red cardstock panel to dry overnight (the product seems to take longer to dry than other embossing pastes I’ve used before) and then added a heat-embossed sentiment from the Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set. I used a Taylored Expressions stitched banner die to cut the sentiment. Other than the drying time, this CAS card came together quickly.

Penny Black Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with a reindeer card!

Jean Manis Penny Black Christmas Reindeer

I colored Distress Ink watercolor paper with three shades of Zig Clean Color Brushes (for am ombré effect) and cut the paper with the Penny Black 51-147 a very merry die. I also used the die to cut white cardstock and attached the two die cuts with liquid adhesive. The reindeer (from the 40-258 dancing deers set) was stamped with red pigment ink. I added patterned paper from 80-012 wintertime to a square card base and finished the card off with twine.


Penny Black Supplies:
40-258 dancing deers
51-147 a very merry
80-012 wintertime

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #136

Today I’m playing along with the Merry Monday Challenge #136 – using the colors red, green and white.



For my card, I used the Die-namites Fancy Birdhouses die to cut white, green and red cardstock. I used a Taylored Expressions die to cut the bird. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

It’s rainy and dark here in the PNW – this color combination really cheers me up!

Merry Monday: Silent Night

Today I’m sharing a card created for the Merry Monday Challenge. The theme this week is Silent Night.

I was drawn to the lovely scene of houses in the woods. I decided to make just one house red so as not to overpower the tranquility of the scene.


I really enjoy crafting to themes like this, especially during the holidays. There’s some great inspiration from the DT over at Merry Monday.

Supplies: Penny Black 30-257 Joy Filled (sentiment)

Merry Monday 129 Guest Designer

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I’m delighted to be guest designing over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge today! The challenge? Use Neon Colors on your Christmas card.

For my card, I pulled out a Hero Arts Neon ink sampler and all of my snowflake stamps testing several combinations. I combined stamps from an old Hero Arts set as well as a Paper Smooches set.


To finish, I dry embossed the card base and added a few snowflake sequins.

Head on over to the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog to see the inspiration from the Design Team.

Merry Monday 128

I’m playing along with the Merry Monday #128 Challenge  – to use stripes or polka dots.

I pulled out my patterned paper pads and found a combination of stripes and dots that worked with the Pine Border die against a die cut stitched rectangle.


It took a couple of tries with various holiday sentiments to find one that I felt balanced the rectangle. ultimately choosing a sentiment from the My Favorite Things set. Naturally, I took a break during the cardmaking process to look at new holiday releases and add some sentiment sets to my wish list!

Supplies: Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle