Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #263

Hello! Today, I am sharing a holiday card inspired by the image shown for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #263.

I really like this image and would love to set up this hot cocoa bar in my home! The cards from the team are fantastic! My card was most inspired by the one shown by Kelly Lunceford.

Merry Monday Challenge #263

I went through my patterned paper and pulled out the woodgrain and the peppermint. I still have A LOT of patterned paper purchased in past years! The What’s in Your Cup? mug is from Penny Black. The candy cane is from the CottageCutz Peppermint Latte set. The sentiment – Subway Series: Holidays – is from Fresh Squeezed Stamps (now retired).

Merry Monday Challenge #263

Yesterday my husband and I went to a local nursery to see their festive holiday décor. They have an assortment of themed trees including this one featuring kitchen items, candy canes, and gingerbread men.

Penny Black – Smile All Day

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a watercolored card created with the Penny Black 30-305 Smile All Day stamp set.

Penny Black Smile All Day

I stamped the image on to Arches Cold Press watercolor paper with VersaFine ink and colored it with watercolor pencils. Once dry, I masked the image, (I stamped the image on masking paper, fussy-cut it, and applied to the watercolor image), and applied Distress inks for the sky and grass with Clarity Stencil Brushes. In the past, I’ve watercolored the sky, but doing so causes the panel to curl. By applying the ink dry with the brush, the panel was relatively flat. After removing the mask, I stamped the sentiment, cut the image with a circle die, and added it to a card base created with patterned paper.

Penny Black – Cabin in the Woods

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS “Hello” card featuring a combination of Penny Black dies including 51-303 Build a House.

Penny Black Cabin in the Woods

I used the patterned paper (most, if not all is Simple Stories) as the starting point for the feel of the card, which I wanted to be woodsy and cozy – a cabin in the woods. After assembling the cabin, I added a sentiment cut with a die in the 51-040 Hello Frame set, a cloud cut with the smallest die in the 51-033 Silver Linings set, and trees cut with the 51-273 Tall Trees set.

Most of the solid color cardstock is Stampin’ Up. I cut the background with a 4 1/4″ square die from Lil’ Inker Designs.

 

 

 

Penny Black – Floral Die Cuts

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a bold, summer-themed, CAS card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

Penny Black Floral Die Cuts

I die-cut the larger blooms using one of the dies in the 51-262 Poinsettia Bough set (I used this die set on holiday cards shown here and here). The smaller bloom was cut with a die in the 51-050 Tweet Things set and the greenery with the 51-119 Flower Frolic die.

I heat-embossed one of the sentiments in the 30-418 Stitched Flowers set on black cardstock. To finish, I added butterflies cut with a die in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy. The background is a subtle woodgrain patterned paper. All of the colored cardstock is from Stampin’ Up.

Penny Black Floral Die Cuts

Penny Black – Die-cut Summer Bouquet

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a summer-themed, die-cut card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

Penny Black Summer-Themed Die-cut Bouquet

I cut the flowers using the 51-244 Gaiety and 51-242 Shall We Dance die sets, placing the flowers in a vase cut with the 51-142 Mason Jar set. I cut the blooms from green cardstock for the stems and various colors for the blooms. (All cardstock is from Stampin’ Up.) On the colored cardstock die-cuts, I trimmed the blooms from the stems and adhered them to the green die-cuts. I cut the jar from vellum, to which I had added double-sided adhesive. After cutting, but before adhering to the flowers, I added Distress Ink to the vellum to simulate water. I then removed the backing and adhered the jar to the top of the blooms placed on the dry-embossed background.

Penny Black Summer-Themed Die-cut Bouquet

I stamped the sentiment from the 30-228 Blooming Tags stamp set and cut it with a small tag die. I put the burlap string around the top of the Mason Jar to add a natural element. The Mason Jar shadow was created with an oval die.

 

Penny Black – Bold CAS Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a bold CAS card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

Penny Black CAS Frames card

I cut the 51-235 Swirled Squares from black cardstock and adhered them to Stampin’ Up cardstock squares. To simplify alignment, I taped the squares together on the back. (I first considered adding white space between them, but that design didn’t leave enough margin on the sides and would have been more difficult to keep straight!) I added the assembled square to a card base stamped with one of the sentiments in the 30-418 Stitched Flowers set (a favorite as I’ve used it several times of late). To finish, I added butterflies cut with a die in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy (attached with foam adhesive).

Penny Black CAS Frames card

 

Penny Black – Same CAS Design, Two Cards

Hello! Today, I’m sharing two cards with the same design featuring the Penny Black 51-232 Layered Scene die set.

For the first card, I cut the scene from two different cardstock colors, backed the scene with a soft blue, and added the assembly to a white card base on which I stamped one of the sentiments included in the 30-418 Stitched Flowers set. I matched the ink color to the soft brown in the scene.

Penny Black Layered Scene

For the second card, I chose brighter/more saturated colors and added the assembled scene to a dry-embossed card base.

Penny Black Layered Scene

I cut the sentiment with a die in the 51-284 Filled With Love set. (I cut the sentiment three times and glued the pieces together for extra depth.)

All of the colored cardstock is from Stampin’ Up. I’ve got a package of almost every color, as well as a lot of retired colors!

 

Penny Black Simplicity – It’s the Little Things

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a bright CAS card, suited for a variety of occasions, featuring a combination of Penny Black dies.

Penny Black Simplicity It's the Little Things

I cut the sentiment with the 51-340 Dream Big die several times for additional depth. I cut the fish with the 51-314 Fancy Fish die from a variety of cardstock colors. I used an embossing folder for the waves peeking out through the hole.

Penny Black Simplicity It's the Little Things

 

 

Penny Black Simplicity – Build-a-House Hello

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS “Hello”card featuring a combination of Penny Black dies including 51-303 Build a House.

Penny Black Simplicity

To begin, I stamped the background stamp 40-310 Star Ivy with pigment ink. While it was drying, I cut the 51-303 Build a House pieces from cardstock and assembled them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. I cut the sentiment from the 51-040 Hello Frame set twice, for extra depth, which I also assembled with the Ranger glue. I cut the background with a rectangular die and circle die at the same time. I cut the fence from the 51-073 Haunted Hollow die set and placed it behind the houses in the scene. After assembling the scene I added a cloud cut with the smallest die in the 51-033 Silver Linings set.

Penny Black Simplicity

Recently, I shared another card created with the 51-303 Build a House set on the Penny Black Simplicity site. I hope you’ll head over there and check it out.

Penny Black Simplicity Watercolored Flowers

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS watercolored thank you card featuring the Penny Black stamp set 30-418 Stitched Flowers from the BLISS 2017 release.

Penny Black Simplicity Stitched Flowers

I stamped the floral image with VersaFine ink on Arches watercolor paper and colored it with watercolors, watercolor pencils, and Distress Inks. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment. I added the panel to a card base which I colored with Distress Inks to match the floral blooms. To finish it off, I added a die-cut frame cut from gray cardstock.

Penny Black Simplicity Stitched Flowers