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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Lawn Fawn – Summer S’more Scene

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a square, CAS, summer/outdoor-themed card featuring supplies from Lawn Fawn. Summer seems to be marching along quickly!

This took a while to put together. I tried a number of different die-cut scenes for the background (such as the Lawn Fawn Mountain Borders) but in the end, I decided simpler was better.

Lawn Fawn S'more Scene

I stamped the images from the Love You S’more set with the TE Chocolate Truffle ink pad and colored them with Copic markers. I cut the background scene with the Forest Border die and the largest circle in the Large Stitched Circle Stackables set. The sentiment, one of my favorites, is from the Argyle Backdrops set. I cut the stamped sentiment with the smallest die in the Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables set. The background, cut with the largest die in the Stitched Square Stackables – Large set, was dry-embossed with one of the folders in the We R Memory Keepers Wood Grain package. The card measures 4 1/2″ square. It’s taken me some time to amass a collection of Lawn Fawn Stackables, but I really like how well they work together and the many different sizes available.


Taylored Expressions – CAS Nautical Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a square, CAS, nautical-themed card featuring supplies from Taylored Expressions.

Taylored Expressions CAS Nautical

I used the Sitting Pretty Nautical Accessories and Little Bits – Crustaceans die sets to cut out embellishments which I added in a circle to the stamped Seas the Day sentiment. The patterned paper (with coordinating solid) is from Carta Bella.

Taylored Expressions CAS Nautical

Die-Cut Encouragement Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS encouragement card on which I combined a Memory Box die and Essentials by Ellen supplies.

CAS Die-Cut Encouragement Card

I cut the Memory Box Country Landscape from Canson XL Watercolor Paper, which I had colored with Distress Inks. For the green, I combined the Distress Oxide Peeled Paint with Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough. I also colored a small strip of the Canson XL Watercolor Paper with Fired Brick. I cut a house and small heart from the red paper with dies in the Home & Hearth set. I used the same set to cut a tree from green paper. I assembled the house and added it to the landscape.

For the background, I smooshed Distress Oxide Broken China on to the Canson XL Watercolor Paper. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from Up the Happy with VersaFine Ink.

CAS Die-Cut Encouragement Card

I used a Lil’ Inker  square die to cut the panels; however, the card is not square. I found that I needed more room vertically, so the card is 4 1/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ tall.

Supplies: Memory Box Country Landscape

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.

Taylored Expressions – Surf’s Up!

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a square, CAS, summer-themed card featuring supplies from Taylored Expressions.

Taylored Expressions Surf's Up

Yes, I have been making a lot of square cards lately! I have also been trying to use more of my patterned paper (of which I have quite a lot). The patterned paper on this card is from Echo Park.

I stamped the Tropical Trio Stamp & Die Combo sentiment directly on the background paper. I added a surf board from On the Road – Surf Bus to the top of the assembled On the Road – Beetle. The palm is cut with the Build a Scene – Tropical set.

Taylored Expressions Surf's Up


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.




Lawn Fawn – Tropical Hello

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS, tropical-themed card featuring supplies from Lawn Fawn.

Lawn Fawn Tropical Hello

The crab and palms were cut with dies in the Palm Trees set. I heat-embossed the sentiment from Hello Baby on a sand dune (I really like the simplicity of the typeface of this sentiment), cut with a die in the Stitched Hillside Border set. I primarily used Stampin’ Up cardstock, although I pulled out Memory Box cardstock for the palm fronds, as the other green cardstock I tried didn’t provide enough punch (I get obsessed with green cardstock shades/tints on a regular basis!). I cut the background with a 4 1/4″ square die from Lil’ Inker Designs.


My Favorite Things – Another CAS Nautical Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a card showcasing the My Favorite Things You Float My Boat stamp set – nautical, CAS, and in my favorite summer color scheme.

MFT Stamps - CAS Nautical Card


Because of the size of the sailboats, I decided that a square card would work best for the design. The outer dimension is 4 1/4″ square and the interior square, cut with the largest die in the Small Dotted Square Stackables set, is 4″ square. The boats were stamped on the MISTI because the individual stamps for the boats (mast and hull, flag, and sails) require careful alignment! The Memento Luxe stamps work well for coverage with the solid stamps.


My Favorite Things – Nautical-Themed CAS Card

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS, nautical-themed card featuring supplies from My Favorite Things.

MFT Nautical

I have had the Hot Cocoa Cups in my die collection for a while now (purchased for a winter-themed project) and thought it would be fun to turn them into nautical-themed coffee cups. The standalone anchor die in the recently released You Float My Boat die set fits perfectly!

I stamped the sentiment from the You Float My Boat stamp set with a navy ink from Impress Stamps. To add subtle texture behind the mugs, I added embossing paste using the Tim Holtz Faded Dots Stencil. The patterned paper is from the Carta Bella Ahoy There paper pad (released several years ago).