Saturday, January 12, 2013

First of the Year

What, you ask, didn't Christmas just end?  Yes, it did but the Merry Monday weekly challenges have started again.  This year they will be challenging with not only sketches but color, themes and tic-tac-toe.  This week I have paired up the Merry Monday Challenge #44 with the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #68.  The colors are a bit unconventional but it doesn't affect the wishes you want to convey.

I chose to use Whisper White card stock for the base.  Another piece of Whisper White card stock was cut out using the Big Shot and the Labels Collection DiesReal Red, Pool Party and Island Indigo card stock was punched out using the Merry Minis Punch Pack and attached 
to the white cut out.  I then ran it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  The edges were sponged with Pool Party ink.  I also pierced around the inside edge using the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.  This layer was attached to Island Indigo card stock.  Pieces of Real Red Stitched ribbon and Pool Party Ruffled ribbon were added as well as two Island Indigo Printed brads.  The sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was stamped on the bottom using Whisper White Craft Ink.  The whole layer was added to the card front.  Some Pearls were added to the punched out stars, trees and ornaments.  I know most of you are tired of creating cards for the holidays but if you make just one a week, by the time Christmas rolls around again you won't be rushing to make cards at the last minute.  Believe me, it was well worth the effort.  Have a terrific weekend.  I hope you get some time to be creative with card stock.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages (w-#1265400/c-#126402)
Ink:  Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad (#122938); Whisper White Craft Ink (#101731)
Card Stock:  Whisper White (#100730); Island Indigo (#122923); Read Red (#102482); Pool Party (#122924)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (#125598); Merry Minis Punch Pack (#126882); Square Lattice Embossing Folder (#119976); Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (#127857); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189); Sponge Daubers (#102892); Stampin' Pierce Mat (#126199)
The Finishing Touches:  Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (#122975); Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (#126875); In Color Designer Printed Brads (#122940); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247)



LeAnne said...

OH MY GOSH!! I wish I could make the font bigger on my comment so you could know HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS!!! This is so stinking cute!! What a terrific idea...into my CASE file it goes! Thanks so much for playing with us and sharing this at Merry Mondays!

Bonnie said...

I'm with LeAnne! This is fantastic, Patti! I love how you scattered the little punches and then embossed them! How fun! Thanks for sharing with us again at Merry Monday!

Lesley said...

What a great technique you have used here Patti, and the new look of your blog is fabulous! Thank you so much for your support of Merry Monday my friend!

Notes by Nina said...

What a sweet card Patty, this is a great technique. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Jen Brum said...

Great card Patti! Love those colours! The little decorations are so cute! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Linda Callahan said...

Love that embossing - and you blog looks great!

Narelle Farrugia said...

It's great to have you back Patti Love this card and those little pearled baubles - fabulous card! Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at Merry Monday!

Dale Morin said...

Patti, Another great card. I made a commitment to make Christmas cards each month so I wouldn't be so backed up come December.