Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pines & Poinsettias for Merry Monday

Greetings, Stampers! Yes, that is a Christmas card you see in front of you. I know, you've barely vacuumed up the needles and tinsel and here I am with another Christmas card. The inspiration was the Merry Monday Challenge, which runs year round. Their challenges are meant to inspire you to make a Holiday card each week, that way you'll have a whole stash by Christmas!  

This card took me less than ten minutes to make. Before you scream "Liar!", let me explain. I have a tray of leftover bits and pieces of holiday parts that never made it to completed projects. C'mon, I know you have one of those, too. I already had the white panel embossed and stamped with a greeting, the card base was already made, and I even had a white circle punched out.

Lesley from Merry Monday has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge board to inspire us; I love those!  My card could have gone in a few different directions, but let's just say I chose to go down the middle: Dry Embossing, Colour with Markers and Red and Green.

My stamped image is from the retired Pines and Poinsettias Stamp Set. I colored the stamp with markers to achieve the three different colors. While I was at it, I even stamped an envelope to match. 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Pines and Poinsettias (r), Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Designer Series Paper: Merry Moments (r)
Ink Pads: Chocolate Chip
Markers: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, 3/16" Corner, 1 3/4" Circle and 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches
Accessories: Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
(r) = Retired Product

Now, go check out your stash of bits and pieces and go get inspired, too!

Inky Hugs!


Anonymous said...

I like it a lot! That's a great idea to make a holiday card each week! I may get in on that too! :-)

Notes by Nina said...

Very pretty card Sandy, the large embossed snowflake is fabulous. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Wendy said...

So very pretty, Sandy! Love your pinecones! Great layout and pretty papers! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

Lauren said...

This is so pretty!

Bonnie said...

I've been making cards out of my UFO (UnFinished Object) box since Christmas. I love being able to use up those pieces. These pieces went together beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

stampwithsandy said...

Ha, I love that idea, Bonnie,a UFO box! I think I'll label mine the same!

Susan Joyce said...

Pretty card, the focal point is fabulous. Oh to be so organised and have a UFO box and a card made in 10 mins. Well Done!! I can only wish, thanks for playing at Merry Monday this week.