Monday, April 11, 2016

Merry Monday Card Challenge #200


Hi everyone.  I'm am so excited to be one of the Guest Designers to celebrate Merry Monday's 200th Challenge! :)  Congrats to Lesley and the team for this wonderful accomplishment.  Merry Monday is a very popular challenge and a great way to get a stash of Christmas cards made throughout the year.

Each of the Design Team members was asked to bring a guest to the party, and I was thrilled when Bonnie (Stamping with Klass) asked me.  Thanks Bonnie!! xx

Here is the challenge.  There's four different pictures to choose from for your inspiration.


I love the elegant picture with the silver glitter and pink ornaments.  That was my inspiration for the card above.  I started by stamping some splats onto my card front and heat embossing in silver.

Inka Gold (in rose, platinum and silver) was smooshed onto a piece of white card stock, and then die-cut for the solid ornament.  The intricate patterned top layer of the ornament was cut with silver glimmer paper.

To finish, the sentiment was heat embossed in silver onto black card stock and cut into a thin banner.  The ornament and banner are both popped up to add dimension to the card.

Used snippets for the ornament and banner, so I'm heading over for some play time at the Snippets Playground.

I've been inspired lately by my good friend, Hazel (My Craft Attic).  She frequently adds black to her card designs.  Just adding the thin, black banner really made the other colours pop.  Thank you Hazel!

Here's a close-up ...


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I couldn't help but make a second card for this fun challenge.  LOVE that adorable snowman in the inspiration photo.  It reminded me of a sweet digital file I have from Sweet 'n Sassy.  This snowman makes me smile! :)

The digital image was printed onto white card stock and fussy cut.  Zig markers were used to colour in his nose and scarf.

For something different, coloured card stock was used for the background, with sparkle texture effect spread over a snowfall stencil.  I love the sparkle. :)  Two torn snowbanks were added at the bottom, along with a simple stamped sentiment.  To finish it off, the top right corner was rounded..

I hope you'll come join the party at Merry Monday and help celebrate the 200th challenge.  Make a Christmas card using one of the four photos above as your inspiration ... any style of card is welcome!

Hope to see you at Merry Monday!  :)

Edited to add:  Heading over to join the fun at Muse Christmas Visions #39 - inspired by Kimberley Wiener.  Entering my snowman card above.  Thanks Kimberley!

Kimberley's MUSE card


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Since this snowman card has stamping, stenciling, embossing paste and tearing, it's another example for the CAS Mix Up April Challenge.










Pink & Silver ornament card:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Warmth & Wonder - sentiment (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black, Silver Glimmer (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Inka Gold (Rose, Platinum, Silver), water mister, Ornament Set 2 (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, silver cording

Smiley Snowman card:
Stamps:  Smiley Snowman (Sweet 'N Sassy); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Bermuda Bay (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!), Zigs (Red and two shades of Orange)
Accessories & Tools:  Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says), sparkle texture effect (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder (We R Memory Keepers)

Challenges:
Merry Monday 200th Challenge
CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Stenciling
Snippets Playground - Week 224
MUSE Christmas Visions #39 - Kimberley

50 comments:

Mac Mable said...

What a wonderful start to the week. The snowman brought a lovely smile to my face. So very adorable...could pick him up...if he didn't melt! Wow the most beautiful, pretty and special Christmas card. The colours are fabulous, the inka smooshing spectacular and the prettiest glittery die overlay. I guess you might have gathered I love this one? Yes I am loving the black sentiment idea too, just finishes the card off and makes it pop x

Marianne said...

You bauble card is so soft and pretty, Loll, and your snowman scene is adorable.

Stamps and Paper said...

Two0 lovely Christmas cards Loll and the sentiment on your bauble really looks great...your little smiling snowman sure looks happy

Anne

Julie B said...

Two fab cards Loll, love the pink smooching and the cheeky snowman. :)

JoAnn said...

Love the gorgeous pink ornament and the snowman is so cute. Love the snowfall in the background.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Oh, Loll! Stunning cards! I choose not favorites in, because both me impressed. I love them!
hugs,
BozenA

Colleen said...

Loll, these cards are amazing!! Wow, I was really struck with your pink and silver one...the ornament and the splatters are just awesome!! Thank you for joining our celebrations and adding more inspiration!!

Brenda said...

Love both of these cards Loll! The ornament card is so elegant and gorgeous, like you. Love that sweet snowman card as well, he is just the cutest and I can see why he makes you smile-he makes me smile too! Looks like I need to make some Christmas cards...among other cards. Hugs, Brenda

harrahx2 said...

Loll,loving the pink card and the snowman both. Been crazy with the shingles still so forgive me for not being as present!

Lee-Anne said...

Congrats, Loll! I've always loved that sweet snowman...he definitely brings a smile to my face. And oh my, I love the pink and silver ornament...quite stunning!

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE both of your cards, Loll! So great having you join in our celebration this week!

Pam B said...

Both of these cards are awesome! Love the soft elegance of the ornament card & the snowman is pure fun!

nancy littrell said...

Absolutely Stunning Mixed Media Ornament Loll. I love your colors, shimmer, glitter and black addition with your sentiment banner:-) TFS all your details my friend.
Your sweet snowman image and winter scene are so much fun too. TFS both your cards Loll.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

That first card is a stunner with the soft pink and all that fabulous silver Loll, fabulous! The second is such a sweet, fun card that makes me smile! Adorable! Have a lovely week my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Julia Aston said...

what a gorgeous pink glittery ornament you created Loll -and I too, love that fun snowman looking up at the sky! congrats on being a guest designer for this 200th Merry Monday challene! Well done! Julia xx

Susan said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll. I love the use of the Inka Gold for the ornament. And that is my favourite snowman image - he makes me smile every time I see him. Great stenciled sky behind him! Congratulations on being a guest designer for Merry Monday!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Bonnie couldn't have selected a better Guest Designer, Loll - so fun to be celebrating the 200th MM challenge! Your pink and silver card is stunning - so elegant - and I love the darling snowman card too! Thanks for the inspiration this week!!

Linda said...

Loll, so happy to have you join us as Bonnie's guest at MM's 200th celebration. Both of your cards are fantastic. The first one so elegant and the second so adorable.

Jeanne H said...

Your pink ornament card is absolutely gorgeous. WOW. Love, love it. It is such a joy opening your blog and seeing your work. Thanks for so much for so much inspiration.

wienerhoneymooners said...

This is so VERY gorgeous the pink elegant ornament!!!! LOVE to see the snowman on the MUSE Christmas Visions too!!!!! Yay, SUCH cuteness!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome cards! Your pink ornament is lovely! Nice shout out re Hazel too :)

Shirl said...

Okay, here is my comment that I left by mistake on your spring green card post........Both of these cards are wonderful. I love the pink/silver glittery ornament one and that snowman is too cute!

Shirl

Barbara Derksen said...

Hi Loll,

CONGRATS on being a GD on Merry Monday's 200th!!!

ohhh I love both your cards, the first is like... the same colors as mine, actually - gotta be tickled by that. Its SO pretty and elegant!!!

Your little snowman is adorable - love all the glittery snow falling, I feel JUST the same when it first snows!

wienerhoneymooners said...

LOVE this joyous HAPPY snowman card, and the SNOW is coming down on this one, YAY!!!!! Thanks for joining us at MUSE Christmas Visions Loll, your cards always make me smile!!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations on being one of the uber talented GDs at the fun MM challenge, Lolly! Your card is breathtaking!! And your snowman for the MUSE challenge makes me so happy!! It's perfect! Isn't it so incredible how we make cards and THEN find out they are a super fit for a challenge! Spooky, but cool, and this one is a total fit!! Hugs, Dolly

Cathy said...

2 gorgeous cards Loll, the sparkly ornament looks great on the silver spatters and the snowman is adorable! Cathy x

Debbie Henderson said...

So glad Bonnie picked you to Guest with us this week and your card is so pretty & elegant. Love the snowman card also, he's adorable!

Nancy Stislow said...

Wow, Loll, that ornament is gorgeous! I spy another card to case! Love the adorable snowman image too! Your cards are always so well done!

Susan Joyce said...

Both cards are totally delightful Loll, But the Pink Ornament card is so elegant and pretty has to be my favourite. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 200th challenge.

Linda said...

Great cards ..... I love your little snowman he's so cute! and the bauble is just beautiful. Lovely colour and the splatters behind really add to the design. Xx

Di said...

Gosh I do love this soft pink and silver baubles card Loll! It's really elegant - and the black strip for the sentiment does work so well. Hazel is a lovely and very clever blogger, and so generous with her ideas, as you are!

Love the snowman as well of course, cheeky chappie!

Great to see you in the Playground.

Hugs

Di xx

SARN said...

Both wonderful cards Loll. You have such a way with design. You are far too talented for me to do anything more than whisper your hallowed name in awe!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Viv's Visuals said...

Two lovely cards Loll... the PINK ONE IS STUPENDOUS!!! (Another one for me to shamelessly CASE - don't know what I'd do without YOUR ideas!) xx

JosieD said...

Oh, Loll, what great looking cards and each so different. Your design skills and clever use of products are amazing and inspirational. I go to your and Bonnie's blogs every morning with my first cuppa joe.

Pamellia Johnson said...

OH I just love the two inspiration photos you chose! The pink ornament is gorgeous, so elegant, and your snowman is fun and festive!! Congrats on your guest designer spot Loll! hugs :)

Ardyth said...

So glad to see you at MCV, Loll with this super cute snowman - love the sparkly 'snow', too!

Bonnie said...

Love, love, love that gorgeous pink and silver ornament, Loll! Wonderful layout too! And that snowman makes me smile! He looks so happy! Thanks so much for being my Guest Designer for our celebration at Merry Monday!

Marcia HIll said...

Two fantastic cards Loll! Totally love your pink and sparkly ornament card...the card itself feels like a celebration! And I just love your snowman card...he has the kind of face that makes you just want to go up to him and give him a big hug!! Wasn't it fun to be a part of this 200th celebration?! :0)

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on guest designing with MM, Loll ... what fabulous cards! Gorgeous, shimmery, glittery ornament ... and such a cute and endearing snowman ... so sweet! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb said...

Two beautiful cards. I particularly like your beautiful ornament and love the splattering. Barbxx

Eliz Stewart said...

Loll...love love love your Merry Monday/Christmasvisions cards...both are priceless!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Loll, lovin' both your beautiful cards! Thanks so much for celebrating our 200th challenge with us at Merry Monday :)

Donna said...

Fantastic 'makes' as always, Loll.
I adore your gentle pink bauble :)

TK said...

Congrats on being chosen! Your new cards are wonderful, love the beautiful bauble in all its sparkling glory, and that snowman is just too fun!

Bobby said...

Your pink ornament is so gorgeous, Loll. I love all the silver and shimmer. The snowman is darling and yes, he does bring a smile to one's face.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Popping back to congratulate you on being one of the winners in the MCV challenge, Lolly! Have a great weekend! (I hope you got to see Mama Mia a couple of weeks ago!) Hugs, Dolly

SusieN said...

Thank you for sharing your stunning ornament in pink. It's so lovely!
SusieN

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Loll, so elegant. So glad that you joined us for our 200th challenge. I love your adorable snowman card as well.

Barb Ghig said...

Did I really fall this far behind?! Congrats on your well deserved Guest Designer spot at Merry Monday! I love how you blended the colors of your Inka Gold for your ornament, and the sparkle is just beautiful! Love your silver splatters, too! I also love your 'Cutie Patootie' snowman with all those fabulous snowflakes falling behind him...very sweet card, Loll!

Daria said...

These are wonderful. Beautiful and fun! Thank you for sharing the details.