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Merry Monday #106

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Happy Monday to you!!  First thing…if you have not entered the giveaway from the Artisan Design Team, today is the last day.  Don’t miss out on the chance that the whole team is offering to win products from Stampin’ Up!

Now, happy Monday to you!  I am back with my last week of being a guest with the Merry Monday team.  Wow, this month flew by!  Kristie has a fun challenge today and you are sure to have fun with it!

MM106 - Merry Gingerbread

So you know what I found when I started searching for gingerbread men in my stamps?  Nothing, nada, zilch.  Not really sure how that happened but I went right back to My Digital Studio (MDS) for the solution.  I know so many people think of scrapbooking and full digital projects with MDS but it can also just be used for individual pieces of an otherwise traditional project.  I chose the gingerbread man from Jolly Bingo Bits and expanded him to the size I wanted.  Then started to decorate him.  The buttons are from Christmas Jingle, the little dots are from Meant to Be and I put color fills behind some of the open areas of the stamp.  This is all so quick and easy to do.  I printed him out on Whisper White Card Stock and cut him out by hand.

Once he was done, I just needed the rest of the card.  Jolly Holiday DSP was an old favorite of mine and I am trying to use up some DSP (to make way for the new catalog!!).  These prints seemed perfect to back up my little man.  I created a tag with the Angled Tag Topper Punch.  The sentiment banner was made using a Merry Christmas stamp from Bright Hopes (ret).  I stamped the word and cut it apart.  It is attached to the Linen Thread with rolled up Glue Dots.  I distressed and sponged the edges of all the layers with Crumb Cake ink and I’m pretty happy with the result.

So no excuses not to play along with the challenge this week!  MDS will help you along if you don’t have just the right stamp!  The Merry Monday DT has created some wonderful examples so make sure you go check them out!

Back tomorrow with the winner from my giveaway and a bonus project for the month from the Artisan Design Team.  Can’t wait to see you then!

As a side note, I get to go to the reveal of Stampin’ Up’s new catalog tonight.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  Hope to be able to share a few details with you tomorrow!!  Until then, have a great day!

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Digital Stamp: Jolly Bingo Bits, Christmas Jingle, Meant to Be; Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP, Whisper White, Very Vanilla; Accessories: MDS, Linen Thread, Angled Tag Topper Punch, Stampin’ Distress Tool

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Merry Monday #105

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I hope that your Easter weekend was full of family and lots of blessings!!  I had such a wonderful Sunday.  The boys had fun with their baskets, we all went out to a local winery in the afternoon with dear friends and then came home and had a lovely ham dinner with them.  Perfect!

This week’s challenge at Merry Monday is super fun and lends itself to all kinds of creativity!  There are so many ways to decorate letters!

MM105 - Holly Jolly

I have to confess that I was a bit pressed for time this week.  I was out on a four day trip and that means no stamping.  Or does it??!!  I had my computer and therefore I had My Digital Studio with me.  So I went in and started thinking about making hybrid card.  Using the Holly Jolly Greetings download I played with the sentiment to get it the right size.    I printed it twice so that I could cut out the little banner.  The background DSP is from the same download and I just printed it off, cut it to size and attached it to a card base.  I tied on some retired grosgrain ribbon and attached a Vintage Faceted Button to it.  The rhinestones on the card and the button were all colored with the new Blendabilities (yes…..I just got them….stand by for more because they are awesome).  The design team has all kinds of fun ways to show off you letter and word stamps/dies.  Hope you’ll play along this week!

Now about that retired stuff….  Today is the day.  The Stampin’ Up Retirement List is out and everything is available only as supplies last.  You need to move fast!!!  Check out the list by clicking here:  Stampin’ Up Retirement List

Back tomorrow with the latest Artisan Wednesday Wow and BLOG CANDY!!!  Come back to get all the details!

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Digital Stamp: Holly Jolly Greetings; Paper: Very Vanilla; Accessories: MDS, Rhinestones, Grosgrain Ribbon (ret), Vintage Faceted Buttons

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Merry Monday #104

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Happy beginning of the week to you all!!  I hope that your weekend went well.  I’m back from my training/check with United and ready for some more crafty goodness this week!  Engine failures, electrical issues, hydraulic/flight control issues….all kinds of “fun” in the simulator for three days is enough to drive me running back to my stamp room.  But my check went really well.  It is always good to have that done (until the next one in 9 months).  Ok…enough about that and on to stamping.

Don’t you LOVE the colors for this week’s Merry Monday Challenge??  I was smitten the second I saw them!

MM104 - Christmas Celebration

Do you recognize the papers on this card?  No??  They are from the Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit.  Yes they are!  As I was shuffling around looking for the right papers, they were sitting right on my desk.  They work so well together of course since they are from the same kit. The stamp is a favorite of mine from the last Holiday Catalog, Merry Little Christmas.  I stamped it on Whisper White.  I first inked it in Crumb Cake and then used a sponge dauber to apply Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on top (retired).  It adds a pretty sparkle that was hard to capture with a camera.

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The stamped words were punched out with my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and backed with a scalloped circle from the Perfect Pennants Die.  I added some Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Trim for additional shimmer and texture.  That trim is so pretty and perfect at the bottom of panels!  Finally, a Vintage Faceted Button with Linen Thread and some random Pearls.

I hope you will play along with the challenge this week.  The design team there has provided some amazing inspiration so make sure you take a look!

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Stamp:  Merry Little Christmas; Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray; Ink:  Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Button, Basic Pearls, Shimmer Paint

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Merry Monday #103

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So guess what??!!  I get to be the Featured Designer on Merry Monday Challenge for the month of April.  Totally great, right?!  Well, it is even better because we get to use snowmen this week. Fantastic theme, don’t you think?

MM103 - Season of Snow

I had to pull out one of my favorite snowmen sets, Snow Much Fun.  I think these guys are, well, so much fun.  I stamped him on Whisper White in Early Espresso Ink.  Then watercolored using a Blender Pen with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  Using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I created the tag and tied it up with Crumb Cake Seam Binding and Linen Thread.  The paper is from the retired Season of Style.  I think this print is fantastic and was glad to still have some on hand.  The corners on the tag and the card are rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.

It was a nice change of pace to create a Christmas card this time of year and I can’t be happier to be a part of this great challenge all month.  I hope you’ll join me and the team for the challenge!

Back tomorrow with my latest Artisan Wednesday Wow project.  Until then, I hope the day is wonderful!

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Stamp:  Snow Much Fun; Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Season of Style DSP; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Neutrals Buttons, Dimensionals

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