Merry & Bright

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

As we celebrate our blessings today, we can't help but think of what comes next...Christmas! And all the busyness that entails. I've been busily creating Christmas cards and using challenges as my inspiration. Today's card was inspired by this sketch over at The Paper Players:

I kept my card fairly simple and definitely monochromatic. All the red just makes me happy:)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of joy and memories.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Happy Sunday and welcome to another challenge from the Can You Case It Design Team! Congratulations to our winner and to all who many pretty cards!! Today we have a sketch for you...

Isn't it fun?!? I love all of the design team's interpretations of the sketch, here's mine!

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Now that Halloween is over, we jump right into Christmas, right???? Lol, I can hear the grumbling out there! Nope, we still have a wonderful holiday coming this month to celebrate our gratitude, but I must admit that I am currently preparing for Christmas! You will probably see more Christmas cards from me in upcoming posts!

I fell in love with this pattern paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack! It's just soooo pretty! It's a very bold pattern though, so I paired it with a lot of white space and clean design. We want it to be the focal point of the card!

Here's a little closer look at it...

Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

This card also features the new Note Tag Punch...what a great size tag! I chose to stamp directly on it with the Christmas stamp from the Embellished Events stamp set and followed it up with a Christmas greeting from the same set stamped directly onto the top layer. Isn't the "HO HO HO" cute with the Santa hat? But I've been humming "Ho, Ho, Ho...Green Giant!" all night!

I L-O-V-E this ribbon! It is also featured in the holiday catalog...Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, and it is a dream to work with! I'm definitely going to use it to wrap up gifts! Also, I needed a button for my tag but couldn't find one that worked well in Cherry Cobbler. So...I made one! The button I used on this card is actually the white button from the Nordic Designer Buttons (also in the holiday catalog)! How did I do it?!? Well, I just pulled out my cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and started coloring! I used the darkest marker and laid on a few layers of color...(cough)...okay, quite a FEW layers of color! But I love the result!! Word of warning, if you try this, make sure you give the button time to sit and dry completely. Don't ask me how I know this!!

So that's it! Crisp, clean and simple! And easy to mass produce if you are so inclined! Isn't the matching envelope just dreamy?? It really finishes the card off and makes the whole package soooo classy!

Thanks for stopping by and please enjoy the rest of your weekend! We're pretty excited here in Southern California because it rained  A LOT last night (luckily after the Trick-or-Treaters were done) as well as this morning, and now we have clean air and cool temperatures...feels like Fall! Woo Hoo!


Can You Case It #43 - Christmas is Coming!

Please hop on over to the Can You Case It Weekly Challenge Blog to see the lovely cards the other members of the design team have created for you and I sure hope to see you play along with us this week!

Country Christmas - CYCI39

Hello Stampers! I'm back today with the Can You Case It Design team and we have a fun sketch for you this week!

There are so many possibilities! My design is one that popped into my head a few days ago while running errands... I always have stamping on my mind!

Country Christmas - CYCI39

The lovely embossing folder I used for the background is called On Point. It isn't actually trees, but the shape matched the new Tree Punch perfectly! So it works at Christmas and then throughout the year as well!


I embossed the folder and then trimmed it into four sections. I played with different patterns of the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack until I found a few patterns that worked well together. Along the way, my card turned a bit country with the patterns so I kept that theme up with all of my other decisions.

I stamped my tree in Garden Green...aren't all the details lovely? So easy to stamp and punch! I stamped the base in Early Expresso and the star in Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut both out. I popped all of three pieces up with Stampin' Dimensionals and then decided to add the little Cardinal. He's also been fussy cut and popped up. I have used this set before but I only ever noticed the tree stamps, I didn't even see all of these fun little accent stamps!! LOVE them!!! 

And isn't the sentiment so cute? There's a matching stamp for the inside of the card as well...

Country Christmas - CYCI39

So darling!! I felt that the card needed just a bit "more" so I reached for Candy Dots in Early Expresso, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. They add the perfect finishing touch!

Country Christmas - CYCI39

I hope you have time to pop on over to the Can You Case It challenge blog to see what the other designers have created with this fun sketch! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by!