Monday, March 26, 2018

Merry Monday #283 {Life is a beautiful ride...Happy Holidays}

WARNING: This doggy card WILL hurt your eyes! It will hurt your eyes looking for the doggy! LOL! I'm sorry, friends, I just couldn't resist! That is a joke from one of my favorite John Wayne movies "True Grit", except they're joking about chicken! 

Leanne has asked us to add a puppy into our Christmas cards this week. I realized that I didn't own a single Christmas set that had a dog. I was excited that it meant I could do a little shopping! I perused Simon Says Stamp and came up with so many amazing results! Once I had the stamp set and die cuts in my cart, the supplies needed to make my doggy card would be well over 50 dollars! A voice of reason came washing over me and I went back to the drawing board. I wracked my brain trying to think of ANY dog stamps or images that I had and then a light bulb went off...I remembered the sweet little doggy from the Pedal Pusher stamp set and knew that would just HAVE to do!

I was pleased because it looks like he was made to come peeking out of the holly berries cascading from the bicycle basket. I was also happy to use this set for this week's challenge because I have never actually used it for a Christmas card! I love it so much because it is such a versatile set with so many little additions and sentiments.
 My color palette ended up being a little more "Grinchy" than I was anticipating, but it looks fresh and springy, which is what I am hoping for in real life! LOL! To begin, I used the coordinating Pedal Pusher die cuts to die cut the dog, the bicycle, and the cascading holly. I used my MISTI to align the bicycle parts and the basket. I stamped the body of the bike in Pure Poppy Ink and the wheel portion in Smokey Shadow Ink. The holly is stamped using Simply Chartreuse Ink

I die cut the Mix and Mat: Postal Die using Stamper's Select White cardstock and then sponged on some "Peeled Paint" Distress Oxide ink. I spritzed it with some Shimmer Spray for some sparkle and to get a bit of oxidation in the ink. The "Happy Holidays" sentiment is heat embossed using silver powder onto a strip of Pure Poppy cardstock. I adhered it to the postal portion along with the bike using foam squares.


I intended to have this card be a horizontal card rather than vertical, but realized I wouldn't be able to add the "Life is a beautiful ride" sentiment. I added that to a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock at the bottom. I decided to balance things off with a few sprigs of greenery from the Spruce and Sprigs stamp set and the coordinating dies.


I decided to add in some additional pops of red with some Nuvo drops. I think I may have gone a little overboard, but what is doen is done! LOL! They're just too fun to keep squeezing and adding and squeezing and adding! LOL! I hope you get a chance to join us this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

10 comments:

Connie Wine said...

Love your creative and cheery card! Great choice for something out of the ordinary Christmas card!!

Anonymous said...

Now that is an interesting color combo for Christmas. Love the card.

The VineArt Cafe said...

wow your card is awesome, the color combo, the precious little dog in the basket. Such creativity loved reading about how it all came about!

Linda said...

Great idea using the Pedal Pusher set instead of spending $50 just for one card. Lol....
This is so cute, Kelly. Have a great week.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling pup in the bike basket, Kelly! You really made it Christmasy with the holly in the corner and I love all the red Nuvo drops!!

JoAnn said...

Love that cute pup peeking out of the holly berries. He looks perfect sitting there. A great card Kelly. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Patricia Barber said...

Love your card! I love bicycle sets! There can be used for any holiday! Love the little pup peeking out. Wonderful!

Debbie said...

Just adorable! You show great willpower to not spend $50 and instead make use of supplies you already have!

Marcia HIll said...

This card is SO darn cute Kelly...and I just love that the little puppy is peeking out from the basket of holly! Had to laugh too about how much a puppy card would cost if you went shopping instead of using what you had...wish the voice of reason would enter my head more often!! Hope you're having a wonderful week!! :0)

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful fun and cheery holiday card.