Monday, October 30, 2017

Merry Monday #263 "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas"

Welcome to this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! I LOVE this week's inspiration photo, in fact, I think I have it pinned somewhere on one of my Pinterest boards somewhere! LOL! Isn't it just lovely and inspiring? You can check out all of the rules and guidelines for the challenge HERE as well as see the gorgeous creations by the rest of the designers!

I had already been working on a hot cocoa project, which I will be sharing soon, and had pulled out Cup of Cheer as a possibility for that, but ended up not using it. I thought it would be perfect for today's card! All of my color cues came from the piece of plaid paper that I chose to use as the background which reminded me of the inspiration photo.



To begin, I cut a card base from Kraft cardstock and then layered the plaid patter paper over the top. I also added a strip of whitewashed wood that I thought worked nicely with the challenge. 




After that was done, I heat embossed the "Holly Jolly" sentiment in white onto a rectangle of True Black cardstock. After that was done, I smudged some Fresh Snow ink over the top using my fingertip. I just love chalkboard designs and follow quite a few chalkboard artists on Instagram. I love being able to recreate this look using stamps and ink! I also rubbed a little bit of ink around the edges as well. 

Once that was done, I die cut all of the cups, flowers and teapot out of Stamper's Select White Cardstock and stamped them in coordinating inks. It was so much fun arranging all of the bits and pieces here and there! Once everything was adhered to the card, I gave it a good spritz of Shimmer Spray for some sparkle. I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top of the flowers and the red cup and saucer. The finishing touches are a bow of black baker's twine and a few Sparkling Clear Sequins to frame the sentiment. I had a lot of fun putting this card together. I have been listening to Christmas music pretty much nonstop the last little while as I was preparing THIS and THIS project. I can't believe Halloween is tomorrow! It's one of my favorites! Thanks for fluttering by!

10 comments:

Jean said...

Your card is perfection! And works so well for the challenge!

Linda said...

Kelly, this is so pretty. Love the chalkboard look and your plaid paper with the bright red. Hope you have a great week.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the blackboard sentiment and the stack of cups with pop, Kelly! So great with the plaid paper background!!

KimCreate said...

Super pretty card!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Kelly, I love the plaid paper and the fun chalkboard style sentiment.

Marcia HIll said...

What a great card Kelly! I have always loved that stamp set and it looks great with the chalkboard background AND plaid paper! I've loved all your Halloween posts too...those candy corn treat boxes are just too CUTE!! Hope you're having a wonderful week!! :0)

Lady Joyful said...

Great card, Kelly! A fabulous interpretation of the image. I really love that chalkboard look.

Susan Joyce said...

Fabulous Christmas card Kelly love the chalkboard design.

Leanne said...

Awesome, love the colors and the brightness, perfect for Lori's challenge photo. Look forward to getting to know you on the team. Cheers, Leanne

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

STUNNING!!! I just LOVE all of your work!! And your photos are beautiful!!!!