Monday, February 5, 2018

Merry Monday #276 Joy and Peace

Happy Merry Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today we're bringing you a little holiday joy with this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!

This week Colleen has challenged us with a cozy inspiration photo! I was SO wishing that I had a charming little set of candles for my card today! Instead, I decided to play off of the frosty window.

To begin, I created my "window" by taping two square nestabilities together using washi tape so that I could get a uniform shape multiple times. I die cut five of the same thing so that I could glue them together to create a shaker window. I didn't end up making it into a shaker, but I'll explain that later. I used vellum as my material for the glass of my window, because I wanted it to look frosty. I also gave the entire piece a generous spritzing of Frost Shimmer Spray for that snowy feel. I set that aside to dry for a bit. The vellum warped quite a bit because I used such a heavy hand with the spray! LOL! It ended up working out okay and flattened as it dried, like watercolor paper.
You can see how frosty and sparkly it looks here! I just love how it turned out. Because I used so much spray with the vellum, it made it so you couldn't really see anything shaking behind the window, so I just left it as is. The wreath is stamped using the Deck the Halls stamp set and then die cut using the coordinating dies. I did a little "rock and roll" technique on the pine boughs for some extra color and dimension. I used Simply Chartreuse Ink and SU!'s Old Olive. The berries and bow are stamped using Pure Poppy ink. This has become my favorite red ink. The background it dry embossed using a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.



The sentiment is embossed using Antique Gold embossing powder onto Pure Poppy cardstock.  I also added two strips of Spring Moss card stock at the bottom for added interest and color. A trio of sparkling clear sequins finish it off. I hope you'll join us this week! Thanks for fluttering by!

15 comments:

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love your frosty window, Kelly! So pretty with the wreath atop and the embossed snowflakes behind!!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card Kelly. I love that frosty window behind the pretty wreath.

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Beautiful as always Kelly! LOVE your frosty window!

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...another absolutely beautiful card! Love all your wonderful details and that frosty window is perfection!

Lesley said...

Oh this is so pretty!

Grams716 said...

I can't love this enough!

Debbie Henderson said...

What a pretty card Kelly, I just adore the ribbon on the wreath!

wienerhoneymooners said...

This is stunning, adding to my list of other cards of yours I will eventually case!!! So inspiring!!! Have a great week!! I saw you just celebrated 10 years blogging!!! Mine 10 year is in May... I sure hope I remember to celebrate it properly!!!

Felicita Johnson said...

Kelly,
What a lovely card and great take on creating a scene based on other elements in the inspiration photo. Have a great week.

Linda said...

Kelly, this is so pretty. Love the embossed background and your frosty window scene. Great take on the photo. Have a wonderful week.

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful and so elegant, I love all the stunning details.

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Kelly and love your story about the frosted almost shaker window...too funny! A happy accident to be sure though as I love how your frosted and shimmery vellum window turned out...a perfect place to add that lovely wreath! So many lovely details on this card Kelly...love it!! Hope you're having a wonderful week!! :0)

Colleen said...

Kelly, I am going to have to remember using vellum for the frosted window look...I love it and I always love what you make...you are so very creative! And congrats on joining the PTI team, I think that is fabulous!!

Christine Alexander said...

such a pretty wreath and window. gorgeous card.

stephanie clapper said...

Hi Kelly! Goodness, you must be tired of reading my comments by now, but I just had to comment on this beauty. You're one of the few designers who still incorporate embossing folders and I LOVE it. It's always been a fav of mine (and my husband's). You inspired me to purchase the Lumberjack (sweater). I just love your style!