Friday, April 27, 2012

Where Have All My Merry Mondays Gone???

In January I started playing along with the Merry Monday challenge.  Being a busy mom, my reality is that I can't/don't get a challenge completed every week.  There are times that I've started a card and never even finished, or actually completed the card, but didn't take photos.  Or I've taken photos of my card, but didn't have time to post.  This week as soon as I saw the sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  And I challenged myself to get it done.  I don't even think we ordered take-out this week either, LOL!

Here's the sketch:   

And here's my card:

Inspiration for this card comes from Jackie Topa.  I created the three "bulbs" using the Blossom Petals punch.  After punching out the three colors I added a highlight with my Signo white gel pen then added a layer of Crystal Effects to make them shine.  Those sat overnight to dry.  In the meantime, I stamped the pine tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set several times on Whisper White card stock to simulate tree branches.  I ran some Garden Green through my Stripes embossing folder, then punched out segments to make the top of the bulb, then used my Paper Piercing tool to twist the Garden Green "cord" and adhered it using Tombow multipurpose glue. The bulbs were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

There the card sat for a day while I contemplated how to add my greeting.  Since I wanted to use a greeting that wouldn't detract from the bulbs, I chose the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment.  Looking around my stamping "corner" I could find no scraps of Poppy Parade to make my Modern Label shape.  So I resorted to this:
It's the back of my card!!!  Have any of you ever done something like this??? 

I am not afraid to say that I WON'T miss Poppy Parade.  However, I am proud that I used it all right before it retired : ) This card is going to be in my samples album, so no one will see the back.  I wouldn't dare send a card in this condition!

For a complete list of retiring stamps and accessories, go here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green Daffodil Delight
Ink: Garden Green, StazOn Jet black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing folder, Adorning Accents edgelits die, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Blossom Petals punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Crystal Effects, Signo White gel pen, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!



Sandi Otway said...

Great card

bensarmom said...

Susan what a cool card! I love the wire you made for the lights. Thanks for sharing how you made it.

LeAnne said...

Such a fun card--I love those Christmas bulbs! Thanks for playing with Merry Monday this week!

Notes by Nina said...

Fantastic card, I love your light bulbs. Thank you for playing along with Merry Monday.

Lesley said...

What a cool idea Susan, love that you used the blossom petal punch this way and I am proud of you for not ordering take out! LOL! That cracked me up!! Thanks for playing with Merry Monday this week! Great to see you!