Thursday, January 9, 2014

Merry Monday #90 - Ribbon or Twine

Good morning friends.  I know next Christmas is a really looooooong time away, but I have to say that I really enjoyed playing along with a couple of the weekly challenges this last year and having a stash of cards ready when Christmas time came.  I will be doing one thing different this year though, and that is making it a point to finish the insides of my cards right away.  I was so thrilled to have all my cards done and just ready to mail out this past year, when I realized they really weren't ready at all as I had to take time to finish all the insides too!  I don't make the insides as fancy as the outsides, but I do like to have more than just a hastily (and sometimes crooked when I'm rushed!!) stamped sentiment on the inside!  So I guess I can add that to my list of New Year resolutions! :0)

So with that said, my first Christmas card of 2014 is for the newest Merry Monday Challenge, which is to use ribbon or twine on your card.  I had bought some red & green plaid ribbon last Fall that I was going to use on tags, and then never did, so I thought I would base my card on this ribbon and a new die that I got for Christmas.  Take a look:



I so wish the light had been better so you could see the detail of the wreath better, but it is winter in Michigan.........  If you click to enlarge the photos it is a little bit better, but not the same as IRL!  The die I used is PTI's Rustic Wreath, and I cut one out of kraft cs, and the other out of Always Artichoke cs.  I had wanted to sponge the edges of the leaves, but the wreath is too delicate, so I ended up and placed the wreath directly onto my ink pads and pushed very lightly.  This ended up giving the leaves the neatest look that I wish would have photographed better...IRL they seem to have so much more depth!  I used SU!'s "French Script" background stamp and Crumb Cake ink on a white panel for my background to offset the wreath.  The sentiment is from PTI's "Peaceful Pinecones" set.  I also added a few red pearls for my berries, and also a small piece of twine to my ribbon to incorporate both elements on this card.  And yes, the inside of the card is complete! :0)

 
Merry Mondays has a brand new blog all it's own this year, and you can check it out and all the other amazing entries right here.  That's all from me today friends.  Have a wonderful Thursday and thanks so much for stopping by...I love it when you do!! :0) 
 
 





15 comments:

  1. Marcia, I love this wreath and beautiful bow. The background stamping adds just the right touch. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

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  2. What a wonderful wreath, Marcia! Thanks for the tip on getting some ink on the delicate leaves! Great background and I love, love, love that bow! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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  3. Gorgeous wreath and I love that bow!

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  4. Love how the wreath is off of the card. The script background is perfect. That sure is some beautiful ribbon. I too used the Rustic wreath to make my card for this challenge.

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  5. Yes! I have the same goal this year--to finish the insides of the cards as well. What a pain it is to have to go back and do them all. I like your plaid ribbon. I don't do well with patterned ribbons so I'm always impressed when people can get make them look good. Lovely card!

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  6. Holy cow, Marcia! This is extraordinary! I'm pinning, but that means I need to add to my NBUS by buying ANOTHER die! Oy. You are an enabler, but how can you not be with this stunning design?!! Hugs, Darnell

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  7. Marcia, I did click on the photo to see the full glory of your gorgeous card. I love the double wreaths in different greens, the perfect wee berries and the gorgeous bow. I love the script background too.

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  8. Oops!! Forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

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  9. Very pretty Marcia. The wreath is beautiful with the lovely ribbon treatment.

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  10. This is totally gorgeous Marcia. What a pretty bow & wreath! Thanks for playing Merry Monday with us this week!

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  11. Hi Marcia!
    Have to say, my favorite of the lineup! Gorgeous patterns on bg and ribbon, lovely, lovely bow, and that wreath is perfection! Love it all, down to the sweet pearl berries!

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  12. Lovely card .... the wreath looks so pretty dressed with that gorgeous bow! xx

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  13. I love this card, Marcia, and I DO have that die so guess who's CASEing you. I know what you mean about the photography. I'm in Michigan, too, and the sun doesn't shine enough to get good pictures.

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  14. I knew I would be popping back in here to say congratulations on your HM honor, Marcia! It was well-deserved!! Hugs, Darnell

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  15. Congrats on your HM. Beautiful card as always.

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