Monday, February 29, 2016

Merry Monday #194 - Tropical Theme

Hello friends.  SO excited and honored to be the Guest Designer over at Merry Monday today!  Lori chose the challenge this week and has asked us to design a Tropical Themed Christmas card.  Because I live in Michigan where it's cold and snowy, I don't have a lot of tropical themed stamps, but I grabbed a couple Palm trees from WPlus9's Drummer Boy and a Santa stamp from MFT's Jingle All The Way set, and came up with this:


I started by sponging on my background using distress inks Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass to resemble sand and sky.  Next I stamped and colored the Palm trees and Santa using Copic markers.  I deliberately didn't color the top of Santa's suit in red, but instead used flesh tones to make him look like he was enjoying the sun...like maybe in Hawaii?????  I fussy cut my trees and added them to the background circle that I attached to the inside of the card.  I also fussy cut my Santa and attached just his bottom half to the outside of the card to give him a little dimension.  The sentiment is also from the Jingle All The Way set. 

This weeks challenge is a great way to get started on those Christmas cards and also have fun doing it with the tropical theme!  See all the great inspiration from the fabulous Design Team, and info on how to play right HERE.




Thanks so much for stopping by today...I love it when you do!! 



18 comments:

  1. Oh my Marcia, this is hilarious! You're so clever to color up the Santa image this way. It's almost disturbing to see him without his clothes on. ;0) You did a great job with this and congrats on your guest design spot!

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  2. HA! So funny and clever to colour him like this!

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  3. Great design Marcia! Santa is really enjoying his tropical paradise. So creative to have him bare-chested and soaking up some sun! :) xx

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  4. Marcia, this is so darling. And again so clever to color Santa in skin tones. I thought he was a tropical Santa. Thanks for being our GD at Merry Monday this week.

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  5. So cute! I love your coloring and using the palm trees and a "shirtless Santa"...oh the gossip..hahaha! Yeah, Santa wouldn't be shirtless here in Dec.

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  6. Marcia this is brilliant!!! Santa is his swimsuit is priceless!!

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  7. Your Santa always makes me smile! I'm even more impressed to read that he didn't come with his shirt off. Very creative and perfect for this challenge! Thanks, Marcia, for joining our team this week!

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  8. This is so much fun, I love it!=)

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  9. Your "shirtless" Santa is adorable! Love him, and your entire card!

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  10. Ohhhh, this is just FABULOUS!!! I saw it on the Merry Monday blog and just HAD to come and compliment you. I thought the stamp was a shirtless Santa one, so you've done a clever job colouring him. And such a fun sentiment with that amazing little scene too! I LOVE this card!!

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  11. Marcia...this is wonderful!! OMG...I was sure Santa was out sunning himself on the sandy beach of Hawaii!! You are too clever, my friend! Thank you for bringing such great inspiration to MM as our GUEST!! You are AWESOME!!

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  12. Oh I'm jealous of this adorable Santa, I just wish I could be in that fabulous little beach you created for him.
    What a fabulous and beautiful Tropical Christmas card, love it!!!
    Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being the Merry Monday Guest Designer this week.

    Maria Rodriguez.

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  13. Shirtless Santa! This is too adorable! Love that sparkly beard!

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  14. Fun and fabulous!! This makes me smile!

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  15. This is just perfect, Marcia! Awesome job!!! Thank you for joining us as Guest Designer this week!

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  16. Darling tropical Santa, Marcia - just love how you colored him!!

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  17. This is such a darling card Marcia, I am so glad you could join us as Guest Designer this week.

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  18. ACK!!! Marcia....you totally rocked my challenge this week at Merry Monday! Love this Santa and the HO3 is awesome :) It was wonderful having you as our Guest Designer this week xoxoxo

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