Thursday, August 28, 2014

Merry Monday #123 - Use A Wreath

Good morning friends.  I'm playing along with Merry Monday today, and we are being asked to use a wreath on our card.  My usual go to is the "Rustic Wreath" or "Wreath for All Season's" stamp sets (PTI), but ran across my "Birds and Blooms" stamp set while looking, and thought with the right colors, it could look like a Christmas I tried and I think it came out beautifully!  What do you think?

I started with Old Olive ink (SU!) and then used my Aqua Painter to soften the leaves and give it more of a watercolored effect.  I stamped the flowers with Real Red ink, and then used a couple stick stamps by Judith and added the berries (also in Real Red) and the holly leaves stamped in Mossy Meadow (SU!).  My sentiment is PTI's "Think Big Favorites: #21" and I also added the Judith stick stamp of the holly leaves in Mossy Meadow ink off the tail of the letter "G".  I finished with a few pearls in the centers of the red flowers. 

You can check out all the details and beautiful cards over at the Merry Monday site to play along.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a wonderful Thursday!  I'm off to make salsa's gotten to be a yearly event as store bought just doesn't hold a candle to the homemade!  Here's the recipe if anyone's interested:
26-30 tomato's (skinned and diced)
5 onions - chopped
3 green peppers - chopped
2 red peppers - chopped
4 -5 Jalapeno peppers - seeded and chopped  (if you like a little more bite, leave some of the seeds in)
3 - 5 12oz cans of tomato paste (depending on how thick you like your salsa - I use 5)
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
4 Tbs salt
4 tsp pepper
3 Tbs garlic powder
1/4 cup sugar
Cook 2 hours covered on low - stir often to avoid burning. (Do NOT boil!)
This recipe will make 18 - 20 pint jars.  Process in water bath for 20 - 25 minutes.
ENJOY!!! :0)


  1. I really love this wreath card! It's a fresh look yet still "Christmasy" The salsa recipe looks great - Kristina and I will get it a try over the weekend and she can take some back to school. Thanks!

  2. Lovely card Marcia, your wreath is beautiful.Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  3. Gorgeous! Neatly done, and I love the crisp red against the green.
    Your recipe sounds scrumptious. I grow tomatillos to add to my salsa, and add lime and cilantro. I agree, nothing like homemade! Great on grilled salmon!

  4. Love, love, love this, Marcia! The watercoloring adds just the softness it needed and the stitched circle is the perfect way to present it! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  5. This is beautiful for sure! How clever! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  6. Your wreath is BEAutiful Marcia...I LOve your soft colours and the little flowers with pearls are so pretty.
    I now realize I have stamps that I could have attempted something with..Will store the idea for another time lol. x

  7. Love that wreath image. The coloring is beautiful, especially those green tones. The pearls are a nice touch.

  8. Just beautiful! Such an elegant design!

  9. This is so gorgeous Marcia. Just beautiful...

  10. I'm so impressed with your wreath! Fabulous job! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  11. Your wreath is stunning Marcia, love the little extra touches you did to create it. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.


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