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Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Monday #255 JOY!

Merry Monday everyone!! The Merry Makers return from summer break today and, guess what?!, I've joined them as a Guest Designer for the next four months! I've been playing at Merry Monday since January 19th, 2015 and have really enjoyed the challenges. Thanks to Lori & Lesley for giving me this opportunity and I'm delighted to join the rest of their amazing team!!

The fabulous Marcia offers Challenge 255 this week - use the word JOY on your Christmas card.

Photo Source: Pinterest
When I saw this week's challenge, I ran for a new die from Poppystamps - Spectacular Joy. I ordered all three of their new Spectacular word dies and JOY was the first one to see some play. I love the three layers, plus I added a fourth for a bit of black shadow, using the layer 3 die to cut it.

Supplies: DCWV A2 green card, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-tone Black, 
the Paper Studio glitter, Bazzill green, red for rectangle by unknown
Dies - Poppystamps Spectacular Joy, My Favorite Things Blueprints 13
Cuttlebug Snowflake Solo (retired)
Background Stamp - Hero Arts CG324 Holiday Background (retired)
Other - foam tape, Michael's gems, Candied Apple Distress Ink

Once I had the layered word built, what to do with it?? I tried putting it over a wreath - didn't work, the wreath was too small. Then I remembered a large snowflake die I found during a recent crafty clean-up. I cut it in white and embossed it within the die - perfect! I cut a stitched rectangle, stamped it with some holiday text, and layered it onto an A2 card. After adding the snowflake, I popped the JOY with foam tape and added some gems - done!

A great thing about Merry Monday is the flexibility on products - no specific brands, no recent releases required. Use what you have, as long as you meet the challenge theme for the week - yay! That's it for today but be sure to check out the wonderful creations by the rest of the Design Team by visiting Merry Monday. I thank them again for including me as a Guest Designer for these next four months!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful week!!


21 comments:

Betty Keefe said...

congrats on the GD spot - well deserved - and a beautiful card!! i'm liking all these shadow dies that are coming out and you've used this one perfectly!!

Rosemary said...

congrats on your guest designer spot, linda!! very well deserved (in my humble opinion you should be a permanent dt member!!)!!! your card is Christmas perfection!!

CinnamonSally said...

Congrats on your guest designer spot Linda well deserved . Love this card too.

Linda said...

Linda, first of all welcome, as one of our GD. This is well deserved since you always play along with us and create such lovely cards. I love how you nestled your joy in that snowflake. Pretty card. Have a great week.

Lady Joyful said...

What a fabulously fun card! Really pretty.

Jean said...

Congrats on being a guest designer - well deserved! And great card for the challenge!

JoAnn said...

Congrats on being a guest designer Linda. Love your card and all the layers with the joy. It looks great on that big white snowflake.

Greta said...

Hurray--you're the perfect GD for Merry Monday, Linda! Not sure I'd have thought to put the joy over the large snowflake--great design!

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...this is one fabulous card! Love your over sized joy!

Dawn Turley said...

Congrats on your GD spot. Beautiful card Linda.

Notes by Nina said...

Wonderful card, I love the colours. So glad you are joining us as Guest Designer.

JD/ Jill said...

Congrats on being chosen as a GD. I enjoy seeing all your cards...great inspiration from you each week when I saw each card that you have entered in previous challenges.
Your Joy card is so very nicely done...very creative!

Marcia HIll said...

I was so excited when I saw your name as one of the new GD for this Fall Linda! You have been such a faithful follower (even all through the Summer!!) and am just thrilled about having you join us! Your card is FABULOUS!! I just love that BIG JOY die cut and the snowflake behind it works beautifully!! Everything about this card is just big, bold, and JOYful!! Love it! Hope you're having a wonderful week!! :0)

koi seo said...

your card is Christmas perfection!!


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wienerhoneymooners said...

ULTRA FAB showstopper!!!!! Love this!
So happy that I am a Guest DT thru December with you and the rest of the Merry Makers on the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!! - Kimberly

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Congrats on your GDT spot. I am just making a start on my Christmas cards, so hoping for looking forward to lots of inspiration from Merry Monday :-)
Fabulous card. Love your die cut Joy, and the subtle holiday text in the background is gorgeous.
I'm filing away that idea :-)
xxx

Darnell said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved Guest Designer appointment at MM, Linda!! I love your card ~ it is literally bursting with JOY!! Hugs, Darnell

Susan Joyce said...

Gorgeous CAS design Linda, love the snowflake and the layered Joy word. Welcome to our design team at Merry Monday, lovely to have you joining us.

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Linda! Love the fancy snowflake embellished with the elegant crystals! Thanks for the inspiration!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

LOVING the traditional colours you chose! Gorgeous! Welcome to the MM team Linda!!

Karen D. said...

lovely holiday card.
tfs,
Karen