Monday, 20 October 2014

Merry Monday Guest Designer

Today, I am guest designing on the Merry Monday challenge blog. This is the first time I have been a guest designer, and I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. The Merry Monday blog is a great challenge blog that motivates you to get a head start on holiday cards. The challenges are great and the design team is amazing! Here is the link:

The theme this week on Merry Monday is to create a Christmas card using non-traditional colours. Yay! I love using non-Christmas colours on my holiday cards - many of my friends and relatives have received cards coloured with Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers

Here is the card:

I took my inspiration from the tree in the picture. I stamped my tree in Versamark and then heat embossed it using Sticky Stuff embossing powder. This allowed me to cover the image in Gunmetal Blue glitter. I decided that the tree needed a frame so I die cut the frame using a SSS die and did the same thing using some pink glitter paper. I inlaid the pink frame around the tree. I decorated the tree using some gems (teal, lime, pink and clear), and I decorated a wood veneer with Picked Raspberry paint and Rock Candy glitter to use as a greeting. I mounted the front on some non-Christmas patterned paper. Unfortunately, it was a little bit cloudy when I was taking the picture so the sparkle doesn't show up in the picture but (trust me), this card is very sparkly in real life.

Stamp: Penny Black - Tannenbaum
Dies: Simon Says Stamp - Frames
Glitter: Glitter Ritz - Gunmetal Blue
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico
Wood Veneer: Prima

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Glimmery goodness. What a beautiful tree!

  2. Beautiful tree, Jill! So great having you as Guest Designer this week at Merry Monday!

  3. L-O-V-E this tree, Jill!! Awesome take on my challenge at MM this week - thanks for joining us as our Guest Designer! Have a super week ahead xoxoxo

  4. You rocked being a GD, Jill! Love your card - the embossed tree and coloured gems look fabulous :)

  5. I'm so glad you could be on our team this week, Jill! You rocked it with this card! Love that colorful garland!

  6. love your decorations on the tree.. love the colours

  7. Love this card and from reading your description, I can well imagine how beautiful and sparkly it is IRL. Thanks for being GD this week - you nailed the challenge :)

  8. The trimming of your tree looks so awesome for the challenge. Thanks for being our guest this week!

  9. This is so pretty - love all the gems! So glad to have you with us this week as our Guest Designer!

  10. I am in love with your tree and the whole card! Such a great take on the theme. ;)

  11. Your card is gorgeous Jill! Would you be willing to add it to the Jingle Belles *PINK* Christmas would mean another $4 donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation! It ends Wed. eve @ 6pm EST. Hope to see you there! :)

    1. Hi Marie - sorry I missed your comment before the deadline :( I would definitely have joined up..

  12. Very cute card Jill, I love the pretty gem lights . So glad you joined us as Guest Designer this week.

  13. Congratulation's on being our Guest Designer this week at Merry Monday. Your tree is amazing Jill, I love how you used the sequins to decorate it.