Merry Monday #36

I am honored to be the guest designer at Merry Monday this week.  Joining in the challenges at Merry Monday has helped me tremendously in getting a head start on making Christmas cards.  When I first saw the sketch, I instantly thought of adding a snowflake or an ornament to the sketch.  But, I seem to always be putting a snowflake or ornament as my focal point.  I decided to mix things up and add a fancy bow for my shape.  I flipped the sketch in the process.  Here is the original sketch design by Lesley-

My Joy sentiment is from the Pear & Partridge Complements pack.  I added the Wishing you sentiment to the top, which is from the December Stamp of the Month.  My bow is lots of layers tied together with a button.  The best advice I have on designing bows....tie it all together and then work on arranging your loops.  Your bow comes together much easier this way.  Trust me....ribbon can take a lot of abuse.  Twist and pull until you have the design you are seeking.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:

S1210 Very Merry Christmas
D1520 Ornamental Christmas
X7162B Pear & Partridge Paper Pack
1282 New England Ivy Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1369 Red Button Assortment
X7162C Pear & Partridge Complements

Design Tip-When you add lots of layers or embellishments to the front of your card....add some extra layers to the inside as well.  This will help balance your card so that it is not top heavy. I added an additional layer of cardstock to the inside of my card to balance the weight from my embellishments.

I have entered my card in the following challenges: 
ABC Christmas Challenge-12 Days of Christmas (2 Turtle Doves)
Amusing Challenges-Twine 
Cute Card Thursday-Lots of Ribbon
Sentimental Sundays-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see your creation at Merry Monday!


  1. Congrats on being a guest designer! Love the layered ribbons and twine. :)

  2. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE ALL of your cards!!!They are so Beautiful!You are Amazing!!

  3. Beautiful! I love your fancy bow!

  4. Beautiful Allisa! I love the soft muted tones and your lovely layout. Hugs!

  5. Allisa, what a beautiful bow and just perfect for this sketch! Congratulations on your win last week and thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this week.

  6. Gorgeous card as always Allisa, the warm rich colours are truly wonderful! Happy to have you as a GD with us this week!

  7. Gorgeous card, Allisa! Love how you flipped the sketch! Beautiful papers and that bow is perfect!!!! Thanks for joining us this week as a Guest Designer!! :)

  8. Beautiful card i love the paper

  9. Love all of the pretty Christmas cards you're cranking out Allisa!! This one is no exception ;)

  10. Stunning elegant card. Thanks for playing along with us at CCT.x

  11. Fabulous card Allisa, I love the paper you used and your bows are stunning. It is great to have you as a Guest Designer this week ;).

  12. WOW....that's all I can say! That rubon is fabulous, as is the paper! Just gorgeous! The buttoned-up ribbon is a perfect embellishment!

  13. Beautiful card!
    Many thanks for joining in the
    ♥Cute Card Thursday Challenge♥
    this week! Debxx

  14. A very beautiful card! Great papers and I love the colours. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Love, Wilma

  15. This is stunning Allisa! Love that gorgeous DSP and your big fabulous bow!

  16. Totally Gorgeous card LOVE the way you have done this one and LOVE the Bow too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at ABC Christmas Challenge this time, Samantha :0)

  17. Another stunning entry to myAmusing Challenges last week! :) I love it!

  18. Fabulous card. Great take on the Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge. Thanks for playing along. We will have another fun one tomorrow!
    ABC Christmas Challenge DT


Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!