Monday, October 7, 2013

Merry Monday #78


We are having a bird themed challenge this week at Merry Monday.  Life has been a little crazy and I have taken a few weeks off from Merry Monday.  So happy to be back.  I can now finally get to my stamps in my craft room!  The bird themed challenge was the perfect opportunity to ink up the To You and Yours Stamp Set.  I have had this set in my collection for awhile now, but it had yet to see ink.  I colored my bird and holly with Copics and fussy cut them out.  I then layered them onto my card for more dimension.



My card is based on the sketch challenge this week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.


I added a few layers to the inside to balance out the weight from the front of the card.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
B1403 To You and Yours
D1560 Holiday Tags
Retired Pear & Partridge Paper Pack
Christmas Day Papers by Carta Bella
1273 Desert Sand Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
1282 New England Ivy Cardstock
Z2135 New England Ivy Ink
Z2116 Cranberry Ink
Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Copic Sketch Markers, BG10,E37, E39, R24, R29, Y17, Y19, YG61, YG63
Z1837 Wooden Mini Medley Accents Collection
Circle Stax Dies by MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin All Year Long-Circles (I counted my holly berries as well as my circle shapes)
Crafty Creations-Winged Things

Thanks so much for stopping by!

28 comments:

Casandra Bennett said...

This is beautiful, Allisa.

Lesley said...

Hooray! So happy to see you back! Love your gorgeous card, the colours are rich and vibrant!!!
Hugs,
Lesley

Bonnie said...

It's so good to see you back at the creating table, Allisa! I've missed you. Love this beautiful cardinal and the perfect paper and twine! Have a good week.

Gertrude said...

Wunderschöne Karte, echt super
lg gertrude

LeAnne said...

So glad you're back with us...and what a beauty to come back with! Love it!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card. Love your colored cardinal and the papers you used.

Notes by Nina said...

It is wonderful to have you back creating with us Allisa, your card is beautiful. I love the papers and fabulous greenery.

Anonymous said...

LeAnne said exactly what I was going to say! Gorgeous card both the coloring and the papers you used. Stay safe and sane!

Cyber hugs,

Chris R. from Iowa

Deborah Frings said...

A beautiful traditional Christmas card - love the cardinal, so pretty. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Karren said...

Hi Allisa, what a beautiful card and your coloring is fantastic! I'm so glad to be working with you on the MM DT. My mother was a CM consultant in NZ and has just signed up with CTMH. Consequently I've got an order of CTMH stamps on their way to me at the moment. Can't wait!

Jen said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is fantastic!

Mynnette said...

That cardinal is just so lovely! I adore the fabulous coloring, too! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Allisa. LOVE your card. The patterned paper is so beautiful and really provides a fabulous backdrop for your beautiful bird and holly branches. Loll

Becca Whitham said...

So gorgeous. Your colors are rich and vibrant. Happy to see you back and proud of you for making a hard, necessary choice.

Karen D said...

Allisa the red you have used looks so good on the lovely green background. The Holly and bird are beautifully coloured. A gorgeous card.

Susan Joyce said...

Welcome back Allisa! Love the colours and images you used, beautiful card.

stampwithsandy said...

This is so gorgeous, Allisa. Love that beautiful bird and the DSP. Happy to be on the DT with you this month, too!

Julia Aston said...

Your cardinal is just beautiful sitting on the holly!

Danielle Vincent said...

Absolutely fabulous Allisa! So glad you found a reason to use this great stamp. Your fussy cutting in perfection. So glad that you joined us this week at 52CCT!

LeAnne said...

This is a stunner for sure...your coloring is divine!

fabiola jaques said...

thanks to play with us at csayl with our circle challenge Allisa, your card is so chic and lovely, hope to see you next time, biz

Julie E said...

Simply lovely with the gorgeous coloring and all that fussy cutting! Thanks for joining in the fun at CSAYL!

Wendy said...

Beautiful card, Allisa! Love the paper and your pretty cardinal image! So glad your back!!

Heather said...

So pretty! Love your take on the sketch. Your bird is amazing. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Ruth M said...

Oh my goodness, what a BEAUTIFUL card Allisa! I love the fussy cut, popped up images and the traditional colour scheme! What a joy it will be for someone to receive this special card at Christmas!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT, please come back soon! Ruth x

Patricia Hays said...

The cardinal looks so festive sitting in the holly! Thanks for sharing your card with us at 52{C}CT! It's good to see you back again! :)

Louise van Vuren said...

What a beautiful take on our sketch challenge. The striking red cardinal and the holly leaves against the DP background are awesome. Thank you for playing along at 52 CCT

Louise xx

Karen Harris said...

Beautiful card! I love the cardinal with the holly. Your dp is perfect!

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