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"Holly-day" Card for the Monkeys

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I was so honoured to be chosen "Monkey Princess" for Monkey Challenge 84 over at A la Card Monkey.  Part of my "reward" was to be a guest designer for this week's challenge.  I had fun playing with my new Big Shot dies (thanks CB for your gift) and creating a holiday card.

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge:

 And here is my version:
I'm getting to the end of my creativity with Christmas cards as well as to the end of my supplies of DSP.  I decided to stick pretty closely to the colour scheme provided in the sketch.   Here are the details:

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip card stock.  Holly Berry Bouquet DSP and Red Sparkle paper.

Ink:  Wild Wasabi Garden Green and Real Red

Stamp sets:  Bright Hopes

Embellishments and extras:  Ornaments Bigz Die,  Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Circle 2 Bigz die, Scallop punches

Be sure to check out all of the other creations for this week's challenge at A la C…

Hobby Horse Thanks....

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....for the Monkey Challenge 85.  I have to admit, I really, really like A la Card Monkey's weekly challenges.  I find the sketches so inspiring and even if I don't get my card posted in time each week I usually complete the sketch.  This week is no different, and look, I'm even posting on a Wednesday!  I must be doing something right this week to be early : )

This week's sketch was for a "Thank You" card and I took that as my inspiration to do a long overdue thank you to a family friend.  Here's the sketch:



And here is my version:  About a month ago, a close family friend made up a bunch of sock hobby horses (like a sock monkey but a horse instead) for her granddaughter's 3rd birthday party and made an extra for my son.  I've been meaning to send her a thank you card and I finally got some inspiration this week with this sketch.
 I really needed a break from Christmas cards and colours so I chose to use the "Just Add Cake" DSP co…

Soft Suede Christmas

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It's snowing (finally)!!!!  We've had so much rain the past few days and it's finally decided to snow!  YAY!!!!!  Can't wait to go and out and play in it tomorrow morning with my son : )

I stayed inside this evening, however, and created a card for a couple of challenges:  Stamping 411's SSC 232 and the Paper Players Challenge 75.  I really liked the sketch on Stamping 411 and the idea of using non-traditional holiday colours for it.

Here is the sketch:




And here is what I decided to do with it:

 The non-traditional holiday colour scheme I chose is Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  The only stamp set I used on the front was for the sentiment.  It is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  This is a really simple card to make actually.  The Very Vanilla card stock is embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then sponged with Soft Suede ink.  I used the Modern Label and Decorative Label punches for the sentiment and then embellished with basic pearls and …

Medallion for the Monkeys

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Well, here I am again, entering a Monkey Challenge at the very last minute.  I think what happens is I get all inspired by the weekly sketch and then think about it rather than actually doing something about it.  Story of my life : )  In this case, however, I am really glad I waited because I was also really inspired by a friend's card that I saw on Tuesday evening.  In fact, I basically copied her idea and added a couple of elements to fit the sketch.  So thanks, DF, for the great idea!

Here's the sketch from A la Card Monkey:



Here is my version:



I just love the medallion in the centre of big medallion.  I decided to go back to my Spice Cake DSP tonight for 2 reasons: 1.  I promised my faithful friends that I wouldn't do all Christmas cards at my Make and Take next week and 2. While I'm sad to see it go, I have to move on to the new and exciting product coming out in the new Occasions Mini in January and my crafting space can't take too many more "left ove…