Saturday, October 29, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #93

To all my wonderful blogging friends, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It turned “cold” here (that means it got into the 40’s) and this morning was a little rainy so I was able to spend time playing with paper today.  I also am staining a table I bought to set my sewing machine on!!! That means I’ll be able to start stitching on my cards! Yea!!!!!

So, today I have a card for you that I am submitting to Inkspirations Challenge #93.  This is my first time placing a card in their challenge so I am very excited.  Oh, here is my card:

Merry Christmas Holly

and here is their sketch:

Since I like layers on cards, I fell in love with this sketch!  All those pretty layers offering so many possibilities make me very happy.  I ended up combining two different coordinating sets of paper; one from DCWV The Four Seasons and one from MME Lost & Found Christmas.  The gorgeous greens and reds are from DCWV and the soft kraft/brown is from MME.  I also used my new Cuttlebug embossing folder on the base layer and highlighted the little dots with red glitter glue.  My sewing machine got in on the action by stitching up my ribbon.  She is so happy to be out and used again.

Merry Christmas Holly2

For this medallion, I used a scrap of the DCWV paper and Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles Large to make a base. I then used a 3” circle punch on white paper and Rubber Stamp Tapestry’s Cardinal Resting in Holly Set to make the design.  I also used their Merry Christmas Peg Stamp - Mini to add the sentiment.   Once it was all stamped and the ink was heat set, I used a Versamark stamp pad over the entire circle; then added SU Stampin’ Emboss – Clear to give the medallion a shiny finish.

The card is then finished off with my stitched ribbon, Prima poinsettias, red glitter glue and red half-pearls.  Complete instructions are below, so just scroll down if you want details.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m so happy you stopped by. Please remember, I love comments and enjoy reading every single one that is left.  Until next time, have a stampin’ good time!



  • DCWV The Four Seasons
  • MME Lost & Found Christmas
  • White cs
  • Black cs

Versacolor Inks:

  • Charcoal
  • Evergreen
  • Olive
  • Cardinal
  • Burgundy
  • Red grosgrain ribbon
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Deep red half-pearls
  • Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles Large
  • Red glitter glue
  • Prima Poinsettias
Measurements (approximate):
  • The card is standard 5 x 7 .
  • Base panel DCWV The Four Seasons 5 x 7 embossed with Cuttlebug 
  • Black cs 5 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • MME 5 x 3
  • MME 4 x 2
  • DCWV Same as base for Spellbinder die
  • DCWV Red border from same set is approx 1 1/2” wide, so cut 2 pieces 5” and use them together to make a 3” panel to go across the card
  • White cs for 3'” circle punch



  1. Cut all paper pieces
  2. Emboss the base panel
  3. Cut base for medallion using Spellbinders. I used the next to largest one.
  4. Stamp the circle with Rubber Stamp Tapestry Cardinal Resting in Holly Set , and Merry Christmas Peg Stamp - Mini then use heat gun to heat set the ink. 
  5. Use Versamark pad to cover circle and then add SU clear embossing powder. Make sure you cover the entire circle completely and then heat with heat gun.  The colors will pop out as you do this and the finish will be glossy.
  6. Adhere all layers and ribbon.
  7. Add pearls, flowers and red glitter glue
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