Jolly Holly for Merry Monday

When Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog launched last week, I shared my Five Favorite items (if you missed that list, you can check it out here).  My favorite pick for Christmas is the Holly Jolly Greetings Bundle – the perfect combination of Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies.  And – STOP THE PRESSES – I used Glimmer Paper to combine the two.  Here’s my card for the Merry Monday’s Christmas Card Challenge:

Holly Jolly Greetings, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM170

And here’s the banner for the Merry Monday challenge that inspired my card:

Merry Monday – Use HollyMM170

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • I Used Glimmer Paper.  I warned you already.  I employed Red Glimmer Paper for this project.  When I returned from the far reaches of the Fungeon (where I carefully store all Glimmer Paper and glitter – for my own protection), I carefully cropped a piece to run through the Big Shot with this Thinlits die.  It worked perfectly – I was so excited by the glittery, shiny outcome that I even used the paper to create some of the background berries.  What was I thinking that day?  Worry not – this experience has not changed me into someone I’m not.  The scraps of glimmer paper were returned to the corner, and the card was immediately tucked inside a clear envelope.  🙂Holly Jolly Greetings, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM170
  • Cupcakes for Christmas.  While I had my Red Glimmer Paper out, I used the Cupcake Builder punch to punch out several small circles.  They fit perfectly over the berries in this design.  Rather than cover the paper with glimmery berries, I covered them selectively.  I squinted to determine which berries would be covered – allowing me perspective to find a balance.
  • White Space Offset.  I love this watercolored design on the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  While the holly is both perfect for this Merry Monday challenge and for the holiday it celebrates, the pure mass of it can be overwhelming on the card.  That’s why I made sure to leave so much white space on the circle that houses the sentiment.  The borders around the circle (which also coordinate with the borders around the base) also help to tame the busy-ness of they paper.

Here’s a fun video from Stampin’ Up! that shares the making of this beautiful Designer Series Paper:

Stamp Sets:  Holly Jolly Greetings  Papers:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Whisper White, Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper  Inks:  Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies, Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Cupcake Builder punch, fine-tip glue pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Merry Monday to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Very well done, love this card.

  2. Absolutely perfection. Love how you used “jolly” as well as your inspiration (spot on)!

  3. Nice card-love the balance of color.

  4. Cute cute card! I like the coordinating the CS layers behind the circle with your other layers ! Great idea !
    I want one of those cute candle holders in the Merry Monday picture !

  5. Brian- would you mind sharing the size of punches or dies to make the circles for sentiment? thanks.

  6. Great card! Glad you survived the glimmer paper! Whew! Thank you for pointing out the extra white space around the sentiment and the repeated layers – I learn so much from you:-). Have a great holiday weekend!

  7. I noticed the glitter berries before I read your description and LOVE it! The whole card is great, just enough.

  8. There are VERY few emails that I open and read immediately when I see them. Yours is one. Never disappointed and always inspired . Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  9. Glimmer paper, I’m sure there is a support group for glimmer/glitterphobia. Well done. We are all proud of you. One step at a time. Oh, yes, love the card.

  10. My heart be still.

  11. Oh my word! Hell has frozen over! Brian – I am so very, very proud of you for taking that unbelievably giant step and using glimmer paper. What next? Will men land on Mars? Will pigs fly? Will Brian actually use glitter?

  12. Very nice! I love the random glitter berries. Love your commentary!

  13. What a beautiful card!!! Love the touches of glimmer!!!

  14. Such a talented young man! Just the perfect touch of Glimmer. Beautiful. BTW, did you put a nickle in your “squinting jar”

  15. Solo in love with your card….and the DSP video!

  16. Enjoy your long weekend!

  17. I’m so proud of you, putting aside your dislike of things glittery to make this card into a stunner. I love the DSP and the added glitter only makes it better. Great job Brian

  18. I think I am in love….again…with another packet of paper! This is just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring us! Deb

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  20. Just gorgeous!! I’m in love with all the new goodies in the holiday catalogue, and you e used them so brilliantly together.

  21. I love this card Brian! The accents of glimmer paper is the perfect touch. So glad you overcame your aversion to glitter!

  22. Wonderful CAS design Brian, I love the added sparkle to the berries. So glad you joined us for Merry Monday.

  23. Love this, Brian! So pretty!!! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! 🙂

  24. Love this card Brian – and the glimmer ‘jolly’ is so worth it! Hope you packed that paper away nicely when you were done 😉

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