Stampin’ Up!’s Ornamental Pine for Merry Monday

Before I share today’s card, I want to thank the Merry Monday Design Team for selecting last week’s Mod Moose card as an Honorable Mention.  I really love that moose card (see it here), so it was really nice to be [honorably] recognized by the team.  Thanks so much!

This week’s Merry Monday challenge has several unique elements:  to use pinecones with greens and plaid ribbon.  I was initially scared of these criteria, but I grew to love them because they helped me to make this:

Ornamental Pine, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM121

Here’s the banner for this week’s Merry Monday Challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Plaid Ribbon…Plaid Ribbon.  I saw “pinecones” earlier this week and planned my card around that.  When I sat down to make the card, I saw “plaid ribbon.”  Hmmmm…plaid ribbon.  Templed fingers…contemplation.  No current Stampin’ Up! plaid ribbon…what to do, what to do?  I trimmed a beautiful 5/8″ wide piece of plaid paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack and layered a strip of Organza Ribbon over it.  Lovely, right?
  • Perfect Pinecone.  When I sat down to create my pinecones, I ran a quick test – what if I embossed the pinecone with Early Espresso on Sahara Sand cardstock?  I tried it – and never looked back.  It was the perfect color and texture – it gave me exactly what I was looking for.  Yippee!
  • Label It.  The Christmas Wishes sentiment from Ornamental Pine fit perfectly inside this label from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits.  A Cherry Cobbler band balances out the shapes and colors, and the white embossed sentiment pops.Ornamental Pine, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM121

Stamp Sets:  Ornamental Pine  Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Garden Green  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Wow! I think you just helped me design my holiday card! Your design is stunning! One of your best ever!

  2. I look forward to receiving your emails everyday…always excited to see what you have created. This card is one of my favorites…absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your inspiring talent!!!

  3. GORGEOUS!!! May have to CASE this for our Pine Tree State up here in Maine! 🙂

  4. This card is stunning Brian – a worthy Merry Monday winner! The pine cones are so realistic – would you believe me if I said I didn’t look twice at this set in the catalogue? I clearly didn’t see the potential!

  5. Is this stamp set from the upcoming holiday catalog? I hope so!

  6. I love this this stamp set and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The card you made with it is amazing, hope you don’t mind if I CASE it!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE this!

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  9. I didn’t get the chance to see this earlier and so glad you linked back to this winning card. This is pinable! Congrats on being selected as the winner! The ribbon, pinecones, and banner all stand out so beautifully!!!

  10. I love this card, Brian! This set didn’t catch my eye either but I’m so wanting it now! Such a lovely card – well done!

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