Before I share today’s post, I want to thank the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge Design Team for selecting my “Season of Joy” card with the Merry Patterns stamp set as an Honorable Mention for the week. I love the inspiration from online challenges, but it’s always an honor to be recognized by the team. If you missed my “Season of Joy” card, you can see it here. Thanks to the Merry Monday Team!
This week’s Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge asks us to share a project inspired by a Christmas movie. I’m a big fan of funny things. One of my favorite movies (and a Christmas favorite) is “Elf,” an over-the-top comedy starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf who is a human raised as an elf. He travels to New York City to find his parents when he learns he’s not like the other elves – but he still behaves like an elf. Such a great movie with lots of laughs and lots of heart!
Here’s my card with a little nod to “Elf” in Buddy’s signature green outfit and yellow tights:
Just to prove how much I love this movie, here’s an old picture of me at Stampin’ Up!’s Founders Circle pajama party wearing a shirt with my favorite quote from Buddy the Elf shirt – “I just like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.”
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
- Festive Phrases. You don’t have to twist my arm for me to fall in love with a good sentiment set. AND when a set covers lots of different holidays, I’m all in. Festive Phrases is a four-stamp set with two Christmas stamps, a Halloween stamp and a Valentine’s Day stamp (although this one is versatile to be used for any gift at any time of year). I adore this shy, little elf and am sure I can mask the sentiment to add something else to his sign. “Happy Holidays” works fine for this card, though, so I didn’t have to make any changes. Yay! Here’s a look at Festive Phrases:
- Christmas Around the World. I love this bold, red-and-white stripe from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper. It gave me a perfect backdrop for this sweet elf. Here’s a look at this paper: Here’s a tip for lining up stripes: I wanted to make sure the stripes were equally distributed on the card such that the amount of “leftovers” on the top equals the “leftovers” on the bottom. First, I cropped my paper at 3-7/8″ (the width of the piece) and then slid the paper across the ruler on your Stampin’ Trimmer to find the place where the stripes are equally balanced before cutting the 5-1/8″ height of the piece.
- Emerald Envy. I keep one or two packs of all colors of cardstock on hand at all times – I never know when I might need a bunch of one color – and I use it all. For some reason, though, I have 5 packs of Emerald Envy. I’m guessing I made a mistake in my paper calculations one time and was excited to use it up with the Holiday Catalog. When we were first introduced to this bright, cheery green in 2016 (it’s a 2016-2018 In Color), we were excited by the possibilities. This year’s “Christmas green” seems to be Garden Green, so Emerald Envy is nowhere to be found. This is my effort to deplete my stash before the color retires next year. 🙂
Stamp Sets: Festive Phrases Papers: Around the World Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White Inks: Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink Accessories: Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge site 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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