Holiday Splendor – Merry

I am back!  A few days R&R.  Four missed challenges (can’t get them all sometimes) and a bit of catch up this evening on a few more challenges before I miss their deadlines too!

Sketch and Theme:  Inspired By (#196); Tools, Materials and Colors: As You See It (#263) and additional Materials: Tic Tac Toe (#140).

Let’s see how I did:



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Naturals White cardstock.  A rustic neutral color that I still have on hand.
  • Background Panel: (4″ x 5¼”) Brushed Gold cardstock dry-embossed with the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder.
  • Plaid Panel Inset: (2⅛” x 2⅞”) Crumb Cake and Whisper White patterned piece of paper from the retired Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper pack.  Additional plaid lines were added with the retired Stampin’ Dazzle Gold Marker.
  • Sentiment: (1⅝” x 1⅛”) Soft Suede cardstock die-cut with the word Merry from the Word Wishes Dies set.
  • Focal Image – Poinsettia and Holly: Using the stamps and dies from the Merriest Moments Bundle.
    • Holly Leaves (1): The largest Leaf was die-cut three times from Soft Suede cardstock and hand embossed with the small point Stylus attachment from the Take Your Pick Tool.
    • Holly Leaves (2): The largest Leaf was stamped three times with Versamark ink on to Soft Suede cardstock and heat-set with White Embossing Powder and then die-cut.
    • Poinsettia (1): The largest Poinsettia was die-cut from the now retired Fall Sale-a-bration selection – Be Dazzling Specialty Paper.
    • Poinsettia (2): The smaller Poinsettia was stamped with Versamark ink on to Crumb Cake cardstock and heat-set with Clear Embossing Powder and then die-cut.
    • Poinsettia Center: The small three Berry stamp was stamped with Versamark ink on to Crumb Cake cardstock and heat-set with White Embossing Powder and then die-cut.

The Poinsettia was assembled and the Leaves were overlapped.  The embossed background was adhered to the card base, the Plaid was inset, the sentiment attached and the Poinsettia was added to resemble the sketch.  A small bow was made with the retired Forever Greenery Gold Twine and tucked up to the Poinsettia.

Roll Call: Ensuring I hit all the points…

As You See It:

  • One Word Sentiment – Merry
  • Embossing Folder – Merriest Frames Hybrid
  • Punch of Die – Word Wishes (Sentiment) and Merriest Frames (Poinsettia and Holly)
  • Ribbon or Twine – Forever Greenery Gold Twine
  • Neutral Colors – Whites / Crumb Cake / Soft Suede / Golds

Tic Tac Toe:

  • Plaid – Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper
  • Layers – 8 including card base
  • Die Cut – as above: Word Wishes (Sentiment) and Merriest Frames (Poinsettia and Holly)

Can’t you just see a series of white- or cream-colored candles nestled in amongst the splendor of these lovely neutral Poinsettias kissed with gold?  How very pretty.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

PS.  Sorry for the photography with shadows.  It is night time and I usually take my photos in natural daylight. 

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

6 thoughts on “Holiday Splendor – Merry

  1. This is so rich and elegant, resplendent in glittering golds and browns! Absolutely beautiful, Jolanda! Thanks for cooking up our recipe with us at As You See It Challenges!


  2. Beautifully opulent, Jolanda! The frayed bow is a nice finishing touch. Thanks for joining us at As You See It Challenge.


  3. Fabulous Yolanda – the touches of gold add a real touch of luxury to your neutrals and I love that embossing folder, one of my most favourite ever!! Thanks for joining us over atTicTacToe and at As You See It for our recipe challenge this week!


  4. Stunning array of florals, plaid and embossing! I don’t even remember that plaid from Plaid Tidings, but it certainly works well with your gorgeous arrangement! Thanks for playing with our Neutrals challenge at As You See It this week!


  5. What a really stunning card Jolanda! I love the look of the embossed gold background with the neat rectangle of plaid inside and the little cluster of leaves and berries. Thank you for coming to play at The Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Vicky x


  6. Oh how lovely, love all the kraft and your arrangement is beautiful! I love how you were inspired by the sketch this week too, thank you for the inspiration @IB!


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