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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fa La La La La

Hey everyone - back with another entry for this week's Merry Monday challenge to use a lamppost (decorated and with bling) on your Christmas card. I was inspired by all the Design Team cards and I drew special inspiration from Deanne and Debbie for my card. I've been working on it off and on since Monday and finally finished it this morning.

Carolers under lamppost
Supplies: Paper - Poptone Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Digital files - Hero Arts Carolers Silhouette (Silhouette Design ID 15043), 
Miss Kate Cuttables Christmas Street Lamp (Silhouette Design ID 71068)
Stamps - Hero Arts (retired) CL354 Let the Angels Sing (sentiment and musical notes)
Inks - Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Picket Fence & Black Soot, 
Broken China Distress Oxide Ink; Picket Fence Distress Spray
Stencils - Tim Holtz Layering Stencils Stripes THS004 and Rays THS003
Other - Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Xmas Red Stickles, Michael's gems (colored red with a Copic)

When I was admiring the Design Team cards, Debbie's card with the Silhouette file (New Orleans Gas Lamp) caught my eye - love it! I remembered a caroler card I made a few years ago with a Silhouette Online design - thought it had a lamppost, nope. So, I headed to the online store to find the file Debbie used (got it) and then found this darling lamppost with wreath I thought would be perfect with the carolers. But what to do for a background?? Deanne inspired me to create my own background! I pulled out Distress Inks and stencils and had fun. Then I decided to stamp some snow. Here's what happened:

Carolers with Boo boo panel

Ugh - guess I didn't clean off my stamp - it had Picked Raspberry on it from a birthday card. So my panel was covered with pink dots!!! Plus my white ink pad now had pink on it - disaster! You can see where I tried to color a few of the dots with a white gel pen but it just wasn't working and there were too many dots! Anyway, started from scratch and, really, the second attempt turned out better. The white stamped snow was very subtle so I also sprayed some Distress Stain on the panel. Really liked how this turned out. Then I stamped the sentiment after I'd assembled everything. Usually this is a recipe for disaster but today it worked just fine - phew!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a lovely day!! Be sure to check out Merry Monday for Christmas inspiration!!

P.S. It's Day 8 of Kathy's 30-Day Coloring Challenge and I still need to color something. My lamppost glow was colored with Copics but that was yesterday just before midnight and I don't count the inking I did today on my background. Hey - I also stamped some fun adult beverage images from SSS yesterday - off I go to color some....


Karen L K said...

Ahhh nice one! What a great scene & nice that you brought in carolers.

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty!

Rosemary said...

love this take on the merry Monday challenge, linda!! the background you created for the silhouettes is just gorgeous!!

Susan Joyce said...

Totally delightful Christmas card Linda, love every design detail especially the carollers and the sweet dog with the decorated Lamp Post. Thanks for playing at Merry Monday this week.

Lin said...

WOW, Linda, this is a winner - love everything about it! Silhouettes are such a neat design idea, and you've highlighted this one beautifully!!

LaVon Hall said...

Fabulous card with a wonderful background! Thumbs up!

Greta said...

Beautiful scene, Linda! I love the silhouettes & how you used the rays stencil!

Jean said...

This is absolutely fantastic! Great color - very dramatic!