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Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Monday #270 - Tic Tac Toe!

Hi everyone - time for what would've been my last post as a Merry Monday Guest Designer. This past four months went so quickly and I thank the Merry Monday Team for the opportunity! I enjoyed it sooooo much!! So much that I jumped at the invitation to continue as a Guest Designer with the other fabulous guests! You will see me in 2018 after the Merry Monday team takes a one-week break for Christmas - yay!!

For Challenge #270, the last one of 2017, Kelly has a fun Tic Tac Toe for us to play:

I found it hard to pick which line to choose - all the options are such fun! Ended up doing the upper left to lower right diagonal: Stamping - Ribbon or Twine - Buttons or Brads. I employ stamping quite a bit on my cards so that was a no-brainer. It seems like ages since I've used buttons on a card - they were all the rage a few years ago and I have plenty laying around!! Decided they needed some love so that meant ribbon had to make an appearance. Plenty of that around here too! Here's what I created:

Supplies: Paper - DCWV A2 card; Poptone Sno-cone; Basic Grey 25th & Pine; Paper Studio glitter
Other - Copic Marker BG01, Hero Arts red nail heads & pool gems, various buttons; Icy Stickles;
Memento Tuxedo Black ink; brown Crayola pencil; Michaels Christmas ribbon; foam tape; white gel pen
Stamp - Hero Arts G5804 Shari's Tree No.2 (retired)
Dies - Hero Arts DI337 Nesting Oval Infinity Dies

When I decided on buttons, I went looking for the darling woodblock stamp you see in the photo. The amazing Shari Carroll designed it (and two other trees) for Hero Arts back in 2013 when she still worked there. I bought all three but hadn't used this one yet. Simon Says Stamp still carries Tree No.1, if you want to take a look, but not the other two. I'd seen #2 done with buttons years ago, including this beauty by the talented Rosemary, but hadn't tried it myself. Just had to give it a go for Kelly's challenge!

After stamping the tree and coloring the trunk, I spent a lot of time playing with buttons. I didn't have teeny ones so added gems, including some extras, and then added a few nail heads to tie in with the glittery frame. Since the patterned paper says Season's Greetings, I didn't add a sentiment. I stamped and fussy cut an extra star to pop up with foam tape - added some icy Stickles to it for some shine.

Hope you have a chance to check out all the fabulous cards by the Merry Monday Design Team and I thank them again for the past four months and the extension! Having been a part of the team, I've seen firsthand how hard they work to offer these fun challenges and bring inspiration each week. Thank you, thank you! Wouldn't get my Christmas cards done without Merry Monday - truly!!

Remember - Merry Monday will be off next week for Christmas but look for us on January 1st - you can get a start on next year's stash right on New Year's Day!! Thanks for stopping and happy holidays to you and yours!


CinnamonSally said...

Love your sweet button card Linda. Merry Christmas to you.

Betty Keefe said...

cute card Linda and congrats on continuing on the MM team!!

Rosemary said...

absolutely LOVE your card, linda!!! (I was messing around with the same woodblock stamp you used this weekend, but ended up not making the project!) the buttons on the tree are fabulous!! congrats on continuing with the MM team!!

JoAnn said...

Love your great card and design with the buttons Linda.
Glad to have you staying on with us at Merry Monday.
I wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Jean said...

Wonderful take on the challenge. I remember that stamp (I may have it somewhere in my supplies). Merry Christmas!

Lin said...

Oh how charming this is, Linda! LOVE those buttons!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the idea of the buttons to form the Christmas tree Linda! A lovely design! Thank you for dropping by my blog today, and leaving a sweet comment! Have a great day and a very lovely Christmas and New Year! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Linda said...

Fun card, Linda. Like your creative Christmas tree. Have a Merry Christmas.

Bonnie said...

Your button tree is adorable, Linda! Love how the sequins add shine! Merry Christmas!

Greta said...

Such a fun way to use buttons--love your festive card, Linda! Congrats on continuing with MM--seems to me you're part of the team! Merry Christmas!

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh what a fun card Linda! Love the cute button tree! Congrats on your position! So well deserved! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

Marcia HIll said...

LOVE your button tree Linda...it's perfect!! And so happy you're staying on with us at MM...always love seeing what you create!! Wishing you and your family a very JOYFUL Christmas!! :0)

Kelly Lunceford said...

Cute card!!!! I LOVE the buttons!!! Merry Christmas to you!!!!