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Teresa Collins Christmas Home | Monday Card Madness #61

In twenty days it will be Christmas. Eek! If you’re still hoping to get holiday cards made and mailed, especially if you are one that sends out an annual letter, then today’s sketch is a perfect answer for a simple design which is easy to whip together. The longer format makes it perfect for being able to include a folded letter without being folded so many times it looks like it was done by a Kindergartener. :)

Today’s steal, Christmas Home by Teresa Collins made a fun change for creating holiday cards. I love the tone of red and green mixed with the black. Teresa’s patterns and embellishments are always rich and definitely satisfy any urge for creating with vintage chic designs.

I was so in love with the black and white snowflake paper that I chose to use that as the base for my first card.

Teresa’s patterns can sometimes be a little intimidating to mix (at least for patterned paper mixing phobes like me!), so on the last two cards I made, I used solid cardstock as the base and papers from the 6×6 pad with smaller designs. It all mixed perfectly!

Amazingly another month has passed us by so it is time to announce the random winner of our November Monday Card Madness participants.

Stephanie Umpleby, you are our lucky winner! Fittingly enough it was a Christmas card which was favored by random.org.

Stephanie, if you will please send an email to our service department at customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you to help keep those amazing cards coming.

If you missed the details about our current card swap here they are.

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements are that cards with envelopes are received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by January 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ScrapbookSteals
ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

If you’d like to be eligible for the December random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, December 30th, 2011.

I hope you have a great Monday!

American Crafts HollyDay | Monday Card Madness #58

Can you believe that Christmas is only one month and eleven days away! That means if you are going to make handmade holiday cards and haven’t yet started then today’s steal, the HollyDay collection by American Crafts is the perfect one to help that happen.

HollyDay is chock-full of traditional reds and greens with a splash of modern silver. There are patterns that sparkle and will entice Holiday wonder in the youngsters as well as bring a smile to your neighbors face. (Oh and this collection is so big that you’ll have oodles of left over to scrap your holiday memories as well!)

I decided to make the tags that are included in today’s steal the main focus of this weeks card sketch.  I also split the design of the front of the card, mixing two different patterns since there are really so many different choices that I wanted to show them all! (Or a few of them anyway. ;) )

The card postings that we’ve been seeing on our Facebook fan page are fantastic. If you’d like to be eligible for the November random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all!) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, December 2nd, 2011.

For those of you that participated in the Holiday card swap, your cards are AMAZING! They will be heading back out to you this week.

I hope you have a great Monday!

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

Well what do you know!  It’s Monday again!  I don’t know about you, but those weekends always seem to fly by a little too quickly.  I’ll admit however, that I do look forward to Monday’s now with a little more enthusiasm knowing that my day will be filled with creating!

I was so excited to get to play with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Card Kit.   It honestly stunned me a little when I figured out that Christmas is a mere 40 days away!  EEEEK!  That means a lot of shopping, wrapping, baking, party going, neighbor gifting, decorating, and let’s not forget CARD MAKING is upon us!

I cannot even begin to express how much I love the Dear Lizzy Christmas card kit for the mere fact that it includes enough cards to put a huge dent in my send out list, as well as the fact that they go together in a snap!  I love the fact that they still possess the hand made factor without all of the brain power, because the truth is, at this time of year, my brain starts to shrivel up….just a little bit.

I wanted to show how versatile these cards can be.

I always feel like adding a little bit of ink to projects adds a whole lot of character.  On this particular card I added a little silver ink around the edges of the center embellishment.

I then added some glue to the snowflake…

And covered it with clear Doodlebug, Sugar Coated Glitter.

I really love how adding the ink and glitter adds a personal touch this card.

I then decided to add a little embossing powder to the edges of center embellishment on this card, and as much as I love the red ribbon that came with the kit, I added silver ribbon to this card to compliment the embossing powder….

For this card, I simply added a row of ribbon behind the embellishment, across the center of the card….

I had so much fun with the embossing powders that I added some snow flakes to the front of this card….

And to this card I added a few buttons…

I love the sentiment stamps that come with the kit.  Two fantastic choices to finish off some seriously cute cards!

I let these cards inspire me for this weeks Monday Card Madness.  I went with the ‘Merry’ card as I really loved how the background was made up of 4 squares.

I took the idea, plowed through my stash of stuff and made a card for my hunny for our upcoming 18th Wedding Anniversary this weekend.

Sure it’s a little girly, but it’s the thought that matters….right?

We have absolutely LOVED seeing what you all create.  Our Facebook Fan Photos are positively dripping with inspiraiton.

Don’t forget to create your cards, post them to Facebook, or personal blog and share a link with us here on this blog post.

At the end of the month I will do a random drawing from all of the participants in the Monday Card Madness and send out all of the Monday Card Madness cards that I have created this month….with the exception of the card I made for my hunny!  I will send out the 5 Holiday cards instead.  Hee hee.

Until Wednesday….happy scrappin’!