Merry & Bright – The Paper Players 268

Before jumping into today’s post, I wanted to share my excitement at having my card chosen as the headliner last week with The Paper Players!! Thank you so much Nance!!

Merry & Bright - The Paper Players 268I am really enjoying the Designer Series Paper this year from Stampin’ Up!. The pattern I used for today’s card is muted yet bold, and is the perfect backdrop for the drop dead gorgeous stamped images. And yes, I used Perfect Pines again because, well…they’re PERFECT!!

A simple circle provides a nice separation from the patterned paper and allows the focus to be on the tree and the sentiment. The cross stitch is an added bonus detail 🙂

Merry & Bright - The Paper Players 268The pretty poinsettias add a nice pop of red and help balance the card. Hint: I use the MISTI to double stamp the poinsettias, resulting in a vivd stamped image.

The Paper Players sketch this week was the inspiration for my card:

pp268I found the three panels to be a challenge, I just couldn’t make the math work so I eventually just cut the panels to 1 1/4″ wide each and then trimmed them down until the fit (and matched). I’m still not sure how that worked out, but I’m glad it did!! Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Wishing you joy and blessings!

Products Used:

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Pack

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Peaceful Pines, Lots of Joy, and Wondrous Wreath by Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Peaceful Pines, Seasonal Frame Thinlit Dies, and Envelope Liner Die by Stampin’ Up!; Stitched Mats: Ovals by Lil ‘Inker.

Tools:  MISTI

Embellishments: Unknown source for red sequins


  1. Karen M says:

    Hi Shannon, I love your card. The colours are perfect and you’ve used the sketch to perfection! It is also detailed but clean at the same time. Wonderful! x

  2. LeAnne says:

    I can’t believe that any challenge would “challenge” you, Shannon! This is a beautiful card and I love the way the stripes go on the three panels….just perfect, as you said! Pretty little tree, and the poinsettias add just the right touch! Thanks for playing with my challenge this week at the Paper Players!

    • Shannon Jaramillo says:

      Thanks Susan! And no, not on purpose 🙁 I cut one solid panel and trimmed it down. I had to shave some of the paper off to make the panels fit, that coupled with the space between the panels is what make them all slightly off.

  3. Joanne James says:

    Love it Shannon – another great card this week! Those stripes look great behind your flower/tree/sentiment combo – gorgeous! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  4. jaydee says:

    Shannon, I love the stripes and how they angle toward the sentiment. And those cross-stitched circles are perfect for a Christmas card. Gorgeous. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

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