Today’s card is an early Christmas card for the Make My Monday Challenge.  It consists of a mixture of stamp sets and Die sets to create a Cup of Christmas.


Stampin' Up!, Cup of Tea, Leaves of Holly, Splendid Stems, Organic Beauty, Boughs of Holly, Jackie Beers


Today’s card is Christmas in August for the Make My Monday Challenge.  As a member of the Design Team, I try to make cards that can inspire you.  This one is two fold.  It contains pieces from a variety of die sets for the sprigs. And begins with the tea cup, which is not at all Christmas.  Hopefully you will be inspired and join this challenge.  At least go to the blog and take a look at everyone’s creations.  Simply click on the picture below.


As I said above, this is definitely a “parts” card.  The beginning was the idea of sprigs of evergreen, etc in a container.  But what container was the question.  The answer came in the form of this cup from Cup of Tea.  After stamping and coloring it, the fun began.  However, the second question was how to add a sentiment to the cup and little scene I was creating.  After trying a few different things, I remembered the little tea bag, or tag in my case, in the Tea Cup Dies.  With the tag ready to go all I needed was a sentiment.  It was found in the Leaves of Holly stamp set.  The simple “Joy” was a perfect match for this scene.


With the container taken care of with the cup from the Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Cups Dies, I moved on to the sprigs and leaves.  A little confession is in order here.  Over the last year I have found myself pulled to quite a lot of the Stampin’ Up! Die sets.  The change is that I look at them for overall content and not simply that they cut out a stamped image.  It is more of what else is included and other uses.  And for that reason, I have more die sets than ever!  (Both good and bad news)

With seeing quite a few Christmas cards being shared of late, I have begun looking at my dies for pieces that would be background or additions for Christmas cards.  And that has paid off hugely on this card.  Best of all is that I have cut a few in traditional colors when I am using the dies for other cards.  Having these on hand made this card go much quicker.  The harder part was remembering where the little pieces came from!

Fill Pieces

Here is a list of the various pieces.  Hopefully you have some of these in your Die library!  Maybe an unexpected one is the Old Olive stem in the center.  It is from the Organic Beauty Die set.  As is the Poppy Parade piece depicting holly berries.  The Fir pieces are from the Full Basket die set.  That is the one with the cute basket and kitten.  And the white piece is from the Splendid Stems dies.

DSP and Finishes

Of course the DSP is what prompted my color choices all the way around this card.  This beautiful piece is from the Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper.  The colors are really stunning in person.  And the choices for all of the stems were due to the DSP piece as well.  Additionally, the silver dotted piece of DSP is from the Sale-A-Bration 6×6 pack of Silver & Gold Foil.  It adds a touch more bling to the card.

There are two things added for finishes to the card.  First is the gorgeous Parakeet Party Metallic Ribbon to hold the tag.  This ribbon is so sparkly and very easy to work with.  And last but not least are the Rhinestones.  Just one on the tag was not enough.  So there are a couple placed on a few of the silver dots in the paper.  More bling is best!

Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

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