Friday, October 24, 2014

it's not officially xmas card season...

...until you've made the first MONSTA CARD!!!

patterned paper (mostly scraps): american crafts, love elsie, doodlebug, cosmo cricket, my mind's eye, creative imaginations, sei; monsta from paperchase giftwrap backed with a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut; white glossy cardstock: ranger; cloud punches: fiskars; pens: faber castell pitt superfine and extra superfine; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

ok, *now* it's officially xmas card season! it's also time for a brand new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and this fortnight it's "not a CREATURE was stirring" for which we'd like to see any type of non-human being in a holiday context. some examples? reindeer, robins, the grinch, penguins, elves, the christmas bunny, polar bears, moose, snow people, yeti, flamingoes... ok, you get the idea, right? surprisingly (or NOT!) i chose a monsta, and in honor of the mindblowingly AMAZING turnout for pink christmas 2014* the color choice was pretty obvious, too! :)

i used sweet sunday sketch #241 to guide my layout, in what is admittedly a bit of a loosey-goosey way (or perhaps "laureny" is the better adjective, lol?) but it's a fine sketch indeed and can easily withstand my hijinks!

my favorite xmas monstas are still the ones from my original roll of paperchase giftwrap and they're admittedly on the dinky side. one of my favorite ways to bring a bunch of small elements together is to make them into a little scene inside a faux polaroid. i save the offcuts of photo paper and glossy white cardstock just for this purpose. you can make them ANY size, of course, but most of mine are pretty close to the actual size of  the actual polaroid photos from my (1960's and 70's) childhood.

and now why not check out miss stephanie's awesome "creature feature" card and start planning your own bid for holiday card domination at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

*thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who linked up gorgeous pink cards, told their friends, and generally made this the ♥ BEST ♥ YEAR ♥ EVER ♥ for pink xmas!!! you guys raised more than $500 for the susan g. komen foundation and we could not possibly be more proud or more grateful!!! ♥♥♥


  1. Oh my. This is the cutest Christmas card ever!
    I just love the non traditional colors and patterns, mixed with more traditional ones.
    Very inspirational :-)

  2. Great job as always!! Fun theme too!

  3. definitely and absolutely hafta-love-a-monsta-card

  4. Monstah + PINK + Christmas = awesome!!!!
    Curse my need to work for a living and not being able to rush home and make a monstah Christmas card!!!

  5. Fantatic and very unique xmas card. Pink and monstar, and love how you put the scene with the monstar in a polaroid frame.

  6. OMG, I think I have a monstah that can become a Christmas monstah! Eeeep! It won't be as fab as this one though - the polaroid is a GENIUS idea!

  7. The Return of the Monsta! YAY! And thanks for the shout-out for the Christmas Bunny! :D

  8. This is just too cute my friend! This makes me happy looking at this!

  9. Haha! Love your Christmas "monsta"! You have such a talent for making nontraditional cards!

  10. OK, you win. And pink Xmas does beat white!


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