Thursday, 14 January 2016

MM187 - Plaid Noel


How about a two-tone plaid Christmas tree for this week's Merry Monday Challenge:



A new Stampin' Up set (Lots of Joy) arrived at my house yesterday and I couldn't help but notice/remember the plaid tree. Perfect for this week's challenge!

First I removed the trunk - yes, permanently. I'm not afraid of stamp surgery when I know I'll use a stamp more in its altered form.

Next I stamped the tree twice - once in Real Red, once in Bermuda Bay. I fussy cut them (I know straight lines aren't really fussy, but I realized how die-dependent I have become!) and then stacked them and cut them again, so that I could line them up perfectly and piece the opposite-coloured sides together.

I also performed surgery on the sentiment (from the same set) - it had some little images above and below it and I thought they were not helping the graphic vibe of this strong font. So I removed them - but I made another stamp out of them - I have some ideas for that too!

22 comments:

Maxine D said...

Successful surgery and a wonderful card Ardyth. Love the graphic look to this.
Blessings
Maxine

lostinpaper said...

CAS genius Ardyth! I promise that I totally ogle ALL your designs but my time to comment has gone... 'I don't know where' lately.. As always you are an inspiration!

Lynn said...

Ahhhh...perfection in my book!

Joan B said...

love everything about this!

Abi said...

Fabulous, the surgery worked well! I have done surgery myself once but it still makes me a bit nervous! x

Cynthia Daugherty said...

I really like this!

Kristie Goulet said...

Absolutely LOVE those plaid trees, Ardyth! Always so great to see you over at Merry Monday! xoxo

Jen W. said...

That is a seriously cool tree. Love it!

Ashwini Rao said...

Stamp surgery would be the last thing on my mind when I can get to see such a fabulous card!! How you can come up with such fabulous CAS cards every single time, I do not know, but I am glad you do!! :D

Sandee said...

This card is so cute! I love the little tree and the great CAS design!!

maria f. said...

Go, Dr. Ardyth! This is wonderfully bold and graphic but I love the comfy touch of plaid. Great design.

carol (krillsister) said...

Pretty card. Love your choice of colors. You are brave to cut a stamp, but then again your work is amazing.

Happy Dance said...

"Calling Dr. Ardyth, calling Dr. Ardyth!!" I think I've cut one stamp in my whole life. You are so brave! When I saw those trees, I thought you'd cut them from patterned paper....then I read your post. I love the idea of the matching plaids and the Bermuda Bay and red combination is one of the prettiest out there, if you ask me. Fantastic card. I just love this!! Bev

Bonnie said...

Sometimes surgery is called for on those stamps! It worked brilliantly! Love the red and green plaids and the strong sentiment! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful. Love that sweet tree.

TK said...

Awesome! I actually thought this was corners of paper, but you did it the harder way :o)

Kim Hall said...

I love the way you have incorporated the red tree within the green tree, very clever.

Bobby said...

Surgical procedures were warranted, Ardyth. I looked up the stamp set and I much prefer the 'NOEL' without the little images. Your fussy cutting reminds me of sewing class, lining up the plaids - one of my biggest peeves in clothing today.

Marie B. said...

Super cute card Ardyth! I love the bold colors! :)

Betty Keefe said...

love the graphic simplicity of your card Ardyth - the surgery paid off with a great card!

Kelly Griglione said...

There is always something more to the story with your cards! Love how you explained your stamp surgery for both images. I can't see your plaid tree having a trunk. Super-strong card, Ardyth!

Anita in France said...

Bold, graphic and so perfectly matched, Ardyth ... awesome! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)