Friday, May 20, 2022


Hello dear friends!  Welcome back to my blog.  It's been a while since I've been able to say "It's my favorite time of the month" where the Squirrel Squad gets together for our hop!  We skipped last month for personal reasons, but we are back and ready to raid our stashes again!  You should have arrived here from the beautiful Anna's blog.  For this month's hop, we decided to CASE each other, and our names were pulled randomly.  I was lucky enough to get the unique and talented V, and I chose this card of hers to CASE:

Isn't it great?  I love the rainbow striped paper and the eclipse technique she used for this bright and cheery birthday card.  Now here is my CASE of her creation:

Is anyone surprised that I went with a Christmas theme?  Anyone? 😆 OK, here is what happened in the creation of my card.  I couldn't think of ANY striped patterned paper that I might have in my hoard stash, but I did remember that I had these leftover strips from this card that I could use to create my own striped background.  I glued them onto a piece of 65 lb. cardstock that was laying around on my desk, and then trimmed off all the edges.  My original plan was to just cut this merry die from the Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words:  Holiday set one time from the middle of the background, but it morphed into this instead!  
What happened was, I cut a few merry's out of more scraps of 65 lb. white I had laying on my desk, because I was going to need them anyway to layer behind the one I eventually cut from my background.  As I got to playing around with them on the background, I realized I really liked this layout.  I proceeded to die cut the merry from my striped panel, endeavoring to space them evenly up and down and side to side, AND to keep them straight.  We all know that's not an easy task on a diagonal background, but I think I accomplished it.  I made sure to keep the inner pieces from all the "e's" so I could replace them into their proper positions later.  I did have a few colored pieces that fell off after die cutting, so I had to glue them back in place, which proved to be quite fiddly at times!  After that, I layered up all the merry's (a total of 5 white layers underneath the striped layer), and while those dried a bit, I also glued down the rest of the striped panel to the card base.  To get the inner "e" pieces in their proper spots, I placed the merry's where they belonged, glued the inner pieces in place, then glued down the merry's.  I stamped the Christmas sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Christmas Dreams set in Nocturne ink using my MISTI.  I dug some Christmas gems from my bling bin and placed them in a *hopefully* pleasing way onto the card.  And that's it!  Oh, here's a side pic to show the dimension:


Sparkles Christmas:  Christmas Sentiments
Merry Little Christmas #44:  ATG Christmas (3/8)
Peace on Earth#16:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
Crafty Calendar:  ATG (3/3)
Mix it Up #59:  ATG (6/8)
Crafty Catz #596:  ATG (1/3)
Unicorn Challenge #76:  Add Pearls/Bling
Pearly Sparkles #73:  Layer it Up (layers under the merry's)
Winter Wonderland:  Use 3 colors
Cardz for Galz #173:  Sentiment as Focal Point
Alphabet Challenge:  D is for Die Cuts
Simon Says Monday:  Add Texture
Simon Says Wednesday:  Layer it Up (5 white layers under the merry's)

Your next stop on the hop is the afore mentioned fabulous V, at her blog Passions and DistractionsDon't forget to leave us some of that comment love, and to continue hopping!  I promise it won't take long at all.  Until next time,

💗 Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie


  1. Just gorgeous! Not one bit surprised, btw. Pffft! And I totally love the triple "merry" as it fills the space better and is just a fun, and extra merry sentiment. The font of the Christmas matches for a whimsical touch. Well done my friend!

  2. It looks awesome Marie ! The 3 "Merry" look great ! I love that you add your Christmas touch to your project !

  3. What a fun card, Marie! And I love the idea of the triple Merrys. And, of course, I'm not a bit surprised its a christmas card! :-D

  4. What a festive card, Marie! I'm not surprised at all :) Love the idea of using leftover strips for the background to match V.'s. It must have been really challenging to center and lineup the "merry" die, looks perfect!

  5. OMG!!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!! I love the three "merry"s and that you channeled the striped background! I just love everything about it! And it so you! (and all this time I was thinking you'd be CASEing one of my Christmas cards. This is so exciting!!!!) Brilliant work!!!!

  6. Really fabulous, Marie - love this scrappy beauty! Great festive colors together, and a fun technique to boot! Perfect for a sentiment feature! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

  7. Wow! how clever is this! Great idea and very, very effective.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT
    We are having a Design Team call and would love you to apply. Check out the details on the challenge blog. xx

  8. a lovely card ready for your stash box, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge, Tilly

  9. Very nice work thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Wow...very great card.
    Thank you for taking part in the Mirtillamente challenge!
    Good luck and I hope to see you again.
    Alena DT Mirtillamente

  11. Eclipse cards are so much fun! Thanks for sharing at Pearly Sparkles.

  12. Lovely CASE card Marie. A wonderful use of scraps too. Thank you for entering the Winter Sports Challenge at 12 Months of Christmas.

  13. Wow, a wonderful way to display the sentiment. Thanks for joining us in our challenge at Sparkles Christmas. Caz. DT.

  14. Love the way you did "merry" three times in the striped paper (great Christmas paper!) and then just stamped the word Christmas. Thanks so much for joining us at Peace on Earth challenge.



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