A new challenge for a Merry Monday …

Hi and welcome to my blog.

I was so excited recently to learn that my one layer card won top spot at the Merry Monday Silent Night challenge.  Their lovely team invited me to be guest designer for their latest challenge...


Inspired by their card recipe of snowflakes, neutral colours and dry embossing 

this is what I came up with …


I embossed snowflakes on a piece of vellum cardstock by hand using a stencil and a ball tool.  It took a while, but I was really pleased with the results. It meant I was able to add extra pressure here and there to make the vellum whiter in some areas, which looks so pretty in real life…


To attach the vellum, I punched holes through both the vellum and a piece of crumbcake cardstock and then threaded a length of whisper white organza ribbon tied in a knot.  The layers were then attached to a neutrals white card base using dimensionals.  

I punched a piece of linen white cardstock using the scallop top label punch from Stampin’ Up, and stamped the greeting and snowflakes from the Endless Wishes stamp set… 


I added a touch of sparkle to some of the snowflakes with a gold wink of stella pen, and finished off with some adhesive pearls here and there…  


The greetings label was attached with linen thread tied to the ribbon, so added movement to the card, which I just love.   

So, I hope you like my card.  Do please visit the Merry Monday challenge to see what the rest of the team have been up to – I feel honoured to have been invited to join these very talented crafters as Guest Designer, so I’m sending a big thank you to the team.

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: neutrals white, crumb cake, vellum; white linen and gold linen card (from my stash);

stamp set: endless wishes;

inks: early espresso, crumb cake, soft suede;

punches & dies: scallop top label, hole punch, snowflake punch (from my stash);

accessories: whisper white organza ribbon, linen thread, adhesive pearls, mini glue dots;

additional: snowflake stencil, ball tool, sponge pad, gold wink of stella.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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Thanks for dropping by today


19 Comments to “A new challenge for a Merry Monday …”

  1. Such a beautiful creation for this week’s challenge, Gill!! I just adore your pretty snowflake embossed vellum panel and the wonderful ribbon/snowflake treatment at the top of your pretty tag! So soft & beautiful! Thank you for joining us this week as our Guest Designer for Merry Monday! 🙂

  2. So very elegant Gill. I’m lovin’ the hand embossed vellum, especially. C x

  3. This is stunning! Thanks for sharing how you did it. And thanks for joining our Merry Monday Design Team this week.

  4. Congratulations on your Top Spot and GD very well deserved, this is beautiful

  5. Wow, this is just beautiful! The effort you put into your vellum piece was so worth it – it adds so much texture and elegance to your gorgeous card. Congrats on your GD spot!

  6. What a beautiful and elegant card–I love it! With such a pretty start, how did you end it (inside greeting)?

  7. Super pretty card with the lovely embossed vellum. Thanks for being our guest this week!

  8. Very pretty card Gill, I love the snowflakes embossed in the vellum. It is wonderful to have us as our Guest Designer this week.

  9. Love your card here so just wanted to pop in to let you know. It’s so soft and pretty.

  10. Love your card here so I just wanted to pop in to let you know. It’s so soft and pretty.

  11. Congratulations on you GDT spot Gill – you’ve done them proud with this elegant card with its touches of gold. Vicky x

  12. Gill, This truly beautiful. I love how you included the textured tag overtop of the vellum. So beautiful.

  13. Ooh, love the look of your vellum embossed snowflakes!

  14. I just love the embossing on vellum, such a pretty look!!!

    Deanne 🙂

  15. This is such a pretty card – I love the snowflake embossed vellum. Great work! So pleased for you xx

  16. Wow the dry embossing on vellum looks fabulous!!

  17. Gill, this card is stunning! The embossed snowflakes are fabulous!

  18. Gill, this is SO lovely! What a great idea to emboss the vellum – it looks sensational! We’re thrilled to have you as our Guest Designer at Merry Monday this week!

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