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Monday, April 11, 2016

Merry Monday 200th Challenge Celebration & CAS Mix Up Challenge

Welcome friends to our 200th Challenge
of the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge!
We have a special line up of people to help us with inspiration this time.
We each selected someone whom we admire and asked them to join us in providing inspiration to here we go:

Do you see all that shine? That is from the Inka Gold "platinum:.
I took a piece of pink paper (PTI Lovely Lady), scrunched up a piece of saran wrap and dipped it into the Inka Gold and then dabbed it all over the pink card.
I die cut that piece using Memory Box Pine Border die, I then took some PTI Luxe Silver Cardstock and die cut the MB Pine Border Outline.
I decided a little falling snow was in order, so I pulled out SSS Falling Snow stencil and used more of the Inka Gold Platinum!
My sentiment is from PTI Signature Greetings.
The strip of silver to 'ground' everything is an Inkssentials aluminum self adhesive foil tape.
And now for MY Special Guest:
Marcia plays along regularly and I am always in awe of her talent and the beautiful cards she makes.  I think you will agree this is no exception.  Isn't it stunning?
Please check out her blog for the details and join us in this 200th Celebration!
Here is the graphic Lesley has designed for our 200th Celebration!
You may select any of the four choices to play along! 
 We thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing how you are inspired!
There are plenty of people to give you added inspiration, so please go check out the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge Blog and see all the beautiful cards!
And congratulations Lesley on making this a FUN and SPECIAL 200TH CHALLENGE!!
And thank you friends for faithfully making your Christmas cards year round with us!
Heart Hugs! 

Edited to add: Both Loll and Bonnie reminded me that I could link this card up to their CAS Mix Up Card Challenge,
so that is what I am doing!!

 I stamped my sentiment, I used a stencil for my falling snow and I used a mixed media with Inka Gold.  Thank you for reminding me!


  1. Beautiful card Colleen!! Don't you just love playing with Inka Gold?! I love the shimmer it gives to your row of lovely pink trees! I have not tried using crinkled up saran wrap with the Inka Gold yet, but I definitely will! Thank you so much for inviting me to play along for this 200th challenge...SO much fun and totally appreciate the kind words! :0)

  2. Love your card! Beautiful in silver, white and pink! marcia's card is very lovely too!

  3. Gorgeous card Colleen,both yours and Marcia's! Love the shimmer and beautiful silver snow and I love that Christmas blessing stamp!

  4. Hi Colleen!!!! Gorgeous Pink and Silver Christmas!! So classy and what a great guest card too, WOW, you two coordinated very well!!! Happy 200th Merry Monday Challenges!!!

  5. These two cards are just gorgeous! LOVE them!!! Have a great week!

  6. Both of these cards are so lovely. I too love the Inka Gold platinum!

  7. Gorgeous pink and silver cards by both you and Marcia, Colleen! Congrats on the 200th challenge and thanks for the inspiration!!

  8. Your card and Marcia's are both so beautiful. Love all that shine.

  9. These are just the two prettiest cards!! I love the pink and silver together that you both used!! I am bowing! girls!! : )


  10. Hi Colleen. Your card is GORGEOUS. Inka Gold is one of my favourite products to use, and I LOVE it through your stencil. Adds lots of shine --- so pretty. And LOVE the idea of dabbing it with scrunched cling wrap and pouncing onto card stock --- great idea! Your card is amazing! And it would be perfect for the CAS Mix Up April challenge - Stenciling. Would love for you to join us. :)

    And your are very welcome for the watermark and signature file. It looks awesome! And great job sticking with me during the process of getting it uploaded to your photos --- I know it was tricky! xx

  11. Love the inka gold with pink so gorgeous.
    Hugs Hester

  12. The pink & gold look great together Colleen and great choice for Guest Designer for our celebration!

  13. Wow! Colleen, this is gorgeous! I love the snowflakes done with the stencil and Inka and how you've used the Inka to dab on the colored cardstock. Two great ideas I'd never thought of! Hope you have a great week! (And your card is perfect for the CAS Mix Up challenge.)

  14. Thanks for linking to CAS Mix Up Colleen!! xx

  15. So glad you brought this over to CAS Mix Up! The gallery is even more awesome!

  16. Colleen, your card is simply gorgeous -- LOVE the pink and silver! Hope you're having a great week!

  17. Beautiful little wintry scene Colleen, I love the pink and silver.

  18. Wow, wow, wow! I so love this card, Colleen & you sure picked a talented crafter as your guest! Marcia's card is a beauty, too!

  19. I love that you were both inspired by those pretty pinks! Beautiful cards ladies!


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