Fusion Card Challenge and Monday Mood Board #24

It's a cool and rainy day here and the perfect kind of weather to stay inside and use some of those stamps and dies I have bought, but not used yet.  I am playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge which may just become my favorite card challenge.  Have you ever played along?  If not, you should!  You can use any stamps or dies you want and also have three choices of how to play along.  You can use either the sketch, the inspiration photo or both to create "Fusion".  Here are the sketch and inspiration photo for this month long challenge (lots of time to make more than one if you want to!)

Since we have a month to play along this time, I decided to use just the inspiration photo for this card.  I'm going to create a little Fusion by using both the sketch and photo later this month.  
I am also playing along with WPlus9 Monday Mood Board #24 which also had an inspiration photo that included lots of red and white, very similar to the Fusion photo.
In both challenge photos, red and white just jumped right out at me and in the MMB#24, I was also inspired the by berries, greenery and beautiful pattern on the silk ribbon.  Here is my card based on both photos:
I used WPlus9 Silver Bells Stamp set for my focal point.  The beautiful bells are colored with a glittery pen and the sprigs are colored with copics.  I thought the red/white patterned paper ( Martha Stewart Cottage Christmas) really reminded me of both the ribbon and the cozy scene in the Fusion photo.  The frame is from Impression Obsession (Circle Shaker Frame Die) as is the Pine Branch greenery.  I cut the holly berries from a Silhouette Cut File.  Can you see the berries are all glittered up with stickles?

I was cutting it pretty close with the Monday Mood Board challenge, but there is still plenty of time to play along with the  Fusion Challenge...you have one whole month to make something fabulous!  


Joyce said...

You certainly put your cold and rainy day to good use. What a beautiful Christmas card. So many pretty dies and layers. I do see the stickles on the holly berries, as well as the glitter on the bells. And, your twine bow up top is the perfect finishing touch.

Hi Cathy! What a great intro you have for the Fusion Challenge, much appreciated! I so love your card ... the loopy bow is wonderful, and those pine branches are a must-have. I love getting dies that you could never replicate on your own. Thanks for joining the Fusion Challenge!

Lyndal said...

Gorgeous card Cathy - LOVE the laurel & bells :)

Lynn said...

Cathy, absolutely gorgeous. I love all the shimmer! So glad you are playing with us at Fusion!

Karren said...

Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my sweet 16 card - it led me here and I'm so glad it did! Beautiful card, Cathy. I particularly love how you've repeated the foliage from the stamp into your embellishments.

Lisa said...

Love the loopy twine bow and pine Cathy!! Such a pretty bell image too, I like the shimmer you added. Pretty card!

Such a fabulous card -- I adore the fern punch at that top!

Wonderful card! The bells have a nice "vintage-y" feel to them. The addition of the glitter on each element is the perfect touch! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving some love! It's much appreciated.

Sharron said...

Fabulous card, Cathy! Love the greenery and wonderful loopy bow!

Lindsey said...

What a perfect combination of these challenges. Your card is beautiful! I love all the dies you've combined. I did notice the glitter on the holly berries..those berries are one of my favorite parts...I just love them. (P.S. How sweet of you to stop by my blog! You left one of the kindest comments I have ever received...thank you SO much!)

Marybeth said...

The bells are beautiful! Love the paper you chose for the background. So nice when one card works for more than one challenge.
I would have loved to stay home Saturday but we went down to Temecula to help Nicole ...the one with 6 kids...put in wood floors .

fabulous! I love the die cut evergreen at the top!!!!!

Traci said...

Gorgeous card! I love the sprigs and those glittery bells.

D- said...

Your card is wonderful. You combined the colors just beautifully. TFS.
Crafty hugs,

Geri said...

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for FUSION...we appreciate it!!! I agree...I love challenges that offer lots of inspiration AND you can use your own stamps/dies/style to interpret it all!;) Your card is beautiful! Love the layout,...love the colors...the cheery red and deep green...and your details and layers are so sweet! Thanks so much for joining in our festive return!!!

Jeanne J said...

Very pretty Cathy! Love the twine bow with the foliage behind and the layered tag - really fun and festive!

Adore your pretty twine bow and the way you have used the die cut leaves...very pretty card. Thank you for joining us at FUSION.

This is so lovely, Cathy!

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