Merry Monday Challenge #88 - Use An Animal On Your Holiday Card

Merry Monday Challenge #88...use an animal on your holiday card.  How about using an animal FOR your holiday card?  LOL.  That is what I did today.  I love shaped cards...they are always so different and a little unexpected for the person who opens up the envelope.  The Merry Monday Challenge for this week is to use an animal and since I didn't have too many cute little animal stamps...I decided to use a reindeer cut file from the Silhouette store and convert it to a shaped card.  First though, here's the inspiration photo for Merry Monday #88:
I sure wish I had some cute owl stamps to use...(Joyce, this one is right up your alley!).  Since I didn't have any owl stamps, I looked through the Silhouette store and found a very cute reindeer file I could use instead (Reindeer Face, Silhouette Store, ID #14808 by Sarah Bailey).  
It was very easy to make a shaped card by inverting the shape and welding the top together slightly. I cut all the pieces from patterned papers...embossed the reindeer face with an embossing folder...added a lot of tea dye stain to the edges.  I drew a Santa Hat freehand, cut it out and cut little holes for the antlers to peek out from under the hat.  The cute sentiment is from PTI Santa Stationery.  The last touch were those little jingle bells so everyone can tell just when this little guy has arrived.  

I have already mailed out my cards for this year, so this little guy is going in the Christmas 2014 box.  Wow...only 374 days until next Christmas!  I better get going.  Check out all the sweet animal Christmas cards at the Merry Monday Challenge Blog.


Joyce said...

Cathy, this is so darling. You thought of everything--darling mouth, eyes, nose, love his hat, antlers and textured skin. Goodness, you even gave this cutie pie eye brows. You are right about me needing to get in for this challenge. I even have the perfect stamp--now to find the time.

Omygosh!!!!! This is soooooooo cute!!!!! I love it :)

Lynn said...

Cathy! This reindeer is so stinking adorable! I love every last detail!

Lisa said...

Move over Dasher and Dancer, there's a new reindeer in town!! Cathy this is as cute as can be, great job!

Cathy this is such a fabulous reindeer, you are so good with you Silhouette!

Sharron said...

OMG, he's amazing! Love all the details. You didn't miss a thing. Love him so much!

So cute!! How I'd love to get a card like this in the mail to look at and enjoy all the time. so sweet...

EEEK! This is fabulous! Amazing details. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Rhonda said...

Oh my goodness!!! What a beauty. I think Santa is bringing me a Silhouette so I'm keeping this in my inspiration file. So fun!!!

Bonnie said...

What an amazing reindeer, Cathy! The papers and embossing are perfect! While I love the owl reindeer, this is much better! Thanks for sharing him with us at Merry Monday!

Marybeth said...

You know I am going to say Adorable ! How cute is this! You gave him such a cute face too! Thanks for adding him to the Merry Monday challenge.
I guess I have way too many animals.

Wow! This is absolutely brilliant!

Achhhh! this is SO creative and clever! how fun!

Amber said...

Too cute, love the embossing and the little tag with the bells!

Wow, this is fantastic Cathy. I love all the wonderful elements. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Oh, wow, this is fabulous, Cathy! Great patterned paper choices and I love the texture you added, too!

Cathy, you are too much! This gets the prize for most innovative critter card! I absolutely ADORE it!! I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays! Holly Hugs, Darnell

Maria said...

Absolutely CUTE!!! Very creative and FUN!

Jeanne J said...

OMG this is the cutest thing ever. You are totally out of my league Cathy! Perfect details and the distressing too. Love his button nose, gem eyebrows..bells, embossed hat - another crazy over the top wonderful project!

Oh my goodness this is so cute and fun and charming! I LOVE IT!!!!! Love the texture from the embossing and all the sweet details that just make him so adorable!!!! are simply amazing...truly amazing! I love this reindeer, he is about as cute as any reindeer on the planet, from the sweet smile, to the dot embossed fur on his hat, just so stinkin' fun! Happy New Year to you and your family!

So cute, great DSP and love the little bells. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

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