Saturday, May 28, 2016

Merry Monday: The Greatest Gift

Life has been unusually busy this year, and I have done a very bad job at keeping up with Christmas cards via the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge, but nothing was going to stop me from playing along with this week's challenge - using a nativity scene.

I have quite a few nativity stamps and dies in my collection - so I just paged through them until inspiration struck!

Merry Monday Greatest Gift

I have to tell you my deep, dark secret.  I have a Misti, but I hardly ever use it.  I feel like I'm the only one left. I think I've just gotten so adept at the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig that the Misti seems like more work. However, there are situations in which the Misti is absolutely invaluable - and will always hold a place in my craft area - and this is one of them!!  After I had created a sponged panel that I liked, there was no way I was going to risk getting a bad image.  So I lined it all up on the Misti, stamped the first time, and sure enough, it wasn't a solid image.  Inked and stamped again and problem solved - with no tears (or bad words!)  I can definitely see getting more and more addicted to the Misti as it keeps saving me from these problems.


With my apologies, I used a set from my collection that seems to have been long retired because I couldn't find it anywhere to link it.  It's Greatest Gift by Hero Arts. It's sad that it's retired because it has some fabulous sentiments for the Christian meaning of the season.

Here's what is still available!


  1. This is such a beautiful Nativity, Kim! I love your background and the addition of the yellow sequins! I didn't use my MISTI at first and I was always inept with the SAMJ. Now I leave my MISTI out where I won't forget it and I use it a lot! Saves a lot of colorful language! So glad to see you back at Merry Monday!

  2. Beautiful! I love your color choices and your background. The addition of the sequins really takes it to the next level. TFS

  3. Beautiful! I love your color choices and your background. The addition of the sequins really takes it to the next level. TFS

  4. Lovely soft Christmas card, love the sponged background. Thanks for playing at Merry Monday this week Kim.

  5. Beautiful card. Love that Nativity scene and soft colors.

  6. Simple and stunning. Love your choice of colours and that burst of 'light' in the centre! Hugs xx

  7. Gorgeous! I'm glad you had your Misti nearby to stamp your lovely Nativity image. Crying - or saying bad words (which would be both of my responses, not necessarily in that order *grin) - not fun, especially when making Christmas cards, which should be a joyful exercise. After I catch up, I'm returning to this post...close-ups, and a whole lot more sighing in awe, required...


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