Stampin’ Up! Merriest Frames Pattern Best Year Deer

Well.  Here we are – day one of Standard Time.  I tried to tell myself yesterday that I was SOO happy that it was SORT of light at 7am.  And I believed it.  Sort of.  Until I had to feed in the pitch dark.  At 615pm.  Grrrr.  Hate.  It.  So.  Much!

At least there’s only 126 more days of it!  🙁

Fortunately, card making does NOT happen outside and I DO have lots of lights in my craft room so…I have a card for you!  Whoo-hooo!  This one features the gorgeous Merriest Moments Bundle with its wunnermus Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder.  A bold sentiment from the Best Year stamp set and…a red plaid Deer Builder Punch finished it off!  Take a look-see:

The color palette was the starting point for this one, and it was from the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

Hand Stamped Sentiments had a photo inspiration that – as you can see – informed some of my design choices! 🙂

I also added some elements thanks to the Festive Friday Inspo List. I got flowers – pearls – embossing – thank you sentiment – shimmer!

I started by embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock in the Merriest Frames Embossing Folder.

In the open middle “frame”, I stamped the sentiment from Best Year in Shaded Spruce.

Finally, I matted the embossed panel on a Basic White panel – and I actually popped it onto the mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals to create the card front.

On a piece of Basic White, I stamped some foliage from the Merriest Moments stamp set.  There’s a Cherry Cobbler berry bunch, a Pear Pizzazz leaf branch, Shaded Spruce holly leaves and some Pear Pizzazz/Shaded Spruce boughs.  For those – I inked the stamp in Pear Pizzazz, then used a Sponge Dauber to add Shaded Spruce to the centers of the boughs.

With everything stamped – I cut them all out with their matching Merriest Frames dies.

I took a piece of Pattern Party DSP (remember – this is the Host Exclusive paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that you can get with an individual or workshop order over $180 in retail!) and, using a Blending Brush, colored some of the black-and-white Buffalo Check paper in Cherry Cobbler.  Then I used the Deer Builder Punch to cut out a leaping deer.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere all the foliage to the card front – with the exception of the berries – those are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Then I adhered the plaid deer with Liquid Glue.

Using the flower dies in the Merriest Frames die set, I cut four Gold Shimmer Vellum flowers and adhered them with little dabs of Liquid Glue.  Then I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to the middle of each flower – and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a second Best Year sentiment in Shaded Spruce on a Basic White panel.  In the corner, I stamped the Merriest Moments berries in Cherry Cobbler.  I stamped them again on a sticky note and fussy cut them to make a mask.  I placed the mask over the berries and stamped the small holly leaf in Shaded Spruce.  Finally, I inked the smaller bough image in Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce (using the dauber method, again) and stamped it as well.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Basic White panel and into my Thick Basic White card base, adhered the card front with Liquid Glue – and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got the Merriest Moments berries, holly and bough on the front…

…and more of the Pattern Party DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love the Merriest Moments Bundle, don’t you?  And, while you CAN cut out the embossed shape using the Merriest Frames dies – don’t forget that you can also use it as a stand-alone embossed panel!  The center is perfect for adding big, bold sentiments like this one from the Best Year set.  The Deer Builder Punch (which is expected back in the warehouse the week of 15 Nov) creates a perfect embellishment – especially in plaid, like this one from the Pattern Party DSP!

I hope you like!

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P.S.  Today is my Mom’s birthday!!  Happy Happy Day, Mom – I love you!  You’ll have to just pretend I made (or even COULD make!!) this cake for you!  If I could’ve I would’ve!  🥰🥰🥰

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Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Thick Basic White Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Basic White Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner); Merriest Moments die cut foliage

Gold Shimmer Vellum: Merriest Moments die cut foliage

Pattern Party DSP: Deer Builder Punch shape; 3″ x 6″ (envelope flap)

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Finn Fan Fix 

Wayne was filling up the Man’s food bucket yesterday.

Finn saw…an opportunity!

He no dummy!  Get it while the gettin’s good!

The thing is – even with the MOTHERLODE in front of him – he was still so very dainty – no rushing, no trying to shove as much of it in as he could get.  Just pick up a few bites…chew contemplatively – next bite…repeat.

He’s so stinkin’ sweet!



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36 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Merriest Frames Pattern Best Year Deer

  1. Beautiful card! Love the white embossed background! Happy birthday to your mom!!! And Finn is rather a dainty eater…Ginny would have had her whole face in there shoveling in what she could while the lid was off. 🙂

  2. I love that embossed frame. It adds so much gorgeous texture to the background and your clustered elements are fabulous. Such a striking card! I love it. So glad you joined us at Festive Friday this week

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, JayDee! Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  3. Susan K

    Aah, beautiful! I love your layered foliage. Those shimmer flowers are my faves! TFS
    Big happy birthday to your sweet mom today! Hope it’s a great one.

  4. Mary, your card is soooo pretty! I’ve been trying to resist this bundle…..futile, right?
    Right there with you on the new/old time. Pick one and stay with it, I say!!
    And Finn, ever the gentleman. Eating properly. Lol.

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – he’s quite neat and tidy, even when he’s really hungry! I kind of love watching him eat! Thank you so much, Barb – and WHO do we need to bug about that time thing!?!? LOL!

  5. JulieP

    I for one hate the time changes. I wish we could pick one and stick with it. Your card is fabulous. I really love the black/red plaid deer and that background embossing is beautiful. Thanks so much for playing with us at the CC&S challenge blog Mary!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Julie – I thought we were going to do that – but…I guess not!? 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Appreciate you stopping by!

  6. Kathleen VanDeVeere

    Thanks, Mary! Am opening your pkg soon! I think virtual cakes are perfect!
    And your card today is too! Would send it to YOU in a trice!
    Love you!

  7. Michelle Schubring

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Heather Heroldt

    Love this, Mary! Such fun little pine and dee details, and that embossed frame is just perfect! (Oh, and I’ll take a pretend cake, too, lol! Looks yummy!) Thanks so much for playing at HSS!

    • stampsnlingers

      I wish I had that cake for REAL! Thanks so much, Heather! 🙂

  9. Joanne James

    I just love that frame Mary – so beautiful and so versatile too. Looks great in our festive colours. Thanks for sharing with us over at CAS Colours & Sketches and Festive Friday this week!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks very much, Joanne! Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  10. Samantha Johnson

    What a fabulous Christmas card, thanks for playing along with us at CC&S.

  11. I love the way your deer is nestled amongst the foliage. A great card.

  12. ZI

  13. Ann Wilcox Schach

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Absolutely stunning, Mary! The plaid deer is a perfect accent within the greenery. I am so happy you shared with Festive Friday!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Ann – those are very kind words, indeed! 🙂

  14. Patti Brunter

    Such a beautiful card! I love the deer in the plaid dsp and the way you have him tucked into the foliage. Thank you so much for joining HSS!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Patti – appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  15. Love how you created the deer and framed with the foliage and embossing folder. So pretty! I’ve been eyeing that Merriest Moments bundle and every time I see cards such as yours I get tempted. I also agree Finn is so stinkin’ cute! Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Genevieve! I cana’t resist taking a ton of pictures of that Finn-face! Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  16. Beautiful card! I love that you added touches to the inside of the card and to your envelope as well. I hope your mom had a great birthday. Thanks so much for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

    • stampsnlingers

      Always! No inside – no envelope – is there REALLY a card?!? LOL! Thank you so much, Leah – I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  17. Mary, I think tucking the Deer amongst the foliage was a brilliant choice. Such a nice card. Thank you joining us at HSS. Cheers, Jolanda – DT

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Jolanda – appreciate the kind words! 🙂

  18. Nancy Keatts

    Any idea where I can get the Christmas Merriest frame folder? I must have.

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