CAS Christmas March Challenge – Holly


Hello there.  I’m back with my second post for today.  Loll and Bonnie, the creators of CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour card challenges, are launching a new third card challenge today called CAS Christmas.  As the name indicates, it’s a clean and simple card challenge dedicated to Christmas cards.  For years I’ve been wanting to make Christmas cards throughout the year, but have failed miserably.  So now, not only will I achieve this goal, but I will be part of their amazing team right from the start.  On a side note, this month marks the 2nd anniversary at CAS Mix Up and there are prizes up for grabs.  And now back to our first challenge this month at CAS Christmas and it is Holly.



Those who know me know that I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards.  Rarely will you ever see me make a red and green colour Christmas card.  So needless to say, this theme was definitely a challenge for me.  Not just the colour, but also because I don’t own any  holly specific stamp or die.  The hollies I do have are part of something else, as seen in my card.



A fireplace mantel was the idea behind my card.  The holly garland was die cut from Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics.  As you can see, I could not bring myself to colour those tiny berries red. 😂



The fireplace was created with white embossing paste and a brick stencil on a Mixed Media stitched rectangle.  The mantel was created from stacking 4 white strips of cardstock and topped with a dry embossed wood plank piece.



The sentiment was die cut from white and from gray cardstock and offset for a shadow effect.  The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  Clear crystal glaze on the holly leaves and clear shimmer on the sentiment finished off this card.



I also found some silver foil scraps and made an even simpler version, which was what you see on the CAS Christmas blog. Photographing foil is difficult, but it looks so much better IRL and I love how this one turned out.

My talented team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you to come play along with us and you can check them out HERE.  Challenge runs till March 24th, so there is plenty of time.  Looking forward to seeing your CAS holly cards.  Thank you for visiting. Have a great day!





Adding this one to the following:
The Merry Christmas Challenge#9 Always Anything Goes Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday#159 Marsha’s All About Christmas
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes






Less is More #366 Monochrome

Hi there.  I can’t believe it’s March already!  Did you enjoy our birthday celebration last month?   I hope so.  Well, we are back today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  It’s a colour challenge and we want to see your Monochrome cards.  Monochrome is defined as black, white and grey, or tones of one colour.  STAMPlorations is our generous sponsor this month and its owner / artist, Shery Russ, will be joining us as one of two guest designers (GD).  Our other GD is December winner and the very talented Maaike from Cards by Maaike.











This was an easy one. To begin, an A2 stitched rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  The image was stamped with black Memento ink and masked.  Smoky Skate dye ink was then blended through a grid stencil with a Clarity brush.



I could’ve left the image as is since a lot of the shading is incorporated in the stamp itself, but I wanted a little more contrast, so I went in with some cool gray Copic markers to add more shading.  The sentiment was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.



The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer was added to the flowers and a few black sequins finished off the card.



Linking to the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes with STAMPlorations
Tuesday Throwdown#381 Black and White
Uniko6th Birthday Linky Party
Always Happy BirthdayBirthday Anything Goes Optional use Pattern Paoer
SSS Monday In My Garden
The Sisterhood of CraftersClean and Simple (CAS)



That does it for me.  For more fabulous inspirations from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!









Cheery and Bright Birthday

Hi everyone.  I’m back to share a couple more birthday cards to cap off my participation in Winnie and Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash challenges.



This was easier than it looks.  To start, distress inks in rainbow colours were blended with a Clarity brush through a Diagonal Grid stencil on a Mixed Media stitched panel.  A balloon was then die cut from it and vellum was adhered on the back to cover the opening.



Happy’ was die cut from a scrap of DIY black glitter cardstock.  ‘Birthday’ was die cut once from white cardstock and then four times from black cardstock to be stacked.  The string was die cut from white cardstock.



The assembled panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top fording card base.  Clear shimmer on the birthday die cut and clear sequins finished off the card.



I didn’t want the balloon cut out to go to waste, so I made a CAS birthday card.  Inlaid the balloon and used the hidden die cut technique for the ‘celebrate’ sentiment.




Too funny.  I actually had something different in mind, but I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!







Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashUse Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashGrid Challenge with Keren
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday Bash — Die Challenge with Lydia
Fairy TaleBlack/White Rainbow
AAA Cards#109 Die Cuts Only








Birthday Birthdays

Hello there.  February is a busy birthday month here, especially in this final week of February with my hubby’s, BIL’s, FIL’s and SIL’s birthdays!   Two, of course, are on the same day since my hubby and his brother are twins.  So I have more birthday cards to share as I continue with the 4th Birthday Bash challenges from Winnie and Walter.






The colours from this photo inspiration are similar to this Color Combo and they matched a package of Pretty in Pink Sparkle Blends I received from my friend Amber… so it only made sense to create this shaker for my hubby (even though he’s not a fan of pink 😂).  To start, ‘happy’ was die cut from an A2 size Neenah piece of cardstock.  The inner pieces of the letters were saved for later.  Stamped the hat, masked it then stamped the bear (from the same set).  Masked her (she represents me 😉), then blended pink dye ink through a Peppermint Zone stencil.



Removed masks and coloured in the images with Copics.  Covered the ‘happy’ opening with acetate from the back then used the happy diecut as a guide to inlay the inner letter pieces, adhering them to the front of the acetate.  ‘Happy’ was die cut from fun foam and aligned from the back to create the shaker well. Filled the well with sequins, then adhered a pink inked piece of cardstock to close off the shaker.



Mounted the panel to a white top folding card base.  White heat embossed ‘birthday to you’ on a strip of gold cardstock.  Added clear shimmer to the stencilled spiral and some sequins to finish.


Entering this one to the following challenges:
Winnie and WalterJanuary Color Combo with Heather H.
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashShaker Challenge with Lea
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashInspiration Challenge with Gayatri  (used the colours)
Mod SquadAnimal Fun









This next card was inspired by another card from Kelly.  Circle dies were used to dry emboss the concentric circle background on a Mixed Media panel.



On another piece of Mixed Media paper, the rings of images/sentiment were white heat embossed.  Ink blended Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks (DI).  Wiped off excess ink with a tissue. Spritz with water and dried with a paper towel for a bit of texture.  Die cut out with a circle die.



Stamped the balloon image from the set with the same four DIs.  No matching dies, so they were fussy cut out.  A white gel pen was used to give the balloons highlights.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and foam mounted the circle and the balloons for dimension.  Adhered a black white heat embossed sentiment strip and added Crystal Glaze to the balloons to finish.


Adding this one to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashDie Challenge with Lydia
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashComeback Challenge with Taheerah
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashFour Challenge with Shay (4 DI colors + balloons)
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashWatercolor with a Twist Challenge with Heather  (watercolor spritzing + white gel pen)
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday




Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.










Masculine Christmas

Hello everyone.  I know it’s February, but I’m easing you in to seeing more Christmas cards from me every month this year. 😉  So Winnie and Walter is celebrating their 4th birthday this month and I’m jumping in on the fun… a little late to the party, but I’ve finally recovered from two flus to be able to do so.  Winter Woodland was the first stamp set I bought from them and I decided to pull it out to make this card.



This card by Kelly was the jumping off inspiration for my card.  I also wanted to try watercolouring on color cardstock after seeing this done by Ishani.  To start, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Kraft cardstock.  The stag was white heat embossed first.  The tree ring was clear heat embossed next.



The tree ring was then watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  Had to be careful not to use too much water to avoid pilling since this was regular cardstock. A brown color pencil was used to shade around the stag to give it some depth.



The pine branch was stamped repeatedly around the image — first with Versamark and white heat embossed, then with Early Espresso dye ink.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of Early Espresso cardstock.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base to finish.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.







Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashComeback Challenge with Taheerah
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashWatercolor with a Twist Challenge with Heather
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashRepetitive Stamping Challenge with Crystal
Watercooler WednesdayHelen’s Masculine Anything Goes
Jingle BellesA-Coloring We Will Go