CAS Christmas August Reminder – Tree

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Hello and welcome back!  This is the reminder post for CAS Christmas August Tree challenge.  Here’s my card.

 

 

A hill was masked off on the bottom portion of an A2 size piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamped the tree layers using the MISTI.  The first three layers were stamped with Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald dye inks.  The fourth layer was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Went back to the first solid stamp and re-stamped over the whole image with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  This served as a ‘mask’ and Tumbled Glass distress ink was then added with a mini blending tool for the background.

 

 

Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel then heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  Added snowflakes with a white gel pen, even on the embossed areas.  Die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, then popped it up with foam tape onto a white cardbase to finish.

 

 

I’ve had this set since it was released two years ago I think(?).  Until now, I’ve only ever used the sentiments in the set.  I have no idea why I waited so long to use this because it’s a great set!  I played around with different colours before settling with my favourite one above, but I didn’t want those experimental pieces to go to waste, so I turned them into cards as well.

 

 

 

Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is joining us again as our guest.  She and my team created some inspiring cards and you can view them on the challenge blog HERE.  There is one week left to join us.  Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
ABC Christmas— P=Plain, Q=Quote, R=Robins/Rabbits (chose P=Plain)
Watercooler Wednesday— #183 Gail’s Masculine Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Sequins
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge Stamps and Anything Goes
Addicted to CAS — #142 Masculine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas August Challenge – Tree

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Hello again!  I’m back with a second post today and Trees is this month’s theme at CAS Christmas.  I think this may be the first theme where I have too many options to choose from! 😂   I ended up picking a die and made this easy card.

 

 

First off, a stitched frame was die cut from Bristol paper using two different sizes of stitched rectangle dies.  The larger die was then used to die cut a rectangle piece from Bristol paper.   Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were then blended on with a mini blending tool.  Spritz it with water, then with a DIY shimmer spray for some sparkle.  It’s super sparkly IRL.

 

 

Took the tree die next and die cut from that.  Heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Assembled those two pieces together onto a regular stitched rectangle from my stash, then mounted it all onto a white card base to finish.

 

 

The fabulous Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is back with us as our guest.  We also have two new talented designers — Colleen and Linda — joining our team and you can find out more on the blog HERE.  There you will also see more wonderful inspirations from the team.  The challenge runs till August 24th so I hope you will join us.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More — #303 Holiday
Sweet Stampers — #22 Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys #123 Christmas in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas July Reminder – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  This is the reminder post for July’s CAS Christmas Poinsettia card challenge.  Deadline is July 24th, so you have one more week to join us.  I’m fascinated with color pencils on dark cardstock.  Can’t get any darker than black and since I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, here’s my card.

 

 

Started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Artagain drawing paper.  Used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the duo poinsettia image off the edge with white pigment ink.  Stamped the image again on a scrap piece for a third poinsettia (applying the rule of thirds and odd numbers).  I could have used the single image in the set, but why dirty up another stamp.  Coloured them with a white Prismacolor pencil and a couple of grey Polychromos pencils for shading.

 

 

Once colouring was complet, re-stamped the images with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Added clear shimmer to them then fussy cut out the poinsettia from the scrap piece.

 

 

Die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from silver foil and black cardstock.  Offset them on the panel for a shadow effect.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and mounted the fussy cut poinsettia with foam tape to finish.  At least that was what I thought… 😂

 

 

My husband was not thrilled with the monochromatic look, so I re-created it.  This time I used Bristol paper and white heat embossed the poinsettias first before watercolouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  He’s not a fan of pink, but he liked it more than the black!  Huh!  I was happy with how both turned out but I still prefer the black one.  My mom just happened to FaceTime me at that moment, so I asked her what she thought… and she agreed with me!  Ha!  😂  Anyway, what do you think?

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life is our wonderful guest designer this month.  She and my team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them HERE.  As always, thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge — #22 Monochromatic
AAA Cards #119 Christmas in July
CAS on Friday — #137 Christmas in July
Papercraft — #16 Christmas in July
That’s Crafty — Close to Nature
The Merry Christmas Challenge — Anything Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas July Challenge – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  It’s Christmas in July (and every month for that matter 😂) here at CAS Christmas.  This month’s theme is Poinsettia!  And here’s my card.

 

 

I started by white heat embossing the poinsettia three times on scraps of Bristol paper.  Watercolored them with a watercolor brush and a couple of blue Zig markers. Added clear shimmer for some sparkle and then fussy cut them out.

 

 

Next, created an antique frame by die cutting an opening in the center of a white A2 size Bristol piece.  Adhered the top and bottom two poinsettias directly onto the card base itself.  Popped up with mounting tape the middle one and the frame for dimension.  Silver heat embossed the sentiment on a white strip and adhered to finish.

 

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life was our May winner and is now our wonderful guest this month.  Be sure to head on over to the main blog post HERE to see the beautiful cards she and my teammies have made to inspire you to play along.  As always, thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
SSS Flickr #100 Anything Goes
AAA Cards — #118 Use a Frame
Just Us Girls — #447 Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas June Reminder – Masculine

 

Hello there!  This is the reminder post for the June CAS Christmas Masculine Card Challenge.  There is one week left to get your entries in.  Here’s my card.

 

 

Man’s best friend was my inspiration. 😊   Started by die cutting an A2 size stitched rectangle panel from Kraft cardstock.  Next stamped the puppy with Permanent Black ink on a scrap of X-Press It paper.  Coloured with Copics then die cut out with the coordinating die.

 

 

I wanted to create a Christmas tree scene since he’s all tangled up in lights.  To keep it CAS, I decided to faux dry emboss the “tree” in the background by die cutting a couple of pine branches (forgot brand) from Kraft cardstock and adhering them to the left-hand side.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed on a black strip.  Mounted the sentiment strip and the puppy with foam tape for a little dimension.  To finish, added white liquid appliqué to the hat brim/pompom, and Crystal Glaze to the lights.

 

 

Our fabulous guest, Bobby from Bits and Pieces, and my team have made some wonderful masculine cards to inspire you.  You can check them out HERE.  Challenge ends next Sunday on June 24th.  Hope to see you in the gallery.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year Round — June Challenge Non-traditional Colours
Time Out — #111 Holidays optional twist one layer
CAS Colours & SketchChallenge #276 Sketch
Sweet Stampers — #21 Animals