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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas June Challenge – Masculine

 

Hi there.  The June CAS Christmas card challenge starts today and as you can see from the graphic above, the theme is Masculine.  I usually resort to neutral tones for masculine cards, but this time I decided to brighten things up.  I stuck to the blue end of the colour spectrum and created this fun card.

 

 

To start, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from mixed media paper.  Blended Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks with a mini blending tool for the background.  Spritz with water and lifted the colours with a paper towel.  Stamped the penguin with Permanent Black ink on a scrap of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.

 

 

Next, die cut each letter (unknown) three times from white scraps and stacked them for dimension.  Stamped ‘sending’ (discontinued) in black, then adhered the panel to a white top folding card base.  Assembled the card, popping the penguin up with foam tape.  Added snow with a white gel pen and crystal glaze on the letters to finish.  It was tough not to add shimmer, but kept reminding myself it needed to be masculine. 😂

 

 

 

Our talented April winner, Bobby of Bits and Pieces, is our guest designer this month.  Make sure to pop on over to the main blog post HERE to see the fabulous cards Bobby and my team have made to inspire you.  The challenge runs till June 24th, so there is plenty of time to play along.  Looking forward to seeing what you create.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Merry Monday — #292 Penguins
Christmas Crafts All Year Round — June Challenge Non-traditional Colours
Snippets Playground#327
Simply Create Too — #139 For a Male
Watercooler Wednesday#172 Anything Goes
Creative with Stamps — #27 Cute Animals
SSS Monday — Masculine 
SSS Wednesday — Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas May Reminder – Snowman

Hi everyone.  Just a quick reminder that there’s one week left to enter your CAS Snowman Christmas card into our May challenge at CAS Christmas.

 

 

So I didn’t think I had any snowman dies, but while going through my supplies for another project, I came across this Winter Scene Border die.  Since I love rainbow colors any time of the year, I created this soft simple rainbow colour Christmas card.

 

 

First, two rectangle stick frames were die cut from a scrap of mix media paper.  Watercolor block stamping was used to create the background by scribbling Zig markers in rainbow colours on an acrylic stamping block, spritzing with water then stamping onto one of the rectangles.  It was set aside to dry.  The other rectangle was die cut with the snowman border die.

 

 

Initially, I was going to stack the two white stick frames, but then decided to add some sparkle and die cut a frame from a scrap of silver foil sheets.  The sentiment was silver heat embossed on a white stitched rectangle panel.  The elements were assembled on the panel before it was mounted onto a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer added to the rainbow background finished off the card.

 

 

Hope to see your CAS snowman card in our gallery.  For more inspirations from our talented guest Barb and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:  
CAS WatercolourMay Challenge Rainbow
Christmas Crafts All Year RoundMay Challenge Anything Goes Christmas/Holiday
ABC Christmas — J & K: chose to ‘K’ Keep It Simple