CAS Christmas March Reminder – Holly


Hi there.  I’m back to share my second Christmas card for the CAS Christmas March challenge Holly.  As I mentioned in my first post, I don’t have a dedicated holly stamp or die, but I do have products with holly in them.  The stamp I used for my card today is one of my favourites.  It is versatile and covers a lot of themes such as holly, poinsettias, wreath, critters, Santa hat, etc.  And it’s fun to colour. 😉



To begin, the image was stamped in the centre with black Memento ink on an A2 size stitched panel die cut from Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics.  After I finished colouring, I accidentally smeared some ink on the panel.  Since I didn’t want to start over, I fussy cut it out and adhered it to a stitched Kraft A2 panel from my stash.



The sentiment (discontinued) was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The Kraft panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and clear shimmer was added to the poinsettias and bow to finish.



The challenge deadline is March 24, so there’s still plenty of time to play along.  For more inspirations from my team, click HERE.  I thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Can’t wait to see what you create.  Have a great day!






Linking to the following challenges:
Christmas Crafts All Year Round — Use Flowers on your Christmas / holiday project
Holly and Ivy Christmas#24 Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas#11 Always Anything Goes Christmas
ABC Christmas E, F, G is for Emboss, Frill, Glitter  (Emboss + Glitter)
Addicted to Stamps and More #283 Holiday







Guest Designer for Just Us Girls #419


Hello there.  I’m back for week 2 this month as guest designer for Just Us Girls Challenge (JUGS).  It’s trend week, and Silhouette Stamping is trending.



I wanted to make a Christmas card, but I didn’t have any Christmas silhouette stamps — or so I thought… it seems I have forgotten what I‘ve purchased. 😂   And here’s my card.



A stitched rectangle panel was die cut from Mixed Media paper.  A reverse circle mask was created by diecutting from copy paper.  Temporary adhesive was used to hold the mask in place, then the bird was stamped with VersaMark and white heat embossed.



Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch distress inks were ink blended for an Ombré sky. Wiped off excess ink with a tissue, then spritz with water.  Dabbed with a paper towel to get a snowy effect.  Quickly dried with the heat tool before stamping the pine branches from the set with Archival black ink.  Removed mask to reveal the mini scene.



Die cut peace from silver glitter paper and from black cardstock to offset them.  Added some subtle snowflakes with a white gel pen.  Mounted the panel with foam adhesives to a white top folding card base to finish.

Be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the talented JUGS design team HERE for more inspirations.  Hope you will play along with us.  Love to see what you come up with.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.






Heading over to:
AAA#102 Ink Blending
CAS Mix UpNovember 2017 Glitter (+stamping+diecutting+masking+heat embossing+resist+Ombré)
SSS Wednesday ChallengeSnow White
Craft Stamper – Take It Make It Challenge November 2017
Happy Little StampersNovember 2017 Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Tag





Giving Spirit

Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a Christmas card.  I couldn’t resist when I saw Merry Monday Christmas  challenge theme was elves  I used my favourite Santa’s Elves stamp set and my favourite colour combo, which also happened to be the same colours for the color combo challenge over at Winnie & Walter, to create my card.  I wanted these elves to show their Christmas spirit as they exchange gifts.


I used masking and spotlighting techniques to make my card.  I cut two A2 size stitched rectangle panels from white cardstock.  Both panels were stamped with Memento black ink exactly the same with the use of the MISTI.  I stamped the left elf, masked him, then stamped the second elf after masking off the ornament he was holding when inking up the stamp.  On one panel, I masked off both elves, then blended some Twisted Citron distress ink for the background.  I coloured the elves in with Copics. For the other panel, I did light shading with just a grey Polychromous pencil to add some depth.  Otherwise, it would look too flat.


To spotlight these elves, I die cut the coloured panel with a stitched square die.  I took the die cut square and lined it up with the image on the grey shaded panel.  To make it stand out even more, I added a white stitched frame.


The greeting was black heat embossed and a few sparkling clear sequins were added to finish.



Merry Monday Christmas – #216 Elves
Send A Smile For Kids – Early Holiday Wishes
Winnie &’Walter – WCMD 2016 Color Combo
Cards in Envy – Frame It
AAA Cards -,Game #74 Masking


A Snippet Christmas Card

Happy Monday everyone!  Had family visiting this past weekend, so I was not expecting to post anything today, BUT then I saw the challenge 58 card to CASE over at Muse: Chustmas Visions .  It reminded me of a monoprint background piece I did last week with my friend Christine. As I mentioned in my butterfly post, I was not having any luck using my Color Bursts powder inks for the monoprint technique. Well, Christine came over with her Brushos (another brand of powder inks), and with her help I produced this background.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

I followed the same steps as I did before, except instead of applying distress inks to the back of the stencil, I sprinkled black Brushos all over, ensuring there is a good amount in and around the open areas of the stencil. I think that was where I went wrong the first several attempts with Color Bursts.  I spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto a piece of watercolor paper.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

So that background piece was already completed from last week.  I just took it from my snippets stash, trimmed it down and then applied some Whisper White ink to the bottom 1/3.  I dried it with my heat tool.  The card I was CASEing had 3 different deer on it, but I only had 1 deer die. So to achieve a slight variation in deer size, I die cut one from Smoky Slate cardstock and 2 from some scrap black fun foam.  I then took my heat tool to those black fun foam pieces and shrunk them slightly.  I should have taken a pic to show you the difference.  I trimmed their antlers slightly as well.  I layered the background panel onto a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of white cardstock and then an A2 piece of Basic Gray cardstock.

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, backed it onto a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to the card front with mounting tape.  I love non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards, so this is exactly up my alley as far as Christmas cards are concerned.

UPDATE: I remembered now where I saw this idea for a card.  I need to credit my card idea to the super talented Loll Thompson who created these gorgeous cards HERE   She even has a technique video tutorial HERE.



I am playing in the following challenges:
Muse: ChristmasVisions – Challenge 58 Cornelia Wenokor
CAS Mixup – August Challenge Sprays
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 243