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!
Happy Monday everyone. Today I am sharing a CAS birthday card created for my sweet crafty friend Nancy. Her birthday is today! Unfortunately, I didn’t send it early enough and she did not get this before leaving on her trip… so surprise, Nancy! Hope you’re enjoying your birthday getaway. For her card, I brought back my favourite Buddy image and paired him with a NBUS happy die. Love these triple layer word dies.
An A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from X-press It paper. Buddy was stamped with Memento black ink then coloured and shaded with cool gray Copic markers.
The word happy and first layer were die cut from white cardstock. The happy word diecut was placed back into the negative piece to make it easier to colour it with a mini blending tool and distress inks.
The bottom happy layer was die cut from black cardstock and another happy word was die cut from white cardstock to be stacked. Birthday was white heat embossed on a scrap of black cardstock. The stitched panel was mounted to a top folding card base before the sentiments were adhered. Clear shimmer on the pastel coloured happy finished the card.
This was created for my teamie, Nonni, whose birthday was this past Tuesday. Happy birthday, Nonni! My idea was inspired from the image itself where I just used a real candle in place of the one in the image. The candle was cut in half lengthwise to provide a flat side for adhering. A scallop frame was die cut from a scrap piece of X-press It paper. Buddy with the cupcake and the sentiment were stamped with black Memento ink on the inside piece and coloured with Copics.
Buddy was then masked and Mustard Seed distress ink was added to the background with a mini blending tool. Dimensional inlaid diecutting was used to piece the frame image onto a white top folding card base. Clear shimmer added to the cupcake and a few clear sequins finished off the card.
Just one again from me this week, but be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations. Then get crafting and link up your creations. Just make sure it is CAS and follows the challenge guidelines . Thank you for stopping by, Have a great week.
I still don’t own any of the traditional AIs, so my AI comes from my Copic markers. The background was created using the acrylic block stamping technique. Copic markers in gradient colours were scribbled across an acrylic stamping block, then spritz with alcohol, and stamped onto a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die cut from Neenah solar white cardstock.
The flowers and sentiment were stamped with the MISTI using Memento black ink. A Copic Colorless Blender was then used to “remove” colour from parts of the flower that overlapped the background. Technically, the Colorless Blender pushes away colour and desaturates the area, making it appear like it’s removing colour. The flowers were then coloured with Copics.
A white gel pen was used to outline the sentiment to make it stand out more. With the stamps still in place in the MISTI, the flowers and sentiment were re-stamped with VersaMark and clear heat embossed. Clear shimmer on the flowers and a few clear sequins finished off the card. It was an easy make, so I made another colour version of it.