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






23 thoughts on “CAS Christmas March Challenge – Holly

  1. Two stunning cards, Trina! I can’t pick a favorite. I love the fireplace you created on the first one, so creative! I love the shine of the foil on the second one. XX So glad to be a part of this DT with you.

  2. So very pretty. I love all the versions. Thanks for joining The Merry Christmas Challenge.

  3. Where do I start Trina. I’m amazed at how you can create such stunning clean and simple cards like these.
    I love them both. Your attention to detail like the offset gray and white on the beautiful die cut and the gloss on the green leaves really add life to these cards. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card creations at the Watercooler Wednesday All about Christmas Challenge this week and inspiring!

  4. Love the way you created the fireplace / mantelpiece with the embossing. And a great holly garland, both in the green and the silver versions. I agree, foil is hard to photograph, but I can imagine the lovely shimmer and shine it has. It’s great having you on the CCCC DT with us!

  5. Both versions of your holly garland decorating the pretty mantel are stunning! CAS-loving heart captured! Congratulations on the new DT role, too!

  6. Both cards are true BEAUTIES, Trina. Very different even if they are the same. That strip of foiled hollies underline that gorgeous work on the sentiment, such a smart design. Congrats on joining the CCCC team, warm hugs xx

  7. LOVE that fireplace mantel with the holly garland. Awesome texture with the plank dry embossing and the brick embossing paste … this is very creative, Trina!! Great idea to offset the large sentiment to give it a gray shadow. Really makes it stand out. And gorgeous second card with the silver foiling. Another beauty!! Thrilled to have you on the team and to be working with you Trina!! xx

  8. Such a brilliant idea to create the look of a mantel for this gleaming holly swag to rest upon. It’s pretty in both the silver and the green looks. Love the bold look of the shimmering sentiment too. A gorgeous CAS card. TFS

  9. I’m so glad you’ve joined our team, Trina! Love your holly and the embossed bricks! This is just as pretty in the silver as with the painted leaves! Very elegant cards!

  10. Trina, Congrats on being part of the CAS Christmas Challenge DT, I’m so excited to be on the same DT with you.
    As always your cards are CAS perfection, I love the simple holly garland and the sentiment, both look wonderful with the brick wall background 🙂

  11. What a creative way of using a holly garland die-cut, Trina! I love the clear crystal glazed holly leaves! They’re so shiny and pretty against the white background. The fireplace and the mantle create the perfect scene for the holly. The silver foil version looks so cool and sophisticated. The gray shadow of the sentiment is effective too!
    I’m so happy to be on the same team with you. 🙂 Hideko xx

  12. Wow, Trina, both versions of your gorgeous card are simply breath-taking. Love the details! Adding the gloss to the green holly leaves really makes them stand out and adds to the realism. That die-cut sentiment is stunning. I absolutely love it. Combined, the elements of your card are simply perfect. A wonderful example of clean and simple at its best. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  13. Beautiful, beautiful card Trina!! LOVE the die cut you used and your water coloring on the holly leaves is just lovely!! LOVE the design of the fireplace and mantle too…very clever!! Congrats on being a part of this new challenge…I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with each month!! :0)

  14. So contemporary and such stylish Christmas cards. Congratulations on being on the DT of this new and fun challenge. Those die cuts are fabulous. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

  15. So contemporary and such stylish Christmas cards. Congratulations on being on the DT of this new and fun challenge. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

  16. Oh my, Trina, your die cut holly garland on your faux brick fireplace and wood mantle are so creative and beautiful. I love all your textures and how you were able to keep your design CAS. I agree, it is going to be awesome getting cards made up ahead for our Christmas stash. You DT girls are all so inspiring. I was thrilled to see you were chosen by Loll and Bonnie for their DT, my friend. Congratulation and Happy Christmas card Stamping.

    Love and Hugs, Nancy

  17. Two lovely cards using your creative fireplace mantel design Trina! that holly die is beautiful and looks great in both the green and the silver! Your layered sentiment gives nice dimension to your cards! Congrats on being on the DT for this fun new challenge! Julia xx

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