CAS(E) this Sketch #243 - merry

I made another holiday card using the sketch for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch (#243).

Here's Donna's modern-esque sketch:

I turned the sketch 90 degrees.

While making this card, I was reminded of the importance of going beyond your first thought (thinking out-of-the-box). 
This is what I mean:
The first half of the card-making process was easy and smooth. I used the embossing folder for the background, made my own holiday stripe strip using the background stamp, and die-cut the sentiment. Then I was at a loss what to do with the rectangular space on the left side... I tried matching it with different colors of cardstock, but nothing seemed to click. So I took out several kinds of vellum sheets. OK, the vellum with gold squares seemed to match well.
I didn't want to add anything else to the space because the space already looked busy with the patterned vellum, the red enamel dot, and the fact that it was right next to the red stripes. But something was still missing. I ran out of time, and I literally slept on it. I'm sure you all have this kind of experience. 😉
The next morning with a fresh mind, I started thinking about adding something to the space even though it was not my first instinct. Well, the pine needle die-cuts actually fit. That space is busy but somehow it looks better with the pine needles.
You never know until you actually try it out and look at it - a good reminder for me. It's not always easy, but I enjoy this process!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamp: Diagonal Stripes Background (My Favorite Things)
Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!), Patterned Vellum (Recollections)
Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Grid Embossing Folder (Spellbinders), Expressions Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!)
, Take a Bough Dies (Concord & 9th), Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up!)


CAS Mix Up Challenge - so grateful for you

This is my second card for the CAS Mix Up October Challenge!

 The challenge banner is:

This time I wanted to make something simpler and less busy than my first card for a change. I used Watercolor Paper instead of Bristol Paper. I liked the texture for stenciling, and the water droplets worked well on the watercolor paper.

I used stamping, layering two kinds of border stencils, and heat-embossing.

Thanks for your visit!

Stamp: Many Thanks (Mama Elephant)
Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Oxide Ink (Ranger - Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral), Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Accessories: Stencil Drifts & Hills (My Favorite Things), Stitched Rectangles Wafer Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Embossing Powder (Ranger - Liquid Platinum)


CAS(E) this Sketch #242 - thinking of you at christmas

I made a quick card today for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #242.

Here's Leigh's pretty sketch.

I used a Clarity brush for the first time to stencil the circle. As I heard in a lot of good reviews, it was amazing! I often had a problem with ink applicator marks, especially when I stencil this kind of open flat space, but with this brush you don't get any marks. It's a life saver for me.

I curved the sentiment stamp to match the swish strip and then stamped it with the help of Misti. Photopolymer stamps are flexible, so you can do this easily

I'm linking up this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Thinking of you).

Thanks for the visit!

Stamp: White Christmas (Stampin' Up!)
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!), Patterned Vellum (Recollections)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Ranger - Broken China),
Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!)
Cut and Emboss (Recollections), Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2 (My Favorite Things), Circle Punch (Fiskars - 1/4", 1/8"), Circles Collection Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Stencil Brush (Claritystamps) Glossy Accents (Ranger)


CAS Watercolour Card Challenge - hello

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge is celebrating their 1st birthday. 
Happy happy 1st birthday to the wonderful hosts, Bonnie and Loll, the inspiring Design Team, and the guest designers for the year!

I always appreciate their dedication to the challenge - organizing a fun and stimulating challenge every month, sharing with us their inspiring cards twice a month or more, and writing sweet and encouraging comments on entries, etc.
It takes me almost a whole weekend just to make a card or two, take pictures of them, and write posts (even though I enjoy doing it). So I can't imagine how much time and energy they spend on running the challenge. 
Thank you so much for your wonderful work, Loll, Bonnie, Nancy, Susan, Karen, and Christine! 

Here's a card I made for the CAS Watercolour October Challenge today.

The challenge theme is fall leaves.

When I looked at Susan's beautiful card on the challenge site, I thought I wanted to try the technique she used -  dabbing inks onto the stamps, then spritzing with water before stamping onto watercolour paper. Thank you, Susan, for the inspiration!
I really liked how the impressions turned out. Dabbing inks and spritzing water before stamping added more interest and depth to the impressions.

I used the Pop-Up Die Cutting technique (I don't know what it's officially called.) for the sentiment. I die cut the sentiment from the stamped watercolor paper, and also die cut 4 sentiments from dark brown cardstock. I layered the 4 brown sentiments under the watercolor one, and popped it back onto the open sentiment space.

Thanks for dropping by!

Stamp: French Foliage (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper (140 lb), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Ink (Ranger - Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch)
Accessories: Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Hello Honey Cuts (Honey Bee Stamps), Perfect Pearls (Ranger - Copper, Bronze)


CAS Mix Up Challenge - mail early for christmas

Another fun challenge from the CAS Mix Up October Challenge!
Thank you, Julia, for hosting the challenge this month!

I used stamping, layering 4 kinds of stencils, and embossing paste for my card.

I bought fir tree stencils for holiday cards just last week, so I was excited to use the stencils for the challenge. 😊

I layered 4 stencils:
Layer 1: Rectangle Frame - I made my own frame stencil using a mod rectangle die with acetate, and ink-distressed the background, leaving the center uncolored.
Layer 2: Fir Tree - I sponged the tree stencil with distress ink.
Layer 3: Snow (on the tree) - I stenciled the snow with white pigment ink.
Layer 4: Snowfall - I spread a layer of glimmer paste over the stencil. I liked the glittering effect of the snowfall.

Finally I stamped "Mail Early for Christmas". Now the card looks like a holiday postcard.

It's a little quiet for my taste, but it has a peaceful feeling.

Thanks for visiting me!

Stamp: "Stamptember" 2017 Tim Holtz Collection (Stampers Anonymous/Simon Says Stamp)
Bristol Smooth White (100 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Oxide Ink (Ranger - Broken China), Distress Ink (Ranger - Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles, Barn Door), Craft Ink (Whisper White - Stampin' Up!)

Accessories: Die-namics Mod Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Woodland Stencil (Tim Holtz), Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Tonic Studio - Moonstone), Window Sheet (Stampin' Up!)