CAS Christmas Card November Challenge - ho ho ho

Christmas is coming in just about a month. I'm sure you're all getting busy preparing for the holiday. If making Christmas cards is one of the things on your preparation list, why don't you make one or two (or many!) with a Santa theme? This month's CAS Christmas Challenge is Santa, hosted by Christine. We're joined by a wonderful Guest Designer, Pam (Expressions with Heart).

And here's my card:

I heat-embossed the Santa image and the sentiment in white on the red panel. I made a white Scallop trim and layered it under the red panel. Everything was attached to the Kraft card base. It's a very quick and easy card to make - perfect for a last-minute Christmas card. 

The Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Pam, have some fun Santa cards to share with you at the challenge site. Please check it out and play along with us! The link is open until November 24.

I'm sad to say that this will be my last month to share my cards as a CAS Christmas Challenge Designer.
Thank you so much, Loll and Bonnie, for inviting me to the CAS Christmas Challenge. This was my first time to be on a Design Team of any kind and I've really had a great time and learned a lot. I'm also so thankful for the friendships I've made with the wonderful and kind Designers of the challenge.

Starting from next month, I'll be on the Design Team of our sister challenge, CAS Mix Up and I'm really looking forward to the new adventure. 😊

Stamp: Fat Pants (Ellen Hutson), Gift Tag Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)

VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Punch (Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Corner - Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts)


CAS Watercolour November Challenge - merry christmas

This month's CAS Watercolour Challenge is hosted by the talented Susan Bridgman (Cardmaker's Garret) and she chose "Christmas Florals and Greenery" as a theme. I need to make more Christmas cards, so the theme is just perfect! Thanks, Susan, for choosing such a timely theme!

I made 2 cards using the same design.

[Card 1]

[Card 2]

The berries and the leaves were gold heat-embossed and colored with Zig markers. I partially die-cut the images using the matching die, leaving the horizontal strip as a connector. 

The sentiment was gold heat-embossed. The letter "C" of Card 2 somehow didn't get heat-embossed and was missing (and I didn't notice that until later), so I added a die-cut "C" to fix the problem. The gold strip was layered under the die-cut piece. I'm happy about how it came out.

I used woodgrain cardstock for the Card 1 card base, and I made a frame impression on the card base for Card 2.

The challenge is open until November 24th.

Thanks for stopping by today!

[Card 1]
Stamp: Winter Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Modern Christmas (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: Mix Media Paper (Strathmore - 140 lb.), Woodgrain Bark (coffee brown), Gold Foil Cardstock (Altenew)
Zig Clean Colore Real Brush Marker (Geranium Red, Wine Red, Mid Gray, Green, Dark Green, Green Gray - Kuretake), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts),
Nuvo Crystal Drop (Gloss White), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)
[Card 2]
Stamp: Winter Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Modern Christmas (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: Mix Media Paper (Strathmore - 140 lb.),
White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Gold Foil Cardstock (Altenew)
Zig Clean Colore Real Brush Marker (Geranium Red, Wine Red, Mid Gray, Green, Dark Green, Green Gray - Kuretake), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics
Stitched Mod Rectangle Stax (My Favorite Things), Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits (Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Nuvo Crystal Drop (Gloss White), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas 2018 - merry

I'd like to share with you a tag I made for Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas this weekend.

An entry tag should be a Mixed Media or CAS Mixed Media Christmas tag.

Here's my tag:

1. I stenciled the berries and the greenery on a piece of Bristol paper with distressed crayons. The stencil image was quite small, so I used damp Q-tips to push the crayon into the stencil openings.
2. I die-cut the stenciled piece and brushed the image with a shimmer pen.
3. I heat-embossed the entire tag with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and heat-embossed the sentiment over the UTEE coated surface. 
4. I die-cut the same tag with light blue for backing.

I sponged light blue Distress Ink in the background but it didn't show much, especially after covering it with UTEE which has a yellow tint.

I love the glossy-look of the tag!

Check out the gallery here. I hope you join the fun!

Stamp: Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Bristol Paper (100 lb. - Strathmore), Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Crayons (Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Antiqued Bronze), Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:Die-namics Tag Builder Blue Prints 4 (My Favorite Things), Stencil (Layering Mini Collection #19 - Tim Holtz), Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Clear - Ranger), Embossing Powder (Tempting Turquoise - Stampin' Up!), Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (Glitter Gloss), Natural Multiweight Hemp Cord (Hemptique)


CAS Mix Up November Challenge - hello beautiful

This month's CAS Mix Up Challenge is hosted by the very talented Bonnie and she chose "Embossing Folder" as a challenge. Thank you, Bonnie, for providing a lot of useful tutorial video links on the challenge site.

Here's what I made with the embossing folder:

Using dry embossing, stamping, die-cutting, heat-embossing

It was so fun making a card using an embossed aluminum foil last month that I did it again. 😊

First, I cut a panel of cardstock and wrapped it with aluminum foil, then I dry embossed the leaves. I dropped a few colors of alcohol ink on the embossed foil and spread them with the AI applicator and blending solution.
I die cut a leaf out of a piece of vellum and used the negative as a leaf-shaped window. The sentiment was gold heat-embossed on the vellum.
Finally everything was layered - the stitched frame, the die-cut vellum piece, the embossed & colored foil panel - on the card base.

I really liked how the embossed & colored leaves showed up through the vellum.

The challenge is open until November 24th. I hope you play along too.

Thanks for checking in today!

Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Gumball Green, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum
(My Favorite Things), Reynolds Wrap (Heavy Duty)
Alcohol Ink (Sunshine Yellow. Sunset Orange, Botanical, Teakwood - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Accessories: 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Leaves - Sizzix), Dies (Grateful Leaf - Concord & 9th, Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangles Frames - My Favorite Things) Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)


CAS Christmas Card November Challenge - home for christmas

Today is the start of the CAS Christmas November Challenge!
Our talented designer, Christine, is hosting the challenge and the theme is Santa. How fun! And we have a wonderful Guest Designer, Pam (Expressions with Heart), this month.

Here's my card:

Do you see a tiny Santa riding in the sleigh? 😁

I punched out a circle from a post-it note and used it as a mask for the moon.
I ink-distressed the sky starting with Iced Spruce to Blueprint Sketch to Faded Jeans to Black Soot. I peeled the mask and gave the moon just a hint of light yellow.

I heat-embossed the reindeer and sleigh in silver, but it looked more gray than silver probably because it reflected the dark sky background, so I added Silver Stickles to the heat-embossed area to give it a little sparkle.
This card will travel a long way, so I glued the white hill die-cut directly to the card base instead of popping it up.

Check out the challenge blog and come join us in the fun! You have until the 24th of the month. Looking forward to seeing your Santa card in the gallery!

Stamp: Holiday Home, Jingle All the Way (Stampin' Up!)
Bristol Paper (100 lb. - Strathmore), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Iced Spruce, Squeezed Lemonade - Ranger), Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Silver - Hero Arts), Stickles (Silver Ice - Ranger)