CAS Christmas February 2022 Reminder - Christmas Greetings

Hi everyone,

It's time for the mid-month reminder at CAS Christmas. The challenge for this month is:

Here's my card with an Alcohol Ink background from my stash:

[How I made the card]

1. Die-cut the trees and the circle panel.

2. Die-cut a circle from the Alcohol Ink background. The background was made with an acetate sheet and Alcohol Inks. 

3. Die-cut a circle from textured gold cardstock and glued it to the back of the white circle panel so that gold would peek through the die-cut holes.

4. Adhered the AI circle to the white circle panel, and then glued the trees onto the AI panel.

5. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment. I was happy that the shade of the gold embossing powder matched the gold cardstock layered under the circle panel.

6. Popped up the entire circle panel on the card base with foam tape.

I thought the bubble pattern on the AI background looked like falling snow in the forest.

You have until February 24th to link up your card here. I hope you join our fun challenge!

Stamp: Snow Globe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Basic White (Stampin' Up!), Acetate Sheet (Grafix), Textured Gold Cardstock (Recollections)
Ink: Alcohol Ink (Mermaid, Teakwood - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Others: Dies (Pine Duo with Outline - Alexandra Renke, Essentials Folk Edge Circle - Pinkfresh Studio), Embossing Powder (Gold Rich Pale - Wow!), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up Challenge February 2022 - Thank You

Hi everyone,

The sample cards of the CAS Mix Up Challenge Designers and Guest Designer inspired me to try this interesting technique this month.

First, I cut out several pages from a fashion magazine.

Then I chose this page for today's card.

And here's my card using patterns from the magazine page:

[How I made the card]

1. Gold heat-embossed the flower and the leaves on the magazine page and die-cut them.

2. Die-cut the oval panel.

3. Glimmer foiled the sentiment on the black cardstock and die-cut the sentiment.

4. Glued the flower, the leaves, and the sentiment onto the oval panel, and added gold sequins.

5. Adhered the entire panel to the card base.

I used the dress of the girl on the left in the magazine photo for the flower and the grass for the leaves. The card may not have turned out to look like Cloisonne but I really enjoyed making the card. 😊 And now I see the old paper magazines I have as interesting and unique design paper! I can't wait to use the rest of the pages I cut out for making other cards.

Thank you for visiting me today!

Stamp: Beautiful Day (Altenew)
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), Fashion magazine page
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Others: Dies (Beautiful Day - Altenew, Braided Oval - Pinkfresh Studio, Yana's Special Sentiments - Spellbinders), Glimmer Plate (Yana's Special Sentiment - Spellbinders), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Sequins (Satin Gold - Altenew), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Christmas February 2022 Challenge - All is Calm All is Bright

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the CAS Christmas February Challenge! This month's challenge is hosted by our talented Designer, Christine (It's a Card Day's Night). She chose Winter Scene as the theme. Our wonderful Guest Designer is Izzy (Izzy Scrap). Welcome, Izzy!

I had a perfect die and an embossing folder to create a winter scene. 😊

[How I made the card]

1. 3D embossed a piece of white card stock.

2.  Lightly sponged the embossed panel with distress inks, and spritzed the shimmer spray over the panel.

3.  Die-cut the fir tree and the frame twice from a piece of white card stock, and die-cut another fir tree panel to stack up for dimension.

4.  Foiled the sentiment on the die-cut front panel.

5.  Glued the front panel to the sponged panel, and adhered the entire front panel to the card base.

I don't think I'll ever see this kind of peaceful and snowy "winter scene" here in Los Angeles, but it was fun to dream about the scene while making the card. 😊

You'll find more inspirations at the challenge site. Please check it out and join the fun!

Paper: Basic White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage - Ranger)
Others: Dies (Tall Fir Collage - Memory Box, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle - CUTplorations), 3D Embossing Folder (Snowy Forest - Memory Box), Glimmer Hot Foil (Aura - Spellbinders), Glimmer Hot Plate (Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips - Spellbinders), Sheer Shimmer Spray (Sparkle - Tsukineko), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up January 2022 Challenge - Sending Hugs

Hi everyone,

When I saw the CAS Mix Up Challenge theme on New Year's Day, I thought this was an encouragement for me to try something this year I'm always shying away from.

Jenny's prompt this month is:

I tend to create crisp, geometric cards with lots of die-cut elements, and "Loose Watercoloring" seems to be on the opposite end of my craft spectrum. 

I sometimes think I'm too uptight to do loose watercoloring(!) 😓

Anyway, I gratefully took Jenny's challenge. It's a new year and it's a good time to push your boundaries a little, right?

This is as loose as I could watercolor!

[How I made the card}

1. Heat-embossed the image and the sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper.

2. Wet the paper with my flat brush.

3. Sprinkled a very small amount of Brusho over the flowers, berries, and leaves, and moved the paint with a small brush. 

4. Sprinkled some blue Brusho on the background and moved the paint with a medium brush.

5. Die-cut the watercolored panel, and popped it up on the dry embossed card base. 

The card is a little less CAS than I usually do, but I feel I accomplished my mission with the help of Brusho's free-moving powder. 😉

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Golden Garden, Beautiful Day (Altenew)
Paper: Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger), Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Others: Brusho (Violet, Leaf Green, Ost. Red, Sea Green, Cobalt Blue), Embossing Powder (Liquid Platinum - Ranger), Dies (Stitched Mod Square STAX - My Favorite Things), Embossing Folder (Subtle Dynamic - Stampin' Up!), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Christmas January 2022 Challenge - Happy Holidays

Hi everyone,

This is the mid-month reminder for the Silver and Gold challenge with Julia as host at CAS Christmas.

I made a masculine Silver & Gold card this time:

[How I made the card]

1. Sponged around the stag stencil with Silver pigment ink, going very lightly toward the edges of the panel.

2. Sprinkled silver glitter embossing powder over the ink and heat-embossed it.

3. Aligned the negative stencil to mask outside of the stag, and laid a knit sweater pattern stencil over it.

4. Stenciled the knit sweater pattern with gold pigment ink.

5. Die-cut the front panel and layered it on the silver glitter matte.

6. Foiled the sentiment, die-cut it, and layered it on another die-cut sentiment to add dimension.

7. Adhered the sentiment to the front panel.

8. Glued the entire front panel to the card base.

Please check out the challenge blog for more inspirations, and join us! The link is open until midnight (PST) on January 24th.

Paper: Basic White (Stampin' Up!), Glitter Paper (Silver - Recollections)
Ink: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Silver, Gold - Tsukineko)
Others: Stencil (Christmas Reindeer - ArtPlorations, Winter Stencil Strip - My Favorite Things), Dies (Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX - My Favorite Things) Glimmer Hot Foil (Gold - Spellbinders), Glimmer Plate (Yana's Christmas Sentiments - Spellbinders), Connect Glue (Gina K)