CAS Christmas April Challenge - from our home to yours

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the start of the April CAS Christmas Challenge! This month is hosted by our talented Designer, Trina (Phamtastic Design), and she wants you to make a Rainbow-themed CAS Christmas card. How fun, right?

We have a wonderful Guest Designer this month, Izzy (Izzy Scrap). Welcome, Izzy!

Here's my card with rainbow colors:

[How I made the card]

1. Die-cut houses and trees from masking paper, and placed them in the center of a piece of watercolor paper.

2. Sprinkled Brusho around the die-cut houses and trees, and spritzed some water.

3. After the watercolor paper was completely dry, peeled off the masking paper.

4. Silver heat-embossed the sentiment.

5. Adhered the watercolor piece to the card case.

You have until April 24th to link up your card here. I hope you play along with us and build your stash of Christmas cards throughout the year. 

Stamp: Cozy Christmas (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Artistico Extra White - Fabriano, 140 lbs), Basic White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paint: Brusho (Crimson, Orange, Yellow, Sea Green, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Purple)
Other: Dies (Home & Hearth - Ellen Hutson), Masking Paper (Masking Magic - Gina K), Embossing Powder (Silver - Hero Arts), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up March Challenge - sending lots of love

Hi everyone,

The CAS Mix Up Challenge this month is celebrating its 5th birthday, and I cannot miss this opportunity to join the fun! Congratulations, Loll, Bonnie, and the entire team!

I love this challenge because I can learn and try a new technique every month and the Design Team's sample cards are always inspiring. A huge thanks to the current and past members of the Design Team! 

Bonnie is hosting this milestone month, and her theme is Print Making with Die-cuts.

I think Bonnie originally shared this technique in her blog last summer, and I was so inspired that I made a few prints right after her blog post. I used the same die as Bonnie did in one of my prints, but I hadn't made a card using the print, so I made one today.

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]

1. Die-cut a flower from watercolor paper and colored the die-cut with Zig markers. I then placed the colored die-cut on another sheet of watercolor paper. When I spritzed water over the die-cut, the colors spread onto the new paper. I also turned the wet colored die-cut over and pressed it into the watercolor paper. 

2. Dried both the die-cut and the print completely. 

3. Cut the frame out of the print and adhered it with foam tape onto the mini slimline card base (*1).

4. Heat-embossed the sentiment in copper.

5. Glued the die-cut flower on the frame.

(*1) My slimline card size is 3-3/4" x 7". Michele (I Card Everyone) shared the useful info on watercolor paper and cardstock that matches watercolor paper in her blog, so I took her advice. Thank you, Michele!

The challenge/party is going on until
March 24th. I hope you'll join and celebrate the 5th anniversary too.

Stamp: Leaf Canopy (Altenew)
PaperWatercolor paper (Canson 140 lb.), Whip Cream (My Favorite Things) 
Ink: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Dies (Wildflower Stems - Sizzix, Nested Frame Cuts Rectangle - Hero Arts), Embossing Powder (Copper- Ranger), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Christmas March Challenge - merry christmas

Hi everyone,

It's time for a reminder card for the CAS Christmas March Challenge.

It's also our 3rd Birthday Party, so I hope you'll play along and celebrate with us. 

Here's my super simple card:

[How I made the card]

1. Stamped stripes in red on white card stock, and die-cut it in rectangle.

2. Stamped the sentiment in red on white card stock, clear heat-embossed it, and die-cut the card stock in rectangle.

3. Glued a few sequins near the sentiment.

4. Layered and glued the rectangle panels at an angle over the Kraft card base.

Since the red pigment ink for the sentiment and stripes has a tone that's a little light, I used sequins with a similar tone instead of Christmasy metallic red ones.

Check out the challenge blog to see wonderful reminder cards from DT and join the fun birthday party! The link is open until March 24th.

Stamp: Layered Lights (Stamplorations), Diagonal Stripes (My Favorite Stripes)
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Memento Luxe (Love Letter - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Dies (Nested Frame Cuts Rectangle - Hero Arts, Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Clear - Hero Arts), Sequins (Raspberry 4mm - Pretty Pink Posh), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Christmas March Challenge - let it snow

Hi everyone,

It's the start of the CAS Christmas March Challenge, and we're also celebrating our 3rd anniversary!

Our wonderful team leader, Loll (Stamping with Loll), is our host this month, and she chose a fun color theme:

We're happy to have our Guest Designer, Gundi (papierelle). Welcome, Gundi!

There's a party going on to celebrate our 3rd birthday with prizes, so check out the challenge blog for details. 😊

Here's my card with the three colors:

[How I made the card]

1. Die-cut one big square and one small square from craft cardstock.

2. Die-cut a snowflake in the squares. Layered a white die-cut snowflake over the big square.

3. Glued the squares onto the card base.

4. Stamped the sentiment in Distress Oxide Ink and clear heat-embossed it.

5. Added red glitter Stickles to the center of the snowflakes.

6. Die-cut a thin frame and glued it on the card base.

I hope to see your card in the birthday party gallery! You have until March 24th.

Stamp: Snow Globe Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
PaperWhisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Frayed Burlap (Distress Oxide Ink - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Dies (Layered Snowflakes, Stitched Square STAX - My Favorite Things, Essential Rectangles - Ellen Hutson), Embossing Powder (Clear - Hero Arts), Stickles (Christmas Red - Ranger), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up February Challenge - just a note

Hi everyone,

My dear friend, Nancy, is hosting a challenge at CAS Mix Up Challenge this month.

She chose Stencil Heat Embossing as the theme.

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]

1. Die-cut a square frame on the front card base.

2. Masked outside of the square frame and stamped the stone wall image with Distress Ink.

3. Die-cut a piece of acetate sheet with leaf dies and made a stencil.

4. Put the leaf stencil over the stone image, added VersaMark to the card front through the stencil, and heat-embossed with Distress Embossing Glaze.

5. Spattered gold Perfect Pearl inside the frame.

6. Made a sentiment strip by sponging white card stock with Distress Oxide Ink, and foiled the sentiment on the strip using gold foil.

7. Cut two sentiment strips, glued them onto the back of the foiled sentiment strip for dimension, and glued the entire piece onto the card front.

I love how the stamped stone image shows through the Distress Embossing Glaze. 

Sorry I was not able to get any shine from the Glaze or the Perfect Pearl in my photos.

Let's go and look at the challenge blog to see the Design Team's and the other participants' cards!

Stamp: Slate & Stone (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Weathered Wood (Distress Ink - Ranger), Speckled Egg (Distress Oxide Ink - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Dies (Layered Leaves - My Favorite Things, Hemstitch Squares - Spellbinders), Distress Embossing Glaze (Speckled Egg - Tim Holtz), Glimmer Plate (Everyday Sentiments II - Spellbinders), Glimmer Hot Foil (Gold - Spellbinders), Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger), Connect Glue (Gina K)