CAS Christmas Card April Challenge - holiday cheer

It's time for a reminder that we are already half way through the CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Ornament, hosted by Bonnie

Here's what I made today:

I tried untraditional colors for the baubles. I stamped with pigment ink and clear heat-embossed the images to give a shiny look to the baubles. The little patterns and the sentiment were heat-embossed with gold. I drew strings with my gold metallic pen. 
The front panel was directly adhered to the card base, so it's a mail-friendly card. 😊

Check out the challenge blog to see the gorgeous "Ornament" cards from the rest of our talented Design Team. The challenge closes on Tuesday, April 24th.
I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamp: Fat Pants, Modern Christmas (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)

Memento Luxe Pigment Ink (Lilac Posies, Rich Cocoa, Pear Tart - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Gold, Clear - Hero Arts), Uni-ball Signo Gel Metallic Ink (Gold - Uni)


CAS Mix Up April Challenge - so sorry

It's already mid-month and this is a reminder of the CAS Mix UP April Challenge, a fun Rubber Band challenge, hosted by Julia!


Here's my card:

This time I used Distress Oxide Ink for this technique. 
First, I sponged and blended a few inks to make the background. Next, I inked up the thin and thick rubber bands, wrapped them around my brayer, and rolled it over the background. Then I lightly sponged over the background again with Broken China to soften the rubber band lines.
The front panel was die-cut and the sentiment was stamped with Iced Spruce.

I liked that the background turned out to be ethereal and appropriate for the occasion.

I used Rubber Band Technique + Stamping + Die-cutting for the card. 

You have until 4/24 to link up your card here. Hoping to see your card in the gallery!

Stamp: So Sorry (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Mixed Media Paper
(Strathmore - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce)

Rubber bands, Brayer (Speedball), Die (Circle Leaves - Simon Says Stamp)


CAS Watercolour Card April Challenge - happy day to you

The CAS Watercolour April Challenge is "Bird", hosted by Bonnie.

I was born and brought up in a concrete jungle, and I'm not very familiar with nature.... I knew it would be a disaster if I painted a bird for the challenge.
So here's how I escaped from actually painting a bird and enjoyed playing along with the challenge. 😉

I sprinkled Brusho (Cobalt Blue) on watercolor paper, spritzed water over it, and die-cut the bird from it. The front panel looked a little empty even after adding the heat-embossed sentiment and the stitched frame, so I added some stenciling with Distress Oxide Ink. Lastly I popped up the bird with foam tape.

I love the Brusho' vibrant color and uneven texture.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Friendly Phrases (Stampin' Up!) 
Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Brusho (Cobalt Blue), Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (Bird Shapes - Ellen Hutson, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things), Stencil (Drifts & Hills - My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)  Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


CAS Christmas Card April Challenge - merry christmas

It's the 3rd, and that means the new CAS Christmas Card Challenge starts. This month is being hosted by Bonnie and the challenge theme is Ornament.

I thought alcohol ink is one of the perfect medium for showing the translucent shininess of baubles.

I made an Alcohol Ink background and die-cut the baubles from it. The sentiment was heat embossed in silver.
I thought something was missing but I didn't want to add a possible distraction from the baubles, so I made a subtle frame impression. I used a stitched rectangle die and embossing pads to make an impression of the frame.

Close-up of the baubles:

I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration from the beautiful cards our Design Team made. Please check out the challenge blog, and play along with us. I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamp: Embellished Events (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White, Foil Paper (Silver - Stampin' Up!)
Alcohol Ink (
Purple Twilight, Indigo, Turquoise, Patina, Silver Metallic Mixative - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Stitched Ornaments
(Lawn Fawn), Die-namics A4 Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Silver - Hero Arts), Embossing Pads (Spellbinders)


CAS Mix Up April Challenge - happy birthday

I was so honored and happy to be selected as Top Pick in January and now to be a Guest Designer at CAS Mix Up Challenge this month!

The April Challenge is Rubber Band Technique. Julia Aston is hosting this fun challenge. Check out the challenge blog and find great inspiration!

Here's my card:

I used Rubber Band Technique + Stamping + Heat-embossing + Die-cutting.

The background was done with the rubber band embossing technique - I wrapped rubber bands around a brayer, inked it up with VersaMark, rolled it a few times over the white cardstock, covered everything with embossing powder, and heat-set it.

The Koi was die-cut from a piece of gold vellum. I love the airy feel of the Koi. I stamped the sentiment, and embellished with the sequins. I hope you can see the shimmer of the vellum from this angle.

The challenge is open until April 24th. I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stamp: Birthday Builder (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!),
Gold Vellum (Grafix Arts)
VersaMark, Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (Koi Fish - Hero Arts),
Embossing Powder (Silver Pearl - Wow!), Sequins (Wisteria Blossoms Mix - Pretty Pink Posh), Rubber Bands, Brayer (Speedball)