Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Addicted to Stamps & More - Challenge #174





Hello there ~ It's time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More, and this time our theme is 'CAS'! Bugaboo Digi Stamps is sponsoring this challenge, and the winner will receive (7) digi stamps from their store!




CAS cards are my favorite, so I've created three cards for this challenge...here is my first card:



I started by inking the sky background with SSS Sea Glass ink, and added some snowflakes with my Signo uni-ball pen. The village dies are also from SSS, and the snowy hills were hand cut to create my layered winter scene.

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For my 2nd card, I wanted something bright and whimsical ~



So, I grabbed my trusty Mama Elephant penguins and placed them inside SSS Tri-Square die. I stamped and masked the hats, then stamped the penguins...then, of course I colored everything with Copic markers...so fun! The Clearly Besotted sentiment was a gift from a very sweet friend. I mimicked the angle of the tri-square dies with the first part of the sentiment. Lastly, I added a few sparkly sequins, and that was it!

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When I saw this Gorgeous Card by Kay Miller, I knew I 'had' to get this die! Of course, I don't have her incredible water coloring skills, so I used my inks to blend a background for the flower and leaf. 

My last card:


First, I used Hero Arts Mint Julep and a few distress inks for the background, and a sentiment from PTI's Graceful Greetings. Then, I removed the stem and one leaf, and placed the remaining leaf on the bottom left corner. A few Rain Stones to add some sparkle, and that was it! Clean and simple, in soft pastels...just the way I like it :)

This is our last challenge for the year, so I hope you'll be able to find the time to stop by the Addicted to Stamps & More Blog and play along with us. Of course, we'll be back in January ~

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ 















22 comments:

TaeEun said...

Beautiful CAS designs! Love the red card with adorable penguins!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful cards Barb - darling village, cute penguin and gorgeous watercolor flower!

Loll said...

Three beautiful cards Barb. LOVE the sweet snowy village scene. The delicate shade of blue that you used for the sky is so lovely with the white elements. And your penguins are adorable!! They really pop off that red. And the flower ... wow, that is one amazing die-cut. Love the soft colours of your background. Great job Barb!! xx

Aileen (mum) said...

Barb, three wonderful creations. I cant decide which I love more, the town and snow perfect, those little penguins so cute and the last with the flower die cut. You may not do watercolouring but your blending is totally eye catching. The colours you use, love love it.

Deborah Frings said...

You're on a roll! These are all just lovely. I think the snowy scene with the houses is simply delightful. Love the fun penguins and that thanks card is amazing! xx

I Card Everyone said...

All fantastic, Barb. Don't you worry about having anyone else's skills, girlfriend - YOU have all the skills you need, and more!!! LOve that sunflower and the colors you've chosen for your perfect blending - I WISH I had your skills!
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*Vicki* said...

Wow Barb! All of these creations are amazing!! I have to say that I am partial to penguins, but I do love them all and they are all so beautiful and different too!! I'm glad you gave me another idea for the SSS building die! I love the "rows" you've created with it! I haven't pulled it out yet this year and you've inspired me! It's been a pleasure getting to know you on this team! HUGS

Rahmat said...

3 gorgeous cards Barb, love the 1st one, the houses look fab against the blue..the second one is a cutie, and I simply adore the last one, its stunning.

Rosemary said...

lovely set of cards, barb... the first one is so serene, the second just too cute and the last... so soft and pretty!

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh my goodness Barb what a treat these all are! That village scene is so magical and fantastic ink blending. Cute as a button penguins and you last card is beyond gorgeous and again your ink blending--swoon. Oh how I wish I could blend so flawlessly!

Karen L K said...

Wow Barb what great looking cards. The village looks so nice on that pretty blue background. The penquins...super cute. The flower die cut so pretty.

Lilian YF said...

Beautiful cards!!!
Lilian ATSM DT teamie
The Leaf Studio

Laura Bassen said...

Fabulous cards, Barb!!! That last one is so gorgeous with the subtle ink blending.... LOVE it!

lostinpaper said...

These are all fantastic Barb, love those fun penguin blocks with the bold bright white sentiment and that flower looks incredible with the subtle shading in the background, I can see why you 'needed' this die lol.

Bobby said...

Three fantastic cards, Barb. I love the placement of the village houses and those penguins are just darling but that flower die and your inking are fabulous.

Anita in France said...

I've just been up and down several times, Barb ... admiring each card more and more as I went! A stunning trio ... love how you layered the village houses on those snowbanks with the soft sky behind ... the skating penguins are such fun and so festive against that fabulous red ... and oh my goodness, what a spectacular bloom, gorgeous blending and just the perfect touch of bling! Just awesome ... each one! Hugs, Anita :)

Cat Craig said...

Barb, all the cards are wonderfully designed. I have looked at that sunflower die over and over again...it just might have to be purchased.

Kay Miller said...

Wow! Another feast for my eyes! Each one gorgeous! Love the white snow scene with the little neighborhood , and the little penguins are darling on the bright red background! Oh that sunflower is sooooo pretty! The subtle blending is just gorgeous! ((Hugs))

Neets B said...

Ooh, Barb, all so different but all totally fabulous! I can see why you wanted that die, your last card is so beautiful, LOVE those colours together x

Deepti said...

Oh my goodness ! these are so very beautiful, your inking is simply amazing :)

Greta said...

wowzer--what great cards, Barb! I really love the scene you made with the SSS Village dies! Inspires me to try another card with them!

cm said...

Time to catch up on your gallery of gorgeous, and this trio is a charming starting point! Your white village is so pretty; I'd like to move into the house on the right, please. The penguins...cutie patooties! Such fun (the middle one - what would happen to me if I tried skating). And the sunflower on the third...oh my! Absolutely stunning! You've created magic with that die!
Hugs~c