Monday, March 5, 2018

CAS Christmas - March Challenge & MFT Sketch Challenge #374

Hi there blog friends,
I'm back to share 2 cards I created over the weekend...Have you heard? Loll and Bonnie have a brand new challenge...CAS Christmas! No more excuses for me to feel overwhelmed in December, frantically creating 20 or 30 more Christmas cards :)

The theme for March is 'Holly'. I have a serious collection of holly stamps and dies, so I'll be entering again next week :). I rarely use patterned papers on my cards, but I have a pack of PTI gold foil papers and thought the stripes would work well here. I stamped the holly and berries and although it's not noticeable on screen, I added glossy accents to the berries for shine. A gold embossed sentiment and a few gold sequins, and that was it...a CAS Christmas card!


My 2nd card is for this week's Sketch Challenge at MFT:

I was eager to ink up this cute stamp...I colored her with Copic markers, created the background with stencils, then mounted the frame on stone gray cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such sweet comments...I read them all, and appreciate them very much! Have a great week!

Card #1
Stamps: PTI - Spruce/Sprigs; Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style
Dies: PTI - Spruce/Sprigs
Cardstock/Papers: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Gold Luxe Foil Patterned Papers; MFT - Gold Foil Cardstock
Inks: SSS Green Leaf; MFT - Cherry Crisp; Versamark
Misc: WOW - Super Fine Gold EP; Pretty Pink Posh - Gold Sequins; Glossy Accents; Fun Foam

Card #2
Stamps: MFT - New Best Friend
Dies: MFT - New Best Friend, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Stencils: MFT - Drifts/Hills, Mini Cloud Edges
Cardstock/Papers: PTI - Stamper's Select White; MFT - Stone Gray
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; MFT - Black Hybrid ink, Cement Gray; Tim Holtz - Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Misc: iCraft - 3D Foam Squares


Loll said...

Beautiful and elegant holly card Barb. Those gold strips at the bottom add lots of shine as does the embossing. So happy you're sharing your card with us at CAS Christmas! xx

Loll said...

Shoot! Forgot to mention that your little girl holding the cat is ADORABLE! Pet's do make life sweeter! xx

Betty Keefe said...

gorgeous christmas card, Barb - those gold stripes make it so classy!

Bonnie said...

Wow! This is one gorgeous card, Barb! Love the holly and all that gold and the offset cut! So elegant! Love that sweet little gal with her kitty too! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Christine Alexander said...

Barb, I've been trying not to collect anymore DP but the gold strips are gorgeous. I love your layout cut on the slight diagonal with your holly as the focal point. So looking forward to seeing your next entry. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Christine Alexander said...

oops forgot to say love your second card. Of course Pets make life sweeter, I know my Golden Retrievers do :)

Karren said...

Wow, just wow! Your first card is so elegant and a fabulous design and your second card is adorable - super cute image!

Dawn Turley said...

What a lovely card.

Cindy C. said...

The holly card is so elegant and classy! And I love how you did the grass/ground for the cute girl on the second one.

Cat Craig said...

Your holly card is a stunner Barb, fabulous with those gold touches. Your lil girl embodies your sentiment. Sweet.

Darnell said...

Both cards are marvelous, Barb! Your elegant make for Loll's new challenge is worthy of a win in my book! So stylish! And your sweetheart card is as precious as can be!! Hugs, Darnell

Kara Lynne said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, Barb! Those gold stripes are so elegant with your wonderful holly! That little girl is just the sweetest and I love the lovely day you've given her complete with green grass (yes, the snow is getting to me).

I Card Everyone said...

Barb!!! A most beautiful Christmas card... omg I LOve that gold stripe, and it doesn't take much imagination to know that the glossy berries are scrumptious irl!
Your little kitty-loving darling is just that: DARLING!! I totally missed her in the shop... I might have mentioned my resistance... I think she is in the most wonderful hands... xx

Bobby said...

Those gold stripes are stunning with just a touch of holly on the side, Barb. I've seen a lot of people using that PTI set and I'm thinking I should add it to my wish list. The little girl is darling and looks just like my great granddaughter. I love the softly stenciled background.

Tracey McNeely said...

Absolutely stunning Barb! I love the gold!!!

Anita in France said...

That little girl with the sweet kitty is adorable, Barb ... and the background blending is so deliciously soft and subtle! Your CAS Christmas card ... oh my, it's gorgeous ... crisp, stylish and with so much pizazz from those gold stripes and embossed sentiment! Hugs, Anita :)

nancy littrell said...
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nancy littrell said...

Love your modernistic and monochromatic holly Christmas card design. TFS Barb. Hugs