Sunday, November 12, 2017

CAS Watercolor and Muse Card Club Challenges

Hi all ~ Even though my mojo is really low right now, I love a good challenge and wanted to play along in a few of my favorites :)

First up is the November CAS Watercolor Challenge for the theme 'Holiday':

My card...

I can't get enough of this holly leaf die, so I started by using distress inks to color the leaves and added splatters with white ink. I embossed the sentiment and mounted everything on a white woodgrain panel and added a few Nuvo Drops for a pop of color...done and dusted!

My 2nd card is for this week's challenge at Muse. Here is the beautiful card Anita created to inspire us:

My take on Anita's card:

This is my new favorite Christmas themed embossing folder, gifted to me by my lovely friend,'s hard to see the depth of the impression on screen, but in person, it is AMAZING! 
So, I embossed the panel and watercolored the holly dies, then fiddled with the sentiment to shape it to fit the banner. A few red gems, and this card was completed.

I focused on Anita's:
- Embossed panel
- CAS Layout

Have a great week, everyone ~ Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card #1:
Embossing Folder: SSS White Woodgrain
Holly Dies: Tonic Studios
Sentiment: MFT Snow Globe Stamps
Nuvo Crystal Drops: Red Berry (Gloss)
Stampendous Detail White embossing powder, Copic Opaque White ink

Card #2:
Embossing Folder: Richard Garay - Pine Needles
Banner: Lifestyle Crafts
Sentiment: Ellen Hutson - Christmas Scribbles
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Hero Arts White embossing powder; MFT Dill Pickle cardstock


Betty said...

two wonderful cards, Barb - elegant and classy with just the red, green and white colors and the holly leaves

Jen W. said...

Love how clean and crisp both of these are, Barb. I especially like the embossing on the second card and the sweet, wavy banner.

Judy1223 said...

Two fabulous cards, Barb! I really love your Muse card, the embossing folder from Michele is fabulous and I love the holly die (I need to check that out at Tonic Studio). A really pretty holiday card!

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Beautiful cards :)

lostinpaper said...

Love those big bold leaves and the CAS designs of both of your cards Barb!

Ardyth said...

These both work for the challenge, Barb, and are gorgeous! Love that big holly and the smaller one too! Thanks so much for joining us at Muse this week!

Bonnie said...

Two beautiful holly cards, Barb! Love the open holly and how you've watercolored and splattered it! The leaves are so pretty on the woodgrain background and I love the pops of red! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Cat Craig said...

Your holly leaves are fantastic especially against that woodgrain paper. YOu got my vote on your muse card, its wonderful.

Cindy C. said...

These CAS designs are gorgeous!!

Neets B said...

I have that tonic holly die and love it, you've inspired me to get creative with it again. I love that embossed background and the curved banner adds great movement. Thanks so much for playing along at Muse, Anita x

Kay Miller said...

Two beautiful festive holiday cards! I love the first one with the Distress inked holly! I can see why you love that die!The second one is so pretty with the sentiment and banner die! Beautiful work! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments!! ((Hugs))

cm said...

Crushing over your lovely holly cards, Barb; my CAS-loving heart is mega-watt smiling! The pine needles embossing folder really is pretty, isn't it! I managed to find one 'locally', so snapped it up! Only one use so far, but I have plans percolating...slow percolating *grin* Looks like you mojo is returning! Send mine my way, please!
Hugs and love,

Christine Alexander said...

both cards are gorgeous, I do love the open holly against woodgrain embossing CAS perfection. thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour :)

I Card Everyone said...

You know what I love as much as wood grain? Embossing!! Gorgeous holly, elegant sash... your cards tick all my boxes, Barb... and I now have a card to CASE, too! Thanks for giving me all the supplies I need to make it happen! xo

TK said...

Beautiful holly and perfect sitting atop that woodgrain! Your CASE of Anita's card is superb too!

Loll said...

Two lovely holly cards, Barb!! Love the open design of your holly leaf dies ... so pretty with watercolouring and splattering. The red berries and black sentiment add lots of contrast and colour. Great over the woodgrain background! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Second card is a great take on Anita's inspirational card. Your new embossing folder is so beautiful. Love the raised design ... Michele is AWSESOME! And love your sweet banner and sentiment. Now I can't get that song out of my head! :) xx

Dawn T said...

Stunning cards Barb. You are the queen of CAS that's sure!

Nora Noll said...

Oh what lovely cards!! I adore the first card with that dainty holly die. Just so elegant. The second card is so pretty with the Simple embossing and banner. Beautiful design on both cards!!

Anita in France said...

Two delicious, CASilicious Christmas delights, Barb ... gorgeous texture ... light and airy (like snow!) ... and so wonderfully festive! Brilliant! Hugs, Anita :)

Susan said...

Wonderful CAS cards! Your first one is my favourite with the lovely holly leaf die - beautiful shades of green. Love the snow splatter and the great embossing folder. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

nancy littrell said...

Simply beautiful CAS perfection, Barb. I LOVE your well balanced holiday design. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs

Bobby said...

I love both cards, Barb. That banner on the second one is something I need. It fits that sentiment perfectly.

Joyce said...

You appear to have plenty of mojo to me! Love both of your pretty cards.

Karren said...

Beautiful cards! The white splatters on the holly add so much interest - great idea!

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