Monday, May 3, 2021

Happy Holidays


Hi there, blog friends! It’s time for the May challenge at CAS Christmas. Our Hostess is Christine and she has chosen ‘Foliage & Berries’ for our prompt. Our Guest Designer is Robyn.


I've been shopping at The Greetery lately and I thought this branch and berries die was perfect for our prompt. I used distress inks to watercolor the branch then sprayed it with sheer shimmer spritz and left the outline white. I die-cut the bow (also The Greetery) with white glitter cardstock and used gold embossing powder for the sentiment. Here is a close-up of all the sparkle on the branch.



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I wasn't 100% happy with my card...it just doesn't feel CAS enough. So, I pulled out a stencil, which was a gift from Loll, and I got busy ~


Thanks, Loll! I should have reached for this stencil, to begin with :)
I used distress inks to color the holly, berries and stems then placed a layer of Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the top. I then used gold foil cardstock for the die-cut sentiment and gold embossing powder for the stamped sentiment. 


We hope you’ll stop by the Challenge Blog and check out all the beautiful Christmas cards by our DT and Guest Designer...The challenge ends on the 24th, so you have plenty of time to play along with us...It’s a great way to add some beautiful cards to your Christmas card stash! I hope to see you there ~ 


Thanks so much for stopping by,






Supplies
Card #1:
Stamps: Altenew - Warm Blessings
Dies: The Greetery - Inside & Out Berry Branch, Fit To Be Tied (bow)
Misc: Tim Holtz - Distress Inks; Tsukineko - Sheer Shimmer Spray; SSS - Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder; Red Gems - stash

Card #2:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Pretty Poinsettia (retired)
Dies: Reverse Confetti - Winter Words; MFT - Sentiment Strips
Stencils: Magenta - Berry Branch
Misc: Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone; Tim Holtz - Distress Inks; DCWV - Foil Cardstock; SSS - Ultrafine Gold Embossing Powder

21 comments:

I Card Everyone said...

You CAS girls know best about what CAS means to the challenge, but Barb, both of your cards are perfectly wonderful to me!
LOve that die, so beautifully water colored. And using that glimmer paste over top of the red and green ink was a gorgeous way to add Christmas sparkle to your second stenciled card!
=]

lostinpaper said...

hahaha 'not clean and simple enough' you totally made me laugh out loud! Both your CAS designs are wonderful Barb, and whether or not it's 'enough' is your call lol.

Betty said...

I agree with Therese - you first card is gorgeous and certainly looks perfectly CAS to me - both cards are great!!

Bonnie said...

Two fantastic Christmas cards, Barb! Love that die with the white outline and colored leaves and berries! The stencil is perfect and makes another wonderful card!

Linda said...

Both of your cards are very pretty and I think both are considered CAS. Lovely cards, Barb.

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful designs on both cards Barb! Love those layered die cuts on the first with the pretty bow - and the stencil is beautiful in the colors you used and the pretty Glimmer Paste to give it a shine! xx

Linda Callahan said...

Your greenery cards are beautiful! And I should be getting a head start on the holidays with this challenge for sure!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both cards are fantastic, Barb! The branches were colored so beautifully and I love the shine of the berries! I can imagine the pretty shimmer.
The sparkle from the stenciled berry branch is so pretty. The combination of the gold foil die-cut sentiment and the sentiment strip adds dimension and interest to the stenciled front panel. Love both cards!
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

Both cards are amazing Barb, love the gem berries on the die cut and that glimmer paste is so sparkly ♥

Dawn T said...

two awesome CAS cards Barb.

Marcia Hill said...

They both look CAS to me too Barb and both are absolutely BEAUTIFUL too! I've always used that berry sprig from The Greetery just plain white, but it looks so pretty colored up with the green and red!! Your stenciled sprig is gorgeous with all that sparkle...I'm loving both of them Barb!! :0)

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Barb! Love all the sparkle you've added to your first card with the shimmer spray, sparkly gems, glittery bow and the gold embossed sentiment. Beautiful and elegant card! Your second card is so pretty with the bright red and green with the shimmer from the embossing paste. Two CAS beauties, Barb! xx

Susan said...

Both cards are fabulous. Love the shimmer and die cuts on the first. And the stencilling with the glimmer paste is terrific - I need to make some cards like that with my stencils!

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BożenA said...

Two amazing cards and two different techniques. I love how you keep the perfect CAS style, they are so clean and bright.
hugs,
BożenA

Cat Craig said...

Lovely festive cards, Barb.

Colleen said...

I think the vote is that both cards are perfectly CAS!! And I agree, both are stunning and beautiful!

Cathy said...

Two gorgeous cards Barb, the diecut foliage is so pretty and I love the shimmer on the stencilled one. I agree, both beautiful CAS cards, Cathy x

Karren said...

These are both beautiful, Barb! I love The Greetery and you've made their products shine and your stenciled card is just gorgeous.

Trina P. said...

Huh? Not CAS enough? Let’s agree to disagree. Both are beautiful and CAS-tacular! Love the sparkle and shimmer.


Robyn Oliver said...

Two gorgeous cards Barb... love that die with the outline layer and embossed texture, Robyn