CAS Christmas Borders

Hello once again. I have a CAS card to share today made for a few challenges. I find CAS quite difficult, and always want to add more to them – I have to restrain myself!

Here is my card:

I used a 5×7 inch card base, and stamped two of the borders from a Uniko stamp set, using Barn Door Distress Oxide.

That’s it- all done…………

However, trying to decide which borders to use, which one on top, whether to stick to two of the borders and not add more – now that was difficult.

The stamps are also a little longer than the card base – arranging the images to be as central as possible – again – not easy!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Water Cooler Challengeanything goes

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer card with winter flora

AAA CardsCAS maxi white space with option of geometric

Snowflakes everywhere

Hi there. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always, the theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I ended up making two cards on a similar theme:

This first card is using the Concord and 9th ‘Snowflakes Turnabout‘ stamp set and Altenew inks – the four blue shades. The 3 additional snowflakes are also from Concord and 9th, and die cut out of Crafters Companion Ice Blue Luxury card. A little more shine and dimension:

This second card is using the same turnabout stamp set, heat embossing in white on a light blue background:

I actually heat embossed each layer before turning it round to stamp the next, so it’s a good thing I had the turnabout jig to line things up again.

I again die cut the Concord and 9th ‘Snow Flurry’ dies out of the same ice blue shiny card.

I hope you can come and join us and make more cards for your Christmas stash – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. XX

By the way – there is still time to add your creations to our Design Team call………. 🙂

Challenges I shall be entering:

Just Add Inkadd a technique (embossing)

Crafty Friendsembossing wet or dry

Allsorts Challengemake your own background

Christmas Corners

Hello again – some more time in my craft room this morning, I decided I wanted to colour some images, so broke out my new Clearly Besotted stamp set ‘Christmas Corners‘ and set to it.

Here is my creation:

I stamped the images in Gina K amalgam ink, chose some colours:

and once coloured cut out using my Scan’n’cut – always a little nervous doing this as still getting to grips with that machine, and always wonder if it’s going to miss an outline or something – in this case it was perfect.

I stamped the sentiment on the card base, then adhered my mouse and baubles images, and attached to a 7×5 inch card base – my go-to size of card.

I also added some Ranger ‘Glossy Accents‘ to the lights, and some white gel pen for highlights, then let it dry before I stood it up to take a photo.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Sunday CAS big sentiment or word

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas with option making own background (option not taken)

Crimbo Crackers Challengeanything Christmas or Festive

Colour Crazy Challengeanything colouring

The Sisterhood of CraftersCAS

Tone on Tone Snowflake

Hello again. I have been creating a card for a few challenges today:

A clean and simple card utilising a cue word, and some die cutting.

I used Lawn Fawn ‘Fog‘ card stock, and die cut the Concord and 9th snow flakes – with double-sided backing paper on the back – and stuck to a die-cut panel.
The smaller snowflake I added on top of the larger snowflake, and some of the little tear-drop excess pieces I stuck onto the larger snowflake as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed on white, just to tie-in with the background white card,

Here is where I played a little with the brightness on the photo:

……but I think is a little too bright – but I’m playing!

Challenges I shall be entering:

CASologycue word ‘FOG’ (fog card-stock)

Inspire.Create Challenge – die-cutting

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

Sparkly Reindeer Christmas

Hello. I have another Christmas sparkling card to share today:

I used a die set designed by Cathie Shuttleworth for Creative Expressions, and die cut that out of white card stock. I kept the white un-blingy, as I knew the black sparkly card was sooooo sparkly, that it would be too much. Too much bling? I am sure I heard you ask that…..well, yes, for this card anyway!

A couple more pictures:

I added the stars that came from the die cut to the background, and then die cut some snowflakes using the Concord and 9th ‘Stocking Stuffers‘ die set – again all in plain white card.

Quite a simple carde to put together, once I had decided on the design and which card stock to use.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakersblack as the main colour

Watercooler Challengesoccasions

Dragonfly Dreamsuse black – a lot or a little

Rainbow card challengebrazenly black

Double D Challenges Silhouettes

Blingy Star

Hi there. Another challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz and this time we want to see something beginning with ‘S’ as the main image. Here is my Design Team card:

A couple of close-ups of the bling:

Well – I certainly went all-out with the glitter and shine, didn’t I?

The card stick if from Crafters Companion, and the pack comes with 2 blue shiny card, and the glimmer card. I only used only of the shiny cards to keep it more-or-less monochrome. I do like monochrome when it comes to Christmas cards.

The die set which cut the three layer star is from Presscut, which I bought at a crafting show a couple of weeks ago – especially for this challenge, actually. As a DT member, you know we get the challenge themes well before the challenge goes live – and I’m planning my cards for the next month……talk about organised!

I didn’t know which layer to put where on this star – so I cut all the layers in both the blue and glimmer card, and played around with them. I decided to put a white background behind it, just to show-case the lower blue layer, and a frame cut out of some square dies I have to – well – frame it!

I die cut the sentiment and adhered as you see – onto the glimmer card so it would show up better, but leaving the actual star itself open in all it’s glory……..I may have to cut this out of other colours too – loving that star.

I did find that I had to use the metal shim in my Gemini Junior to make sure it cut through both these card-stocks, as they have a coating, making it so a little more pressure is needed to get through that coating.

I hope you can come and join us – I am sure you have lots of ‘S’ themed dies and stamps……..Santa, Star, Snowflakes – just to name some Christmas ones.

I hope to see you in our gallery – and please visit out DT members blogs for hints and tips into their own creations.


Challenges I shall be entering:

Crafting with an attitude anything goes

A Bit More Time to Craftanything goes

Happy Little Stampersanything goes with dies

Happy Little Stampers Christmas ChallengeChristmas with option of sparkle

Christmas Crew Snowman

Hello again. I have managed to get to my craft room, despite still feeling a little jaded – this blinking cold/virus is hanging on in there!

Here is my card:

and a little better view of the glimmer and shine:

Another all-out blingy card here – seems to be a habit at this time of year.

I used the MFT ‘Christmas Crew Snowman‘ die set, and cut my own tag for the based with Crafters Companion glitter card. It’s great that MFT give the dimensions of the base tag/card for the snowman on their web-site, just in case you don’t have the basic tag die set.

I die cut the elements out of black glitter card, and red shiny card, putting them together with the hat on at a jaunty angle instead of straight.

The two blue card colours are from my stash – hopefully matching the colour scheme at CAS Colours and Sketches, as I don’t have the Stampin’ Up colour card they suggested………die cut with MFT stitched rectangles, then again cut with the Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside‘ dies to create a little curve.

The sentiment is from MFT ‘Tis The Season‘ stamp set – and I think I’m going to play further with that set now I’ve ‘found‘ it again!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesPool Party, Real Red, Pacific Point

52 Card Christmas ThrowdownChristmas and Snowmen

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas – option of a flower obviously not taken)

Lavender Poinsettia

Hi there. What a week – not quite recovered from a nasty cold, but able to get to my craft room yesterday to play with my new purchases from Uniko.

Here is my CAS Christmas card:

I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown challenge as the basis of this card.

I used the stencil first, and inked through the bottom corner of the base card with an Altenew grey ink, then used a Versamark ink pad and inked again, and used Wow! embossing powder on those same area and heat embossed.

I wanted a grey based, but white sparkly background – which I think I achieved.

The flower is from the most recent release at Uniko, stamping the outline in black, then only stamping the middle layer of the three layer flower in an Altenew ink which closely resembled lavender.

I then had to fussy-cut the flower – I tried the scan’n’cut, but it cut the individual leaves out, not the whole flower – I’m going to have to look and sort that out for the future, but for this flower a little fussy-cutting wasn’t a major issue.

The boughs where stamped in the same grey as the ink blending through the stencil, and die cut.

Hopefully I can get back into my craft room today and I’m sure I’ll show you if I do manage something.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownGrey, lavender, black

Addicted to Stampsholiday

Crimbo-crackersatg Christmas

The Flower Challenge CAS flower

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello again. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – and theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

There is also a Design Team call, which finishes on 5th November so if you’re interested, and able to commit to making a Christmas themed card every two weeks, and commenting to entries to the challenge – please put your creation into the specific link on the blog main page.

So – back to the current challenge. Here is my card:

I am totally channeling Amy R at Prairie Paper and Ink for this card. I loved the way she embossed, then inked the edges of the bases of the cards.

I started with a dark blue piece of card, then clear heat embossed some Tim Holtz ‘Doily’ stamps, and filled in the gaps with some snow flake stamps from Concord and 9th.

I did the stamping and heat embossing separately for each of the larger images, but did 2 or 3 together on the smaller images – being careful not to heat too much and ruining the images already done.

When that had cooled down completely, I blended some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges.
I must say, this card has shine upon shine upon shine, which I tried to capture in the photographs.

I hope you can come and join us in the challenge, and I hope that you consider joining our Design Team……….I hope to see you there.


Challenges I shall be entering:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeChristmas

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ atg Christmas with option of stars

Always Fun Challengesmonochrome

What’s up chicken butt?

Hi there. I have a clean and simple card to share today – though it did take me a little while to colour – trying to use what I learnt on my Copic class the other week – but not over-thinking.

I actually bought this stamp at the pop-up shop during the break in colouring, and have been waiting for an opportunity to ‘crack it open‘ – as they say……….and then the CASology challenge came up with the code word of ‘feather’ ………

After stamping in Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics. I actually used some of the colour ideas given for the Copic class. I even ‘grounded’ my image – can you see? That is something I hadn’t done before the class…………..maybe the grey is too light – I’ll keep trying……

Challenges I shall be entering:


QKR Stampedeanything goes

Pink Gem ChallengeAnything goes

Stamplorations CAS Challengeatg CAS with option of orange