Friday, December 02, 2016

CAS Watercolour December Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Watercolour December Challenge.  This month, the challenge is ...

I used heat embossing as my resist, using a Christmas text background stamp done in white.  I made a large piece (6" x 9").  Then I sprinkled a couple of colours of green Brushos just on part of the background, spritzed with water and let it dry. Then I added in some red Brushos in the spots that didn't have green, spritzed with more water, and blotted here and there with a paper towel.  It turned out pretty well, but very light, so I repeated my steps to add more depth of colour.

I cut the watercoloured sheet into four and made multiples of the same design. Great way to quickly grow your stash of Christmas cards.

The holly and pine sprigs is a die-cut, which was sponged around the edge with the same colour of ink as the paper, just to give it some shading.  The "berries" were made with a paper hole punch, sponged with a little red, and a white dot added with a gel pen.  Then it was all glued together and placed over top of the text background.

We are happy to have Deepti (Dee's Art Utopia) as our Guest Designer this month at CAS Watercolour.  Deepti was the winner of our very first challenge - Autumn with this GORGEOUS CARD! Welcome to the team!!

Please click HERE to check out the Design Team's beautiful cards.

And then come join the fun.  Create a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using Watercolour Resist and then join the challenge.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Edited:  I'm entering this into the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge for December - Red & Green.  Thanks Harriet!

Stamps:  Christmas Story (Penny Black); Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  Lime Green, Leaf Green, Scarlet; Versamark; Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool, water mister, Blissful Bundle die-cut (Memory Box), paper hole punch, sponges, white gel pen

CAS Watercolour December Challenge - Watercolour Resist

Thursday, December 01, 2016

CAS Mix Up December Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Up December Challenge - Sponging.

For my card, I heat embossed several flowers and leaves from Altenew in white on regular white card stock.  I used sponge daubers to add colour and then fussy-cut all the pieces.  I arranged them over top of my dark gray sentiment banner.  A really easy and fun way to add sponging to your cards.

This CAS Mix Up card has stamping, heat embossing, sponging, and fussy-cutting.

We are excited to welcome Maura as our Guest Designer this month.  Maura won the CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Ghosting with this AMAZING CARD. Welcome to the team!

Check out our December challenge to see the rest of the Design Team's CAS (Clean and Simple) Sponged cards.

Come join us for the challenge!

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Stamps:  Bamboo Rose (Altenew);
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  White embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Mix Up December Challenge - Sponging

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas Wrap-Up

Hi everyone.  Today I'm announcing the winners of the Twelve Tags of Christmas event as picked by our independent judge.  I am thrilled to say that there were 100 entries this year --- AWESOME!

I was so impressed by all the beautiful and unique designs.  I enjoyed visiting each and every entry to find out how you made your tags.  Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us!

Meet the Judge
Jeremy with Violeta

If you've been involved in either of the other two year's of my tag events, you'll know that I ask my youngest son, Jeremy to judge the tags and come up with the top picks.  Jeremy has a degree in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts Education.  Here's a few words from Jeremy about this year's tag event.

"The third annual "Twelve Tags of Christmas" event, hosted by my Mom, was a resounding success!  Viewing the tags one by one, I was delighted and inspired by the skill and artistry of all the entries.  As well, I enjoyed seeing contribution from the younger generation, as Emily and Ryan showcased their budding creativity in two unique designs.

It is my privilege to announce the top five designs for 2016 "Twelve Tags of Christmas" event." --Jeremy

Winning Tag
#46 Nancy S

CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy S. for the winning design.  Nancy's tag is, in a word, stunning.  The elegant gold accents blend seamlessly with the rich, warm tones of the sophisticated background.  Furthermore, the opalescent ornament is the ultimate jewel of glamour.  This design embraces the magic of light of the holiday season -- even without a holiday sentiment.   -- Jeremy

Congrats Nancy!
Please make sure to grab your badge.

Top Four Tags
(in order of entry)

#18 Bobby

#41 Sarah

#62 Linda

#97 Nancy L.

"Congratulations to Bobby, Sarah, Linda and Nancy who receive top tag mentions for their exceptional designs.  Each tag has a notable point of view and a unique aesthetic."  -- Jeremy

Congrats Bobby, Sarah, Linda and Nancy.
Please make sure to grab your badge.

Honourable Mentions

There's so much inspiration in this year's gallery (and past years as well).  Check out the Pinterest Boards by clicking the links below.

Thanks to everyone that played along or left comments of support.  I hope you've enjoyed the third edition of the Twelve Tags of Christmas.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Guest Designer at Tag You're It!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm excited to be the Featured Artist for Tag You're It!  Thanks to Tracey and team for asking me!

Since Christmas is only a month away, I thought I'd make a Christmas tag.  I love to put handmade tags on my gifts.

The challenge is to CASE my tag (copy and share everything).  You can copy it all, or just pick parts of it that inspire you.

There's lots to work with ... the bright lime green, turquoise and white colour combo; the sponged (Northern Lights style) background with splattering; a snow scene with snow banks and snow covered trees.  The choice is yours.  I hope you'll come play along at Tag You're It! and CASE my tag.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Season's gifts (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Stitched tag die (Lil' Inkers), sponges, white acrylic paint, paint brush for splattering, Fir Trees die (Impression Obsession), Snow writer, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!), Crinkle Ribbon (Tim Holtz), water mister

Tag You're It! #61