Saturday, November 17, 2012

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #1

Hi everyone.  Today is the first challenge of the new challenge blog Addicted to CAS ... I'm sooo excited!! :)  Each challenge will have a code word to inspire your creations.

Kylie is in charge of the first challenge and here it is:


$20 GIFT VOUCHER
will be awarded to the CAS PERFECTIONIST
(please follow the rules of the challenge to be eligible to win)


... And here's my "Snow" card as part of the new Design Team for Addicted to CAS.  I hope I inspire you to join in the challenge!

"Pine Branch Tree"



Stamps:  Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White for card base (Neenah); Whisper White for main panel, Gumball Green (SU!); silver glitter paper
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Black, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Pine Branch punch (McGill), Big Shot, Star from Christmas Tree die (C.C. Designs), Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect, paint brush, sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, and dimensionals


  
I started by punching out 12 pine branches from Gumball Green cardstock and then used a small artist's paint brush (from the $1 store) to apply some Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect on the branches.  I let the branches dry before making the rest of the card.

I sponged Tempting Turquoise ink onto my main panel at the top, leaving some white spaces.  I then sponged Certainly Celery ink over top, filling in the spaces and blending the colors together.  I added some "falling snow" by mixing together Whisper White re-inker and water on a toothbrush and then splattering them over the whole card front.

I layered the pine branches starting at the bottom, with the branches facing downwards.  I only added glue at the tip (top of each branch) so that the branches had movement and depth.  I layered four for the bottom, then three branches above that; then two branches and finally one on top.  I took the two extra branches and added them where I thought there were bare spots.  A glittery star finished the tree.




Here's a close-up of the tree ... just love how lacy it looks!



I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!  Come on over to Addicted to CAS and see the fabulous creations by the other Design Team members!!




35 comments:

Kylie said...

Beautiful, Loll. I love all your elements and techniques used here (especially the toothbrush!) Love it xx

Sylvia Blum said...

Oh WOW, this is stunning and sooooo creative and clever!!! LOVE it!!!

Sue said...

Stunning, Loll! Love the snowy effects and tree. Sue x

Bobby said...

I love this card. I've been wanting that punch since last Christmas. One question? Can you mail this, or don't you worry about that when you're creating?

Bobbi's Paper Trail said...

This is a first. I have never seen a 3D card like this. It's absolutely gorgeous. I found you through Joanna's Inspired by Stamping, as she's a guest designer for CAS. You now have another follower. Thanks for the beautiful creativity, first thing in the morning. :-)

Anonymous said...

The tree just sparkles and looks so real. Love this card.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Bobby. I make quite a few 3-D cards ... and I plan on giving several "in-person", but one like this I can add a little padding and send through the mail (one layer of bubble wrap across the front of the card should be good).

Harriet Skelly said...

Loll this is simply gorgeous - I absolutely love that background - the colors and textures just sing!!

C2 said...

This is exceptional.

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is very dimensional for CAS, Lolly! I love all the texture and your snow looks like you went outside and scooped up the real thing!!

Casandra Bennett said...

This is breathtaking. :)

KellyRae said...

Absolutely stunning card! LOVE the 3D tree with the snow covered branches AND the turquoise sky AND the toothbrushed snowflakes. Totally awesome and thank you sooooo much for sharing it with us.

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow - this is a gorgeous card. Your tree is beautiful made with the pine branches and the "snow" on the branches. Way to cover 3 challenges in one card too.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous pine bough tree Loll. Love your snow and your beautifully sponged background. Great triple challenge card. I am working on mine for the 1st Challenge. TFS and always inspiring

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Card! Love your snow on your Christmas tree and the beautiful background. Hugs, Joanna

Anonymous said...

That tree looks so intricate.. it's beautiful!

Barb King said...

Beautiful and lacy tree, I love it!

Meadie said...

Your card is stunning - I just love how you made your chrissy tree - hugs x x

Paulette S said...

Loll, I think this is the best use of this branch punch that I have ever seen. It's brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Hi Loll, That tree is amazing. Really enjoyed reading how you made this.
Hugs, Florence x

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love your amazing background Loll! Then your Christmas tree is so impressive!!! Having it 3-D plus the snow and pretty silver star makes such a fantastic scene (along with your fabulous background!) Love it all! Better head over to SCS so I can put your cards into my favorites :)

Patrice said...

Your tree is perfect Loll, as is your background. I love this - your snow looks fabulously real!

Paper Profusion said...

Gorgeous! Really love this. Nicola x

denmo said...

I have just bought the MS punch!! Wonderful card...love the way you have used the punch here..TFS...BIG UGZZZZ! denise (uk) xxx

Anastasia (Νατάσα) said...

wow, the tree is made from all these branches? It is gorgeous! And the Sparkle Texture Effect adds the perfect detail!

Anonymous said...

Me too, I love the lacy look and the dimension, it's just beautiful! Anita in France :)

Karen said...

Stunning Loll.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

Totally stunning am just in awe of your artistry ! Fabulous design and your attention to detail is awesome !

Marie

Bonnie said...

Oh, Loll, this is beautiful! I'll bet you wore out your hand punching all these branches. The sponged sky makes it stand out so beautifully and the "snow" on the branches is so lifelike! One of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen!

Darlene DeVries said...

Wow Loll, this card is striking!! I love the white splatter over the blue. Perfection!!

Karen B. said...

Clever use of the die and beautiful card! Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Aileen said...

Love the tree made of branches with the touches of snow. x

Krystie Bohmer said...

Gorgeous! You are so talented!

Lea L. said...

This is really beautiful! I love that punch-art tree you've created...it is lovely!!

Kittie said...

This is the most extraoridinary use of the pine branch that I have ever seen. What gorgeous, gorgeous work, Loll! No one does clean and simple like you! Hugs, Kittie