Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Lots of Quick Christmas Cards

Hi everyone.  I took a couple of days and die-cut several new or fairly new die-cuts from white card stock.  Then I rifled through my stash of backgrounds ... all different colours, mediums, etc. to match up with the images.  I put them together, added a simple stamped sentiment ... and ended up with lots of cards for my stash and for the stash that I donate each year.

The card above is a die-cut from AliExpress with the circle with holly and snowflake flourish.  It's backed with a piece of alchol inks (green / blue) on acetate.

Next up uses a sweet framed "joy" sentiment from Memory Box.  I backed it with a piece of alcohol inks (red / pink) on acetate that has been backed with scrunched white tissue paper.  The tissue adds lots of visual texture

The next card is an AliExpress die, with a background of smooshed Lindy's Magicals (blue / purple).  There's quite a bit shimmer, but it doesn't pick up in the photo.

The card below is a snowflake block die-cut from Simon Says Stamp.  It's backed with a piece of alcohol ink'd (blues/greens) acetate, which is backed with white copy paper).

The next card is a Holly Triptych die from Simon Says Stamp.  It's backed with a smooshed piece of Lindy's Magicals (green / blue).  Again, lots of shimmer, but not in the photo. :)

The card below is a Penny Black die called In the Winter.  It's backed with a piece of paper towel that I used for watercolouring (wiping my brush off when changing colours).  I loved the colours and thought it would make a beautiful background ... and it did! :)

And the final card I'm sharing had a boo-boo. :)  The die is Sensational Snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp.  It is backed with a piece of smooshed distress inks.  I had to cut up the card and remount the strip onto a fresh card base, with a silver embossed sentiment.  It's pretty, but not as pretty as it would have been as one piece.  I learned "not" to stamp versamark, sprinkle with embossing powder and then walking away.  The versamark dries and it won't heat emboss nicely after that.  Now I know to heat emboss right away. :)

I also want to give a shout out to my friend, Jenny.  She recently made a card using this same die, using a silver metallic pen to colour the snowflakes - so clever!  I tried it out and it makes it so easy!  I will definitely be doing this again.  Thanks Jenny!!

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Had a doggy play day last weekend and wanted to share a few pics.

Updated - This wonderful photo was taken by Alejandro Garcia
The Gang's All Here!
(front to back):  Tessa, Violeta, Tika, Jessie


Tessa, Susan holding Jessie.  First time Tessa and Jessie have met!

Tessa, Jessie, and Christine with Tika!  They all want that cookie!








Challenges:
CAS Christmas October Challenge - Winter Scene



27 comments:

BożenA said...

These are amazing cards, Loll. I love the deep background color and contrasting white of the cards panel. A wonderful, stunning cards. Thank you for so much inspiration.
Hugs,
BożenA

Liz said...

Wonderful cards, Loll. My favourite is the one with the deer scene, just stunning! Thanks for sharing the photos of the doggy play day. :-) xx

Mac Mable said...

Such wonderful CAS cards with great mixed media backgrounds. The white die cuts just look fabulous against them. Super cute photos of the dogs and all so adorable and yes they sure all wanted that cookie and where all on their best behaviour for it x

Trina P. said...

WOW! All amazing, Loll. Gorgeous background and the white diecuts just pop beautifully. Surprise, surprise (not) my favorite is the vibrant blue deer scene.
And the doggie playdate looks so fun and cool. x

nancy littrell said...

Wow...Loll! Gorgeous cards using many of your beautiful backgrounds from your stash:-) Adding backgrounds to all your different and beautiful Christmas/Winter die cuts makes QCAS designs. So perfect for multiple designs. TFS all your cards, my friend:-)

Loved the sweet photos of 4 beautiful and sweet doggy friends. How interesting that they have all the same color combos, but are very different breeds:-) Cute photos of Susan and Christine too. I am loving your wonderful post, Lolly. Love and Hugs, Nancy

Pat said...

Wow Loll what a fabulous selection of CAS cards using lots of fantastic frame dies and such beautiful backgrounds. I have been unsure about using AE, but seeing some of their dies of late I think I will take a look and these you have chosen are not like any others I have seen and great designs. x

Pat said...

Sorry I forgot to say what great photos of Jessie with her doggie friends. x

Susan said...

What a fabulous batch of quick CAS cards - love them all! And what a fabulous batch of dogs too!! It was such fun having them all there together!

Anonymous said...

Dear Loll, Wonderful Christmas cards- love the backgrounds. Thank you for sharing the doggy play pic and adding Jenny's snowflake card. I enjoy receiving your news letter. Hugs and smiles, Reva

Cathy said...

Gorgeous array of CAS cards Loll, the simple diecuts look wonderful against those colourful backgrounds, fabulous designs too. The pups look like they are having a fun time too! Cathy x

Nstiz said...

Wow! What wonderful dies and gorgeous backgrounds. It's fun to have a stash! Loved seeing these and love that you did so many of them. Makes me want to beef up my die collection. I enjoyed the doggy photos too. What beautiful dogs!

Jen6425 said...

Loll - These are beautiful! I love the use of the alcohol ink backgrounds. I have that joy die from MB, but it doesn't have a holly branch with it. Is this a different die or did you use another and add it?

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, wonderful inspiration using the white Christmas die cuts and backgrounds. All the cards are so beautiful.
the doggy play photos are adorable, all so well behaved

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous backgrounds and die cuts, Loll! How nice that you were able to create so many Christmas cards...and they're all beautiful! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas with us...I'm so far behind right now, and it will help :)

PS: I just want to know...who got the cookie?

Loll said...

This is a response to Jen6425. I did add an extra die-cut holly sprig at the top of the Joy square frame. I felt it needed just a little something. Loll :)

Jen6425 said...

Thanks Loll! I think you made a great choice😀

Julie B said...

A fab set of cards for your stash, I really must get a wiggle on as my box is quite low on the Christmas variety!
Your little pooch is gorgeous, looks like butter wouldn't melt. Ours is driving us mad as he tries to protect the world with his barking, 7 yrs old and mad as a box of frogs!:)

Carolyn M said...

These are stunning - as always :-) The texture of the papertowel background really caught my eye.

Bonnie said...

What an awesome collection of Christmas cards, Loll! All those backgrounds are amazing and put to such good use. I know they will be snatched up in the Charity sale! Thanks for the Versamark/embossing tip. You did wonderful damage control on rearranging that card and no one would be the wiser if you didn't say. I love the pictures of all the dogs together. Jessie looks so tiny in comparison. Miss you guys.

Linda said...

What a stunning collection of Christmas cards .... and a great way of using up those fab backgrounds.
Love the pictures of the doggy play day .... looks like everyone had fun xx

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous cards!!! Love them all. However I can't take my eyes off those gorgeous dogs!!!

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Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS cards Loll! I think my favorite is the red/pink paper towel background one...SO pretty and striking with those vibrant colors!! Of course the doggie photos are what really stole my heart though...they are all just too CUTE!! :0)

kiwimeskreations said...

What amazing cards Loll - the white die-cuts against the strong coloured backgrounds are so beautiful
Blessings
Maxine

Bobby said...

Your fabulous backgrounds make those die cut images come to life, Loll. Gorgeous cards all!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Gorgeous array of CAS Christimas cards Loll! These dies make the fabulous backgrounds look even more fabulous.
I love the vibrant colors of AI on acetate, the shimmer and colors of the Magicals, and the way the warm colors blended on paper towel.
And now moms and their kids are all friends! :-) What a fun and happy play date! Thanks for sharing the pics!
Hideko xx

Colleen said...

OH MY Gosh Loll, these are ALL wonderful! WOW, I need to pull out some backgrounds and some die cuts and go to town like you did, these look quick and fairly easy! I love them all and the backgrounds are all so stunning! Heart Hugs, Col