Monday, February 03, 2020

CAS Christmas February Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of the CAS February Christmas challenge.  This month's challenge is being hosted by the wonderfully talented, Linda (Lin's Craft Corner).  Our Guest Designer this month is Claire (String Bows).  Welcome Claire ... so happy to have you join us!


Make a CAS Christmas card and include joy in your design.  It's that easy!  Then come play along.

I watercoloured and die-cut this beautiful Christmas frame that I got from AliExpress.  I used a mix of SU! inks and Distress inks.  The Joy is a die-cut from a sentiment stamp set by Poppy Stamps.  The joy is adhered to the card base with glue, the frame is popped up on foam.

Close-up ... you'll see that I went outside the lines a few times but I'm not going to worry about it. That's a breakthrough for me!:)
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the beautiful JOY Christmas cards by our amazing Designers and Guest Designer, Claire!

Come join the fun and get a head start on your Christmas cards.  Making them throughout the year means that by December, you'll have a good stash of cards already done!


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More Jessie pictures ...
her latest toy - an 18 foot tunnel

Box arrived and hubby brought it inside and left in front hallway.
Jessie just knew it was for her, so she dragged it into the family room!

Box got hung up between the sofa and coffee table.  No problem for Jessie.
Now it was stable and she could get to work on opening it.

It only took Jessie 5 minutes to get it to this point!
I had to stop her before she started chewing the tunnel!

Jessie's first time in the tunnell --- no hesitation!

Jessie loves her new toy!






Stamps:  Merry Christmas Frame - stamp and matching die (AliExpress)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  SU!:  Real Red, Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brushes, Tiding of Joy die (Poppy Stamps)

Challenges:
CAS Christmas February Challenge - Joy

29 comments:

Nstiz said...

I love the rich contrast on this card! You achieve such wonderful, dark red with watercolor- just beautiful! And the Jessie photos- that is the cutest dog I have seen . the tunnel must be so fun!

Patti said...

FUN! post I love your stunning card! and the adventure Jessie had getting to her new toy had me laughing out loud!! Thanks for sharing : )

Liz said...

Wonderful card Loll, what an amazing frame! Looks like Jessie is having so much fun in her tunnel. xx

I Card Everyone said...

Loll, I do love a JOY-filled Christmas card... this is so pretty! and Jessie looks like she's pretty full of joy, too!!

Maria said...

A gorgeous Christmas card! Love those sweet birds with Santa hats! And, Jessie is so cute playing in the tunnel! Great photos!

Pat said...

What gorgeous bright colours, and I especially love that blue, and the 'joy' looks great in the centre. Jessie is a very luckly little lady to get this super present, and she managed to open and erect it herself..lol. I love that the colour of the tunnel moreorless matches the blue you have used on the joy and little birds, and a present full of joy for Jessie. x

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful frame for the sentiment Lol, love the bright colours :)
Great pics of Jessie and her tunnel, she's taking over the whole living room :)

TK said...

Beautiful card -- I love that the blue bird perfectly matching the framed sentiment! Fun post, and treat, for Jesse.

Barb Ghig said...


Such a pretty frame, Loll! Beautiful watercoloring, too...not that I noticed that you colored outside the lines, because it worked out perfectly!

The expression on Jessie's face is priceless...talk about a happy pup :) Thanks so much for sharing more of her adventures with us...it's always fun to see what she's up to ~ xx

Susan said...

Love that beautiful floral/greenery/bird frame - and you coloured it so well. The blue "joy" letters really pull out the birds from the frame.

Wonderful photos of Jessie - the one of her ripping the box to shreds made me laugh! So glad she showed no hesitation in running through the tunnel - shows what a happy confident girl she is!

nancy littrell said...

What a fun tunnel and great way to get indoor exercise when it is cold and/or wet outside:-)

BTW, Your Christmas Joy card is gorgeous. Love the beautifully colored flowers, Loll. TFS Hugs..Nancy

Robyn Oliver said...

I was thinking along the same lines as Nancy.... Jessie stole the show .. but .. your card is a real winner, I love it - the raised floral/bird frame with JOY in the background is brilliant - but the colours really took my eye... gorgeous card Loll, hugs Robyn

Anita in France said...

One of my favourite words, Loll ... so beautifully framed with that gorgeous wreath! Love the colouring ... it's soft and loose and adds to the whimsical look! Clever Jessie ... couldn't leave anything under the Christmas tree for her! Hugs, Anita :)

Brenda in IN said...

Striking colors and beautiful design. Those birds in Santa hats are adorable. Jessie is so cute and she sure made quick work of that box! What a fun thing to get for her to run in and she knew just what to do. Molly would love to be in there with her.

Colleen said...

Jessie is adorable, I am surprised you have any time to craft, I would want to cuddle and play with her all day long! Your card is fabulous, Loll, I love the flowers and birds with the center cutout for the JOY!

Leslie Miller said...

I know I've said this before, but you do have some of the prettiest stamps! This is full of cheer and festivity. OMG, Jessie is a character! I had to show Rich these pics. That last one is so adorable!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

A Joy indeed, to look at this beauty!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful, colorful frame for your joy, Loll! It certainly speaks joy to me! Jessie's not very big, but she sure is strong and smart!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a 'different' card image and die cut Loll - love how you have coloured it, and the blue JOY is wonderful inside it.
Young Jessie is quite a character
Blessings
Maxine

Mac Mable said...

What a stunner of a stamp and die cut. Yay to you going outside the lines....x The vibrancy of the colours look fabulous too Loll x.
Adorable and clever Jessie...Have fun with your new toy x.

Brenda said...

What a fun Christmas card Loll! I love the bright colors, just so beautiful with the red, blue and green. Jessie is so adorable, I so in love with her, she has the cutest face! Yep, about how our dogs will destroy a box to get into it. lol Glad she loves her tunnel, how fun for Jessie to play in! Loll is this your puppy??? Hugs, Brenda

JosieD said...

Love the look of this card and how you colored it...particularly with the birds and the joy die in blue. Also, like the look of the joy die flat and the frame popped up with foam for dimension.

Trina P. said...

Bright and beautiful, Loll. Another great find from Aliexpress. The blue bird and joy really pops.

And oh that poor box! Not just adorable, but clever and quick! You must have endless fun.

Linda said...

What a beautifully watercolored frame that you made for your Joy sentiment.
And Jesse is so cute and looks like she is full of mischief.

JoAnn said...

Love your beautiful watercolored frame. The blue joy and blue birds pop against the pretty red in the frame.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous frame for your bold JOY, Loll - just love your coloring!! And what adorable photos of Jessie - looks like a fun toy!

Julia Aston said...

Wow - what a great wreath - and I love how you've colored it Loll - the blue sentiment is a great contrast to the colors on your wreath - how fun to see Jessie enjoy her new toy (and packaging!) xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a "joy"ful card, Loll! Love that you framed the sentiment with a beautiful Christmas floral wreath.
And how clever and adorable Jessie is! I want to play with her in the 18-foot tunnel!! I'm tiny so I think I can crawl in the tunnel. ;-P
Hideko xx

Jo said...

Such a MERRY card, I love the "real red" ink you often use for your Christmas cards. The blue JOY mimics the blue skies and add to the blue birds. Love the popped up frame too xx