Monday, June 15, 2020

CAS Challenges June Reminder

Susan is our host.

I'm having lots of fun playing with vellum.  An embossing folder (gift from a sweet friend) was used to dry emboss the background.  A piece of acetate was adhered to the back of the dry embossed panel for stability.  The watercoloured flower spray was popped up onto the dry embossed panel, which was popped up over the card base.  A white sentiment banner was slipped in under the edge of the spray with a simple sentiment stamped in soft gray.

This is the first time I've used this embossing folder so I'm adding my card to the NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) #15 gallery.


Linda is our host.

CAS Christmas Reminder card ...
The card above is a save.  After watercolouring my image, I stamped a large sentiment with red ink.  I then decided I would cut down the image slightly to make it more CAS. I didn't realize the red ink was not dry yet.  I ended up with blobs of light red ink all over.  I wiped off as much as possible and then cut the image down a lot. :) It turned out OK.

I hope you'll check out the challenge blogs to see the amazing reminder cards from our Designers and participants.  If you haven't had time to play along, there's over a week left before both challenges close on 24th at midnight PDST.  Come join us!

Floral Arrangement die (Penny Black)
Cross Stitch Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions)
Bells & Berries (Penny Black)

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Cross-stitched Vellum
Stamps: Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  Vellum (Stampin' Up!); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz); Gray Archival Ink (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Cross-stitch embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Floral Arrangement die (Penny Black), paint brush

CAS Christmas Reminder - Bells & Berries
Stamps:  bells and berries (Penny Black); snowglobe sentiments (My Favorite Things - retired)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Sahara Sand ink (Stampin' Up!)Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Iced Spruce, Black Soot, Candied Apple (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Paint brush

CAS Mix Up - Embossed Vellum
CAS Christmas - Bells
NBUS #15


Pat said...

Well whatever the problem with the red ink it looks great now Loll and the berries look so pretty and love the bell, and the dry embossed cross stitch background on the vellum goes perfectly with the super floral image, and beautifully coloured too, and so elegant! x

HilaryJane said...

Love the effect of that embossing folder, it makes a great background fro your flowers. Your Christmas card definitely turned out well, a great save xx

Julie B said...

Love the dry embossed vellum behind your pretty purple blooms Loll.
If you hadn't been so honest about your splatters I'm sure that nobody would have noticed, the panel looks more than fine to me! :)

nancy littrell said...

Two gorgeous cards for the CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas Card Challenges, Lolly. I love your watercolored flower with the beautiful dry embossed vellum background. Awesome idea to add the clear acrylic sheet behind the vellum for support.

Love your beautiful watercolored and stamped bell and foliage for your Christmas card. Fabulous save too:-) TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties, Loll - just love the embossed cross stitch behind your flowers and the pretty bell. Great save - don't you hate when ink accidents happen?!

Liz said...

Beautiful vellum card Loll, I love the embossing folder you've used and the flower is so striking. Great save on your lovely bell card. xx

Bonnie said...

What a pretty purple flower, Loll! I love how it looks on the embossed vellum! A great idea to use acetate to stabilize the vellum! Cutting down the bell and berries didn't harm it one bit! It looks perfect! Those dang smudges!!! Two gorgeous cards, my friend!

Christine Alexander said...

Two beautiful cards Loll, Love the embossed velum frame it adds so much texture behind your pretty flower.
Great colouring of your bell so pretty, Red inks are pretty scary before they dry, darn thing gets everywhere. Great save :)

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely embossed vellum background for your beautiful blooms Loll- and I just love that PB Berry branch and bell, wonderful water coloring on it! You'd never know you had issues with ink smearing!! great save! xx

Susan said...

Two beautiful cards, especially the one with the bell - fabulous colouring on it. I also like the dry embossed vellum - makes such a great background for the gorgeous flowers.

kiwimeskreations said...

Another pair of exquisite cards Loll - loving that embossed vellum, and what a brilliant idea to pop it on acetate for stability!
Stay safe

I Card Everyone said...

Acetate?? Oh this is your brilliance showing again, Loll! This is a gorgeous EF! Now that it's had its maiden voyage, I hope you use it often!
Two beautiful reminders!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Two gorgeous cards! I love that embossed panel and the elegant flowers! Great save with the bell card - it looks perfect to me:)

A.Rose said...

I love that bell card!

Viv said...

Two wonderful cards as always Loll. The acetate tip is now taken on board - your flowers look great on top of the cross stitch panel.
I wish I could craft without making a mess - good rescue here for the bells as I think it looks just fine! (My 'disasters' are never able to be rescued!!) xx

Nstiz said...

Both cards are just gorgeous, Loll. Your blooms are so delicate looking and your painting on the bell is incredible! Your shading on both images is so perfectly done! Two gorgeous cards!

Jo said...

Two great cards dear Loll. Love the glassy effect on the first, giving a refreshing delicateness to the bloom, a true CAS card.
The off the edge Christmas card is fun too, such a great save. It turned out better than OK! :D

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Loll! I love the texture on your embossed vellum panel and your silver bell is so pretty! I think this card turned out better than okay...the red berries and green leaves are a striking contrast to the silver bell and your CAS design is perfect!
Thanks so much for sharing your tip about using acetate to provide stability for the embossed panel ~ Barb xx

TK said...

Beautiful cards, Loll, even if you did have to cut one down! Great save!

Marcia Hill said...

LOVE that embossing folder Loll! What a subtle look, but really makes a lovely landing spot for your gorgeous blooms! And I really like the look of your cut down bell image, so I'm thinking it was a blessing disguise that the red ink smeared (although I'm sure it didn't feel like it at the time!!). I love that bell image anyway, so in my mind there's not much you could do to ruin it...absolutely lovely!! Hugs. :0)

Brenda said...

Your vellum card is just stunning Loll! I love that embossing folder, so pretty and reminds me of cross stitch. I thought it looked pretty sturdy for vellum, what a great idea for use acetate to give it stability! Your bell card is so pretty, and a nice safe as well! Glad you were able to save it as the coloring is just beautiful. It turned out more than ok, I just love it and your no line coloring. Hugs, Brenda

Susan Joyce said...

Two awesome designs Loll, loving the water coloured flowers on the embossed vellum background.

Mac Mable said...

The embossed vellum adds so much texture to your fabulous card Loll and the flowers are so very pretty x. A stunner of a Christmas card and one great save x.

Leslie Miller said...

I'm completely smitten with your first card and that pretty die cut you colored! Such a cute embossed panel and brilliant idea to use acetate behind it. You must have some good vellum glue. Great save on your Christmas card! It turned out just beautiful in the end and you'd never know it was a save!

Trina P. said...

Beautiful reminder cards. Your embossed vellum with the acetate (clever idea) is perfect... looks like a trellis. And your bell... would have never guessed it was a save! Great job!

Linda said...

Great save, Loll. Beautiful, watercolored bell and branch. Lovely card, my friend.

Susan said...

Such an interesting idea to adhere acetate to the back of the vellum - I never would have thought of doing that but must try it. Lovely card, beautiful flowers.

And a fabulous Christmas card - the painting on the bell is wonderful. And what a great save after getting some red blobs on it!

Linda said...

Your vellum card is just beautiful ..... I like the idea of attaching acetate to the back, must remember that one!
Great save too with the Christmas bell .... if you hadn't said anything I would never have guessed xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

The "stitch" embossed vellum is a wonderful backdrop for the fabulous spray of flowers, Loll! The Picked Raspberry looks so pretty against the translucent white.
Love that you used gray ink for the sentiment (instead of black).
I don't see any red blog marks at all on the second card! You watercolored the bell and berries so beautifully! I was curious and needed to see the original stamp image.
And then again, I was so impressed with your watercoloring skills. I would have so many muddy spots (mix of adjacent colors) and burrs!
Hideko xx

Cathy said...

Wonderful cards Loll, the embossed vellum looks so textured and great idea to use acetate to support it. Great save on the Christmas card too, it's fabulous, Cathy x

Anita in France said...

What a great rescue job you did on your Christmas bell and berried branch, Loll ... it's so bright and festive ... and the red sentiment really pops! Lovely texture and layering on your first card ... so soft and so very pretty! Hugs, Anita :)

Debbie said...

Love the soft look of your Christmas card. Those berries look totally inviting and go perfectly with the bell.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Not sure if you'll post today so I'll just add to this one since a little birdie said it was your bday... Have a wonderful birthday, Loll & happy crafting too!! Thanks for all your inspiration with beautiful cards!!

BożenA said...

Such a beautiful and elegant first card. Vellum pressing is difficult, I often have vellum cutting. Everything seems to look great with you. Thank you for the hint on how to deal with this problem. I also love coloring your wild roses.
I love the second Christmas card for beautiful colors. Fresh green beautifully highlights the gray of the bell. Two wonderful inspirations, Loll