Monday, May 03, 2021

CAS Christmas May Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the start of May's CAS Christmas challenge.  This month is hosted by our amazingly talented Christine (It's Been a Card Day's Night).

Today's card is done with the no-line watercolouring.  I first stamped my image (All the Trimmings - Penny Black) onto mixed media paper using Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I repeated the stamping until the image was clear but not dark.  I then used paint brushes to watercolour the image using a variety of Distress Inks.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Merry Up! - Penny Black) with Rustic Wildness ink.


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We are thrilled to have Robyn (WaterLily Cards by Robyn) as our Guest Designer this month. Welcome Robyn!

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Sharing a couple of Spring photos of Jessie.
These were taken a few days ago when the sun was shining.
Looks like Gord needs to get the grass cut and the dandelions pulled! :)
These wonderful photos were taken by Alex.  
You might notice that Jessie was felt very special having a flower in her "hair"! :)

Stamps:  All the Trimmings (Penny Black);  Merry Up! (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: paint brushes

Challenges:
CAS Christmas May Challenge - Foliage & Berry


25 comments:

BożenA said...

You prove once again how freely you use watercolor to create such beautiful images, Loll. I also love your bright, cheerful colors. It is so refreshing and energizing.
This little lady Jessie has such a serious face! A real princess :-)
hugs,
BożenA

conil said...

Terrific soft coloring of the berries and foliage with the candle in deeper red.

Liz said...

A beautiful watercoloured image, Loll. Fabulous photo of Jessie, so cute. xx

I Card Everyone said...

Am I the only one who starts humming the Beatle's tune when I see Christine's blog name? I've always thought it was so clever!
Speaking of clever, Loll, your no-line coloring always amazes me! What a beautiful image, and beautiful card!
=]

Jeanne H said...

Such talent for water coloring! Love, love your pup pictures, thanks for sharing them.

Pat said...

Beautiful watercoloured image Loll and love the colours with those pretty reds and nice bright greens, and the two cones look great. Such sweet photos of Jessie too. x

Linda said...

Loll, your watercoloring is always so beautiful. Love this and Little Jessie is just too cute.

Julia Aston said...

A beautiful no line watercoloring on this Loll - I still have yet to try this technique that you have obviously mastered! A beautiful mix of elements - and how sweet does Jessie look with the flower in her hair!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Loll, your no-line coloring is so beautiful that I thought that you hand painted the image (like Ros does) until I read your post! The colors and the shades are fabulous. The best part is that it looks like you colored the image effortlessly. That's the pro's level, isn't it?
Jessie is so adorable with the dandelion hair accessary! The first picture's become one of my favorite pictures of Jessie. Alex is so talented! I think you should add "Jessie's picture gallery" tab to your website. ;-)
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

I really need to learn no line watercolouring, this is beautiful Loll :)
the pics of Jessie are adorable, she looks so sweet with the flower in her hair (fur) ♥

Sandy said...

Nice Christmas card but I am more interested in Jessie! She is the most beautiful puppy and so sweet looking. I want her so bad I can't see straight. So much love and one can tell she is well loved!
I love no line water coloring most of all - makes for a beautiful card and you did this one like a real pro!!!!!!
Sandy xx

Ina G said...

Simply gorgeous Loll. Your no line water colouring is amazing! What a beautiful stamp.

Ros Crawford said...

That little girl is stealing the show! Gorgeous card - the way you painted the candle is so realistic!

Mac Mable said...

What creativity with your no line water colouring Loll....Your card looks amazing x.
As much as I love your card.....it has been upstaged by the adorable Jessie.....Lol x. Fabulous photos by Alex and Jessie looks so huggable and we all could do with more of those. Thanks for sharing Loll x.

Bunny said...

A lovely card. The colors are beautiful. Jessie is a cutie. Flowers in her hair........er fur, love it. [Bunny]

Bonnie said...

Your no-line watercoloring is fantastic, Lolly! Wonderful shading with this pretty stamp! Doesn't Jessie look so pretty with the dandelion in her "hair". Alex is such a talented photographer!

Marcia Hill said...

The PB image you used is absolutely beautiful Loll, and your no-line water coloring is FANTASTIC...you totally made this CAS beauty shine!! And of course Jessie shines too with the yellow dandelion in her hair...she's ADORABLE!!! Hugs. :0)

HilaryJane said...

Love the softness you have achieved with the no line technique, beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics of Jessie too, she is looking very cute xx

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful no-line softly watercolored Winter berry arrangement, Lolly. TFS the sweet Alex photos of pretty Jessie too. I need to try your wonderful watercolored technique. You have me inspired...again, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Barb Ghig said...

No-line watercoloring was the perfect choice for this image, Loll! I love how you used different shades of green for the foliage...it adds so much dimension to your design! I also love the font on your sentiment...such a beautiful Christmas card, my friend!

Thanks for sharing these sweet pics of Jessie...It looks like she's really enjoying her time in the sun :) xx

Darnell said...

You do the best noline watercolored images, Lolly! This is beautiful! And so is the very photogenic Jessie, looking so ladylike with a flower in her soft hair! Alex does such amazing photos! Love, Dolly

Susan said...

Incredible no-line watercolouring - so well done. And such a lovely image too. Beautiful photos of Jessie with the flower in her "hair".

Linda said...

Your no-line watercolouring looks amazing, such a pretty image too.
Beautiful photos of Jessie, she's just adorable with her little flower xx

Colleen said...

First the card is stunning, so beautifully colored, Loll, a real show stopper and then we come to Jessie, she is so darn cute and I love the flower in her hair (the yellow one that most consider a weed!) she wears it proudly! Thank you for sharing her pictures! Hope you are feeling good! Heart Hugs, Col

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Loll, the watercolouring looks fabulous, such a pretty stamp. Jessie looks adorable with her dandelion, gorgeous pics, Cathy x