Wednesday, September 15, 2021

CAS Challenges September Reminder

Hi everyone.  We are at the mid-point of the month, so time for Reminders for our two Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up September Reminder - Autumn Colours.

Leslie is our host.

I used a retired set from Stampin' Up! called Falling leaves.  I stamped two oak leaves in brown archival ink and then watercoloured using autumn colours.  I fussy-cut them and added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glaze.  This gives the leaves a beautiful, shiny, crackle finish.  The crackle is hard to see, but lovely in real life.  

My card front has one side stenciled with a leaf stencil from Silhouette America using Twisted Citron ink.  The other side is a Harlequin Stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) with white crackle paste.  Once everything was dry, I stamped the sentiment (Many Everyday Message - Hero Arts) in gathered twigs distress ink and glued the two leaves, popping up the top one slightly.

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Next is CAS Christmas September Reminder - Plaid.

Colleen is our host.
I do love plaid, especially on a Christmas card.  This time I used patterned paper (Modascrap (Sudtirol) to create three strips of plaid.  I die-cut Blooming Poinsettia (Poppy Stamps) from real red card stock, sponging the edges of the petals with Real Red ink.  I glued the three layers together, offsetting the petals and once dry, shaped the petals with my fingers.  To finish, I added small brown rhinstones to the center of the flower and stamped the sentiment (Merry Up - Penny Black) in Candied Apple distress ink.  I didn't use Real Red ink to stamp the sentiment because it stamps quite dark red on the white card stock I use.

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I hope you'll check out the challenge blogs to see the amazing cards from our Designers, Guest 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 PST.  Come join us!



CAS Mix Up Reminder - Crackled Leaves
Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Cocoa (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf stencil (Silhouette America), acetate sheet, sponge, Harlequin Stencil (TCW), White crackle paste (DecoArt), Clear Rock Candy (Tim Holtz)


CAS Christmas Reminder - Joyful Wishes
Stamps:  Merry Up (Penny Black)O
Paper:  White card base (Neenah 110 lb.);  Modascrap patterned paper (Sudtirol);  Real Red card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Candied Apple distress ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Blooming Poinsettia die (Poppy Stamps), sponge, mini brown rhinestones


Challenges:
CAS Mix Up September Reminder - Autumn Colours
CAS Christmas September Reminder - Plaid

22 comments:

Leslie Miller said...

So beautiful x 2! Love the crackle on your first card. My paste dried up in no time at all, but the glaze might still be good. Will check. Cool effect! Simplicity at its finest on your second card. I can never get too much plaid. Gorgeous red poinsettia with the rhinestone center. You make me want to play all day!

Colleen said...

Loll, your two cards are amazing. I LOVE your Christmas card and how you cut three panels of the plaid...your poinsettia is beautiful as well!

TK said...

Two fantastic cards! I especially love the crackle behind the first pretty fall leaf

Christine Alexander said...

Two beautiful cards Loll, love the addition of the crackle paste behind your leaf and the poinsettia really pops against the plaid ♥

nancy littrell said...

Love your Autumn watercolored and fussy cut oak leaves 1st card, Lolly. Wonderful stenciled background using 2 different stencils and techniques. Love your CAS mixed media design.

Beautiful plaid panels for your background on your Christmas Card. Perfect for your Gorgeous die cut, sponged edges and shaped die cut poinsettia layers for your 2nd card. Sweet sentiment and pretty rhinestones too. TFS both your beauties, my dear friend. You have inspired me as always:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

Susan said...

Two beautiful cards! I love the stencilled harlequin pattern and the stencilled leaves behind the die cut leaves. The distress glaze gives a wonderful look to the leaves. On the second card, the plaid paper is wonderful behind that rich red poinsettia.

I Card Everyone said...

Loll you sure do find a way to take your white space a step further! LOve the crackle - and I'm mad about your plaid!
=]

Jo said...

Loving all the texture on your autumn colours, definitely fall beauty.
That second PLAID Christmas card got me participating. Pure elegance! xx

Jo said...

Oups, seem to have lost my previous comment, sorry.
Loving all the texture on the autumn colours card. The leaves look like they've been through the rain, perfect.
The second PLAID card theme is so elegant. You got me playing ;) xx

Bobby said...

Those leaves are magnificent, Loll, and I love that you used two different mediums on the background. Poppy and plaid make a great Christmas combo.

Brenda in IN said...

That crackle makes those leaves shine so beautifully. The gray and red plaid is an awesome backdrop for the red poinsettia. It looks like velvet.

Mac Mable said...

What a unique and fabulous mixed media first card and yet keeping it gloriously CAS Loll. I love the texture, the mix of stencils, the crackle and the shiny leaves.
What an elegant Christmas card x. The tone of the plaid with the tone of the red poinsettia looks amazing Loll x.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful background on your oak leaf card, beautiful texture and love the leaf. Your plaid card is so pretty and perfect with the poinsettia.
Faith x

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your cards are really beautiful, Loll! I love how you added dimension to the first card with Distress Glaze and Crackle Paste and your autumn colors are so pretty!
I also love how you divided the plaid pattern into three for your 2nd card. Your inking on the edges of the Poinsettia adds so much depth to the petals and your sparkly rhinestones are stunning! Love this card, my friend ~ xx

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely designs Loll - the crackle on the diamond stenciling and your wonderful fall leave add such great subtle texture and I love the strips of plaid DP you used behind your bright red layered poinsettia! xx

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous Fall leaves, Lolly! I love the rich color and the crackle glaze! The background is amazing with the mixture of stencil techniques! The poinsettia card is gorgeous and the plaid makes a perfect background! Two awesome cards, my dear friend!

Pat said...

Two brilliant cards for the reminder post for both CAS challenges with the beautifully watercoloured leaves given fabulous shine, and wonderful background stencilling with inking and texture from the crackle paste, and then your plaid dp so pretty behind the gorgeous red poinsettia, and set off perfectly with the rhinestones in the centre. x

Trina P. said...

Both reminder cards are so lovely and inspiring, Loll. The poinsettia is presented beautifully in a wonderful CAS design.

Ros Crawford said...

What a beautiful BG for those leaves! This is so interesting and so pretty Loll! Beautiful Christmas card ... The plaid looks perfect with your rich poinsettia. Thank you again for inviting me to join you this month, it couldn't have been a more perfect assignment

Chrissie said...

Both gorgeous cards Loll, I love the colours in the oak leaves, and the interest in their backdrop is so subtle, it sets them off perfectly. Just love your Christmas card... I have 'mislaid' my poinsettia die which is making me very cross... I just hope it didn't fall into the bin!
Chrissie x

Susan Joyce said...

Your oak leaves are awesome Loll, love the crackle glaze on the leaves.

Marcia Hill said...

Two FABULOUS cards Loll! I absolutely LOVE your two leaves with the crackle finish...soooo pretty! Love your stenciled background too! and your super CAS Christmas is GORGEOUS!! I love the simple addition of the 3 plaid dsp stripes and the bold red Poinsettia on top...lovely, lovely card!! Hugs. :0)