Sunday, July 03, 2022

July CAS Christmas Challenge - Santa

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Christmas challenge for July.  This month's challenge is hosted by the mega-talented Barb (Barb's Studio Creations).  So happy to have Barb back at CAS Christmas after being off for a while.  Welcome back BARB!

I started with a background I made last year during a Zoom call with my crafty friends.  We did "night skies" on watercolour paper with brushos.  Click HERE to see the first card I made using one of these backgrounds..  I simply stamped my new-to-me Christmas Night (Lavinia) stamp in black ink and heat embossed with clear to make it stand out more against the dark sky colours.  I tore a piece of white card stock, added crystal glaze along the torn edge and then sprinkled with glitter.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Christmas Sentiments - Gina Marie Designs) in black ink, clear heat embossed and then popped the whole panel up on my card base.

Close-up ...
You can see the texture of the cold press watercolour paper that's been black heat embossed.  With having the background already in my stash, this made for a very quick and easy card. :)

Please check out the challenge blog to see the amazing cards by our wonderful Designers.  I know you'll be inspired to play along.

Remember to keep your card design CAS following the rules on our challenge sidebar.  Thank you!

I'm sending this over to NBUS #40 Challenge.  The santa and sleigh image is inked for the first time with this card ...

I used snippets for the background and for the snow, so I'm sending my card over to the Snippets Playground Challenge #431.

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Photos by Alejandro Garcia
Jessie and Violeta on Canada Day

Aren't they adorable??!!
You'd never know that Jessie had a run in with a skunk the week before and
is still a bit hard to sit close to. :)

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Stamps:  Christmas Night (Lavinia); Christmas Sentiments (Gina Marie Designs)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Arches 140 lb.)
Ink:   Brushos; Black (Memento)
Accessories:   White acrylic paint for splattering, splatter brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool, crystal glaze (Nuvo), glitter (SU!)

CAS Christmas July Challenge - Santa


Susan said...

What a perfect sky! Love the colours and the splatters. Great placement of the Santa, sleigh, and reindeer - looks like they've just taken off from that snowbank!

HilaryJane said...

Beautiful card Loll, I love the night sky background. Very well done. I don't think I have ever smelt skunk and I don't think I want to either! xx

nancy littrell said...

Love your Brushos night sky and stamped flying Santa and reindeer image, Lolly. TFS the close up of all the texture on the Santa and reindeer and the beautiful sky. Pretty sparkly snow bank too. Such a fun challenge...again:-) I will definitely be adding to my Christmas stash. Thanks too for the adorable photos of Jessie and Violeta too:-) Skunk perfume is NO fun for all the family:-( TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

I Card Everyone said...

I'm also very happy to see Barb again, Loll - she's picked such a fun challenge for the month! You have had no problem picking the perfect Santa and using he and his sleigh in a Merry fun way!
Loll, Jessie is a darling, but that Violeta? Gorgeous!!

Julia Aston said...

Goodness Loll- the dogs are like professional models! SO beautiful and sweet - I want to hug them both! Oh there was a card here right - got totally caught up in the puppies! Love your night sky and the wonderful embossed Santa and sleigh - such great texture! Glad you showed the close up version! xx

Barb Ghig said...

A skunk??? Oh my gosh, how awful!!! She looks so regal in her photo...who would have guessed?
Your sky is so pretty, Loll! Great idea to use works perfectly with your Santa and reindeer silhouette, and I love that you used clear embossing powder to add shine to the images and sentiment! Another really beautiful Christmas card! xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

The shiny silhouette of Santa and his reindeer looks fabulous against the gorgeous Brusho sky, Loll! The sparkling edges of the snowbank are so pretty!
Jessie and Violetta's picture is just like a people's portrait picture, and they look like they're looking at you and talking to you. So adorable!! Alex is a wonderful photographer to capture the moment. Thanks for sharing!
Hideko xx

Lisa Elton said...

Oh, I like this! Your Santa, his sleigh and reindeer against your night sky look marvelous! CUTE pups! A skunk encounter... that's no fun!

Sarn said...

Wonderful Christmas card with that fab brusho snowy sky background.

Thanks for submitting homework to the Snippets Playground. Fancy a toasted & buttered crumpet in the Breakfast Club??? Xxx

kiwimeskreations said...

Super QaE card Loll, but stunning - love it - the night sky background is fabulous.
Do hope Jessie is a little less perfumed now...

Linda said...

Stunning night sky on your Santa card. Love the texture on there too.
Gorgeous photos of the girls xx

Inkyfingers said...

I love the colours in your beautiful sky, Loll and you created such a lovely atmospheric CAS design. Love the portraits of Jessie and Violeta too!

Take care.
Carol x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A beautiful background sky and a gorgeous card. OH! a sniffy dog! Too beautiful to be so too, we had a Cavalier just like her. Love them both. Lovely photos.
Faith x

Nstiz said...

Your background on this cards is gorgeous! Love the use of green for a night sky. The photos of Jesse and Violeta are fantastic too. How cute they are. Thanks too for the reminder to make more backgrounds since mine are pretty much picked over.

Marcia Hill said...

Your night time sky is FABULOUS Loll and Santa and his team stand out beautifully against it! Love the grounding with the white snowbank...a perfect place for your Ho Ho Ho sentiment! LOVE the pictures of Jessie and Violetta too...they sure are cuties, even if one of them might be a little stinky still! (Have had that happen more times than I care to remember at our house!!) Hugs. :0)

Bonnie said...

You do such awesome night skies, Lolly! This one is perfect for showing off Santa and his reindeer flying through the sky! Jessie and Violetta are so pretty! Alex does a wonderful job of photographing them. Hope you had a lovely Canada Day!

Pat said...

I love Santa on his sleigh fly through that fabulous night sky Loll, and the white torn card snow hills look great and so sparkly with the crystal glaze. A beautiful card. What a pretty pair are Jessie and Violeta in these super photos and can only imagine how bad the smell of skunk must be for it to linger for so x

Brenda said...

I do so love this night sky Loll, your card is fabulous! Oh the girls look so beautiful! Love how they are sitting together. Oh no! Jessie had a run in with a skunk?!! I always worried about that with our little Jack Russell, but she never did get tangle up with one. That and I worried about a Coyote getting her. I hope the rest of the skunk smell soon leaves little Jessie, she is just to dang cute not to cuddle up to! lol Just look at that sweet little face! Violeta has a sweet little face too. I'm such a dog person. lol Love them to pieces! Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

Your night sky is amazing considering you used Brushos, Loll. I have a hard time controlling them. Santa looks right at home flying through the sky on his way to deliver gifts.

Di said...

Really gorgeous card Loll - love Santa against that beautiful night sky! The whole card is just perfect!


Di xx

Di said...

I forgot to say how beautiful your dogs are - and very cute with it!


Di xx

Leslie Miller said...

Quick and easy for sure, and it turned out fabulous! Loving that night sky with embossed Santa. It's an extra treat to scroll down and see Jessie and Violeta, too. I had just visited the Jessie tab which I'd never noticed before. Sheesh. Thanks for everything, Loll!

BożenA said...

WOW! Your night sky immediately reminded me of the northern lights, Loll. Great colors!
Pictures of the dogs are beautiful and the dogs themselves are adorable. I don't understand what happened to Jessie? Hope she's okay.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fab inked sky for your Santa sleigh silhouette, Loll - love it! And what sweet photos of your pups - they bring a lot of joy to you, I'm sure!!

TK said...

Love the night sky! Great use of those brushos, and fun too

Ina G said...

Really lovely Loll. Gorgeous night sky for Santa and his reindeers.

Trina P. said...

Beautiful. Amazing background. The texture from the watercolor paper showing through the embossing is so cool.

Jessie and Violeta are simply adorable. Poor Jessie getting skunked… we have skunks here, too, and smelling them indirectly is nasty… can imagine how much more horrendous it is with a direct spray. 🤢

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful night sky Loll, love your Santa flying over the snow capped hills.
Poor Jessie getting skunked ♥ the smell takes so long to go, I remember when our old dog got sprayed, every time it rained months after she smelled of skunk :)

Linda said...

Loll, your Brusho's night sky is gorgeous and is perfect for Santa and his sleigh. Beautiful card.

Colleen said...

Oh I would love to try that night sky with brushos...your sky is fantastic! And I love the sleigh in the night sky!