CAS Christmas ~ Holly

Happy Weekend!

It's March, can you believe it?

 Today is also the first day of a brand new challenge
it's my debut as a member of the Design Team!
If you know the CAS Mix Up Challenge and CAS Watercolor Challenge then you'll like this challenge!

It's created and ran by the same gals ---

Loll & Bonnie!

I'm very honored and thrilled they asked me to be a part of the team!  I definitely have no excuse for not having any Christmas cards ready next Christmas being on 2 monthly Christmas challenges.

So onto the challenge --- 

This month the theme is HOLLY 

and of course

CAS - Clean and Simple.

The challenge begins on the 3rd of each month and ends on the 24th of the same month.  

So you have 21 days to play along!
For my card, I created some holly using the Faux Enamel technique.  Some of us have been playing around with that technique just seeing how it is.  I posted an earlier card with a heart on it made with this technique.  Bonnie Klass and I got together one day recently to try this technique more 

We found the technique in this tutorial to work the best for us.   I cut the leaves and berries from thin chipboard that Bonnie had on the Big Shot.  I had some thick chipboard but we found it too thick for the Big Shot, so I will find another use for that. I used some old emboss powders I bought years ago at Michaels, light and dark green and added in some WOW fine gold emboss powder.  I also sprinkled on some iridescent glitter to stick and some course white emboss powder.  I used red and the course white emboss powder for the berries. 

I kept everything else white besides the holly and the sentiment.  I used a woodgrain emboss folder by Sizzix on the front of my cardbase and popped up a scalloped stitched tag by Poppy Stamps on top where I affixed the holly.  The sentiment is from "Lovely Blessings" by CAS-ual Fridays which I stamped in Versamark and embossed with the same WOW fine gold emboss powder.

Now go check out the rest of the team's projects at CAS Christmas and play along with us each month and stack up those Christmas cards before next Christmas!

CAS Christmas Blessings!


nancy littrell said...

Love your faux enamel holly and berries, Nance. So much interest and texture with all your faux enamel mixed media products. Looks like you have already mastered the technique, my friend:-) Love your CAS design with your textured woodgrain CS and die cut sentiment layer. TFS.

Congratulations for being chosen to join the CAS Christmas Card Challenge DT too. I am looking forward to more of your beautiful creations. Love and Hugs...

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful CAS Christmas design Nance! love the faux enameling on your pretty holly and berries - especially the mix of colors! What a great card design with the angled die cut and pretty embossed background! Congrats on being on the DT for this fun new challenge! Julia xx

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations on being on the DT for this new wonderful challenge. What a beautiful and elegant CAS Christmas card with an amazing technique. Love the texture of the dry embossing and such an eye catching it x

Marcia Hill said...

What a classy card Nance! I LOVE your Faux Enamel Holly leaves...SOOOO pretty! Everything about this card just says elegance...every last detail is just beautiful!! :0)

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is such a classy holly card with a great design, Nance! The Faux Enamel holly looks like jewel. Adding the gold EB powder, the iridescent glitter, and the course white emboss powder worked like a charm!
I’m very happy to be on the same team with you! :-) Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

Nance, your holly and berries are so pretty against the simple white background. I really need a hot pan, it looks so much easier than the heat tool. Awesome card :)
p.s so glad you are part of the CAS Christmas team :)

Bonnie said...

I'm so glad you have joined out team, Nance! Your holly is the best piece that either of us came up with. I love how all that white makes it the star of the show! An awesome card, my friend!

Barb Ghig said...

Your holly and berries really stands out in the gallery, Nance! I love all the texture and your design is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for inspiring us to play along...and thanks for the link to the tutorial :)

MaryH said...

This faux enamel technique is truly stunning on this pretty card. Love the diamond setting for the centerpiece and the swag of beautiful holly tucked above it. The woodgrain embossing on the card front adds yet another layer of lovely dimension & style. TFS

Trina P. said...

Your faux enamel holly is fabulous. It stands on your beautifully designed card with the textured cardstock. Awesome card to kick off the new challenge.
Looking forward to taking this ride with you and being inspired. xx

Loll said...

WOW!! Your faux enamel holly turned out amazing Nance!! LOVE the shine, thickness and gorgeous colours with a bit of sparkle. And such a gorgeous design with your large gold sentiment and scalloped diamond. Your card is inspiring! So happy to be working with you on the CAS Christmas team!! xx

Jo said...

Those holly leaves and berries look so realistic. You’ve succeeded hands up on this technique, BRAVO!
Your CAS card design is perfect for this gorgeous enamel piece. You are definitely at the right place as DT on CCCC, a warm CONGRATS xx

Susan said...

Sorry, Nance, to be so slow at commenting and welcoming you to one of Loll's and Bonnie's Design Teams - I've loved being on their DTs and am thrilled to come over to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge - I know you'll love working with them as much as I do.

Your card is fabulous - the faux enamel holly is spectacular - wonderful colours and frostiness! I'm going to attempt to duplicate it one day! Love the simplicity of the card with the wood grain background and the diamond for the sentiment!

Robyn Oliver said...

Lovely CAS card Nancy, your snow flecked holly looks fabulous