Tuesday, 13 September 2011

More CAS Christmas

I really must get a bit more creative with my blog post titles, I'm a bit rubbish at them. Anyway this post is exactly what it says on the tin...a couple of CAS christmas cards. Apologies for the photos, they're a bit dark.
This first one uses a beautiful Penny Black stamp which I've stamped and embossed in silver and then stamped again behind.  The colour wash behind is Distress stains in weathered wood and milled lavender. Less is More this week wanted to see double so I'm entering this over there as well as at Penny Black At Allsorts who are challenging us to get ahead for Christmas.
I then went for bright colours and followed the sketch at Waltzing mouse sketch challenge and made this card. As I'm determined to continue with my Christmas card I'm looking for a festive spin for every challenge I fancy having a go at and this stamp from Waltzing Mouse made me think of Christmas lights so I've used my pro- markers to colour and added some glossy accents. For some reason the red has shown as more orange on the photo but it is a bright Chrismtas red IRL.

Thanks for visiting...I love reading your comments so please let me know what you think. Always grateful for tips...Esther xx


  1. oh 2 gorgeous cards hun just love the cas one,and adore the second on,that is one gorgeous design hugs cherylxxxxx

  2. I'm pretty rubbish at post titles as well Asther, I get the post all done then sit looking into space for inspiration - yesterday was a pretty sad one - Gnome Time - no guessing there were some SA gnomes there.

    Back to your card and I really love the echo effect of the doves and such lovely subtle colouring. Second card is great as well, the lights look almost illuminated.

    Thank you for joining in at Penny Black at Allsorts this month and good luck.

    B x

  3. Your LIM card is terrific Esther, one of your best to date i say!

    Thank you, good to see you
    "Less is More"

  4. Two beautiful cards Esther. I love the serenity of the first card and liveliness of the second card.
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts this month.
    Clare x

  5. Two great cards but loving your technique and colours for the LIM challenge. Beautifully done:-)

  6. you still are on roll- lovely christmas - Debi x

  7. Two fab cards, but I never saw the Xmas lights in that doily until now! How clever!

  8. I love your Xmas cards Esther (I still haven't started)! The first one looks so serene, and I love the lights on the second. Maria x

  9. Beautiful set of cards Esther, Love the birds of peace :o) Hugs


  10. When looked at the thumbnail picture on the blog, I was wondering if those were Christmas light images inside of your doily "wreath"...so COOL how you colored them to look just like that! A very fun and creative card, and I just love the way you used this week's sketch. Fabulous job!

  11. These are just lovely, but that first one really caught my eye. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  12. Hi Esther,
    the titles are so difficult..
    yes but love this simple and peaceful card,
    beautiful stamp.

    Thank you for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts, good luck;-))m

  13. That's a really interesting effect on your first card Esther, lovely images too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  14. Hi Esther
    It is so nice to see you back with us again for another of our challenges at Penny Black at Allsorts. Two lovely clean and simple cards. I love them but struggle to make any. I have a fear of white space when making my own cards but love what other people make. My craftung friends think I am very odd and try to get me to go for it but alas it has not happened yet.
    Thank you for sharing your cards with us and good luck in the prize draw.


  15. Love the serene CAS card Esther, it's very beautiful.

    Many thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts.


  16. I think both cards are just fabulous. The doves are so soft and subtle - lovely.

    However, I just adore your Christmas lights - I would never have thought of this - but it's brilliant!

  17. What a great idea! You've really reinvented that stamp for me!

  18. Super pretty cards. If you get more creative with your blog title please let me know your secrets. I always have a hard time with mine. Have a nice Friday, Hugs, Kim

  19. Esther! Your card is so festive! Great job with the sketch!

  20. Two beautiful cards Esther, I really need to get my bum into gear and get started on mine. The first card is so serene. Julia xx

  21. Beautiful Christmas cards Esther. I love the first one.
    xxx Hazel.

  22. Hi Esther - saw your lovely cards on Stamp Addicts this morning - they were absolutely beautiful as always and attracted a lot of attention from the presenters!

    Also, congrats on your challenge top three position this week - very well deserved!

    Sharon x


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