Saturday, March 17, 2018

More Holly for CAS Christmas Card Challenge

Hello and welcome.

I'm decking the cards with more holly.

I used my favorite holly die from Penny Back and die cut from a scrap of mixed media paper.

I lay the die on a plastic lid (half of a broken stamp case) and used
Zigs and a water brush to add color.

The woodgrain background and sentiment square were cast offs waiting to be used.

While I was playing with holly, a friend brought me the die I used for the second card.

I colored it in the same way and added it to an dry embossed piece.

We're using holly on our CAS (Clean And Simple) Christmas cards this month at

We're trying to get a jump on our Christmas cards so we're not 
in panic mode when it's time to send them.

We'd love for you to join us.

The challenge is open until the 24th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Mixed Media
Other:  Holly Berries Die (PB), Stitche Squares Die (SSS), Pinewood Planks EF (SU), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown) SU Marker (Real Red)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Paper:   Garden Green (SU), Neena
Other:  Holly Die (wish), Zigs (Olive, Mid Brown, Dk. Brown), SU Marker (Real Red)


jimlynn said...

Two more beautiful cards! I've torn this house up looking for my holly stamps so I could play and so far they're missing in action. Will keep looking though. Love your cards.

JoAnn said...

Lovely CAS Christmas cards. Love the design and the holly dies you used. The woodgrain background really sets off the pretty holly die on the first card.

MaryH said...

This is one of my fav PB holly dies too. Love the coloring on the leaves, and it looks stunning over the embossed white background. Also love the outline style of #2's die, equally smashing against the white embossing of the background. TFS & Hugs

nancy littrell said...

I love your woodgrain background and how you placed your beautifully colored die cut holly over your sentiment square. Your 2nd card is a wonderful CAS design too with your dry embossed background and die cut open holly design. TFS Bonnie. Hugs...P.S. clever idea to use your broken lid to keep your dies contained while coloring.

Patti said...

These are just beautiful!! I love the addition of the embossing! : )


Carole said...

Love both of these holly cards Bonnie....very classy and of course they say it all regarding Christmas. xx

Marcia Hill said...

Both of these are SOOO pretty Bonnie! I think Holly is so beautiful anyway, so it was a perfect choice for this first challenge at CAS Christmas! With the deep greens and reds, they show up so wonderfully against the white backgrounds and make lovely, lovely cards! Well done my friend!! :0)

Christine Alexander said...

wonderful Bonnie, I have this die and really need to pull it out and start colouring it. Such beautiful cards

Ina G said...

Both beautiful Bonnie but I really love the background on the first card. Simple and Stunning holly cards.

Trina P. said...

Two beautiful holly Christmas cards. Great job watercolouring the holly diecuts. I love the embossed backgrounds, especially the woodgrain... and to think it was a castoff. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

You made a great choice for the backgrounds, Bonnie! They're not distracting but add interest, and perfect for the delicate holly die-cuts. Your Zig watercoloring is so beautiful - the brown, the green, and the red all have depth. Is the broken plastic stamp case the secret? :-D
Hideko xx

Mac Mable said...

Stunning cards Bonnie. Love the wispy holly die on the first card and against the texture of the wood grain it looks fabulous x Such a pretty die on the second card and loving the embossing folder too x

JosieD said...

Love the design of each card and how you put together the die and embossing folder and layout for each one...those "Bonnie design" special touches that make such a difference. These cards are true CAS and festive.

Daffodil Cards said...

Both so very Beautiful Bonnie, texture and colour and super designs, who could ask for more?

The plastic lid thing is going over my head! comes from not being a stamper I guess? LOL

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Bonnie. I do love the woodgraim embossing folder and bought one for myself. :) Love the watercoloured holly ... the deep colours really pop off the background.

Love the open design of your second holly die-cut. So pretty and lacey looking. Again, looks amazing on the deep embossed background. xx

Brenda said...

I am loving both of your holy card Bonnie! Both are so elegant looking. I love the embossing on each and love the different looks of each holy die - just like I love the design of each card, so different looking. Beautiful! Hugs, Brenda

Nstiz said...

Your dies are gorgeous, Bonnie! You have some of the prettiest dies I have seen. Love the bold red and green against the white background- such a beautiful contrast!

Bobby said...

Two wonderful holly card, Bonnie. I love the vine-y look of the first one and the variegated color you achieved.

Susan said...

Both are fabulous!! Especially the first one - love the layout of it with the sentiment square laid over the embossed background, and then the holly overlapping both. Great colouring of the holly too!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love how these beautiful die cuts just pop against those lovely crisp, white background Bonnie! Fabulous embossing folders too! Have a lovely day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Julia Aston said...

Two beautiful cards Bonnie - the wispy holly stems are lovely - I usually think of one big 3 leaved holly - your white backgrounds are perfect to set them off with the great texture added of the embossings! Julia xx

Nance said...

Super pretty cards, Bonnie! Always love your combo of watercolor and texture! XX

Mau xx said...

Two Beautiful cards Bonnie, especially love the first one as I have that Die and always struggle to how best to use it! xx

Pat said...

Beautifully coloured holly sprigs Bonnie and I adore both of the backgrounds which show them off to perfection. x

Daria said...

Beautiful card!