Friday, September 11, 2020

CAS Christmas Tree Challenge

I love playing in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge each month.
So fun seeing my Christmas Card Stash Grow!
This month the Challenge is A Christmas Tree hosted by the very talented Colleen!

Be sure and check out the Design Team and Guest Designer's beautiful cards!

Here is my positive die cut image of Memory Box "Pine Forest Frame"

I began by using a monoprint stenciled image using Brushos Leaf Green crystals
that I found in my stash.

 I had sprinkled the crystals over the ARTplorations Sanna Designs 
Christmas Tree 1 stencil,  
which I had attached with 3M masking tape to Strathmore Mixed Media paper.
Then spritzed with water to activate the crystals.

I removed the stencil and turned it over onto another piece of MM paper,  
placing a paper towel over the stencil and 
gently rubbed to get this monoprint Christmas Trees image.

Let image dry and stored away for another day!

I played with a new to me Memory Box "Pine Forest Frame" Dies set to make two 
wonderful Christmas Cards.  I used the Positive image for my 1st card by
die cutting the Monoprint Image, which gave me the background of monoprint trees.

Then die cut the tree again with the MM paper to inlay the White Christmas Tree.
  This cool die set has the tree plus a smaller tree die
and the frames.  Very versatile.

I popped up the main image with craft foam and added the 2nd frame to Card Base.


Here is my 2nd card using the Negative die cut pieces.

I used the 2nd die cut pieces to get the white background and
inlayed the leftover Brushos stenciled pieces from the 1st card.

Popped up with craft foam and attached to MM card base.
Then die cut CUTplorations "Christmas Sentiments Dies" Noel 4 times to
attach 2 stacked layers of Noel to each card.
I did add Nuvo Crystal the second card for snow.

I was very pleased with both cards for my Christmas Stash:-)
Here are my cards side by side for comparison!

Thank you Colleen for hosting such a fun and easy Challenge.
We all have plenty of Trees than work for Christmas Trees:-)

Thank you to my dear friend Leslie (Running with Scissors) for making me
buy this awesome MB Die set last year when we played with her set.

I planned to use for my 2020 Christmas cards and now I finally did!
I Love the set Leslie and will be using again:-) Love and Hugs..

Stamps: None
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Brushos Leaf Green.
Accessories: Memory Box "Pine Forest Frame".  CUTplorations Christmas Sentiments Die.  ARTplorations Sanna Designs Tree 1 Stencil.  Craft Foam. Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Connect Glue.

Adding to NBUS Challenge #18  I used the Pine Forest Frame Die for the 1st time:-)


  1. WOW! LOVE your positive and negative tree dies to create two beautiful Christmas cards for your stash. The brushos colour is gorgeous, especially paired with white, so refreshing! xx

  2. Oh, my word! These are two of the most beautiful Christmas cards ever, Nancy! Could be that I love the colors, but also the die set. So many different things you can do with it. Seriously, these cards are gorgeous! I love the CAS Christmas challenge, too, and will play next week. Hugs!

    1. It was so much fun playing with your die cut set when we had a play day. I knew I had to have the very versatile and beautiful set. I plan to make more Christmas cards with the set in the near future:-) Thank you for always inspiring me, my forever girlfriend. Keep crafting inside and out of our awful smoke. At least we do not have any fires close by, so thankful! Feel so sorry for those in Oregon, Washington and especially California dealing with all the smoke, heartache, danger, etc from the smoke and fires. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  3. Love these Nancy! That color makes me swoon and your cards are just so beautiful and clean.

  4. Beautifully done, Nancy. I bow to those of you who can stack word dies. Love the look of that. Your background is gorgeous and I just love that color!

  5. What a unique tree die this is and how great you got a twofer from it. The frames are both lovely and such a beautiful soft color.

  6. Such a bonus when you can get a positive/negative twofer. These are terrific. That mint green Brusho stencil background piece is so pretty. Amazing in laying work. Glad to see your beautiful creations in our gallery at CAS Christmas.

  7. Nancy I think these are my favorite Brusho colors yet! Such wonderful trees, so beautifully spruced up for Christmas!

  8. love both cards Nancy, it's always fun to have the positive and negative die cuts. Great way to add to your stash of Christmas cards :)

  9. Love the soft stenciling behind the white tree, Nancy! Wonderful blending of your crystals! Using the negative works beautifully for another fantastic Christmas card! You should be pleased, my friend!

  10. Wow, both Christmas tree cards are stunning, Nancy! I LOVE this combination of the green stencil monoprint and the beautiful tree die-cuts! Both positive and negative look fantastic! The double-framing and the stacked-up die-cut sentiments add so much interest. Thank you so much for sharing the first card in the CAS Christmas gallery! Hugs.. Hideko

  11. I've been racking my brains to come up with Christmas cards that don't take forever and then I see these and think "why didn't I think of that" Nancy they are terrific and I love them!

  12. Nancy, both of your cards are outstanding. Love the background and especially that color! Amazing my friend! Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas!

  13. Great ideas and great looks, Nancy! Love the fun tree die and your mono-print technique. Fab cards. Hugz

  14. Two gorgeous cards, great use of that beautiful Christmas tree die and I love the colour! xx

  15. Such unique and pretty cards. The brushos colour is beautiful and so are your cards. So unique and so very eye catching Nancy x.

  16. Brilliant twofer cards Nancy... love that gorgeous green and the white... CAS perfect, great die set and those extra border dies finish off the cards beautifully. Hugs and stay safe, Robyn

  17. Two gorgeous cards using your dies and stenciling Nancy - I just love the soft green and white colors you used! Thanks for describing your technique!

  18. oh, love how you used the stencil on the background <3!!!


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