Monday 4 February 2013

CAS2 online class - Day #1

Last week I enrolled in my first online card making class focusing on Clean and Simple cards. I have had a week filled with wonderful inspiration, but little time to play. I hope I can catch up with the assignments this week. The class is loads of fun but creating CAS cards is hard work and not simple at all LOL. But hey, that's why I'm taking the class in the first place, so that I can try and create my own CAS cards and become better at it.

So here are 2 cards that I made for Day #1. I used one of the 3 available sketches and used the spraying technique that Kristina Werner was showing in her video.

For the second card I used the exact same ingredients, except for the cardstock (kraft instead of Neenah solar white):

And here's an image of the two cards side by side:

Kristina used a mask for her card. Since I did not have a mask, I used what I did have, namely the grid that came in my tub of feta. Since I'm living in Greece, I always have some feta in the fridge. I had already salvaged this particular grid a while ago, though, thinking I could use it as a mask or stencil or something. How right I was LOL.

Since it was a last-minute decision to join this class, I do not have most of the supplies the teachers are using, which means I have to improvise all the way. Since I love making Christmas cards, my supply of Christmas stamps is growing, so I'll probably turn to these stamps a lot for this class.

Similarly, I only had two (shimmer) mists in my stash (Slate & Spring Rain by Tattered Angels), so I based my colours on the dark slate colour. Despite the colour, I think the mist gives a lovely impression of a snow storm. After I was done, I added some Spring Rain, which gives a lovely pearlescent sparkle in real life.

I stamped the snowflake (Verve Stamps)  in VersaColor Smoke blue and heat-embossed it with Clear frosted embossing powder (Ranger's). The sentiment (from the same Verve Stamps set (Christmas in the Air) was stamped in clear embossing ink (Ranger's) on some dark blue cardstock and heat-embossed with white embossing powder (Artemio). I adhered the top panel and the sentiment strip on foam adhesive for added dimension. I finished the snowflake with a silver pearl (with a stale blue sheen)  from my stash.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Ho Ho H2O!
CHNC - Use sth. starting with a P (there's only 1 pearl on each card, but who's counting?)
CHNC Extra - Always Anything Christmas goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - 25 Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Monochrome/monochromatic
MAWTT - Punch it out
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - 2 Cold and frosty
Beccy's Place - Birthday Bash #1: sth. starting with B
(blues - blue ink, blue mist, blue cardstock)


  1. The P for pearl certainly counts! These are super CAS cards - thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. X

  2. that is BY FAR the best feta-related christmas card i have EVER SEEN in my entire life!!! :) :) :)

    no seriously, missus, this is GORGEOUS work, well done you with the C&S class (b/c YES... that is HARD!!!!!!!!!!) and clearly you are going to graduate a the TOP of your class with such truly stellar work. plus, all feta-joking aside... that lattice does totally make an AWESOME stencil! love this!!! thanks for jumping in with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥♥♥

  3. Love how you recycled your feta packaging ... what a clever mask and such a cool effect ... love how the design changes when you use different paper ... fantastic cards in both colors ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  4. A very resourceful CAS card! Love the effect of the shimmer mist combined with the grid. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey x

  5. These cards are fabulous! Excellent masking, clean and simple perfection. :) Thanks for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

  6. Hi Marianne, what a fabulous use of packaging!! Love the cards - they are great examples of the CaS style.

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at MAWTT,

  7. This are both super stylish, I love the layout and clever idea with the background. Thanks for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin. X

  8. gorgeous a lovely creation thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

  9. I recognise the layout of these cards from the online class Marianne, we're obviously doing the same one! And I'm really enjoying it too.
    Anyway... I love the cards you've created, you really did a great job on the challenge. I like making Christmas cards too, and I decided that I wasn't going to buy any extra "stuff" so I'm quickly cycling through my stash of Christmas stamps as well!

  10. Wow, good for you joining this class.Could do with some help with CAS too - you'd think it would be easy but it's not.Stunning cards.Absolutely love what you've done.Thanks for joining in with us over at Sparkles Christmas challenge.Good luck.Hugs Debbie x

  11. This is such a beautfiul cards and the the layout is gorgeous great backing papers to match a beautiful image presented so wonderfully thank you for joining our challenge at Sparkles Christmas challenge 2nd Anniversary "Anything Goes" good luck and hope to see you again next time xx

  12. What a great background you created! Looks like you are learning fun things in this class!

  13. Lovely cards.

    Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this time.