Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CUTplorations christmas release blog hop - day 1


Welcome to the blog today. It's day 1 of our blog hop introducing a couple new STAMPlorations stamp sets with coordinating CUTplorations dies (as well as some fabby word dies - be sure to come back to see) perfect for Christmas projects. As always there are lots of prizes, for leaving comments as well as for joining us with the Flash Diecut Linky Party (any dies are welcome!).

And welcome to my study in CAS. This blog hop I'm all about keeping it simple. As in simple design. As in simple to make lots of 'em. As in simple to mail - well, more on that later. I hope especially those of you with MISTIs will appreciate how easy it would be to "mass produce" these CAS Christmas cards.

I used Shirley's new set, Christmas Reindeer. Aren't these images delightful?




I began by stamping the image and sentiment in Versafine black and added a touch of brown watercolor to the reindeer.


Keeping with the playful, cozy feel I added a knot of red embroidery floss as his nose. 


And then I tried heat embossing the stamped image and sentiment with clear powder.


Keeping with the clean and shiny feel, Rudolph got a shiny red bead as a nose!


Then I took the same stamps and went for a more unexpected look, with a touch of elegance. I heat embossed everything gold.


And gave Rudolph an elegant glass bead as a nose.


What do you think? CAS is all about the white space. And choosing images which work well together. I think these do. The sentiment is actually the weighty part of the design and the reindeer just adds that "merry little" something. Which version do you like best?

p.s. As for mailable... not sure about the beads. The noses are all adhered with Matt Medium and that is super strong stuff, but I think the knot would be safest for mailing ;)

Thanks for coming by today. Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here.

I'm taking Rudolph over to these fun challenges:
One-Layer Simplicity - Back in Time (as in back to the days of waiting for that one night per Christmas season that "Rudolph" would be on TV)
Mod Squad - What's That You Say? where it's about concentrating on the sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wedsneday Challenge - Clean and Simple
AAA Cards - Upcycling (those beads used to be on DD's stretchy elastic bracelets)






37 comments:

  1. Maria, these are absolutely adorable, cute, gorgeous!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them all!!!

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  2. Love your CAS deer. The red noses are so cute. Hugz

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  3. Now I might even be able to CASE these cards for mass production. They're so adorable and the touch of red really sets them off perfect. Simply delightful.

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  4. awesome job on all three cards, I do like the one with a little brown on the reindeer but I am a sucker for the gold embossing, too!

    Alicia

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  5. I just went aww looking at those cute cards and shiny little nose of reindeers. Fabulous CAS card.

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  6. CAS perfection. I love all three, but I think the one with the brown colouring is my favourite.

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  7. Oh my! Those are fantastic images for a modern CAS style - love!

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  8. Darling cards! Love the red noses for a fun touch! I'm in love with this delightful Christmas Reindeer stamp set! I love all 3 versions of your card, but think the dash of watercolor looks fabulous!

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  9. These are wonderful! So CAS and I love it! :)

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  10. Great ideas for mass making Christmas cards!

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  11. Wonderful how these
    are all the same but
    different. I love
    the reindeer with
    the brown color.
    Carla from Utah

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  12. Love the sketchy look of these cards:)

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  13. Wonderful CAS cards. Love the different looks you created. TFS

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  14. Superb clever use of the beads and thread and adore the CAS design. Thanks for joining AAA

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  15. SUPER CUTE cards Maria!!!
    LOVE your CAS design and variants, I'm torn between the 1st FUN one with the touch of watercolour and floss nose and the ELEGANT 3rd one with the glorious golden embossing ... thinking about the challenges of my cards going through the mail, if I made them with the bead nose, they would be hand delivered, with the floss flying everywhere :) ... maybe a rhinestone would survive the post better, will definitely have to try that, because the pop of red and dimension do make them special!!!
    THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION, I struggle with CAS and think these would be wonderful for spreading Christmas CHEER and be easier for me to make in multiples too!!!

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  16. Oh. My. Gosh! These are just fantastic!! Love every single one of your designs, Maria!! From the gold to the beads to the watercoloring; they're all just amazing. You've outdone yourself here; these are CASimply amazing!!!! Love 'em! Have a great weekend too. Bev

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  17. Love your trio of CAS perfection! Thanks for playing at AAA cards.

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  18. I like the CAS card you have added some brown to the reindeer on!

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  19. It is simple but very cute and effective. Love the little add ons. And can not really decide for my favorite. It really depends who would it be sent to.

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  20. These are just so sweet. I love the pop of red on the nose. Perfection.

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  21. Oh my gosh...mega-watt smiling in seeing your various versions of reindeer, each sporting a nose apropos to his (or her) image technique! You've covered the spectrum from whimsical and fun, to classy and elegant, with simple changes in stamping and 'nosing'! Love these CAS-ilicous delights! And now I'm ordering these deer!
    Hugs~c
    Oh yes: school start up, bike races, DT tasks, and just 'stuff' see me falling light years behind in commenting. You KNOW I love your cards and posts! Starting fresh as of now! More hugs! (hope Mr. Quarter-sized spider is doing well *grin*)

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  22. Lovely Maria! Thanks for showing us the different ways you easily created these three super looks with the reindeer set :)

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  23. Beautiful CAS cards. Love them all.
    Valerija xx

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  24. Adorable CAS cards! Love their red little noses! :D

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  25. These funky reindeer sure do make super Rudolph cards - love yours Maria

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  26. Haha! Maria I love how you've tied these to our time theme - wow, remember when you couldn't have tv on demand! Our kids will never know how we suffered! lol! SO glad you joined us at OLS!

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  27. Love your CAS Christmas card designs! These are awesome with that whimsical reindeer! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.

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  28. Love, LOVE, LOVE (in even bigger letters!), Maria ... every. single. genius. detail ... utter CAS perfection! Did I mention LOVE? Hugs, Anita :)

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  29. hello maria! these are the cutest cards! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms
    ig-2klines

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

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  30. Love to see stamping without coloring.
    the cards are clean and simple
    and so effective.
    thanks for sharing some great ideas.

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  31. So simple and yet so striking, only u can do something like this ;)

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  32. These are stunningly CAS - I love, love, love them! xxx

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  33. I like them all, Maria! But my favorite is one with a red embroidery floss nose. (Is it supposed to be warm and soft? ;) Thank you so much for sharing your card at AAA Cards challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin

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  34. Awesome ideas so simple yet effective! I like the shiny bead nose!! Thanks for joining in at AAA Cards :) jenny

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