Tuesday 2 November 2021

Bottled Up for Christmas

Hello, crafting friends!

It's Tuesday and time for a new month of fun challenges at CAS Colours and Sketches! M friend Joanne is stepping up to host throughout November and boy has she got some great colours and sketches to inspire you with! Here's the colour palette she's starting with:

If you're up to your ears in Christmas card designs, you may find it very helpful - I certainly have!

I started by masking off the bottom of a card panel and sponging a neutral ink above it to ground my focal images. The darker green ink was used to stamp the two layers of a holly spray from Budding Beauties Winter by the Greetery, and I added the berries in red.  The bottle is from Bottled Up also by the Greetery. It has three layers and I used the lighter green to stamp all three which gives a very subtle texture. 

Once my bottle of holly was stamped I used one of Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border dies to cut a curve from the side of the card panel. I mounted this onto a card base and finished the card with a die cut sentiment and some highlights to my foliage with a Posca white acrylic paint pen.

And now it's over to you! Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge site, and you can share your own creation there too via the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post. Have fun - and don't forget to keep your card nice and clean and simple with lots of nice clear space!

I'm linking this card up with Addicted to Stamps and More where there's a Christmas challenge; also Just Us Girls where Bobby has chosen Leaves as her wild card theme - and I'm hoping my holly leaves won't disrupt the autumnal gallery too much! I'm also playing along at Allsorts where Lorraine's challenge is to Add a Sentiment.

Just as the clocks went back in the UK this weekend, the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped and next morning we found lots of broken branches, leaves everywhere and sadly a few trees down too. Never mind 'sweater weather', it's coat weather and I would recommend hard hats too!

Sending hugs,


  1. A gorgeous holly spray Vicky, beautiful layout and sentiment, you are definitely the queen of CAS

  2. Love your Holly spray in a bottle Vicky - I have visions of you returning from a dog walk and creating something just like this during the winter months! Love the swirly die line too - very effective. Hope you've been wrapping up to go out - today necessitated use of the ice scraper for the first time this season!! Brrrr!

  3. Just beautiful and a amazing CAS card!!

  4. Lovely and unusual Christmas card. A bottle of Holly sounds a bit prickly to drink! Looks good on the table though!

    Hygge x

  5. A very pretty Winter card Vicky, thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  6. Lovely stamping and design on this CAS card, thank you for joining in our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  7. LOVE this!! So pretty and I love the holly. Thanks for joining us at Addicted To Stamps and More!

  8. Vicky... love this Christmas card! Holly in a jar...what a great idea for a composition. The opposing greens with the reds make a great color combination. Thanks so much for joining and sharing with Just Us Girls!

  9. Oh what a wonderful festive creation it looks beautiful thank you for joining our challenge this week at ALLSORTS
    lolo x

  10. Duh! Why have I never thought to use those hillsides vertically? Love, love, love this card Vicky!

  11. Very beautiful card. I love the gorgeous color combo. Great to see you in the ATSM gallery. Hope you will join us again soon! Nandini, DT


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