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1/04/2015

CAS - Red, Green and White - Christmas Card Club

Good afternoon on the first Sunday of 2015. At our house it's still rainy, gloomy & gray for the 3rd day in a row. I saw that our weather is predicted to be much colder this coming week. It's time for this kind of weather, of course, but I do miss the sunshine.

Today is also the first Sunday for the Christmas Card Club where every 2 weeks we share a card themed to one of our members' challenge criteria. This time the choice was CAS, Red, Green and White, selected by our Miss Carol.  I started off with one design in my mind, had it nearly put together, and whoa, saw that perhaps it might not be as CAS as possible. So off I go with another idea, and that's why this is a later post than it should be.


- C/Bug Holly Ribbons EF, stitched oval (either My Favorite Things or Lil Inker die - not sure) and this was a snippet.

- MBox sentiment on a snippet of glitter c/s from this card and just large enough to use this die.

- Elizabeth Craft Design holly on another snippet and the berries were from another glitter bit from  the same card as above. I like the way this CAS turned out. Will share my first idea in a later post. A warning: It has cardinals!

I do hope you'll have time to take a look at the other Christmas Card Club members' interpretation of Carol's Red, Green, White CAS Challenge. Their blogs are listed on the right sidebar. It's a lovely way to pass a Sunday afternoon for sure.

Just checked that the Snippets Playground is open for Week 158 is open, and there definitely are some snippets on this card. I expect everyone is real tired of seeing Christmas cards, but what the hey....I miss my little buddy Parsnip, so I'm going to try to sneak in the gates with this one. Why don't you com'on along and meet this little sweet white bear who guards the gates of the Playground?

Hope the day is bright where you are, even if the weather is dismal. We're still mucking out from our trip. At least the laundry is done. Still got things to put away (Heck, we still have things to Find!) and bills to pay. I'm waiting for the first episode of Downton Abby which is scheduled for 9pm tonight on our PBS stations. I've been told by some of my Brit friends that it was good!

Thanks for visiting, and big hugs. Happy Day.

58 comments:

Donna Hanley said...

Very pretty card. CAS is my style so this one is right up my alley. We had 2 inches of snow last night, but then it rained and this afternoon it is suppose to go up to 55 degrees. At least it will melt the snow. Enjoy your Sunday

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous CAS card, Mary! Wishing you all the best in 2015!

dutchess said...

what a great card Mary.....just loving those clean simple lines.....fabulous design
You really are in for a treat with Downton it's the best series so far and the christmas episode is fantastic! enjoy!.....you deserve it after the washing xxxxxxxx

Brenda in IN said...

I think this is just right for a CAS card. I love the embossing folder and how you embossed the holly too.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Well Mary, you certainly nailed the theme this time, this is perfectly CAS.
Love the use of your snippets with the holly, berries and sentiment and the embossing folder in the background is very pretty.
Hope 2015 is good to you.
Lorraine

cuilliesocks said...

Good Evening Mary, beautiful, elegant card, love your design.
Didn't get to see Downton, but I hope you enjoy it. I love Maggie Smith, she is wonderful, hugs Kate x

Jean said...

Oh Mary I love your CAS style christmas card. The EF you used is lovely and so is the merry die cut.
Jean x

Pat said...

This is very prettily CAS Mary and I love the holly and berries. Those stitched mats are on my ever growing list of 'wants' too. x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
we too have had damp, dismal, and foggy day today, and yesterday was no better as it rained most of the day.
Still I suppose it's better than the white stuff, even if it is pretty.
Great Christmas card club card.
I love your fab embossing background, and your lovely holly.
Will email you shortly.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carol said...

A fabulous CAS card Mary, absolutely love the minimalistic design. Must start snippet busting this year and join in the playground again. Thanks for joining me with this first challenge of the year. Carol x

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. So very classy looking too. Hugs Rita xxx

jimlynn said...

CAS and perfection!!!!! Love the dies you used on this too Mary. Great use of snippets!
I think all our rainy/ucky type weather headed for you.
Lynn

Hazel said...

Mary a besutiful CAS card. Yes we to have not so good weather, today has been the best for a few days. Hazel x

Kathleen said...

What a fabulous card, I just love everything about it, superb CAS card.

Hope you enjoy Downton.

Kath x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Mary, A very elegant CAS design, and how smart to get started on Christmas cards already! :) Shirleyxx ps.. yes I know about Darnell's NBUS challenge, I've made a note, would like to get something done for it :) thanks for the heads up! xx

tiziana biagioli said...

Thanks for coming by me so I could learn and see your beautiful blog ...
What a beautiful your card clean and elegant .... I will follow you with pleasure.

I too am one of your new followers
Baci e abbracci
Hugs and Kiss
Tiziana

pam said...

hi Mary, love your beautiful CAS card design.
Pam

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! I love the embossing!! The holly is a perfect touch!! Love this!! I'm glad the laundry is done...that is always the biggest challenge when returning from a trip!! Have a wonderful evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bonnie said...

Isn't it great that we were thinking alike? Love your EF background and the beautiful merry! Sunshine tomorrow, I hope!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is lovely Mary. I hope you had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! Hazel x

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this CAS card is just beautiful! I love the white on white with just a touch of color with the holly leaves and berries and sentiment. I'm going to CASE this one from you! lol Hugs, Brenda

Carol L said...

It looks like a CAS card to me and it's quite pretty too! I love the stitched dies and of course that beautiful embossed background! Enjoy your week ahead!

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card

Darnell J Knauss said...

You know this CASlicious card stole my heart, Mary! Wonderful card for the Playground, too!! Hugs, Darnell

Ellie said...

Such a nice CAS creation! Love the color combo!

Maxine D said...

Fabulous card Mary - and yes it is fine and sunny here and we are loving it.
Blessings
Maxine

Desire Fourie said...

Mary this is such a fresh CAS design. Love the holly and the embossing.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful creation with a wonderful stamp/image used along with those fabulous colours.x{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

nwilliams6 said...

It is dreary here too - and expected to get cold too. We don't do cold well in South Alabama! I so need to join a Christmas card club so I am not doing them at the last minute again. Your card is beautiful! Love it! Missed you. Hugz

Pippa said...

A great CAS card to start the year Mary. Hope 2015 is a good one for you and yours. x

Di said...

Great CAS card Mary - and too funny that you and Bonnie were tuned into the same wavelength with your snippets cards :)

A big hug from little Parsnip!

Hugs

Di xx

Sue said...

Lovely card.

Did you see the Christmas special of Downton Abbey?

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love this Mary! Great embossing folder for the background of a CAS card. Really like the stitched oval die cut too. I received my replacement Big Kick, and hope to get back to the pile of unfinished cards by tomorrow.

Viv's Visuals said...

Hi Mary! Thanks for popping over the pond and visiting! Happy New Year and am now following!

Donna Ellis said...

how pretty and elegant! I do so want to make CAS cards, and yours is lovely, Mary! hugs, de

Veerle said...

Beautiful CAS card Mary.
Hugs, Veerle Xxx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card Mary!!

Jacee said...

Super design Mary
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Patricia said...

Hello Mary, I love your beautiful CAS card. It is very elegant.
Hope your weather improves, ours is as miserable as ever.
Hugs

Patricia x

Sheila H said...

This is CAS elegance, Mary. It's crisp, clean and traditional - love it! Our Georgia weather is ok. Rain Saturday, but sunny and cold yesterday and today.

JD/ Jill said...

So pretty! A perfect Christmas card. Thank you so much for all the nice comments you leave on my blog...and for all your prayers. (prayers DO WORK!) Hope you have a very Blessed New Year!

susiestacey said...

Thank you Mary for your lovely comments - you always leave such kind words. Happy New Year to you and your family - lets hope it is a good one for everyone.
Love your CAS card and what an early start you have made on your christmas cards.
I have de christmased the house over the last couple of days and packed everything away safely for the next one and today picked up some bargain icicle lights to go around the conservatory £50 marked down to £15 and absolutle bargain - can't wait to put them up lol. Take care x Susan x

Barbara (C) said...

Hi Mary - just popped over to join you!! Love CAS style and this is a great card. Happy New Year from the UK

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely CAS X-mas card, Mary!!! Love everything about it!!!
Hugz

Alison C said...

Hi and thanks for your visit to my blog. Your card is lovely. I've made my first Christmas card too, I'm very surprised. Hope to get it blog posted tomorrow. I'm glad I made it to the playground, it won't be the last time.
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Karen Petitt said...

So pretty and a perfect fit for the challenge. Love the texture you achieved on this one too xx

Loll Thompson said...

Pretty CAS red, green and white card Mary. The embossed background gives this lots of texture and depth. Loll xx

Charlene said...

Very pretty Mary!! LOVE the texture!!! Happy New Year!!

Faith A said...

LOVE the cas card and the embossing is beautiful. The stitched oval is beautiful and really shows off that sentiment.

So glad you have got down to some work after the jammies and Kindle episode LOL.

Redanne said...

Such a sensible idea to get started on Christmas! I love your CAS design and the wonderful texture you created. Simply beautiful... Hugs, Anne xx

Mrs A. said...

Very CAS indeedy. I love the simplicity of your design and beautifully put together.. Hugs Mrs A.

Kath said...

A fabulous CAS card. I've also got this holly die but, shame on me, I haven't used it yet!
Have a Happy New Year.
Kath x

Christine Harrop said...

Happy New Year Mary! I really love this CAS card. Well that's one down for 2015 ! ... lol! Hugs Christine xx

Sally H said...

A simply elegant and beautiful CAS card Mary! I love it! Thanks so much for your lovely words about my posts. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and new year. I fully agree with your new year wishes too. I possibly need to work on my tolerance of other drivers when it is snowing though!!! Blessings to you and your family lovely friend x

Greta said...

Just beautiful!

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful card Mary...I love the stamp you used, just so pretty.

Diane said...

What fun stitching, embossed background and design Mary.

Best of the New Year.

Diane

scrappymo! said...

This is such a perfect card for our theme this fortnight!
That Merry is a gorgeous die!