Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Poinsettia

I'm playing along with the CAS Christmas Card Challenge today.  The theme is "Poinsettia", which made me happy because I'd not yet used this Power Poppy Winter Wonderland stamp set.  It would have been nice to do more than one card, but summer has me firmly in its grip...




I'm not sure if my card is CAS enough for the challenge, but, hey, at least I got another Christmas card done.  Watercolored with Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  No embellishments and nothing popped up.  Just an easy card to mail.




Things have been a little busy around here since we returned from vacation.  I'm ready to go again!  Hopefully, I'll have more stamping soon.  Take care!


31 comments:

Diane said...

Gorgeous card and stamp set and colored beautifully. With a card that pretty it doesn't need any embellishments, letting the eye go directly to the image.
Summer does seem busy doesn't it, but it also seems to be speeding by. It's beautiful weather here and makes me want to just go out and enjoy it while we can, but the bugs are terrible, how are they there? Last night this pesky deer came right up to the front door and started eating my lilies, she is way to close to the house and have been driving me (and Mack) nuts for weeks!!

aussie aNNie said...

Love your photos, you and doggie all having fun...me sitting here with the heating on...mmmm.. Your gorgeous flowers in the garden are stunning BUT I just love your card. Looks like I need, want, have to have this PP stamp, it's stunning.xx

Sherri said...

Wow! I've tried water coloring and even bought water color pens! They were all failures! I can't seem to get the hang of it! And your coloring is always just stunning! Wish you lived closer so I could take lessons from you! Your coloring blows me away!!! You his is a gorgeous card!

laurie said...

So beautiful...it does not need even one embellishment!!!!

Christine Alexander said...

wow Leslie, our watercolouring is amazing. Such detail of shading on that image and love the sentiment stamp, with the beautiful script. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Leslie. Your watercolouring of this beautiful image is AMAZING! LOVE the green strip edging. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Glenda Brooks said...

It's always nice when you can do a card that mails easily. Love the poinsettia and the colors you chose to work with. Well done you!

Yogi said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Love that stamp. Have a great day

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Winter flower bouquet, so beautifully watercolored. Love your swirly sentiment and side panel too. TFS Leslie. Hugs...

Darlene said...

One word ... GORGEOUS!!!
Your coloring is always so professional looking! Love visiting here! Happy Day my friend!

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, Leslie, this is gorgeous and so beautifully colored! I was surprised to read that you watercolored it...it looks like Copic markers at first. You've truly mastered the watercolors, and I love the elegant layout! Just enough and definitely very easy to mail. I love it and especially love the sentiment! Stunning card, my friend! Hugs!

Donna Ellis said...

Leslie, your techniques are always so incredibly beautiful and heartwarming, your cards do not ever need anything extra added! Simple beauty - and nothing can improve it. I love that you have another Christmas one-of-a-kind masterpiece completed! Gorgeousness! hugs, de

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is CAS at it's best with the gorgeous image and the wonderful way you water colored it. I love this card design.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

Congrats on another Xmas card! Love the stamp and your watercoloring! I know what you mean about finding time to stamp - the outside is hot but still love it! My stamping partner from Florida will be here next week so that will make me find time!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful card, Leslie! Your cards always make want to buy Power Poppy! Your watercoloring is perfect and I love that strip of paper on the side! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Christmas!

Pauline said...

Leslie, this is gorgeous! You always know how to capture the beauty of your images with your colouring - beautiful! When I first saw your card in my Feedly, I thought you had copic coloured this. You do such an amazing job with those Gansai Tambi paints- you have good control of the inks. I like that it is flat and no embellishments, sometimes this is best, although I find it hard to keep cards simple. I'm getting a bit better, but always feel like I need to add more! Good for your for adding another Christmas card to your stash. Thanks for sharing such a beauty! Have a wonderful day!

Conniecrafter said...

That is great you have managed to do another Christmas card with as busy you are. your coloring is just amazing, it says CAS to me, love your little strip of green off to the side.

Cindy Beach said...

Hi there, Leslie! This card may be easy enough to mail, but you know it's also gorgeous enough to frame! And that's what I would do with it. The traditional colors in the sentiment and DSP are so pretty and I love the colors you chose for the floral watercolor. Exquisite design!
Glad you are enjoying summer!

Ros Crawford said...

You did it again... Made me drool...This is amazing and I honestly don't know how you can bear to part with it!

Trina P. said...

Beautiful card, Leslie. Gorgeous colouring like this, who needs to pop anything up or add embellishments! Your colouring created all the depthnand dimensions it needed. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas Poinsettia challenge. x

Stacy Morgan said...

One of the most beautiful CAS cards Leslie. Yes it is CAS but your water coloring makes it over the top! Beautiful beautiful!

Lynette said...

Just gorgeous, Leslie! Love the paper on the right, and of course, your awesome coloring of a beautiful image.

Hannelie said...

I know embellishments and popped up elements make a card look better especially on photos... but when it comes to popping it in an envelope... I always regret about adding it!
Your card is beautiful! Lovely coloring !

Jeanne H said...

Truly wonderful coloring!!

ChristineCreations said...

Leslie, this is a beauty! Such great shades together and beautiful watercoloring!

Nance said...

Such a stunning Christmas card and gorgeous watercoloring! Thanks for playing with us at CAS Christmas this month.

Susie said...

Absolutely gorgeous watercoloring, Leslie! I don't remember his Power Poppy set. I love Marcella's poinsettia illustrations - I think they are some of the best I've seen. And your watercoloring really showcases this set a festive way. I love the addition of purple - very nice indeed!

Brenda said...

Oh my, this is a stunning card! I love that beautiful image and you have watercolored it perfectly! The big read sentient is perfect and I love the green stripped paper going down the side. Just gorgeous! Hugs, Brenda

Robyn Oliver said...

Absolutely gorgeous, stunning water colouring. Just love it Lesley

crafty-stamper said...

Can't believe how many cards I have missed obviously my reading list not getting updated!!!Love that beautiful stamp and fabulous colouring -definitely doesn't need any embellishments
Carol x

creatingincolors said...

That is one stunning card. I love cards that speak for themselves without embellishments (with the side bonus being they are easy to mail).

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