Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Deer Beside Tree CAS Card

Hi, Friends....

I am here with a CAS card for the MFP Stamp CAS challenge.  We are supposed to make a fall-themed card and my card might seem more wintery...but the pink sky and the deer make me think of autumn.  The tree doesn't have any leaves, so that means it is already fall....or, perhaps, "fell".  :)    (Hey, CAS cards are challenging enough for me without getting into semantics about whether this scene is late fall or winter!  lol....  And, besides, the deciduous trees all look like this in Idaho in the late fall.  That's my story and I am sticking to it!)

My image is from the Mark's Finest Papers - Crisp Winter stamp set. (I STILL maintain this is a late fall scene!!)  It comes with a cathedral style frame, but I strategically inked just the deer and tree and left out the frame.  (It might look too wintery, if I had put the frame in!  Ha.)  I used my Mini-MISTI so I could get this image inked thoroughly.  It took two stampings to do it.  I used VersaFine ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear powder.  

My background is another from my watercolor marker refill extravaganza!  :)  That's where I "refilled" my watercolor markers in small jars of water and saved the leftover highly pigmented water for making watercolor backgrounds.  (I know...I am insane!)

It was difficult for me not to do anything else to this card besides mount it on a black base.  CAS really, really is not my natural style.  But I like how this card turned out.  Hope you do, too!! 
Be sure to snag my 2016 Cat Lovers Hop badge for your blog.   This year's hop is dedicated to my sweet Aliyah....the kitty that I just lost. Details about the hop will be coming.


Thanks for stopping by.  Love your visits and your comments.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Stamps Challenge #32 - CAS with Fall Theme
2. Try it on Tuesday Challenge - Use Your Leftovers and Scraps (I used leftover marker refill water for making my background.) 
3. Penny Black at All Sorts August Challenge - AG
4. SRTC August Challenge - Anything Goes
Critters & Creatures Linky Party 6 - Feature a Critter or a Creature
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature 
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Go Wild
8. Unicorn Challenge #12 - Animal Kingdom
9. Papercrafter's Corner Challenge Week #156 - Inspiration Piece (I used the pink background with black from the inspiration photo.)


  1. Oh my goodness Janis, that background is gorgeous! The fact that it's one of your marker-water backgrounds (to use a technical term) makes it even better. This background is like one of those optical illusion pictures where the details change back and forth as you look at it. Sometimes the white areas are the trees, with a rosy sky, and sometimes pink area looks like thunderclouds approaching. Perfect CAS card, and great mini-MISTI stamping!

  2. Well your background worked beautifully Janis. It's a lovely card. Barbxx

  3. wonderful card!
    yay! cat lovers hop!
    I will be there!
    I put badge on my blog!
    lots of hugs

  4. Fabulous card and love the background, very clever idea to 'recycle' your watercolor refills! Thank you for joining us at The Sisterhood for our challenge!
    Diane TSH DT

  5. Perfect CAS No frills yet gorgeous ..........Lis

  6. Simply lovely! Nice use of that stamp set too! Thanks for joining us here at MFP Stamps Challenge!

  7. WOW What a awesome CAS card! Love your background ... thanks for inspiration once again Janis! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CLOSE TO NATURE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  8. What a cool and elegant card!
    Hooray for the Cat Lover Hop!!! Counting the days!

  9. I like your card very much! It's time to forget about what defines a "style" anyway and craft what you love! I think the colors are gorgeous and I like the deer! I'll mark the cat lovers hop down on the calendar! Meow!

  10. A really pretty creation with a lovely inky background Janis, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  11. Wonderful card and I do love the background coloursThank you for sharing with us in our challenge. Hope you will join us again. Jennifer DT member Unicorn Challenge xx

  12. Another great card Janis. You are very creative!

  13. Wonderful CAS project! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  14. Love this Janis. I think the foreground white looks like bushes. Very cool. Hugz

  15. Another fabulous card, Janis! The background colour is very beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday. Mar DT

  16. Pretty background, and I love how you used only a portion of this stamp!

  17. Hi Janis!! Very pretty card, love your BG (& the story behind it!). Looking forward to the Cat Lovers Hop. :-)

  18. Great card, the background is fab! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

  19. this is awesome, great take on the challenge! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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  20. I love your pink AUTUMN sky! And it matches the background off the PCC magazine perfectly. I also love your goofy sense of humor. I can relate. . .I think that means I have goofy relatives. :o)

  21. Aaaah lovely and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, luv Sam x

  22. So beautifully designed! Gorgeous background for the deer scene!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Penny Black & More challenge
    Let's Color linky party
    Critters and Creatures linky party

  23. Fantastic Card Janis! Thanks for playing along with us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog!
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge


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