Sunday, October 16, 2011

Paper Players CAS Christmas Challenge #68

This week Lesley has a wonderful challenge for The Paper Players. It is a CAS (clean and simple) Christmas challenge using the colors red and green. CAS is always a challenge for me especially for Christmas. I had something completely different in mind for this challenge, but unfortunately, I ordered my new Christmas stamps too late and they will not arrive  until Monday:(

I definitely kept it simple here. I actually did not even  stamp this card but created the main image using My Digital Studio. I really enjoy using MDS for many projects and this is a perfect example. With MDS I was able to create a project instantly using digital stamps in lieu of a physical stamp. I am not an exclusive MDS user but love it for hybrid projects where I can create an image using Stampin' Up! artwork and combine it with perfectly matching paper and accessories. Contact me to learn more about My Digital Studio

I was ACHING to put some glitter on that tree or a few jewels or even dazzling details -  but I really worked at keeping it simple. The layout is from a card that inspired me from  Paper Crafts Magazine.  Again, it was such an effort not to add an additional layer or two and some bling, (glitter, glitter glitter the tree) but I kept it simple:)

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The Paper Players Design Team
Tara Bilbao
Cindy Hall (October GD)

Paper - Letters to Santa DSP, whisper white, crumb cake card stock
Ink  - NONE - I used MDS
Stamps - MDS Bright Hopes Stamp Brush Set
Accessories - real red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, real red button, linen thread


  1. What a fabulous hybrid card, Tara! I love the button and bow!

  2. Great image with a jazzy striped background! Perfect holiday card!

  3. Love it, Tara....still haven't gotten that MDS but after seeing yours, I am thinking I may get it for myself for Christmas!!!! LOL! Perfect CAS creation---and I think you could add glitter and it would still be considered CAS!

  4. Love this card, Tara! So beautiful and so simple! Simple elegance...what could be better?!! Hope all is well with you! If I didn't tell you previously (I honestly can't remember), congrats on joining the Paper Players Design Team! They couldn't have added a more talented person to their group! Love your work, friend!

  5. I love this card, just the way it is. Gorgeous CAS look. I love that more people are learning about MDS for Hybrid projects. It regularly gets me out of jams, too! TFS!

  6. This is so elegant. Love the layout and the ribbon!

  7. I think it is absolutely PERFECT! Love the layout and the tree is gorgeous! You've inspired me to get this MDS stamp...thanks for sharing your endless talent with us!

  8. Hey, Tara B.! :) I just have to tell you that because of this fantastic card, I added this stamp set to my order earlier today! But I totally should have got it in MDS. I really need to remember to do more with that program. Gah! That dressed up bow is fabulous! You did a beautiful job with this one! Hope this week is going well for you! Big hugs! :)

  9. That's a great mix of dp to go with that beautiful red tree. The ribbon and button are perfect!

    I don't have that stamp.....and now I wish i did!

  10. I think it's really pretty, Tara! That tree is a gorgeous image.