Tuesday, 15 January 2019

CAS Mix Up January Challenge Reminder

Half way through the month already and time for some inspiration
on this month's challenge of  The Bokeh Effect.
The wonderful Nancy is hosting the fun challenge.
For more information, video's and inspiration from the Design Team,
Thank you to Viv from Viv's visuals for being our fabulous Guest Designer this month.
Here is My Card.......
I have used the Bokeh Technique, Stamping and my choice is Blending and Heat Embossing.
I started by stamping the foliage and the thistles.
I then sponged several different colours of  green distress inks and left it to dry.
Using a circle stencil and sponging, with white pigment ink, to do the Bokeh effect.
The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed onto vellum.
Finishing off with hi-lighting in white and a pop of gold for the thistle heads.

The gallery is looking fabulous.......
The challenge is open until the 24th.......

As I used a stencil and sponging I shall be popping my card into the new
CAS Stencil Challenge, which started this month by the Lovely Loll.
Come and join in the fun.....
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Stencil Challenge using sponging and keeping it CAS
Craft Stamper Challenge, Take it Make it, which is always anything goes so long as you have used some stamping
Delighted to have won The Take It Make It Challenge with my card.....Thank you x

57 comments:

Loll said...

Beautiful card Mac! Love those golden thistles! So pretty against the shades of olive green and bokeh design. xx

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...LOVE this card Mac!! Your stamped images are so pretty and I love how you used the gold on the thistles too! Your Bokeh background looks wonderful and I love that sentiment too!! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Patti said...

Beautiful!! I have been seeing Bokeh all over blogland and have not had the chance to dig in to see how it was achieved but reading your explanation makes it crystal clear!!

Beautiful card! Like Loll, I love the greens you used. I also really like the pop of gold. It is a stunning touch both on your sentiment and for your thistle heads. : )

When we were little we used to make mice from the dried head of thistle weeds. I wish I had a picture of one. They were funny and cute but oh so pokey on little fingers!!

Have a great day my friend. : )

Patti

Daffodil Cards said...

OH! I LOVE it, the glimmer of thistles bringing them closer and the (to me) misty background made with the bokeh style, just Fabulous and very elegant Mac, the sentiment is beautiful on the vellum with it's gold shimmer.
Faith
x

pam said...

Beautiful card Mac, love the pretty scene.
Pam x

Diane said...

Beautiful card and colors Mabel.

Hugs diane

*Vicki* said...

Your design turned out so beautiful here Mac! Really love the faded blended greens with the bokeh effect over it and it's stunning with the highlighting over the images too! Love that embossed sentiment so much! Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

Wonderful card, Mac. I love the design and the colours are beautiful. xx

aussie aNNie said...

LOVE that green so fresh and the result is beautiful..

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Of course you produced a little masterpiece! Love the dreamy bokeh and the partial sponging. The white highlights make those golden thistles pop!

Christine Alexander said...

gorgeous colours Mac and love the white bokeh against the green. Your thistle stamp is so so pretty :)

Viv's Visuals said...

Once again you have nailed it and made a perfect creation Mac. Just love the soft overall feel to this card.x
PS - Can you tell me if you use anything to stick the vellum onto the card or do you just wrap the edges and secure underneath? x

Ros Crawford said...

Stunning Mac! I adore this card with the gorgeous green and the stamping with touches of white and gold and the vellum... It's breathtaking!

Jo Manna said...

Love the tone of your Bokeh, but the white and gold highlighting truly brings this card to life. The special sentiment totally compliments this beauty Mac, I'm in love ;-) xx

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful faded out sponged background for your bokeh sponged circles, Mac. I love your choice of greens too. All perfect for your stamped and heat embossed thistle. Can you share where you got your thistle stamp? I love the petite size and foliage of your thistle image.
TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Brenda said...

Oh wow Mac, never thought to use the bokeh technique this way. I am loving it!! I can see a beautiful spring day with lots of sunshine in this big green field that has a lot of beautiful flowers! So stunning is your card and I enjoyed the time I spent in that field! Hugs, Brenda

Mac Mable said...

Hi Nancy.....
The foliage stamp set behind the thistle's is from Rubber Dance...I use it a lot and it's so useful...
https://www.rubberdance.de/big-sheets/weed-love/#cc-m-product-13969665333

The Little thistles are from Inkylicious (UK company) and is called Moonlight Foliage...I love the small scale of the thistle too...
I have just checked on their site and it is out of stock (and it had gone to half price!!!)
It's an older stamp set from 2010 so that maybe why.
https://www.inkylicious.co.uk/foliage-stamps/prod_572.html

Thanks for asking my friend x

Susan said...

So lovely - I never would have thought of making thistles golden, but they are gorgeous that way - and perfect against your green bokeh background.

akmoose said...

Mac, your bokeh technique is so perfect for this scene..it brings me right back to summer and the glorious effect of sunshine.!! Something we are anxiously awaiting here in AK. Today, Jan 16th is the official day for us to see the sun where I live. But I was not home to see it!! and it was cloudy:(

Robyn Oliver said...

Stunning card Mac, love your colours and the bokeh background for your 'garden', and finished off beautifully with your embossed sentiment on vellum - really lovely

Maxine D said...

Oh how gorgeous Mac - love your use of the image, mathed with the background it is amazing!
Blessings
Maxine

baileyrosy.com said...

As ever your card is fabulous with great techniques and beautiful stamping and colours. Your attention to detail is amazing and I just adore those little thistles even zoomed in to get a closer look . Hope all is well with you and you have a fabulous new year.

Marie

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card,Mac.love the background and the embossed sentiment.

Gr,Sylvia.

Brenda in IN said...

The foilage the thistles look great against the green background and the bokeh looks great on this background.

Julia Aston said...

What a gorgeous effect with the bokeh around your lovely stampings Mac! Beautiful composition on this with the stamping and stenciling! Julia xx

Ina G said...

Love the result you got with the bokeh technique here M. Such a pretty stamp (of course) and adds a lovely finish here.

Ina G said...

PS Just checked that thistle stamp set - fabulous!

Angela Radford said...

So pleased I found you, loving your work and am now your new follower. happy creative weekend, Angela xXx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

This is so beautiful.
I love the little sunbursts behind those delicate thistles.
xxx

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG, Mac ! Your card is just stunning ! Your card gives a feeling of well being. I have the image of a field lit by the summer sun that one perceives lying in the grass. Such a peaceful scene. I love your Bokeh in green and the lovely gold thistles. Thanks so much for this beautiful inspiration !

Mia said...

Great card, Mac. I love what you did with the circle stencil. Pretty greens and the golden flowers are gorgeous. Kisses, my friend.

Viv said...

This is just amazing Mac! such a soft and beautiful looking card, I do love visiting your blog as I know I will always find something unique and gorgeous too ;) Viv xx

HilaryJane said...

This is another beautiful card, I think it is the colour and blending that does it for me. Green is a favourite xx

Trina P. said...

Fabulous card, Mac. The hues of green are not only gorgeous but refreshing. Love the thistle image. Beautiful blending job. xx

Pat said...

This is gorgeous with the green and then the white bokeh Mac, and love the flowers with that touch of gold on the thistle heads and a complementary gold sentiment on vellum. Perfect! x

Greta said...

Beautiful sentiment & so unique to use the bokeh background for foliage! Lovely card, Mac!

Anita in France said...

Gosh, where to start, Mac .. this is gorgeous! The bokeh over the soft greens is deliciously dreamy ... and those gold topped thistles just add to the magic! Puts me in mind of hazy summer days ... it's beautiful! Hugs, Anita :)

Marina said...

How beautiful! I've actually made a card for this challenge but I'm not sure it's cas enough.

Inkyfingers said...

This is just beautiful! I love touches of gold and how you highlighted the stems.
Hugs
Carol x

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Mac! I love your thistles with all that lovely green and your Bokeh pattern is just perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS Stencil!

Mrs A. said...

Love the colours . Beautiful and elegant. Hugs Mrs A.

Bonnie said...

What an amazing card, Mac! I love the citrus colors of your sponging and how beautifully the white dots fit into the background! The lovely wildflowers seem to shimmer! Just beautiful!

butterfly said...

Happy sigh! This is just lovely... beautiful meadow flowers, so it's right up my street, and that wonderful Bokeh effect in the background - magical!
Alison x

My Paper Epiphany said...

So beautiful! I love the gold!

ElizabethR said...

Just dreamy, thanks for joining in with us at the Craft Stamper Mag Challenge, Elizabeth x

Elina Strömberg said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and playing with us at Craft Stamper January challenge!

Karen D. said...

how pretty...needs a frame and could be hung on a space to cheer it up!!
I love coming to see what you are creating.
xx Karen

Papercraft Boutique said...

Simply stunning, Mac! The yellowish green and the gold go so well (with totally different textures), and the Bokeh effects and part of the sun have a perfect balance. This is like a beautiful photo postcard. I love it!
Hideko xx

p.s. Sorry for the delay in leaving comments. I was away from home for about a week.

Linby said...

Gorgeous! Love the embossing of the teazels.

shirley-bee said...

Congratulations on winning the Craft Stamper challenge with this fabulous card!

Christine Alexander said...

Contrats on your Craft stampers win Mac, so well deserved. I missed this first time round. I think I need to re follow you :)

Julie B said...

I love teasels and yours look fab against the soft inked background.
Congrats on your Craft Stamper win, well deserved. :)

My Paper Epiphany said...

Congrats on Craft Stamper win - well deserved:)

butterfly said...

So happy to see this beautiful card win over at Craft Stampers!
Alison x

Trina P. said...

Just saw this well-deserved win over at Craft Stampers! Congratulations! 👏🎉🎉🎉

Monika Skinner said...

Congratulations on your Craft Stamper win! hugs xxx

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I recognised this one straight away as being the Craft Stamper Winner...Yay. Many congratulations on the win, it's very well deserved x