CAS Christmas Trees

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It’s only July 7th…but before you know it, the holiday season will yet once again have crept up on us.  That’s why I’ve started to religiously make a card for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.  This week the challenge was to create a green and white card.  You were able to incorporate a neutral if you chose to.


I kept it completely clean and simple (CAS) this week – just the bare minimum…which can be hard for me.  I usually reach for my paper piercer and add some corner piercing to a card like this, but I wanted to keep it really basic.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comment section – I’d love to know if you think it’s perfect as is, or you think the piercing is the perfect finishing touch.

I’m a bit excited today – this challenge really made me smile.  I enter these challenges as a creative mojo booster, and never expect to win.  It honestly is the furthest from my mind…so I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that I WON last week’s challenge! Smile  I mean…really…little ‘ol me?!!  There were some amazing cards in there!  I’m totally honored and can’t wait to be a guest designer in next weeks challenge.  Here’s the card that gave me my first ever win! Smile

MM Winner Badge Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (10)

Creative Tips –

  • To make the trees, stamp various background and large image stamps in tone on tone colors onto a 1 3/4” x 1 1/4” piece of coordinating card stock.  I used Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, and Old Olive.
  • Don’t have any – no problem – use a versamark pad for whatever color you have.  It’s a watermark of that color and a great muted image.

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  • On the reverse side of your rectangle at the top – make a mark with a pencil half way across the smaller measurement.  Should be 5/8”.
  • To make your trees, cut from the opposite corners to that middle mark.  Use a Paper Trimmer or just scissors – larger ones help here to get a straight cut.

  • Add a 1/2” piece of scrap Early Espresso for your trunk and pop them up on a  card front of white.
  • Stamp your sentiment in the corner – I used a contemporary looking greeting from More Merry Messages by Stampin’ Up!.

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  • Pop up your card front and you’re done!

Totally easy, right?  You could quickly make a bunch of these watching a movie.  Hope you enjoyed that this week.  If you did – be sure to sign up for our Creative Tips list.  You’ll get a video series emailed to you with several cool projects and the occasional email about exclusive projects you won’t see here on the blog!

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Now off to make your own green and white Christmas Cards.  Join in on the fun over at the Merry Monday Challenge.


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  1. Love this card and think it is perfect as is–no need to add piercing in the corners. I like that these were stamped trees and not just made by cutting out patterned paper.

  2. Hi Ingrid,
    First of all a hugh CONGRATS on your first ever win last wee. Your all-white Christmas card is gorgeous!!
    You card for this week is so simple, clean and sharp. Love the assorted green patterns of the trees against the crisp white. Very pretty!!

  3. Super cute CAS card, Ingrid!! LOVE how you did your trees 😀 Thanks for joining us again this week at Merry Monday! xoxoxo

  4. Love the stamped Christmas tree, CAS beauty 🙂
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  5. So simple yet SO STRIKING! Thank you so much for the tutorial, Ingrid! Also thank you for visiting my blog.
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  6. This is so cool….I love the stamping you did on the trees, and I always forget about using Versamark…what a great tip! And congrats on your win, too! I predict a lot more wins in your future! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday and playing with my challenge!
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  7. This is cool that you made your trees out of triangles. Great CAS card!

  8. This is so perfectly CAS, Ingrid! Methinks that last week’s win won’t be your last! Thanks for sharing again with us at Merry Monday!
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  9. Thank you, what an easy an clean looking card.

  10. Marie Bingaman says:

    Your CAS tree card is awesome! Congrats on your Merry Monday win…it is well-deserved! 🙂

  11. I think your CAS card in green and white is absolutely spot on target! I love it’s simplicity. Gorgeous x

  12. Congrats Ingrid!!! Your cards are always so beautiful and this last weeks was no exception. I love your card for this weeks challenge. It’s a great Clean and simple card.
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  13. Carol B says:

    How cool is that, love all the greens with the different stamped images. So CAS! Great job on last weeks Merry Monday challenge, your card was fabulous.

  14. I think this is perfect just the way it is. CAS perfection! 🙂 Love the texture stamping on the trees!
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