CAS = Clean and Simple

When someone says to do a CAS card, knowing that CAS means Clean And Simple, I think 1 layer with mostly white space.

Here are a couple of examples:

Sept MFT CAS 1

This is a one layer card where I stamped the Beautiful Bloom on the corner, but off, so it didn’t take up too much space.  Colored it a bit, then stamped “Beautiful” from the Hello Beautiful set on top.  There’s a lot of white space and it’s all one layer.  Used Pineapple, Persimmon, and Extreme Black for the colors on a smooth white base.

Sept MFT CAS 2

Even though I used the center for the image on this card, it’s still mostly white space and only 1 layer.  For this one I did some masking to get just an ostrich head from the Oh My Gostrich set, then stamped the sentiment from the Hello Beautiful set, used one of the Skinny Sentiment dies to reverse mask and ink so it looks like it’s on a banner.

Note: reverse masking is cutting out a section and using the “around it” section to cover, so the cut out piece is the area you’re inking/stamping.

I used Extreme Black (sentiment), Cement Gray (ostrich), Blue Yonder (banner) and the Smooth White card.  I used colored pencils to color the ostrich and do the ripped paper around it.  That part was freehand and is why I’m not using this one for the challenge.

Thanks for listening to my definition of CAS cards.  Some people use layers, or busy backgrounds, which I personally don’t think make it CAS, but we all have different opinions.

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Just a Quick Card

You probably get a bit tired of all these cards, but here’s a quick one I did for the MFP SpeedyTV Color Challenge, as well as the ScrapZee Monday challenge for last week.

9-20-14 SZ STV MFP

A blue card with gray stamping and pink leaves.  Okay, I added a bit of pink to some of the shells and the starfish, too.  It worked really well for a get well card for a friend’s wife.  Until I put it in the envelope and a few of the bouganvilla petals got crushed.  I tried, but that’s what happens when using dried flowers.

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Pretty as a Peacock

Well, it may not be as pretty as a peacock, but I love the fun colors together, which were inspired by the baby peacock costume picture in the MFP SpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge this week.

10-25-13 Peacock



  • Lotus Pendant Die (Spellbinders)
  • Grape Jelly and Teal Zeal ink (Memento)
  • Purple Rhinestone (?)
  • Bold Statements (MFT)

This was pretty quick and easy and has such fun colors.

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Funky Birthday

I made this card for my nephew’s 21st birthday.  It is being entered in three challenges, the ScrapZee weekly challenge which is a CAS challenge, the StampTV challenge which is heat embossing, and the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of StampTV challenge which is to use a sentiment only.  I heat embossed my sentiment on a plain black card, that I just cut at an angle across the front and used an edger, then layered a piece of black and bronze patterned paper under.  The only thing is, my bright red embossing powder was barely visible, so I tried to go over it with a bronze Sakura Stardust pen. That looked pretty horrid, so my son suggested using a piece of bronze paper and embossing in black.  I didn’t have plain bronze, but I kind of like the funky-ness of this paper. I cut out the sentiment in a fun shape, added some piercings (holes with a pin) and I think it came out pretty fun. I’m hoping he’ll like it.

Funky Birthday

I apologize, but the computer still isn’t fixed and I can’t get the links to work.  I really suggest you go to, and and see the other wonderful creations that have been done by others. Play along yourself, too. All of the sites are free to join and it is so much fun to play along.

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Summer Berry Card

Had fun making this strawberry card for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week.  I adhered the red cardstock to the front of my white A2 card base, then used a scalloped heart to cut through all layers and make my strawberry.  Then, I used a dot embossing folder to make the seed spots on the front of the card.  Fortunately, I checked before I ran it through as I needed it upside down to put dips rather than dots on.  Cut a flower piece out of green and attached it at the top for the cap.  I thought about putting a green ribbon bow for the stem, but decided it would be too much.  Pretty quick and easy card.  The sentiment was just stamped and cut around.  I did go over “berry” with a Sakura Stardust pen in red to make it shine.

8-5-13 MFP Berry (1024x1015)

Your eyes aren’t going bad, the picture is a tad blurry.  Out of the 7 pictures I took, this was the clearest.  Not sure why.

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Clean and Simple

Yesterday I made a clean and simple (CAS) card all out of grays featuring a sentiment.  I took 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ light gray paper, cut it in half at 5 1/2″, folded that in half for my A2 card base.  I then cut off a 3 3/4″ piece of the other part of the light gray sheet and cut the other direction at 5″ to make it 3-3/4 x 5″.  I also cut a piece of slate gray card 5-1/4 x 4″.  I knew what sentiment I wanted to use, so I determined it should be a wide card rather than a tall one.  I then used an edger to get a fun top and bottom edge on the small piece of light gray paper.  I used a dark gray ink to stamp the sentiment, but it has very fine lines and didn’t show up as well as I liked, so I traced over it with a gray Sakura Glaze pen.  Unfortunately, the further I went, the more freely the ink flowed, so it got a bit thick towards the end.  Anyway, I just wanted you to see how CAS can also be elegant.  This also works for a masculine card.  It is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge for this week.

7-30-13 SZ STV MFP CAS Gray Sent

It looks like there is a smudge on the card, but there really isn’t.  I’m thinking I’ll need to clean my camera lens.  The sentiment says, “Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. ~Sir William Osler.”

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Busy, busy week!

This was an exceedingly busy week, besides all the normal stuff like work, doctors appointments, etc., my daughter graduated from college last night, we had my in-laws over tonight for an early Mothers Day, and we’re off to my folks for lunch tomorrow after church. Spent 4+ hours doing the food for tomorrow and tonight during the day today.  I am wiped out.  However, I did get these three cards done this week and wanted to share them with you.

5-6-13 New Job


This one is for my daughter, when she finally gets her first full-time job (hopefully very soon).  The flowers and leaves were done using the A Year of Flowers stamp set (Gina K.), the sentiment is from the Lovely Labels 2 set (Gina K.) and the fence was made with the Woodgrain Fence Die-namic (MFT).  I used Pizzazz Pink embossing powder (Sparkle n’ Sprinkle) to do the flowers on black paper. While I was making it, my daughter was talking to me and asked who the pretty card was for. I told her it was for someone special and she said she hoped it was for her. I am entering this in this weeks MFP SpeedyTV Friends of Speedy TV challenge for a new job.

5-6-13 Black Sparkle


This one was made using black sparkle paper with pink elements on a light pink base.  Fun to do, and quite easy.

5-8-13 CAS Sketch


This one is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With a Twist challenge this week, as well as ScrapZee’s CAS challenge. It was made using 1/8 inch “Tearrific Tape” (tear-able double sided tape from Sparkle N’ Sprinkle), some pink glitter, some paper scraps and a beautiful sentiment (Heartfelt Creations).  Quick and easy (I did it today after the food and before my in-laws) but pretty cute.

Whew!  Now, I need to get a lot of work done on other things before Tuesday.  Is it possible?

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