CAS (Clean and Simple)

I am the host of the weekly challenge at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap.  My challenge this week is to do a CAS (Clean and Simple) card using only 1 ink and 1 image with 1 sentiment.  This is a simple way to do a bunch of cards at once.  Since it is a CAS challenge, I only want people to have 1 layer.  However, a bit of ribbon, or a few rhinestones, etc. may be added.  Take a look at these examples and come up with your own.  If you post it in the challenge thread at CardSwap by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, October 21, 2012, you will be entered into the drawing for a prize.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.






These are done in twos as per the image and sentiment, but you can see some are inked around the edges, some have rounded corners here and there, some have ribbon or twine, one has rhinestones, etc.  Had I stuck with 1 image and 1 ink for all of them, they would have been even faster than these were.  However, these are a wedding gift for a friend, so I wanted a variety.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with and post on CardSwap.  The drawing for winner is random, so no matter if you don’t like your card, or you do, you have an equal chance and you will get lots of encouragement!

Quick and Personalized

This card was done very quickly, but still personalized, in a way.  I used stamps from 3 different sets to create this card.  I wanted to use this critter (not quite sure what it is, beaver?  woodchuck?) so I took a light variegated green paper and stamped a tree all over it.  Did this by inking the stamp, then stamping twice for the lighter trees.  Next I took a lightly variegated brown paper and stamped the image in brown, then colored it with colored pencils.  Last, I stamped the sentiment in green on the same light brown paper, and highlighted it with a dark brown paper.  The button has dark green thread through it and tied.  (Nothing thicker would go through the tiny little holes.)

The picture was taken at night, so the card looks much better in person.

Very quick and easy for a very busy weekend.  Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Quilt Card

This was a quick and fun card.

This uses:

  • Linen Closet paper from DCWV
  • Natural Astroparche paper by Wausau
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8
  • Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio 2
  • Gina K Designs Hope Grows Set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink
  • Memento Cottage Ivy Ink
  • Koh-i-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils
  • Cuttlebug
  • Scotch 3D Mounting Tape
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
  • Green Organza Ribbon

It all started with this paper, which reminds me of a quilt.

The background paper is cut with the Nestabilities Labels 8 largest die.  The flowers were stamped with the Cottage Ivy ink on the Natural Astroparche paper, colored with the pencils, then cut out and embossed with the 2nd largest Beaded Circles die.  I then used the ink pad to go around the edge to make it stand out a bit.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the flowers and stamped with the Bamboo Leaves ink and cut out with the ribbon tag.  I was trying to use all blues, browns and greens, so I found some green organza ribbon to attach the label.  As I was going with the paper reminding me of a quilt, the flower piece was a throw pillow, so I used Scotch 3D mounting tape to pop it up.  I didn’t think 1 layer was enough pop, so I used 2 layers of the tape.  Before attaching the background piece, I threaded the ribbon through the tag and attached it to the back of the background piece.  Then I went around the edges with the Advanced Tape Glider and attached that piece.  The “pillow” was added last.

Like I said, quick and easy, and a cute look.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Don’t forget, the CardSwap Winter Warm Up Crop starts next Wednesday!