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Friday, October 22, 2010

CAS Limited Supply Challenge

Time for another challenge blog hop with the Center Stage Spotlight Alumni. I hope you arrived here from the blog of Karen Knegten but if you didn't and would like to start from the beginning of the hop, go to Stamp TV and start out at the top of the hop.


These challenges are such fun and they really do challenge me, especially this time. I'm not usually a clean and simple (CAS) stamper. I really like the look of many of the CAS cards that others make but somehow I've always felt mine looked too unfinished. But this challenge was to do the following:


Create a CAS card or project that contains only the following items and no others:

  • Your design must be CAS - Clean And Simple: lots of white or open space with one main focal point
  • One image
  • One sentiment
  • One layer card - your card base plus only one more layer
  • Embellishments - you can use any number of embellishments you want, but they all must be the same color
I managed to follow the rules (I think!) and made not one but two CAS cards for the hop. Here is the first one, which, as you can plainly see, is a Thanksgiving card!
This card was made with Gina K Designs Pure Luxury cardstock in Pumpkin Spice and Ivory. I scored the ivory piece using my Scor-Buddy at 1/4" and 1/2" on each side. The image and sentiment are both from the Gina K Designs set by Rupa Shevda called So Grateful. The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. The greeting is stamped in Memento Potter's Clay and I sponged just a bit around the edges with Distress Ink Rusty Hinge. I added some adhesive nailheads as my embellishments since the requirement was to make all the embellishments the same color.

Moving on to Christmas, here is my second card.
I have to say that I really live the way this card turned out! It is made using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart as the base and Ivory as the snowflake panel. I embossed the ivory panel with the Cuttlebug embossing folder called Distressed Snowflakes and then went over the snowflakes and the open area at the bottom with a glue pad. I sprinkled Stampendous Crystal Snow glitter over it to make it sparkly. Then I stamped the adorable image from the Gina K Designs Warm and Cozy Christmas with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics. I sponged around the image with some Memento Summer Sky. Now here is where I have to admit to needing all my creative powers! LOL! I stamped the greeting from the GKD set Warm Winter Wishes in black onto the white piece of cardstock right where it is now in white, but it came out crooked!! What made me even more mad was that I even used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it! I must have bumped it before stamping the greeting since I had it positioned just fine with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I can't stand it when things are crooked on my cards so I got creative and punched the oval, stamped the greeting in white onto the cranberry tart paper and trimmed around the edges with some Flower Soft Polar White. I think I like the way this turned out better than the way it started out, so the mistake was a good one!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing my two CAS cards. Now pop over to the blog of Lori McAree to see what she has in store for you. 

31 comments:

tlgirl353 said...

Kay- Both of these are terrific cards! Great job!

Giovana said...

Great cards Kay!! Both are super pretty!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful holiday cards, Kay! Love the scored frame and nailheads on the first and the pretty embossed snowflakes and cute image on the second!

Tina Gilliland said...

Wonderful... both of them!!! LOVE the coloring on the cornucopia and the 2nd is perfect with the snowflakes!

Cheri said...

Outstanding cards, Kay! The cornucopia card is gorgeous.

Betty Neville said...

Love both cards Kay! And I LOVE how you did your sentiment on your second card - would never have guessed it wasn't what you planned all along!

Lori said...

Fabulous cards Kay!!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Great cards! Love the scoring on the first and the flower soft on the second.

JaniceAileen said...

Fabulous cards, Kay! I love the unique design of your second card a lot!

Carolina said...

Beautiful in every way Kay! Love the addition of the brads on the first, just perfect touch with the scoring. The glitter on the second just takes your card to another level...so pretty, oh and the peek-a-boo window, what a great touch.

Miesje said...

Oh my gosh - these are both just incredible! I have to say that your details on the second wintery one just blew me away! Love them!

Deb said...

Love both cards Kay! You are so brave to make a true confession! I daresay that if you had not made a peep, we would have been none the wiser...looked fabulous and intentional to me! Love the brads, and all that gorgeous snow sparkle!

Melissa Cash said...

Perfect cards Kay! I love the creative embossing on both of them. I need to find that snowflake folder.....I can't believe I have never seen it before.

Janeen said...

She's adorable and quite often those "mistakes" turn out to be a good thing. Thanks for sharing what happened. We know that you are just like the rest of us, then. LOL.

Jennie said...

Such pretty designs Kay! Love the scoring on the Thanksgiving card and such pretty coloring. And the second card is just adorable. The sentiment POPS in red :o) Sometimes mistakes make for wonderful creative opportunities!

stampqueen said...

I really love the Christmas card!!!! I especially love the cut out oval for the sentiment - your oops was an awsome one!!!!

joy said...

Love both your cards, but the Warm Winter Wishes is adorable!! The embossing and the coloring of the little girl are perfect! No oops here!

Lagene said...

WOW! Gorgeous cards!

Kary said...

Gorgeous cards, Kay!! I esp love the 2nd card (it turned out really great after all ;)), it's very cute, love the colours on the focal image and the flower soft around the sentiment.

scalder said...

Love the 2nd card!! Sometimes mistakes are for the better:) Please share how you managed to emboss with the CB but have the un-embossed areain the center?? I have tried and tried, but cannot get it to work:(

Becky said...

Girl it still looks beautiful

cheerios said...

I love both these cards.
Did you make a template in the middle of the CB snowflake folder for the open area. ?

Chrissie said...

Both lovely cards!
Chrissie

Auntie Em said...

Love both designs! The simplicity of the top one is so elegant and the snowflakes and the little characters on the second are so sweet!
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Jessica said...

Both are beautiful, but I love love love the image of the little one wrapped right up to her nose for her time outside! I remember those days. Thanks for sharing!

Pat Jandacek said...

I've been told the mark of a true professional is their capacity to correct mistakes...congratulations! The sponged edges of the Thanksgiving card really adds a lot (like another layer!). Both cards are wonderful.

Moments by Marla said...

Love both of these cards. Your coloring is perfect. I think most of us make errors quite frequently, but that is when we really have to go to the real creative side and come up with something better.

Georgei said...

Wow love these two cards they are beautiful
I like the christmas card they are very pretty

0900Lee said...

Love your cards and it is great to hear even other people mistakes but come up with something to correct it and it looks absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing. Cheers from way down under in New Zealand Lee

Melanie said...

very nice cards Kay! I have got to get some flower soft!! thanks for writing me!

ldr1500 said...

Kay, I came across your beautiful Christmas Card using a Cuttlebug Distressed Snowflakes? I can't seem to locate where to purchase a folder by that name. I love how your card turned out! Can you lead me in the right direction as to where to purchase this folder? or is this something you created?