Posts Tagged "CAS"


There are rare moments when the creative ‘lightning’ just strikes me, and the card that’s in my head turns out exactly like the one I made – this is one of those moments, and yeah, I am celebrating by doing the happy dance!!! This card is for Nance’s Clean and Simple Butterfly Challenge over at The Paper Players. Looking at the fabulous cards of the Design Team really inspired me, and it was a pleasure coming up with this card. This is also for the CAS “Memories” Challenge by KelliJo at SplitcoastStampers: my Mom taught Science in the elementary grades, and her classroom was filled with butterfly and moth specimens of all sorts. She was a great teacher and inspired her students to really be curious about their environment. The butterflies and moths were not collected by my Mom, they were actually brought in by her students – eager to show her and the class what they discovered in their garden, or in their nature walks.

The butterfly/moth was cut from vellum using my Silhouette – the same cut file was enlarge twice, then the cut pieces were stacked together, with the smallest at the top layer (it is about 1  3/8″ wide, the next is 1  5/8″, and the largest is 1  7/8″ wide). Black rhinestones were put in the middle for the insect’s body. Here is a close-up of the butterfly/moth:


The watercolored background was done by making stripes using a wide brush, one color at a time, with the rainbow colors. After drying, several drops of water were put where the red stripe started and allowed to drip all the way down. I really like this drippy effect! Finally the sentiment was printed and adhered to the bottom of the card.

Thank you for coming over to take a look!

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I made a clean and simple (to me, LOL) tag card today for a few challenges at SplitcoastStampers: Maura’s Color Challenge to use Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Cucumber Crush (the colors scream of spring!!!), Toni’s “May the Fourth Be with You” Challenge (although I have “your” in my sentiment – I hope that’s fine) and Jeanne’s It’s CAS To Me Challenge (I normally have a 2nd or 3rd layer on my card for the sentiment, but for this one, it’s just the card base – one layer, yeah!). This is also for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – A Hint of Pink!

I decided on the sentiment first on this tag card – it should be something that can be used for a birthday, a graduation, Mother’s Day, Retirement Day – because I always seem to be needing tags for occasions like these. “It’s your Special Day” fit the bill for all of these – and printed several on Georgia Pacific 110 lb white card stock using Frenchscript font. These were then cut to 7″ x 3.5″, and folded in half.

The paper piercing pattern came from Gem’s Cottage Paper Piercing Floral Set. I printed  it first, cut it to size, then by holding it against the light, positioned the pattern on the reverse side of the sentiment.  ( I normally do my paper piercing on the reverse side because I want the nubby holes to be on the front side – I like the texture showing that way.)

The flowers were made with DMC embroidery floss – #4020 (variegated blue), probably #335 – this came from my scraps (pink), #973 (yellow) and #703 (green). These were made like pompoms, only that I did not trim them, and used a 26-gauge green floral wire to tie the floss together and  become the stem. A Martha Stewart leaf punch was used for the green leaves behind the flowers using a green Colorbok cardstock. Here is a close-up:


I made several of these tag cards, so that when that “Special Day” for someone comes, I’m ready – yeah!

Thanks for coming to see what I’ve been up to!

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This week at The Paper Players, Leanne’s challenge is to use a vehicle on a clean and simple card. For me, clean and simple (CAS) in card-making terms, has come to mean using as few colors, as few brush strokes, as few words, as few layers, on a smallest area of the card possible, to get the most meaning to the recipient.  Well, that’s just me – it means something different to each and every card-maker – but what I stated in the previous sentence is what I strive for whenever I make a CAS card.

It’s a tough order, sure, but what are challenges for! It’s to push you out of your comfort zone,  makes you sweat, makes you question your processes that you have down-pat, and in the end, makes you grow and discover new ways to make a card. Making a CAS card for me is probably 90% mental exercise, and 10% hands-on experience.

So, for this card, yes, it was quick and easy to make,  seeing that it has very few elements. However, the idea took a long time to spawn (see, the challenge was posted Sunday, and here I am, posting 4 days later, LOL!). I started with a piece of watercolor paper and, using blue and touches of green watercolor gel crayons, painted the waterline. Next, I used a mixture of yellow and orange gel crayons to paint a semicircle for the sun. Small bits of red and black scrap paper were cut to make the boat. The sentiment was printed using BankGothic Md BT font, stretched out 180%.  I was hoping that I could just mount the watercolor piece on a white cardstock base, but it needed something more. So, going a bit against  having “as few layers as possible”, I matted it with blue cardstock, and it “pulled” the card together.

Thanks for reading my ramblings, LOL!

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This card is for three challenges at SplitCoastStampers. The first one is Inspiration Challenge #593, where we use Gloria Stagmer’s Pinterest board, Floral Arrangements , and my inspiration piece is this picture (love the eucalyptus leaves and the flowers peeking among them). The second challenge is Clean and Simple #425  , where dimensionals should be used. The final challenge is to use the colors Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake – Color Challenge #631.  Whew! Yup, got them all covered with this card!

The red flowers were made from embroidery floss (I don’t know if a tutorial is needed here, because it really is very easy to make them – it’s like making pompoms, only with embroidery floss), and used black rhinestones for the centers. The “eucalyptus leaves” were made by punching tiny circles using an ordinary 3-hole punch, then just strung and glued with a bit of glue on a 28-gauge green floral wire. The Bible verse was printed using BernhardFashion BT font on a Georgia Pacific 110 lb white cardstock. The oval shapes were cut on the Silhouette.  Here is a close-up pic:


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“Thistle” Thank You

Posted by: Gemin General in General


I had always enjoyed playing with The Paper Players before I had my 3-yr hiatus, and so this week, I went and peeked what were they up to…  Joanne has this color challenge (one of my favorite color combos!) that I just couldn’t resist.


I decided to go CAS for this challenge, letting the “thistles” be the center of attraction with very few elements to distract the eye with.  I keep saying “thistles” because they are the closest flowers that look like them, but they don’t exactly look like thistles, either (grins sheepishly). Anyway, these flowers were made from embroidery floss (DMC – #552 – plum; #522 – sage). Here is a close-up:


They look soft and fluffy, and they are soft and fluffy – mail-friendly, too! The flowers are pretty easy to make, and since I only needed two, making both of them took less than 10 minutes. The “reeds” at the back of the flowers were thin slivers cut from Bazzill cardstock (Lily Pond), and the sentiment was printed using BernhardFashion BT font.  Thanks for looking!

***Update: Thank you very much, Sandy Mathis for choosing this card as your “Cut Above”!  Cut Above Paper Players

Thank you also to everyone who commented – I appreciate and treasure each of your comments!


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I wanted to capture the light, airy feel of a meadow in spring, with blooms of delicate wildflowers, and decided that the best way to do this will be to do it with simple straight stitches. For this card, I cut a 2″ x 3″ piece of watercolor paper and sponged it with Dandelion and Lady Bug inks from Memento, misting it a bit to make the colors blend evenly. After it has dried, I used two strands of embroidery thread and followed the pattern below, using green for leaves and white for flowers. (Click on the image to enlarge it then right-click to save into your computer.)

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