Sunday, October 25, 2009

CAS-ification of a Card by Sharon Laakkonen

Here's a card by Sharon Laakkonen published in the July/August issue of Papercrafts Magazine.

Wow, there is a LOT going on here with texture, pattern, bling, shape, and dimension. Note how she fixed the top of the panel to the card base but popped the bottom. That is so cool and I'm going to try that on a later card. Also, see how she tucked some flowers UNDER the panel. So clever!

The basic layout of Sharon's card is really neat, and I thought it would translate well to CAS. Besides, I wanted to make a different sort of baby card for little Grady. Here's what I came up with.

I love this color combo for a baby's fresh and cheerful and happy! All the white really makes the bold bright colors pop without hurting my eyes.

Hmmm. Seeing the card in a photo, however, I think I need another flower on the bottom right corner for balance. Originally, I had only two in the upper corner, but added a third because it looked...odd. The flowers, I think, are just a tad small for all that white space. Now the balance is a bit off, but not bad. I'll add another before dropping it in the mail.

To give the dots an orange background, I traced the curves onto a piece of only orange cardstock and cut slightly inside the line. I glued that cut piece to the back of the white panel, and voila! Orange dots.

stamps: PTI
ink: only orange, Palette noir
paper: PTI white, only orange
accessories: brads, Prima flowers, border punch, dimensionals, rick-rack


  1. Love the cheery colors for baby, and yes add the other flower. :) Lovely inspiration.

  2. The term "sumptuously embellished" comes to mind, along with "extreme makeover". More than that, however, is the notion that you could be "inspired" by something 180 degrees out from your own style. That teaches me to slow down and LOOK for inspiration instead of looking for cards to copy.

    As for cheery colors, what a GREAT idea. I hated the last blue and white baby card I sent out because it was sooooooo cliche. Thanks for the sanction to go cheerful instead.

  3. Very pretty! I love how you peel
    away some of the layers for the
    essence of the card. What is the
    border punch you used?

  4. EK Success Dotted Wave Edge can see it here:

    I bought mine at Michaels with a coupon.

  5. Wow, you cleaned that card up real good.
    I love how your card turned out.

  6. So CUTE! LOVE the ric rac and the popped up panel with punched bottom edge...Great make over!

  7. Now your eye is as good as anyone's out there...but for me, the sentiment, curves, and dots all balance the bottom with the 3 flower top. I love that rickrak!!! and leave it to you to be able to see a CAS card in that very beautiful and busy inspiration card!! You never cease to amaze me :-)

  8. As interesting as the original card is, I actually find all that "stuff" going on quite distracting. That's why I'm so attracted to CAS cards. You did a great job re-interpreting this and I love the pops of orange and green with all the white. I also think the one flower at the bottom looks just fine, although I do understand where you are coming from. I also have a hard time using embellishments that are not in odd numbers.

  9. I love your version of this card!!! Such a beautiful classy baby card!

  10. i agree with bahb and donelda! i am totally impressed with how you found your clean, crisp, inspired card from the busy, hectic, crowded one. you are impressive, susan. love the happy colors. thanks. marty ferraro

  11. This is lovely Susan - such sweet colours for a baby card! Love the ric-rac and thanks for reminding me how much I love that wavy edge punch... must go find mine! Jo x


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