Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Give-Away, CAS102, and a Couple More Cards

Clear and Simple Stamps is giving away the set I used on the OLW37 samples yesterday! That's a Limited Edition set, folks! All you have to do is enter the OLW37 with a card in InLinkz, and then go to the CSS Facebook page and comment on the give-away post there!

To Clean and Simple Stamps: Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity and support of the One-Layer Wednesday Challenge!

In keeping with my desire to do more challenges, I did the CAS102 Challenge at Splitcoast. It's an inspiration challenge based on this fab card by cindybstampin'!

I changed around, just a bit, the elements to simplify an already simple card...because that's how my boat floats. My sentiment is on the background area rather than under it, and I used three hot pink flowers rather than three different elements in different colors. I love the results!

I also wanted to share a couple of cards I made that don't quite make the requirements for OLW37 (letters are not, technically, sentiments) but still, these cards were inspired by challenge anyway. This challenge is really sparking my uber-simple creativity. I combined two StampinUp sets--Headline Alphabet and Define Your Life. Here's the crisp and white version.

And here's the rustic dude version on PTI's natural paper.

Who needs layers? Seriously.

Placement of the definitions is slightly different because the letters are different. I used my stamp postitioner to decide exactly where each definition looked best. I do wish the happy definition were about 1/16th of an inch lower, but still, I'm pleased with the results.

Thanks so much for all the wonderfully kind comments and suggestions. I am so PUMPED for Simplicity in 2011!!!!! Here are the main things I'm taking away from all your comments:

1. Keep up the design talk.

2. Do more before/after lessons and CASifications. Lately, my magazine perusing hasn't yielded much that inspired me to CASify. But I'll certainly keep alert. Before/afters happen by accident, when I'm experimenting. They happen pretty often, so all I need to do is start photographing the rejects.

3. Use more colored card bases. This one fits well with my resolution to use up some of the enormous cardstock stash.

4. Make more kid and guy cards. Yeah, yeah. I know. But those are soooooo hard! I'll definitely try, though.

And I'll offer up an apology to Erica, who asked me to "use embossing folders for the fronts of cards and then build from there." Erica is new to Simplicity and doesn't know that I don't have embossing folders because I am not cool. However, if you want to see embossing folders used on card fronts in a fabulously CAS way, visit Karen Dunbrook's gallery  and Harriet Skelly's Blog. These ladies both make gorgeous cards with embossing folders.

Here, however, the best you'll get is the occasional embossed line from a ScorPal. 

Because I am not cool.

And I'm good with that. Totally good.

Supplies for CAS Challenge card
stamps: Impression Obsession (name of set unknown), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink: Memento London fog, tuxedo black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Maya Road velvet flowers, half pearls, gingham ribbon, glue dots

Supplies for Alpha Definition Cards
stamps: SU Headline Alphabet, Define Your Life
ink: various Memento
accessories: Stamp Positioner


  1. Well, are you "hot", then? :0)

  2. I still think you make the coolest cards, even if you don't think you are cool. You must be doing something right to have such a following. Thanks for the huge compliment and the mention of my!

  3. Actually, you are quite cool. {imo}

  4. What a fun idea to make the sentiment the focal point. I like the red flowers on the first one and the monogram letters on the other two.

  5. I'm absolutely struck by your top card. I love the black gingham, I love the hot pink flowers, I love the sentiment. Oh, heck, I love the way the whole thing came together. :o)

    And, I think you're pretty darn cool. :o)

  6. Great card for CAS102 - just fab! And I do like the initial cards too. I'll get my entry up soon for this week's OLW. Giving it some thought :)

  7. Your cards are lovely, and you are totally cool!!

  8. Well, I think you're so much better than cool! These cards are awesome! Love those initials/definitions cards. Hand smack to the forehead!

  9. Then I am in the same uncool boat with you--nary an embossing folder (or Nestie-type die set) to be seen in my stamping area . . .

  10. oooooooooooooooooooooooh!!!
    LOVE.LOVE.LOVE these cards.
    i am soo thankful that you manage to outdo yourself EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.
    and thanks!!

  11. "Not cool" is the new uber cool.

    Love these cards, especially the first one!

  12. These are truly great cards. You are one talented lady.

  13. Love the cards with the letter & definition! I saw that somewhere else's saved in my "to try" folder.

  14. Cool is a very overrated commodity, how about we go with incredibly talented.

  15. But it is very cool to not HAVE to have every tool and trick out there! As shown by these cards. :)

  16. Susan you ARE COOL! Thanks for the mention of my blog - that made my day!! I certainly don't consider myself cool even if I do use embossing folders!! Hugs, Harriet

  17. Embossing folders...It's not that you aren't "cool". You simply don't "roll" like that! By the way, I am "digging" all of your cards today!


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