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Monday, February 6, 2017

CAS (Clean and Simple) at Merry Monday

Hi all - it's Monday so time to check out the new challenge at Merry Monday! This week, Kathy asks for a CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas card. Well, that's definitely a challenge for me and not a style I employ very often. The MM Design Team offers some beautiful cards for inspiration so check them out!

When I think of CAS, I think of Rosemary - the Queen of CAS of my blogging friends. Coincidentally, she is the guest designer for the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch, a fun challenge site for this clean and simple stuff - congrats again, Rosemary!! I've visited that site (which has a CAS definition and loads of inspiration) several times but have never played in their challenges.The current sketch involves 5 items with a sentiment. Since we did something similar at MM last week, I searched through the earlier sketches and found one from 2015 to try:


A jumbo sentiment with three items below - how fun & easy is that? According to their definition of CAS, the card is usually one layer but can include an extra one or two, if simple. I don't have good luck with one layer cards so decided to do my stamping on a separate rectangle. That way, if I messed up my stamping, I wouldn't be wasting a card base!! Here's what I created:

CAS Merry Christmas
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts CL619 Greetings for the Holidays & CL802 Christmas Crystals
Paper - Neenah Solar White and Hero Arts Blush Mix Layering Paper (grenadine)
Ink - Hero Arts Intense Black & Red Royal
Die - My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprints 21 (pierced rectangle)
Other - Copic Markers, Michael's Reflection Gems, Wink of Stella (clear)

I made four of these CAS panels fairly quickly using the MISTI. After stamping the sentiment on all four panels, I decided to hang three ornaments from the bottom of the sentiment. Positioning the stamp where I wanted it on the left, I was able to move the paper along the MISTI edge, stopping at the other two locations to stamp again - easy peasy!  I colored the ornaments with Copics and put Wink of Stella over top. A tiny gem for the hanger and done! I have three more panels to color and will probably do more shadows than I did on this one.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!


!neke said...

Just love this !!!!!!

Ineke X

Cindy C. said...

Great design for both challenges!!

Jean said...

Perfect for the challenges! I'm amazed how quickly you get your cards made on Mondays!

Rosemary said...

absolutely fabulous CAS design, linda!!! love your take on the sketch!! thank you so much for the lovely comment!! you are so very sweet!!!

Betty said...

love how the ornaments are hanging from the sentiment - and wonderful coloring LInda!

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Greta said...

Beautiful card, Linda! I love the stars & your coloring! You're so right--Rosemary is indeed the Queen of CAS!

Linda said...

Cute, CAS card Linda. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Marcia Hill said...

CAS perfection Linda...love it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

Bonnie said...

I love these stars, Linda! The colors are so pretty! I've messed up many a 1 layer card. Then I ended up with 2 layers for another card. I've lost count of the number that I've cut up or cut down! LOL, couldn't do without my paper cutter!

Barbara said...

What a lovely card! Couldn't be more CAS.