7.24.2011 Flourishes of Thanks {CAS127}

  • Stamps: Paint Prints, Small Sayings, Stampin’ Up!; Flourishes, Inkadinkado. 
  • Paper: Whisper White
  • Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink
  • Accessories: X-acto knife, brad
  • Technique: 3D

My submission for CAS127 – Photo Inspiration Challenge. 🙂

Yes, it’s been forever since I’ve sat down and made a card just to sit down and make a card, without a specific occasion and recipient in mind.  Life throws us curveballs once in awhile and I’ve been dodging a few of those myself.  The desire to get back into regular cardmaking has been building with a fierce force, however, so last night, even though it was late, I sat down determined to make something – anything.  And here is what I came up with!  My inspiration was number one, seeing that our “stockpile” of already-made “thank you” cards was dwindling, and two, something that would be clean and simple and therefore, quick to make! 

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Birthdays Are The Best


MOJO103, CC235, CAS231 Elegant Prayers


  • Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Linen
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
  • Accessories: black brads, black ribbon; foam mounting tape, SU markers
  • Technique: 3D/dimensionals

cardSep9of2009bTriple challenge time!  WAHOO!!! :0)  This card combines this Monday’s MOJO #103 sketch and SplitCoast’s Clean and Simple (CAS31 – “Pop It Up”), as qell as Tuesday’s Color Challenge (CC235 – “Elegant Basic Olives”).  I didn’t really expect to do a sympathy card last night but the Thoughts & Prayers set was looking like a great one to use with this sketch and color combination, and it’s always a good idea to keep a few sympathy cards on hand anyhow!  I had to modify the sketch a little bit in order to make it work with the tree stamp, which is quite a bit larger than the space reserved for the main image in the MojocardSep9of2009c sketch.

This card came together fairly quickly (for once!), so I hope that allows it to qualify as a “clean and simple” card, despite the additions of ribbons and brads.  It just didn’t look finished without them! :0)

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WSC93, CAS28 Masculine Birthday


  • Stamps: Botanicals by Scrappy Cat, Tag It by Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Paper: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, cream
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Quick Cutz embossing folder, circle punch
  • Technique: two-step stamping

Today’s offering is a combination of two recent challenges.  The first is Clean and Simple #28 (CAS28) at SCS, which was a challenge to create a simple, cardAug17of2009buncluttered card with a masculine feel.  I was excited for this as we have so few masculine cards in our “stash” and this provided a good excuse to remedy that.  Later I stumbled upon the Weekend Sketch Challenge (WSC93) on Beate’s blog and thought I would try to combine that with the first challenge.

Flowers aren’t often associated with masculine things, but I figured leaves are and the Botanicals set I picked up a few weeks ago seemed like a perfect fit for this challenge.  The color combo I chose was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to create this card and I’m happy with the result – pretty, but not in a “girly” way! 🙂cardAug17of2009c

Because this is a “Clean and Simple” card, I wanted to stay away from using any true embellishments, but the card still needed some texture to make it more visually appealing.  So, I turned to our brand new Big Shot and the embossing folder we picked up for help.  Fun!  I think it is just what this card needed!

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