Saturday, September 25, 2010




This month's PTI blog hop challenge is to showcase a skill I learned from someone in blogland! Oh, dear!  I think it is one thing to design my way, but to step outside of my comfort zone and design a CAS styled card is really hard for me.  I am all about some layers and stuff.  Clean and Simple, as I have said before, is like the "bikini" of cards.  The key design elements must be present with nothing else really.  There are so many stampers who embrace CAS styling.  I really do not have just ONE person that I can give props too.  I do however, have a couple of Christmas cards that are VERY CAS.  They even embrace quite a bit of white space.  It was so hard for me to just leave this space alone.   I did do a third card that is a bit more of my style.  Layers with lots of sponging.  I did sponge on all of my cards because that is ONE skill I use regardless of the style.  I almost always sponge something. 


This card uses PTI
2009 Holiday Tag Collection, and Signature Christmas stamp sets.  I used the Linen and Canvas Impressions Plate.  PTI New Leaf cardstock and ink.  Sponged edges with New Leaf and Camomille Inks.



This card uses one of my favorite PTI sets Masculine Motifs, 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, and  Background Basics:  Woodgrain.  The masculine motif set works for a lot of reasons and not just masculine.  I am using the trio of trees image in the set for Christmas.  I stamped the woodgrain in the back vertical.  I really need to get the woodgrain impressions plate. 


This is more of my style.  I did sponge a lot, added more layers, stamped my own background (DP by ME) and did a faux layered frame with the Mat Stack 4.  I am using The Masculine Motifs, Background Basics: Text Style,  Just the Ticket, and  Signature Christmas (several  of the sentiments fit inside the ticket frames btw....too cool) stamp sets.  I am using Mat Stack 4 die cut.  I sponged  the edges with camomille and chai inks.  I tinted the gingham ribbon with my chai ink.  I added a tiny string bow.  This card also uses the new fine linen in combo with true black.  I added just a touch of glitter with a glue pen across bottom of tree image and touches on the tree.  I also have a tip for getting the Background text style image straight EVERY time HERE! 

 I have found that the key to doing CAS is a great sketch!  I am using the sketch from Pals Paper Arts Challenge(PPA61). 





Supplies
Mostly PTI cardstock, stamps, and inks.  The circles and lacey edged circles are Spellbinders.




43 comments:

  1. Pretty cards! How did you get the round, open scallop?

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  2. Well you make CAS look easy with these fab cards! What great cards!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  3. I love your last card! Beautiful!!

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  4. These are great holiday cards. I love hwat you have done with the sketch. Lx

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  5. Three great CAS cards, Betty. Love the last one using that new nestie shape and how you have a bit of black peeking out on the top and bottom. I suck at sponging so I'm going to have to get some lessons from you :) Have a great weekend!

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  6. Beautiful! My favorite is the third one- LOVE those colors! I'm a BIG fan of inking/ sponging myself. That's a great skectch too, btw!

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  7. These are so cute. Love the CAS design. :)

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  8. Gorgeous cards! I really appreciate your use of the word "bikini" for the idea of CAS. It's perfect!!

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  9. you did a terrific job on these cas cards gf-they would definitely be easy to mass produce for christmas

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  10. wow, Betty, knowing your usual style, I'm very impressed with these CAS cards!! I love everything you do :)

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  11. Three pretty cards Betty! definitely NOT your usual style and I can appreciate how hard it must have been for you to go so CAS!! Love the stamps you used on these!

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  12. cute cards and a great sketch. that reminds me that I have to get started on my Christmas cards!

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  13. Oh my Betty! LOVE the 3rd card. Going in my inspiration file.

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  14. Very pretty cards, Betty! I can relate to the difficulty of CAS cards!

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  15. Great cards Betty! I love the rustic feel of the third one.

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  16. All sooo pretty & I too like the 3rd one because it's rustic!!!

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  17. Great use of teh sketch...so clean and simple...love it!

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  18. Betty these are so great! I love how you used that layout! Of COURSE my FAVE is the krafty/texty one with that awesome GINGHAM ribbon, eeeek! So pretty!

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  19. I can't even pick a favorite...but all three are so clean and crisp and beautiful in design. You do CAS amazing well!! I'm with you, a sketch does help it all come together! Thanks for the great tip, too, Betty!

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  20. A lovely collection of CAS cards- they all have a unique look even though they are based on the same sketch.

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  21. Hey girl! I love these. All 3 are equally amazing! AND love the look of your blog. How did you get your sidebar stuff to be in "boxes"? Looks really clean. Hugs,

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  22. Beautiful holiday cards, they each have their own look and different feel too, well done!

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  23. BEAUTIFUL but love the masculine one best because it is just so unique!

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  24. All of these cards are wonderful Betty!

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  25. Oh how wonderful! Great design and colors! Love em'!

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  26. They are all so pretty, none are better than the other two- I'm going to bookmark these and be back to case!!

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  27. I never thought I would see the queen of layered elegance do a CAS card!!! But it does not matter because your talent shines through with these cards. I love that masculine one the best - the white really pops against the background color. Beautifully done!

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  28. You are too cute.. I LOVE these.. You can stamp any old way you want and it is always great..:)

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  29. Great CAS cards!! They are all beautiful!

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  30. Betty your blog hop cards are awesome....three beautiful CAS designs!!! You rock!!! Hugs ~S~

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  31. Ooooh - well for being outside your comfort zone, you've done an incredible job! These are all wonderful - but the last one just melts my heart - earthy, warm goodness - but with a CAS edge - just *perfect*!

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  32. Gorgeous cards, Betty! Love the CAS designs as well as your more detailed version. You do an amazing job with all styles, my friend.

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  33. Nice grouping of cards and no, I wouldn't normally associate you with CAS but you've proved you can do it! And do it with style.

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  34. Of course, with your talent you can do CAS. While I admire CAS, my favorite of the three is the third one.

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  35. Betty, I never would have guessed you made these cards, but you are able to rock the CAS style as well! :-)

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  36. What a terrific assortment of some KILLER CAS cards! You did a rockin job!

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  37. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tip for the text background. I will definately use it.

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