Aug 202011

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Clean and Simple Blog Skip!  I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this pint-sized blog hop showcasing cards done in a clean and simple style.

I think one of the most difficult things about CAS is that there isn’t always a clear-cut definition of it.  I tend to think of it as being “uncluttered” – lots of open space, generally just one main focal point and a sentiment, with understated embellishments.  It’s definitely more about the finished design than about how much time it took to make the card.

So anyway… I have a few CAS cards to share with you today.  First off is a card I created using the Stars and Stamps Blog sketch #81.  I think it lends itself wonderfully to CAS cards.  I slightly changed the shapes for the background and sentiment panel.  The leaves are just three petals from the flower punch.

The next card uses emboss resist for the main focal point.  I hadn’t done that technique for a while but I thought it was the best way to show off these delicate leaves.  It was fun to pull out my embossing tool and powders and glossy paper again.  I chose a fall color scheme.  I’m sorry that resizing the photo for my blog squooshes the pixels so that you probably can’t see the texture in the golden yellow cardstock.  I really like how textured cardstock adds visual interest to a card, yet it’s very subtle.  It’s perfect for adding a bit of pizazz to CAS cards.

You’re welcome to browse through my blog for more CAS ideas!  Most of my August 2011 posts show CAS creations.

If you’re following the blog skip, you should have arrived here from Dawn’s blog, The Chatty Stamper.  The next blogger you should visit is Kate at Hello From Kate!.  But here’s the whole lineup:

OWH ~ Stars and Stamps Blog
Barb ~ Paper Therapy Ponderings
Maureen ~ Hideaway
Brenda ~ Infinite Possibilities
Jan ~ She’s Gone Digital
Dawn ~ The Chatty Stamper
Patricia ~ Thinking of Inking ~ YOU ARE HERE
Kate ~ Hello From Kate
Lisa ~ Stamping With A Mission
Julie ~ Handmade By Julie
Courtney ~ Back To The Drawing Board

Thanks for skipping along with OWH and me today! I hope you’ll visit again!

All supplies for today’s cards are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:

Thinking of You:
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Kraft, Tea Party designer paper, Western Sky designer paper
Ink: Ruby Red
Other: 5-petal punch, Spring Flower Bouquet punch (SU); Labels Five Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); mini brad (Making Memories); sponge

Stamps: Autumn
Cardstock: Summer Sun textured, Real Red, Glossy White
Ink: Summer Sun, Ruby Red; VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Clear detail embossing powder; sponge

67 Responses to “OWH CAS Blog Skip!”

  1. Thank you for skipping with us. I agree that CAS are challenging but you did a nice job of showing us the technique. I especially like the first one.

  2. I love the leaf card wit the resist – a technique that is so beautiful –
    both cards are great

    thanks for skipping

    Barb Housner

  3. your cards hit the mark – simple but they are pretty

  4. Great cards! Love the embossing. I will have to get my stuff out and scraplift!

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. I love the leaf stamp!

  6. Both cards are just fabulous! CAS cards are so difficult, but you make them look so easy. Thanks for using a S&S sketch too, because I use those all the time – maybe I just need to stop sooner to make it CAS.

  7. Your cards are lovely! I can’t wait to get started! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beautiful cards. Especially the leafy one! Pat Kinakid

  9. Very nice CAS cards but the Rhanks with the fall colors is my favorite. Wonderful ideas to CASE.

  10. Thank you for sharing your beautiful CAS cards with us today, I like them both. The emboss resist is beautiful and is a nice reminder to think outside of my usual box and use some “oldie but goodie” techniques. I will definately spend some more time later today exploring your blog!

  11. Super cards! I never tackled that first sketch you used, it intimidated me…but I never thought of it for CAS ideas. Going to go try it. Your stamping on those leaves is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing!

  12. The second one is super pretty!

  13. Love love love the emboss resist card. I’m going to have to – um – “borrow” that idea! :)

  14. You always do CAS well Patricia and I ofte visit your blog to see what you are creating. Both of these are great CAS examples but the color combo on the Thanks is really striking! Fabulous!

  15. love the simple and pretty!!

  16. Love these two CAS cards, especially the one in the fall colours! I also love the emboss resist technique, such a neat way to get inky and produce fabulous results just as you have!

  17. GREAT CAS with the autumn leaves. i am so going to copy that idea. thanks so much. Just sent 20 cards off to OWH yesterday.

  18. Very nice cards! I especially like the fall colors, you’re right about CAS being difficult, I really struggle with it. Thanks for participating in the OWH Skip today and for the inspiration.

  19. Very nice, I especially like the leaves/resist that you did, so pretty.

  20. Love x 1000 the last card. I haven’t tried emboss resist, but I think this might give me the motivation to do so. Lovely!!!

  21. I love, love, LOVE the fall card. I am going to dig through your blog to learn more about the embossing technique you used. Thank you for sharing!!

  22. I LOVE the simplicity of these cards! They are so very pretty!

  23. Both cards are wonderful examples.

  24. Both cards are beautiful examples of CAS projects!

  25. I absolutely love your cards, and will come back after the skip to check out more of your designs. I have a feeling you are going to provide a lot of future inspiration!

  26. Wow, that fall card is amazing! I am inspired to get out my embossing powders and play with this idea! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Love the embossing…you have some great ideas. Thanks for Sharing.

  28. Wonderful CAS cards….thanks for sharing.

  29. beautiful cards! That fall Thanks is stunning! Thanks for being part of OWH.

  30. Stunning cards! I love the emboss resist technique.

  31. Very pretty, love the shadowing on the edges.

  32. Both of your cards are very pretty – I like the second one best since I am partial to leaves! Thanks for getting my Mojo flowing – I have a leaf stamp set that is calling my name…..

  33. Love the Thanks card. Great combination of color.

  34. Thanks for the inspiration! I love the color combo on the 2nd one and the delicate leaves! Both are great CAS cards!

  35. Very nice cards. I prefer the second card. Very CAS and fallish.

  36. Both lovely cards. I almost missed the delicate stamping in the first card. You hit the mark with these cards.

  37. Beautiful cards, Patricia! I especially love the emboss resist – might have to CASE that one!

  38. very pretty! love the fall colors!

  39. I love the card using the emboss resist technique. Definitely will have to use this idea for some cards.

  40. The thanks card! ooh! The leaves on that thanks card! double ooh!

  41. I especially like the leaves. I hope to try this technique someday. Beautiful cards

  42. LOVE LOVE LOVE the white leaves, that looks fantastic! Great cards!

  43. Both cards are pretty but I like the fall Thanks card best. I love the leaves and colors on that card.

  44. I especially loved the strip of leaves!

  45. Your cards are gorgeous!! I love them both, and especially the emboss resist technique.

  46. Very nice cards – TFS! I just might have to try a new embossing technique :-)

  47. Love! Love! That leaf card!!

  48. I love the cards. The fall is making me wish this HOT weather wasn’t here.

  49. beautiful cards – love the fall theme.

  50. beautiful cards! i love the way the leaves came out!

  51. Love the resist card! The gold really works!

  52. Unique card. Nice job


  53. Both cards are great CAS cards, but the second is my favorite. Also one of my favorite fun techniques.

  54. I agree both cards are great, but I’m in love with the fall leaf card.

  55. so pretty,. especially the resist thanks card!

  56. thanks for sharing your cards, i love seeing what others are up to!

  57. Simple says it all!

  58. Both cards are so beautiful. What I like about leaving blank spaces on the clean and simple cards is that if one wishes later they can go back and add a special greeting to make the card more personal for certain events. Your designs are great for that.

  59. You did a nice job on both cards!

    queen_lade at

  60. I agree with Verna (Hi, Verna) about personalizing the white area to the person you are sending it, too. Can gear it towards a hobby or favorite color. The fall card is gorgeous; just did a swap card for Fall – wish I’d seen this yesterday. LOL

  61. I recently purchased a Cuttlebug and learned how to use those great embossing folders. It is a perfect way to make a CAS card special. Thanks for the ideas. My favorite is the Thank You card with the leaves!

  62. Both your cards are great. Love how the inking on the first really makes your flower stand out.

  63. Thanks for sharing your cards in our skip. I’m glad you mentioned that you had other CAS cards on your blog, as I stopped skipping long enough to enjoy a stroll through your blog – and, got lots of great ideas! Thanks!

  64. Both cards are beautiful, clean and simple. TFS

  65. Both very pretty. Really like the embossing on the second card.

  66. Two very beautiful cards! I love the colors and the special simple touches you have added. Thanks for sharing!

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