Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Clean and Simple

Oh, if only this were the case for my house!

Clean and Simple (CAS) is the name of a newer challenge over on the SplitCoast Stampers site, dedicated to enticing stampers to create beautiful cards with less fuss. Sounds 'simple', right? It was definitely more of a challenge than I expected to give up my layers! Still, once I was in the CAS mode, it was loads of fun and productive, too.

Being a big fan (definitely verging on 'fanatic) of sketches, the first challenge I tried was CAS3:

Stamps: SmARTworks (Live with Purpose). Ink: versafine onyx black. Cardstock: textured white, Creative Memories yellow, black. Accessories: Offray black gingham ribbon, long rectangle Nestabilities.

This card's yellow image background was inspired by smARTwork's Tea Party #15: Yellow Burst which I discovered on Donelda (Wiggy's World)'s inspirational blog.

A simple sketch was also perfect for this card's solemn occasion:

Stamps: DRS Designs (Pet Sympathy H074, Dog Paw Print A1003). Ink: versafine onyx black. Cardstock: Texture white, Bashful Blue, black. Accessories: Long rectangle Nestabilities, black gingham ribbon.

CAS10 was a challenge to create a monochromatic card. My first thought -- a baby card, especially a baby boy card because I have an abundance of blues!

Stamps by DRS Designs: Brush Baby Buggy G341, Diaper pin A354, Warm and snug sentiment H131, Lots O' Lines H366, Giga Heart Circle L273. Ink: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Copics. Cardstock: GP110 white, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point.

Last, but certainly not least, was another great sketch (CAS13):

Stamps: Hero Arts Happiness Messages. Ink: Chocolate Chip. Cardstock: Textured white, Basic Grey 'Bittersweet'. Accessories: circle punch, Felt Fusion flower, Bittersweet brad, clear button, chocolate organdy ribbon, adhesive pearl.

For more details on this card, check out the post on today's KL Stampin' N Scrappin' blog!

That's a lot of white, isn't it? I didn't realize how much textured white cardstock I used until all the cards were together in this post. White must be my subconcious definition of 'clean and simple'!

I'm on such a roll that maybe it IS time to try the Clean and Simple approach with my house. We have a community garage sale coming up the end of the month, so it's time for me to start going through the cabinets and basement to clear out all the clutter. It's not nearly as much fun as stamping, though, so wish me luck!


  1. You have a wonderful blog! Gorgeous lilac card, looks so real I can smell their sweet fragrance. Clean and simple is wonderful and so elegant looking. I love the baby cariage. Just beautiful cares!

  2. Holy cow lady!!! You sure do a beautiful clean and simple!!! These are all just amazing creations!! I have such a hard time with this concept!! Beautiful designs hun!!

  3. wowwww Jessica,what a beautiful creaties,l love the images and colours.

    Hugs Riet.x

  4. OMGosh! What stunningly beautiful cards. I love the clean lines and the symplicity.

  5. Wow your cards are all stunning. You did an excellent job with CAS!

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  6. These are all so pretty! I always have such a hard time with clean and simple. Gorgeous!

  7. Wow, these are awesome! I love the one with the circles, the colors and all the choices you made for it are awesome! However they are all really great. It takes a lot of thought to get a CAS card right doesnt it? I struggle with them. Great job!

  8. Wow, Jess, these are all GREAT. Sometimes I think I should just keep it clean and simple for the beauty of the stamp to show through instead of cluttering it all up with embellishments. I just GOTTA have that doggie stamp. I had a coworker lose her pet of 18 years about a month ago now, and I didn't get a card to her. I feel so terrible about it still. That would have been a great way to create a quick card. :) Hugs, Kel

  9. I am a big fan of CAS too. What fabulous cards- just as I picked a favorite, i liked the next one better!


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