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Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello there! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I am really enjoying the warmer weather. Yesterday I was even able to wear short sleeves outside without a jacket. It was great! Hard to believe we have a freeze warning for tonight, though. Weird weather lately, that's for sure. ;) I hope wherever you are, you are safe and warm--especially if you are in the path of Winter Storm Titan! But, you're not here for a discussion on the weather, are you? ;) So, on to my card...
I am an ardent admirer of a good CAS card. I love the flatness, the clean white space, and the simplicity. But, I think what really attracts me to them is the illusion that a CAS card is easy to design. I look at CAS cards and think, well, I can do that. And, yes, I could copy anyone's design, but coming up with my own CAS design is a whole 'nother ballgame! So, being one who can't pass up a good challenge, I have decided to make a conscious effort to make (or at least attempt to make) more CAS cards. 

For this CAS card, I used Taylored Expressions new stamp set, Doodle Alphabet. The letters are so fun and girly! Having a young DD, going through the ups and downs of growing up, I like to keep a stash of girly encouragement and congrats cards on hand, and this alphabet is perfect for that. I stamped the sentiment on the right side of the card and colored each letter in fun, funky colors, added subtle shading with a C1 Copic, then added a little sparkle with Stickles and my new Wink of Stella pen. The card looked ok with just the sentiment, but being new at the CAS game, I had to add a little something more, so I used 3 different flower-shaped Spellbinders dies and dry embossed them "randomly" in the white space, and added a big magenta rhinestone in the center of the largest one. I think I could have let it be at that point, but...naaahhh. It needed just one more thing. ;) So, I used two teeny tiny stamps out of Verve's Poppy Birthday stamp set to add "random" gray dots on the card. Then, I was able to call it done! I could easily make this card again in under 30 minutes, but this particular one took me about 5 hours, from conception to completion! I'm really pleased with the final result, though! Hope you are, too! :-)

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have yourself a CAS week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays  CFC129: Shades of Gray (2 shades of gray: C1 Copic & Pumice Stone Ink)
613 Avenue Create #61: Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #39: Anything Goes

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KraftyKoolKat said...

Fab creation. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

Cathy DT Member

Maria said...

What a perfect colorful CAS card! Love that doodle sentiment...well done!

Monica taylor said...

Such a fun Card. Thanks for sharing over at 613 Avenue Create. Monica, DT

Ardyth said...

Love the combination of the stamping and the embossing - lots of interest here! THanks so much for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Conniecrafter said...

very cool, I a sure she is going to really appreciate this, fun stamp set and love your coloring of it, the way you did the flowers is really neat too!

Leslie Miller said...

This is so, so cute! I love the letters and how you've colored and shadowed them. Perfect little Wink of Stella added, and the sprinkles and embossed flowers are just what it needed. I would love to do more CAS, too, but it is not easy. I wasted most of my morning trying to do CAS on Saturday and finally gave up and made my regular style card in no time at all. I really need to work on that!

~amy~ said...

Such a fun doodle alpha!
Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jingle said...

I love what you did with the letters! The glitter is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CAS-ual Fridays!

Karen Dunbrook said...

such a fun and happy card...

Unknown said...

This is too fun!

Thanks for playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge!