Monday, July 15, 2013

It's a CAS Kind of Weekend

True story...I've been cranking out cards on the weekends. I wanted to stock up so that I can send them on the fly when I need to because I've been so bad this past three months I haven't sent them on time. The make-them-as-you-go strategy doesn't cut it for me. For one, it takes awhile for me to think of a design; second, I'm still not stocked up on all the embellies for my cards so they don't all turn out the way I intend them to be. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Besides, I'm supposed to be the card lady, right? The problem is I wanted to send a couple of cards to my friends and for the life of me, I don't remember if I have or not. It's not like I can check my email history to verify, or how about "Find my iCard" feature so I can locate them? I have looked around this weekend to see if I they're hiding somewhere in the house but I can't find them! By this time, I've assumed that they had gone out. I checked with a friend today and she hasn't received hers. The million dollar question is where the heck are these cards?? Remember the tree card and the chicken card? They're missing! Spazztic!


I was on a "CAS" (clean and simple) kick this weekend, especially after I got the Single Stamps I ordered. I had envisioned a design when I first saw this stamp and then laid it out yesterday. I have my subtle touches and I love how it came together. What is not showing is the sentiment on the inside of the card, which says, "that makes you one in a million." This ties in to the unique pair of red glasses on the front of the card, which I embellished with Crystal Effects for an added "pop." I wanted to use Smoky Slate on this card but realized I didn't have the ink pad so I opted for its darker cousin, Basic Gray. Smoky Slate, by the way, is the newest member of the Neutrals collection that was introduced in the 2013-2014 Catalog. I also made this card a square card. It was just screaming for it. One thing worth pointing out, I showed this card to my daughter, she decided this card is for her. She just got her glasses (black rimmed accented with red on the inside). So happy that she's accepted this milestone with positivity and excitement, which was so unlike me as I clashed with denial and shyness when I started wearing them in second grade. Also, it turns out that this card is very similar to my second-tier upline, Mary Fish's card. What can I say, great minds think alike. While the CASEing is unintentional, I didn't want it go unmentioned as I adore her cards very much! Take a look here.

Here's a recipe of this card:

Basic Gray
Basic Black
Whisper White
Real Red
Versamark ink
Detail White embossing powder
Pop-up dots
Crystal Effects
Piercing Tool, Mat & Template for the pinholes
Gorgeous Grunge on the gray card stock
One in a Million for the sentiment
Spectacular for the main image

The second card I made was inspired by my cousin's wedding shower this weekend. What I ended up giving her is completely different from this second version I made on the left. I liked the Blooming with Happiness stamp set. I thought the images are very sweet and airy (befitting of my cousin's personality). This stamp set is retired, however. The sentiment is from a stamp set gifted to me that I just received on Friday. Perfect timing!

Crumb Cake
Blushing Bride
Dazzling Detail for the glitter
Basic Pearls
Chevron embossing folder
White gel pen for the border
Pop-up dots
Happy Day for the sentiment
Blooming with Happiness for the main image

Happy Stamping!



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