A Stepped Up Version of My CAS Feline!

Happy Monday!

Yesterday, I posted a CAS (Clean and Simple) version of this card.  Today is a stepped up version.  It’s always fun to do a little step up with a clean and simple card.  You can also create the stepped up version first and take your design down a bit.  Below is yesterday’s card.

So let’s talk about what I did to “step up” yesterday’s card.

Layers:  I added more layers to the card posted today.  Three to be exact.  I used a Basic Black card base, added a layer of Cinnamon Cider, another layer of Basic Black, then my patterned paper layer.  The layers framed the patterned paper and balanced the colors in the cats.

Elements:  The elements are the circles, the fussy cut cats and the yarn balls.  I added more of them but kept the colors balanced.  The top cat and the bottom cat have more color than the middle cat.

Sentiment Layer:  The sentiment in today’s post has more layers.  I added a Cinnamon Cider layer to keep the colors balanced.  The middle cat is gray and white, no Cinnamon Cider but the little bit of Cinnamon Cider near the gray and white cat help him to fit in.

You can step up a design or take a stepped up version down a bit and create a clean and simple design simply by adding or removing layers and/or elements.

Now, I’ll share a quick stampin’ story with you.

I did it again!  Two weeks in a row.  Last week, I added the wrong color to a card for a Color Challenge and had to do a quick save.  This week, I created today’s post for a CAS Challenge over at the Paper Players.  When I went to upload it to the Design Team’s blog, I realized it was a CAS Challenge!  Back to my stamps, paper and paper snips I went and took today’s card down a bit for LeAnne’s CAS Challenge.  There’s always a silver lining.  I had a good laugh for myself and had today’s project ready to go!

So, pull out some patterned paper, fussy cut a few cats, add some layers and create something to step up or take down a bit, or both!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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A Feline Friend! – Paper Players CAS Feline Fine Challenge!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, LeAnne is hosting the CAS (Clean and Simple) Challenge with a little Feline Fine twist.

When creating a Clean and Simple card, always keep in mind that you should have lots of white space with minimal layers and little or no embellishments.

My card today is a simple A-2 Basic White card base with a single black and white patterned paper layer.  The focal point, of course, is a fussy cut cat.  He wants to be your friend and wants to share his ball of yarn with you.

I attached my cat friend to a 2″ punched Basic Black circle to help make him the star of this card.  I went back into my archives for the sentiment.  It’s from a retired stamp set called Bella & Friends and I thought it worked perfectly with the cat image.

The sentiment layer is attached to a coordinating strip of patterned paper from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper pack.  I added the sentiment to a small strip of Basic Black cardstock to give it some depth. I couldn’t resist fussy cutting the yarn from the DSP.  I thought the bit of red would add a little pop of color to this CAS design.

So, pull out your feline friends’ stamps and dies, add just a little pop of color and create something Clean and Simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!

For more CAS – Feline Fine inspiration, check in on the Paper Players Design Team below.

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A Sneak Peek – Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

Happy Friday!!

Today’s post is a Sneak Peek of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and coordinating designer series paper, along with a specialty Designer Series Paper. The Butterfly Brilliance Collection will be available March 2nd and runs through May 3rd.  You will be able to purchase each item separately or as a collection.

Now it’s time to talk about this card and how I used the products from this new Bundle.

The Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set:  When I opened the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set, I was surprised to see there were six beautifully detailed butterflies that were attached on one cling stamp.  So what do you do? Cut them?

The Brilliant Wings Dies:  My second surprise was when I opened the Brilliant Wings Dies.  There are seven dies in the set including one large die that perfectly matches the one large stamp set.  I thought that was fabulous!  I could grab a piece of Watercolor cardstock, stamp the six butterflies all at once and have a water-coloring party for myself.  Or, I could stamp the large die on Basic White cardstock with some Memento Ink and have a coloring fest with my Stampin’ Blends or Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen.

The Butterfly Bijou DSP:  My third surprise was when I opened the matching Butterfly Bijou 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.  The large die matched the butterfly pattern on one of the designs!  I couldn’t resist and had to make a card to share.  It took just about half a minute to make sure my die was set correctly on the DSP.  (I do use Washi tape to help keep everything in place).  After I ran it through my cutting machine, I had six perfect butterflies ready to pop onto my card design.  I chose two for this card.  Look at the detail in these Butterflies.  They almost look 3-D!!  And look at the beautiful background patterned paper design.  It’s a watercolor masterpiece, but I didn’t do it.  Stampin’ Up! did.

I finished this card in a flash.  Rather than use a Basic Black accent with this gorgeous background paper, I used Basic Gray.  I wanted a softer look.  I thought this sentiment was perfect for my card design.  It’s from the Garden Wishes stamp set.

So, think about adding the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle to your Wish List for March, add a layer or two and create something soft and brilliant.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


A Lovely Poppy Field of Flowers!

It’s Saturday, and I hope you all can set aside some time for stamping fun this weekend.

This week was a busy week for me, but I did manage to spend time in my craft room.  The Flower and Field Designer Series Paper was sitting at the top of my newer DSP.  I looked at it and thought about doing something with it, but didn’t because I had other ideas I wanted to work on.  It was crazy, I couldn’t get this pattern out of my head.  It’s as if it was saying, “pay attention to me!!”  I looked at the paper and saw black, white, red and yellow.  By the way, this DSP is FREE with a $50 product purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

Most of my cards are top fold A-2 card bases, so out came my Basic White.  After that, I automatically cut a Basic Black thin layer and cut the patterned paper layer.  Now what?  I kept looking at the flowers on the paper.  I finally decided to cut the large poppy from the Poppy Moments dies and then my card began to take on a life of its own.  Real Red, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow on Basic Black make a dramatic color combination, all inspired by the patterned paper.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.  The sentiments in this set are favorites of mine.  I think the size and clean lines of the font are so classic.  I had a little fun with this and added a few resin dots.

Maybe, after looking at this Designer Series Paper all week, it was just trying to tell me to have some fun, and I did!!

So, pay attention to that patterned paper that’s on top of your paper stash, look at the colors and let your next project take on a life of its own.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Playing With Patterns and Blooms!

Today’s post is a simple Saturday card that is quick and easy to complete.

Featuring the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper, this card has a playful, retro feel.  It’s a bold floral design with a subtle color palette.

The Purple Posy and Crushed Curry stripes and dots in the patterned paper were the inspiration for my color palette.  I added a Blushing Bride flower for a little interest.  The flowers and sentiment label were die cut with the Pierced Bloom Dies and the sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  A few Purple Posy Resin Dots on the sentiment label help balance the color.

This was one of those projects that I wasn’t expecting.  I actually sat down to stamp with something totally different in mind.  This evolved from a piece of patterned paper.  I’m always amazed at how that happens and I’m sure most of you can share a similar story.

So, pull out some retro patterned paper, add a few die cut flowers and some resin dots and create something playful!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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