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Friday, August 27, 2010

More Simplicity....

During one of my wanderings around the papercrafting world I came across a blog called "Simplicity" and was immediately struck by not only the blog owner, Susan Raihala's, command of the CAS style of papercrafting, but also the absolute elegance of her cards.  She also happens to have a great way with words and her posts are fun to read.  Susan dispenses tips on creating simple cards with a lot of impact and has a weekly challenge (One Layer Wednesday #17).  I finally decided to play along this week, which is kind of funny because she wants us to use border images on our cards.  Border images are not something I have alot of and I discovered yesterday that at least three border images I do have at too long to fit on my longest acrylic block!  Anywhoo... on to the card.  I used this really neat Hero Arts border image that I do own called Large Artsy Circle and a sentiment from the Hero Arts set Thoughtful Messages.   I stamped the Large Artsy Circle image on kraft cardstock with black ink, added a few clear rhinestones and then stamped the "thanks" in Close to My Heart Vineyard Berry for a little bit of color. 

My 2nd card is a little less simple and has nothing to do with the first as I didn't use a border stamp, but it still is pretty simple.  After seeing my blogging friend, Heather Maria's, crackled butterflies I had to get my hands on some Ranger Crackle Accents.  I had the chance to play around with the Crackle Accents yesterday.  My butterflies did get the crackle effect, but unfortunately in the picture it looks like I coated it with Glossy Accents, instead.  Again, all the stamps are Hero Arts:  Heart Winged Butterfly and Outline Bold Flourish.  The butterfly was stamped using Stampin Up! More Mustard and the flourish with Close to My Heart's black ink.  Rhinestones were added to the flourish, as well. 

Thanks for taking a peek.... hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Artsy Circles:  Cardstock:  PTI Kraft; Ink:  Close to My Heart black & Vineyard Berry; Stamps Large Artsy Circle & Thoughtful Messages; Kaiser Rhinestones

Crackle Butterfly:  Cardstock:  PTI White & Smoky Shadow; Ink:  SU! More Mustard; CTMH Black; Stamps:  Outline Bold Flourish & Heart Winged Butterfly; Rhinestones:  Kaiser Craft & Memory Box

11 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh...I really like these Rosemary, they demand to be noticed in an understated way. ;o)

Hannah said...

What a great set of 1-layer cards, rosemary! love the simplicity!

Donelda said...

wow, I love all those circles! There is something about circles that are fasinating!! Perfect bling placement!!

Barb said...

Love them both, Rosie! Thank you so much for showing us just how beautiful "simple" can be! And thanks for the link to Susan's blog. Going there to check it out now. Hugs!

Carol said...

Really like your artsy circles! So fun! Really like the crispness of the black on the kraft!

Elise said...

Lovely, lovely, LOVELY! I SOOOO appreciate the journey you took to get these delightful creations to go where you wanted them to... {you KNOW that I am CAS challenged - so consider me WAY impressed!}! I love the color palettes on each of these elegant pieces - you are SO amazing with limited colors! WONDERFUL, wonderful job, sweet gal!

Susan said...

I have that Hero Arts "artsy circles" stamp, and actually found a 12" acrylic block so that I could use it! I found I stamp much better when the stamp fits on the block! LOL! I was trying to do it a short block and it just wouldn't work! Look like you got it to work just fine...I love the look of the circles...and it looks especially good on the kraft cardstock! Awesome card!

I really love the butterfly card too...I also have crackle paint, but have never tried to use it...thanks for the inspiration!

Jill said...

These are just fantastic! I really love all styles you create, but CAS may just be my favorite of yours! I think CAS cards are difficult, but you make the images really shine! HUGS, my friend!!

Dwita said...

Dear Rosemary, your card with that border is pretty. Love that circle border. Susan's blog is indeed just what you said. It's an adorable blog. I really enjoy the challenge and always force myself to join it week by week. I also just knew it around two months ago...

Pauline said...

Lovely cards, well done :o)

Heather Maria said...

Somehow I missed this post, Rosemary! These are two absolutely gorgeous cards! Wonderful designs and details! Thanks so much for the mention, Rosemary and for linking to my blog :)Have a great weekend!