Rustic CAS Thank-You’s

Just when you thought it was time to put away the cards and stamps and address book, you realize that you need to write a whole bunch of thank you’s for all the wonderful gifts you received over the holidays!

Over the next few posts, I will be sharing a variety of thank you cards I have been crafting for family, friends and clients this past week.  You will notice some themes–wreaths and rustic!  (There is one little outlier who will make an appearance in my next post!)  I had so much fun with some new techniques and new products.  Add in some great sketches that seemed to be living in my subconscious and I became a card-making machine!

So these first cards were a take on the CAS(E) sketch below:

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In true CAS form, I wanted to maintain a lot of white space, yet offer some unexpected elements like the white-on-white wreath and embossing.  I’ve been having great fun building these little “nests” of color, form and texture in my most recent creations.  Here I have used a variety of dies, scraps from die cuts and punches, and enamel dots to build the focal point.

What I discovered through the process is just how valuable the scraps that land on the floor or table after you die cut or punch a shape can be!  The little green leaves here are actually the insides of the “t” in my “thanks” die!

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For my next card, I kept most of the embellishment clustered to the left of the sentiment, but made the wreath a bit more of the focal point.

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For both cards, I used a variety of products: Papertrey Ink’s wreath die; Memory box leaf and bird; Sizzix flag dies and embossing folder; EK Success edge punch; Avery Elle tag die & sentiments; scraps from other dies; Gina K, Bazzill, & Ellen Hutson papers; snowball and enamel dots.

Head over to CAS(E) for some awesome interpretations!  And please stop back here for more thank you inspiration!  Your visit and comments are always appreciated!

A Card for the Seamstress

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Good Evening!  As I write that, I am thinking (hoping) that it will indeed be one for me, as I powered through 8 hours of teaching today on about one hour of solid sleep last night.  Ahh, insomnia!  During our long weekend on the Olympic Peninsula, I slept well and was inspired by our walks in nature and exploration of new and familiar places.  How quickly all that rejuvenation can be undone by one sleepless-in-Seattle night!  I hope you will forgive my poor sentence fluency as I muddle through this entry–less will definitely be more tonight!

Here  the current sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch.

 Chrissy’s design reminded me of ric-rac, and since my mom’s birthday is coming up, I wanted to make a sewing-themed card because she is an amazing seamstress and has inspired me since I was small (and draped with patterns, poked with pins, encircled with measuring tape!)

So, pinking shears in hand, I played with paper, patterns and placement, and this is the result!

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Despite my haze (and haste), I am pretty pleased with how this card turned out!  Most of the sewing patterned paper is from Basic Grey; the rest are scraps from an Authentique collection.  The sentiment from Savvy is stamped in Color Box brown ink, embellished with a delicious enamel dot that matched the aqua paper perfectly.

It isn’t easy to see here since my photos are a bit washed-out, but the paper embellishment here is a ruler-calendar that says “November” on the bottom.  Instead of writing my mom’s birth date at the top of the card, I think I will circle the 19 on the ruler!

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I finally put my Technique Tuesday stamps to use for a simple embellishment on the back– LOVE these pins!!

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Head over to CAS(E) This Sketch to see some superbly styled cards.  This really was an inspiring sketch!  And, hey, if you can’t sleep tonight, you still have 8 hours to play along before the challenge closes!

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Have a wonderful night, fellow crafters!