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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OWH Stars & Stamps CAS (Clean and Simple) Blog Skip

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps CAS Blog Skip.  If you have come from Kate's blog "Hello From Kate" then you are in the right place.  If you just happened along and would like to start the skip at the beginning just click here and you will be transported to the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog.

I have been attracted to the Clean and Simple style of card making for a long time and I love to browse through blogs and galleries of CAS cards for inspiration and relaxation as well.  Although I have never been what I call a "fru-fru" stamper I have only just recently embraced the CAS style and am really enjoying the results.


The inspiration for this card came from Heather T. whose card was recently featured on the "Less is More" blog (one of my CAS favorites) and can be viewed here.  The sponged and stamped focal point is totally cased but there was no way I could make it look as nice as Heather's so I ended up cutting the square out and  mounting it on black card stock cut just slightly larger to act as a frame.  The sponging was done on white card stock with Stampin' Up! Not Quite Navy ink and then I stamped 3 of the Pocket Silhouettes stamps in black Stazon ink and the 4th in Old Olive.  The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set called Sweet Little Sentiments and is stamped with black Stazon ink.

Of course I can never make just ONE of any card that I really like so I went ahead and made another card adding a little more bling - although I still classify it as CAS.  The sentiment is stamped in Not Quite Navy and is from a sympathy set by Gina K Designs.  The card is basically the same design so I thought I would just share a close up of the sentiment and bling.


Thank you for skipping by my blog - I hope you have been able to find some inspiration and will go out and give the CAS style a try for yourself.  The next stop is at "Handmade by Julie" where I am sure you will want to stick around for awhile!

Oopsie!  I almost forgot BLOG CANDY!  Please leave a comment below and on Monday, August 22, I will select a random winner to receive 6 sponged and stamped squares similar to the ones used on these cards.

69 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards and your CAS style is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Your card is very inspiring. I'll bet I CASE at least 1 today!! Pat Kinkaid

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  3. LOVELY! Oh man, the stamping on your little square is just delish! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. These are fab!! You've got cas down!

    Jmueller409ATyahooDOTcom

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  5. Love the sponged square! Thanks for posting such a great example of a CAS card.

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  6. Beautiful card Lisa! The white space makes such a nice frame around what is really a minature work of art. Gorgeous work!

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  7. love the color choices Lisa!! I am getting soooo much inspiration for cards from the blog hop!! thanks!!

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  8. Love the inking on your focal image! Stunning CAS cards. I adore the 3 little black brads on your second sample, it really does change the card up completely! Beautiful!

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  9. that deep blue behind the image is gorgeous. i do like the little addition of the brads while still keeping it CAS.

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  10. Gorgeous card, Lisa. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. this is beautiful Lisa! Thanks for the link to Less Is More, I'm excited to go take a look. I really like the look of CAS and really struggle to achieve it :) Thanks for being in the skip too!

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  12. Love this! Very simple, yet very elegant and beautiful colors.

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  13. That little square is awesome. At first, I thought it was patterned paper. You did a nice job of explaining your technique, so I think I'll give it a try later today. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. Thank you for sharing! This is my first blog hop and I have learned so much. I am eager to try your technique. I like what Paula S. said--these are like little works of art! Great work!!

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  15. Lisa, that is positively beautiful!! Love how you did the square image!!

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  16. Very nice beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  17. Very pretty--I like your sponged and stamped image.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  18. Pretty card. Nice design & colors.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your cards and technique. They are absolutely stunning!

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  20. This is a beautiful card! I love the square that contains all the art. Even the one with the little bling is "simply" beautiful!

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  21. I love the stamped art work..it really makes the card. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Excellent job containing the focal point in the square! I like the color scheme you've chosen. Very nicely done!

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  23. I spit Diet Coke all over my monitor at your "fru-fru stamper" comment! too funny. Your cards are stunning and I love your sponging ability.

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  24. very nice card. Love the colors and simiplicity

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  25. I'm new to CAS and loving it. Great card!!!

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  26. Great example of clean and simple. Just love the card.

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  27. Hi! I'm so glad you are part of the blog hop! I started checking in on your blog through Dustin Pike's site. I love, love, love your cards - all of them! I always feel happy when I come to your site and see all of the cards you have made. It makes me feel like making another card. It also reassures me because, I too, have gone on a designer jag and made successive cards using their artwork! :)

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  28. Very pretty! Thanks for participating in the skip!

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  29. Beautiful card, Lisa! Perfect example of CAS style!

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  30. Great card. Such a good example of a CAS card. Very elegant!

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  31. love the colors! i will have to try the sponge technique!

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  32. Beautiful cards! I love how they look as tho' you water colored them but didn't --a big time saver--YEAH!! Such pretty results. Thanks for skipping with us!!
    RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

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  33. Awesome card. Love the colors used in the square and the sentiment is just right.

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  34. I love it, those little stamps are perfect for what you did with them. PERFECT!

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  35. I love your cards. Very pretty with the colors you chose.

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  36. Oh! I like your card very much! What a beautifully done focal point!

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  37. Okay, so I'm adding the sponging technique to the list of things to look-up after the skip. Love the image with the colors.

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  38. I am CASEing this CAS! Beautiful!

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  39. Oh man, I wish I had time to try this out. Love it!

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  40. these are beautiful! i haven't gotten the layered stamping down like you have!!

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  41. Love the colors of this card...Fabulous!!!

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  42. Fantabulous! Love the colors!

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  43. Great card. Love the blue and green together.

    lebpab21408atyahoodotcom
    pattispaperfun.blogspot.com

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  44. Thanks for the inspiration, great CAS cards.
    R/

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  45. Your cards are absolutely beautiful!

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  46. Fabulous cards. Love both sentiments with the picture.

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  47. Oh my! All I can say is Yum! I want to try CASING your card and see if I can manage to create one as nice as your. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  48. Just Beautiful! pops off the page, and the shading is awesome!
    Susan

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  49. wonderful samples! thanks for sharing
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  50. I have always been a fan of clean and simple. I had to be as my stamping time was so limited. So when this hop came up I was so eager to see what lovelies would be shown. I can say I am certainly not disappointed. Your card is truly gorgeous and bright and cheery too. I love the design and layout as well. Great job!

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  51. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    ~lauren
    queen_lade at yahoo.com

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  52. Thanks for all the neat ideas to make a CAS card; love your explanation of the garbage bag - LOL.

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  53. I am positively nuts about the sponging technique used on your beautiful card. What a winner! Thanks so much.

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  54. Love the colors and the stamping. Beautiful work.

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  55. Lovely cards! I'm with you on making multiples - no matter how hard I try, they all have something that makes them distinct. But, I think I enjoy the multi-version cards the most! I love the focal piece and would love to be the winner of your blog candy! Thanks for sharing in our skip!

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  56. I really--REALLY like this card--have some GREAT flower stamps I could use for this too--definitely a CASE if I ever saw one!! Keep up the great work <3 Denise I.

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  57. Wow, it looks lovely with a mat and a backing panel. I love it when someone takes one of my ideas and tweaks it a little. It is great to see a new perspective. Thanks for linking back to my card.

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  58. Oh yeah, you got Blogger to cooperate!

    I love your card and would love to win the image you made so that I could make this beautiful card as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Love this Clean and simple card, so pretty! TFS

    circlebenterprises.com

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  60. So pretty. Really like both of them. Pretty coloring.

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  61. I am still working my way through the skip. Love your contribution

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  62. I'm not sure why, but my comment from Saturday isn't showing up...
    I love the sponged background! I think I'll try that technique.

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  63. Gorgeous card! What a beautiful technique! Thanks for sharing!

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