Saturday, 5 January 2013

Clean and Simple



Well I have finally crept out of the woodwork and got a post done, I know we've had lots of family staying over the holiday period and a new puppy, but I really don't know where all my time has gone. 

That said I did manage to get my head down and finish my artwork for Crafts Beautiful along with samples for Stamp Addicts January programme and will be sharing some of the stunning new stamps which are on the horizon.

Meanwhile it's time for our first challenge of the New Year at Allsorts where Emma is our host and would like to see CAS style cards. It's also a sad day as this will be Emma's very last week with us. I was fortunate enough to be asked by her and Kirsten to join the challenge at the very beginning, that was at a time when I was very new to blogland and still totally green about it all, so thanks so much Emma, we will miss you but I'm sure we will still keep in touch.

We have two sponsors this week, the first is FlonzCraft so of course being on their DT I am lucky in having  a choice of stamps to use and opted for the etched thistle image and one my favourite colour combos aqua and brown. I masked three squares down one side of a piece of cardstock and coloured with pan pastels then over stamped in archival  coffee with a music image which I stamped off first to soften the colour, then use the first generation stamping for the thistles. The sentiment is from Darkroom Door.


My second card uses Modern Flower 1 from our second sponsor DigiStamp Boutique, which I printed onto a sheet of Linen Cardstock and highlighted with a little pink liquid pearls to match the ribbon...........not sure if ribbons are allowed on CAS so I might be a little OTT..........and a sentiment, it's a really old wood mounted stamp and as was often the case has no identification on it, but I have a feeling it might be Hobby Art.

Hope you all have a good weekend and as always thank you so much for popping in.

49 comments:

Helene E said...

I'm sure it's allowed on CAS-cards =)
Have a lovely Saturday

Von said...

Happy New Year to you Brenda :) super CAS cards especially love the Darkroom Door sentiment
Von ♥

Lisa Jane said...

ooh these are beautiful.. so clean and crisp, if i am not mistaken i used that stamp in the first workshop i came to
Happy New Year Brenda
Lisa x

Wendy L said...

Lovely cards Brenda. xxx

Inkypinkydelights said...

Hi Brenda, I am just catching up a little from the Festive Season. Love your recent cards which I have missed. I am loving the CAs look, I find these so hard to do! Judy x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Brenda, your cards are wonderful. Love the CAS style.

Beryl said...

They are both beautiful cards Brenda. I especially like the top one with the masked squares. Will try to get myself organized once more and have a go at this challenge.
Beryl xx

ribenaruby said...

Happy New Year Brenda! Both the cards are equally delightful..love the aqua & brown, combo, the bright pink and the fab sentiment could be a fave out of the 2..wishing you a great start to the year. Ruby x

Craftnut said...

Both Lovely Brenda, Have a good week Tracy x

Stamps and Paper said...

Two gorgeous card Brenda, love both of them, gorgeous colours on the first one and love the CAS and slash of colour on your 2nd card


Anne

catherine said...

Both of these are beautiful Brenda and have super images. i think the touch of ribbon adds for a stylish effect and not OTT.
Thanks for the welcome to the challenge and looking forward to working woth you all
x catherine

Sue - bearhouse said...

Your cards are gorgeous Brenda. I love the images and wonderful CAS designs
I hope you have a good weekend
Sue

Helen said...

Hi, Brenda, good to see you getting inky again! I love that happy birthday down the side of the top card! Have a good day, and here's hoping to a good win tomorrow!

Paula (PEP) said...

I love both of these - I must admit CAS always terrifies me for I go to mat something & then find it's got so many layers it's not CA, think I might manage something similar to your first one which encourages me no end that I'm not a lost cause when it comes to CAS. As for the second - what a beauty with the pink just accenting it brilliantly.
Oh for normality again -------
Paula (PEP)

Julie said...

So scrummie Brenda,don't think I've seen you do CAS much before but you certainly do it well;) have a lovely weekend,Julie x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Two lovely cards Brenda

Happy New Year to you

jacqui x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Good morning B

Two beautiful cards for this weeks Cas inspired challenge my fav is the second one love the layout and the simple ribbon is perfect!

Really going to miss being part of the team but I know where to find you all lol xxxx

ania said...

Piękna karteczka - zwłaszcza ta pierwsza - cudny stempelek:)) Pozdrawiam:)

Sasha said...

Two beautiful CAS cards, Brenda. I love the fresh colours on your first card, which go together so well. Love the clean stamping of your silhouette flower on your second card and the sentiment is really lovely xx

Cheryl said...

oh hun these are stunning,the detail as always is just stunning just beautiful love the stamps you have used hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

Marianne said...

Gorgeous cards Brenda. I especially love the elegance and colour combo (one of my favourites, too) of the first one. Also love the sentiment on your second card and the ribbon is a perfect finish and totally OK.
Have a lovely weekend!
Marianne x

Donna said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda, such pretty CAS designs and the colours work really well together :) Donna ♥ x

Elena said...

Happy New Year! The cards are so cute!!

Tanya said...

These are both beautiful Brenda :) I really love the colours on the second one, black and pink go so well together :) I love the way you've done the three squares on the first one too, fab effect and the sentiment is so gorgeous :)

Tags xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Brenda I hope all is going well with the new puppy, Both cards are gorgeous I like the thistle stamp on the first and the beautiful sentiment on the second.
Kevin xx

Lorraine said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda. I love the squares and colours on your first card and the beautiful flowers, with just a hint of pink on the second.
Have a good weekend
Lorraine x

chillin with Quillin said...

lovely card and love the sentiment!!!
Paula

Kat said...

Gorgeous CAS cards Brenda. Love the choice of colours in both of them. The second one is very elegant with just a touch of pink and that lovely pink ribbon.

Hope Holly is settling in well with your other dogs. I'm sure they'll all be getting on fine. We had Catriona's girls for a few days at Christmas and they get on really well with our boys. I think Max is in love with Brodie the young dog!!

Take care,

Kat xx

Tedz said...

These are lovely Brenda, sometimes it is the CAS ones that take the most thinking about! Have you ordered your Labrador die yet? Pauline xx

scrappymo! said...

Two lovely cards Brenda. Hope the puppy is enjoying his new home and that you are enjoying him. He looks like such a sweetie!
I struggle with CAS cards...I think you have done a marvelous job! I enjoyed both of them...can't puck a fave!!!

butterfly said...

Both great cards... I love the little trio of images on the first one, gorgeous!
Alison x

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful creations Brenda. Glad you are also getting back to normal.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Gerrina said...

At first: I wish you for 2013 good (the best possible) health, much creativity and a lot of great moments!

Hope you had a lot of great these, the kind that are the ones you remember the next months and that put a smile on your face by remembering them...

Love the first card and the sentiment on the second! Hope you have a nice weekend and not to much damaged by a pup in training.... Hugs, Gerrina

Vicky said...

They are gorgeous Brenda...:o)

have a lovely weekend sweetie...biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Rhonda Miller said...

These are beautiful.

PatR said...

Wow Brenda I just love these two cards. Such delicate designs created to perfection. xx

Anonymous said...

Goegeous cards Brenda! LOVE the challenge C&S is my New Years Resolution! wish me luck! haha! you have the C&S Nak! love it hugs me xx

Debbie said...

Really elegant cards Brenda.Would love to try some CAS cards.Maybe this is the month to try some out.Love the clean lines and beautiful stamps used.Happy new year dearie.Hope the new puppy is settling in well.Hugs Debbie x

walchowDesign said...

Not only are you an expert with creating scenes but these CAS cards are just as lovely, Brenda!

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
Marvellous creations, love the images, and the designs.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Juls said...

such beautiful stylish cards!! Hugs Juls

Anonymous said...

Two lovely simple yet elegant cards Brenda, so beautiful!!

Hope you are doing great, please do send me your address and birthday date so I can put you on the birthday card calendar!!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there B. so lovely to see these two cards.. particularly love the first (adore thistles too no idea why) and have noted how you did the work with PP .. mine have arrived at Robbie's and he was to post them on over the weekend, so pray so. Trust you are okay and Holly is blessing you daily - in the right way :D
Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz. x

Andreja L. said...

beutiful cards :-))

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful CAS cards
Brenda, love the colour combo on the first.
Avril xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Both really beautiful cards, I love the colours on the first one and the thistle stamp is fabulous and the second one is so elegant, I love the verse
Lindsay xx

Sarah said...

Stunning cards B, just love the colours in the first one x

Jo Channon said...

Really love this design Brenda and the colour scheme is stunning. You certainly can put your hand to any style this is a perfect CAS card. Jo x

Merry said...

Such a beautiful sentiment on that second card. Again I love how you masked the squares and stamped inside. So must remember this. Sounds like you had a fun and busy Christmas. A new puppy, how wonderful.