Saturday 2 January 2016

CAS Neutrals

Hi there

I'm here to let you know that the first challenge of 2016 is just going live over at Less is More.  We're continuing with our sequence of themes and, therefore, as it's the first Saturday of the month we are bringing you a Colour challenge.  And our colour theme is...


Please remember to keep your creations clean and simple and be aware that a maximum of 5 challenges may be combined including ours.

I have two sample cards to share with you today, here's the first...

A super simple card but these are the kind I love more and more.  Just card and ink, with lots of white space.  On a panel I stamped the tulips in two neutral shades.  I then stamped the sentiment in black.  The panel was then popped up on 3D foam.  

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up - Both Way Blossoms; MFT - Peaceful Wildflowers
  • Ink: Versa Color - Cement and Bisque; Versafine - Onyx black

And my second card, I think neutrals are a great option for sympathy cards...

I used kraft cardstock for the base and panel here.  All the foliage stamps are from the same set.  The flowers in the foreground were heat embossed using white powder and the ferns behind were stamped using pigment ink, the darker was stamped off first to make it less intense.  The sentiment was stamped in the same dark brown.  The panel was then adhered to the base on 3D foam.

Materials used:
  • Cardstock: Neenah - Desert Storm
  • Stamps: Inkylicious - Meadow Breeze; Clearly Besotted - Many Messages
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versa Color - Umber and Pinecone
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

House of Cards - January Challenge - Embossing and/or Colour Inspiration (I chose just embossing)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #341 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Challenge #103 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Challenge #305 - Anything Goes

So, if you haven't started getting crafty since the Christmas/New Year break, now is a good time to start.  We would love to see your neutral creations in the gallery this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Stunning CAS cards, Anita. I love your neutral choices xx

  2. I am with you on the stamps and ink, my fav kind of card...stamp and go! Adore the simple and subtle look of this first card x

  3. Gorgeous, striking and totally perfect cards Anita! Love em!
    Sarah xx

  4. The first card is simply stunning in it's simplicity Anita and the monochromatic second looks fabulous with the white embossing! Have a great 2016! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  5. Gorgeous CAS cards. I especailly love the bottom one - sympathy cards are so difficult to make, but this one is just perfect. xx

  6. Love, love, love your tulip card - thanks for the inspiration!

  7. These are two simply gorgeous card Anita in your inimitable style, CAS perfection!
    Chrissie xx

  8. These are both SUPER gorgeous, Anita! I LOVE the beautiful white embossing on kraft--and I agree! Neutrals are a great option for sympathy cards! Thank you so much for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! :) Mynn xx

  9. A great creation hun! Sweet & Simple :) Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  10. Oh I just love your CAS cards. So beautiful. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara {Crafty Creations Challenges}

  11. So lovely and elegant. I love the neutrals and that it is so clean and simple! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!

  12. Both your cards are stunning! I think I am partial to the Hello card though!! Thanks for inspiring!
    I have started a challenge blog and our first challenge is up!! Do stop by and play!!
    We have awesome prizes to give away...

  13. Happy new year Anita! Two very, very elegant neutrals here, love them both. Soft, understated and so effective.

  14. Two fab cards Anita, love them both equally ;) Viv xx

  15. Beautiful CAS cards, I too love neutrals for sympathy cards, Cathy x

  16. Beautiful cards, I especially like the white embossing over the other stamping on kraft. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! Donna HOC DT

  17. Very pretty - sympathy cards are "those cards" that I struggle with but this is so soothing and peaceful. Great job. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards challenge. Shirley HOC DT

  18. these are both elegant CAS cards and i love how you placed the sentiments! thank you so much for playing along with us at house of cards.

  19. I like both cards, beautiful and elegant!

  20. Both your cards are so thoughtful and peaceful! Lovely. Thank you for joining us this month at the House of Cards!

  21. OMGosh, both of your cards are stunning! I love and CAS and you've pulled it off beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the House of Cards "Use Embossing and/or Colors" challenge this month!
    Leslie, HOC DT
    Love To Scrap!
    Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT
    Really Reasonable Ribbon DT
    House of Cards DT
    Crafty Friends DT

  22. I love CAS cards/designs, and your are absolutely awesome!
    Thank you for joining our January Challenge at the House of Cards. Ruza, HOC-Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner


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