Saturday, 5 July 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 42

Hello everyone - hope you're having a great start to your weekend.

It's the start of our new challenge at Addicted to CAS and your hostess today is the talented Shana and the theme she has chosen for this challenge is:

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It's the start of a new month and that means we have a new Guest Designer for July.  Please welcome Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot)!

"Hi everyone, I was thrilled at being asked to be a guest at Addicted to CAS. I've been making cards for many years and am still developing my style, but I do love clean and simple designs. I also LOVE die-cuts and embossing and am enjoying playing with inky techniques too.
There are so many inspirational designers and challenges out there and ATCAS is one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy playing along with this week's code word.
I decided to go with a male themed card for this challenge as I always think blue for sky and blue always seems to equate to men for some reason!!! lol

Anyway here's what I came up with:

I went with a watercoloured background by swiping my inks on a craft mat, spritzing with water and then putting my watercolour cardstock face down on the inks.  The stamp is Sail Away from Stampin Up and I used my Clear Wink of Stella on the sails (although not sure you can see this).  I decided to cut the panel into four sections and matted onto white, dark blue and lighter blue mats.  The sentiment was computer generated and I cut it as a pennant by putting all three layers together and cutting through........then cutting the straight end slightly shorter for each mat (at least you get all your pointy ends matching!).  The addition of a button and some bakers twine - oh, and some liquid pearls finished off the card.

Please pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what all the other DT girls have come up with and check out what Cathy (our GDT) has designed for you.

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting.


  1. this simple stamp image is just right for a male CAS card - good idea to chop it up too, very effective.

  2. oh wow this is fabulous, do love the ink swiping must give it a try looks stunning, but then I expect nothing less from you
    hugs and have a great weekend
    Kate xx

  3. Love your inking technique Karen - it's so effective for this beautiful seascape. Cutting the scene into panels is a great idea - It makes me think of those lovely wooden beach huts for some reason! FABULOUS!
    Sylvia xx

  4. Gorgeous card Karen the background is beautiful great technique i dread to think what my card would have looked like had i tried that. Yours is so pretty and love the chopped up image and gorgeous banner. Hope you and hubby are well and enjoying your weekend. As for the swallows/spiders its the same here at night a gorgeous sight nd they are so noisy but i love it even if its a bid dangerous to be about when they are about to roost if you know what I mean.


  5. Lovely male card Karen and such a simple technique but very effective...


  6. Thank you for sharing how you cut the panel, I thought it had been scored. I really like this masculine card.

  7. I love this water colour background Karen and the whole card has a lovely calming effect x

  8. This is gorgeous :) love the look of the sky!

  9. Hi Karen. Love the misty look of your beautiful sky. Love that sailboat and have the stamp but haven't inked it for a while --- need to pull it out! :) Loll xx

  10. What a gorgeous watercolour background, Karen ... so perfect behind that fabulous sailboat! Anita :)

  11. Cool technique for the background!

  12. Beautiful card, love the background. Thanks for the warm welcome too, Cathy x

  13. Wow, your watercolored panels are awesome, Cathy! I like the variation of blues that you used.

  14. This is, in a word, remarkable!! The different blues you used to create the sky around your cool sailboat is just so eye-catching!! I think this card is very impressive!!

  15. I love how you created your sky and water. Great technique! Such a beautiful card, Karen! xx

  16. Karen, the sentiment made me laugh! I love the background you created - it's really beautiful! Fabulous card


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