To CAS or NOT to CAS…That is the ????

Happy Monday crafty friends,
I hope your weekend was a great one. Today I am sharing a card I created with a birthday theme. I actually need a few more birthday cards for this month. I was scoping out some challenges for some inspiration. For those of you that follow me, you know I am not necessarily a CAS(Clean And Simple) style crafter.  I am however very intrigued by that style and enjoy looking at what others do. Anyway, I came across a challenge and all of their cards like many you see in current publications are CAS crafts, very nice. Well, I decided to give it a go….and this is what I came up with.

This card was a little more difficult for me…..WHY? you ask….Because I kept wanting to add more and more layers, ribbon, borders, die cuts, flowers….oh I could go on and on…lol. I think you get it. That white space was just screaming for something….anything!!!  The only way to grow is to go outside your comfort zone…so “they” say….So I left it alone. Okay enough of my monologue… Let’s talk about what I did use. For the little Owl, I used this month’s Stamp of the Month. This super cute set can be yours for a whopping $5 bucks with a qualifying purchase on my link.

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I also used some of the new Confetti Wishes paper pack. It is one of 9 new collections in the new Annual Inspirations catalog. For the embossing, I used an old Sizzix plate I had in my stash. 
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I  used my black ink pad to stamp the owl. I then colored the owl in with some of my new  Shinhan Touch Twin markers. I used my Marigold Marker, My Pastel Peach Marker and my Golden Yellow marker.

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For her eyes, I used my honey ink pad and stamped them. I then added some tiny buttons from my stash to the centers. I then used my Thistle ink pad and stamped her hat. I then used some Stickles to add just a touch of flair to her little party hat. I then sprinkled a few more little buttons from my stash.

I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment from the new Your Own Kind Of Wonderful Stamp setFor the stamp of the month What a Hoot stamp set, I did create matching SVG cut files so that I can have my beloved  Pazzles Inspiration  cut out the pieces and I can just stamp several at a time without having to fussy cut all those pieces.

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Products Used For This Project

confetti wishes paper-200

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honey ink-200

golden yellow-200
light orange-200

pastel peach-200
foam tape-200

your own kind of wonderful-200

crystal stickles
sizzix-polka dot texture plate-200
Sizzix Polk Dot Embossing Texture Plate
liquid glass-200
Liquid Glass
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White Cardstock

Additional Supplies
Misc. Buttons
Orange Cardstock

Got a little time?  Check out the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Catalog!
Do a little shopping while you’re there!

I am including this card in the following challenges

The Cutting Edge: Inspiration Challenge #6

Send A Smile 4 Kids: CAS For Kid

Well crafty friends, this about covers it for today. Why don’t you take a moment, comment and let me know what you think of CAS cards and if you are a CAS kinda crafter. As always, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing some of your crafty time with me. Be sure to come back by as I share another fun and hopefully inspiring creation! Until then,


  1. I love this! It came out so very cute! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am now following yours too! :)

  2. Love your blog too, Melin and look forward to following you and seeing your fabulous creations!

  3. What a super cute card! I'm glad you kept it simple. Great use of the buttons. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players.

  4. Very fun card!! Thank you for playing along with us at The Cutting Edge :)

  5. What a pretty card - love the mini 'confetti' buttons, they really add to the party feel. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week.

  6. Such a cute CAS card! I saw it linked over at Send a Smile 4 Kids and had to come over and see it in detail. I am now a follower of your blog and would love for you to visit my blog and become a follower too.


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