CAS (Clean & Simple) - A Creative Romance Challenge

   Good Morning and welcome to another challenge at A Creative Romance. The "Chic Crafters" have decided on "Clean and Simple" for this challenge, which will last for two weeks. Now, I am a huge fan of "CAS" cards because I admire how artists can create with so little "stuff"... ironically, they are the hardest for me to do.  You would think being relieved of having to sort design paper or select and place embellishments would make it easier... but sadly, it does not. So I turned to my Pinterest board for CAS Cards for inspiration and I found a card by Jennifer Macguire that inspired me HERE.

    I stamped a large floral stamp from the "Discover Your Wings" set by Taylored Expressions onto watercolor paper that I then distressed with my Zutter distress tool.  I embossed the image with clear detail embossing powder and my heat gun.  Then, as Jen did on her card, I sponged Wild Honey and Broken China distress ink over the embossing with the inksentials blending tool. I spritzed the paper lightly with Biscotti Perfect Pearls and that helped blend the colors and give the image a sparkle.  Last, I added pearls and  Prima  butterflies. I did stamp the sentiment on the card but as it was over the watercolor and embossing, the image looked quite faded.  I restamped on separate watercolor paper, distressed with the same inks and popped up on the card.
   It really was quite simple and also a lot of fun to play with embossing and distress inks once again. I can't wait to get back to that Pinterest board HERE and try so many more of the clean and simple techniques that inspired me.
  Please hop over to our challenge blog to see what the Chic Crafters Design Team has created. By the way, we welcome two new designers to our team, "Dee Dee" from Dee Dee's Card Art  and "Alby" from Loshakerato Alberto's Scrappy Moments who have posted their clean and simple creations with us.
   Have a great day.

Listen to the Song of the Sea- A Creative Romance Challenge

    Today begins another great challenge at A Creative Romance. The Chic Crafters have decided that since it has been hot, hot, hot most places, that our theme would be ...
  "Beach Babes" 
    I am also "double dipping" today as I am posting this card on the Crafts and Me blog to showcase one of the new digi images Teresa has in the store!  As Teresa is in the process of revamping the Crafts and Me store, she is having a HUGE CLEARANCE SALE at Crafts and Me...with 50% off selected stamps, pads and other products, you need to grab your bargains now - once gone, these items will not be back!  
    For my card, I colored up a new Hannah Lynn digi image from Crafts and Me called "Maui Princess."  I think she qualifies as a "beach babe"... don't you?  She is colored with copic markers, and I added some "pearls" with my Sharpie White Opaque marker in her hair and on her body.  
     The design papers are a paper pack from Close to My Heart that I bought some time ago and I do not have the name of it. The camera did not capture the different peach tones in the dp behind my image but the coordinating papers feature blues, turquoise and peachy/orange colors.  The papers were distressed with my Zutter distress machine and Vintage Photo distress ink.

     I embellished the image with some goodies from Live and Love Crafts- jute ribbon,  and grandpa's pocket watch mini . I especially like the new "ring fasteners" from Tim Holtz which are actually brads. I opened the jump ring on it, attached the pocket watch charm and closed it up again, then pierced a hole in my dp and inserted the brad. Another nice way to hang those great charms.  Last, I added some flowers, brass brads, frantage and brass metal corner.  The digital sentiment is from Art Fire- Create with TLC from their "Serenity of the Sea" collection.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Why not hop over to A Creative Romance challenge blog to see what the Chic Crafters have created to inspire you. We also have a "surprise guest" designer joining us... You have from now until August 15th to create a project and add it to the Inlinkz on our challenge blog!  We can't wait to see your beachy creations. One lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Quixote Paperie!

Have a great day and, as always, thank you for your kind comments!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chics- Bling
Color Throwdown- CTD253
Divas by Design- Favorite Color Combo
LEJ Designs- Distressing or Paper Tearing
Marker Pop- Lovely Locks
613 Avenue- Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox- Nautical Sea Life
Sugar Creek Hollow- Water, Water
Alphabet Challenge Blog-Something Mini
(used mini grandfather clock embellie)
Digi Haven-Life's a Beach
Simply Steampunk- Metal

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