Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Week #4: BIRD

Are you ready to let your CAS creativity soar even higher this week?  You've been lifting us up with the kind comments you leave here and on our blogs and we hope we're doing the same for you!  This is about learning here at CASology and we hope you'll always come away from here feeling like you at least received some encouragement to keep on creating!

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This week, we're heading off on a new journey with a brand new cue word:  BIRD!  The past few weeks, a few of you mentioned that you didn't know how you were going to go about creating a card when you didn't really have an image for the cue word.  Guess what?  That's never going to be a problem again because the cue word is simply a starting point for your creative thought process!  For example, this week the word is "bird."  At first, you may think, "Boy, I don't know if I own a bird image!"  Have no fear!  What else does "bird" make you think of?  Freedom?  Flying?  A song?  You don't have to limit yourself to the literal word if you don't have a specific image each week!  Go with your creative instinct and let it flow!  We're not here to limit your creativity, but to encourage it to reach new levels!  We do have some general guidelines that define Clean & Simple design in general (see the Helpful Hints tab), but other than that, we're pretty open minded!

Now let's see what the design team has been up to!  Lindsey, last week's winner, is joining us this week as our guest designer!

Guest Designer:  Lindsey
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design defined:
Think about your composition on the page & get the viewer's eyes to travel around the card space - here the eye travels from the dark bird to the light bird & again from the dark heart to the light heart & then along the twine from one side to the other.

Rosemary

design defined:
If you get stuck for ideas, don't forget sketch challenges.  Some sketches are CAS in design, but it is relatively easy to CAS-ify even a more complicated sketch by removing layers and simplifying embellishments. 


Tracey

design defined: 
I wanted to show you this week that a CAS card does not have to be white.  I didn't use any white but I allowed my one layer focal panel to have lots of open space.  The card itself can be put together easily, but for me it is the design process that is more time consuming.


Ardyth

design defined:
Small details (the 'shadow' on the egg, the sparkly yolk and the rounded corners) can add interest to a card without making it too busy!

Jen

design defined:
A simple way to add interest is to add dimension - the bird cages are adhered at 3 different heights.


design defined:
A simple background with a simple message is sometimes enough to create a CAS design.


Now go let your creativity soar!  We can't wait to see what you dream up this week!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Week #3: Weekly Winners!

It's time to announce our Weekly Winner and Honorable Mentions for Week #3! Each design team member has chosen a card and explained why.

Tracey had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #3 and here is the card that she selected:

 
From the moment it was posted, I was drawn to Joyce's delightful CAS card. I was drawn to the beautiful embossed cane background highlighted with those gorgeous strawberries embossed with UTEE.
Congratulations Joyce!
 
Here is your winner badge to proudly display on your blog:


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Here are the Honorable Mentions chosen by the rest of the design team:



Congratulations, gals!  Here is your badge to proudly display on your blogs:


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Don't forget to stop back tomorrow morning for Challenge #4!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Are You Playing?

 

There is still time to play along with this week's challenge at CASology! You have until Sunday at noon (CST) to submit your creation and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Week #3: FRUIT

It's a new week here at CASology and we're going to promote CAS health with FRUIT!

 

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To help you out, we've created a simple checklist to guide you when considering your CAS creations! We hope this helps to define things a bit more!


That last one may seem a bit crazy, but if someone were to simply look at your card and recreate it, a card that is clean and simple won't take them very long to make!  Of course, you (as the card designer) may actually spend quite a bit of time creating the initial card design, but anyone just copying what you've created should be able to do so fairly quickly if it is truly CAS!

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Now that you have a handy little checklist, let's get a good dose of inspiration!  Jenny, last week's winner, is joining us as guest designer this week!

Guest DesignerJenny

design defined:
The stylised citrus wedges form a fan which is echoed in the quadrant shape of the white cardstock.  The gingham stamped behind highlights the shape.  A narrow orange 'rind' border brings the 2 together.



design defined: 
"White space" isn't always "white," but rather, simply open space that is free from decoration.


Rosemary

design defined:
Don't be afraid of leaving open space on your card.  If you think the card needs just a little something more, keep the addition simple.


Tracey

design defined:
By matting my focal panel with the supporting colours, I still allow the focal panel room to breathe.


Ardyth

design defined:
Use simple shapes and bold colours to capture the essence of the design.

Jen

design defined:
Keep the colour palette simple by using complementary colours (those that are opposite each other on the colour wheel).


Now go have fun!  We can't wait to see your FRUIT-y creations!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Week #2: Weekly Winners!


It's time to announce our Weekly Winner and Honorable Mentions for Week #2!  Each design team member has chosen a card and explained why.  You knocked our socks off again this week and we're beginning to think our job of selecting the winner and honorable mentions is not going to get any easier as the weeks go by!  Your cards and scrapbook layouts were amazing!

Rosemary had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #2 and here is the card that she selected:

Lindsey
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When I saw Lindsey's adorable little card it made me happy on so many levels.  The little monster is just so cute, but what really made me happy was the way Lindsey absolutely nailed the idea of CAS:  clean, simple and lots of open (or white) space.  Congrats, Lindsey!!

Here is your winner badge to proudly display on your blog:




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Here are the Honorable Mentions chosen by the rest of the design team:



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Congratulations, gals!  Here is your badge to proudly display on your blogs:


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Don't forget to stop back tomorrow morning for Challenge #3 and a healthy dose of CAS!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Are You Playing?

 

There is still time to play along with this week's challenge at CASology! You have until Sunday at noon (CST) to submit your creation and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week #2: HAPPY

After an amazing first week, it's time for another cue word here at CASology and this one should bring a smile to your faces!  You sure put smiles on ours!  Thank you so much!

Your word for the week:


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Remember:

1. Take the cue word and run with it! Interpret it however you'd like! Just be sure and keep things clean and simple!

2. Deadline is Sunday at noon (CST) to link up your project here on the challenge blog. Be sure to provide a link to the CASology blog within your blog post!

3. Feel free to combine this challenge with other challenges. 


A Winner and 4 Honorable Mentions will be announced Monday!


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Here is some inspiration from the design team to get you started:



Jen

design defined:
While this card looks a bit busy, using the rule of 3 helps to keep it CAS and balanced.  There are 3 main elements (star, happy and blue strip) and three each of the red and blue gems which bring the colours together.  I also love the simplicity of the primary colours!


design defined:
I initially thought I was going to put the party hat on a smiley face, but after playing with it a bit, I realized it was just too much.  That's the beauty of CAS...a little is enough.  I created a little interest by alternating the colors in the sentiment and applying some glitter to the slightly tilted hat.


Rosemary

design defined:
Even though I chose to have a somewhat large focal point I still kept things very CAS by using just the small bee as an accent and positioning the word on the lower half of my card front.


Tracey

design defined:
When creating this card I was planning to emboss the main panel. Once I finished my stamping and adhered the pennants it felt right.  Matting the panel with cheery paper that co-ordinates with the stamping ties the card together and still keeps the card CAS.


design defined:
Is there such a thing as too CAS? I played with this card for a while, adding elements and taking them away, thinking that it might be just too simple. But in the end, this iconic image just really wanted to stand alone. Sometimes the most important thing is to know when to stop!


Now go have fun!  We can't wait to see your HAPPY cards!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Week #1: Weekly Winners!

It's time to announce our Weekly Winner and Honorable Mentions for Week #1!  Each design team member has chosen a card and explained why.  Be assured that we were all wishing we could choose more than one...even five each would have been a better number!  All of you created such fabulous CAS cards this week that our job to pick just one each was not an easy feat!  Way to go!

Melissa had the honor of selecting the Winner for Week #1 and here is the card that she selected:

I was amazed at Jenny's creativity in creating this clean & simple beach scene!  The chair was created with two stems from a tree set she had and the paper pieced sun is absolute fun!

Congratulations, Jenny!  Here is your winner badge to proudly display on your blog:


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Here are the Honorable Mentions chosen by the rest of the design team:

Ardyth's Choice:
Amy
The elements of Amy's card  were perfectly stamped, cut and placed so precisely, along with lots of fresh white space. This stunning card captured both the warmth and coolness of a sunny day at the beach!

Jen's Choice:
N@
Masking is a technique that I struggle with so I am always in awe of those who know how to rock it!  N@'s card is a stunning of example of clean, crisp masking.  Gorgeous!

Rosemary's Choice:
Lai-Yoke
What struck me about Lai-Yoke's entry for the challenge was how "out of the box" she was in creating her card.  Her creativity in working with what she had to create a card to fit the challenge  just blew me away!  And it is really cute, too!

Tracey's Choice:
The first things that caught my eye about Rebecca's card was that stunning sunflower.  Just the perfect blend of yellows and brown was used to create the bloom on this fabulous CAS design!

Congratulations, gals!  Here is your badge to proudly display on your blogs:


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Don't forget to stop back tomorrow morning for Challenge #2!  We know it's going to make you smile!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Are You Playing?


There is still time to play along with this week's challenge at CASology! You have until Sunday at noon (CST) to submit your creation and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WEEK #1 is Here!

It's time for the very first challenge here at CASology and we're so glad you're here!

Here is how it will work:

1. Every Tuesday, a cue card will be posted containing a single word.
2. Take that word and run with it! Interpret it however you'd like! Just be sure and keep things clean and simple!
3. Deadline is Sunday at noon (CST) to link up your project here on the challenge blog. Be sure to provide a link to the CASology blog within your blog post!
4. Feel free to combine this challenge with other challenges.

A Winner and 4 Honorable Mentions will be announced Monday!



Let's get started!



The design team has created some wonderful cards to inspire you and have included some brief descriptions of their CAS designs!


Ardyth
design defined:
The curved edges of the rays imply that the sun is there, but it's not! I love to use shapes in creative ways to make my designs. A key component for CAS design is to have lots of white space which keeps the card feeling light and fresh!


Jen
design defined:
When I make a really CAS card I tend to use textured or embossed card for the base as it adds some interest without stealing from the design.  Using patterned paper also creates the same effect and, for me, a few gems always give the card it's final pop!


design defined:
I chose sunglasses as my main focal image.  I prefer clean lines in my CAS designs, so went with a rectangular panel, layering the main images on a rainbow of color and positioning it a bit off center.


Rosemary
design defined:
I decided to put the focus of my card on the sun and used a bold floral image to create my sun.  My card also has a lot of white space.  I created a bit more interest by lightly embossing the white panel.  


Tracey
design defined:
I decided that my card was going to feature the sun and a pair of flips flops. When I create a CAS card I try to use subtle elements to create interest without overdoing.  I used embossing on my focal panel for texture, die cuts and foam dots for dimension on my sun and gems to add sparkle to the flip flops.


Now go have fun with this and don't forget to link up your creation here by Sunday at noon (CST)!


 

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