Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments #83- Clean and Simple

Hello there! It's Tuesday and time for another fun challenge over at
This week, it's all about keeping it simple...Clean and Simple, that is! 
Now, CAS cards are a bit of a struggle for me, as a self-proclaimed "layer queen". So, I turned to Clean and Simple Stamping for some inspiration. As soon as I saw the Fall to Layout #156, I immediately got the idea to break out my favorite stamp set....yup, Button Buddies! This stamp set and I have quite the bond, let me tell you. 
Although, I did something different with the set this time...look Ma, NO buttons! I just love this cherry image and after inking it up, using Stampin' Write Markers, I gave those little guys a big ol' dollop of Crystal Effects. Yes, there are two layers on this card...but for me that is a CAS breakthrough. Lol! At first the white layer was left plain but it just called out for some texture. (I have to compensate for the lack of layering somehow, don't I?) Bring on the Stripes Embossing Folder! . Finally, I added a little pop of bling-y goodness using Red Glimmer Paper and a trio of colored pearls. 

As an added bonus, I do believe I spy a piece of cat hair adorning the card, too. *sigh* Please pay no attention to that...and NO it does NOT qualify as another layer! ;) 
Please stop by the Hand Stamped Sentiments site to check out the Clean and Simple creations from the rest of the lovely ladies on the Design Team, too. We sure hope you will join us this week and play along. Thanks for stopping by! Have a very HAPPY day today! :)  

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Stampin' up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Button Buddies and Goody Goody Gumdrops (retired set, sentiment)
Paper: Real Red Glimmer paper, Real Red, Early Espresso and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Early Espresso Classic ink 
Accessories: Real Red, Early Espresso and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers, Crystal Effects, Stripes Embossing Folder, Large oval punch, scallop Oval punch, Real Red 3/4" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (ret.) and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU! Accessories: colored pearlscircle and scallop circle die cuts

27 comments:

  1. You rocked this challenge ... fabulous card! I absolutely love this! I'm feeling a CASE on this beauty, Anne Marie! The crystal effects looks great in the cherries!

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  2. Beautiful card with the red, white and black, great CAS card.

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  3. Oh just beautiful!!! Love the crystal effects - those cherries just pop off the page.

    I've been thinking of you today seeing pictures on the news of the fires in Texas. I hope they are are far away from you and yours. Take care. XXX

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  4. Sweet CAS card--LOL, I know how you love CAS! I don't see the cat hair, so you're good! Hope I can play this week!

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  5. I love the simplicity of this card!!! I will have to CASE this one! Thank you so much Anne!

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  6. Awesome! I think I need Crystal Effects now. ;) I don't see any cat hair besides the few on my laptop screen from my kitties. Maybe the boys just wanted to contribute. Mine usually do that by chewing a few holes in the ribbon. Silly animals.

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  7. Oh this is an awesome card, Anne. So crisp and clean and you can almost taste those freshly "washed" cherries!

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  8. Sooo pretty and very CAS!!! I love the crystal effects on the cherries! Had to laugh at the hair comment...oh the joys of crafting with our babies!

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  9. Fabulous CAS card! Love the crystal effects! I struggle with CAS too because I LOVE layers!

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  10. Good Morning Anne,
    I love this card as all of your cards. Yes indeed it is CAS and ohhh so pretty. I missed seeing the inside with the layers though is that not allowed on a CAS card? I really like your whole way of doing cards. I started doing more layering on the inside which I think really makes the card more special.

    Diana from Wisconsin

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  11. Awesome card Anne Marie! Love that layout you used....TFS!!!!

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  12. Love the juicy cherries! What a great idea to put the crystal effects over top. Another great way to use the Button Buddies images and another AM original. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Love the juicy cherries! What a great idea to put the crystal effects over top. Another great way to use the Button Buddies images and another AM original. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. So cute and beautiful card,love the red, white and black colours.
    Lovely:):)

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  15. Your post is cracking me up. Love the crystal effects! I have yet to use that embossing folder and it looks awesome as your background. Such a cheerful cute card!

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  16. Ann Marie LOVE it! So CAS yet striking! Love the red/white/black.
    hugs

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  17. Those cherries are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maria

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  18. Beautiful card, Anne Marie and i like the glossy accent on the cherries. Fabulous !

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  19. Very nice! Love all the red and the CE on the cherries! I also loved that you used this set without the buttons, it's so versatile!

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  20. What a scrumptious card! That background adds just the right touch. Love the crystal effects on the cherries.

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  21. This is absolutely fabulous, Anne Marie! Clean and classy! The Crystal Effects are the perfect touch. I was wondering if I could substitute Boxer hair for cat hair if I decide to CASE this??? lol

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  22. Anne, I love this card. Its so clean and just perfect!!! I love the cherries! Hugs,

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  23. What delicious looking cherries! I love the layered circles and the ribbon too! Such a cheerful card!

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  24. Wonderful card! The embossed stripes and crystal effects give this CAS card a WOWZA look!!!

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  25. Love those cherries and the horizontal stripes are just fabulous!

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Have a great day! :)
Anne Marie