Wednesday, 27 February 2013

FF 2 - Rustic CAS?


A quick post to meet today's deadline for Festive Friday 2:



If you know me at all, you won't be surprised to hear me say that rustic country is not always my favourite. I do like the look - especially at Christmas - warm, natural colours and lots of texture, but as with many of these less-CAS styles, there's a big mystery for me. How do they know when to stop? Why one bell per plate, why not more twigs? Why no red ribbons on the burlap? To me the scene looks busy - but I don't know how they knew it was not too busy but busy enough? (CAS is so much simpler - generally the sooner you stop, the better! lol!)

So I was going to give this challenge a miss. And then this Close To My Heart stamp arrived in my mailbox. When I ordered it, I knew it would be perfect for this simple treatment. To make this layout work for this challenge, I changed my plan to include copper embossing powder on the Old Island Stamp Company sentiment  to pick up the colour of the rustic bells. And that's about as rustic country as I think I can go. This time, anyway!

ETA - this card actually won this challenge! I feel so honoured (and pleasantly surprised! lol!)

Winner Badge.jpg

16 comments:

Kelly Griglione said...

Yep, I think you nailed the "rustic CAS" ... the darker-than-kraft background really helps it get there. Way to be fearless and tackle something outside your genre, but still stay true to your style. So impressed!

Bobby said...

Rustic CAS!? Way to go. My whole house is rustic country so this might have been a good challenge for me.

Lynn said...

Rustic CAS - I love it! The touch of glitter is perfect!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

First, I think it is so fun that your stamp is from right next door to where I live (The Old Island Stamp Co.)! Second, you ROCKED this... I think the copper was the exact right thing to pull off rustic CAS. I am glad you didn't give it the pass afterall, because I LOVE what you did! Thanks for playing again, I hope you'll join us on Friday - I love seeing your creations!

Aileen said...

Beautifully CAS. Love the embossed sentiment. x

Bonnie said...

Perfectly rustic country!

Tracey McNeely said...

A fabulous rustic card Ardyth! Great colours!

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely cas design Ardyth! love that copper embossing under your pretty forest!

Kristie Goulet said...

You knocked rustic country CAS out of the park Ardyth! Love it!!

Geri said...

Thanks....Rustic Country was new to me up until now! I'm thinking that you aced this style with your first attempt. Your card is definitely still CAS, but layering the deep earthy colors and the image definitely give it a country feel.

I adore this image...so many possibilities! I can hardly wait to see the Ardyth creations made with this stamp :)

Geri said...

So glad you didn't give up on this one, Ardyth! It is beautiful and the colors and trees DO give it a rustic feel! LOVE the copper embossing, too...subtly unique and lovely! I REALLY love this card!!! So happy you've joined us again!!!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I love anything rustic and "Cabin in the woods" like, (not the movie)
Very nice CAS card!

I would love to say "Keep 'em comin'" But I am so glad I don't have to! You keep adding your inspiration for all to see, Yay!

mypapercraftworld said...

If anyone can do rustic CAS it's you ... and you have, beautifully ... sooo perfect! Anita :)

Kim Heggins said...

So pretty! your trees are so sweet and your embossed Merry Christmas, perfect.

Jen W. said...

Whoop whoop on the win! :D Love the perfect simplicity of your card.

Bethany Stellpflug said...

congrats on winning the challenge! I love the layers you did on the card, and the embossed sentiment!