Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CASology 126 - Snow


This week's CASology Cue Card is Snow



You know there are so many opinions about what makes a clean and simple card. At CASology we have our own guidelines.

1. One main image. Check.

2. Lots of open space. Check.

3. Limited Layers and embellishments - here's where I maybe went a little off the rails. There are 6 layers here - black card base, white panel, 3 stacked die cut snowflake frames (Simon Says Stamp) and 1 black merry (Essentials by Ellen). I sponged one of the panels with 3 different colours of blue and got very inky. Hmm.

4. Quick and easy to recreate. Well. It's not difficult, but it does take some tools and time.

So, is this a CAS card?

I would say that it's definitely a clean card - lots of white space, simple shapes, clean edges, no distressing.

Maybe it's not so simple. What do you think? Healthy discussion and presentation of different points of view are important and definitely make life more interesting!

Be sure to get more inspiration from the rest of the DT:

and this week's Guest Designer: Laura

I'm also thrilled to finally be able to link up to Merry Monday (winter theme)  - I've seen their challenges whoosh by each week with every intention of playing along, and this week I've finally done it!




51 comments:

Cindy H. said...

Beautiful, Ardyth! It's a clean, crisp card and IMO it's definitely CAS. Love it!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Just stunning! That gorgeous color against the white with the hint of black - oh yeah! Fabulous

Meghan said...

I say it's clean and simple and very Ardyth! Love it!

Kristie Goulet said...

I LOVE this, Ardyth and would consider it CAS!!! Pinning to CASE!!!

Anni said...

This is such an AMAZING card, love it!
Anni

May Sukyong Park said...

You totally nailed it, Ardyth!!! I don't know why but your inked background with snowflake makes me keep looking at it. Even though your card has 6 layers, it's still super CAS! Love it!!!!

Jacquie Southas said...

Definitely CAS & gorgeous!

Bobby said...

It's a gorgeous card, Ardyth, and using die cuts makes it simple, so I'd say CAS, definitely.

Melissa said...

Even though you used quite a few layers, that's not what caught my attention! (Some cards just scream LAYERS at me...if you know what I mean?!) You contained those layers to one small area very well and this card is definitely CAS in my mind!!! I really, really love this! :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Ardyth a striking design, amazing how you took all the layers and simplified them to be CAS--brilliant!

Lynn said...

You know what...I forget about the simple part some times...am in LOVE with the clean part. I have this die....will have to use it differently!

Laura Norris said...

I love the way you have brought all the attention to the snowflake by surrounding it with all that great white space! I would definitely call this CAS! Well done!

Becca Cruger said...

You are a CAS master! Gorgeous work, Ardyth. That snowflake just pops against the stark white.

Deepti said...

Nailed it!! love the soft inking

Brenda said...

I think this is a CAS card and I am so in love with it! It doesn't scream lots of layers to me even though it does have some layers, it still comes across CAS. Great job Ardyth!! Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

Clean and crisp like a snowy day! Glad to see you at Merry Monday, Ardyth!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I think it is definitely clean and also simple. There are only alimited amount of layers. I think less than 4 is most definitely limited.!!!
I struggle for CASNESS...I hope it doesn't show!!!

Karen said...

This is just gorgeous!

AJ Bodine said...

I love this card, had to comment on it. The colors with black border, so vibrant! I just love a square card, I think I need to make one! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm your newest follower. :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your layers are always so sharp and crisp that they seem to be one structure somehow. It's definitely CAS to me ~ and brilliant! More than that, it's "Ardyth," so I'll take to calling your works of art "CASA!!" Since (I think) that means home in Spanish, do you prefer "ACAS?" Hugs, Darnell

icardeveryone01 said...

Gorgeous, Ardyth!! I have, and have used, this die - never as stunningly as this...
=]

Jenni's Jems said...

Absolutely CAS to me....and absolutely beautiful too ! x

KayM said...

This is absolutely FABULOUS Ardyth!!! Stunning!! I got your sweet Christmas card yesterday! Thank you SO much! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! :)

Dee Miranda said...

Such an amazing card!!

Gillian R said...

This is pure perfection Ardyth, I love it

Geri said...

Without a doubt CAS!!!

It's all about the white space! I think that the wee pop of color and the layered dies don't detract from the simplicity, they enhance it!

My new #1 favorite Ardyth card!

Gerrina said...

This is a beautiful CAS-card! Love the blues! And CAS can be simple. if an idea pops up verry quickly! When that doesnot happen, it is a lot harder to make it a fine CAS-card, I think... Inky greetings, Gerrina

Sheila H said...

Very striking design and great colors.

Hannelie said...

You never fail to inspire me!
I always feel that I have learned something after a visit to Maskerade :)

Marcia HIll said...

Love, love, LOVE this card! So CAS and just perfect...well done! :0)

Skylark said...

Gorgeous card Ardyth. I think I'm with you on the CAS debate, your card is definitely very clean but it's nice to try and introduce a few different techniques which doesn't always make it quite so simple to recreate. I love the saying on the sidebar of the CASology blog "Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity" and that's what you do time after time. Stef x

Karren said...

This is such a stunning card! CAS to me means the end effect is clean and simple-looking - not necessarily the steps taken to get there :) This definitely qualifies as CAS perfection in my book. Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge at Merry Monday.

ManKo said...

simple and beautiful - check!

Joyce said...

I think it is just gorgeous, and one of those things that looks so simple and perfect--but when you really look closely and try to think about how it is made, you realize just how intricate it is. (In a totally good way, you know).

francesca said...

love this cute and simple card!! :)

Katie Melhus said...

Simple and STUNNING! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

Helen said...

Wow - this is so striking! Love it!
Spotted your card on Merry Monday & just had to come and take a closer look!
Helen x

Lee-Anne said...

Absolutely stunning design, Ardyth!

Judy1223 said...

Oh, I do think this is CAS...your layered area is so small and doesn't look bulky or thick. It is really gorgeous!

Monika Reeck said...

Ohh wooow you are like a rock star I am commentator number 40 Ardyth
I want to say your CAS style always amaze me and this is FUNTASTIC again I looveee this Ardyth
i am inspired by your card but I have no tools to CASE in this
also I only can look and wondering sooo adorable and gorgeous snowflake card Ardyth..I wish I am the lucky one to have this send to me
but I believe the one who get this will say ckckck sooo beautiful card..


PS: hope you like to pop by and see my snow card Ardyth, will be so happy to get some love from the DT member..hugs, Monika

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Definitely CAS!!!!! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

Deanne :)

Kim M said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the design. I've already pinned it! :-)

Thordis said...

I can only say one thing... Gorgeous :)

Anja Curvers said...

WoW this is really gorgeous love, love it.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Simply gorgeous...and very Ardyth! Love. Congrats on your much deserved win!

Anita in France said...

Wow, Ardyth ... this is stunning, so crisp, so clean, so pinned! As for whether it's CAS ... for the purist perhaps not ... to me, it's Ardyth, and that (very firmly!) says style, impact, pzazz! Anita :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Popping back to congratulate you on the well-deserved win at CASology!! Hugs, Darnell

Darnell J Knauss said...

Ooops, meant to say "Merry Monday!" I saw the CASology up in your tab. (Hammy is sooo tired!) BTW, can you put it back on popup comments? I have car pool tunnel scrolling down here twice!! Hugs, Darnell

Bonnie said...

Hi Ardyth, We chose you as our winner last week at Merry Monday! Let me know if you would like to be a Guest Designer for our next Merry Monday Challenge on January 5, 2015. You can mail me at bonklass(at)gmail(dot)com.

Jen W. said...

This is one of those cards that leaped out at me on the CASology DT blog. It's such a stunner with such gorgeous inking! Congrats on your Merry Monday win! And I agree with Darnell - please go back to the pop up comments especially since you can ignore the silly robot thing. I might steal Tracey's idea to put a message on there telling people to ignore it...

gmanshk said...

I love this card. The composition and colors are amazing!