Thursday, November 8, 2012

CAS(E) this Sketch #5: Proud of You

I LOVE this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  It is so totally simple but you will be amazed what the design team has done with it.

I made my card last weekend.  It was for my son and the state marching band competition, but it would be absolutely great as a military card - particularly if you have to mass-produce.  It does work well without the gold brads so it can be a fairly flat card too.

CAS Proud 3 ed

One thing that I love so much about card-making is how each card is personalized.  In this case, the marching band wears blue, red and gold and their program was patriotic so this was perfect for him!  Having said that, he's 16 and didn't notice the card colors at all.

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My guy is the really big one behind the really short one - literally the tallest and shortest in the the band - you would think they could have lined them up better!!  

Be sure to check out the other design team cards - you'll see Christmas, you'll see neon, you'll see fall leaves - it's amazing how many creative ideas are out there!  Then try your own and link up.  Remember that this is a CAS challenge.  Here's a blurb from the challenge website if you ever wonder if you are CAS enough!!

The acronym CAS stands for Clean and Simple.

1. Usually only one layer but can include a simple layer or two.

2. A lot of open space sometimes called "white space" can include subtle color, texture or pattern.

4. Usually no embellishments but can include something minimal. (1 or 2 embellishments)

3. Only one focal point. Embellishments should only support not dominate your card.
(Exception to this rule is that you've made the focal point an embellishment and not an image.)

5. Minimal color palette. (up to 3 colors in general)

6. Simple, uncluttered, quick and easy to create.

  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Midnight Muse, Real Red CS and dsp
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Midnight Muse
  • Accessories: Fiskars punch, Recollections gold beads, Simon Says Stamps Absolutely die


  1. Fabulous...I love your cards! Lee-Ann :)

  2. Perfect use of this sketch Kim! LOVE the band photo too, typical of a boy not to notice the colors ;)

  3. This is great Kim! You make me buy things. I need that stamp set and die, so it is now in my SSS basket. Love the story behind it as well.

  4. Kim, this is awesome!! I love how versatile the sentiment is and the fact that you could totally change up the color scheme to apply to so many occasions. I cracked up laughing that your son didn't notice that the colors matched his uniform - kids! LOL Beautiful work!

  5. You do CAS so beautifully, Kim! Love it ! The little flags are gorgeous! It's always great to see what your boys are up to! We had a cool marching band greet us in Suva, Fiji! So much fun to watch! So ... Back from hols but no time to catch up on 14 days of blog hopping! I cleared my reader and ready to go! Hugs xxx

  6. Love it, Kim! Very patriotic and I especially like the way your son made the effort to dress himself and his whole team to match your card! LOL!!! Kx

  7. Kim, what an AWESOME sketch favorite this week! Lve the colors and the gold brads. I laughed when I read your comment about your son not noticingthe colors. I'm sure he loved the card! You must be so proud of him...and I hope he is enjoying band, it sure looks like lots of fun!

  8. This is so awesome! I love that little strip of striped paper and the colors are fab even if your son didn't notice. ;) I SO miss marching band but I don't think I could pull off the outfit the color guard is wearing in your photo anymore!

  9. FABulous! The colours are perfect for the occasion, and those brads totally pop!

  10. This is awesome! I love that word is fab!

  11. Love those gold brads and the tiny strip of striped paper! So excited to have joined the team!

  12. Absolutely, you should be proud.
    Absolutely, brilliantly CAS.
    Absolutely pinned.

  13. This is fantastic and suitable for so many occasions!

  14. FAN-TASTIC! Very patriotic..and perfect for the band too!!

  15. Really love this one, Kim. Perfect for your son and would be a perfect card for Fourth of July or Veteran's Day, too. Fabulous!


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