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Sunday 28 October 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different...

It's 21 years ago today that my sister-in-law Claire gave birth to her third child, my lovely niece Rebekah.
Of course I wanted to make her a card, but my preferred choice of cards are cute and girly and as everyone has different tastes these are not always suitable so I went with something along the clean and simple lines.

As someone said to me 'these 20 minute cards are popular at the moment' and yes, it probably did take 20 minutes to make...after I'd sat there for an hour and a half staring into space and trying to find some inspiration! 

Clean and simple is hard! 

And for someone that struggles to add embellishments to their cards, it seems that on a CAS style of card that  I just don't know when to walk away and leave well alone!

PTI Products Used.
The kraft cardstock is embossed with the Tin Type impression plate.
Large scallop border die, butterfly die, numbers dies.
Sentiment, papers (for the 21) and the matching felt (thank you Amanda )

Thank you also to Maria for the beautiful circular die cut frame.

I certainly have a lot of different embellishments in my craft stash and I rarely use them so maybe if I make more CAS style cards then I will use them a lot more though of course that defeats the object...just like me to be backwards lol!
So any useful hints, tips and constructive comments would be welcome.

Happy 21st Birthday Rebekah!!!

Thanks for looking


  1. Hello Elaine
    I love this simple card........I don't think you have over-egged the pudding on this CAS lol but a little more might have !!!, love the paper for the 21 with the pearls, just right, this will be loved!

  2. I think it's absolutly beautiful Elaine,your nice is gonna love this!!
    I really love that filt butterfly!!
    XXX Heidy

  3. hahaha, yes for some people it is hard to leave the clean and simple card alone after 20 minutes and move on with the next project. Same happens here all the time:-D
    But you did make a lovely card. And I think it is still clean and simple.
    Hope your niece will love the card too.
    Hugs Sinikka

  4. Simply stunning creations mrs love love love it

    Ali x

  5. some one says you did good, its hard to break away from multi layers but thats what trends are all about, big swing between one style and the next, just like hairdressing IYKWIM.

    Time is something we all dont have enough of and now that you have designed this CAS Livesey Style you will be able to do the next one in 20mins, unless you get distracted by choccys!

  6. I sooo know what you mean, I love those kinds of cards but I find them nearly impossible to make.

    This is a stunning card, the pink is gorgeous and I love the design! Great detail with the twine and butterfly.

    Hugs, Anne.

  7. oh this is gorgeous!! and pefect for a 21st!! love the bits of bright pink :) I have far too many embellies that I never use too!

  8. Fabulous card sweetie ♥♥ You rock this style of card too ♥♥

  9. love this Elaine, gorgeous x

  10. This looks absolutely splendid - I know only too well how long it takes to get something finished, my vintage tag took one & a half weeks!! so I think you did brilliantly with your just under two hours including thinking time with this one. Love the colours you put together (or should I say black & white plus kraft & colour)?
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

  11. Jo Sweetheart I bet yound Rebekah loved her card, Happy 21st to her I hope she has a wonderful day.
    A stunning card love, love those colours to. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  12. Elaine I am having the same problem a friend keeps asking me for cards and i love adding flowers or bit and they have to be on the cutish side but no got to be PINK NO FLOWERS and not cute thank god for bugaboo is all I can say. Yes they think it takes 10 mins to colour stick and personalize they dont count how long it takes us to dream. Lol. I think this is stunning and you should make more i am sure it is just what she will want. Have a fab day but please make some more sugar nellies i love your colouring. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  13. fabulous Elaine....this is totally different for you however it looks like you can pull off anything!!


  14. Hi sweety, Your niece card is fabulous:)) Clean, simple, elegant, But Joyful:))
    Happy Sunday:)
    (I received the fantastic papers I won, Thanks again to you and to Astrid:))

  15. what a beautiful birthday card, never thought it can be simple yet so stylish...!!

  16. Gorgeous and beautiful card Elaine
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  17. so stunning elaine.really love your stylish design and the pop of hot pink is gorgeous :D

    xx coops xx

  18. Ohhh this is gorgeous! You are so right.....CAS cards are very hard to do, but you have done an amazing job. I love the little felt butterfly and the gems on your numbers, so cute :)
    Fiona L x

  19. Oh Elaine, this is gorgeous! Love the colors and design, and the pearls are perfect.

  20. I love your CAS card, Elaine. I do like that style and I will hopefully be able to create this sort of cards from time to time.
    Hugs, Anja

  21. Hi hon

    I totally agree... CAS IS HARD! But you seem to have overcome the difficulties and managed a stunner.... now why am I not surprised?

    And STOP IT with listing the PTI items.... you know how bad I am and you'll only encourage me! LOL!!

    Big hugs
    Christine x

  22. Hi Elaine, beautiful card I'm sure your niece Rebekah will love it. It is so difficult to make cards for males and females of around that age but I reckon you've got it right.Love the pink butterfly, felt has become very popular again. Have a good week....Trish

  23. Beautiful card Elaine - you make CAS look easy!

    I'm sure Rebekah will love it!

    Take care - see you soon.


    Hazel x

  24. This is a gorgeous card Elaine, the layout is fabulous too.. and love the pink it makes the number pop!! love all your embellies too..
    Hugs Sarah x

  25. Pretty Card I'm sure she will love it :)

  26. Hi Elaine
    beautiful card, I just can't believe it only took you 20 mins.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  27. I love the bright pop of pink and the black scallop, really is a nice contrast to all of the kraft. And don't ask me about embellishments, I start out with a dozen and end up with a flower, thats it.

  28. Wow! Your Card is Fabulous as well Elaine, I love the CAS style and the wonderful Colour Combo. A perfect Combination.
    Hugs Mau xx

  29. Oh Elaine love love this!!! looks fabulous!!


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