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Monday 25 November 2013

CCM 105 Clean and Simple

Our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers for the next two weeks is clean and simple or CAS. I struggle with this sort of card, as I always feel as if there is something missing when I go down this route, but I have seen some stunning examples with next to nothing on them. I’m beginning to feel quite inadequate. I cannot do that overly shabby chic style with everything but the kitchen sink on it, cos it really does look as if I threw all the embellishments up in the air and randomly caught them on the card, and I struggle with the cleaner style too!

We are sponsored by Di’s Digistamps with a fabulous $10 gift voucher, and also by The Stampman with a £10 gift voucher.

Anyhow, for my CAS card I used a House Mouse stamp which I love called Knitariffic.

105 CAS
I had the devil’s own job getting it roughly centred! Normally I wouldn’t have to worry because I would be able to cut it out and mat and layer it, but I was going for a One Layer Card version of CAS, so had to try and be reasonably accurate. I can tell you I have a few card blanks, or rather no so blank, now awaiting covering with patterned paper!

Anyhow after I had got it down and coloured, copics and promarkers, then I thought what on earth can I do to finish it off. I remembered I had this large set of Xcut (20 I think) dies all about haberdashery. Well bearing in mind the ‘minimal elements’ requirement of CAS I didn’t want to die cut balls of wool, knitting needles etc. but there were a couple of stitch dies amongst them and I thought they might make an interesting border. That was okay, but the dies were too long to be able to match them up! So I did something very naughty! I broke the end two stitches off the die……. do you think I will go to Die Hell for this?

Anyhow the die now fit perfectly. The stitches are, of course, going in slightly different directions, but there was no way round that. Also with the holes now in it, it needed a different coloured card underneath to show them off, which had the added bonus of covering up the ink that had bled right through the card.

I am entering this into the following:-

Addicted to CAS – #28 Pet

Amusing Challenges – Anything Goes

Cards Galore – November Animals

CAS on Sunday – #22 Winter Theme (the mice are knitting winter woolies - if this is too cheeky please yell out)

Catered Crop – Animal House

Crafty Ribbons – #71 Stitching Real or Faux

Digistamps4Joy – #80 Stitching Real or Faux

House Mouse Challenge – #158 My Favourite Things (I love to knit)

Sparkles Monthly Challenge – #50 Animals

The Outlawz Sunday’s CAS – With a Mouse



  1. Yes you are definitely going to die hell for your sins !!!! I do wonder what that might be like you will most probably be doomed to making CAS cards from here until eternity!> Love those little mices though in their gorgeous woolies , beautifully coloured too. Lovely to see you here Lin at ATCAS now don't be a stranger eh.

    Take care


  2. Your card is really fantastic! The cards with the House Mouse mice are so sweet, every single one!

    Kind regards from Germany


  3. Very cute image love the CAS style card and your punched border. Thanks so much for joining us over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges, good luck and hope to see you next time
    ~ Denise DT ~

  4. This is absolutely dielightful!! I must have this stamp at all costs so could you please tell Santa if you should see him please. The x'x round the edge are a nice finish. hugs Mrs A.

  5. Busy little mice aren't they? Very cute too - Thanks for joining in with ATCAS!

  6. This is adorable. Love the cross stitch border.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  7. This is adorable. Love the cross stitch border.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  8. These stitch dies really are the perfect embellishment for this darling image. Very nice coloring on this card and you pulled off the CAS style very well. Thanks for playing along with us here at House Mouse and Friends this week. Hope to see you again soon.

  9. Cute card, thank you for joining in Crafts Galore, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  10. Gorgeous card, thanks so much for sharing with us at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

  11. What a lovely idea to have pets that can knit! Aren't these mice cute! Love the stitching around the edge too! So glad you shared this at ATCAS!

  12. The image is so cute, and beautifully coloured. Love the faux cross-stitching too.
    Thank you for joining in the fun at ATCAS - hope we will see you again. Sylvia x

  13. Fab creation, thanks for joining House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Mousey Hugs
    Tracy x

  14. Well, for all the trouble you ran into making this cute card, it sure turned out nice. Love the image and how you colored it up. Your x stitches are a perfect match for this card too. Thanks for joining us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


  15. adorable. love the mice and the fun die cut out elements on the border.

  16. What a fabulous card Lin, I love the CAS style and I love this sweet image - brilliant colouring, the cross cut border is just perfect!!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at House Mouse & Friends Challenge
    Heather xx

  17. Ha ha! Your post did make me laugh. But you have nothing to worry aboout Mrs.
    You nailed the CAS style. Cute, cute image and the stitch die works beautiuflly.
    Caroline xxx

  18. Lovely card, I adore the cut crosses, fab idea

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Have a lovely Sunday!


    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

  19. Thanks so much for the joining our Favorite Things House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #158.

    Still laughing...sure think it will be all okay in the end! That stitching is awesome!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  20. Oh my gosh, this so "darn" cute! ;o) Love the image and CAS design. Your punched border finishes it off nicely. Thank you for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge this Month for our "Animals" Challenge.


  21. Great card , such a funny image. Thanks for joining us over at CAS on sunday.

  22. Beautiful! Thanks for taking part in the CAS on Sunday challenge!

  23. I love the cross-stitched border, and the sweet stamp, Lin!

  24. Super fabulous image and card! Cute, cute!

  25. Hi i love your card ! its so cute ! Thank you for joining us at Sparkles this month we hope to see you again !

    Love From Rebecca xx


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