Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a [CAS] Party - Stamp Simply - #163

It's Stamp Simply time! This week, Sharon wants us to do CAS. Here's what she says:

Oct. 29 – ssnotime163 – Tis the Season for Clean and Simple – Clean and Simple is definitely the way to go when we need to mass produce.  But it’s also a very refreshing and pleasing style to fall back on any time at all.  Today let us truly think Clean and Simple – SUPER SIMPLE.  And let’s make cards with Christmas OR winter in mind as we inspire each other with all our Clean and Simple creations!

OK, she got me at CAS but reeled me in at "mass produce". I don't normally like to mass produce, but I had decided to stamp my open house invitations this year, so the timing of this challenge couldn't be any more perfect! I've been making them on the computer and printing them off in previous years but I wanted to add that personal touch this year. But it had to be a quick personal touch, KWIM?

So here's my CAS mass produced open house invitation. Did I mention I love this PTI set called Wreath For All Seasons? Thought so ;-) First, I computer generated the outside sentiment, then I computer generated the inside: when, where, what, etc., on full sized 8.5" x 11" card stock, two on each sheet. Next I cut it in half, scored, and folded. Then it was simply a matter of stamping the two part wreath. Easy peasy and SUPER SIMPLE! I did about 100 invitations in about 4 hours, total (not bad at all to get that personal touch), including stuffing them in envelopes, which I did over the weekend while on a road trip. Ah, multitasking, it's a joy :) I did the printing while I was working on something else, too, so I saved time there, as well. I still need to put stamps on them, but that won't take long. I considered scoring some lines above the sentiment and adding a twine-tied button to the wreath, but that would add a lot of time and I needed this to be quick. This went so well I'm already planning next year's CAS invitations--maybe I'll get started early enough to add some extra touches to them ;-)

So, now it's your turn. Come along and play and take us up on the challenge--we'd love to see what you come up with. If you do, be sure to leave the link to your project on Sharon's blog using Mr. Linky. Please use the keyword ssnotime163 if you upload to a public forum. Don't forget to check out Sharon's fabulous sample and those of the design team, including our Guest Designer for October, Jerri Kay of A Touch Of Grace.

Barb Schram

Janine Orchard

A J Otto

Deb Saarenen

Jenny Gropp

Deb Neerman

Thanks for dropping in! I always love it when you do!

Stamps: Wreath For All Seasons (PTI)
Paper: GP card stock
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip (SU!); printer ink; Scor-Buddy


  1. Gorgeous! Love the elegant simplicity of this fabulous card!!

  2. You are lucky Barb!! I ALMOST used this image for my cards this weekend but changed at the last minute!!
    Love your creation!!

  3. BEAUTIFUL, simple and incredibly elegant! NO ONE uses this stamp set more perfectly that you do!

  4. Terrific, Barbara! What an inspiration you are! From super ideas, all the way to multi-tasking! Have a great weekend!

  5. What a perfect open house invite! So crisp and clean!!! Love that wreath!

  6. This is so gorgeous, your card reminds me of a wreath I saw at Pottery Barn, simply gorgeous!

  7. Wow!!! 200 in 4 hours! Hallmark look out! Not really because your cards are much better than Hallmark's!

  8. Oh, I think they are lovely and they pop off of the white card, so CAS and elegant and informative. Very smart to run them in your computer. These berry wreaths call to me every Fall to come and live on my front door!! A couple of years ago I purchased a faux one on sale at Michael's. I love love them on cards too, but I do not have a good stamp of one yet.


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