Wednesday, June 26, 2013

OWH Mid Week Throw Down - Clean and Simple

This week's challenge is to make a Clean and Simple card.  Perfect for me!  CAS is my favorite style of card, and they are much more difficult than they look.  
I CASE'ed this one from My Craftroom Creations

I made a couple different versions:

The one on the left was first.  I wasn't happy with it.  I cut the chevron paper to follow the rule of thirds, but the placement of the ribbon messed that up.   I do like how I trimmed the sentiment banner on this one better than the second card.  The card base is black on the outside, white on the inside.  I like the contrasting layering, and the button I found in my stash was perfect.

The one in the center came second.  I like the proportions better, but the white base lacks the visual pop of the first card.

I often make more than one version of a card, experimenting with different proportions, patterns, and embellishments.  I learn a lot through the process.  I really appreciate Paula's Boot Camp tutorials, they are very specific about a particular aspect of cardmaking. 

Update:  I realized that the card needed a pop of color.  Hence the red button.  I love it!!!

Sentiments from Above Rubies Studio, ribbon from my OWH blog candy score, buttons tied with 1/8" ribbon.  Chevron cardstock from MME, polka dot paper from Recollections.  My mother loved going to garage sales, and bought every button she could find for me.  I have thousands of buttons of every size and shape imaginable from which to choose.  Thanks, Mom.  I really miss you. 


  1. Love these! The second one is bit better, because of the proportions. You rocked the black and white color...nice job!

  2. You did a great job on this Clean & Simple card challenge. Both cards are outstanding but my favorite is the chevron.

  3. Both are great, Bobbi! Love that chevron paper!

  4. Love and white is classic it always works!!

  5. Wonderful cards, Bobbi! The chevron is my favorite, as well. I think the ribbon has more contrast against the chevron paper. Great job!

  6. Bobbi, all three cards look terrific - I don't have a favorite because I think each one is just perfect. Great job!

  7. Bobbi,

    Hope this finds you well. Thanks for the kind words you've been leaving me.

    I really enjoyed reading about the evolution of this card. And, I agree with you about the pop of color the red button adds. I know what you mean about using things given to you by our Moms. On my Mom's last Christmas, she gave me a complete set of DMC cross-stitch floss. (Cross stitching was my crafting-of-choice at the time.) Every so often I find just the right color for a card in that box of floss. The red button is such a perfect way to honor your Mom.