Clean & Textured … And … Clean & Vibrant

Hello … bonjour!  I have a couple of cards to share today, both of which are pretty clean … though they are rather different from one another.  First up, a texture-y, soft, natural-looking little number …


A Lawn Fawn embossed edge panel, stencilled with Tumbled Glass DI and heat embossed in clear, with a couple of Concord & 9th‘s Layering Leaves arranged over the top … and anchored in place with a wooden dot.  The SSS hello was adhered flat alongside … and the panel was popped up on craft foam onto the base.  Here’s a close up of all that texture …

I’m playing along at …

Seven Hills Crafts – Sketch (see below … I changed orientation of my card, hope that’s ok!)

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Embossing (badge shows in draft, but not in post … sorry!)

Less Is More – Anything But Stamps

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Texture

SHOP OUR STORE          



My second card has more colour and is more graphic …

Crisp and QACAS (quick and clean and simple in Darnell-ese) … a strip of rainbow washi tape along the edge of the card … and a stack of SSS die cuts (and secondary stamped sentiment), also in rainbow colours, taking centre stage.  Here’s the side view so you can see (at least a little better!) all seven of those layered colours …

This bright delight is heading to …

AAA Cards – Rainbow

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Birthday

Seize The Birthday – No Toppings



That’s it from me for the weekend … hope yours has been a good one!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂






48 thoughts on “Clean & Textured … And … Clean & Vibrant

  1. Susi

    Fabulous cards, Anita – I’m torn in choosing a favourite as they are both so lovely! LOVE the clear emboss texture on your 1st card, and the rainbow washi strip on your 2nd really makes this CAS creation POP!

  2. Daria Z.

    These cards couldn’t be more different, Anita, but I love them both! The first one would be perfect for a sympathy card – so soft and tranquil. The second is just so bright and happy!

  3. BarbGhig

    Two gorgeous cards, Anita! I love your color palette and how you created so much texture on the first one, and your CAS design on the 2nd card is fabulous! Loving all the bright colors on the Washi tape…it just makes me smile 🙂

  4. Christine Smith

    Both are gorgeous! Love the shiny texture on the first one with those fabulous leaves. The rainbow washi is awesome on the second and the stacked rainbow die cut word is so cool! xxx

  5. kimheggins

    Two simply fabulous cards Miss Anita! :Love the amazing texture on the first and your sweet rainbow stripe on the second, incredible looks! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ATSM!

  6. icardeveryone01

    I’m very drawn to the first – cannot resist a leave, or two OR grey in any way used! This one ticks all the boxes for me, Anita – though your rainbow washi is really fantastic! Happy you’ve had time to play cards!!! You earned that bit of play time… xx

  7. Darnell J Knauss

    How fun to see you playing for fun in all these challenges, Anita! I’m sure you’ll be in the winner’s gallery with each! That clear embossed background is brilliant behind the sophisticated grasses in your first card and your second card will make everyone swoon because, after all, who doesn’t love rainbows! The fact that you took the time to layer all seven colors of the rainbow in your sediment shows that you are always willing to go the extra mile to make your designs standout! Mwah to both!! LYAMYMAALSYBPIC!! Hope you had a great weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Valentyna

    Fantastic cards, Anita! The texture on the first one and die-cuts on both make them so crisp and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your card with ATSM!

  9. susannev2014

    Your natural-looking number is absolutely spectacular! Love the texture you have created with the stencil and those die cuts (on my wish list) and the sentiment finish everything off beautifully! It looks like all the colors ran to the second card and are shining extra brightly there! Fun!

  10. Kylie

    Anita, will you PLEASE stop making such awesome cards???? I can’t decide what to CASE………. LOL, only joking. I am really loving what you are creating at the moment 🙂

  11. catcraig

    That texture is fabulous, I am rediscovering clear embossing again. YOur bright rainbow card is a stunner too, love the stacked die sentiment.

  12. Gerrina

    Two great cards! I am realy taken by your first one; love how the subtile grey sponged background works!! Hope you have a sunny and good week!

  13. conil

    i smell winners…the subtlety of the colors on the first card are both soothing and elegant, especially with that sweet embossed background. Simple with real impact. Then the time you took to diecut 7 words and stacking them in rainbow order was so very worth it. Juxtaposed against the awesome washi tape you can see how much impact it creates. Such a clever. talented girl. Lucky me to get a twofer in one visit…yay! Hugs.

  14. Jane

    Two beauties Anita! Loving the texture and shine on the first and the stunningly vibrant colours on the second. So pleased to have you play along at AAA Cards.

  15. hobbitnoll

    Oh WOW!! I am in love with the first card design!!! I am going to have to try that background technique. The second card makes me happy with the rainbow paper and the fun way you layered the die cuts with different colored card stock. GREAT DESIGN for both!!!

  16. Esther

    Such gorgeous cards, Anita! I love the bright rainbow colours and stacked sentiment on your second card… fabulous! Your first card for our sketch challenge is stylish and beautiful with the warm neutrals and clean layout. Great entries, both of them! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seven Hills Crafts 🙂

  17. izzyscrap

    Oooh ! Anita a encore frappé ! Encore deux magnifiques cartes à ton tableau. Je les adore toutes les deux. J’aime la tranquillité et le côté sauvage de la première et au contraire j’aime les couleurs bien vives de la seconde ! Quelle bonne idée de faire le sentiment avec les différentes couches en couleur ! Merci de partager et de jouer avec nous cette semaine à Less is More ! Bises x

  18. Lisa Elton

    I like those slender leafy goodies on your first card, so pretty! And your rainbow of colors on the second is just delightful. Fabulous cards Anita!

  19. Anita

    Wow, Anita, these are both fantastic. I adore that soft colour palette on your first card, so much texture from the linen and gloss, I love it. And your second is wonderfully CAS but so striking with the rainbow washi and stacked die-cuts.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More and Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge, Anita x

  20. scrapperatheart

    CAS and oh so lovely! The first one is so soft and tranquil and then the second one is so bright and cheery! Thanks for being in our gallery at Seize the Birthday Anita! I love to see you there!

  21. Lindsey

    Anita, that is such a gorgeous way to add texture. Subtle but wow at the same time. I was so thrilled to see you join us for our Embossing Challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9! And your QACAS card is awesome! I need more of those in my life. What a delight to visit your blog today AND especially to have received one of your beautiful creations! I love, love, LOVE it! Thank you! It certainly made my day a happy one! (The sentiment was perfect.)

  22. Claire A

    These are fabulous Anita – I love how you’ve embossed over the looks amazing! i’d have never have guessed you’d used washi on the second..I thought it was a piece of DP! CAS perfection!

  23. Bev

    I’d seen these lovely cards when you first posted them, but I’ve been a bit wrapped up in what’s been happening around here. So as I settled him in next door and got to commenting, I had to stop and leave a little love, late as it is. That first card is stunning. I keep scrolling up to look at it, and love it a bit more each time I let my eyes wander around it. The colors, the shine, those leaf diecuts…it all works so beautifully on your card. Brilliant, if you ask me. And your fun washi rainbow card is exactly that – fun. Too clever to stack a rainbow in your sentiment, too. Dang girl!! Think of you every day, and miss your face (and the rest of you, too, lol)!! xoxo

  24. Sharron Gregory

    Wow, so amazing! LOVE the natural look of the first card! The neutral colors and texture look fabulous and what a wonderful use for those leaf die cuts. And your stacked sentiment in a rainbow of colors is so cool. Two outstanding designs!

  25. JoAnn Burnham

    Great cards. Love the textured background of the first card and the vibrant colors on the second one. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  26. Joyce M.

    These are both lovely and so very different. More proof (not like any more was needed) of your incredible talent across many styles of stamping.

  27. Bobby

    I would never have thought to clear emboss stenciling, Anita, and it adds such texture and shine that I will be doing it in the future. In fact I’m pinning this card because I also have those leaves. The rainbow card is much different but such a cheerful birthday greeting and who doesn’t like QACAS.

  28. maria f.

    Both beautiful in their own way. I love the soft colors of the first (BTW, some SG die cuts are on their way to your house) but it was the rainbow that brought me here. Wondered how the heck you’d stamped that! Washi. Brilliant!

  29. Coralynn

    Lovely CAS card! And a great quick CAS card too! Love the rainbow washi along the edge. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

  30. chrissieann

    Sorry I missed this fabulous card back in July Anita…I have obviously been taking too many vacations!
    The effect of that glorious rainbow panel is so very vibrant!
    Thanks so much for joining in the CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers.


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