Monday, October 22, 2012

Calm and Gentle


"To be pleasant, gentle, calm and self-possessed: this is the basis of good taste and charm in a woman. No matter how amorous or passionate you may be, as long as you are straightforward and refrain from causing others embarrassment, no one will mind..." ~Murasaki Shikibu, The Diary of Lady Murasaki

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is showing its softer side today with sneak peaks of Calm and Gentle, and I'll be straightforward: these stamps are a must have!



Today I did use the CAS-ual Fridays color combination, just in a softer tones. I stamped the trunks in brown/black onto patterned paper and then embossed the leaves with white, coloring in small areas to depict blooming flowers. I also lightly stamped more buds behind the embossing to create a fuller tree. This set has many beautiful, comforting sentiments, and I chose one that I will use often: I'm here for you.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps are the finest quality, photopolymer stamps made in the USA. There are five sets to the inaugural release. The stamps aren't just for the clean and simple crafters out there, Michele has designed them with all types and levels of crafters out there! Michele is giving away a set each day..all you have to do is comment on the store blog and comment on each of the sneak posts for your chance to win! Don't forget that you also can play along in this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge too: Over the Edge for your chance to win this entire new release of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! Stop by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for more information!

27 comments:

  1. I was trying to figure out what you meant by the colors-- oh you mean the logo! Was thinking I missed a challenge :) Love this tree.

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  2. Just beautiful! I love the blossoms . . . Also how the green paper flows off the right edge. Sweet.

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  3. Oh wow! This is just beautiful! Love the calm and serenity it conveys. :)

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  4. I think this is my favorite card ever. It takes my breath away each time I look at it :)

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  5. Indeed calm and beautiful KAren!!! Love it... hugs..xoxo

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  6. Oh, do I ever love the way you stamped the leaves, Karen - so beautiful!

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  7. So beautiful! It's a perfect design, and going straight to my pin board!

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  8. absolutely beautiful Karen. This card has some kind of calming effect to it.

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  9. Your stamping on that tree is stunning!

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  10. wowza...seriously gorgeous card and love the quote that you shared.

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  11. Calm indeed!
    Love this serene card!

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  12. One of my favorites of yours! So stunning. Love the leaves on the trees, the focus on the image, the green background. GORGEOUS!

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  13. This is just fabulous Karen...so lovely and peaceful. Love it!

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  14. Stunning! I love the tree stamped on patterned background.

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  15. Serene and exceptionally beautiful card!

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  16. The colors are so serene and matches the sentiment so well!

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  17. beautifully serene. gorgeous...

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  18. sigh... your trees are so beautiful. wonderful atmosphere created with the inking. gorgeous card, Karen! love love this!

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  19. Wow!!!! This is truly inspired!

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