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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Clean and Simple Experimenting

Hello and welcome everyone, with an especially big welcome to the newest followers. It's lovely to have your company here at Words and Pictures today - another busy day, I'm afraid.

Anyone who was around late last night will already have seen the sneak peek for my project over at The Artistic Stamper today - and check out the bottom of this post for my other bit of omnipresence - yes, since it's Tuesday, I'm at Artistic Outpost too!





But here and now, it's time to tickle your creative tastebuds for the new challenge at Fun With ATCs.  For this fortnight, it's CAS all the way - Clean and Simple please, on a 2.5 x 3.5 Artist's Trading Card.


Regulars will know I'm not much of a CAS crafter (though I thank you all for your lovely feedback on my broken roof tile in the CAS style!), so this was definitely a challenge for me.


But it was a chance to crack open my new Tim Holtz stamps - utterly irresistible scientific apparatus images - and I ended up with a trio of ATCs, stamped according to how we were taught to write up our science experiments at O' Level.









We had to break down the report on any experiment into three sections:





Method - what we did and how we did it (and usually including a diagram - finally a use for all those protractors and set squares in my pencil case!)





Results - what we observed and data we collected














Conclusion - writing up what we had learned and what we could deduce from what we did and what we observed









So that's my very simple (Clean and Simple) set of ATCs, stamped in Jet Black Archival on Specialty Stamping Paper to really let those images shine.  And the words, of course, are done with my little Hero Arts alphabet.






I swiped the edges of the ATCs along the ink pad to get the borders, and that really was that.









I hope you'll find time to come and play along with the Clean and Simple challenge this fortnight.  You'll find lots more inspiration from my amazing team-mates, plus all the challenge details, over at Fun With ATCs.






And if you have time, I would love it if you popped over to either The Artistic Stamper to check out this...












... or to Artistic Outpost to check out this...

... or even both!!  Thank you so much, and I'll see you out there in Craftyblogland soon.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great inspiration is but an experiment.
Charles Ives

45 comments:

barbarayaya62 said...

I'm going to see the whole projects! Your Atcs are truly amazing in spite of their cleanliness and simplicity ! Beautiful also the stamps you used! BArbarayaya

inkypinkycraft said...

you have been busy will pop around and have a look, great atc trio and the other pieces look great . hugs trace x

Helen said...

Love those atcs!! Off to check out the others now..

brenda said...

What interesting new Timmy stamps Alison, the details is so superb that they do actually lend themselves to CAS, but like you find it a difficult one.

I think it part it's due to a love of colours which I think we both share and then one thing inevitably leads to another !

Over to the ATS now to check out your lush blue and green fusion.

B x

Tracy said...

Oh my Alison they are stunning and speak for themselves...will be popping over to see all your projects after work...something to look forward to!!:-):-):-)

Francesca said...

Hi alison, I remember that from Chemistry, although I never did very well, I wasthe more arty than science. Lovely job of the ATCs.

Redanne said...

Wonderful set of CAS ATCs Alison, the stamps (which I love!!) really stand up for themselves. Hugs, Anne x

PetraB said...

Thiese are gorgeous. Love their simplicity

Deborah said...

Sometimes it's just right to let the stamps shine. They work wonderfully as a themed trio.

Julie Ann Lee said...

These work so very well! I find CAS so very difficult - well, I've been too much of a coward to try it yet, actually! I love the effect of the words formed from your Hero Arts Alphabet and the swiped edges. Alison, is there nothing you can't do - brilliantly? Seriously though, I really admire all you're creating and all the inspiration you give when you have so much to do at the moment! Take Care. Julie Ann xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Alison
How I love the concept behind your trio of ATCs but I have to say that yikes, you surely did take me down memory lane, a trip I'd rather not have set out on as I was deplorable at physics, with biology and chemistry I was passable - my brain is not wired for science lol.
There is such an understated sense of elegance to this trio.
Wishes
Lynne

Marci said...

I left a comment at AO, but it said it would post upon approval? So I'll try here. The ATCs are CAS indeed. Elegant. The AO tagreminds me ofo

cathylynn said...

Alison you sure have a way with words! What a talent and your CAS projects are outstanding! All fabulous!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Marci said...

Spring. My favorite season. Over here, the winter is so bleak, no green. Except evergreens. So this tag, with the delicious greens and texture, made me happy. (Obviously, I am tech challenged.)

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Your take on CAS is totally cool, Alison. I never would have thought to do something like that and your ATCs are brilliant!

Hugs,
Linda

toni said...

Takes me back! Love your CAS ATC's ! Those stamps are just wonderful ! Popping over to see your other post Toni x

Hettie said...

I could not believe my eyes when I saw you on my sidebar with the words "clean and simple"! Yeah right I thought - like Butterfly can! But you did. They are super and I love the story.
Hugs
xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous looking stamps and a great trio! Love the idea of the science experiments write up!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Seriously -- love the ATC's. I work in the sciences and this trio is *perfect*. Wow!! Fab take on the CAS challenge.-- Mary Elizabeth

PS Heading out to see your other projects. I need a color fix now.
ME

Von said...

Love the new stamps Alison :) I'm sure I must have done some science at school but it doesn't bring back any memories must have been bunking tehe
Von♥

Paper Profusion said...

Golly this black and white is so unusual for you - these are very striking. Sent some shivers down my spine though with thoughts of school exams. Hopping over now... Nicola x

maj. said...

Very beautiful and delightful ATCs, Alison!!!

Ria Gall said...

Hi Alison
I am loving what you have done with your ATC's how very different from your usual way of crafting but fitting the bill.
I am off to look at your other items
Ria

Kate said...

Very nice. Love the stamp choices!

Margaret said...

Your ATCs look fabulous and brought back some memories of Chemistry class... I'm off to see your other projects!

Terry said...

You make clean and simple amazing! Love these ATC's! Hope you are finding a little relax and breathing time in between the move! Hugs!

Coco said...

hahaha, very clever !!! Love how you used simply but greatly your new TH stamps Alison, that's perfect C&S ATCs ! Coco xx

Neet said...

Wonderful ATC's Alison, and I do love those images. Can't help but say how much i love the stencilling though - absolutely beautiful and much neater than what I can do.
Hugs, Neet xx

Unni A said...

Great ATCs! CAS is not what I would expect from you, but you manage everything :)
hugs, Unni

Tincan Crafter said...

I love it - I've always been a fan of monochrome!

Carol Q said...

those TH stamps are on my wish list Alison - LOVE how you used them.

Kjersti said...

Wow! Love your beautiful cards Alison, perfect CAS cards!
Have a great thursday!
Hugs Kjersti:)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous CAS and a great reminder of days in the lab!!! Chrisx

Sandy said...

Wonderful Alison - I am fond of CAS especially on ATCs!!
Sandy

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great ATC's , beautiful stamps ,I really love your ART!!

Greetings
Maria

Anita Houston said...

It may be clean and simple but the images still keep it vintage! Love it!

Gio said...

Your CAS samples are so classy, Alison....but I still prefer your colourful ones!

Sue said...

What brilliant ATC's Alison, they really take me back to my O'Level days too xx

Dianne said...

Love the ATCs plain and simple and GORGEOUS.. I'm sorry I'm so late commenting trying to get caught up now that my DS is gone and trying to get to my desk :O), thanks for sharing and I agree with my Magpie cousin YOU CAN TO ANYTHING !!!!! have a restful weekend I know your busy, but we must rest too...

Chris said...

Wonderful ATCs Alison and your science project design is brilliant! Chris xxx

Shirley Chillman said...

Taste buds are wanting to make an ATC, which I haven't done in yonks, after seeing these gorgeous makes. Clever you Alison.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

mark gould said...

you have nailed the cas with these atc's and those stamps are to die for. brilliant x

Marjie Kemper said...

Of course you do CAS beautifully, but it sure shocked my eyes! Hope all is well and sorry for the long gap in visits. Happy to catch up with you here today!

Sandra's Spot said...

Alison your work is amazing those ATCs inspired CAS is Soooo difficult for me. I have a cluttered head lol Hugs Sandra xxx

Kezzy said...

Alison these are awesome ATCs, I so love the clean and simple look you have done, black is always quite a statement and these ooze Look at me, gorgeous. Off now to check out Artistic stamper and outpost. Kezzy :-) xxxxxx