Thursday 17 November 2022

Autumn Thankyou


I was absolutely delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer at Krafty Chicks this month. What an honour to join in the fun at the hen house. 

Week 3 of the monthly challenge schedule is CAS Clean & Simple.  I actually really struggle with this sort of card and never really know what is classed as CAS. What is CAS to one person is different to another depending on their style I think.

However I have worked in it being One Main Focal Point, Lots of open space (no pattern) & Minimal layers so I hope this will suffice. I found it very difficult to not use a pattern or texture for the background and so much open space..... just not my normal style at all.

As it is approaching Thanksgiving I was inspired to make a Thankyou card with an Autumn feel. We do not celebrate it in the UK but there is always someone you need a thank you card for and I always have some on hand. As I look outside my craft room window I overlook the back garden and a large cherry tree which is all shades of green, yellow, orange, red and brown. The really strong wind we have had recently seems to make the trees shed their leaves so much more quickly. We live by Sutton park which at 2400 acres is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. There are so many different varieties of trees and the deadfall leaves are so many pretty colours. It really is a beautiful sight at this time of year.

I am on the design team at Kate Hadfield Designs and have access to so many beautiful sets and this card has been made using those.

Fantabulous Fall is a lovely set of images available in both pre-coloured Doodles and black outline stamps you can colour yourself.

I used my favourite leaf in this set, leaf 7. I really like the shape of Maple leaves as they are so detailed.

I use Affinity Designer as my graphics program and created a rectangle shape which was sized to fit my kraft card base. I used the yellow paper from Fantabulous Fall and changed the opacity to 40% which gave it a lighter and more mottled effect. 

I then placed the leaf onto it in the bottom left hand corner and added a textbox. The orientation of the leaf is pointing towards the textbox which is a great way to lead your eye to the sentiment. I simply typed this into the text box playing about with style of fonts and sizing until I was happy with it.

Once the elements were in place and I liked the finished result it was a case of printing out with my laser printer, trimming to size with a guillotine and adding to my card stock base.

I do hope you will join me and the team in the Hen House at Krafty Chicks.

Card Details -

Size - A6

Digital Image - Fantabulous Fall Doodles (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Paper - Fantabulous Fall (Kate Hadfield Designs)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Nicely done, I struggle with CAS and keep trying and you make it look so wonderful. Love it...Have a great day! Hugs, L:)

  2. Fantastic CAS card!! Nice masculine fall colors!! Thanks for playinng along with our "thank you" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! #C4G309

  3. Beautiful Fall CAS card! Thanks for joining us at Twisted Thursday at The Outlawz!

  4. You've done a wonderful job with your CAS style card Mandy, the autumn leaf is gorgeous. I agree that there are many different opinions on what constitutes clean and simple, and it can be tricky to figure it out.
    I love your creation and enjoyed reading about how you placed the leaf to draw the eye toward the sentiment... that's clever design.

  5. Simply beautiful Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


  6. A beautiful CAS card!

    Thanks for joining in our challenge!
    Val S - LeighSBDesigns DT

  7. I just love Kate Hadfield Designs and your marvelous CAS thank you card! Thanks for playing with us at The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge! Nan, DT

  8. I certainly consider this perfectly CAS, simple and v masculine as a result. Thanks for linking up at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  9. I've hopped over from Beccy's Place. I too struggle with CAS cards. I like to layer it on. You've done a lovely job.

  10. I love it !! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Outlaws Twisted Thursday Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  11. Such a beautiful Autumn card, Mandy. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at The Four Seasons and please visit again soon. Have a great week.
    Karen L, DT

  12. Lovely fall card and perfect in the CAS style. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Creatalicious Challenge

  13. Beautiful card, Mandy. Thanks for the inspiration, and for linking up at Crafting Happiness Challenges.

    We have a new Bonus challenge going on right now with a chance to win one of 5 little prizes. Stop by and play along. Any type of crafting welcome - paper crafting, sewing, crochet, etc.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs!
    :) Janis

  14. Thank you so much for entering the Twisted Thursdays Anything Goes challenge at

    The Outlawz Twisted Thursdays Challenges. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next fun Anything Goes Challenge with optional twist.

    Happy crafting,


  15. A great CAS suitable for males. so neat. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, Caz. DT.

  16. Gorgeous CAS card Mandy. Thank you for entering the Give Thanks and/or Encourage A Friend Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

  17. Your card is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at A Place to Start!

  18. Mandy this turned out great. CAS can be intimidating. But you have mastered it with this card. Thank you for linking up with us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck, DT~Jana Forrest


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