Card, CASology, Papertrey Ink

CASology #86: Strong Sprout Card

by May Park-

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for a new challenge over at CASology. Here is this week’s cue card:Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 6.56.17 PM

ROOTS made me think of grass which my two cats love eating. I used to feed them organic wheat grass that I got at local grocery market. Now it’s been three months since I started growing my own cat grass from oat seeds at home. It is super easy to grow and the seeds sprout quickly. I was amazed by how long roots were when my cats pulled out the sprouts to eat. More surprisingly, they kept growing even after my cats already ate half of them. Those little sprouts are simply amazing!


I learned some lesson from the experience on growing grass, and wanted to represent it into my card, then I came up with a sprout card. FYI, I used the computer generated sentiment to support my thought. “You’re stronger than you think.” Sometimes we doubt our possibilities, or we underestimate our abilities. But, nobody knows until it happens. Don’t you agree with that? Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just need to be patient and believe in ourselves.


Here is a closer look at my card. I used Tea Dye distress embossing powder to create faux soil effect for my background. For the seed leaf, I used the Flower Fusion mini stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Then I made roots using warp threads from muslin.


Here is how I created my card. 1)Start with computer-generated sentiment on 120lb white cardstock from SSS. 2)Cover the top portion of my card front with scrap paper and rub the open area with versamark ink pad. 3)Sprinkle some distress embossing powder over the inked area. 4)Heat emboss it. 5)Stamp the image and cut it out, leaving the stem. 6)Adhere warp threads to the sprout and then attach it to the card base.


I made another card which is a horizontal top folding card. Since I had more room for the roots, I attached extra long warp threads, which made my roots to look more realistic. Love the texture and color that distress heat-embossing brings. It really looks like rich ground to me.

Which card do you like the most? Me? I love both!!! :) These cards would be perfect to be sent to someone who needs encouragement. By the way, I’m entering my card into the following challenges : Simon Says Monday challenge and The Card Concept #5.


FYI, these are the supplies I used to create my cards. Thanks so much for hanging in here with me today on my long winded post. Make sure to stop by each of the DT’s blog for more inspiration! I hope you play along with us this week, there is a wonderful prize up for grabs from STAMPlorations and the winner will have a chance to guest design on the next challenge – more details are on the CASology blog.

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Guest Designer: Claire
blank_1**Please note:  We want you to know that in order to give participants more time to play along, we are extending the deadline for entries to Mondays at NOON (Central Time). Due to this extension, we will now be announcing our winners and honorable mentions on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. (Central Time), one hour before a new challenge begins. Challenges will begin at the same time as usual, 8:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Tuesdays.**


  1. Cindy H.

    These cards are awesome! As I’ve just found your blog, I’ve been looking through a good many of your cards and they are ALL awesome!! Thanks for sharing how you make your cards.

    03 . Jun . 2014
  2. Michele

    May, I keep coming back to this card… it is so amazing and creative … but why would I be surprised by this? =]

    27 . Mar . 2014
  3. Lynne W

    Gorgeous card!! Thanks for joining us at Twisted Tuesday!!

    18 . Mar . 2014
  4. Lee Ann Barrett

    How unique! Your creativity knows no bounds. Fab card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept this week!

    16 . Mar . 2014
  5. Tracey McNeely

    May your burlap threads are fabulous for roots, so lucky to be on CASology with you talented lady. Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept!

    16 . Mar . 2014
  6. Monika Reeck

    May….may I tell you…I have really difficult time to follow this theme on CASology this week and YOUR CARD IS AMAZING YOU ARE A CLEVER CARD MAKER..You never lost any idea, I am fan of you hope you know it (SMILE)…really great Idea may..

    15 . Mar . 2014
  7. Gillian R

    Such a clever idea May, love your ‘roots’ and you soil is fab

    15 . Mar . 2014
  8. Judy1223

    May, I always learn something new when I visit your blog…I had no idea that cats eat grasses! Your cards are both quite awesome…I love the distress embossing powder as soil, and the computer-generated sentiment is perfect!

    14 . Mar . 2014
  9. Cindy C.

    A very clever design!!

    14 . Mar . 2014
  10. Alrik

    It´s a beautiful card.

    14 . Mar . 2014
  11. tracey rogers

    what a fab card ,.so clever and original
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck

    13 . Mar . 2014
  12. ejstardust

    A very clever card and even though it’s CAS, it’s beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this and joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… 🙂

    13 . Mar . 2014
  13. kdunbrook

    awesome card…

    13 . Mar . 2014
  14. Joyce M.

    Two fantastic cards. I love the sentiment, and the story behind your card. And, that distress ep is fantastic. I definitely need to get some of that. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

    12 . Mar . 2014
  15. wienerhoneymooners

    WOW, this is beyond cleaver and amazing! May, you have a knack of really setting us in our paces around here! Inspiration galore! So glad we have you on our team each week I am more and more fascinated by your creations!

    12 . Mar . 2014
  16. Mynnette :)

    OH my word, these are both AMAZING! This post is totally pinned! GORGEOUS work! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! 🙂 Mynn xx

    PS: I’d love to have you stop over at my blog (On a Stampage)–I’ve got blog candy! 🙂

    12 . Mar . 2014
  17. Jen W.

    May, this is genius!! The sentiment is beautiful, the embossed soil looks so cool and your roots are so clever! You rock!

    12 . Mar . 2014
  18. whitesheepblog

    Fabulous!!! Great job!

    12 . Mar . 2014
  19. Heather

    You have such clever ideas. Love this; it’s simple but says so much.

    11 . Mar . 2014
  20. Cathy R

    Brilliant card! I’m interested in the sprouts for your cat too. I have a sprout set up for alfalfa seeds with my family but never thought about sprouts for my cat, she’d love them! Cathy x

    11 . Mar . 2014
  21. Deepti

    Oh May this is Fabulous 🙂 u just amaze me always with ur out of the box ideas, Love to see ur creations 🙂

    11 . Mar . 2014
  22. UTs Hobby Time

    Fantastic CAS. Awesome end result.

    Stopping by from MIM.

    11 . Mar . 2014
  23. michellezerull

    May, your card is amazing. So creative! I love the sentiment. With Spring approaching, this card really resonates. Thank you for sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

    11 . Mar . 2014
  24. karen h

    Love this – so clever!

    11 . Mar . 2014
  25. Meghan

    May, this is just so creative! Love it!

    11 . Mar . 2014

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