In honor of International Literacy Day on September 8th, Cas-ual Fridays is presenting a challenge to create a CAS card that’s inspired by a book – but there’s a slight catch. You also have to use the colors black, white and red.

After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to make a card based on one of my all-time favorite books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  I figured since fall is approaching, it was appropriate to have red leaves.  Instead of pulling out my distressing tool, I roughed the edges of the focal panel with my thumbnail to distress them just a little bit.  I chose the sentiment for two reasons – it relates how Francie felt after one of the other characters died (I don’t want to give away too much of the story for anyone who hasn’t read it!), and because I wanted to make another “missing you” themed card for Operation Write Home. I used textured cardstock for the card base to add a little extra visual interest.

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Stamps: Branch Out, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Real Red (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)

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