Category: Clean & Simple

A Chic Just For You Card with the Falling in Love Suite

Stampin up So In Love card with So Detailed band

Do you remember the Bokeh technique?  The big trend for making your cards look like they had the out of focus light spots?  Well, I shared how to make your own in this blog post, but sometimes I want to go the quick route and just use pretty paper like this Falling in Love designer paper!  It has a bunch of cute patterns including multiple bokeh photo-realistic designs!  (You can see all the prints in my Occasions Catalog walkthrough video starting at 26 mins HERE)

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Share the Love with a Clean and Simple Watercolor Wings Card

Summer is flying by and if your schedule is like mine… I don’t have quite as much time to create and craft as I did when the kiddos were in school.  I have lots of projects in my brain… now to get them out on paper!  Ever have that problem? 

Well today, I wanted to share a quick card that you can pull together in a flash when you need to send a little love but don’t have a ton of time or a ton of supplies on hand for that matter!  All you need is a little bit of ink, some white paper, and some scraps of glitter paper and ribbon!

Project Tips for Creating This Card:

  • Take your basic Whisper White cardstock for your card base (cut to 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, and scored at 4 1/4”). 
  • Grab your Sahara Sand ink pad and stamp a few splatters in the middle of the page using Gorgeous Grunge.  You don’t need a lot, just a couple splatterings will do!
  • Add a strip of scrap Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper and a scrap of ribbon like this fabulous Mini Striped Tip Top Taupe ribbon.  See, this is a perfect use for your scraps!
  • Create a butterfly!  Grab the Watercolor Wings stamp and get creating on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock:

  • Pick a great color combination!  I used Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, and Elegant Eggplant.  Aren’t they so pretty?  But try out your favorite colors and you will be surprised how fabulous your butterfly turns out!
  • Kick up the shine by coloring with the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over all the Elegant Eggplant ink.  Seriously, it looks fabulous in person!  Don’t forget about this great pen… it makes every project just a little more awesome.

This stamp set is a hidden gem.  So if you have it at home – break it out!  You won’t be sorry. Smile  And if you don’t have it yet… it may want to go on your wishlist.  Just saying Winking smile

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Classy and Not-to-Flowery Birthday Card using Beautiful Bunch

Ahhhh…. finally getting back in to creating!  Last Friday I had my monthly Creative Cards Class and so while I was on my family trip to Orcas Island at the beginning of the week, I had packed a few supplies and I started playing around and I was so excited when this idea started coming together!  (I mean, really excited!  I had been having a total creative road block before!)

It is a card that is great to pull together for those last minute needs, or spend extra time and gussy it up to make it even more fancy than my clean and simple version here.

Tips for making this card:

  • Keep it simple with an always elegant Whisper White card base.  I just changed it up a little by cutting my cardstock to 4-1/4” x 11” and then scoring at 5-1/2” so that it made it extra easy for me to wrap my ribbon around the front flap of the card.
  • Speaking of ribbon, it always looks just a little bit nicer when you can actually wrap it around the paper instead of just cutting the ends off at the edge of your cardstock.  Do even more to hide the seams by starting one end of your ribbon just under the left side of the black cardstock and then wrapping around the front flap of the card and ENDING just underneath the right side of the black cardstock!  It keeps it smooth and lovely on the inside of your card.
  • Add a pop of color with a single accent piece for your card – in this case the flower.  It is built up using the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and matching Fun Flower punch (Get them as a bundle together and you save 15% on both!)

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  • Stamp the flower image onto a piece of scrap Blackberry Bliss cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink (or pick your own tone on tone coloring), punch out and then layer together using Stampin’ Dimensionals for flowers that wow!

  • Did you know? You can punch out the center of the flower using the 7/8” scallop circle punch!  That is what we did to give us that contrasting Daffodil Delight flower center.
  • Oh!  And aren’t those Metal Rimmed Pearls the perfect touch for the center of the flower??  They come with adhesive already on the back so they are SUPER EASY to use too!
  • Finishing touches are key!  We used another stamp from the set to create the spotted accent line and then blinged it up by using some Dazzling Details.  Seriously, for $2.50/bottle, I {heart} this stuff so much!

  • Find so many elegant sentiments that are the perfect size for almost every project with the Tin of Cards stamp set – see, it’s not just for the Tin of Cards project kit!

Easy and fun, right?  My son, Nicholas is 5 and since he was a year and a half, he has been wanting to play along with creating with my stamps.  It was adorable… he actually asked me earlier this week if an ink pad was the “twist twist tap tap” kind or just “tap” kind (linen pad vs foam ink pad)!

Well, he often sees me getting ready for card classes or swaps and wants to the do the cards with me.  I usually don’t have the time to walk him through it then and so tell him to grab HIS craft supplies and create a card.  But lately he’s been insisting he wants to do one of my cards from my classes.  So I had a couple extra kits from this class, so I let him and his sister (Caitlin who is 3) have at it.  I think they did pretty well!

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And their finished cards:

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They did all the work themselves! I didn’t do any stamping or punching for them! Smile  I see many fun years of crafting together coming….

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CASE This – Clean and Simple Thank You Card with Layered Letters

As I’ve been working on getting my crafty mojo back – I swear, when you take time off from creating, it gets a little creaky getting back into it Smile – I realized that what really helps me is a cute and simple card that I can CASE (you know, Copy and Share Everything) to help me get back in the groove and refreshed.  So, I discovered this card that I had put together back when I first got my Layered Letters Stamp Set and knew it was the perfect card to help get back in the groove.

Tips for making this card:

  • The awesome thing about this stamp set is that you can make it say ANYTHING in ANY color you’d like!  There is a circle and a rectangle in the stamp set that are exactly the right size for layering behind any of the letters.

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  • In this case, I grabbed the new 2015-2017 In Colors to create my color palatte.  If you are struggling to pick some colors, you can always be confident that you can grab a few colors from a single color family (brights, subtles, neutrals, regals, in colors) and mix & match.  They are designed to be all in the same color tones and so work great together.
  • Just because you are using an alphabet stamp set doesn’t mean all the letters on your card need to be from it!  Mix and match fonts too!  I used the “you” from the Work of Art stamp set to finish out my “Thank You” sentiment.
  • Add a little fun and whimsy with the teeny flowers with a rhinestone center.  These flowers come from the Tree Builder punch and are great mini accents for your card.  Especially when you make flowers in the cardstock that matches the ink!

Easy peasy and you don’t even need to cut complicated layers!  Just a simple card base, some stamps, and a little bit of fun with punches and you are good to go!

Get the Mojo Flowing by Stamping with Me!

Another awesome way to get your creative juices flowing is to try out a stamping class!  I am finishing publishing my class listing for Aug-December today and I have LOTS of fun classes and events coming up both for IN PERSON stamping or CLASSES BY MAIL!

  • Join me in person!  I run most of my classes in the Bellevue and Redmond,WA areas (near Seattle) and you can check out my class listing on my Bellevue-Redmond Card Makers Meetup group to see what is coming and RSVP!
  • Take a Class by Mail!  I will also have 1-2 classes per month that are also available as a class by mail.  So even if you can’t join me here in the Seattle area you can participate from the comfort of your home.  See what is available on the Classes by Mail page. (note this will be updated will the full listing this afternoon)

 

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Walkthrough Wednesday – Clean, Simple, and a little bit Funky 2015 Convention Card Swap

Every year I go to the Stampin’ Up Convention in Salt Lake City and it is the highlight of my summer.  I mean, come on – getting to spend 3 days being surrounded by amazing creative ideas and even more creative men and women?!  What isn’t to love about that?  I always come away recharged and excited and filled with so many ideas.  And this year is no exception. Smile 

Now, before I go, I always create some amount of swap cards.  Often I will make multiple designs because goodness knows I don’t have the patience for actually making 100 of the same card!  This year, I participated in 3 organized swaps and then made extra of those designs to swap out and about with random people.  This was my absolute favorite and also my last minute card too!  I literally designed and cut for it about 12 hours before my flight left for Salt Lake City! 

It is quick to make and yet still has a lot of personality, which I love.  So I wanted to share it with you AND I have a Walkthrough Wednesday video tutorial below so you can see how to make it step by step.

Tips for making this card:

  • Start with an idea that grabs you and build from there! 
    In my case, I really liked the idea of using the Sunburst from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set and having a Gold Foil Star in the center and then I started adding more paper and ribbon from there.
  • Don’t feel like your ribbon colors have to be a traditional match.  Mix and match and you’ll be surprised how fun things can turn out.  I used the Watermelon Wonder dotted lace trim and then added a layer of designer paper and a finishing touch of the Bermuda Bay sequin trim.
  • Find common elements to pull everything together.  Like in this case, I have gold sprinkled throughout and I have “shiny” too!  The paper and the star are both gold and the sequins tie in to the star by being shiny!
  • When trying to attach lace trim and paper, the tape runner (like the Stampin’ Up SNAIL work great) but for sequins, I prefer to either use glue dots to hold the ends down, or use a mini stapler to attach the ends.
  • If you can’t tell, Stampin’ Up has done something new with their Neutrals Designer Paper stack this year and has added in Gold and Silver metallic papers.  I like that they are metallic without looking like foil so I can add it in without it overpowering my projects.  It is really cool paper!

Want to see how it all comes together?  Check out this video I put together to walk you through step by step with dimensions and all the great tips you expect along the way. Smile

 

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Need any of the supplies so you can make this yourself?  (You can’t go wrong with any of the items I used in this card this week… they are all favorites that I totally recommend!)  You can find them all in my Online Store or click any of the pictures below to learn more about any of the supply items.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I  hope you’ve been enjoying the Walkthrough Wednesdays… I’m looking at ways to change and improve my blog posts and ways I share my projects and so hopefully I’ll have more fun stuff for you soon. Smile 

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Clean and Simple Hi Card with the Awesome Layered Letters

I don’t know about where you are in the US but up here in the far Northwest, we are trying not to melt!  We have been hit with a week of 85+ degree weather… which wouldn’t be too bad except none of the houses here have AC!  And I’ve spent the last 2 days outside in my Garage running my Craft Garage sale. Smile   But now today I get to stay inside in our basement and cool off and craft, craft, craft!  I’ll be making all the samples for my Fun Folds Technique class on Tuesday & the Playing with Color – Meet the In Color class on 7/7!

You can still RSVP or order a kit by mail if you hurry! 

But for today, I have a card to share that is one of my favorites using the new Layered Letters alphabet stamp set…. check it out:

This card is so easy to do and has a totally fun vibe to it!  Here are some tips for making it at home:

Tips for making this card:

  • The new Layered Letters stamp set is one of the Photopolymer cling sets.  The nice thing is that the letters are really closely cut, so you can place both the “H” and the “I” on the block at the same time and have normal spacing! 
  • When you put the “H” and “I” on your block at the same time, stamp your Watermelon Wonder (red colored) Hi first, then clean off your stamps and then start inking with Smoky Slate and then just stamp in rows starting with the “Hi” to the left and to the right of your red “Hi”
  • Stamp on a slightly smaller than your card front piece of Whisper White cardstock (this was 3 3/4” x 5” paper)
  • Stamp any extra words, like the “there” onto a contrasting cardstock color like this Delightful Dijon cardstock.  Make your own custom words to you can say exactly what you want by using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for that extra word – you get 13 letters, numbers, spaces, or symbols to work with!

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  • I added a little rhinestone for just a little touch of sparkle…always have to have a little sparkle!
  • Pop your stamped layer up on Stampin’ Dimensionals before adhering to your card and you are good to go!


Ok, now I’m off to stamp!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun ideas… specifically, I’m going to try to come up with some great ideas you can use if you decide to take advantage of the TWO Free Stamps when you get the Starter Kit deal!  So you can get an idea for all the awesomeness you can get in your starter kit PLUS what you can make with those goodies!

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Simple Spotlight Card with Sheltering Tree

Sometimes I see a card online that I LOVE and totally inspire me.  Today was inspired by a card I saw by Michelle Long and I had to play around with the idea!  Because you know me and my deep love of clean and simple cards!

It is a fun take on the spotlight technique with the details of the tree framed in the middle of the card.

Tips for making this card:

  • The Sheltering Tree stamp set lets you take this one design and make it perfect for any season!  Use Blushing Bride tree leaves to make a pretty cherry blossom tree, or grab your Crushed Curry or Delightful Dijon to make it a pretty autumn image!
  • Stamp you tree leaves on the upper right corner of your card base…I found I needed to stamp it 2x to get wide enough coverage of the leaves.  You can check it is enough coverage by periodically placing your center mat cardstock down to see how many leaves are showing.Dimensions for this card:
    – Card base = 4 1/4” x 11”
    – Brown mat = 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
    – White center cardstock = 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • When you keep the rest of the card muted with light Subtles colors, give it is a POP with a bright colored flower, like the one from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Add a rhinestone in the center and it is just cute, cute, cute!

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A Quick 5 Minute Card using You’ve Got This Video Tutorial (Walkthrough Wednesday)

Sometimes we want a card but we don’t have a lot of time or supplies to come up with something.  Well, today for our Walkthrough Wednesday project, I have a card that is fast to make and only takes a few supplies!  Change up the colors and you will have lots of cute options that is perfect for you!

 

Now one thing that is really hard to see in the picture above is how *SPARKLY* this card is… because I added Dazzling Diamond glitter to the flower head from the You’ve Got This stamp set.

Can you see it a little better now? Smile

Add a few banners for your sentiment – and use the new Banner Triple punch to make it go extra fast and perfect everytime! – and you have a fun card, and if you change up the sentiment, use it for birthdays, thank you, sympathy, or whatever you like!

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Check out this video to see how to make this card from start to finish

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