282 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

03/15/2017

Wed 15


By the Seaside by Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I am so glad you stopped by today, because I have a clean and simple card to share with you! You could say I am dreaming of the ocean, and you would be correct. The winter weather just doesn't want to leave, and I am cold! Let me share with you how I created this simple, and easy seafaring card. 

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To begin, I took the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames, and ran the second to last frame through my die cut machine four times with white card stock. I glued them together, and set it aside. I then took the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die set, and did the same. 

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Taking a white card base, I masked off the sides with Post-it tape and and applied blue and mint ink to the bottom portion. I then adhered the frame, along with the images using foam tape. 

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It truly was that simple! I hope that you were inspired to make something today. I appreciate you stopping by! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

 

03/14/2017

Tue 14

Butterflies Bring Happiness!
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release.

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The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment. I decided to remove the right side of the swell to create a delicate butterfly border. The nice thing is that when the die is cut, an impression is left around the attached wings, so it was easy to fussy cut around the right wings by just following the impression.

One of my favorite techniques is to "smoosh" on a background, which is done by applying ink directly to a non-porous surface, spritzing with water, then picking up the diluted ink with a piece of flexible acetate ... or in my case I used a piece of the clear packaging that our dies come in. The ink on the clear packaging can then be transferred onto the white card stock, and by running a finger over the top of the packaging, the color spreads out underneath, creating a beautiful and unique background. I used the same Evergreen Bough ink for this technique.  I inked up the sentiment in the same color and stamped where shown, and then adhered this piece to the front of the card with foam tape.

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I next die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio from white card stock, and covered the three butterflies solidly with Evergreen Bough ink. Then came the glitter. Do you ever buy a container of glitter just because the color looks yummy, yet you have no idea when you might ever use it? Well, I was lucky enough to find some glitter in my stash that was the perfect color to add to these butterfly centers and a bit outward. Love when that happens! I glued these newly adorned butterflies to the corresponding smooshed butterflies.

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And you know what's coming ... bling! And once again, lucky for me, I had some very small colored sequins that added the final touch I was looking for. Hope you enjoy this card! Have a great week, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

 

03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

  Jeansignature-3

02/22/2017

Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 

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I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 

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To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 

Lindsaysignature

 

02/18/2017

Sat 18

Dazzling Dragonfly and the Modern Border Trim
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Dazzling Dragonfly pauses on a shimmery gold-stenciled background from the Modern Border Trim set - clean, simple and very easy!  Hi -  Jean Okimoto here - with a quick design for your busy holiday weekend.

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Cut watercolor paper with the the 1-¾" x 3"  Rectangle Basics Set die.  Press the inks from  an Imagine Crafts Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette.  Paint the inks onto the watercolor paper with a flat paintbrush.  Dry the inks.

Diecut a stencil of  the Modern Border Trim's dotted pattern from The Crafter's Workshop stencil sheet.  Create a shimmery background by stenciling Delicata Golden Glitz onto the watercolor paper. 

Diecut Dazzling Dragonfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a top-folded A-2 card of turquoise cardstock.  Add small gold sequins.

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Wasn't that easy?  If you have a few minutes - diecut and watercolor a bunch of backgrounds for your favorite Memory Box dies.  They'll be ready when you need them - and would create the perfect backdrop for butterflies and birds too.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

02/15/2017

Wed 15


Sending Love by Lindsay

Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release. 

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I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together. 

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After I had adhered the flower layers together, I adhered it over the inked panel. I took a simple sentiment from the So Many Things To Love stamp set, and stamped it in the lower right corner. I adhered the panel to a pink card base with foam tape, and finished it with a few clear sequins. 

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I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create a little something special today by layering your die cuts! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

02/08/2017

Wed 08

Wishing You Love
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy February!

I can't quite believe that this month is here already! I get excited when February comes around, because as a card maker, it means a lot of Love and Friendship cards to make! Sending people a handmade card is more appreciated that we know. I won't lie, though..I have a hard time actually getting them in the mail. You too? 

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The latest release, however, makes it super easy to get these sweet cards made! I used the Classic Stitched Heart Rings to create this dreamy card, today. Let me tell you how I did it. I took the hearts, and placed them onto an A2 white card base, and ran it through my die cut machine. I then took a piece of typing paper, and covered the back of the front piece using a lot of adhesive. I ran the hearts through again, with gold card stock, and reinserted the outer heart rings back in the front of the card. The hearts that I had die cut from the card front that were inked with Distress Inks in Teal, Fuchsia, and light Pink, and reinserted back into the heart openings as well. 

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I then began working on my sentiment. I used a combination of stamps, and a die to create a bit more interest to my sentiment. The Love die cut is from the 2015 Holiday collection, so my apologies if you are unable to find it, however, any similar font would work! I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and layered them up. I stamped the Wishing You from the So Many Things to Love stamp set, and adhered the die cut down with liquid glue.

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To finish it, I adhered a scattering of clear sequins across the front of the card. I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create a few love themed, or friendship cards to send to people you care about! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

 

02/07/2017

Tue 07

Sending Love With Sketch Floral
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a truly easy card for you today!

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I die cut one of the hearts from the Cherub Hearts, laying it at an angle over the edge before cutting on a white 4.25" x 5.5" card stock. I then embossed this piece with a folder from my stash. I put lots of foam tape on the back to pop it up from the pink card base. 

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I cut three of the Sketch Floral from white card stock and two of just the flower from the pink card stock. Using a spray adhesive, I layered the three white flowers on top of each other. I adhered one of the pink flowers on top of the white, and one behind the flower, which gave the flower a lot of fullness. I tied a length of very narrow ribbon around the stem, and then adhered the assembled flower over the heart as shown. I stamped the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set using a dark brown ink.

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I added some pink pearls to finish off the card. I have to comment on the pink card stock. I was a bit disappointed with how the camera did not quite capture the pretty pink color in the first and third photos ... it came out looking more peach than pink. The middle sample is closer to the actual color, but still not exactly. Hopefully you'll enjoy the overall design and forgive the picture taker!!! 

I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

02/02/2017

Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.

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Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  

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Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.

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Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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