374 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

03/21/2020

Sat 21

Sparkly Stain Glass Butterfly
by Trina Pham

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Helloooo there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, so I’m happy to be here today to share a clean and simple (CAS) card inspired by this month’s Glitter Paper or Glue challenge.

The Sparkly Stained Glass technique involves Glossy Accents and glitter, but I thought the gorgeous glitter glue from the Spring release would be a great substitute for them.  I started by die cutting the large outline butterfly from Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines from silver foil paper and the matching background butterfly from acetate.  Adhered them together, then flipped over to the back side.  In the open areas, Topaz Gleam and Tropical Glimmer glitter glue were added then set aside to dry overnight.  

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And this is what resulted.  A little confession.  Even though a generous amount of glue was used, there were still some areas (mainly along the edges) that were missed.  Rather than adding more glitter glue, I used a closely matched Copic marker to colour in the areas on the back on the acetate.  Could you tell? 😂

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The background was created on an A2 size piece of Bristol paper.  Using 1” painter’s tape, the four sides were masked off, leaving the center.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink was then blended on with a blender brush.  Flicked on some water and dabbed off with a paper towel to give it some texture.  The card would have been done had there not been a smear. <grrr>  To fix that, I added the frame, made with the Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out and Rectangle Basics dies.  To finish, the Seaside Hello sentiment was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  Twice from white and once from silver foil.

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That’s it from me today.  Hope you and your family are all keeping safe and healthy. Wishing you all a wonderful crafty weekend.

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02/23/2020

Sun 23

Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala

 

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Hello there! Michelle here, continuing the 202 Memory Box Blog Blitz!!! I used the Gilia Flower Frame Die and Birthday Rose Corner Stamp Set.  I also used the new water color paper.  

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I added a few brush strokes of water to the paper and allowed it to sit for a minute before I added the ink. I used distress oxide ink in victorian velvet and added some water to create a water wash. Than I added some splatters of the same wash. Allow to dry.

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I die cut the Gilia Flower Frame from white cardstock and adhered them to the water colored base. I added some of the new Fairy Sugar glitter glue in berry mist all over the die cuts for some beautiful shimmer! Lastly, I stamped the birthday sentiment onto some extra watercolored paper and adhered it to the base.

Want to win the new Gilia Flower Frame Die?  Leave a comment to this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th at 6pm EST.  Good luck! 

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02/22/2020

Sat 22

Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape and Stylish Rectangle Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Need a quick card?  Rose Bouquest Wide Washi Tape makes it easier than ever!  Frame it with a die from the Stylish Rectangle Trio -  and add dots of Twinkling Jewel Glitter cardstock to make it sparkle.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you tonight (we had scheduling issues earlier).

Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to the textured side of pale yellow cardstock.  The fine lines add a bit of contrast to the pearly, translucent washi tape.  It's 4.5" x 11 gorgeous yards!  Cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio.  Attach the delicate frame and rectangle to a Squash Notecard.  It's a soft, warm yellow that would brighten any winter day.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Attach the greeting strip with foam dots.

Add ¼" punched circles of the green Twinkling Jewel Glitter sheet.  Just a trio of little dots - but I love how they make such a difference!

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Want a chance to win this beautiful, versatile roll of Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape? Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the tape.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th EST.  Good Luck!

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Thanks for visiting - hope you like this quick card.  Why not make a gift set of floral notecards?  Use different sections of the Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape and each card will be unique and special!

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02/16/2020

Sun 16

New Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out, Rose Bouquet Washi Tape and Vivid Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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The new Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape makes it easy to create cards for any occasion.  Add a quick greeting and some Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad dots and your card is done!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fresh floral design from our 2020 Spring Collection.

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Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to pale peach cardstock and diecut the smallest and second-largest flowers from the Birch Press Design Vivid Bloom Stitched Layer Set.  Diecutting the tape ensures clean, crisp edges  - and a delicate stitched pattern to match the green background rectangle.

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Here's a tip I learned from Dave Brethauer...attach something to the torn or cut edge of wide washi tape. It keeps the end visible and minimizes wrinkling when you're using it.  It can also be used as a straight edge to tear the tape. I use strips of those lightweight kitchen cutting mats from the dollar store or Ikea.

Cut green cardstock with the 2.1" x 3.3" Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out die.  Pressure-emboss the inner rectangle with the 1.6" x 2.8" die.  

Stamp "greetings" - from the Sunflower Wreath Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Nocturne. Attach the pieces to a side-folded white A2 card.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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Hope you'll add a roll of this beautiful floral tape to your stash.  Its soft watercolored look will enhance any card and it's great layered over different shades of cardstock.  I like it best layered over medium shades - not too light, not too dark.

I'll be using the Stitched Bloom Set I bought for a lot of my classes too.  It's a classic, versatile design that's perfect for any occasion and coordinates with all of the stitched dies in my stash.

Join us for the BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD class at Impress if you're in the Seattle area and have a holiday on Monday.  We'll be using the Whittles, Scribbles and Stacking Dies from Poppystamps, Memory Box and Birch Press Design - AND a lot of the just-released items from our 2020 Spring Collection.  Enjoy the 10% class shopping  discount - it'll be a great time to save on everything you want from our latest release.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday!

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01/10/2020

Fri 10

Hugs and Kisses
by Trina Pham

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Happy 2020 everyone!  Hope your year is off to a good start.   Today I have a very clean and simple (CAS) friendship card to share using products from the Valentine’s collection.

The stripe background was created with 1/4” strips of three gradient aqua color cardstock.  The strips were adhered to a white cardstock panel, then a heart was die cut from it using the largest die from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set.  For some sparkle, covered it with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder. 

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The Hugs Loving Heart was then die cut twice from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.   Attached it on top of the stripe heart with strong liquid adhesive.  Assembled it off the edge and trimmed away the excess.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Big and Little Valentine’s stamp set on a black cardstock strip to finish.

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Easy-peasy, right?  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.

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12/14/2019

Sat 14

Merry Christmas Wishes
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an easy CAS design. I used the die Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline die and cut it several times on gold foil paper. I adhered the pattern onto white cardstock.  I used a glue pen to apply glue. It's less messy;)                                                                                                                    1

Next, I cut the Merry Airy Script die with red cardstock and added some shimmer with red stickles glitter glue. Lastly, I embossed the sentiment from Tidings Wreath with gold embossing powder. Adhere your sentiments and add some sequins.                                                                                                              That's all! Simple and sweet!

What do you think? I hope you like it!

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12/05/2019

Thu 05

Holly Circle Collage and Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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The modern Holly Circle Collage - layered over Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape - creates a quick holiday card today.  It's a combination of old and new -  text from the 1800 Christmas story with the cool, minimal holly collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here  - this is what we're using today -

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Cut red cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  The Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics sets are temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available at your favorite retail store.

Cut the rectangle with the Holly Circle Collage.  Cut the collage again from green cardstock and save the leaves.  

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Here's a tip I shared earlier - it's an easy way to select background colors for wide washi tape. Attach a big swatch of tape to a clear background - acetate, a tranparency, or a Memory Box poly bag.  Place your swatch over different backgrounds to see how the tape will look.  It's quick, easy and saves time and tape.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to Kraft cardstock.  Cut it with the 3" circle die.  Attach it behind the collage.  Attach the leaves.  ScorTape and Couture Creations doublestick tapes are great for attaching layers to the wide washis.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings clear stamps set  - on green cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Claire.  Cut it with the coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card.  Add red gem stickers and ½" green circles.

 

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Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's classes at Impress. It was great meeting our new students and I appreciate that so many 'regulars' took both classes!  Thanks for the holiday-wrapped Ghiradellis Jan, for the chocolate chip cookies Jacky, for the popcorn and cookies Jenny, and for the big M&M's Debbie!  Did we have enough to eat?  Thanks too Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets again.

No classes this weekend - I'll be prepping for the December 14 WHITTLE, SCRIBBLE & STACK class. We'll be using the Poppystamps' Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and the stacking dies from Birch Press Design.  Hoping to use some of the new designs from our Valentine 2020 Collection!

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe.  See you again on Saturday.

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11/25/2019

Mon 25

Watercolor a Set of Scribble Leaf Bundle Notecards by Jean Okimoto

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The new Scribble Leaf Bundle Background and Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline dies are the perfect pair for quick cards. Stamping the casual greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps set directly onto the cards saves even more time.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a set of six simple notecards for a hostess- or teacher-gift that's sure to be appreciated.

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Paint watercolor paper with soft, overlapping layers of earthy colors.  I've used Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut a set plus one extra leaf with the Scribble Leaf Bundle Background.  Cut a set plus an extra leaf of the Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline from matte gold cardstock.  

Cut  two 1-½" x 2-¾" rectangles of green, yellow and orange cardstock.  The  Rectangle Basics set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box - your Retailer may have some.

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Stamp the greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps Set with coordinating colors.  I used Verdant and Summertime VersaFine Clair and Wild Honey Distress Oxide.


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Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 cards of cream cardstock.  Add green, orange and yellow gem stickers.

It's quick and easy - and not boring, because each leaf is as unique as its watercolored background.  Hope you'll have some time to make a few cards this week, especially quick and easy cards.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Thursday!

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11/19/2019

Tue 19

Merry & Bright
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone, today I have a simple card that's made with a few dies and a stamp.

I took a piece of patterned paper from the new 6"x 6" paper pad, and die cut the Holly Double Arch in the center of the card front. I glued this to a slightly smaller piece of white cardstock and adhered it to a black cardstock mat. I used foam adhesive to glue that to a white card base.

Next I die cut the word "merry" from red cardstock and glued this in the center of the card.

I masked off the word merry from a sentiment stamp, and stamped the remainder of the sentiment onto black cardstock.  I white heat embossed the sentiment and adhered it to my card front using foam adhesive.  

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To finish the card, I added some red rhinestones to the die cut. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

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11/13/2019

Wed 13

Sparkling Snowflake Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  I have a clean and simple Christmas card to share today.  I’m a big fan of alphabet dies and as I mentioned in my last post, I love the Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  They are a good size with beautiful stitching details.  I especially love pairing it with the Merry Christmas Noted Script die as I’ve done here.

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Started by die cutting a light gray piece of cardstock with the second largest die from Rectangle Basics.  Took the necessary letter dies to spell “merry” and lined them up on a piece of painter’s tape sticky side up.  For the second “r”, used the letter “p” to help with the spacing... but removed it before die cutting from the gray panel.  Repeated the die cutting for the second “r”.

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Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base then die cut all letters again from Bristol paper.  Applied Blueprint Sketch distress ink with a blender brush to the tops of the letters, then covered them with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Inlaid the letters into the gray panel.  Oh, forgot to mention to keep the gray centers of the “r’s” for this step.  

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The Christmas script sentiment was die cut three times.  Twice from Bristol paper, once from blue foil cardstock, and then all were stacked for dimension.  Added the three snowflakes die cut from Bristol paper to finish.

I love blue and non-traditional colour Christmas cards so I think this would look great in other fun colours.  That’s it for today.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful week.

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