380 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

06/13/2020

Sat 13

Embossed Vellum Sympathy Card
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I intended to create a get well card for a friend, but things took a turn quite quickly and after six long brave years of battling cancer, she unfortunately succumbed to the disease a couple of weeks ago.  With the pandemic, I was not able to visit or go to her funeral.  She leaves behind a wonderful husband and I wanted to honour both her and support him, so I made this clean and simple (CAS) sympathy card using a mix of products from the releases so far this year.

I started by placing a piece of vellum into the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and ran it through my Big Shot machine.

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I find dry embossing with vellum works better with thick vellum, but I’m out of it and only had medium weight vellum left.  So to make the design more prominent, I flipped the vellum over and dry embossed it with a stylus on a foam mat.  Had to be careful not to press too hard at the risk of tearing the vellum.

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Next, a heart opening was die cut from a Bristol panel using Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  The embossed vellum was then adhered behind it and excess trimmed away.  A piece of green pattern paper from the Garden Folly paper pack backed the vellum to give some contrast.  For a little sparkle, clear shimmer was added onto the vellum.  Unfortunately, this warped it a bit... but it just adds more dimension and interest (I hope 😬).  

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The sentiment is from Peony Garden Corner stamp set.  Heartfelt was masked off leaving HUGS to be inked with VersaMark and stamped onto black cardstock. It was heat embossed with white embossing powder then trimmed into a strip.  The opposite was done for heartfelt, except it was fussy cut out.  The butterflies from Butterfly Heart Frame were then die cut from white shimmer paper and mounted with foam tape.  Added a drop of Mint Frost glitter glue to the butterfly center to finish.

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Anyway, that does it for me.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!

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06/09/2020

Tue 09

Best Wishes
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. I needed a wedding card for a couple who was supposed to have a traditional wedding ceremony but due to circumstances, they were wed privately. 

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The picture above are the supplies I used. 

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I die cut the gray panel using Diagonal Stripe Collage than splattered some white and gold paint. After the paint dried, I adhered it to the card base. Next, I die cut the Dahlia Circle Frame and colored the flower insert with a marker and colored pencils. Die cut the sentiment twice, once from glitter paper pad and a second time from coordinating cardstock. After I assembled the card I scattered some gems.

Thanks for stopping by! 

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05/20/2020

Wed 20

Layered Stencilling
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I don’t have my new Garden Party products yet, so I’m sharing another simple card made with more products from the Spring release.

My card was prompted by the Layered Stencilling theme over at CAS Stencil card challenge.  Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered it to a Bristol panel and ink blended on Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves distress inks (di) using blending brushes.

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The Midnight Mandala stencil from Birch Press Designs was then layered over top and more of the same inks were applied over that stencil.  Removed the stencils and this is what resulted.

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For some shimmer, the panel was spritz with a sparkle spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo, but it’s really pretty IRL).

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Next, the Pretty Blossom Stem was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Wild Rose Stem stamp set was black heat embossed directly on the panel.  Assembled the card onto a slightly textured A2 piece to finish.

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 That does it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!

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05/09/2020

Sat 09

Stylish Rectangle Trio and 11” of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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Make three friendship cards with the Stylish Rectangle Trio and just 11" of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.  Eleven wasn't a magic number - it's just the cardstock length.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope it's the start of a creative weekend for you.

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Here's a tip - that bright blue piece stuck to the tape is a strip of a thin kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape from wrinkling and sticking to itself.  It's also a great edge to tear the tape.  And the flat area keeps the tape from rolling away, off the desk and onto the floor!

Attach Sunset Rose Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut the Stylish Rectangle Trio.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on natural white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the cardstock with dies from the Rectangle Basics set. Cut the "THANKS for always being there" strip with a larger die, then trim the excess from the bottom edge.

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Washi tapes often have a waxy surface that won't work with some adhesives.  Here's a tip ...before attaching the washi tape diecut to the card, cut and remove some of the washi tape with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the foam tape to the card itself.  Attach the greeting strip to the foam tape.

Cut coordinating accent strips from the brown and dark green Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  Cut strips from the pink and dark teal Cottage and Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  

Attach the pieces to A-6 and A-2 cards of natural white cardstock.  Cut hexagon accents with the Honeycomb Square and green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad.

There are many ways to use the new Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape - it's great on peach or yellow cardstock too.  Try different cardstock colors and other sections of the washi tape.  The print repeats about every 14 inches - lots of tape for all of your projects!

Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the cards we've created to keep you inspired during these challenging times...

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04/28/2020

Tue 28

Happy Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. Hope you are all safe and well and hopefully enjoying down time and craft time! I've been playing around with the new Twinkling Jewel and Delicate Pastel glitter paper pads. The colors are so vibrant it makes we yearn for spring and summer flowers!

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I used the Double Stitch Rectangle Dies to cut a frame from the glitter paper.  I chose the first and fourth die cut frame ( starting from the largest as shown above) and secured them to the glitter paper. 
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The glitter paper pads pair perfectly ( say that 10 times fast!) with Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pads!!! I used the sentiment from the stamp set  Friendship and Kindness, Poppy Stamps. I trimmed the pattern paper to fit just behind the frame. Than I adhered them together and to the card base.
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I die cut some butterflies using the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background Dies and glitter paper. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this a try!

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04/18/2020

Sat 18

Embossing on Pattern Paper
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here! Stopping by to share a quick and easy card with you! I chose the stamp set Birthday Rose Corner Clear Stamp and the coordinating die. Than I selected pattern paper from the Springtime Bouquet paper pad. I really love the light and dark blue rays from the pattern I chose.

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I coated the paper with some anti static powder than heat embossed the flower with the black embossing powder. I die cut the flower. I used the die a second time and die cut a second piece from heavy white cardstock. Line the embossed die cut panel and the white die cut panel together and adhere them together. Adhere the double die cut panel to the card base with foam adhesive. Trim the excess edges. I embossed the two sentiments with silver embossing powder.

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I added some dimension with a few Copic Markers in shades BG70, BG72, and BG75. I added some shimmer with Fairy Sugar glitter glue in Twilight. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for taking a peek! I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy crafting!!!

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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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