384 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 


To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.


That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!






Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.


For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  


Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.


For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.


Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.


I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 






Tue 07

Christmas in July
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  Today I have a clean and simple (CAS) Christmas card for you! 

I love an excuse to start Christmas projects, and Christmas in July is one of my favorite things!

For my card today I wanted to show you how to use everyday dies and make them work all year long.

I began by die cutting the Verdant Leaf twice from watercolor paper. I used watercolor paper because it was a nice contrast from the white cardstock.  I cut one of the leaf images apart and glued them to my cardstock.


Then I die cut the word "Merry" 3 times from red cardstock and glued them all together to give the word a little more dimension.  Before I adhered the word to my card I stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and glued that to my card.  Then I adhered the word Merry above my sentiment. 


To finish the card I added some sequins to the leaves and used foam tape to adhere my card front to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Have a great week.








Sat 13

Embossed Vellum Sympathy Card
by Trina Pham


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.


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.


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 😬).  


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.


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







Tue 09

Best Wishes
by Michelle Bala


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. 


The picture above are the supplies I used. 


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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Wed 20

Layered Stencilling
by Trina Pham


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.


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.


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


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.

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





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.


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...





Tue 28

Happy Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala


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!


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. 

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.

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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Sat 18

Embossing on Pattern Paper
by Michelle Bala


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.


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.


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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