420 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Sat 22

Cottage Flower Thank You
by Trina Pham



Hello everyone.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card today that I made for a crafty friend who helped me update my blog recently.  I used the Cottage Flower Stem die from the 2022 Valentine’s release and skipped the middle layer so I could do some die cut coloring.

The flower stem and flower center were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock.  To give it strength, the flower stem was die cut from thick white cardstock, then adhered beneath the first one before some easy coloring with Copic markers.  Okay, maybe not so easy because I messed up on the stem/leaves. 😂  Another flower stem was then die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the stem/leaves were re-colored.  I liked how the flower turned out on the first one, so it was cut off and pieced on top of the second one.  The resulting dimension was a nice unexpected surprise.




Next, a piece of Bristol paper was die cut with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and splatters added using diluted black gouache paint.  The Thank You Posh Script was die cut three times from white cardstock and once from black cardstock, then stacked for a floating effect.  For some shine, covered it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it twice with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added clear shimmer to the flower to finish.



Kept it pretty simple so the Cottage Flower Stem could shine!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Wed 29

Thank You Memory Box
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing my last Memory Box blog post as part of their design team:( Thank you, Dave and Monica, for your generosity and the beautiful products you supplied to us!!!!  And a HUGE THANK YOU to all my crafty friends on this blog!!! I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!!

Today's card is pretty basic. I used the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder and embossed a piece of white cardstock. Than I trimmed the cardstock to measure 4 x 5 2/4". The card base meausres 4 2/4 x 5 1/2. I adhered the embossed panel to the card base with foam tape.

Next, I used the Bennet Alphabet Dies. This set of dies has two dies per letter. The letter die and it's coordinating shadow. I die cut the words 'thank you' from the 6 x 6 pattern paper pack Woodsy Plaid. I took the shadow dies ( the larger die) and die cut the glitter background from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad. I adhered the plaid pattern on top of the glitter. Than I adhered the whole letter to the embossed panel with foam tape.

That's all for me...God Bless you all!

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Mon 20

3D Poinsettia Embossing on Vellum
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! I have a Christmas card for you today using a vellum dry embossed poinsettia from Memory Box. I used the 3D Magnificent Poinsettia embossing folder on a piece of vellum and then rubbed Fire Brick Distress Ink directly onto the embossed vellum. After drying it with my heat tool, I fussy cut it out and adhered it to a rectangle die.

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I matted the white rectangle on red card stock and then onto a white card base. The sentiment is from Memory Box Signature Greetings, stamped and heat embossed in white and the die cut with the coordinating die. Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you like my card for today. I really love how the vellum poinsettia turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Thu 25

Thanks Card
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Today I have an easy Thank-You card for you.

To create the background, I used Simon Hurley's Stamping Foam and pressed it on the Ringadings 3D Embossing folder.  

Next, I rubbed the ink pads directly onto the stamping foam, misted it lightly with plain water and stamped it onto white cardstock.  


I mounted the background on a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut the word Thanks from glitter cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  

Then I glued it onto the shadow die cut and adhere it to the card.

To finish the card,  I added some Clear Fairy Drops.  


That's it for today!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!





Fri 19

Hollyday Greetings
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Fri-YAY everyone!   This will be a quick post because I have a very easy clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

The Holly Branch was die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock and the berries colored in with Copic markers R24, R46, R89.  The punny sentiment was die cut out of red Polished Foil paper using the Twiggy Alphabet die set.   “Greetings” from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set was stamped on white cardstock with Barn Door distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


The Fresh Aqua paper was then trimmed to 4”x5.25”.  Salvaged Patina distress ink was then applied to the top with a blender brush before lightly splattering it with white gouache paint.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


Easy-peasy… and that’s it for today!   Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Sun 07

Joy and Cheer
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  

Today I have a quick and easy card for you! 

For the card background, I used red foil paper and embossed it using the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder. I glued the background to a white cardstock mat, which was adhered to a black mat.  Next, adhere the background to a white card base.


I die cut the words "Joy and Cheer" from black cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  Glue the words to the shadow die cut and use foam tape to adhere it to the card.


To finish the card, add some Fairy gemstones and that's it!  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!






Fri 05

Spread the Cheer!
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!
It's Angie here today with this masculine "Spread the Cheer" holiday card!
Here's a closer look:

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As you can see I used a lot of masculine looking colors and items on my card.
First I used the "Curled Holly Branch die" and cut it twice from a dark brown card stock from the "Earth Neutral paper pack, and once from plaid paper from the "Woodsy Plaid" paper pack and layered them slightly offset. I took Distress Ink in "Tea Dye" and inked the edges of the holly die cut. Next I took a piece of a brown paper sack and tore a square piece out of it, then ran it through my embossing machine with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder. I also inked the torn edges of paper sack square with the ink.

I adhered it to the center of a square piece of card stock 4.5" by 4.5" and added both the holly cut and a sentiment from the "Festive Christmas Greetings" stamp set. Lastly I added some "Autumn Fairy Crystals" to the berries on the holly die cut. If you look at the picture below, you can see just how pretty those crystals are as they reflect light. Just gorgeous!

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Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you like my card for today. It's a great masculine design, if you are needed masculine cards for family or friends. Be sure to check out all the amazing new release items in the 2021 Memory Box Holiday Release. There's just so many awesome products!








Fri 24

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have an easy, no coloring card for you.

I started by stamping and white heat embossing the pumpkin image onto kraft cardstock.  Next I used a gray water based marker to add some shadows to the image.  

I spattered the background with white and black inks.


I mounted the kraft panel onto a black cardstock mat and tied a piece of jute around the bottom of the card front.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

Next I stamped the word "Thankful" on a strip of black cardstock, white heat embossed it and used foam tape to glue it to my card front.


To finish the card, I added some Black Nuvo Drops to add a little dimension.

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!






Tue 14

Tiffany Inspired Card
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Tiffany inspired color combo. I trimmed a piece of Fresh Aqua paper to fit a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base. 

I die cut the Floral Chain Craft Die in white cardstock.  I adhered this to the card base with foam tape. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing

powder. I used the stamp and die combo set Signature Greetings.


For a finishing touch I added some Clear Jewels and sequins.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great week!

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Tue 07

Easy Gift Tags
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some quick and easy gift tags. I used Thanks Cursive Script Circle Die, Hello Cursive Script Circle Die and Stitched Circle Layers Die.

To create the tag base I die cut two circle shapes, the smallest and the third from the largest. I adhered them together than punched a hole in the top of the arch, as shown. I assembled the bases and allow for drying time.  Next, I colored up some cardstock with Copic Markers. I die cut Hello and Thanks Cursive Script and adhered them to the tag base. I added some coordinating twine and cord, and also Bright Jewels gems.

Here are the Copic colors I used:

pink: RV55 RV17 RV19

yellow: Y08 Y18 Y38

orange: YR04 YR07 YR09

green: G14 G07 G09

aqua: BG13 BG18 BG09

Thanks for stopping by!

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