438 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Sat 18

Feather Pen
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a super CAS (clean and simple) mini slimline card today using the small Plumed Gypsy Feather and Hugs Tender Script dies from the February 2023 collection.
Started by die cutting a stencil from a scrap of thick white paper with the small feather die.  Cut away the three strips that extended in.
Positioned the stencil onto a 3”x6” Bristol panel and ink blended blue and turquoise dye inks with blending brushes.  Splattered with water and blot with a paper towel for texture.

Die cut another feather from another white scrap and stacked for dimension before adhering on top of the stencilled image.

Die cut the Hugs Tender Script sentiment from black cardstock.  Used the inside of the “h” loop for the pen tip.  Wanted to do a large ink splat, but was too nervous to do it, so added diluted black gouache splatters instead.  Added another piece of cardstock to the panel for a bit of dimension before mounting it onto a 3,25”x6.25” white mini slimline card base to finish.


So it appears Jean and I were on the same wavelength to die cut our own stencils. 😂  Anyway, that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 20

Layered Hearts by Jean Okimoto


A combination of layered hearts from Memory Box and Poppystamps creates a simple card for Valentine's Day.  It's a basic design that works in your favorite shades of red, pink or violet.  Add a dark chocolate background and a layered greeting.  Hello,         Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy design that's easy to diecut and quick to assemble.


Cut dark brown cardstock with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Cut the dark pink glittered 6x6 from the Glitzy Glitter Pad with the smallest heart die.

Cut a  dark violet 6x6 from the Vibrant Violet Collection with the second-largest heart die from the set too. Place the diecut in the Pinpoint Heart Burst die and cut it again to trim it and add the pinpoint details.  The versatile Pinpoint Heart Burst has a large format that's great as-is - it's also perfect for diecutting with smaller heart dies.

Cut the dark violet cardstock with the scallopped die from the Poppystamps Vintage Scalloped Heart set.  


Layer the hearts - use double-stick tape at the bottoms and foam tape near the edges of the top half of the hearts.

Cut the background of the For You Posh Script set from the dark violet 6x6.  Cut the detailed overlay from white cardstock.


Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add the brown Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press have versatile collections of heart dies to mix and match to celebrate Valentine's Day, engagements, weddings and anniversaries.  They're great for friendship cards too!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm, create cards and have a wonderful weekend!










Sun 08

Chocolate Valentine
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a CAS (clean and simple) and fun non-traditional chocolate bar Valentine’s card to share today.  I was going to make a card with a heart box of chocolates, but Jean beat me to it. 😂

Started by embossing brown cardstock with the Geometric Crystal 3D embossing folder (EF) for the chocolate.   Applied the same color brown dye ink with a foam blending tool to it for dimension.  Trimmed a piece of silver paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad next and tore it to create the silver foil wrapping.


The outer chocolate bar wrapper was created from Twilight Purple paper.  Decorated it by ink blending Shaded Lilac distress ink (DI) over the edge of a piece of acetate for the rays.  The sentiment was die cut from white cardstock usimg the new Love You Gallery Script die.  Modified the “L” to get the “I”.  Assembled onto a white woodgrain panel to finish. 


Easy-peasy and fun, right?  That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 30

Valentine For You with Heart Ring Stack
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple Valentine's Day card featuring two of the newly released dies:

"For You Posh Script" die 94709 and "Heart Ring Stack" die 94667

Here's a closer look at my card:


To make my card I took a piece of watercolor paper that my art teacher, Cate Robbins, had used for testing watercolors. She gave me several panels that she didn't want to use so I plan to turn a lot of them into cards.  I cut the heart die from white twice, black once, and the watercolored panel once. I stacked the black and white outlines first, then added the watercolored pieced into the openings.

For the sentiment I cut it from white, black and the watercolor panel and stacked them. For the front of my card, I rounded the corners and then added score lines every 1/4" for some light texture. I added both die cut pieces to the front of the card, then added a few gold gems, also from Memory Box.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card for today! I had so much fun creating it. Be sure to come back each day for more inspiration from the design team. Thanks for stopping by!







Sat 17

Love You Blissful Heart
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Today I am stretching the new Blissful Heart hot foil plate from the 2023 Valentine’s release to create a monochromatic Valentine’s/love card. 

Started by die cutting with the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart die from an A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) Berry Red paper panel.  Took that heart cutout and spritz each side twice with water before dry embossing it with the Blissful Heart hot foil plate through my die cutting machine following the machine’s recommendation.


Hot foil plates are thicker than regular craft dies, so when dry embossed, it gives a deeper impression.  Next, ink blended Lumberjack Plaid distress ink to the raised areas to help the images show better.  Also added ink to the outside of the A2 panel.  Adhered the A2 panel onto a white card base to inlay the embossed heart back.  But due to the heart shrinking a bit from being dry embossed, another red heart was die cut out and inlaid into the space first.  Mounted the embossed heart on top.


The Love You Posh Script sentiment was then die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  For some shine and even more dimension, covered it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a total of three times.  Added red Bright Jewels for a bit of sparkle to finish.


This turned out differently (a lot redder) than what I pictured in my head. 😂   Oh well… that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day. 





Sat 10

by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a tweet 😉 CAS (clean and simple) card to share today using a few new products from the new 2023 Valentine’s release along with some previously released ones.  

The background was from my stash and it was dry embossed with the Pinpoint Burst Plate die.  The new Pinpoint Burst Heart was die cut from Bristol paper and from thick white paper to stack for dimension.  The back layer of the Layered Birds was die cut from Vibrant Violet paper while the top layer was die cut from white cardstock.  Colored the top layer by ink blending Picked Raspberry and Milled Lavender distress inks (DI).  The Woodland Branch was die cut from gray cardstock and shading added with a C4 Copic Sketch marker.  


The small heart was die cut from the Delicate Pastel Glitter paper pack using the new Heart Ring Stack die.  The sentiment is Bristol paper die cut with the new Sending Love Daily Script die set.  Flipped the “n” upside down for the “u”.   To match the birds, ink blended Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves DI on these letters, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for more sparkle.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then dotted the birds’ eyes with a black pen to finish.


To see the other fabulous products from the 2023 Valentine’s release, click HERE.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 02

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you.

I began by die cutting the Layered Narrow Pines from several pieces of green distress ink background papers.  I only used the large tree die, not the layered shadow die that comes in the set.


I stamped my greeting on the bottom portion of watercolor cardstock and then glued my trees to the paper.  I used foam tape to adhere the tallest tree and glued the other two directly onto the cardstock.  Using a blender brush I added a little bit of Bundled Sage Distress Ink under the trees. I spattered the card front with white ink and glued it to a black cardstock mat.  Next, I used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I added a red fairy crystal to the top of the middle tree.  

See how quick that was!  To save time you could die cut the trees from different color cardstock instead of creating your our background paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Sat 19

Merry Christmas Trio
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a little over a month away!  With that said, I am sharing an easy way to create a set of CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards using products from the 2022 Christmas collection.  

The process was the same for all three cards.  Started by ink smooshing a piece of mixed media paper with diluted Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet distress inks.  Die cut all images from this piece then added clear shimmer to them for some sparkle.  Die cut the images twice from thick white paper to stack for dimension.  Die cut the sentiment from Vintage Pastel Mirror paper and stacked on top of two white ones for dimension.  Assembled so onto white woodgrain paper to finish.  


On this first card and just like the large skates in my last post, the Classic Pair of Skates were laced with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from silver metallic shimmer paper and the blades from silver mirror paper.


The next card features the Alpine Snowflakes. 



And last but not least, the third card features the Little Trees die.  These are adorable, don’t you think?



And that’s it for my set of cards.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Fri 18

Merry Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have a clean and simple Christmas card for you.

I began by die cutting the Pine Needle Frame from green cardstock.  Next I cut apart the pine boughs from the frame and used green ink to darken the die cuts.

The Dreamy Bow was die cut from red cardstock and inked with red ink.

I stamped my sentiment on a white cardstock panel using black pigment ink and clear heat embossed the image.


Next, I glued the greens to the white cardstock panel and spattered it with white ink.

I assembled the bow and used foam tape to adhere it to the card, and then used foam tape to glue the card front to a white card base.

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To finish the card, I added some red fairy jewels to the pine bough.

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








Fri 04

Holiday Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today's card features a few new snowflake dies from the latest Christmas release.

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I die cut many Alpine Snowflakes from white cardstock and glued them to a white cardstock panel.  Once the glue was dry, I sprayed the paper with 2 colors of Distress Mica Stain, Winter Frost and Snow Flurries.  When the background was dry, I spattered it with white paint.

I die cut the Celeste Snowflake from silver glitter paper and the snowflake shadow from white cardstock.  Then I glued the silver snowflake to the shadow die cut and adhered it to the prepared background.  

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Next, I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it across the snowflake.

The background was glued to a black cardstock mat and then adhered to a white card base.

That's it for today.  I hope you have a great day!