452 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

02/24/2024

Sat 24

Easter Egg Basket Chick
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I’m going clean and simple (CAS) today with this fun Easter card featuring the Layered Chicks, Woven Basket of Eggs and Happy Easter Curled Script dies from the current 2024 Spring Cheer release.  
 
Started by die cutting the Woven Basket of Eggs from white cardstock and the Layered Chicks from the lightest yellow Sunrise paper.  Used mini blending brushes to color and ink blend them with distress inks (DI):
 
basket - Brushed Corduroy 
eggs - Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Shaded Lilac 
chick - Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot 
 
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For the background, Tumbled Glass DI was ink blended on an A2 size Bristol panel then spritz with water and blot with a paper towel for some texture.   Next, die cut the clouds from white cardstock and the sentiment from black glossy paper.  Added light shading on the clouds with C00 and C1 Copic Sketch markers.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  

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That does it for this easy peasy Easter card. 😉   Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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01/27/2024

Sat 27

Sending Blooming Anemone Hugs
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a QACAS (quick and clean and simple) card to share today featuring the Blooming Anemone and Hugs Debut Script dies from the current Anemone release.

The anemone was die cut from white cardstock and its pieces were ink blended with Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters and Black Soot distress inks (DI).

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The Poppy Stamps stitched envelope was then die cut from white cardstock, followed by the “hugs” sentiment, which was die cut three times also from white, to stack for dimension.  Ink blended the top layer with Seedless Preserves DI, then adhered the stacked sentiment onto a pale plum cardstock piece that was trimmed down to fit the envelope.  Assembled the card onto a black A2 size panel, then added clear shimmer to the flower for some sparkle to finish.

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Not gonna lie, this ended being more dramatic than intended. 🤷🏻‍♀️   And that does it  for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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12/15/2023

Fri 15

Merry and Quick by Jean Okimoto

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Be merry - and quick - with fail-proof instant greetings.   Create just-in-time cards with tools and supplies that eliminate coloring, measuring, guessing and stamping.  Hi, Jean here with a quick and easy design for another busy weekend.

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Cut white cardstock with the die from the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set.  You'll have 5 diecuts perfectly-proportioned to use with the Poinsettia Rub-Ons.   

Cut the rub-on designs - leave a generous border around the images.  Carefully remove the paper liner and lightly press the transfer onto the diecuts.  Place it between two layers of printer paper and run it through a diecut machine using plates you'd use for basic diecutting.  Carefully remove the frosty plastic layer.

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Cut pink cardstock with the 3-¾" wide A2 Rectangle Frames die.  Attach everything to a pink A2 card.

Attach a Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose (colored) Tab with foam tape. These new instant-greetings are in a set of 40 - 4 each of 10 typefaces to match any holiday design.

Add yellow Bright Jewels to the poinsettia. Attach lime green Bright Jewels to each of the rub-on blocks.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Mix and match the different poinsettia, foliage and berry rub-ons for Christmas and holiday thank-you cards.  They're great for gift tags and placecards too!  Attach them to a miniature evergreen for a very special Christmas display or centerpiece.

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

Jeansignature-3

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11/27/2023

Mon 27

Dramatic Christmas Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I was working on another card featuring the Small Poinsettia Layers die from the current 2023 Christmas collection when my die cutting machine stopped working.  😣<grrr>  So I looked at what I had and this dramatic CAS (clean and simple) card resulted after seeing the new Black, White and Gold color challenge at AAA Cards.  Needless to say, this will be a very quick post. 😂

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The poinsettia layers and pine needle sprigs were die cut from white paper.   Each poinsettia is made up of three layers.  Used gold foil paper and a 1/4” circle punch for the centers.  The sentiment is the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Black Tabs.  Assembled the card onto a black panel to finish.

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And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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11/08/2023

Wed 08

Aurora Snowflake Shaker
Trina Pham


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Hello there.  I have a super easy white-on-white snowflake shaker card to share today featuring the Aurora Snowflake die from the 2023 Christmas collection.  It’s my first true white-on-white card since I did’t cave and use silver for my sentiment!

Started by die cutting the snowflake opening in the center of a 4x5.25-inch white woodgrain paper panel using the background shadow die.  Adhered a piece of acetate behind it then added foam strips on the perimeter to create the well in which to house the shaker bits.  Add the shaker bits and then seal it in with a piece of cardstock. 

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Die cut the snowflake itself from white glitter paper.  White heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum then punched it out with a 3/4-inch circle punch.  Assembled onto a white card base to finish.

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And that’s a wrap.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.IMG_0323

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10/19/2023

Thu 19

Best Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card is inspired by all the beautiful autumn colors!  

To make this card card, I started by die cutting the new Gypsy Oak Leaves several times from colored cardstock.  I glued all the outline leaf shapes to the solid leaf die cuts.  

I used the one of the Wrapped Stitched Rectangles to die cut a card panel from the White Woodgrain cardstock.  

Next, I glued my die cut leaves to the panel and spattered it with gold ink.  

I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock and gold heat embossed it.  I inked  the edges of the sentiment strip with gold ink and used foam tape to adhere it to the card. 

 

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That's it for today!  Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week!

Donnasignature

 

 

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10/08/2023

Sun 08

Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share a card I had in my mind that stepped away from traditional Christmas colors.

To make the card, I started with white cardstock and then sponged it with different shades of PanPastel chalks:

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Once I had the colors blended as I wished, I stamped the whole thing with the newest snowflake background stamp using Versamark ink. I am including a photo, but Versamark is clear, and you can only faintly see the snowflakes stamped on top of the chalk:

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Next, I sponged the exact same PanPastel chalks on top of the inks to make the snowflakes show up darker than the background. The beauty of this technique is that you don't need to be gentle. You can press the chalk firmly on top  of the snowflakes and the ink doesn't smudge.

To finish the card, I cut out my snowflake and added a green gem to the center and a Merry Christmas sentiment to the top:

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What about you? What non-traditional colors have you used for your holiday cards?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Laurasignature

 

 

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06/18/2023

Sun 18

Toolbox
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Happy Father’s Day to all the fabulous fathers / father figures celebrating today.  Since losing my dad a couple years ago, I have stopped making Father’s Day specific cards, but masculine cards are always handy to have.  I am using the Toolbox 3D embossing folder (EF) with coordinating dies from the 2023 Spring collection to create a simple masculine card good for many occasions.  

The toolbox was created from Kraft woodgrain paper.  The back base layer is 3”x1.5” and the two boards are 3”x0.75”.  Inked and shaded them with Kraft dye ink and/or Gathered Twigs distress ink.  For the handle, started with a 3”x1” piece and die cut with the smallest A2 Rectangle Frames die.  When assembling it, left a small space in between the boards.  Used a circle hole punch to punch from brown cardstock for the nails.

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The tools were die cut from silver Pastel Mirror paper and various color cardstock using the coordinating EF dies.  Ran all the pieces through the die cutting machine in the EF to give them details and dimension.  I think next time instead of die cutting fromin different color cardstock, I would just die cut from white and color the necessary parts in with Copic markers.  The background panel is white woodgrain paper dry embossed with the Toolshed 3D EF.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  

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That does it for my card today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

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05/30/2023

Tue 30

Thank You, Simply Stated by Jean Okimoto

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Need a quick, easy and fail-proof card?  Memory Box Magnolia Rub-On Transfers add the perfect amount of color and detail to any design.  Add a dimensional greeting and sparkly pink Pastel Jewels...and your card is ready to go!  Hi, Jean here with a simple thank you card for a busy day.

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Tape the 3-½" and 2-½" wide Nested Globe dies to natural cardstock and diecut them for a simple offset inlaid background.  Tape them together on the reverse side.

Cut the curved Magnolia Rub-On Transfer branch and its paper liner - leave a generous border around it.  Carefully remove the paper liner and tap the transfer onto the globe background.  Place it between two layers of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine using the base and cutting plates.  The transfer sets include a wood craft stick to burnish the design - but running it through the machine is great for burnishing too.  Carefully remove the frosty top plastic layer.

Squeegee glue between two pieces of natural cardstock and diecut the solid Thank You Posh Script background.  Pressure-emboss the background with the detailed top layer using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Embossing the background creates a debossed area that makes it super-easy to attach the detailed top layer.  Cut the top layer from the pink Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Assemble the greeting.

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Attach the diecuts to a top-folded pink A2 card - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add pink Pastel Jewels.

Magnolia Rub-On Transfers - paired with shimmery greetings and sparkly jewels - are great for any occasion.  Decorate a stash of backgrounds with the floral and foliage transfers.  Diecut coordinating greetings and have them ready when you need a quick card.  

Thanks for visiting...see you in June!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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05/28/2023

Sun 28

Magnolia Buds Pop-Up Card
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a floral bouquet pop-up card featuring the Magnolia Bud Trio die from the April 2023 Magnolia collection.  Removing the belly band reveals the fun surprise inside! 🤗

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Started with two side folding A2 size card bases made from black cardstock.  Trimmed one down about 1/8” smaller, then using a ruler and a white gel pen, marked off the bouquet details as follows. 

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The dot is the point of the bottom of the bouquet wrap while the lines are the top of the wrap and shelves for attaching the buds and leaves. Cut along the lines with scissors and scored from the end point of the longest line to the dot.  Fold as follows.

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Opened it up and mountain fold all sections to form the bouquet base.

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Die cut the Magnolia Bud Trio from white cardstock and colored the buds with a finger brush and Wilted Violet distress ink.  Die cut the leaves with the Magnolia Leaf Branch die and colored the leaves with YG61/63/67 Copic Sketch markers.  Glued the buds and leaves to form the bouquet, checking each time to ensure placement does not impede folding.  Magnolia Plaid paper was used for the wrap  

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Created the belly band from black cardstock and the same plaid paper to keep the card cohesive.  The For You Posh Script sentiment was in my stash.  It was die cut from gold Vintage Pastel Mirror paper and mounted on its black shadow.  

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Didn’t want the few unused buds and left over branch to go to waste, so added them to the belly band afterwards.  Finished off with some clear shimmer on the buds for some sparkle.

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update: a quick video of it can be seen over on my IG account HERE.   Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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