417 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Tue 20

Twiggy Alphabet
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for alphabet dies. 😂  No seriously, I  do!  I love how I can customize my cards with them.  And no surprise I loved the Twiggy Alphabet dies from the Sumner Daydreams release as soon as I saw it.  I used it here to create a very simple card today.

Started by picking out the papers from the different paper packs to get a rainbow.  Die cut the letters from them in rainbow order and their shadows from Bristol paper, then adhered them together.  “sending” from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock.


The background is Bristol paper die cut with the Double Stitch Loving Heart die, then backed with Dura-Lar.  Dura-Lar is a synthetic film and its heat resistant properties make them ideal for heat embossing, which I was planing to do but changed my mind.  Assembled the card onto a split black/white card base to finish.


So I couldn’t let July pass by without creating a Christmas-in-July card. 😉  I made it rainbow color as well, but only used the shadow for the sentiment.


Shading was added to each letter shadow with a grey Copic marker.  


The holly from Antique Holly Label was die cut from Bristol paper.  Left it uncolored because I didn’t want it to compete with the colourful sentiment.  Assembled the card onto white woodgrain paper, then added a few clear jewels as holly berries and clear shimmer on the letters for some sparkle to finish.


And that concludes this post for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a CAS card for you featuring the new Eucalyptus Collage Die.

I started by die cutting the Eucalyptus die in the center of a green cardstock panel.  I sponged Forest Moss Distress ink on the stems and lower portion of the leaves to add some depth to them.


 I adhered a white piece of cardstock behind the die cut and mounted that on a lighter green cardstock mat.  Next, I used foam tape and mounted it on white and black cardstock mats.

On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment. Using foam tape, I glued it to the card.


I adhered the card front to a white card base and used some fairy drops to finish the card.

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






Thu 08

Simple Layered Wreath
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a few CAS style cards. I used some of the newest products  from the Summer Daydreams Release.

I chose the Delicate Wreath Die and die cut it three times using papers from the Lush Green paper pack. I adhered the layers together than added a twine bow.  I trimmed a piece of White Wood Grain Paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and used the Double Stitch Rectangle Cutout Die to add the border. Adhere the die cut border panel to the card base. I stamped and die cut the sentiment from the new stamp/ die combo, Signature Greetings. Lastly, I scattered some clear jewels.

I followed the same design for this card, but I used Fresh Aqua Paper Pack and Kraft Wood Grain Paper. 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek! Hope you'll check out the newest release!

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Sun 27

Heart Birthday Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this multiple heart die birthday card.  It's a clean and simple card using lots of dies and just a little stamping and heat embossing.
Here's another look:
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The biggest heart was made with the Memory Box Woodgrain Heart cut from Memory Box pink card stock. It's a wonderful heart die unlike your other heart dies.  But here's a tip, if you don't have this die you can get white or kraft woodgrain card stock from Memory Box and use it to cut any shape die you have and then ink it or color it with markers to make it any color you like!  The woodgrain papers from Memory Box come in white, ivory and kraft colors.
The next layer in my heart die stack is the inside of the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die, cut from pastel glitter card stock, also from Memory Box.  On top of that I added the Crystal Heart die also cut from pastel pink glitter paper.  On top of that I added a white cut out I made using the two smallest dies from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out die set cut from white card stock.
The sentiment is from Birch Press Design's Crystal Lingo stamp set, heat embossed in white on black card stock then cut with coordinating dies.  Here's one last look:
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I finished the card by adding clear Fairy Gems around the outside of the pink heart.
Hope you like my card inspiration for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!





Sun 20

Stained Glass Butterfly Birthday Mail
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today today with two cards featuring the "Stained Glass Butterfly", "Pinpoint Burst" and "Birthday Mail Posh Script" dies.
Here's a look at my 2nd card:

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For both cards I cut several black and white butterflies with the die and stacked them up slightly offset from each other.  The plan was to back them with smooshed watercolored paper for the first card, and an alcohol inked panel for the 2nd card.

For card 1 I used the "Pinpoint Burst" die on the white back panel and on the 2nd card I used it directly on the alcohol inked panel.

I added the stacked butterflies to their backgrounds and then added lots of clear fairy gems to the centers of them. The sentiment "Birthday Mail" was die cut from black, white and the smooshed/alcohol inked panels and stacked for dimension. I love that this die has both the thin letters plus an outlined die. It makes it so versatile and you can use it in many ways.

Here's another look at both cards:

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The first card is a regular A2 size card and the 2nd card is a mini slimline card sized at 3" by 6".

Here's one last look:

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I absolutely love combining dies to create card with no stamping.  Memory Box has so many wonderful versatile dies to combine on your cards, be sure to give them a look on the Memory Box website.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Sat 19

Color Paper Striping
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today is my niece’s 16th birthday… I can’t believe she’s driving age already!  Anyway, this started out as her card, but I ended up sending her something else so it would hopefully arrive in time.  My intention was to take advantage of the 6x6 color paper packs that contain four each of 12 different colors of the same color family to create a clean and simple (CAS) ombré stripe background.

I started by picking out four gradient color sheets from the Vibrant Violet paper pack.  Used the Vertical Line Collage die to die cut from each color resulting in 1/8” strips.  Took a square die from Square Basics next and die cut an opening in an A2 sized Bristol panel.  Traced the opening onto the front of a white card base to use as a guide for adhering the strips over.


Next, the Stained Glass Butterfly was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Big and Little Reverse Words was stamped with Archival Black ink and partial die cutting was then used to die cut it out.  Assembled the card to finish… but as an after thought and for something fun, I decided to turn it into a faux shaker card and added a whole bunch of clear jewels. 😂


Now I wasn’t planning to share this next card because I was making it for my dad for Father’s Day.  I didn’t get a chance to complete it before he passed away.  He was always excited to receive my cards and would proudly display them.  This was the reason I decided to finish it for him and changed my mind about sharing it.  He loved the ocean so…


Used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the Sunny Orange and Ocean Blue paper packs.  Adhered the strips to Bristol paper before die cutting it out with a circle die.


The rest is pretty straight forward.  As always all supplies are listed below.  


Before I go, I wanted to address Jan’s question regarding the Dendritic Paint Printing technique featured in my last post.  You can use any color acrylic paint.  I used white because it is all I have.  I don’t think it will work with ink pads or re-inkers because it needs to be a certain thickness and opacity.  I’ve only seen acrylic paints used, but if you tried other mediums and it worked, please share.

And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Wed 09

Dendritic Paint Printing
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a clean and simple underwater scene card to share today featuring the Dendritic Paint Printing technique.  In a nutshell, the technique involves smooshing acrylic paint between two hard surfaces, pulling them apart and lifting the resulting branchlike pattern onto a piece of paper.

I only have white acrylic paint, so I wanted to create a water background.  Started by masking the perimeter of an A2 size Bristol panel with 1” painter’s tape.  Ink blended Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  Lightly spritz with water and dabbed off with a paper towel for some texture.


Now for the technique.  Took one of my new acrylic cutting plates used for die cutting in my die cutting machine and added acrylic paint to it.  Spread it out with a flat brush, then pressed another acrylic cutting plate on top.  Pulled the plates apart, revealing this.


Placed the ink blended water background on top and gently pressed to transfer the image.  Doesn't it look like coral? 


The rays in the top left corner was an after thought and was created by blending more Salvaged Patina DI off the edge of a piece of acetate.


The turtle was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers, while the fish were die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a small detail blender and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Added eyes with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in black to finish,


And that wraps it up for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Sun 16

Clean & Simple Mixed Media Card + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie today with this fun CAS (clean and simple) mixed media card.
I used lots of dies from Memory Box including the newly released "Jumbled Line Collage" die, which I used as a stencil for some embossing paste.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.  If you prefer, you can click on the "YouTube" on the bottom of the video to watch it on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel while you are there so you won't miss new content!

Here's a closer look at the center of the card:

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 I have a few more pictures to share below:

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Here's one with the Memory Box supplies I used:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today!

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the newest products that came out this month!
So many amazing dies, plus woodgrain paper, and the most gorgeous gems and droplets too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Tue 11

Birds of a Feather
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a fun flock of birds! I used the Graceful Ocean Birds Die, die cut them two times and added some color with Copic Markers. I used the Wrapped Stitched Die and die cut the panel. Than I used the Jumbled Line Collage Die and secured it to the center of the die cut stitched panel. 


Using the card base, I inked up some rainbow colors to show through the Jumbled Line Collage.  Adhere the die cut panel to the rainbow inked base.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, All the Happiness. 

I adhered the birds than added some Bright Jewels.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Fri 09

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik


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

  • I started by creating a distress ink background to go behind the butterfly die cut. I blended Citron Distress Oxide and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide on watercolor paper. I inked a piece of corrugated cardboard with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and stamped into the blended background. 
  • Next, I die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly in the center of a piece of white cardstock.


  • I I trimmed and glued my inked background to a white card base. 
  • Next, I stamped the word Hello under the die cut window and used foam tape to adhere it to my card base.
  • I die cut a frame from the Square Basic die set, that is slightly smaller than the Butterfly die cut.
  • Next, I glued the butterfly die cut to the back of the frame and then adhered it to the die cut window on the front of the card.


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