443 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


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!






Thu 08

A September Celebration! by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate Stamptember with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp!  Here's the fabulous new and exclusive Memory Box Beautiful Moments Stamp Set designed by Dave Brethauer for this annual celebration of design, creativity and inspiration.

It's a versatile, classic design that's only available while supplies last.  You'll love creating cards, layouts, journals and mixed media projects with this great set of clear stamps.

Hi friends, Jean Okimoto here with a simple back-painted vellum slimline design.  It's a classic botanical image that's perfect for any occasion.  

Prep heavy white vellum with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray powder flecks.  Stamp the image with VersaMark, then emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it with the 4-¾"x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Dribble Distress Oxide refill inks onto a large acrylic stamp block.  I've used abandoned coral, twisted citron and mowed lawn.  Paint the reverse side of the stamped vellum using a barely damp paintbrush and the refill inks.  Airdry the inks.  

Stamp the greeting - also from this great new stamp set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the 2-¾"x 1-½" Rectangle Basics die. P1018953 2

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - 3-⅝" x 8-⅝".  Foamtape the greeting.  Use tiny pieces of doublestick tape behind several outer points of the stamped image.  

Add green Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Place a very tiny dot of adhesive on the vellum behind the jewels to secure the  three corners.

Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.


Here's a link to order your exclusive Beautiful Moments set - remember it's a limited edition exclusive, available only while supplies last.

Thanks for joining us for Stamptember 2022!  See you again next week...




Thu 08

Boo to You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you featuring new products from the fall release.

I die cut the ghosts from white cardstock and randomly glued them to a black cardstock panel.


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Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the overhanging ghosts from the background and glued it to to a orange cardstock mat.  I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a white card base.

I die cut the shadow from the "Boo to You" die from orange cardstock and the words from white cardstock.  I glued the words to the orange shadow die cut, then glued it to a vellum die cut circle.  Next, I glued this to my card and that's it!  Cutting all the ghosts was probably the most time consuming part of the card.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!




94622 Ghosts in the Forest Craft Die

94587 Boo Posh Script Die




Thu 18

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features new products from the new 2022 Memory Box Fall release.  I created a clean and simple card that highlights the new Flying Witch Craft Die.

I began by creating an ink blended background on white cardstock.  I spritzed the background with Harvest Moon Distress Mica Spray to give it a little shimmer.  


When the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and glued it to a black cardstock mat. Then I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut the witch from glossy black cardstock and adhered to the card with foam tape.


To finish the card, I added some Autumn Fairy Crystals and that's it!  I told you it was easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!





#94624 Flying Witch Craft Die



Thu 04

Adventure Awaits
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have another summer themed card for you.  

I started by stamping the tiny fish on a white cardstock panel.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with black ink under the blue fish.

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


I used white cardstock and dry embossed the fish using the new Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder and coordinating die to cut the fish. I colored the fish using the coordinating stencil and Distress Inks.  The ink colors I used were Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed.  I used a black marker for the fish eye and a white pen for around the eye then used foam tape to glue it to the card.

To finish the card, I glued some Clear Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.


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






EF1031 Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Matching Dies

88623 Ocean Fish Stencil



Sun 24

Lavender Bouquet Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a CAS (clean and simple) mini slimline birthday card to share today featuring the Lavender Bouquet dies from the 2022 May release.  

Started by die cutting the lavender flowers from scraps of Bristol paper.  Using a foam blending tool, added Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink (DOx) to the flower sections.  Used the direct-to-paper method to add Shabby Shutters distress ink (DI) to the stems.  A dark purple Tombow alcohol marker was then used to give it some texture and dimension.  Created the vase by die cutting from alcohol marker friendly paper using a Nested Globes die then trimming off the rounded end to get a flat edge.  Added shading to it with Copic Sketch markers C1, C0 and C00.  


The white card base and the background panel were trimmed to 3.25”x6.25” from heavy weight white cardstock next.  On the panel, stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Shaded Lilac DOx ink and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Masked off the left side and bottom, then ink blended Blueprint Sketch DI.  Splattered with white and black gouache paint for some texture.  Assembled to finish.

That does it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.