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Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

If you’re in a hurry, today’s super simple three step snowflake card may be just the ticket. I absolutely know you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes or less so it’s featured on my Keep It Simple Sunday. Two colours of cardstock, one ink colour and a sparkly embellishment are all you need for an elegant and wintry holiday greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.

super simple three step snowflake card

Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Black cardstock 5” x 10” scored at 5”
  • Whisper White 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Recipe:

  1. Centre white cardstock in Winter Wonderland textured impressions embossing folder and run through Big Shot
  2. Stamp greeting in bottom right in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and glue to front of folded card base.
  3. Adhere medium clear faceted gem to middle of snowflake

super simple three step snowflake card

If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety).  I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.

Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.

super simple three step snowflake card

When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together.  Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?

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Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!

Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.

Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.

So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 1-5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3/4” x 3”
  • Gold metallic thread (about 12”)

Recipe

  1. Turn stamp face up and cover completely with Versamark ink
  2. Tap Crushed Curry, then Tangerine Tango, then Cherry Cobbler ink in several spots of the leaf
  3. Stamp onto Shimmery White card front and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Heat.
  4. Stamp words on strip of Shimmery White and cut right edge into a banner (TIP: snip from the right middle edge about 1/2” into the strip, then snip from each corner to the end of your cut line to create a “V”)
  5. Wind metallic thread around fingers and place onto glue dot then onto card on top left
  6. Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape to adhere banner
  7. Attach Metallic Enamel shape

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.

Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!

How to Make an Easy Shadow Image

How to Make an Easy Shadow Image

In my Keep It Simple Sunday project today, I show you how to make an easy shadow image. With Hallowe’en just around the corner, you might be thinking about sending a few greetings. And you might live in Canada – and Thanksgiving is next weekend, so where will you find the time? This card is simple, fast and cute…three qualities I love when I’m busy!

how to make an easy shadow image

See his shadow?  Just a sliver, but it really adds to the card.  I have to say, hummed and hawed about getting the cat punch when it first came out in September. But being a Hallowe’en junkie, and seeing it was in a bundle (at 10% off!) with the super Spooky Cat set, I picked it up.  I’m sure glad I did – I’ve used it quite a bit for Hallowe’en projects.

Like I did with my Spooky Cat Hershey’s Kiss Treat holder. Super adorable, and made in under 5 minutes! Just like my card today.

how to make an easy shadow image

So what makes it so quick? How about:

  • One colour stamping – even though I’ve just used plain black on white stamping, this wordy cat image needs no further embellishment. The contrast, especially against the bright Tangerine Tango card base is eye-catching.
  • A punch – What I consider one of the fastest ways to make a card.
  • Washi tape – one that has enough width and a bold image doesn’t get lost at all on this card.
  • Black rhinestones – just a simple little touch that adds a touch of whimsy to your card, taking it up one little notch.

how to make an easy shadow image

So, how to make and easy shadow image? It’s as simple as punching your shape two times, once for your focal point, and the second time in black (or another dark colour). Then offset the darker punch a teeny bit to the left, as I did, or to the right. It immediately looks like the cat has the sun shining on him and is outlined by a shadow. A very quick little trick to add depth to your paper crafting.

This technique works wonderfully for die cut words too. See how I used it here for super impact.

Ingredients:

  • Tangerine Tango card base, cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Scraps of Basic Black and Thick Whisper White at least 2 1/2” square
  • Pick a Pattern Washi tape
  • Black Rhinestones

Recipe:

  1. Stamp cat image in Memento black ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock
  2. Punch out with cat punch
  3. Punch a second cat in Basic Black cardstock and glue together, offsetting as described earlier
  4. Run a strip of washi tape along bottom edge of folded card and trim ends
  5. Adhere cat with dimensionals
  6. Attach three Black rhinestones

Need supplies to make this card yourself? Here’s everything I used:

Let’s take one last look.

how to make an easy shadow image

We often, me included, get so wrapped up in the latest thinlit, decorations and ribbons, we spend hours creating a gorgeous card. Only one card!

Well, one of the things I’m enjoying about my Keep It Simple Sunday feature is it forces me to think much simpler. How can I create something that’s easy to duplicate, takes only minutes to make, and uses minimal supplies? Believe it or not, this is harder than I thought! But when I can show you something cute and simple like how to make an easy shadow image like this one, it’s been a great day!

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Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

Dog Lovers Christmas Cards in a Snap

When you need to create dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, this is the card! What’s even better? I’m featuring it on my Keep It Simple Sunday so you know it’s ULTRA FAST. Plus it’s absolutely adorable and fun to make! Take a peek!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

I’ll bet you have a dog lover in your life – or you may be one yourself. But you don’t even need to LOVE our furry friends to smile at this adorable fella. And although this little guy doesn’t quite look like my canine buddy, I would sure love to get a greeting like this over the holidays.

The textured Watercolored paper pairs exceptionally well with the Basic Black and Real Red. In fact, my last Keep It Simple Sunday project featured these same bold colours. There are only a few steps to make it too. Before we get to that, take a little closer view.

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper 2 5/8” x 2 5/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
  • Real Red cardstock 3” x 6” scored at 3”

Recipe

  1. Stamp dog image and greeting in Basic Black Archival ink on watercolour square
  2. Colour hat with Real Red Stampin’ Write marker
  3. Optional: Scribble Basic Black marker on acrylic block and pick up with Aquapainter to shade under dog’s paws
  4. Glue watercolour square to Basic Black square then to folded Real Red card
  5. Attach Black Rhinestone to his nose

Part of this card’s charm is its size…only 3” x 3” so it will tuck in just about anywhere. It would even make a great tag on a Christmas present. Not to mention, it’s very economical. One of these is only 33 cents! Even if you add one of the new 3”x3” Whisper White envelopes, it’s under 60 cents!  You’re not going to break the bank on this holiday greeting!

If you don’t already have a Real Red Stampin’  Write marker, you’re in luck!  Normally you would need to order the full Brights set (which isn’t really an awful thing if you’re crazy for Stampin’ Up!’s fully coordinated colouring like me!).  But right now, you’ll find the Old Olve and Real Red markers are packaged together for your holiday greetings.  Bonus!!

Because it’s so simple, I want to show you one that’s just a teeny step up. Add the super glitzy Dazzling Diamonds glitter with your Fine Tip Glue Pen and frame it with a scalloped square. Even though it was cute already, now it’s beyond CUTE!

dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap

To make these little cards yourself, you only need a few items.

Your holiday greetings don’t need to be big or extravagant. Sometimes cute and simple fits the bill wonderfully. And when you craft up a bunch of these dog lovers Christmas cards in a snap, it may be just the ticket for your canine crazy friends!

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Quick and Easy Patterned Paper Christmas Card

Quick and Easy Patterned Paper Christmas Card

If you’re like me and make dozens of handmade seasonal cards, you’ll be excited today with my quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card. Not only is it simple, elegant and perfect for everyone on your list, it’s super FAST – and inexpensive – to make! Relying on bold colours and silvery shine, your punches are your best friend for quick crafting. Take a peek.

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Isn’t that patterned paper lovely? At first glance, you probably think of snowflakes right? I know I did. But look a little closer…I don’t know if I’m just slow, but it took quite awhile for me to realize those are tiny musical notes in a circular pattern! How sweet!

With SO many other amazing products, you might have missed this Merry Music specialty paper in the new Holiday catalogue.  For instance, you may have been so struck by the beautiful Carols of Christmas bundle like I used in this card.  But now get out your catalogue and turn to the bottom of that awesome page 13. See it?  It’s a bit different from other designer papers. How?

  • it’s lightweight – so it won’t bulk up your projects (HINT: and makes fantastic envelopes)
  • there are 24 sheets in a package
  • you get more of each design – 4 each of 6 double sided sheets
  • half of the designs are black on white backgrounds and the other half are white on black backgrounds
  • each piece features musical notes or favoured Christmas carol scores

With the variety of papers in this set, you could get 144 cards from one little package – yes, you read that correctly – 144!  Plus have leftover strips to decorate your envelopes! WOW! In fact, I figure this card could be created for only 50 cents.  Add an envelope and your Christmas greeting is less than 70 cents. Cheaper than the dollar store – and way more fun to make and give!

Take a closer look then read below for how to make this quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card yourself.

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Ingredients

  • Patterned paper 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
  • Silver Foil 1 3/4” circle
  • Metallic edge silver ribbon 4” piece
  • Whisper White cardstock at least 1 3/4” x 3”

Recipe

  1. Glue patterned paper to card base
  2. Stamp greeting on Whisper White and heat emboss with silver embossing powder
  3. Punch out with Everyday Label punch
  4. Glue label to silver circle so circle peeks out from the left edge
  5. Fold ribbon in half and glue behind circle
  6. Attach greeting piece to bottom right with dimensionals

To grab your own Merry Music paper, simply click on the image below to take you to my 24-7 online store.

 

quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card

Many of us are just starting to think about making multiple holiday greetings. Save yourself time – and money – with elements that add style and immediately dress up your card. Choose a quick and easy patterned paper Christmas card that will appeal to anyone on your list!

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