Clean and Simple ColourQ

Wow – these colors really kicked my tooshie!  I tried a few cards, and they weren’t right.  I had a lot of ideas, but couldn’t get them to materialize.  We’ve also had a busy week, searching for a vehicle to replace our breaking-down van, and trying to cram in a bunch of lessons with the children before their cousin will visit next week for an 11-day sleepover (and, consequently, an 11-day break from lessons).  So I guess my brain has also been elsewhere this week, which isn’t always great for the creative vein.

Anyway, I think we finally found the right vehicle today, so I can stop worrying about that.  And we’re in good shape now on lessons after lots of dedication this week, so I relaxed a little to create 2 cards after we finished car shopping earlier today.

I really did have a hard time with the colors.  Although, after the new Clean & Simple layout (#210) was released Friday, I grabbed some solid cardstocks and made a very, very simple and rather masculine color-blocked card with the ColourQ #156 combo.

It was a bit tricky, though, getting those little letter dies lined up fairly straight for the negative die-cut effect.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Big & Bold Wishes (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede Cardstocks (SU!); Canyon Clay Cardstock (PTI)
Inks:  Soft Suede (SU!)
Embellishments:  Copic-colored Rhinestone (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Rounded Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Block Alphabet Dies (PTI)


Barbles #2 Project 3

A third card for the Barbles #2 challenge, this time using the bottom right photo in the collage (photo shown at bottom of this post):

In this photo, all I saw was a large yellow flower, and black.  No color or sketch challenge here, I just figured I would use the negative die technique on a yellow flower, front and center.  A large rhinestone brad in the center, and a couple mini rhinestones by the sentiment, which is from Dawn McVey’s Signature Greetings set.  (LOVE that set!)

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And then I was saw the Clean and Simple Card Class Day 10 topic – creating simple card sets – so I quickly worked up 3 more cards to complete a set of 4 Thank You cards.

I also tried Julie’s little box template for them, but I loaded them in the opposite direction.  I adjusted the size a little bit, to accommodate the large gemstone centers’ adding bulk to the stack, but it’s a tad bit too big in some spots.  So I’ll need to watch that next time.  This is only my second template attempt, which turned out fairly well, I think.

I added a few little coordinating flowers to the box for decoration, but in retrospect, I guess I should have used gems for the flower centers.  For some reason I grabbed buttons.  Maybe that’s weird, but oh well!

Seriously, these cards only took me 20 minutes to create.  Add in another 10 minutes for the box, and this is a  perfect project for a special little gift.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  And have a great weekend!


Challenge Photo:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, True Black, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist (PTI)
Inks:  Black (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); White Buttons (My Favorite Finds); Embroidery Floss
Tools:   Beautiful Blooms II #3 Dies (PTI)

ColourQ 120 and Card Class Project

Day 7 over at the Clean and Simple Card Class is about white cards – plain white cards.  I agree that while white cards can sometimes be perceived as boring, when they’re done well, they can be fantastic and stunning.  I don’t know if I’m quite at that level yet, but I do love a good white card, and I definitely want to be able to do them well.  So I gave this topic a try, using the ColourQ #120 challenge colors.  I’m not sure that was the best choice, because using these rich, bold colors sparingly in order to produce a nice, clean, mostly white card certainly gave me fits of anxiety! 😉

I think my first try at it had a little too much color in it, maybe (I’ll show that card second).  It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.  So I tried again.  And I like this one much better.  This one is my ‘official’ entry for the ColourQ challenge:

I used Harbor ink by Colorbox for the butterfly trails (stamping off once first for each) and the sentiment (full ink), and Thistle ink by Colorbox for the background text.  I am really pleased with how this card turned out.  I think both these cards would also qualify for one of the other topics as well, that of creating our own elements for simple embellishments.

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This is what my first card looks like:

I like it.  But It just felt like the blocks of color were a little overwhelming, in a way.  And I found myself wishing I would have raised the banner just a tad bit higher on the card.  But I was very happy to get out some of my new My Favorite Things dies for the banner and the flowers – HOORAY for using more supplies!!

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉


Challenge Photo:

Supplies Used:

Card #1
Stamps:  Background Basics: Text Style II, Stitches and Swirls (Papertrey Ink); Love Story (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White (PTI); Misc Cardstocks (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Harbor, Thistle (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft and Recollections)
Tools:  Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts))

Card #2
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:   Rustic White (PTI); Misc Cardstocks (Unknown Brand)
Inks:   Harbor, Dusty Plum (Colorbox)
Embellishments:   Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Brads (Unknown Brand); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:   Banner and Flower Dies (My Favorite Things)

Special Delivery

This card was made with three challenges in mind:

1) The colors from CR84FN #46.
2) The scallop challenge from CAS-ual Fridays #35.
3) The simple embellishments exercise from the Clean and Simple Card Class Day 6.

I used scallops on the bottom border, accented with flourishes from the Mat Stack 2 stamp set, and then scallops on my ‘lazy-crafter’s’ medallion/flower.  I cut a Nestabilities scalloped circle from the DP and scored on alternate sides around the circle to create the medallion.  I know it will likely get a little smooshed going through the mail, but I love how simple and cute it is, giving the effect of a medallion – at least for now!

I know the CR84FN challenge is for light pink – I hope my pinks here aren’t too dark to qualify.  I was just so thrilled to use these patterned papers, because they are seriously old stash stuff.  Actually, I think I bought that striped pink paper nearly 10 years ago when I first started making cards, when they were just a quarter sheet of cardstock with a block of DP and a computer-generated sentiment.  I hoard craft supplies, holding on to them forever, thinking that for sure I’ll find a time to use them, regardless of how out of style they become, 10 years later.  Yada, yada, yada…. I love when I am able to use my old stash supplies, even if it’s just a teeny tiny strip of it! 😉

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I know I use that lace on every other card I create.  I can’t help it!!  I just love this lace – it’s my favorite.  Sorry you have to keep staring at it day in, day out!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bundle of Love, Mat Stack 2 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream (PTI); Misc Designer Papers (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Chestnut, Dusty Plum (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Glitter Button (American Crafts); Lace (Offray); Embroidery Floss (Unknown Brand)
Tools:  Large Scallop Circles (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Beautiful Blooms II #2 Die, Large Scallop Border Die (PTI)

Card Class Project 3

Finished up some more homework for the Clean & Simple Card Class.  I am using another of Monday’s sketches and also the technique from Day 3 on layering die cuts onto the same colored cardstock for texture effect.  I also utilized the Color Throwdown #174 combo for this card.

My creation:

I used the smallest Beautiful Blooms II #3 die to cut a bunch of flowers from Harvest Gold cardstock, layering them onto a section of cardstock in the same color.  I layered that onto Kraft cardstock and then onto some misc brown cardstock.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Miracles Blossom stamp set.  LOVE my Verve stamps!!

This is the first time I have tried the technique of cutting a little slit in the fold of the card to thread the ribbon through and not have to adhere it to any of the mat layers.  I haven’t done it in the past, because I have this thing about wasting ribbon and I don’t want to use any more than I have to.  But really, it was only about 2 inches more to do the full wrap than to clip it and adhere the ends behind the mat layer, and a bit less cumbersome, too.  I think the experience may have me one step closer to breaking my psychological hang-up on this issue.

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I layered a couple of misc buttons from my stash that seemed to be a close match, threaded with some twine.

I know the class is about clean and simple cards, and I really tried to make it clean and simple here.  But I feel like those flower centers are calling out for some kind of bling or shine or at least a center.  But then I thought that might defeat the purpose of the layering die-cuts onto the same colored cardstock thing.  So I just left them plain.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
Challenge Photo:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Miracles Blossom (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, Harvest Gold, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Misc Brown Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Chestunut (Colorbox)
Embellishments:  Misc Buttons (Unknown Brand); Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (Offray); Rustic Cream Button Twine (PTI)
Tools:   Beamtiful Blooms II #3 Die (PTI)

Card Class Project 2

Today’s topic in the Clean and Simple Card Class is about flat cards.  One-layer, perfectly flat cards.

I’m not very good at this kind of card.  Yet.  I have high hopes of getting it all figured out one of these days!  And then being able to create fabulous cards.  For now, I’m in practice mode. 😉

I used the ColourQ #119 challenge colors to create this card:

This card is purely for the learning experience, so I hope you’ll tell me what you think about it.

I think the black flower centers and such might be a little too much.  I used it to tie in with the black text, and I was thinking it wouldn’t be too weird, next to the grey leaves.  I hope it’s not too weird.  Honestly, it’s a little weird to me, too much black.  Or all the colors don’t blend or balance quite right.  Or something.  I don’t know.  But I didn’t want to re-stamp the whole thing tonight just to use another color, because I’m really tired.

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Anyway.  I made a purchase from My Favorite Things Stamps a week or so ago, for a bunch of dies, and I guess the purchase qualified for a free stamp set, because I was pleasantly surprised to find it when I opened the package.  I thought something was wrong, so I emailed them, but they said it’s a free set for qualifying purchases.  So, YAY!  I had to break it open and try one.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photo:

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, Flower Fusion #9, Turning A New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Clearly Sentimental About Abundance (My Favorite Things)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Inks:  Black, Pink, Mango Tango, Sky Gray, Antique Pewter (Colorbox)

I {heart} U

I’m joining the Clean & Simple Card Class this month.  Today’s topic is sketches, so I utilized one of those.  I also pulled the colors from one of the inspiration photos from the Barbles #2 challenge at Barb’s blog.  Aaaand… I tried to fulfill the requirements for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #48 for backgrounds made with border dies.  Lastly, I think it qualifies for the CAS-ual Fridays #34 challenge of using chipboard.


So here is what I came up with: (sorry for the late-night-no-light photo of this bright, bright color!)

From Barb’s photo (shown at the bottom of this post), I was inspired by the hot pink and the swirls made from the glasses, which I tried to imitate through the use of the Moroccan Motifs impression plate and also the ricrac borders.

The ricrac borders are also the focus of the Make It Monday technique to use the die-cuts as the background.  Although, I only used them for a small section of the background, in order to illustrate different textures/patterns, which I saw in the photo.

The white heart and letters are all homemade chipboard elements, so they stand up from the black circles a bit, with the black circles themselves also being raised on foam adhesive for a little depth.

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I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to share the sketch, since it is part of a paid class, so I’m erring on the side of caution and not sharing it.  But it is basically a card with a mat layer and three elements at the bottom.  Hopefully you get the idea.  You could always go join in the class if you want to pick up all the sketches and such. 😉

And here is the photo collage from the Barbles challenge – this card is for the top left clip.  You should create something and link up if you find time!

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉


Supplies Used:
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White, True Black, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink); Misc Cereal Box Cardstock for Chipboard Elements
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Block Alphabet Dies, Heart Prints Die, Ricrac Border Die, Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate (PTI); Standard Circles Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)