clean & simple sunday no. 57

I just checked the calendar and realized that there are only 12 days left until Thanksgiving, which means that there are only 46 days left until Christmas…

That’s PLENTY of time to get a few handmade Christmas cards made, especially if they are as simple as these… {LOL}

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This past week I was working with the beautiful felt offered by A Muse|Studio and I had this extra little snowflake but I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I put together the clean & simple design for today’s post.

This was such an easy card to make. The sentiment (comfort & joy) is from the Mini Holiday Messages stamp set. I used the cherry & white baker’s twine and a pearl sticker to embellish.

I can picture this design in several different color combinations… all different shades of festive! Have fun with this one by swapping out sentiments you already have on hand or by cutting out card stock snowflakes instead of felt, maybe add a little *glitter*!

clean & simple sunday #22

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the New Year!

May yours be filled with big laughs,

lots of good people

and plenty of hugs…

Its so nice to be getting back into a regular routine with hope for the new year…hope to get the basement cleaned, hope to get exercising and hope to finish all the projects I’ve started…. {smile}

And now, on to the clean & simple design for this Sunday’s post… Its been a few weeks since we’ve had a C&SS post—the holidays get so crazy here on Checkerberry Lane and I know I’m not alone …I love having a new, simple, clean design to share with you this week!

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This card, like so many before it, is SO sweet and simple. I used all A|S supplies including sky and sugar card stock, the medium snowflake die, gingham card stock in sky, sugar polka dot organdy and a little twinkle embellishment. This is another strip-style design where I just cut a strip of gingham paper for the bottom and then layered the sentiment strip on top of it and wrapped an organdy ribbon between the two layers to give it a little texture all while maintaining the soft blue and white color-scheme. I used my computer and Microsoft Word to generate the sentiment strip.  I think “Happy Birthday” for a friend with a special day in January or February would look just as adorable on this card.  Have fun with this one and enjoy the first day of the new year!

let it snow…

Well, not really… after last winter I would be fine with not seeing another real snowflake anytime soon.  That said, I do love snowflake stamp sets!!  I probably have 25 different snowflakes in my stamp collection!  Of course, what is the first holiday stamp set I chose out of the A Muse Studio holiday stamp catalog?  Yup, snowflakes…Snow Crystals, to be exact!

I’ve had some fun this week, playing around with this new stamp set and wanted to show a couple of card designs I came up with and some color combinations for you to try…

This first example uses the largest snowflake image in the set. I stamped it on sugar card stock in eucalyptus ink and added little crystal embellishments to the snowflake image to give it some sparkle. I mounted it on a fern panel after using the scallop die along the bottom edge. I then tied french roast satin ribbon to the bottom of the fern panel and then attached the whole piece to the base card using foam squares. An interesting color combination and a very simple card design.

In this example above, I used winter sky as the base card color, and then used the smaller snowflakes in the set to random stamp on sugar card stock in latte, winter sky and eucalyptus ink colors. I added a latte scallop to the bottom of the random-stamped panel after wrapping a piece of french roast satin ribbon to the panel. I then mounted this whole piece to the base card using foam squares and finally stamped the sentiment along the bottom right corner of the base card.  As an added embellishment, I put pearls in the center of the winter sky snowflakes…such a pretty touch—it really dresses up the card.

In terms of thinking of what you’ll design for holiday cards this year, I hope this gives you a few ideas for using the beautiful snowflakes in this very festive stamp set.  Have some fun today!