Spring Clean and Simple Style — Monday Montage #16

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It’s time for another Monday Montage blog hop!  There are ten of us participating, and you can easily hop from one blog to another by clicking on the buttons at the end of each post.  Just work your way through all ten because you won’t want to miss a single one.

I’ve been doing some Spring cleaning and that includes getting rid of a lot of STUFF.  Sometimes it’s hard to decide what needs to go versus what I should keep, because there’s always a part of me that thinks, “I might need that someday.”  But the urge to purge has really ruled in my efforts lately, and it feels pretty good.  I actually have three EMPTY drawers in my bathroom cabinets now and one whole empty draw in my craft room.  I’m sure it won’t be long before they’re filled, but I feel like it’s a real accomplishment.

I’ve found that this theme has carried over a little into my card making.  I’m drawn to cards with lots of white space.  And I love the Clean and Simple (CAS) look.  I still love layers, but lately I’ve felt the need to keep it really simple.  I have two cards to share with you tonight that reflect that style.  In addition, I really needed some teen boy birthday cards, and those aren’t really easy, but using a CAS style makes it easier.

Simple Birthday Banner CardI used the Banner Blast and coordinating punch for this first card.  Hurry!  If you haven’t received these for free yet during Sale-a-Bration, Monday, the 31st is the last day!  This card came together really quickly.  I started by drawing the two lines using a ruler and a black Stampin’ Write marker.  Then I punched out the stamped banners and placed them with dimensionals onto the card base using the lines as a guide.  I stamped the sentiment from Bring on the Cake and colored it with my Stampin’ Write markers.

Simple Birthday Star

For this next card, I cut a piece of the I am Me dsp and placed it on the card base.  Then I used my ruler again and drew two lines with my Stampin’ Write marker.  I punched out a 1-3/4″ circle of Vellum card stock and placed a stamped star from Simply Stars on it with a dimensional.  I embossed the sentiment from Express Yourself with black Stampin’ Emboss powder.

Well, you’re ready to head on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog and check out her amazing creativity.  Or you can work your way backwards by visiting Wendy Weixler’s awesome blog.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Stars

I needed a birthday card for a guy, and when I saw the sketch over at Sketchbook Saturday, I knew exactly what to do.

I pulled my color combination from the Color Coach.  That is such a great tool to use when I get stuck on colors.

Birthday StarsSince it’s a card for a guy, I kept the embellishments to a bare minimum and refrained from adding any ribbon.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simply Stars, Bring on the Cake
Ink:  Marina Mist, Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Brights DSP Stack
Embellishments:  Brights Candy Dots


Happy Birthday — Grunge Style

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3Here’s another Gorgeous Grunge card I made for the Convention display boards.  On the Island Indigo card base, I stamped the “skid mark” stamp using Versamark ink, and then I used a couple of the splatter stamps with Whisper White Craft ink.

I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Bring on the Cake, and just stamped it repeatedly down the white panel using Pool Party ink.  Strawberry Slush is the other accent color used on this card.

Enjoy your Friday!  Come back tomorrow for one last Gorgeous Grunge sample.  Starting on Sunday, I’ll move on to another stamp set, so if you’re tired of Gorgeous Grunge, hang in there — just one more day.  Thanks for stopping by!


Bring on the Cake Meets Make a Wish

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With three young children, I feel like we are always in need of last minute tags for birthday parties.  So I made three for our stash today.  I combined two fun birthday sets — Bring on the Cake and Make a Wish,  to make these easy tags.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake, Make a Wish
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Staz-on Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Embellishments:  1/2″ Circle punch, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine