Sunday, March 2, 2008

Easy Does It

I've been noticing lately that there is a new trend to purchase ready made, store bought, "hand made cards". These cards seem to be doing well (I got a number of them for Christmas cards, almost as many as true hand made cards). The design on most of these cards are developed with time and cost in mind, but they are still adorable in their own right and I got to thinking. It usually takes me a solid hour to make one card, due to the fact that I sometimes think that I HAVE to have ribbon, 17 layers, and 14 embellishments (yes, okay, so that was exaggerating a little).

So, todays challenge/thought is to make it as simple as possible, and then go EVEN SIMPLER! I have a few cards below from my own take at this challenge. When making my own cards I also decided to focus on the Sale a Bration stamp sets. These stamp sets will be gone soon, and I'd like to use them while I still can!


This card was made using Blush Blossom Card stock and rose red ink pad (classic). The stamp set is (SAB) Birthday Whimsy.


This card was made using Chocolate Chip Card stock and ink pad (classic). The stamp set is (SAB) Birthday Whimsy.








This card was made using Tempting Turqouise Card stock and Not Quite NAvy ink pad (classic). The stamp set is (SAB) Birthday Whimsy. The "string" for the ballon is the silver chord from the discontiued holiday mini catalog (sorry, it just fit perfectly!).



This card was made using Pretty in Pink and Wild Wasabi Card stock and black staz-on ink pad (classic). The stamp set is (SAB) Merci. I used the watercolor technique for the SU! Markers and stamped the image on SU! Watercolor paper. The ribbon is Wasabi double stiched and the wasabi layer is punched all the way around. . . still so simple, yet pretty!


This card was made using Wild Wasabi Card stock and black staz-on ink pad (classic). The stamp set is (SAB) Merci. Again, I used the watercolor technique for the SU! Markers and stamped the image on SU! Watercolor paper. The ribbon is Pretty in Pink Teffeta. This is probably my favorite card out of this set.
Just another something to think about next time you sit down to make a card or two. Please let me know if you participate in the challenge. I'd love to see your "Easy Does It" creations!
As Always Thanks for looking!
Sarah




3 comments:

Lee said...

So pretty Sarah!! Ummm.......you DO realize that 14 embellishments is NOT much of an exaggeration for me!!!! LOL Okay........so...I suppose I will "try" to make a simple card for you.......since you did take on my Bling challenge!!!! :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the reminder that simpler can be perfect! I love your cards.

Shelly said...

Beautiful work! They are very pretty! I am just venturing into the world of cardmaking but I have been a big time scrapbooker for many years now. I love your blog!