Runs with Scissors
Happy Saturday morning, Penny Black stampers! No pajamas for me this morning. I was awake and out of bed quick as 1-2-3 this morning!!
Speaking of 1-2-3, wasn’t Jill’s week of elegant clean and simple cards a week full of inspiration? Beautiful cards, and they were all made in just three steps.
If your style is to do layers and texture and flowers and bows, it may be uncomfortable at first to limit the elements in your card. A clean and simple card is one that can be quickly reproduced. As Jill demonstrated last week, they can be done in just a few steps.
The best example I know of simplifying a process down to 1-2-3 is the story of my nephew when he was in kindergarten many years ago. The class project was to write a cookbook for the moms for Mother’s Day. Each child was to contribute a recipe. My nephew’s recipe was for hamburgers and here it is: First you buy it, then you fry it, then you eat it. See? One, two, three!
It is time to start sharing what I’ve been up to since I got here this morning. First I’ll show the completed card followed by the three steps involved. Here’s my first elegant clean and simple card:
The floral images on the Blooming Tags set are gorgeous and can be used apart from the tag, which is what I’ve done for this card.
And here are the three steps:
This next card uses the Hollyhocks stamp:
This is basically a one layer card, with the addition of the die cut sentiment Wishes and some gemstones. No need to color those gorgeous flowers, they are perfect in outline.
The hollyhock stamp reminds me so much of my grandmother’s yard. Hollyhocks lined the back of her garage and when we were small children, they were taller than we were!!
The guidelines I received for this week’s post specified clean and simple cards, featuring elegant stamps and dies (flowers, flourishes, brushstroke, etc.). Well, I am hoping the “etc.” included cupcakes!
I think when treated with the appropriate color palette, cupcakes and the chalkboard stamp Cupcake Day can be quite elegant. The Interlocking creative die adds an elegant background and makes it possible to create this card in three steps.
Just remember, 1-2-3 is a great way to break down any process that seems too complicated at first. When you are struggling to get started, think about 1-2-3.
Speaking of starting somewhere … I have been trying to teach Cooper to pick up and put away his toys. First of all, to Cooper, all toys are “froggies”. His very first toy was a stuffed frog and we taught him to fetch it with “Go get froggie.” He has chosen not to clutter his brain with “squirrel”, “raccoon”, “possum”, etc. He has simplification down to a science!
Well, here is Cooper with step one.
And Step 2:
And finally, Step 3:
And then it is treat time! It took two years for this to finally happen.
It’s time to put away my own play things and tuck the scissors safely in the drawer. Hope you have a great 1-2-3 week as you work on your clean and simple elegant cards. Hope I’m invited back next Saturday. I’m sure the jury’s out on that elegant cupcake card!
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