Simple Pleasures

I sat down tonight to try to come up with a design for a shoebox swap I'm going to this weekend, but ended up making some simple Easter cards instead. I made eight cards of the same design with matching envelopes. Though simple is not my usual style, it's occasionally fun to try new things. I knew I wanted to use my new A Muse saying,so I just had to go with a simple layout.

This card measures 4.25" square and I made matching envelopes using Julie HRR's trick for using A-2 envelopes for square cards. I started by inking up the flower stamp from Happy Harmony with Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery markers. Next I lightly brushed Elegant Eggplant around the edges of the flowers for a two-toned effect (this was inspired by Shannan's Tote Bag ) . I stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the Marvy Mega Regular Circle Punch. I then matted on an Elegant Eggplant Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle punch with holes pierced in each scallop. (Note: for mass production, I save time by stacking 4 scallops together and piercing all at once.)

Next I stamped the A Muse Life's Simple Pleasures sentiment in Elegant Eggplant directly on the card base. I used my double circle punch to punch two holes to weave my grosgrain ribbon through and tie a flat bow. A corner rounder to all of the edges and some Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamond mixture on the flowers and voila!

On the inside of the card I stamped Happy Easter in Elegant Eggplant and punched out with my Marvy Super Jumbo circle punch. I then matted on a Lavender Lace Marvy Mega Scalloped circle with holes pierced in each scallop. A small Elegant Eggplant daisy punch (the same one used on the envelopes) finished off the look.

It's not too late to enter my card contest!

12 comments

  1. These cards are so elegant and crisp and clean! I love them. Can you believe I haven't even mounted that set yet?? Ugh. LOVE what you did with the envies!! Great little tip!!

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  2. Oooh, pretty. I like the two toned flower heads...really makes them stand out!

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  3. Cute cards! I made a trifold card and need to mail it and now with your tip on punching the envelope I know just how to do it. I also like how the punch adds a special little touch to the envelope. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Love your card. so simple but yet so elegant. Thanks for posting.

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  5. I LOVE this card! I am always drawn to the neat and simple cards, but when I make one, I feel like I "didn't do enough". Your card is wonderful!

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  6. I love the depth in the inking of those flowers, perfect size too!

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  7. These are super...is Sprinkle hiding in the second one? Ha!

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  8. Love the envie trick, and these cards are so beautiful! You ROCK!
    Shannan

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  9. Ca-ute!! I love the envie idea too!! I gots to try that fur sure!
    I love how elegant the card looks on white cs! Another thing I gots to try soon! (((hugs)))

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  10. Ohhhh...Julee does clean and simple. A beautiful departure from your usual style.

    Linda (LSN on SCS)

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