Simplify

Around this time every year, my usual pile-it-on cardmaking style takes a little hiatus and goes into clean & simple stamping mode. Maybe it's my way of trying to offset all the sights, sounds and to-do lists that are coming at me from every direction. Or maybe it's my feeble attempt at trying to get more done in less time.



Anyhow, I love peeking my head out the door at the first snowfall, seeing all that white fluffiness, and basking in the calm peaceful quiet of a world covered in white. And since we just had our first snowfall, I borrowed heavily from all that whiteness for my most recent cardmaking session.



They're all super simple... one stamp set (Frosty Flakes), some buttons, ribbons and cardstock. I dry embossed a Nestabilities rectangle for a faux layer, then stamped the largest snowflake and sentiment from Frosty Flakes in the center. Then layered with cardstock, tied on a button accent and a ribbon, and voila! I love how just changing a few little details, like the colors and thickness of the mats can change the look and feel from modern to classic to feminine without much work at all. And a border punch gives a whole new look, to keep things interesting when you're mass producing.

20 comments

  1. Wow Julee, these are seriously amazing! I love the framed look. So cool. I can't wait to break into my new nesties for a similar look. Beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful Julie! Love the clean look with the embossed frame.

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  3. These are all so beautiful! Love the emobssed frame!

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  4. LOVE these. I was up all night remembering that I haven't made any Christmas cards for ME to send out!! These may be the ticket -I am gonna case! Hugs,

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  5. These are great, Julee! Love the embossed frame and the button in the middle.

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  6. the first pink one is my favourite...that ribbon is yummy!! I have 20 cards done and 20 more to go!!

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  7. GORGEOUS, girl! And yeah, I think it's the need to get things done that pares back the layers...happens to me all the time! Hugs :)

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  8. These are terrific...I need to make some CAS cards for teacher's gifts!

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  9. Oh they are beautiful! (I see a "case" in my future this evening.)
    Helen
    Firenze Cards

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  10. AACCCKKK!!! JULEE! These are all absolutely STUNNING! I will definitely be CASEing this look soon!!

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  11. Julee, these are just outstanding and gives hopes to those of us who get behind in their stamping! :0) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  12. These are gorgeus. I especially love the pink & brown card with the scallop edge.

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  13. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I loved them so much they gave me inspiration for one of my Christmas card designs. Here is a link to my post giving you the credit for my creation.
    http://paperexpressions-lmg.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-card.html

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  14. Julee, I love these!! So elegant and the embossed frame is a wonderful idea! Can I borrow this design for our cards next year? :) Thanks for the continued inspiration!!

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  15. Sometimes the clean & simple cards are a nice breath of fresh air. All of these cards are beautiful!

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  16. Oh my goodness!! How cute and clever are these!!!! I love your buttoned snowflakes Julee!! And the colors and scoring are just super charming!!

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  17. I am lovin' these Julee! I am thinkin' I will be casing these for next year!! :0)

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  18. these are soooo lovely! I am CASEing them for sure! Gorgeous!

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  19. how did you dry emboss what machine and layering did you use

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  20. I dry embossed with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities and my cuttlebug machine. I tape the die to the paper with eclipse masking tape so it doesn't shift.

    My Cuttlebug sandwich:
    Plate B
    tan Spellbinders embossing mat
    Paper
    Die (ridges down)
    Plate B
    Cardstock shim (4x 12 piece of cardstock folded in thirds)

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