Easy Does It

Howdy everyone! Today I'm sharing with you a super simple card set I made for my Mom's birthday. My focus was to make a set that was quick, cheap to mail (no embellishments), and would appeal to my mom's no-fuss personality. Although the cards have no frills, have lots of white space and aren't my usual style, I think they still turned out pretty nice - and my mom really liked them.

To begin, I cut and embossed the squares, circles, rectangles and ovals with Nestabilities and white cardstock. Next I cut Sahara sand mats for all the shapes and then larger black scalloped mats for each shape.

Next I cut a piece of Sahara sand into four 2" x 4" strips. I then cut smaller pieces of SU! Ginger Blossom paper to mat on top of the Sahara Sand, and larger pieces of black for the outer mat. Then I stamped the Psalm 37:4 verse on each shape, layered the shapes together and then used a black pen to add a dotted border to the Sahara Sand layer for each shape. After that it was just a matter of gluing everything down on 4.25" x 5.5" card bases. Easy peasey!

36 comments

  1. Ah Julee ~ these are nice! You've made simplicity beautiful. Your mom is blessed to have such a talented daughter. Have a wonderful and safe 4th!

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  2. Those are gorgeous such a simple way to use designer paper and sentiment stamps.... with of course nesties!

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  3. oh good heavens, I love these! SOOOOOOO simple. I'm going to add these layouts to my new inspiration journal! TFS, I know your mom is going to LOVE them!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  4. So lovely Julee!

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  5. Awesome!
    I love the simplistic, yet very elegant look this set has!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Denise

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  6. They are simply gorgeous!! I bet your mom will just love them!!

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  7. I think the best handmade gifts are created with the recipient's taste in mind, even if it's not the artist's usual style. That said, this set is absolutely phenomenal. Simplicity at its very, very best!! Thanks so much for sharing. I can see CASEing this idea for many different occasions!

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  8. I think these are so pretty! Awesome job!!

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  9. These are very elegant and an excellent example of how the same stamp can be used on all four shapes - oval, circle, square and rectangle! Fabulous!

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  10. Beautiful set Julee, your mom will LOVE them! LOVE the simple designs but classic look.

    Stamping hugs, Jennifer :)

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  11. Great work, simple and yet very striking, great verse to work with too! SALT faith challenge blog has new challenge starting tomorrow- check it out! http://saltfaithchallenge.blogspot.com/

    Also I have a RAK on my site if you wanna join in!

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  12. What great cards!!!!! Great job!!!!

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  13. And you said you couldn't do simple! These are flawless, Julee and gorgeous! LOVE them!

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  14. Julee - these are super gorgeous!!! Love all the white - right up my alley - LOL!!!

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  15. little sarah has caught on to "easy peasy" but she says "easy as a peasy" ahahahah

    what a lovely set!! very inspiring to make something plain yet fancy!!perfect for mom!! and I just got my hands on my very own ginger blossom about 5 minutes ago!!

    squirrellyshirley

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  16. Oh, lovely! These are definitely my style!

    --amysings

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  17. I just discovered your blog a couple of days ago. I love your work! Love the card sketches too- they are awesome! I actually made a card today using one of them :D. You can take a peek if you'd like- http://thecountryrose.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful, and perfect layout and simplicity for the new ministry I am starting at my church. Thank you, I have a hard time with simple.

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  19. Julee,
    These are lovely!Happy 4th,Elizabeth Glass

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  20. Another great challenge, heres mine.
    Sally. x
    http://apinksunshine.blogspot.com/2008/07/double-challenge.html

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  21. Great cards Julee! I don't often do large white space cards either but they always appeal to me. Sure makes that wonderful sentiment pop!

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  22. These are darling Julee!! Simple or not, they are adorable!! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. These are beautiful Julee! What an amazing set and wonderful gift! Love the white space...so MY style...glad your Mom liked them too!

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  24. Absolutely love these Julee. There is nothing incorrect with simplicity, especially shown in an elegant way.

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  25. Julee! I know they're simple, but they're fabulous. They're so striking with the pretty patterns, all that white and the pop of black. I REALLY like these.

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  26. I really like the simplicity of this collection. I am not surprised that our mom liked them. I would as well, easy to duplicate but all have their own pizzazz :)

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  27. These are beautiful and I LOVE all the white space!

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  28. OMG, I love cards with a lot of white space, and these are so eye-catching. That black matting really makes them pop. Love your paper choice too. :)

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  29. very simple, very pretty!!!

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  30. Oh I just found your blog and I am soooo pleased I did cos your stuff is just stunning. I've put a link on my blog to here so I will keep coming back to see what's new. Just totally fab xxxx

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  31. I love the simplicity of these

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  32. These cards are just beautiful. Sometimes simple is best. You've done a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!!
    Kim

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  33. these are gorgeous! love this scripture and the layered nestabilities.

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  34. hello there,

    first I wanna say that I love this weeks sketch. I also made some cards with older sketches of yours. you can find all three off them here.

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