Monday, April 28, 2008

Easy Peasy Cards

Let's see, by a raising of hands, how many people spend a lot of time creating their cards? "Oooh, me, me!!" Yeah...I typically take a ridiculously long time creating. Probably because creating is a somewhat painful process for me! LOL! I love when something comes together but I don't typically have these amazingly creative ideas just flowing into my head. I know folks that are like that and I am in awe...

Lately, I've been trying to go for a simple approach to my card making. Heck, they don't all need to have 12 layers of cardstock, right? ;-)

Here I present you with three super easy, whip 'em out in mere minutes and send them to all your friends and relatives cards...all images are from justjohanna!

No, it isn't about to snow again...good golly, I sure hope it's not about to snow again!! However, it was snowing when I made this card...or threatening to snow, which it does every single winter day here in the great white north. And one day, in addition to making simple cards, I am going to learn how to take a really good up close photo of my cards so you can see all of the detail that is so painfully missing from this photo!

This card started as a lovely piece of pale blue cardstock. I then punched a hole right in the middle of my unsuspecting cardstock with my large square Nestibilities die cut. I then ran my now punched card through my Cuttlebug a second time to emboss the edges. The oh so fun background stamp, of which Johanna has a bunch of, covered with fun words (this one all about the holidays) I stamped on whisper white, traced over the letters with a pale blue Copic marker and then attached, using dimensional tape, to the back of my opening. Next, I colored my snowman (how much coloring does one do on a snowman??) and attached him, again with dimensional tape, to the bottom corner of my card. And Mr. Frosty also received a dose of glitter...that would make him a Mrs. Frosty then, wouldn't it...or something we'd better not discuss on a crafting blog! ;-) PS - You can also purchase a LARGE Mr/Mrs. Frosty image from justjohanna too!This next number is even easier! A mere two layers of cardstock and a ribbon...I mean who couldn't whip out 12 of these a night! This coffee mug image is one of my all time favorite jj images. One, because I love coffee and two, because you can decorate your mug any way your little heart desires! Here I stayed with the cream/chocolate brown coloring on my mug, which has been paper pieced with some designer paper I had stashed away.

How about that "hot & steamy" sentiment made out of steam? Come on folks, that is fabulous! Love it!! Johanna has a bunch of these images, with different sentiments, all interwoven with the steam...dreamy....

The cream card was mounted onto a single piece of brown cardstock, to add some contrast, and the ribbon was the finishing touch. I thought about adding more but honestly, I really liked it the way it was!And last but not least is this little number using more of that pale blue paper (you know my office is a pale blue...what is it with me and pale blue...it's calming qualities perhaps?) and one red scalloped circle. The scalloped image on the blue section of the card is a jj border stamp and one that I love to use. I stamped it once and then had the "hum...what if I just kept stamping" thought so...I kept stamping until I felt that I had enough wee little scallops. Then went on the red polka dot scallop and plain white circle with the sweet "me & you" sentiment. This would be a great little card to sneak into a hubby's overnight bag when he's away on a business trip...what a nice surprise! My husband never travels so...no cute card surprises for him...LOL!

I hope you all enjoyed our trip down the "easy peasy" card making road...why not hop on the bandwagon and try your own super easy cards! Come one, you know you want to...

Enjoy and happy creating!

4 comments:

Emilia said...

really? your office is pale blue! that's so lovely! No wonder you make blue cards so well!! I love all these cards...they are all beautfiul!

Julie Masse said...

Very cute cards!! Ok, you might have just sold me on my first JJ stamps - love that steam!! the mug is super cute too . . . hmmmm, ok thanks!! ;)

Hazel said...

Great cards, Kim - and very effective - just shows what can be achieved with minimal time and supplies. My favourite is the coffee one - love that steam and the mug.

Heather Grow said...

Hi Kim. I like your easy peasy cards. I'm kinda a less is more person myself.