Friday, October 23, 2009

Clean & Simple!!

Oh Thank Goodness it's Friday, whewwww! I swear this has been the longest-never-ending week of my entire life, LOL! I'm so thankful for the weekend, Riley is feeling better & getting stronger so that's good. The weather is supposed to be nice so we're going to try and get to the pumpkin patch on Sunday if he's doing well! Saturday we have a date with friends of ours at my favorite Japanese restaurant so that will surely be fun and nice to get out of the house! We have to get last minute stuff for Halloween as well like candy, candles and some miscellaneous stuff for the kids costumes but nothing major to get done which I like :o) Anyone have any exciting plans for this weekend (that is if you're not a sickie-poo like 1/2 of America, lol)!?

Okay, moving on today I have another Blog Hop for you featuring the Magnolia-licious DT and the theme this time is "Clean & Simple" cards--I struggled with this, but it was a fun challenge (you know how I like my layers & embellies, hee hee)


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Magnolia-licious DT BLOG HOP
"Clean & Simple"

Welcome to the Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop--today the DT has created some fabulous "Clean & Simple" cards for you! All of these fabulous stamps can be found at the fabulous Magnolia-licious store HERE! This was a hard one for me since I'm so used to using lots of layers and embellies but the fact is, is that you can create beautiful & lovely cards with not alot of materials (hmmm...who woulda thunk it, hee hee). I think I found the key to this challenge for me anyhow, was to pick materials that I could add texture to & use one bold color to really make it pop!

For this card I paired up kraft cs with white & red--a little bit country and all cute!! This cutie pie is "Waiting Tilda" & she is probably my most favorite & most-used winter Magnolia stamp--I really just love her!! To create texture I created a diamond pattern on my kraft cs using my Scor-Pal and then where the diamonds met I paper pieced a hole each time. The white cs got embossed with a Cuttlebug snowflake folder as well and the entire card got a good spritz of Shimmerz Spritz (in baby's breath)! The fabulous gingham ribbon I got from Michaels & made my bow with my Bow Easy, and the sentiment is from the PTI that I stamped with my glue pad & added red glitter to. Easy peasy :o)

Here is this lil' cutie up close & personal--I set her on the ribbon and then her sweater dress & cap trim got a good dose of stardust stickles for some extra bling! Whatcha' think?? I like her alot and of course red is my fave color, hee hee! :o)

Second card uses another cute Magnolia stamp called "Tilda w/ Huge Bunch of Roses" and that's a whole lotta roses, hee hee! I used some Basic Grey dp as my starting point for this card and colored Tilda to match with Copics. If you click on the above picture to make it larger you'll see that the background white cs was stamped lightly in pink with a birthday sentiment over & over from the PTI set "Around & About Sentiments"--so obviously this is a bday card, LOL! I embossed the white cs behind Tilda with my CB Swiss Dots embossing folder for more texture and added a few pearls. I really like that the small frame of dp is bold & bright--grabs your attention paired with the white!

Here's this cutie close-up--I had to add some stickles to the leaves & you can't see it here but the roses have Shimmerz on them in Pixie Dust for a subtle sparkle. I had to use a bit of sheer ribbon to make a 3-D bow for these flowers--so cute!

Well, I hope you liked my Clean & Simple Magnolia cards for ya today---I think I spent more time figuring out these than I do my multi-layered cards, LMBO! But I like 'em!!

Now if you're coming here from Sharon's blog then I'm the end of the road for the hop, but if you're starting with me, make sure and start the hop with Kerry! And make sure and hop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to get all the details on how you can join in on the fun as well!!

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Clean & Simple Holiday Cards

Since I was working on some Clean & Simple cards, I decided to try and create my "mass" holiday card that I will send out to my friends for the holidays. I wanted something that was elegant, simple & of course easy to make lots of but have a nice impact as well. So I pulled out a few of my favorite holiday Lockhart Itty Bitty stamps "Wreath" & "Ornaments"! I embossed the background (3/4's of it) with a new Cuttlebug embossing folder called "Victoria", spritzed it with Shimmerz Spritz in baby's breath & stamped the bottom with sentiments from the PTI set "Signature Christmas".
I cut out my images with my Nestabilities Labels 1 and used the FABULOUS PTI set "Vintage Labels"to stamp the red lined label inside--these stamps fit within the Labels 1, how cool is that!!

Both of the images got Flower Soft (shamrock green) on the greenery, the ornaments have gold spica pen accents as well! Easy to make & put together! So if you're on my holiday list for Christmas cards, this is what will be in your mailbox, LOL (minus my mom, sister, bosses, & grandma--they get multi-layered goodness, hee hee)!

Well hope you enjoyed the blog hop & my clean and simple cards for ya today. And I hope I inspired you to try to make some as well! See ya back here tomorrow with just ONE (GASP) project for ya!

hugz,
Suzanne

56 comments:

  1. Good try Suzanne but there's no way I'll ever believe you struggled, hee...hee! These are absolutely stunning!! Looks like you got that CAS thing down pat girl!!
    --Hugs Becca

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  2. A real showcase of CAS, Suzanne! I love the Winter Tilda-I almost used her as she is one of my favorites! We did use the same CB folder :)
    Great cards all!

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  3. Wow! So many gorgeous CAS cards today Suzanne! I love each of them but the Tildas are my faves (especially that first card)!!

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  4. Wow Suzanne what a awesome display of CAS cards I love them all! I agree with Tracey I really love your first Maggie card but they are all awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  5. hi
    maybe simple but so lovely
    and the tilda how sits on the red/white bow oooooh so very very cute
    hugs sylvia

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  6. Suzanne, you can pack more wonderful in one post than anyone I know of. Great, great, great. My fav. is Tilda with the checkered bow, wow, what a vintage, heritage piece. Glad your household is getting back to healthy. Hugs

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  7. beautiful cards .... but I don't think any of you guys know how to do anything clean and SIMPLE!
    thanks for sharing!
    Sandra

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  8. LOVE Tilda sitting on that beautiful ribbon!!

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  9. Your CAS cards ROCK. What beautiful creation you've made today!!
    Love the colours and of course your Tilda's are as gorgeous as ever!!!! Great to hear you are all feeling a little better.
    Thanks for sharing & for the wonderful inspiration, Happy Friday
    Hugs Jodie from Oz

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  10. WOwzers! these are STUNNING!! you got on a CAS roll! They are kinda fun once you start, huh?!

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  11. Wow! You are one busy gal! Don't know how you do it! These cards are just wonderful! So simple and so beautiful. Images are gorgeously colored! These CAS cards can be make in a jiffy as everyone is posting more than 1. : ) Hugz, Angela

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  12. Awesome set of cards, Suzanne! Love that clean and simple look, but I think it's harder to achieve than it looks. Beautiful job...hugs...Barb

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  13. you can make clean and simple, but when you add embossed paper and copic coloring, it is an amazing card without all the extras!

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  14. This is the first time I've visted your blog. And "WOW" truly talented.
    Your cards are just "Fabulous" and thank you for sharing.

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  15. Hi Suzanne, Well my only thought out plan for this weekend is to enjoy!!lol...This is my first 3 days weekend in 6 weeks, so I am going to enjoy it..lol...I am not sure how you do it, but you DO it!! Your cards my be considered clean and simple, but they are just so beautiful....I love them. You are just so talented..even with a limited supply used...Have a great weekend, Lisa G

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  16. Fabulous creations Suzanne! Really love the CAS cards, beautiful!

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  17. A great array of cards and who wouldn't be happy to receive one of those Christmas cards. Love them all, thanks for sharing!

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  18. Beautiful work Suzanne!
    I love all of them and th simple look really works and makes the fabulous images stand out.

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  19. Great cards! The red & white color scheme is perfect for the CAS look because the colors themselves already give the card lots of "pop". TFS!

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  20. Great stuff as always! We're heading to the pumpkin patch this weekend as well :-)
    I watched all of your Copic tutorials while I was in bed with a concussion this week - amazing stuff. Thanks so much for sharing them! I gave you a shout out on my Friday Faves.

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  21. It doesn't matter how many layers you use or how many embellishments or what stamps or paper or whatever you use...your cards are ALWAYS STUNNING! Thanks for the inspriation today!
    Blessings!
    ~H

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  22. WOW; LOVE your Winter Tilda -- just ADORABLE!!! The red/white & a little shimmer is just stunning!!!

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  23. I agree that your cards are always beautiful! I love the Waiting Tilda!

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  24. OMG, you made a wonderful set of CAS cards. I love them all, I too really like the color red and so they do make the cards 'pop'. Great coloring too.....
    Hugs, Karen

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  25. You are right: clean and simple but so beautiful!! Wow! What a job! They came out great!! Thanks for letting me look in! I always love your work! Carol M in TX / carolswingster77@aol.com

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  26. I came back for another look and had a thought, you know if Barbie and Tilda lived in the same world, Barbie would put a hit out on her cause I don't ever think I have seen a bad Tilda. Hugs

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  27. I love these cards. The simple holiday cards really excited me! This basic design can be used for so many different cards. And it is perfect for the Lockheart stamps! Thank you so much for this great idea! ConnieM50 - Mom to the 3 Cairns - Max, Rosie & Katie

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  28. Lovely cards Suzanne! I love the ribbon you used in the first Tilda card :)
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  29. Gorgeous stuff you have on your Blog..wish I had some Copics. I visit your blog every day...you so inspire me.

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  30. Beautiful cards Suzanne, love the Christmas red & white.

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  31. I really love CAS cards, my kinda style... just happens to be my initals too! Not as easy as it looks though!
    Love your waiting Tilda.

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  32. Wow what lovely cards, each and every one, lovely inspiration glad I blog hopped over to you. Sarahx

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  33. Wow Suzanne! You have made so many CAS cards! I love them all! Yes, less is more and the focal point becomes so evident! Love your coloring! Now I feel motivated and won't be thinking too much of layering! Hugs, Cami

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  34. Girl! You created magic with these cards! Waiting Tilda looks adorable on the ribbon. She is one of my favs too. TFS
    Sharon L

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  35. Beautiful cards, Suzanne! Love the Waiting Tilda. I will always have a fond place in my heart for her. hugs

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  36. These are gorgeous cards! Love your take on a clean and simple challenge!
    Hugs
    Jodi =)

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  37. WOW - I love all of your clean and simple cards.

    Lauren

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  38. Wonderful artwork! Your clean & simple truly works!

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  39. Hi Suzanne,
    Fuuny that the CAS cards seemed hard for you LOL LOL!!
    Great job on them all. The CAS are always classic and really showcase the colouring - I think.
    Hugs, Candy

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  40. WOW! Such stunning creations using the CAS theme!! Love them all!! so classy and adorable with the mags!! :)

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  41. More wonderful, wonderful creations! Love the first Tilda..so sweet!

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  42. What wonderful cards and no struggle for you...just love the waiting Tilda... she is on my list...

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  43. Your cards are so very sweet.I always check in on you everyday.
    Linda W.

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  44. Wow what a great cards. Love the Magnolia ones!!!

    Greetz,
    Maureen from the Netherlands.

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  45. WOW Suzanne!! Your card are all incredible! Of course I'm such a huge fan of yours anyway...Love them all!!! :)
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  46. Suzanne, these Christmas cards are fantastic! I didn't know the stamps you mentioned fit the Labels 1. That is very cool. Wish I were on your Christmas list (Heehee). I loved the pictures of your craft room and maybe some day I will have a nice place to craft. Thanks for sharing the great ideas with those of us who are less fortunate. : )Hugs, Martha

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  47. Glad to hear Riley is feeling better. My little ones are not doing so hot. Parker (6) is getting over bronchitis and Carson has a cough and some congestion and now his asthma has engaged, so I am sure we are going back to the doctor on Moday! Arg!
    On another note, these Tilda's are exquisite! I swear I want to be you when I grow up, so I can color so well! :) Those lockheart itty bitty's are perfect! I need to start my 100 christmas cards I send out every year, but I have been so busy! double Arg! I have the other 2 PTI sets you used and that would be perfect to find some inchies to stamp in the middle - that would be quick and easy for this year! :) Off and running - my daughter has lacrosse in a little while, the boys are getting haircuts and then my hubby is taking my daughter and some friends to a haunted house - maybe I can sneak in some stamping time while they are gone! NOT - the boys will be home with me! :)
    ~T

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  48. Your cards are all beautiful. I like the coloring and the embossed paper you used. I like your Christmas cards your sending out this year. Very nice and elegant! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. I think I've discovered the CAS secret.... embossed white backgrounds. Who needs fancy DP layer and flowers galore when the white card is a main focal point! I love them all.... you've given me some Christmas ideas!!

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  50. All your cards are gorgeous Suzanne and I love your colouring. I have just got some copics and I have found your videos very useful.... so a massive thank you!

    Liza x

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  51. Fabulous cards. I'm off to try and donate some money for the pooches. The page soesn't want to load for me though :( You are so close!

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  52. Teri(M&KGrandma)October 27, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Suzanne, I am almost speechless with how very cute your cards are!!! I just love the first one, Tilda is sosoo cute in red!! Fabulous job!!!

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  53. Suzanne, WOW!!! These CAS cards are just stunning, less is more really works over here. Great inspiration, especially as we are nearing the holidays and time is short!!!
    TFS
    Hugs,
    Charlotte

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I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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