Clean and Simple Card Idea

Need a clean and simple card idea?  Need one that you can create in minutes and hopefully write about in less than that?  I am in a hotel and rapidly trying to type before I go to a class on Trendspotting at CHA in Anaheim!!!
I am so excited about this event that I literally cannot focus!  BUT… it has been a couple of days since I posted and I don't want you to think that I have disappeared.  So here is the card, check back later today and I will share all the details – off to throw makeup on this face, and that takes me a while!


Here is the card idea:


OK, so I updated this earlier today, but the internet at our hotel crashed and poof went the update.

So let's see if I can recreate the story on how this card came to be as a complete accident.

It all started with the patterned paper – it is the watercoloring patterned paper from Stampin' Up in their new catalog.  That is also where the color palette came from.  That patterned paper has a ton of colors with it – so I pulled out the Gumball Green, Island Indigo and one other.

They recommend Tangerine Tango, and not to knock any tangerine fans out there, but…. it was a little harsh for my liking and in came Calypso Coral.

But let's go back to the Gumball Green little stipey pennant.  It took me years (ok – that is a slight exaggeration) to get that straight and where I wanted it.  Then I got all crazy and stamped that sentiment (also from the SU occasions catalog) right onto the patterned paper.  That is not something I normally do.  Not because I don't like the effect, but often because I don't wanna goof on my paper.  I have been known to treat patterned paper like it is extinct, like you can't get it ever again and don't want to mess it up.  And so it isn't my first thought to stamp on it.

I did though – I got all inked up with my Island Indigo ink, stamped it, and promptly dragged it under my green pennant – yes, the one I spent years on.

And that is when Gorgeous Grunge saved me!  That stamp set is like peanut butter in your pantry – whether you use it or not, you just have to have it.  I think if you have it, you will find that just like peanut butter magically appears on your spoon and in your mouth at 11pm at night (or is that just me?) you will use it when you aren't thinking.

Out came the stamp set, the Calypso Coral & Smoky Slate ink and boo-boo fixing stamp set jumped in to save the day.  You can't even see where the smear was- which was a total win-win in my book – it fixed the boo boo and made the card look better than I planned.

Now, let's chat again about the sentiment.  It was hanging out on the patterned paper, and floating in mid-air.  I tried a ton of things to ground it – ribbon, scallops, hemp, pearls – and look at what won – it is a 1/8″ strip of Island Indigo.

Grab a heart punch or die, grab some Calypso Coral card stock, and bam – you have a little accessory that is easily completed with a rhinestone.

To finish off this card, I layered in onto a Vanilla card base.

This card traveled with me to Anaheim for the CHA convention so that I could share it with you.  While the photo isn't the best – hotel room shots at 2:30 am just aren't ideal – I hope that you love this clean and simple card idea.

OK – my feet are killing me, Cheesecake Factory made my tummy full and this blogger ready for a few winks.

Be sure to check my facebook page tomorrow as I share more from CHA!


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