Need a Ridiculously Simple Handmade Greeting Card for A Friend?

Last Friday, I asked a question to those on my mailing list of what their paper crafting resolution was for 2014.  I promised to share the top 5 responses in my newsletter on Wednesday.

If you are not on my mailing list, be sure to be signed up by Wednesday.  Not only will I reveal the top 5 answers, but I will also be sharing a fun project tutorial that I only share to my mailing list.

One of the responses I received cracked me up!  I mean, like, whoa, it's a good thing I didn't have a drink in my mouth or else my computer would have gotten a Dr. Pepper bath.

Here it is,

“I want to make a card that is simple, but still says exactly what I want it to say, simple enough that I can change out the sentiment and the embellishment and use it year round.  I mean so ridiculously simple that on my worst PMS day, not only could I make it, but I would enjoy making it as well.”

And it got me to thinking – really thinking…

If I could do this for me, how much time and frustration would it save me?  And I love paper crafting – I spend most of my day in my stamp room, but there are times (more than I care to admit) when the moons don't align, there are no unicorns in my stamp room, I am out of Dr. Pepper, I dumped an entire brand new jar of embossing powder on the floor, and I just want to have a stamping pity party – yet still need to create a card.

What could my 2014 Go To Card look like?

I pondered…. and I played…  and I pondered… and I played… and I pondered… and I played…

And here is the first one that I came up with, I'm not sure it will be THE ONE, but it's a fun start!

clean and simple hand made greeting card for a friend

To make this card was ridiculously simple.  I started with a white card base.  I did use Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White.  And then I die cut a zig-zag using the Tasteful Trim die and used Strawberry Slush card stock.

The sentiment arrived in my stocking this year – and how amazingly fantastic is that font?!?!?!  Don't ask me where it came from, like I said, it was from Santa, so I have no idea.  But I love it.  You will see more of it in the coming weeks.

Then that giant rhinestone came from a gift tag that I re-purposed.  I ran out of my big ones and improvised!

For this card's embellishments, I used hearts and die cut them, but you could use punches of any shapes and sizes.

And it got me to thinking – I NEED a stamp set that is like a sneaker that has a coordinating die or punch.  The kind of sneaker with a big white toe area with laces – well duh, of course it has laces, I am doing a terrible job of describing it.  Let me go see if I can nab a photo of a sneaker from somewhere.

Ha!  I found one:  I just grabbed this image from:  www.razblint.comScreen Shot 2013-12-29 at 12.02.55 PM

Does anyone know of a company that sells a stamp and die/punch for a sneaker like this?  I really need it!  And I want to color it in, not have it as a bold image – picky, right?  If you know where I can get one, please post it in the comments below.


Do you like this idea of having a 2014 Go To Card?  Let me know!  And I will be sharing the others that I create as well.  If you are in Stamping Family – load yours into the gallery and tag it with 2014 Go To Card so we can all see each others.

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And I hope that you enjoyed today's Ridiculously Simple Handmade Greeting Card for A Friend idea!


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