Posts Tagged ‘clean and simple’

Whew, I have been absent from the blogging world a long time!  We have been crazy busy with a holiday whirlwind of activities and travel, and to be honest I barely snuck in any time for stamping.

We have been blessed to see just about everyone in our extended family (both sides!) over the last couple weeks and shared lots of fun times with them all.  Now that we are home from our marathon round-trip tour of the southeastern US (Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia – whew!) it is time to get those thank you notes written for all the kind gifts we received!  My mom always said you have to get your Christmas thank you notes written by New Year’s Day…so guess what my family is doing today??

When I need to make a lot of cards at once I try to keep it simple.  Here is what I came up with for our family to write our notes on today – nice and wintry!

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  • Stamp Sets:  Endless Wishes, Yippee Skippee
  • Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo
  • Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  none besides a paper trimmer!

You could do something very similar to this with a LOT of stamp sets – just use what you have on hand!  I stamped the greeting first and then stamped the snowflakes randomly around it.  Notice that I let some of them hang off the edge of the Whisper White cardstock.

Now off to write those thank you notes!


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Before we get to today’s card, I wanted to remind you about the big list of products that is retiring from the annual catalog.  There are LOTS of things going away, and some of them are discounted at 25%, 40%, or even 60% off!  All the stamps that are retiring will be available now through June 3, 2013…but the accessories and tools are available only while supplies last.  You can shop the retired list in my online store anytime to get yours before they are gone forever!


And now, here is another lovely card from the Clean and Simple card swap I participated in last week.  This one was made by Kim Parker using the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom punch:


Everyone at dinner was remarking about how Kim must have spent so much time coloring in the raised dots on the embossed background, but she said it was really quick!  I am going to have to pull out my markers and try it, too, it’s a cute look!


Note:  The stamps from A Round Array coordinate perfectly with the new 7/8″ scallop circle punch, I’d recommend it!  These stamps are a sneak peek from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog which debuts in a little over a month, but you can get them now – the stamps anc coordinating punch are available right now through April 30th in a discounted bundle.


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Here is another card that I received in the swap from last Thursday night, made by Carol Edwards.  Isn’t that such a clever use of the hot air balloon stamps in the Up, Up & Away set?

I am inclined to think this is not really a “clean and simple” card since Carol cut out each one of those balloons/flower petals by hand with her paper snips.  She said she made sixteen of these!  It is so cute and clever, I just love it.



  • Stamp Sets:  Up, Up, & Away
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gumball Green
  • Tools and Accessories:  Paper Snips, Big Shot with Little Leaves Sizzlit die and Tulip Frame embossing folder, 1/2″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

For some reason the picture makes it look like it is Real Red, but it is actually Melon Mambo – a nice bold pink.  Fun!

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Last night I attended a fun dinner with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who live near me.  Love getting to see these ladies, they are such a fun bunch.  And so creative!  We each made some clean and simple cards to swap with each other.  I posted my card yesterday, and now I have six others to share with you over the next few days!

Here is the first one, courtesy of my friend Dominique:

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So simple, yet so elegant!

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I am looking forward to tonight – getting together with a bunch of my favorite fellow demonstrators for our quarterly dinner and swap.  We always have the most fun talking over the latest news from the Stampin’ Up world, enjoying each other’s company, and getting inspiration from each other by swapping cards we’ve made.  When this group has done swaps in the past, we often go all out and make very elaborate cards or 3D creations to share.  Most of us have so many stamps, tools, and embellishments on hand that it is hard for us to make a simple card.

Our challenge for this swap was to make a clean and simple card.  No more than one layer of cardstock besides the base (sometimes less is more!)

Here is the card I am bringing to swap with everyone (CASEd from Julie Davison at http://www.juliedavison.blogspot.com with a few changes!):

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  • Stamp Sets:  Aviary, Embellished Events
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red (which is retiring May 31 – get it while it lasts!)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Apothecary Accents Framelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

If getting together with other friends who stamp sounds like fun to you, right now is a GREAT time to join the Stampin’ Up! family!  I’d love to have you in our group.  When you sign up between now and May 30, you get $30 in extra products for free!  The starter kit is totally customizable – you pay $99 and you get to pick $155 in whatever products you want (with free shipping, even!)  Pretty good deal!  If you join right now you will have demonstrator status until October 31st even if you never sell a thing or make any other purchases for yourself, there is no penalty to drop out later.

If you’re interested in joining, I’d love to answer any questions for you!  I can make some suggestions on what to get in your starter kit if you’re overwhelmed with all the choices, and I’m happy to share my experiences as a demonstrator if you’re curious about how it really works.   You can be a hobby demonstrator or really make a business out of it – either way is okay!   My email is stephanie.kokan@gmail.com, or you can click HERE to learn more and sign up right online!


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Are you excited about Sale-a-Bration yet?  It’s almost here!  Sale-a-Bration begins January 22, 2013 and will run through March 22nd.  You will receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with each $50 you spend during that time period.  No limits!  If you host a workshop during Sale-a-Bration there are extra hostess rewards to be had as well…call me now to schedule a workshop at your house!  Perfect wintertime girls’ night – just hang out with your friends at your house and everyone gets to make something great to take home!

Here is a SUPER clean and simple card that you could make a big stack of in no time!  I copied this design straight from the Sale-a-Bration 2013 brochure.  It’s a single stamp on a single layer of cardstock, with a length of coordinating baker’s twine tied around the fold.  Literally a 1-minute wonder.  I love the vintage feel of these stamps in the Feeling Sentimental set (and I love that they are free!):




With three great images to choose from, I’m thinking sets of 12 cards (4 each of three designs) would make for a great gift.  What will you do with YOUR free stamps?

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Happy New Year to my stamping friends!  Hoping 2013 is treating everyone well so far.  If your family is anything like mine, you may be spending the day finishing up those thank you notes for all the Christmas gifts you received last week.  After a marathon 9-day road trip from Alabama to Atlanta to Virginia and back home again, we had the amazing opportunity to see EVERY aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandparent on both sides of the family this Christmas.  It was a great trip, we loved seeing everyone, and now we have a lot of thank-you notes to write!  Because helping a six year old and a three year old write a pile of thank you notes is quite a time-consuming task, I made our notecards very quick and easy (but still lovely!).

If you have a good memory, you might notice that this is very similar to a Christmas card I made a month or two ago – I just changed out the greeting and used Midnight Muse instead of Cherry Cobbler ink to make this one a little more January-appropriate.



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