Sunday 19 September 2021

Clean and Simple For You Card

Wow, it's hard to believe that it has been 15 months... to the day... since I last created a card and posted it on my blog. The last 2 years have been quite a challenging time for me and no doubt all of you too. What a crazy time the world has been going through with the COVID-19 pandemic. I've struggled quite a bit with my creativity and wasn't giving myself much time to craft as I just sat here with a blank mind every time I tried to create something.

But, I'm super excited to say that thanks to a couple of creative challenges I've managed to create my first card in a really.... really long time. 

Here are the challenges that helped me get my creative mojo flowing long enough to finish a card :)

This weeks Freshly Made Sketches #503 was my layout inspiration, the Global Design Project # 309 Colour Challenge helped me with my colour choices and the latest Addicted to CAS #206 "Leaf" challenge helped with my focal point and keeping me to a clean and simple design.

Here is my card:

My squares were cut using the retired Layering Squares Dies in Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock.

I stamped my "for you" sentiment (from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set) using Shaded Spruce ink on 1 of my white squares. I then dry embossed the white squares using my Painted Texture 3D embossing folder and my Big Shot.

I then adhered each white embossed square on to a Basic Black scalloped square. Using my Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue I glued the squares together in an offset pattern.

My leaf branch was cut from some Shaded Spruce cardstock and used the leaves die from the Artistic Dies set. I cut off the bottom 4 leaves to make the branch a little shorter to suit my design. I then glued the branch on to my joined squares.

Using a few Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, I attached my squares to my Whisper White Thick card base.

I felt my card needed a little something extra and to keep with the clean and simple design, I resisted the urge to add lots of bling and instead only added 3 Matte Black Dots.

I'm pretty happy with how the first card I have created in 15 months came out. Hopefully this is the card that has kick started my creativity and I can slip back into my card making groove.

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Artistic Dies

Layering Squares Framelits (Retired)

Hydrangea Haven (158210)

Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder (154317)

Matte Black Dots (154284)

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  1. Welcome back! It was a pleasant surprise to see your email today AND your beautiful card. I struggle with CAS cards. Have a great week and keep on putting one foot in front of the other in your card making.

    1. Thank you so much Karen :)
      I really appreciate your comment. It's been hard, but I hope I'm back now.

  2. I love all of the texture and white space on this pretty card! Glad you are creating again! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

    1. Thanks so much Amy :) I'm glad I'm creating again too. Just hope I can keep it up. A big thanks to the FMS Team for your sketch challenge.

  3. What a beautiful super clean take on the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

    1. Thanks so much Cecile :) I really loved the FMS sketch. Thanks for helping me get creating again.

  4. It's great to see you back creating again Kirsten and with such a beauty too! I love your textured squares topped with that leaf outline. Great colours too and the perfect embellishments. Thank you for coming to play with us at Addicted to CAS. Vicky x

  5. Welcome back, Kirsten! This is such a fabulous CAS card! I love how you combined challenges and how you used your stamping, die-cutting, and dry embossing techniques to create such a beautiful design! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

  6. I am so happy you found some time and mojo to get creative! Your card is lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!


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