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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Let's Keep It Simple

Hi everyone and Happy Tuesday!!!   I do hope your week is off to a better start than mine.  I spent part of the day yesterday cleaning and preparing for a Mother's Day dinner with my mom-in-law.  That was the fun part of the day - the dinner.  Good food and lots of family are a recipe for happiness.  However, to start my day, I wanted to be sure I made a card to share with all of you.  I had 2 ideas running in my head and started with the one I liked best.  Well, it didn't work.  I was disappointed with how it was looking and decided to scrap the idea and go to plan b.  Well that plan turned out as well as the first.  I just could not seem to get anything to work like I wanted it to.  I was ready to give up and call it a day for crafting when I spotted this background stamp I bought a few years ago and thought why not just make a really simple card.  So that's what I did.

I started with a base card of Garden Green cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Next I added a layer of Daffodil Delight that was 4" x 5 1/4".  Prior to attaching it to the card I ran it through the big shot using the tulip frame impression folder.  Now I did trim a small strip off the bottom of this after it had been impressed.  I did this only because I had one side of the frame closer to the edge that the other and this evened it up a bit.  I then attached it using the runner adhesive and moved on to my Whisper White layer.  I cut this piece to measure 3 1/8" x 4 1/4".  This fits perfectly inside the frame.  I took this piece and stamped it with a tree stamp I bought several years ago.  This was the stamp I saw that inspired this card.  I used a green StazOn ink that I have to do this.  I attached it to the inside of the frame with the runner adhesive.

Here is a closer look at the tulip frame and the tree.  I wanted to be sure you could see the details of this.  

For my greeting, I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the frame which is from the stamp set Four Frames onto this using Garden Green ink.  I punched it out using the decorative label punch.  I then used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and stamped the greeting in the center of the frame with Daffodil Delight ink.  Using my Daffodil Delight Stampin' Up! marker, I added the little polka dots.  I then created a frame from Daffodil Delight card stock for the greeting and adhered it with runner adhesive.  The finished greeting piece is attached to the card using dimensionals.  

Now I know this is not an overly fancy card, but keep in mind that sometimes simplicity is best.  I hope you have enjoyed this one.  I also hope that my next card will be more successful so I can share it with you all.  

I am cutting my week short this week.  My hubby has a couple of days off and we have not had a lot of time together in weeks.  I am going to spend some much needed time with him for the rest of this week.  I will be back next Monday with another share for all of you.  Thanks for stopping by today and I will see you all next week. 

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