Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Card Week – Day 2 (BLOG CANDY!)


We are continuing our holiday card week with some of my favorite cards of all time. You'll notice a common thread with these designs. They pick a focal point, don't use patterned papers, don't shy away from white spaces, and use minimal layers. These are traits of one of my favorite card design styles: clean and simple! Often times, a simple card packs the most punch.



Kelley Eubanks created this "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" card from Peanuts Christmas Wishes Peel & Stick stamps. She stamped Snoopy and the sentiment using her PSA Essentials Stamper onto white paper. Then she colored the lights up to make them pop. She's used a 1.75" circle punch to cut out the stamp, then adhered that with a 3D foam to red cardstock cut with a 2" inch punch. This also pops off the page (even more so in person.) I love how Kelley has rounded the corners of the card. This really adds a professional touch.





Jennifer Holmes also used her Corner Rounder for this Winter Wonderland card. She's stamped the snowman from Smirk Happy Holidays Peel & Stick stamps. She's colored up his nose and tie to bring him to life. I love the shades of blues. This time of year, I get sick of red and green really fast.





Jennifer also colored up the reindeer, stamped from Smirk Happy Holidays Peel & Stick stamps, in this "Oh, deer" card. Wouldn't this be perfect to give to your spouse? She's done just a touch of layering here with the ribbon, the button and the twine. But it's all simple enough to be classified as clean and simple.





This next card appeared on Good Morning America! Jennifer's design is striking. I love the three trees stamped from PSA Whimsy Trees. She's colored them in a bit with red marker, which matches the red in the twine. She chose white as her cardstock base which serves as good reminder to us not to shy away from white. The card itself is also a good reminder that you can have a strong card without a lot of "stuff."





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43 comments:

  1. Wow, the cards looks all so great. My fav is the card with the three little snowmen.

    Hugs, Uta

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  2. The cards looks awesome, and they really show that less is more sometimes, and it´s not always things gets perfect, just by adding a lot to them. Awesome work here.

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  3. These cards are beautiful! I love the 3 trees card and my favorite is that adorable reindeer!
    TFS :)

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  4. My favorite is the last one with the three trees. That shade of bright green is so pretty! I love the clean and simple design of all the cards today.

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  5. Could these BE any more perfect?! I love them!

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  6. Yes this is my style of card beautiful! Love the trees and the snowmen!

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  7. these are just too adorable...I love that little reindeer...

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  8. I wish i could make cards as clean and simple as these and still make them look just as beautiful! I especially adore the last one! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. Those cards are so cool. Now I have to get the Snoopy set!

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  10. Love all of them! Snoopy is my favorite. I looked for an out of the ordinary stamps at Jo-Anns (I have to make a card for Friday) and I can't fine one! Wish I would have looked at your site sooner!

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  11. These clean and simple cards are simply awesome! Love the use of twine in the last two -great reminder that you don't need all the "stuff"!

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  12. Really, really cute CAS cards!!

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  13. Sweet and cute! cards.My fave is the Winter Wonderland card.


    Luanne
    myfootahead at gmail dot com
    craftersreference.blogspot.com

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  14. I love CAS cards... These ones are awesome....

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  15. these cards are so cute and simple. i love the clean, simple look. my favorite is the three little trees. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  16. Super cute cards without alot of fuss, great cards to make multiples of, my favorite is the three snowmen card....

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  17. i like jennifer's "oh, deer". and the other ones are just too darn cute, too.

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  18. These are beautiful cards. Although I admire CAS cards, I find it very hard to do. I don't know why I have so much trouble with it. I guess I just don't know when to stop. :)
    My favorite card above is the Snoopy one!

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  19. Great examples of the clean and simple style.

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  20. Absolutely adorable cards.
    cstephenson at q dot com

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  21. I love these. Uncluttered and striking.

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  22. Love these cards. I have such a hard time with CAS cards. Mine seem incomplete but these are great. Love Snoopy - I need some of these Peanuts stickers and stamps.

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  23. love these cards! Difficult to select just one, but the 'oh, deer' card has a lot of possibilities for recreation.

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  24. Nice clean and simple gorgeous cards. I love the oh, deer card. So cute.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  25. I love the sweet trees! although Snoopy is a universal favorite I think of everyone! thanks!

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  26. All three are great, but love.' oh dear' , so cute!! I really need to make more cards of a CAS nature, but seem to over think, lol, but want to try in 2012 to also make them as cute as this.....:))
    lotsa luv

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  27. These again are all great!!!! But, if I had them I'm a sucker for snowmen and well I would use the Snoopy for the one Snoopy lover I know my baby sister Christine.... she would be head over heels for that one.
    Thanks for the chance to win some of your products.
    Michelle
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com

    I'm a long time follower of your blog and I also subscribe to your posts by email.

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  28. Oh Snoopy, I love you so!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. totally my style - love the snowmen, cute cute cute!!!!!

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  30. Simple is definately my style---
    the last one is my fave

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  31. These cards are CAS, but they are fabulous!

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  32. These are adorable. I love that they are so simple, and I notice that two of the have bakers twine..one of my favorite embellishments! That reindeer card is CUTE!!!

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  33. The Snoopy card is so darned cute!

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  34. Twine made it all more intersting!

    Like the little animal with the hat also.

    La Vikinga

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