Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Making of a "Simple Card"!

Hi everyone,

It's the Blog Hogger back for a second time in two days!  What's up with that? :)

I have a rare treat for you today.  You get to join me in my quest to make a simple birthday card.  Yes, that's right!  You get to have an intimate view into the workings of my mind!  [insert evil laughter here]  Hmmm, maybe I should do a disclaimer . . . an official disclaimer.
Official Disclaimer: This blog posting contains foolishness, and tracks the obsessive meanderings of a slightly-more-than wacky mind.  Viewer discretion is advised.
Okay, now let's get to the good stuff.  lol

Here's the scenario: I needed to make a birthday card.

What follows is me talking to myself . . . and let's pretend I'm not talking out loud:

"I'll make a simple 10 min. card and get back outdoors to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather.  Okay, plan made.

Let's see, I'll use my favorite color, Pretty in Pink, and I'll go with the Fast and Fabulous stamp set . . . 'cause it's both fast and fabulous.  I'll use Stazon' ink so I can color the flowers and I'll use Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery markers. Oh, this is such a no-brainer!

Hmmmm, it's a little plain so I'll just bump up the background by running the Whisper White section through the Big Shot using the Finial Press Emboss Folder.  (Yes, I always use the actual name of the product when I'm talking to myself instead of "I'll use the pretty, flowery folder thingy", don't you?  lol)

Wow!  That was fast and easy . . . and look how pretty it is:

Great!  Now I'll go outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather.

WAIT!  It looks a little bland.  Hmmm, maybe I'll just add some ribbon.  There, that looks better.

Great!  Now it's finished!

WAIT!  I just caught a glimpse of some Glimmer Paper.  Ohhh, I could use that and make the card shiny!  Let's see . . . how about some border pieces using the Scallop Edge Border Punch?  Yeah, that should be pretty.  And then I'll balance it out by using the same paper to back the sentiment using the Modern Label Punch. Hmmm, it's easier to use punches on this paper if I take some of the backing off first.

Then I'll pop the center piece and the sentiment up with Dimensionals.  Oh, that looks awesome!

Hmmmm, the flowers don't stand out enough 'cause the Glimmer Paper is now the center of attention.

I know, I'll stamp the image again on scrap paper, color and cut out three of the flowers, put Dazzling Diamonds in the middle and pop them up over the original image!

Perfect!  Now I'm happy . . . and finished!

WAIT!  Butterflies would be gorgeous and I have a 2" by 2 1/4" scrap of Glimmer Paper I could use in the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Here's a view from the side:

Awesome!  I love it!  It's finished and my "simple" 10 min. card only took one hour to design! lol  (And, yes, I did laugh out loud to myself!)"

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings.  I'm heading outside just as soon as I finish typing this posting.  'Cause I am not adding anything else to this card!

Wondering-if-I-should-just-add-a-few-Basic-Pearls hugs,


  1. Beautiful card!!! I love visiting your blog, not only to see your creations, but because you always make me laugh!!! Thank you for that! :)Have a great day and please come visit me some time.


  2. Laurie,

    Thanks so much for your comment. You just made my day . . . and now I have to check out your blog!

    Colleen, the Slightly Crazed