Friday, December 4, 2009

Fresh Idea Friday- Clean and Simple Style

Happy Friday to all of you and thanks for joining us today!

This is Kelly here with my idea for this Fresh Idea Friday!! I have an easy project to share with you that is a great idea for gift giving or even just for quickly increasing the stash of your generic cards to have on hand.

I had a friend visiting me yesterday and she asked if I had a "Get Well" card she could have.  And much to my surprise, I did not have even one in my stash to give her.  But I told her never fear... I will make one really quickly.  (Typically that doesn't happen for me.  Many of my cards can take a couple of hours to complete.)

So anyway, using the Simply Home tree image and the sentiment from Just Wanted to Say, made this card in about 10 minutes.  (Well actually more like 15 if you count the time it took me looking through my scraps to find the DP I wanted to use! LOL!)

I used the Rock n Roll method of stamping on the tree image.  If you aren't familiar with that technique, you can learn more about it HERE from SCS Resources section. It is super easy and a great way to add more than one color on solid stamps especially!

So my "Fresh Idea" hit me when I decided that I loved how quickly this card turned out and and that I could use this layout again to create more!! 

I decided I would take this idea and run with it.  You know, we don't have to reinvent the wheel each time we create a card.  If we like a layout, or a color combo, we can use it over and over again and just change things up a bit to give a fresh feeling!

So I decided to make a set of cards sized 4 X 4 to fit into a box that I have saved from Bath and Body Works that has a clear lid.  I altered which Ippity stamp I used but kept my same layout and color scheme.

And this is what I came up with...

Instead of the satin ribbon I used above, I changed it to a velvet trim I had on hand so that the cards would mail easily without extra postage required.  The felt gives a nice texture to the card too!

This card uses the tree from Simply Home and the sentiment from Just Wanted to Say.

Here I used the Butterfly from Devoted and the sentiment from Just Wanted to Say.

This branch is also from the Devoted set and the sympathy sentiment is from Just Wanted to Say.

This house image comes from the Devoted set and the sentiment from Just Wanted to Say.

So might I suggest to you too that the next time you create a card that you like, do yourself a favor and create more of them that are similar.  Or make a few extras and turn them into a gift set.  There is no need to always create a new card from scratch every time. Save yourself some time, use up your resources and you will end up with even more cards to share with the loved ones in your life!!

Have a fabulous Friday!!

Monday Dec. 7th is going to be our first H{ippity} Hop blog hop! 
Please go to the {Ippity} Forum at SCS to sign up to participate!!


  1. These are great what a beautiful set of cards!!!

  2. Kelly these are ALL GREAT!! I am totally going to take your advise on creating a "set" like this the next time I have a card design that I am liking!! TFS! :)

  3. These are great, I am pleased to say I finally have my stamps so will be having a {ippity} filled weekend :)

  4. These are fabulous! I just got some ippity in so I am ready to play! smiles...

  5. Awesome Kelly! Love this idea! Great cards!

  6. I love this little set!! These would make super cute little gifts too!!!

  7. this is awesome, i think I will have to CASE :)

  8. oh yes---I am definitely keeping this idea around for quick cards:) THANKS, KELLY!

  9. WOW, WOW....these are soooo gorgeous!!!! I am in love!!!