Thursday, November 30, 2023

Clean and Simple Challenge #365

Hey everyone!!

Welcome back.

We hope you all had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving with friends and family.

We hope you're rested and ready to play along with our final challenge of 2023.

Since you may be busy this time of year, we're keeping it simple.

Clean and Simple.

No, fussy, time consuming cards here.

Whip up something quick so that you have time for everything else going on right now.

Before we show you Sharon's card we have a special announcement. Tricia from our Watercolor Design Team has taken on a very important endeavor. Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post after viewing Sharon's card.

Sharon is our Featured Designer and you're going to be so inspired by her simple yet sweet card.


 Hello AI Fans!

So are you crazy busy this time of year and just discovered you needed just one more Christmas Card?  Well, clean and simple to the rescue.  Some people might think that clean and simple means a single layer or lots and lots of white space on your card.  I don't think there are any hard and fast rules to qualify a card to fall under clean and simple.  I think as long as you can make the card without having to spend hours on it or making a big fuss, it qualifies as clean and simple.  I couldn't believe how quickly I put this card together! All I did was grab some scraps from some other projects along with a frame and sentiment. It took me no time at all to throw this card together. So although it uses three different paper with layers, to me it is SO clean and simple!! To be honest, when I have a feature for a challenge, it's usually a full day of crafting and assembling.  This card took me about 30 minutes total, from start to end. So here's how I went about making it. 

First I decided which scraps I wanted to use and got my sentiment along with a frame for the sentiment. I think that took me longer than putting together the card. 

I cut the scraps down to 1.25" x 4.5" for the red mat and did the pattern paper at .25" smaller. The other piece I cut at 1.25" x 3.75" and cut the pattern paper at .25" smaller. I cut out the frame and stamped the sentiment.

I sat the frame over the top of my sentiment and just lightly traced around it, then trimmed just inside the pencil marks so the sentiment would fit inside the frame perfectly, then glued the frame onto the sentiment. 

I lined everything up to make sure I was going to like the way it looked, then proceeded to pick out my ribbon and make a bow. 

Once again, I lined it up to make sure I was going to like it, then glued it all together.  I added some 3M tape to the back of the sentiment so it would stand up from the rest of the card. 

That was it, about 30 minutes total. And I was super happy with the result. 

So that's it for me today. I hope you call take the time to join in with the challenge for the chance to win a stamp set of your choice! Thanks for stopping by for a visit and until next time - hope you have time to get crafty! 

Thank you so much Sharon.
We hope this gives you plenty of time to prepare for the holidays.
We love your card and all of your helpful tips!

Now onto our special announcement. 
Tricia wants to help out senior citizens who may be alone this time a year and even moving forward into the new year.  She is asking for your help.
You can find more information on her blog.

We're so proud to have her on our DT and hope you will help Tricia and this group of people that are often forgotten about.  Your simple gift of a card could truly brighten someone's day.  HUGE BONUS!! There will be multiple Art Impressions giveaways!  Be sure to visit her blog for all of the details.  Now, go make a card for our challenge. And maybe, just maybe, send it to Tricia and win something.  Even if you don't win a prize, it's a win if you are giving and make someone else happy today.

✻ Please make a new card or handmade crafty creation. You can make any item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
 ✻Please include your first name and last initial on your submission.
✻We love to comment on your entries, but keep in mind if you use a private group or a platform that you need to sign up for, we probably won't be able to.
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love if you can, by clicking and commenting on your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Deb H. said...

I really like the idea of giving a card to a senior. Wish I had more time to make cards.