Friday, May 11, 2012

Keepin' it Simple

I know that one of my "signature moves" in scrapbooking and card-making is that I tend to put on a lot of embellishments.  Sometimes I can't leave it alone, and just keep adding on, and on. . . . and on.  So when I saw this challenge at the LawnScaping Challenge Blog I knew I had to take it on.  I need to push myself to create differently sometimes.  I was really inspired by Laurel Beard on this challenge, and wanted to show that I really can "keep it simple" if I try.  I incorporated my card into a total of three different challenges.  This is the card I created, and for me. . . TRUST ME, this is "Keepin' it Simple" for sure.
Here is the link to their challenge so that YOU can play along, too:
http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2012/05/lawnscaping-challenge-clean-and-simple.html - LawnScaping Challenge #33 - Keep it Clean and Simple/Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

I was also completely inspired by the Make it Monday tutorial over at Nicole Heady's Blog/PTI where the tutorial demonstrated a technique to use up some of our patterned paper scraps to create a background.  Well, anyone who knows me at all is aware that I have enough October Afternoon paper to fill the Grand Canyon (almost - LOL).  So, when I saw this awesome tutorial by Dawn McVey, I knew right away that I would use October Afternoon scraps.  Here is a link to the PTI Make it Monday Challenge:
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2012/05/make-it-monday-65-background-patterns-from-patterned-paper-scraps.html - Make it Monday Challenge #65.  You are required to use at least one PTI product, and for this card I used one of my (many) favorite PTI stamps for the sentiment.

The other challenge I'm entering with this card is the weekly challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show where you are asked to use your favorite stamp.  It's so hard to pick just ONE "favorite" stamp.  I have so many favorites, but the one I used for this challenge is a sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink which is always considered a "favorite" in my book.  Here is the link to the challenge at Simon Says:
http://www.simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/2012/05/simon-says-stamp-and-show-your.html - Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Favourite Stamp

Thank you for stopping by to visit, and to take a little peek at my attempt to try "Keepin' it Simple".  I appreciate your sweet comments, and hope you're having a blessed day.

Hugs,
Karen

15 comments:

  1. Hello Karen. Well I love your idea of plain and simple. This is gorgeous with such pretty colours and design.
    I really am with you on embellishing, I cant do CAS or whatever it is, just not me.
    Have a fabulous weekend, take care.
    Love Sandra xxx

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  2. Very pretty card, love the papers and the strips work really well. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  3. Your card is absolutely lovely! Have a great weekend!

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  4. oh this is really beautiful,hugs Cheryl xxx

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  5. I love your 'simple' card that you've created! The papers are wonderful and that sentiment is perfect! Love the little clip you've created for the top! God Bless!

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  6. This is so very pretty, Karen!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog this morning and leaving such an encouraging comment! I appreciate it!...Nancy :o)

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  7. Hi there! Thanks so much for your interest in my blog - I would love you to follow it! I am following yours now. Your card is adorable. Love the strips! That's one of my favorite "go-to" techniques. This post is so chock-full of great links, I'm going to have to take time to visit them all!

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  8. Your card is lovely.
    You did excellent on all of your challenges.

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  9. hello Karen, merci pour ton gentil commentaire, ta carte est super jolie, c'est vraiment dur le C&S, moi j'ai laissé tombé je n'y arrive pas bien alors je ne peux qu'admirer ceux qui sont doué...merci aussi pour ta proposition de participer a word art wednesday mais moi j'ai du mal a mettre des mots sur mes cartes alors je ne crois pas être capable de participer a un challenge sur ce thème, merci pour tes visites appréciés, biz

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  10. Nice color combo!
    I love the scrapbook paper that you used.
    Lovely card!

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  11. This is very simple for you my friend...but still a beautiful card. The colors are very pretty, and I like that NOTE clip. Happy Mother's Day tommorrow... Oh and by the way, I did get my job that I applied for, YEAH. Thank you for your prayer. Hugs, Dawn

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  12. Pretty card, thanks for playing the Lawnscaping challenge with us

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  13. I am so glad you took the challenge and played along with us Lawnscaping gals for our clean and simple challenge! :) You did a great job! I too hoard a lot of patterned paper scraps and this is a great way to use them up! Your card is gorgeous and I am so glad that we were able to inspire you to play along! Thank you so very much for joining us!

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  14. Great card! I love how you used your patterned paper scraps, I really need to work on that! lol Thanks so much for joining us at Lawnscaping! :)

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  15. love this - I am a bit of a 'simple' girl at heart when it comes to cards.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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