Clean and Simple

Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Butterfly, Challenges, Distress inks, Hero Arts, Love you cards | 40 comments

Hi everyone,
Just popping in quickly with some cards that I made today following one of the sketches from the Clean and Simple Card Making class run by Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Julie Ebersole. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this sketch.

I love clean and simple cards and I love how both of these turned out. To create the red background I swished some Fired Brick distress ink over some textured card stock, leaving some white gaps. I like the distressed look. I am entering this card into the current CAS-ual Fridays CFC#34 Challenge – Chip off the Ol’ Block. I have used Thickers chipboard glossy letters.

My second card I am entering into the current Wee Memories Challenge #82 – Mini. My card is a small 4×4 card. Simple, but cute don’t you think?


{I love you}

Stamps: none
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink – Fired Brick
Card: Regal Craft Card – white textured, white card
Other Supplies: American Crafts Thickers – Chipboard stickers, foam dimensionals, Glossy Accents (to adhere Thickers)


{I appreciate you}

Stamps: Hero Arts All Occasion Messages (CL272)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink – Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, VersaFine Ink – Onyx Black
Card: Regal Craft Card – white textured, white card
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, foam dimensionals, Glossy Accents (to adhere butterflies/pearls), Kaisercraft pearls

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Both cards are fabulous.

  2. Marion, these are both fabulous cards!

  3. Saw your cards in the gallery, both versions are fantastic! I can’t wait to join the fun!

  4. Wow, gorgeous card both, love them!

  5. wow, both cards are gorgeous!

  6. These are amazing!!! I love the CAS, the colors, the texture….everything!

  7. Both cards are really wonderful!

  8. your cards are just stunning!

  9. These are both awesome!

  10. I love the distressed look on your first card too! Second card is so sweet πŸ™‚

  11. I love coming to your blog because I can rest assured to be gob-smacked by your beautiful creations! And these are no execptions! I love that you use textured cardstock and it really came out brilliantly with the swiping of the ink pad method! Love both your cards, so glad that you are also in the class!

  12. Beautiful cards! I love that red background!

  13. Clean, simple and soooo striking. Both cards are adorable and show the CAS principle to perfection.

  14. Gorgeous cards. Love the “woodgrain” effect on the ‘I love you’ one. Love seeing an appreciation card and the textured cardstock you used to add more interest.


  15. What fabulous takes on the sketch! I love the way those colours pop on your second card especially πŸ™‚

  16. These are both CAS stunners Marion, struggling to pick a favourite! U r a clever chickie! πŸ™‚

  17. OMG …. drop dead gorgeous!!!

  18. Love both of these Marion! Gorgeous!

  19. CAS perfection! They are both beautiful!

  20. Hi classmate! I am taking the class, too, and I love it! Your take on the sketch is great! Love both cards!

  21. Awesome cards. Love that red background – very cool!

  22. Both cards are fab, but I have to say I love the I (heart) you one, very clean and simple and straight to the point!

  23. What a gorgeous card! I love your interpretation of the sketch – just stunning. Thanks for playing at Wee Memories this week!

  24. I love the distressed look of the first card, but I also love those butterflies popping amongst the white on the second card. I can’t choose a favourite, they’re both fantastic!!

  25. These are both fabulous! I am drawn to the bright red, but the wonderful texture of the white on white is very cool! Beautifully done. I have yet to make any of the projects for the Clean and Simple Class, but soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Both projects are absolutely delicious!! I’m signed up for the class, too, but haven’t found the time to create anything yet. Your projects are super inspiring! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

  27. Wonderful cards for the clean and simple card class. Your “I heart you” is perfect!

  28. GORGEOUS cards both! The colours of the first card are stunning and the second card so elegant!

  29. Wow, these are both gorgeous and you nailed that sketch! The background of the first is just fabulous πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Marion, so many congrats on your CASual Fridays win… so well deserved, awesome cards πŸ™‚
    Jenny z

  31. Fabulous card! Congrats on winning Guest designer!!!

  32. Truly a stunning card! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  33. Your cards are wonderful – great use of pops of color on white!! Thank you for sharing!

  34. gorgeous cards
    the second one is absolutely amazing!

  35. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love how you created the distress background with swiping the fired brick ink pad. I’m going to try that. Gorgeous work! I’m loving CAS too!

  36. Love them both!! I missed the first before so glad you were featured it is an awesome card!!! Congrats!

  37. you nailed them both! and congrats on the spotlight in the CAS class!

  38. WOW – your first card is fabulous!!! Love it, Marian! And congrats on the class shoutout!

  39. Love your style!

  40. just lurking…and loving the simple lines but bright pops of color!

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