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Simply Stunning Creative Challenge

This holiday I really made a concerted effort to keep things simple—our gifts were simple, our plans were simple, our entertaining was simple. That’s kind of been my mantra recently . . . I’ve realized that life is too short to stress out over making things complicated.

Moving forward into the new year, I’m committed to learning how to simplify my life in all areas—even the way I stamp! And for me, that will be difficult, because I do like textures and layers and bling. I’m sure that occasionally I’ll still have to give in and do something completely over the top, but I really am going to try to keep things simple this year.

So I thought we’d start with this month’s Creative Challenge—the Simply Stunning Card Creative Challenge. I know it’s possible to create cards that are simple yet stunning; I’ve seen several this holiday season . . . cards that are so simple yet eye-catching and amazing.

Making this change in my life isn’t going to be easy, but I’m very excited about it! And I know you’ll help inspire me with your creations!


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Here is one of the esiest, quickest, and wowest cards I have done in awhile using the bleaching technique. http://www.butternutsagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/bleached-blossoms.html
January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
This card uses lots of stamp sets to tell a story but is done with a SIMPLE LAYOUT! Enjoy!

January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Here is the link to 4 easy, easy cards I made for my beginners stamp class. I had four different products i want to showcase on simple cards for new stampers 1: Wood Mount 2: Big Shot 3:DSP and 4: Clear Mount. Enjoy! Thanks for the challenges!

January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Here's my card. After looking at your stunning Elegant Bird card, I'm not sure we agree on the definition of "simple'!
January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara Nell
Here is a Clean and Simple thank you card.


Thanks for these challenges Shelli!
January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mertz
Simple and eye-catching? Well, I think so.
Simply Stunning? Well, I'm not sure it's stunning, LOL!
I did fiddle around with some additional elements, but in the end, I decided less was more for this card. Thanks for looking and for a great challenge!

January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Wheeler
The multi=colored glimmering butterflies say it all: Simple yet Stunning! :)

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulz
Please see the card with Congrats saying. Thanks!

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Thompson
I've made two cards last weekend and I think they are really simple and easy:



be blessed
Dörte from Germany
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDörte Keßling
I don't normally do simple, so this was a great challenge for me to do. This card can be made in under 10 minutes!
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Dobson
Here's my Simply Thanks: http://heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com/2012/01/simply-thanks.html
Don't know about stunning, but it is definitely simple!
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Elam
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauri
Headed out the door for Leadership, but couldn't resist a challenge that had the words Simply and Stunning in the same sentence. See you in San Antonio.
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Collins
Here is my card using the new Doily Wmbosslit Die for my focal point. Enjoy!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
This card is simple with an elegant color scheme. Some of SU's new products make it easy!! Thanks for looking!
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret Raburn
I think this one meets the criteria of simple AND stunning! Very simple faux tile technique, and the Poppy Parade/Basic Back/Very Vanilla combo is eye-catching!
January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Elam
Happy New Year! Simple has been my mantra too. Thanks for another great challenge.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Hi! This cards are clean & simple http://stempelwiese.de/6036/clean-simple-4-streich
January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteffi

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