Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You Shouldn't Have...


But I'm glad you did! Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I know everyone is into the busy-ness of the season, which makes your taking the time to visit that much more special. :)

Today is the day that the December Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kits ship. Hurray! Wait until you see this month's kit! It will surely knock your socks off! It's full of wonderful patterned papers from the Wintertime collection by Echo Park, plus snowflake brads, clear Tiny Twinkles, coordinating ribbon and cardstock. Yum!!!

The KI challenge this month is to make Christmas thank-you cards. What a great idea! We concentrate on getting our Christmas cards done and in the mail, but what about thank-you cards for after the holidays?

Since time is short these days, I came up with a super simple card that you can replicate in a snap.


First, you'll want to cut and assemble all the pieces. The card base is one half of a sheet of cardstock cut lengthwise to create a card that is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The patterned papers are 2 3/4" x 4 1/4". To save paper, rather than cut a full mat to place behind the patterned paper, I cut thin strips (1/8" x 4 1/4") to adhere at the top and bottom of the patterned paper.

The berries embellishment is cut from a branch I purchased at Michael's. They are clearing out these holiday sprigs... this one cost me a dollar. Score!


Next I stamped the greeting from Hangin' Out at the North Pole directly onto the patterned paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink.


After adhering the stamped patterned paper to the card bases, I adhered the thin red strips to the tops and bottoms of each one. Here's a tip: when affixing thin strips such as these, a temporary adhesive, such as Herma's Dotto, works well because any excess will rub right off.


The last step was to add the berries. I used Mini Glue Dots, hiding them under the berries. Voila! Quick and easy, but with a lot of punch, don't you think?

Be sure to visit Taylor's blog and the rest of the KI Design Team to see what they have come up with... no doubt stunning!


Don't forget, for inspiration any time, be sure to check out the Key Ingredients Gallery!

I'll be back soon with more inspiration of my own. This kit gives me lots of great ideas!

15 comments:

Patti J said...

Beautiful, quick, and easy peasy, but LOOKS like you spent hours on it! Great card, dear friend!!! And I think those colors together are simply divine! Thanks for sharing - have a good day.

Melody said...

Simple and elegant statement! Love it!

Karen Motz said...

Gorgeously simple and so different!! What a wonderful idea to use a branch of red berries!!

Becky said...

Lisa these are lovely. so simple yet so elegant.

the whimsical butterfly said...

What a CUTE idea to use the berries! So festive!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Lisa, this is so richly elegant! Hope you are well and I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas

Hugs

Vicki

Lynn said...

These definitely do have a punch! I love the fresh look of your cards and the sprig of berries looks incredible!

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Kristine said...

Very simple and cute! Although they'd have to be hand delivered or the shipping cost will outweigh the bargain you got on the berries!! lol ;) But they DO look so festive and elegant. Can't wait to get my Dec. KI kit!!

Michele Gross said...

Fabulous! I love the berries! They are such a perfect embellishment to compliment that delish patterned paper!

Debbie Pamment said...

OMGoodness Lisa - you have been creating up a STORM my friend - while I have been having my mini meltdown and losing all mojo to create and visit! BUT I'M BACK (I hope - LOL)!!!!! Have been scrolling through all your gorgeous work - and you have helped wake up mr.mojo and get his creative juices flowing again! That's what friends are for so THANK YOU my fabulous talented friend!
xXx

Alice Wertz said...

this is so simple and beautiful, Lisa! love it!

Mickie said...

Cute, cute! And looks so easy and quick.

Peggysuez said...

Great card, looks cool with the little branches on the side.

LORi said...

Very Pretty Lisa!!
HUGS - LORi