Just Be Happy

Wow!  Yesterday was a busy and exciting day. 

The Pals Fall Blog Hop was awesome, and I received so many wonderful compliments on my basket of flowers.  Thank you to everyone!  I really appreciate the comments and the chance to learn what you like to see.   With so many requests to make a video how-to, I promise I’ll try to do one very soon (I’m scared!).

In addition to the excitement of the Blog Hop, I received an email from Freshly Made Sketches informing me that I won the very first “Queen of Clean” award!  If you take a look at the fierce competition, you’ll know how much this recognition means to me. 

Okay, for today’s card, I offered to do a sample card for Roxie’s sketch challenge #350 at Splitcoast Stampers (keyword SC350).  The sketch was quite unique to me.  I’ve never attempted a card with angles like this (I said I’d do it before I saw the sketch!). 

After working with it, I found that I really love the lines of this sketch, maybe just because it is so different.  I decided to accentuate the lines as much as possible by matting each layer with Early Espresso.  I’m happy to report that, in this case, “different and unique” didn’t equate to difficult.  This is an easy one to do.

Because I used two patterned papers for my background layers, I didn’t want to over-complicate the card by making it too busy on the front panel.  So instead, I brought pieces of those background layers to the focal point by using one of the patterns for my paper ribbon and a cutout image from the other patterned paper.  I added one simple finishing touch with the Circle Fire Brad.  The simplicity, along with fresh and cheerful colors, called for the used of the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set. 

SUPPLIES:  Paper:  Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650) and Spice Cake DSP (124003);  Stamp Set:  Pursuit of Happiness (English – W121907 or C121970, Spanish – W124700 or C124702);  Ink:  Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (119670);  Finishing Touches:  Circle Fire Brad (109110).


If you’re just starting out as a hobby stamper and aren’t sure where to begin, this is a great project to start with.  You can order this clear mount stamp set or a similar set that covers many occasions, a clear mount block,  a stampin pad, DSP, neutrals assortment cardstock, and brads for a little over $50 and be able create this project and MANY, MANY MORE (and simulate many that you can see in my blog library).  In addition, you’ll qualify for DOUBLE Pretty Points Rewards and be on your way to earning a free stamp set of your choice!  If you have any questions or need help placing your order, please email me.  

I hope you’ve shared in my excitement and have enjoyed today’s project.  Thanks for stopping by!







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  1. Lisa Zeno

    Hi Cindy, I love this card! I would never have thought to angle the paper like that! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Karen Gilbert

    Congrats Cindy on being selected for the first ever Clean and Simple challenge. Your card is beautiful and you really did make the image pop.

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