Monday, December 08, 2008

Super Simple Christmas Cards

I sat down to stamp tonight and was at a loss on what to make!! I'm just plain tired from running all over town for auto work, doctors appt's and to finally start my Christmas shopping - so I really had all my creativity drained out of me.... or so I thought!



I decided to focus on super simple and really quick Christmas cards using just vanilla cardstock, patterned paper, one sentiment and embellishments. All of these cards use paper from Scenic Route - which is currently on sale at Paper Addiction.




CARD #1

The first card was made with the Garland Scrap Sheet and Garland Howard Road. I punched circles and inked the edges with brown ink and a blending tool, then cut little "caps" for the bulbs and attached gold cord in a loop to the back of the ornament. They were popped up on dimensionals for a little added depth. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from My FAvorite Things.





CARD #2


This design is one I turn to over and over again this time of year for a really quick, but cute card. I simply cut triangles from patterned paper (all from Scenic Route), ink the edges with the foam blending tool, then add a 2 layers of vanilla carstock over the bottoms of the trees for snow. I added punched stars to the top of the trees (done with cuttlebug dies) and glittering dots of snow with Stickles (also on sale this week since it's a holiday STAPLE!!)






CARD #3

The last card was made with squares of Scenic Route paper (again with the edges inked) that were arranged like presents. I added narrow, red satin ribbon with Scor-tape (my absolute favorite adhesive) and tied little bows to match. This one probably took the longest because of the bows, but was still done in under 15 minutes.


Now the big question.... which one is YOUR favorite?? Leave me a comment and let me know which of these 3 cards is your favorite and you'll be entered to win some fantastic BLOG CANDY!! I have an 12 x 15 envelope STUFFED full of 12x12 paper, embellishments, ribbons, stamps and who knows what else and it's just waiting for a new home. So if you'd like to provide said home for these products then leave me a comment and make sure you leave an email address if it's not listed in your blogger profile OR check back to see who won!


Thanks for reading!

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love them all! They are so creative and love how you used limited supplies on them. My favorite is the trees one...great to see them dressed up in DP with stars and sparkle....beautiful! TFS: Tinla

Tracey said...

For someone who had no creativity you sure did rock these cards!!! They are all gorgeous but I think my favourite is the trees!! Fabulous!!

Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous blog candy too!!

angie worthington said...

love them all, but the 2nd one is my favorite..i am so behind in my cards this year, i may making some similar to the 2nd one--they look super quick, yet they are so pretty...

Mtgchic said...

I'll be the odd one out so far and say I like the gifts the best! Maybe because I like anything with a bow. :) Probably will be casing that one with all my scraps this weekend.

Jennifer said...

Wow, hard decision...If I *must* choose just one, I think I'll go with the trees. That paper is dee-lish!!!

Nicole Steele said...

What great Christmas cards! I especially like the last one, with the presents. Something about the way the gifts are laid out and the red ribbon...

amymom24 said...

Seriously, you can create like that when your mojo is gone? CRAZY SKILLZ!!!

My fav. is card #3 with the presents. It is SO CUTE!

Thanks for your generosity and the chance to win.

Michelle (mla1111) said...

Thell look very nice...but my favorite is #1 with the ornaments.

Gail S. said...

Like everyone else - I love them all! But, if I had to pick just one it would be #3 because I love presents and these are wrapped sooooo cooool!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Brandi said...

I can't make up my mind! The trees are winning though. Great cards!

pbo said...

I do love them all! If I had to pick I would pick the gifts! Great creative ideas with patterned paper! Phyllis

Deborah said...

I adore each card! I really love the ribbon and bows on the presents! Merry stampin'! Deb

inkohoots said...

I absolutely love card #2! Hmmm, I still have some of my scenic route paper...maybe I'll give one of these a try. Thanks for the inspiration! Blog candy...yippeee, pick me!
Chris Hauck

Bunny B said...

They're all lovely, but I'm torn between the first and third one! :)
bunnybx at gmail . com

melita said...

those are all so pretty! i think the trees one is my fave!

Laura said...

I LOVE that third card... and may have to make a few like that myself this year to send out. I LOVE all that red ribbon on the pretty papers.

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

These cards are just gorgeous hun. I adore the trees especially. Hugs Linda x

Mel said...

Michelle, anything you create always WOWs me! My favorite is the tree card. All three cards are wonderful!

justmyopinion12 said...

I LOVE these cards! I get so overwhelmed sometimes, thinking about making "for the masses", but the simple beauty of these would be so quick to "case". I think my favorite is the trees. Awesome, and thanks for the chance to win the blog candy.

Lynn Osborne said...

Of course they're all fabulous. If I had to pick, it would be the trees. So fresh and sassy! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

All of these are so cute. The trees might be my favorite. The paper you used is so festive - just love it.
cindyb

Anonymous said...

I am partial to the trees and gifts. But all 3 are really cute. Thank you for such great ideas that are quick and easy.

Michelle LL said...

I love them all but especially like card #1. I have all of the supplies- so off I go!
Thanks for the inspiration!
aleone2@rochester.rr.com

Jacqueline said...

I loveeee card three! These presents are the cutest! I love the inking around the card also! Everyone would be very glad to get these cards! have a great day!

Anonymous said...

My vote is for card three all though all the cards are so adorable. Love those papers and your creativity.
meleach22@bellsouth.net

Sharon said...

I love all of them, but my favorite is the card with all the gifts. I always look to your blog for great ideas - I might have to use this one!

iamjaytee said...

I like them all, but number 3 blows me away! I never like to throw away scraps, that would be a great card to make with my scraps!! I love it.

Sue said...

My fave is the tree card. I just have a thing for trees and you just did a great job on that card; of course, you did a great job on all of them. Simple but clever and stunning at the same time.

Chelle said...

They're all great, but I love love love the trees!

Lablady2007 said...

You bring new meaning to the word scraps...what a fabulous job.Ty for sharing.
lablady2007@juno.com

Julie M said...

Hard to decide - they are all great - and so speedy. But I think I like the presents one most. Thanks for sharing - and for the chance to win.

Sandy Hulsart said...

I like the packages the best. I tend to like clean lines. They are all very creative and lovely though. Thanks for the chance at some blog candy.

Sherry D said...

Quite naturally I love them all and will most likely make a version of all. But to pick one I think I'll go with the presents. Who wouldn't go for the presents!

Anonymous said...

I love them all too. Simple but perfect! My favorite is the packages. Karen_Pallas@ml.com

kmallett78 said...

I think #3 is my favorite, but I know I'll be casing #1 & #2 on my lunch hour today for some quick and super duper cute Christmas thank you notes. Thanks for the inspiration!

cheryl (clee) said...

I'm voting for the trees, but they're all great!

jan farnworth said...

alizui love the presents one it very nice looking.

Susan said...

I like the trees and the gifts (for thank you cards).

TFS!!!

Thanks for the chance to win blog candy!!!

Karen Hanim said...

I love the first one. There is something just plan lovely about ornaments!

Laura and Angela said...

hi Michelle! I do like the simplicity of them all- still all very classy... yet the third one got me. Like the use of ribbona nd patterns, I love making busy cards and I guess this is the busiest! Veyr nice indeed

Anonymous said...

I think they are all quite clever, but I think my favorite is the tree card. Too Cute!
Teresa Blue

Cheri Mosgrove said...

I absolutely adore the card with the trees! The pink stars just make it! I'm thinking I'll be trying this cards this year! Thanks for sharing them!

Chris said...

These are all GREAT!
The tree is my favorite. Uou certainly thought outside the"box"to make it unique and beautiful.
Thanks for the chance for blog candy!

cnd1976@gmail.com

~Q~ said...

I love them and how clever with no stamping - except for the sentiment. My favorite is card #2 with the trees. Thanks for the chance to enter!

Regan said...

these are great!! I especially love the presents!!

sandie994 said...

Boy it's hard to pick but I think the trees win for me. So cute!!!

Anonymous said...

Very creative. I like the one with the presents best. Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy.
JoAnn scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

inkedx2 said...

Oh you do like to make this hard. They are all beautiful but my favorite by just a little bit is the trees. Just the right amount of bling to make it elegant.

Robbie

pescbrico said...

Wow I really love your cards!!!

Anonymous said...

The gifts are my favorite. Love the colors.

Debbie said...

I really prefer the stack of gifts. Maybe it's all that ribbon, because I AM a sucker for ribbon! It is a great idea for using up scraps of paper and by using the same bow on each it ties the whole together.

Ddd

Janet said...

I love card #2--if I have to pick one. All of them are very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Jingle said...

Well, I had a really hard time choosing because I love the sparkle and the trees in #2, but I feel like the warmth that the inked edge gives #3 just finishes the card beautifully. I think I am going with #3. It is just more complete. I love all three designs! Great piecing and wonderful paper choices!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

They are all wonderful, the the cute little trees on the second card are my favorite by far. Adorable!

Amy said...

They are all beautiful!
I made something similar with to the ornament one this year in greens. So that's my pick #1

Jessica said...

I think I like the presents card best, especially because of all the ribbon. I really like the trees card, too, because of the glittery "snow" scape.

Peggy Maier said...

15 minutes- you must be kidding! I really like the one with the presents.

ktenpenny@hixgray.com said...

I think all three cards are awesome, but my favorite is the one with the Christmas ornaments. Thanks for always being such an inspiration -- I look forward to getting your e-mails every day!

JessicaK said...

While I LOVE them all, #3 - the gifts card - is my fave. The gifts look almost 3D, which is cool, and also it's so easily portable for any celebration - birthdays, showers, graduation. Fantastic job. I'm not sure if the email addy is attached, so here it is for the (hopeful) candy: jessicakerr1@yahoo.com . Thanks!

Bonnie (eggette) said...

I love them all-they are so pretty and colorful! But I think #3 is my favorite, since it does include gifts and all! and who doesn't love a gift?!!

Alexis said...

They are all great cards, the third one i my favorite!! I love presents!! :)

Bonnie said...

All these cards are pretty neat. I will have to go with the Christmas trees, because its not all about the presents...its the meaning behind it.

Liane said...

I love them all. The first one is my favorite. It just looks NEAT! Thanks for sharing great cards I can scraplift!

Amy said...

Just one!?!? Hmm... I think I'd have to go with the presents. But the trees are a close second.

Thanks for sharing so much great inspiration!

Happylittlestamper said...

I love all of the cards.The trees are my fave. You have done some gorgeous work lately. I have done nothing, you put me to shame.
Hugs Michelle N

Irene Lenihan said...

I love them all but the trees are my favorite. Love the color combination.

sarahw said...

They are all super cute, but I like the third one the best. Gifts are always pretty festive! :)

leenda said...

Card #1. I'm sure you'll see a couple of these being CASED!!

Linda
leenda1(at)cox(dot)net

Anonymous said...

I love all three cards but if I had to pick one I guess it would be the one with the parcels. Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy. Ann Lind

daniella said...

The trees are my favorite with the ornaments coming in a close second. Such great ideas! I think I am going to have my 4yr old daughter make these for her teachers! I love them!

Sena said...

I love the presents card! :) Very cool!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Sena said...

I love the presents card! :) Very cool!
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

the trees are my favorite. They look bright and merry. :)

Anonymous said...

Im lovin all those presents! Ehats that paper? cause im really diggin it right now.....

irishchristine said...

I love all of them but I think the Christmas trees are really cute.

marcia said...

They are all wonderful, and I have chosen #2 because of their balance and color. I can't wait to make some similar cards.
Thanks for this idea.
Marcia

Marga said...

They are all so pretty.
My favorite is the third one with the presents!

MarciaT said...

I made an oops - I love them all and before I get to work making these ideas, I have to say that I voted for #2 but I meant to vote for #3.

Amy Johnson said...

They are all beautiful, but my favorite it the one with the presents.

Val Braun said...

My favorite is the presents card although the others are great too!

Deborah Anton said...

Awesome designs!! I love them all, but I think the presents are my fav!!

Anonymous said...

My very favorite is the presents card (love it!)--then the trees.
Thanks for sharing your talent with us all.
Heather P.
brerabbit50@hotmail.com

Sandra said...

If I had to choose, I'd pick the trees. But they're all so beautiful! I wish I could create like that with no inspiration!!!

Tracy Durcan said...

My fave is number three, the PREZZIES!! :)

Kathleen said...

I really do like them all, but I think #3 is my favorite. Those presents just seem to jump off the card and scream "don't open me until December 25th!"

Really, I do really like all of them!

Kathleen

Penny J. said...

Wow, I love them all but my favorite is #1.

linda patti said...

hard to choose, but i'm heading to my stamp room right now to try them all, leaning towards the PACKAGE one!! thanks for a chance to win!
tpatti@alltel.net

Coffee is good.. said...

I have to "pick" just one? Hmmm, I guess I'll be greedy and go for the presents j-u-s-t in case there's a pair of diamond earrings in one of the boxes Ü
All are adorable, though!

Anonymous said...

I just love #2. Its cute, bright, and looks easy to complete. I would love to case that one.

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