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Old 11-11-2007, 03:40 PM   #41
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I can say this is my favorite style of cards - I love looking at others creations, but I don't like flowers, patterned papers, etc.. I'm trying to break my obcession of symmetrical items too... but thats another story...

I layer - with paper - I don't like 3D embellishments..

I dont like ribbons..

I rarely use eyelets etc..

I guess I'm a rarety in stamping..

But Susan your gallery is awesome - definately going into my favorites!
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I am so relieved to hear that it is not just me. I just recently started designing cards on my own. Before, my stamping friend and I cased just about every card that we made!!! We call ourselfs the Major CASE Squad!! When going through the gallerys looking for cards to case, I was always drawn to the simple cards, because to me they looked the easiest to copy. I have since found a love for embellishments, ecspecially ribbon!!!
If simple is your style, let it be!! It works for you and there is nothing wrong with it. Here is what I look for in a simple card that makes it beautiful.
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Clean cuts, no frayed edges unless you meant for them to be there.
Cleanly stamped images. Beautiful colors and coloring really do a lot for an image.
If you use ribbon, trim it too. It just looks better!!

Hope that helps you!! Dont be so hard on yourself, we are all out there having the same struggles!!

By the way, I have cased some of your cards before!!!
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I love clean, simple, and elegant cards. I do like to look at the more involved cards on this site. For me its like seeing art but I just can't pull it off. Then I also wonder how many stamps it would take to mail those cards! LOL
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Late Blossom, I just looked at your gallery. You make nice clean elegant cards. Your cards have a crispness to it that I like. When I make simple cards I think mine looking boring. I am making many cards to put in packets as Xmas gifts. I made a ton last week and this week my brain has just stopped working and I can't come up with any ideas on my own. I am going to CASE two of your cards tomorrow. Thanks for the ideas,
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Subscribing so that I can come back and check out all your great galleries!!! I'm a member of the "less is more" club!!
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It's my favorite way to make cards, and the most rewarding for me personally, altho I adore and drool over the beautiful, more elaborate creations of others.

I am hoping to teach a class (online) this coming Spring on simple yet sensational card design. It is in development stage right now, but, I hope there will be interest in it.

I'm definitely interested in an online class, Julie!

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JulieHRR is bookmarking MY gallery!!!!!!

Breathe, breathe, OMG I'm passing out......

I know, right? I'd have the same reaction of Julie bookmarked my gallery.




Anyway, I looked at just the first page of your gallery and I had to wipe the drool off my chin. Your cards are beyond lovely! I can't wait to get home from work and start CASE'ing your work.
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And I never skimp by using cheap papers when I'm creating something simple and clean. Fine papers only enhance a design.
All the more reason to buy more, right? Beautiful paper is a big weakness of mine. That and anything that sparkles!
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Someone just directed me to this thread -- thanks so much for the mention of my gallery/blog. And to tell you the truth, I am totally honored to be mentioned in a thread focusing on clean and simple -- it is a look I love -- and though most all of my work is definitely simple, I'm not so sure it's always clean -- LOL!!! The entire focus of my new Blog is to show people how SIMPLE it really can be, and if that is coming across, then I am totally thrilled!!!!

I'll offer a bit here on what works best for me, not that it is necessarily the right way, but it's *my* way:

1) I *think* better when working on a clean surface, no people around, absolute silence (aren't I the exciting one!!!) To me this is crucially important.

2) I start with color -- pull out the papers I want that coordinate perfectly with each other. And MY color does come from paper -- not from coloring.

3) I pull out the embellishments I think will go well with my papers and *type* of card I have in mind.

4) With everything I think I'll need right in front of me, I start. And the thing I probably pay most attention to as I put my card together is balance -- it HAS to balance properly -- both in terms of color and weight.

And here's a hint: DON'T hoard what you love (paper, embellies) -- USE THEM!!! When you use what you LOVE, your project will show it!!!

So, that's pretty much it -- how simple, huh???? LOL!!! Fun thread!!!
What wonderful advice, Sharon! It's working for you. . . everything you make is just beautiful!
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All the more reason to buy more, right? Beautiful paper is a big weakness of mine. That and anything that sparkles!
ITA on both counts!

Some things you simply cannot compromise on . . .

As my stash of Fabriano will attest to . . . *happy*
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I'm going to jump on the I-love-Susan's-cards bandwagon- really beautiful work!

I think an important thing to keep reminding yourself (this goes for anyone) is the difference between experimenting and forcing.

It's good to experiment with new styles/techniques/colors etc. that you wouldn't normally use- stretch yourself as an artist, flex those design muscles. However, everyone has a style- don't try to change that. When I find myself thinking that I 'need' to make a more <insert style that is not my own> card, that's when I find myself sitting and staring into space, but not in a good way! If you think you need to be doing things differently than what comes naturally all the time, you will not be able to create.

As far as the original question of how to keep simple from being boring, part of that is just personal mindset- are you telling yourself it must be boring because it is not over the top? If it really just feels boring to you though, that is the time to start trying new things. But just for long enough to get your creativity going naturally
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I *adore* clean and simple stamping!!! To me, so many times...less really is more.

I totally know what you mean...I am a "simple" stamper too and it can be very discouraging to compare my own work to others with more complex styles.

That said, we all need to stick with what works for us! Stamping is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not an exercise in frustration.
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Great thread....
thank you Susan for starting this!!!!
Your 'simple' is awesome!!!
I'm stalking you.
I like all the advice Ladies. Can use it all.
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Here it is! My little word document of all the tips and advice on this thread so far. If I missed something or someone, please let me know. My thanks to all who've given advice here (whom I tried to acknowledge in the attachment) and also to those who've chimed in with their support of Going Clean and Simple.

There are so many blogs and galleries I still need to visit of those who have contributed to this thread, but there is some really amazing "simple" stuff going on in the blogs and galleries I've already been to. Thanks to you all for making this thread WAY more than I hoped for!
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Now your document is way AWESOME! Thanks for your time and effort!
Much apperciated!!
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Well, I think you have the clean and simple down to a science. Take the advice of the pros that have been involved in the thread.....great advice for everyone in Stampingdom! Watch out for Stalkers!
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that's going to be quite handy- thanks Susan

it's funny how we all have to go out of our way sometimes to remind ourselves of things we all know!
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it's funny how we all have to go out of our way sometimes to remind ourselves of things we all know!
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Thank you so much for starting this thread! I love the elaborately embellished cards, but my stamping time is unfortunately limited, and I'm a novice so I too practice the Coco Chanel design philosophy--"less is best." Great paper, simple design, rich color, that calls me more than buttons and bows. Thanks for the great links!
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Your cards are gorgeous - not a single "blah" one in them. Will be visiting often for new/fresh ideas. Thanks!
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Here it is! My little word document of all the tips and advice on this thread so far. If I missed something or someone, please let me know. My thanks to all who've given advice here (whom I tried to acknowledge in the attachment) and also to those who've chimed in with their support of Going Clean and Simple.

There are so many blogs and galleries I still need to visit of those who have contributed to this thread, but there is some really amazing "simple" stuff going on in the blogs and galleries I've already been to. Thanks to you all for making this thread WAY more than I hoped for!
Wow, great document, thanks for sharing! Btw, where in OH are you? I'm east of Cleveland.
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Susan--your gallery is BEAUTIFUL! I love your eye for design.

I, too, love the simplistic, yet well designed card. This is a weak point of mine and I tend to swing from the elaborate to the complex often.

I actually have an equal love of both--I just think the more simplistic cards are the ones that are most difficult for me!

Thanks for this thread...lots of good pointers!!!
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Well, Hello from south of Dayton! DH just retired from 20 years in the Air Force and we're settled in here for a while. I love it!
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Subscribing as well since I don't have time to hit the gallery right now.
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Wow, Susan, you've got a real gift for card design! Your gallery is wonderful!

I can't brag about my tiny gallery, but here is one that I especially liked that is super simple (sorry about the LOUSY photo!)-

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...00&ppuser=1803

Again, Thanks for sharing!
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Judi,

I don't have permission to view your link. Are you a demo? I'm not.... But I'd love to see your card!

Thanks for your kind words about my gallery and for reviving this thread!
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Great thread! All of my cards and scrapbook pages are clean and simple. Maybe because I am not creative enough to get more elaborate But I love all styles. There are so many cards and such in the gallery that just blow me away! In a good way
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Great thread and wonderful examples everyone. After scraping for several years (it is difficult to even look at those old CM pages!) I have discovered Simple Scrap Booking and love it. I feel like a huge pressure is off my shoulders when I work to simplify and get to the story I want to remember and share. Now that I am getting into stamping I enjoy all your ideas to make "beautifully simple" cards as well.
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I love the Sakura Stardust pen for adding a little extra pizzaz to simple cards.
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I've been leaning towards clean and simple cards...it's a style I've always admired but one that I never seemed to be able to do because I have this *need *to keep adding things to my cards and never know when to stop! So I've been "practicing" doing clean and simple

What I've learned is that focusing on color is a really good way to stay CAS. I'll start by choosing my colors first...either two complimentary colors or monocromatic colors, etc. If my colors are working then it doesn't take a lot of embellishments or extra stuff to make the card cute.

Of course I'll always love cards with lots of stuff on them too. ha ha.
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Susan, I think your cards are beautiful. I love simple too.
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I pulled mine out a few days ago and had fun with it. Those things are like magic for adding that perfect little extra something to an otherwise bland card.
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I've been leaning towards clean and simple cards...it's a style I've always admired but one that I never seemed to be able to do because I have this *need *to keep adding things to my cards and never know when to stop! So I've been "practicing" doing clean and simple

What I've learned is that focusing on color is a really good way to stay CAS. I'll start by choosing my colors first...either two complimentary colors or monocromatic colors, etc. If my colors are working then it doesn't take a lot of embellishments or extra stuff to make the card cute.

Of course I'll always love cards with lots of stuff on them too. ha ha.
You'd think CAS would be easier--I sure did! But it's hard, hard, hard and takes a lot of practice! I agree that color is so important. Judi's card above is a lovely case in point: a dash of bold brights on white makes a big impact without lots of stuff.

TFS your great CAS card, Judi!
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For all you clean and simple stampers make sure you check out this blog:
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It is all about clean and simple. I found it recently and love it. Lots of great ideas and cards.
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Lots of wonderful tips. I seem to be eclectic in my style with my cards ranging from clean and simple to more complex. I love them all!
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