Friday, March 20, 2009

Leonardo da Vinci Was Right

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” While the thought of calling myself sophisticated leaves me weeping tears of hysterical laughter, I do love simplicity. Clean design, lots of white space, a light touch with embellishments…these are the things that grab my attention about a card. Like this one:

This super-simple-looking card is one of a set I made. It’s 3.5 x 5 inches and is loaded with glorious white space.

Simplicity Tip: To get the perfect placement of the clear flower stamp (Papertrey Ink’s Honey Bees set), I used the gridded acrylic block from Papertrey. This handy tool is essential to perfect clear stamp placement.

The flower centers are the most fabulous new embellishment I’ve seen: black half-pearls from Hero Arts. They come in other colors as well, but the black ones totally rock!

Simplicity Tip: Use a craft knife to lift-and-place the half pearls easily and precisely.

The other two cards in the set use the same layout, same sentiment, and same half-pearl embellishments. The only differences are color and the flower stamps.

What do you think?


  1. Totally awesome cards and great tips, Susan!! Your blog is going to be fabulous!!

  2. i am lovin' what i see here!

    ...bookmarking someones blog!

    have a wonderful weekend

  3. These are great! Thanks for the information on how you made them. I was wondering how you got them so perfectly centered and straight! Love your other blog too!

    Barb Bird

  4. Love the elegant simplicity of your cards! Thanks for the tips.

    Love this new blog... bookmarking... right...NOW! Got it.
    Thanks for sharing, Marilyn

  5. I am soooo glad you decided to go ahead with your new blog! The simplicity of these cards is so appealing. I'm just not a layer-upon-layer card person, and these just look so clean and elegant! And I really appreciate your tips, too. I hope you plan on posting often!

  6. Absolutely perfect! You have inspired me.
    Simple, elegant, clean.
    I am going to bookmark your blog. I would love to see more of your creations.

  7. Absolutely love it! The clean and simple rage is coming at a perfect time for me. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to visiting your blog!

  8. very clever to use that honey bee item for a flower!! love the results.

  9. Susan
    I feel dumb...but what is PTI?? LOVE the flower stamps and can't figure it out on my own. :) Thanks! Angie

  10. I'm so sorry, Angie!

    PTI = Papertrey Ink, and here's the link to Honey Bees, the set I used for these cards,

  11. Yay, Susan! I go away on vacation and come back to see you have a BLOG!!!! :D

    Gorgeous CAS cards as always!

  12. You are my new Inspiration blog. I love white cardstock with clean and simple. I got here from reading "bits and pieces"

    Thank you.

  13. I LOVE them!! I am super happy that you have a blog so I can enjoy your simple and sophisticated creations...yes, I said sophisticated!! :D

  14. I'm a late commentor because I only found your blog today - but I love it, love it, love it. Your simple cards are just beautiful.

  15. Can't remember exactly when I subscribed to your blog (4 -5 months ago??) but I have now made it back to the first post. And I must thank you (THANK YOU!) profusely for the beauty and inspiration you provide. Also - lovely white space.


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