Monday, July 21, 2008

Keep it real, Keep it simple, Keep it...

ah, well, you know where I'm going with this. Nothing fancy today... just keepin' it simple.

I suppose over time and over a million (or at least it seems like a million) projects, we each kind of hone our way down to what our favorite kind of style is. I've heard people ask others what they think their personal style is, or ask for help defining their own style. I don't really have a label for mine, either, nor do I think think that everything I do would even fit into a single category.

I do know that I am the most satisfied with a project when I can look at it and feel like it's finished. I know that I prefer my projects to have a clean look. I know that I generally prefer projects to be more on the quick and easy side than on the complicated side. Not that I don't like to try new things or do more complicated things as well... it's just a preference.

Sometimes we've honed our favorites down to specifics... after many years, I know that if I can make a no layer card look good, I consider that an accomplishment. I prefer smaller cards to larger cards. Lately I've been stuck on 3 1/2" x 5". (Smaller canvas = less space to fill = simpler project = a happy me.)

So, here's a few quickies along the lines of what I prefer. Not that I'm super satisfied with them... I think these are both first drafts of what could be better projects. But, nearly all of my projects have first drafts, and that's ok with me.

First up is this no-layer quickie with my favorite ribbon...

Stamps: Spiral Bouquet (Papertrey Ink)
CS: Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Craft White (SU), Charcoal Chalk Ink (Colorbox)
Ribbon: Michaels

I already had the Kraft cardstock out, so I continued on with this one. I tried to make the branches a bit more tree-ish by repeating it a few times. I like the lone branch look, but I wanted to switch it up a little. I love this quote because I can use it for a lot of different occasions. It's kind of a "just because" card without saying "just because."

Stamps: Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink)
CS: Kraft, White (PTI)
Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink (Colorbox), Bamboo Shoot (Versafine)
Ribbon: PTI

So that closes out a week of more blogging that I have ever done in my life! I'll be passing the torch on Wednesday to one of the other super talented POC gals, so check back in then!

I'm out!


Linda said...

Hey, you do a good job of this blogging thing so it was good to hear from you! LOVING those cards. My favorite is that white design on the first card!

Gina said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the natural look of the kraft cardstock.. but cannot find a supplier anywhere!

Adrienne said...

I love the "just because" minus the just because... the tree is wonderful! :D

Anabelle said...

Beautiful cards, jess. white on Kraft is one of my favorite combos!!! (I do miss the prom pics, can't you just throw one in???)

DeeDee said...

Simple but very sweet!!! I really like that!!! TFS!!