The Most Clean And Simple Card EVER and A Farmhouse Christmas

by Joanne James20. November 2021 21:43

A very late post from me today but I wanted to share a couple of cards with you that I made with a few challenges in mind. My first card was inspired by the following:


It is unusual for me to get my inspiration from so many sources, but I couldn't resist those colours at Color Throwdown - navy, gold and white is one of my favourite colour combinations. I had already decided that navy would be perfect for a silhouette for Less Is More this week and I found the perfect image that enabled me to fulfil the brief over at AAA Cards of 'One Inchie' - take a look:


My silhouette angel from the retired 'Joyful Nativity' stamp set was perfect to fit into a slightly less than one inch square, just enough to allow for a gold foil scalloped square mat beneath it:


I left the whole of the remainder of my white cardbase blank - as the da Vinci quote over at Time Out states, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophisitcation' - hence my link up there too. So what do you think? Is my simple inchie silhouette too simple or seriously sophisticated? Do let me know in the comments below - I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I had a little extra time this morning and made another card that was totally inspired by Kim's fabulous sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and the wonderful photo at The Card Concept:


I took my inspiration in the photo from the deep red and vanilla gingham chair, the large rustic snowflake in the background and overall country feel for my clean and layered card:


I used some retired Farmhouse Christmas designer paper for the base and the sentiment strip and added some Cherry Cobbler twine and a wooden snowflake embellishment to finish:


This card came together really easily and I love the rustic feel. I also love Kim's sketch - I've another card using this layout to share tomorrow.

No supplies list as I was on a 'use it up' day - hope they still inspire you to create something similar with your supplies, old or new. I'll be back tomorrow with my card for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players. Until then, happy stampin'!


Comments (15) -

Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
11/21/2021 12:51:59 AM #

I adore your take on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The plaid background is amazing and I love how the snowflake and the repeating sentiment look framed on the black layer.  Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!


11/21/2021 2:17:57 PM #

That's a very nice and elegant Christmas card and  good use of the inchie challenge.  Thank you for playing at AAA Cards


Vickie Z
Vickie ZUnited States
11/21/2021 2:25:43 PM #

Fun cards!! The CTD card is super CAS and cute... love that angel!! So happy you joined us.


Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
11/21/2021 6:13:55 PM #

Your angel card is absolutely beautiful!


11/21/2021 8:13:27 PM #

Beautiful card, love this angel! Thank you for playing at AAA Cards!


Kim H Singdahlsen
Kim H SingdahlsenUnited States
11/21/2021 10:18:00 PM #

Such different cards and both so wonderful!!  Your angel with the gold scallops works beautifully on that fresh card.  And the plaid with the snowflake is such a warm and classic look! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches AND at The Card Concept!


Anita Trippi
Anita TrippiUnited States
11/21/2021 11:03:19 PM #

Your plaid card is so striking and the layout just perfect! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept!


NeilUnited Kingdom
11/22/2021 4:37:56 PM #

I loved the inchie challenge - perfect for a CAS card, but so tricky! I think your angel fits the bill (and the inchie) perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Less is More.


Stephanie Lanzalotto
Stephanie LanzalottoUnited States
11/22/2021 5:08:20 PM #

I love both of your cards, Joanne! Your angel is absolutely FABULOUS! This girl loves a super simple CAS design that packs a big impression, and yours does just that. I love it! Thanks for playing with us at Time Out. It's great to see you in the gallery!


Broni Holcombe
Broni HolcombeUnited States
11/23/2021 2:52:25 AM #

Love that CAS angel card!  Thanks for playing with us at the Color Throwdown this week!


KathykUnited Kingdom
11/23/2021 8:08:43 AM #

Two very different but equally splendid makes



Jane Taylor
Jane TaylorUnited Kingdom
11/23/2021 8:56:21 AM #

Stunning and stylish inchie card! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!  


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/23/2021 8:07:02 PM #

Who'd have thought that combining not one but FOUR challenges would result in such a perfectly CAS creation. I love it and I agree about the beauty of that particular colour combo too. The other card is so different in style - really warm and rustic - and a beauty in it's own way too.


Jane D
Jane DSweden
11/27/2021 12:22:49 PM #

Beautiful cards! I love them both!
Take care and stay safe!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/29/2021 8:37:47 PM #

This little plaid delight is just perfect!  What a sweet way to incorporate that DSP as the sentiment, and your snowflake is perfect!  So happy you shared this with us at The Card Concept this week!


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