Back to Basics, Let's Get Hopping Round #3

Busy!  We are all so busy.  Particularly at this, the tail end of the year, and the start of the hectic festive season.

It's the perfect time to simplify, especially with our craft projects!  So I've challenged the Let's Get Hopping team to go back to basics and inspire you to create beautiful projects quickly and easily without all the gadgets!

Stamps, ink and paper - with a few pretty embellishments thrown in.  That’s it!

For my card, I've gone with a Christmas theme.  Very soon I'll need to create a stack of Christmas cards to hand out these holidays!  This layout is one that could very easily be mass produced.  Just a little patterned paper, some very quick stamping and a scatter of embellishments for wow factor and done!

I craft mostly for myself - it's a form of therapy for me.  Because it's a creative outlet I tend to go heavy on the techniques, fussy cutting, colouring and layers.  I found going simple a real challenge!

While in Canada earlier this month, I had the pleasure of crafting besides the amazing Krista Frattin (I'm still star struck)!  She pumped out beautiful project after beautiful project so fast.  When I asked her what her secret was, she confessed she was a lazy stamper.  I was not expecting that!  Whenever I look at any of her projects I'm totally in love.  But after her confession I looked closer - she has a very simple style, employs lots of patterned papers for effect and is clever with layering embellishments.  So when I was struggling with this theme I looked to her for inspiration and was drawn to this layout she shared last July *HERE*.

Whether you are a looking for ideas for new crafters or inspiration for quick, achievable ideas, do be sure to follow the 'next' button below to see the 'Simple yet Stunning' idea my friend Tracy has to share with you!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Inks: Memento Black, Soft Sky
Papers: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, This Christmas Designer Series Paper (retired)
Accessories/Tools: Metallic Doily, Solid Bakers Twine Basic Black, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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  1. I adore your card! My favorite elements are the subtle trees in the background and the metallic foil doily peeking out... I've never known how to include those in my cards, but now I know. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Love it Jenn. That card is still very much your stunning style but in a simpler way.

  3. I just LOVE your style! I look forward to more inspiration!

  4. I too love how the trees are very subtle behind the vellum - a simple but stunning effect x

    1. Lovely card. And I like You I craft mainly for myself as a form of therapy. It is so relaxing!

  5. Lovely card! It looks simple but has many little details! very crafty, if you ask me!
    thank you for sharing.

  6. Beautiful card Jenn, and very much your style, I love the subtle tree stamping, so elegant.