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Friday, August 21, 2020

MTTC Blog Challenge no 439 starting 21 August 2020 with Clean And Simple Theme

Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! My artsy-crafty heart got a bit nervous again this week because it is very hard for me to keep my layout styling clean and simple. CAS is the acronym and can be seen in lots of crafters' postings and captions. My Time To Craft challenge blog's new fortnight theme #439 is keeping it clean and simple.

When you look at my slimline Christmas card your first thought is going to be how is this clean and simple?

Again, for me, it is extremely hard to get my creative mind corralled!!!!!!! Very difficult!!! Let me reveal the card next and then I'll give my design notes further in the post.

Red, white, and green Happy Holidays slimline card=

#439 MTTC's posting:

Make sure to visit and see the fabulous restraint and brilliant interpretations of the other DT members. Take time to visit their individual blogs, too, and leave them some encouraging words. You can also read details about how to participate, deadline, bragging rights, and more at MTTC.

Design notes on creating this slimline Christmas card and some of the vendors:
a. Green cardstock base folded at top edge; business envelope width and depth; approx. 9.25" width and 4. 25" depth
b. dotted patterned paper = The Paper Studio; approx. 9.00" x 4"
c. the red cardstock panel (and the green CS) = Neenah; approx. 8. 25" x 3.25"
d. 3 washi tapes; 2 narrow ones are from Pen + Gear; the wide dark green is from My Mind's Eye [and it is now all used up...bummer]
e. row of green gems were easy to use because it is 1 full strip that I just had to lift and transfer onto the red panel
f. the green glitter foam tree sticker was easy to apply
g. the Happy Holidays round tag was leftover from a page of tags that I printed 2 weeks ago. I just had to cut it from the honeycomb cardstock the freebie tags were printed on and then I decided to dry-sponge a bit of green acrylic paint around the edge of the tag. I wanted to reinforce the green hue.
h. that's it! from start to finish the card was made in about 30 minutes. Measuring and cutting the cardstocks and papers was the time consuming part of that half hour.
i. another reason this was easy to make and not time-consuming was that all the supplies were within a foot of where I was sitting! I didn't have to go digging or searching. These items have been used for other projects recently.

This card will be shared on Facebook:
a. my personal profile page
b. The Seasonal Cardmaker group
c. Slimline Card Obsessed group
d. Paper, Paper, Paper & Design Team Calls group

and at these other challenge blogs:
1. Merry Little Christmas challenge blog; August 2020; Always Anything Christmas Goes theme

2. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge blog; Anything Christmas Goes theme


Crafting in the USA heartland,
Becca S

Design Team member:
1. MTTC; fortnightly every other Friday
2. A Place to Start; monthly starting on the 1st Monday of each month
3. Createful Heart Design; NEW for me in September; monthly


  1. Great make hun, love your use of washi tape
    Hugs Shell xx

    1. Thanks, Shell! For me this was simple to make! Maybe doesn't qualify for clean but definitely easy to create with sticking down the washi tapes, the row of gems, and the tree.

  2. Hello Becca,

    What a great card you have made.
    Thank you for participating in our challenge.
    Big Hug Bianca
    DT The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenges Blog.


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