Thursday, 19 May 2016

Create cards in just a few minutes!

Hi Friends!!!

It's Margie, and I'm so happy to be able to share one of my favorite things to create - 

I am a strong believer of using up all of my scraps and bits from all of my Brimbles Box's, no matter how big or small... or even the packaging! I keep it all until I can find some creative way to use it... 

For my first card, I decided to catch up on my Holiday/Christmas stash - it is a very busy time of the year for me and it is also when I need to have a ton of cards on hand for any given moment: 
a thank you card to one of my kids teachers, a reminder note for a playdate, birthday cards, an invite to meet up for coffee, etc. 

Pre-cut and folded cards are so helpful when creating a quick simple card!
I used a Blue Glitter Notecard by American Crafts - because of the glitter, I used clear Modge Podge on the entire glitter side to seal in the glitter from having it rub off and fall all over the place (I am not a fan of glitter, lol!) I then used another notecard to create a scalloped circle to decorate the snowflake ephemera from Mrs Brimbles Winter Warmers Ephemera Pack. Added a few scrap pieces of cardstock from the Winter Wonderland 6x6 Scrapbook Paper Pad to complete the embellishment - and done! Other than the 15 minutes it took to wait for the Modge Podge to dry, this card took about 10 minutes to create.   

Quick tip: don't dwell on design!
Just pick a theme (Christmas, birthday, etc.), grab a few matching pieces and go with it!

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For my next one - I needed a quick thank you card... 

When you're pinched for time, don't hesitate to use already made embellishments and ephemera - or create your own!
On this card, I simply grabbed a tag from Amy Tangerine 'Bits' Tag set, added some baker's twine to it and mounted it onto cardstock that I embellished myself! 

This card took about 10 minutes to create. 

Quick tip: Take note of your products packaging! 
The checkered background on this card is from the tags' packaging - it matched so well that I just had to use it! Don't let cute packaging go to waste! 

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Notecards are my favorite cards to create... 

There are some quick and simple tricks to using stamps and not having to color the images... 
 I love to color, but I am quite slow at it. So when I am in a pinch, I use the "paper-piecing" method; for this card I had to stamp the image (from the Documentary Stamp Set) three times: once on the kraft notecard, another on the Winter Wonderland 6x6 Scrapbook Paper and another on some lined notepaper. Cut the two different papers and then adhere them onto the notecard. Having to fussy-cut the image may seem intimidating and daunting, but I promise, it's really not! 

Another card done in just 15 minutes...  

Quick tip: Add your own handmade embellishments too!
For example, something as simple as using a white gel pen to add dots to the sentiment to make it stand out more: eye-catching and fun!

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And for my last card, I just wanted to create a fun notecard specifically for someone I know! 

Again, I wanted to create a quick and simple card with minimal products and hardly any coloring... I stamped my bunny (by The Greeting Farm) directly onto the kraft cardstock, paper-pieced the balloon using a scrap from the Winter Wonderland 6x6 Scrapbook Paper Pad and added a touch of color onto the bunny with colored pencils. I added a matching scrap of cardstock from my stash and a bit of turquoise with white dots washi tape as my embellishment - and done! Another card done in less than 15 minutes. 

Quick card tip: Always remember to just have fun! 
Especially if you're creating something for someone in mind; there's no right or wrong way to create anything! And they will always treasure that you thought of them and made them feel special!

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I hope that these quick and easy tips will encourage you all to create a few cards using your scraps and bits to make someone smile :) 

Also, all of these products were items that I have received in previous Brimbles Box's!
Please go HERE to see which Brimbles Box will fit your current needs!!!

Enjoy your day :) 


  1. Great post! I especially love your paper piercing tip. I would never have thought to do that. Thanks for sharing.