Clean and Simple (CAS) Creating Kindness Around the World Blog Hop

Clean and Simple (CAS) Creating Kindness Around the World Blog Hop

Welcoming Window Stamp Set and Die Bundle are my chosen products for our hop today.

Creating kindness Design Team

Welcome to my blog. My name is Cheryll Miller, and today I am hopping with the amazing Creating Kindness Design Team crew. The theme for October is “Clean and Simple” or CAS and has been chosen by our Guest Designer, Monica Formosa. Monica is a talented creative, you can check out her work on her blog, Paper Happinessity.

Clean and Simple can be difficult for more experienced stampers … it is a real knack to knowing when to stop. A knack that sadly, I don’t usually have. It will be very interesting to see how everyone has approached this challenge, so be sure to continue on below to the next blog to check out how the Creating Kindness Design Team has done.

Different levels of Clean and Simple …

Clean and Simple can mean using lots of white space, or restricting yourself to fewer layers, or simply using stamps, ink and paper.

This was the perfect challenge for me … I am always envious of those that can create what looks to be a simple card, but in reality has been given a lot of thought and technique to achieve a cohesive clean and simple design. Because you have less to work with, it is a real skill to make less elements still look finished and complete. I am not sure if I am quite there yet, but I did have a lot of fun creating this trio of cards.

And I looked at all my stamp sets and Welcoming Window seemed perfect, with lots of small images featuring easy two step stamping techniques and flexibility for combining those images.

Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite!

Welcoming Window Stamp Set & Die Bundle

Welcoming Window CAS Card

This card was very easy to put together.

Design Tips …

  • The bricks are third generation stamping, so stamped off twice onto scrap paper before stamping on to the card front (Sahara Sand ink). The image is about 8 bricks, so I stamped it a number of times, ensuring I kept the bottom layer straight across the page to form a division between wall and floor. And I kept the bricks down towards the lower right hand corner, leaving lots of white space above.
  • The three different sized pots have been stamped with a much darker ink, Cajun Craze.
  • That cute little trailing succulent type plant image was stamped directly to the smaller pot with Shaded Spruce ink.
  • Both sentiments are also stamped with Shaded Spruce ink.
  • The two different floral images are Two Step Stamping, and I have stamped onto separate Basic White cardstock before die cutting with co-ordinating Window Flower Box dies. This is a photopolymer Stamp Set, so stamping the flowers onto the foliage is quite easy. I used Pear Pizzazz and Polished Pink for one image and then Garden Green and Bumblebee for the other. The floral images are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The biggest design tip is to STOP!!! Tempting as it is to keep adding elements, stop there, sit back and admire the clean and simple design.
Welcoming Window CAS Close

I have created a quick video showing how to create this card below.

Same stamp set …. let’s add a window.

For this next card, I have used a few more elements from the Welcoming Window Stamp Set and the Window Flower Box dies, but still tried to incorporate lots of white space and keep to basic stamping techniques. This bundle has so many design opportunities and I haven’t even touched on the stand alone window dies in this blog post.

Design Tips …

  • To position my window, I first stamped the decorative window frame to the card front with Misty Moonlight ink. I ensured that there would be enough room for a window shutter on the left hand side and enough space for sentiment underneath the window, but kept to the bottom right as much as possible.
  • This time, the bricks are stamped with Smokey Slate ink and I have only stamped off once, seeing as I don’t really have to stamp much over the bricks, other than the sentiment. Just a few stamped images gives a feeling of a brick wall without having to entirely stamp it, ensuring that the window is the feature.
  • All the other elements are stamped on a panel of Basic White cardstock and die cut with co-ordinating dies from the Window Flower Box dies. The window ledge is stamped in Misty Moonlight, the window shutters are stamped in Balmy Blue and the jug is stamped in Pacific Point. The two step flower bouquet is Pear Pizzazz and Bumblebee.
  • Once all the elements are stamped and diecut, it is easy peasy to add them all to the card front. Window ledge is glued flat, shutters are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the jug and flowers are also popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • And then I was happy to STOP!!! I love this slightly stepped up CAS card … it is still simple to put together, but that window is a real show stopper. It really doesn’t need anything else.
Welcoming Window CAS Card

I have created a quick video for this card also … shown below.

Same stamp set again … but create a beautiful door.

Welcoming Window Doors

So I reckon this card still fits the Clean and Simple brief, the Welcoming Window elements are still stamped directly to the card front, there is a little bit of white space and I have still just stamped and die cut. What do your think? Actually I am really struggling to pick a favourite between this one and the window card … maybe it is because I would love to have a front door just like this one!

Design Tips …

  • So this time I stamped the window shutters (now doors) in Just Jade onto a scrap piece of Basic White cardstock. Originally I laid them directly onto the card front, but they looked a little disconnected, like they were floating. There is a die cut in the die set to cut out that gorgeous stamped window frame, so I die cut that out of some Gray Granite card to use as a door frame.
  • Once I had my door frame, I stamped the “steps” with Gray Granite ink .. that is the window ledge stamp … and this time I stamped a fairly robust wall for my door to sit on. Again the bricks are second generation stamping, stamping off once onto scrap paper before stamping on to the card using Gray Granite ink. I framed the door frame die at the sides and across the top. I still left some white space at the top and bottom.
  • Again, the remaining elements are stamped and die cut … Terracotta pot stamped in Cajun Craze, and the floral pot plant in Shaded Spruce and Highland Heather. I also die cut one of the little window hinges out of Gray Granite card to use as a door latch …. love, love, love!!
  • Once all the elements are stamped and diecut, again, very quick to add them all to the card front. It is very satisfying to see the little scene build. The doors were glued flat with liquid glue to the die cut door frame piece, and the latch glued in place. The pot and flowers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and sit on the second step.
  • The sentiments are stamped with Shaded Spruce ink.
  • And this one was very easy to come to a STOP!!! It is a little fuller than the other designs, but still quite clean and definitely simple.

And finally, I also created a video for this card ….

I wonder what is happening on the other Design Team’s craft tables this month?

You had better hop around and take a look … next up is the fabulous Marcy Denning. I am sure you will love what she has created.

Blog Hop Participants

  1. Monica Formosa – Special Guest – Australia
  2. Jay Soriano – UK
  3. Cheryll Miller – Australia. <<< You are here
  4. Marcy Denning – Canada
  5. Sammi Offield – US

A few of the Design Team have created videos for their projects and you can view them here ….
1. Marcy Denning – Canada
2. Jay Soriano – UK


If you would like to see something a little bit more stepped up using the Welcoming Window bundle, here is another recent project on the blog.

Supplies used for the Flower Pot Trio card. Nice and simple …. I have listed the ink colours I have used, but you could use any that you already have on hand). So all your really need is the bundle and cardstock. And if you don’t have a die cutting machine, then just grab the stamp set and fussy cut the flowers for the pots. Simply click on the product image for more information on it.

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Supplies used for the Shuttered Window card. Another simple one …. again all you really need is the bundle. Use whatever ink colours you have on hand.

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Supplies used for the Rustic Doors Card. A little more stepped up …. but certainly still simple. Again I have listed out the inks I used, but wouldn’t red doors look amazing!

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