Anya Lunchenko's Blog Posts

Hello dear friends! Are you enjoying Spring as much as we do? When I am not outside enjoying the weather, I love to surround myself with happy spring products and create with these happy colors! Anya here today and I would love to share a set of cards I made using the Hip Hop Hooray collection.

Don't you love to find more ways to use your product? I always look for ways to stretch my supplies or think outside the box. If you look closer at the Hip Hop Hooray collection, you will agree that besides Easter and Spring themed cards you could also create a card for a friend, Birthday cards, Baby Shower cards and more. I have a few samples for your inspiration.

I can't wait to create more cards and layouts with this beautiful and very versatile line! What will you be making with this collection? Thank you for visiting and hope you'll stop by soon for more inspiration.

Supplies

Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya here today and I would like to share with you a few cards that I created using the gorgeous “Simple Vintage Garden District” collection and a few cardmaking tips along the way. Here are all the cards we will be looking at today:

For my first two cards I used a sheet of patterned paper with 2x2” elements. I have shared a similar card idea before, but is is totally OK to repeat your favorite designs! With all the beautiful cut apart pieces Simple Stories provides in each paper lines, I feel like creating same card for every collection.

To create these cards I used six coordinating 2x2” element pieces for each card that were cut to 1.75” squares and adhered to a piece of white cardstock. I stitched around three of them with sewing machine to add texture and adhered that whole piece to a white card base. These pieces are pretty enough you don't need a whole lot of other decorations. All I did is added a few popped up stickers and a few enamel dots to finish this set of cards.

Next two card have an opening at the bottom instead of the usual side. To make them a little unique, I made the front panel a little shorter with a rounded edge. To create round edge you can use a plain desert plate as a template as I did here. I covered the bottom of the back panel with 2” strip of gingham patterned paper and decorated the front as usual.

Layers always look good in any project. I love adding layers to my cards, and sometimes I fell like adding more layers, while other times I like to leave them on a clean and simple side. Here I want to show you same cards with less and more decorations and you decide which option you like best.

This first option has enough layers and looks good just like that, but I also wanted to show you that adding a few more pieces also looks great. I found green foliage pieces and butterflies and added those on top of layered frames. Play with your choices and find the best balance that makes your eyes happy when you create.

And for my last card today I used three rolls of washi tape to create the background piece. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock and added strips of washi tape alternating colors and patterns that looked good to me.

After covering the whole piece you can either cut off edges or fold them to the back as I did here. I adhered this piece to another piece of white cardstock and then adhered everything to a card base.

From this point I treated it as a usual card with a piece of background paper. Added a piece of white die cut circle gave me a good spot to add decorations. Keep in mind, that our background is bright and colorful enough and does not require a whole lot of decorations. A few popped up elements and enamel dots finished this card.

I hope you found these tips helpful and may try applying some of them next time you create your own set of cards.

Supplies

Good morning Simple Stories friends! Anya here today to share some Valentines Day card inspiration with you. To make these cards I used the gorgeous “Simple Vintage My Valentine” collection and created the cards in pairs of two.

This collection comes with a beautiful line of Bits and Pieces, but the “My Sweetheart” patterned paper in this collection is full of gorgeous flowers that can provide additional decorative pieces by fussy cutting them. I used a few of those in clusters on my cards.

Also, you can also create a variety of unique ephemera pieces by taking 3x4” cards and cutting them in different shapes. I used simple stitched circle dies to turn 3x4” cards into elegant sentiment pieces and backed them up with a larger die cut circles cut from white cardstock. I like finding ways to stretch my supplies, especially when I love the paper line so much! I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Supplies

Pages