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Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great day!  I’m excited to share EIGHT cards made with the new Simple Stories Bro & Co Collection!  It’s just the thing for the young men in your life!

The colors and prints are bold and masculine and the themes are perfect for different occasions you might be celebrating.  How about a congrats on that new driver’s license?

I confess I’m not up to date on all the expressions the kids use today and was greatful for my son for  interpreting the secret language you’ll find throughout the collection.  GOAT?  Ok.. Greatest of All Time.  Want a laugh?  Ask someone to tell you what YEET means! Not so easy to put some things in words.

Now Hangry?  I totally get that one.. probably describes me pretty often.. getting a little crabby because I need something to eat. 

I’ll be using these EPIC cards for birthdays, and other major achievements to celebrate!   Or maybe just a way to get my kid to smile when he’s away from home this summer.

This collection celebrates the youth of today..skateboards, guitars, pizza, tacos, video games – It’s all good!

What you’ll love is all the accessories available in this collection – decorative brads, chipboard, two types of bits and pieces die cuts, and so much more, all perfectly coordinated to work together.   Trust me, you’ll be killin’ it!

The papers in this collection are only available in 12” sheets.  When I start working I always cut out the journaling cards and then cut the remaining papers into 6” squares.  This makes them easy to manage and see all the prints at one time.

Celebrate the young men in your life and reconnect with this fun collection.  It just might surprise you just how much you really have in common!

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Hi Friends!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I’m playing with the Simple Stories Color Vibe Collection.  This is a series of double-sided card stock that comes in Bright’s, Lights, Bolds and Basics (neutral shades).    On one side of the textured card stock is a solid color and on the opposite side you’ll find a dotted print.  The paper is a sturdy heavy weight for all your crafting needs.  I approached the collection as a card maker and wanted to share the different ways that I reach for solid card stock every day, other than the most obvious way to use the papers – to compliment other Simple Stories Collections.

One of my favorite “go to” techniques is color blocking.  For this card I cut ¾” strips of paper from all three color packs and adhered them to a panel to create a colorful rainbow card.  I used the Warm White Color Vibe Foam Alpha to create a simple “HELLO” sentiment, and surrounded it with swirls of gems. 

There are lots of beautiful die cuts on the market that would look great for this inlay technique.  I simple cut the die from white card stock, and then cut it again several times using the Color Vibe Collection papers.  I adhered the cut pieces inside the openings with glue.  This is a great way to use up scraps of paper that you just can’t part with.   I also used left over enamel dots from other Simple Stories Collections on my cards today.  They add some hard candy shine to make you happy!

The dot print on the paper adds another level of interest to the inlayed design. Once you’re done you won’t want to cover up the pretty panel you created.  A simple sentiment allows your design the attention it deserves.

I like to make cards with scenes too!  This card is made with dies from several different brands – but you could achieve the same effect with a little imagination and some scissors.   Start with a blue sky and some wavy lines for grassy hills.   A circle punch becomes a sunshine and the rest is up to you.

Each collection also has a color coordinated Alpha Sticker Book so you can color match your sentiments.  I used sticker alphas from the Basics Sticker Book for a hand held label maker look.

I’ve also noticed layered die cuts becoming more popular lately.  These dies are beautiful but require several ombre shades of card stock to create the layered design.   Finding papers that match is easy when you use papers from these three collections.  If you look close, you’ll see four different shades on each of the florals that look beautiful together.   The background was created with a color block technique using three shades of teal blue from the collections.

If your passion is card making you’ll love these rich Color Vibe papers for different techniques including colorblock, die cut inlay, scene building, and ombre layering.  The saturated colors and playful dot print will make your creations a stand out.

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Hi friends!  I hope you’re having a great day!  Memorial Day weekend is always the start of Summer in my mind.  The days are longer and it’s time to take life a little slower.  DH is working the grill and the tropical drinks are on me!   

And while lots of us will be having staycations this summer this collection can be your sweet escape to your favorite tropical hideaway and a little island living. 

This collection is beautifully color coordinated in shades of turquoise, coral and greens.   The prints include map prints, bamboo and weathered wood, as well as flirty flamingos and gorgeous orchids.

There are two packs of bits and pieces with pretty orchids and hibiscus, water birds, and different palm and banana trees!

I love the juicy pineapples and realistic looking flowers and sea shells.   There are lots of sentiments perfect for summer greetings or invites.

If you look close you’ll also notice the decorative brads in this collection.  The sheet has several different sizes – some with images under the glossy bubbles, others solid and shiny for a little eye candy.

The washi set includes three different prints – one with orchids, another with a map print and a third that is a printed roll of pineapples.  You’ll find a brad as well as a bit of washi on each card shown today.  Can you find them?

I love the chipboard pieces to add dimension to my cards, and the sticker sheet for bitty sentiment strips.   They’re fun to mix and match for one of a kind card creations!

Wishing you sunny days and thoughts of your happy place as you explore the Vintage Coastal collection!

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