Jeanne Jachna's Blog Posts

Hi friends!  It’s Jeanne here today!  You know I love to make cards, and making is easy with lots of printed die cut images (Bits & Pieces), beautiful pattern paper, and loads of embellishments all perfectly coordinated to work together.  I like to send cards with long notes tucked inside to friends all year long.

Today I’m sharing EIGHT cards made with the Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse collection.  The images are a breath of fresh air, like a trip to the country.   Living in Indiana, there’s a lot that feels like home in this collection for me.

I scissor cut wavy hills from pattern papers to look like a patchwork quilt of farm fields  and others with straight edges to make cozy indoor scenes – half carpet and half wallpaper.

I like to lay out all the printed die cut bits and pieces and chipboard images  and arrange them on sheets of plastic the same size as my card base. Some of the pieces just seem like they’re meant to be together like the snowman and pine trees on my card below.

The Mini Sticker tablet is perfect for adding small sentiments and embellishments after your cards are arranged.  The thick chipboard pieces add dimension and add an expensive look to your cards.

This collection has lots of traditional reds and greens for the holidays with a contrasting cool pale blue that’s 100% country.  The addition of mustard gives a warm comfy cozy feel.

I love that you’ll find everything you need for a little outdoor play – old fashioned wood sleds, cozy mittens and sweaters, snowmen and snows hovels.

When you’re done playing outside you can head for home and warm up by the fire with a warm cuppa and a soft throw to keep you cozy.

Capture your winter play and the comfy cozy feeling of “no place like home” with the Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse Collection.


Hello Simple Stories friends!  It’s Jeanne here today and I’m happy to be sharing some Christmas cards made with the Say Cheese Christmas Collection.   This collection captures the childhood delight of Christmas as only the most magical place on earth can do!

The collection is filled with bright colorful papers in traditional red and green with a touch off pink and pastel blue.  The patterns are candy cane stripes, sprinkle dots, poinsettias, snowflakes, and everything nice.

There are two sets of bits and pieces available in this collection.  The iconic bits and pieces that include lots of holiday images like ornaments, presents, flowers and sentiments.  There’s also a Happy Kids Bits and Pieces pack that includes all the cute kids you see on my cards today.  

The two packs of bits and pieces are sized perfectly to work together so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching die cuts from both packs.

The sticker sheet that comes with the collection kit also has lots of sentiments, images and tabs too.  Again, everything is perfectly color coordinated so you know it will be a perfect match every time.

I had lots of fun mixing and matching the papers from this bright collection.  I always start by cutting the 12” papers into 6” squares.  I layout all the images on a piece of plastic the size of my card face and lay it over different pattern papers.  The clear plastic allows me to pick up the entire arrangement and see it over the papers before I commit and adhere everything in place.

This set includes 6x12” Chipboard Stickers too.  These are my favorite to work with!   I love how the thick study pieces add dimension.  Because they have adhesive backing, they couldn’t be easier to make with.

This collection makes me feel as though I’m seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child.  What a magical world! 

You’ll have lots of fun making fun holiday cards with the different elements in the Say Cheese Christmas Collection, and because the fun is contagious, your recipients will be smiling too!


Hi Simple Stories friends!  It’s Jeanne here today and I’m happy to share the new Country Christmas Collection!   If you’re a fan of traditional red and green, vintage images, and warm and cozy plaid prints then this collection is for you!  I’ve got EIGHT cards to share to day to give you lots of ideas for your holiday cards!

I made a few cards with scenes, hand cutting waves in green print paper for grassy hills adding chipboard and die cut bits and pieces as focal points.

I love the vintage images that make this modern collection seem like a classic. The bits and pieces include several banner sentiments perfect for card making and journaling.

I like to arrange die cut bits and pieces and chipboard on clear pieces of plastic the same size as my card base.   I mix and match pieces until I’m happy with how their arranged and then I slide different paper prints under the plastic to help me decide what papers to adhere them to.   Collage cards are my favorites because I can pile on lots of embellishments.

All of my cards start with a white cards stock base.  Simply fold an 8 ½ x 11” piece of card stock in half, cut it in half and you have two card bases.  I cut a slightly smaller matt of solid colored paper before adding my pattern papers.  Simple Stories Basics papers are perfect for these matts because they are color coordinated so you know everything will match perfectly.

These cards were all created using the 6x8 paper pad.  The patterns are the same as the 12” version but the prints are smaller.  One 6x8” sheet can be cut in half to cover two card bases.   The pad has lots of patterns and there are even some printed 3x4” journaling cards included for you to cut apart if you like.

This collection has two sets of bits and pieces die cut parts.  One set includes traditional images, sentiments and tags and the other is a gorgeous set of florals waiting to be arranged!

A mini sticker book is full of sentiments and images – what you don’t use on your cards you can use to decorate your monthly calendar or planner.  And YES!  There is even some washi  in a 3 pack that you can add to EVERYTHING!

The Simple Stories Country Christmas collection will have you dreaming of a traditional old fashioned Christmas spent with family and friends.