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Nov 25, 2007

Keep it Simple

A friend of mine asked me for an idea for a stamp set that she could use for both little boy and little girl birthdays. You wouldn't think that "By Land" would be my first inclination, but after that super cute card that Christie made with it a few weeks ago, that's what came to my mind.

Coincidentally, I then needed to create birthday cards for my twin cousins who just turned two last week. So, a boy and a girl card with "By Land" was the selection.

While I like to add lots of layers, and embellishments and mix and match my stamp sets, I tried to really keep these cards simple so that if my friend wanted to follow this idea, it wouldn't be TOO much of an investment.

I did use the "Happy Birthday" from another SU set, but any Happy Birthday sentiment would work here.
The stamps are colored with Stampin Write markers, huffed on and stamped directly to the paper. No trimming involved. I did use some brads for the wheels, I used some over sized non SU brand ones that I had in my stash, but again, pretty much any brad you have on hand would work here.

Embellishments are simple, gingham ribbon for the girl card, hemp twine for the boy.

Colors used here are Pretty and Pink and Regal Rose with some designer paper from the Petals and Paisley collection for the girl and Bashful Blue and Brocade blue with a little piece of paper I had leftover from the "I'm Here" Simply Scrappin Kit (now retired) but this would also work well with the green and yellow paper from the Petals and Paisley collection, or any number of the designer prints paper.

Don't you think these would be easy to mass produce to have a stash on hand, or whip up now and again as needed?
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