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Simply Sent for the Crafting Impaired

I just need to preface this blog post by saying I’m not a crafter. Perhaps as an employee of Stampin’ Up! I’m not supposed to admit that, but they didn’t hire me for my crafting skills (thank goodness!). So having said that, I volunteered to create a card using the Noel Notes Simply Sent. After all, it’s Simply Sent—how hard can it be? 

I tend to go into projects half-cocked, not really having any kind of plan. That may make some of you cringe! So I approached the Noel Notes project with a “sort of” image in mind of what I wanted to do. The Noel Notes Simply Sent comes with these gorgeous die-cut cards that say “Noel.” I decided it would be fun to insert one of our family pictures that we took this summer, even though it’s not super Christmas-y. But I had this ingenious idea of embossing the Traditional Touches ornament image over the top of the photo to give it a little extra Christmas glow. When I got our photo on there, I realized that I couldn’t keep both the “Noel” and do the embossed ornaments too—it was too crowded—so I ended up cutting off the “Noel.” (This would have been much easier had I done it before I had adhered the photo to the card!)

I actually love the embossed ornament image on the photo, but I should’ve used the Embossing Buddy to avoid some of the gold glow it left (of course, my friend and coworker told me she liked the effect of the extra gold, but she has to say that because she’s my friend).

I ended up using the Gumball Green 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon not only as an accent, but also as a cover-up for where I cut off the “Noel” from the card. If I had planned better, I would’ve positioned my photo so it didn’t look my husband is wearing a green headband. J

I used the scalloped card liner on the inside of the card—a craftier crafter would have anticipated that and sized the photo better so you can’t see the photo edges! But it’s not too noticeable, and I distracted my recipient with a simple embossed “Merry Christmas” in Cherry Cobbler.

If I did it again would I do some things differently? Yeah, probably. But for a “non-crafter,” this was a really quick, relatively easy project. That I thought of on my own. I’ve never actually just created a card without a sample to copy. So the fact that I was able to do something, in only about 20 minutes, testifies to how great our Simply Sent kits are for crafters and non-crafters alike!

Any other “non-crafters” out there have success with Simply Sent kits?

Kim F.
Senior Writer/Editor


  • Randall Wright

    May 26

    Good job for not being "crafty".