9 Bright & Fun Cards You Can Make In a Snap

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I know you’re pressed for creative time.  You’re probably thinking “Creative time??? I’m pressed for any kind of time!”  Life is busy, so before I get into all the new products that were just released I wanted to share my latest workshop kit with you.  You love cute cards and you love giving them away but you just don’t have time to create them.  This kit will take you no time at all to put together and you can still claim that you made them.  (heehee)  There is minimal stamping and it’s all been done for you anyway!  All you need to do is glue, pop if you want, and add the sparkles.  Here’s what you can create:

The kit includes all papers pre-cut, card bases and envelopes, a full pack of Some Kinda Wonderful Complements (glitter chipboard and stickers) white twine, and lots of 2 sizes of sparkles.  I have only a few kits left over from my workshop last week and you can snag one!  They’re $35 if you come pick them up.  I can pop one in the mail for you for an additional $8.

Send an etransfer to simplycreating@hotmail.com or contact me to claim one.

April is all about getting ‘er done!

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It’s a new month and I will admit, a SUPER busy one for me!  So, I’m only going to pop in quickly this week to share our awesome promotion.  If you’re like me, life is busy, and sometimes it means that our crafting time gets much shorter.  Enter Close To My Heart’s Cut Above kits!  We have 2 fabulous kits available right now. {There’s more coming! … Shhh.  I didn’t tell you that. 😉 }

The first kit is a baby-themed one, but I’ve seen people do pet pages or other things with this set as well.

Each set comes with everything you need to complete a 2-page layout, and 2 pocket-pages (both sides), including the protectors.  The only thing you need is adhesive!

Here’s the other one: a wedding themed kit.  But again, I’ve seen people create family and friend-themed pages with this kit.

Aren’t they gorgeous?!?!  And they assembly in a snap.  It’ll probably take you longer to pick which photos to use!

So, what’s the promo?  You can get these kits for 50% off this month!  That’s only $9.50 (shipping will be charged on the retail price).  And, if you join the CTMH family as a consultant, you get to choose a kit for FREE.

Don’t miss out on your chance to get some treasured memories into an album quickly and simply.  Click here to check them out.



You are “Tea”riffic, honest!

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I really love this month’s stamp of the month.  The tea cups are so fun to work with, even though I haven’t had as much time to play with them as I hoped.  Here’s a card I created with Hello Lovely.

You are tea-riffic card by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

This is a great design for using up a bunch of little scraps.  I stamped the image in Desert Sand ink on the patterned paper, just like on the layout in my last post.  Here’s a close up of that tea cup and all that yummy bling.  🙂

You are tea-riffic card detail by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

Can’t wait to to give this go someone who needs a pick-me-up.


Don’t forget that this great sale ends tomorrow!  Pop over to my shopping website to see what’s still available.


And, speaking of great deals, I’ve got some super deals on my used (and a few new) stamp sets.  Click here to check ’em out.






Sound of Music and a Cup of Tea

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On March 4 our church held a Sound of Music Sing-a-Long to raise money for a cross-country bike ride to end poverty called Sea to Sea.  A couple of members from our church are participating.  I grew up listening to the soundtrack on a record that my mom had, and looking at all the photos from the movie on an extra flap on the cover.  We watched the movie too, of course, but I remember listening to the music much more.  So, I invited my mom and sister to join my daughter and me.  And then I immediately scrapbooked it, like I always do.  Ha!  (Like I never do!)

Sound of Music layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

I used the Swan Lake paper suite because even though it’s now retired I felt like it fit all the pieces I wanted to add to my layout perfectly, and that flower paper could have been inspired by curtains, like the play clothes Maria makes … It’s possible … maybe.  🙂

For the title I just cut the ticket in half and used the other half in another spot.  I only had one photo, a selfie taken of all four of us (3 generations!) but I had a lot of fun things we received at the show that I wanted to keep as mementos.  Enter the flip flap.  I love these things!  Not only do they allow you to add more photos to a layout but I used them to add all the fun props we got.  Now, I had no idea if they would be photo-safe, so as I assembled my page I made sure to put my one photo in a flip flap separate from the other elements.  Another good use for flip flaps.

Here’s how I use them:

Sound of Music layout flip flap by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

Sound of Music layout flip flap by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

It gave me lots of room to journal since I didn’t want anything but patterned paper in the same flip flap as my photo.  I added some little tags on the edges of each flap so it’s clear they can be flipped.  Then, when I put this layout in an album, I’ll cut slits in the page protector and slide them through so they sit on top.

I also wanted to use the March stamp of the month.


So, I stamped the blank tea cup on a pattern I thought would work for a tea cup and happily trimmed it out.

Here’s a look at that part of the layout:

Sound of Music layout detail by Krista Ritskes #simplycreatingcrafts

If you ever get a chance to attend a sing-a-long, go!  It was a lot of fun, even for my daughter who hadn’t even seen the whole movie beforehand.

And dig out those older papers to use ’em up, especially if you love them so much you’re afraid to cut into them.  😉

Happy Creating!