(patterned paper: love elsie, basic grey, creative imaginations doodlebug, sei; chipboard: echo park, cosmo cricket; cardstock heart: fancy pants; rose sticker: american crafts; translucent snowflake stickers, rhinestones and border punch: recollections; tree die: sizzix; belles die: memory box; lace and stick pins: making memories; leaf ribbon: may arts; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)
i tried. no, seriously! see that broad unaltered expanse of snowflake paper in the background? and the plain, geometric patterned tree? and there's just the one simply punched strip of paper border...
...ok, granted, in the finished card, all of the above are under a serious collage of flowers, snowflakes, sparkly belles, diecuts, rhinestones and leafy ribbon... but when i started out it was just the *three* elegant elements, i swear!!! what can i say? my will to embellish is JUST. TOO. STRONG!!! :) :) :)
now you can g'head and show me how this whole "minimalist" thing is done, or you can go as hog-wild with the embellishments as i did! or maybe there's a middle ground somewhere between those two, to which you'd like to stake a claim? whatever you do, i GUARANTEE i will love coming to see it when you link it up at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ between now and next wednesday, april 18th! have fun, darlings! ♥