clean and simple sunday no.70

I received the Mar/Apr issue of PaperCrafts magazine this week. When the issue comes, I grab my sticky notes and a pen and start going through it. I look for overall card designs or design elements that I love, I look for color combinations that strike me, I look for great use of embellishments that spark my own creativity, making notes on the stickies to use the magazine as a way to fuel my own creativity…

With that, I bring you this week’s clean & simple card design. If you too, have the latest issue of PaperCrafts, you’ll see that my design for today was inspired by the “hogs & kisses” card on page 36.


For my card above,  I used some of the retiring gingham card stock in bubblegum. I also used the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Trio die set and some of the new grapefruit baker’s cord to embellish. The sentiment is from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.

This card would be very quick and easy to replicate using different patterned (or solid!) card stocks and different die shapes to cut out, like stars for boys, hearts for Valentine’s or anniversary cards… or for any holiday using the dies from the candy box dies set.

A clean and simple design to start your week and another idea for building on that birthday card stash!


  1. We think alike! Since that issue arrived, I’ve been planning on remaking that card. 🙂 I’ll have to try something other than butterflies, tee hee but I love how you went with two of them!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback, Chris! This really is a fun, easy card to remake into any theme you wish! I think the star trio dies with a polka dot background would also be really fun!

  2. That card got my attention too, but your card’s simplicity and lovliness tops it well!!! Nice job honey! XXOO

  3. Thanks so much, Auntie!! That magazine usually sparks many great ideas, I’m glad you enjoy it too!

  4. I don’t have the mag, but I do love the simplicity of this card. I’ll definitely be CASE-ing it soon…