clean & simple sunday no. 92

I thought I’d kick off the first C&SS of the new year with a sweet and simple Valentine…


This little design is great for any valentine and would be easy to create in multiple for friends, children or grandchildren…I’m sure you can picture the person you’d send this card to if you were holding it in your hand.


I cut a 4.25 x 4.25″ base card in sugar card stock. The stamped panel measures 2.5 x 2.5″. I used the XOXO image from the Love is in the Air stamp set from A Muse|Studio. {This set is ON SALE NOW through the Sweet Sale and you can currently pick it up for 25% off.} The ink colors from top to bottom are cherry, poppy and grapefruit. The mat piece is poppy. I used a bit of onyx bakers twine to embellish. Inside, I stamped the sentiment “sending hugs and kisses” in poppy ink. This sentiment is from the same stamp set as the XOXO. The finishing touch was to use my Corner Chomper tool to round the corners 1/4″.


To make the little envelope to go with it, I could have used my score board from Martha Stewart but an even easier way is by modifying an A2 size envelope. I did not come up with this clever idea—I saw this online but I honestly cannot remember where, even after a good amount of searching. I’m very sorry I can’t share a video or give proper credit.

The way to create the envelope |  I took a regular A2 size card envelope, sealed it shut, laid it on my trimmer with the long edge even with the top of the trimmer guide and cut the envelope to 4 and 3/8″.  This leaves a gaping hole in the side of the envelope (where you’ll slide in your card) that needs a flap to cover. To create the flap, I cut a piece of coordinating poppy card stock in that venetian pattern to measure 4 and 3/8 x 2 and 1/2″ and then scored the long edge at 1/2″ (so I placed the short edge at the top of my score board and scored down the long edge of the card stock at 1/2″). This creates a score that I folded and then I glued the small section of the scored panel to the front of my envelope, folding it over to create the flap for the back. I rounded the corners of the flap with my Corner Chomper tool at 1/4″. I  like to seal them up with a strip of washi tape.

I wouldn’t suggest mailing these envelopes—the size is odd so you’d be charged extra postage (if the post office would even accept them) and since they don’t seal (unless you glue them shut!) they might get damaged in transit. This is, however, a fun way to enclose a 4.25″ square card and place it in a gift bag or with a gift, or to just give it as-is, when hand-delivering.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday and that you get a few minutes to stamp!



  1. Very cute. Love your C & S cards.

  2. Absolutely wonderful!

  3. Love this card, so sweet and simple!! Sending you XXXOOO