This is my kinda card….sweet and simple that makes you smile! I know that you have heard me time and time again saying…It’s all about the basics….and YEP, I will say it again…It’s all about the basics!

I just love this card base….how about you? It is one of the FREEBIE options from Sale-A-Bration called, Tutti Fruitti Note Cards and Envelopes and they are just a breath of Spring to me on a blustery cold day like today! Guess what? Stampin’ Up is going to be offering more options for Sale-A-Bration……I preordered them yesterday so next week you will get a peek….(they are super cute)

Now let’s get back to that basics thing….look at the simplicity of this card….simple shapes with matting and DONE!. The sweet focal stamp is from the Flying Home Stamp from the Occasions Catalog. Images like this are super simple to color in and we all know we have many options in how we can color….today I used the Stampin’ Blends as they are hands down the fastest for me to do!









I have blogged about these Note Card before and you can click here to see that post….but one thing that I love about this offering is that you get 16 card bases and the coordinating envelopes are not only a FUN color but they have a great liner that coordinated with the Tutti Fruitti DSP Stack that is in the catalog….win-win!

Whenever you can get a POP of color in a simple way like this I say…..GO FOR IT as you can keep the rest of the card rather simple. The card base sets the tone letting the sweet floral and bird house POP!







Can you see what I did after I colored the image in? I took a white get pen and added some dots to the bird house and also some on the flowers! I know that it is hard to see but when you hold it….it does makes a difference – just a quick and simple touch that adds a bit of pizzazz!

Speaking of a wee bit of umph……I ran the So Saffron Circle thru Mr. Big with the Confetti Textured Embossing Folder before I adhered them together….another quick and easy way to add to a simple card!







Now to a stamp that I have honestly not seen blogged much of… is a Hostess Offering Stamp called Yay You….I say YAY because it is a photopolymer…..I say YAY as it was just $10.00 and I say YAY once again as I think that it is super simple and the fonts and Sentiments are YAY!

After I pulled this off the shelf I noticed the sweet little hearts… bet that they will get inked up this weekend as I plan to make Valentines and I call a little cluster like that a “filler” as stamps like this are perfect to add here and there to spice things up!








When I create a “fish tail” sentiment strip like this I like to do so on a much longer strip of paper….stamp the sentiment and then make a snip in the middle of the strip and then cut on either side to meet the middle cut…..

This is one of those silly things that we always seem to over analyze making sure the ends match perfectly etc…(sound familiar to anyone) when actually no one would ever notice… know my motto on making dots and dashes…..JUST DO IT!







One more peek at this sweet card and did you notice the inside liner on the envelope? Yep…just that little bit of crumb cake from the bird house pulls the whole thing together.

I think that next time I use this stamp I will do it with using the Aqua Painter for you to see the difference in the coloring. The one medium of color that I rarely use and know that I should give it some more love is the watercolor pencils…..I admit – I actually forget about them as my first go to os the Stampin’ Blends.






Have a great weekend and if you are a Super Bowl fan……well – I hope your team wins! We do adore watching big events like this as it always seems to be a great reason to have some yummy food… BBQ Ribs are our Football pick!

Stay warm….be safe and I hope that you can squeeze some “me time” in over the weekend and play with stamps and paper!  Below you will see the new Hostess Code as well as the Gift With Purchase for the Month of February……





Next week I am going to wow you with a fun post using and highlighting these adorable notecards & envelopes….You are going to agree, they truly are super fun and unique! It was an idea sent to me from a super de duper stamper and I loved it soooooo much, I had to purchase the stamp set that coordinates with it!

I just LOVE IT when someone enables me! Have a super fun weekend…….