Quick and easy. How does that sound? This card could not get much easier to whip up.
Since I hadn't done this in quite awhile, I randomly plucked a card from my box of old Project Life cards, and came up with the multi-colored HAPPY against a solid black background. Well, of course, I knew I wanted to make it into a birthday card.
So I shuffled around in my soon-to-be-retired Designer Series Paper, and came up with this lovely piece from the Whole Lot of Lovely pack (on page 188 of the current catalog), which I'd intended to hoard -- maybe forever! But, where is the sense in that when it would serve as the perfect backdrop for this card?
Picking up on the Pool Party that was in the DSP, I used a strip of that color cardstock for the sentiment, stamped in Bermuda Bay. I perched it atop a Melon Mambo ribbon and two of the Black Basic Rhinestones (which I got from the Clearance Rack!). To frame the main piece and the DSP, I added Tangerine Tango (about to retire) cardstock as mats.
Now, even though Stampin' Up! no longer carries their Project Life line, they have a line of their own, Memories & More, which can be found on pages 190-193 in the current catalog. You can find packs of decorative cards similar to the one I used within this line.
By incorporating a piece of wondrously pretty Designer Series Paper as the backdrop on a card, it makes for really quick and easy cardmaking, in that your background design is already there. You don't have to worry about embossing, stamping, sponging, or anything else. Easy peasy.