I am a big fan of clean-and-simple cards. First of all, they are generally easy to create. Secondly, they are restful and uncluttered. This was a card at last weekend's Birthday Bash card class I taught here in Hanover, PA. A square punch, the postage stamp punch, two shades of ink from the Neutrals Collection, and two colors of card stock from that same collection, two stamps, and one embellishment - that's it.
Can you see this done in bright colors? Or in Spring pastels? Think of all of the gorgeous Designer Series Paper scraps you have stashed in your craft room. This could be a stash-buster! Change the colors, the sentiment, even the punch shape (can you envision circles instead of squares?) and you'd have a very versatile layout that just may become your "go-to" layout.
And if not, keep it in mind for when you are indded rushed, or when you just can't bear to throw away those scraps of amazing DSP.
Specifics: Stamp Sets - Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-Bration) and Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess only)
DSP: Neutrals Stack, Soft Suede (two strips, use both sides of each for four patterns)
CS: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede Classic Ink Pads: Crumb Cake (for stamping), Soft Suede (for sponging)
Add a silver brad and some dimensionals, and Voila! Birthday greetings.