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Punch a Cute Easter Bunny Gift Tag

Punch a Cute Easter Bunny Gift Tag

Let’s pull out some punches and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag! This little fella is a-DOR-able! And so quick and easy to make once you see my short video.

And I’ll bet you have most of the supplies already in your craft stash! Let’s take a peek at how sweet he is.

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

Cute huh? And to make the bunny by himself, there’s hardly any supplies. A few punches, paper and some adhesive and you’re all set. I want to show you what they are so you can grab them and follow along with the video to make your own!



punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

I placed my bunny on a simple Smoky Slate tag to dress up some Easter table treats. If you wanted to do the same, there are just a couple more items you might need out on your crafting table.



So did you watch the video and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag too? I hope so!  (And did you find out he’s just a tad addictive too? 😜)

Once I got started crafting, I just couldn’t stop so I’ve got about 25 ready for my Easter brunch – and only about 10 guests! (Either I need a bigger house or I’m ready for next year too!)

If you love this little guy, you may also find these sour cream carrots fun too!

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

Here I’ve used a glue dot to attach my tag to a window box I made with my Gift Bag punch board (I think I may have gone just a little punch crazy today). If you look closely at this one, you might notice I scrunched up the tail just a smidge before I glued it on for a little interest.

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

And I’m not done yet!  I’ve got a couple other projects I’m going to share over the next little bit too so be sure to check back to see how else I’ve dressed him up for the holiday.

In the meantime, thanks for checking out my video and I just might get an even bigger bunny fix and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag – or two – before I put my tools away!


Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Today let’s welcome spring with a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.

But first, I have a question for you.  Do you think watercolour is WAAAY beyond your card making skills? Something that only advanced cardmakers can pull off? Then hold your hat, because you’re about to have those ideas blown away!

Watercolouring takes so many different forms, and this technique is one of the easiest I know, with the most reliable results. Let’s see.

stamping ink watercolour card

Can you see where the watercolour is? Take a closer peek.

stamping ink watercolour card

See how soft those green vine leaves are? THAT’S the watercolour technique. And to get that effect you only need four things:

  1. one solid stamp image
  2. a dye-based ink pad like our Classic Stampin’ pads
  3. your Stampin’ Spritzer filled with plain water
  4. good watercolour paper

Let me give you the how-to for a stamping ink watercolour card:

  1. Ink your solid stamp well with Classic Stampin’ pad
  2. Hold stamp about 6-8” away from you and spritz image with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP1: experiment a bit to see just how many spritzes you need. The ink needs to be wet enough to “bleed” on the paper but not so wet, it bleeds so you cannot see the original stamp shape any longer.)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper. (TIP2: hold your stamp in place a 3-5 seconds so the ink/water mixture has time to seep into the fibres.)
  4. Spritz image and stamp again if desired. (TIP3: each time you re-spritz and stamp, your image will be lighter and lighter. I usually do this 1-2 times maximum before re-inking my stamp.)
  5. Let dry and stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink. (TIP4: ink your stamp well and use firm pressure on your “bumpier” watercolour paper to get a good strong image.)


stamping ink watercolour card

Let’s talk a bit about the rest of the card.

I added the Peekaboo Peach blossoms randomly along the vine after everything was dry (which happens in a flash with this technique). And since those blossoms look a lot like butterflies to me😊, I embossed the Fluttering folder with my Big Shot on my large Peekaboo Peach panel. But look close because for a bit more interest, I embossed only about half of the cardstock.

Then I matted both my stamped image and my peach background with Pear Pizzazz and adhered them to a folded Basic Black card. My final touch is a cute shimmery Pear Pizzazz bow.  (In case you hadn’t noticed this fun fold card and my simple birthday box, the Shimmery ribbon is my FAVE this year – flexible enough to make pretty bows like this but sturdy enough to hold its shape.)

If you’re “bow challenged”, learn how to make your own perfect little bow every single time with my quick video tutorial.

stamping ink watercolour card

And once thing I always do with black cards? Create an insert. This one I framed with the same stamps and colours to tie it all together.

Now you see how pretty the Lovely Wishes set is, are you wondering where it is? I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in the Occasions catalogue, maybe because it’s way back on page 50.

If you’re a tried & true two-step stamper (bet you can’t say that three times fast!), this set is a beautiful addition to your collection. Spring cards, Mother’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s, birthdays, congrats, graduation… and I’m even going to pull it out for fall projects. You’ll use this one over and over again.

Plus I really like the greetings.  With a font that’s just a little wonky so we don’t HAVE to get it perfectly straight 😋, it’s easy for this 50-plus crafter!

OK now it’s time for you to dive in and give a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes a try. Make sure you don’t forget about Sale-a-bration! There’s still lots of free gift choices available when you spend either $60 or $120! I really do appreciate you choosing to spend your crafting dollars with me.  Thank you.

stamping ink watercolour card

Aren’t you glad spring has arrived?  Do you feel like winter has been about 14 months long? Me too!

So I’m MORE than ready for some spring sunshine and warmth to melt away our snow. And with all that extra water lying around, why not make a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?


Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

If you’re pressed for time there’s nothing quicker than to make simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper. I should know, because it seems I’m ALWAYS running behind.

You’d think with the type of work I do, I’d have loads of cards ready to go right? If only!! So let me show you how I whip up super fun and fast cards when my husband has the car running and I’ve got one shoe on!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

No kidding! Does that ever happen to you? You think you have ALL the time in the world and you’re dilly dallying around…and then WHAM! You realize you’re supposed to be out the door, with make up and EVERYTHING in 20 minutes? With a yummy homemade dessert AND a chilled bottle of wine? And with a handmade card? YIKES!

Well, I might not have the answers for the yummy homemade dessert (although you could check out my Pinterest Recipes board for a sweet one 😋). But I do know how to slap together a pretty mean handmade card in mere minutes!! Even one with a sumptuous bow like this Shimmer Black one!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Just like with this other fast and fun birthday box, the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack comes to the rescue! It really IS perfect for just about anyone…kids, adults, husbands (not that your husband isn’t an adult 😁), grandparents, boys, girls… With such bright and cheery patterns, I know your family and friends will be delighted to get this card.

You can find it on page 5 of the Occasions catalogue. It’s a steal of a deal at only $12.50 Cdn for 48 sheets! That’s only 26 CENTS a piece! But you’re going to want to get your package soon before it’s no longer available!  (we’re more than half way through the Occasions catalogue already!)


So what are the timesavers on this card?

  • super colourful patterned paper that does ALL the work so you don’t have to!
  • simple two panel layering
  • a stitched oval die cut already cut out and waiting in my bin on my desk
  • only one stamped image with lots of personality

Here’s all you need to do for this simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  • Lemon-Lime Twist 4 1/4” x 9”, scored at 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White Thick – scrap 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” (or a pre-cut stitched oval)
  • Black shimmer ribbon – about 18”

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  1. Stamp greeting in Memento ink on middle of stitched oval die cut. Turn over and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals (4)
  2. Glue patterned paper to Basic Black. Wrap ribbon around from the back and tie into a bow just left of the middle (TIP1: don’t skimp on your ribbon here and then it’s just like you’re tying your shoe!) (TIP2: I place my card so I’m looking at it from the top and then tie my bow. I usually get the tails going the right way then!)
  3. Apply glue to front of folded card and place balloon panel on top.
  4. Remove backing from Stampin’ Dimensionals and place over top of ribbon on right hand side. (TIP3: It’s best not to glue your ribbon in place in case you need to slide it to the left or right to get your oval placed properly.)

OK, now it’s up to you! But hey, don’t be like me. Grab the Picture Perfect Party paper and make up a bunch of these so you have them to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here’s the short list of supplies!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Like I said in this post, it took me a little while to warm up to this particular designer paper. But don’t you find that’s the case for a lot of things in a catalogue? But once you see it in action and then get a pack and play with it you wonder how you lived without it?

So pick up a package today so you’re not disappointed when it’s no longer available. Then create a bunch of simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper so you never have to be running out the door and stamping at the same time again – like me!

Stampin Up You Move Me Shutter Card

Stampin Up You Move Me Shutter Card

How fun is this Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card? My friend and fellow demonstrator Anita brought it to swap at our last Kreative Kanucks Team Stamping Party?

With such a great interactive card, I knew you’d want to see too! Anita says she “totally CASE’d it from Billie Moan”, retired Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. CASE means “Copy and Share Everything” and that’s what we demonstrators do just like you!

I have to say, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the set in the catalogue.  What about you?  But when you see it in person, it is super cute! There’s both a hummingbird and this butterfly to make a pretty moving image when you stamp them on a movable tag behind the shutter. Isn’t it perfect for spring?

stampin up you move me shutter card

So I have a few questions for you…

  1. Would you love to get together with paper crafting friends and share ideas like Anita did with us?
  2. Are there WAY too many post-it notes marking your Stampin’ Up! catalogue pages? (You know, all the things you want AND need but your budget just doesn’t stretch that far?)
  3. Do you think you’d like to have a fun way to make a bit of moola to spend on more Stampin’ UP! supplies?

Well, in the words of Monty Hall, “Have I got a deal for you!” From now until March 31st, this is the BEST time to join my team, the Kreative Kanucks. Why?

You get to pick not one, but TWO stamp sets (of ANY dollar amount) for FREE to add to your Starter Kit! (A value of up to $132). So if you have your eye on a couple of the larger dollar value sets, this is your chance!

But there are TONS more reasons to join my team now too! You can:

  • get paid to PLAY in your craft room! (can you say that about many jobs?)
  • instantly get a 20% discount on every current Stampin’ Up! product
  • see – and play with – the NEW product, catalogues and supplies before everyone else (like the NEW annual catalogue coming this June)
  • make friends with paper crafters all over the world, and right in your own back yard
  • receive up to $165 in current catalogue products for only $135 in your Starter Kit
  • build your own Starter Kit with anything in any current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue
  • get a FREE business builder kit
  • have all of this and get FREE shipping on your Starter Kit

You haven’t really got anything to lose. So are you ready? Say YES and JOIN NOW!

What’s a Kreative Kanucks Team Stamping Party? When you join my team, we get together every couple months to share great ideas like this. It’s always fun to see what other Stampin’ Up! demos are creating.

And since each of us LOVE different things out of the catalogue we get to see many of the sets and bundles in action that we don’t have. (Yes, while we may want EVERYTHING, the same ever-present budget that you have means we need to pick and choose, too!) Great bundles like the Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card Anita shared with us.

stampin up you move me

Now I know you probably have lots of questions. That’s what I’m here for. Give me a shout and I’ll be happy to answer any you have.

And in the meantime, if you just gotta have the You Move Me set and all the supplies Anita used, here they are! Simply click on an image to order it from me and have it arrive on your doorstep in about a week.

stampin up you move me

Doing what I love, sharing with others and building a flexible and rewarding business are just a few of the reasons I decided to join Stampin’ Up! But I know there are as many different reasons as there are paper crafters. Many want to take advantage of getting their Stampin’ Up! items at a discount, most fall in love with the exceptional product. Others can’t live without the ease of the perfect colour coordination.

What’s your reason? Maybe it’ll be the Stampin Up You Move Me shutter card that you could be making right away with items in your Starter Kit – come on in and join the fun now!



Learn Brush Marker Lettering with Stampin Write Markers

Learn Brush Marker Lettering with Stampin Write Markers

Want to learn brush marker lettering with Stampin Write markers? It’s super fun, on trend, and the best part? You don’t have to go anywhere to learn! I come to YOU with my step-by-step videos and lettering guide sheets to help you learn – and master – this fun lettering style.

See it action!

Once you start lettering with your Stampin’ Writes, the sky’s the limit on how you’re going to use your new skill. Journals, scrapbook pages, home decor – and of course, paper crafting.

Make cards just like I did on these thank you’s I sent to customers a few weeks ago.

learn brush marker lettering with Stampin write markers

How about we take a closer look at one?

learn brush marker lettering with stampin write markers

So why exactly do I know you will absolutely LOVE when you…

Learn brush marker lettering with Stampin Write markers?

  1. You can create ANY greeting you want ANY time you want to
  2. Your marker colour perfectly COORDINATES with your card
  3. You can create awesome gifts for loved ones just like these – in minutes!
  4. Your envelopes will WOW your postman (not to mention your card recipient! ☺️) Take a look at this one I sent to my friend a while ago.

Plus…you get unlimited access to my pdf guide sheets and detailed videos. So you get to learn at your OWN pace, according to your OWN schedule.

learn brush marker lettering with stampin write markers

So let’s talk a bit about this card!

Don’t these cheerful colours just POP off the page at you? The Sale-a-bration Bubbles & Fizz paper (FREE until March 31st) is so darn happy, I had to use it for thank you’s. After all, what’s NOT to love about Calypso Coral, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight all mixed together with Basic Grey and Whisper White?

Recognize the “YOU”? The Celebrate You thinlits are another FREE Sale-a-bration item and are perfect for this card. I ran the YOU through the Big Shot several times in the bold colours so I could mix up my cards a bit.

While my cards are thank you’s, what else could you make once you’ve got the brush marker lettering figured out? How about “thinking of you” or “for you” or “a wish for you”.  I bet you can easily think up a couple more you’d make!

A TIP: Because the designer paper has lots of colour and patterns, my banner and the card itself add a spot of “rest” for the eye. Simple gray on white lettering with a grey card are not too busy and stand out much better than if we had lettered directly onto some patterned paper.

Want to get started right away with your own brush marker lettering?

So what do you need to brush marker letter?  Really only TWO things:

  1. some paper
  2. a Stampin Write marker  – my favourite choice for beginner letterers.  See why I think so here.

…plus a ruler, pencil and eraser, that’s it!

And you know what?  Take my online lowercase brush marker lettering right now, and you’ll be creating cards just like these before next week!  Here’s all you need to get started!

So did you take the plunge and sign on? Or do you think you haven’t got enough skill in your little pinky to make letters like mine?

If that’s the case, I’ve got two words for you! Tish tosh!!

Of course you can! I’ve taught all kinds of folks so I know that absolutely everyone can master this lettering with a little practice! I walk you step-by-step through all the strokes so it’s just like I’m there peeking right over your shoulder with my marker in hand!

Go head, click that button! There’s no time like NOW to learn brush marker lettering with Stampin Write markers!

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

Do you already know how Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully? If you don’t you’re going to love this post!  And if you do, stick around!  I’m going to share some of my best tips for why these water-based markers are my preferred choice for watercolouring detailed images like the beautiful flower from the Petal Palette set.

At roughly HALF the cost of a set of full size stamp pads, it is SO easy to extend your Stampin’ Up! colour choices exponentially! Plus with the same 48 Stampin’ Up! Colours (collections and In Colors), you can create scads of watercolour and collage-like cards just like this one.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

While I was getting pretty close to my Occasions catalogue budget in December (yup, as demonstrators we get to buy early – just another perk I LOVE!), it was pretty hard to turn down the Petal Palette bundle when I saw it! So hard in fact, that I removed a couple other items and got the entire suite of products!

I’ve already shown you how gorgeous the Petal Passion designer series paper is coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Today I want to show you how wonderfully the stamps, framelits and Stampin write markers watercolour cards!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

How Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully!

I’ve combined Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist with Shimmery White cardstock for a softer look for this card. I was quite happy with how light the roses turned out (see my super simple tip below).  What were my steps to create the watercolored flowers?

  1. Colour leaves with Lemon-Lime Twist brush tip end of marker. (TIP1: use the side of the marker to preserve your brush tip.)
  2. Colour roses with Fresh Fig brush tip end of marker. (TIP2: use lighter colour marker first always so if you happen to touch this second marker to the first coloured area, it will not discolour your marker.)
  3. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times.
  4. Stamp off LIGHTLY onto grid paper or scrap of paper. (TIP3: I stamped off ONCE to just remove the darker ink to get a gentler look for my card.)
  5. Stamp image onto scrap of Shimmery white cardstock. (TIP4: Shimmery White has a bit more substance than regular white or vanilla cardstock so holds up better with water.)
  6. Re-spritz (without re-colouring your stamp) only ONCE and stamp again onto left side of Shimmery White panel.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I also used the dots in the set to stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist lightly around the edges of the panel to make it a bit more “artsy”. The detailed leaves and decorative banner along the bottom are both part of the dies in this bundle. They’re a gorgeous addition to the background.

Did you see I’ve got not one, but two ribbons on this card? (They don’t call me Ribbon Queen for nothing!) The Very Vanilla lace trim is just barely there, but adds a pretty layer beneath the open line Fresh Fig banner.

And how do you like the “swoosh” of sheer Fresh Fig ribbon? (The trick to the “Zorro-like” swoosh is to use your Fast Fuse in a diagonal line on the panel where it will be covered up later by your die. Then lay your ribbon over top curving it to make a “Z”.)

OK, go grab your Stampin’ Write markers and a Stampin’ Spritzer and get busy creating watercoloured images!

No Stampin’ Write markers? Expand your Stampin’ Up! stamp pad colour collection for about half the price and get the ones I used below. And if, like me, you find the Petal Palette bundle a leetle too hard to resist, you can save 10% right now and be using it this time next week!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I use my Stampin Write markers every single day. If I’m not brush lettering, I’m colouring with them. If I’m not colouring, I’m watercolouring with them. And if I’m not watercolouring, I’m using them to add detail to my stamped images and letters. Here the tip was small enough to colour the tiny flowers on this sweet notecard.

But wait!  I’d hate for you to leave with the wrong idea! I do absolutely LOVE my stampin’ pads and use them every single day too. But when it comes to intricate details and colouring a stamp with more than one colour, it’s my water-based Stampin’ Write markers I turn to. Try it out for yourself to see how your own Stampin Write markers watercolour cards – and become a watercolour artist.

Easy Handmade Easter Card Ideas in Less Than Ten Minutes | VIDEO

Easy Handmade Easter Card Ideas in Less Than Ten Minutes | VIDEO

Think you can make easy handmade Easter card ideas in less than ten minutes? I know you can! How? Because 15 ladies made this card in a Stamp-a-Stack I held last weekend.  And SIX were brand-spanking-new stampers! A

nd also because for the first time, I’ve created a video with all the Keep It Simple Sunday steps so you can watch and follow along. It’ll be just like you’re right in my craft room with me!

But first take a peek at what we’re making!

easy handmade easter card ideas

I haven’t done a card with the spotlight technique in awhile. Have you ever heard of that? When I first became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator almost 16 years ago (boy time flies when you’re having FUN!) this was one of the first techniques I shared in a workshop. It has really stood the test of time and is one to always have in your back pocket!

Why do I LOVE it so much? It’s:

  • fast
  • fun
  • has fabulous results and
  • I get to watercolour (probably my all-time favourite way to colour!)

It’s a super quick way to take a detailed image and colour only a portion of it and have a gorgeous card.

SOOO, that means, you can make a pile of these pretty darn quickly and get them out the door in time for Easter! Take a look at the video to see exactly how time-saving this technique is!

So like all my Keep It Simple Sunday projects, I’ve listed the ingredients below, but the how-to recipe is in the video. If you’re thinking, “bin there, done that and got the spotlight t-shirt to show for it”, you’re still going to want to take a listen! I’d love to hear your comments on what you think!

easy handmade easter card ideas

Easy Handmade Easter Card Ideas in Less Than Ten Minutes


  • Daffodil Delight cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Shimmery White cardstock – 3 3/4” x 5” and a second scrap piece at least 2” square

easy handmade easter card ideas

Here’s everything you need to make this pretty card yourself. There’s still time to get all the goodies before the Easter mailing deadline is past if you order from me today! Simply click on one of the images below and it will be on its way to you likety split!

easy handmade easter card ideas

Want another quick idea for an Easter card?  Those same Stamp-a-Stackers made this cute bunny rabbit card too.

Did you watch the video? If not, there’s a few TIPS in there you’re not going to want to miss, I promise!

Whether this is your first spotlight technique or your 65th, I’m sure it will not be your last. When you can take a detailed stamp and create easy handmade Easter card ideas in less than ten minutes, think of what you can do with all that extra time!!


Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

Just When Does Spring Start Anyway?

At this time of year, you might be asking yourself just when does spring start anyway? At least that’s what’s been on everybody’s lips north of the 49th parallel! It keeps snowing, and we keep shovelling and scraping.  And I’m getting just a tad tired of my heavy coat and scarf! How about you?

Well, with Janine’s project I’m showcasing for Front & Centre Friday, spring might just start…TODAY!

Once again my favourite bundle Colourful Seasons, comes to life in her pretty pastel coloured card. Now if you haven’t picked up this bundle yet, a word of caution. You want to make sure you get it today so you can save 10%. (I sure hope it sticks around in the next catalogue and if it does, the set and thinlits will be full price!)

See if you think SPRING when you see it!

just when does spring start anyway

When this bundle first debuted last June, I snapped it up. When I asked myself my 10 questions for making a smart craft purchase, there really WAS no question. I KNEW this was a versatile, all-round set I would get TONS of use out of.

Take a peek at just some of the cards I’ve shared:

Really, if you make only one bundle purchase this catalogue, make it this one!

just when does spring start anyway

Well, just when does spring start anyway?

NOW! (I’ll step down from my Colorful Seasons soapbox (😁) and get back to Janine’s beautiful card.) There’s a couple cool techniques here I want to make sure you notice.

Take a close look at the branch. Can you see it? Rather than cut out a branch and lay it on top of the card, Janine cut out the Whisper White and laid a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper stack in behind it. Pretty fun and smart! (TIP: She stamped her small Blushing Bride petals on her card FIRST before cutting out the branch.)

Lastly she added the three cut out blossoms on top with liquid glue.

And for her second technique. Do you remember paper piercing? How it used to be all the rage? Then, like lots of great – and simple – finishing touches, it got edged out (no pun intended ☺️). Look how pretty it is here along the bottom edge of the card.

just when does spring start anyway

And there’s a third technique here too we seldom see much anymore.  Sponging the edge of the Whisper White in a colour to match the matting.  So simple and so effective to add a softness to your card!  (TIP: Sponge BEFORE you glue to the matting.)

How’d she do that? I think most of us have what we affectionately refer to as a “pokey tool” (aka paper-piercing tool and you can find it on page 204 of the annual catalogue). And it’s fabulous for picking up small items to adhere to our cards (think rhinestones, glue dots, enamel shapes). But pair it with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and it really does become a paper piercing tool! Go figure!

Janine lined the scalloped die from the thinlits along the edge of her card and poked the tool through the cardstock next to it. (TIP1: Place the mat under your card so your tool will pierce into it. TIP2: Make sure you open your card and lie it flat to do this or you’ll pierce the inside too. And TIP3: Hold the die in place with a couple small pieces of washi tape so both hands are free to work.)

Now it’s up to you!

Get out your Colorful Seasons bundle and get busy creating spring cards just like Janine’s. And if you held off purchasing it this long, don’t wait any longer! I don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% when you click on the image below and order it from me! I really appreciate it!

just when does spring start anyway

Know what I’m going to do?  I absolutely guarantee you can’t go wrong with this bundle.  In fact, I’m so sure of it, if you bring it back to me even a year after you buy it and it hasn’t seen an ink pad or the framelits are still attached to the tape, I’ll buy it back from you!  No questions asked!

Every single season – and holiday – can be covered with this one bundle. Summer, fall, winter and now spring. So pull it out, grab your subtles stamp pads and paper and see if you can conjure up some warm and breezy weather in your craft space. And then really does it matter what the answer is to your question just when does spring start anyway?


You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

When you see today’s project, you might ask is that an Easter treat box? Or is it a birthday treat box? Or maybe even is that a congrats treat box? To make it even MORE confusing, I made it with the Lots to Love Box framelits, and if you’re not a Valentine’s crafter, you might’ve missed it in the Occasions catalogue.

You know I really should have named this blog post “How to Get More Mileage From Your Crafting Purchases” since I want you to go away thinking about them just a wee bit differently. So let’s dive in and although you might ask is that an Easter treat box initially, I think you’ll start to see LOTS of other possibilities too.

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So at first glance, you might’ve picked the birthday box. After all, it IS made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and designer series paper. And there’s not a single bunny or Easter egg in sight. Plus the greeting talks about celebrating “brilliant fabulous you!” So yes, I agree our box could be congrats or birthday.

But take another look at those beautiful spring colours. Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst. Tell me just how many Easter eggs you’ve dyed in exactly those colours in the past! And what about that little peek of turquoise glimmer paper, the Lemon-Lime Twist ombre ribbon or the Pumpkin Pie sequins? They are ALL perfect for this fun spring holiday I’d wager.

And what about the paper design? It’s really just some streamers and mixed ribbon. It doesn’t HAVE to be birthday, it could be just about anything celebratory.

And it’s a simple box…which could work for just about ANY occasion!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So In Case You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

So what exactly does this mean for us paper crafters? We CAN get all kinds of versatility from our stamp sets, dies and papers, simply by looking at them a bit differently and making smart purchasing choices.

How do you do that? The next time you’re in the mood for something new in the craft supplies world, start by asking yourself these questions:

Designer Series Paper

  • Are there multiple colours I can use for more than one occasion? (And do you have the matching stamp pads and cardstock already?)
  • Are there lots of designs I absolutely LOVE in the package? (Because then you’ll USE them up.)
  • Is the size good for multiple projects? (For example is 6x6 big enough for everything you might want to make with the paper?)

Stamp Set

  • Is there a coordinating set of framelits for the stamp set? (To make your crafting life quicker and easier.)
  • How many different techniques can I have fun with with this set? (There are SO many techniques out there, what are your favourites and can the set handle at least two or three?)
  • How many different ways could I use this stamp set? (For example let’s look at the Sure Do Love You set below)


you might ask is that an easter treat box

How many different uses do you see? I see: anniversary, birthay, weddings, congratulations, thinking of you, spring and of course Valentine’s (see my fun fold Valentine I made with it).


  • Are some of the dies generic enough for multiple applications? (Think stars, circles, squares, hearts, ovals that you will use over and over again.)
  • Will the dies make my paper crafting more efficient? (Like cutting out and scoring a fun box rather than making one from scratch.)
  • Is there at least ONE die that is an absolute MUST-HAVE? (Like the box in Lots to Love Box framelits or the two nested heart shapes.)


  • Could I use this for at least three different events I will be crafting for – in the next three months? (Giving yourself a timeline is really important so you KNOW you’ll pull it out and use it as soon as it arrives!)

There are so many others I could suggest but I’ll save those for future blog posts.  Now I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I stray a bit from my own advice. (Did I really NEED the Beautiful You stamp set when I haven’t used it once in almost a year?!!  Yikes!) But I do try and now you’ve got some of the key questions to ask, how do your current supplies measure up?

I knew I’d use the Lots to Love Box framelits and the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper for multiple projects over many years. Anytime I can get a template for a box or treat holder, I’m IN!  If you’re the same just click on the image below and have tons of fun creating!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So the next time you’re browsing a new catalogue and you’ve got a post-it note on EVERY page, come back to this post. You might ask yourself is that an Easter treat box – or birthday or congrats or Father’s Day or sympathy – and you might be able to narrow down some of those post-its.


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