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Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

Today it’s all about ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions!  And notice I didn’t say “fast” but “ULTRA fast”!  If you’ve got about 5 minutes, that’s all you’ll need, start to finish!  Add in another minute or two for the envelope flap and that’s one quintessentially quick card!

It’d be great if we could spend all hours of the day getting creative, but that’s just not possible.  So when the mood strikes, but you’ve only got a few minutes, this card is the one to make.

The secret is in the paper!  A beautifully detailed designer series paper does ALL the work (with just a couple other touches ☺️).

Let’s take a look. 


Make some Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

I had a hard time deciding which category this post fit the best…

  1. Keep It Simple Sunday, since there’s only a few easy supplies – and only 5 quick steps.  
  2. Or Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! with its show-stoppingly stunning designer series paper as the star of the card!

Which one do you think is number one?

I went with the Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! with the Petal Promenade designer series paper.  I predict you’ll cut into it im-ME-diately for ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions once you see all of it! 

Page after page (12 total, 2 of each double-sided designs) of lovely roses, carnations and hydrangeas with opposite sides in pretty rose-tinged marble, crinkled pink foil and peachy bokeh, you won’t be able to resist.  And there’s plenty to craft up every single one of your 20 blank notecards…with leftovers!

See them all for yourself.

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

As Stampin’ Up! says, it’s “an abundance of festive flowers to properly celebrate everything that needs celebrating in life.”  

What special occasions could you use it for?  How about…

  • Baby and bridal showers
  • Congratulations
  • Weddings
  • Retirement wishes
  • Sympathy
  • Birthdays
  • Thinking of You
  • Friend

Wow!  That’s a lot of versatility!  And there’s enough variety with the 6 designs, you won’t get bored either!  Think how fun it will be to craft with!

(Probably the only place I might not use it?  For “manly” men!  I’m sure they’d think it was pretty, but they would probably prefer this other Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! card I shared last week.  Much more macho!)


Make Ultra Fast Notecards for Special Occasions

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

The greeting comes from the new set, Another Wonderful Year.  In case you missed it on page 11 of the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue, there’s a sentiment phrase here for just about every occasion.  This made it a strong contender on my long list of must-haves.

I wanted a greeting both long enough and large enough to be easily seen, yet not so long it covered up the pretty paper peeking from each side.  This one was perfect since I could two-tone the greeting using my markers. (See below for a pic of the how-to).

With matching banner ends, it was a quick and easy finishing touch and pulled the entire card together.


  • Whisper White notecard and envelope (1)
  • Petal Promenade DSP – 1 piece cut to 3 1/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 1 piece 1” x 5”


  1. Cut your Petal Promenade designer series paper into three equal pieces along long (4 1/2”) edge at 3” and 1 1/2”
  2. Glue to front of the folded notecard.  TIP1: glue middle piece first, then either side for exact centred placement.
  3. Ink word stamp with two colours of ink using Stampin’ Write markers (Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow) and stamp into middle of Whisper White strip.  TIP2: use edge of brush tip marker for coverage.  TIP3: “Huff” onto stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping onto the strip.Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions
  4. Punch each end of the strip with the Banner Triple punch.  TIP4: use punch upside down so you can see the paper is centred before punching.
  5. Attach with dimensionals to middle front of the card.

Five Minute Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions


Totally optional (but oh-so-pretty):

  1. Decorate the envelope flap with these steps:

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

  • Apply SNAIL to the outside of the envelope flap near the edges and adhere matching piece of Petal Promenade DSP to flap.  TIP5: No need to pre-cut your paper, just use an off-cut that is bigger than the flap. TIP6: a=Align the long edge of the paper with the folded edge of the flap and the end of the flap with one end of your paper.

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

  • Open the envelope flap and trim around the edge with your Paper Snips.  TIP7: Align the flat edge of the top blade of the Paper Snips with the edge of the envelope for a precise cut.

So did you run down to your craft space and whip out some notecards and designer series paper?  Was I right? Did it take ONLY 5 minutes, start to finish?  I thought so! 

To pick up your own package of this gorgeous paper to make some of these super quick cards, simply click on the images below.

Who DOESN"T Love Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

I know we’d all love to spend hours in our delicious paper crafting rooms, oblivious to the world around us.  If only we didn’t need to work, or houseclean, or feed the family. 

So when you need a quick crafting “fix” or ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions, make sure to turn to this lovely Petal Promenade designer series paper.

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Today I turn a year older and I wanted to show you how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card I received from my friend, and Stampin’ Up! upline, Karen Duke, can create a mood or feeling.  Now, before you think I’ve been doing a little early birthday imbibing, really, I’m on the level! We use colour ALL the time to inspire and create moods.  Why not in our paper crafting too?

When anyone asks me what my favourite things are in the new catalogue, my immediate answer is: I am IN LOVE with all the COLOUR!  The combinations are awesome, the revamp is exciting and I adore the coordination with so many of our embellishments and papers.  

So I’d like to spend some time with you over the next year talking about how and why colour is so important.  And I want to know this…what do you find inspiring, challenging and intriguing about COLOUR?

OK, let’s dive in!

Colour and a Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Which colour combination do you think Karen’s used?  

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

How about?

  • Whisper White (in the Wood Textures DSP)
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tuxedo Black and
  • Rich Razzleberry?

So a question for you.  HOW does this card make you feel?

  • Anxious?
  • Excited?
  • Relaxed?
  • Confident?
  • Sleepy?
  • Happy?
  • Ho Hum?

When I opened the envelope, I almost said “aaaah” when I pulled out this card. In fact, I think my shoulders – and eyebrows😋 – relaxed and I probably gave a little sigh.  That’s because it makes ME feel calm and peaceful.

So am I out to lunch?  I AM after all reaching an advanced age🙃!  Or do you see what I mean?  

And you know what?  I’m so surprised I felt that way when I look at the colours she used!  I can’t say I ever would have used the words “calm” and “Rich Razzleberry” in the same sentence, but I think this card just IS! 

Not that Rich Razzleberry doesn’t hold a special place in my colour affections, but the “razzle” is just a mite too peppy and well, dazzl-y for soothing or calming – or so I thought!

So that made me wonder, what are these colours like when you see them at full intensity?

A Special birthday share what you love card

Hmmmm…was “calm” the first word that popped into your head?  Much more bold here aren’t they?

Take another peek at her card then let’s talk about how you can get some mood vibes going in your own paper crafting with colour.

a special birthday share what you Love card

How has Karen used colour and a special birthday share what you love card to convey this calming feeling?

  1. She doesn’t have too many colours fighting for centre stage. 
    1. She anchored the one bold magenta colour of the Rich Razzleberry with conservative neutrals, Crumb Cake and black. 
    2. This made the Rich Razzleberry almost an “accent” colour with the matted rectangle and flowers. 
    3. The intensity of the Rich Razzleberry flowers is softened with both the base of Crumb Cake underneath and glimmer from the Wink of Stella on top. 
    4. The underlying colour of the white Wood Textures patterned paper coordinates with the card itself in Crumb Cake, so your eye just feels most “rested”. 
    5. Then the size of the main focus panel leaves lots of room of the calming Crumb Cake to show.
  2. She’s used textures to soften any boldness there could have been.
    1. Her soft and lovely velvet ribbon has a silvery sheen which tempers the richness of the Rich Razzleberry. 
    2. Her choice of Wood Textures DSP has an “antiqued” look to it. 
    3. And she’s chosen three small embellishments to finish off the piece in a dark tone, that mimics the classic black.

 a special birthday share what you Love card

So here’s a challenge for you (and I’m going to try this for myself too). 

Pull out some ink pads, papers and colours and play around to create a mood in your paper crafting.  Then send me your projects so I can guess what mood you were creating!

And if you want to recreate Karen’s card, here are all the supplies you’ll need.

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

When we design projects with a special someone in mind, don’t we often picture their faces when they open the envelope?  Full of anticipation of whether they’re going to smile, laugh or maybe even gasp or cry!  Either way, isn’t that feeling of expectation the absolute BEST?

And what’s amazing – and interesting – is how MUCH the colours we choose impact that mood. 

I’m excited to explore this connection in posts moving forward so stay tuned for those.  But for now, I need your help!  Take a couple minutes to leave me a comment with how colour makes YOU feel.  What challenges do you have with it?  What do you absolutely LOVE – or hate – about it?  Tell me what you need HELP with when it comes to colour.

And then, take another moment to appreciate how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card is an awesome way to unwind – almost as great as a glass of my birthday wine🍷!

How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

Raise your hand if you’d like a bit more moola – I thought so! – today I want to show you exactly how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches. 

My video is the fourth in my series for the Stamparatus,  what I’m calling the best darn stamp positioner available!  

Not only do I want to show you some cool tips today, we’re going to make this super cute card (and I’ve got a surprise project at the end of the video so be sure to watch it right to the end!)


everyone wants to know how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus


Aren’t these little-masked buddies the cutest?  And you can see just how quickly I put them together – and reduced waste – AND saved money with my video.  But first, let me show you the card from another angle so you see just how darling the narrow note cards are!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

I love almost instant gratification, don’t you? 

And even though card making gives us a pretty immediate sense of accomplishment, for even faster pats on the back, I’ve gotten into smaller cards lately.  These narrow note cards at 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” are so wonderful.  Pre-scored, with envelopes, and in sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, they are a breeze to work with! 

Not to mention a steal of a deal!  You get 20 in a package so the cost works out to only 55 cents per card.  Perfect for thank you’s, invitations, and itty bitty greetings, they’ll save you time in your craft space! 

But let’s take a peek at my latest video right now so you can see this card come to life!


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus



So, pretty quick and easy, yes?  Do you have other builder punches you’re just dying to try out?  Maybe the Cookie Cutter for Christmas greetings?  Or think how FAB it will be with the Vases Builder punch like you see on this classic navy and white thank you!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Make Your Own Trio of Raccoons!

Here are the supplies and measurements for the adorable trio of raccoons on my narrow note card so you can make it yourself.

  • Narrow note card and envelope
  • Bermuda Bay designer series paper – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”, plus piece about 3” square for the envelope liner
  • Gray Granite card stock – 2 pieces 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Smoky Slate – 1 piece 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Thick Whisper White – scrap at least 2 1/2” x 3”

So go grab your Stamparatus, inks and builder punches!  It’s your turn to make up a whole host of critters for just about anyone on your card-giving list! 

Here’s everything I used today for these cards.  To get what you need and have it delivered right to your door, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for ordering through me!

Special Offer!

Now, did you get to the end of the video and see that super duper cute second project?  The exclusive project for my email subscribers?

how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Not on my mailing list?  Psst, don’t tell anyone, but right now you can get it free too!  Just click the button and it will be on its way lickety-split! 


You know, when I first started my Stamparatus feature videos, I thought “hmmmm, maybe three will do it”.  Well, I’m already up to four and I think there’s a couple more I’ve just gotta share with you! 

So keep your eyes peeled in the next little bit for more tips and tricks with this awesome Stampin Up stamp positioner.

And while you’re waiting for those, check out the first three in my series.

  1. The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamping Positioner from Stampin Up 
  2. The Stamparatus: A Stamping Tools Must Have?
  3. Stamparatus Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available


want to save money with the stampin up stamparatus?


We all love to get a deal, don’t we?  And what could be better than getting one that KEEPS ON giving us a deal?  

Well, now you know how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches, have fun making multiples – then think of ALL the delightful ways you can spend those saved-up pennies😉!




Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Blend Your Brush Lettering

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Blend Your Brush Lettering

Use Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering.  I created this card a while ago and it’s still one of my faves.  I’ve got a couple new techniques to show you to add to your brush lettering repertoire that’ll jazz up your letters adn WOW your family and friends.


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

Brush marker lettering is HOT!  Have you tried it yet?  No?  Learn it in a just a few short hours with my online class!  

Full of videos and pdf’s to set you on the right path to making beautiful letters with your Stampin’ Write markers in no time!

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering


See how your brush lettered greeting takes centre stage? While there are other pretty elements to dress up this card, it’s the lettering, especially the “wishes” that draws your eye. 

And the mix of colours makes you want to look at it closer!  Can you see the colour mixing and blending at the tops and bottoms of the thicker strokes?  It’s just a subtle detail.  Your friends and family will note there’s something special going on…but they won’t know what!  Take a closer peek.


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering


So what do I think are some of the best things about being able to brush marker letter?

  • You’re in charge! You never need to worry about not having the “perfect” sentiment again!  
  • Save money on greeting stamps!
  • Portability: Your skills go wherever you do!  A Stampin’ Write marker or two, some paper and you’re all set to make beautiful paper crafts wherever you go.
  • Super popular!  Marker letters are SOO on trend!  Everywhere you look, there they are.  Advertising, magazine covers, packaging, movie titles.  This trendy style of lettering is here to stay!
  • Versatility:  You can go simple and plain like on this card or get fancier like on this Easter greeting!
  • Win brownie points! Your friends and family will absolutely LOVE that you took the time to hand letter their names on their envelopes or gift items like these.
  • Colour coordination: You’ll be able to coordinate your Stampin’ Up! colours exactly with your greetings as every colour has a matching Stampin’ Write marker.

If you’re new to lettering, I recommend using a fairly stiff, yet flexible marker.  And the Stampin’ Write markers are perfect!  I explain everything from the marker to holding the pen to ruling lines and making the strokes and letters themselves in my complete Lowercase Brush online class.  With detailed, up-close videos and lots of pdf’s, you’ll be on your way to awesome brush letters immediately. 

Plus…you get unlimited access to my guide sheets and detailed videos. You get to learn at YOUR own pace, according to YOUR own schedule.

So ready to dive in?


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

So how do I suggest you use Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering?

  1. Letter “wishes” in Rich Razzleberry against a watercolour pencil wash on watercolour paper. (TIP1:  I used the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry colours.  TIP2:  Let this dry completely or give it a shot with your heat tool before lettering or your lines WILL bleed.  Yes, I tried that, that’s how I know! ☺️)
  2. Select a different colour, complementary or a shade darker, and use the brush tip to carefully stroke in the beginning and end of the thick strokes. (See the top and bottom of the “h” or the “s”)  (TIP3: Use a similar colour you have in your background.  I chose Crushed Curry to coordinate with my watercoloured background.)


  1. Use the .05 tip of the darker coloured marker to letter any other word to complete your sentiment.  (I used the Blackberry Bliss marker.)
  2. Carefully – ie. SLOWLY – outline only a portion of your stroke to add further definition.  (See the beginning and bottom of the “w” or the bottom of the “h”.)

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

Here are all my supplies to make this card including the gotta-have it Timeless Textures stamp set for my background.  This set in my option needs to be a staple in everyone’s toolkit.

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

You will absolutely LOVE being able to create your own greetings.  You will never be at a loss for a sentiment again once you learn how to brush marker letter. 

With just a bit of practice, you CAN brush letter in no time!  If you haven’t given my in-depth online class a try, what are you waiting for?  

Then use your Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering like I have here to add even more punch to your greetings.

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

I’m excited to share how quick and easy it is to make a monochromatic colour scheme card!  So easy in fact, I’ve included it on a Keep It Simple Sunday feature which just so happens to also be Father’s Day this year. 

So if YOU woke up this morning and just realized that, THIS is the card to make right now and he’ll think you’re a star!

not your ordinary monochromatic colour scheme card

Monochromatic colour really just means using only one colour.  Now, I might be bending the rules just a teensy bit since I’m not 100% sure grey is a colour 😬. But today I’m calling it a colour and hoping you’ll go with me on it! 

Plus, it’s super perfect for a man card.  This other monochromatic card I featured a bit ago made by my friend Paula uses much the same colour palette but has a totally different vibe.

Creating a monochromatic colour scheme card is a simple as

  1. picking out a colour then
  2. matching it with a neutral

…and here I’ve got a neutral (Basic Grey) matched with a (you guessed it) neutral (Whisper White)!  

I really think grey is the new black, don’t you?  I love its stateliness without it being too stuffy.  Not as stark as black but still conservative and posh, with just a hint of devil-may-care!  

how about a monochromatic colour scheme card

I am super pumped Stampin’ Up! brought back the coloured designer series paper for…every – single – colour in every – single – colour – family!   At only 38 cents a sheet, these pack-a-punch papers are a must in your craft room!

And it fits wonderfully with my Pick It- Cut It – Use It Up! theme!  Do you have STACKS of patterned paper lying around, just waiting for the perfect, best, over-the-top idea to come along?  After all, you can’t really use it until it’s aged some right 😉?  Well I, as well as many other paper crafting folks, are on a quest to get you to pull it out and craft with it!  Use it up!  Get enjoyment from it!  That’s why you bought it in the first place.

(Don’t worry…I can certainly count myself among the hoarders (eek!😩)).  I’ll be sharing loads of upcoming ideas that are easy, fun and a great way to showcase the beautiful papers you have!

And you know what?  When you do Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up!, there’s more fabulous paper out there just like these super patterned selections in all the colour families!


Aren’t they so pretty together?  (And you don’t even see ALL the colours in the pack!) 

So why do I love them so much and think they deserve a spot in your supplies? 

  • Perfect colour coordination with every cardstock, ink and marker (to save you time in your card making)
  • Four ultra versatile patterns, two with bright white backgrounds and two tone-on-tone (for different effects based on your design)
  • Two each of 2 double-sided designs (so you don’t need to hoard it!)
  • Easy-to-use 6”x6” size (non-intimidating and SO much easier to cut into for some strange reason)
  • Instant design elements without fuss and muss (just cut, punch or crop and you’re good to go!)

Another must-have item in this catalogue?  The A Big Thank You stamp set.  It does come as a bundle, with an awesome die cut “thank you”, but it was really the sentiments and all the little extra “bits” that called my name.

monochromatic colour scheme card

Think of everything you could DO with all those flowers and decorative elements!

Here are just a few designs from the catalogue to show you what I mean.

monochromatic colour scheme card

So how about now I show you exactly how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card?


…you know in case you need to get busy working on your Father’s Day card!


  • Basic Grey cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 piece 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, 1 piece 1 5/8” x 3 1/8”
  • Whisper White – 1 piece 1 1/2” x 3”
  • Basic Grey designer series paper – 3 3/8” x 4 5/8”


  1. Adhere striped designer series paper to the medium-sized piece of Basic Grey cardstock with SNAIL, then use dimensionals to centre on the card.  (TIP1: for a piece this large, I put dimensionals on the middle of the card and middle of the sides as well.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Grey ink onto the upper portion of small Whisper White rectangle.  Stamp heart centred below it in Merry Merlot.
  3. Glue to the small piece of Basic Grey cardstock then adhere to bottom right of designer paper with dimensionals. (TIP2: Placing this off-centre adds more interest to your card.)

…and if you want to get fancy, decorate your envelope flap too.

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of envelope.  Lay piece of DSP on top and trim around flap edges with scissors. (TIP3: I used the leftover piece from my cut for the card front)

Now isn’t that FAST?


pack a punch with a monochromatic colour scheme card


Now it’s your turn to make a monochromatic colour scheme card.  Feel free to pick any ONE colour (make it your favourite!) and a neutral then share your ideas!

Here are the supplies I used which are absolute staples in my craft area.  I can promise you won’t go wrong with any of these in your own paper crafting toolkit.  Thanks for shopping with me!

dad will love a monochromatic colour scheme card


Did you get a one-colour-card made – in time for dad?  Which colour did you go with?  

I know I’ll be playing with my 6”x6” designer series papers in all the colour families a TON over the coming months!  With simple, elegant patterns to more fun and frisky, I’m sure I’ll have something to tickle your creative bone!

So make sure you check back to see what other designs, besides how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card, I come up with!


Fun Card Swaps from My Team Stamping Party

Fun Card Swaps from My Team Stamping Party

These fun card swaps from my team stamping party this month are just too fabulous NOT to share!  With glimmer and patterned papers, butterflies, flowers, gorgeous die cuts, embossing and pretty ribbon, there’s so much to see I can’t fit it into just one blog post!   Pssst…I’ve also got a special bonus for you when you read to the end 😉)

Every time we get together for our Kreative Kanucks team party, we have such awesome cards to go home with!  Everyone pulls out all the stops to craft a special card that gets OOOS and AAAHS, as well as “How’d you do THAT’s?”  We always start our party with our swap and it’s a highlight. 

 Why not become a Kreative Kanucks member so you can swap along with us? 

Let’s dive in to see what creations we swapped.

always the best fun card swaps from my team

Pretty nifty aren’t they?  How about we take a closer peek at the two front-runners, Cathie and Trudy’s lovely designs, both which have neat ideas for background effects.

always the best fun card swaps from my team

Trudy’s monochromatic birthday card has a couple cool techniques!  It’s made with the new Lovely Floral embossing folder (which, coincidentally, was the number ONE thing my customers purchased at my Open House!) and pulls in stamps from the also new Varied Vases set.

fun card swaps from my team

To achieve Trudy’s soft, almost chalk-like background she patted her Fresh Fig stamp pad on her embossing folder BEFORE inserting her Whisper White cardstock into the folder.  Then she ran it through the Big Shot.  To add a bit more colour on the centre of her flower, she used her Aqua Painter right on top of the embossed flower. 

Can you see how it really pulls out the pink in the Fresh Fig stamp pad?

Then she stamped her words and the little petals from the Varied Vases set onto the bottom of another piece of Whisper White, quickly sprinkled them with clear embossing powder and heat set them.

aren't these the best fun card swaps from my team

Cathie is ALL about the bling so she used her retired Butterflies thinlits with the Magical Day glimmer paper. Set against the bold black, they really POP!  

fun card swaps from my team stamping party

Her gorgeous strip of coloured glossy paper is made with a Drips’n Drops reinker technique we played with at a recent class.  I think it’s the perfect backdrop and takes her card to WOW immediately!  (This technique is surprisingly easy and SO quick, you can whip up tons of backgrounds in just a few minutes – yes really!  Check out my post and video to see for yourself.)

So now you’ve got a couple ideas to keep you busy playing, how about I ask you a few questions? 

  1. Is your shopping list from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue more than $165?
  2. Would you love to get together with stamping friends and share – and get –  ideas like these?
  3. Do you think you’d enjoy a 20% off discount for all your Stampin’ Up! supplies?

If YES is your answer, let’s chat!  Email me and I’ll give you a shout right away!  You can be up and be making fun card swaps from my team stamping party in no time!

But I promised you a bonus didn’t I…take a look at these!

fun card swaps from my team stamping party

At every Kreative Kanucks team party, I issue an individual challenge!  Anyone can participate and if they choose to, they get a baggie of goodies to get creative with.  Then their imagination and the sky’s the limit! 

All she has to do is use each of the goodies on an original design then bring it back to the next meeting for a chance at a prize.  And what’s even better?  The group selects the winning entry!  (I only get involved if we have a tie – THAT’s some pressure, let me tell you!)

Here you can see three totally unique options made with the exact SAME supplies: some Magical Day DSP and Glimmer paper, a length of Smoky Slate gingham ribbon and a Petal Passion embellishment. 

Which one do YOU think was the winner?

fun card swaps from my team stamping party

Trudy’s magical celebration card? (Did you notice how she matched the Sparkle embossing folder to her flower embellishment?)

fun card swaps from my team

Paula’s fun fold Remember card with her knight in shining armour? (She fussy cut both the knight AND his castle for the front of her card).

aren't these the best fun card swaps from my team

Cathie’s cute birthday gift card holder with Merlin the magician conjuring up a spell?  (Check out the glitzy liner for her gift card – how decadent is that?)

And the winner wuz…trumpet fanfare as befitting the knights of the round table please …

🎺Da, Da, Da, duh, DAAAAAHHHH!🎺

Paula’s feisty and fearless knight!  Way to go Paula!  Let’s take a little closer look!

aren't these the best fun card swaps from my team

aren't these the best fun card swaps from my team

You know, the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator community is just fantastic.  When I joined over 16 years ago, I only wanted to get a discount on the awesome stamps and supplies.  (And I’ve certainly had my fair share of deals 😜 over the years!)  But I never dreamed the biggest bonus was the friendships I would make along the way.  Friendships built on sharing what we love and crafting together.

If you live in Canada and would like to be part of this talented and fun group of gals come on in and join my team now  Our team is just dying to craft with you too!

And don’t forget, I couldn’t squeeze everything into this blog post for the rest of the projects shared at our June get together.  So make sure you keep your eyes glued here in the coming weeks for more posts featuring beautiful and fun card swap from my team stamping party!


Make a Teacher Gift They Won’t Throw Out!

Make a Teacher Gift They Won’t Throw Out!

Why not make a teacher gift they won’t throw out this year?  Yeah, it’s sad but true.  Teachers love getting thank you’s from their “I’m-ready-for-summer-running-out-the-door-thanks-Mr.B-see-you-next-year” gang, but they can only keep so many of them from one year to the next. 

So rather than have your little one’s gift hit the “re-gift” pile, let’s make them something they’ll use all year long with my FREE pdf and photo tutorial!

make a teacher gift they won't throw out

Now isn’t that the sweetest little face you ever did see?  But his little mug isn’t what I want you to notice!  It’s the stamped frame around his cute little mug!  Look again.

make a teacher gift they won't throw out


Aha!  Something you can put together in minutes with a dollar store frame, your Thick Whisper White, your stamp pads and the Painted Harvest set.  (And if you want to get fancy, which is totally optional, a couple word die cuts!)

But you’re right. Not every teacher has an affection for man’s best friend (which frankly I can’t understand!).  But if that’s the case, how about this one?

Un huh…no little tykes running around?  Then maybe this one?

Maybe they tied the knot recently?  Or one of their kidlits did?  Perhaps, they have a new grandchild like this mischievous little gaffer?

make a teacher gift they won't throw out

I think you get the picture (absolutely no pun intended – well at least not the first time it popped into my head! 🤣)  

Your little Sally or Bob spent a full year with the same teacher right? So you probably have some ideas of how you can create a keepsake frame for them that will be meaningful for their life.  Just go with what you know!  Then when you pair a super versatile stamp set like Painted Harvest with a mix of different colours (I give you all four of my faves below), you’ll have a one-of-a-kind treasure they will love!

Your project will take only an hour or so to create with my step-by-step instructions and photos.  Click the button to get it now.

So what’s so special about the Painted Harvest set and why did I use it?  

  1. Although the flower is intended to be a sunflower, you can make practically ANY colour of flower and it looks great (even poinsettias!)
  2. It’s a two-step stamp so it delivers lots of colour quickly so your project is fun and fast.
  3. Precise placement isn’t a MUST with these stamps so even new stampers and little fingers can have fun stamping the frame too – and have it turn out fab-U-lous!
  4. You get a variety of leaf stamps so if you’re not sure about the fern-looking one I used, switch it out.
  5. The set includes gratitude sentiment so you can include that as your greeting right on the frame if you wish!

Each of the frames I’ve created uses a different colour palette.  Let me tell you what each one is so you can root around in your stash and pull out the same colours.  And if you need any of these supplies – and live in Canada – simply click on the image to shop In my 24-7 paper crafting store to have it delivered straight to your door.

make a teacher gift they won't throw out

make a teacher gift they won't throw out

Did you get your FREE pdf yet?  School’s almost done for this year.  So just click here and start crafting today!  You only need a little bit of time to make these awesome frames!

These are just a few ideas to get you started.  I know you’ll come up with super themes personal to your child’s teacher.

And no matter which colours – or theme – you choose, you will have fabulous results.  Not only will they appreciate the time you took to make a teacher gift they won’t throw out, they’ll want your child back next year to see what other appreciation gifts you come up with!

Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

I absolutely love my Blends for colouring all kinds of images – but I thought you might especially want to see my video tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers.  After all, not all rubber stamped images have lots of coverage like this wine-inspired one right?

And if you think some of your itsy bitsy stamps are WAAY too small to colour with either of the ends of the Stampin Blends, just wait!  Run and grab’em now because you’ll want to test these out lickety-split once you see my pointers. 

But how about if we see our project first?  It’s another fun one made with the Animal Outing stamp set.  Three words for this stamp set…awesome, awesome, awesome!  (OK, I know that’s technically only ONE word, but I think you get the picture! 😜)


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


 Cute right?  Did you see how small that branch is?  Let’s take a closer peek so you can really see just how small I mean when I say “small”!


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Pretty darn teeny!  But don’t worry, I’ve got 8 quick and easy tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers to share with you right now.  Let’s take a gander…

If you’ve got all the colours of Blends so far (or maybe just a few), I wonder if you’ve been pretty much focussing on the brush tip for colouring?  I know I was.  After all, I’m usually in an all-fired hurry to get my card done (because I’m late – again!)  So my bullet tips hadn’t really seen the light of day.  

But that’s really not helping YOU – or me – get the best bang for our buck from our stamping supplies is it?  So I played around a bit and now I think you have TONS more options of stamped images to give a try with your alcohol markers.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Do think you’ve got anything SMALLER than that branch in your stash of stamping supplies?  I challenge you to stampede on down to your craft area and get busy to test out my tips! 

You could even make this exact card if you want.  Here’s everything I used.  Just click on the image to get yours delivered right to your door.  I do appreciate you shopping with me!

As a newly converted alcohol based marker junkie myself, I know you might be shying away from a-NUH-ther new tool!

So if you’re on the fence about alcohol markers, take a look at this post where I shared my favourite things about them.  Or you might also like this one, where I give you my top ten tips for using the Stampin’ Blends.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers

Once I made the plunge, I can now say “I do LUV me my Blends”.  In fact, I can hardly wait until the new colours from the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue are up for order!  Only a couple days now though.  Well, at least I think so. 

Stampin’ Up! has said they’ll be available mid-June, and in my mind, that’s the 15th, so I suspect ANY day now, we’ll get the go-ahead. Then there’ll be no holding me back! 

And once I get those baby’s in my hot little hands, I’ll be experimenting and playing.  And who knows?  I might even come up with more tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers I can share with you!


Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

It’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to need simple handmade thank you cards for teachers! So I thought…”that’s-a-down-right-close-to-perfect” idea for a Keep It Simple Sunday project.  So I got down to business with the fabulous set from my next Stampin’ Bingo, Animal Outing.

If you’ve never attended a bingo before, you’re in for a treat!  Not only do you get THIS darling stamp set…

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

…you ALSO get 9 games of BINGO with your besties, a welcome gift, a yummy dessert, make’n take projects and a chance at a grand prize! Sign up today for a fun night out!

There’s absolutely NUTHIN’ I don’t LOVE about this set (and yes, Mrs Fawcett my Grade Ten high school English teacher, wouldn’t be very happy about that double negative sentence! 😬) 

The cute animals, the funky and fun greeting font, the wonderful mix of sentiments…I had a hard time deciding what to stamp first!

But decide I did… and here it is.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

You have to admit, our wrinkly rhino is gosh-darn super sweet!  And what’s even sweeter?  How easy it was to colour him (not sure why he’s a “him”, but he just IS!)

Take a closer peek at the watercolouring then I’ll give you my sneaky little tip so you can make a batch of these simple handmade thank you cards for teachers in a snap!  

who needs simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you figure out what ink I used?  Tuxedo Black Memento.  

Wait, what?  For watercolouring?  

Well. not normally it’s true.  But here it’s HANDS DOWN the BEST choice. 

Why?  Because rhinoceros-sus are grey!

Here’s the scoop.  Since your Tuxedo Black Memento pad is dye-based and not permanent, as soon as you add water, the colour runs.  And here it ran right into a fully coloured rhino!  Perfection!

Make Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers


  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4” x 4 3/4”
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Black cord – a piece about 7” long


  1. Stamp rhino and sentiment onto watercolour paper in Memento ink.
  2. Use aqua painter with clear water to colour INSIDE the rhino.  (TIP1: just touch the tip of the aqua painter to the inside edge of the image to get the colour to flow then work into the middle of the image.  TIP2: Make sure you don’t add too much water. Less is more and you can always drop in a couple more drops anytime.  TIP3:  Leave some areas darker for realistic shading.)
  3. While ink is wet, scribble a little bit of Flirty Flamingo marker onto an acrylic block and just tap into his cheek area.
  4. Let dry naturally.  (TIP4:  Use your heat tool to dry more quickly – and set the rest of the Memento ink.)
  5. Scribble marker colours onto an acrylic block and pick up with aqua painter for the grass and bird (Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody)
  6. Glue all pieces to the front of the card.
  7. Tie bow in cord using my easy video and adhere with a glue dot.

This brand new cord is great.  It’s quite stiff so you can tie it like we did just now, wrap it around your cardstock (TIP5: use a strong adhesive to hold it in place) or look how cool it is when it unravels!

What’s Next?

So now you’ve got the deets, you just need this fab new set!  You can get it one of two ways!  

  1. Sign up for my Stampin’ BINGO in Central Alberta on June 21st or
  2. Order it today (with all the other supplies too) for quick delivery directly to your home!

Here’s one final gander at this ultra adorable rhino.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you sign up for the Bingo?  You’ve only got until Tuesday!  Get in on the fun now!

Whatever you decide to make with the cute Animal Outing stamp set, it’s going to get rave reviews from kids and adults alike.  And, I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure your simple handmade thank you cards for teachers will get you an ‘A+’ and move you to the top of any class, even Mrs Fawcett’s!


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