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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.

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!

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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😉!




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!


The Stamparatus: Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available | VIDEO

The Stamparatus: Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available | VIDEO

It’s time for my third video on the Stamparatus: why I have the best stamp positioner available!  If you haven’t heard about the Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus by now, I kid you not, it will change the way you stamp!  It’s available to order again on June 1st and I predict it’s going to be high on your list of must-haves! 

Here’s the card I show you exactly how I made in minutes with perfect alignment.

why I have the best stamp positioner available

You might remember I’ve been planning all along for a four-part video series, and this one makes number three.  But I just might need to stretch it out as I’m finding new ways to play with this awesome tool.  Keep checking back to see them here.   

But what’s up for today? I’m going to show you how you can get perfectly spaced, perfectly placed, alignment with multiple image stamping.  It’s completely different from my first video showing you how to get an exact placement with your two step stamps.  Didn’t see it?  Check it out here.

And in case you think it’s going to be much the same as my last video for creating multiple stamped images quickly and easily, think again!  This video showcases something no other stamp positioner can do – hinged step stamping.  But enough “talking”.  Let’s take a peek.

The Stamparatus: Why I have the Best Stamp Positioner Available

Now I realize that’s a pretty assertive statement.  After all, there are a few darn good stamp positioners out there and you might even have one yourself (like me😙).  But as I shared here there is currently NONE that will do alll THIS!

  • Hinged plates to repeat images down or across quickly and easily – if you skipped over the video, head back up and take a peek – this feature is so COOL and you’ll save tons of paper from thrown out mis-stamped images
  • Two reversible stamping plates (so FOUR sides to affix stamps on to build up your image) – just think how quickly you’ll be able to put together a two and three-step card with all kinds of images!
  • Removable plates (2) rather than just a permanently attached one – so you can use only one, or two together and they come out for storage so there’s no danger of damaging them
  • Etched grid marks on each plate – that makes it so easy to line up your stamps
  • Strong magnetic base with 1/4” grid marks to get perfect placement in a snap
  • Separate foam insert to cushion your photopolymer stamps so they stamp great
  • Two of four edges open to fit larger papers to stamp on – if you like larger sheets for scrapbooking like 12” x 12” or 4 1/4” x 11” cards, they fit out the bottom or side edge!
  • Rulers on two edges for quick measuring – so you know exactly where your cardstock and image placement is
  • Two bar magnets – that store out of the way when not in use – heavy duty for all your needs – and you don’t need to use them all the time either, just like in today’s video

why I have the best stamp positioner available

How about a couple other ideas?

As I showed in the video, I played around with a few more ideas using the Wood Words stamp set since they’re super to create repetitive images, not to mention fun.  Here they are for a closer peek.


why I have the best stamp positioner available


I stamped all the yellow stars first by moving my hinge down TWO hinges.  Then I cleaned the stamp off and inked it with Memento ink and stamped in between.  Perfect alignment!


why I have the best stamp positioner available


This time I positioned the heart on its side and hinge-step stamped it five times.  This way I could make a landscape-style card.

You can order the Stamparatus on June 1st!  And in the meantime, check out your stamps that will work for hinge-step stamping so you’re ready to get busy when you get yours. 

All the supplies I used to create these simple, effective designs are right here.  And when you order online with me, you get a special bonus I mail out.  This month, it’ a Silicone Craft Sheet absolutely FREE with an $85 order when you use this hostess code: MEF3FA79. 

Who doesn’t LOVE FREE?

why I have the best stamp positioner available

I’m having a ton of fun playing with my Stamparatus and learning about how YOU”LL be able to get the most out of it.  Here is another idea-provoking thought you might like.

Keep your eyes peeled here for my next video featuring the Stamparatus.  It’s coming soon!

We’ll be playing with this awesome tool in my Open House next week.  Then you’ll see exactly why I have the best stamp positioner available – and that’s not just blowing smoke up your skirt!  




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