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Simple Varied Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card

Simple Varied Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card

A simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card is on tap for my Keep It Simple Sunday feature today.  I never get tired of classic navy and white – how about you?  And what’s not to like about a cute dazzling diamonds tulip with vivid green leaves?

I knew I was going to like this Varied Vases bundle, but I didn’t realize HOW much I was going to like it until I started playing!  I was surprised at just how fabulous it is for a BUNCH of different techniques! In fact, I played so much, I HAD to build a class around it!

But let’s take a peek at just ONE of the designs I fell in love with!

I wasn’t too sure about the new Granny Apple Green.  At first, I thought it was going to be too much like Lemon-Lime Twist.  But I have to say, it’s got its own unique personality.  It’s a deeper green colour, what you might call, spring green without the yellow undertones of the Twist.

But when I see it paired with these traditional neutrals I can’t get enough of it! What’s the moral of this little experience? Don’t look at colours by themselves and make a snap judgement. Sometimes it’s how they combine with other colours that make them unforgettable!

Here’s a closer view.

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card

It’s a bit hard to tell in this pic but I’ve jazzed up the card just a tad with a sparkly tulip flower.

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card

Fun huh?  The sweet 1-3/8″ scallop circle punch adds a darling backdrop for our focal point flower and really pairs well with the gingham ribbon.

My punches are definitely my go-to for cards I can whip up in minutes.  This other simple design made with paper scraps and the retired Tree Builder punch is a perfect example of sweet, fast, fun and gorgeous.


So let’s make a simple Vivid Vases Stampin Up Thank You Card


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″,another piece at least 2″ square and your final one 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 3/8″” x 4 1/18″, a piece 5/8″ x 2″, scraps piece
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 5 1/4″ x 4″, scrap about 1 1/2″ square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper – scrap piece
  • Night of Navy 1/2″ gingham ribbon – a piece about 6″ long

Simple Varied Vases STampin Up Thank You Card


  1. Punch the following: a Night of Navy scalloped circle with the 1 3/8″ punch; a 1 1/2″ plain Whisper White circle and tulip from scrap of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
  2. Use Granny Apple Green scrap to punch three leaves with the Vases Builder punch. Trim one so it’s about 5/8″ long.  (TIP1: trim it into a point so you have a “leafy” looking piece, just shorter than the one the punch makes.)
  3. Glue scalloped circle onto middle of white circle then arrange and glue three leaves onto front.
  4. Use mini dimensional to affix tulip as shown.
  5. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of Night of Navy cardstock and adhere with a glue dot.  Adhere to Granny Apple Green panel, then to the front of the folded card.
  6. Stamp thanks onto the strip of Whisper White with Night of Navy ink and trim each end into a banner.
  7. Use a dimensional to adhere to centre of Granny Apple Green strip.  Trim each end into a banner and glue above circle.

How quick and EASY is that simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card?

Suffice to say, this bundle has quickly zoomed to the TOP of my favourites list in the new catalogue (and that’s saying somethin’ when my Wish List is as long as my arm!).

And I know you’ll love it too.  So much so you’re going to need to add it to your supplies immediately!  And why not take my class and get the stamp set and four original and FAB designs to get you started creating?  And if you want, add in the punch to make a complete card creating package!

Then with the supplies for this simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card, you’ll have five different cards made before you know it!  Simply click on the image below to order your goodies in my 24-7 online store.


Cardmaking with bundles is one of the easiest ways to get your creative fix on!  Why not come check out my class to see how versatile your own paper crafting can be with some simple tricks, and fantastic design?

Then once you’ve got those tricks, the sky’s the limit!  And making this simple Varied Vases Stampin Up thank you card is a fast and fun way to share your creations with your friends and family.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

My friend Pat made Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards and shared them with me.  And it’s so pretty I knew you’d want to see it too.  She’s got all kinds of fun things going on with this card. 

  • dry AND heat embossing
  • a fun fold
  • a peek through opening
  • punches
  • framelits
  • Wink of Stella and
  • three-step stamping! 

Whew!  And they work together wonderfully.  See for yourself!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Isn’t it lovely?  Her colour combination is Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, with Pear Pizzazz for her tulip stems.  

Now although you may have seen a card like this before, what makes Pat’s so special is that front panel cutout to turn this into a peek through card!  She fully embossed her front panel with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder (which is available to purchase June 1st!).  The dynamic textured embossing folders are ONE-derful!  Such deep impressions you don’t really need any more embellishment to WOW up a card! 

Then she used the second largest layering oval to cut out the peek through with her Big Shot.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

You might think Pat stamped the stems many times.  Nope.  That’s one stamp with spots for 11 different blooms.  Makes your bouquet SUPER easy!  

Now you might be thinking “I don’t need a-NU-ther flower set”.  But take a look at these gorgeous greetings!

beautiful bouquet stampin up fun fold cards

With 37 photopolymer stamps in the full set, there are 15(!) oh-so pretty sentiments and 22 pieces for creating gorgeous bouquets for only $33. So even if you NEVER use ONE flower, you get lovely script sayings you can mix and match for only just over $2 a stamp!

What’s even better?  You can save 10% with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and get 21 framleits (Pat’s sweet little bow is one of them)…but only until May 31st!  Here’s the whole kit’n caboodle!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The even MORE fabulous news? This set and framelits aren’t going anywhere – they’re sticking around for the new catalogue!  But you don’t want to miss out on the bundled savings.  (Ya know IF you decide the flowers are too pretty to pass up and you don’t want to fussy cut!😉)

Let’s take a closer look at Pat’s Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards.  Have you figured out where the fun fold is?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

It’s the fun little card inside the card!  Take a gander at this shot, which shows it off much better.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The tulip bouquet card opens from the left for you to add your greeting and a handwritten message. And even with the smaller inside card, it stands up wonderfully.  

Make Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Here are the measurements to make a card just like Pat’s.

  • Night of Navy – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick – 5” x 7”, scored at 3 1/2”

Fold and glue the inside “card” in the centre of the navy card.  Perfect placement to showcase a lovely bouquet.

What are some of the extra special touches Pat’s included in her design?

  • one of the banners from the Suet Banner punch used upside down to frame the oval cutout and popped up with Stampin’ dimensionals 
  • a navy embossed greeting (check out my video to see how to do this!)
  • Wink of Stella whisked over the cute navy bow on the bouquet and glueing the bow where you can see it through the peek through oval
  • two-step stamping for the tulips to create dimension and realism

You know, it never fails – unfortunately.  I have one or two customers who fall in love with a stamp set and see there’s a coordinating framelit – AFTER the bundle is retired and they miss out on the 10% savings☹️.  So get in on this one and save $7.50 before it’s gone for good in a week! 

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Like the little surprise of the fun fold in Pat’s card?  Then this other bright and cheerful birthday card might be a fun way to send your wishes.  Or this unique twist fold one for the guys (with a video tutorial) could be up your alley too.

Pat will be the first one to tell you her favourite stamp sets are flowers.  Big ones, small ones, solid images or detailed, she’s like a magpie with a pretty set of flowers.  So this bundle was one she couldn’t pass up.  And I think you can see why.  Her Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards are gorgeous – and so easy to make yourself!


Make a Brush Lettered Mothers Day Card | VIDEO

Make a Brush Lettered Mothers Day Card | VIDEO

You still have time to make a brush lettered Mothers Day card!

WOW your mom with your own hand lettering using Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Write markers and my simple online tutorial.  Flexible enough for beautiful script lettering, and firm enough for beginners, I recommend the Stampin’ Writes for starter letterers.  Pull out yours today!

Let’s take a peek at a pretty card perfect for mom!

make a brush lettered mothers day card

Don’t you just love navy and yellow together? When you use your designer series paper (this one is Daisy Delight, THE most popular from the 2017-18 annual catalogue and now retired 🙁) it is SO easy to match your lettering to your design.

So my colours are Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz against crisp Whisper White.  So classy, fresh and fun – just like Mom!

Let me show you my video where I make a brush lettered Mothers Day card in less than two minutes!


Learn to letter like this yourself with my online video tutorial.  And before you say, “I can’t do that”…YES you absolutely can!  See what others are saying!  


I’ve shadowed the letters for my card today with the narrow end of my Night of Navy Stampin Write marker, but you don’t have to and it will be done even sooner. Here’s another, with simpler lettering you will start with, equally as pretty for Mom that doesn’t have any shading or flourishes.

I’m excited for you to start to learn to letter with this trendy style right NOW! Let’s dive in!


make a brush lettered mothers day card


Your card goes together ultra quick with a simple design like this. Here’s how to put together the flower embellisment.

  • One Daisy punch, punched three times, layered and glued off-centre on top of each other
  • One Leaf punch, punched three times, glued in behind your flower to peek out
  • A gold faceted gem to create a sparkly stamen
  • Adhere to your card with one dimensional and…

Voila! a beautiful card to celebrate a special lady.

Everything you need is right here to make your own card.  I suspect you might even have it all in your stash of goodies.  Go get it and let’s get lettering together!

make a brush lettered mothers day card


Why not give it a try?  Pull out those Stampin’ Write markers and create your own hand lettered design!

Once you start, and with a little practice, not only will you be able to brush letter a Mothers Day card – ANY greeting, ALL occasions and ANY sentiment is now at your fingertips!



Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

With Mother’s Day just around the corner let’s make an easy handmade watercolour flowers card for mom this year.  This is one you can whip up in just a few minutes and pop in the mail.  

Know what?  This is also a card I repurposed (eek!) from my Retiring Stamp Buffet last weekend.  Last Sunday it was cleverly disguised as a birthday card, and now with Mother’s Day looming, I thought it might be perfect to help celebrate her!  See if your ma would think it’s pretty special…

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

Now, colouring addicts, alert!  As with any watercoloured image, you CAN take forever to get your lights and darks absolutely precise and perfect!  To get that oh so subtle mix of pinks for delicate shading.  To achieve that not-quite-there colour for only a hint of shadow.

But hey!  You can also churn these out like pancakes!  And with our special day only one week today, we’re probably talking FAST over FINICKY… (but still with gosh darn lovely results which is what my Keep It Simple Sunday is ALL about).

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

OK before we get going, I want to show you how I create a pool of colour in my stamp pad for easy watercolouring.

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

Use one (or both) hands to hold stamp pad and press with your thumb into middle of closed lid.

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

Open stamp pad and lay flat.

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

Pick up ink with Aqua Painter and paint your image.

You can do this anytime to get watercolour ink in all Stampin Up’s colours.  

Let’s make an easy handmade watercolour flowers card 


  • Sweet Sugarplum cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Always Artichoke cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Patterned paper (from the Eastern Palace specialty set) – 3 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 3” x 5”


  1. Stamp large flower in Basic Black Archival ink onto top middle of watercolour paper (see my tips here for best stamping results)
  2. Stamp greeting onto bottom of watercolour paper in Basic Black Archival ink
  3. Pick up Pink Pirouette ink from pool of ink on lid of stamp pad with Aqua Painter and create wash over all flowers
  4. Dab Aqua Painter into Sweet Sugarplum ink to add colour along detail marks (black lines on the stamped image) and edges of petals
  5. Pick up small amount of Rose Red ink with Aqua Painter and dab lightly into middle of flowers and along detail marks as well
  6. Clean Aqua Painter and pick up Always Artichoke ink and add a light wash of green onto all leaves
  7. Dry off Aqua Painter and pick up more Always Artichoke and run along veins of leavesLet dry then glue to pice of designer series paper and then to Always Artichoke.
  8. Add dimensionals to adhere to front of folded card
  9. Stick Clear Epoxy shapes randomly onto card.


make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

So now, it’s your turn to get creative with your Aqua Painter and ink pads and paint up an easy handmade watercolour flowers card for your mom.   Here is everything I used.  Just click on the image to take you to my online store.  I really appreciate your shopping with me!

make mom an Easy Handmade Watercolour Flowers Card

If you love the look of watercolour, here’s a couple more ideas you might like.  One created with watercolour pencils and Wink of Stella and one showing how quick it is to make watercolour backgrounds.

Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate a special lady.  While our lives may be busy, you DO have enough time to create a beautifully detailed card to say you love her.

A detailed stamp, some watercolour paper and your ink pads and you’re ready to make an easy handmade watercolour flowers card with time to spare!


Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade By You

Send a Mothers Day Greeting Card Handmade By You

This year, send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you.  So many of us live far away from our moms and what better way to celebrate her special day than with a beautiful spring garden of flowers card?  

The Blooms & Wishes stamp set was my top pick as I was planning this card.  It has a lovely mix of flower sizes and shapes, with the most gorgeous cursive font for greetings.

And what mom wouldn’t absolutely LOVE to see this card, and envelope, in her mailbox?

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Does it make you feel like you’re looking through a pretty flower trellis or a garden window?  Even though the Blooms & Wishes are all solid stamp images, with soft subtles colours and textured watercolour paper, they can be delicate too. 

I chose watercolour paper so I could get some variation in colour.  Since this paper has an uneven , sorta bumpy surface, your stamps will seem to “hit and miss” in some places.  

Some tips for stamping solid images onto watercolour paper?

  • stamp with a Stampin’ Pierce mat under your card panel to get good coverage, especially as this is a photopolymer stamp set
  • apply firm, even pressure as you are stamping
  • do not “rock” the stamp from side to side
  • once you place your stamp onto your paper, let it sit for a few seconds.  You will see the ink “flow” into all the areas of the stamp.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

I’ve used four different colours from the Subtles colour family and the “stamping off” technique to achieve different intensity of colour around the edge of my card panel.

Don’t know what “stamping off” is?  This happens when you ink up your stamp with your chosen colour and stamp it completely onto a piece of scrap paper (I use my grid paper) first.  Then, without inking it up again, stamp it where you want on your card panel. You will see a lighter impression, but still with lots of colour.  

This might also be referred to as “second impression” stamping since you are stamping the first impression onto the grid paper and the second one onto your card.

To instantly create depth, I’ve used a mix of first, second and third impression stamping here.  See if you can tell which ones are which.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Another trick to creating a balanced and beautiful card?  Stamp off the edges like I’ve done here.  Every single stamp goes off the edge of my card.  It actually makes the card front seem a bit bigger than it is.  

That ribbon embellishment is super easy to make.

  1. fI irst attached the leaf from the Petal Passion embellishments with a glue dot to the left of my words.
  2. I put a mini dimensional on top (if I were to do this again, I might leave the dimensional off and try just a glue dot)
  3. Then I folded about a 6″ piece of the Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon over top of another glue dot so it would stay folded in place.
  4. I attached this onto the mini dimensional.
  5. Lastly I put the metal flower embellishment onto a third glue dot and put it onto my ribbon.

Want another lovely detail to send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you?  Mirror the card front on the inside!  Look how pretty it is.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

The hardest part to using colourful images to build up your “picture”?  Making sure you don’t stamp the green leaf into the pink stamp pad (ask me how I know this!🤓)  Try not to get stamping so quickly you’re not looking at your stamp pad!

To create a pretty card just like this for mom, the stamp set is key.  You need one with solid images.  You also need one with varied sizes of images.  The Blooms & Wishes scores top marks in both categories. 

If you need to pick it up to add to your collection, I would really appreciate for you to order it from me.  Your orders help keep me doing what I love, which is bring lovely ideas like this one to you.  Thank you.

mothers day greeting card handmade by you

Do you need another Mom’s Day card idea that’s totally different?  How about this embossed one I showed you last year?  

And if you think that ribbon effect is nifty, you might like this thank you one also showcasing another beautiful flower embellishment.

Mom’s special day is really just around the corner.  And if, like me, you need to get your greeting into the mail, I have to start early to design something extra pretty. 

Give the tips above a try and create a garden of flowers in pretty spring colours.  Then send a Mothers Day greeting card handmade by you this year she will absolutely adore.


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