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Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Cardmaking

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Cardmaking

My friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demo Anita rose to the challenge with the limited edition Colour Your Season bundle layered card making style.  Only available for another few days, make sure you don’t miss out on it!

Anita pulled out all the stops to make her gorgeous card to share with the rest of my Kreative Kanucks team at our last stamp party.  

And not just to share.  To compete! One of the fun things our team does every time we get together is a creative challenge.  At a minimum, everyone gets from me:

  • A piece of 6x6 designer series paper
  • An embellishment of some kind
  • Other coordinating paper or ribbons

She then takes her goodies home and the sky’s the limit on what she designs.  Then at the next party, everyone votes on their favourite project and the designer wins a prize. 

Anita won the day this time with her fab Colour Your Season bundle layered card making.

over the top colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Isn’t it lovely?  Lots of pretty colour and there’s the Coloured Season bundle again!  This is one beautiful stamp set and dies.  Not to mention over-the-top versatile.  So far,  you’ve seen it for:

And Anita’s card can easily bridge the seasons, working for both summer and fall with the Crushed Curry, golds and green.

Take another peek at the beautiful leaves and holly stamps this set includes.  Plus lots of greetings for so many occasions.

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Card Making

Colour Your Season Bundle Layered Card Making

totally gorgeous colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Can you see how many layers there are?  SIX, if you count the card base itself.  What are they?

  1. A thick Whisper White card
  2. Garden Impressions designer paper
  3. A doily peeking through her stitched label window
  4. An embossed panel in Crushed Curry highlighting her greeting through the window
  5. Die cut leaves in old Olive, Lemon-Lime Twist and gold foil placed behind her flowers, and
  6. The flower trio, beautifully coloured with her watercolour pencils and fussy cut (YES, cut out with her scissors – by hand!)

Top it all off with two different embellishments…the Share What You Love Artisan pearls and the Grapefruit Grove faceted dots…and it’s a masterpiece.

Layered card making adds tons of personality and OOMPH to your designs. 

I know we all love the speed of simple, five-minute cards right?  But every once in a while it’s fun to pull out all the stops like Anita and design with coordinated papers, dies, stamps and inks.  And why wouldn’t you when you can create original designs like this.

colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

So here’s a fun challenge for you.  Let’s see how many layers you can come up with for your next card making session?  Four, five, six (like Anita) or maybe more😁? 

Or if you want to recreate one just like hers, here’s everything you need.  Simply click on the image to place your order now.  

colour your season bundle layered cardmaking

Love layers and want a few more ideas? 

What about this one with laser-cut paper or maybe this cute raccoon one strikes your fancy.

Next time you need an over-the-top WOW card, think about this Colour Your Season bundle layered card making from Anita – and have fun crafting!

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

It’s video day – how to nest framelits with your Big Shot in less than ten minutes.  That’s how long it will take to view it – and make a gosh darn super cute card you could give to anyone.

But a warning.  We’re going minimalist today.  If you love bits and baubles, glitter and glam, ribbons and bows, you might go into shock!  (I did when I realized I didn’t have one itty bitty Stampin’ Dimensional on this card anywhere. Nada!😲)  And just wait until you see just how little paper we’re using!  

I’ve turned to my trusty Layering Squares framelits for this cheery peek through greeting.  But you could easily use any other nested framelit shapes once you see how easy it is! 

Let’s take a peek.


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

I love, love, love this stamp set.   I think it should have been called “Versatile” Varied Vases.  There’s so much you can do with it!  

Now I didn’t pull out the Vase Builder punch today like I did with this simple thank you. And in this adorable one, I combined the punch, the stamp and an embossing folder.  And just the other day, this sweet watercolour one was calling my name. 

But no matter what YOUR paper crafting style is, this bundle is one super duper way to get crafting – and producing – quickly.

Now before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going to want to pull out so you can make it along with me.


Or if you’d rather a leisurely view, grab your popcorn and let’s get to it!


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

Did you get the – almost non-existent 😋 – measurements?

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scrap about 2” x 3”
  • Basic Black – 2 1/2” x 5”

And yes, that’s it!  

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot


Is your mind whirling?  Got all kinds of ideas clamouring to get out onto card stock?  

Why not shoot me an email or leave me a comment with your design ideas?  I’d love to hear – and see – your creations on how to nest framelits with YOUR Big Shot on your next card.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Only available August 1-31st – limited edition Stampin Up Color Your Season bundle! 

And you’re going to want to get your ordering fingers ready first thing on August 1st since the last time we had a limited edition, it sold out lickety split – like in 4-5 days!  Let’s take a peek at the very first card I made with it.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

How about those stitched lines?  Inside and OUTSIDE the cut-out!  (more details below)  I think they add so much to the overall card not a lot of embellishment is necessary.

I made this card as a congratulations for Jennifer, who celebrated a one year anniversary as a Kreative Kanuck.  (For those who don’t know, that’s the name of my team with Stampin’ Up!  Everyone who joins my team immediately becomes a KK and gets to have fun at our regular team stamping parties like the one we had this weekend!  Here’s another totally different celebration card from last year.)

But let’s get back to the card.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

The large label is a cutout for the entire front of the card and the smaller label is attached to the inside, centred within it.  I’ve got my top tips a bit further down so you can see what I learned as I was designing.

The flowers (well, to be honest, everything really 😄) in this set are just beautiful.  And while I used the Stampin’ Blends to colour mine, there’s an exclusive set of watercolour pencils for quick and easy on-the-go creations too. 

Let’s take a look at everything available with this time-limited Color Your Season bundle.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle


Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

To see four more gorgeous samples and to get your own full-size pdf with all the deets, just click here.  


What you need to know about this bundle  (ie. what I like best about it)

  1. Well, first of all, you get to save 10% when you order the stamp set and framelits together – and who doesn’t LOVE a saving like that?
  2. The framelits are TO DIE FOR (no pun intended!).  With stitching on both the inside and the outside of the three label dies, you cut your design time in half.  How?  When you cut out the label shape, you get a second card’s opening at the same time!  (TIP: I saved the Old Olive label on my card for another card I made to help celebrate another team member’s 12th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  I’ll share that one with you later.)
  3. But there are other detailed dies included too.  An awesome leaf, flower with a matching leaf, some swirls, a pretty bow and a framelit for the cute bell (perfect for Christmas and weddings!)
  4. This bundle covers all occasion and all seasons.  Spring, summer, fall and Christmas are included so this will become your new go-to set.
  5. The sentiments are perfect for many occasions: thank you’s, best wishes, Christmas, friendship, congrats.  So I know you’ll use the bundle over and over again.

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

Let me give you some TIPS about my congratulations card.

  • Choose a cardstock colour you can coordinate with a lighter colour to draw attention to your main card.  (My card is Old Olive and the smaller label is Pear Pizzazz.
  • Ink your stamp with Memento ink (as I coloured with the Stampin’ Blends) and stamp on Shimmery White cardstock.  Let it dry just a few minutes before starting.
  • Select your light and dark blends for a subtle mixing and blending.  (I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive duos with a teensy bit of Light Calypso Coral for the flower centres.)  For my tips on colouring with the Blends, see my short video.
  • Cut out two of the three flowers from the full stamp so it will fit inside the large label (and so your card will open 😜).
  • As you cut around the flowers leave a very small line of white.  Then where your two flowers join with the remaining leaves and flowers in the full stamp, cut just a little closer than you do for the rest of the flower to minimize seeing the black image lines.
  • Snip your greeting just slightly wider than the small label so it extends out to the right and tuck it in behind the flowers.
  • Attach the flowers with dimensionals to add an elevated layer.
  • Form a small, pretty bow from Pear Pizzazz shimmery ribbon and attach with a glue dot.

I’ll be sharing another fall idea with this versatile bundle in my Facebook Live this Thursday, August 2nd at noon (MST).  Come watch it in action! 

Limited Edition Stampin Up Color Your Season Bundle

You won’t want to miss out on this special promotion.  Quantities are limited and once they’re gone, it won’t be available again. 

So set a reminder on your phone, mark the date in your calendar and jump on my 24-7 online store to get your own limited edition Stampin Up Colour Your Season bundle on August 1st!

How to Match Embossing Folders and Framelits

How to Match Embossing Folders and Framelits

I thought it might be fun to show you how to match embossing folders and framelits for your paper crafting.  Because if you’re like me, you might be a bit of a dry embossing fiend, yet sometimes wonder how to match ‘em up to make awesome designs. 

Read on for some of my top tips.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

I combined the Quilt Top embossing folder with the Stitched Labels and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits.  In case you think those three might’ve seemed like a bit of a no-brainer, you might be surprised about my steps on how to match embossing folders and framelits. 😉

How to match Embossing Folders and Framelits

Pull out your embossing folders and give them a good look.  Then ask yourself these questions.

  1. What’s the first thing you notice about the impression?  Is it an all over pattern or concentrated in one place and open in another?  Is it more of a background pattern or more of an image or picture?
  2. Does it have a theme? (Like Hallowe’en or Easter or maybe Asian-inspired or kids birthday)
  3. Could it be a stand-alone image (like a wreath or snowflake or heart?)
  4. What are the main shapes you see in it?  Circles?  Squares? Petals? Leaves?

how to match embossing folders and framelits


For example, in the Quilt Top folder here’s what I noticed.

  • three different shapes: round-ish, diamond-ish and petal-ish
  • An interlocking, all-over pattern
  • Dotted curved lines or stitching lines
  • Strips of patterns – I could cut out vertical or horizontal lines of patterns

Next, take a closer look at your thinlits and framelits you want to use and consider the following.

  1. What is the shape you see first?  Is there only one shape or are there multiple ones?  Does it match with any of the shapes you noticed in the embossing folder?
  2. Does your die only cut out shapes or are there detailed designs included?  (TIP1: Thinlits tend to lean more this way than framelits.)
  3. Do any of the details coordinate with the things you picked out in embossing folder?


how to match embossing folders and framelits

For example here’s why I thought both the Stitched Label and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits were a good match for the Quilt Top embossing folder.

  • Stitching lines to match the embossed stitches (probably the most obvious one)
  • Petal shape cut-outs on the large label
  • A large enough label shape that wouldn’t get lost on the all-over background of the embossed card
  • A border pattern on the label with circular edges to match the shape of the embossed impression
  • Petals on the flower thinlit to coordinate with the “petal” shape on the folder

 Take another peek.  How do you think it works together?

how to match embossing folders and framelits

Some of the other details on my card?


how to match embossing folders and framelits


  • All-over embossed impression on the front of the card, not on a panel adhered to the card. (TIP2: open your card after scoring and place inside the folder, extending the back out the end of the folder.  Run through the Big Shot.)
  • A mix of soft colours: Highland Heather, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
  • An off-centre arrangement of my stamped focal point for added interest.
  • Popped up label and flowers.
  • Inside greeting to match with a third pink petal.


how to match embossing folders and framelits


But even though those were my thoughts as I was designing this card, I can do more with the Quilt Top folder and punches too.  For example, I thought the curved lines in the embossed background mimicked the sway of bells ringing for these cute Christmas table favours. 

Don’t limit yourself!  Make sure you try out all your different tools and supplies AND ideas for great results.

So go take a look at what embossing folders and dies you have in your own supplies and see how to make your creations stand out.  And if you’d like to make a card just like mine, here is everything I used.  I really appreciate when you shop with me.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

What is going to be your first die and embossing folder you’re going to pair?  Here are a few of my other faves you might like to try:

  • Sparkle and Eastern Medallions Thilnits
  • Layered Leaves and Nature’s Roots Framelits
  • Seaside Embossing folder and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
  • Striped Scallops and Seasonal Layers Thinlits

I’d love to see what other combinations you design with.  And be sure to send me a pic now you know how to match embossing folders and framelits.


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