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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.

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!


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!


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.

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards

Did you know Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards?   Do you know how easy it is to combine your love of die cutting and tangling for ultra fast and simple cards? 

For my Keep It Simple Sunday feature today, I’m again showing you a quick and easy design you can whip up in minutes – if you cheat just a teeny weensy bit!  But I’ll get to that in a minute🙂.

If you’ve never tangled before and don’t know anything about it, see how easy it is to add it to your paper crafting tool kit for stand out greetings like this!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I wanted a more “elegant” look for this one, so combined my Copper Foil Sheets with a few metallic sequins for some shimmer and shine.  Great for a graduation, wedding or anniversary card, don’t you think?

Are you wondering what exactly Zentangle is? Here are the deets.  It’s:

  • super easy-to-learn
  • ultra relaxing
  • fabulously fun and a
  • stress relieving

way to create gorgeous images by drawing repetitive black pen strokes one at a time into structured patterns. Now, who wouldn’t want to play with something like that?

Here’s an example of one of my designs so you can see the patterns it includes.

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

What’s so special about Zentangle?  Well, beside the striking black and white and cool patterns?

  1. There’s so few supplies!  A black journalling pen and some white paper are all you REALLY need!
  2. You can’t make mistakes.  No, really!   If a stroke happens to get out of whack somewhere, that only creates a new opportunity for a different design.
  3. And the best part? Anyone can do it – just about anywhere!  It’s a fabulous way to kill airport or doctor office time.
  4. There’s no pre-planning.  No pre-determined end in mind.  And we are free to let our piece of art develop based on the stroke we just laid down on our paper.

How freeing is that?

I think the simplicity is why I think Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards


For this card, I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s Sunshine Sayings framelits.  These faux brush lettered greetings are some of my go-to’s for quick cards.  Four different words and three simple shapes make card making a snap.  One swipe through the Big Shot and you’ve got a gorgeous greeting that looks like you spent hours practising your brush letters!  I use these again and again! 

Check out this other design using the same congrats in a completely different way for a totally unique look and feel.

So confession time (AHH-gain sigh!).  If you’re wondering how tangled art can be part of my Keep It Simple Sunday series, here’s the simple answer.  I cheat😊!  

See what I mean in this short video.

Stampin Up Zentangle Designs Make Cool Cards


Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

I do love to use Basic Black for the base of my zentangle cards.  It just makes the crisp white and black tangled images POP off the page.   Let’s make this one together.


  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 pieces, 1- full 8 1/2”x11” sheet to run through your printer or photocopier, 1- 4” x 5 1/4” (inside) and one 1-3/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Copper Foil sheet – 3/4” x 5 3/8”


  1. Photocopy a completed piece of tangled art onto Whisper White card stock.  (TIP1: this paper is slightly less weight than our other cardstock so it runs through my printer – a Epson ET-4550 – easily)  
  2. Cut out the “congrats” with your Big Shot once from the tangled copy and once from plain Whisper White.
  3. Glue together two words with the white in behind and slightly offset.  (TIP2: Try a colour here to extra WOW!)
  4. Add to card with Mini dimensionals placed on the back.
  5. Glue piece of copper foil to front and adhere various metallic sequins with liquid glue.
  6. Adhere Whisper White panel to inside of card for your writing surface.


  1. Decorate your envelope flap too!  (TIP3: I have a large – 8 1/2” x 11” – tangled sheet I like to use to cut out large pieces like this flap.)

Zentangle and Stampin’ Up! Framelits are pretty much a match made in paper crafting heaven.  To create your own fast and fun designs like this one, here are all the supplies you need. Have fun!

Stampin Up Zentangle designs make cool cards

Do you find the black and white striking too?  Or maybe you’d prefer some colour?  See this one where I’ve combined it with another bold colour – Lemon Lime Twist.  Or this one with Island Indigo (which is soon to be gone😩).  

No matter whether you’re drawn more to the “non” colours or colours, I know you’ll enjoy combining your tangled art with your framelits.  Why not pull yours out so you can see how Stampin Up zentangle designs make cool cards too?


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