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Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

I’ve got simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep you out of trouble today! I do LOVE to colour, don’t you? Remember the box of 64 (what I wouldn’t have DONE for the set of 128!) Crayola crayons? Were you like me? I was in heaven! Content for HOURS colouring away in my books when I was a kid. Rain or shine, my mom always knew I wasn’t getting up to any trouble – not that I did anyway 😋 – when I had a fist full of crayons.

Now I’ve got more…Ahem grown up colouring tools, I can still zone out for hours, blending and colouring and shading – and keeping out of trouble. Now my “oh so versatile” watercolour pencils – that I love SO much – give me that exact same kind of fun. And I tell ya, they are a steal of a deal at only $21 for the entire set (a baker’s dozen of Stampin’ Up!’s colours).  If you don’t have some, you’re going to want your very own!

Even though I can colour for hours, I had a ball designing a card that takes mere MINUTES to make for Keep it Simple Sunday. And I used a surprising tool you might not think of!

watercolour pencil art cards

Remember my congrats card from a couple weeks ago? The BOLD coloured one using watercolour pencils and your Stampin’ Spritzer? Yeah, that one! You probably wouldn’t think this one and that one are even made with the same supplies! Well, almost the same supplies…

Any idea what my surprising tool is? Maybe this shot will help.

Instead of my aqua painter or my Stampin’ Spritzer or my sponge daubers, I created my soft colours and accents here TOTALLY with the Wink of Stella! It blends your coloured piece so beautifully and adds such a pretty shine.

Make your own simple watercolour pencil art cards

Ingredients

  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Calypso Coral cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • So Saffron cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Calypso Coral ombre ribbon – cut about 5” long

Recipe

  1. Stamp flowers and words in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  2. Colour lightly in corners, along edges and in stamens of lilies with Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and colouring with a soft swirlig motion.
  3. Use the Pumpkin Pie watercolour pencil to lightly colour the stamens.
  4. Lightly colour stems with Old Olive, then Early Espresso watercolour pencil.
  5. Use Wink of Stella to go over all coloured areas, starting with the Lilly and ending with the stems.
  6. Colour lightly along left edges only with Basic Gray watercolour pencil.
  7. Attach ribbon to back left side with SNAIL.
  8. Adhere to piece of Calypso Coral, then to folded So Saffron card.

So now it’s up to you. Go grab your Wink of Stella and your Watercolour Pencils and get back to being a kid. Don’t have the watercolour pencils? Treat yourself to one of the gosh darn BEST deals in the catalogue for hours of fun and creativity.

Make Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Watercolor Pencils

$21.00

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$10.75

Remarkable You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$59.00

Remarkable You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$44.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$11.25

Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

$9.25

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

So Saffron 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

watercolour pencil art cards

I love my watercolour pencils. They’re my numero uno way to create gorgeous colour on the go. Ultra portable, fast and fun, I get hours of enjoyment from this inexpensive little supply. And now that I’ve discovered the Wink of Stella, I’ve got one more way to create simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep me out of trouble – just ask my mom!

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Make a Pretty Reverse Fold Love You Card – VIDEO

Make a Pretty Reverse Fold Love You Card – VIDEO

With Valentine’s and wedding season just around the corner, why not make something a little different – a reverse fold love you card? Check out my video and let’s make your cardmaking fun and fast with a card like this!  Simple, elegant and quick, you can make up a batch of these in no time and send them to family and friends. And don’t forget about your sweetie! He (or she) will think it’s super special.

reverse fold love you card

Anyone who is a paper crafter knows exactly how we can go down that “more is better” rabbit hole right. And when we do that, our greetings can sometimes take a few hours to make, not mere minutes. We add a little more colour, a few more framelits, some ribbon and pretty soon our afternoon has vanished – and we still have to do the envelope. Yup, we had fun, but if we’ve got a stash to make, we can’t always take such a long time.

That’s what’s so great about this card. It’s got a fun little surprise, uses almost NO supplies (LOL!) and goes together in under 10 minutes.  It’s very similar to this Valentine’s Day card, yet completely different!

So where’s the surprise? This card has a cut-away for the heart and the rest of the card front is folded back and glued in place. Your greeting will fit perfectly in behind the heart.

reverse fold love you card

What are the supplies…a little card stock, a couple nested framelits, some specialty designer series paper (this Bundle of Love is beeyouteeful!) and pearls and you’re all set! Here are the measurements:

Ingredients

Blushing Bride cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Very Vanilla cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
Bundle of Love DSP – 2 1/8” x 5 1/4”

Take a look at my video to make this pretty reverse fold love you card yourself.

Everything you need to recreate this card is here. Simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have it shipped right to your door.

reverse fold love you card

Did you see how quickly this card goes together on my video?  You can achieve the same results just as quickly.

Cardmaking should be fun, not painful. Don’t get me wrong…there is certainly a time for intricate and involved, 4 hour, 6 layer cards. Just not when we’ve got a deadline to meet – and lots of people to greet. That’s why I love cards like this reverse fold love you card – it’s pretty, it’s fast, and your recipients will love it too.

The Most Popular 2018 Sale-a-bration Stamp Set?

The Most Popular 2018 Sale-a-bration Stamp Set?

If the attendees at my Open House are any indication, the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set is Heartfelt Blooms. I have to agree it’s right up there as one of my most favourite too! My Open House guests made this card to take home.

most popular 2018 sale-a-bration stamp set?

Super simple and quick, I thought it deserved a spot on my Keep It Simple Sunday series since it only combines stamping with a small strip of washi tape and you’re done. It would be really hard to have this card take longer than 5 minutes to make!

most popular 2018 sale-a-bration stamp set?

Isn’t the detail on this image gorgeous? It’s a brand new stamping style Stampin’ Up! is patenting called Distinktive Stamps. The image is created in such a way that the ink is laid down onto your surface at different levels to give it more depth. In fact, I think it’s almost like the 3D effect of the dynamic embossing folders.

So how did they get this effect? With a real photograph of flower bouquets turned into a stamp. Can you just imagine how heavenly it must have smelled in the office the day they were working on this particular stamp set?

The other sentiments in this set are a thank you and thinking of you. Perfect greetings for so many occasions. And when you can get this stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration, why wouldn’t you take advantage of this offer!

If you haven’t ever heard of Sale-a-bration, let me fill you in. Every year during January through March, Stampin’ Up! allows us to get more of what we all love – for FREE! Stampin’ Up! Brings out brand new stamp sets, papers, ribbons, and this year, dies. And there are three ways to earn free products: shop, join and host an event.

the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set

the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set

the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set

Why not contact me so you can get some of the fabulous FREE items too?

Here’s how you can make this super quick card from what just might be the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set.

Ingredients

  • Basic Black cardstok cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 pieces cut to 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Pick a Pattern Washi tape – about 5 1/2” long

Recipe

  1. Ink stamp with Peekaboo Peach and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock. TIP: you can stamp full strength or stamp once onto a scrap of paper then onto cardstock for a lighter finish. TIP2: lay your stamp on its back and ink with you stamp pad to get an even finish.
  2. Stamp words in Memento ink.
  3. Wrap washi tape along bottom edge and glue to front of folded Basic Black card.
  4. Glue second piece of Whisper White to inside (TIP: to make it easier to write on). TIP: if you wanted to take a THIRD impression of your image for the inside it will be an even fainter image you can then stamp your inside verse over.

While you don’t need to add the washi tape, I thought it grounded the panel just a bit. Check out how the wider washi tape adds to this other super simple card.

I’ve made up a bunch of these sympathy cards in different colours so I have them on hand for these sad occasions. I found I liked them best made with the soft subtle colours like So Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky.

If you wanted to dress them up just a tad more, try adding some basic pearls or black rhinestones. Or perhaps a small wrapped ribbon instead of the washi tape. With simple cards like these, there are so many options to add your own personality.

To create this beautiful card yourself, here are the supplies I used.  (When you order all of them, you will get the Heartfelt Blooms set absolutely FRE!)

How about a last peek?

most popular 2018 sale-a-bration stamp set?

Beautiful handmade cards do not need to take a ton of time to make. A detailed, life-like stamp like the new Distinctive Heartfelt Blooms, some ink and a bit of washi tape is enough for you to send your own greetings. Best of all, you’ll be using what just might be the most popular 2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set for years to come – for FREE!

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Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Cards

Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Cards

Think you don’t have enough time to make cards – you do with my quick and easy DIY birthday cards! My card today features two main techniques – sponging and fussy cutting! Yup that’s all you need to create a fun card with clean lines, neat texture and a gorgeous focal point. See for yourself.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Did you notice that NOTHING is centred on this card? Not the circle, the words, the hat or the ribbon. But the entire collection of images IS centred so you don’t really notice. In addition to the sponging and neat hat, it’s another way to create visual interest in your card making.

I sometimes forget how easy it is to add texture with my sponges and a mask. Maybe you do too? Simple shapes, like my circle, create cool backgrounds. You see circles being used all the time to build layers like I did with my fall gatefold card. But it’s almost as quick to have additional interest and texture when you use the paper you cut your circle and use it as a template.

How do you build texture like this on a quick and easy DIY birthday card?

  1. Cut a circle with your Big Shot from scrap paper (I used the largest layering circle frame lit here cut from a piece of paper about 4” x 4”). TIP: Save the circle for another project.
  2. Lay the 4” square on top of your Whisper White panel. Affix it with washi tape if you wish so it doesn’t move.
  3. Dab a sponge into your ink pad and tap into the circle. TIP: make sure to go right to the edges so you get the full circle.)

The holes in the sponge create neat little “pockets” of colour. You’re not aiming for a smooth finish here, the teeny dots are it! Once you’ve laid down your circle of colour, all you need to do is stamp in a bold black with one of the wonderful sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set. It will just POP off the page against your sponged background. Take a closer look.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Now what about that hat? It looks like the real deal doesn’t it? Well that’s because it is. I’ve fussy cut it from one of the cool new Picture Perfect Party 6” x 6” designer series papers.

(I do have to admit that this paper was NOT one of my first loves from the new catalogue. But it has certainly grown on me and now I’ve even ordered a second package! The mix of Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay is super. But I especially love how easy it makes card making with wonderfully large images like this hat.)

One side has patterns and the other side are actual photos of projects made with the patterned paper. How cool is that? So you get perfect colour – and pattern – coordination! Here is an excerpt of all the sheets in the package. There are 48, 4 each of 12 double sided designs.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

The Picture Perfect stamp set and designer papers are available starting tomorrow, January 3rd. To make quick and easy diy birthday cards like this, the 6” x 6” paper is a MUST in your stamp stash.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Not every project we create needs tons of layers and cardstock to make a fabulous design. Sometime simpler is equally stunning, not to mention interesting. The next time you want to build texture, think about sponging a shape – a circle, square, heart, diamond or pretty much anything you want. Then grab your pack of Picture Perfect DSP and your Paper Snips and create a quick and easy diy birthday card.

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New Years Party Treats

New Years Party Treats

Now that the jolly old elf has come and gone, let’s talk about the next celebration – I’m wondering if you’ll make New Years party treats to ring in 2018?

It’s something I’ve been doing for a few years now even if it’s just the two of us for dinner. And I love thinking up ideas that are super quick and simple to make with just a little extra glitz and glamour. You might remember my table favour from last year – personalized sparkle and shine around a yummy Ghiradelli chocolate. This year’s is another chocolate but has a totally different look. See how you like it.

New Years party treats

Clear tiny treat boxes are great for housing scrumptious goodies. At only 2”x2”x2”,they are the cutest little package at a table setting. And when they only cost about 65 cents each, they’re darned economical. I’ve used these lots of ways.  In this one, it’s really difficult to see but I ran the whole box through my Softly Falling embossing folder to give it some dots for texture.  Then I opened it up and formed the box.  It adds just a little something MORE to it to – and will have your guests guessing when they pick it up!

For a totally different look, take a peek at my full photo tutorial for my embossed cute holly Christmas box. Really there are no limitations to the variety of fancy up ideas!

In this case, a single Ferraro Rocher chocolate takes centre stage in my snowflake themed treat box wrapped with the Year of Cheer washi tape. Can you see the bottom of the box? I lined it with a square of the Year of Cheer specialty paper – the one with the ‘starbursts’. I thought it might bring New Year’s sparklers to mind.  TIP: I cut it just a smidge smaller than 2″ square so it would fit nice and flat.

This gorgeous paper is on our holiday retired list. Have you got your stash already? If not, don’t delay and be disappointed. While it was brought out for the holiday season, I think it’s absolutely beautiful for weddings or other fancy celebrations. The copper, champagne and gold foil accents are absolutely stunning…not to mention fantastic for elegant gift boxes you could make like this one.  You get 4 sheets of each of three designs: copper leaves, silver and gold snowflakes and starburst like I’m using here.

New Years party treats

Each box will have its own tiny tag cut from the Swirly Snowflakes thinlits. The inside bottom is wrapped with the same washi tape so that if the tag is closed you can see it peeking out at you. TIP:  Make sure you burnish the washi tape well as it could have a tendency to curl up.  To burnish, run the side of your bone folder over the tape a couple times to prevent this from happening.

To add even more elegance, I embossed the tag in two colours, the teeny swirl from the Snowflake Sentiments set in shiny white and the pretty “for you” in gold. It’s from the Labels to Love set in the Holiday catalogue.  This set is sticking around for awhile which is great!  Then I’ll write the guest’s name on the inside.  A doubled length of the 1/8″ gold ribbon, which is also being retired is looped through and then stuck to the box with a mini glue dot.

The box top has a circle of gold foil (to match the paper) and a single snowflake from the Swirly Snowflakes thinlits. Topped off with a single clear faceted gem, it’s luxurious, fancy and just a bit decadent.

New Years party treats

So let me recap my steps to make these New Years party favours:

  1. emboss the clear tiny treat box with Softly Falling embossing folder
  2. form box
  3. run a long strip (about 10″ so you have overlap) around bottom of box with tape ending on a corner for a nice finish
  4. insert square of designer paper and close lid
  5. make tag and string on ribbon
  6. cut snowflake and glue to gold foil circle
  7. add clear faced gem then use glue dots to stick to box top (I used about 4)

My box took about 20 minutes to create since I embossed it and added the fancy embossing and die cut snowflake. You could make them even faster if you left these off and wrapped it with some fancy ribbon like the 3/8” metallic edge ribbon in gold or silver. Whatever your decorating style, here are the supplies I used so you can make some New Years party favours for your guests.

New Years party treats

Your idea of a New Year’s Eve party could be a full blow house party with noisemakers and sparkly hats. Or it could be a fancy dinner for a few close friends. Or it might even be a quiet night in with your special someone watching Sex in the City reruns. However you choose to celebrate, be sure to make up some New Years party treats to help welcome 2018!

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