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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.


Adorable Easy Last Minute Easter Card | VIDEO

Adorable Easy Last Minute Easter Card | VIDEO

Don’t be fooled – my adorable easy last minute Easter card is a SNAP to make! Even with this sweet little fold, the scalloped circle die cutout and the cute punchart bunny, you’ve got LOADS of time to make one before Easter. My VIDEO gives you all the steps to get them done hippity hop!

And once you get crafting, I’ll bet you can’t stop at only one!

easy last minute easter card

Did you notice the fun fold? Sort of like a diorama card, but quite a bit simpler. Take a closer peek.

easy last minute easter card

The great thing about this card is it folds absolutely flat AND fits into a standard sized envelope.  Then once your family and friends open it up, it pops out and stands on its own, creating a little shadow box.

Remember that bunny (hint: he was on a tag last time)?  Shake up your colours so he takes centre stage and all you need are a few punches and adhesive. Make him along with me in about 5 minutes with my video tutorial.

Then once your bunny is ready to go, here’s what else you’ll need for your simple fold card.


  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 pieces 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • Fresh Florals designer series paper – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” Powder PInk
  • Smoky Slate scrap
  • 1/4” Whisper White organza ribbon – piece about 7” long

Let’s make an easy last minute Easter card!

Ready for the video? Settle in for a short 10 minutes for my fun fold Easter card with my punch happy bunny.

How about a couple other ideas that won’t take much time? Maybe an embossed bunny?

Or perhaps a trio of Easter bunnies?

easy last minute easter card

So now it’s time to hop to it!!  However you decide to fancy up your sweet punchart Easter bunny for gift giving, he’s sure to bring a smile to everyone he meets. If you need a punch or two to make him yourself, here’s everything I used. I’m grateful you choose to order your supplies from me.

easy last minute easter card

Did you watch the video? 👍 And now you’ve got your supplies out and are punching and scoring up an Easter storm? I sure hope so!

Both your rascally rabbit and simple fold card will get rave reviews this holiday. And although you can make this adorable easy last minute Easter card, I’m sure you’ll make tons for other occasions with this simple design!


Punch a Cute Easter Bunny Gift Tag

Punch a Cute Easter Bunny Gift Tag

Let’s pull out some punches and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag! This little fella is a-DOR-able! And so quick and easy to make once you see my short video.

And I’ll bet you have most of the supplies already in your craft stash! Let’s take a peek at how sweet he is.

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

Cute huh? And to make the bunny by himself, there’s hardly any supplies. A few punches, paper and some adhesive and you’re all set. I want to show you what they are so you can grab them and follow along with the video to make your own!



punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

I placed my bunny on a simple Smoky Slate tag to dress up some Easter table treats. If you wanted to do the same, there are just a couple more items you might need out on your crafting table.



So did you watch the video and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag too? I hope so!  (And did you find out he’s just a tad addictive too? 😜)

Once I got started crafting, I just couldn’t stop so I’ve got about 25 ready for my Easter brunch – and only about 10 guests! (Either I need a bigger house or I’m ready for next year too!)

If you love this little guy, you may also find these sour cream carrots fun too!

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

Here I’ve used a glue dot to attach my tag to a window box I made with my Gift Bag punch board (I think I may have gone just a little punch crazy today). If you look closely at this one, you might notice I scrunched up the tail just a smidge before I glued it on for a little interest.

punch a cute easter bunny gift tag

And I’m not done yet!  I’ve got a couple other projects I’m going to share over the next little bit too so be sure to check back to see how else I’ve dressed him up for the holiday.

In the meantime, thanks for checking out my video and I just might get an even bigger bunny fix and punch a cute Easter bunny gift tag – or two – before I put my tools away!


Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Today let’s welcome spring with a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.

But first, I have a question for you.  Do you think watercolour is WAAAY beyond your card making skills? Something that only advanced cardmakers can pull off? Then hold your hat, because you’re about to have those ideas blown away!

Watercolouring takes so many different forms, and this technique is one of the easiest I know, with the most reliable results. Let’s see.

stamping ink watercolour card

Can you see where the watercolour is? Take a closer peek.

stamping ink watercolour card

See how soft those green vine leaves are? THAT’S the watercolour technique. And to get that effect you only need four things:

  1. one solid stamp image
  2. a dye-based ink pad like our Classic Stampin’ pads
  3. your Stampin’ Spritzer filled with plain water
  4. good watercolour paper

Let me give you the how-to for a stamping ink watercolour card:

  1. Ink your solid stamp well with Classic Stampin’ pad
  2. Hold stamp about 6-8” away from you and spritz image with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP1: experiment a bit to see just how many spritzes you need. The ink needs to be wet enough to “bleed” on the paper but not so wet, it bleeds so you cannot see the original stamp shape any longer.)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper. (TIP2: hold your stamp in place a 3-5 seconds so the ink/water mixture has time to seep into the fibres.)
  4. Spritz image and stamp again if desired. (TIP3: each time you re-spritz and stamp, your image will be lighter and lighter. I usually do this 1-2 times maximum before re-inking my stamp.)
  5. Let dry and stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink. (TIP4: ink your stamp well and use firm pressure on your “bumpier” watercolour paper to get a good strong image.)


stamping ink watercolour card

Let’s talk a bit about the rest of the card.

I added the Peekaboo Peach blossoms randomly along the vine after everything was dry (which happens in a flash with this technique). And since those blossoms look a lot like butterflies to me😊, I embossed the Fluttering folder with my Big Shot on my large Peekaboo Peach panel. But look close because for a bit more interest, I embossed only about half of the cardstock.

Then I matted both my stamped image and my peach background with Pear Pizzazz and adhered them to a folded Basic Black card. My final touch is a cute shimmery Pear Pizzazz bow.  (In case you hadn’t noticed this fun fold card and my simple birthday box, the Shimmery ribbon is my FAVE this year – flexible enough to make pretty bows like this but sturdy enough to hold its shape.)

If you’re “bow challenged”, learn how to make your own perfect little bow every single time with my quick video tutorial.

stamping ink watercolour card

And once thing I always do with black cards? Create an insert. This one I framed with the same stamps and colours to tie it all together.

Now you see how pretty the Lovely Wishes set is, are you wondering where it is? I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in the Occasions catalogue, maybe because it’s way back on page 50.

If you’re a tried & true two-step stamper (bet you can’t say that three times fast!), this set is a beautiful addition to your collection. Spring cards, Mother’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s, birthdays, congrats, graduation… and I’m even going to pull it out for fall projects. You’ll use this one over and over again.

Plus I really like the greetings.  With a font that’s just a little wonky so we don’t HAVE to get it perfectly straight 😋, it’s easy for this 50-plus crafter!

OK now it’s time for you to dive in and give a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes a try. Make sure you don’t forget about Sale-a-bration! There’s still lots of free gift choices available when you spend either $60 or $120! I really do appreciate you choosing to spend your crafting dollars with me.  Thank you.

stamping ink watercolour card

Aren’t you glad spring has arrived?  Do you feel like winter has been about 14 months long? Me too!

So I’m MORE than ready for some spring sunshine and warmth to melt away our snow. And with all that extra water lying around, why not make a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?


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