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Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

If you’re pressed for time there’s nothing quicker than to make simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper. I should know, because it seems I’m ALWAYS running behind.

You’d think with the type of work I do, I’d have loads of cards ready to go right? If only!! So let me show you how I whip up super fun and fast cards when my husband has the car running and I’ve got one shoe on!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

No kidding! Does that ever happen to you? You think you have ALL the time in the world and you’re dilly dallying around…and then WHAM! You realize you’re supposed to be out the door, with make up and EVERYTHING in 20 minutes? With a yummy homemade dessert AND a chilled bottle of wine? And with a handmade card? YIKES!

Well, I might not have the answers for the yummy homemade dessert (although you could check out my Pinterest Recipes board for a sweet one 😋). But I do know how to slap together a pretty mean handmade card in mere minutes!! Even one with a sumptuous bow like this Shimmer Black one!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Just like with this other fast and fun birthday box, the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack comes to the rescue! It really IS perfect for just about anyone…kids, adults, husbands (not that your husband isn’t an adult 😁), grandparents, boys, girls… With such bright and cheery patterns, I know your family and friends will be delighted to get this card.

You can find it on page 5 of the Occasions catalogue. It’s a steal of a deal at only $12.50 Cdn for 48 sheets! That’s only 26 CENTS a piece! But you’re going to want to get your package soon before it’s no longer available!  (we’re more than half way through the Occasions catalogue already!)


So what are the timesavers on this card?

  • super colourful patterned paper that does ALL the work so you don’t have to!
  • simple two panel layering
  • a stitched oval die cut already cut out and waiting in my bin on my desk
  • only one stamped image with lots of personality

Here’s all you need to do for this simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  • Lemon-Lime Twist 4 1/4” x 9”, scored at 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White Thick – scrap 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” (or a pre-cut stitched oval)
  • Black shimmer ribbon – about 18”

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  1. Stamp greeting in Memento ink on middle of stitched oval die cut. Turn over and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals (4)
  2. Glue patterned paper to Basic Black. Wrap ribbon around from the back and tie into a bow just left of the middle (TIP1: don’t skimp on your ribbon here and then it’s just like you’re tying your shoe!) (TIP2: I place my card so I’m looking at it from the top and then tie my bow. I usually get the tails going the right way then!)
  3. Apply glue to front of folded card and place balloon panel on top.
  4. Remove backing from Stampin’ Dimensionals and place over top of ribbon on right hand side. (TIP3: It’s best not to glue your ribbon in place in case you need to slide it to the left or right to get your oval placed properly.)

OK, now it’s up to you! But hey, don’t be like me. Grab the Picture Perfect Party paper and make up a bunch of these so you have them to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here’s the short list of supplies!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Like I said in this post, it took me a little while to warm up to this particular designer paper. But don’t you find that’s the case for a lot of things in a catalogue? But once you see it in action and then get a pack and play with it you wonder how you lived without it?

So pick up a package today so you’re not disappointed when it’s no longer available. Then create a bunch of simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper so you never have to be running out the door and stamping at the same time again – like me!

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

Do you already know how Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully? If you don’t you’re going to love this post!  And if you do, stick around!  I’m going to share some of my best tips for why these water-based markers are my preferred choice for watercolouring detailed images like the beautiful flower from the Petal Palette set.

At roughly HALF the cost of a set of full size stamp pads, it is SO easy to extend your Stampin’ Up! colour choices exponentially! Plus with the same 48 Stampin’ Up! Colours (collections and In Colors), you can create scads of watercolour and collage-like cards just like this one.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

While I was getting pretty close to my Occasions catalogue budget in December (yup, as demonstrators we get to buy early – just another perk I LOVE!), it was pretty hard to turn down the Petal Palette bundle when I saw it! So hard in fact, that I removed a couple other items and got the entire suite of products!

I’ve already shown you how gorgeous the Petal Passion designer series paper is coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Today I want to show you how wonderfully the stamps, framelits and Stampin write markers watercolour cards!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

How Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully!

I’ve combined Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist with Shimmery White cardstock for a softer look for this card. I was quite happy with how light the roses turned out (see my super simple tip below).  What were my steps to create the watercolored flowers?

  1. Colour leaves with Lemon-Lime Twist brush tip end of marker. (TIP1: use the side of the marker to preserve your brush tip.)
  2. Colour roses with Fresh Fig brush tip end of marker. (TIP2: use lighter colour marker first always so if you happen to touch this second marker to the first coloured area, it will not discolour your marker.)
  3. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times.
  4. Stamp off LIGHTLY onto grid paper or scrap of paper. (TIP3: I stamped off ONCE to just remove the darker ink to get a gentler look for my card.)
  5. Stamp image onto scrap of Shimmery white cardstock. (TIP4: Shimmery White has a bit more substance than regular white or vanilla cardstock so holds up better with water.)
  6. Re-spritz (without re-colouring your stamp) only ONCE and stamp again onto left side of Shimmery White panel.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I also used the dots in the set to stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist lightly around the edges of the panel to make it a bit more “artsy”. The detailed leaves and decorative banner along the bottom are both part of the dies in this bundle. They’re a gorgeous addition to the background.

Did you see I’ve got not one, but two ribbons on this card? (They don’t call me Ribbon Queen for nothing!) The Very Vanilla lace trim is just barely there, but adds a pretty layer beneath the open line Fresh Fig banner.

And how do you like the “swoosh” of sheer Fresh Fig ribbon? (The trick to the “Zorro-like” swoosh is to use your Fast Fuse in a diagonal line on the panel where it will be covered up later by your die. Then lay your ribbon over top curving it to make a “Z”.)

OK, go grab your Stampin’ Write markers and a Stampin’ Spritzer and get busy creating watercoloured images!

No Stampin’ Write markers? Expand your Stampin’ Up! stamp pad colour collection for about half the price and get the ones I used below. And if, like me, you find the Petal Palette bundle a leetle too hard to resist, you can save 10% right now and be using it this time next week!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I use my Stampin Write markers every single day. If I’m not brush lettering, I’m colouring with them. If I’m not colouring, I’m watercolouring with them. And if I’m not watercolouring, I’m using them to add detail to my stamped images and letters. Here the tip was small enough to colour the tiny flowers on this sweet notecard.

But wait!  I’d hate for you to leave with the wrong idea! I do absolutely LOVE my stampin’ pads and use them every single day too. But when it comes to intricate details and colouring a stamp with more than one colour, it’s my water-based Stampin’ Write markers I turn to. Try it out for yourself to see how your own Stampin Write markers watercolour cards – and become a watercolour artist.

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

Need a quick and easy goodie holder? You just can’t beat a clear tiny treat box. Inexpensive, cute and durable. In fact, a bit like tofu! You know, awful bland on its own, but takes on whatever taste of sauce of spice you throw at it!

Pick up a package today! There are SO many ways to decorate these for every goodie giving event! Here’s a couple you may remember i shared.  Elegant New Year’s party treats or my spooky Hallowe’en box.  

And because they go together so fast, how perfect for my Keep it Simple Sunday!  A little cutting, glueing, and a teeny bit of stamping and you’re done.  See it for yourself.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

I tell ya, just so darn cute! The Picture Perfect Party desiger paper is gorgeous.  One side shows photos of happy birthday related items like donuts, baloons, and noisemakers like you see here.  The other has all kinds of colourful patterns.

And although they’re a petite 2 inches square, it’s amazing just how many goodies fit inside. Besides the obvious chocolates and jujubes, I’ve used them for a small jewelry item or a couple lip balms. I think they might work even for some special bath salts or spices. Really once you start filing them up and gifting them, you’ll need a second package!

I want to show you everything I used for this pint-sized package so you can picture it as I give you the recipe below. Order up your supplies and you’ll easily have enough to decorate the 16 boxes that come in each package.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Before you get going on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, remove the protective plastic wrapping from the clear tiny treat box but don’t make your box. (TIP: Leave it flat to attach papers to sides of box since you’ll be able to use a bit more pressure to adhere the paper to the plastic.)


  • 6 pieces Picture Perfect Partyy designer series paper cut to 1-15/16” (TIP: since the paper is 6” x 6”, you’ll be able to get all out of one piece)
  • Strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock cut to 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Tiny scrap Whisper White Thick cardstock
  • Black shimmer ribbon – piece about 7” long

Recipe:  Clear Tiny Treat Box

  1. Attach a glue dot in each of four corners on FIVE of the squares of patterned paper and adhere to four sides and top of box. (TIP: take your paper and place a corner on the glue dot ON the roll. Apply a little pressure, then lift your paper up and the glue dot should come with it.)
  2. Open up and put the box together, bending along the score lines and interlocking the bottom.
  3. Turn box so the open lid is facing you. Set the last piece of patterned paper in the bottom.
  4. To finish up the box front, punch a little half moon circle right where there is a half moon cut out of the box plastic with your 1/2” circle punch.
  5. Wrap black ribbon around box lid, then close lid. Knot it and clip ribbon ends.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Recipe: Party “Noisemaker”

  1. Stamp Happy Birthday several times along strip of Bermuda Bay in Memento ink, starting at the right hand side and leaving about 3/8” to attach your ‘fringe”.
  2. Run strip along edge of bone folder to form into a spiral, leaving one birthday greeting showing.
  3. Stamp fringe in Berry Burst on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with scissors.
  4. Glue fringe on top of right hand side of Bermuda Bay strip with liquid glue.
  5. Feed noisemaker under ribbon and attach with glue dot to box lid.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

If you think this noisemaker birthday box is cool, why not check out my funny bunny Easter treat box too! Although there are a few more steps involved, once you see how full of personality he is you’ll be inspired to make some this Easter.

If you love to package up small goodies to gift, these mini boxes are da BOMB!!  Versatile, speedy and fun. Once you get started on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, don’t stop there – get in the groove for Mother and Father’s Day too!



Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Who wants to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card? With an adorable gingham bow, this petite bunny greeting just might be one of the sweetest things you’ll see all day!

And I’m going to let you in on a secret. That gingham bow is SO easy to make with my exclusive subscriber video, you’ll be adding bows to EVERY Easter project you make!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Why is it we all LOVE everything tiny? Tiny babies, tiny puppies, tiny waists (LOL!)…and of course, tiny stamps. Tiny bows are sometimes a challenge though aren’t they? But not once you see my how-to video!

I promise you can master a perfect bow in no time. Take a peek but don’t forget to come back so I can tell you a few touches and tricks to make this pretty pink and grey card especially adorable.

Hey how come you haven’t seen this video before now?

Because it was exclusive for my email subscribers! But it’s super easy to be part of the fun!  And right now, when you subscribe I’ll give you all the how to’s and photos for an adorable Funny Bunny Easter Box!

Go ahead, click right on the bunny and it’ll take you right to my sign up page!

So when you want to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card, what are my top tricks?

  • partial embossed background using the Petal Pair embossing folder (my FAVE folder from the new cattie) – at only 2 1/4” wide, it adds a little touch of whimsy while leaving the rest of the panel smooth. Compare it to a fully embossed card like this sympathy one which has a charm all its own
  • coordinated colour between the bunny’s bow and Sweet Sugarplum background (a tiny application of Rich Razzleberry watercolour pencil makes an almost perfect match!)
  • double scalloped decorative circles frame our Easter rabbit (a Basic Grey mat adds a teensy bit more punch than Smoky Slate)
  • two pieces of ribbon make the bow embellishment (one flat one adheres behind the Sugarplum panel, the second is a bow I made with my super quick video!)
  • perfectly coordinated envelope by running the flap through the Petal Pair embossing folder as well (TIP: run a second piece of cardstock or bond paper through at the same time to avoide cutting right through the envelope flap)


make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Did you take a gander at that super quick “become-a-professional-bow-maker-in-minutes” video? Go ahead, it’s less than TWO minutes long! (I really try to keep all my tips and videos short so you can spend MORE time playing and LESS time watching!)

Then make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card – complete with a perfect bow – with all your spare time. Simply click on any image below to purchase your supplies from me and they will ship directly to you! Thanks a bunch!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

One of the best parts of my job is sharing exclusive tips and tricks with my subscribers to make your paper crafting life just a little more fun – and simple!

So if you haven’t already, sign up NOW!

HINT: Once you make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card like this one, use your free Funny Bunny Easter Box pdf tutorial to fill with yummy holiday treats for a perfectly coordinated gift!




Make Heart Shaped Cutouts Fun Fold Cards

Make Heart Shaped Cutouts Fun Fold Cards

For a recent Koffee and a Kard class, I wanted to make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards with the gals. They loved them! A little step up from boring old regular folds, this front flap design takes mere minutes, but packs a lot of AWESOME!

And if fun folds are your thing, you’re going to want to pick up my fast, fun, easy-peasey Creative Folds online class. Your friends and family will adore the five different designs you’ll play with in my video AND pdf based class.

We used the Painted with Love patterned paper so it’s a fabulously impressive card and the fold is super easy to make. If you’re so OVER Valentine’s (or don’t even get inspired by the holiday), no worries, this works just as great for a thinking of you, congratulations, birthday…really just about any occasion.


Pssst, here’s a little confession. I didn’t absolutely luvh the Painted With Love DSP when it showed up in the Occasions catalogue. I’m pretty sure it was the mix of colours I didn’t like on some of the sheets. However, based on the OOOH’s and AAAAH’s of my customers and friends, I figured I should give it a whirl.

Boy am I glad I let you “talk” me into it. It’s got some WOW with the bright shiny gold and looks so textured with these brush marks. I even ran my fingers over top to see if the paint was bumpy! (it isn’t, sigh) Take a peek at all of the great designs.

make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards

And you only need a small piece to make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards like this one so you get to make TONS of designs with a package. How about we take a look from another angle?


See how that fold looks just like a flap? Well, it doesn’t just look like one, that’s exactly what it is. A front piece tucked in behind the Melon Mambo panel. I burnished the fold really well with my bone folder so it would lie as flat as possible. TIP: Do this both before and after it’s glued in behind the panel.

And another bonus for using this delicious Stampin’ Up!’s designer series paper? It’s double sided so when you open the flap, you get another pretty view.


The heart shaped cutouts from the Sweet and Sassy stamp set nest perfectly inside one another. I used two different sizes here, cutting out the dotted heart from the Heart Happiness stamp set and mounting it on the medium sassy heart in Melon Mambo. The greeting is from the fabulous Sale-a-bration set Happy Wishes, yours free with $120 order. I just love the script don’t you?

And look where the cut out from the Painted with Love patterned paper went!


While you could leave the ribbon off this card, I felt it needed just a little sumthin’ and I used the luscious Powder Pink shimmer for a simple knot.

While you won’t find this particular fold in my online class, I’ve included five just a bit more intricate, but still simple, designs. Full instructions in my video and pdfs directly in your email inbox are so easy to follow, you won’t miss it. So what are you waiting for? Fun fold cards like this are just moments away when you purchase my Creative Folds Online Class.  Why not treat yourself today?

Of course, you may want to give this heart shaped cutout fun fold a try, so here are all the supplies I used.

You Can Make It Too

Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper


Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set


Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad


Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies


Happy Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad


Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon


Metallic Enamel Shapes


Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


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


Powder Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Big Shot


Stampin' Dimensionals


Fast Fuse Adhesive



Isn’t it nice to spice up your card making with some different designs? I love making ones that aren’t so difficult they take hours to make, but will have my recipients smiling in appreciation. Why not try your hand and make heart shaped cutouts fun fold cards just like this one – THEN grab my Creative Folds online class and get ready to dive in to the world of fun folds just like this card in even greater detail.

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