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Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Today I turn a year older and I wanted to show you how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card I received from my friend, and Stampin’ Up! upline, Karen Duke, can create a mood or feeling.  Now, before you think I’ve been doing a little early birthday imbibing, really, I’m on the level! We use colour ALL the time to inspire and create moods.  Why not in our paper crafting too?

When anyone asks me what my favourite things are in the new catalogue, my immediate answer is: I am IN LOVE with all the COLOUR!  The combinations are awesome, the revamp is exciting and I adore the coordination with so many of our embellishments and papers.  

So I’d like to spend some time with you over the next year talking about how and why colour is so important.  And I want to know this…what do you find inspiring, challenging and intriguing about COLOUR?

OK, let’s dive in!

Colour and a Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Which colour combination do you think Karen’s used?  

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

How about?

  • Whisper White (in the Wood Textures DSP)
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tuxedo Black and
  • Rich Razzleberry?

So a question for you.  HOW does this card make you feel?

  • Anxious?
  • Excited?
  • Relaxed?
  • Confident?
  • Sleepy?
  • Happy?
  • Ho Hum?

When I opened the envelope, I almost said “aaaah” when I pulled out this card. In fact, I think my shoulders – and eyebrows😋 – relaxed and I probably gave a little sigh.  That’s because it makes ME feel calm and peaceful.

So am I out to lunch?  I AM after all reaching an advanced age🙃!  Or do you see what I mean?  

And you know what?  I’m so surprised I felt that way when I look at the colours she used!  I can’t say I ever would have used the words “calm” and “Rich Razzleberry” in the same sentence, but I think this card just IS! 

Not that Rich Razzleberry doesn’t hold a special place in my colour affections, but the “razzle” is just a mite too peppy and well, dazzl-y for soothing or calming – or so I thought!

So that made me wonder, what are these colours like when you see them at full intensity?

A Special birthday share what you love card

Hmmmm…was “calm” the first word that popped into your head?  Much more bold here aren’t they?

Take another peek at her card then let’s talk about how you can get some mood vibes going in your own paper crafting with colour.

a special birthday share what you Love card

How has Karen used colour and a special birthday share what you love card to convey this calming feeling?

  1. She doesn’t have too many colours fighting for centre stage. 
    1. She anchored the one bold magenta colour of the Rich Razzleberry with conservative neutrals, Crumb Cake and black. 
    2. This made the Rich Razzleberry almost an “accent” colour with the matted rectangle and flowers. 
    3. The intensity of the Rich Razzleberry flowers is softened with both the base of Crumb Cake underneath and glimmer from the Wink of Stella on top. 
    4. The underlying colour of the white Wood Textures patterned paper coordinates with the card itself in Crumb Cake, so your eye just feels most “rested”. 
    5. Then the size of the main focus panel leaves lots of room of the calming Crumb Cake to show.
  2. She’s used textures to soften any boldness there could have been.
    1. Her soft and lovely velvet ribbon has a silvery sheen which tempers the richness of the Rich Razzleberry. 
    2. Her choice of Wood Textures DSP has an “antiqued” look to it. 
    3. And she’s chosen three small embellishments to finish off the piece in a dark tone, that mimics the classic black.

 a special birthday share what you Love card

So here’s a challenge for you (and I’m going to try this for myself too). 

Pull out some ink pads, papers and colours and play around to create a mood in your paper crafting.  Then send me your projects so I can guess what mood you were creating!

And if you want to recreate Karen’s card, here are all the supplies you’ll need.

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

When we design projects with a special someone in mind, don’t we often picture their faces when they open the envelope?  Full of anticipation of whether they’re going to smile, laugh or maybe even gasp or cry!  Either way, isn’t that feeling of expectation the absolute BEST?

And what’s amazing – and interesting – is how MUCH the colours we choose impact that mood. 

I’m excited to explore this connection in posts moving forward so stay tuned for those.  But for now, I need your help!  Take a couple minutes to leave me a comment with how colour makes YOU feel.  What challenges do you have with it?  What do you absolutely LOVE – or hate – about it?  Tell me what you need HELP with when it comes to colour.

And then, take another moment to appreciate how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card is an awesome way to unwind – almost as great as a glass of my birthday wine🍷!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

My friend Pat made Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards and shared them with me.  And it’s so pretty I knew you’d want to see it too.  She’s got all kinds of fun things going on with this card. 

  • dry AND heat embossing
  • a fun fold
  • a peek through opening
  • punches
  • framelits
  • Wink of Stella and
  • three-step stamping! 

Whew!  And they work together wonderfully.  See for yourself!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Isn’t it lovely?  Her colour combination is Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, with Pear Pizzazz for her tulip stems.  

Now although you may have seen a card like this before, what makes Pat’s so special is that front panel cutout to turn this into a peek through card!  She fully embossed her front panel with the Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder (which is available to purchase June 1st!).  The dynamic textured embossing folders are ONE-derful!  Such deep impressions you don’t really need any more embellishment to WOW up a card! 

Then she used the second largest layering oval to cut out the peek through with her Big Shot.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

You might think Pat stamped the stems many times.  Nope.  That’s one stamp with spots for 11 different blooms.  Makes your bouquet SUPER easy!  

Now you might be thinking “I don’t need a-NU-ther flower set”.  But take a look at these gorgeous greetings!

beautiful bouquet stampin up fun fold cards

With 37 photopolymer stamps in the full set, there are 15(!) oh-so pretty sentiments and 22 pieces for creating gorgeous bouquets for only $33. So even if you NEVER use ONE flower, you get lovely script sayings you can mix and match for only just over $2 a stamp!

What’s even better?  You can save 10% with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle and get 21 framleits (Pat’s sweet little bow is one of them)…but only until May 31st!  Here’s the whole kit’n caboodle!

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The even MORE fabulous news? This set and framelits aren’t going anywhere – they’re sticking around for the new catalogue!  But you don’t want to miss out on the bundled savings.  (Ya know IF you decide the flowers are too pretty to pass up and you don’t want to fussy cut!😉)

Let’s take a closer look at Pat’s Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards.  Have you figured out where the fun fold is?

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

It’s the fun little card inside the card!  Take a gander at this shot, which shows it off much better.

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

The tulip bouquet card opens from the left for you to add your greeting and a handwritten message. And even with the smaller inside card, it stands up wonderfully.  

Make Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Here are the measurements to make a card just like Pat’s.

  • Night of Navy – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White thick – 5” x 7”, scored at 3 1/2”

Fold and glue the inside “card” in the centre of the navy card.  Perfect placement to showcase a lovely bouquet.

What are some of the extra special touches Pat’s included in her design?

  • one of the banners from the Suet Banner punch used upside down to frame the oval cutout and popped up with Stampin’ dimensionals 
  • a navy embossed greeting (check out my video to see how to do this!)
  • Wink of Stella whisked over the cute navy bow on the bouquet and glueing the bow where you can see it through the peek through oval
  • two-step stamping for the tulips to create dimension and realism

You know, it never fails – unfortunately.  I have one or two customers who fall in love with a stamp set and see there’s a coordinating framelit – AFTER the bundle is retired and they miss out on the 10% savings☹️.  So get in on this one and save $7.50 before it’s gone for good in a week! 

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up Fun Fold Cards

Like the little surprise of the fun fold in Pat’s card?  Then this other bright and cheerful birthday card might be a fun way to send your wishes.  Or this unique twist fold one for the guys (with a video tutorial) could be up your alley too.

Pat will be the first one to tell you her favourite stamp sets are flowers.  Big ones, small ones, solid images or detailed, she’s like a magpie with a pretty set of flowers.  So this bundle was one she couldn’t pass up.  And I think you can see why.  Her Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up fun fold cards are gorgeous – and so easy to make yourself!


Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Grab your designer series paper to make an easy handmade layered card with a surprise inside!  My friend Leslie’s paper of choice is the beautiful Sweet Soiree from the Occasions Catalogue on sale now for only $13.60 a pack.  That’s just over a dollar a 12x12 sheet for a high-quality, heavy-weight patterned paper like this.  You can’t go wrong when you buy it today!

And who doesn’t LOVE a little surprise?  Leslie knew I did when she brought me this card!  Let’s take a peek.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

So simple and so pretty!  But let’s see where the surprise comes in.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Fun huh?  The last piece of the “puzzle” fits inside for an unexpected touch.  Leslie had seen this design showcased and wanted to give it a try – and this paper is perfect! Not all paper would be as effective.  

Let me tell you why the Sweet Soiree works especially well for this layered puzzle card:


  1. there are defined “images” in the design that get cut up to create the “pieced” look
  2. the flowers are abstract enough – and large enough – to still be recognized as flowers once cut (for example, the dots would not have as much punch)
  3. bold colours make the card particularly eye-catching
  4. shiny silver foil debossing draws attention and outlines the flower design

If you haven’t seen it, the Sweet Soiree paper is one you really need to see and touch to fully appreciate.  

make an easy handmade layered card

With pretty debossed silver foil accents, handpainted birthday or wedding cakes, flowers and patterns, there’s texture and colour galore.  And a design for everyone, guys included (see the blues and greens?). 

Let’s Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card


  • Sweet Soiree designer series paper – 3 1/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Rich Razzleberry – 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”


  1. Cut DSP into 4 by cutting first on the short edge at 1 3/4”.  Then cut each rectangle at 2 1/4”.
  2. Cut Rich Razzleberry into 4 on the short edge at 1 5/8”.  Then cut each rectangle at 2 1/8”.
  3. Adhere patterned paper on top of Rich Razzleberry pieces.
  4. Arrange so the pieces look like they were just cut apart and moved away from each other slightly.
  5. Place last piece of the puzzle on the inside of the card, where it would be if you HAD glued it to the front.
  6. Stamp greetings in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  7. Add three large basic pearls coloured with a dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend to finish it off.
  8. Sign it, stick it in an envelope and SEND IT OFF!


Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

I figure you can get 6 cards like this from one sheet of designer series paper.  And when you cut them up you will be left with strips which you can use for lots of other ideas.  This was another way we used it at my Occasions Open House.

Let’s Do the Math

So let’s talk budget-friendly for a moment.  6 cards from one sheet, 12 sheets to a pack.  Plus your cardstock base and matting.  Add in your three coloured pearls…and you’ve got a dynamite card for only 44 cents!!  Even adding in an envelope only brings it to 60 cents!  So, that equals fun card making and card giving at a fraction of the cost of store bought!  

This paper is so pretty, it’s one I’m going to be keeping in my stash even after it retires.  And I vow right this moment, very publicly, not to hoard it!  In fact, I’m starting a Pick It-Cut It-Use it Up! campaign for all my patterned paper.  I’ll be talking about this more in future blog posts.  Wanna join me?

But now’s your chance to get this beautiful paper at 20% off.  Think of all the possibilities to make an easy handmade layered card with its 12 gorgeous sheets.  Click the image to get yours delivered in about a week.

Make an Easy Handmade Layered Card

Piecing paper, whether it is designer series paper, like Leslie used or a stamped background you make yourself, creates outstanding cards.  You might remember this other pieced paper card my friend Kim designed with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP which is knock-out beautiful.

Sadly the Whole Lot of Lovely paper is retiring too and sold out in a flash so I hope you got yours!  And while there’s still Sweet Soiree paper available today, don’t delay. I don’t want you to be disappointed.

While you’re waiting for your Sweet Soiree to be delivered, take a stroll through your own stash of designer papers and see which ones you think would work for this design.  Then get busy cutting!  Make an easy handmade layered card for everyone you know – with a little surprise inside like Leslie did!


Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Get vibrant results when you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.  My friend Leslie did with her fun friends card featuring a fan favourite stamp set, Beautiful You. 

I knew you’d want to see it too when she’s got such a super colour combination goin’ on.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Such a simple card to share well wishes with a BFF.  Dapper Denim and Crushed Curry are gorgeous together don’t you think?  And look how bold her colour is on the textured watercolour paper.

When was the last time you pulled out your Stampin’ Write markers to colour?  If you’re like me, you sometimes forget they’re in your toolbox with all the other fun things to colour with.  But when you want FAST, SIMPLE and PERFECT colour coordination, they can’t be beat!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

OK question for you…how many retiring items did Leslie use on her colourful card?  

  1. Dapper Denim cardstock is the main front panel. And yes, as a 2016-18 In Colour, we’re waving good-bye May 31st and I’m sad ☹️.  It’s one of my go-to blues. 
  2. Then she’s coloured our gal’s dancing dress with her Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker which comes in a set of the 5 In Colors.
  3. She stamped in Basic Black Archival ink so she wouldn’t muddy her image once she started to colour.
  4. She’s also cut out the words from one of the Lovely Words thinlits in Crushed Curry.  Just two teeny snips and you can use the words just by themselves like she’s done here.

I’ve used these words quite a lot this past year for more simple cards like this and this.  I just love the brush lettering look you can achieve.  (plus it’s fun way to “cheat” if you’ve had too much caffeine and your lettering is a bit wobbly 😉).

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

A few tips to use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper?

  • Use a permanent black ink like Basic Black Archival which will stay put once you add any water-based colour, like our Stampin’ Write markers
  • Ink your stamp very well
  • Use a firm, even pressure to stamp your image onto the textured paper
  • Hold your stamp on the paper for a few seconds without rocking it so you have nice clear lines
  • Don’t be afraid to colour OUTSIDE the lines – yes, you can and it makes your image look fabulous!

OK, now it’s your turn.  Which BFF would you make this card for?  Simple, pretty and into the mail in no time, she’ll love opening it up!  Here’s everything you need to make it yourself.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper


Stampin’ Up! has so many colouring options, I think we sometimes forget to pull out our Stampin Write markers.  But take them out of storage and get colouring!  

And while you’re at it, give them a shot on watercolour paper – without water!  I KNOW, practically unheard of!  But give it a try today and you won’t be disappointed.  

Take a page out of Leslie’s book and see how vibrant your creations can be with you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.


A Handmade Card a Baker Will Love

A Handmade Card a Baker Will Love

Craft a handmade card a baker will love – or even someone who just LOVES to eat baking (like my husband)!  All the little details on this scrumptious design are just fabulous…

handmade card bakers will love

See why I couldn’t resist sharing my friend Joanne’s card with you?  She gave it to me when she entered my Front & Centre contest in March and I’ve been itching to get it on here for you to see how cute it is! 

Like how adorable are those little spatulas, oven mitts and cookie sheet?  And the way she’s used the ribbon to add a 3D effect – fantastic!

I can actually say I don’t have this Apron of Love bundle (yes it IS possible) but her card (which is MORE than a card) has me having second thoughts!   And if I hurry up and hit the order button before May 31st, I can save 10%!  

handmade card bakers will love

Joanne says she made this card as a fun way to share a recipe.  Are you ready for the inside?

handmade card bakers will love

Isn’t that just adorable?  What a great way to send a little bit of YOUR kitchen to someone special!  

Did you notice the tiny rolling pin for her title?  Soooo cute. 

A handmade card a baker will LOVE!  

Here’s how you can make that inside pocket the perfect size:

  1. Cut Whisper White cardstock 10 1/2” x 3 1/4” and score at 5 1/4”
  2. While still open, make a tick mark at 3” on top of long edge
  3. Make another tick mark at 2” on the left short edge
  4. Connect the two tick marks with your scoring tool and fold along this line.  Glue so it stays attached
  5. Cut patterned paper to 3 1/8” x 5” and glue to inside so it shows above the fold.  (Joanne used the Bubbles & Fizz paper which was a Sale-a-bration free item and is no longer available.  However paper with a cheery colour scheme and a small pattern would work equally as well.  Give the Picture Perfect Birthday stack a try!)
  6. Put Tear & Tape on inside left edge just up to the fold and adhere shut.
  7. Glue to inside of card.

handmade card bakers will love

I’m sure you all want to know how she got that ribbon so pretty and curly!  So here’s her tips:

  • Wet a 7” strip of shimmer pack ribbon (this was free ribbon she picked up during Sale-a-bration, but try any 1/4” ribbon for your own curls)
  • Wrap the wet ribbon around a small paintbrush (a wood one is best)
  • Dry with a heat tool
  • Cut into equal length and thread it through your eyelet holes

That’s it!  It’s amazing how curly it’s stayed.

handmade card bakers will love

Joanne’s card measures 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” folded closed so you can get two out of one sheet of cardstock.  (Cut piece to 3 1/2” x 11” and score at 5 1/2”)  And it’s the perfect size to fit standard recipe cards.  You can always fancy them up a bit just like she did too.

Although you might think this bundle is only for women, here’s an idea from Stampin’ Up! for the guys!  With Father’s Day around the corner, wouldn’t that be a great card to make?

handmade card bakers will love

You know what’s next…now it’s your turn!   I bet you know someone who likes cookies, or any kind of baking – or eating for that matter.  I’m taking a guess they’d think a card like this would be awesome. 

Here’s all the supplies Joanne used to make her cute design.  Don’t forget, until the end of May you can still get the stamp set with matching framelits at 10% off. (After that, you’ll still be able to get both, but they will no longer be bundled for the savings so I would hate for you to miss out.)  

I know you have lots of options for your paper crafting supplies, so I really do appreciate when you place an order with me.  Thank you!  

handmade card bakers will love

I’ve got another super card from Joanne to share in the next few weeks so stay tuned.  And if you like this cute apron one, you might also like this moonlit night sky one!

I am always excited to see my friends’ and customers’ creativity!  That’s what’s so nice about Front and Centre Fridays.  Not only do I get to showcase their work, you get to see some projects I might not typically make.  (After all, it’s a bit hard for me to make a handmade card a baker will love, if I don’t have the Apron of Love bundle…yet! 😚)

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