403-885-2448 designwithjo@gmail.com
How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

Raise your hand if you’d like a bit more moola – I thought so! – today I want to show you exactly how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches. 

My video is the fourth in my series for the Stamparatus,  what I’m calling the best darn stamp positioner available!  

Not only do I want to show you some cool tips today, we’re going to make this super cute card (and I’ve got a surprise project at the end of the video so be sure to watch it right to the end!)


everyone wants to know how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus


Aren’t these little-masked buddies the cutest?  And you can see just how quickly I put them together – and reduced waste – AND saved money with my video.  But first, let me show you the card from another angle so you see just how darling the narrow note cards are!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

I love almost instant gratification, don’t you? 

And even though card making gives us a pretty immediate sense of accomplishment, for even faster pats on the back, I’ve gotten into smaller cards lately.  These narrow note cards at 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” are so wonderful.  Pre-scored, with envelopes, and in sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, they are a breeze to work with! 

Not to mention a steal of a deal!  You get 20 in a package so the cost works out to only 55 cents per card.  Perfect for thank you’s, invitations, and itty bitty greetings, they’ll save you time in your craft space! 

But let’s take a peek at my latest video right now so you can see this card come to life!


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus



So, pretty quick and easy, yes?  Do you have other builder punches you’re just dying to try out?  Maybe the Cookie Cutter for Christmas greetings?  Or think how FAB it will be with the Vases Builder punch like you see on this classic navy and white thank you!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Make Your Own Trio of Raccoons!

Here are the supplies and measurements for the adorable trio of raccoons on my narrow note card so you can make it yourself.

  • Narrow note card and envelope
  • Bermuda Bay designer series paper – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”, plus piece about 3” square for the envelope liner
  • Gray Granite card stock – 2 pieces 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Smoky Slate – 1 piece 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Thick Whisper White – scrap at least 2 1/2” x 3”

So go grab your Stamparatus, inks and builder punches!  It’s your turn to make up a whole host of critters for just about anyone on your card-giving list! 

Here’s everything I used today for these cards.  To get what you need and have it delivered right to your door, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for ordering through me!

Special Offer!

Now, did you get to the end of the video and see that super duper cute second project?  The exclusive project for my email subscribers?

how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Not on my mailing list?  Psst, don’t tell anyone, but right now you can get it free too!  Just click the button and it will be on its way lickety-split! 


You know, when I first started my Stamparatus feature videos, I thought “hmmmm, maybe three will do it”.  Well, I’m already up to four and I think there’s a couple more I’ve just gotta share with you! 

So keep your eyes peeled in the next little bit for more tips and tricks with this awesome Stampin Up stamp positioner.

And while you’re waiting for those, check out the first three in my series.

  1. The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamping Positioner from Stampin Up 
  2. The Stamparatus: A Stamping Tools Must Have?
  3. Stamparatus Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available


want to save money with the stampin up stamparatus?


We all love to get a deal, don’t we?  And what could be better than getting one that KEEPS ON giving us a deal?  

Well, now you know how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches, have fun making multiples – then think of ALL the delightful ways you can spend those saved-up pennies😉!




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.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

It’s time to get a bunch of handmade birthday cards for him ready to go.  Hands up if you’ve got any of these Y chromosome folks in your life…hubby, son, dad, grandpa, doctor, car repair guy, newspaper boy…  

Yup, I thought so.  Funnily enough, me too!  

Well, here’s one card he will think is star-pendous that’s still pretty quick and easy to put together!   (OK that was a stretch 😊)

And because there’s not all that much time left, I wanted to show you some designs crafted with retired items before they’re gone!  (This card has/uses 5 separate things that are on the way out the door!)  See if you can guess what they are and I’ll tell you at the end.

handmade birthday cards for him

Whaddy’a think?  Bold colour and simple layout.  Solid and classy greeting.  And lots of punches and tools…what guy doesn’t appreciate THAT?

So why is it so difficult to make handmade cards for those fellas?  They like the I’m-so-special-she-made-me-a-hand-stamped-card feeling too!

They like colour.  And texture.  And good design.  

Plus I KNOW without asking, we’ve both got TONS of generic “STUFF” in our crafting stashes! 

Well, let’s pull them out and get busy! 

While there are a few more steps to this card than my other Keep It Simple Sunday projects, they’re all very easy!  Let’s get started.

handmade birthday cards for him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” and scrap about 2 1/4” square
  • Basic Black cardstock – one piece 4” x 5 1/4”, second piece 1 3/8” x 4 3/4” and scrap about 2 1/2” square
  • Tempting Turquoise (in the retiring hit list!) – 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and scrap about 3” square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (also being retired May 31st!) – 1 1/2” x 4 3/8”
  • Whisper White medium envelope



  1. Run both large pieces of Tempting Turquoise through the Big Shot with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  Set aside for now.
  2. Stamp greeting onto scrap of Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise ink and punch out with 2” circle punch
  3. Cut out starburst shape from scrap of Basic Black using Starburst punch
  4. Trim ends of both Basic Black strip and Dazzling Diamonds strip into a banner shape with Triple Banner punch
  5. Punch out a 2 1/4” circle from scrap of Tempting Turquoise paper.
  6. Adhere one of the embossed Tempting Turquoise panels to Basic Black panel then to front of card. (TIP1: use Tear & Tape or liquid glue for this as SNAIL will not maintain a strong hold on the embossed texture.)
  7. Use liquid glue to adhere Basic Black banner to top left of card.  Centre and glue Dazzling Diamonds Banner on top. (TIP2: ensure your Dazzling diamonds and black banners are aligned at the top.  The black will extend below the glimmer banner.)
  8. Adhere three circles together – white on top of black on top of turquoise – with SNAIL and place onto bottom of banner with dimensionals.
  9. Affix Tempting Turquoise enamel star to right side of greeting.

handmade birthday cards for him


  1. Run liquid glue around the outside envelope flap
  2. Line up the left edge of your embossed Tempting Turquoise with the left edge and fold of the envelope flap and adhere in place
  3. Open envelope flap and turn upside down and trim excess Tempting Turquoise cardstock away

And we’re all done!

A couple weeks ago, I shared what questions I ask as I’m about to make a paper crafted design for a “him”.  Check them out before you start creating to guide you in a super card, personalized for your “him”.

What are all the retiring items I used?

(I’ve given you a couple hints throughout…)

  • Tempting Turquoise cardstock
  • Tempting Turquoise stamp pad
  • Brights enamel shapes
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
  • Butterfly Basics stamp set

Did you get them all?

Yup, it’s true…some colours we are waving good-by to. So now’s the time to stock up on these items before they are gone-zo.  Don’t delay, especially on the ink refills and paper.  I suspect they won’t last long.

Here are all the supplies I used (retired and sticking around) so you can recreate handmade birthday cards for him too.  

handmade birthday cards for him

Just because he’s a guy, don’t let him miss out on the fun of getting your special paper crafted designs. 

Take a good look through your stash and find some tools, colours and designs that are generic enough to fit his personality.  I will just bet there’s quite a few items that are perfect for handmade birthday cards for him.  

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!


are your craft tools lonely

Pin It on Pinterest