403-885-2448 [email protected]

Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers | Facebook Live Replay

I’m excited to share my Facebook Live replay to show you why I think Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush pens for beginner letterers. And I’ve got a fun project to show how to make your own cute & quick gift bags.

In case you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, I come live to you usually every Wednesday at 4:30 MST on my Design with Jo business page. I also have fun and exclusive PopUp lives on my Design with Jo VIPeeps group. Everyone is welcome to join in!

So what are we making today?

Why I Think These Are the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Isn’t it cute? And it takes only MINUTES to make once you’ve taken my brush marker lettering class. Plus I’ve got a fun little twist on these letters you won’t want to miss in my video.

Do YOU want to learn how to brush letter like this too? A couple simple clicks and let’s get you going!

Maybe you want to see me letter first? Take a peek.

Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers

So why do I think the Stampin’ Writes are the best brush markers for beginner letterers?

  • Better control – the brush tip is not so flexible – and not too firm – so you get to be the master of it sooner
  • Brush size – the length of the brush tip is shorter than some other markers so you can control the thicknesses of your strokes
  • Dual tips – the fine tip end can tidy up any straggly ends and add polish to your letters
  • Colour choice – Stampin’ Write markers are available in every Stampin’ Up colour to seamless match your paper crafted projects

Look how glossy and cool these letters are on this bag.

Why Are Stampin Write Markers the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Get the Goods

Here’s everything I used for Sophia’s fun bag. You probably have these items at home. If not, a simple click is all it takes to get you to my 24-7 online store to add them to your stash of supplies.

And shopping with me pays off! Get in on my Sunny Rewards program now!

Best Brush Markers for Beginner Letterers
Heat Tool

Time to Pick!

Which is your favourite project I made today? This cute mini gable box?

Have Fun with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

The bag for Judy from the video?

Facebook Live Replay: Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Or Brady’s party bag?

Quick & Easy Bags with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

Leave me a comment and let me know. I love to hear from you and make special effort to reply to every one of you.

Ok, let’s get you started with your own brush marker lettering. Give me an hour and you’ll be well on your way!

Make a Cool Bag with the Best Brush Pens for Beginner Letterers

If you haven’t already taken a peek at the video, scroll back up and spend a few minutes. Once you see how quickly you can decorate a gift bag with your own lettering, think of all the possibilities! Birthdays, Christmas, graduations…just about any celebration.

I do truly believe Stampin’ Write markers are the best brush markers for beginner letterers – give them a shot today with my online class!

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Homemade Valentines treats boxes are on the menu today!  We’re talking straight up hearts to celebrate this fun day.  Send a batch of these super adorable mini boxes to school with your kids to share with their friends.  But keep a couple hanging around for your buds too!

They’re perfectly sized to fit a mini Kit Kat bar.  And a breeze to whip up with the envelope punch board and my Product of the Week, the All My Love DSP.

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

There’s no doubt this yummy paper is fabulous for Valentines.  But don’t think that’s all you can make with it.  I get to play with it all this week so be sure to visit and check out what I come up with.

Plus over on my Facebook Group, I’ve got an exclusive POP-UP Facebook LIVE today at noon MST to see exactly how to make these little boxes.  Why not come on over and join in?

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Let’s see these adorable little guys!

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

So SIMPLE to Make Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Aren’t they sweet?  Let me know.  Which one is your favourite?

Cuttin’ It Up

  • All My Love DSP – 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ square
  • paper scraps – Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Sparkle glimmer
  • ribbon – pieces about 8-9″

Made from the Heart Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

Design with Jo’s TIPS  

  • combine framelits to jazz up your boxes
  • give your glimmer paper some personality with a touch of a Stampin’ Blend
  • use your ribbon or a glue dot to hold down the box flap

My Favourite Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes

What a great treat to give to friends, kids and adults alike for Valentine’s Day.

Here are all the supplies to make these little mini chocolate bar holders at home.  You’ll find your designer series paper will go a long ways here.  You can get 4 out of every sheet (so 48 in total with lots of off cuts for decoration.)


Let’s take a last peek at that simple Crumb Cake one.  Just a couple cut out hearts, a double knotted ribbon and a heart epoxy shape is all you need to dress this one up.

Homemade Valentines Treats Boxes are Quick & Easy with the Envelope Punch Board

I have a ball coming up with yummy goodie holders.  Want more ideas?

What about these super sweet fold over boxes I shared in my Facebook Live last week?  Maybe these adorable packets you can see on my video?  Or these treat packets you can make with a full photo tutorial?

And be sure to join my Design with Jo VIPeeps Facebook Group so you can get all the directions to make these ones too.  Once you’re in just click on the Videos section if you missed the live version.

No matter what you’re celebrating, grab some cardstock and designer series paper and get crafty!  I know everyone will love your homemade Valentines treats boxes – maybe even more than the treat inside!

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy | Facebook LIVE Replay

Today I’m sharing my Facebook Live where I showed how to paint a box quick and easy!  If you missed or, or even if you didn’t, now’s the perfect chance to see my projects up close and personal!

How to Paint a Box Super FAST!


This mini pizza box takes on a personality a friend, a brother, a co-worker is just going to love to pieces.  In fact everyone else will be…are you ready for it…green with envy🤣.  I chose Tranquil Tide to gussy up the box to match the cute four leaf clovers from the Amazing Life stamp set.   

See that oh-so-cool design on the box itself?  Sort of like etched ice? That’s totally unplanned – and unexpected!  Let me show you how it happens!

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy


Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White cardstock 2″ x 11″
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock 2 pieces each 1″ x 11″
  • Watercolor paper – scraps
  • Whisper White flax ribbon – a piece about 7″ long

At 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1″ these mini pizza boxes are really not so mini after all.  They’re a a fabulous size for all kinds of goodies:

  • a set of handmade 3″ x 3″ notecards
  • large cookies (or a couple smaller ones) (because they’re food safe too)
  • chocolates and treats of all kinds
  • a gift card
  • moola
  • jewelry
  • a spool of ribbon
  • mini stamps and embellishments

Plus they’re an inexpensive way to add your own personal touch to a gift.  They come in a package of 8 so they’re only just a smidge over a dollar a piece.  

Facebook LIVE Replay: How to Paint a Box FAST

It’s Your Turn

A drop or two of ink refill is all you need to add to your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Shake it up and get busy spritzing your way to gorgeous ice-etched designs.   Here are all the supplies I pulled out to make mine.  I’d love it if you support my business and order your supplies through me.  Thanks so much.

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy

As I usually do on my Facebook Lives, there were three versions.  Let’s take a peek at each one.  Leave me a comment with which one is your favourite and why!

A sweet birthday for a girl at any age?

Watch How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy

A cheerful spring-y any and all occasion pick me up?

How to Paint a Box Super FAST

Or one last gander at this Luck of the Irish good luck charm?

Want to Know How to Paint a Box?


Or maybe you’d rather not add colour? Try your hand with your designer papers to wrap around your box like I did here

So thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to see what you design with this technique and these cute little pizza boxes.  What colour do you think you’ll spritz on them first?  Lovely Lipstick for Valentines?  Highland Heather for Easter?  Or maybe you need a gift for a friend changing jobs?  Maybe Pacific Point or Balmy Blue will be just the ticket.

Be sure to mark your calendar for my Wednesday Facebook Lives over on my Facebook Page so you can get in on the action while I’m stamping, chatting and generally making a mess!  While my next one won’t show you how to paint a box quick and easy like this one did, I promise it will be fun too!



Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes | Facebook Live Replay

I LOVE these easy to make Valentines treat boxes for lots of reasons!

  • they really ARE super easy
  • you can make them in a flash!
  • they showcase the brand new Meant to Be cling bundle
  • they’re ultra ultra sweet
  • and…what a perfect size for a little treat!
I LOVE These Super Quick Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes!

The All My Love designer series paper is the star of all these little treats. Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White. Maybe not quite as bold as Real Red but perfect for this time of year with hearts and flowers.

Of all the paper, there’s only a couple that I think scream Valentines! The one with the larger bold hearts like the “You make me happy” treat box is the one that jumps out at me right away. Do you think there are others?

I’m pretty sure all the rest can be used for almost ANY occasion. Like on this pretty friend card I shared a few weeks ago. Take a peek at all of them here. Which one is your favourite?

OK, how about we get to the video so you can see how easy these are to make? I’ve got two different designs for you in my Facebook Live Replay.

Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Cardstock or designer series paper – 4 1/2″ x 6″
  1. scored on the short side at 3/4″ and 3″
  2. turned 90 degrees and scored on the long side at 2″, 2 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White and Lovely Lipstick cardstock – scraps
  • Lovely Lipstick 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon or Polka Dot Tulle Whisper White – about 6-7″

Pin this template so it’s easy to remember your measurements and what you cut away.

Pin These Sweet and Oh So Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

It’s Up to You!

Now it’s your turn to make up a few of these. For Valentine’s or ANY time! Here’s everything I used. You can order these right now by clicking on any of the images below. Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

Big Shot

Time to Choose!

Which of these little darlings is your number one pick?

The Whisper White with a few kicks of DSP and two small scalloped hearts?

I LOVE These Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

The sparkly layered hearts with the greeting? And some more of that cute Lovely Lipstick ribbon with the coloured heart epoxy droplet?

NEW Video for Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

Or this heart-shaped top made with the scalloped heart framelit and some DSP. With a few bits of rhinestone bling and tied with the pretty polka dot Whisper White tulle ribbon, it just might be the one to catch your eye.

What About Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes?

I know. It’s super hard to choose isn’t it? They’re all so sweet!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and cute project. If you did. be sure to join my Facebook Group Design with Jo VIPeeps! Every week I post a Facebook Live, plus I have exclusive popup videos for you to catch too.

We’ve got a super community of papercrafters having fun and every week I share a deal and tip to make your crafting easier. You might even see some different colours of these easy to make Valentines treat boxes show up on there in the next while!


Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

If you’re running around like crazy take a rest with these easy last minute homemade Christmas gifts.  I’m so excited to share these little guys! I could hardly wait for my Facebook Live last night.  Catch it here with all the steps.

If you did miss the Live, you might want to join my Facebook Group, Design with Jo VIPeeps.  Then you can come craft with me in my studio every week too.  Plus, you’ll get exclusive deals and tips and FB Live projects I only share with my VIPeeps!

I must admit I had a full package of the acetate boxes hanging around my studio.  I designed a stinkin’ cute gift box you can see in this post.  But then they’ve been sitting around gathering dust! 

But now, I’ve gone through a WHOLE package in a couple days designing these fun treat holders.  So how about we get to the project so you can see them all too?

Super Quick and Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Isn’t it the cutest?  A perfect little box with yummy treats and goodies for ANYONE on your list. 

  • your mailman
  • the dog walker
  • your UPS truck driver
  • your nephew
  • the grocery packer
  • the flight attendant…  I think you get the idea😋.

What do I like BEST about them? 


  1. inexpensive
  2. fun to make
  3. quick to put together
  4. ideal for almost everyone
  5. and so adorable you might just want to keep them all for yourself!

Let me show you everything I used so you can start whipping these up right away.  Then we’ll get to the video.

OK, time to watch me play!  See how quick these are to put together!


Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts




Cuttin’ It Up! (for Gingerbread treat holder)

  • acetate card box – cut in half width-wise (at about 2 7/8”)
  • Real Red cardstock – 2 7/8” x 4 7/16”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 1” x 4”
  • scraps – Crumb Cake, Under the Mistletoe (one of the plaid designs)


Make It in Minutes Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Pick Your Fave

I need you to pick your fave from these designs.  Then leave me a comment: on why it’s your number one pick.

  • A frosthy – that’s a new word, frosty and frothy together – Merry Christmas Cup.

Super Quick and Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

  • Santa’s Candy Cane delight

Facebook Live Replay Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

  • Cute and Gingery Gingerbread Man

Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

  • A Little Shot of Morning Mocha Magic

Adult ONLY Easy Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Now it’s time for you to get busy with your acetate card boxes, stamps, punches and ink.  I’d love to see what easy last minute homemade Christmas gifts you design so share them over at Design with Jo VIPeeps!

Pin It on Pinterest