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2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set


Today I’m going out of my comfort zone to make you a simple birthday card with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


But why is this out of my comfort zone?


Well, I have to admit it. This wasn’t a favourite suite of mine at OnStage in November. Eeek! (Yes it IS possible.) I think it’s the colour combinations that didn’t jump up and down and say “Pick ME”! But I went ahead and ordered it specifically to CHALLENGE myself!


Now why would I do something like that?


  • It’s not like there aren’t PLENTY of suites and sets in the new catalogue calling my name.
  • It wasn’t because I don’t get all KINDS of technical challenge with constant learning of my online business. (Yes, I’m talking about you, Facebook, WordPress and Youtube!)
  • And it wasn’t because I thought the set was going to be HARD to use.


It was because I want to make sure I’m not limiting YOU with some of my choices with new designs, colour choices and product. And because sometimes my crafting needs a shot in the arm. Something just a bit different to keep me on my toes.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


And just like you, once I started to play with this suite, I found I quite like it. Especially the colours!  


I know. Newsflash right?


Let’s take a closer look at the stamp set.


Look What’s New



Lots of two-step stamping options to keep us entertained…and our card recipients charmed. Different flower shapes and sizes, whimsical dots and leaves that can stand on their own as design elements.


And the Happiness Blooms paper? Well, I have a surprise. It’s not the designer series paper you see tucked in behind the flower panel and the banner.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


It’s the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack! Another first for me! Isn’t that pink and orange so darned cute peeping out from behind?


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set


Bold, bright and FUN with deep Night of Navy tones mixed with Lovely Lipstick and Calypso Coral (among others). Two sizes of double sided cards make card crafting a breeze. Plus stickers and specialty cards with glossy elements to coordinate with the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.


Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set with Design With Jo


The greeting is from the new Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. One you’ll use over and over again and great for small banners and tags. Easy to punch with multiple punches and perfect for everyone and anyone!



Once again all these items are available in the 2019 Occasions catalogue available January 3rd to order. It’s getting closer!



Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set

Calypso Coral 3/8



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Card Crafting Challenge


Do you sometimes feel that your crafting needs a shot in the arm? Do you tend to stick to tried and true and your favourite designs?


Why not try something just a little out of your comfort zone with this new catalogue? Challenge yourself to experiment with different colours, designs and embellishments.


Heck! You never know what fantastic creations you’ll come up! Just like me with this 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: Make a Simple Birthday Card with the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set.

How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies | VIDEO

Today I want to show you in my video how to use stamp sets with matching dies.  They’re the cat’s pyjamas for making fabulous cards – even quickly!  What can you expect with this card?

  • Gorgeous and unexpected holiday colours.
  • Classic design. 
  • A touch of vintage.

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

Did you see I’m using my Product of the Week, the First Frost bundle?  One of the things I LOVE about it? Its versatility.  How different is it from this thank you card 

Even with these colours, can you see Christmas?  But also, how great would it be for a birthday or thinking of you?  Or switch out the greeting for wedding or congratulations. 

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

So you hear about bundles all the time right?  Have you taken the plunge and ordered one yet?

If you’re unsure, read on to see why you will fall in love with them.

In every catalogue, you’ll see several sprinkled throughout.  Either a set of stamps complemented with a punch or a set of framelits / thinlits.  

What are the benefits to bundles?

  • a 10% savings – yippee!!
  • your completely coordinated paper crafting tool
  • generally no, or very limited fussy cutting around shapes
  • usually a mix of outline framelits and detailed framelits to add interest to your designs
  • most often words are included in this particular set so it functions as a total

But just how can bundles make your projects come to life?  Well, just like this!


How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies



Bonus!  A miniscule number of supplies!

  • Pool Party cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock – piece about 2 1/2” x 8”
  • 1/2″ Lace trim – about 6”

A word of caution about bundles.  They’re available ONLY during the life of the catalogue they first appear in.  So if First Frost shows up in the 2019 catalogue, there won’t be a bundle.  And it won’t be 10% off.  So you don’t want to miss out on the savings.  Get your First Frost bundle today.

And when you order by October 21st, I’ll send you a 1/4 package of the Frosted Floral designer series paper!

So now I need you to weigh in.  Leave me a comment.  Which is your favourite card?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

They all have the same colour combination.

how to use stamp sets with matching diesIt’s only the card base and greeting colours that are different.  See how easy it is to change things up?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

You know, I don’t think roses, pretty leaves or berries are likely to go out of style soon.  So I predict First Frost could become a GO-TO bundle for you.

So now you see how to use stamp sets with matching dies, take a peek at the bundles in the catalogue – and get in on the savings.

Painted Harvest Handmade Autumn Card

My friend Pat sent me this beautiful Painted Harvest handmade autumn card for Thanksgiving.  I LOVED her card so much, I just had to share it with you so you could Pin it and CASE it. 

Did you know CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything?  And it’s what we stampers love to do!  

So don’t be shy.  Feel free to Pin it to your Pinterest boards.  It’s always a great idea to save fabulous designs like this so you can craft up a handmade autumn card.

Make a classy handmade autumn card

Don’t know how to Pin It?  It just depends where you’re reading this.

A. If you’re on your tablet or phone,

  • press the “Share This ^” at the bottom of your screen
  • select Pinterest and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

B. If you’re on a desktop computer,

  • on the left hand side of your screen you will see some buttons, one red one with the Pinterest P in it
  • click on the P and it will bring up each image on the page you are on
  • pick which photo you like the best (1 or 2 or all of them!) by pressing it
  • (you might need to log in to your Pinterst boards)
  • choose your board you want to pin it to

Go ahead, give it a try!

I LOVE this stamped and die-cut handmade autumn card

I’m not sure what appeals to me the most.

  • The simple layout
  • Her colour choices (save my Inkspiration below to keep it in mind)
  • That Buffalo Check stamped background (isn’t that your FAVE new background stamp?)
  • Her punched and die-cut embellishments peeking out from the framed sunflower , or
  • The sunflower (you probably already know, it’s my all-time favourite flower 🌻)

What do you like the best about it?  Leave me a comment.

Let me show you Pat’s colour combo which is just ideal for this time of year.

Painted harvest handmade autumn card

Tips for a Painted Harvest handmade autumn card


I LOVE this handmade autumn card


  1. Pull out your Stamparatus for exact and full-coverage placement of the Buffalo Check background stamp.
  2. Cut your Whisper White panel slightly smaller than the stamp so you get complete coverage with one stamping.  Pat’s is 4” x 5 1/4”.
  3. Pick out two coordinating stamp pad colours to create your sunflower.  Pat use Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Rotate your sunflower stamp just slightly to offset the darker Pumpkin Pie petals.
  5. Sponge Pumpkin Pie ink onto one punched out Daffodil Delight leaf for a rustic and matched feel.
  6. Use a variety of die-cuts and colours to accent your focal point.  Here you can see 2 leaf punches in 2 colours and a leaf embossed and die cut from the In the Woods framelits.


Here are all the supplies Pat used to create her awesome handmade autumn card.  To add these to your own stash of goodies, simply click on the image.

This is NOT your average handmade autumn card

Did you Pin it to save for later?

If you love the Painted Harvest set as much as I do here’s another vellum card idea you might want to pin.  

Inspiration for our card making comes from so many places.  And imitation is the gosh-darn BEST form of flattery.

Don’t be afraid to completely copy a design you love.  Or use it as a jumping-off point.  Or just take elements you can’t live without and incorporate them into your own layout.

Give it a try.  Take little pieces of Pat’s design and add them to your own handmade autumn card this year and see what you can come up with.

Why I LOVE Using Vellum in Card Making

Want to know why I LOVE using vellum in card making? 

  • It adds an unexpected touch everyone raves over.  
  • It’s super classy and elegant
  • It’s versatile.  From absolutely stellar die cuts and punched shapes, to full on card fronts, you can’t go wrong with it.

So if you’ve never tried this almost “frosted” see-through card stock for your designs, you will want to add some to your wish list.  Then add the popular Painted Harvest in a sunflower for a card with a neat surprise!

Using vellum in card making makes beautiful greetings

Pretty right?  The beautiful Painted Harvest set from last year’s holiday catalogue is still one of my favourites.  Here’s another fall inspired card made with this gorgeous set.

And don’t get fooled into thinking this set is only for fall.  How about this friend tag card?   Or look how great it works for these giftable frames.  The possibilities are just about endless.

But where’s the surprise, you ask? 

How about we look at it from this angle?

It's so pretty using vellum in card making

A lovely inside greeting that POPs right out at you through the window! But it’s almost invisible when it’s standing up.

But wait!  There’s another little surprise!  What about if we take a look at the inside too?

I LOVE using vellum in card making

How cool is that?  A fully decorated inside to WOW your recipient!

OK, this card does have a few steps.  But it’s easy to recreate with my tips and tricks.  Read on…


Tips and Tricks for a Painted Harvest See-Through Window Card

Have YOU tried using vellum in card making

  1. My first step was to cut out my window from my card base.  I placed the second largest Stitched Shape square framelit on an angle and cut it out with the Big Shot.
  2. Then rather than try and cut the vellum into a square window, I cut a piece of vellum the same size as the front of my card.
  3. I eye-balled where the sunflower needed to be so it was within the frame. (I chose to NOT centre it in there for more interest.)
  4. And then I stamped the sunflower directly on the vellum and heat set it with my heat tool.
  5. Adhere the vellum.  Squeeze a drop of liquid glue onto the corner of your silicone craft sheet.  Dab your sponge directly into it then dab it all over the INSIDE front of your card.  Lay your vellum piece directly on top to adhere.
  6. Cut your Early Espresso frame. Last I nested the SAME Stitched Shape square framelit inside the next size UP one on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot.
  7. Oh and don’t forget to stamp the inside words and flowers. Again eye-ball the placement so you can see it through the window.

And the rest is just embellishment.😋

Craft up a storm using vellum in card making!

  • A stamped leaf on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock then punched out.
  • I dug into my ribbon scrap bin for a small piece of burlap ribbon and cut it in half lengthwise adhered with liquid glue.
  • My double linen thread bow affixed with a glue dot.
  • Clear epoxy shapes coloured with my dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.

My Top Tips for Using Vellum in Card Making


  • Use dye-based inks like Stampin’ Up! Classic colours
  • Heat set the ink on the number 1 setting of your heat tool (which will dry the ink but not warp the paper)
  • Add adhesive sparingly (like I did with the liquid glue dabbed on with a sponge)
  • Use the see-through nature of the paper to maximum effect (really three different ways here!)

So how about you give this a try now?  Dig out your vellum (which might be ageing gracefully somewhere safe😚) and your framelits.  Then start creating.

And be sure to leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set YOU think would also look great using vellum for card making.  

Plus if you’re itching to make a card just like mine, here’s everything I used.  Simply click on any image to take you directly to my 24-7 online store for ordering.  I really appreciate you shopping with me.  Don’t forget to use host code VWQ3RYAN for free stuff!


I absolutely LOVE using vellum in card making

So now you’ve seen THIS design, I’m curious. 

What’s YOUR favourite way to incorporate this see-through cardstock in your paper crafting?  Let me know in the comments how much you love using vellum in card making.

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

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