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Happy Easter 2019

Happy Easter 2019

I’ll be celebrating Easter with my family who travelled from Thunder Bay to be with us. I’d also like to share my Easter greetings with you with this pretty daffodil card made with the retiring You’re Inspiring stamp set.

Happy Easter 2019 with You're Inspiring

While this card is perfect for Easter, simply change out the greeting and you have a lovely spring greeting for a birthday, congrats or friend card.

With some simple stamping with my Tuxedo Black Memento pad and coloured with Stampin’ Blends, this was a fun card to design. I’m trying to use up some of my patterned papers and have a good swatch of it here for subtle background. (Not that I have much patterned paper mind you – yeah right!! 😊)

Let me give you all the measurements and steps to make this simple and pretty card yourself.

Cuttin’ It Up!

I’ve added a few different layers to pull out the pretty on this card.

  • Basic Black – 1 piece 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, 1 piece 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Thick White White – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Pear Pizzazz – 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
  • So Saffron – two strips 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • So Saffron polka Dot DSP – 3″ x 5 1/2″
  • Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine – piece about 14″
Simple Alcohol Marker Colouring with Stampin Blends for a Happy Easter 2019

Let’s Make It

  1. Glue patterned paper to middle of folded Basic Black card. Glue strips of So Saffron along top and bottom edge. TIP: I use little dabs of liquid glue for the small strips so I have a little bit of leeway to move if I don’t get them quite aligned at first.
  2. Stamp sentiment on top and flower image on bottom centre of Whisper White Thick cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento pad. Colour with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight and Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. See my Top 10 best tips here for the Blends.
  3. Adhere to piece of Pear Pizzazz then to square of Basic Black. Attach with dimensionals to right centre of card. TIP: frame your piece with a large matted square for a bit more punch.
  4. Tie piece of Basic Black Baker’s twine around bottom edge of card and tie in a bow to the left centre. TIP: start with a larger bow and pull on each end until your are happy with the size of your bow. Then trim your ends.

OPTIONAL: Stamp large daffodil along a piece of Whisper White cardstock (2 2/4″ x 5″) also in Tuxedo Black ink. Glue to piece of So Saffron (4″ x 5 1/4″) then to inside of card. TIP: I almost always layer inside a black card to tie together the front and inside. And it’s always nice to add that unexpected touch when you stamp the inside with an image and not just the greeting.

A Simple Coordinated Inside for My Happy Easter 2019 Card

What would you design with this set?

What types of cards or projects would YOU first make with this pretty set?

  • Birthday?
  • Thinking of You?
  • Wedding?

Here are all the supplies you would need to recreate this card in your craft area. Be sure to use my host code for April ( CBPJASZX) if your online order comes to $60 CDN or more. That way you can earn Sunny Rewards from me!

Happy Easter to You and Yours

Wishing You a Happy Easter 2019

Enjoy a wonderful day however you are spending it today. With family, with friends. Away from home or not. At a down home grand feast or a lovely Easter brunch.

Wherever you are, take a special moment to thank your companions and celebrate a Happy Easter 2019.

Quick & Easy Cards for Men

Isn’t it time for some quick & easy cards for men? Don’t you think guys get a bit missed when we’re crafting? The Geared Up Garage bundle in the Occasions Catalogue is your answer to making the perfect card for him – every time!

Today’s Simple Project

Quick & Easy Cards for Men with Garage Gears Stamps from Stampin Up!

What guy around wouldn’t think this was a classic? A cool souped-up gas guzzler and lots of smoky exhaust! What more could he ask for 🤣?

Although I’m only using the stamps today, what’s not to love about this manly bundle?

Quick & Easy Cards for Men
  • RAD images many with matching framelits ✔️
  • Cool gear thinlits ✔️
  • Toolbox, tools & bolts ✔️
  • Gas can ✔️
  • Greasy spot! ✔️

OK, let me give you all the measurements and steps to recreate quick & easy cards for men.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Basic Black – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces (one for inside) 3 3/4″ x 5″, scrap
  • Basic Grey – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Real Red – scrap

Let’s Make It!

Quick & Easy Cards for Men are a SNAP with the Garage Gears Stamps and Truly Tailored Punch
  1. Stamp car along bottom of one piece of Whisper White in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  2. Add exhaust at back end in Smoky Slate ink. TIP: I thought the Basic Grey was just a bit too dark here so switched it to a lighter shade of grey.
  3. Stamp sentiment in Real Red ink on scrap of Whisper White and punch out with Tailored Tag punch.
  4. Punch out 1 3/4″ circle from Real Red cardstock scrap and glue behind greeting. Affix to top left of panel.
  5. Glue to piece of Basic Grey then to front of folded card.
  6. Glue last piece of Whisper White inside card.

And that’s it! This one’s almost as simple as they get. But if you wanted to make it even simpler, omit the two punches and stamp the words in Real Red directly onto the Whisper White panel.

Here are some other designs from Stampin’ Up! so you can see how versatile – and masculine – this bundle is!

Quick & Easy Cards for Men

Everything You Need for Quick & Easy Cards for Men

Card making for the guys in our life shouldn’t be a bother. And this stamp and bundle make it easy! Grab yours now simply by clicking on the images below to take you directly to my 24-7 store.

Thanks so much for shopping with me! 😊

Quick & Easy Cards for Men

A Last Peek

I LOVE These Quick & Easy Cards for Men

The simpler the better I say for guy cards. Here’s another super quick card he’ll like!

The next time you’re racking your brain for a guy card, remember the Geared Up Garage bundle. It’s got stamps for so many occasions and MANLY man images and embellishments. I know he’ll appreciate receiving these quick & easy cards for men – and you get to save time too!

{LAST Day to Sale-a-brate 2019!} Simple Pocket Fold Card | VIDEO

I’ve got a simple pocket fold card video for you today to celebrate the LAST day of Sale-a-bration 2019 using the Botanical Butterfly designer series paper!

Time sure goes quick when you’re having fun! And this has been one of the absolute best Sale-a-bration events in Stampin’ Up! history! Three different releases full of lovely stamps, framelits, gorgeous papers & embellishments. I hope you got everything you wanted for FREE during this fun event.

And if you didn’t?

You still have until midnight TONIGHT, March 31st to place a $60 CDN for free items. See everything still available here.

Let’s take a peek at our fun fold card made with our Stampin’ Trimmer.

Get Full Measurements and Steps for this Simple Pocket Fold Card

Pretty isn’t it? And so quick and easy with designer paper and a few punches. Let me show you how it’s made…

Make a Simple Pocket Fold Card

Cuttin’ It Up!

Here’s the measurements and colours I used on the yellow version:

  • Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 10 1/2″, scored at 5 1/4″ and 9 1/4″
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 1 piece 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scraps
  • Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon – about 14″ (less if you only want a knot)
Simple Pocket Fold Card with Botanical Butterfly DSP

Jo’s Design Tips

  • don’t glue down the sides of your pocket for more easy movement of your inside card
  • choose colours of the printed butterflies to coordinate with your cardstock
  • mix and match large and small butterflies on your card with the Butterfly Duet punch
  • add a swipe of Wink Of Stella to your butterflies for a bit of gleam
  • offset your greeting or large butterfly so you have room for your bow or knot

Your Turn to Play

Make a few of these in lovely spring colours to share with family and friends. They make super birthdays, friend, congrats or Easter greetings. Then I’d love for you to share your design over on my Facebook group, Design with Jo VIPeeps.

To purchase the supplies and get your Botanical Butterfly DSP free, all it takes is a $60 CDN order TODAY, March 31st!

And when you use my host code N7METAYB on your order, you’ll get Sunny Rewards from me too. Thanks for shopping with me!

Simple Pocket Fold Card

Which design will YOU start with?

The Lemon-Lime Twist double-up-your-embellishments duo?

Use Your Punches for a Gorgeous and Simple Pocket Fold Card

Our cheery little Daffodil Delight note?

Keep It Simple Sunday with My Simple Pocket Fold Card

Or the Trio of Tiny Butterflies I made in the video?

I LOVE This Simple Pocket Fold Card Made with Botanical Butterfly DSP!

Papercrafting CAN be quick & easy – this card is proof positive.

And if there’s any tool that works overtime in your stamp room to help make your designing easier, it’s your Stampin’ Trimmer. Accurate cutting and scoring in one little tool that will last you for years!

The PRETTIEST Simple Pocket Fold Cards

I Appreciate Your Time

I love being able to share designs with you for fast yet lovely paper crafting projects. Please drop back again to see what other design tricks I’m sharing. I promise you it will be different than this simple pocket fold card – but equally as fun and fabulous!

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Keepin’ with my series this week, today’s Keep It Simple Sunday project is a dry embossing vellum birthday card. Or maybe it’s a congrats card. Or quite possibly a friend card.

What do YOU think it is?

Oh So Simple Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

I LOVE how the vellum cardstock takes on a white cast around the embossed leaf image. Not only is the image fully raised, it has a frosty shadow to catch the eye even more.

I’ve had this Climbing Vine embossing folder for awhile but it got a bit lost in my supplies with all the other fabulous items. (I don’t expect that EVER happens to you right? 😙) . So I thought I would pull it out and use it to complement the Incredible Like You stamp set.

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Did you notice this set in the Occasions catalogue? It’s in with the kits on page 21. So if you tend to skim right over them, you may have missed it.

I’m a two step stamping afficionado from waaaay back so it was on my list pretty early on. And even though I’ve used it in a couple classes, you haven’t seen it here yet!

So here ya go! Look how fabulous that flower is with the top detail overlaid. And because it’s a photopolymer set, I could see right through it so didn’t need my Stamparatus to get this perfectly aligned.

Get all the STEPS to make this Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Now it’s time for all the measurements and steps so you can recreate this at home.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Old Olive cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Vellum cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Calypso Coral cardstock – 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
  • Petal Pink cardstock – 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Let’s Make It

Incredible Like You from Stampin' Up! Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card
  1. Run vellum through Climbing Vines embossing folder with Big Shot. TIP: you will hear some cracking sounds as you are doing this because the paper has a plastic finish. BIG TIPPER TIP: Be careful handling the edges of the vellum as it could tear on the raised images.
  2. Adhere vellum to piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using liquid glue and sponge technique outlined in this video. Glue to front of folded card. BIG TIPPER TIP: If you do have any tears in your embossed piece, this type of adhering works great to repair it!
  3. Stamp solid flower image in Petal Pink on bottom left of Whisper White square. TIP: stamp off once onto scrap paper if you have a really juice stamp pad like me!
  4. Stamp 2nd flower image directly on top with Calypso Coral ink. Stamp three leaves along bottom to fill in a portion of the corner. TIP: Stamp one leaf with full strength ink then a second one, THEN re-ink for the 3rd one.
  5. Ink words in Pear Pizzazz ink and stamp towards top centre.
  6. Adhere all three pieces together, centring each one on top of the other. Glue to front centre of card with dimensionals.
  7. Add three rhinestones on right side of card.

Let’s See Yours!

This is a quick card with stunning results on the embossed vellum. Which folders do you have at home that look just as FAB? Post your pics over on my group DesignwithJo VIPeeps Facebook page so we can all see!

What a classic card design. Here are the simple elements.

  • a framed focal piece,
  • ideally coordinated colours,
  • fabulous understated background and,
  • a few simple embellisments.

To order any of these supplies simply click on any image below.

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

See You Soon

I really enjoy Keep It Simple Sundays. In the midst of all the gorgeous, detailed projects you could make, sometimes quick and easy is all you have time for. That’s why I started this feature two years ago. And that’s why I’ll keep ’em coming your way.

So if you want some simple spring ideas, here’s a couple from this time last year.

I hope you like my Keep It Simple Sunday series too. If you do, please leave me a comment and let me know. And if they’re not really your thing, feel free to let me know that too! I love to hear from you so I can offer projects YOU want to recreate.

How EASY Is This Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card?

Working with vellum this week has been fun. And guess what? I’m not done quite yet. I’ve got one more to share coming up this week. So then you’ll be able to add yet one more technique to your dry embossing with vellum toolkit!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

After a week off work recuperating from a too busy couple of months, take a look at these simple triple embossed handmade cards. Like several of my posts, today I want you to get a bit more out of your crafting supplies! This time, both your embossing folders and punches!

Plus since it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, I’ve got the full measurements and step by step instructions for you! Read on…

But first, can you pick out the three different embossed elements?

Use Vibrant Vases for Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

With this mix of dry and heat embossing it’s the deep impressions on the vase that stand out. This one even looks like there’s a little face on the top don’t you think? (Olaf from Frozen comes to mind for me! 🤪)

On the one above, the DEBOSSED side is facing out (indented flower). This one is reversed and the EMBOSSED side is facing out.

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases

Pretty fun aren’t they?

OK, here’s all the deets to you can make one yourself.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White regular cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scraps
  • Brights cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Let’s Make It!

What FUN! Quick and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases
  1. Emboss your piece of regular Whisper White cardstock with the Layered Leaves or Country Floral dynamic embossing folder. TIP: You can get the gorgeous Country Floral folder shown above free now until March 31st with a $60 CDN order.
  2. Glue to the center front of your folded card.
  3. Run your smaller scrap of Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Lace Dynamic embossing folder. TIP: Ensure you are only using your Big Shot Platform and only ONE standard cutting pad with the dynamic embossing folders.
  4. Line your Vase Builder punch over top of an embossed area that appeals to you and punch. (Note you will have some waste so decide which vase shape appeals to you the most and center in on that one.)
  5. Stamp words on top left with Versamark ink. TIP: Rub lightly with your Embossing Buddy before starting to stamp.
  6. Place punched out vase on bottom right to eyeball placement of stems. Remove, then stamp leaves two times so they will extend above the vase with Versamark ink. TIP: Stamp two times with the pointy part of the leaf pointing up, then turn stamp upside down to stamp third one.
  7. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat.
  8. Adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Adhere vase over top of leaves with mini dimensionals.

I enjoyed this card so much, we made some in my last Koffee and a Kard class. Here are some of the designs. See how some have a tulip or a sprig from the Sprig Punch for a bit more foliage. A few sparkly embellishments fancy them up even more.

Each of these colours comes from the Brights assortment package of cardstock. These assortment packages are a super way to get a taste of all the colours in a family. Isn’t it great that every colour looks just as wonderful as the one next to it? That white embossing really pops!

Vibrant Vases and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made by Class Attendees!

Your Turn Now!

Is your mind whirling with all the possibilities? I’m curious which punch you’re going to start with?

You might already have the Vivid Vases stamp set and Vase Builder punch. And if you do, this card is definitely for you! And if not, I’d love it if you purchased your stamps and punch with me to make your own! Thank You!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards
Heat Tool
Big Shot

For another super simple idea with the Vase Builder punch, click here.

Here are all three of my cards, two with a Country Floral background and one with Layered Leaves. Which one appeals to you the most?

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made with Stampin' Up!s Vibrant Vases and the Vase Builder punch

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I think the draw with these pretty cards is the simplicity. With some unexpected design details that makes the recipient take a little closer peek at what you created!

Give them a try! I bet you’ll love these simple triple embossed handmade cards too!

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