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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
 
$8.25

 

 

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

 

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.

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

How about I show you how to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper to dress up your presents?  I don’t know about you but the tags are something I seem to forget about until the last minute!. 

Is this you?  You’ve:

  • spent hours deciding on the perfect gift for everyone on your list
  • wrapped it in special, saved-for-years, aged-just-right paper
  • decorated it with pretty curling ribbon, berries and bows

And now, the final crowning touch remains.  A fabulous coordinating gift tag.  How about these ones dressed up with the Sincerely Santa stamp (retiring now!) and the Layered Leaves dynamic embossing folder?

I LOVE Easy & QUICK Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

Isn’t it neat how you can achieve three different looks with one set of designer series paper?  This one is Frosted Florals and you can see 3 different greens to coordinate with all your gifts. It’s been a favourite of mine this holiday season.  

What gives it extra OOMPH! here is I’ve dry embossed my patterned paper with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The added texture is unexpected, and with this folder, elegant.  Have you noticed it before?

last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper

It’s truly an all-season folder.  Great for spring, summer and fall and even into the winter and Christmas.  It looks divine with this paper, pulling together the leaf images beautifully.

Two tags are made with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  The remaining one is just a rectangle cut with my paper snips to look like a tag.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how to get perfectly matched edges:

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
Cut off one diagonal edge of your rectangle tag.
Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
Turn your tag UPSIDE DOWN and align the cut triangle on the opposite corner and but.
Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
Result? Two perfectly similar diagonal edges!

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

Cuttin’ It Up! (for a scalloped tag topper version)

  • Whisper White – 2” x 4”, scraps
  • Designer series paper – 2” x 4”
  • coordinating cardstock – Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce and Mossy Meadow scraps
  • glimmer paper – sparkle, silver and copper scraps
  • ribbon or trim – about 6-7” per tag

Let’s Make It

Quick & Easy Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
  1. Run designer series paper through Layered Leaves embossing folder.  TIP: you can get 3 individual pieces in the folder at one time.  TIP: If you are using all one colour of paper, use a full sheet 4” x 6” then cut it down after embossing.
  2. Glue designer series paper to 2” x 4” piece of Whisper White.
  3. Stamp greeting on Whisper White cardstock scrap and punch out with Everyday Label punch. TIP: the words exactly fit inside this punch so I used the dots under the 25th to line up between the edges.
  4. Punch one 2” circle from coordinating cardstock and one leaf from your preferred colour of glimmer paper.
  5. Glue label to front of circle then to leaf and let dry.  Attach dimensionals and place on front of tag.  TIP: Place dimensional right over stem of leaf punch to hold it securely in place.
  6. Fold ribbon in half, insert folded end through hole, open the folded part and insert cut ends through.  Pull to secure.  TIP: Alternately, tie ribbon through hole and knot.
Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

You probably have lots of safely-guarded and aged designer series paper at home to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper. 

But if you don’t yet have the Layered Leaves embossing folder,  you might want to pick it up with my Steal of a Deal which ends today, December 23rd! 

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

Big Shot
$150.00
Leaf Punch
$22.00

Want another last minute tag idea also using punches?  This bright red and silver one could coordinate really well for your presents.

OK, now it’s your turn to pull out your embossing folders and designer papers and try and match them up.  You’ve got time to make these for your presents under the tree!

Maybe try Polka Dot Basics with smaller dotted paper.  Or Striped Scallops with birthday designs.  Or even Oh My Stars with pretty festive patterns.  

Oh So Pretty Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

There’s no end to the fun you can have when you start to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper.  

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Need male birthday card ideas to make?  Look no further than this project!  Today I’m using the First Frost suite. Yup you read that right!

Take a look at how it makes a perfect masculine card.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Are you surprised?  There’s so much versatility to this suite, there’s absolutely no way you can go wrong purchasing it.  Greetings not just for the festive season.  Stamps both flowery – and not.  A perfect tag with its own border matting two ways.

Plus right now until Jan 2nd (or while supplies last), you can still get the bundle at 10% off.

male birthday card ideas to make

And what about the Frosted Florals designer series paper?

Easy Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

I know you only saw flowers and pretty colours right?  Well this Soft Suede striped paper was hiding on the backside of one of the designs – imagine! 😋

We often bemoan the fact there are so few masculine sets.  Well maybe we just need a fresh take on what we DO have!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Early Espresso cardstock – 4 1/4” X 11”, scored at 5 1/2”, scrap at least 2” x 3”
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”, scrap at least 2” x 3”
  • DSP – 2 1/2” x 4”
  • Copper metallic thread – about 20”

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Let’s Make It

  1. Stamp large fern-looking stamp onto right hand side of Early Espresso card.
  2. Glue DSP to Very Vanilla and adhere to left side of folded card.
  3. Stamp greeting in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla scrap and cut out with the SMALLER tag shape and your Big Shot.
  4. Cut LARGE tag frame from scrap of Early Espresso.  Glue greeting on top.  Add dimensionals to the back.
  5. Wrap thread around your fingers 3-4 times and hold ends with other hand.  Lift off and place onto a glue dot.  TIP:  This is easiest if you have the two cut ends meeting up where you pick it up.
  6. Affix to card and arrange circles of thread.  TIP: You can pick up a circle and place it halfway on the glue dot to get some variety in your shape.  TIP: Place a second glue dot on top to hold the thread in place.
  7. Place greeting on top.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Make sure you use the First Frost bundle for more than just flowers.  And way more than just the holidays.  It’s a true year round set your won’t regret adding to your supplies.

Male Birthday Card Ideas to Make

Hope you enjoyed this project and will start to look at your sets and papers with a slightly different eye.

Stay tuned here on my blog.  ‘Cause you never know what others we can consider for male birthday card ideas to make.

LAST Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Today for the last in my Christmas Traditions punch box feature, I want to show you Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step.  And you know it’ll be simple – and fast.  ‘Cause it’s Keep it Simple Sunday!

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Let’s see…

  • traditional red and green
  • some silver shine and shimmer
  • a pretty polka dot see-thru ribbon

Yessirreee, got all the bases covered!

The punch box makes this card a snap with its fun shape.  I’ve matted it by taking a second Real Red punch and cutting it in half width-wise and gluing it to the back of the sentiment.  In fact it’s exactly what I did with the greeting on this twist fold card video

Here’s another view.

So FUN to Make Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

So let’s dive in!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Real Red cardstock 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scraps
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
  • All is Bright DSP – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Silver Foil sheet – 1 1/8” x 1 5/8”
  • Polka dot tulle ribbon – piece about 10”

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step for Quick Cards

Christmas Hand Made Cards Ideas Step by Step

  1. Stamp greeting in Call Me Clover ink and punch out.
  2. Punch out a Real Red shape and cut in half horizontally.  Glue to the back of the greeting so one frames the top and one frames the bottom of the sentiment.  See the TIP on my Facebook Group
  3. Glue to front of silver foil rectangle so the edges are aligned as shown.
  4. Adhere All is Bright paper to Whisper White panel.  Wrap ribbon along left hand side and tie in a knot near the bottom.  TIP: Don’t pull the knot too tight as it looks a bit more pleasing.  Glue panel to front of folded card.
  5. Affix matted greeting to left bottom of card with dimensionals.
  6. Add three clear epoxy shapes as desired.

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step are FUN!

So I’m wondering. Which has been your favourite project with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box so far?  Leave me a comment please so I don’t need to wonder anymore!

  1. my Christmas bag and tag?  
  2. the elegant decorated clear tiny treat box
  3. my non-traditional coloured soft and classy greeting card
  4. or today’s traditional coloured quick and easy card?

PS.  I also did an exclusive FB Live project for my VIPeeps group yesterday.  Come join now and take a peek. 

No matter what you design with this punch, stamps and ink, your projects big and small are sure to please your friends and family.  How about making little gift tags for your presents?  Or a cellophane wrapped table favour?  Maybe a gift card holder?  I know your punch box will come in handy for years!

To recreate this project, here are all my supplies.  When you use host code NXX3MJV4 and place an order of $75, you’ll automatically get my bonus gift the following month!   Check out this month’s gift.  Thanks so much for supporting my business.

Let's See How SIMPLE Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step Are!

Well, that about wraps up my Christmas cards for this year!  Yup, I figure you’ve got lots of ideas to keep you going if you need a last minute Christmas card crafting session.  You only need to take a peek at the last few weeks of Keep It Simple Sundays for some fast and fun inspiration.

But don’t worry.  I’ve still got lots of festive ideas for your last minute gifts and wrapping starting with Tuesday’s project.  Make sure you check back to see what it is! 

Besides, I think maybe you might like to get a few non-Christmas ideas too maybe?  From the Annual Catalogue?  Yeah that old dusty thing that’s chock full of creativity but hasn’t seen a lot of love lately? And I’m also going to start sneaking in a few peeks at items from the Occasions catalogue available in January.  Yippee!

So there’s all kinds of things coming to keep you inspired.  And if you do need another last minute card, make sure to come back to these Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step to some quick crafting.

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

Ready for a simple two step stamping Christmas card?  One notecard, one stamp set, three colours. 

And if you want to really be fancy, add three rhinestones. 😄

Elegant & OH SO Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

My 2018 Christmas set of the year has got to be Stylish Christmas.  For quick and gorgeous stamping, it can’t be beat.  I especially  loved it on this embossed vellum design.  Not only are the poinsettia and leaves pretty, the greetings can take centre stage like on this plaid card.  

You know it’s Keep It Simple Sunday right?  So that means super duper easy!  YOU can do this!  In about 5 minutes.  Or less!  (I’m really not pulling your leg!) 

 

A Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

 

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Whisper White notecard – 1 including the envelope

That’s IT!!  WOW! 

Let’s Make It

Why Not Try Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

  1. Stamp poinsettia in Fresh Fig ink on right hand side of the notecard.  TIP: Leave notecard lying flat to stamp.  TIP: Don’t go off the edge.  Leave a little space around the flower.
  2. Next stamp leaves two or three times to the right of poinsettia in Pear Pizzazz ink.
  3. Then stamp swirl to left of flower in Smoky Slate ink.  TIP: It’s OK if you get some swirl on the poinsettia!
  4. Lastly, stamp the words on the bottom right in Smoky Slate ink.

TIP:  I stamped the swirl again on the left side of the envelope to dress it up a tad too.

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

Now if you want to jazz this same card up just a tad, take a look at this version.

What's not to LOVE about Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

Same colours, same stamp.  Can you spot the differences?

  • a swirl the same colour as my poinsettia
  • larger piece of Whisper White cardstock
  • coloured layers  (three of ‘em)
  • three Sheer Fig ribbons wrapped side-by-side on the left
  • a fancy Petal Pink rhinestone gem

Grab your supplies now!  There’s still time to have the little UPS truck zip to your house with a fun delivery so you can make these for the holidays.

Are you a minimalist or do you like something a bit fussier?  Leave me a comment.  Which of these two cards appeals to you more?

QUICK & SIMPLE Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

I LOVE Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards!

If you prefer simple styles, you might like these other designs.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to check back as I post easily duplicatable designs every Sunday.  Ones that don’t look simple at all. 

So you can WOW your friends with a simple two step stamping Christmas card they will marvel at and still have time for eggnog and fruitcake this holiday!

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