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A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

Today I want to show you a fun stamp pad ink refills background my friend Janine created for her Merlin card.  It’s so cute, you’ll be pulling out your re-inkers to give it a shot right away!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Isn’t it awesome?  Those swirls and bursts of colour are just perfect with our little Merlin from the Magical Day stamp set.

And isn’t his expression priceless?  Sort of a bored, yet mischievous glint in the corner of his eye!  Janine coloured him with the Rich Razzleberry Blends and her Basic Gray marker.

Here’s a close up.

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Want to make a fun stamp pad ink refills background?

Here’s how:

  1. Spritz Shimmery White cardstock with plain water
  2. Touch refill tips into the water and release a small amount of ink (she used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie refills)
  3. Add more spritz if the ink doesn’t immediately flow
  4. (You can also lightly blow onto the wet ink/water mix to get it to move in the direction you want)
  5. Let cardstock dry completely.
  6. Stamp stars randomly over the bursts of colour for some magic dust!

What other details make this card work so well?

  • Merlin’s “crystal” ball which is one of the large clear faceted gems
  • fabulous mix of bold, fun colours
  • off-centred greeting stamped in two colours, on two colours of paper

Sadly, this fun set is retiring soon.  I’ve played around with it quite a bit this winter. So many mythical creatures…a unicorn, mermaid, white knight, a dragon great for Harry Potter and Dundgeons & Dragons fans!  But I love how the images work for ALL ages…from little tykes thrilled with mystical images…to older folks who still believe in magic 😉. 

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this set or bundle, sit no longer!  It’ll soon be gone for good and I’d hate for you to miss out on bringing a little bit of make-believe to those you craft for.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up all the supplies Janine used to recreate this card at home?  Simply click on the image to order from me and it will ship directly to your house in about a week.  Thanks!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

You might also love a couple more ideas for this fun bundle like my cool Wink of Stella dragon or my pretty unicorn tag gift box? 

And if you haven’t yet played around creating backgrounds with your re-inkers, here’s another thrity-second idea to get you inspired!

Once you start playing, you’re not going to want to stop – for anything!  Dinner, sleep, housework…heck who needs clean socks when you’re having so much fun?  And surely your twice-removed-second-cousin’s-great-aunt needs a card to celebrate her cat’s birthday doesn’t’ she?  🤣

Believe me, your re-inkers will dry up before you do!  Then you’ll have treated cardstock galore for all kinds of great handmade projects with such a fun stamp pad ink refill background! 

Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

If you’re pressed for time there’s nothing quicker than to make simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper. I should know, because it seems I’m ALWAYS running behind.

You’d think with the type of work I do, I’d have loads of cards ready to go right? If only!! So let me show you how I whip up super fun and fast cards when my husband has the car running and I’ve got one shoe on!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

No kidding! Does that ever happen to you? You think you have ALL the time in the world and you’re dilly dallying around…and then WHAM! You realize you’re supposed to be out the door, with make up and EVERYTHING in 20 minutes? With a yummy homemade dessert AND a chilled bottle of wine? And with a handmade card? YIKES!

Well, I might not have the answers for the yummy homemade dessert (although you could check out my Pinterest Recipes board for a sweet one 😋). But I do know how to slap together a pretty mean handmade card in mere minutes!! Even one with a sumptuous bow like this Shimmer Black one!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Just like with this other fast and fun birthday box, the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack comes to the rescue! It really IS perfect for just about anyone…kids, adults, husbands (not that your husband isn’t an adult 😁), grandparents, boys, girls… With such bright and cheery patterns, I know your family and friends will be delighted to get this card.

You can find it on page 5 of the Occasions catalogue. It’s a steal of a deal at only $12.50 Cdn for 48 sheets! That’s only 26 CENTS a piece! But you’re going to want to get your package soon before it’s no longer available!  (we’re more than half way through the Occasions catalogue already!)


So what are the timesavers on this card?

  • super colourful patterned paper that does ALL the work so you don’t have to!
  • simple two panel layering
  • a stitched oval die cut already cut out and waiting in my bin on my desk
  • only one stamped image with lots of personality

Here’s all you need to do for this simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  • Lemon-Lime Twist 4 1/4” x 9”, scored at 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White Thick – scrap 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” (or a pre-cut stitched oval)
  • Black shimmer ribbon – about 18”

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  1. Stamp greeting in Memento ink on middle of stitched oval die cut. Turn over and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals (4)
  2. Glue patterned paper to Basic Black. Wrap ribbon around from the back and tie into a bow just left of the middle (TIP1: don’t skimp on your ribbon here and then it’s just like you’re tying your shoe!) (TIP2: I place my card so I’m looking at it from the top and then tie my bow. I usually get the tails going the right way then!)
  3. Apply glue to front of folded card and place balloon panel on top.
  4. Remove backing from Stampin’ Dimensionals and place over top of ribbon on right hand side. (TIP3: It’s best not to glue your ribbon in place in case you need to slide it to the left or right to get your oval placed properly.)

OK, now it’s up to you! But hey, don’t be like me. Grab the Picture Perfect Party paper and make up a bunch of these so you have them to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here’s the short list of supplies!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Like I said in this post, it took me a little while to warm up to this particular designer paper. But don’t you find that’s the case for a lot of things in a catalogue? But once you see it in action and then get a pack and play with it you wonder how you lived without it?

So pick up a package today so you’re not disappointed when it’s no longer available. Then create a bunch of simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper so you never have to be running out the door and stamping at the same time again – like me!

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

Do you already know how Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully? If you don’t you’re going to love this post!  And if you do, stick around!  I’m going to share some of my best tips for why these water-based markers are my preferred choice for watercolouring detailed images like the beautiful flower from the Petal Palette set.

At roughly HALF the cost of a set of full size stamp pads, it is SO easy to extend your Stampin’ Up! colour choices exponentially! Plus with the same 48 Stampin’ Up! Colours (collections and In Colors), you can create scads of watercolour and collage-like cards just like this one.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

While I was getting pretty close to my Occasions catalogue budget in December (yup, as demonstrators we get to buy early – just another perk I LOVE!), it was pretty hard to turn down the Petal Palette bundle when I saw it! So hard in fact, that I removed a couple other items and got the entire suite of products!

I’ve already shown you how gorgeous the Petal Passion designer series paper is coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Today I want to show you how wonderfully the stamps, framelits and Stampin write markers watercolour cards!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

How Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully!

I’ve combined Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist with Shimmery White cardstock for a softer look for this card. I was quite happy with how light the roses turned out (see my super simple tip below).  What were my steps to create the watercolored flowers?

  1. Colour leaves with Lemon-Lime Twist brush tip end of marker. (TIP1: use the side of the marker to preserve your brush tip.)
  2. Colour roses with Fresh Fig brush tip end of marker. (TIP2: use lighter colour marker first always so if you happen to touch this second marker to the first coloured area, it will not discolour your marker.)
  3. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times.
  4. Stamp off LIGHTLY onto grid paper or scrap of paper. (TIP3: I stamped off ONCE to just remove the darker ink to get a gentler look for my card.)
  5. Stamp image onto scrap of Shimmery white cardstock. (TIP4: Shimmery White has a bit more substance than regular white or vanilla cardstock so holds up better with water.)
  6. Re-spritz (without re-colouring your stamp) only ONCE and stamp again onto left side of Shimmery White panel.

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I also used the dots in the set to stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist lightly around the edges of the panel to make it a bit more “artsy”. The detailed leaves and decorative banner along the bottom are both part of the dies in this bundle. They’re a gorgeous addition to the background.

Did you see I’ve got not one, but two ribbons on this card? (They don’t call me Ribbon Queen for nothing!) The Very Vanilla lace trim is just barely there, but adds a pretty layer beneath the open line Fresh Fig banner.

And how do you like the “swoosh” of sheer Fresh Fig ribbon? (The trick to the “Zorro-like” swoosh is to use your Fast Fuse in a diagonal line on the panel where it will be covered up later by your die. Then lay your ribbon over top curving it to make a “Z”.)

OK, go grab your Stampin’ Write markers and a Stampin’ Spritzer and get busy creating watercoloured images!

No Stampin’ Write markers? Expand your Stampin’ Up! stamp pad colour collection for about half the price and get the ones I used below. And if, like me, you find the Petal Palette bundle a leetle too hard to resist, you can save 10% right now and be using it this time next week!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I use my Stampin Write markers every single day. If I’m not brush lettering, I’m colouring with them. If I’m not colouring, I’m watercolouring with them. And if I’m not watercolouring, I’m using them to add detail to my stamped images and letters. Here the tip was small enough to colour the tiny flowers on this sweet notecard.

But wait!  I’d hate for you to leave with the wrong idea! I do absolutely LOVE my stampin’ pads and use them every single day too. But when it comes to intricate details and colouring a stamp with more than one colour, it’s my water-based Stampin’ Write markers I turn to. Try it out for yourself to see how your own Stampin Write markers watercolour cards – and become a watercolour artist.

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

How to Decorate Stampin Up Clear Tiny Treat Boxes Birthday Style

Need a quick and easy goodie holder? You just can’t beat a clear tiny treat box. Inexpensive, cute and durable. In fact, a bit like tofu! You know, awful bland on its own, but takes on whatever taste of sauce of spice you throw at it!

Pick up a package today! There are SO many ways to decorate these for every goodie giving event! Here’s a couple you may remember i shared.  Elegant New Year’s party treats or my spooky Hallowe’en box.  

And because they go together so fast, how perfect for my Keep it Simple Sunday!  A little cutting, glueing, and a teeny bit of stamping and you’re done.  See it for yourself.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

I tell ya, just so darn cute! The Picture Perfect Party desiger paper is gorgeous.  One side shows photos of happy birthday related items like donuts, baloons, and noisemakers like you see here.  The other has all kinds of colourful patterns.

And although they’re a petite 2 inches square, it’s amazing just how many goodies fit inside. Besides the obvious chocolates and jujubes, I’ve used them for a small jewelry item or a couple lip balms. I think they might work even for some special bath salts or spices. Really once you start filing them up and gifting them, you’ll need a second package!

I want to show you everything I used for this pint-sized package so you can picture it as I give you the recipe below. Order up your supplies and you’ll easily have enough to decorate the 16 boxes that come in each package.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Before you get going on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, remove the protective plastic wrapping from the clear tiny treat box but don’t make your box. (TIP: Leave it flat to attach papers to sides of box since you’ll be able to use a bit more pressure to adhere the paper to the plastic.)


  • 6 pieces Picture Perfect Partyy designer series paper cut to 1-15/16” (TIP: since the paper is 6” x 6”, you’ll be able to get all out of one piece)
  • Strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock cut to 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Tiny scrap Whisper White Thick cardstock
  • Black shimmer ribbon – piece about 7” long

Recipe:  Clear Tiny Treat Box

  1. Attach a glue dot in each of four corners on FIVE of the squares of patterned paper and adhere to four sides and top of box. (TIP: take your paper and place a corner on the glue dot ON the roll. Apply a little pressure, then lift your paper up and the glue dot should come with it.)
  2. Open up and put the box together, bending along the score lines and interlocking the bottom.
  3. Turn box so the open lid is facing you. Set the last piece of patterned paper in the bottom.
  4. To finish up the box front, punch a little half moon circle right where there is a half moon cut out of the box plastic with your 1/2” circle punch.
  5. Wrap black ribbon around box lid, then close lid. Knot it and clip ribbon ends.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

Recipe: Party “Noisemaker”

  1. Stamp Happy Birthday several times along strip of Bermuda Bay in Memento ink, starting at the right hand side and leaving about 3/8” to attach your ‘fringe”.
  2. Run strip along edge of bone folder to form into a spiral, leaving one birthday greeting showing.
  3. Stamp fringe in Berry Burst on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with scissors.
  4. Glue fringe on top of right hand side of Bermuda Bay strip with liquid glue.
  5. Feed noisemaker under ribbon and attach with glue dot to box lid.

decorate stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes

If you think this noisemaker birthday box is cool, why not check out my funny bunny Easter treat box too! Although there are a few more steps involved, once you see how full of personality he is you’ll be inspired to make some this Easter.

If you love to package up small goodies to gift, these mini boxes are da BOMB!!  Versatile, speedy and fun. Once you get started on how to decorate Stampin Up clear tiny treat boxes birthday style, don’t stop there – get in the groove for Mother and Father’s Day too!



Make a Cute Bunny Rabbit Easter Card | VIDEO

Who wants to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card? With an adorable gingham bow, this petite bunny greeting just might be one of the sweetest things you’ll see all day!

And I’m going to let you in on a secret. That gingham bow is SO easy to make with my exclusive subscriber video, you’ll be adding bows to EVERY Easter project you make!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Why is it we all LOVE everything tiny? Tiny babies, tiny puppies, tiny waists (LOL!)…and of course, tiny stamps. Tiny bows are sometimes a challenge though aren’t they? But not once you see my how-to video!

I promise you can master a perfect bow in no time. Take a peek but don’t forget to come back so I can tell you a few touches and tricks to make this pretty pink and grey card especially adorable.

Hey how come you haven’t seen this video before now?

Because it was exclusive for my email subscribers! But it’s super easy to be part of the fun!  And right now, when you subscribe I’ll give you all the how to’s and photos for an adorable Funny Bunny Easter Box!

Go ahead, click right on the bunny and it’ll take you right to my sign up page!

So when you want to make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card, what are my top tricks?

  • partial embossed background using the Petal Pair embossing folder (my FAVE folder from the new cattie) – at only 2 1/4” wide, it adds a little touch of whimsy while leaving the rest of the panel smooth. Compare it to a fully embossed card like this sympathy one which has a charm all its own
  • coordinated colour between the bunny’s bow and Sweet Sugarplum background (a tiny application of Rich Razzleberry watercolour pencil makes an almost perfect match!)
  • double scalloped decorative circles frame our Easter rabbit (a Basic Grey mat adds a teensy bit more punch than Smoky Slate)
  • two pieces of ribbon make the bow embellishment (one flat one adheres behind the Sugarplum panel, the second is a bow I made with my super quick video!)
  • perfectly coordinated envelope by running the flap through the Petal Pair embossing folder as well (TIP: run a second piece of cardstock or bond paper through at the same time to avoide cutting right through the envelope flap)


make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

Did you take a gander at that super quick “become-a-professional-bow-maker-in-minutes” video? Go ahead, it’s less than TWO minutes long! (I really try to keep all my tips and videos short so you can spend MORE time playing and LESS time watching!)

Then make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card – complete with a perfect bow – with all your spare time. Simply click on any image below to purchase your supplies from me and they will ship directly to you! Thanks a bunch!

make a cute bunny rabbit easter card

One of the best parts of my job is sharing exclusive tips and tricks with my subscribers to make your paper crafting life just a little more fun – and simple!

So if you haven’t already, sign up NOW!

HINT: Once you make a cute bunny rabbit Easter card like this one, use your free Funny Bunny Easter Box pdf tutorial to fill with yummy holiday treats for a perfectly coordinated gift!




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