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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.

DIY Gatefold Cards

We’re winding down Sale-a-bration 2019 so I wanted to share DIY gatefold cards using the Petal Promenade designer series paper and Beautiful Promenade bundle. And the best part is you can still get the patterned paper free with a $60 CDN order.

But even before it was a free item, this paper was a favourite of mine. It’s darn near perfect for any special occasions, but especially to express love and support. I made stunning and easy cards with cutouts a few weeks ago in my Facebook Live.

And this super simple note card is a Make it In 5 contender! In my world, that’s one of the absolute BEST things about having patterned paper do all the work for you.

Our Card

Let’s see this pretty card you might give your significant other for an anniversary or Valentine’s or you might think it’s perfect for a great friend.

DIY Gatefold Cards to Make at Home

Isn’t the die cut spectacular? And the paper exquisite? What about the gorgeous greeting with its mix of plain and brush lettering?

What would YOU send this card for?

DIY Gatefold Cards

Gatefold cards are one of my “go-to” designs for a few reasons:

  1. they’re a bit out-of-the-regular-old-ho-hum with a middle opening so your recipient will find it a bit unexpected
  2. there’s always a fun or beautiful focal point like our detailed die and flower greeting on the front
  3. you can turn them on their side for another unique design like on this sunny birthday card
  4. they are super easy and fast to create, especially when you use designer paper for your background

I always think it’s fun to decorate the inside of a card too. This is what I thought worked well with this one. Wanna see it?

EASY & Pretty DIY Gatefold Cards are a SNAP with the Beautiful Promenade stamps

Oh I guess I can show you the entire inside…😉

DIY Gatefold Cards for Someone Special

This stamp set is a two step set, so this is a cool textured inside stamp for the flower. But I thought it was ideal on its own and simply added the smaller greeting to finish it off.

Let me tell you a bit more about my design thoughts as I was creating.

Jo’s Design Details

  • There’s so many details in the photo realistic paper and the faceted circle-ish die, I needed to keep my flower and sentiment simple.
  • It’s easy to pick your colours when they’re written on the back of the designer paper package. The mat behind the flowered paper is the same colour as the majority of the blossoms in the photo.
  • I’ve used the “odd law” 🤪 more than once. There are 3 places to see Smoky Slate: the sentiment, the die and the card base. And there are 3 spots to see the Petal Pink: the focal point flower, the photo itself and the matting.
DIY Gatefold Cards with Beautiful Promenade and Beautiful Layers Thinlits from Stampin Up!

Notice the sparkle on the flower? I felt it just needed “something” so I pulled out my Fine Tip Glue Pen (which doesn’t get a huge amount of love in my craft room). A dab here and there to accent the flower sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds did the trick.

Get Your Patterned Paper Free!

Now’s the time to get YOUR package of the Petal Promenade designer series paper for nothing. But only until March 31st when Sale-a-bration 2019 ends!

By purchasing this gorgeous Beautiful Promenade bundle itself, you only need to add the Dazzling Diamonds glitter or some can’t-be-without-’em Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the paper is yours. FREE! A quick click to take you to my online store is all it takes to start making this card at home.

DIY Gatefold Cards
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I ADORE These DIY Gatefold Cards

I Appreciate You Stopping By

With all the ideas on the internet, I’m so happy you stopped to take a closer look at my design. I share lots more here every week. To see my most recent posts, take a peek at my Gallery page. I’ve got all my designs in one place and you just need to click on a photo to go right to the post. There’s sure to be some inspiration for you no matter how you like to paper craft.

So thank you. And I hope you get some time to pull out your patterned paper and design your own DIY gatefold cards for someone special in your like.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Yesterday I showed you how to use your Stampin’ Write markers to create beautiful watercolour backgrounds. Today I’ve got TIPS to care for your markers so you get lots of life out of them.  And I want you to see how fabulous they look to paint an open line image with water in your Aqua Painter.

Professional Results using Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

I wanted to showcase a masculine card today.  And the Home to Roost stamp set is ideal. It’s your free gift from SU! with Sale-a-bration 2019!  Just place a $60 CDN order with me and he’s yours for free!  And if you ask me, free’s a pretty great deal!

Three Steps to Paint with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

  1. Grab one of your acrylic blocks. 
  2. Scribble directly onto the block with the brush tip. 
  3. Then pick up colour with your Aqua Painter and dab on paint your image.

Easy peasey!  And you can achieve wonderfully blended watercolour painting like this.

Jo’s Tips to Marker Watercolour

  • Use StazOn ink to stamp your image and let dry.  (It dries in no time.)
  • Layer a small amount of clear water to the part of your image you want to colour before adding ink.  You just want it to be a bit shiny, not look like there are puddles of water
  • Tap in a very light touch of your Aqua Painter to the water and watch it spread.  If it doesn’t spread, it’s probably just a tad dry.  Just add a bit more water and try again.
  • Clean off your Aqua Painter between colours on a scrap of paper towel.
  • Layer additional colour on once your area has dried SLIGHTLY.  You still want it to merge and blend, just not quite so much.
  • Speed up your drying time by placing the edge of a paper towel into a wet spot to soak it up.  Or give it a shot of your heat tool. 
I LOVE to Use Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Your Stampin’ Write markers will last for years and give tons of colouring and blending options.  They’re pretty low maintenance but here are a few ideas to keep them in mint condition.

TIPS to Care for your Stampin’ Write Markers

  1. Store them laying flat so ink doesn’t flow to only one end
  2. Ensure cap is tightly closed (with a clicking noise) to avoid drying out
  3. Use a light hand to preserve tip’s life
  4. Make sure to use the SIDE of the brush tip for colouring to maintain its point
  5. Get them out and play – they work best when they get lots of fresh air! 😉
  6. Replace when the brush tip looks a bit “furry” or bullet tip no longer writes

Jo’s Design Details

  • Add a dry embossed panel behind your watercolored image for added texture (I used the Seaside folder on a piece of Bermuda Bay)
  • Gently pull apart a couple scrap pieces of copper trim and glue behind the top left and bottom right corners of your watercolored panel
  • Knot a small piece of linen thread through a True Gentlemen button then place on bottom right with a glue dot
I LOVE this Home to Roost with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Like watercolouring? Check out this pretty project too for a more feminine card.

Get Creative

Now it’s up to you!  Pull out a few markers, an acrylic block and an Aqua Painter to paint to your heart’s content! 

To purchase any of the supplies I used, a simple click on any image below is all it takes.  Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects
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FAST & FUN: Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Thank You

Did you enjoy my masculine project today?  I hope it gave you a little shot of inspiration to grab your markers to craft.

And I hope you’ve also been enjoying my series on using your markers for rubber stamping projects – I’ve still got more to share so keep checking back!

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Want to know my favorite color combination for greeting cards? The one that will always bring a smile to even the biggest naysayer? A cheerful combination that brings sunshine to a gloomy winter day?

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Now it can be just about any yellow, but I picked this one today to drive away any mid-winter slumps!

It’s pretty simple really…and wanna know a secret?

You don’t have to even COLOUR your images for effective designs like these ones.

ADORABLE FAble Friends Gift Cards in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Cute ducklings ideal to celebrate spring, wish a happy day or cheer up a sick friend.  And there’s NOTHING like a cheerful POP of a sunny yellow with our 2019-2020 In Color Pineapple Punch.  Set against a crisp white and bold black, it’s guaranteed to rev up my creative juices.   

A tip?  Try to resist adding additional colour to your stamping.  While it saves you time (and who can’t use a little more of that?), the mix of colour contrast is the draw! Well I guess it’s not a mix of colour at all is it?  Black and white are technically “non-colours”😜

Wondering what my black paper just peeking out is? It’s Botanical Butterflies DSP, free with a $60 order right now.  Gorgeous bright colour on one side with fabulous black and white on the reverse.  This has been uber popular this Sale-a-bration so make sure you grab yours before it’s gone!  

My FAvorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

I used a second piece to decorate the envelope flap.  Although we could quickly fold up a 3”x3” envelope with our Envelope Punch Board and matching patterned paper, I wanted the contrast of white and black to stand out.  Which it does wonderfully on my mini square envelopes.

I love to make mini cards for a little thank you or hostess gift.  They take practically no time to craft and are always appreciated.  And when I get to use my favorite color combination for greeting cards, I’m a happy stamper!

GIFT CARDS set in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Let me give you all the deets so you can whip up a few of these right away.  The measurements are enough to make four 3×3 note cards with matching envelopes in a little gift bag.

Cuttin’ It Up


  • Pineapple Punch cardstock – 4 pieces 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Botanical Butterflies DSP – 4 pieces 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” each from a different design, 4 pieces 2″ x 3 1/4″, cut in 4 matching designs
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4 pieces 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
  • Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 4 pieces about 6” long

Gift Tag

  • Whisper White cardstock – 1” x 3”
  • Pineapple Punch cardstock  – 1 piece 1 1/4” x 3 1/4”
  • Basic Black cardstock – scrap
  • Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 1 piece about 12” long

Cheer Up Anyone's Day with My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Let’s Make It 

Card Set

  1. Stamp images and words in Memento ink onto Whisper White squares and mount onto designer paper.  TIP: stamp all your pieces at once so you can put away your ink pad and clean your stamps.
  2. Glue to front of folded Pineapple Punch card.
  3. Create a bow and apply to front with a glue dot.  TIP: see an easy way to fold a tiny bow with my video. TIP: I chose to only decorate two with a bow.  You can decide which you like best.
  4. Adhere matching piece of patterned paper to outside flap of envelope with SNAIL.  Trim away excess.  TIP: Open up your flap and turn so you can see the back side of the designer paper around the edges to get a close cut.

Gift Bag

  1. Stamp greeting onto Whisper White cardstock.  TIP: leave lots of room on the left to be able to punch your hold to tie to your bag. 
  2. Punch end of both the Whisper White and Pineapple Punch strips with the Triple Banner punch. Glue together.
  3. Use handheld punch to make a hole near the left end.
  4. Crop a flower from the Springtime thinlits from Basic Black paper.  Add to top left with a glue dot.  TIP: make sure to avoid the hold punch! Affix enamel dot in middle.
  5. Insert cards and envelopes and tie top closed with ribbon.  TIP: knot ribbon once around bag, then insert through hole in tag and tie a bow.
My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards Is SO Cheerful

It’s Up to You

What about you?  Can you resist this bright and clear mix of colour?  I’ll bet it’s hard! 

So now it’s your turn to get out your stamp supplies and give this bright colour combo a try.  And get your free Botanical Butterfly paper at the same time when your order reaches $60.  Or take a peek at all the SAB items.

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards
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LAST MINUTE Gift Items in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

You know what?  This colour combination doesn’t always need to be bright and bold either. For a more muted effect, try So Saffron like in this gorgeous Butterfly Beauty design

So when you think you might need a shot of inspiration, or a quick pick-me-up? Give my favourite color combination for greeting cards a try – I think it’ll give you the boost you need! 

Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards

I’ve just discovered how quick and easy Memories and More card packs for handmade cards are! Well, I guess I did know it😬, but I didn’t play with them enough to full appreciate how quick cardmaking can be.

Just like you, there’s often not enough time to fit my craft “fix” in. So that’s when I use every short-cut trick in the papercrafting books.

  • pre-cut and scored cards
  • colourful handmade papers
  • two-step stamping
  • non-fussy designs
  • punches

And now I can add Memories and More Card Packs to the list too. See my top 6 reasons why I love them below!

I love, love LOVE Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards

What’s not to like about lots of rich, bold colour in a super quick card? Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and crisp Whisper White jump off the page!

The card base is one of the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. It’s one of the larger ones at 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ so more room to play! Can you see how the envelope has Night of Navy stripes to fully coordinate? Use them anytime. But especially when your craft time is at a premium.

Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards

I an in love with this Bloom by Bloom bundle. If I have to confess, it was not in my top 10 when I first saw the catalogue. But it’s wormed its way into my inky fingers on more than several occasions with its versatility. Like on this 5 minute two-step notecard.

Even better? I get to play with it all this week so be sure to “check back & check out” what I come up with. Plus I’ve got a fun Facebook Live Wednesday at 4:30 MST you won’t want to miss.

Jo’s Top 6 Reasons to Use Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards

  1. Tons of options – 50 double sided cards (2 each of 25 designs) in each pack. And check out the specialty sheet (1 of 6) below!
  2. Variety of sizes – 3″x4″ and 4″x6″ cards in a pack, plus you know where your Stampin’ Trimmer is!
  3. All in one card making – punched out sticker sheets with layerable accents so nothing besides card stock required!
  4. FAST FAST FAST!  Whip together a card in just 5 minutes!
  5. Coordination – In both colour & design with your stamps, designer paper and embellishments, you can’t go wrong.
  6. Inexpensive – only $13.50 CAN for a full pack of goodies. That’s enough for at least 50 cards!

I chose the glossy Lovely Lipstick flowers for my card’s focal point. Can you see how gorgeously shiny the flowers are?

Look How GLOSSY the Happiness Blooms Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards can be!

It’s hard to tell in the photo but I mounted the glossy panel on a piece of glossy white cardstock so there’s double the shine!

For a greeting, I went simple with one from the new Itty Bitty Birthday Cling stamps. You might have missed them on page 16 of the Occasions catalogue. But there are 16 fabulous ways to help celebrate everyone’s special day.

Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards
I'm LUVIN' Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards

Jo’s Design Tips

  • Cut down that yummy glossy paper. This is 2″ x 4″ so I can get 3 identical cards from one piece.
  • Stamp the large flower image on front of folded card in Night of Navy ink first. Let dry (or give it a quick shot with your heat tool.)
  • Swipe your Embossing Buddy over top of entire card THEN stamp small flower repeatedly with Versamark ink in between the large flowers.
  • Make sure both your large and small images go off the sides of your card to make it look larger – and less cramped!
  • Match your scalloped circle punches to your flower image – sorta😊 to frame your greeting.

It’s Your Turn

Head down to your craft room and let’s see what you come up with when you combine Memories and More card packs for handmade cards.

And if you were inspired by this design, grab your necessaries for quick card making right here. Remember to add host code JX3TEVQC to your online order so I can send you free product with my Sunny Rewards bonus!

Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards
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Who says you Can't Use Memories and More Card Packs for Handmade Cards?

I know your craft time is often in short supply. So why not get some help for fast and fun designs with great supplies? Use Memories and More Card Packs for handmade cards to get YOUR papercrafting “fix” in too!

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