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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!

Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper | Facebook Live Replay

Today I’m sharing my Facebook Live cardmaking ideas with scrapbook paper.  And what pretty paper.  This week I’m featuring the All My Love designer series paper and this is my second project with it. 

 In case you’ve never joined me for facebook Live, I go live every week, usually Wednesdays at 4:30 MST on Design with Jo business page.   But next week, you’ll see me on Thursday, January 31st at noon MST.

I also go live on my Design with Jo VIPeeps group with pop up exclusives. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!  Hop on over and sign up now so you don’t miss another fab idea like this one.

Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper

Here are all the supplies I used so you can make it along with me.


Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper


Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1.4″
  • Whisper White regular – 1 piece 5 1/4″ x 4″, 1 piece 2″ x 3″
  • Lovely Lipstick cardstock – 1 piece 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
  • Lovely Lipstick ribbon – about 6″ long

Here’s an up-close-and-personal shot for you.  Pretty cool how you can get that detail for your focal point isn’t it?

I LOVE How Easy Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper Are!

Do you love working with patterned papers for your card making designs?  Take a peek at this cute 3″x3″ note card. And if not cards, what about these ulta sweet paper carrot treatholders for Easter!?

Time to Craft

If you’re not already in your crafting space, zip in there and start creating with your own DSP and framelits.  Then share your designs over at Design with Jo VIPeeps where everyone will love to see them!

So I always like to know.  Which one is your favourite?  The bold geometric or the one we made today with softer flowers on the Crumb Cake background?  I’d love it if you leave me a comment.


Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper and Be Mine Framelits



Awesome Card Making Ideas with Scrapbook Paper


OK, that’s a wrap!  Thanks for watching and following along.  Be sure to check in on over at Design with Jo next Thursday at NOON MST to see what other designs I’ll be crafting up for you.

Who knows?  It could even be more card making ideas with scrapbook paper – or not🙃!

How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Colouring Only!

How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Colouring Only!

Watercolor pencils. What a simple tool. Portable. Easy-to-use. And often overlooked.

Let’s see how they can add lots of OOOMPH! to your paper crafting.


Create YOUR OWN Colours Once You Know How to Use Watercolor Pencils


We think we need to always add a blender of some kind to activate the colour! An Aqua Painter. A spritzer. Or another of my faves, a Wink of Stella.  Not so. Look at the depth of colour you can achieve with the pencils alone.

How to Use Watercolor Pencils for GREAT Shading!

You just need a few tips to get started:

Jo’s TIPS for How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Colouring Only!

  1. start with your lightest colour first
  2. always lay down your colour LIGHTLY. Try not to add pressure as you’re colouring since you’ll immediately get a waxy buildup of dark colour
  3. gently swirl on your colour in a circular motion rather than colouring in short jerky lines
  4. select colours to complement each other and layer over top also using a swirling motion to build up colour

What colours did I use? Daffodil Delight first, then Pumpkin Pie, then Real Red to create my cute birthday cake.  The candle flame is Daffodil Delight.  The candle itself is Real Red.

Design Details

Make FUN Cards Once You Know How to Use Watercolor Pencils

  • the peep of Daffodil Delight gingham paper from behind the greeting banner adds tons of personality TIP: I notched my large greeting with my Paper Snips first.  Then I glued my piece of Daffodil Delight in behind and cut it to match.
  • both silver and black mini sequins bring on some bling
  • add some pizzazz to the background with the Dot To Dot embossing folder on a Real Red panel

Ready to add these great pencils to your paper crafting toolkit?  Simply click on the image below to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Or if you already own them, dredge them up and plop yourself down in front of the ole telly for fun colouring tonight.

How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Colouring Only!

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How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Fun Cards


You won’t go wrong when you have the Stampin’ Up! set of watercolor pencils. See my a whack load of reasons why they’re a paper crafters needed tool!

And you’re going to want to check out my exclusive deal for Design with Jo VIPeeps over on my Facebook Group

Plus I’ve got another no risk deal for you.  Let’s say you go ahead and purchase some of these super pencils from me and don’t love them.😯 . I’ll buy them back from you! 

But my thoughts?  Now you know how to use watercolor pencils for colouring only – plus all the other techniques they’re great for – I predict they won’t sit at the bottom of your paper crafting tool drawer! 

Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals

Today I have beautiful Valentines cards for guys or gals in some unexpected colours. Crumb cake? Soft Seafoam? What about Balmy Blue? Probably not the FIRST colours you reach for when you start dreaming up your Valentines ideas right?


But take a peek and see what you think!


Quick & EASY Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals




How did I come up with these colours you ask? From the All My Love DSP. And while I could have used that lovely DSP for my background, the Subtles DSP stack with lots of white was calling my name. Who knew they would work really well for anyone on your special list this Valentines. But especially for guys.


That sweet set of hearts? It’s THE “I gotta have it” die in the Be Mine Stitched framelits. Well OK maybe there might have been more than just one…😉


When you have a die this gorgeous, the rest of the card can be super simple and you still have a stunning design. Here are all of the dies in the Be Mine framelits so you can see them a bit more up close and personal.


Let’s Make Some Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys and Gals


There’s lots – 16! – to choose from. Stitched dies in two fun heart shapes (narrow and full), scalloped shapes, hearts with intricate designs, a pretty rose and a filigree-ish detail.


Plus a super saw-weet stitched scallop edgelit. Did you notice it on my card?


I LOVE to Make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals


The edgelit takes off about 1/4″ of the card front edge so the stripes in the designer series paper show its pretty face. Then all you need is a tiny linen thread bow on top to complete this beautiful Valentine card for a guy or gal!


See a few more of my TIPS below to make this fun inset card.


Design with Jo Tips for Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals


  • Stamp your greeting on the front of the card first so you can get great placement with the hearts
  • Cut one of the hearts shapes directly from the cardfront (and save it for another use)
  • Choose a contrasting cardstock colour for your second heart shape so it shows up well
  • Save all the little hearts that fall out of the middle of the two die shapes for other projects (except for one little guy in the inside – see my pic below)
  • glue your DSP and Whisper White panel to the inside of your card first
  • use your silicone craft sheet, a sponge and liquid glue to adhere your die to the front of your card


Look how pretty the inside is with the reverse side of the patterned paper. And use a small scrap of the same DSP to complete the bottom flap. So sweet!


Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals INSIDE view


Make It At Home


Now it’s your turn to get busy with your Be Mine framelits. Here’s everything you need to get started creating right now!



Beautiful Valentines Card for Guys and Gals

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We Made Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals

How about a couple different colour combinations?


This was our card design at my last Koffee and a Kard class. We all used different DSP and colours although one colour remained our staple…Crumb Cake.


A little stamping, Big Shot therapy, chatter and a few giggles. I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend a morning!


Leave me a comment. Which one of these is your favourite?


Let's See Some Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Pat’s baby dots on a Crumb Cake base?


I LOVE to make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
My big dots with a Balmy Blue card?


NON-Traditional but Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Deborah’s large dots with the subtlety of Seafoam?


Let's Make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Leslie’s big dots peeking through Soft Seafoam hearts?


Do you want more ideas to help when it comes to making guy cards? Check out this post where I give you some hints.


Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you picked up an idea or two to keep your crafting fresh. Have fun making your own beautiful Valentines cards for guys or gals – and I’ll see you next time!

Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes | Facebook Live Replay

I LOVE these easy to make Valentines treat boxes for lots of reasons!

  • they really ARE super easy
  • you can make them in a flash!
  • they showcase the brand new Meant to Be cling bundle
  • they’re ultra ultra sweet
  • and…what a perfect size for a little treat!
I LOVE These Super Quick Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes!

The All My Love designer series paper is the star of all these little treats. Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White. Maybe not quite as bold as Real Red but perfect for this time of year with hearts and flowers.

Of all the paper, there’s only a couple that I think scream Valentines! The one with the larger bold hearts like the “You make me happy” treat box is the one that jumps out at me right away. Do you think there are others?

I’m pretty sure all the rest can be used for almost ANY occasion. Like on this pretty friend card I shared a few weeks ago. Take a peek at all of them here. Which one is your favourite?

OK, how about we get to the video so you can see how easy these are to make? I’ve got two different designs for you in my Facebook Live Replay.

Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Cardstock or designer series paper – 4 1/2″ x 6″
  1. scored on the short side at 3/4″ and 3″
  2. turned 90 degrees and scored on the long side at 2″, 2 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White and Lovely Lipstick cardstock – scraps
  • Lovely Lipstick 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon or Polka Dot Tulle Whisper White – about 6-7″

Pin this template so it’s easy to remember your measurements and what you cut away.

Pin These Sweet and Oh So Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

It’s Up to You!

Now it’s your turn to make up a few of these. For Valentine’s or ANY time! Here’s everything I used. You can order these right now by clicking on any of the images below. Thanks so much for shopping with me.

Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

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Time to Choose!

Which of these little darlings is your number one pick?

The Whisper White with a few kicks of DSP and two small scalloped hearts?

I LOVE These Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

The sparkly layered hearts with the greeting? And some more of that cute Lovely Lipstick ribbon with the coloured heart epoxy droplet?

NEW Video for Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes

Or this heart-shaped top made with the scalloped heart framelit and some DSP. With a few bits of rhinestone bling and tied with the pretty polka dot Whisper White tulle ribbon, it just might be the one to catch your eye.

What About Easy to Make Valentines Treat Boxes?

I know. It’s super hard to choose isn’t it? They’re all so sweet!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and cute project. If you did. be sure to join my Facebook Group Design with Jo VIPeeps! Every week I post a Facebook Live, plus I have exclusive popup videos for you to catch too.

We’ve got a super community of papercrafters having fun and every week I share a deal and tip to make your crafting easier. You might even see some different colours of these easy to make Valentines treat boxes show up on there in the next while!


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