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Make a Fall Wreath Card

How many items does it take to make a fall wreath card?  Five!  Yes, you can make a fall wreath card with just five things.

  1. one itty bitty punch
  2. one stamp
  3. a stamp pad
  4. some rhinestones and/or a bow
  5. coloured paper (5 colours to be exact).

It’s Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada and my friend Leslie made this card for me and it is bee-YOU-tee-ful!  Plus, the BESTest part ever?  

It’s super simple!

the Sprig punch does ALL the work to make a fall wreath card

I know. Another punch, right?

And to be honest, at first, I thought “Meh, not so sure I need it.”

But for those who know me well, you know I I might be just a tad bit punch crazy.  So I couldn’t resist, and next thing I knew, it popped right onto my demonstrator pre-order.

And now I have it?  This innocuous little Sprig punch?  It’s a paper crafter’s MUST HAVE dream punch! 😜

make a fall wreath card

It didn’t take long for me to go from “Meh” to “WOW“!  Let me tell you why.

First, it’s a bit larger than I thought.  Your punched sprig is about 1 1/2” long so it doesn’t get lost on your card or your desk.

I’ve used mine in SO many ways since it debuted in the 2018 Holiday catalogue. 

  1. Use it as a simple embellishment in behind popped up greetings to frame it.
  2. Punch it out of patterned paper, glimmer and foil paper, or plain old cardstock.
  3. Glue it down for a whimsical tree for spring, summer, winter or fall.
  4. Add it as berries or sprigs (huh, go figure!) to foliage
  5. Perk it up with rhinestones to make holly or mistletoe.
  6. Make antlers for any little critter you want
  7. and I could go on…and on…

Really, it adds punch (pun intended☺️) and polish to my cards either as a simple embellishment or as a more elaborate focal point.  

If you haven’t picked one up yet, this card just might be the clincher!  The punch does ALL the work.

make a fall wreath card with the FAB Sprig punch

How can you make a fall wreath card?

  1. IMPORTANT TIP1:  If you wish to stamp, do it BEFORE you start your wreath and wrap your wreath around it.
  2. Punch out 15 sprigs in five different colours (3 of each).  Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss (and Leslie has one lonely little Early Espresso sprig in there too!).
  3. Start with one colour and affix the end of sprig with a glue dot to your card. TIP2: start at the bottom of your greeting so you can add your bow on top.
  4. Overlap a second, different coloured sprig also adhered with a glue dot placing it about 3/8” away from the middle of your first branch.
  5. Continue with different colours until you have a circle created.


I LOVE using my new Sprig punch to make a fall wreath card

To add further embellishment, 

  • Colour clear rhinestones with a Daffodil Delight dark Stampin’ Blend.  TIP3: Put a jewel at the “bottom” of each sprig just in case you need to cover up a little bit of glue dot.  TIP4:Mmix bigger and smaller rhinestones for variety.
  • Craft a bow (Leslie’s is four strands of Linen Thread) and adhere with a glue dot.
  • Mount your square (4 1/2” x 4 1/2”) onto a piece of Country Lane designer series paper that is 4 5/8” square.
  • Adhere with dimensionals to a piece of Old Olive (4 7/8” x 4 7/8”) that you’ve run through the oh-so-yummy Tin Tile embossing folder.
  • Glue to a square folded Blackberry Bliss card (5” x 1”, scored at 5”).


So a question for you.  Do you know ANYONE who would NOT love to receive this for a Thanksgiving greeting? 

Here’s the list of supplies Leslie used.  I’d love it if you pick up your supplies here.  Thanks a bunch.

The AWESOME Sprig punch will make a fall wreath card

Are you punch crazy like me too? 

If you are, did you see my Halloween treat box made almost exclusively with punches?  

Or if you’ve ever used punches to create a focal point like Leslie, I’d like to hear about it. 

  • What punch? 
  • Which colours?
  • What was your focal point?

Even better? Send me a photo at [email protected].

And if you haven’t ever used a punch for a focal point, start today.  Make a fall wreath card with the super-duper, over-the-top, gotta-get-it, versatile sprig punch! 


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Staying power – that’s just one more reason why I love Big Shot cutting dies. 

The Big Shot.  It’s got a pretty “big” name, but it’s really such a small thing. But boy does it pack plenty of power to bring your crafting to new levels.

Take a look at this beautiful card by my friend Eileen.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Eileen brought this card to my June Open House and it received rave reviews.  Although simple in design, her balanced layout and exact matting and alignment make it an unforgettable card.  The Artistically Asian stamp set is beautiful and she’s used it to perfection.

But how did she finish off the bottom like that?  With the Big Shot.

Do you remember the Top Note die?  It looks like this.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

It was the very first die I ordered when I took the plunge and got my Big Shot.  In those days, our dies had a sturdy wood base and about 1 1/4” of foam with the blades encased inside.  This was to protect us from getting cut when we were using it.  

And you know I’ve used it again and again and again.

It’s hard to believe the Big Shot has only been around with Stampin’ Up! since 2009.  It became a can’t-live-without-it tool in a wink of an eye.  It was a big dollar decision to get one back then (and still a big decision now) but it’s one you will never regret.  I use mine every day I’m in my craft studio.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

  • They never wear out.  (At least I haven’t had one yet!)
  • Precise cuts no matter how many times you run them through.  Use them lots like I do with my faves (below) the cost per cut dwindles to almost nothing!) 
  • Staying power.  Classic shapes you’ll use again and again (like I have with the Top Note)
  • Easy to use.  So quick and easy to run your die through.  No more time consuming fussy cutting!
  • Design options.  Cut into folded cards, like Eileen did, cut out shapes, make tags, boxes, treat holders.  You name it, you can pretty much make it.
  • Versatility.  Paper is only the beginning. Cut all kinds of materials like fabric, light balsa wood, foam, felt, leather, light magnet, plastic, chipboard…
  • Selection.  There are so many dies available for just about every occasion, holiday and hobby.  Every sport and passion.  From babies to toddlers, teens and adults, you’ll find a die perfect for anyone.
  • Coordination.  When dies perfectly fit my stamped images or my patterned paper designs, I’m in heaven!


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies


Which dies do I use over and over?

And every time we have a new catalogue offering there’s always one that catches my eye and quickly goes into my “never-going-away” pile.


So if you’ve sat on the fence for a while about getting a Big Shot, sit no more.  I can’t imagine any greater investment to take your paper crafting to new heights than a Big Shot.  I’m so sure of it, if you find you never use it, I’ll buy it back from you.  Guaranteed.


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

And don’t forget to pull out some of your old favourite dies like Eileen did.  I predict you’ll be singing their praises and telling everyone who’ll listen, “why I love Big Shot cutting dies.”

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

My friend Marilyn shared this special card at our team stamping party and I thought you might like to see it too. It shows just how beautiful cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits can be for heartfelt sympathy cards.

Marilyn used both the stamp set and thinlits to create a detailed background window with pretty hand-coloured butterflies.  She says this was one of the first new sets she purchased and she took advantage of bundled pricing to save 10% off the total.  Really when you can get seamless and stress-free crafting at a reduced cost, why wouldn’t you?

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Isn’t it pretty?  And isn’t the colour combination just a bit different?  Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze and Basic Black cardstock.  Then her butterflies are coloured with the Stampin’ Write markers in Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler with just a touch of Flirty flamingo.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

The sentiments in this stamp set are a different script from our usual style.  Being a calligrapher, I was immediately attracted to the bold gothic style letters.  They’re solid, expressive and beautiful.  Plus, they’re an ideal complement to the stained glass effect and have an almost cathedral-like feel.  

But there’s more than just a stamp set and thinlits.  In fact, there’s an entire suite of products for coordinated crafting.  Gorgeous stamped vellum, faceted buttons and shiny black cord round out the supplies.  

You can see it all on page 164-165 of the Annual Catalogue. But you can also see it in action right here in Stampin’ Up!’s video.  (Pssst.   You won’t want to miss Brian’s great tips for different colouring techniques on vellum.)


Look how spectacular these designs are when our 2018-20 In Colors spice things up a bit. Which one is your favourite?


cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits

Have you ever gone all-out and purchased everything in one of our suites?

Why would you want to?

  • Three words:  coordination, coordination, coordination.  In paper, colours, embellishments, tools, stamps, ribbons and dies.
  • Paper crafting at its absolute quickest and easiest with stamped images you can cut out fast with framelits and punches.
  • Loads of ideas you can CASE (Copy And Share Everything) directly from the catalogue.
  • And let’s not forget cost savings.

There are 14 suites in our Annual Catalogue.  And every single suite has a bundle of some kind.  Whether it’s stamps and dies or stamps and a punch, or stamps and an embossing folder, you’ll save 10%.

So maybe going “all out” is a pretty great thing!

Let’s get back to how Marilyn made her card.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Top Tips to Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

  • Stamp the three butterflies, colour them with your Stampin’ Writes then cut out with your Big Shot and framelit.
  • Use your Precision Base Plate to make quick work of the detailed thinlit cutting.
  • Use your silicone craft sheet, a sponge and multipurpose liquid glue to add adhesive to the back of your detailed thinlits.  See exactly how in this cool “VersaWink” YouTube project.
  • Stamp your label outline first then your words inside for easier placement.  Alternatively, use your Stamparatus to get your words aligned precisely.  See how in my short video here.
  • Have each butterfly face a slightly different direction for more natural feel.

Wanna make this card?  Here’s everything Marilyn used. Make sure to take advantage of the bundled savings on this classic, conservative and beautiful suite.


Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

This suite has something for everyone.  Go classic and conservative like Marilyn’s sympathy card.  Or you can fun it up like I did with this “little bit wild” card where I featured the vellum and cord.  

Either way, you’ll be cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits, and this gorgeous suite for years to come.

A Different Card Design with Garden Impressions Paper

My friend and fellow Kreative Kanuck Paula shared a different card design with Garden Impressions paper with me I want you to see.  Not only is it beautiful, it’s quick and easy too so you could whip up a few of these for lots of different card-giving occasions.

Friday is awesome! Not only is it the end of (most people’s) work week, it’s Front and Centre Friday here at Design with Jo!  I get to showcase lovely works of art made by my paper crafting friends.  Fabulous designs just like this one.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Paula took her inspiration from browsing through her pins on Pinterest to come up with a different card design with Garden Impressions paper.  She was thrilled to use up a piece of this lovely designer series paper along with her Abstract Impressions bundle she snapped up as soon as she could from the new catalogue.  It’s hard to miss this one, but you might want another peek at the gorgeous designs Stampin’ Up! created for us with this suite.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Such a pretty suite with the coordinated thinlits, stamp set and paper.  Paula’s hardest decision was which paper to use but she settled on this watercoloured floral one with its mix of pretty colours.  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral which she then used as her card base.

Things to note about this pretty card

a different card design with garden impressions paper

  • Paula’s card has a Calypso Coral panel on top of the same colour of cardstock for a neat effect sized at 4” x 5 1/4”
  • She created a tone-on-tone background with one of the smaller flowers from the stamp set to add depth and interest
  • A single So Saffron flower thinly accent the point of the unique cut of her patterned paper
  • Her Whisper White pole dot tulle ribbon is a “barely there” detail to draw you closer’
  • Paula opted to not have a greeting at all on the front of her card – and doesn’t it still work wonderfully?

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Here is the measurement of the designer paper on top of the Calypso Coral panel.a different card design with garden impressions paperThink how many of these you can whip up in an hour or so!  Perfect to pull out and add a greeting inside whenever you need it.  Birthday, wedding, thank you, friend, thinking of you, sympathy…leave me a comment on which occasions you would use it for.

You can recreate Paula’s card with these supplies.  A simple click will take you to my online store where you can order and have it shipped directly to your doorstep.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

If you loved this card of Paula’s, I image you will also enjoy seeing this elegant wedding card she created with monochromatic colours earlier this spring.  And if you want to get featured on Front and Centre Friday like Paula why not send me your paper crafted projects?  I adore getting snail mail at  Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta T0M0J0.

Who knows?  You might be the next I feature!  You might like to create a different card design with Garden Impressions paper just like Paula – or you might like to give another pretty paper a try!



Use Your Die Cutting Machine for a Diorama Card

Today let’s use your die cutting machine for a diorama card.  Yesterday I shared how to get more life from your crafting supplies with two takes on a Big Shot card.  Check it out here!

Now, I want to share this fabulous sailboat shadow box card made by my friend Joanne, also using her Big Shot in a few different ways.  You’re going to want these dies when you see how sweet it is!

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Isn’t it SO cute?  What little – or big – boy wouldn’t get a kick out of this?

And isn’t it just the perfect time of year for this little gem?  Kids are out of school, the calendar says it’s vacation time and the sun is shining (well not here ☹️ but hopefully in your little piece of the world)!  What better time to share a fun card like this?

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Joanne’s a big bundle fan and she used one from a couple years back, to create her card.  It makes card making so easy when you have stamps with perfectly sized framelits and thinlits, and coordinating images.  Plus, why not get them at 10% when you can?

While the bundle only sticks around for one catalogue stint, the stamp sets and thinlits are still available.  This cute card uses the Swirly Bird stamp set…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

And the Swirly Scribbles thinlits…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


I have to say my thinlits have seen more love than my stamps (in fact that’s ALL I used for this classy navy and white card), and I do sometimes forget about it sitting there with all the other exciting new things😬. (You don’t do that too do you?)  But with fun cards like this, I just may need to blow off the dust and see what I can create.

Here’s everything you will need to make this card just like Joanne.

How to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


  1. Us the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut two sets of “waves” with blue paper (Joanne used Dapper Denim, now retired) and set aside.
  2. Cut out two clouds with Up & Away thinlits.
  3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” and score both on the 5 1/2” length at 1/4” and 1”.
  4. Run your 3” Layering Circle through Big Shot in front centre of one piece.
  5. Cut one smaller piece of cardstock 1 1/2” x 5” and score at 1/4” on each end of the long strip.


  1. Stamp “sun” onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and punch out with 1 1/4” circle punch.
  2. Stamp sailboat in three colours (Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover) on Whisper White and cut out with scissors.
  3. Ink words from Sunshine Sayings in Memento ink and stamp onto light yellow cardstock and corner round the edges.



  1. Sponge blue ink onto remaining full sheet of 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” white card (with score lines on the right hand side). 
  2. Adhere sun and add clouds with dimensionals.


  1. Glue “waves” to the front of small 1 1/2” x 5” piece of cardstock. 
  2. Adhere sailboat on the left so sail extends over the top.


  1. Glue the “waves” onto bottom of the remaining White panel, cutting flush with the scored edge on one side and the cut edge on the right hand side.
  2. Sponge coordinating blue ink for a subtle effect, darker along the bottom behind the waves than the top.
  3. Draw on birds with black marker.

Here’s a couple tips for assembling the card.

  1. Add glue to both 1/4” strips and place together for the front and back pieces, making sure all images and waves are facing forward.
  2. And for the inside strip…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

It’s a toss up whether these are shadow box cards or a diorama card.  Which one do you think it is?  But whichever you call it this fun design will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.  

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Working with your coordinated stamp sets and framelits is just one more way to add excitement to your creations.  So why not try to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card that combines framelits, thinlits and stamping, just like this one – or with one your design all on your own?

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