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
And now I can add Memories and More Card Packs to the list too. See my top 6 reasons why I love them below!
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.
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
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!
Variety of sizes – 3″x4″ and 4″x6″ cards in a pack, plus you know where your Stampin’ Trimmer is!
All in one card making – punched out sticker sheets with layerable accents so nothing besides card stock required!
FAST FAST FAST! Whip together a card in just 5 minutes!
Coordination – In both colour & design with your stamps, designer paper and embellishments, you can’t go wrong.
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?
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.
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!
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!
Have a giggle today with my Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle Facebook Live Replay. I had lots of opportunities for improvement and I’ve incorporated some of those into my blog post for you to benefit from my learning curve!
If you haven’t joined me for Facebook Live, come on in and join the fun. I come live to you every week on my Design with Jo business page usually at 4:30 MST on Wednesdays. I love to get group participation to help me design my project. That way it’s always a surprise! Everyone is welcome to join in!
So what are we making today?
A cute puppy card. This one has an easy and fun technique made with your Stamparatus.
Never heard of a Stamparatus before? It’s Stampin’ Up!’s version of a stamp positioner. And what a version it is! It’s heads and tails (🤪 sorry couldn’t resist!) above the competition. I tell you exactly why I think so in this blog post.
Using it allows us to get two – and three – dimensional. Let’s take a closer peek at that trio of canines.
Don’t they all look like they’re waiting for the food bowl?
OK, let’s get on with the show so you can see how to make these for yourself ! Then I’ll share a few tips I picked up to give you a hand…
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
If you found this video tweaked your creative “bone” (again, sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙃), you might also like these ones, also showcasing the Stamparatus.
Cuttin’ It Up!
Real Red cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
Window Sheet – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
Thick Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, scraps at least 2 1/2″ x 3″
Basic Gray cardstock – 1/2″ x 4 1.4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Soft Suede cardstock – strip 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
And we can’t forget the inside of the card. It’s just as important as the front with this technique.
Learn From My Mistakes!
I hope you watched the video. And I hope you had a little TEE HEE or two as I seemed to go from one challenge to another with this card! So here’s a few tips so it’s easier for you.
Over To You!
So, think you’d like to try this at home? Here are all the supplies I used to make this great design. A simple click is all it takes and the little brown UPS truck will be screeching to a halt outside your door before you know it!
Plus you’ll be cashing in on my Sunny Rewards when you shop online and use host code JX3TEVQC. It’s my way to thank you for shopping with me.
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
OK, let’s see which one is your pick. Leave me a comment to let me know which one you like the best.
The trio in Real Red?
Or the trio with Night of Navy?
Or maybe this one I made after so I could figure those bloopers out! This one’s on Pacific Point.
Thanks for taking time to watch the video. Hope you played along to help create the design! My next Facebook Live is Wednesday, February 13th at 4:30 MST over on my facebook business page. I’d love to have YOU be part of it.
In the meantime, give your hand a try at these Stamparatus techniques with the Happy Tails bundle and let me know what you think.
Is that a thing? Absolutely! But we’re not using that boring-old-silver-handheld-teeny-hole-punch. We’re going to use every circle punch in our arsenal – big, medium & small – to punch holes for super quick and cool cards!
Let me show you what I mean.
I love when I can use my tools for something just a bit different. How about you? That’s not only smart. It’s economical!
I think I must’ve been on a black streak this week🤔! Did you notice my vellum circle card had a black background? And so did my punched out zentangle ideas card! (Don’t worry I’ll be back to other colours next week!)
Now what’s not to like about this fun notecard?
it uses mostly paper scraps
you get fun rings you can make practically any size, in any colour, perfectly aligned or off centre like mine
then our circles work double time – one for the ring itself and one for the circle detail on the envelope
circles aren’t fussy – they work for boys & girls, young and old-er
Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Pacific Point, Mango Melody and Whisper White cardstock scraps
Let’s Make It!
Fold black card and run front through Big Shot with Garden Trellis embossing folder.
Punch out the following colours and sizes:
Lemon-Lime Twist – 2 1/4″
Berry Burst – 1 3/4″
Pacific Point – 1 1/2″
Mango Melody – 1 1/2″
Then use one smaller punch to punch the middle out of your circle:
Lemon-Lime Twist – 2″
Berry Burst – 1 1/2″
Pacific Point – 1 1/4″
You can see an image of exactly how to do this over on my Design with Jo VIPeeps Facebook Group. A simple click is all it takes to get you there!
Arrange rings onto front of folded card and glue in place with liquid adhesive.
Stamp greeting on piece of Whisper White in Memento ink. Punch out with 1 1/4″ circle punch. Glue on top of Mango Melody circle. Add to front of card.
Place three glossy epoxy droplets on card as shown.
So pull out every circle punch you have! Then get busy with your drawer of scraps to make up these fun cards. And then? Then, I want you to share your cool hole punch card ideas with the rest of us over at Design with Jo VIPeeps!
Now if you’re a few short on circle punches, today’s the last day you can get in on my exclusive Steal of a Deal for my VIPeepers! Join in so you can add to your stash!
I did fancy up the envelope too which is totally optional. I used the Envelope punch board and a piece of the fab and FREE Botanical Butterflies paper. Then I glued my circles to the front and cut off the edges.
So? Fun yes?
Does it give you a 60’s kinda vibe? Maybe. I think you could get away with giving this to just about anyone. And they will love it!
Next time you want a quick design, don’t forget this little cutie. For something a little different, try cool hole punch card ideas.
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.
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.
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🙃!
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.
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.
You just need a few tips to get started:
Jo’s TIPS for How to Use Watercolor Pencils for Colouring Only!
start with your lightest colour first
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
gently swirl on your colour in a circular motion rather than colouring in short jerky lines
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.
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.
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!