This super sweet Fable Friend Baby Boy cards idea is just one of the versatile ways you can design with this adorable stamp set.
This mama with her three ducklings are the first stamps I reached for in this set. It’s actually made up of two images, the mama and here trio of kidlets.
But I think the best parts are the variety of greetings. Something for spring, Easter, baby and friends. Versatile!
That’s why I chose it for my Product of the Week this week! I’m playing with it all week so check back to see what I’ve come up with!
The images are all open line so to me that just BEGS watercolour with my Stampin’ Writes and an Aqua Painter! How many different colours do you think I have on here?
Here’s the colour palette. The darker tones I use for shading around the edges and stitching lines.
Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel
Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape
Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove and Mango Melody
With watercolour, the pooling then drying of ink creates a lovely effect. One you need to take a closer peek at!
What about the rest of the card?
Fable Friends Baby Boy Card Idea
The Balmy Blue panel is embossed with the Polka Dot Basics folder first.
Then a strip of the sweet Daffodil gingham paper from Gingham Gala suite adds colour and ties the watercoloured ducks together. This fab paper has been so popular it was on backorder, but it’s back in stock so it’s time to get yours!
Jo’s Design Tips
Make sure to use liquid glue to adhere your gingham paper so it stays well stuck.
Then tie a piece of the super cheerful double stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon around the join and knot it as far to the right as possible.
Use your Stamparatus to stamp all the images as Watercolor paper is bumpier than normal so if you have to stamp a second time, you’ll do so perfectly!
Add a very faint line of light coloured ink (I used Soft Seafoam) to create the ground they are walking on
Let’s See Yours!
I’d love to see what kind of Fable Friends baby boy card idea you can design with this adorable set. Or maybe your needs to be a baby girl card with pretty pinks or purples? Be sure to send me a pic!
And here’s where you can get all your supplies in one go! I love when you support my business with your orders. Thank you so much.
Simple Cards with Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack
Creative inspiration is only steps away when you order these supplies:
Bloom by Bloom Bundle with that sweet Bitty Blooms Punch Pack
Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack
Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots
some cardstock scraps
Pair ’em up with the Cards & Envelopes in crisp white and bold navy and you’ve got almost instant cards. Lots of ’em!
I figure I could easily get the full 20 cards in the Happiness Blooms Memories & More cards & envelopes put together in about an hour using this kind of design.
What do you think? A bit simpler than this one but equally as fun?
This card took about 5 minutes to make. No kidding! (And most of that time was playing with the bow to get it just right! I’m gearing up for my Keep It Simple Sunday feature this weekend. You’ll want to make sure you keep an eye on my blog because it’s super cute!
And (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), you might want to check out my Steal of a Deal on my Facebook Group, Design with Jo VIPeeps. Join in as we build this fun community of crafters. And you could get your own Happiness Blooms Memories & More Cards & Envelopes absolutely FREE!
Look how fun those itty bitty flowers are with an enamel dot in the middle.
Here’s a couple other simple cards made with the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack created by Stampin’ Up! designers.
OK, let’s see what you can come up. Here are the few supplies I used to create my card today. Simply click on any of the pictures to take you to my online store where you can get yours.
And when you purchase the bundle and card pack together with my host code JX3TEVQC by February 17th, not only do you get my Steal of a Deal, you get to punch a sunflower on my Sunny Rewards card. And you get to choose a new Sale-a-bration item! WOW!
Simple Cards with Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack
Don’t forget to add a teeny bit of pizzazz to your envelope too. A quick punch with an enamel dot and you’re all set!
I love creating elaborate projects as much as you. But sometimes simple is where it’s at. When I can make as cheerful a card as this one with minimal supplies and just a couple embellishments, I call it a great day!
Why not give simple cards with Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack a try too?
Get set to fold a fancy origami envelope with my Facebook Live Replay. Yeah, really. I mean it! Go grab yourself a piece of computer bond paper and make it along with me! This is so easy, you can do one in minutes.
And did I mention there’s NO glue? Aha, now I got your attention!
If the word origami strikes fear into your belly, don’t stress. I am NOT a proficient origami-ist (I’m sure that’s a word🤪) so it’s gotta be simple! I’m going to use a piece of the bright and bold Happiness Blooms DSP to fold a fancy origami envelope just like this.
How’s that for bright and cheery? Isn’t that paper to die for? Let’s take a closer peek at the designs and colours.
Wouldn’t you love to get a treat like this origami envelope in your mailbox? Let me show you how easy it is.
Fold a Fancy Origami Envelope
So was I right? Did you get yours folded so it looks the pretty much the same?
Let me give you all the measurements for the envelope itself as well as the ways I fancied it up.
Cuttin’ It Up!
designer series paper – 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ cut from the cut offs
cardstock coloured to coordinate with your DSP 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″, scraps
Whisper White – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
cording – 3 pieces about 4″ long
The sweet card tucks inside for a fun surprise when the envelope is opened. The greeting comes from the Part of My Story stamps free with a $60 order during Sale-a-bration. Don’t you think it perfectly matches the happy mood of the paper?
And bonus! A gift card will also fit right inside! Who doesn’t love another gift card holder idea?
Time to Choose
Leave me a comment and let me know. Which version is your favourite? This one I made in the video?
Or this colourful one?
Now It’s Up to You
Grab whatever sheet of designer series paper you have close at hand and get folding! Be sure to grab your bone folder – and that’s ALL to make a fun envelope.
Decorate it up with the same supplies I used by clicking on any image below. I really appreciate your shopping with me!
You know how you make cards for best friends forever? Your BFF? Well what about if that friend is an over-the-top, pull-out-all-the-stops, pantingly-sweet-on-canines dog lover?
Then you make them one with the Happy Tails bundle just like this!
I love this bundle. Not only is it perfect for masculine greetings, it’s super easy to make multiple types of pups, each with its own personality! Like my “reverse” Dalmation!
I have a photo tutorial for you to build that doghouse a bit further in my post. But before you skip to that, let’s take a peek at everything you’ll need to make it yourself at home. Missing something? Just click on any picture below😀.
pull out your Versamark pad and white emboss powder for this two-step stamping Dalmation”-ish” pup, Spot TIP: make sure to use your Embossing Buddy over your black cardstock first so no stray specks are left behind
Add a panel of black cardstock embossed with the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder for a bit more texture behind the doghouse
I did try to pick a colour other than Basic Black for my card base but it really didn’t add any oomph to the card…hence black on black😁
punch your greeting with a circle punch TIP: the 1 3/4″ punch fits beautifully
Spot needed a home so I designed his doghouse and thought you might like the dimensions and steps too
Photo Tutorial Steps to Make a Dog House
Cut a piece of Wood Textures DSP into a 3 1/2″ x 3″ rectangle.
Crop off 2 strips 1/2″ each
Trim edges off the top in a diagonal
Put liquid glue on FRONT along top diagonal cut edges
Attach 2 strips Wood Textures DSP on top of the glue so reverse side shows
add right side, then lay the left on top so the end matches up with the end of the right
Cut off ends of each “roof” side to match
crop 2nd smallest layering oval framelit to make the doorway
Do not discard (we’ll use this on the card too!)
Cut rectangle 1 3/8″ x 2″ and glue behind door
Trim excess from bottom
Add a sign with the tiny letters in the Pick a Pennant stamp set. TIP: make them a bit wonky as if they are hand painted by a child for fun!
What ways could you use this doghouse in your own designs? Maybe on a scrapbook page? Or in a home decor piece? I’d love to have you share it with me. Take a few minutes to email me at [email protected]. Or if you’re a Design with Jo VIPeep, post it on our page so everyone can see!
Love this bundle like me? Did you see this quick and easycard? How many of you have dogs you consider your BFF? I know I’ve got one curled up on his bed and snoring behind me right now.
But even if you don’t have a canine companion? When you design handmade cards for best friends forever like this one, they will treasure them – they might even bury them away to take out for another sniff later!
Even if you already send them, today I’ve got some great reasons to write thank you notes. (Plus a pretty dynamite Stampin’ Blends and vellum card to share.)
In the rush of our days, we often don’t stop and give a thanks to someone who made an impact on us. But there are SO many reasons to take that time. Not only to verbally say thanks, but to do what we do best. Pour a little of our own magic stardust into a handmade card just for them.
Let’s look at what we’re making today.
A pretty special thanks with some cool Blends and vellum circle elements. The card would’ve been great with the embossed Lovely Lipstick panel and calligraphed sentiment alone. But I popped in those circle punches, my Product of the Week, for something unexpected and fun.
You might even say I’ve gone a bit dotty! 🤪
I’ll be live Thursday over at Design with Jo Facebook Page at 12 noon MST. I’m sharing a neat decorated gift bag you can create for any occasion – or maybe even Valentine’s Day (just a couple weeks away)!
Let’s take a peek at all the supplies I used before we talk about the 5 reasons to write thank you notes.
The first reason is to respect the time and effort the other person took to do what they did. Give you a hand, make a meal, send a gift, do a favour. We all know how busy we can get so when someone takes time out of their day to think specifically about us or help us out, it’s an ideal opportunity to say thank you.
Another reason is the person might really need to hear words of appreciation. Everyone has off days and saying thank you with a handmade card, has the power to immediately give someone a lift. Even when she first glimpses the envelope in her mailbox. (Most especially if the envelope is decorated!) It will reset the tone for the rest of her day!
What about paying it forward? When we express our thanks, we’ll inspire a friend to share his positive energy with another person in his social circle. Maybe not with a handmade card, but by saying a heartfelt thank you. What a great feeling to know we’ve created a ripple effect.
A fourth reason? Improve your own wellbeing. Not only is the act of expressing gratitude good for us, what about the joy of spending time doing what we love – crafting? A sense of accomplishment, stress relief, pure enjoyment. What could be better to boost our own positivity?
And lastly, why do we even need a reason? Sometimes we’ll have a special thought about someone jump into our head out of the blue. Why not jot that thought into a quick card and pop it in the mail to thank them for who they are?
Jo’s Design Details
the Graceful Glass vellum is almost a perfect fit for the Seaside embossing folder
the circles are coloured on the front of the vellum with the dark Stampin’ Blends: Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick and Rich Razzleberry
I chose to punch the same size of circle from the Champagne Foil sheet and offset them rather than choose a large circle to mat them . TIP: glue the circles to the foil by using your sponge, Silicone Craft Sheet and liquid glue like I did in this video so you can’t see it through the vellum
my circles are cut off so they do not extend over the edge of the Lovely Lipstick panel . TIP: glue first then turn over the panel and trim from the back
If you like the look of Stampin’ Blends on vellum, you might also like this card.
There are many more reasons to express our gratitude and I’ll share some of those in upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, I am having a ball (circular, get it?🤪) working with my circle punches to add some pizzazz to my projects. Check back here on Thursday to see another one.
And now you know my 5 reasons to write thank you notes, why not pull your punches out and craft some cards of appreciation?