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How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

Have you seen how to use a hinged stamp positioner? In fact, have you ever tried a stamp positioner? They’re ideal for lining up your stamps and getting wonderful placement time after time.

There are several available and you may even have one. Even the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a simple positioner. (Have you got one of those hiding in the depths of your stamping tool drawer?)

But just like everything else, stamp positioners have gone high tech! Better features, more neat techniques. Plus the super cool Stamparatus allows you to do this now too!

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

See those cute coloured lines in the background? This is what the Stamparatus, Stampin’ Up!’s positioner has over every other positioner out there! Hinge step stamping that’s SO easy, you can do it with your eyes closed! (Well, maybe not completely closed 🤪!

The Amazing Life stamp set works a dream for this. It’s my Product of the Week!

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I’m having fun playing with it and I’ll be featuring it on Wednesday on my Facebook Live (4:30 MST on my DesignwithJo Page.) Hope you set a reminder to join in the fun too! 

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner to Make Cards Quick

Creating these repeating lines is a simple process with your Stamparatus. I show you exactly how hinge step stamping works in this YouTube video.

Jo’s Steps for this Happy Happy Birthday Card Background

  1. position your first image at the top of your page and pick up with your Stamparatus plate
  2. hinge step one colour (Pacific Point) all the way down your page as shown in the video
  3. clean and remove stamp and insert plate back in top hinge
  4. position stamp about 1/8″ below the first image and ink with second colour (Bermuda Bay)
  5. hinge step one colour all the way down your page
  6. repeat 3-5 for last colour (Granny Apple Green)
I LOVE how EASY This IS How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

The Stamparatus is one cool tool, don’t you agree? If you have one and want some more tips for how to use it, you’re going to want to check out my YouTube playlist.

And if you haven’t gotten yours yet, check out why I think they’re a stamping tool MUST HAVE. Then click on the little image below to get yours on that little UPS truck delivered straight to your door.

How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

Amazing Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Starburst Punch
2" Circle Punch
2-1/4" (5.7 Cm) Circle Punch
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Marker
Bermuda Bay Dark Stampin' Blends Marker
Paper Snips Scissors
Stampin' Dimensionals
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
Repeated Lines are SO EASY Once You Know How to Use a Hinged Stamp Positioner

This may come as a surprise (not!) seeing I’m trained as an accountant, but I like things to line up nice and neat. So it’s no wonder the Stamparatus quickly became my favouritist rubber stamping tool.

Grab yours and get started making fun backgrounds like this one. Take a peek at your stash of stamps to see what stamps you have that will work especially well. Here are a few of my go to’s:

  • lines and dots
  • words and sentences
  • smaller images both solid and open
  • letters

Which ones will YOU use now you know how to use a hinged stamp positioner?

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!


Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Get off to a fab 2019 with this fun card!

Happy New Year 2019!

I pulled out my Journaling pens and the Celebrate You thinlits to wish you best wishes for 2019 – Zentangle style. I love the size of the celebrate. It really takes centre stage.

Have you used word dies as the focal point on YOUR cards? Being a calligrapher, I absolutely love words and letters, markers and writing. So it makes sense my Product of the Week is…

Happy New Year 2019

Over on my Facebook Group this week, I’ll be sharing a cool deal, my Live and tips and tricks for using word dies in your crafting. Why not join in to have some fun along with us?

Using Word Dies in Your Cardmaking

Happy New Year 2019!

With word framelits, lots of the creating is done for you already. You just need to add a little more decoration. But only if you like. This other congrats card is so vibrant all on its own, I didn’t think it really needed decoration.

And when you use words as your focal point, the rest is just gravy. Yummy, luscious gravy. Like:

  • the Swirls & Curls embossing folder on thick Whisper White
  • a bold Basic Black frame – and card
  • or the sparkly gold glimmer Starburst punch framed with a stitched circle shape
  • the swirly metallic gold thread popping up like fireworks
  • how about the metallic sequins dotted around for added glitz?

Here’s everything you need to make this fun card to celebrate a Happy New Year 2019 too! Or what about a great birthday card for a fab friend? Or a congrats for your kid brother who just graduated?

Happy New Year 2019 Zentangle Card

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Happy New Year 2019 with Zentangle

My mom always says, you want to make sure to start the year off right. Don’t do anything on New Year’s Day that you don’t want to be doing all year!

So that means, shelve the laundry and dishes and the snow removal. And amp up the paper crafting! Make your own Happy New Year 2019 TO ME card to get your 2019 started off on the right foot!


2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite

Today’s sweet card showcases another 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite. I know that’s a mouthful isn’t it?

While my first card yesterday from the new catalogue featured the Beauty Abounds bundle, the very FIRST card I made from new Occasions items was this pretty one.

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

This suite is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful fonts for the stamps, to-die-for papers, pretty ribbons, stunning colour combinations. Not too much more a gal could ask for in a pretty springtime set of goodies!

Let’s take a closer peek at a couple of the items. The Forever Lovely photopolymer stamp set…

Once again the mix of brush lettering and type fonts win my vote for fabulous greetings. So that’s why this card features only one stamp!


2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite

A portion of the set is two step stamping for the larger floral image which gives variations in the colour intensity. You’ll see that in a future blog post😉!

You can see the sweet mix of colours on the All My Love Designer Series Paper. This one is probably my favourite…so far!

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Here are all of them…

It really is DEE-licious! Such pretty colour combinations. And great for so many occasions with florals, hearts and other tiny patterns. I couldn’t resist adding it to the envelope flap for a special touch.

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Design Details

If you’re enjoying this card layout, it’s one of my fall back designs. You might remember this easy one layer card with a similar feel.

In the heady rush of new supplies, you might be shocked to know not everything on this card is brand new. The beautiful Tin Tile embossing folder is carrying over from the Holiday Catalogue so you’re going to see even more of this wonderful design in upcoming posts.

But both the ribbon and adhesive sequins ARE coming your way in the Occasions catalogue. The cute tiny iridescent flowers I “borrowed” from the Gingham Gala suite of products. And soft and flexible pretty ribbon from the All My Love Suite. Using both these embellishments take minutes off your design time with their easy coordination.

And who can’t use MORE time?

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Here are all the supplies I used which you’ll be able to order January 3rd.

All My Love Suite

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2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

I am so enjoying creating with the new products. So get prepared. There’s lots of fresh ideas that’ll be coming your way over the next little while. So that means, keep my blog page handy. Or even better. Click here to sign up to get every blog post delivered right to your email inbox!

But now you have a 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite, maybe you’ll you’ll stop right there and not need any more ideas😂 – HAH I didn’t think so🤗!

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