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Card Making Techniques and Tips

Card Making Techniques and Tips

Remember these cards with cutouts last week? How about another idea, this time with the Stitched Labels framelits?

AWESOME Greetings and Card Making Techniques and Tips

Can you see it? Just that “little somethun'” in the background?

Add a neat – yet so simple – element like this so people will look twice when they get your card in the mail. Here’s a close up so you can see how interesting this stitched thinlit really is.

Detailed Stitched Label Thinlits and Card Making Techniques and Tips

Cool isn’t it? A tiny hint of the white background showing through for a peek-a-boo effect.

All the framelits and thinlits in this Stitched Label dies have…you got it…stitching. And you don’t need to get out your needle and thread or your sewing machine for awesome designs.

The one I used almost looks like a geographical land mass on a map!

OK, it’s Keep It Simple Sunday so that always means you get the measurements and steps to make my project yourself. Here ya go!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Shimmery White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, scraps
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sahara Sand cardstock – scrap at least 3″ x2″
  • ribbon – about 3″

Let’s Make It

Here are some card making techniques and tips to create this simple card at home.

Card Making Techniques and Tips with Stampin Up By the Bay and Detailed Stitched Label Thinlits

  1. Place your stitched thinlit on left side of Night of Navy cardstock and run through your Big Shot. Then attach it to your folded card with dimensionals. TIP: Use your paper piercer to get out the tiny little squares.
  2. Stamp gulls and thank you in Sahara Sand ink onto scrap of Shimmery White cardstock and crop with second smallest Layering Oval. TIP: Use your Stamparatus for perfect placement. See my Stamparatus must-have tips here.
  3. Crop next size scalloped oval to mat your image and greeting. Glue together.
  4. Colour Polka Dot tulle ribbon with your Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend and let dry a couple minutes. TIP: Use the brush top ON ITS SIDE for best results. TIP: You probably won’t need to colour both sides side it should seep through the fabric.
  5. Fold over ribbon and attach to a glue dot, then use a second glue dot to add it the back left of the ovals.
  6. Adhere to right hand side of card with two dimensionals.

And as quick as that, you have a card for just about anyone on your list. But I specifically had a male in mind for this card. Yes, EVEN with the ribbon – but…

Did You Notice?

I’ve made slight changes in my card with my ink and ribbon colour. I’d love it if you left a comment for which one appeals to you?

a. All Sahara Sand?

Card Making Techniques and Tips with Stampin Up By the Bay

Or b. with the touches of Night of Navy?

Card Making Techniques and Tips and Cards with Cutouts

Do YOU think one is MORE masculine than the other?

Time to Make It Yourself

Take a stitch out of my book and create this masculine card in your own crafting area. You can get your By the Bay absolutely free with a $60 CDN order until March 31st. See all the Sale-a-bration gifts here.

Card Making Techniques and Tips
Big Shot

A Final Peek

Card Making Techniques and Tips for Classic Greetings with Stampin Up Detailed Stitched Labels

Simple designs are so effective at conveying your gratitude. Add a bit of the unexpected to elevate them the tiniest bit more with card making techniques and tips like this one using cutouts.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers | Facebook Live Replay

Want an ultra quickie idea for how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers?  Your Stampin’ Write markers that is?  Look no further than my Facebook Live Replay!

Or maybe you caught my Facebook Live last night?  Every week I host an online paper crafting class that YOU star in!  Most times, YOU pick the colours, ribbons, embellishments, and change up the design as I’M crafting.

That way we never really know what we’re going to end up with.  It’s fun!  Come join us any Tuesday night at 6:30 MST over on my Design with Jo business page .  (Note this is a new day and time so you can join in the fun once your work day is over.)

I love, luv, LOVE the versatility of our water-based markers. So all this week, I’m showing you how to use them for loads of crafting options.

Before we get to today’s video, let me show you this beauty card.  And then I’ll share all the supplies so you can make one along with me.

Let Me Show You How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Isn’t it pretty? I love this colour combination together. And I love the stamped sentiment. Beautiful brush lettering offset with plain type. Gorgeous! It’s from the Part of My Story stamp setfree during Sale-a-bration.

Here are your supplies to make these lovely backgrounds at home.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

OK, are you all set?  Let’s take a peek.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Quick and easy yes?  With lovely results.  So…

What’s Not To Love About Stampin’ Write Markers?

  • Fabulously pigmented colours perfectly coordinated with your Stampin’ Up! ink pads and papers
  • Two tips to handle all your larger and smaller tasks
  • Brush lettering in a snap (like on this fun, fun project)!
  • Tons of versatility (colouring, blending, watercolour, lettering, omission stamping…and on and on)
You won't believe how SIMPLE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers Is!

You know, this is only the second time I pulled out my Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut specialty paper.  I’m not sure why I’ve been hiding them. 😟They are simply beautiful and SO easy to use.  With million dollar results like these.  Here are the measurements for today’s card:

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock-  5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour Paper – 3 3/4” x 5” (then later cut to 3 1/” x 4 7/8″)
  • Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Cut paper – one panel cut down to 3 1/2” x 4 7/8”
  • Pool Party 3/8” shimmer ribbon – about 12”

A Quick Question or Two for You

  1. How many of us have a few Stampin’ Write markers kicking around somewhere?
  2. When was the last time you used them?  A day?  A week?  Hopefully not more than a month?

NOW is the time to get them out and play! Backgrounds this pretty – and this easy – are just minutes away!

Time to Choose!

This is one of my favourite parts of my FB Live replay blog posts.  I’d love it if you left me a comment.  Which one do you like the best?

My pretty soft and subtle gem?

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

A knock-your-socks-off combination of pinks? (Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick, Berry Burst)

Stampin Writes and How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the appeal of just-a-hint-of-laser-paper? (So Saffron, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist)

EASY PEASEY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the monochromatic look with only slight variations in colours (Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Powder Pink)

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

I could go on forever playing with these Stampin’ Write backgrounds and the Delightfully Detailed Laser cut speciality paper. But I want you to start experimenting with them too!

Oh So PRETTY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

So cut your watercolour paper, pick your colours and top up your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Then get busy with how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers for your friends and family!

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
Heat Tool

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!

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy | Facebook LIVE Replay

Today I’m sharing my Facebook Live where I showed how to paint a box quick and easy!  If you missed or, or even if you didn’t, now’s the perfect chance to see my projects up close and personal!

How to Paint a Box Super FAST!


This mini pizza box takes on a personality a friend, a brother, a co-worker is just going to love to pieces.  In fact everyone else will be…are you ready for it…green with envy🤣.  I chose Tranquil Tide to gussy up the box to match the cute four leaf clovers from the Amazing Life stamp set.   

See that oh-so-cool design on the box itself?  Sort of like etched ice? That’s totally unplanned – and unexpected!  Let me show you how it happens!

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy


Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White cardstock 2″ x 11″
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock 2 pieces each 1″ x 11″
  • Watercolor paper – scraps
  • Whisper White flax ribbon – a piece about 7″ long

At 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1″ these mini pizza boxes are really not so mini after all.  They’re a a fabulous size for all kinds of goodies:

  • a set of handmade 3″ x 3″ notecards
  • large cookies (or a couple smaller ones) (because they’re food safe too)
  • chocolates and treats of all kinds
  • a gift card
  • moola
  • jewelry
  • a spool of ribbon
  • mini stamps and embellishments

Plus they’re an inexpensive way to add your own personal touch to a gift.  They come in a package of 8 so they’re only just a smidge over a dollar a piece.  

Facebook LIVE Replay: How to Paint a Box FAST

It’s Your Turn

A drop or two of ink refill is all you need to add to your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Shake it up and get busy spritzing your way to gorgeous ice-etched designs.   Here are all the supplies I pulled out to make mine.  I’d love it if you support my business and order your supplies through me.  Thanks so much.

How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy

As I usually do on my Facebook Lives, there were three versions.  Let’s take a peek at each one.  Leave me a comment with which one is your favourite and why!

A sweet birthday for a girl at any age?

Watch How to Paint a Box Quick and Easy

A cheerful spring-y any and all occasion pick me up?

How to Paint a Box Super FAST

Or one last gander at this Luck of the Irish good luck charm?

Want to Know How to Paint a Box?


Or maybe you’d rather not add colour? Try your hand with your designer papers to wrap around your box like I did here

So thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to see what you design with this technique and these cute little pizza boxes.  What colour do you think you’ll spritz on them first?  Lovely Lipstick for Valentines?  Highland Heather for Easter?  Or maybe you need a gift for a friend changing jobs?  Maybe Pacific Point or Balmy Blue will be just the ticket.

Be sure to mark your calendar for my Wednesday Facebook Lives over on my Facebook Page so you can get in on the action while I’m stamping, chatting and generally making a mess!  While my next one won’t show you how to paint a box quick and easy like this one did, I promise it will be fun too!



How to Make Gift Tags at Home

Want to know how to make gift tags at home with the Buffalo Check background stamp and your Stamparatus?  I’m aiming for masculine today.  What do you think about these ones?

Do You Know How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Wanna know how to make them?  Scroll on…

Plaid is big.  Well, actually plaid isn’t just big, it’s BIG!  Have you noticed it’s THE design element of the season? 

Black and white, green and red, blue and silver.  There’s a different colour combination to suit just about everyone out there.  And you can create it easily with your Buffalo Check background stamp and Stamparatus.

One inking and impression will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home

Two inkings with your Stamparatus will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home to SAVE Moola for Stamping Supplies!

Which one is YOUR favourite?

I promise you’re going to love how easy peasy these are.  First let’s take a quick look at the short supply list.

So let’s learn how to make our own plaid to dress up quick 3x3 gift tags super quickly.


How to Make Gift Tags at Home


To get two-toned plaid like this here are the steps.

Step 1: Place your Plaid clear stamp on your Stamparatus.  Leave a little bit of clearance around the stamp (I left about an inch)  Place your cardstock also about 1” below the top of the Stamparatus.  Hold in place with a magnet.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 2: Ink up your stamp with a Night of Navy pad.  TIP: Hold your ink pad as flat as possible and pat several times over the rubber.  Make sure to repeat over some areas so the edges of the ink pad colour are softened.  TIP:  A well inked ink pad is essential to good coverage.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 3: Lower the acrylic plate onto your cardstock and stamp image  TIP: Don’t be afraid to apply pressure on the stamp especially around the top and edges.  TIP:  Check your impression to make sure it is fully inked.  If not, re-ink the stamp and stamp again until you are happy with the coverage.  CLEAN stamp well.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 4: Lift plate out of the Stamparatus and move to the left ONE hinge.  Ink stamp with the SECOND colour and stamp. 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 5: Clean stamp, remove cardstock, cut to size and use on your gift tags.  

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


I really like the little space left where the Vanilla shows through and the overlap of the green and navy.  To show up the vanilla even more, I added the tag to a plain Very Vanilla box I created with my Gift Bag punch board.  A simple strip of the left over plaid decorates the side and the Braided Linen trim adds a happy bow. 

Don't you Just LOVE How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on – 1 piece 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” TIP: I cut my paper to be about the same size as my background so I don’t waste., 1 scrap piece
  • Plaid stamped cardstock – 2 3/4” x 2 3/“, cut AFTER stamping
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide glimmer paper – piece at least 2 1/2” square


How to Make Gifts Tags at Home the EASY Way!

Isn’t it fun to create gift tags perfectly coordinated for your boxes and presents? What fella wouldn’t love to see this gift with HIS name on it (bow included!)?

And now you know how to make gift tags at home, you can make every colour under the rainbow for all the occasions you celebrate! 

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