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Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle | FB Live Replay

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?

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

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.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

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.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

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.

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle
Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

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
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Pick Your Favourite

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?

Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Or the trio with Night of Navy?

Get a Giggle with my FB LIVE Replay: Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

Or maybe this one I made after so I could figure those bloopers out! This one’s on Pacific Point.

Reverse Image Stamparatus Techniques with the Happy Tails Bundle

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.

Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards

Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards

Are YOU a dog lover? Do you have friends and family who go a bit nuts about canines? Well I LOVE my furry child Holmes who’s a huge part of our lives. So today let’s see a couple cute dog quotes to spice up handmade cards. For you. And your dog lover friends.

Who Doesn't LOVE Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards?

Simple, sweet and fun with the Gingham Gala designer series paper on a reverse fold card. I love how fresh it makes this card feel with Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake.

I’m goin’ to the dogs this week with my Product of the Week! It will go a long way to helping you create wonderful cards for those dog aficionados.

And you won’t want to miss my Facebook Live over on my Design with Jo business page this Thursday at noon MST. I’m digging out my Stamparatus for a cool design.

Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards

The Happy Tails bundle from the Occasions catalogue is one sweet deal. Get 10% off when you purchase the Happy Tails stamp set and Dog Builder punch together.

Jo’s Design Details

  • layer your gingham paper on your Crumb Cake and THEN tie around your Braided Linen trim
  • use liquid glue for the best hold with the trim on the front
  • randomly stamp your bones on the right hand side with Crumb Cake ink
  • lay down one solid wash of Ivory Stampin’ Blends before adding your Crumb Cake Blends combo
  • Colour your pup BEFORE punching out

Let’s take a closer peek at that cute dog quote.

Clever & Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards

Simply stamped in Crumb Cake ink. Then run it through the Big Shot with the Stitched oval and mat with a scalloped oval. I love how the braided trim adds a fun touch. TIP: I curled it by winding it around a pencil and holding it in place for a few seconds.

Don't You LOVE Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards?

The Dog Builder punch has a sweet little heart on it. It adds a lovely detail to the inside greeting.

It’s Your Turn!

Let’s get you all outfitted to make these simple and fun cards for your dog loving friends and family. Simply click on any of the images below to purchase from my online store and earn Sunny Rewards just for shopping with me!

Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards
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Here’s I am with my pup Holmes out camping this summer. (He thinks he’s a lapdog – but he’s not really!🐶)

Do you like the simplicity of reverse fold cards? Then you might find this reverse fold heart card right up your alley too.

One last peek for you.

Happy Tails has SUCH Cute Dog Quotes for Handmade Cards

Thanks so much for dropping in today and taking a read. It’s great to “meet” new folks and I hope you found something to tickle your creative spirit with today’s project.

And I’d love to know if you are a dog lover too? If you are, share what his or her name is in the comments!

Then when you’re looking to make a fun card for dog aficionados, don’t forget this cute dog quotes for handmade cards.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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! 🤪

Five Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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?

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

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?

Alcohol Markers for Beginners Amazing Life Card

Alcohol Markers for Beginners Amazing Life Card

I’ve got a quick how-to video for you today with Stampin’ Blends and the Amazing Life stamp set.  Are you like me? Were you pretty new to the whole alcohol marker thing last year when Stampin’ Up! brought out the Blends?  Or were you a tried and true copic marker “user”?  

I have to say I’d shied away from Copics since there were soooo many different colours. And none matched exactly with Stampin’ Up! colours.  Plus I wasn’t too sure how to go about blending all the different ones to get the colours I really wanted.

But you know what?  Both those concerns disappeared with the Blends. I love them and can’t imagine not having them in my box of colouring tools.

Let’s take a peek at our project.

New VIDEO Alcohol Markers for Beginners

Simple.  Sweet.  EASY! 

Let me show you how to work with this fun tool.

Alcohol Markers for Beginners Amazing Life Card

 

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock – 1 piece 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″, 1 piece 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, scrap
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • Highland Heather – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

TIPS for Alcohol Markers for Beginners

Are you all set to blend away some fun time and don’t yet have any?  My suggestion is to start with a few colours to see for yourself how EASY they are to use. For example, you can select the colours I’ve used here. Or get maybe three combos in colours you absolutely love and use in ink and paper already.

Alcohol Markers for Beginners Amazing Life Card

Let’s take a last peek at this simple and fresh design.

Alcohol Markers for Beginners with Not-So-Beginner Results!

Stampin’ Up! and I have got lots more tips here for getting started with these beautiful markers.

I totally predict you will fall in love with this colouring tool just like me.  And pretty soon you won’t be needing my video for alcohol markers for beginners! 

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″
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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!

 

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