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Cards for Best Friends Forever

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!

PHOTO Tutorial Doghouse Cards for Best Friends Forever

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😀.

Cards for Best Friends Forever
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I LOVE Making Cards for Best Friends Forever

Jo’s Design Details

  • 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
Dog Lover Cards for Best Friends Forever

Photo Tutorial Steps to Make a Dog House

Cards for Best Friends Forever
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • crop 2nd smallest layering oval framelit to make the doorway
  • Do not discard (we’ll use this on the card too!)
Cards for Best Friends Forever
  • 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!

Super SWEET Cards for Best Friends Forever

Your Turn!

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 easy card? 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!

Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards

The simplicity of heart shape cutouts for handmade cards can’t be overstated. If you don’t yet have the Be Mine Stitched Framelits in your stash of paper crafting goodies, this one just might tip the scale in its favour!

Fresh, clean and maybe just a teensy bit elegant? What do you think?

Quick and Easy Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards

I have a brand new favourtist colour. Soft Seafoam. But I have to say I wasn’t converted right away. I thought it was a bit limp “dishrag-ish”. No pizzazz like in Lemon-Lime Twist or Granny Apple Green. But I’ve decided it has its own kind of understated oomph!

Not really mint. And not really honeydew either. It’s really the perfect shade of pastel green. How’s it sitting with you? Leave me a comment. Are you an afficionado too? Or are you holding out still?

Today’s the last day for my Product of the Week, the All My Love DSP. Which was your favourite project?

It’s Keep It Simple Sunday but I couldn’t resist amping it up a notch with my Big Shot 😘. To do three things.

  1. cut out my heart shapes
  2. create my stitched rectangle
  3. and emboss my rectangle with the Subtle embossing folder
To DIE FOR Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards

Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Soft Seafoam cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, scraps
  • Whisper White regular cardstock – a piece 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • All My Love DSP – scrap about 2″ square

Let’s Make It

So Sweet Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards
  1. Cut out 4 of the smallest narrower hearts from Soft Seafoam
  2. Cut the next largest heart from your piece of DSP. TIP: aim to get a heart with some Soft Seafoam leave in it and less Lovely Lipstick.
  3. Crop the second largest stitched rectangle from the regular Whisper White.
  4. Run the rectangle through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder. TIP: place the rectangle in the centre of your piece of Whisper White and sae the cut out piece for another card.
  5. Stamp on bottom right of white. TIP: Normally I would stamp first, as this is embossed. However the pattern is so fine, you are able to stamp over it. If you wish, stamp first then align the rectangle so the greeting is at the bottom.
  6. Lay out hearts, starting with the large one, then the ones on each side. TIP: Eyeball the placement to try and achieve centred on the panel and with the same distance between each heart. A ruler may make this easier for you.
  7. Adhere large heart with dimensionals and Seafoam hearts with liquid glue.
  8. Glue Soft Seafoam panel to front of folded card. Add main panel with dimensionals.
  9. Affix one large pearl to DSP heart as desired. TIP: I chose to place mine in the middle of a white space as opposed to the end of a stem or on a flower. It just looked better.

Your Turn to Get Creative!

What are you waiting for😁? Grab your All My Love DSP and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits and you’ll be able to whip up some of these quick as a wink!

Plus don’t forget today’s your last day to get your All My Love DSP and receive my free Entwined Hearts pdf.

Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards
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I love this design. Simple yet classy. You could try it with Balmy Blue too or Lovely Lipstick and see which combination you like the best. (You know, if Soft Seafoam doesn’t do it for you like it does for me!😉)

I LOVE These Heart Shape Cutouts for Handmade Cards

Thanks for popping in today. I hope your love this project as much as I do. Keep checking back to see what I’ve got up my sleeve! While I can promise it won’t be using heart shape cutouts, maybe it’ll spark your creativity too.

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.

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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🤗!

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

How about I show you how to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper to dress up your presents?  I don’t know about you but the tags are something I seem to forget about until the last minute!. 

Is this you?  You’ve:

  • spent hours deciding on the perfect gift for everyone on your list
  • wrapped it in special, saved-for-years, aged-just-right paper
  • decorated it with pretty curling ribbon, berries and bows

And now, the final crowning touch remains.  A fabulous coordinating gift tag.  How about these ones dressed up with the Sincerely Santa stamp (retiring now!) and the Layered Leaves dynamic embossing folder?

I LOVE Easy & QUICK Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

Isn’t it neat how you can achieve three different looks with one set of designer series paper?  This one is Frosted Florals and you can see 3 different greens to coordinate with all your gifts. It’s been a favourite of mine this holiday season.  

What gives it extra OOMPH! here is I’ve dry embossed my patterned paper with the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The added texture is unexpected, and with this folder, elegant.  Have you noticed it before?

last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper

It’s truly an all-season folder.  Great for spring, summer and fall and even into the winter and Christmas.  It looks divine with this paper, pulling together the leaf images beautifully.

Two tags are made with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  The remaining one is just a rectangle cut with my paper snips to look like a tag.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how to get perfectly matched edges:

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
Cut off one diagonal edge of your rectangle tag.
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Turn your tag UPSIDE DOWN and align the cut triangle on the opposite corner and but.
Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
Result? Two perfectly similar diagonal edges!

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

Cuttin’ It Up! (for a scalloped tag topper version)

  • Whisper White – 2” x 4”, scraps
  • Designer series paper – 2” x 4”
  • coordinating cardstock – Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce and Mossy Meadow scraps
  • glimmer paper – sparkle, silver and copper scraps
  • ribbon or trim – about 6-7” per tag

Let’s Make It

Quick & Easy Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper
  1. Run designer series paper through Layered Leaves embossing folder.  TIP: you can get 3 individual pieces in the folder at one time.  TIP: If you are using all one colour of paper, use a full sheet 4” x 6” then cut it down after embossing.
  2. Glue designer series paper to 2” x 4” piece of Whisper White.
  3. Stamp greeting on Whisper White cardstock scrap and punch out with Everyday Label punch. TIP: the words exactly fit inside this punch so I used the dots under the 25th to line up between the edges.
  4. Punch one 2” circle from coordinating cardstock and one leaf from your preferred colour of glimmer paper.
  5. Glue label to front of circle then to leaf and let dry.  Attach dimensionals and place on front of tag.  TIP: Place dimensional right over stem of leaf punch to hold it securely in place.
  6. Fold ribbon in half, insert folded end through hole, open the folded part and insert cut ends through.  Pull to secure.  TIP: Alternately, tie ribbon through hole and knot.
Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

You probably have lots of safely-guarded and aged designer series paper at home to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper. 

But if you don’t yet have the Layered Leaves embossing folder,  you might want to pick it up with my Steal of a Deal which ends today, December 23rd! 

Make Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

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Want another last minute tag idea also using punches?  This bright red and silver one could coordinate really well for your presents.

OK, now it’s your turn to pull out your embossing folders and designer papers and try and match them up.  You’ve got time to make these for your presents under the tree!

Maybe try Polka Dot Basics with smaller dotted paper.  Or Striped Scallops with birthday designs.  Or even Oh My Stars with pretty festive patterns.  

Oh So Pretty Last Minute Gift Tags by Embossing Patterned Paper

There’s no end to the fun you can have when you start to make last minute gift tags by embossing patterned paper.  

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