You’re just NUTTY when it comes to creating your own cards, scrapbook pages and other paper crafted items!
You’d rather rubber stamp than have a manicure, sip coffee with a friend or read the latest thriller by Stephen King.
You’ve got oodles of cash invested in wooden and rubber images, stamp pads and paper😚
Your significant other is considering a KonMari intervention for your craft room!
If you answered yes even once, you’ll be excited to hear YES, you CAN earn cool hard cash from your passion for rubber stamping. Let me tell you how.
But maybe you want to see today’s project first?
#simplestamping with the Happy Tails Bundle
I designed this simple card with the Happy Tails bundle to show three levels of stamping with my team, the Kreative Kanucks. This one uses only Happy Tails stamps, ink and paper along with the Dog Builder punch for a fun design anyone would love. I’ll show you the three levels throughout this post.
While we stamped, we chatted about why we join Stampin’ Up! And maybe more importantly, why we stay.
Here are some of the reasons:
earn money for family vacations
be part of / build a community of crafters
make something pretty
contribute to the household income
share my love of crafting with others
keep busy while my spouse works away
get together with friends
pay a few bills
work with the best rubber stamping company out there
earn a trip
get a discount on my stamp supplies
See those ones in there about making money? Those are not only dreams, they are reality. While there are a few other ways to earn like selling your artwork and greeting cards, or designing for rubber stamp companies, perhaps the easiest way is to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.
I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 17 years. And for the last two years, I am happy to consider it my full time career. I DO make money with this art form. I DO contribute to our household income. And I DO love to welcome others who want to make money with it too.
Here’s the first step up for you! Pretty much an identical card but with stitched hearts cut into the card front. And that cute trail of paws wandering along the edge? It’s on the right edge this time.
anxiously await your Starter Kit which includes your $135 of selected goodies (see 1 above😉) plus Business Builder items like customer order forms and catalogues which take about a week to arrive
plan a fun get together with friends to stamp and show them super cute and fun projects they could make at home
start to ring up some earnings
How Much Can I Earn?
Your first level of earnings is 20% of all your sales. With just a few get togethers under your belt, you quickly move to 25% with lots of opportunity for making more money.
Yes there are minimum quarterly requirements. All it takes is about one event per month and you’ve got that covered. Events are WHATEVER you want them to be. Stamp clubs, card making classes, home parties, online events, day retreats, fundraisers, stamping BINGOs, coffee get togethers…
The best part is YOU decide what you want to do.
And YOU decide HOW much you want to earn.
Step It Up #2
Let’s take a peek at the last, and most involved, project with the Happy Tails bundle amped up with the Be Mine Stitched framelits. Same colours, same overall design but a few more details to add interest.
This one even has some heat embossing on vellum to add a sheen to our greeting and paw
There’s a fun interior to this card too.
More Reasons to Join
So just like there are three versions of this card to appeal to different types and levels of stampers, there’s many reasons to join Stampin’ Up! One of the best is to earn money from something you love doing.
Another fabulous reason? You could get all the items to make our first #simplestamping card in your Starter Kit. These supplies are so cute for card making and just ideal for getting a jump start on your business.
Yes, I’d like to earn moola too by becoming a Stampin’ Up! demo.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
Or the trio with Night of Navy?
Or maybe this one I made after so I could figure those bloopers out! This one’s on Pacific Point.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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?
A cheerful spring-y any and all occasion pick me up?
Or one last gander at this Luck of the Irish good luck charm?
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!
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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?
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!