Sentiment Background + Color On-The-Go + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s video is packed full of info. Not only do I share how to create a sentiment background, I also show how I color on-the-go. AND… this post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I forgot to mention in my video that one of the reasons I liked doing these backgrounds is because I used lots of products from lots of companies. Since I am in the great position of not working for any companies, I can use whatever I want! So I can mix to my heart’s delight. 🙂 The more the merrier!

Sentiment backgrounds are a great way to stretch your supplies and create unique cards around a theme. I like to make a bunch and have them on hand to add any colored images I make. I used many stamp sets for these backgrounds (they are all listed below in the thumbnails). It was good to give those sets more use! Be sure to watch the video for tips on lining them up.

After I added the backgrounds to the cards, I die cut a window. I then adhered an image peeking out from the window… and added a color cardstock to the inside of the card. This butterfly is new from Birch Press – the Close To My Heart Stamp Set. I colored it with Tombow Dual Brush Pens on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper… and blended it with a Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. All of this coloring was done on-the-go and then I just brought them home to die cut and add to cards.

I wanted a simple yet bold sentiment so I went with “heartfelt thanks” from the Mama Elephant Organic Blooms Stamp Set. And those sequins? Those are sequins without holes!!!!! How fun is that!? They look like gems with little bulk. WOOT! I added them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive.

On this next one, I allowed the window to hang off the card. I like that look…

Just think of all the different stamped images you could use with this card design…

You could skip the window on this design but it sure adds a lot of interest.

Lila helped me color this next butterfly. Oh – and it is good to have some tone-on-tone kraft backgrounds on hand. They work with any color stamped images.

I also created a background with birthday sentiments. I will be making more cards with these backgrounds this weekend.

I am working on lots of teacher cards so I am making some with the new and oh-so-adorable Pretty Pink Posh Friends Forever kids holding an apple.

Give this a try – it is rewarding!


In the video I show a Thirty-One Bag that I like to use for coloring on-the-go. If you are interested in getting one, you can head HERE. My friend Stephanie sells it and can help you out. The Hanging Traveler Case costs $35 and that will automatically qualify you for the monthly special. The specials are fantastic this month – everything under the totes category is half off! For more details head HERE and search on “Hanging Traveler Case”. (I don’t get anything from the sales. I just like the product.)


This post is also part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop. My bestie Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker wants to share her love of coloring with everyone. This hop is filled with GREAT companies supporting this awesome challenge.

The idea of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is to color something everyday… even if it’s for a few minutes. This challenge has a great community of coloring addicts. It is wonderful! Learn all about it HERE.

The next blog on the hop is Kristina Werner’s! (To start at the beginning of the hop go to The Daily Marker.)


How would you like to win a bag for coloring on-the-go… a Thirty-One Hanging Travel Case like I show in the video? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/10/17 telling me if you ever color on the go. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on Kathy’s blog.  International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), etc.

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839 thoughts on “Sentiment Background + Color On-The-Go + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Lovely work as always! I sometimes color on the go but I will admit i get more than a few weird looks!

  2. My kids and I color on the go all the time! At gymnastics class, at a restaurant, at the dentist. Anywhere, anytime! cp

  3. I have not gone very far to color on the go. But I will be traveling to see my kids so that would be a terrific idea! And you had way too much fun making these terrific cards! Thanks for inspiring.

  4. Too bad never had the courage to color in public. I don’t have children so not that much waiting time for coloring.

  5. Yes! Sometimes I take a reusable bag to work full of cardstock with stamped images and alcohol markers… Whenever things get slow, I get on coloring!

  6. I always color on the go, especially at my son’s soccer practice. It is very relaxing and I feel like I get a lot done. I loved this video and will use it to make so many cards. Thanks!!!

  7. Beautiful work, as usual, Jennifer. No, I don’t travel on the go. I’m in a different stage of life and don’t need to do so. I do go, though, and would love a bag. 🙂

  8. I went on a trip with my husband to Georgia – he was there to work – I was there to relax! I had pre-stamped several images befor we left and colored them in at our hotel. Some of my favorites that I watercolored I hung on a magnetic clip bar that was hanging on the wall over the desk…I ended up leaving without them, hopefully whoever cleaned the room enjoyed them – lol.

  9. I have never colored on the go! Years ago, when I had 4 children at home and I felt more like a taxi driver–running kids in every direction for gymnastics, band, baseball etc., etc., etc.,, I used to take along my smocking or hand sewing! These days, I have an empty nest so have lots more time to do my sewing and crafts at home. Enjoy the crazy, hectic days ladies & gents–it will be over before you know it! The blessing is that now I have grandchildren and I sometimes get to see them at their activities. Sorry–I didn’t mean to talk so long! Jennifer, I really loved this technique and I think I will be trying it out in the next few days! I have a medical procedure today so maybe I’ll try some coloring while I’m stuck in bed for the day! Thanks again for all that you share–the techniques and inspiration! I’m off to do some stamping!

  10. I would love to color on the go! I never do, but I think its because I don’t have anything handy to just grab on the way out the door…love your idea! I’ll have to try it SOON! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Since I have an empty nest I’m fortunate enough to do all my coloring at home. I work better alone in a quiet space. I love your videos!

  12. I color mostly at home, but I do really like to have various projects for on the go (usually it is a crochet item), so I think that I’ll add this to the repertoire of possibilities! Thanks for sharing the great techniques!

  13. I usually color on the go when I work on my Christmas cards. A deadline is very motivating. I love your ideas for making multiple cards. Thanks again for all your inspiration.

  14. I often color “on the go” while I’m subbing at school. When the kids are at PE or music or art. Just a few minutes here or there. Thanks for the ideas to use my colored images.

  15. My husband and I travel a lot, both locally and around the world and I always take ‘coloring’ projects with me. So easy to bring on a plane. AND, did you know you take take a small pair of scissors on the plane as well? My blades are about 1 1/2 long and very sharp. Perfect for cutting out butterflies or flowers you may have just colored. (I also bring the scissors and keep my travel journal up to date by making a journal to go by cutting out pieces of brochures each night and glueing them in my journal.

  16. I haven’t colored on the go, but recently when things slowed down as I was On a vacation, that’s all I wanted to do. I am engulfed in your inspiration of stamping and card making and can’t wait to get home to make some cards. Next vacation, I will be bringing some pre-stamped images and I hope it will be in one of those awesome bags. ?

  17. I am a really big fan of your work! I check out your videos as soon as they are available. I have never done color-on-the-go yet as my toddler has not started any classes yet in which I am not involved. But I am looking forward to try that out some day.

  18. I color everywhere and anywhere. Love to do that since I was a little girl. Grab plastic bag, fill it with stamped images, coloring books and grab it when I go to shop with my friends to other town, or to my kids 100 km away. Someone always drives me as I cannot! The bag would be awesome. Hugs Romi

  19. Absolutely gorgeous cards! You are such an inspiration, Jennifer!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! I’ve not yet coloured on the go. We’ll see what the future holds in store for me…

  20. I just love everything you create, you are so talented and inspiring!!
    I do love to color on the go but I rarely manage to do that for more than a few minutes..

  21. Beautiful cards, each one is so pretty!! I colored on the go only once during one of my flight journey when my girl was a year and half old to keep her busy, that was almost a year ago. Thank you so much. 🙂

  22. you are one among my favorite, your video tutorials are very inspiring. i did the colour the go twice with my daughter while traveling to my native. Thanks for being so inspirational and generous

  23. Thanks for sharing all this tips! I am trying to make the most with what I have and not buy more stuff, but that doesn’t really happen! I have to start keeping stamped images ready for “on the go” coloring. Will get so many more cards made!!

  24. I spend a lot of time in the hospital, so I bring some images to colour when I’m in there. Then I mostly do all my stamping and colouring at home! Love the bag!

  25. I do try to color on the go whenever I am giving a chance. Waiting on the kids at pick up times from events, sitting in the waiting area waiting for various appointments, etc. I really love the bag idea and it is a great way to keep all your supplies handy!

  26. I am not a person who colors on the go,mostly because I am very rarely in one spot for too long and if I am then it’s at those moments that I am required to be actively engaged

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