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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย The Hanging Traveler Case costs $35 and that will automatically qualify you for the monthly special. The specials are fantastic this month โ€“ 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 itโ€™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 โ€œleave a commentโ€ button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on Kathy’s blog.ย  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.โ€จ

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

  1. Loved the cards and the sentiment background..loved the colors that you chose and the butterflies just pop off the page with vibrant colors!!

  2. Love your posts. I am going to try the background idea for making cards for siblings day (April 10). I have 10 siblings living.

  3. Have always loved your cards! I color a lot on the go, but keep my pencils in a ziplock bag…I know, pretty fancy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. As always Jennifer, your cards are so beautiful! The butterflies in the opening from the die cuts is an incredible way to show off your artwork on the card all while on the go! If I didn’t color and do whatever I can while on the go, I would never get anything done. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I haven’t yet but would love to start. Might actually get around to fitting it in if it is on the go.

  6. I would love to start coloring on the go, sometimes I have a lot of downtime at doctors appointments with my mom!

  7. I would love to start coloring on the go, sometimes I have a lot of downtime at doctors appointments with my mom!

  8. Wow – those cards are stunning! I love all the cards and the layout is breathtaking – I love the inspiration! I feel I need to colour more – I love the water colour pencils and pencil crayons – then I can bring some pencils for colour and add a bit from a watercolour brush too bring it to life.

  9. No I do not color on the go. I usually take my crochet with me if I thinkno will have some time.
    I made a bunch of Thinking of You backgrounds this weekend inspired by this video. Thank you for the great idea.

  10. I have never colored on the go because I have very little time with my work schedule at the hospital. Unfortunately, I wish I had more time to spend in my craft room and that may become a reality real soon. Crafting is a love of mine when I can set aside the time! The bag is totally awesome. Made me think I could put a kit together and color on my lunch break at work when I get one!! I gave a couple 31 bags my daughter bought me as gifts and they are well constructed, awesome bags!

  11. Its been a long time since I’ve colored on the go, but that’s not from lack of want! I’ve started getting back to coloring in general and it is helping me relax so much! I’d love to win the coloring on the go bag because I think I could put it to good use and use it to color on my lunchtime at work.

  12. I do two kinds of coloring on the go. During basketball season I take a coloring book to the family get togethers to watch UK. Unless the games are exciting (close) I color and listen while they all watch. During camping season I pack my copic’s drawer and pre-stamped images for camp site coloring.

  13. I don’t have a lot of time to color when I’m on the go, but I love to color after the kids are done with school. It’s a nice break!

  14. I love coloring on the go. I just usually forget to put my markers and cards together to be able to do it. But sometimes I remember and try to do it. U r such a good example of usuing your time wisely on the go and trying to make cards on the side of whatever is happening. Hopefully I can try to do that in the future. Thanks for the chance to win today! U r so nice that u donate all these crafty supplies and have all these giveaways.

  15. I’ve only colored on the go a handful of times, but I’ll be taking a few days this week for some much needed R&R and am packing my bag with pencils, markers, watercolors, and what ever else I can fit in my backpack so I can just chill and re-charge my batteries while coloring.

  16. SQUEAL! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Coloring on the Go. Your’re such a good example of usuing your time wisely on the go and trying to make cards on the side of whatever is happening. I struggle with a Good Bag System though and have mostly used tote bags!! One of these bags might b worth the investment, just for this purpose in mind tough!?? Thanks for the chance to win today! You ROCK and are so nice to donate all these crafty supplies and have all these giveaways!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  17. I am sitting at work right now wishing I had colouring pencils with me!
    Also I would find a bag like that great for around the house, so I could more easily change where I colour depending on my mood and the weather.

  18. I have never colored “on the go”. However, could definitely see this for my future! Thank-you for always being so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. OMG! I love, love the I do hanging off the card. I can’t wait to make some like that. Every single card is awesome. I do go on the go. When we travel I ALWAYS bring my coloring… Usually colored pencils. It really helps to pass the time on those 8 hour road trips and my Niece colors right along with me. Thank for the chance to win.

  20. I do like to color on the go when taking car or plane trips. I love how you showed how to use your stamps this way!!

  21. I color on the go ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ll pack paper some stamps and marker in a smaller iris plastic storage container and bring it with me when I know I’ll have time to pull it out color.
    I love to follow your blog. you always have great ideas and imagination especially when it comes to stretching your supplies.


  22. I like the idea of coloring on the go when I have a break at work. I usually try to spend those breaks watching your videos when I can; I can combine your videos and coloring! Love the quality of Thirty One bags.

  23. coloring on the go can be so much fun especially when you are traveling.
    I would lovvve to have these for my up coming trip

  24. You always share such great ideas. I don’t know how you come up with all this cool stuff. Thanks for the inspiration and keep it coming.

  25. Such cute cards!! You always have such wonderful ideas. I love these cards. Can’t wait to check out my stash to see if I have enough to do this. As for coloring on the go, I don’t do that. We’re usually in a car and it bounces around to much. Probably should think about it for doing stuff in a hotel room, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Thanks for another great idea. My hubby just turned a spare bedroom into a beautiful craftroom for me and I’ve used many of your ideas to help organize it. Coloring on the go sounds like I need to add this to my give it a try list!

  27. I like to color while my grandchildren are playing at the waterpark. I toss all my supplies in a tote so there isn’t any organization and I usually have to dig for what I want. The ThirtyOne bag is a great way to keep everything handy, organized and clean. Would love to win one. Thanks for a great video.

  28. I like to color while watching T.V. –I don’t feel so guilt about watching because I’m doing something good! I love your sentiment backgrounds! Fabulous!

  29. Amazing cards! I did try coloring on the go a few times, when we went on our summer vacations. It didn’t go too well because the kids interrupted a lot ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Thank you for sharing your techniques with us! And yes, I color on the go…I stamp images ahead of time on cardstock and/or watercolor paper and take them camping along with my favorites pens and watercolors. This Thirty -one item would be perfect to take along on our next camping trip! Thanks!!

  31. Super fun technique & cards! Loving’ the blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win! Right now my go to coloring medium are alcohol markers and inktense pencils.
    ~God bless~

  32. I walk with two arm canes and carry a small back pack. The little front compartment is my “purse”. The 2 back compartments are for crafts. First compartment is for visual arts, coloring and fussy cutting. The back compartment is for fiber arts, making lanyards, butterflies and beautiful tiny fetal demise pouches for little ones who pass away too small for clothing.

  33. I just started to color on the go – thanks to your inspiration! I use the mesh bags to carry my projects in my handbag!

  34. I don’t do “coloring on the go” as I am currently not utilizing my stamping in that way, probably because I don’t have any fun sets that include both stamps and dies, and since I really don’t like to fussy-cut!! But who knows what the future will bring!

  35. If I can get my act together, I’ll take projects on the go. Sometimes I don’t allow myself enough time to get everything together!

  36. I am actually preparing to colour on the go for my trip to London tomorrow, and I have stamped a few images I want to try colouring for the 30day challenge. I was actually wondering what colouring mediums to bring, and I think it will be my watercolour pencils, water brush and perhaps my zigs, if I have the space! Thanks for the great idea to use different sentiments as a background, I will certainly try that now!

  37. I don’t like to have a lot of idle time so I often take a tote bag with art supplies and other tools with me. My husband thinks I need to learn how to relax!

  38. I am SO going to start colouring on the go. I have 3 girls that swim competitively. I spend A LOT of time at the side of a pool. Thanks for the great info as always.

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