Jul 272015

Remarkable You Thank You CardHappy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Today’s thank you card idea features the lovely Remarkable You stamp set.  I adore the big bold images in this set.  I just stamped a few of the flowers on white, did a little coloring with my Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut them out with my snips.

I went with the always dramatic black and white color scheme.  I think the flowers really pop against the black background.  And the beautiful patterned paper came from the Everyday Chic Designer Paper collection, which is full of awesome black and white patterns.

I snagged the greeting from Tin of Cards (have you signed up for my Tin of Cards Class yet?), and added a few pearls in the corners to finish it off.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this thank you card idea.  You can find all the supplies to duplicate this card  in my Online Store.

Jul 262015

ILCS38 - Merry Christmas CardPapercrafters are notorious for repurposing all sorts of things to use in their paper craft projects.  Well, today is no different.  Grab your kids’ white crayons and let’s play!

Today is Christmas Card Sunday.  In case you’re not familiar, I made a commitment at the beginning of the year to devote most Sundays throughout the year to handmade Christmas card ideas.  When it comes time for the holidays I will be well on my way in completing my homemade holiday cards.  Why not join me.  Christmas is closer than you think! :-)

Today I wanted to use one of my favorite stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, Lovely as a Tree.  It’s certainly the oldest stamp set we have available, but it just keeps on giving!

One of my favorite techniques for using with trees and holiday cards involves a white crayon.  And it’s so simple!  Stamp your image and let it dry.  Then apply white crayon where you want “snow” to appear.  Sponge on color over the image, wipe off with a tissue, and the snow just pops up!  Very cool.  Of course, this works best on white card stock.  And it doesn’t have to be a tree, anything that might have snow on it will work.  Super simple!

ILCS38I used the Banner Triple Punch to make the flags, which were made using patterns from the Merry Moments Designer Paper collection, and the greeting came from the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  Everything was mounted on Cherry Cobbler card stock, the perfect red for your handmade Christmas card ideas!

The layout for this card design came from the sketch this week over at i Love Card Sketches.  A good way to get your creative juices flowing, stop on by and show us what you can come up with!

Jul 222015

Bohemian Happy Birthday EveryoneHow to make a birthday card quickly?  Pull out some fabulous patterned papers!

This homemade birthday card features patterns from the Bohemian Designer Paper collection, both for the main focal piece and the little flags along its border.  It’s full of beautifully vibrant colors that are sure to dazzle!  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Banner Triple Punch to shape the flag ends.

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up!’s designer papers is the list of colors used in the patterns.  It’s so quick & easy to select your coordinating papers and inks!  Here I pulled the Bermuda Bay color out for the card stock and the ink for the greeting.  Wonderful!

The greeting came from Happy Birthday Everyone, a super Hostess stamp set available for purchase at a discount (both in wood or clear mount) when you submit orders of $150 or more.  It can even be just your own order of stampin’ supplies!

ILCS38The card design came from this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Drop on by and see what others have done with the sketch.

Jul 152015

Feel Goods ILCS37Today’s super simple friendship card uses one of the motivational sayings from Feel Goods as the focal point.   I cut a strip of a flower pattern from the English Garden Designer Paper collection as a backdrop, and cut one of the flowers out with my Paper Snips to pop on the bottom right of the greeting panel with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I like the Melon Mambo card stock as a bright frame, but maybe I should have used a green instead.  What do you think?

ILCS37The inspiration for this card began with the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Check it out and see what designs others have come up with.

Jul 132015

In the newsletter I sent out today I showed a very cool technique featuring the Sheltering Tree stamp set and the Shimmer White card stock.  So, I am offering a special Sheltering Tree Package.

You will receive the Sheltering Tree stamp set and one package of Shimmery White Card Stock for the special price of $35.00, including s&h and tax.  But this offer is only available this week, and goes away on July19th, so don’t delay!  These items will be delivered directly to your home.  How’s that for convenience?

And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, you can do so using the form on the right.

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Jul 072015

Have you noticed?  This month it’s all about the deals, and Stampin’ Up! is offering even more Weekly Deals at a greater discount!  Check out what’s available this week below!

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Jul 012015

Market Fresh Thanks a Bunch - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s handmade card design is based on the card pattern featured this week at i Love Card Sketches.

It also features a cool idea to add to your arsenal of cardmaking techniques, faux alcohol markers.  This technique was featured in the Techniques Boutique how to video today over at Papercrafts ToolboxYou can try it out for a FREE 7-day trial!

The beautiful grape stamp came from Market Fresh, a really fun stamp set perfect for watercoloring or using your faux alcohol markers.   The greeting is from Crazy About You.  The patterned paper is from the Farmers Market Designer Paper collection, and coordinates beautifully.

i Love Card Sketches ILCS35You can submit your own handmade card design anytime at i Love Card Sketches, so pop on over and give it a try!

Jun 302015

The new Weekly Deals are here, and you can save as much as 30% off!  Click on a photo below for more information about that product or to purchase in my Online Store.

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Jun 282015

Joyous Celebrations Letters to Santa - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s Christmas Card Sunday again, and today I’ve pulled out the retired designer paper Letters to Santa.  This cute patterned paper has the feeling of a vintage Christmas card and really does all the work for me, especially since the background paper comes from the collection, too.  Perfect coordination, a hallmark of Stampin’ Up!

The card base is Early Espresso, and I mounted each layer onto Early Espresso card stock, too.  If you take a peek inside, you’ll notice that layered a piece of Whisper White card stock and I laid down a strip along the bottom of the pattern I used as the background on the front of the card.  The greeting came from Joyous Celebrations, which you can find listed for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps Page.

ILCS34How are you coming along on your own handmade Christmas card designs?  If you need help please Contact Me.  If you need supplies you can shop 24/7 in my Online Store.

This card was inspired from this week’s sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  Give the sketch a try yourself!

Have a great day!

Jun 272015

Why not take advantage of these discount craft supplies?  Be sure and check out this week’s special deals below.

Jun 272015

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If you have the space and would be willing to host one (or more) of my classes in your home I’d be so grateful!  You would receive any Hostess benefits earned through sales from the class, and as long as there are at least five other students you would RECEIVE YOUR CLASS FOR FREE!  Of course, you can invite all your friends to register, but I would be advertising the class, also.  Of if you know of an inexpensive (or free) space, please let me know that, too.

If this is something you can help me out with, please CONTACT ME right away so we can get the class(es) scheduled.  Thank you in advance!

Jun 252015

Happy Birthday to YouGrab the new Hostess set Happy Birthday, Everyone and your birthday card making will be a whole lot easier.  With friends, men, and women included, it’s got you covered!  And I love the font and size of the big Happy Birthday stamp, too.

I used the flower from Best Thoughts, another gorgeous set!  I pulled out my alcohol markers to color in the image.

You can spend your Hostess Dollars on Hostess stamp sets or on anything else in any current Stampin’ Up! catalog when you have a party or make a purchase of $150 or more.  And catalog parties count, too!  Whether you stock up on supplies for yourself or you collect orders from your friends, it doesn’t matter, you still qualify for Hostess Dollars when you top the $150 mark.

ILCS34You can contact me if you’d like to have a party or class in your home or would like to collect orders for a catalog show.  If you’d like to just order for yourself, you can shop my Online Store 24/7.  Feel free to contact me first if you have any questions.

This card design started with the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  I’m a little late since, as you heard yesterday, I had computer problems.  And now my video camera went kaput!  Ugh!  When it rains it pours.  Hopefully that will be the end of my bad luck! :-)

I hope you’re all having a better week than I am!

Jun 232015

Independence Day Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWell, there’s just about nothing that aggravates me more than computer problems!  I won’t go into the gory details, but I am trying to get caught up on my sleek new computer.

It’s time for our Independence Day cards — maybe for those barbeque invitations — and I have a simple one for you.  A couple of patriotic colors and a few stamps from Tin of Cards and Project Life Day to Day was all it took.  Oh, and a circle punch or framelit. :-)

I actually made this card on Monday for the sketch at Mojo Monday, so I am a little behind the times.  Better late than never I guess.Mojo403

Jun 212015

Christmas Card Sunday  Warmth and Wonder - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s Christmas Card Sunday sample uses the retired set Warmth & Wonder, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps Page as long as it’s still available.

I decided to create a long card that could be sent in a legal-size envelope… perfect for adding your Christmas newsletter!  :-)

ILCS33 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comThe trees create a curve similar to the one in this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.   I did a little fussy cutting around them since they’re overlaid on top of the designer paper pattern from the retired Snow Festival collection.  They were stamped in Cucumber Crush ink.

I just tore some Whisper White card stock to add along the bottom to give the appearance of snow, with plenty of room to add your greeting card messages, which I stamped here in Real Red.  I also used Real Red ink on the ornaments.

Pop on over and submit your own creation using this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

Get started on your handmade Christmas card designs today!
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Jun 182015


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You’ll receive training from me, optional monthly business coaching, PLUS FREE membership to Papercrafts Toolbox, full of PDF tutorials and instructional stamping videos, as long as you’re on my team!  Perfect for using in your classes and parties, or just to get ideas for projects and to learn new stamping techniques.

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Jun 172015

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack lately?  There’s lots of fall and Christmas-themed products at a substantial discount, and just in time for your handmade Christmas card designs!  If you missed out on them the first time, pick them up now while supplies last.

Need some inspiration?  Click on the photos below to see a few projects featuring the Nordic Noel Designer Paper and accessories.  You can also check out my Retired Rubber Stamps for Christmas sentiments and other holiday stamps.

Create Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake Your Own Christmas Cards With Stampin' Up! - blog.Stamp4Joy.comSimple Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

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Jun 172015

Painted Roses - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWith the Timeless Elegance Designer Paper collection you can make exquisite flower birthday cards with little effort.  The paper is so beautiful to begin with, just a little stamping or coloring is all you will need to make memorable homemade birthday cards they’ll cherish.  Did you know this pattern was hand-drawn by one of the Stampin’ Up! artists?  Remarkable!  They are so very talented.

Here I used some subtle water coloring over the roses with Watermelon Wonder ink.   To me, it looks like coloring on old black and white photos.  I love it!  The photo doesn’t really display how beautiful this really is.  The shading is already done for you in the drawing, so it’s simple, simple, simple!

I grabbed the greeting from Butterfly Basics and embossed it in black.  I thought the feminine handwriting font was the perfect companion to the beautiful floral pattern.

ILCS33 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comThe inspiration for this flower card came from this week’s card making template at i Love Card Sketches.  Instead of cutting card stock to mirror the wavy edge and then adding things over top, I let the watercolored roses suggest the curvy pattern.

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