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

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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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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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Jun 162015

Remarkable You Thank You Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s homemade Thank You card was inspired by this week’s sketch challenge over at Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I really love this particular card making template and think I’ll probably use it again in the future.

I pulled the focal image from Remarkable You, a beautiful open image stamp set, and the greeting is from the stamp set Tin of Cards.  The paper patterns came from a few different paper collections:  Farmers Market Designer Paper and Pretty Petals Designer Paper Stack.

I wrapped the floral piece with some Gold Metallic Thread and topped it off with a Gold Metal Button.  I have to admit, I have trouble corraling that thread.  I don’t know if it’s just my clumsy fingers or what, but it is very fine.  It’s beautiful, though!

ISweet Sunday Sketch 273 used a watercoloring technique that eliminates the lines from the floral and leaf stamps to make the images more resemble true art.  For this I used my Aqua Painter and ink from Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, and Cucumber Crush.

The lines you see on the card I drew myself using one of my Project Life Journaling Pens.  If you look on Page 112 of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog, you’ll notice the drawing is much finer than the lines that occur with the stamped image.

I am in the process of making a video demonstrating this technique for the members of Papercrafts ToolboxJoin today for a free 7-day trial!

Jun 152015

Timeless Elegance:  The Best Things - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I know the weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been spectacular!  And it isn’t even summer yet!

For today’s handmade card design I cut out a watercolored rose I painted for another project I’ll be showing you later this week but decided not to use.  It’s so easy to color on the patterns in the Timeless Elegance Designer Paper collection using your Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, or alcohol markers.  I used a retired Blendabilities alcohol marker to color in the little buds on the paper pattern on the right.  Of course, my Circles Framelits were used here, along with my Paper Snips to cut out the rose.  The sentiment came from Feel Goods.

If you’re interested in hosting a party or class this summer, please Contact Me and we can set up a date.  You and your guests will be able to learn a few watercolor techniques if you’d like!

Make it a great week!

Jun 142015

Lovely as a Tree Seasons Greetings - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMost Sundays this year I’m devoting to ideas for Christmas cards.  Now is the time to begin planning your handmade Christmas card designs.  Just enter “Christmas” in the Search box in the upper right for  more handmade card designs.

With today’s card I went back to a tried and true stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.  It’s an oldie but goodie!  Every year it’s among our top sellers, and for very good reason!  You can make a card for any occasion using this stamp set.  Don’t believe me?  Just enter “Lovely as a Tree” in the Search box! :-)


ILCS32 - www.ilovecardsketches.comThis was an incredibly simple card to make.  I used a pattern from the Merry Moments Designer Paper collection as the background, mounted on Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The tree was stamped on a piece of Whisper White, and then I sponged on some Pool Party ink over and around it for a crisp winter look.  The greeting is from the retired set Bright & Beautiful.  I used the Banner Triple Punch on each end.

I began with this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches, although instead of using squares I decided to use rectangles.  Give it a try!

Jun 132015

Over the Rainbow Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Saturday!

Today’s super simple rainbow card uses one of the new sets from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, Over the Rainbow.  I stamped the words in Delightful Dijon ink, which is a fabulous gold color!  I grabbed my Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers to ink up the rainbow.

The gold striped patterned paper is from the English Garden Designer Paper Collection.  I used the new Banner Triple Punch to create the flag from a Gold Foil Sheet.

Thanks for stopping by.  Check in tomorrow for Christmas Card Sunday!

Have a great weekend!

Jun 112015

Craft Storage Solutions - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIf you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for better craft storage solutions.  Well, here’s my latest little find from Stamp-n-Storage.  Can you see it in the bottom left corner of the picture?  It’s practically invisible and such a simple solution.  I love it!

This little baby is called a Kickstand, and there’s another one on the other end of my Lock Down Punch Holder.  They raise it up about 1-1/2″, which is just enough space  to store my larger punches that won’t fit in the slots.  Super!

Ink Pad Refill Marker Ribbon Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI also purchased a set to go under my marker, refill, and ink storage Combo Holder (with Ribbon Holder on top), but haven’t put them on yet.

BTW, isn’t it beautiful?  I just love looking at it.  LOL!

The Kickstands just lay underneath each end, but I’ll need to empty my Combo Holder before raising it up to set them.  Hopefully  this weekend I’ll get around to it.

Jun 102015

ILCS32 - Market Fresh Strawberries - blog.Stamp4Joy.comSo far there have been a couple Stampin’ Up! card ideas using Market Fresh this week.  Here is the other one I’ve done.  Love coloring in those images!

This handmade card features the strawberry image against a brick background, which was created using the new Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, my favorite.  Think of all the fantastic cards you can make using this brick wall as a backdrop!  I added a bit of sponging to the front and sides of the card base using Tip Top Taupe ink, the same color as the card stock.

ILCS32 - www.ilovecardsketches.comThe idea for this card came from this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  A sketch is an easy way to get some inpiration for your card making design ideas.  Give it a try!

Jun 092015

Timeless Elegance Sympathy Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe muted, neutral palette of this exquisite pattern from the Timeless Elegance Designer Paper collection is perfect for handmade sympathy cards.

I decided to break up the pattern a bit and add more depth by adding some reverse layering and paper piecing.  The new Lots of Labels Framelits was used to cut out the center of the patterned paper.  Layering each subsequently larger piece on one or two more sheets of card stock than the previous one, as you move out from the center it is elevated more and more.  An interesting look!

The greeting came from the new Hostess set Best Thoughts, which you can only get by having a qualifying party purchasing at least $150.  I used the Lots of Labels Framelits on the greeting piece, too.  A row of pearls was added along the bottom edge to finish it off.

You can replicate this and make your own sympathy card.  There is still one spot left in my Designer Paper Share, and this elegant pattern is included.  Click here to see what you get or to purchase your share.

Jun 082015

Lettuce Celebrate Handmade Card IdeaThe cute new set Market Fresh is the focus of today’s handmade card idea.  I see tile coasters in this little set’s future! ;-)  I think the Farmers Market Designer Paper is the perfect pairing on this card design.

I did a little watercoloring over the image to add just a hint of color.  I think I probably should have added a bit of watercoloring to the greeting, too, it just looks too plain.  What do you think?

The greeting came from the stamp set Tin of Cards which goes along with the Tin of Cards Project Kit.  I was so busy this weekend I haven’t had a chance to dig into it yet.  I can’t wait to sit down and play with that!

mojo401This card began with the sketch over at Mojo Monday.  Check it out!

Jun 072015

Blast Off Kids Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI needed to make a kid’s birthday card and paper gift bag today for a two-year-old’s birthday party.  I actually bought this set (Blast Off – retired) last year to make a card for his first birthday and didn’t get it done, so here I am a year later.  LOL!  I’m picking up a harmonica later today to go in the homemade gift bag.

I splattered a very small amount of bleach on the background of the card to give the impression of far-off stars.  It’s probably hard to tell in the photograph.  I added some rhinestones for a little more “twinkle” in the sky and for the lights on the space ship.

Blast Off Paper Gift Bag - blog.Stamp4Joy.comUsing the Gift Bag Punch Board you can get a bag made up in no time!  This is a medium sized one.  I started with a piece of card stock that was 8 by 11 inches.

Blast Off Kids Birthday Card and Paper Gift Bag - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI decorated the front of it with the brave astronaut launching off into space on his new adventure.  Of course, on the birthday card he’s on a fabulous space walk!

How fun is this stamp set?  I think everyone will get a kick out of this handmade birthday card and gift bag combo.

This is my last entry for the Mojo400 sketch challenge and designer search.  It’s been fun!  Click on the photos below to see my first three entries. MM400DesignerBadge


Remarkable You Water Lily - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Remarkable You

Handmade Christmas Card Designs - Peace on Earth - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Peace on Earth

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Party Animals

Jun 072015

Christmas Wishes Ho Ho Ho - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s Christmas Card Sunday again, and for this handmade card I’ve pulled out the retired Christmas Wishes stamp set.  So cute and versatile, I didn’t even have to use designer paper with it.  Both the trim and greeting were pulled from the balloon.  Simple, simple, simple!

Everything was stamped in Real Red.  The Ovals Collection Framelits were used for the ovals, and I added a few rhinestones along the top of the basket holding Santa.

This clear set is available for purchase on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  And if you buy it before Sunday, June 14th I’ll include this card absolutely free!

ILCS31-001It’s never too early to get a head start on your handmade Christmas cards.  This year I’ve been posting card design ideas most Sundays.  I hope they’ve helped to inspire you!

This design began as a sketch at i Love Card Sketches this week.  Check it out!

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