Aug 262015

ILCS43 - Happy Birthday Everyone - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI like clean and simple DIY birthday cards, and this one sure is!  You could even leave off the back layer if you wanted, I thought it still looked great.

The designer paper patterns are from the Neutrals Color Collection Paper Stack.  The super sweet stamps came from the Hostess set Happy Birthday Everyone, and is a great set to have on hand to make quick birthday cards.  You can select this as one of your free items when you host an in-home party or catalog show — or even just place your own order — that totals $150 or more.   Contact me to schedule your own show for September or October — I have just a few dates left.

ILCS43The card design was inspired by the sketch image over at i Love Card Sketches released today.  Give it a try for yourself!

Aug 252015

There’s some new Weekly Deal offerings this week, some just perfect for your holiday stamping!  Check out the Gold Glimmer Paper and Silver Stampin’ Glitter.  You can add lots of sparkle to you holiday stamping with these!

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Aug 242015

Happy Scenes Halloween Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis simple Halloween card began with the versatile Happy Scenes stamp set (139821)from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, which is being unveiled in a little over one week!

I did a little paper piecing for the pumpkins and used the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309).  If you’re like me it will take one or two tries to get the hang of it, but then you’re going to love it for that precise, detail gluing!

The paper pattern is from the Everyday Chic Designer Paper collection.

Would you like to receive a free Holiday Catalog?  If you plan to make your purchases through me just drop me a note and I’ll get one right out to you.  Be sure to include your phone number in your catalog request.

Aug 232015

Merry Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor today’s Christmas Card Sunday project we’re looking at Merry Christmas cards using the adorable Snow Place stamp set (photopolymer – 139738) coming out in the Holiday Catalog September 1st.  Aren’t they precious?  Who remembers playing with paper dolls as a child?  That’s what it reminds me of when I’m “dressing” them.  :-)

I cut them out with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits Dies (139664).  Of course, there’s a bundle where you can get them both and save 15% (140844),

The blue snowy background came from the Home for Christmas Designer Paper collection (139592), and the striped patterned paper came from the Merry Moments Designer Paper collection.

ILCS42I’m considering this for one of our cards in my upcoming Christmas Card Making Class.  What do you think?

And of course, this began with the sketch over at i Love Card Sketches this week.

Aug 222015

Birthday Card for Sister - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI always need new handmade birthday card ideas… the birthdays just keep coming!  How about you?

Here’s a birthday card for my sister… I think she’s going to love it.  And I used some stamps and other things from the Holiday Catalog to make it.  Remember, just because something is “for Christmas” doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box and use it for something else.

I thought the window from Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (139666) would work well on a stair step card, looking out over a silouette of the valley.  I added some brick along the bottom of the inside of the house :-) and added a bit of sponging on both of them.

The trees on the left were cut out in Basic Black using the fabulous Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (139670).  And the scene along the top ridge is from the To You & Yours Too stamp set (139819).  I stamped it in black and cut it out.  I then sponged around the edges in Crushed Curry and Rose Red ink to give it a bit of a sunset glow.  It may be hard to see in the picture.  Oh, and the birthday greeting came from Guy Greetings.

Of course, I think this would make an awesome handmade Christmas card, too!

So, how did I do?

The Holiday Catalog begins September 1st.  Do you have one yet?  If you’d like one and you plan to purchase from me, let me know and I’ll get one right out to you.  Please include your phone number when requesting a catalog.

Aug 192015

Merry & Bright - ILCS42 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s another sneak peek at some of the awesome things you’ll be seeing in the upcoming Holiday Catalog, which is less than two weeks away!

Today I’m featuring the Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies (139667).  Aren’t they beautiful?  As you can see, they’re gorgeous alone, but not to worry, there’s a stamp set you can bundle with them called Embellished Ornaments (w-139756, c-139759).  :-)

The greetings came from the Holly Jolly Greetings (w-139879, c-139882) stamp set, and the musical sheet pattern is from the Home for Christmas Designer Paper collection (139592).  The Gold Glitter Ribbon (139614) comes in a package of two, one white and one gold.  So sparkly!

ILCS42The card sketch at i Love Card Sketches this week was the inspiration for this card design.  Check it out!

Aug 182015
Introducing my new service, Pretty Card Art.

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Do you find you just don’t have the time to make all the cards you need, but you love to give handmade cards?  Or do you know someone who isn’t into card making but would love to give beautiful cards from the heart?  Or maybe they have trouble getting to the store to buy cards?  Well, that’s what Pretty Card Art is all about.

The first week of the quarter I will package up nine unique handmade cards (with envelopes) and ship them off to you or someone you designate to receive them as a gift.  The beautiful cards will be ready to add a message, address, stamp, and mail!  Easy as can be.

Some examples of types of cards you may find in your October 2015 package:

  • birthday
  • Halloween
  • gratitude
  • thank you
  • Christmas
  • congratulations

I know that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and some people don’t celebrate birthdays or other occasions.  Not a problem!  Just include a message with your purchase about what holidays you DO NOT want to receive cards for.  Piece of cake!  The first run you can even request all Christmas cards if you’d like!

No two packages will be alike, and you are guaranteed to receive nine different designs, all hand stamped.  You may even receive some cards you see on this blog! :-)

Treat yourself or someone you love.  Wouldn’t it make a great gift?

The first packages will be going out the beginning of October.  And since this is a new pilot program, I’m limiting it to just the first ten people.   If you’d like to be one of those ten — or you’d like to purchase one of the packages as a gift — you can order below.  And remember to include a message with any fall/winter holidays or occasions you DO NOT want to receive cards for.  If you’re purchasing as a gift be sure to let me know where you’d like it sent, to you or the recipient directly (U.S. addresses only).

Contact me for any questions.


Pretty Card Art – Oct 2015

Aug 162015’s Christmas Card Sunday project features no less than FOUR new products that will be available in the new Holiday Catalog when it premieres in September.

The background paper is from the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Paper (139588) collection.  I love how these products all coordinate so seamlessly!  And if you’ll look at the paper pattern from the Winter Wonderland Designer Paper collection on this handmade Christmas card, you’ll notice how beautifully it matches the stamps we used here.  Hmm, I wonder if they planned that?  ;-)

The large trees come from the Wonderland stamp set (w-139752, c-140365), and the smaller grouping of trees is from Happy Scenes (ph-139821).

Let’s see, there was one more new item on this card.  Oh, yeah, the “peace”!  That’s included in our Christmas Greetings Framelits Dies (139659) and there’s a stamp set you can bundle with it.  Lots of awesome bundles coming up!

I guess technically there’s six new items featured on this card.  I used the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) to glue down the greeting.  That’s going to take some getting used to.  And I stamped the trees in the new Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (140930).  And it comes in Basic Gray (140932), too!

ILCS41Anyway, this all started with this week’s card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  Pop on over and see what other designs people have come up with using this card design.

If you’re interested in lots of Christmas craft projects, that’s exactly what we’ll be featuring next month at Papercrafts Toolbox.  You can join for a free 7-day trial.  Check it out!

Have a great week!

Aug 122015

ILCS41 - Winter Wonderland Wishes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI thought I’d give you a sneak peek at a couple of items coming out soon in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Are you excited about the upcoming catalog?  I’ve seen it and, believe me, there’s a lot to be excited about!  :-)

The stamp set is called Winter Wishes and the patterned paper is called Winter Wonderland.  They coordinate nicely together, don’t you think?

I just took the color scheme from the paper — one of my favorites! — black and white, and made a clean and simple card.  Other than fussy cutting the ice skates this was a really quick Christmas card to put together.  I popped up the skates and greeting using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

ILCS41I used the card sketch from i Love Card Sketches for the card layout.  How did I do?

Aug 102015
Merry & Bright Christmas CardAnnouncing my newest class offering!  My Christmas Card Making Class will be held Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.  Everyone in class will receive all the supplies to make 12 beautiful Christmas cards, three each of four designs (hint:  one design will be a shaker card like the one in the picture to the right).  I will supply all the stamps, inks, and adhesives needed to complete your projects.
If you live in Western Washington, come join us and stamp with  friends, new and old!  There will be snacks and prize drawings!
Here are the details:
  • When:  Saturday, September 19th
  • Time:  1:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Spanaway Lake (once registered I will send you the address)
  • Class Fee:  $30.00
  • Class size is limited, and payment reserves your spot.
  • In order to ensure I have enough Christmas card kits on hand you must register for this class no later than Wednesday, September 9th. 
  • Register before September 1st and RECEIVE A FREE GIFT when you arrive to your class!
If you’ve received a Hostess Thank You $10 off coupon from me, this is your last chance to use your coupon.  And please use the second Paypal button below to register.
NOTE:  You can also schedule these classes in your own home.  Contact me for more information on how you can attend your class FOR FREE!

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Christmas Card Class

Aug 092015

ILCS40-Merry Moments Peace on EarthToday’s holiday card for Christmas Card Sunday blends old Stampin’ Up! stamps with current ones, and Christmas stamps with non-Christmas sets.

I began with the world stamp from The Open Sea… certainly not a set you’d likely jump right to for your Christmas card ideas.  But paired with the “Peace on Earth” greeting from the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season (which can be found on my Retired Stamps page), it suddenly coordinates wonderfully.

The designer paper strips along the bottom came from the Merry Moments Designer Paper collection, which is where I pulled the colors from.

ILCS40The layout for the card came from this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

Aug 052015

Greeting Card Sentiments - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWhen they’re big and bold, why not position your greeting card sentiments front and center and make them the focal point of your handmade card designs?

I did just that on today’s card, using the motivational quote as the main element.  I even embossed it to be sure it stood out strong! :-)  The Circles Collection Framelits Dies were used to cut it and the Basic Black layer out.

You know how I love black and white, and that’s what I wanted for today.  I grabbed some of the beautiful patterns from the Everyday Chic Designer Paper collection for the little patterned paper samples along the bottom.  So fun!


ILCS40The card design was inspired by the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.  I find it to be a lot easier to come up with a card design when starting with a sketch.  Check it out and give it a try!

Aug 022015

Christmas Card Sunday - http://blog.Stamp4Joy.comWell, it’s Christmas Card Sunday again, and here’s a Christmas card design that I came up with using the card sketch for this week over at i Love Card Sketches.  Pop on by and see what other beautiful ideas people came up with using the sketch.

I pulled out some retired designer paper called Letters to Santa to use for this card.  I used the striped paper pattern as a neutral backdrop, and then cut out each of the images from the opposite side of the designer paper.  In fact, there’s no stamping at all on this card!

Below the main image I added a couple of Early Espresso candy dots from the Neutrals Candy Dots collection.


ILCS39Check out the other ideas for this sketch at i Love Card Sketches, or try making your own Christmas card using this card design.

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.

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