Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him: Architecture

By | April 22, 2017

Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him

Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis clean and simple card idea would work well as a masculine card, and features the retiring stamp set Everyday Hero.  

This adorable set is only guaranteed to be available until May 22nd, after that it’s while supplies last.   It can make the cutest comic book style cards… kids will love it!

I stamped the cityscape in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a strip of Watercolor Paper that I had previously cut to the size I wanted.  Then I took a long and narrow acrylic block and applied swashes of color using some markers from the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers collection:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise.  I spritzed inked-up block with some water and then laid my stamped watercolor paper onto it to pick up the ink.  

Everyday Hero Superhero Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe Basic Black and Basic Gray Archival Ink pads are what you want to use when watercoloring your images or using your markers to color in.  It’s formulated specially for that purpose so that it won’t bleed when wet.

The white background was created using my Big Shot and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  The sentiment fit perfectly on one of the “bricks.”

For another clean and simple card idea click on the photo to the right.


Embossing Powder Uses You Can Try Today

By | April 20, 2017

5 Embossing Powder Uses For Fun Card Making Techniques

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Are you ready to learn 5 embossing powder uses and experiment with some different card making techniques and styles? 

  • Are you new to stamping?  Let’s expand your knowledge and try new things.
  • Are you an experienced stamper?  Maybe you would like to learn a few new techniques or revisit some old ones.
  • No idea how to use your supplies?  Maybe I can help!
  • Would you like to get the most bang for your buck from supplies you already have?  Keep reading!

In this online class you’ll learn to create striking points of interest that will demand to be touched! Delve into some unique and enchanting ways to blend the magic of embossing powder into your paper crafting — using products you most likely already have in your craft room!

You’ll receive instant access to nine craft tutorial videos (over 75 minutes!) with step-by-step instructions to complete five delightful and unique handmade cards using distinctive techniques that will beg to be touched!  

Check out the video and read more HERE!


Making Paper Flowers for Your Handmade Card Ideas

By | April 18, 2017

Making Paper Flowers for Your Handmade Card Ideas

Making Paper Flowers for Handmade Thank You Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comMaking paper flowers is easy with the retiring framelits, Botanical Builder.  I’m so sad to see these go because they are so versatile and make creating paper flowers for your handmade card ideas super easy!

This handmade card idea started off in a completely different direction and didn’t even have flowers on it.   I had a few of these flowers on my craft space from a project I made a few days ago, and before I knew it my whole project had changed!  Have you ever had that happen to you? 🙂 But who doesn’t love flowers?   And I’m so very pleased with the final card.  I added just a few rhinestones to the flower centers for a little extra dazzle!

I used another retiring product on this card design… a pattern from the Falling in Love Designer Paper — but it  has already sold out. 

You can see some of the delicate Very Vanilla Lace Trim just barely peeking out from underneath the card sentiment layer.

How to Conserve Your Card Stock When PapercraftingOf course, the dramatic card sentiment really catches your eye here.  It comes from the One Big Meaning stamp set, which you can pick up in wood-mount or clear mount.  I embossed it in white on the black card stock for a very bold look.

TIP:  The greeting layer actually was cut out from the piece I mounted the patterned paper on using my Stampin’ Trimmer. You can do this by cutting all along the inside about 1/4″ or 1/2″ from each edge.  This can really help you stretch your card stock (and dollars) when papercrafting!

If you’re interested in making paper flowers for your projects be sure to pick up the Botanical Builder Framelits before they’re gone.  Remember, they’re HALF OFF!


Happy Easter: Handmade Easter Card Using Owl Builder Punch

By | April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Handmade Easter Card Using Owl Builder Punch - www.Stamp4Joy.comI just wanted to drop you a quick note to wish you a Happy Easter! While I’m at it, I thought I’d show you a quick handmade Easter card.

I used the Owl Builder Punch to create both of the little paper punch art chicks plus their “eggs.”  Using my Paper Snips I cut off the feet and ears from the punched-out owls and eggshells, and for the designer paper shells I made diagonal cuts across the centers to create the cracked and broken edges.  

All pieces of the little chicks are from the Owl Builder Punch, I just punched them out of scraps of different colored card stock and then paper pieced them together.  A little sponging around the edges of the chicks give them some dimension, along with using Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop off the card a bit.  The eggshells were punched from a couple of the patterns included in the Festive Birthday Designer Paper collection.

The Easter card sentiment was stamped in Crushed Curry ink and created using a couple of the words from the Crazy About You stamp set (wood-mount, clear-mount, or photopolymer), which is retiring soon.  So many stamps — 33! — to create a boatload of customized greetings.

Thanks for checking in, and I hope you have a wonderful and happy Easter with your family and friends.


Paper Flowers Birthday Card for Niece

By | April 15, 2017

Making Paper Flowers Birthday Card Using Botanical Builders

Paper Flowers Birthday Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comI love how this paper flowers birthday card is just bursting with bright and cheerful blossoms!  

The paper flowers and greenery were all created using the Big Shot and Botanical Builders Framelits Dies.  I just cannot believe these will be retiring soon, but that means you’re in luck because you can pick them up at 50% off while they’re still available.  Wow!  Of course, these dies coordinate beautifully with the retiring stamp set Botanical Blooms, which is also on sale. 

Many of our retiring framelits dies are being sold at a discount, so be sure to check out all of our retiring products in my store at because when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The paper flowers and leaves were sponged around the edges to give a little dimension using either the same color as the card stock or a slightly different shade.  A rhinestone jewel was added to the center of each of the flowers for some sparkle.

I pulled the card sentiment from a retiring stamp set, Flower Patch.   It was stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and then cut it out using my Big Shot and an oval shape from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

The designer paper I used to create the background for this bunch of flower blooms came from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper collection, which is also retiring.  You can pick up this awesome assortment of beautiful patterns while supplies last at 40% off.

Homemade Wedding Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe colors used for this handmade birthday card are Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Emerald Envy.  Tangerine Tango ink was sponged around the Pumpkin Pie flowers and Crushed Curry ink was used to sponge the Daffodile delight blossoms. Everything else was sponged using the same color ink as the card stock.  I hope my niece enjoys this bright and cheerful paper flowers birthday card!

If you’d like to see another example using these framelits, click on the photo to the right.




New Baby Card Idea: Handmade Baby Girl Card Design Using Baby Bear

By | April 12, 2017

New Baby Card for Baby Girl

New Baby Card For Baby Girl - www.Stamp4Joy.comI needed a new baby card idea for an attorney I work with who just had a beautiful baby girl.  I’ve only been designing baby boy cards lately, so I wanted to come up with a “sugar & spice and everything nice” card for a sweet little newborn girl.   🙂  Of course, just changing out the color of the bow, ribbon, and other accessories makes all the difference.

Baby Bear was my stamp set of choice. Using the two- or three-step stamps you can create exquisitely detailed images.   This adorable little teddy bear was created using Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, and Early Espresso inks, and looks soft enough to touch!  

HINT:  Did you know you can buy our Classic ink pads in collections and save over 15% than if you bought them individually?  Your options are:  Neutrals CollectionRegals CollectionBrights CollectionSubtles CollectionIn Color 2015-2017 CollectionIn Color 2016-2018 Collection.

I decided to go with a brown background to coordinate with the cute and cuddly teddy bear.  The lighthearted Early Espresso polka dot designer paper creates a pleasing and interesting background.  It’s part of the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack, which consists of 40 double-sided 12″ x 12″ sheets of a variety of patterns in ten different colors.

I chose a Blushing Bride Ribbon from my retired ribbon stash to coordinate with the Blushing Bride paper bow that I stamped and then cut out using my Paper Snips.  A few Blushing Bride Enamel Shapes were added to the card sentiment as a final touch.

Here’s a look at the color combination I used for this card:

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Baby Bear Handmade New Baby Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMy Big ShotStitched Shapes Framelits, and Layering Ovals Framelits were used to cut out the card sentiment, which I popped up off the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

The photo on the right shows another new baby card idea using Baby Bear and the same background paper.  Just click on the image for more information.

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Join My Mailing List For Free Card Making Tutorials and More!

By | April 10, 2017

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Birthday Card for Him: Urban Underground Male Birthday Card

By | April 10, 2017

Birthday Card for Him Using Urban Underground

Birthday Card for Him Urban Underground - www.Stamp4Joy.comTo make this birthday card for him all you need is a bold birthday card sentiment and some masculine designer paper. It’s a very clean and simple card idea that you can put together quite easily.

The Urban Underground Specialty Designer Paper is the perfect collection for creating male birthday cards that he’s sure to love. Combining a foolproof selection of patterns using neutral coordinating colors of Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, Silver, and Very Vanilla, it’s the ideal lineup to have on hand for designing beautiful handmade cards for all of the men in your life.  

Bump up the boldness of your handmade masculine cards with these first-rate industrial embellishments from the Urban Underground Embellishments collection.  You just can’t go wrong with this striking set of manly doodads.  🙂  I love ’em!  Just adding a few can really make a powerful statement, don’t you think?

The birthday card sentiment featured here was stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and came from the stamp set Balloon Adventures, a very festive set for making birthday cards.  And if you pick it up in the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle that includes the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, you’ll save 10% on both!

I put a strip of Silver Foil across the card front to continue the industrial theme.  It coordinates beautifully with the screw embellishments that were added in the corner.

I’d love to hear what you think of my birthday card for him.  Please leave a comment and let me know.  And feel free to share this project with your friends on your favorite social media outlet by using the buttons below.


Make a Christmas Card: Vintage Holiday Card For Christmas Card Sunday

By | April 9, 2017

Make a Christmas Card:  It’s Christmas Card Sunday!

Make a Christmas Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comI know, I know, it’s barely spring and I’m already telling you to make a Christmas card! 😉  Here we call it Christmas Card Sunday because I devote most Sundays to holiday card making.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to sit down and crank out 50 or 100 cards all at once.  And I certainly don’t want to end up short in November, so I work on them throughout the year.

If you’re like me, you might want to give some thought to making your Christmas cards little by little… you’ll be surprised how many you’ll have completed when the holidays roll around!  And be sure to check back here each Sunday because I try to design beautiful Christmas cards that will inspire you, too!

The warm, muted colors evokes a nostalgic feeling on this handmade card design. 

The stamp set featured here is A Wish For Peace.  It’s retired now, but you can find it on my Retired Rubber Stamps page under the wood-mount stamp sets that are listed for sale. There are three beautifully detailed stamps in the set, including the card sentiment.  You can see all the images in the photo shown on the left.

I stamped the focal image in Early Espresso ink, and then cut it out using my Big Shot and the Stitched Framelits Dies.  I sponged around that and the greeting piece in Early Espresso ink to give them more of an aged look, then glued them onto the Early Espresso card stock layers before attaching to the card front.

The designer paper patterns are from the retired Deck the Halls collection.  A bit of lace trim adds some nice texture, and a rustic wooden snowflake was affixed in the corner with a Metal Rimmed Pearl positioned over the middle for a final touch.

Why not make a Christmas card today?  It’s never too early to start.  And be sure to check out my Retired Rubber Stamps page, where you’ll find many beautiful stamp sets for any occasion.


Handmade Christmas Card Idea With Greetings of the Season

By | April 4, 2017

Handmade Christmas Card Idea Using Greetings of the Season

Handmade Christmas Card Idea With Greetings of the Season - www.Stamp4Joy.comI know it’s not Christmas Card Sunday, but I haven’t made one in a while so I decided to come up with a handmade Christmas card idea today using some retired designer paper and the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  It’s an absolutely wonderful set of four Christmas card sentiments that are perfect for your holiday card making.  I have a number of holiday stamp sets for sale there, along with a variety of other themes, so be sure to check it out.

I love the rich, warm colors of the paper patterns I used for this card here.  It almost makes me wish it was Christmastime again… almost. 🙂

Here’s a quick look at the stamp set featured in this handmade Christmas card idea.  

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


National Retirement Planning Week® – Start a Home-Based Business!

By | April 4, 2017

April 3rd through 7th is National Retirement Planning Week ®.

National Retirement Planning Week - www.Stamp4Joy.comWhat was your first thought when you heard that this week was National Retirement Planning Week ®?  Was it excitement or dread?  

I heard on the radio yesterday that only 60% of Americans save for retirement.  Are you one of the 40% that falls short?

We could all probably use a little “boost” into our retirement fund. Why not make a little extra money by starting a home-based craft business doing something you love?

How Can a Stampin’ Up! Business Help Fund Your Retirement Account?

  • Saving for Retirement - www.Stamp4Joy.comSave Money on Things You’d Buy Anyway!  By joining Stampin’ Up! you’ll save 20-25% off all your purchases as a demonstrator.  If you’re buying it anyway, wouldn’t you prefer to get it at a reduced price?  Sock that discount away into a savings account.
  • Save Money on Your Taxes!  Did you know that things you buy to run your Stampin’ Up! business are tax deductible?  🙂
  • Earn Commission on the Purchases of Your Friends and Family!  When friends, family, and other customers purchase Stampin’ Up! through you, you’ll earn a minimum of 20% on their purchases, with opportunities for higher earnings depending on your efforts.  More opportunity to boost your savings!
  • Design and sell your own hand-stamped finished products!  All while buying your supplies at a discount.  Hint:  Custom scrapbooks are very much in demand these days! 
  • Share your passion and hold fee-based stamp classes of ideas and techniques!  It’s a great way to meet other like-minded creative types while bringing in some extra income.
  • Have in-home parties!  If you held just two a month averaging $300 per party, you could earn an extra $120 a month.  You could use the extra money to pay down debt or to fund your retirement account directly.

Financial Freedom Just Ahead - www.Stamp4Joy.comThese are just a few ways you can save and earn money with Stampin’ Up! And it’s perfect if you’re on the move because you can take your business with you.  I know of a number of demonstrators who work part-time out of their RVs on the road.  What a great ice breaker! 🙂

Contact me today to find out how you can jump start your savings during National Retirement Planning Week ® by embarking on your own success story with Stampin’ Up!  Hobby demonstrators are welcome!  READ MORE HERE or go ahead and JOIN THE FUN HERE!


Handmade Friendship Card Idea Using Beautiful You

By | April 2, 2017

Black and White Handmade Friendship Card Idea

Beautiful You Handmade Friendship Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comAs you probably know already, I love making black and white greeting cards with a pop of color, so this handmade friendship card idea was right up my alley. All of the black and white background paper patterns came from the 12″ x 12″ Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, which you can find on Page 174 of the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. And of course the image was stamped using the Beautiful You stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), which you can find on Page 24 of the Occasions Catalog.

I decided to use Melon Mambo for my third color. and so I chose the lovely polka dot paper pattern from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper collection for the dress. Melon Mambo Card Stock was used for to create the solid-colored umbrella, and I added a bit of pink to the shoes with my Melon Mambo marker from the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers collection.  

I cut out the image using my Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies — my favorite! — and then mounted it onto a Basic Black oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  

After cutting out the dress and umbrella, I then paper pieced them over the stamped image for my “pop” of color. 🙂

A strip of Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon across the bottom really finishes it off nicely, don’t you think?

I decided not to add a greeting to the front of my handmade friendship card so it could be used for any occasion that may come up.

I created this handmade friendship card idea for the current challenge at The Male Room, which was to use black and white and one other color.