Oct 252014

Motley Monsters Happy Halloween Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWhat child wouldn’t love to receive these Motley Monsters happy Halloween cards in the mail?  Colorful and bright, it’s a great way to use up those small scraps of designer paper from your stash.

I simply used the Postage Stamp Punch to punch out various pieces of patterned paper from the Motley Monsters Designer Paper Collection, which I then glued onto a piece of Basic Black card stock and then a Tangerine Tango card base.

The little ghost and greeting came from the set of Holiday Home photopolymer stamps, and were popped up on the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used the Word Window Punch to punch out the greeting.

Oct 242014

Holiday Home Life is Good - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s Stampin’ Up! card ideas begins by combining Blendabilities Markers, alcohol, and Classic Ink Pads to create the sky, hills, and trees.  The home was stamped using Holiday Home and cut out with the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies using the Big Shot.  You can actually pick them both up as a bundle and save 15%!

The greeting is from Project Life Remember This, stamped in Always Artichoke.  I cut it out using the Window Frames Collection Framelits, again in the Big Shot.

I actually had a handmade Halloween card in mind when I started this card (hence the darker black sky), but it morphed into this.  I like it!

Closeup - Holiday Home Life is Good - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m including a close up because it reminded me of an illustration from a children’s book.  Pretty cool.  What do you think?

See other Stampin’ Up! card ideas using Holiday Home below.



Christmas Card Making Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Halloween Cards - blog.stamp4joy.comFramed Art - Winter and Spring - blog.stamp4joy.com

Oct 232014

For All Things Fall Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis colorful fall card was super quick to make using the For All Things stamp set and Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.

I took the color palette from the patterned paper for the images and greeting.  I started with Crumb Cake for the solid watercolor background.  I inked up the fall bouquet with Crushed Curry ink, and then using my Cajun Craze and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers I colored over some of the leaves again to give the image a multicolored look.  The greeting was stamped using Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

Click on the photos below for more information or to purchase.

Oct 202014

Kinda Eclectic Meets Work of Art Handmade Card Designs - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt never fails, whenever I grab my Kinda Eclectic stamp set for my handmade card designs, I always seem to use Work of Art, too (or vice versa).

This one is no different, though I only used PART of a greeting this time.  I simply used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the part of the greeting I wanted.  Using that technique can really give you lots of mileage out of the stamps you already own, so be sure to look at them with a little different eye next time you sit down to create your own greeting card or scrapbook page layout.

I started with a neutral palette of Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and Always Artichoke.   I added some pops of color with the sun stamped in Crushed Curry and the Rich Razzleberry butterfly, which was punched out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch, adorned with a few small pearls, and attached using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Everything used to recreate this handmade card design can be found below.  Just click on a picture for more information or to purchase.

Oct 192014

Sometimes I like to use a sketch to help inspire my handmade card designs.

Handmade Card Ideas Bloom With Hope - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor this card I started with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and although my center focal piece kept getting larger and larger, I think you can still see the basic sketch in the card.  LOL!

I grabbed the greeting from the stamp set For All Things, which you can find in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The flowers came from Bloom With Hope and were colored in using my Blendabilities.  The patterned paper came from the Confetti Celebration Designer Paper.

WCreating Paper Scraps - blog.Stamp4Joy.come’ve been talking lately about using up our paper scraps, but here’s a way to create some extra paper scraps and conserve your card stock and designer papers.

I will often cut out the center of some layers, which will leave me large enough scraps to use in future projects.  Our Stampin’ Trimmer works so well for this, as you can line up where you start and stop your cuts.  SiFMS158nce it will be behind another layer, the cuts don’t even have to be exact, and it helps cut down on the weight and thickness of the overall card.

What do you use as inspiration for your handmade card designs?

All the items used to make this card are shown below. Just click on one of the photos for more info or to purchase.

Oct 162014

Be Your Own Boss!Today is Bosses Day!  Since I’m my own boss for my Stampin’ Up! business I thought I’d share 3 reasons I love being my own boss!

1.  Finding a job where I can set my own hours… priceless!

We all have busy and hectic schedules these days.  Try to find a job where you can set your own hours around your family and other commitments… yeah, right!  Work where you want, how you want, and when you want with Stampin’ Up!

2.  Want to make more friends?  No problem!

Since starting my own Stampin’ Up! business I have met countless new friends… from all over the world!

3.  Want to make more money?  You bet!

Do you need a little extra money for a special vacation or a new fridge?  No worries!  Since you can set your own hours, you can pick it up for a while when you need more income and drop it back down when the rest of your life gets hectic.

There are so many reasons I’ve loved working with Stampin’ Up! for over 16 years!

If you join my team in October, you can receive a free pack of designer paper EVERY MONTH FOR SIX MONTHS!

Start your own Stampin’ Up! story, or CONTACT ME for more info.
Oct 162014

It’s a new week and that means new Weekly Deals.  You can pick these up paper craft supplies for 25% off!  They revert back to their full price on Tuesday.

Oct 152014

Create a Birthday Card - blog.-Stamp4Joy.comCreate a birthday card with your paper scraps.  I made this one for my niece’s upcoming birthday this week.

As I was rummaging through my stash I found a square of decorative punched card stock that I had saved.  The decorative edge was messed up in a couple places, but did I just toss it?  NO!

Here I found a use for it by cutting it down and using it along a couple edges of designer paper scraps.  Since it was in a color that coordinated with the patterns, it was perfect!  It was originally created using a retired Stampin’ Up! punch.

All the patterned paper pieces came from the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper collection, full of rich and vibrant colors of the fall season.  The greeting came from Wetlands.

Oct 142014

Beauty of the Season Christmas Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAs you know, I’ve been posting a lot of ideas for Christmas cards and seasonal cards lately.   I know Christmas isn’t for a few months yet, but you’ll need some time if you want to create and send out some unique handmade cards for the holidays.

Starting with the focal image from Beauty of the Season, I colored most of it in with my Blendabilities.  I filled in the berries with the Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker after I sponged on some Soft Sky all around the image.

The Ovals Collection Framelits were used to cut out the image and the Cherry Cobbler scalloped piece it’s mounted to.  The striped background came from the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper Collection, which I mounted onto a folded card made from Baked Brown Sugar.

Luxurious Gold Satin Ribbon and a small banner punched from Brushed Gold Card Stock complete the warm and opulent quality of this handmade card design.  Just a little can go a long way!

Want more ideas for Christmas cards?
Click on the photos below for other ideas you may have missed!

Handmade Christmas Card Ideas - blog-Stamp4Joy.comLovely as a Tree Joy - blog.Stamp4Joy.comSimple Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Oct 132014

Nordic Noel Christmas Card  - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis homemade Christmas ideas is another great way to use up those scraps you’ve been collection.  The patterned paper strips came from leftovers I had from the Nordic Noel Designer Paper collection, and were cut at 1″ x 3-‘1/2″ and glued along the bottom.  I added some of the beautiful Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog, and affixed a button from the Nordic Designer Buttons.  The greeting came from Bright & Beautiful.  Oh, and the decorative edge was punch from Real Red card stock using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

See another idea for simple Christmas cards using this colorful designer paper.

Oct 112014

Super Star Card Making Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis cute card making tutorial features the Bright & Beautiful Christmas rubber stamps from the Holiday Catalog.

(Don’t forget to check out my special Bright & Beautiful Bundle, available until Oct 15th!)

Are you searching for the perfect stamp set to create beautiful Christmas cards?  The  Bright & Beautiful stamp set may be exactly what you wished for!  A powerful all-around package, it includes three sizes of elegantly detailed stars, two large greetings, and three small greetings.  Add coordinating favorites like the Stars Framelits Dies and Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create exquisitely detailed, over-the-top paper craft projects.  A favorite from the Holiday Catalog, the Bright & Beautiful stamp set won’t be around for long and you won’t want to miss it

In this card making tutorial you’ll receive 16 pages of full-color directions, which includes instructions for making four cards, including a 3-D and a Latched Gate Fold Card, along with a latching gate fold PDF template.

Tip:  The elegant star images from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set become the star of any project when you heat emboss them with Gold or Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.

Star Cards Card Making Tutorials - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can pick up this fabulous card tutorial three ways:
  • Place an order in October of $50 or more in my Online Store
  • Purchase it below for $7.50
  • Save money and join the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club, and you’ll receive this as your first tutorial!

Super Star Card Club Tutorial

Oct 092014

Each month you’ll find new card making tutorials released in the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.   The subscription prices will be going up $1 tomorrow, but if you join today you can still get in at today’s price, and it will never go up as long as you’re a member.

The next project tutorials are coming due out tomorrow.  Lock in the price now!

See past craft tutorials from this year.
Read more about the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.
Oct 082014

Create Christmas Cards That Shine - blog.Stamp4Joy.comCreate Christmas cards that sparkle and shine!

This is one of the make & take projects we made at our team get-together last month.  Pretty, right?  Combining the Bright & Beautiful stamp set with the Stars Framelits and Silver Glimmer Paper, it’s simple yet beautiful.  The designer paper is from the Santa & Company collection.

With all the fabulous bundles Stampin’ Up! offers, I’m surprised they didn’t offer one for this stamp/framelits combination.  Sooo, I’m going to offer a special bundle of my own! :-)

Between now and October 15th you can pick up my Bright & Beautiful Special at a discount!

What does the Bright & Beautiful Special include?

Bright & Beautiful Wood Mount Special – $56.00*:

  • Bright & Beautiful wooden stamp set
  • Stars Framelits
  • Silver Glimmer Paper

Bright & Beautiful Clear Mount Special – $49.00*:

  • Bright & Beautiful clear-mount stamp set
  • Stars Framelits
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
* does not include s&h and tax, which will be figured on the full retail amount before discount

Since this special is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, you will need to contact me to place your order.  You can give me a call at (253) 256-1222 (leave a message if I’m not here and I’ll call you back!) or contact me and let me know you’re interested.

This year you, too, can create Christmas cards that sparkle and shine!

Oct 072014

Every week Stampin’ Up! selects six products and puts them on sale at a whopping 25% off!  Things like designer paper, ribbon, digital scrapbook kits, and more.  But my favorite things they include in the weekly deals?  Framelits, Stampin’ Up rubber stamps, and punches that I don’t already own!

This week is no exception.  The Apothecary Accents Framelits Die is on sale this week, along with the sassy Geometrical wood stamp set and the Mosaic Punch.  Since these usually are more expensive items, I get excited when I know I can pick them up at such a discount.  I’m still kicking myself for not picking up the Square Collection Framelits on sale when I had the chance about a month ago… and I still don’t have them!

Check out all of this week’s deals below:

Oct 062014

Sympathy Card Sentiments - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday, everyone!

Today the focus is the sympathy card sentiments from Really Good Greetings, a message of hope and letting someone know you’re in their corner.  Since it’s October, I designed this card with breast cancer awareness in mind.  Strawberry Slush served as my pink, and the designer paper came from, of all things, Confetti Celebrations.

The little hearts were punched using the Hearts Border Punch.

Thanks for stopping by!


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