Aug 192014
 

Square Collection Framelits - blog.stamp4joy.comOoh, have you checked out the new card making supplies that are on sale this week?

Big Shot items are always my favorite items to get at a discount, and this week there’s another tool I don’t have and want. :-)  Of course, these would be great additions to your scrapbooking supplies, too!

How about you?  See anything you like?

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Aug 182014
 

Retirement Card - blog.stamp4joy.comToday we have a retirement card featuring The Open Sea and Maritime Designer Paper… a perfect pairing!

I pulled out my Blendabilities to add some quick color to the world, ship, and anchor stamped images.  The greeting came from Itty Bitty Banners, and then I cut it out using my Big Shot and Bitty Banners framelits.

My 2″ circle punch and Paper snips made quick work of cutting out the images, and Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine “tied” them all together.  Get it?!?  Sorry, it’s early. :-)

Everything used to make this card can be found below.  To order or get more information about a product, just click the photo.

Have a great Monday!

Aug 172014
 

How to Make a Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe secret of how to make a birthday card is to start with images that work well together.  Stampin’ Up! has taken the guess work out of that by creating sets with images that coordinate with each other.  That’s one of the main reasons I fell in love with Stampin’ Up! to begin with all those years ago.  Plus, many of the stamp sets are designed in similar styles to make mixing and matching easy, too.

Often when I start to make a card I’ll have a theme in mind, as in do I need to create birthday cards, a retirement card, etc.

August is one of the busier months for me with birthdays, so I knew I needed to come up with a few  homemade birthday card ideas.  This is a card I made for one of my friends who has a birthday later this month.  The main image/greeting came out of the From the Heart stamp set.

For this card I next decided on what color scheme I wanted to use, settling on Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede with a Very Vanilla Base.  Then I determined what other stamps I wanted to use.  I think Kinda Eclectic is the perfect companion set because it works so well when creating collages.  What do you think?

Would you like to add these versatile stamp sets to your collection?  You can purchase them in my Online Store any time!

Aug 152014
 

Hand Made Christmas Card IdeasIt’s never too early to get a start on your handmade Christmas card ideas, right?   Don’t put it off or you’ll  be scrambling again this year!

The new Holiday Catalog should be arriving soon to your mailbox, full of  new goodies for the holidays, from fall to Halloween to Christmas to Valentines Day.   But did you know there are some carryovers from last year’s catalogs that you won’t see in either the full catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog?

The card above features two of the carryover stamp sets, Ornament Keepsakes (and the coordinating Holiday Ornaments Framelits), along with the Christmas greetings stamp set Greetings of the Season.

This is a card I made last year, but everything on it is still available to order… even the  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder I used for the background.

So if time is at a premium, here are a couple beautiful sets you can use now to get started on those homemade Christmas cards.

Here are some other ideas using the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and/or Holiday Ornaments Framelits.

Handmade Christmas Card Ideas - blog.stamp4joy.comOrnamental Keepsakes Balloons - blog.stamp4joy.com

 

 

 

Aug 122014
 

Holiday Card Making Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIf you think Project Life is just for memory keeping, think again!  The card sets designed to quickly slip into the Project Life Photo Pocket Pages also make great patterned layers for cards and other paper crafting projects.  And if you add in the stylish coordinating embellishments from the Project Life Accessory Packs you’ll have even more creative options.

For example, the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack (Item No. 135832 in the upcoming Holiday Catalog) includes printed acetate sheets that make great layers, confetti, pockets or pop-ups in cards.  The self-adhesive acrylic dots from the set come in solid colors and designs that look great on cards and wall décor.  Of course, Washi Tape is hugely popular for all types of paper crafting projects, and the polka-dot design on the roll included in the accessory pack works for many seasons and events.  And we haven’t even talked about the letter-sticker sheets and sequins in a variety of colors and shapes that make that make great accents on cards and gift items. I think you’ll find the Project Life Accessory Packs to be full of creative fun and a great value! Which Accessory Pack will be your favorite?

Here’s a cool tip: Place a thin strip of Window Sheet on Grid Paper. Line up letter stickers nice and straight using the grid and place halfway on the Window Sheet strip. Then move the strip to your project and press the loose part of the letters in place. Gently remove the Window Sheet and you have nice even lettering for your project.

Plan Now for the Fall & Holidays

Holidays Cardmaking Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comProject Life by Stampin’ Up! is the simple, efficient, and fun way to keep your memories with a minimum of hassle, supplies, and time, but what if you’re not into scrapbooking?  Well, Project Life isn’t only for scrapbooking and memory keeping!

This tutorial shows seven seasonal projects, including cards, gift packaging with tags, and an organization station!  The Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack includes fall, school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter-themed acetate sheets, stickers, and other embellishments that transform into non-scrapbooking projects beautifully and easily!  You’ll love how the stylish designs, coordinating colors, stamp images, and embellishments can be used for all kinds of paper crafting beyond the obvious.

You can buy the 30-page Planning for Fall & Holidays Cardmaking Tutorial below for just $7.50, or you can save by joining my Stamp4Joy Card Making Club and receive a new tutorial every month!


Fall & Holidays Card Club Tutorial



Aug 072014
 

Birthday Card for Friend - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s card is a birthday card for a friend.  She’s one of my oldest and dearest friends, and though we never see each other anymore due to distance I love our chats over the phone. :-)

Using the Back to Black designer paper really helped bring this card together quickly.

I adore all the patterns in this collection!  It’s so nice to have coordinated patterned paper because it takes the guess work out of whether they’ll work together.

The stamps came from Really Good Greetings and Project Life Remember This.

And of course you can’t have a designer card without the matching custom envelope!  So easy to do with the Envelope Liners Framelits and your Big Shot.

Did you know there’s a special going on for the Big Shot right now?  Buy a Big Shot and you can pick up a stamp and framelits bundle for free!  Check it out!

All the supplies used on this project are below.  Click on a photo for more information or to purchase from my online store.

Aug 042014
 

Big Shot SpecialPurchase a Big Shot in August and you’ll receive your choice of one of the five stamp set/framelits bundles listed below FOR FREE!

Already own a Big Shot? You can still purchase these designated bundles at an amazing 15% off! You won’t want to miss this opportunity, only available during August, as these bundles are one-time only exclusives.

The Bright & Beautiful stamp set is brand new and will be available in our upcoming Holiday Catalog.

And don’t forget, you’ll automatically be registered in my Rewards Program with any purchase!

Aug 022014
 

A few days ago I announced a little contest to see if you could guess the differences between two similar handmade cards.  As a reminder, check out these clean and simple cards.

There was only ONE entry, so the winner is Sandi!  Congratulations, Sandi!  Just send me your snail mail and I will get your prize sent right out to you!

Jul 312014
 

Funny Friendship Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m sure we ALL have someone we could send these funny friendship cards to… right?  Or is it just me? ;-)

I love this stamp.  You can make quick and easy handmade cards in no time, but it really gets the message across.  LOL!  I used the Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits to cut out the image and the Real Red background, but if you don’t have them you can just cut them out with scissors.

Check below for all the products used to make this funny greeting card.

Jul 302014
 

Celebration Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake some quick and easy celebration cards using Flower Patch photopolymer stamps and the Hearts Border Punch.  This would be great any time you have a reason to celebrate, such as for a birthday or  retirement card.

The Bold Brights Collection was used for my color scheme:  Raspberry Ripple, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight.

I used Post-It notes for the masking technique to cover the area where I wanted to place the greeting before stamping the flowers.  I pulled the greeting from the Project Life Remember This stamp set.

Sparkling rhinestones finish off the flowers nicely.

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Jul 292014
 

Clean and Simple Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I thought I’d focus on super easy clean and simple cards.  This would be an easy kids craft… you could even eliminate the layers.  Change out the image of the flower to something they’d love.  How about Zoo Babies or Boys Will Be Boys?

In fact, I might just order the Boys Will Be Boys set and try it out!  I can see selling a lot of those handmade cards at the holiday craft fairs.

I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the greeting and flowers, which both came from Bloom With Hope, a beautiful and versatile set you can snag for FREE just by hostessing an in-home party or catalog show.  Then I just used one of the Project Life Journaling Pens to draw the lines by freehand to create the “frame.”

Clean and Simple Cards Stepped Up - blog.Stamp4Joy.comTo “step it up” I created another card, but this time I colored in the images using my Blendabilities markers.  Still clean and simple, just jazzed up with a bit of color.

There’s a few other differences between the “stepped up” version and the clean and simple card version.  Care to guess?

If you can guess three or more right I’ll put your name in a drawing… winner will get the stepped-up card mailed to them, ready to use!  You must use the Comment section to submit your guess before Saturday morning.  I’ll draw the winner Saturday morning from all the correct entries.  I’d also love to hear which card you prefer, so let me know below!

Clean and Simple Cards and Stepped Up - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Jul 282014
 

Handmade Baby Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s new baby card starts with the In Color palette and the Lullaby Designer Paper.  Not your traditional baby designs, these patterned papers could be used for other themes as well.  However, the softer shades do work well for your handmade baby cards.

There’s only a few more days left to grab the designer paper at the discounted price.  You can buy 3 and get 1 free!  That’s a savings of 25%.  This offer ends Thursday, so you’ll want to stock up before then.  Don’t miss out!

All supplies used on this handmade card design are shown below.  Click on a photo to see more information about the product or to place an order.

 

Jul 262014
 

Brayered Lovely as a Tree - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWell, I dug out my brayer again to create this lovely on-the-water themed card.  The photo doesn’t do it justice, I think my lighting washed it out, as the colors are much more intense in person.

The ink colors used with my brayer were Marina Mist, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and Basic Black.

I sponged the edge of the focal piece and around the outside of the card base with Chocolate Chip.  The tree stamp and greeting was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

The scenic piece was cut out using my Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits.

I grabbed my uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to create the ripples in the water and the stars in the sky.

The tree came from Lovely as a Tree, and the greeting is from Project Life Remember This.

Would you like to learn how to use your brayer to create a scene like this or other brayer techniques?  CONTACT ME to schedule a party in August and I will teach you and your guests!

Click on a photo below for more information about that product or to place an order in my online store.

Jul 242014
 

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Jul 232014
 

Work of Art Screen Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love different card folding techniques.  They look hard and complex, but usually are quite easy to achieve.  This card was super fast to make, and I think it’s super cute!

If you’re using a border punch along the top that will actually remove the edge of the card stock, you can start with a piece of card stock that’s 5-3/4″ x 11″.  If you’re using one like I did, that doesn’t remove the edge, cut your card stock down to 5-1/2″ x 11″.  I wasn’t thinking when I made this card and I neglected to do that, and now I have to use a larger envelope.  Oh, well, lesson learned! :-)

Next score your card stock along the long side at 5-1/2″ x 11″,  2-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 8-1/4″.  I used my punches on the card before folding, the Hearts Border Punch along the top and the Decorative Label Punch partially along the bottom to make the “legs.”  Now you can fold each fold in the opposite directions to make your screen as shown in the picture.

I next cut my stamped pieces (4 of them) at 2-1/8″ x 4-1/8″, and then the colored card stock they’re mounted on was cut at 4-1/4′ x 2-1/4″.

Now you’re ready to stamp and assemble!  For this card I used Work of Art and the hostess-only set Bloom with Hope.  The colors used were Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder.

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Jul 212014
 

Wetlands Thank You - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s card features one of my favorite nature stamps, Wetlands.

I love the new Lost Lagoon color from the new 2014-2016 In Color collection, so that was my starting point.  Pairing it with Soft Suede gives it a masculine feel, which is what I had in mind when I started this card.

The “Thank You” stamps came from Work of Art.

I pulled out my Big Shot to create the decorative edges around the bird and along the designer paper.  For that I used the Starburst framelits and the Finishing Touches edgelits.

The look was completed with the luxurious Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and a button from the Neutrals Designer Buttons collection for the finishing touch.

Click on the pictures below for more information about that product or to purchase.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Monday!

Jul 202014
 

Be-You-Tiful Flower Patch - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFlower greeting cards with simple designs can still be beautiful.

I adore the Flower Patch stamp set… so many options to choose from and the combinations are endless!

I used one of the patterns from the Back to Black Designer Paper as the background to frame the flower.

After stamping the flower and stem I took one of the Project Life Journaling Pens and outlined and then “doodled” on the flower and leaves before cutting them out in the Big Shot, giving them a completely unique look.

The Basic Black circle was punched out with the 1/2″ Circle Punch, and I used the Signo Gel Pen to put dots on it to make the center of the flower.

I think it’s Be You {Tiful}!  :-) What do you think?  Please leave a comment below and let me know.

Jul 192014
 

Hip Notes Oh Snap - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I’m featuring a couple stamps that just scream to be paired together, Snapshot and Hip Notes.  This was made as a man’s birthday card, and even with the sparkle of the rhinestones I think the more earthy neutral colors work well for a masculine card.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.

All the supplies used for this handmade card idea are listed below.

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