Nov 272014
Black Friday Sale on Stampin' Up! - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAre you ready for my Black Friday Sale on Stampin’ Up! products?!?

This will be IN ADDITION to the already great deals offered through Stampin’ Up! in their Online Extravaganza and sign-up bonus!

Beginning now and running through tomorrow at 6:00 p.m., any orders of $45 or more will receive FREE SHIPPING!  Not only that, but you’ll receive DOUBLE STAMP4JOY REWARDS for orders placed during this time!

Please Note:  Because this offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, you’ll need to contact me to place your order.  If you prefer you can give me a call at (253) 256-1222.  If I’m unavailable at that moment I will get back to you with your total.

Interested in joining Stampin’ Up!?

Join my team on between now and 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) and you’ll receive a $20 Stampin’ Up! credit from me to use in January 2015!  That means you’ll receive up to $125 in Stampin’ Up! product of your choice now (plus $50 in business supplies), pay no shipping (save 10%), PLUS another $20 in Stampin’ Up! supplies in January, for a total of up to $145 in Stampin’ Up! product of your choice for only $74.25!  That’s almost 50% off!

Why not get the products you’re buying already at a discount?  Did you know demonstrators earn a commission on all their sales (even their own purchases) of 20% to 40%?

You won’t find a better deal to join.  Think of it as a Christmas gift you give  yourself!  Or maybe tell your loved ones you’d like it and they can pick up a great deal on the perfect gift!

Please note:  You’ll need to go through the initial sign-up process and then the discounted kit price will show up.  Contact me if you have any questions.

Nov 262014

ILCS04 - www.ilovecardsketches.comToday’s homemade Christmas card started with this week’s sketch from i Love Card Sketches and Ornamental Pine.

I masked off part of the focal piece with some Post-It notes and then sponged the blue across the top to create the “landscape.”  I stamped the pine branch for the foreground and then attached stamped and cut out pine cones with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The background is one of the patterns from the All is Calm Designer Paper Collection.

Ornamental Pine Christmas Wishes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis stamp set is right on par with Lovely as a Tree… very versatile!  Seriously, how many different ways can you use this simple yet beautiful set?  I know I’ll be making lots of cards with this set long after Christmas is over.

Be sure to check in later for my Black Friday specials!


Nov 242014

Online Extravaganza! - www.designs2go.stampinup.netToday Stampin’ Up! is kicking off two huge promotions:  the Online Extravaganza and the Build Your Own Bonus sign up promotion!  Check ‘em out!

Online Extravaganza!

Our Online Extravaganza includes flash deals on select items and bundles at a 20%-50% discount!  However, quantities are limited at these super prices and this great opportunity only lasts from November 24 through December 2, so get yours before they’re gone.

There will also  be limited-time door busters on November 24 and December 1 on special products that are only available for 24 hours and while supplies last! These specific deals are extremely limited, so act fast!

For example:  Had your eye on those Blendabilities, but haven’t taken the plunge yet?  Pick them up today only at over 40% off!

Additional Details:

  • Limited discounts available. Once discounts run out, items will be available at retail price.
  • Bundles are while supplies last only.
  • You must use the bundle item codes provided. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.

Click here to view and print your own sale list!

Also, for one week…

Between today and Tuesday, December 2nd, join Stampin’ Up! and you’ll receive the following:

  • A 25% discount on the regular cost of $99 to sign up — $75 plus tax!
  • Your choice of up to $125 in current Stampin’ Up! product — that means $50 FREE!
  • A business supply pack valued at $50, including Stampin’ Up! catalogs, order forms, postcards, etc.
  • You pay no shipping on your demonstrator kit – SAVE 10%
  • Two months FREE customizable Stampin’ Up! website;
  • Receive a 5% cash back CASH BACK BONUS on EVERYTHING you buy or sell in December… on top of the regular 20% to 40% commission!  You’ll be paid in January, in time for those holiday bills!
  • You get a one-time 30% discount on your first order of $150 or more placed within your first 45 days… after that it’s 20% to 40% based on sales.
  • A bi-monthly demonstrator-only magazine full of ideas and techniques.
  • Demonstrators can view and pre-order new products from upcoming catalogs PLUS earn FREE Sale-A-Bration items with those purchases!
  • Access to ME!  I have been a demonstrator for almost 17 years!  I can help you hit the ground running to get your business off the ground.  PLUS, I am a trained business, life, and health coach, and those on my team can receive up to ONE HOUR per month of additional, concentrated coaching on topics they wish to cover for their business.
  • You’ll have until April 30th to meet your first quarterly minimum of $300.
So, what do you say?  Are you ready to join my team?
Contact me for more information, or sign up HERE.
Nov 232014

Online Extravaganza! - www.designs2go.stampinup.netTomorrow starts the HUGE week-long Holiday Extravaganza, where you can find door-buster deals of 20 to 50% off select items on different days.  Just as an example:  Have you had your eye on those Blendabilities, but haven’t yet taken the plunge?  Well, Monday, Dec. 1st only (and only while supplies last) you can pick them up at over 40% off!

Pick up some fabulous gifts for your loved ones or yourself, or let your loved ones know what’s on your wish list so they can grab those items at a discount!  Visit my Online Store tomorrow and grab all the great deals!

Download the list HERE.

There’s also going to be a special offer to those who’d like to join Stampin’ Up!  Stay tuned!

Remember, all your online purchases qualify you for my
Stamp4Joy Rewards Program!
Nov 212014

Triple Time DIY Birthday Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWhy not try this triple time stamping technique for your next round of  DIY birthday card ideas?

I made this card slightly smaller than a regular one so I could keep it square.  I started with a piece of 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ Very Vanilla card stock, which I folded in half to create the card base.

I cut another piece of Very Vanilla card stock at 3-1/2″ square and then stamped my “scene.”  I used Ornamental Pine and Lovely as a Tree in Always Artichoke ink.

Then I grabbed my Squares Collection Framelits, selecting two that were not right next to each other in size, centered them over the stamped piece and cut out the smaller squares from the center.  I cut 1/8″ larger pieces of Always Artichoke card stock with my Stampin’ Trimmer to mat each square, and then layered them on the front of the card as you see in the picture.

The greeting came from Itty Bitty Banners, which I trimmed close with my Paper Snips.  Then I used the Bitty Banner Framelits to cut out the mat in Always Artichoke.

Click on the photos below for easy ordering or more information.

Nov 192014

Holiday Home in Silver - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWe really are getting into the final stretch for our DIY Christmas cards if you’re planning on mailing them out.  I know I’d like to have all the cards I plan on mailing done by Thanksgiving.  But there’s still time, so don’t dismay!  After that I will still be making cards for local mailing or handing out.

This simple card  started with the current sketch from i Love Card Sketches (see below), and features the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamps and the All is Calm Designer Paper — love it!

I grabbed my Lost Lagoon ink pad to stamp Santa and his reindeer and the greeting, and Lost Lagoon card stock to coordinate with the designer paper for matting.

ILCS03 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comThe Brushed Silver Card Stock looks fabulous as a mat for the greeting piece, and coordinates wonderfully with the silver dots in the patterned paper below.  The greeting and mat were cut out with my Big Shot and the Ovals Collection framelits.

I popped on a few of the Frosted Sequins and added some rhinestones in the middle to mimic the snowflakes and the silver dots on the papers.

How did I do?  Please leave your comments below.

Nov 182014

You know how I love it when Big Shot accessories go on sale.  Well, this week’s Stampin’ Up! specials include a few, and I’m pretty excited!  Saving 25% off these and other products is an awesome way to pick up what you want!  Add them to your Wish List and be sure and let your loved ones know they can get these discount craft supplies this week only.  Sale prices end Monday, November 24th, so get ‘em while you can!

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Don’t forget about my Stamp4Joy Rewards Program!

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Nov 172014

Hello Fall Card With Stampin' Up! - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can make quick fall cards with Stampin’ Up! rubber stamps and accessories.  By just combining rubber stamps from For All Things and coordinating designer paper from Color Me Autumn, this card came together super quick.  And notice how effortlessly the ink used to stamp the leave and the greeting coordinates with the colors of the designer paper.  Love that!

I did spend a little time with the leaf, cutting it out and scoring and folding it to give it a bit more realistic look, but if you don’t want to take the time to do that your card will still look great!

And don’t forget about the free tutorial you can pick up this week.
Nov 162014

Making Paper Boxes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMaking paper boxes with Stampin’ Up!‘s Gift Box Punch Board couldn’t be easier!

Keep reading and find out how you can get your Gift Box Punch Board tutorial FREE!

Rubber stampers and papercrafters love tools, and the new Gift Box Punch Board is a must-have tool for your crafting toolbox.  You can make gift boxes fast and easy, without any hand-cutting or adhesive!

Say “Bye-bye” to plain, store-bought boxes.

Your new Gift Box Punch Board will help you create over a dozen sizes of custom boxes in just moments, without needing to figure out or remember complicated measurements and cutting templates.

What makes the Gift Box Punch Board so unique?

  • Instructions and measurements for creating boxes are printed right on the Gift Box Punch Board – Hooray!  No more searching for misplaced instructions.
  • Create over a dozen box sizes using one small tool — brilliant!
  • Measurements go from a small 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ gift box to a 4″ x 4″ x 4″ gift box.
  • It makes boxes in 3 different shapes; square, tall and narrow, and short and wide.

I can’t wait for you to see how simple creating beautiful custom boxes can be!

Tip:  The built-in handy notch and corner slit punches can also be used to punch your card, scrapbook, and décor projects even if they don’t involve an envelope or box!

Place an order of $40 or more in my Online Store this week (by November 23rd) and receive a Gift Box Tutorial for making paper boxes absolutely free!  And don’t forget about my Stamp4Joy Rewards Program!

This Gift Box Punch Board tutorial is just one of the awesome tutorials included in this month’s Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.
And be sure to check out all my card making tutorials!
Nov 122014

For All Things Grateful For You Card - blog.Stmp4Joy.comThe upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is always a good time to reflect on what we’re grateful for, and these gratitude cards are a beautiful way to express your appreciation for your loved ones.

I really love the look of the bright fall leaves against the neutral graphic background.  The leaves, acorns, and greeting came from the stamp set For All Things in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The leaves were stamped in vibrant fall colors and cut out.  Then I creased them along natural leaf lines and sponged along the creases and edges to give them more of a aged fall feel.

The bold background papers came from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper collection.  I cut the greeting out using the Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits.

i Love Card Sketches - ILCS02This card started as a sketch from i Love Card Sketches.  I really like using a sketch as a starting point for my handmade card ideas.  Why don’t you join us over there and submit your own personal work of heart! :-)



Nov 112014

Making Paper Boxes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can learn to make paper gift boxes with this wonderful Winter Gift Box Christmas tutorial.

Are you ready to add another entertaining, useful, and time-saving tool to your crafting toolbox?  We feature the Gift Box Punch Board in these step by step instructions on how to make gift boxes.  You’ll love how fast and easy it is to create over a dozen different-sized boxes perfect for gift giving, treats, and even décor.  The instructions and measurements are printed right on the board, so all the measurement work is done for you and easy to find. You’ll turn to this tool over and over again for creating all your custom boxes for all types of occasions.

I’m pretty sure Stampin’ Up! created the extra-heavy weight, textured Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper specifically to go hand-in-hand with this fabulous tool.

Make Paper Boxes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can pick up this fabulous Christmas tutorial three ways:
  • Place an order in November 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!

Winter Gift Box Set Tutorial

Nov 082014

Check out the new downloads to make your own digital Christmas Cards!

Every month Stampin’ Up! releases new scrapbooking digital kits, stamps, backgrounds, etc.  Of course, these can be used for digital card making, too.  This month there are some awesome Christmas digital stamps available.

Check out all the new digital downloads below.  Click on a picture for more information and to purchase.

Nov 062014

Beauty of the Season Thank You Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comDo you ever have thank you card ideas or something in mind… you can almost see them in your head… but when you’re finished, the card you made barely looks like your idea, if at all?

That’s what happened here.  Although I can recognize the basic structure of the card from my original idea, it really doesn’t look like what I had in mind.  I like how it turned out though.  It kind of reminds me of some delicate embroidery or something, don’t you think?

The greeting came from the stamp set From My Heart, and the delicate branches are from Beauty of the Season found in the Holiday Catalog.  To create the berries I colored some of the tiniest of pearls with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

What do you think?  You can leave a comment below.

Nov 052014

A Little Kindness Thank You Card -blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday marks the beginning of a new card sketches blog called i Love CARD SKETCHES, which I’m excited to design for.  Here’s my take on the first sketch, which really was a simple one to work with.

It seems I  never have enough homemade thank you cards, so I used the sketch as a starting point to make one.

I used the versatile Kinda Eclectic stamp set for most of the elements on this thank you card.  Using the Petite Petals Punch and Petite Petals stamp set I created some flowers.  I grabbed my Paper Snips to trim the flowers a little closer and to cut out a few extra leaves.

ILCS01 - www.ilovecardsketches.comWith my bone folder I scored lines in the middle of the petals and the extra leaves and did a bit of paper sculpting to give them dimension.  Then I popped a few of those little delicate pearls in the middle

Won’t you join us at i Love CARD SKETCHES?  And why not submit your own work of art using this inaugural sketch while you’re there?


Nov 042014

Today Stampin’ Up! announced the new discount craft supplies available for 25% off.  You can choose from wooden rubber stamps, a paper punch, a digital scrapbooking kit, ribbon, and more!  This week I’ve got my eye on those frames to make shaker cards. I think I’m going to stock up! :-)

You can view all the Stampin’ Up! supplies on sale below.  Click on a photo for more information or to purchase.

Make it a great Tuesday!

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Nov 032014

Make Your Own Christmas Cards With Stampin' Up! - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can quickly and easily make your own Christmas cards using the Nordic Noel Designer Paper collection by Stampin’ Up!  I cut out a strip of houses from one of the patterned papers and mounted that and the other piece on some Real Red card stock.  The Christmas greeting came from the  Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  I  added some beautiful Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon and tied a Nordic Designer Button onto it with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

Do you need supplies to make your own Christmas cards?
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Oct 312014

Make Your Own Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake your own Christmas Cards with Stampin’ Up!… and me! :-)

I was just starting to sit down and stamp when I got a phone call from one of my readers.  It’s so nice to hear from you all!  That’s the second time this week I’ve chatted with a reader.  (Hi, Linda and Robin!)  I love it!

Anyway, back to the card.

The Nordic Noel Designer Paper is so bright and cheery, I just love the colors.  And I can’t stop cutting out those cute little houses!

Repeat Impressions Sketch 02914This Christmas card idea began with a sketch I stumbled upon here.  I really like the sketch, but for some reason I found it challenging to create my card.  I like how it finally turned out, though.  What do you think?

All the patterned paper came from the Nordic Noel Designer Paper collection.  I used my Blendabilities to color the pearls and linen thread, and the button came from the Nordic Designer Buttons.  I snagged the greeting from Holiday Home.

I think I still need to create Christmas cards for about 15 more people.  I’m just plugging along.  How are you doing with your Christmas card designs?  Let me know if you need any help.

You can pick up all of your Stampin’ Up! supplies in my Online Store.

Have a great weekend!

Oct 302014

Of course, it’s a new week and that means more discount Stampin’ Up! supplies that go on sale! Check out what you can pick up at 25% off this week.  Just click on the photo for more information or to purchase any of these discount craft supplies.

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Oct 292014

Wetlands DIY Birthday Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comBeautiful DIY birthday cards can be easily created using the stamp set Wetlands by Stampin’ Up!  Though it works well for anyone, this set is especially great  if you’re looking to design a greeting card for a man.  I created this handmade card idea for the birthday of a friend of the family.

Crumb Cake and Basic Black was the start of my color scheme.  I sponged colors onto the Very Vanilla card stock, and then stamped the birds in black and the reeds in Crumb Cake over it.

My Big Shot and a framelit from the Deco Labels Collection was used to cut out the image.  I used the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut out the greeting, which also came from Wetlands.  The subtle background paper came from the Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack, and the ribbon is 1/2″ Crumb Cake Seam Binding.

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