Mar 022015

Homemade Wedding Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comValentine’s Day is over, but you can still use those stamp sets for making homemade wedding cards or an anniversary card.

Here I grabbed the Snuggles & Smooches stamp set, pairing it with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the elegant Something Borrowed Designer Paper collection.

The circles were cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits, and the hearts were punched out using the Hearts Border Punch and then glued on,

Mar 012015

Celebrate Your Big Day Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love how this birthday card for a friend turned out.

How many homemade birthday cards do you make in a year?  I know I make a ton.  Wouldn’t this be an awesome stamp set to use for that?  And the best thing?  You can pick it up FOR FREE this month with a $50 order!  How’s that for smart shopping?!? ;-)

I used my Blendabilities to color in the images… even the yummy chocolate cake!  Looks good enough to eat!

The sprinkles patterned paper came from the bright Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper Collection.

Feb 272015

Funny Valentine Cards - Star TrekI have been a huge Star Trek fan since the very beginning, and one of my favorite characters has always been Mr. Spock.  I’m sorry to say that today Leonard Nimoy passed away, just a month short of his 84th birthday.

A few weeks ago I made a card based on Mr. Spock, so I’m bringing it back today in honor of him.

You had me at Pon Farr.

Rest in Peace.Funny Valentine Cards - Pon Farr

Feb 262015
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Feb 252015

ILCS17 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI created this card using the card making template from i Love Card Sketches this week.  The stamps were taken from Butterfly Basics and stamped in Crumb Cake with a bit of Chocolate Chip added around the edges.   The green patterned paper is from the Adventure Bound Designer Paper Stack, which is a collection of papers with a more masculine feel.


ILCS17Tomorrow is when I will be offering my newsletter subscribers a charter membership into my new tutorial site.  The first month tutorials use this same stamp set, Butterfly Basics!  If you’re not on my mailing list you’ll miss it, so be sure and sign up before then!  You can sign up by using the form on the right.


And be sure to visit us at i Love Card Sketches for more design inspiration.

Feb 232015

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Stampin’ Up! brings you more!

Stampin’ Up! just released four new Sale-A-Bration items!  These new items will be available as of March 1st.

You can pick up one Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend.  Select from the newly released ones or any of the previous selections.

Check out your new choices HERE.

Feb 222015

ILCS16 - Handmade Christmas Card Designs - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMost Sundays this year I’m sharing handmade Christmas card designs.  Instead of waiting until the last minute, why not join me and get your cards done over the course of the year.  No stress!  Or pick a Christmas card design you love and run with it!

Today’s card relies heavily on various patterns from the retired Merry Moments Designer Paper Collection, which were mounted onto an Early Espresso card base.  I snagged the Christmas greeting from Greetings of the Season, a retired stamp collection of Christmas verses for handmade cards.  You ILCS16 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comcan find it on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  It was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, the perfect red for Christmas.  I used the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut out the greeting and the Early Espresso piece it’s mounted to.

I also used the darkest marker from my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color a few pearl jewels, and then attached them below the greeting.

Using card sketches is an easy way to get the creative juices flowing and cut down on your time trying to come up with a design of your own.  Here I used this week’s sketch at  i Love Card Sketches.  Hop on over there, select a sketch, and start creating!

Feb 132015

The Floral Frames Framelits Dies are on sale at 25% off this week!  And that’s not all.  See what else you can get at a discount below.  These prices are only available through next Monday.

And don’t forget, for every $50 you spend you can select one FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Feb 112015

Big Day Birthday Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou’ll be able to come up with lots of handmade birthday card ideas with the Big Day Stamp set.  And the best thing about this set?  You can pick it up for FREE with a $50 purchase during February and March!

This card also features patterns from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper Collection, and a few sequins from the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, both from the Occasions Catalog.

ILCS15This birthday card started with the card sketch from i Love Card Sketches.  Stop on by and create your own card using this sketch.

Feb 102015

Butterfly Basics Birthday Card for Friend - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThose on my newsletter list will receive a SPECIAL OFFER exclusive to subscribers when I debut my craft tutorials in a few weeks.
What’s the first set featured?  Butterfly Basics!  Sign up today and you won’t miss out on this special offer.

This birthday card for a friend uses the awesome set from the Occasions Catalog, Butterfly Basics.  Believe it or not, I actually bought this set in the bundle, which includes the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, but I’ve had so much fun just using these stamps that I haven’t gotten around to playing with the thinlits yet.  I love this set!

The different paper patterns came from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper Collection.  You can’t go wrong with black and white!  Or in this case, black and vanilla. :-)

I colored in the flowers and leaves with my Blendabilities.  I used some very pretty Venetian Crochet Trim for a touch more texture and elegance.

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Feb 102015

Funny Valentine Cards - Star TrekAre you searching for ideas for funny Valentine cards?  Well, if there’s a Star Trek fan in your life, this just might be what you’re looking for!  Especially if they’re a fan of the original.

I created a simple card front to replicate the science uniform that Spock wore.  I used Marina Mist card stock for the blue, and Basic Black card stock for the collar.  The Ovals Collection Framelits helped me to cut out the collar.

The communicator was made from a scrap piece of Brushed Gold card stock, which I cut in a triangle and

Funny Valentine Cards - Pon Farrthen used the edge of a circle punch to give it the curved bottom.

But the real jewel is on the inside… “You had me at Pon Farr”!

Don’t get it?  Ask your favorite Trekker!

Feb 092015

Get a FREE Stampin’ Up! retired stamp set during my retired craft sale beginning today and ending at 6:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 14th.    Purchase two retired stamp sets and you can select a third set of equal or lesser value for free!  Sorry, I’m only allowed to sell within the United States.

I accept Paypal.  And I’ve just listed some more Stampin’ Up! retired stamps for sale!

  • Baby Announcements
  • Elegant Greetings
  • Gifted Greetings
  • Lots of Thoughts
  • Love Ya!
  • Smile

Check out all that I have for sale HERE, and then Contact me with your selections… first come, first served!

Feb 082015

Christmas Card Sunday Lovely as a TreeI’m back for Christmas Card Sunday.  If you’re new here, most Sundays this year I am devoting to handmade Christmas card designs.

This week’s handmade card design began with the card making template at i Love Card Sketches.  I used the always-awesome stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.  This set never fails to impress no matter what type of card you want to make.  You can pick up this lovely tree stamp in clear, wood, or even as digital stamps.  Of course, I cut out the focal image using the Top Note Bigz Die, trimming off one side in my Stampin’ Trimmer.

The ticket greeting came from That’s the Ticket, and was ILCS14 - iLoveCardSketches.comembossed on Night of Navy card stock in white embossing powder.  I snagged the beautifully understated designer paper from the Deck the Halls Designer Paper collection, which is retired from the 2013 Holiday Catalog.  You might just have some lying around! :-)

Why not drop on over to i Love Card Sketches and submit your Christmas card design using this great sketch?

Feb 072015

Love is Kindness - blog.Stamp4Joy.comStop back often because I post Stampin’ Up! card ideas regularly here!

This simple handmade card design uses the single Love is Kindness stamp from the Occasions Catalog, and was colored in using Blendabilities.

The background paper is Best Year Ever, a set of designer paper you can select as your FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog with a $50 purchase.  I mounted the stamped image and background paper on Soft Suede card stock.

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Feb 052015

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Feb 042015

Birthday Card for Son - ILCS14Today’s card sketch from i Love Card Sketches is the starting point for this birthday card for my son.  The stamps and designer paper are from the Occasions CatalogGuy Greetings, Hello Life, and Adventure Bound.

Guy Greetings is a fabulous masculine set, but they forgot to include sons in it!  So I used the Little Letters Thinlits to cut out the letters to create the “SON”.  Of course, part of the Top Note Bigz Die created the shape the man is stamped on.

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Why not create your own card using this sketch and submit it at i Love Card Sketches.  We’d love to see some other art there! :-)

Feb 012015
Just a reminder that today is the last day for my 12th Man Sale!

Im inIn celebration of my Hawks and the 12th Man, I am offering a Super Bowl Special!

Place ANY ORDER with me today and receive 12% off your entire order, including off the s&h and tax! 

Since this offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up! you’ll need to Contact Me with your order, and I’ll get back to you with the total.  Please note, payment must be made by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, to receive the discount.  Credit cards are welcome.


Jan 312015

10942445_904296126281086_4525469544481361689_nIt’s Super Bowl Weekend!  I’ll be cheering on my beloved Seahawks!  What will you be doing?

In celebration of my Hawks and the 12th Man, I am offering a Super Bowl Special!

Place ANY ORDER with me today or tomorrow (Jan. 31st through Feb. 1st)
and receive 12% off your entire order, including off the s&h and tax! 

Since this offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up! you’ll need to Contact Me with your order, and I’ll get back to you with the total.  Please note, payment must be made by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, to receive the discount.  Credit cards are welcom


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Jan 292015

Whoa!  Have you seen Stampin’ Up!’s Weekly Deals?  If you love the look of embossing, you just might love what’s on sale this week!

You can pick up the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and up to SIX DIFFERENT embossing folders at 25% off!  Oh, and there’s an adorable digital scrapbooking kit on sale, too!  Download the FREE 30-Day Trial of My Digital Studio and give it a try for yourself!

And don’t forget, for every $50 purchased you can pick up one free Sale-A-Bration item!

The special prices on these fabulous paper crafting tools are only good through Monday.  Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase.

Jan 282015

Friendship is a Sheltering Tree - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMy friendship greeting card today features Sheltering Tree, an awesome stamp set that I can’t wait to use throughout all the seasons of the year.  Imagine colorful fall cards or the winter greeting cards you’ll create with it!

I pulled the colors from the patterned papers included in the Painted Blooms Designer Paper Collection, Wild Wasabi and Blackberry Bliss.





ILCS13 - www.ilovecardsketches.comThis card was based on this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches, so stop on over and give it a try!

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