Nov 262015

Make a Thank You Card - Moon Lake - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I decided to make a thank you card for the current challenge over at The Male Room, a challenge blog focused on projects or cards for men.  The theme for this challenge is Thanksgiving or Thanks.

I grabbed one of my retired stamp sets from my Retired Rubber Stamps  page to begin with. Between now and Monday at 6 p.m. PST I’m having a sale on everything on that page:  buy one, get one of equal or lesser value for FREE!

I colored in the image with my alcohol markers, and then partially cut it out with the Ovals Collection Framelits and my Big Shot.  I finished by fussy cutting around the rest using my Paper Snips.

I pulled the greeting for this card from Sheltering Tree. and then added a few pearls beneath it.  Not too frilly for a man, right?

I liked the white background but thought it could use some texture, so I ran a panel through my Big Shot using the Boho Chic embossing folder.  Perfect!

Don’t forget, my Black Friday sale starts today and runs through Monday.  Read all about it HERE.

And while we’re talking about specials, read about how you can save while organizing your craft room!

I appreciate your comments, and I’d love to know what you think of this thank you card design.  :-)

Nov 262015

Black Friday 2015 - 2Announcing my Black Friday Special!

Beginning today through Cyber Monday at 6 p.m. PST you can take 20% off one item from any current Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Please note, this sale is from me and not Stampin’ Up! so you’ll need to Contact Me to take advantage of this discount.  (Cannot be combined with other offers from Rebecca Mayse.)

And don’t forget, Stampin’ Up! is having their ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA, too, which means more savings!  Check out what it’s all about HERE.

Nov 252015

Ink Pad Refill Marker Ribbon Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI wanted to give you a head’s up about the super sale you can get on craft organizers.  You know how much I love these craft storage solutions — I think my favorites are my 60-combo ink pad, refill, and marker holder, the lockdown punch holder, and the magnet cards cards and storage — and I think you’re going to love them, too!

These savings will be in effect from early Thursday morning all the way through midnight on Monday.

  • Spend $125 save $10
  • Spend $300 save $30
  • Spend $450 save $60
You’ll get 50% more Storage Rewards Points for all purchases through Monday, and free shipping, too! Each day brings something different.  And be sure to check out their new starter kits for even bigger savings!
You can read more about the pieces I have HERE.

Why wait for your New Year’s resolutions?

Save money and get organized now!

Nov 242015

Paper Pumpkin Nov 2015This month’s Paper Pumpkin card kit was awesome! It included everything needed to make 5 of each of the holiday cards you see on the right, and the designer envelopes were included.

It came with a six-piece stamp set, too, and a mini Cherry Cobbler ink pad.  I only used two of the stamps on these cards, but I’m sure I’ll be featuring the others soon.  I have quite a bit of accessories left over, too, and I’ll be using them on other projects in the near future.

Read more about how you, too, can enjoy a creative escape every month with Paper Pumpkin.

And don’t forget about our Online Extravaganza going on now!


Nov 242015

Stampin’ Up! just announced the new Weekly Deals, and they are awesome!  A couple holiday stamp sets — Berry Merry and Embellished Ornaments — the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum (gorgeous!), and the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper!  All of these are so beautiful, and for the next week you can pick them up at a nice discount.

Here’s a project using Embellished Ornaments:


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Check them out below.

Nov 232015

Gift CertificateGift certificates can be the perfect gift! Give one to your crafty friends and let them pick out exactly what they want.

Click on the button below and select the perfect amount.

Nov 232015

Black and White Handmade Thank You Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’ve been so focused on Christmas cards lately that I’ve neglected making any homemade thank you cards.  I use them often so I thought I’d better get a few made.  This one features the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack collection nicely in a black and white theme, my favorite! The greeting came from Tin of Cards which I stamped in the new Basic Black Archival Ink.  I like how it gives a nice, crisp image. The little heart I punched out of a scrap piece of Real Red card stock using the Hearts Border Punch.

Today starts the Online Extravaganza, where you can pick up items as much as 50% off!  It runs through next Monday, but each day brings something different.  Today they’re having a flash sale, which includes a sale on designer paper.  Be sure and check it out!  And be sure to scroll down past the Flash Sales to see what else you can pick up at a substantial discount, including the Hearts Border Punch for 30% off!

Download the Online Extravaganza PDF.
Nov 182015

Comfort and Joy Handmade Christmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThere’s a new card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches, and here’s my rendition of it.  Simple, but I really like it.  What do you think?

The focus is really the paper pattern that I pulled from the Season of Cheer Designer Paper collection.  I used part of a retired framelit from the Labels Collection Framelits to cut it out, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page if you’re interested in purchasing them.

ILCS55I ran the Whisper White piece through the Big Shot with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder, just to give it some subtle texture.  The greetings came from Holly Jolly Greetings, which I stamped in Real Red on white and then punched out using the Word Window and Decorative Label punches.  A rhinestone in the center of the “O” in “JOY” adds just a touch of sparkle.

Pop on over to i Love Card Sketches to see what others have come up with.  Here’s the sketch if you’d like to try it for yourself.

Nov 162015

Holiday Retiring Product 2015The retiring list for the Holiday Catalog has just been released, so if you’ve been thinking about picking up something you might want to do it soon.  Most are available while supplies last, so get them before they’re gone!

You can view the retiring list HERE and then pick up your favorites.

Nov 132015

Save the Date Occasions 2016 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m announcing the date for my Occasions Catalog Open House so you can put it on your calendar now.

I will be sharing more details in a few weeks, but just know that there will be make-n-takes highlighting new products from the upcoming Occasions Catalog, snacks, and it’s totally free!  So stay tuned!dreamstime_xs_40202555

Nov 112015

FB - Embellished Ornaments -ILCS54Recently I broke out the Joyful Season stamp set to create Christmas cards. Here’s the Christmas card design I came up with as my submission for this week’s sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  I’m really pleased with it. What do you think?

The circle is where I stamped and watercolored using Watercolor Paper that I then cut out using my Circle Collection Framelits Dies.

ILCS54The Decorative Label Punch was used for the greeting, which I then sponged lightly along the outside with Early Espresso ink.  The patterned paper backing the main panel came from the Home for Christmas Designer Paper collection.

Pop on over to i Love Card Sketches and check out what others have done using this card sketch.

Nov 102015

They’ve just announced the new Weekly Deals, and there’s some Holiday Catalog items in the mix! Maybe you were thinking about picking up the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  Well, now you can get it at a discount!  But these deals only last one week, so don’t dilly-dally!

Watch the video below on how to use the Festive Flower Builder Punch, and then check out all the Weekly Deals below that.

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Nov 092015

A Christmas Wish For YouWere you able to make my Facebook Stampin’ Up! Party!? We’ve been having a great time! Hopefully you’ll be able to make the next one.  I’m thinking January, but sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get  the announcement as soon as I decide.

Today’s card features the Joyful Season stamp set.  I haven’t dabbled much with this set, but you’ll be seeing a few samples this week using it.  I watercolored and then spotlighted the bird by cutting him out using my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch and then layering that onto a larger Early Espresso piece which I cut out using my Circle Collection Framelits Dies.

The patterned papers are from the Home for Christmas Designer Paper collection,  such a cute and nostalgic assembly.  To continue with that wistful feeling of times gone by I added a Very Vintage Designer Button and some  Linen Thread.

Thanks for stopping by, and check in later in the week to see a few more samples using this beautiful stamp set.

Nov 072015

Welcome to our Virtual Facebook PartyMy Facebook Stampin’ Up! Party starts in just a few hours, and it’s not too late to join us!  For three days I’ll be sharing some fun products, exciting ways to use them, and be there to answer any questions you have.

We’re getting the party started at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  If you live in the U.S. come on over and click “Going” to participate.  You can pop in any time and as often as you’d like over the next three days.

I hope to see you there!

Nov 042015

birthday card for brendaI can’t believe it, but I’m ahead of the game!  This is a birthday card for my sister, whose birthday is in December!  Of course, I may make others I like more between now and then, but I’m pretty happy with this one.

Butterfly Basics is a beautiful, feminine set, and lends itself well to more vintage birthday cards and those with a more shabby chic look.

Honestly, I was going to use the Brick Wall embossing folder for the background, but I couldn’t find where I put it!  LOL!  So instead I pulled the wooden plank patterned paper from the Farmers Market Designer Paper collection.  I stamped the leaves directly on it in Tip Top Taupe, and ILCS53stamped everything else on Whisper White and either fussy cut it out or used a coordinating punch or framelit.  The greeting came from Stake Your Claim.  I added some delicate Mint Macaron Dotteed Lace Trim and a few Pearl Jewels for a little extra charm.

This handmade birthday card began with this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Try it for yourself!

Nov 022015
Be sure and sign up for my Facebook Virtual Stampin’ Up! Party!


Handmade Christmas Card Designs - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWell, I’m back to my favorite set from the Holiday Catalog… Wonderland!  Paired with the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Paper, you can’t go wrong! Make quick and beautiful handmade Christmas card designs in a snap!  I pulled the greeting from the Happy Scenes stamp set.

Did I mention I love this stamp set? :-)

Oct 292015
You are InvitedYou’re Invited!

Hey, friends, I really hope to see you at my Virtual Stampin’ Up! Party on Facebook!  It will be lots of fun, and there will be some prizes, too!

You can pop in any time over the three days beginning Saturday, November 7th.  Shop from home in your jammies,… maybe with a glass of wine? :-)  Don’t miss it!

PLEASE RSVP so I know you’ll be attending.


WHERE:  The comfort of your own home!  :-)
WHEN:  Saturday Nov. 7th at 8:00 a.m. through Monday Nov. 9th at 6:00 p.m.


Oct 272015

Join Paper Pumpkin - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAre you looking for some perfect diy gift ideas for those crafty people in your life?  Well, what about Paper Pumpkin?

Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in an adorable box filled with stamps, ink, and paper – everything cut and ready to go!  You can purchase just one month or you can purchase three, six, or 12 month subscriptions.

What a special gift for your creative child or grandchild or busy crafty friend!  Treat them to a 30-minute craft break!  Pick up one for yourself, too, and you’ll have the perfect excuse to get together every month!

Read more about Paper Pumpkin.

Oct 262015

You Warm My HeartThis heartfelt card was inspired by the bold and dramatic colors out there this season.  Just lovely!  It features the Sheltering Tree stamp set and a few of the paper patterns from the Farmers Market Designer Designer Paper collection.

Just a reminder, my 12 Weeks of Christmas is in full swing!  You’ve missed the first four weeks, but you can get the last eight if you sign up for my mailing list before Wednesday.  Don’t miss out!

Read what others are saying about it HERE.

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