Oct 302014

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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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Oct 282014

2014 12 Weeks of Christmas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHow are you enjoying the free craft ideas you’re receiving with my 12 Weeks of Christmas?   Not on my mailing list yet?  Then you’ve already missed the first four weeks!

It’s not too late to receive the next eight weeks of diy Christmas ideas!  The next one is going out tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time, but it’s exclusive for those signed up for my mailing list.   We have one more week of homemade Christmas card ideas and then we’re heading into our diy gift ideas.  Sign up before 1:00 p.m. tomorrow and you won’t miss out on any more craft tutorials.

Oct 272014

Santa and Company Christmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday!

Do you need some funny Christmas cards for those goofy, irreverent friends of yours?  You know the ones I’m talking about!  Well, this Christmas card couldn’t be easier.

I cut the exercising Santas from the Santa & Company Designer Paper collection into squares, and mounted them on slightly larger squares of Basic Black.  They were again mounted on a Real Red piece, and the rest of the card consists of Basic Black and Whisper White card stock.  The greeting came from Holiday Home and was stamped in Real Red.   An easy Christmas card for sure!

All the supplies used can be found below.  Click on a picture for more information about that product or to purchase.

Oct 262014

Handmade Birthday Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comNext month is my niece’s birthday and I wanted to create some handmade card ideas using the Post Card stamp by Stampin’ Up!  This card was inspired by a card I saw on Stampin’ Connection by another demonstrator, Carolyn King.  Stampin’ Connection is an incredible resource to demonstrators when you’re looking for inspiration and ideas.

By the way, this is the last week you can sign up and begin starting your own business PLUS get the FREE BONUS of a pack of designer paper of your choice each month for the first six months!  If you’d like more information or would like to join my team, please feel free to Contact Me.

So, as I said, I wanted to use the Post Card stamp, which to me looks vintage.  I think she’ll love the look!  I pulled out my Typeset Specialty Designer Paper and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to create the tags, which I added some pretty Venetian Crochet Trim tied up with a bit of Linen Thread to hold it in place.  The two greetings came from Itty Bitty Banners and Bloom With Hope, a beautiful Hostess set you can pick up with your free Hostess Dollars you earn by submitting a minimum of $150 in orders.

The flowers are from Petite Petals, and were stamped using the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and then punched out with the Petite Petals Punch.  I added some larger Pearls to the center of each of them.  You’ll note I also did a little coloring on the patterned paper with my Blendabilities.

Everything used to recreate this handmade birthday card idea can be found below.  Click on a picture for more information or to buy.  The commissions I make from your orders helps support this blog and keep it going, so thank you! :-)

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.



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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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