Christmas Card Sunday: Sheltering Tree Greetings of the Season

Sheltering Tree Greetings of the Season - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI pulled out my Heat & Stick Powder today.  I don’t think I’ve used that in years!  And it showed, too, it was all lumpy.  🙂 But it still works fine.

For today’s Christmas Card Sunday project I used the tree and snowflakes from Sheltering Tree, along with a greeting from the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

The trick for Heat & Stick Powder is to heat it from underneath to melt, and then apply your glitter.  Super simple!

You’ll find the color combination used on today’s Christmas Card Sunday project below.

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5 Creative Ways to Use Embossing Powders, Part 1

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Baby Bear Handmade New Baby Cards

Baby Bear Handmade New Baby Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI need to start designing some handmade new baby cards because my niece is due in a few weeks.  That way I’ll have a few handmade card designs to choose from and then a few left over for the future.

Don’t you just love the new Baby Bear?  He looks so soft, you just can’t help but touch the card!  And it’s so easy to get this detailed look with the three-step stamping.  Check out my Facebook Page today for a short video I made showing just how easy it is to do.  And please be sure to Like my page while you’re there!

Wouldn’t this set make adorable homemade baby shower invitations, too?

The little bow was designed in two steps, and I used just Bermuda Bay to create it.  I stamped off the first layer on scrap paper before stamping on the card stock, and then the second layer was stamped at full strength.

I pulled the bold background paper from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack.  The complete rich color combination used on this baby card is shown below.

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Those darling Bermuda Bay hearts are from the new Brights Enamel Shapes.  They are just the perfect final touch for these handmade new baby cards, don’t you think?

Stampin’ Up! Retired Framelits and Thinlits For Sale

I’ve finally organized most of my retired framelits and thinlits (and more!) for the Big Shot, and have listed them for sale on my Retired Big Shot Accessories.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of these, please Contact Me to see if they’re still available.

  • Bitty Banners Framelits (p. 172 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $12.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 3 dies, largest 2 1/4″ x 1/2″
  • Circle Card Thinlits (p. 171 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $23.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 10 dies; makes a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ moveable card
  • Circles Collection Framelits (p. 173 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $22.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 10 layering dies, the largest being 4 3/4″ diameter
  • Deco Labels Framelits (p. 173 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $20.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 4 layering dies, the largest being 4 1/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (p. 174 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $6.00, includes s&h
  • Envelope Liners Framelits (p. 173 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $20.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 3 dies
  • Festive Fireside Framelits Dies – $24.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 9 framelits perfect for creating a holiday fireplace, complete with a wreath, stocking, bow, greenery for the mantel, and fire.
  • File Tabs Edgelits (p. 172 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $9.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 5
  • Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – $6.00, includes s&h
  • Flower Burst Embosslits – $5.00, includes s&h
  • Handpicked Framelits (p. 172 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $20.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 11 dies
  • Hearts A Flutter Framelits – $12.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 5 framelits perfect for valentines, banners, and tags
  • Little Letters Thinlits Dies (p. 172 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $26.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 26 dies; letters 3/4″ high
  • Ovals Collection Framelits (p. 173 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $22.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 7 layering dies, the largest being 4 1/4″ x 5 1/8″
  • Scribbles Swirls – $5.00, includes s&h
  • Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (2015 Holiday Catalog) – $14.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 3 edgelit dies perfect for your holiday cards
  • Squares Collection Framelits (p. 173 of 2015-2016 catalog) – $22.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 8 layering dies, the largest being 4 3/8″ square
  • Starburst Framelits – $20.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 4 layering dies
  • Window Frames Framelits Collection – $22.00, includes s&h
    • Set of 6 layering dies

I will be adding more Stampin’ Up! retired stamps and accessories over the next week or so, so stay tuned!

Handmade Retirement Card: Touches of Texture

Handmade Retirement Card Touches of Texture - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a fun handmade retirement card I designed for a friend featuring the gorgeous Touches of Texture stamp set and Moroccan Designer Paper on the front.

Touches of Texture is a two-step (or even three-step) set of stamps where you can layer images on top of one another for variety and depth.  And it’s so easy and fast to create with!

The Moroccan Designer Paper is a collection of eye-catching, bold patterns in beautiful, vibrant colors.  I selected the colors Bermuda Bay and Delightful Dijon from this paper pattern as the ink colors I used to stamp the flower and stem with… a perfect match!

I thought the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon was the ideal embellishment for the card front for some added texture.

Handmade Retirement Card inside - blog.Stamp4Joy.comBut can you guess what my favorite part of this card is?

I love the custom sentiment on the inside, which I created using the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set — a set of 65 stamps so you can write out anything you want in a beautiful script font!

You can pick up all the supplies I used to make this card in my Online Store.






The color scheme I used is shown below.

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I know my friend will definitely be in her “Happy Place” upon retirement! 🙂  I hope this handmade retirement card makes her happy, too!


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Get ready for a flash sale! Starting TODAY at 5:00 PM (MT) and running through tomorrow at 11:50 p.m. (MT) you can pick up your first Paper Pumpkin kit for only $5 USD (reg. $19.95)… and that’s including shipping!

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Christmas Card Sunday: Delicate Ornament Thinlits

Christmas Card Sunday - Delicate Ornament Thinlits - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere we are again for another Christmas Card Sunday, where I share Christmas card designs to hopefully inspire and motivate you to get those cards done this year!  🙂

Today I pulled out my Big Shot and used the Delicate Ornament Thinlits, which you can still purchase alone or in a bundle (along with the coordinating stamp set Embellished Ornaments). Thankfully, the luxurious Gold Satin Ribbon is still available, too.

The patterned paper used for the background and the tag is from my retired designer paper stash, but the sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings.  I embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder to coordinate with the Gold Foil and satin ribbon.

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Below you’ll find a few more Christmas Card Sunday projects for your inspiration.

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Funny Friendships Cards: Sitting Here

Funny Friendship Cards - Sitting Here - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI went old school on this funny friendship card by stamping the background myself. Remember when we had to do that?  Now we have all these beautiful designer papers and embossing folders, but there was a time when we would often make our own backgrounds. Well, it still works!

It’s very subtle, but I stamped the leaves from Sheltering Tree in Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand card stock.  Just enough to give the card base a bit of texture and interest so as not to look so plain, yet not enough to take away from the cat and his new friend 😉 which came from the new stamp set Sitting Here.

The Peekaboo Peach Card Stock adds a pop of color.  I also did some watercoloring on the bird using a Blender Pen and the new Peekaboo Peach Classic Ink.

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Birthday Card Crafts Using Playful Palette

Playful Palette Handmade Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m going to need all my skills and birthday card crafts over the next week or two as I will need a slew of male birthday cards soon.

The Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack (14167) is an energetic, bright collection of beautiful patterns that aren’t gender-specific, so they’re perfect on cards for guys or gals.  I punched a couple balloons from other patterns in the collection using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  The greeting came from the coordinating stamp set Painter’s Palette (w-141907, c-141910) .

The designer paper, stamps, and Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon (141424) all can be found in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, which you can begin shopping from on Wednesday!  Feel free to drop me a note with your order and I’ll get that placed first thing Wednesday morning!

Christmas Card Sunday: Wonderland

Stampin Up! Retired Stamp Set - Wonderland - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s clean and simple card for Christmas Card Sunday features the very popular Wonderland, a retired holiday stamp set that you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

I cut some copy paper in a wavy pattern to use as a mask. Placing it along the bottom of the card in a few different directions, I sponged on a little Marina Mist ink to give a hint of the cold, icy edges of the snowbanks.   The trees were stamped in Garden Green.

Super simple!  For less than $24 (for the paper and the two ink pads) you can begin rubber stamping Christmas cards and make 80 of them in no time.  That’s about 30 cents a card!  You really can’t beat that.  🙂

Order your supplies below:

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Uncle Birthday Cards Using Paper Pumpkin

Guy Greetings Worlds Greatest UncleI decided to create some uncle birthday cards using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

With the Paper Pumpkin kit-of-the-month club you receive a fully designed project kit complete with stamps, ink, and paper each month. Everything’s even pre-cut for you so you can jump right into the stamping!

Usually you’ll have supplies left over to use on other project designs you might come up with, but this month I decided to have some fun designing alternative craft projects with my kit.

Here I cut off the larger lattice cut-out design and trimmed it down to fit on the card front.  I trimmed off another piece to complete the front, stamped it in Dapper Denim ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set (wood, clear), and mounted them both on a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, one of the new In Colors coming in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Guy Greetings (wood, clear, photopolymer) was used to create the banner and stamp the “UNCLE” on the circle.  This is a wonderful set for all the occasions you need to design cards for the men in your life.

I added a little Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and a few pearls along the bottom of the focal piece.  I hope he likes it!

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Click on the picture below and check out another alternative project using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

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