Dec 192014

Handmade Christmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAs many handmade cards as I make and hand out or mail out, it’s rare I receive a handmade card.  I know, tiny violins, right?


My sister buys Stampin’ Up! products from me, and every time I receive a card from her I get all excited, thinking THIS will be the time I’ll get a homemade card.  NOT!  LOL!  So I was pleasantly surprised today when I received this beautiful Christmas card from one of my team members, Linda.  Isn’t it lovely?

She used the Letterpress Winter stamp set along with the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies to create the interactive card base and the silver snowflake on top.  Beautiful!  You can’t see all the sparkly in the photo with the glitter, but this card is very pretty.

Thank you, Linda!

Dec 182014

Painted Blooms Birthday Card - Hello You Thinlits - blog.Stamp4Joy.comCreate a birthday card that is fun and bright using the Crazy About You stamp set, Hello You Thinlits Dies (which can be purchased separately or in a bundle), and one of my favorite new designer paper collections,  Painted Blooms.  They all can be found in the upcoming Occasions Catalog beginning January 6th, 2015.

This new catalog is fantastic!  You won’t be disappointed!  If you’d like to get a copy for yourself just drop me a note with your phone number and a good time to call, and after we have a quick chat I’ll send one right out to you.

Don’t you love the punch of color those little strips of designer paper give to the edge of this custom birthday card?  Your paper will last a long time when you’re not using card-sized pieces!  :-)  And you won’t have to guess as to what colors will work well, because all the colors used in the patterned papers are listed on the back of the package!  That’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! and what they do so well.  Here I used Whisper White card stock and Wild Wasabi card stock and ink.  Beautiful!

Schedule an in -home party or a catalog show for January, and if you have at least $250 in sales you can pick up an EXTRA $25 in free Stampin’ Up! merchandise over and above the normal hostess benefits!  Plus all your guests can select one Sale-A-Bration item FREE for every $50 they spend, so everyone wins!

Contact me to set your date, and let’s party!
Dec 172014

ILCS07 - Bright and Beautiful in Silver - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’ve been really cranking out the Stampin’ Up! Christmas cards.  What will I do once the holidays are over?  I’m sure I’ll come up with something. :-)

The inspiration for today’s homemade Christmas card came from this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  My son says the card looks like a Christmas present!  LOL  Probably from all the shiny paper and ribbon.

I started out with a Smoky Slate card base.  The background papers came from the All is Calm Designer Paper Collection — so beautiful! — using the two specialty foil paper designs that come in it.  The large detailed star and card greeting of course is from the

i Love Card Sketches - ILCS07Bright & Beautiful stamp set, which I embossed in silver.  I added the spectacular 1/8″ silver ribbon to finish it off.  The photo really doesn’t show all the sparkle and shine on this card!

Why not come on over and join us at i Love Card Sketches and submit your own creation!

Dec 162014

Did you know that every week Stampin’ Up! offers eight products at 25 percent off for one week?  Why not grab those items on your wish list while you can get them at a substantial discount?  Or let your loved ones know when something comes up you’ve been waiting to purchase… maybe for a birthday gift or for some other occasion.

The Weekly Deals this week do not disappoint! 
  • Are you a digital scrapbooker?  There’s a kit full of 33 Christmas digital stamps, 12 designer papers, and 19 embellishments available, perfect for winter and Christmas-themed digital scrapbooking layouts, cards, and more.  (Download and try My Digital Studio FREE for 30 days!)
  • Do you make a lot of birthday cards?  Pick up the Birthday Surprise set of wooden rubber stamps and you’ll be ready for all those handmade birthday card ideas.
  • My favorite this week:  the Ticket Duo Builder Punch!  An easy way to add interest and dimension to your handmade card ideas, DIY tags, and scrapbook designs, this punch coordinates beautifully with the That’s the Ticket stamp set or can be used to create your own custom tag.

Homemade Halloween Invitations - blog.Stamp4Joy.comDIY Gift Box - www.Stamp4Joy.comDIY Birthday CardsHere are a few rubber stamping projects I’ve created using the Ticket Duo Builder Punch.  Check out all the Weekly Deals below!

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Dec 152014

A Happy Thing - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThere’s some awesome stamps coming your way for all your Stampin’ Up! card ideas.  And this set – A Happy Thing – you can pick up for FREE with a $50 order once Sale-A-Bration starts in January.

I love the large, open images in this set, perfect for watercoloring or using your Blendabilities.  On this cute lemon card I used the Daffodil Delight and the Old Olive Blendabilities collections to color the images in.

The “hello” came from the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363), which will be available to purchase on January 6th, either by itself or in a bundle with the new Crazy About You stamp set.  I actually used the negative on this card, which was layered on top of a Hello Honey card base.  I added a few black candy dots in the “e” and “o” for a little extra texture and interest.

Contact me to schedule your in-home party or catalog show for January, and you can earn this stamp set free, too!  See what else you can get for free if you schedule your January show today!

Dec 142014

Lotus Blossom Handmade Thank You Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s handmade thank you card features a sneak peek at one of the sets from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog, Lotus Blossom (139143).  This is easily my favorite stamp set out of the catalog, and it can be picked up FREE during Sale-A-Bration with just a $50 order.

Just imagine all the card ideas you’ll have using this set!  I love the graphic look of the black and white on this card.  The beautiful, detailed flower comes together simply with three steps of stamping.  Including two greetings, this set has a total of seven stamps.

The pattern I used for the background came from the Back to Black Designer Paper Collection.  It reminded me of lotus blossoms, and I thought it would make a great backdrop for the main image.  I added a splash of color with the luxurious Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon.  This ribbon is going away as of the end of December, so if you want it you need to order it now.

This gorgeous stamp set will be available to earn FOR FREE beginning January 6th, 2015.  PLUS, if you host a qualifying party or catalog show (at least $250 in sales) you can pick up an EXTRA $25 in free Stampin’ Up! merchandise over and above the normal hostess benefits!

And if you schedule your January party or catalog show with me by tomorrow (Dec. 15th) at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (and hold it on the scheduled date) I will give you an EXTRA $10 to spend along with all your other Hostess dollars, along with an extra  FIVE STAMP4JOY REWARDS POINTS!

Contact me today and get your show scheduled for January.
Dec 132014

Create Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can create Christmas cards quickly with just a few simple Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Here I used some colorful designer paper from the Nordic Noel Designer Paper Collection to do most of the heavy lifting with its bright & cheerful pattern.

Did you know you can also pick up the Nordic Noel Designer Paper as a digital scrapbook paper download?

A layer of white over top with a larger greeting from Bright & Beautiful, mounted on card stock in a coordinating color, and we’re all done!  Super simple!

CTS_103This card started with a sketch from Case This Sketch, and then I added my own take on it.

Dec 122014

Maritime Guy Greetings - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I thought I’d share a sneak peek at one of the upcoming stamp sets in the Occasions catalog, Guy Greetings (w-138825, c-138828, p-137178).

One of the most common complaints I hear is “We need more stamps for guys!”  Well, this set is a winner!  And the best thing?  I got it for FREE just for doing my job!

If you’re interested in bringing in some extra income and earning free sets in the process, just contact me, I’d be happy to chat with you about it.

The stamps on this handmade card coordinate splendidly with the Maritime Designer Paper from the large catalog.  I love the bright nautical colors!  Wouldn’t this make a wonderful birthday card for him?  Or how about a diy Fathers Day card?

The new Occasions catalog is awesome for sure!  I can’t wait for you all to see it.  If you’d like to receive one absolutely free, just drop me a note with your phone number and a good time to call, and after we chat I can get one out in the mail to you!

Dec 112014

Birthday One Sheet Wonder Card Set - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWould you like to pick up card making tutorials for free?  Well, you can!

I release new craft tutorials every month for my Stamp4Joy Card Making Club members.  But you can pick up a free tutorial just for placing an order of $50 or more in my Online Store!  Your tutorial will be sent via e-mail within approximately 24 hours after your order’s been placed… it’s that easy!

NOTE:  If you’re already a Card Club Member just contact me and we can substitute another tutorial that you don’t have!  (see past tutorials here)

One sheet wonder card set for birthdays.

I never seem to have enough homemade birthday cards on hand!  Save yourself time and make 8 birthday cards and a coordinating paper gift bag quickly with this exclusive One Sheet Wonder template!

The One Sheet Wonder is always a favorite technique.  The simple genius comes from using a single stamped sheet of card stock, cut into multiple pieces, to create a whole set of cards, 3-D projects, or scrapbook pages.  And this isn’t your ordinary, cookie cutter One Sheet Wonder.  Each card is unique and something you’ll be proud to send.

This diy tutorial mixes in the popular color blocking style to create easy handmade cards with bold impact that are perfect for celebrating birthdays!  Color blocking uses squares, rectangles, and strips of color to create bold patterns and backgrounds.  Embossing and tone-on-tone stamping are used to add even more texture and detail to the color block designs.

In this colorful birthday set you’ll find cards that are just right for sending to men, women, and children. With these 8 cards and gift bag you’ll be prepared for a variety of birthdays or a last minute gift – so let’s get started!
Birthday One Sheet Wonder Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can pick up this fabulous 20-page cardmaking tutorial three ways:

  • Place an order in December of $50 or more in my Online Store
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  • Save money and join the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club, and you’ll receive this as your first tutorial!

Dec 2014 Birthday One Sheet Wonder Card Set Tutorial

Dec 102014

Create a Birthday Card Wild West - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI admit, when I came up with this week’s sketch challenge at i Love Card Sketches, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with a card I liked.

Then I remembered a card I’d designed in my head a few months ago.  And believe it or not,  I managed to create a birthday card that actually turned out like I’d envisioned in my head.  How often does that happen?!?  I love it when cards come together like that!

Of course, I used the Hardwood Background stamp with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock to

DIY Birthday Cards Wild West - blog.Stamp4Joy.comcreate the wood.

I did the same thing on some scrap Crumb Cake card stock that I then cut out with the Deco Labels framelits to create the saloon doors.  So cool!  I scored along the outside edges of the doors and folded them so the doors would swing out and open to show the greeting inside.

Both the boots and the greeting came from Bootiful Occasions, a perfect pairing for the theme of this custom birthday card.  Of course, just change out the greeting for any occasion.

All the edges were sponged with Early Espresso ink to create that worn, weathered look.

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Then I made a lasso of some Linen Thread and attached it to the side of the doors with a Neutral Candy Dot “nail.”

As I said, this card started with this week’s card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Come on over and show us what you can create with it!


Dec 092014

Thank You Card IdeasThis week’s Stampin’ Up! Specials are out, and the Envelopes Liners Framelits Dies are one of the specials!  You can make custom envelopes that coordinate beautifully with your handmade card designs.  You can stamp or emboss the liners or use designer paper for that one-of-a-kind look!

21st Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a few samples of the Envelopes Liners in action!  I just realized I haven’t pulled these out in a while, so I think it’s time to get them out again and put them to use!

At the time I wrote this post the sales prices weren’t showing for the pictures below, but just click on the photos to see the discounted price and to order.


Dec 072014

Making Paper Boxes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMaking paper boxes is easy if you have the Gift Box Punch Board, which will make boxes up to 4″ x 4″.  If you want something larger you’ll need to figure out the dimensions.

I created this DIY box because I wanted something a bit larger because I’m not sure exactly how big my gift will be until it arrives.

I drew my brother for the drawing this year.  I have a pretty cool gift picked out, but it won’t arrive until after the holidays.  I can wrap up the flyer showing what it is, like a gift card, but I wanted something else for him to unwrap on Christmas Eve.  And what’s better than a funny gift idea that’s practical, too!

Make Paper Boxes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI don’t know if you’ve seen Poo-Pourri or not, but I love them as a gag gift for white elephants, stocking stuffers, etc. because they really are a wonderful product yet hysterical when people receive them!  Which brings me to how I came up with my handmade gift wrap idea!

I thought the Santa & Company Designer Paper Collection had the perfect theme to coordinate with the gift inside.  What do you think?  And guess what?  At the time of this writing it’s on sale!

I used the Deco Labels Framelits Collection for the edges of the band around the custom box, and tied them together with some Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon.

I’d love to hear what you think!  Please leave your comments below.

Dec 062014

Ornamental Pine Xmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIn this Ornamental Pine Christmas card I used our Blendabilities to color over the white embossed branch and most of the pine needles.

Using alcohol markers to color over embossing can eventually clog up the nibs of those more expensive alcohol markers and NOT something you’d want to do because you’d have to replace the nibs, but since Blendabilities are disposable markers pretty much anything goes!

Blendability nibs are not replaceable, and the markers are not refillable, so by the time you clog up the nibs the markers will probably be dry anyway.  This allow us to be a little more daring with our markers than we might be with others. ;-)

Of course, this technique works better on darker card stock to cover any coloring that goes “outside the lines”

Can you believe the Holiday Catalog has almost come to an end?  The new Occasions Catalog is coming in January, and it is AWESOME!  I can’t wait to get my new toys and start showing you some of them, so stay tuned!

Dec 032014

ILCS05 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comSimple birthday cards start with a good stamp set and design.

Here I paired the stamp set Let Your Hair Down with this week’s greeting card template at i Love Card Sketches for an easy yet graphic custom birthday card.

It’s a little difficult to see because of the black background (I should have changed that out before taking the photo), but all the pieces, including the whole front of the card, are mounted on Night of Navy card stock.

Let Your Hair Down Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love bold greetings, and in this case the greeting becomes the focal point of the whole card.  So simple!  The polka dot patterned paper came from the Flowerpot Designer Paper Collection.

Simple birthday cards that probably took less than 40 cents to make… love it!

Dec 022014

Today’s Weekly Deals are fabulous, and you have until next Monday to take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! specials.  And I’m so excited for you!  That’s the Ticket is one of this week’s specials!  I use this set all the time, and if you don’t have it yet now is a wonderful time to pick it up at a bargain price!   Check out a sample using this set HERE.

At the time of this writing the sale prices aren’t showing below, but if you click on the photo you’ll see the price and will be able to place your order.

And don’t forget, for all purchases made through my Online Store you get Stamp4Joy Rewards!

Dec 012014

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards -

Don’t forget about my Cyber Monday Discounts on tutorials!

Stampin’ Up! Christmas cards are so easy to make because their stamp sets, accessories, designer papers, card stock, etc. coordinate beautifully.

The All is Calm Designer Paper really does all the work on this tranquil holiday card.  See how all the patterned papers seamlessly work together?  I mounted each designer paper piece onto Smoky Slate card stock.  I knew it would work because on the back of each packet of designer paper it tells you what colors are used in the packet.  Perfect!

The greeting is from Bright & Beautiful.  I wrapped some white Baker’s Twine around the greeting piece so I could hang one of those cute little All is Calm Snowflakes.

Nov 302014

Nordic Noel meets Bright & Beautiful - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIn this homemade Christmas card Nordic Noel Designer Paper has been paired up with the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.  I used the Banner Punch to punch out the greeting, which you can pick up for a discount during the Online Extravaganza.

And don’t forget about my Cyber Monday discounts on my card making tutorials today and tomorrow.
Nov 302014

Card Making Tutorials - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor a limited time I’m offering some spectacular Cyber Monday discounts on my card making tutorials!

Limited Time Offer:  1-Year Subscription to Stamp4Joy Card Making Club!

Get a 1-year subscription for the incredibly low price of only $64.  That’s over 10% off the current 6-month subscription price!

International orders are welcome!  Paypal will do the currency conversion for you. :-)

I have never offered a 1-year subscription before, and this is only available beginning today through tomorrow (Monday) at 6:00 p.m.  You have the option of purchasing just the one year, or you can sign up for a recurring subscription and you’ll lock in this low price as long as your subscription remains uninterrupted.  Get it for yourself or your favorite crafter.  What a great gift idea, new tutorials every month for a year!  (If you’re buying it as a gift, please be sure and let me know their name and the BEST e-mail address to use to deliver their subscription to.)

PLEASE NOTE:  The one-year subscription will begin with the January 2015 Edition.

Current Stamp4Joy Card Making Club Members:  If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please note that your current subscription will be cancelled and I will refund the pro rated amount from your current subscription.  Contact me if you have any questions.

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Or check out these Cyber Monday specials:  Pick up any three Card Making Tutorials for just $20 (please specify which three card making instructions you want when you purchase).

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Nov 292014

Ink Pad Refill Marker Ribbon Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s Small Business Saturday over at Stamp-n-Storage.  They have some awesome tools to organize craft supplies, like my ribbon holder and combo holder for ink pads, refills, and markers show on the left.  I can’t say enough about how much I LOVE these craft organizers!

They’ve been having some spectacular discounts all weekend on these diy organization tools, so be sure and check them out.  Everything is on sale!  Pick up your favorites for 10%, 20%, sometimes even 30% off!    Things like the Blendabilities Marker Holder, the Stickles Drawer Unit, Lockdown Punch Holder, scrapbook paper holder, all shelf units, and my favorite… the Magnetic Cards and Wafer Die Storage!

These are the perfect storage solutions to finally get your craft room organized so you can be more creative in the coming new year!  And they make great gifts, too!

You can read more about what I have HERE.Stamp-n-Storage -


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