Apr 142014

Envelope Punch Board TechniquesPick up this card making tutorial for  Envelope Punch Board techniques and you’ll have instructions for a cute diy father day card plus four other awesome projects:  a more traditional card, a file folder card, a treat holder, and a popper!

Construction workers and do-it-yourselfers aren’t the only ones that need proper tools.  Rubber stampers and papercrafters love their tools, too!  The new Envelope Punch Board is a must-have for your crafting toolbox.  It’s superb for making envelopes, but it  does so much more!  You’ll turn to this tool over and over again to make paper boxes, adorable treat holders, file folder tabs, bows… the list of possibilities goes on and on!

Your new Punch Board will help you create custom envelopes in just moments without having to figure out or remember complicated measurements and cutting templates. It’s as easy to use as a bone folder. With this tool you can say “bye-bye” to plain white envelopes and “hello pizzazz!”

Here’s a few things that make the Envelope Punch Board so unique!

  • Instructions for creating envelopes are printed right on the Punch Board – thank you!  No more searching for misplaced instructions.
  • The dimensions and scoring measurements for over 65 card sizes are printed right on the Punch Board – brilliant! No more trial and error or endless internet searches.
  • Measurements go from a small 2” x 3-1/2” gift card envelope to a large envelope for a card that is 6” x 8-1/2”.

Plus, there are many different innovative ways to use it besides just envelopes.  I can’t wait for you to see how simple creating beautiful envelopes and boxes can be!

Tip:  And don’t forget that the notch and corner rounder punches that are built into the Envelope Punch Board can be used to punch any of your card, scrapbook, and décor projects, even if they don’t involve an envelope or box!

You can buy this 19-page full color tutorial for only $7.50 below, or you can join the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club and receive a new tutorial every month and save!

April 2014 Card Club Tutorial

Mar 312014

Christmas Treats For Kids - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis darling treat holder would be cute holding Christmas treats.  Or how cute would it be holding Easter treats for kids or Valentines treats or birthday party favors?

This was one of the projects we made at our party on Saturday.  One of the guests suggested using them as place holders for the table.  What a great idea!

To make this treat holder, cut a sheet of card stock to 7″ x 2″.  Score 2-3/4″ from each end, and then punch each end using the Angled Tag Topper Punch.  Fold on the score lines, and you can attach a treat bag to the inside back with a staple or glue.  Tie the top with a ribbon, attach your completed greeting or focal image on the front — this uses a ticket from That’s the Ticket (w-131946/c-128075) — and you are done!  So easy to whip out a bunch of these in an hour.  This would even be an easy paper craft for the kids to help make.

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Mar 172014

Today’s the last day of this week’s Weekly Deals, and it’s all about the Big Shot!

All but one of the items below are 25% off until 11:00 tonight Pacific Time.   Any of these tools will bring your paper crafting and 3D projects to life, and would make a great addition to your Big Shot accessories collection.  So if you’ve had your eye any of these goodies, why not pick them up now and save?  When you click on the item below you will see the sales price.

Okay, there is one item that’s not an accessory for the Big Shot.  Know any pirates?  If so, the digital kit below would be perfect for an afternoon of easy paper crafts with your kids! :-)

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mar 142014

Easy Paper Crafts for KidsOh, my gosh!  Are you looking for easy paper crafts for kids?  What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to get this new stamp set?!?

I’m remembering how much I loved paper dolls as a child.  Does anyone remember those?  This Sweetie Pie stamp set reminds me of them.  And since they’re photopolymer stamps, the cost is quite reasonable!  Add a Clear Block C and D, and you’d have a darling gift for a birthday or other occasion for under $30!

Pick up this stamp set for your little girl or granddaughter, and she will have hours of fun doing easy paper crafts.
Mar 132014

Owl Punch Birthday CardThis little guy is going to a party!  Make this easy birthday card using the Two Step Owl Punch and patterned paper from the Birthday Basics Designer Paper collection.

Because all the pieces are ready for you to assemble from the owl punch, you’ll have this card done and ready to go quicker than running to the local card store to buy one.  It will probably take longer deciding what pattern designs you want to use than anything else.

I used a portion of one of the pennants from Petite Pennants Builder to create the hat, but if you don’t have it you can cut one out freehand.  The pom-pom on top of the hat came from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  I used the Scalloped Edge Border Punch along the bottom of the designer paper, and the greeting came from Timeless Talk (w-126605/c-126607)

Next time you need a quick and easy birthday card, don’t forget to bring this little guy along for the party! :-)
Mar 072014

DIY Birthday Cards - Visit www.Stamp4Joy.comWe’ll continue next week with different ways to use the Two Step Owl Punch, but today I thought we’d take a break for diy birthday cards.

What is the meaning of DIY?  Do It Yourself!

Create your own birthday card with some pretty paper, stamps, and imagination.  This was the card design and coordinating envelope we made at the Handmade Box Class last weekend, which was a big hit!  Plus everyone learned how to make these fabulous double bows!

Featuring two patterned paper designs from the Modern Medley Designer Paper collection, this card has a bold and dramatic look.  The focal greeting is from Really Good Greetings (w-130330/c-130333), but I think the real stars of the show are the tickets from That’s the Ticket (w-131946/c-128075), a fun stamp set that you can use on just about any card.

To break up the neutral palette a bit I added a pop of color with some Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim and card stock.

This would also make a cute Mother’s Day card since there’s so birthday sentiment on it.

As always, you can just click on the photo for a closer look.

What do you think?

Mar 062014

Two Step Owl Punch Homemade Easter CardsIsn’t this little chick just the sweetest thing?

You can easily make homemade Easter cards with the Two Step Owl Punch.  This darling paper punch art peep was created using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White card stock, with some Basic Black for those adorable eyes.  I gave him a little bit of a “lift” with some sponging and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here’s a little secret:  The “comb” on top was added by punching a foot out in Daffodil Delight.

Click on the photo for a better view.

I didn’t have an Easter greeting in my stash of rubber stamps, so I turned to My Digital Studio card making software to find the perfect one.  This greeting came from Delightful Dozen digital stamps.

I’m so happy with how this Easter card came out… simple and sweet.  Maybe I’ll make a paper Easter basket and pop a bunch of these little guys in there.  How cute would that be?

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Mar 052014

Owl Punch St. Patrick's Day Greeting CardsContinuing with what I believe to be the most versatile of all the Stampin’ Up! punches, how about using the Two Step Owl Punch to make St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards?  Dress him up in green for good luck and send him on his way!

This card is for my son (who saves all of my homemade greeting cards).  I searched traditional Irish blessings to find just the right one.  When I finally did I printed it on copy paper, mounted it on card stock, and attached it to the card.  It reads:

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”


Of course there’s a little bit of paper punch art by assembling the owl, and then the “pot” for the “gold” is the body of another owl, trimmed along the top and bottom with other punches.  Can you guess what Stampin’ Up! punch I used for the hat? :-)

I assembled the clover using the Small Heart Punch, although I think I could have brought them in closer together… and probably should have added another to make it a four-leaf clover, right?

I didn’t have any Gold Glitter Paper on hand so I used the Champagne Glitter Paper.  I think it works just fine, although you can’t see much of the sparkle in the picture.  You can click on the picture for a closer view.

Which reminds me, sorry for the photos I’ll be showing this week, my photography skills seem to have left me… hopefully temporarily!

All the supplies used on this St. Patrick’s Day card are shown below:

Mar 042014

I recently had someone ask me:  What is the most versatile punch in the catalog?  While I assured her that all of our punches can be very versatile when coming up with your own Stampin’ Up! card ideas, I wasn’t satisfied with that answer.  So, it got me thinking:  What IS the most versatile punch we sell?  I’ve come up with my answer.  What’s yours?


What’s my answer?

Owl PunchAfter quite a bit of thought I’ve decided it’s the Owl Builder Punch!  You may have another opinion, but what CAN’T you do with him?  Not only can you dress that little guy up in all sorts of outfits, he can morph into animals and all sorts of creative things.  He’s a chameleon for sure!  And over the next week or so I will be showcasing a number of paper punch art ideas you can use this punch for, so be sure and check back in!


Owl Punch TulipI designed this dramatic yet easy card for a friend of mine who is leaving one career to start another.  I used the Owl Punch body to create a tulip for the focal point.  I also used a circle punch to help fashion the petals from the body, but it was quite simple to do.

The tulip is mounted on card stock I cut using the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection.  The greeting is from Really Good Greetings (w-130330/c-130333), and the polka dot patterned paper is from… you guessed it!… Modern Medley Designer Paper.

What do YOU think is the most versatile punch in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog?
Leave your ideas below.
Mar 032014

My newsletter is coming out tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PST, and you won’t want to miss it!  Of course, my newsletters always have great tips, free tutorials, and lots of Stampin’ Up! card ideas, but tomorrow I have a special card making tutorial that I think you’re gonna love!

My newsletter is only available to those on my mailing list, so be sure and sign up before 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.  You can join my mailing list by using the form to the right.

Feb 272014

Start making envelopes that coordinate with your beautiful cards with the Envelope Punch Board.  You can make up to 66 different sizes!  Plus you can make so many other things with it:  file folders, tags, books, and more!

See what it can do below.

You may have missed this little gem since it’s not in the catalog.  It will be in next year’s Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but why wait?

Start making custom envelopes for all your handmade cards now.
Order yours today!
Feb 262014

 Make Paper BoxesI’m having a class this weekend in Maple Valley, WA where we will be making this handmade box and a yet-to-be-designed card… I’m sure it will be beautiful! :-)  The class is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 1st., the cost is $15, and all supplies are included.

You have two days left to sign up for this class.  There are only four spots left, and if you’d like to attend be sure and contact me to reserve your spot and get all the details.

Feb 252014

Butterfly Flip Card ClosedMaking flip cards has truly never been easier with the Circle Card Thinlits Die and the Label Card Thinlits Die.  A piece of card stock ran through your Big Shot with your die and — voila! — you’re ready to decorate!

You’ll notice the butterflies are back.  -)  It’s one of the stamps in Backyard Basics (w-129255/c-129258), stamped on one of the designs from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper collection and then cut out.  Super quick!

Butterfly Flip Card OpenThe greeting is from Happy Watercolor (w-133188/c-133191), featured on page 22 in the Occasions Stampin’ Up! Catalog, and was also stamped on the same patterned paper design.  The flower and watercolor “wash” came from the same stamp set.

I sponged around all the edges so the background wasn’t so one-dimensional.

You may have noticed this card has an extra panel added to it.  That’s because I started with a longer piece of card stock and slipped the long end up through the back of the die so it wasn’t cut, but creased instead.  I’ll have to dig my video equipment out and make a video one of these days… if I can find everything!

Pick up one of these fun dies in my online store and you can make easy flip cards, too!
Feb 242014

Be sure to check out the Weekly Deals… they’re only available for another day or so.  You can see what’s on sale below, but be sure and click on the picture to see the sale price!

Feb 212014

Easy Handmade Cards:  WatercolorIt doesn’t require a lot of fancy tools and accessories to make beautiful and easy handmade cards.

Today’s simple birthday card uses images from Happy Watercolor (w-133188/c-133191) featured in the 2014 Occasions Catalog.  Everything you’ll need is in this wonderful set, including a few greetings, although for this card I pulled the birthday greeting from Wetlands (w-126695/c-126697).

The bold image appears to be a watercolor wash painted across the lined floral image, but it’s really just stamped in different colors of ink.   A simple way to achieve a watercolor look without even using a brush… or water!  I love the look, and with this stamp set you can effortlessly create handmade cards that LOOK like you watercolored them.

You can click on the photo for a closer look.

Are you interested in creating elaborate or easy handmade cards?
Leave your response in the Comments section below.
Feb 202014

Card Making Tutorials These bright, fresh flower cards are perfect for any season. In these card making tutorials you can use the Secret Garden Framelits (129372) with the Simple Stems stamp set (w-133098/c-133101) and still enjoy the convenience of die cutting when making your handmade cards. Don’t you love it when you can get double value from your craft supplies?  Of course, if you don’t have the framelits yet you can just cut the images out by hand.

In addition, you’ll learn how to make paper boxes using either the Envelope Punch Board or Simply Scored Tool with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.

You can purchase this 14-page color card making tutorial below, or you can save by joining the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.

Feb. 2014 Card Club Tutorial

Feb 192014

DIY Birthday Cards DIY birthday cards are simple with these two beautiful rubber stamp sets.

Backyard Basics (w-129255/c-129258) is a wonderful collection of nature stamps suitable for any occasion or project… they make me eager for spring!  (Did you notice the butterfly?)  I can already envision a few lovely homemade Easter cards using this set.

With That’s the Ticket (w-131946/c-128075) you’ll be able to create homemade Christmas cards, baby shower invitations, and more!  There’s even blank ticket options to fill in with YOUR favorite holiday.  How about celebrating Absolutely Incredible Kids Day on March 15th?  You might have to write really tiny to fit it all on one ticket.  :-)  Or maybe No Socks Day on May 8th.  Use your imagination!

Other Supplies Used:

Pick up these two stamp sets and you’ll be on your way to creating many fabulous diy birthday cards and more.

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