Card For Fall With Touches of Texture

By | September 8, 2016

Snuggle up to this card for fall.

Card for Fall With Touches of Texture - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis cozy handmade card for fall using the Cable Knit Embossing Folder conveys so much comfort and warmth, you just can’t help reaching out to touch it!  I adore this embossing folder, and it certainly looks amazing all by itself.

I wanted to avoid a lot of embellishments, which I felt would detract from the beautiful knit design.  So to add just a little bit of color I wrapped some of the Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around the embossed layer from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.

The card sentiment came from Remarkable You.  Using the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker (included in the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers Collection) I colored just the portion of the greeting I wanted and then stamped it on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.  The Triple Banner Punch was then used on one edge to create the flag.

The base image of the daisy-like flower from Touches of Texture was stamped in Early Espresso Ink and then the “splotch” image was stamped over it using Crushed Curry Ink.  I used Crushed Curry Card Stock and Basic Black Archival Ink Pad to create the bumble bee.  I cut out both the flower and the bee using my Paper Snipsif you don’t have these yet they are a MUST for precision cutting — and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach them to the card front.

Please let me know what you think of this card for fall by leaving a comment… I’d love to hear from you!


12 Weeks of Christmas Coming Soon!

By | September 7, 2016

12 Weeks of Christmas 2016 edition will be starting soon!

12 Weeks of Christmas - www.Stamp4Joy.comEvery year I send my 12 Weeks of Christmas as a very special thank you bonus to subscribers of my newsletter.  It’s absolutely FREE, but you can only get it if you’re on my mailing list.

Don’t be left in the cold trying to get your holiday stamping done on your own!  Each week you’ll receive a special project tutorial for creating beautiful handmade Christmas cards, unique holiday gifts, handmade gift boxes, bags, or tags… a steady flow of inspired ideas you can reproduce for your own homemade card making and holiday gift-giving, or just to fire up your creativity!

Have you been on my mailing list a while?  Please leave a comment and let others know what you think of previous years’ projects.

I’ll be putting the final touches on this wonderful group of craft tutorials soon.  Click here or use the form below to join my newsletter list, and you won’t miss a single issue of this year’s 12 Weeks of Christmas lineup.


Special Offers For This Week End Tomorrow!

By | September 6, 2016

Grab these special offers while you still can!

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The Special Offers for this week end tomorrow, but you can still pick them up in my Online Store at 25% off!

Each week through September 21st Stampin’ Up! is offering some selected products at a discount.  I don’t know yet what items will be on sale for the next two weeks, but the Special Offers for this week are shown below.

Those little enamel shapes are a very inexpensive way to add a special touch to your unique handmade card designs.  And they come in all of the Stampin’ Up! colors for perfect coordination with our inks, card stock, and designer papers!  Why not go ahead and stock up on these little gems while you can get still pick them up at a nice discount?

Shop Now for all of this week’s Special Offers!


Handmade Fall Card – Time to Chill With a Girls’ Night Out!

By | September 5, 2016

Time to chill with this handmade fall card!

Time to Chill Handmade Fall Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI thought I’d give in (just for today!) and create a handmade fall card. I’m not ready for the end of summer yet, but lately there’s been a brisk chill in the air.

The Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper Stack was perfect for this, as one side of patterns are sweater knits and the other are more holiday designs… a great variety!  Beautiful neutrals and brilliant fall colors on one side, and warm Christmas designs and colors on the other.

And have you noticed the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 13 of the Holiday Catalog? I used this and my Big Shot to create the gorgeous dimensional cable knit pattern you see right below the card sentiment layer.  Doesn’t it look like you could just snuggle up in it by the fireside on a chilly day?

You’ll create your sandwich for this embossing folder just a little differently than other ones.  Check out the video below to see just how to use it.

I pulled the card sentiment from the Snow Place stamp set… yes, a set designed for Christmas, but I think the saying is still appropriate for fall, don’t you?

And my absolute favorite thing of this card design are those adorable Antiqued Mini Pinecones! Don’t you love them?  I tied them together using the Garden Green twine from the Bakers’s Twine Trio Pack and then attached them to the front using a Mini Glue Dot and the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

How would you and your friends like to get together for a girls’ night (or day) out?  Contact me and we’ll schedule a time for everyone to gather together to try out some of the new products from the Holiday Catalog.  Who knows, maybe we’ll all make another beautiful handmade fall card! 🙂


Christmas Card Sunday: Nativity Christmas Card

By | September 4, 2016

Today’s Christmas Card Sunday project features a beautiful Christmas-themed silhouette.

Christmas Card Sunday - Nativity Christmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor today’s Christmas Card Sunday project I pulled out an oldie-but-goodie Christmas-themed silhouette rubber stamp set my sister-in-law asked me to sell for her.  I don’t remember the name of it, but I think it’s called Nativity.  At least that’s what I’ve listed it as on my Retired Rubber Stamps page where you can find it for sale.

This elegant yet simple handmade Christmas card could easily be put together in ten minutes or less, which is really perfect when you’re going to be making a large number of the same card.  And not only that, this striking card could be made for well under $1 each.  Don’t you love that?

I began my card with a basic monochromatic color scheme.  Then I just created a bit of shimmer and sparkle by putting the image piece over a layer of Gold Foil Sheet — of course I cut out the middle to save for another project before layering — and also adding a gold Metallic Enamel Shape.

I love how that shiny gold star blends perfectly in the middle of the stamped star image, don’t you? And it just so happens that for a limited time you can pick up a package of Metallic Enamel Shapes on sale right now (through the 10th of September) at 25% off… just in time for making your holiday cards!  If you think you’d like to add some shiny, sparkly embellishments to your projects be sure to pick these up on sale while you can!

The beautiful silhouette images were stamped in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Marina Mist Card Stock.  I added one of my favorite greetings from the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season, and my Christmas Card Sunday project was complete!


Handmade Christmas Card: Greetings From Santa

By | September 3, 2016

Check out this handmade Christmas card to find out if you’re on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list this year.   😉

Greetings From Santa Handmade Christmas CardThis handmade Christmas card today features the new Greetings From Santa stamp set (clear-mount or wood-mount) from the recently realeased Holiday Catalog.  Yes, it’s finally here!

I used a few Post-It Notes to create the snow banks by tearing the edges for a more natural snowdrift look, then sponged various colors over the sky and the banks of snow.

And although you can’t see it in the picture, I added some delicate touches of the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush  on the snowflakes and along the snow banks for just a little extra shimmer.  I then popped up Santa’s Naughty or Nice list using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Can you find your name on the list? ♥♥♥

Aside from the Basic Black Archival I used to stamp the scroll of names, the ink color combination used for this handmade card idea is shown below.

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You can pick up this cute stamp set alone or in the Greetings From Santa clear-mount or wood-mount bundle that comes with the darling coordinating Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies.  They each work beautifully alone, but are even more dramatic together… plus you’ll save 10% when you purchase them together!

Will you be getting your homemade Christmas cards done in time to send out this year? It’s really not too early to get started. According to a recent survey I conducted, August and September are the most popular months for beginning your holiday stamping, followed very closely by October.

If you need additional inspiration then do a search of this site for “Christmas Card Sunday,” where I feature creative ideas for making holiday cards.  I do this most Sundays throughout the year, so tune in tomorrow for more handmade Christmas card ideas!


Celebrate With Me!

By | August 31, 2016

Birthday Special - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday is my birthday, and I’d love to celebrate it with you!

Place an order of $40 or more today in my Online Store using the Hostess Code H4DD9TUX and I will not only send you a blank handmade card that you can reuse, but I’ll also send you a sampling of my very favorite embellishments from the upcoming Holiday Catalog, six antiqued Mini Pinecones (p. 20, 141990)


Handmade Christmas Card – Christmas Magic

By | August 29, 2016

Handmade Christmas Card - Greetings - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s handmade Christmas card features a sneak peak at a few items from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  Yes, it’s almost that time of year again!

The directional sign to the North Pole and the holiday greeting below it come from the whimsical Christmas Magic stamp set (clear-mount or wood-mount).  I pulled out a Blender Pen to do a little coloring of the image.

The “Greetings from the North Pole” comes from Greetings From Santa (clear-mount or wood-mount), which is bundled with the awesome Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies.  Just wait until you see it, you’re going to love it!

The paper patterns are from Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper collection, which coordinates with another bundle of stamps and thinlits… I think this one might be my favorite!

I just received more catalogs, so if you haven’t received a Holiday Catalog yet and want one, just drop me a note with your phone number and address.  Once we chat I’ll get one right out to you!

And don’t forget, today is the last day to order my “5 Creative Cards That Move” online video class and still receive the free BONUS PROJECT.

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5 Creative Cards That Move

By | August 28, 2016

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Tomorrow is the last day to pick up your FREE BONUS TUTORIAL with my new class, “5 Creative Cards That Move, Part 1.”

In this class you’ll receive 13 videos (over 100 minutes!) demonstrating the secrets to creating fun and beautiful movable projects your friends & family won’t be able to put down! And if you act fast you’ll receive a sixth BONUS PROJECT with three bonus videos ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Be sure to check it out and GET YOUR BONUS TUTORIAL while you can!


Moroccan Nights Handmade Thank You Card

By | August 6, 2016

Moroccan Nights Thank You Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m featuring the Moroccan Suite in today’s handmade thank you card.  Full of a variety of beautifully exotic paper patterns, the Designer Paper in the suite coordinates splendidly with the Moroccan Nights stamp set (wood mount or clear mount).

For my card sentiment I used one of the phrases from One Big Meaning (wood mount or clear mount), a set of various ways to say thank you… you can never have too many! 🙂

With Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper you never have to guess what colors will coordinate because it’s listed right on the package.  I pulled the Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy colors from the patterns to use for my ink colors.

Below is my color combo:

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Make your own handmade thank you cards using the beautiful Moroccan Suite of products.


Just a Quick Question

By | August 5, 2016
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© Peter Weber | Dreamstime Stock Photos

I have just a quick question for you. Respond with a comment to this post, and if I receive enough comments you will be entered into a drawing for a free stamp set of your choice from my Retired Rubber Stamps page!

PLEASE NOTE:  I will need to have at least 20 different people leave comments to hold the drawing.

While I’d love for my international readers to participate — please do! — I can only send stamp sets to those living in the U.S.  Sorry!

So, my question is:  When is your favorite time to make Christmas cards?

Please leave a comment with your answer.  If there’s enough participation I will do the drawing on Saturday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

No demonstrators, please!


July 2016 Paper Pumpkin Craft Reveal

By | July 30, 2016

5 Fun Facts About Paper PumpkinPaper Pumpkin craft is a wonderful way to fit a bit of creativity into your life each month.  A surprise gift you can give to yourself, you never know what will be in the kit.  And you’ll be using the exclusive stamp set and ink pad that are included long after you’ve completed the projects.

You can join just for a month to test it out, or you can sign up as a subscription.  If you need to you can suspend your subscription for a month, and you can cancel at any time… it’s completely up to you!  And you won’t be charged until your kit ships.

Here’s a look at what was included in the July 2016 Paper Pumpkin craft kit-of-the-month.

Be sure and sign up before the 10th of August to receive your very own personal Paper Pumpkin craft getaway next month.  Finally, you’ll have something to look forward to in the mail besides bills!  🙂

Join Paper Pumpkin Today!



Holly Jolly Greetings Christmas Card Making Idea

By | July 17, 2016

Christmas Card Sunday - Holly Jolly Greetings - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe Christmas card making idea for today’s Christmas Card Sunday is using the Holly Jolly Greetings (wood mount or clear mount) along with the snowflake pattern from  the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper collection.

I like the neutral color palette.  And the card is so simple to create, it’s perfect if you’re looking for one design to send out to a lot of people.  And with the variety of Christmas card sentiments included in the set that you can mix and match, they can all still be unique!

It’s really not too soon to get a jump on making those holiday cards.  Let’s make this be the year you get them done!  Let me know how I can be of help.


Christmas Card Sunday Crew on Vacation

By | July 10, 2016

Christmas Card Sunday Crew on Vacation - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWe’re taking a break this week on Christmas Card Sunday from rubber stamping Christmas cards. It is summer, after all, and our hiatus this week is because the Christmas Card Sunday crew is on vacation.  It seems they ran off to Paris without me!

This card was inspired by a couple of cute “selfie” cards I saw by Amy Lee on Splitcoast that reminded me of the Polaroid cards I used to make (you can see one here).  The selfie/Polaroid cards haven’t changed, but I thought the theme of being out and about was very clever.

The “crew” of course is from Snow Place, which is still available for all of your holiday (or vacation – lol!) cards.  The card sentiment was made using the Brushwork Alphabet… love it!

I created a cloud mask using the cloud/treetop portion of the Tree Builder Punch, and the textured background was made using the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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The Eiffel Tower for this card came from the retired Artistic Etchings stamp set.  That and the Say Cheese set for the Polaroid card both can be found for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.




The color theme for this funny greeting card is shown below.

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