Sep 162014

Have you seen this month’s newest digital downloads?  There’s a slew of holiday downloads to make your own digital Christmas cards.   Send them electronically and save on postage, or mail them by printing them up yourself or using Stampin’ Up!’s print service.

And check out the clever Halloween party favors, digital stamps and backgrounds for autumn, and more.  You can see them all below.

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Sep 152014

Xmas Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’ve been sharing a number of Xmas card ideas here, which is helping me get my own cards done.  :-)  I still haven’t decided on which design I’m going to stick with, though, but maybe when it’s time I’ll have done enough Christmas cards to send out… they’ll just all be different!  Even when I bought my cards (years ago) I would usually buy a number of different designs, so nothing’s really changed. ;-)

This card blends the Bright & Beautiful stamp set with the Greetings of the Season set (retired).  I thought it would look bright & beautiful in gold.   I pulled the gold patterned paper from Gold Soiree Designer Paper, and then added Brushed Gold Card Stock.  The star was embossed in gold onto Early Espresso card stock, then cut out with the Stars framelits.

What do you think, is this one a keeper for this year’s handmade Xmas cards?

Sep 142014

Friendship Clean and Simple Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love clean and simple cards, and today’s friendship greeting card is definitely a good example.

The focal image came from the stamp set From My Heart.   I stamped the image twice, using one of them to cut out the teapot and greeting to “pop up” over the base image using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I pulled out my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities to add some color that beautifully coordinates with the designer paper below.

Wouldn’t this make a wonderful birthday card for a friend who’s a tea lover?

The patterned paper came from the Park Lane and Flower Pot Designer Paper collections, which I mounted onto Basic Black card stock.  Then I added a couple buttons from the Neutrals Designer Buttons.

FMS 153My starting point was a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s a simple layout, so it’s easy to design your card.

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Sep 132014

Homemade Halloween Invitations - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAren’t these homemade Halloween invitations cute?  Or you could simply use them as Happy Halloween cards.

This cardshare was so simple, and required very little stamping.  I’d say it was quick & easy, but there was a little bit of cutting involved.  I think this would even be an easy Halloween craft for the kids.

I started out with the Motley Monsters Designer Paper, using one of the patterns for the background — which does a lot of the work for you — and cutting out the witch and the bat from another of the patterns.  The tickets from That’s the Ticket were stamped in Tangerine Tango.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the witch and bat.  Pretty quick, actually!

What do you think?

You can find everything to create this card below.

Sep 122014

Framelits Storage 1 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor a limited time you can organize your craft supplies at a discount!

Are you looking for ways to FINALLY corral all your crafting supplies?  Well, as you may know, I use a lot of Stamp-n-Storage modular solutions for my craft room organization ideas.  And you’re in luck because between now and September 24th they’re offering 10% off almost everything they sell!

It’s so much easier to be creative when you eliminate the clutter and have a neat and organized craft space.  Pick up a few pieces for yourself or your favorite crafter.  And be sure and use the code Fall10% when checking out.



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Sep 112014

Wondrous Wreath Ideas for Christmas Card - blog.stamp4joy.comThe Wondrous Wreath Card Making Tutorials will show how you can easily stamp detailed two and three color images and die-cut them with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle!

You know that Stampin’ Up! is famous for their coordinating stamp sets.  Now they’ve taken it one better – coordinating 2-Step stamp sets and coordinating Framelits dies to use with the Big Shot!

These “Wow” projects feature the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  And if you purchase them as a bundle you’ll save 15% – we all love that!

Your friends and family will be amazed when they see the beautiful, detailed, and unique handmade cards you created from this set.  Plus you can use the ornament tag to adorn a wrapped gift.

Let’s get started!

What does this 19-page color card making tutorial include?
  • Step-by-step directions for making three cards and one ornament tag
  • Complete cutting instructions
  • Templates for making an easel card and gate fold card, with cutting templates
  • Wonderful Wreath Bundle tutorial
  • Bonus ideas
  • Alternate project sample photos
Card Making Tutorias - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can pick up this fabulous card tutorial three ways:
  • Place an order in September 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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Sep 102014

Bright and Beautiful Ideas for Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWith the Bright & Beautiful stamp set (wood-135026/clear-135029) from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, it’s easy to come up with gorgeous handmade Christmas card ideas.  Couple it with the Stars Framelits, Brushed Silver Card Stock, and some frosted sequins and snowflakes, and you’ve got a dazzling combination!

I used the Bitty Banners Framelits to cut out the sentiment and the larger banner.  The designer paper is from the All is Calm collection.

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Sep 082014

Lovely as a Tree Joy - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHave you started your holiday cards yet?  Well, today I have another Christmas card idea for your inspiration.

This simple card highlights one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree.  Type in “Lovely as a Tree” in the Search box in the upper right of this page to search this blog and see other samples using this incredibly versatile set.

The star and greeting in the upper right came from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, along with one of the patterns from Under The Tree Specialty Designer Paper collection.

It’s so easy to select your color palette by choosing colors featured in the patterned papers.  Stampin’ Up! makes it easy by listing the colors used in the collection on the back of the package.

This card was quick and easy to put together, something you’ll need as the holidays are quickly approaching.

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Sep 072014

Greeting Cards For Soldiers - blog.Stamp4Joy.comShow your favorite soldier support by creating some greeting cards for soldiers.

When I created yesterday’s diy birthday card, my son said the pattern reminded him of camouflage.  So of course I immediately set out designing a camouflage card.

I created the patriotic greeting using various fonts in My Digital Studio (try it FREE for 30 days!).  Of course, depending on your greeting (or image you use over the camo design), this would be perfect for the outdoorsman in your life, too!

Again, I used Work of Art to create the camo background.  The ink colors I used are Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, and Memento Tuxedo Black.  The card stock is Baked Brown Sugar.

Please leave a comment and let me know how I did. :-)
Sep 062014

DIY birthday cards - animal print - blog.Stamp4Joy.comInspiration for your DIY birthday cards can come from anywhere.  The theme here is the animal print I saw on the cover of a Talbot’s catalog recently.  I tried to mimic the print using Work of Art.  I think it worked well!  The Blushing Bride pink is a little washed out in the photo.  What can I say, I’m not an expert at photography! :-(

I pulled the greeting from the Hostess set Let Your Hair Down.  I like bold greetings that can pretty much stand alone if they need to, and the greetings in this set really make a statement!

I added a few hearts from the Hearts Border Punch and one from the Owl Builder Punch, and topped it off with a small pearl.

Where does your craft inspiration come from?
Sep 052014

Weekly Deals 9-2-2014 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comCheck out this week’s special deals. 

What’s available?

Better hurry, these specials are only available through Monday, September 8th!

Sep 032014

Adventure Bound - blog.Stamp4Joy.comOkay, not to toot my own horn, but seriously, how CUTE is this Adventure Bound card?!?  I just love how it came out.

I had so much fun creating the look of an old worn and weathered wooden boat with paper punch art, complete with a vintage-looking porthole.  Wouldn’t this make a great graduation card, retirement card, or even to say “Bon Voyage”?

I started with the Hardwood background stamp (of course), stamped in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake card stock.  I stamped the ship from The Open Sea and then colored in the image using my Blendabilities.  The Rose compass is from the same set and was stamped with Lost Lagoon ink, and the greeting came from Project Life Remember This.  I colored in the “bound” of the greeting with the middle color from the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities markers.

The door hinges were made using the Modern Label punch, which I cut in two and then scored to fold around the card front.   Then I wrapped them with linen thread in an “X” to give the illusion of rope.

The porthole was created using various sizes of circles from the Circles Collection framelits.  Of course, all the “metal” was aged by sponging with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink.  I topped it off by adding a few “bolts” of Neutrals Candy Dots.

How did I do?

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Sep 022014

Simple Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAs simple Christmas cards go, this has to be one of the easiest.  The focal part of the card is designer paper!  I just cut off a strip of houses on one of the patterns included in the Nordic Noel Designer Paper collection, attached it to some Real Red card stock, and then mounted it onto the card front.

This is available as a card kit below.

Those little Nordic Designer Buttons are so cute, and it really adds a little something special to the bow.  The ribbon is the Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon, and the greeting came from Holiday Home.  All of these you can find in the new Holiday Catalog.

You can select one of the Christmas card kits below in increments of 20 or 30.

What’s included in these Christmas Card Kits?
  • Pre-cut card stock
  • Pre-cut designer paper
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • instructions for completing the cards

You’ll be ready to whip out multiples of these adorable Christmas cards in no time.

Also included in your kits: 
  • envelopes
  • pre-cut coordinating envelope liners to complete your customized envelopes.
What’s not included?

There are no stamps, inks, or adhesives included in this kit.  You can use any greeting you have on hand, or pick up a new one in my Online Store.  The one shown here is from Holiday Home.

How much do these Christmas Card Kits cost?
  • 20 Christmas Cards Kit – $29.95
  • 30 Christmas Cards Kit – $39.95

Sorry, U.S. orders only.  Please allow approximately two to three weeks for delivery of your kits.  This kit will be available for purchase until November 1, 2014.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

20 Nordic Christmas Cards Kit

30 Nordic Christmas Cards Kit

Sep 012014

Christmas Wishes - blog.Stamp4Joy.comChristmas Wishes from the new Holiday Catalog is an exquisite stamp set with a wonderful sentiment.  You can see another Christmas card idea using this set here.  And the All is Calm Designer Paper collection… so lovely and tranquil… I love the colors!

The color scheme for this card was Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Lost Lagoon, which I think is becoming my favorite color!  I threw in a little bit of dazzle with the silver ribbon and glittery stars cut out using my Big Shot and the Stars framelits.

You can recreate this card using the products found below.

Aug 312014

Thanks-Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis thanks card doesn’t look anything like the idea I had when I first started out… flowers and frilly.  Does that ever happen to you?  I had a clear vision in my mind, but as I selected my designer paper and began the process of designing the layout, it just evolved into what you see here.  But that’s okay!   I still like how it turned out.

I needed a thank you card idea for my sister-in-law to express my gratitude for all of her help.  I hope she likes it!

You can find the products below for this handmade thank you card.

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Aug 302014

Handmade Christmas Card Ideas - blog-Stamp4Joy.comHere we are again!  It’s time to design our handmade Christmas card ideas.  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is out, and it’s full of fun new toys to get those creative juices flowing.

This handmade card design features the lovely new set Ornamental Pine, a very cool nature-themed collection.  I think it works well with the Hardwood background stamp.  I just love the detail on this background stamp!  I used Crumb Cake ink on Naturals Ivory card stock to give it a lighter appearance of pine wood, but depending on the color of card stock and ink you use you could make it look like any wood!

Isn’t the Snowflake Embellishment adorable?  I threaded some Early Espresso Baker’s Twine through the top and then tied it around the greeting panel.

You can find everything used to create this homemade Christmas card below.  I hope it inspires you to get started on your own handmade Christmas card ideas.

Aug 292014

Birthday Special - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s my birthday weekend, and I’d love to celebrate with all of you!  So,  I’m offering you a special!

Place an order of $35 or more (before s&h and tax) between now  and 3:00 p.m. EST Saturday, August 30th, and you can select any one of the following items from the new Holiday Catalog ABSOLUTELY FREE — up to a $5.95 value!

PLEASE NOTE:  This special is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, so you must contact me to place your order.  You can e-mail me at or give me a call at (253) 256-1222.   Please leave your contact information and I will get back to you ASAP.  Payment must be made by 8:00 p.m. EST Saturday to qualify for this special.

What can you choose from?  Check it out below!

Aug 282014

Good-GreetingsHost a party between now and October 31st, and you’ll earn FREE rubber stamps when your party reaches $300 or more  — that’s in addition to the other exiting benefits! That’s right, a FREE stamp set in addition to all the other exciting and generous benefits you get when you host a qualifying party (or catalog show) from Aug. 28 to Oct. 31!

Good Greetings is a versatile stamp set containing 19 pieces, and covers holidays from Halloween to Valentines and more, and you can select it in wood or clear mount.

Let’s get ready to party!  But don’t wait too long because the only way to earn this exclusive stamp set is to host a party and earn it; the Good Greetings Stamp Set will not be offered for purchase, and this offer only lasts until October 31st!

To see the set you can download the flyer HERE.

Contact me to schedule your party, or you can place your order in my online store 24/7.  Let me know if you need a Hostess Code.  Then you can get credit for your friends’ orders even if they live in a different state!

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Aug 272014

Thank you card ideas using From My Heart.

Thank You Card Ideas - blog.stamp4joy.comI admired this stamp set for a while, but I kept putting off buying it.  I don’t know why, but I’m so glad I finally got it!  I love the graceful lines and warm, soothing card phrases.  :-)

The colors used are Very Vanilla and Real Red, with some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon tucked underneath the Venetian Crochet Trim.  The designer paper is from the Flashback Designer Paper collection.

I love how Stampin’ Up! coordinates all their colors throughout the card stock, ribbons, designer papers, and embellishments.  Look how the Real Red ink seamlessly matches the red in the card stock and the patterned paper on the bottom of the card.  Perfect!

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