Mar 252015

Mothers Day Card Ideas - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s time to start thinking about your Mothers Day card ideas.   You don’t always have to create fancy and intricate, time-consuming cards.  A clean and simple card can be just as beautiful and doesn’t have to be boring!

Here I used a couple smaller strips of Typeset Designer Paper to set off the stamped images.  You can get more bang for your buck with your papers by using smaller pieces here and there rather than on the whole background.

A lovely Very Vintage Designer Button threaded with some Linen Thread compliments the flower and greeting stamp from Mother’s Love.  I stamped the flower stamps directly on the grid paper, a very cool technique you can use on just about any patterned paper that is subtle and fairly open.  The colors used were Melon Mambo and Old Olive.

Of course, this card would also make a wonderful birthday card idea and would work for just about any occasion, not just Mothers Day.

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Mar 252015

Happy Easter Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comMake Happy Easter cards with the adorable stamp set, For Peeps’ Sake.

I grabbed a strip of patterned paper from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper collection, and my color scheme followed from there.  Night of Navy was used to stamp the greeting and to tie all the pieces together.  The egg colors are Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, and Calypso Coral.

ILCS21 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comBe sure you lay out all your pieces right before gluing them on.  I didn’t and glued on the patterned piece too low.  By the time I realized I had done that it was too late to reposition, so the rest of the pieces are too low, too.  Ugh!  Don’t make the same mistake!

This card started with the card sketch from i Love Card Sketches, and if you lay it out right you should be fine!  LOL!  Give it a try.

Mar 242015

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Mar 222015

BONUS - Butterfly Basics Acetate and Tissue TNPapercrafts Toolbox has just released a bonus card making tutorial today, and you can grab it for FREE.   Bonuses are archived after seven days and will NEVER be offered again.

In Papercrafts Toolbox you’ll receive a collection of tutorials for making handmade cards, unique gift boxes, diy gift ideas,  PLUS you’ll receive free membership to Techniques Boutique, an assortment of videos covering different card making techniques, box design instructions, tool tips, and more.  A new stamp video and tutorials are added every week.

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Mar 212015

Friendship Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s friendship card features From the Garden from the Occasions Catalog.  This set of photopolymer stamps is just perfect for spring cards, scrapbook layouts,  kids diy crafts, and more.

You can pick up this set alone for an incredible price, or buy it as a bundle with the framelits, too!  (The Handpicked Framelits Dies can also be purchased separately if you want.)

This is one of the projects guests will be making at my hostess’s Stampin’ Up! party today.  Why not invite your friends over for your own get-together and earn FREE stamps and accessories for being a hostess?

Contact me for more information or to schedule your own Stampin’ Up! party.
Mar 182015

Homemade Card Ideas Painted Petals - www.Stamp4Joy.comCombine beautiful designer paper with coordinating stamp sets to come up with your homemade card ideas.

The pairing of Painted Petals and Painted Blooms Designer Paper blend seamlessly for creating lovely card making projects.  Select your ink colors from the ones used in the patterned paper and you can’t go wrong!  Here I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Wild Wasabi.

I stamped the greeting using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and then used some Basic Black card stock to trim the designer paper and the greeting piece to tie it all in.


ILCS20 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comIf you’re ever in doubt or think your card just needs SOMETHING, try adding some Basic Black card stock.  It really can make all the difference!

This card design began with the card making template from iLoveCardSketches this week.  Check it out!





Mar 172015

I love adding texture and interest to cards with embossing.  This week’s Stampin’ Up! specials include three of the Textured Impression Embossing Folders, which allow you to do this easily!  You can pick them up (along with the other discount craft supplies) at these special prices through next Monday.

Mar 162015

DIY Birthday Cards Timeless Talk - www.Stamp4Joy.comWith a little designer paper and a stamp set, you can make beautiful DIY birthday cards for your friends and family.  These clean and simple cards will come together effortlessly and you won’t need a lot of things to make them.  You could even attach the designer paper and stamped images directly to the card base, leaving off a couple of layers to really make this a quick & easy birthday card.

The stamped images came from Timeless Talk, and the patterned paper is from Back to Black.

You can find all the products to duplicate this handmade card design below.  Just click on a photo for more information or to purchase.


Mar 112015

ILCS19- Clean and Simple CardsSometimes I just love making clean and simple cards.  It’s a happy thing, so today’s stamp set is appropriate, A Happy Thing!  This is one of the many awesome Sale-A-Bration items you can select for every $50 you order between now and the end of March.  And don’t forget, they’ve recently added four new choices!  You can see them HERE.

I used my Blendabilities to color in the images, but you could just as easily pull out your Blender Pens and reinkers or ink pads to lay down color.



ILCS19 - www.ilovecardsketches.comThe layout came from this week’s card making template at i Love Card Sketches.  You can upload your projects anytime there, so give it a go!

Mar 102015

I’m sad to say that Stampin’ Up! has had enough issues with the manufacturing of our Blendabilities line that they have decided to discontinue them.  Most of the markers are fine, but if you’ve recently purchased them or received them as a Sale-A-Bration item, please test them out to be sure they are working fine.

They are looking into finding another manufacturer for alcohol markers, and I hope they find them fast because I love using them!  Feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions.

There’s also a new set of Weekly Deals, so be sure to check them out below.

Mar 092015

Guy Greetings - You're My Anchor - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday!

In today’s handmade card design I combined a couple stamp sets, both of them perfect for the man in your life:  Guy Greetings and The Open Sea.  And they both coordinate well with the Maritime Designer Paper Collection.  Just a little can go a long way!  With this combination you can make fabulous guy birthday cards or cards for other occasions for men.

To cut out the images and shapes I used a few circle punches, the Circles Collection Framelits, and Stars Framelits.  A few pearls colored with Blendabilites finishes it all off.

Are you looking for card making tutorials complete with cutting dimensions?  Look no further than Papercrafts Toolbox!
Mar 082015

ILCS18 - Christmas Card Sunday Ornament KeepsakesToday’s Christmas card design uses the gorgeous retired Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and the beautiful stamp set Ornament Keepsakes (which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page).  Simple yet elegant.

The card stock colors used are Crumb Cake and Basic Black..  I pulled out my Ovals Collection Framelits Dies to cut a black frame for the greeting.  The ornaments were stamped in Versamark ink and then embossed with Gold embossing powder.

ILCS18 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comI started with this week’s sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  I find it easier to come up with handmade Christmas card ideas when I start with a sketch.  Why not give it a try?

Mar 042015

Easter Greeting Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis whimsical Easter greeting card was created using For Peeps’ Sake, an adorable stamp set you can pick up from the Occasions Catalog.  Mostly I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the images before stamping.  I cut out the little Easter eggs and popped them on the card using part of Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder gave some texture to the frame.

ILCS18 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comThis design began with Card Sketch 18 from this week’s i Love Card Sketches.  Pop on over and give the sketch a try!

Mar 022015

Homemade Wedding Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comValentine’s Day is over, but you can still use those stamp sets for making homemade wedding cards or an anniversary card.

Here I grabbed the Snuggles & Smooches stamp set, pairing it with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the elegant Something Borrowed Designer Paper collection.

The circles were cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits, and the hearts were punched out using the Hearts Border Punch and then glued on,

Mar 012015

Celebrate Your Big Day Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love how this birthday card for a friend turned out.

How many homemade birthday cards do you make in a year?  I know I make a ton.  Wouldn’t this be an awesome stamp set to use for that?  And the best thing?  You can pick it up FOR FREE this month with a $50 order!  How’s that for smart shopping?!? ;-)

I used my Blendabilities to color in the images… even the yummy chocolate cake!  Looks good enough to eat!

The sprinkles patterned paper came from the bright Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper Collection.

Feb 272015

Funny Valentine Cards - Star TrekI have been a huge Star Trek fan since the very beginning, and one of my favorite characters has always been Mr. Spock.  I’m sorry to say that today Leonard Nimoy passed away, just a month short of his 84th birthday.

A few weeks ago I made a card based on Mr. Spock, so I’m bringing it back today in honor of him.

You had me at Pon Farr.

Rest in Peace.Funny Valentine Cards - Pon Farr

Feb 262015
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Feb 252015

ILCS17 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI created this card using the card making template from i Love Card Sketches this week.  The stamps were taken from Butterfly Basics and stamped in Crumb Cake with a bit of Chocolate Chip added around the edges.   The green patterned paper is from the Adventure Bound Designer Paper Stack, which is a collection of papers with a more masculine feel.


ILCS17Tomorrow is when I will be offering my newsletter subscribers a charter membership into my new tutorial site.  The first month tutorials use this same stamp set, Butterfly Basics!  If you’re not on my mailing list you’ll miss it, so be sure and sign up before then!  You can sign up by using the form on the right.


And be sure to visit us at i Love Card Sketches for more design inspiration.

Feb 232015

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Stampin’ Up! brings you more!

Stampin’ Up! just released four new Sale-A-Bration items!  These new items will be available as of March 1st.

You can pick up one Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend.  Select from the newly released ones or any of the previous selections.

Check out your new choices HERE.

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