Paper Punch Art Christmas Card Idea

By | October 26, 2016

Paper Punch Art Christmas Card Idea Using Paper Scraps.

Paper Punch Art Christmas Card Ideas - www.Stamp4Joy.comDon’t throw away those paper scraps, instead come up with some handmade card ideas using paper punch art!  It’s a great way to use up all those leftovers, especially your designer paper scraps.

I pulled out my Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits to cut out circles from a few patterns included in the Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper collection.  I trimmed them down to a size I could use for each layer of my tree using my Paper Snips, gluing them one over the other from the largest to the smallest.

Believe it or not, the tree trunk and the greeting strip were in my saved paper stash, too!  For Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock, if it’s large enough to stamp a greeting on I will usually save it.  In this case it was the perfect size for the Merry Christmas greeting (Greetings From Santawood mount or clear mount), I just had to trim a bit off the end to fit across the card front.  I like stamping my greetings on scraps of card stock and then layering them.  That way I don’t run the risk of stamping crooked on my card front, which I’ve been known to do.  🙂  I could have layered it on some Cherry Cobbler card stock, but I actually like the look of just white on white. What do you think?

The little gold star tree topper was cut out of a Gold Foil Sheet scrap using my Big Shot and the little star framelit from the Sliding Star Framelits.  It’s just the right size!  I used some Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the tree to the front of the card.

Pull out your stash of scraps and see what you can come up with using Paper Punch Art!


Handmade Birthday Card With Touches of Texture

By | October 25, 2016

A handmade birthday card for my beautiful niece.

Handmade Birthday Card With Touches of Texture - www.Stamp4Joy.comI created this handmade birthday card for my niece’s upcoming birthday. The beautiful rich tones are perfect for a fall birthday, don’t you think?

I knew I wanted to use a pattern from the Moroccan Designer Paper collection, which has Very Vanilla as it’s base, so I began by “dirtying” up a Delicate White Doily.  First I sponged Crumb Cake all over the front, and then I stamped the long textured stamp from Touches of Texture (wood mount or clear mount) all across it in Early Espresso.  Of course I had to trim along the bottom and top to give it a straight edge to mount onto the card front like I wanted.

I stamped the floral stamp, the bees, and the greeting (which came from the Rose Wonder stamp set) in Early Espresso ink and then colored in using Garden Green, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Write Markers, from the Regals Collection and 2015-2017 In Color Collection respectively.  Of course, you’ll want to color carefully as the Early Espresso is not a waterproof ink, but it worked great!

I really like the Kraft Rope Trim that I added to the card. I think it’s one of my favorite trims from the Holiday Catalog!  Don’t you think it would work beautifully with the Seaside Shore stamp set (wood mount or clear mount) for those summer or nautical-themed cards?

As a final touch I added a bit of dazzle to the wings of the bees using the Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush.

There’s just one more week to take advantage of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special. With NINE patterns to choose from, including even a couple of Christmas Designer Paper patterns from the Holiday Catalog, you should stock up now on your favorites to make those special holiday cards and handmade birthday cards you’ll need in the future.

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How Much Does a Gallon of Milk Weigh?

By | October 17, 2016

How much does a gallon of milk weigh?

A gallon of milk weighs 8.6 pounds.  How do I know this?  Because I googled it.

Why do I care?  Well, a week ago I had an unexpected ambulance ride from my doctor’s office to the emergency room, and the next day had surgery.  Today in my follow-up visit I was told I shouldn’t lift anything over ten pounds… for five more weeks!  Hence the question:  How much does a gallon of milk weigh?

It’s surprising what we do day-in and day-out, not even thinking of things like that.  Now I’m questioning the weight of so many things!

I want to do well in recovery and am not looking for any setbacks, so I want to follow my doctor’s advice.  The problem is now I can’t even work my “day” job (I’m a freelance court reporter) because the minimum amount of equipment I have to take every day weighs about 12 pounds!  And since I’m self-employed, I have no sick time or vacation pay (I’m a terrible boss!), so that’s gonna be a hit.

Of course, I do have my “other” job as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (my favorite).  None of my stamp sets or accessories weigh even close to that much! 🙂  I’m not sure how much the Big Shot weighs, but it’s in a spot where I won’t have to move it around so it’s all good!

Handmade Birthday Card for Laurie - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m glad to finally get back to creating. Today’s handmade birthday card is for a person I work with whose birthday is later this week.  I hope she likes it!

I used a fairly monochromatic color scheme of Night of Navy and Whisper White.  Of course the designer paper patterns are from the fabulous Floral Boutique collection.  I used some Night of Navy ink on the Delicate White Doily to make it stand out more.  The greeting came from Sprinkles of Life.  I cut out the white and navy flowers using the fabulous Botanical Builder Framelits, sponging some navy ink around the edges of the white flower and of course layered a feminine little pearl in the center.


12 Weeks of Christmas Kicks Off Soon — Get Your Free Craft Tutorials!

By | October 4, 2016

12 Weeks of Christmas Begins in 24 Hours!

2016 12 Weeks of Christmas - www.stamp4joy.comThe 12 Weeks of Christmas kicks off in just 24 hours!  That means you only have 24 hours to get on my mailing list or you’ll miss out on all the free holiday tutorials!

My free annual holiday gift to all those who have supported me throughout the year, every week you’ll receive a full project tutorial from start to finish for a holiday card, a unique gift idea, or a beautiful gift box, gift bag, or holiday tag, for a total of 12 free craft tutorials!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of these fantastic holiday ideas you’ll want to be sure to subscribe before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 5th, when the first edition of this year’s 12 Weeks of Christmas goes out.  You can sign up by filling out the form below.

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Paper Pumpkin Handmade Halloween Card

By | October 3, 2016

Alternative Paper Pumpkin Project

Paper Pumpkin Handmade Halloween Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a simple handmade Halloween card I created as an alternative project using the stamps and supplies in the latest Paper Pumpkin craft kit.

I love my Paper Pumpkin because every month I receive a cute little box delivered in the mail, full of projects that have already been designed for me with all the supplies pre-cut.  All I have to do is sit down for a few minutes when I have time and put them together.

Do you find that it’s not always easy to fit in a creative outlet?  I do, too, but with these little paper crafting classes in a box I don’t need a lot of time to get my “fix.” And they make a great gift, too!

It’s a great time to give these kits-of-the-month a try because Stampin’ Up! is offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free special until October 10th… pay for the first month and your second month will be FREE!  Just be sure to use the Promo Code BOGO when joining.

Watch the video below for some other adorable ideas using the latest Paper Pumpkin craft kit.


Christmas Card Sunday: This Christmas Card Magic

By | October 2, 2016

Handmade Christmas Card Magic.

Christmas Card Sunday Christmas MagicToday’s Christmas Card Sunday project features the stamp set Christmas Magic (clear or wood) and This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper.

I wrapped the top layer a few times with some Garden Green twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack.  You’ll get a spool of Cherry Cobbler and a spool of Gold twine included in the package, too!

The circle for the greeting and the little peek-a-boo scalloped layer underneath it were both cut out using my Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits.  There’s 16 dies in this framelit grouping… so many different sizes to choose from!

This handmade Christmas card relies on the more traditional holiday colors of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green in the patterned paper and inks.  I like the pattern I chose for this card.  It looks beautiful just as it is, but you can really dress it up if you want to.   The color palette used is shown below.

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Don’t forget, you’ve got about six more hours to receive free shipping on your orders of $50 or more. To take advantage of this offer you’ll have to drop me a note with your phone number so I can give you a call to collect your order.

Have you started your holiday stamping yet? It’s time to get started on your Christmas card designs!


World Card Making Day is Here, Let’s Celebrate!

By | October 1, 2016

Happy World Card Making Day!

World Card Making Day - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday is World Card Making Day, and Stampin’ Up! is offering a few essential card making items available at a 25% discount.  What a perfect time to stock up on your supplies, just in time for your holiday crafting!  The discounted items include things such as card stock, envelope paper, and the Envelope Punch Board!  There’s even a bonus deal:  Buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive and you’ll receive a Fast Fuse Refill absolutely free!

And how about the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit?  You can grab this wonderful kit for yourself to make a bunch of quick and beautiful handmade cards to have on hand, but what a great gift idea, too! And be sure to pick up the coordinating Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set for the perfect pairing to complete the projects included in the kit.

Watch the video below and see what comes in the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit.

These fabulous specials run through October 5th, so don’t delay!

For the month of October Stampin’ Up! is also running a special on our designer paper — Buy 3 and Get One Free!

And to top it all off, I am offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $50 or more placed with me this weekend. Since the free shipping offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up! you MUST contact me to place your order.  Just drop me a note with your phone number and best time to call, and I’ll give you a quick jingle to collect your order.

Save money for your holiday shopping by taking advantage of all the specials available to you this weekend, including my free shipping offer which ends on Sunday October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

You can check out all of the World Card Making Day discounted items HERE.


2016 12 Weeks of Christmas Announcement

By | September 30, 2016

2016 12 Weeks of Christmas Announcement

2016 12 Weeks of Christmas - www.stamp4joy.comI’m almost giddy with excitement as I announce that in just five short days I’m going to begin the 2016 12 Weeks of Christmas, my much anticipated annual FREE e-mail campaign!

Each week for 12 consecutive weeks you will receive, via e-mail, a different holiday project tutorial.  The first few weeks we’ll start off with some beautiful handmade Christmas cards.  The next few weeks will feature some awesome and unique handmade gift ideas.  And then we’ll round out the 12 weeks with some beautiful gift wrap ideas of homemade bags, handmade boxes, and adorable Christmas tags.  When the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign comes to an end you’ll have a collection of 12 amazing holiday projects that you’ll be able to make yourself.

Here’s the catch.  The ONLY people who are going to receive these stunning project ideas and tutorials are those people who are subscribed to my mailing list.  If you haven’t joined my mailing list by October 5th at 1 p.m. Pacific Time you’re not going to receive these project tutorials!  So make sure you don’t miss out and sign up for my FREE mailing list by filling out the box below.

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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?

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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)