Oct 202014

Kinda Eclectic Meets Work of Art Handmade Card Designs - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt never fails, whenever I grab my Kinda Eclectic stamp set for my handmade card designs, I always seem to use Work of Art, too (or vice versa).

This one is no different, though I only used PART of a greeting this time.  I simply used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up the part of the greeting I wanted.  Using that technique can really give you lots of mileage out of the stamps you already own, so be sure to look at them with a little different eye next time you sit down to create your own greeting card or scrapbook page layout.

I started with a neutral palette of Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and Always Artichoke.   I added some pops of color with the sun stamped in Crushed Curry and the Rich Razzleberry butterfly, which was punched out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch, adorned with a few small pearls, and attached using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Everything used to recreate this handmade card design can be found below.  Just click on a picture for more information or to purchase.

Oct 192014

Sometimes I like to use a sketch to help inspire my handmade card designs.

Handmade Card Ideas Bloom With Hope - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor this card I started with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and although my center focal piece kept getting larger and larger, I think you can still see the basic sketch in the card.  LOL!

I grabbed the greeting from the stamp set For All Things, which you can find in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The flowers came from Bloom With Hope and were colored in using my Blendabilities.  The patterned paper came from the Confetti Celebration Designer Paper.

WCreating Paper Scraps - blog.Stamp4Joy.come’ve been talking lately about using up our paper scraps, but here’s a way to create some extra paper scraps and conserve your card stock and designer papers.

I will often cut out the center of some layers, which will leave me large enough scraps to use in future projects.  Our Stampin’ Trimmer works so well for this, as you can line up where you start and stop your cuts.  SiFMS158nce it will be behind another layer, the cuts don’t even have to be exact, and it helps cut down on the weight and thickness of the overall card.

What do you use as inspiration for your handmade card designs?

All the items used to make this card are shown below. Just click on one of the photos for more info or to purchase.

Oct 162014

Be Your Own Boss!Today is Bosses Day!  Since I’m my own boss for my Stampin’ Up! business I thought I’d share 3 reasons I love being my own boss!

1.  Finding a job where I can set my own hours… priceless!

We all have busy and hectic schedules these days.  Try to find a job where you can set your own hours around your family and other commitments… yeah, right!  Work where you want, how you want, and when you want with Stampin’ Up!

2.  Want to make more friends?  No problem!

Since starting my own Stampin’ Up! business I have met countless new friends… from all over the world!

3.  Want to make more money?  You bet!

Do you need a little extra money for a special vacation or a new fridge?  No worries!  Since you can set your own hours, you can pick it up for a while when you need more income and drop it back down when the rest of your life gets hectic.

There are so many reasons I’ve loved working with Stampin’ Up! for over 16 years!

If you join my team in October, you can receive a free pack of designer paper EVERY MONTH FOR SIX MONTHS!

Start your own Stampin’ Up! story, or CONTACT ME for more info.
Oct 162014

It’s a new week and that means new Weekly Deals.  You can pick these up paper craft supplies for 25% off!  They revert back to their full price on Tuesday.

Oct 152014

Create a Birthday Card - blog.-Stamp4Joy.comCreate a birthday card with your paper scraps.  I made this one for my niece’s upcoming birthday this week.

As I was rummaging through my stash I found a square of decorative punched card stock that I had saved.  The decorative edge was messed up in a couple places, but did I just toss it?  NO!

Here I found a use for it by cutting it down and using it along a couple edges of designer paper scraps.  Since it was in a color that coordinated with the patterns, it was perfect!  It was originally created using a retired Stampin’ Up! punch.

All the patterned paper pieces came from the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper collection, full of rich and vibrant colors of the fall season.  The greeting came from Wetlands.

Oct 142014

Beauty of the Season Christmas Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAs you know, I’ve been posting a lot of ideas for Christmas cards and seasonal cards lately.   I know Christmas isn’t for a few months yet, but you’ll need some time if you want to create and send out some unique handmade cards for the holidays.

Starting with the focal image from Beauty of the Season, I colored most of it in with my Blendabilities.  I filled in the berries with the Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker after I sponged on some Soft Sky all around the image.

The Ovals Collection Framelits were used to cut out the image and the Cherry Cobbler scalloped piece it’s mounted to.  The striped background came from the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper Collection, which I mounted onto a folded card made from Baked Brown Sugar.

Luxurious Gold Satin Ribbon and a small banner punched from Brushed Gold Card Stock complete the warm and opulent quality of this handmade card design.  Just a little can go a long way!

Want more ideas for Christmas cards?
Click on the photos below for other ideas you may have missed!

Handmade Christmas Card Ideas - blog-Stamp4Joy.comLovely as a Tree Joy - blog.Stamp4Joy.comSimple Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Oct 132014

Nordic Noel Christmas Card  - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis homemade Christmas ideas is another great way to use up those scraps you’ve been collection.  The patterned paper strips came from leftovers I had from the Nordic Noel Designer Paper collection, and were cut at 1″ x 3-‘1/2″ and glued along the bottom.  I added some of the beautiful Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog, and affixed a button from the Nordic Designer Buttons.  The greeting came from Bright & Beautiful.  Oh, and the decorative edge was punch from Real Red card stock using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

See another idea for simple Christmas cards using this colorful designer paper.

Oct 112014

Super Star Card Making Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis cute card making tutorial features the Bright & Beautiful Christmas rubber stamps from the Holiday Catalog.

(Don’t forget to check out my special Bright & Beautiful Bundle, available until Oct 15th!)

Are you searching for the perfect stamp set to create beautiful Christmas cards?  The  Bright & Beautiful stamp set may be exactly what you wished for!  A powerful all-around package, it includes three sizes of elegantly detailed stars, two large greetings, and three small greetings.  Add coordinating favorites like the Stars Framelits Dies and Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create exquisitely detailed, over-the-top paper craft projects.  A favorite from the Holiday Catalog, the Bright & Beautiful stamp set won’t be around for long and you won’t want to miss it

In this card making tutorial you’ll receive 16 pages of full-color directions, which includes instructions for making four cards, including a 3-D and a Latched Gate Fold Card, along with a latching gate fold PDF template.

Tip:  The elegant star images from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set become the star of any project when you heat emboss them with Gold or Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.

Star Cards Card Making Tutorials - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can pick up this fabulous card tutorial three ways:
  • Place an order in October 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!

Super Star Card Club Tutorial

Oct 092014

Each month you’ll find new card making tutorials released in the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.   The subscription prices will be going up $1 tomorrow, but if you join today you can still get in at today’s price, and it will never go up as long as you’re a member.

The next project tutorials are coming due out tomorrow.  Lock in the price now!

See past craft tutorials from this year.
Read more about the Stamp4Joy Card Making Club.
Oct 082014

Create Christmas Cards That Shine - blog.Stamp4Joy.comCreate Christmas cards that sparkle and shine!

This is one of the make & take projects we made at our team get-together last month.  Pretty, right?  Combining the Bright & Beautiful stamp set with the Stars Framelits and Silver Glimmer Paper, it’s simple yet beautiful.  The designer paper is from the Santa & Company collection.

With all the fabulous bundles Stampin’ Up! offers, I’m surprised they didn’t offer one for this stamp/framelits combination.  Sooo, I’m going to offer a special bundle of my own! :-)

Between now and October 15th you can pick up my Bright & Beautiful Special at a discount!

What does the Bright & Beautiful Special include?

Bright & Beautiful Wood Mount Special – $56.00*:

  • Bright & Beautiful wooden stamp set
  • Stars Framelits
  • Silver Glimmer Paper

Bright & Beautiful Clear Mount Special – $49.00*:

  • Bright & Beautiful clear-mount stamp set
  • Stars Framelits
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
* does not include s&h and tax, which will be figured on the full retail amount before discount

Since this special is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, you will need to contact me to place your order.  You can give me a call at (253) 256-1222 (leave a message if I’m not here and I’ll call you back!) or contact me and let me know you’re interested.

This year you, too, can create Christmas cards that sparkle and shine!

Oct 072014

Every week Stampin’ Up! selects six products and puts them on sale at a whopping 25% off!  Things like designer paper, ribbon, digital scrapbook kits, and more.  But my favorite things they include in the weekly deals?  Framelits, Stampin’ Up rubber stamps, and punches that I don’t already own!

This week is no exception.  The Apothecary Accents Framelits Die is on sale this week, along with the sassy Geometrical wood stamp set and the Mosaic Punch.  Since these usually are more expensive items, I get excited when I know I can pick them up at such a discount.  I’m still kicking myself for not picking up the Square Collection Framelits on sale when I had the chance about a month ago… and I still don’t have them!

Check out all of this week’s deals below:

Oct 062014

Sympathy Card Sentiments - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday, everyone!

Today the focus is the sympathy card sentiments from Really Good Greetings, a message of hope and letting someone know you’re in their corner.  Since it’s October, I designed this card with breast cancer awareness in mind.  Strawberry Slush served as my pink, and the designer paper came from, of all things, Confetti Celebrations.

The little hearts were punched using the Hearts Border Punch.

Thanks for stopping by!


Oct 042014

Little Letters Fall Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt wasn’t until I had completed this simple fall card that I realized… there’s no stamping on it!  Very simple indeed!

I recently received my Little Letters Thinlits… love them!  I’ve been wanting them for a while now, so I’m really excited to start playing with them.   In case you’re wondering, those little dots on each of the letters are to poke through after die-cutting your letters to easily remove them from the thinlit.

I’m SO HAPPY I have my magnet cards to store them on.  It took about 10 minutes to remove them from the sheet they come on with all the tape, and I was so afraid I would bend the letters trying to get them off!  So happy I won’t have to deal with that every time I want to use them.

Besides the Little Letters Thinlits, this card features the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper collection.  I added one of the beautiful Gold Basic Metal Buttons and some Linen Thread to complete it.  And since the card has the negative of the letters, I still have the punched out letters to use on a future project.  Double-duty, love that!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Oct 032014

Fall Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comDo you ever have a time when you’re making greeting cards and you want a word or a phrase that you don’t have a rubber stamp for?  This actually happens to me a lot.

You could print it on the computer.  You could get a personalized rubber stamp made up with the word or phrase, but maybe it’s not something you’d use a lot, and you’d have to get a separate stamp each time — and that’s certainly not going to help you right now!

The Alphabet Rotary Stamp is just what I’ve been looking for!  Using just this one stamp you can create personalized words, phrases, names, etc.  I love it!  (The fall cards above also features the beautiful Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.)

TIP:  To use this stamp you’ll want to ink it up with your Stampin’ Write Markers, not an ink pad.  And I know I’ve told you never to rock your stamps, but this is one you’ll want to rock a little, front to back, to get a good image.

If you’re a fussy perfectionist this may not be the stamp for you.  But if you’re okay with the letters and characters not being lined up just perfectly — that IS a style and adds character and can add whimsy to your projects — you just might love it!

How much would kids love this stamp?  They could use it to stamp their name on everything! You can use the Stazon Ink Pad to stamp on nonporous surfaces like plastic.

And the best part?  From now until Monday you can save 25% on it because it’s one of this week’s Weekly Deals!

See the other Weekly Deals below!

Oct 022014

Stamp,Stock, and save

I’m sorry, Sharron S., but when you asked me about this special a few days ago I hadn’t heard of it yet.  Sometimes Stampin’ Up! has too many things going on!  Plus I was putting the final touches on my 12 Days of Christmas tutorials for my newsletter subscribers.  Yes, I’ve been a busy bee!

Anyway, here’s the scoop:

In celebration of World Card Making Day (Oct. 4th), between now and October 6th Stampin’ Up! is giving you 15% off select ink pads, card stock, envelopes, and adhesive.   Why not get a discount on your craft supplies?  And if that’s not enough, they’re also offering a selection of stamps at 20% off!

Now’s the time to stock up on your supplies, just in time for all those awesome holiday craft ideas you have floating around in your head!

Read all about it HERE.

And don’t forget, for every $25 you spend in my online store (before s&h and tax) you get credit in my Stamp4Joy Rewards Program!

Oct 012014
© Peter Weber | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Peter Weber | Dreamstime Stock Photos

There’s just 4 hours left until we begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas, full of free project tutorials for holiday crafts.  This is exclusive for my newsletter subscribers, and you’re not going to get access if you don’t sign up now.

You can join my mailing list by filling out the form below.




Sep 302014
© Peter Weber | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Peter Weber | Dreamstime Stock Photos

There’s just 24 hours left to sign up for my newsletter and receive my 12 Weeks of Christmas, full of free craft tutorials for holiday craft ideas.

Every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks you will receive a new project tutorial for things such as ideas for Christmas cards, handmade gift tags, bags, and boxes, and unique homemade gifts that you’ll be proud to give.

This is an exclusive gift I give to readers of my newsletter.  Don’t miss out!  The first tutorial goes out tomorrow at 1:00.  You can join by filling out the form below.  And be sure and tell all your friends!  Trust me, this is one holiday list they’ll WANT to be on!



Sep 302014

Flower Birthday Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe Flower Patch Bundle is a great starting point to create these flower birthday cards.

Pulling a pattern from the All Abloom Designer Paper Stack, I used the Flower Fair Framelits and Petite Petals Punch to cut the different parts to shape the punchart flowers, and the Elegant Butterfly Punch and Beautiful Wings Embosslits to form the paper punch art butterfly.

Creating coordinated pearls was easy using my Melon Mambo Blendabilities, which I added to the flower centers and the butterfly body.

The greeting came from Flower Patch, and was stamped in Strawberry Slush ink (I love that name!) on a partial circle piece I created using the Circles Collection Framelits.

To create the background I used a piece of Strawberry Slush card stock that I scored at a diagonal using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels where some of the score lines meet to finish the feminine flair.

I created this handmade card for my niece, whose birthday is Sunday.  Hope she likes it!

All the supplies to make this flower birthday card are listed below.

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