Faux Wooden Sign Cards – Adventure Awaits

Faux Wooden Sign - blog.Stamp4Joy.comA while ago I went on a spree of making faux wooden sign cards.  Here’s one I designed using the Adventure Awaits stamp set.

This group of greeting card sentiments is perfect because of the large, bold images. They’re awesome all by Adventure Awaits

themselves!  I can see them being used for any celebration:  a handmade retirement card, a homemade graduation card, etc.

Of course, the Hardwood stamp was used to create the wooden sign background.

Here’s a look at the complete stamp set, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps Sale page.

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Here’s a little sneak peak at the May Paper Pumpkin kit-of-the-month, Many Manly Occasions.  Hmm, I wonder what the theme is?  😉

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Christmas Card Sunday: Holiday Card Ideas

Holiday Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWelcome back to Christmas Card Sunday, where each week I share different holiday card ideas so we’re not frantically rubber stamping Christmas cards at the last minute. Thanks for stopping by.

Today’s Christmas card making idea combines some retired with some current Stampin’ Up! catalog sets and accessories.  Do you recognize them?

First, let’s talk about that brick wall.  Love it!  Do you have the Brick Wall Embossing Folder yet?  If not, why???  You can make the most deliciously interesting backgrounds for your handmade cards.

The window is from the Hearth & Home Thinlits.  The rest of the stamps came from the retired sets To You and Yours Too and Winter Wishes, both of which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

Check out some other projects using these sets below.  Just click on the photo for a closer look.

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I hope you’ll find these holiday card ideas inspiring.   Feel free to share them on all your social media spots. Have a great week!

Throwback Thursday: Handmade Sympathy Cards

Homemade Condolence CardToday’s Throwback Thursday features one of the handmade sympathy cards I made four years ago.

Beautiful texture comes from running the background Vanilla Top Note shape through an embossing folder and then softly sponging the relief with some ink.

The soft palette is a nice combo for a sympathy card, don’t you think?  The colors used are shown below. Baja Breeze is no longer available, but Soft Sky might fill in nicely.

The retired stamps (Faith in Nature and Word Play) and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder can be found on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

Click on the photo to see the full post for this handmade sympathy card from four years ago.

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A Fond Farewell!


Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available until May 22nd; after that it’s while supplies last. Everything else is while supplies last.

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Going Global World Traveler & Tax Relief

World Traveler Going Global - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIn today’s card making idea I combined the Going Global (wood mount and clear mount) stamp set with the World Traveler Embossing Folder, a perfect combination.  I think they were made for each other! 😉

Everything is done in Very Vanilla and Lost Lagoon, which is one of the 2014-2016 In Colors that’s going away the first of June.  It’s one of my favorite colors.  What will I do without it?!?

Speaking of another painful thing, today is Tax Day.  Have you completed yours and sent them in?

For a little tax relief, I have decided to offer NO TAX on any orders placed today before 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  Since this offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up! you must CONTACT ME with your order. Please include your order, phone number, and e-mail address, and I’ll get back to you today or tomorrow with your total.  Payment must be made by tomorrow 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time to take advantage of this offer.

Christmas Card Sunday: Country Christmas Cards

Country Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWelcome to Christmas Card Sunday, a weekly feature where I design various handcrafted Christmas cards to inspire your creativity and get you started rubber stamping Christmas cards early instead of waiting until the last minute!  Let’s get them done this year, what do you say?  🙂

All you really need to make beautiful country Christmas cards is a tree stamp or two. Super simple!

Here the Whisper White card stock gives the impression of snow with the green tree stamp from Lovely as a Tree (comes in wood mount and clear mount) and stamps from the retired Happy Scenes stamp set, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.


Happy Scenes Halloween Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s another example using the Happy Scenes stamp set.  Just click on the photo to get a closer view.

The inspirational saying was designed by using a few different stamps from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set (wood mount or clear mount), which is still available for purchase.  It’s perfect for putting together  custom greeting card sentiments for those holiday cards.

I added a few snowflake embellishments from the retired Frosted Sequins Embellishments, which has the frosted snowflakes and different size sequins.  Just the right touch, don’t you think?  They are no longer available for purchase, but if you place an order of $30 or more in my Online Store before the end of the day on Saturday April 23rd, I will send you an assortment sample packet of these pretty embellishments to add on your own country Christmas cards. along with a reusable card hand stamped by me!  🙂

Handmade All Occasion Greeting Card

Handmade All Occasion Greeting Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I decided to create a handmade all occasion greeting card.  You can use this little vignette to make a thank you card, make a birthday card, homemade Mothers Day cards, tea party invitations… the list is endless.

Most of this vignette consists of die-cuts from the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies in the Occasions Catalog.    I used a couple patterns from the Going Places Designer Paper Stack for the teapot and tea cup.  The background “wallpaper” and “table” also were from that paper stack.

This is actually the first time I used the adorable little silverware pieces included in the set.  Love them!  They were cut from the Silver Foil Sheets.

The “artwork” above the teapot came from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set and was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

I added a couple small Cherry Cobbler hearts, which I created using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.

If you like this handmade all occasion greeting card, please share using one of the Social Sharing Buttons below!

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Card Making Tips and Techniques: Using Old Blender Pens

In today’s post of Card Making Tips and Techniques we will be talking about Blender Pens.

Blender Pens - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIf you have these pens then you know how convenient and easy they are to use for creating a watercolor look.  If you haven’t used them and are wondering how to watercolor simply, these pens are for you. I love them!  However, once they’ve dried up what do you do?  Well, don’t throw them away!

Get double-duty from those dried-up pens! They’re great to use with the bleach technique. Just dip the tip into some fresh bleach and brush it where you want it on your card stock.  Depending on the color of card stock and how much bleach you apply, a lighter shade or even a different color will be revealed.  You can come up with some beautiful and interesting effects by doing this.  Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.

The bleach can be rough on bristles of a brush, which is I love using my dried-up pens for this instead of just throwing them away!  Be sure to wrap the pen with something so you’ll know which one to use. Washi tape works great for this!

Haven’t used Blender Pens yet?  Here’s a little more info:

You get three pens when you order, so they’ll last a long time.  They are dual-tipped and filled with a specialized solution to blend ink easily.  They work best on Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Card Stock with our Classic Stampin’ Ink.  They are acid free, xylene free, and nontoxic.

I clean off the tips by rubbing it a couple of times on scrap paper, then across my Stampin’ Cleanup Pad which I’ve spritzed with Stampin’ Mist, and then on scrap paper again.  Then I can switch to a different color with no problem!

And again, once my Blender Pens have dried up I use them for bleaching!

I hope you’ll find this post of Card Making Tips and Techniques helpful.  Have a great weekend!

Throwback Thursday: Adventure Bound

Adventure-Bound-blog.Stamp4Joy.com_Today’s Throwback Thursday we’re looking back at one of my favorite creative handmade cards.  It turned out exactly as I had envisioned it — a porthole in an old wooden ship — and I was thrilled!  And starting with The Open Sea and Hardwood, just about everything that I used to create this card is still available!

You can read the original post HERE.

Below you’ll find a few more Throwback Thursday handmade card samples using Hardwood or The Open Sea. Click on the picture to go to the original post.




Faux Wooden Sign Handmade Card Designs

Faux Wooden Sign Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comOn Saturday I began playing with the idea of creating some handmade card designs that are what I’m calling faux wooden sign cards or faux pallet sign cards.  I posted one on My Facebook Page which you can check out.

Here’s another one I made inspired by a wooden sign I found on Pinterest and which  I attempted to replicate using Stampin’ Up! stamps.

In addition to using the Hardwood stamp I grabbed a few words from a variety of stamp sets: Hello Life, For All Things, Flower Patch, and Going Global.

I used the Sweetheart Punch to punch a heart from scrap paper and then sponged it in with some Early Espresso ink.

I’ll be showing more of these faux wooden sign handmade card designs later, but what do you think so far?

Here They Are, the Last Weekly Deals!

WeeklyDeals_Share-2_Apr0516_NAHere they are, the last Weekly Deals!  These rubber stamping supplies are available at a discount through the 18th.  There’s some Christmas dies, a set of Stampin’ Write markers, a couple of Stampin’ Up! punches, and more.

And don’t forget, everyone who makes a purchase in my Online Store is automatically registered for my Stamp4Joy Rewards Program!

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Appreciation Cards Using Going Global

Going Global Appreciation Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I used Going Global and the coordinating Going Places Designer Paper collection.  With this combination you can go beyond making appreciation cards, and they’re especially suitable for cards for men.  I adore this suite of products!

I punched out the compass with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, and stamped another compass and cut out just the “needles” to pop up over the first one.

The stars were punched out of the star patterned paper using the star punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I use this set of punches a lot because it has a variety of smaller shapes that I use often, a star, heart, and flower!

The new Stampin’ Up! catalog is just a couple months away, and I’m already scheduling parties for June.  Be the first of your friends to host a Stampin’ Up! party and earn FREE STAMPS as a thank you!  Catalog parties are welcome, too!

Contact me today and we’ll work on selecting a date that works with your schedule.  You and your guests can make and take home some appreciation cards for yourself!