Uncle Birthday Cards Using Paper Pumpkin

Guy Greetings Worlds Greatest UncleI decided to create some uncle birthday cards using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

With the Paper Pumpkin kit-of-the-month club you receive a fully designed project kit complete with stamps, ink, and paper each month. Everything’s even pre-cut for you so you can jump right into the stamping!

Usually you’ll have supplies left over to use on other project designs you might come up with, but this month I decided to have some fun designing alternative craft projects with my kit.

Here I cut off the larger lattice cut-out design and trimmed it down to fit on the card front.  I trimmed off another piece to complete the front, stamped it in Dapper Denim ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set (wood, clear), and mounted them both on a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, one of the new In Colors coming in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Guy Greetings (wood, clear, photopolymer) was used to create the banner and stamp the “UNCLE” on the circle.  This is a wonderful set for all the occasions you need to design cards for the men in your life.

I added a little Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and a few pearls along the bottom of the focal piece.  I hope he likes it!

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Click on the picture below and check out another alternative project using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

2016 May Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

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Love Greeting Cards: Painter’s Palette

Painters Palette Love Greeting Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets in the upcoming 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up Catalog, Painter’s Palette (wood – 141907, clear – 141910).

I really like this stamp set because the creative ideas of what you can put on the “canvas” are endless!

You know how I love black and white card designs with a pop of color.  Here I used the canvas to add the color, and just used a small snippet of designer paper from the coordinating Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack (141657).  With bright and lively patterns and designs, it’s perfect for the “artist” in me!  🙂

The lovely card sentiment is also part of this new Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp set.

Do you have the new Stampin’ Up! catalog yet?  Would you like one?

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Alternative Paper Pumpkin Craft

2016 May Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s an alternative Paper Pumpkin craft project I made using supplies from the 2016 May Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit. I added some paper from the Everyday Chic Designer Paper collection behind the card front (which I cut off the included card and trimmed down) and then a few pearls.

You can still pick up this paper collection for about another week as long as they don’t sell out. The patterns are great for black and white birthday cards or other handmade card designs.

We got a number of “Happy” die cuts in the kit that were a light shade of blue, and I just colored one with Basic Black ink to keep with the black and white theme.  I really like it.  What do you think?

Join Paper Pumpkin and next month you’ll receive a box full of paper crafting fun, too!

Friendship Greeting Card: Sitting Here

Sitting Here Friendship CardFor today’s friendship greeting card I’m featuring a cute stamp set and designer paper collection coming in the new catalog, Sitting Here (photopolymer – 141589) and Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper (141648).

I used Shimmery White Card Stock for the pillows and colored them in using the new In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (141393). The colors are awesome:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.

The little hearts were punched out using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.

Would you like to have a fun girls night out making a friendship greeting card and earn some free stamps at the same time?  Contact me and we’ll pick a time for your party that works for you.  Catalog shows are welcome, too!

Christmas Card Sunday: Embellished Ornaments

Christmas Card Sunday - Embellished Ornaments - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m back for another Christmas Card Sunday.  This week I’m featuring the Embellished Ornaments stamp set, which you can pick up in wood mount or clear mount.   You’ll notice I didn’t even use one of the ornament designs on this card, but instead opted to keep it pretty simple.

Retired - Embellished OrnamentsI used the Basic Black Archival Ink Pad to stamp the Christmas greeting in the bottom right corner of the focal piece and the holly and berries all around, coloring in with my Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers from the Regals Stampin’ Write Markers collection. So simple!  And I love using the Basic Black and Basic Gray ink pads when I’m coloring with markers because they won’t bleed!

I cut the little deer from some retired designer paper and then mounted it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I adore the ribbon, but it’s retired, too.

The color scheme used for this card is shown below.

125 Garden Green Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Very Vanilla Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Cherry Cobbler Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Be sure and stop by next week for another Christmas Card Sunday design! 🙂

June Will Be Epic!

host-promo-header-naThe new catalog is just a few weeks away!  Have you seen it yet?  Would you like a copy?  Contact me with your phone number and the best time to call, and after we have a short chat I will send you one free!

Schedule a party with me — either in your home, a virtual party on Facebook, or just collect orders — and if it totals at least $350 you will receive an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards!

Did you know you can use your Stampin’ Rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit?  That’s right, you could host a party and get started in your new diy home business at the same time!  A $350 party would net you $77 in Stampin’ Rewards… and the starter kit is $99 plus tax!

Contact me for more information.

Feel Goods Handmade Card Designs

Feel Goods Handmade Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s another of my handmade card designs featuring the retiring Feel Goods stamp set (clear mount or wood mount).  This set is guaranteed to be available until May 22nd, and after that it’s only while supplies last.

I love the color Turquoise, and I think this color scheme is rather sophisticated, don’t you?  Of course, anything combined with black and white probably would be. 🙂

The Lovely Lace Embossing Folder was used to create the textured Turquoise background by applying color directly to the folder using my Brayer, another item that’s retiring.  The 1 3/4″ Circle Punch made the background circles.

Do you live in Western Washington? Then you’re invited to my Open House! Come play with some of the fun toys from the new catalog.  I’d love to meet you!


You’ll find the color scheme for today’s handmade card design is below.

125 Basic Black Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Whisper White Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Tempting Turquoise - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

And don’t forget, today is the last day to get 10% off my favorite craft organization tools!  Be sure to use the code SummerCat16.  You can read more about what I use HERE.

Handmade Christmas Card Sunday: Greetings of the Season

Christmas Card Sunday - 5-8-2016It’s Christmas Card Sunday, and today’s handmade Christmas card is featuring the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season.  You can find this set on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

I left one of the greeting card sentiments looks standing alone, and I think it looks great, don’t you?  Very understated.

I embossed the sentiment in white and then sponged some Pool Party and Island Indigo ink over it to really make it stand out.  It’s stamped on the fabulous Shimmery White Card Stock, and I added a few Rhinestone Jewels for some added sparkle.

I’ve added a photo of the stamp set below, along with the color combination used for this handmade Christmas card.  Enjoy!

RETIRED - Greetings of the Season125 Whisper White Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Pool Party Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Island Indigo Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com


Are You In?

RSVP-Open-House-Summer-2016My Open House is only about a month away.  It’s totally free, but you must RSVP to attend.

Be among the first to see and play with some of the new products and make some awesome projects. There will be drawings, shopping, and you can even pick up your free copy of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!

In order to be sure I have enough supplies for everyone you must RSVP no later than May 28th.  If you RSVP by May 21st I’ll have a special gift for you when you arrive!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 11, 2016

TIME:  Any time between noon and 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Spanaway Lake, Spanaway, WA (address will be provided after you RSVP, but if you need it ahead of time just contact me)

You won’t want to miss it, so be sure and RSVP now.  Let me know you’re bringing a guest I’ve never met before and you’ll receive a free prize when you arrive! I hope to see you there!

There’s a Sale on My Favorite Craft Organizers!

Framelits Storage 2 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThey’re having a sale on my favorite craft organizers.  Pump up your craft room organization and get 10% off at the same time!  This discount expires at midnight on May 9th, 2016.

Make sure to use the code SummerCat16 when you place your order online. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to save money on your craft storage solutions!

Please note:  The discount code applies to all product categories except the Roll Top Desk and Starter Kits.  Limit one discount code per purchase.

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Handmade Thinking of You Card

Lovely as a Tree Handmade Thinking of You Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comLovely as a Tree (comes in wood or clear mount) is a most versatile set.  You can use it for just about any occasion or sentiment.  Here I used it for a handmade thinking of you card.  I made this for a friend who might get some bad news later in the week, and I wanted him to know he’s in my thoughts.

The sentiment came from Sheltering Tree and was stamped in Garden Green ink.  Then I punched or cut out the different size stars with a few tools.  The smallest ones came from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, which is on the retiring list and only available until the end of May or while supplies last.  The middle size stars were cut out using the Circle Card Thinlits Dies, also on the retiring list and on sale!  The larger star was cut out with the smallest framelit from the Stars Framellits Dies.

I thought a little bit of lace would be okay for a guy card, and when I showed it to my son that’s the first thing he pointed out that he liked, so I guess I was right! 🙂  It’s Venetian Crochet Trim, and it’s retiring and on sale, also.

Lastly, the patterned paper in the background came from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper collection.  It’s also on the retiring list, and I’m really going to miss it!

The color combo used for this handmade thinking of you card is shown below. Happy Monday!

125 Basic Gray Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Very Vanilla Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Garden Green Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Christmas Card Sunday: Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWhen rubber stamping Christmas cards, try mixing and matching images, papers, and accessories to come up with some beautiful handmade card designs.

For Christmas Card Sunday today I decided to go shabby chic!  I love the look of vintage Christmas cards, I don’t know why I don’t spend more time making them.

The beauty of these card making projects is you don’t have to be precise in your layouts, as in straight! I don’t know about you, but I always feel my greetings are crooked.  🙂

Lots of layers and sponging, it’s a great way to use up bits of left over designer paper, random snippets of ribbon and accessories… what’s not to love?!?

Joyful SeasonThis card features the retired Joyful Season, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  This is a gorgeous stamp set of two-step stamps that creates simply lovely images.

You might notice the little bit of texture behind the bird. That was accomplished by using the large texture image found in You’ve Got This.  It almost gives it the impression of linen, although you might not be able to see it well in the photo.

I added some swatches of retired designer paper which I tore, crinkled, ripped, and sponged with Early Espresso Classic Ink.  I also frayed the ends and sponged on a bit of Early Espresso ink to the White Jute Ribbon, which is retiring this month. With the addition of a few Designer Buttons from the Neutrals collection (also retiring), I was done!

Go ahead and check out what’s still available from the Retiring List.  The accessories are only available while supplies last and the stamps are only guaranteed to be available until May 22nd.

And don’t forget, when you shop my Online Store you receive Stamp4Joy Rewards!

The color palette used for this week’s Christmas Card Sunday project is below.  Thanks for stopping by!

125 Early Espresso Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Pool Party Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Cherry Cobbler Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Delightful Dijon Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Thank You Card Ideas Using Market Fresh

Thank You Card Ideas Using Market Fresh and Stake Your Claim - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI needed some thank you card ideas, so I dove into my soon-to-be-retired stash to see what I could come up with.

On this handmade card design I’ve featured Market Fresh and Stake Your Claim, two sets retiring the end of May.  You can even pick up Market Fresh on sale right now!

The background paper is from the Farmers Market Designer Paper collection, which is also retiring, and the ribbon is from my retired stash.

I couldn’t resist, I pulled out my Copic Markers to color them in.  How’d I do?

Have a great weekend!