May 272015

Guy Greetings - To a Classic - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis clean and simple card is a great start for Fathers Day card ideas or a wonderful birthday card for your brother, etc.   It would even make great homemade thank you cards.  Just change out the inside greeting to suit the occasion!

Featuring Guy Greetings, the perfect set for all your masculine card ideas, I stuck to a classic and timeless black and white palette.   The patterned papers give you a sneak peek at one of the upcoming designer paper collections coming out in the new catalog.  Gorgeous!


ILCS30-001I started with the card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches for my card design.  Stop on by and give it a try yourself.

May 252015

Remember This Memorial Day CardToday I decided to focus on Memorial Day cards to express our thanks for those who came before and made the ultimate sacrifice, and for those currently serving, too.  Thank you!

The greeting came from Project Life Remember This, a fitting title don’t you think?  And the designer paper came from the retiring Maritime Designer Paper collection, which you can still pick up at a discount for a few more days!

I used the Circle Collection Framelits and the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch for the greeting piece, and the star came from the Circle Card Thinlits.  The banners were made with the cool Triple Banner Punch coming out in the new catalog… you’re going to love it!

Today is the last day to pick up a FREE package of card stock by placing an order with me.  Read about it HERE.

Have a safe Memorial Day!

May 222015

Four things support the world:  the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.

© David Coleman | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© David Coleman | Dreamstime Stock Photos

I have a Memorial Day special just for you!  Place a Stampin’ Up! order with me of $50 or more between now and Monday at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and I will give you your choice of color of any 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock as a bonus gift absolutely free!

Since this special is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, you must contact me using this form or give me a call at (253) 256-1222 to place your order.  Payment must be made at the time of purchase.  Please leave a message if I don’t answer and I will return your call as soon as possible.

May 202015

Bohemian XOXO - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe new Bohemian Designer Paper, with it’s bold patterns and dramatic color palette is perfect for making cards for either men or women.  I think the rich colors in this card would be quite suitable for a card for him.  And what do you think of the new In Color, Delightful Dijon?  Don’t you love it?

This is just a small sampling of what’s new in the upcoming 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  If you’d like to get your very own copy, just Contact Me.  Include your name, address, phone number, and the best time to call.  Once we have a quick chat I’d be happy to send you one absolutely free! card was inspired by the card pattern over at i Love Card Sketches.  Pop on over and try it out for yourself!

May 172015

I am putting the final touches on my upcoming paper crafting classes, and I need your help.

If you live in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area and would like to attend card making classes and other craft classes, please let me know when would be the best time for you:

  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sundays at 1:00 p.m.

Please contact me and let me know your preference.  And if you have an idea which one you’d like me to offer first, you can check out my first classes below.

Here’s what I’m working on:

Tin of Cards Class:

Make 16 cards, 4 different designs.  Includes a cute printed tin with lid and all supplies necessary.

Perpetual Birthday Calendar

All supplies will be provided to make this cute perpetual calendar.  You’ll never forget another birthday!

Watercolor Wishes

Make 20 unique cards.  All supplies included, and you’ll receive a 12-piece photopolymer stamp set to keep and use again and again!

Again, just contact me and let me know your thoughts about my paper crafting classes.


May 152015

Ink Pad Refill Marker Ribbon Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis weekend you can pick up some of my favorite craft room organization tools at a nice discount.

Right now they’re offering these awesome craft organizers at 15% off!  They have the perfect tool for your ink pads, markers, and refills, another one for your punches, a scrapbook paper holder, ribbon storage, and my personal favorite, the one to hold my thinlits for the Big Shot!

These special prices only last through May 19th, so grab them on sale while you can.

Framelits Storage 2 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comPunch Framelits Paper Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comBe sure and use the code SpringCat15 when checking out.
May 132015

You've Got This Handmade Sympathy Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s handmade sympathy card features a sneak peek at some brand new items coming up in the next Stampin’ Up! catalog, which will be released in just a few weeks.  It’s awesome!  If you’d like one CONTACT ME with your name, address, and phone number, and as soon as we chat I’ll get one right out to you!

You might notice a couple new colors.  They’re from the new 2015-2017 In Colors Collection, Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron.  And no, that’s not misspelled, and it’s going to bug me for the next two years!!! :-)

ILCS28 - www.iLoveCardSketches.comThe stamp set is You’ve Got This, the patterned paper is from the Bohemian Designer Paper Collection, and the delicate lace is our new Dotted Lace Trim, which comes in all the new In Colors.

I started with this week’s card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  It’s a pretty simple one, so why not give it a try on your next handmade card?  When you do be sure and upload it there to share it with all of us.

Have a great day!

May 122015

Check out the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! below.

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May 062015

ILCS27 The Secret of Life - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis friendship card features the timeless retiring stamp set From My Heart, consisting of lovely sentiments and graceful images.

I’m happy to say that the Typeset Designer Paper Collection is NOT going to be retired.  Woohoo!  I love it (especially the striped pages) as you can probably tell from many of my latest projects!  :-)

Real Red adds a splash of color in the greeting and along the striped patterned paper.

i Love Card Sketches ILCS27I used the free greeting card template shared this week at i Love Card Sketches.  Hop on over and give it a try!

May 042015

© Mike Watson | Dreamstime.comRetirement sales are in full swing, and the accessories are selling out fast.  Check out the updated Retirement List selection.

Tomorrow is the day demonstrators can pre-order from the new catalog, and I am EXCITED!  I think this catalog is wonderful, and I believe you’ll think so, too!

Be the first to schedule your stamp party or catalog show… just $150 in sales qualifies for free hostess merchandise!  You and your guests will stamp  something beautiful (or receive a stamped project if it’s a catalog show), PLUS  this catalog year my hostesses will receive $5 off any one of my classes offered within three months of their party.  Stay tuned for my class offerings, they’re going to be spectacular!

Contact me for more information or to schedule your show.  Let’s party!

May 032015

ILCS26 - Handmade Christmas Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFor today’s handmade Christmas card I pulled out the retired Deck the Halls designer paper collection.  It’s so beautiful on its own.

Did you notice there’s no stamping on this homemade card?  The sentiment is embedded right in the patterned paper.  I don’t think you can get any easier than that!

The fancy bow was made from Crumb Cake Seam Binding.  I will be adding a video at Papercrafts Toolbox later this week on how to create one.  I looped a bunch of Linen Thread beneath it to give it a more shabby chic look.  Unfortunately, the Crumb Cake Seam Binding is on the retired list and they have already sold out of it.

ILCS26 inspiration for this card came from this week’s card sketch at  i Love Card Sketches, I just turned it on its side.  Come on over and try out this easy card layout.  It’s never too early to get started on those handmade Christmas card designs!

Apr 302015

Handmade Baby Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHello Honey is the dominant color used on this project, and the name seems quite suitable for a handmade baby card.

Isn’t that little guy so sweet?  He (or she) is out of the Occasions Catalog, a single stamp called Baby Bumblebee.  Well, I actually cut the stamp in two to have the greeting separate from the image, so I just mounted it on one end of the wood piece,

The paper patterns are from the Sweet Dreams Designer Paper collection, and look beautiful with the Hello Honey ink and Quilted Cotton Ribbon.  I  LOVE how Stampin’ Up! colors are consistent and work so well throughout their product line!  I wove in a bit of Whisper White Seam Binding with the quilted ribbon.  I think it looks great!  How about you?

The 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and the nested Circles Collection were used to cut out the bumblebee, and I used the Banner Punch to create the flag edge on the sentiment piece.

Click on the photos below for more information about each product or to purchase to recreate this handmade baby card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 292015

Clean and Simple Friendship Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThis clean and simple friendship card started with this week’s clean and simple sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  I selected a couple patterns from the soon-to-be-retiring Flower Pot Designer Paper Collection.  You’re assured they’ll always work together when they come in the same collection.

The Hostess stamp set Let Your Hair Down provided the card saying.  You can still select this fabulous set of greeting card sentiments as one of your free Hostess items when you submit an order of $150 or more before June.  It’s easy, just collect some orders from friends to add to yours! Be sure to let them know about the retiring list of stamps and accessories, and that they can pick them up at a discount of up to 50% off!  Get them while you can!

ILCS26 out what’s still available HERE.

Stop on over to i Love Card Sketches and participate in this week’s card sketch.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

Apr 222015

Really Good Greetings meet TypesetToday’s Miss You card features the retiring stamp set Really Good Greetings (which you can pick up now for 25% off!) and Typeset Designer Paper.  I’m going to really miss this paper!

The little red heart provides a little “pop” of color and was punched out using the Owl Builder Punch.

I began with the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.  Come on over and join in.


Apr 212015

GOODBYE-header_retiredlist15_demo_April2115_ENGDon’t delay on getting your discount craft supplies on the retiring Stampin’ Up! stamps and accessories.  Get big discounts on rubber stamps, ribbons, dies, punches, and more, but only while supplies last!

Check out the retiring list HERE.

There are some things to keep in mind:

  • Stamps are available for purchase through May 26th.
  • Accessories are only available while supplies last and can sell out quickly!
  • If there’s an X in the far right column, it means that item has SOLD OUT!
  • You can place your orders HERE, and when you do you’ll qualify for Stamp4Joy Rewards.
  • And if that’s not enough, check out the Weekly Deals.
Apr 182015

Get in on these Stampin’ Up! specials while you can, there’s only a few days left.  You can select from thinlits and framelits for the Big Shot, a punch, an awesome stamp set, embellishments, and more!

And don’t forget, when you purchase from my Online Store you receive Stamp4Joy Rewards, too!

Check out all the Weekly Deals below:

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Apr 172015

Birthday Shaker CardI got the bug to create a birthday shaker card today.  Stampin’ Up! has these awesome Shaker Frames, and you can make a lot of cards with what comes in the package.  Of course they’re circles and, as you can see, my card is using a square.  So I just took the circles and cut them up to use them. :-)

I still had the Let Your Hair Down set out from yesterday, so I used that for the greeting in the shaker.  Say Cheese provided the frame.

The festive Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Paper provided the paper patterns, and I grabbed my Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim to trim the frame and add the loose sequins to shake.

Have you ever made a shaker card?  If not, why not give it a try?  They are a lot of fun!  Or maybe it’s just been a while.

To help you out, I’ll give you a package of Shaker Frames FREE this weekend when you place an order of $50 or more (before s&h and tax) in my Online Store.  They will be coming directly from me after you’ve placed your order, so please allow about seven to ten days to receive them.  This offer ends Monday April 20th, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time.

Have a great weekend!


Apr 162015

Sweet Taffy Birthday CardIt’s easy to create a birthday card with just a few shapes, some designer paper, and an awesome birthday card greeting.

Here I combined a couple of the bold and graphic patterns included in the Sweet Taffy Designer Paper collection with a greeting from Let Your Hair Down.   The vibrant colors and blend of jazzy shapes gives this card a very festive feel.  Who wouldn’t love to receive it for their birthday?

I used Tempting Turquoise as the color to tie it all together.  It’s one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors, so why haven’t I used it in so long?  With spring and summer coming up I’m sure I’ll be relying on it more and more.

Stretch your supplies (and money) by having your card stock do double duty!  In this case I cut out the center of the back Tempting Turquoise piece, leaving a border around the outside of about 1/2″ to 3/4″.  The center piece was then used to cut out some of the other pieces used to mount the patterned paper and greeting on.

Did you know that you can order from my Online Store any time of the day or night?  Your supplies will be delivered straight to your door!

Pick up the supplies to create your own birthday card by clicking on the photos below:

Apr 152015

Guy Greetings ILCS24This card began with this week’s card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  I combined the Typeset Designer Paper and Guy Greetings stamp set with a Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla color scheme.

I just kept repeating the hats over and over, then used my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to ink and stamp one on a scrap piece of card stock.  I then cut it out and popped it onto the card ILCS24-001with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

I used the Artisan Label Punch to punch out the greeting.

Here’s the original card sketch.  Come on over and give it a try!


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