Handmade Halloween Card – Sneak Peek!

By | August 20, 2017

Handmade Halloween Card Using Graveyard Gate

Handmade Halloween Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comI know we still have quite a bit of summer left, but fall will be here before you know it.  Don’t wait until then because you’ll want to start thinking about a fun handmade Halloween card design for your kids, grandkids, or even to make Halloween invitations.  Graveyard Gate might just be the thing for inspiring those spooky ideas!  Be sure to pick it up with the Detailed Gate Thinlits Dies while you’re at it for the perfect finish to your card.  You can grab them in the Graveyard Gate Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) and save 10%!

Here I made a card similar to the one featured in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

Would you like me to send you a Holiday Catalog?  If you live in the U.S. just drop me a note with your address and phone number! 🙂

I used my Stampin’ Sponges and applied a few colors to some Glossy White Cardstock to create the perfect sunset — Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Perfect Plum — and then a bit of Tuxedo Black ink sponged around the edges.  All the gravestones and other images were stamped in Tuxedo Black.

I used my Big Shot and the fabulous gate die for the exquisite gate die-cut.  You’ll want to be sure to have the Precision Base Plate to cut it out with and the Big Shot Die Brush (and a little bit of patience) to help release all the little pieces from the die.  It’s definitely worth the little extra work!  And I’m sure I’ll come up with lots of ideas to use that die for when I have more time to play with it! 🙂

Do you make Halloween cards?  Let us know in the Comments section.  And thanks for stopping by!



Mini Scrapbook Album – First Birthday Mini Album

By | August 12, 2017

First Birthday Mini Scrapbook Album

Mini Scrapbook Album - First Birthday Album Cover - www.Stamp4Joy.comI promised to share pictures of the mini scrapbook album I made for my great-nephew’s first birthday, so here they are! There are actually a few photos I need to get to complete it, but you’ll get the idea. And I think it was a big hit!

I used chipboard for the basic bone structure of the book, but everything else came from my Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Check out the in-progress video below which shows the basic book before I decorated the album cover or added any photos:

Mini Scrapbook Album - Mini Birthday Album Open - www.Stamp4Joy.comYou may recognize the adorable paper patterns that were used to create this mini album. They’re from the Birthday Memories Designer Paper collection, which you can find on Page 189 of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  

Be sure to check out the entire Birthday Memories Suite on Pages 68 and 69, too!

First you may be interested to know that I used my Big Shot and a couple of the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies to cut out a few images directly from the designer paper:  the fox and the banner. They fit perfectly!  The turtle and squirrel I just cut out using my Paper Snips.  

You’ll notice some of the elements are 3D.  I achieved that by using the framelits to cut out multiple layers and glued them together to build up the images.  So easy!

Then there’s the beautifully detailed and coordinating stamp set images from Birthday Delivery.  I stamped the banner with “It’s Your Big Day!” and used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the inside.  

Save 10% and pick up the stamp set, designer paper, and framelits in the Birthday Delivery Bundle.

Mini Scrapbook Album - First Birthday Mini Album Open 2 - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe Scalloped Tag Topper Punch was used on a few of the tags which were tucked under the inside pocket.  All the tags were punched near the top using the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, to which I added either some Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon or Pacific Point 1/4″ Stitched-Edge Ribbon.

The “Look Who’s Turning” and number 1 on the cover came from the Number of Years stamp set, a perfect set you can use for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or any milestone celebration.  The Large Numbers Framelits were used to achieve the perfect cut and complete this mini scrapbook album.

Making Birthday Cards for Kids - www.Stamp4Joy.comOf course, you can make cute birthday cards, too!  Click on the thumbnail to the right for more information on this kids birthday card.


Homemade Birthday Cards Using the Daisy Punch

By | July 24, 2017

Simple Homemade Birthday Cards Using the Daisy Punch

Homemade Birthday Cards Using the Daisy Punch - www.Stamp4Joy.comMake some cute homemade birthday cards using the Daisy Punch and a few other new Stampin’ Up! card making supplies.

This birthday card idea is super simple. For this basic card layout all you need is a framelit to cut an opening out of your top layer, a card sentiment that will fit inside the opening, and your Daisy Punch.

Patterns from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack make the perfect rustic, primitive backdrop.   A framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies was used to cut out the oval. Through that I stamped the greeting card sentiment which came from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

Of course, the highlight of this quick and easy birthday card is the little daisy off the side of the greeting.  I used Daffodil Delight Ink to stamp on Daffodil Delight Card Stock for a subtle effect. I punched it out using the Daisy Punch and then cut it basically in half with my Paper Snips.  After curling the ends a bit I layered one on top of the other and affixed it to the right side of the oval opening using a Stampin’ Dimensional.  

By the way, did you know we now have Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, too?

To complete the flower I then added a Clear Glitter Faceted Gem to the center.

Handmade Thank You Card Idea With Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.com 2They expect the Daisy Punch will be available again for order around the end of July, so stay tuned!

You can make homemade birthday cards or come up with some handmade thank you card ideas like the one on the left.  Just click on the thumbnail photo to read more about it.


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By | July 22, 2017

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Are you ready to make some extra money doing something you love? Why not give Stampin’ Up! a try? You can start your very own home business today with our low-cost, high-value Starter Kit. For a minimal investment of $99 you’ll get everything you need to start your very own craft business. And our Christmas in July promotion makes it that much easier with the BONUS Essentials Gift Pack of Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, a Bone Folder PLUS a BONUS stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog, Carols of Christmas ($72 value)!

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Daisy Punch Is On Back Order!

By | July 18, 2017

The Daisy Punch Is On Back Order!  Why You Need to Order It When It Comes Back In!

Daisy Punch is on Back Order - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe Daisy Punch is on back order.  It has been SO POPULAR, the demand for this punch hasn’t died down one bit. In fact, it’s so much in demand that it’s our highest selling punch in the last five years!

They’ve suspended orders of the Daisy Punch (and all associated bundles) until the next shipment arrives, which they expect to be by the 1st of August. They’ve assured us there’s a lot of these beauties coming in, but you’ll want to be ready to place your order as soon as they’re here just in case!

Handmade Thank You Card Idea With Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.com 2In the meantime, I’ll be showing you lots of beautiful ideas using this awesome punch, like the card shown on the left. Just click on the picture to read more about how this handmade card design came together and the supplies that were used.

Keep checking my Facebook Page because that’s probably where I’ll announce when the Daisy Punch is back in stock and ready to be ordered again.  And while you’re there, please Like my page!  Thank you in advance! 🙂


Kids Card – Easy Birthday Card Ideas

By | July 15, 2017

Kids Card – Easy Birthday Card Ideas for Kids Birthday Cards

Kids Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comIf you’re looking for some easy birthday card ideas, here’s a cute kids card that’s quick and easy to make.  

The stamped birthday greeting came from the Birthday Delivery stamp set and was stamped in Real Red.  However, the real star of this homemade card is the adorable paper pattern that came from the Birthday Memories Designer Series collection.  You can find both of these items on page 69 of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog (click the link to download a copy).  

You can save 10% by picking up the Birthday Delivery Bundle, which includes the whole shebang, both the stamp set and the designer paper, along with the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits Dies!

And those fun pop-up Balloon Honeycomb Embellishment accents just tickle me to no end! 🙂  I did use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to glue it to the card front just to be sure it stayed in place and didn’t try to fold back in on itself.

I used my Big Shot and an oval from the Stitched Shaped Framelits Dies to cut out the card sentiment, and then the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to create the Real Red scallop layer underneath.

Of course, you can make so much more than just easy birthday card ideas. Use this darling collection to  design charming gift bags and even delightful little scrapbook albums, too! Here’s a really quick video showing a mini album I’m currently working on for my great-nephew’s 1st birthday.  Let me know what you think so far!


Making Birthday Cards for Kids - www.Stamp4Joy.comFor another kids card idea just click on the thumbnail photo on the right.


Mini Album Tutorial Free Including Video

By | July 8, 2017

Mini Album Tutorial - www.Stamp4Joy.comReceive a FREE Mini Album Tutorial With Video

During the month of July when you place an order of $50 or more in my Online Store (before s&h and tax) you’ll receive a FREE mini album tutorial, complete with a bonus scrapbooking video!

A mini scrapbook small enough to carry around in your purse or to keep handy on your desk to show off all those special photos, this adorable mini album would make a great keepsake for a new parent, grandparent, or newlyweds.  Or how about a kid’s birthday party favor?  It’s actually perfect for just about any occasion.  It might be pint-sized, but it can really pack a whole lot of precious photos inside!

This project tutorial comes complete with the supply list, cutting dimensions, and step-by-step instructions, so you’ll be able to recreate this scrapbook mini album for yourself or to give away as a unique gift idea.  

Want a different look?  No worries!  Use any patterned papers and rubber stamps you have on hand because all the dimensions are given, so you can customize this mini scrapbook any way you like.  

To receive this mini album tutorial along with the accompanying craft video, all you need to do is place your order of at least $50 in my Online Store before July 31st.  You’ll receive your PDF tutorial and a link to the video within 24 hours.  

Please use Hostess Code XVJYHC2A  when placing your order unless it’s over $150.  If it’s over $150 do not use the code and you will receive free Hostess Dollars, too!  Of course, I’ll still be sure and send you the tutorial and link to the video.

If you’d prefer, you can purchase this tutorial outright for only $3.95 by using the Buy Now Button below and you’ll receive the PDF and link to the video within 24 hours.   Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Mini Album Tutorial w/Video


Get More From Your Rubber Stamps – Rubber Stamping Tips

By | July 8, 2017

How to Get More From Your Rubber Stamps

Get More From Your Rubber Stamps - www.Stamp4Joy.comYou can get more from your rubber stamps by looking at them in different ways.  You aren’t always limited to using the images just as they are. Instead, try using only a portion of the design.

Today’s handmade card layout is a simple example of this idea.  I wanted to make a thank you card, but I didn’t want the card sentiment going across the entire front.  

The greeting came from Floral Phrases (which comes in wood-mount and clear-mount), but you’ll notice I’ve only used the last portion of that image instead of the whole thing.  You can accomplish this by only inking up what you want Floral Phrases Stamp Set - www.Stamp4Joy.comwith your Stampin’ Write Markers or inking up the image and then cutting out the portion you need with your Paper Snips.  So simple!

Of course, Floral Phrases is not a new stamp set, but you may have noticed on pages 94 and 95 of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that we now have a whole collection built around it, the Fresh Florals Suite!  It not only includes the stamp set and the exquisite Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, but now has coordinating Fresh Florals Designer Paper, ribbon, and bows!  Of course, the colors coordinate with the new 2017-2019 In Colors collection, which includes card stock and ink pads.

Come on over and Like Us on Facebook for more ideas how you can get more from your rubber stamps.  We have over a thousand crazy crafters sharing our love of rubber stamping.  I hope to see you there!


Make Summer Cards They Will Love With Colorful Seasons Bundle

By | July 5, 2017

Make Summer Cards With the Colorful Seasons Bundle

Make Summer Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s so much fun to make summer cards with the Colorful Seasons Bundle, (page 147 of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog) but as I showed you a few days ago this collection is also great for Christmas Card Designs, too.  

I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE those adirondack chairs! Aren’t they just the cutest?  And there’s so much you can do with that die, too.  I just cut off the “back” of a chair to create the little table shown here.

The gradient blue background that I used for the card sentiment is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, part of the same Color Theory Suite.  I stamped the saying in white craft ink and then embossed in white embossing powder so it would really stand out.  Of course, the oval was cut out with my Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

The glass of lemonade is also a stamp included in the Colorful Seasons stamp set and a framelit included in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (both included in the Colorful Seasons Bundle), but you might have noticed they’re each facing different directions.

How did she do that?

To create a glass with the straw facing the opposite direction, I first stamped it onto a piece of plastic (being careful not to let it slip) and then stamped that onto the card stock.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to fill in where needed.)  Then I cut it out using my awesome Paper Snips.  

Cool, huh?  You might have to practice a bit, but it’s fun when you know how!  You can use wax paper for this technique, too.

Lounging outside on a warm summer day sipping lemonade… sounds perfect!  Your friends probably think so, too.  Use the Colorful Seasons Bundle to make summer cards your friends are going to love!


Christmas Card Design for Christmas Card Sunday: Why You Need This Stamp Set!

By | July 2, 2017

Another Christmas card design for Christmas Card Sunday

Colorful Seasons Christmas Card Design - www.Stamp4Joy.comI used Colorful Seasons for today’s Christmas card design.  It really is an all-around, all-season stamp set.  You’ll have something for summer, fall, winter, and spring with this terrific collection.

You can pick up the stamp set together with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies in the Colorful Seasons Bundle and save 10%.  Now, that’s smart shopping! 🙂  And when you combine them with all the other coordinating items in the Color Theory Suite collection, well, then you’ve really expanded your options.

I started by first stamping the snowflakes in VersaMark ink on white card stock and then embossing in White Embossing Powder. The feathery soft background was then created by sponging Pool Party ink over the top using a Sponge Brayer.   I used a tissue to wipe off any excess ink from the snowflakes.

It’s the first time I’ve used a Sponge Brayer, and I found it to be quite effortless and easy to use and I like the results.  It’s easier to get more of an even coverage than using just a Stamping Sponge, and since I wanted all-over coverage I preferred that. As you can tell, it didn’t result in perfectly even coverage, but I really think I prefer the finish it made.  What do you think?  I then layered it onto a slightly larger piece of Whisper White card stock to create the white border, and then onto a Pool Party card base.

After stamping the card sentiment in Pool Party ink onto white card stock I cut it out using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  You know how I feel about them.  Everyone should have them!  I actually feel that way about the Colorful Seasons Bundle, too.

Handmade Summer Card at the Beach - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe delicate Pool Party snowflake die-cut was created using one of the snowflake thinlit dies in the bundle and topped off with a creamy pearl.

Colorful Seasons can be used for more than just a Christmas card design. Click on the thumbnail photo on the right for another handmade card idea.


Make a Note Card With Wood Words

By | July 1, 2017

Make a Note Card

Make a Note Card With Wood Words - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s simple to make a note card with Wood Words (wood-mount or clear-mount).

Such a clean and simple idea, you can make a bunch of these super fast.

The rooster was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, but I stamped off once to make it a little lighter.  I then stamped the words over top in Basic Black ink… easy-peasy!

Wood Words - www.Stamp4Joy.comCheck out the picture on the right and just look at all the cute images that are included in this set.

Here are the few supplies I used to make this note card:

  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Basic Black Cardstock
  • Wood Words
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink
  • Basic Black Ink
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Wood Crate Framelits Dies - www.Stamp4Joy.comI guess technically this isn’t a note card size but rather a full-size card, but I think it looks great anyway!

You can pick this set and the Wood Crate Framelit Dies (see photo on the left) each by themselves, but if you purchase them together in the Wood Words Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) you’ll save 10%! 



And don’t forget, for every $50 you spend in July (before s&h and tax) you’ll receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon to spend in August!

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Handmade Thank You Card Idea – Make a Thank You Card

By | June 27, 2017

Daisy Delight Handmade Thank You Card Idea

Handmade Thank You Card Idea With Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.com 2Here’s a fun handmade thank you card idea featuring the Daisy Delight stamp set (which can be found on p. 127 of the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog), the new Daisy Punch (p. 206), and the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection (p. 189). You can save 10% by picking up the Daisy Delight Bundle, which includes the set of 16 stamps along with the punch.

I can never have enough thank you cards because I give them away just as fast as I can make them.  How about you?  I really like to have some extra on hand because they’re gone before I know it.  🙂

I decided to punch out three daisies to make the flower featured here, alternating the petals as I layered each one on top of the other.  The 3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch were used to create the centers.  I sponged a little Early Espresso ink along the edges before snipping all around the outside with my Paper Snips.  I curled the petals of the flower under and the edges of the insides toward the center Chocolate Chip circle, which was stamped in Early Espresso ink.

I chose to stamp Calypso Coral ink for the card sentiment, which matches the designer paper pattern beautifully.  The flag edge was created using the Banner Triple Punch on one end.

Here’s the sketch I used for this handmade card design.

Homemade Thank You Card Idea Using Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.comFor another handmade thank you card idea featuring the Daisy Delight Bundle and Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection click the thumbnail photo on the left.


Making Birthday Cards for Kids – Handmade Kids Birthday Cards

By | June 25, 2017

Making Birthday Cards for Kids is Easy With These Card Making Craft Supplies!

Making Birthday Cards for Kids - www.Stamp4Joy.comMaking birthday cards for kids just got super easy with the new Birthday Delivery Bundle, which includes all of these fantastic card making craft supplies:  

You just can’t go wrong with this darling, dynamic bundle.  And the beauty of it is when you purchase as a bundle you save 10% over the individual prices!

Do you ever find yourself in a rush, trying to get a last-minute card made?  Don’t have time to color in the images?  Just ONE of the cool things about this bundle is the fact that the framelits match PERFECTLY some of the images on the designer paper!  How wonderful is that?

I actually cut out the little fox and flag from one of the sheets of pattern paper using my Big Shot and a couple of the framelits, then stamped the greeting on the flag in Pacific Point ink.  I popped them off the focal piece using some Stampin’ Dimensionals… too cute!

Of course, the striped patterned paper (which I cut at 3″ x 4-1/8″) is also from the Birthday Memories Designer Paper collection, and I added a bit of Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon to transition up to the Pacific Point Cardstock (2-3/8″ x 4-1/8″).

As always, you can find these and all the other card making craft supplies you’ll need for making birthday cards for kids in my Online Store 24/7!


Handmade Friendship Card: Crafting Forever Card Idea

By | June 11, 2017

Handmade Friendship Card Idea Using Crafting Forever

Handmade Friendship Card Using Crafting Forever - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe charming new Crafting Forever stamp set was used to create the handmade friendship card you see here.

In fact, besides the stamp set this card idea features a couple other new items from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  Just click here if you’d like to download your very own copy.

The delightful paper patterns can be found in the Pick a Pattern Designer Paper collection.  The name of this assortment is certainly appropriate because it has something for everyone!  One side has cute little whimsical line drawings while the other side has more generic patterns that can be used for any theme.

Directly below the focal point on this card you can see a bit of ribbon showing through. This is the new 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight.

Hint:  I mounted both the card sentiment and the scissor image on my clear block before stamping for perfect placement.

I colored in the handles of the scissors with my Daffodil Delight Marker before cutting out the image using my Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Of course, the black scallop layer was cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits.

I picked up the layout idea for this handmade card design from the card sketch at Mojo Monday, which you can see on the left.

I was sad to hear that this is their last sketch design, as there have been many Mondays over the years where I’ve looked forward to seeing what they came up with and then turning around and using it in my own homemade card creations.  What will I do early Monday mornings now?  🙂

New Stampin' Up Stamp Set - Crafting Forever - www.Stamp4Joy.comIf you would you like to see another handmade friendship card idea using the Crafting Forever stamp set, just click on the thumbnail picture on the right.