Jan 242015
 

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Jan 212015
 

Snuggles and Smooches Valentine Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s Valentine greeting card uses the new photopolymer stamp set Snuggles & Smooches.  You won’t find this in the large Stampin’ Up! catalog or the Occasions Catalog.  Every month Stampin’ Up! comes out with a new photopolymer stamp set, and this is one of the newer ones, just in time for those Valentine crafts for kids.

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The colors I used on this card are Early Espresso and Blushing Bride, though the Blushing Bride was hard to photograph.  The card is more pink in person.  The Sweetheart Punch was used to give a unique look to the edges of those banners.

This card began as a card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  Why not give it a try yourself!  We’d love to see what you come up with.

Jan 202015
 

Don’t miss out on this week’s Stampin’ Up! specials for your discount craft supplies!!

  • Are you beginning your collection of Blendabilities?  Well, the largest set is available this week at 25% off!
  • Want more Baker’s Twine in a variety of colors?  There’s three on sale this week!
  • How about some cute accessories?  Pick up the adorable printed clothespins at a discount!

Check out everything that’s on sale this week below.  Just click on a picture for more information or to purchase.

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Jan 192015
 

Make a Thank You Card With Lotus Blossom - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake a thank you card with Lotus Blossom, a new stamp set you can pick up FOR FREE during Sale-a-Bration!

The blossoms were stamped onto a circular Whisper White piece that I cut out using my Big Shot and the Circles Collection dies.  I cut out a larger circle in Basic Black to mount it on.   I stamped an additional blossom on scrap card stock, cut it out and popped it up over the blossom on the left, which makes it look like it’s spilling out of the circle.

I love using black and white with this beautiful stamp set, so I trimmed a few strips from the Back to Black designer Paper as a graphic edge to the Smoky Slate background piece.  I used the adorable Petite Curly Label to punch out the greeting.

I wrapped it with Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon and made a double bow to finish it off.

Place an order in my Online Store and you can select this stamp set or another free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend!  Plus you’ll receive a FREE handmade card from me that you can use to send to someone else!

Jan 182015
 

Handmade Christmas Card Designs - Seasons Greetings - blog.Stamp4Joy.comContinuing with my Sunday Handmade Christmas Card Ideas, I have a quick and easy card this week.

The Christmas card saying comes from Bright & Beautiful, an elegant set that can be used for more than just holiday cards.

I stamped the greeting first in Early Espresso and then again above it in White Craft ink which I embossed in white.  That gave it an interesting raised 3D look, don’t you think?

It was stamped on a scrap piece of All is Calm Specialty Designer Paper, which is now retired.  I also added some frosted snowflakes and rhinestones which are also retired.

i Love Card Sketches ILCS11This card started with this week’s card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.  You can still participate, so come on over!

Jan 172015
 

Irresistible DIY Birthday Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake super cute and irresistible DIY birthday cards with the birthday greeting from Butterfly Basics, and the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Paper.

This designer paper is so cool!  White paper with a white glossy pattern, when you sponge on color the pattern emerges.  Use any color you want to customize the look.  Add the greeting in the same color, and you’ve got a beautifully coordinated, easy birthday card!  And the best thing about this paper is you can pick it up absolutely FREE during Sale-A-Bration with just a $50 order!

I added a bit of Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon and a white bow made using the awesome Bow Builder Punch.  I think next time I’d use card stock instead of ribbon, I think it would look better.

This is one of the projects we’ll be doing at my stamp party today. :-)  If you live in Western Washington and would like to host a Stampin’ Up! party, just contact me and we’ll find a date that works with your schedule.

If you don’t live close by you can still host a catalog show.  Everyone who orders from your show will receive one of these FREE homemade birthday cards from me!

Jan 162015
 

Happy Birthday Card From the Herd - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI wish I could take credit for this darling Etch a Sketch handmade card design, but I can’t as I borrowed it from others I’ve seen.  This particular one was inspired by fellow demo Linda Creech, I just changed out the greetings on it.

You can quickly create a birthday card just like it with the new stamp set From the Herd, which comes in wood, clear, and photopolymer.

I stamped in black onto a Smoky Slate card base, and then made the frame out of Real Red.  I cut the center viewer out with my Stampin’ Trimmer, embossed the greetings in white, rounded the corners of that and the card base using my Envelope Punch Board, and then mounted the “viewer” onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The knobs were punched out of Whisper White card stock with the 1″ Circle Punch.

Such a cute and funny birthday card!  Try this handmade card design for yourself?

Jan 152015
 

Don’t forget about this week’s specials at Stampin’ Up!

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Jan 142015
 

Clean and Simple Cards - Handmade Love Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comClean and simple cards start with clean and simple card sketches.  This one is no exception.

I began the card with this week’s handmade card design at i Love Card Sketches.  Beautiful in its simplicity, this quick and easy valentine came together effortlessly.

The designer paper came from the Stacked With Love Paper Stack, and looks great beneath the Real Red “LOVE” that I cut out using my Big Shot and Little Letters Thinlits.

The little heart and “with” came from the cute Snuggles & Smooches

i Love Card Sketches ILCS11photopolymer stamp set.  I added a few rhinestones to add a little sparkle and pizzazz.

Come on over to i Love Card Sketches and enter your own creation using this week’s card sketch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 132015
 

Funny Valentine Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAdd a cute bow tie and create whimsical and funny Valentine cards.

This super easy and adorable punch art bow was created using the new Bow Builder Punch and the Stacked With Love Designer Paper Stack, both found in the new Occasions Catalog.

The two stamp images were stamped in Real Red and came from the Hello Life and Snuggles & Smooches photopolymer stamp sets.

Sometimes I just want clean and simple cards! :-)

Jan 122015
 

Homemade Valentine Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are refreshed and ready to take on a new week.

Today’s homemade Valentine card is sweet in its simplicity.  I snagged some of the patterned papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Paper Stack for the backgrounds.  I just adore them!  Paired with the Hello Life photopolymer stamp set, you’ll have all you need for making handmade anniversary cards, homemade wedding cards, valentines, and more!

And when you bump up your order to $50 you’ll receive an exclusive FREE GIFT from our Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Have a great week!

Jan 112015
 

Ideas for Homemade Christmas Cards Lovely as a Tree - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWelcome to my first Sunday Handmade Christmas Card Ideas post.

You may remember from my Top 3 2015 Resolutions post that this year I’m dedicating most of my Sundays to ideas for Christmas cards.  Don’t get caught short next year, join me and let’s get those cards done!

This first Christmas card design for the new year uses an old favorite, Lovely as a Tree.  You can never go wrong with this set, it’s so versatile!  I heat embossed the tree stamp in white on Early Espresso card stock, then cut it into three equal pieces and mounted them on Very Vanilla card stock.

The stripes along the bottom came from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper.  I added some beautiful Gold Satin Ribbon and affixed a Neutral Designer Button on top.  I used That’s the Ticket and the Ticket Duo Builder Punch to punch out the tickets and adhered them below the button.

i Love Card Sketches ILCS10-001This week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches was the starting point for this Christmas card.  If you need more help coming up with handmade Christmas card ideas you can always pop on over there for more inspiration.  And please share your creation with us!

All the supplies used on this handmade card design are shown below.  Just click on a photo to see close-up or to shop my Online Store.

Have a great week!

Jan 102015
 

Paper Baskets - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIn just a few minutes I made these cute red and white paper baskets.  Aren’t they precious?!?

Each of these adorable berry baskets was made out of only one sheet of card stock.  I may do a little more decorating with tags and ribbons, but I think they’re sweet just the way they are!

Red and White Berry Baskets - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFill each berry basket with a cello bag full of goodies tied with ribbon and a tag, and you’re good to go.  Imagine the darling homemade Easter baskets you could make!

Or fill it with a set of coordinating  thank you notecards and give it as a unique teacher gift or hostess gift.

To create these paper baskets all you need is some card stock, the Berry Basket Die from the new Occasions Catalog, and a little adhesive and/or staples.

Well, you’ll need a Big Shot, too, but doesn’t everyone have one by now?  If not, why not?  Buy one and add another item over $1 ;-) and you’ll receive TWO FREE GIFTS from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog PLUS Stamp4Joy Rewards.

These would even make easy paper crafts for kids, but you’ll want to help them run the die through the Big Shot.

Contact me for more information or to receive a catalog.  Please include your phone number and a good time you can be reached.

Jan 092015
 

If you haven’t seen them yet, you won’t want to miss the Stampin Up! specials for this week.  From Stampin’ Up! punches to beautiful patterned paper collections to the Envelope Punch Board, you might find some discount craft supplies you’ll love at a super price!

And if your order totals $50 you can select a FREE GIFT from our Sale-A-Bration Catalog (download here) AND earn Stamp4Joy Rewards!

FYI, The last day to pick up these craft sale items is Monday.

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Jan 082015
 

Watercolor Thank You Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comUse a bit of watercolor on your background for some quick & easy thank you card ideas.  Here I created a quick watercolor background by applying some Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry ink to watercolor paper using my Aqua Painter.

The thank you saying from Let Your Hair Down is the focal point and does the rest of the work on this homemade thank you card.

I love the bold thank you card phrases and birthday card greetings in this set, ready to be front and center!  I embossed the greeting in white on Bermuda Bay card stock so it really stands out.

Let Your Hair Down is an exclusive hostess-only set, and you can get it FREE using Hostess Dollars earned from having a party or catalog show.  Contact me for more information.

And did you notice the fun Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim?  Just a little touch of sparkle and shine can go a long way!

Jan 072015
 

Handmade New Baby Cards ILCS10 - blog.Stamp4JoyI decided to make a new baby card using this week’s card making template over at i Love Card Sketches.  I have a few friends who’ve recently welcomed new grandbabies, so I need to crank out a few of these handmade baby cards.

The cute little duckie came from the Something for Baby stamp set… so cute!  I stamped it up in Hello Honey ink, and then used my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the duck’s bill.  This set is sold as a bundle with coordinating framelits, which I used to cut out the ducks and then popped them onto the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Look how beautifully the designer paper and ribbon coordinate with the Hello Honey ink.  I just love that new Hello Honey Quilted Cotton Ribbon!  I wish it came in other colors.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the future! :-)

i Love Card Sketches ILCS10-001The patterned paper is from the Sweet Dreams Designer Paper collection.  Both the paper and the ribbon can be found on page 39 of the new Occasions Catalog.

I tied a Neutral Designer Button onto the ribbon using some of the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (again from the Occasions Catalog, page  37).  The tickets came from That’s the Ticket and were again stamped in Hello Honey and then punched out using the Ticket Duo Builder Punch.

I created a new baby card with this sketch.  Why not come join us over at i Love Card Sketches and submit your own interpretation?

Jan 062015
 

If you’re like me, the beginning of January I like to pause and reflect on the past year and set some 2015 resolutions for the coming year.  This time I decided to create a few specific stamping New Year’s goals, too!

Do you have any stamping, scrapbooking, or crafting goals?  It’s a good idea to write them down.  And be specific!  How will you accomplish them?

Display them in a prominent place as a reminder.  You also might consider telling a friend or spouse your goals… maybe you can support each other and work on them together!

So, I’m writing them down and sharing them with you, my stampin’ friends.  Here are my top 3 stamping New Year’s Goals for 2015:

1.  Begin selling my handmade card designs and other paper art crafts on Etsy. 

I’ve set up my shop, but I haven’t “stocked” it yet. :-)  I’ll let you know when I do!

2.  Start my Christmas cards earlier this year! 

Everyone got a unique Christmas card this year since I stamp so many samples for my blog and classes, but I actually didn’t have enough homemade Christmas cards to send to everyone I would have liked to.

Does this happen to you?   Schedule a time you’ll devote to making your Christmas cards.  Most people don’t create a different card for each person, so once you have your design(s) in mind you can create them in an assembly-line fashion and they will go pretty quick!  Make 10 or 20 at a time, and you’ll have them done in no time.

If you need inspiration, I’ve decided this year I’ll devote my Sunday blog posts (or most of them, anyway) to Christmas card ideas.  Stop by and let me know what you think!  I could use the encouragement — especially this summer — lol!

3.  Brighten someone’s day!

I love receiving beautiful cards in the mail — especially when it’s unexpected — and I’m sure others do, too!  My third goal is to mail out at least two “just because” or “thinking of you” cards every month, not because it’s their birthday or some other special occasion, but, well… just because!

If you’d like to be added to the list of potential recipients, just Contact Me and let me know your address.

So, what do you think?  What are your stamping 2015 resolutions?  Feel free to share them with us and we can all inspire and encourage each other!

Jan 052015
 

Make Valentine Cards Stacked With Love - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMake Valentine cards stacked with love!  If you grab the Stacked with Love designer paper and Crazy About You stamp set debuting tomorrow, they’ll be quick and easy!

This designer paper stack is fresh and fun, perfect for homemade Valentine Day cards, handmade anniversary cards, or any occasion you want to tell them how much they mean to you.

And beginning tomorrow, you can order these and anything else your heart desires from the Occasions Catalog, and pick up a free gift for every $50 you spend!  Contact me if you’d like to host a catalog show in January, because they count, too!  And if your show totals $250 or more you’ll earn an additional $25 in free toys!

And don’t forget, today is the last day to pick up the Year-End Closeout Deals!

Jan 022015
 

Choose Your Reward During Sale-A-Bration - blog-Stamp4Joy.comDo your New Year’s goals involve money in some way?  Maybe saving more, paying off your credit card debt, getting a new car, taking a special vacation?

Follow Your Dreams in 2015!

Why not start your own stamp business?  With Stampin’ Up! your start-up costs are small, but the rewards can be huge!

First, you’ll immediately begin getting a discount off your own purchases, from a minimum of 20% up to 40%!  If you’re going to buy anyway, why not buy for less?  And with Stampin’ Up! you can even earn FREE product, just for doing your job!  Now THAT’S a discount I love! :-)

Follow Your Dreams in 2015! - blog.Stamp4Joy.comDuring Sale-A-Bration, you’ll not only be able to customize your starter kit and receive up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for just $99 (plus you don’t have to pay shipping!), but you can also choose extra rewards, too!  You can select a FREE PROJECT KIT from the occasions catalog OR you can select any TWO SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS FOR FREE!

I’d love to have you on my team.  Dream big!  The earlier you start the sooner you can reach your New Year’s goals.

Give me a call at (253) 256-1222 or Contact me for more information about the many benefits of being a demonstrator.  Be sure to leave your phone number and a good time to call.  Or if you’re ready now, Join the Fun!

Follow Your Dreams in 2015 with a job you’ll love!
Jan 012015
 
Homemade Wedding Cards Something Borrowed - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHappy New Year!

I wish you all love, laughter, and good health in the coming year.

Take a sneak peek at the new upcoming designer paper collection, Something Borrowed (137785), and you’ll see how easily you can make simple yet stunning homemade wedding cards.

The elegant combination of Whisper White and Sahara Sand in the card stock, patterned paper, and delicate lace trim is just gorgeous.  I added the tiniest of pearls to the teardrop design in the paper for some added sophistication.

You could also use this design to make handmade love cards for Valentines day, anniversaries, etc.

Homemade Wedding Cards and Little Letters Thinlits Storage - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe letters were cut out of the white card stock using the Little Letters Thinlits, leaving the negative image so the Sahara Sand card stock could show through.

I love my magnet cards for storing my thinlits and framelets… so much easier to use them that way!

 

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