Jul 292014
 

Clean and Simple Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I thought I’d focus on super easy clean and simple cards.  This would be an easy kids craft… you could even eliminate the layers.  Change out the image of the flower to something they’d love.  How about Zoo Babies or Boys Will Be Boys?

In fact, I might just order the Boys Will Be Boys set and try it out!  I can see selling a lot of those handmade cards at the holiday craft fairs.

I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the greeting and flowers, which both came from Bloom With Hope, a beautiful and versatile set you can snag for FREE just by hostessing an in-home party or catalog show.  Then I just used one of the Project Life Journaling Pens to draw the lines by freehand to create the “frame.”

Clean and Simple Cards Stepped Up - blog.Stamp4Joy.comTo “step it up” I created another card, but this time I colored in the images using my Blendabilities markers.  Still clean and simple, just jazzed up with a bit of color.

There’s a few other differences between the “stepped up” version and the clean and simple card version.  Care to guess?

If you can guess three or more right I’ll put your name in a drawing… winner will get the stepped-up card mailed to them, ready to use!  You must use the Comment section to submit your guess before Saturday morning.  I’ll draw the winner Saturday morning from all the correct entries.  I’d also love to hear which card you prefer, so let me know below!

Clean and Simple Cards and Stepped Up - blog.Stamp4Joy.com

Jul 282014
 

Handmade Baby Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s new baby card starts with the In Color palette and the Lullaby Designer Paper.  Not your traditional baby designs, these patterned papers could be used for other themes as well.  However, the softer shades do work well for your handmade baby cards.

There’s only a few more days left to grab the designer paper at the discounted price.  You can buy 3 and get 1 free!  That’s a savings of 25%.  This offer ends Thursday, so you’ll want to stock up before then.  Don’t miss out!

All supplies used on this handmade card design are shown below.  Click on a photo to see more information about the product or to place an order.

 

Jul 262014
 

Brayered Lovely as a Tree - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWell, I dug out my brayer again to create this lovely on-the-water themed card.  The photo doesn’t do it justice, I think my lighting washed it out, as the colors are much more intense in person.

The ink colors used with my brayer were Marina Mist, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and Basic Black.

I sponged the edge of the focal piece and around the outside of the card base with Chocolate Chip.  The tree stamp and greeting was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

The scenic piece was cut out using my Big Shot and the Labels Collection Framelits.

I grabbed my uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to create the ripples in the water and the stars in the sky.

The tree came from Lovely as a Tree, and the greeting is from Project Life Remember This.

Would you like to learn how to use your brayer to create a scene like this or other brayer techniques?  CONTACT ME to schedule a party in August and I will teach you and your guests!

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Jul 242014
 

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Jul 232014
 

Work of Art Screen Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love different card folding techniques.  They look hard and complex, but usually are quite easy to achieve.  This card was super fast to make, and I think it’s super cute!

If you’re using a border punch along the top that will actually remove the edge of the card stock, you can start with a piece of card stock that’s 5-3/4″ x 11″.  If you’re using one like I did, that doesn’t remove the edge, cut your card stock down to 5-1/2″ x 11″.  I wasn’t thinking when I made this card and I neglected to do that, and now I have to use a larger envelope.  Oh, well, lesson learned! :-)

Next score your card stock along the long side at 5-1/2″ x 11″,  2-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 8-1/4″.  I used my punches on the card before folding, the Hearts Border Punch along the top and the Decorative Label Punch partially along the bottom to make the “legs.”  Now you can fold each fold in the opposite directions to make your screen as shown in the picture.

I next cut my stamped pieces (4 of them) at 2-1/8″ x 4-1/8″, and then the colored card stock they’re mounted on was cut at 4-1/4′ x 2-1/4″.

Now you’re ready to stamp and assemble!  For this card I used Work of Art and the hostess-only set Bloom with Hope.  The colors used were Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder.

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Jul 212014
 

Wetlands Thank You - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s card features one of my favorite nature stamps, Wetlands.

I love the new Lost Lagoon color from the new 2014-2016 In Color collection, so that was my starting point.  Pairing it with Soft Suede gives it a masculine feel, which is what I had in mind when I started this card.

The “Thank You” stamps came from Work of Art.

I pulled out my Big Shot to create the decorative edges around the bird and along the designer paper.  For that I used the Starburst framelits and the Finishing Touches edgelits.

The look was completed with the luxurious Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and a button from the Neutrals Designer Buttons collection for the finishing touch.

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Monday!

Jul 202014
 

Be-You-Tiful Flower Patch - blog.Stamp4Joy.comFlower greeting cards with simple designs can still be beautiful.

I adore the Flower Patch stamp set… so many options to choose from and the combinations are endless!

I used one of the patterns from the Back to Black Designer Paper as the background to frame the flower.

After stamping the flower and stem I took one of the Project Life Journaling Pens and outlined and then “doodled” on the flower and leaves before cutting them out in the Big Shot, giving them a completely unique look.

The Basic Black circle was punched out with the 1/2″ Circle Punch, and I used the Signo Gel Pen to put dots on it to make the center of the flower.

I think it’s Be You {Tiful}!  :-) What do you think?  Please leave a comment below and let me know.

Jul 192014
 

Hip Notes Oh Snap - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday I’m featuring a couple stamps that just scream to be paired together, Snapshot and Hip Notes.  This was made as a man’s birthday card, and even with the sparkle of the rhinestones I think the more earthy neutral colors work well for a masculine card.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.

All the supplies used for this handmade card idea are listed below.

Jul 182014
 

Traveler Stamp Set - blog.Stamp4Joy.comSummer’s the perfect opportunity to pack a bag, sail away, or hop on a train.  And when you return from your adventures, the Traveler stamp set is perfect for creating scrapbook page ideas to preserve your new memories.  Or you can use this vintage-style travel-themed stamp set to decorate a custom journal for making notes about your summer adventures.

Want a great gift for a friend?  Collect pictures of your adventures together.  Take 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper and fold and adhere the ends together in a book like fashion to create a scrapbook mini album.  Attach the photos on the pages and use the Traveler stamp set to add elements on the pages and to create a fantastic cover.  You can personalize the gift by stamping their name, date, and place.

And it’s not just for traveling.  You’ll find that this stamp set is perfect for creating masculine cards for vintage birthday cards, Father’s Day, and other occasions.

Tip:  Create collage backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages by stamping a combination of images from the Traveler stamp set in your favorite color combinations.

World Map and Traveler Tutorial - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou can buy the 12-page World Map & Traveler Tutorial below for just $7.50.

Check out my other card making tutorials!  I’m adding more all the time.


World Map & Traveler Card Club Tutorial



Jul 172014
 

Gold Foil Handmade Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHave you noticed all the shiny metallic accents in fashion, décor, and crafting?  It’s all the rage!  You can easily and affordably add the beauty of silver and gold metallic with our high-quality Silver and Gold Sheets from Stampin’ Up!  These 12” x 12” sheets are sturdy enough to use them for a variety of techniques without worrying about them tearing.  One of my favorite things to do with the Foil Sheets is to dry emboss them with the Big Shot and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  You’ll love how rich and amazing just a simple strip of embossed foil looks!

 

4 Foil Sheet Techniques for you to try today:

  1. Dry emboss with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders & the Big Shot.
  2. Die-cut with any Big Shot dies or Framelits or punch with Stampin’ Up! punches such as our bow die cut.
  3. Heat emboss with Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Silver Embossing Powder on Silver Foil looks like pressed tin and gold on gold is beautiful, too. Heat embossing in other colors creates a great on-trend look with the shiny foil and shiny embossing.
  4. Stamp with Black or White StazOn ink.

So many fast ways to add beautiful and affordable accents to your projects!  Which will you try first?

Tip: Punch or die-cut a shape from a Foil Sheet and then emboss it with a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create a fast, beautiful, detailed accent.

March-2014-Gold-and-Glitz-Purse-Card-SetFrom Washi Tape to Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – find out how these glamorous goodies from Stampin’ Up! will help you create this adorable paper purse and 4 matching cards that are as good as gold!

You can buy the 17-page Gold & Glitz Purse Set Tutorial below for just $7.50.

Note:  If you don’t have the stamp set just replace with other greeting stamps you have on hand, etc.


Gold & Glitz Card Club Tutorial



Jul 172014
 

Say Cheese - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday is my cousin’s birthday.  A great father and a very sweet and funny guy, Happy Birthday, Mike!

I made this birthday card for him using the Say Cheese stamp set and some elements from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack… it’s not just for scrapbooking!  Although this card could be easily used on a scrapbook page.

The background and the banners are from patterned paper designs included in the Moonlight Designer Paper Pack.

With the happy birthday sentiment inside, this card could be used for anything.

Jul 162014
 

Flower Greeting Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI love making flower greeting cards.  Who doesn’t love flowers?  And if you have allergies, you can enjoy these handmade card ideas without all the sneezing and watery eyes.  :-)

I designed this homemade birthday card for my good friend Kathy, whose birthday is today.  I hope she likes it!  Happy birthday, Kathy!

Playing with my Blendabilities… love it!  I used the Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Blendabilities here.  The photo seems to be a bit washed out, as the colors are much more vibrant in person.

The beautiful flower stamps from Bloom With Hope was the starting point.  I stamped, colored, and cut out a few extra flowers using the Paper Snips, which makes it easy to make precise cuts.  I popped them on top to create more dimension.  What do you think?  You can click on the picture for a closer look.

All the supplies used to create this flower birthday card are listed below.

Jul 152014
 

Moonlight Timeless Talk - blog,Stamp4Joy.comPatterns from the Moonlight Designer Paper Pack feature colors from the new Stampin’ Up! 2014-2016 In Colors.  I love the new Blackberry Bliss, such a deep and rich shade of purple.  Very regal!

The adorable telephone and greeting card message are part of the stamp set Timeless Talk.

The supplies used to make this friendship greeting card are listed below.  Click on a photo and you’ll be taken directly to the product in my store for purchase.

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Jul 142014
 

Lovely Lace Flower Patch - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt doesn’t have to take a lot of money to make beautiful DIY birthday cards.  This handmade card idea cost less than 75 cents in consumable supplies to make, and that’s including sales tax at 9.5%.  Awesome!

I love the delicate look of the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I brayered some Marina Mist ink inside the embossing folder before running the Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot.  Very pretty!  The greeting is from Flower Patch.

All the supplies used are listed below.

Jul 142014
 

Serene Silhouettes Thank You - blog.Stamp4Joy.comIt seems I’m making a lot of handmade thank you cards and birthday cards this week.  You can never have too many!  I use them up just as quickly as I make them.

Today I selected Serene Silhouettes as the focal image, but I’m really featuring the beautiful Typeset Specialty Designer Paper.  They pair beautifully, don’t you think?  I mounted the patterned paper on Basic Black card stock.  I really think the vanilla and black is a classic look and always in style.  The thank you saying came from Wetlands.

All the supplies used can be found below.

Jul 132014
 

Hostess benefitsPlace an order with me of $150 or more by Saturday, July 19th, and you’ll receive an extra $10 in Hostess dollars!  That means you’ll receive at least $35 in free merchandise!

Stock up on your rubber stamp supplies!  The order can be yours alone, or you can collect orders from your family and friends to total at least $150.  If your family and friends don’t live in the same area as you, contact me to receive a Hostess Code and they can still place orders.  You’ll get the credit, but their orders will be shipped directly to them.

Since this offer is from me and not Stampin’ Up!, you must contact me to place your order and receive the extra $10 in Hostess Credits.

All orders count, from the current Stampin’ Up! catalog, Weekly Deals, Project Life, Digital Downloads, and even from the Clearance Rack.  And don’t forget about the special on our Designer Paper!

And if you’re a Stamp4Joy Card Making Club member, this offer can be combined with the current Club Member offer!

Contact me for more information or to place your order.

Jul 112014
 

Flower Patch - blog.stamp4joy.comThis simple handmade card was put together quickly using Flower Patch, one of the new photopolymer stamp sets in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  At just $25.95 for this huge set of 19 clear stamps, it’s quite a bargain.  And when you bundle it with the coordinating Flower Flair Framelits Dies (which I used to cut out the flowers) you can save 15%!  Very cool!

Although it’s hard to see the rhinestone in the picture, I colored it and the Vintage Faceted designer button with our new Blendabilities alcohol markers.  I used the middle shade of Melon Mambo Blendabilities on the rhinestone, and the softer shade from Daffodil Delight to color the button.  You can click on the photo for a closer look.

All the supplies used are shown below.

I hope you have a great weekend!  It’s going to be a hot one here.

Jul 102014
 

Blendabilities Techniques Tutorial - blog.stamp4joy.com

Unleash your inner artist!

It’s time to discover the vibrant colors and beautiful shading you can create with alcohol markers!  Explore the affordable and easy-to-coordinate color sets of the new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers in my new 12 Blendabilities Techniques Tutorial.

12 Blendabilties Techniques

If you’re like many of my customers, you’ve been curious about alcohol markers but hesitant to try them because of the expense and complicated color systems.  Stampin’ Up! has created a simple and affordable alternative in the newly released Stampin’ Blendabilities alcohol markers.

Alcohol markers are popular for their vibrant colors and the ability to blend and shade without the streaking you can get with traditional markers. Other brands offer quality and variety, but can be frustrating to use and too costly for paper crafters. Stampin’ Blendabilities come in sets of 3 pre-coordinated (light, medium, and dark) shades of the same color instead of a complicated system that takes time to learn. The colors coordinate with all our products, making it easy for you to coordinate with cardstock, designer paper, and embellishments.

In this 21-page Blendabilities techniques tutorial I will share with you a dozen different techniques for alcohol markers, including techniques such as Faux Glass Flower, Coloring Metal, Highlighting with the Color Lifter, and Coloring Glitter.

To get started with Stampin’ Blendabilities alcohol markers you’ll only need a few items:

  • A set of Stampin’ Blendabilities (or more than one set if you want more colors).
  • Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad that is designed so it doesn’t smear when colored with alcohol markers.
  • A line art stamp set to stamp and color. There are quite a few shown on pages 166-173 of the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog, plus many more throughout the catalog.
  • A package of Whisper White card stock (#124302), Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases (#135804), or Note Cards (#131527)
  • Optional – The Color Lifter is a fun, addition.  It pushes color to move it (not erase it) so you can create highlights on colored images and even repair a bit of “coloring outside the lines”

I’m excited to share the vibrant colors and techniques of Stampin’ Blendabilities with you!

Tip: Lay the marker and lid on a table and slide together to close the lids tightly to prevent the alcohol from evaporating quickly.

You can buy the 21-page 12 Blendabilities Techniques Tutorial below for just $7.50, or you can save by joining my Stamp4Joy Card Making Club and receive a new tutorial every month!


July 2014 Card Club Tutorial



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