Online Extravaganza Begins Today!

By | November 20, 2017


Online Extravaganza - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday is the beginning of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza… 20% off select stamp sets, including some that are Christmas-themed!

And you’ll want to be sure to check out what’s on sale at 40% off, 20% to 30% off, and 10% off, too.  Framelits, thinlits, punches, embossing folders, watercolor pencils, and lots more.. there’s something for everyone.  Don’t miss out!


Unique Handmade Gift Idea – Handmade Jewelry

By | November 5, 2017

Unique Handmade Gift Idea

Unique Handmade Gift Idea - www.Stamp4Joy,comIf you’re looking for a unique handmade gift idea, why not try some handmade jewelry?  This lovely pendant takes less than an hour to make… seriously!  It’s a fabulous way to use up those scraps of beautiful designer paper you have laying around.

This is a pendant I made for one of my sisters.  The square pendant features some retired nature-inspired designer paper that I just love called Botanical Gazette.  It only took a little over a square inch of the patterned paper, so imagine how many pendants I could make from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper!

My sister is a writer, so I thought the Labeler Alphabet was the perfect choice to use for the small oval initial pendant.  It reminds me of a typewriter letter.  I stamped it in Basic Black Archival Ink onto another sheet of designer paper that came in the Botanical Gazette collection.  I used my Fine-Tip Glue Pen to glue the papers to the backs of the glass pieces before putting them in the pendants.

I added a delicate butterfly charm for a little extra accent.

Do you have a lot of beautiful designer paper piling up?  Maybe you’ll be able to use this unique handmade gift idea.  It’s super easy and quick to do.    What could be better?

Tell me what you think!  Please leave a comment.


Craft Supplies On Sale Up To 60 Percent Off!

By | October 16, 2017

Homemade Wedding Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comHave you checked out the Clearance Rack lately?  They have a lot of craft supplies on sale there.  Below I’ve put together a number of the retired framelits and punches that can be found there on sale — some at 60% off! — but you don’t want to wait too long or they’ll be gone!

NOTE:  Don’t miss the awesome Botanical Builders Framelits Dies (featured in the photograph) at an incredible price!

To see all of the craft supplies on sale in the Clearance Rack just CLICK HERE!


Homemade Christmas Card Idea; Simple Holiday Cards to Make

By | October 15, 2017

Homemade Christmas Card Idea Using Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle

Homemade Christmas Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle is all I needed to create this tall and skinny homemade Christmas card idea.  Wouldn’t this be a great card to tuck those holiday letters into?  It fits perfectly into a legal size envelope.

This simple card was pretty easy to make.  I started with an 8″ x 9-1/2″ piece of Soft Sky Card Stock, folded at 4″ to create the card base.  The I cut a few pieces of Whisper White Card Stock to represent the snow, tearing and then sponging with a little Soft Sky ink along the top edges.

All the lamp post pieces were cut out of Basic Black Card Stock using the Christmas Lamppost Thinlets Dies (included in the Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle) and glued down with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, tucking the bottom of the lamppost a bit behind the front snow drift.

The banner and bow were stamped in Garden Green and Real Red ink — very traditional Christmas colors — and again were cut out using some thinlits that were included in the bundle.  The banner I glued down, but I used some of the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the bow, perfectly sized for those smaller embellishments.

For a final touch I used one of my new alcohol markers to add some “light” to the lanterns… more on that later! 🙂

I was planning to add a few snowflakes falling, but I forgot.  What do you think, should I?

You’ll find the supplies used to create this homemade Christmas card idea below:



Handmade Thanksgiving Card; Make a Hanging Pallet Card

By | October 14, 2017

A Handmade Thanksgiving Card They Just Might Keep!

Handmade Thanksgiving Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe concept I had in mind for this handmade Thanksgiving card was to make it look like a hanging pallet sign.  How did I do?  I am thrilled with how it came out.

I started with some Crumb Cake Card Stock for the card base.  I used Early Espresso ink to sponge along the outside edges and the front where the slats would be.  I had to determine the size of the top layer, knowing I’d be cutting it into three pieces.  Doing a little math I determined if I cut it at 5-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ I could cut it into even thirds of 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.  Of course I stamped it before cutting it down.

I thought one of the lighter shades from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack would provide me the perfect look for the pallets and would still be light enough to stamp the flowers on.

All the images used on this hanging pallet card came from the Painted Harvest stamp set, which you can pick up individually or you can save 15% when you purchase it in the Painted Harvest Bundle, which also includes the new Leaf Punch

I stamped the card sentiment on the front first in Early Espresso.  That way I wouldn’t accidentally stamp the other images too far over and not leave enough room for the greeting.  The flowers, leaves, and “dots” were then stamped randomly, masking the first flower so I could created the illusion of dimension.  The ink colors I used are shown below:

HINT: Did you know that you can click on any of the colors above and it will show you everything Stampin’ Up! currently offers that includes that color? Pretty cool, huh?!?

I debated whether to add the hanger or not, but I’m glad I did.  The recipient will be able to hang this card wherever they want.  They could even cut off the back part of the card if they want so it will hang a little better.  I used the 1/8″ punch to punch the holes, and then cut two segments in of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon to create the hanger, knotting them in the front and fraying the ends.

Click on the photos below for more information about each of the supplies used to create this handmade Thanksgiving card.  


Make Christmas Cards Without Breaking the Bank!

By | October 13, 2017

Make Christmas Cards Without Breaking the Bank!

Make Christmas Cards Without Breaking the Bank - www.Stamp4Joy.comAre you worried you can’t make Christmas cards without breaking the bank?  Do you feel that you have to spend a lot of time in order to create beautiful handmade Christmas cards? 

If you answered “yes” to one — or both — of those questions, you may want to give this homemade holiday card a try! 

With the gorgeous stamp set Good Tidings, which includes 14 realistic photopolymer stamps, and just one package of Whisper White Card Stock, you can make over 60 of these quick and easy Christmas cards in a weekend — or even a day — for just $30 (before shipping & tax)!  In fact, if you make them just single layers you could actually make 80 cards!

Look closely at the photo.  Doesn’t it appear that some of those berries are “popping” right off the page?  I assure you, they are not.  That’s the beauty of two-step stamping, you get the illusion of depth and dimension instantly without all the added layers… or extra postage!

The ink colors I used on this card are below:

Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be and free up your precious time this holiday season.  Make Christmas cards that are clean and simple yet elegant with this inexpensive duo.   And while you’re at it, don’t forget to add envelopes to your order, too.  They come in packages of 40. 



12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials Starts in Just Six Days!

By | September 28, 2017

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12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials Coming Soon!

My annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials starts in just SIX DAYS. During these 12 weeks you’ll receive a different holiday tutorial via e-mail absolutely free, including tutorials for:

  • Christmas card designs
  • unique handmade gift ideas
  • homemade holiday gift tags and wrap

It’s going to be fantastic!

However, the only people who will receive these amazing holiday tutorials from me (complete with step-by-step instructions) will be those on my mailing list.  To get them you have to be on my mailing list by October 4th at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  If you’re not you’ll be out of luck.

To sign up for my mailing list and receive the 12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials along with all the other free benefits, just fill in the form below:



Delicate Handmade Christmas Card Design

By | September 6, 2017

Delicate Handmade Christmas Card

Delicate Handmade Christmas Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis delicate handmade Christmas card may look hard to make, but the card design really was quick and easy to put together.

You may have noticed those delightfully elegant snowflake die-cuts… so beautiful!  They were created using my Big Shot and the new Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies featured on Page 35 of the Holiday Catalog.  They were cut from Whisper White card stock and layered along the edges of a Night of Navy card base using my Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

For the focal piece I decided to use one of the images from the Merry Little Labels stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), which I stamped in Night of Navy ink and then punched out with the coordinating Everyday Label Punch.  

Pick up the stamp set and the punch in the Merry Little Labels Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) and save 10%!

It might be hard to see in the photo, but I added Pearl Jewels to the centers of the snowflakes for some added texture and sophistication.

Delicate Handmade Christmas Card Inside - www.Stamp4Joy.comAs we open the card we’ll find our Christmas card sentiment stamped in Night of Navy, along with a line of snowflakes.  I mounted both stamps on the same clear block before inking and stamping so they’d be perfectly lined up.  Both of these images came from the Snowflakes Sentiments stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), and can be purchased in a bundle with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies to save 10%, also (wood-mount or clear-mount). 

I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut it out, and then a slightly larger Night of Navy square cut using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies

After attaching some white card stock to the inside of the card I glued the card sentiment just above the center to leave room for writing underneath.

With the right tools you, too, can make this delicate handmade Christmas card for your loved ones.

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How to Make a Birthday Card; Fall Birthday Card

By | September 4, 2017

How to Make a Birthday Card for Fall

With Painted Harvest

How to Make a Birthday Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comLike it or not fall is on its way, and so it’s time to think about how to make a birthday card suitable for the season.

Painted Harvest, a gorgeous new stamp set featured on Page 49 of the Holiday Catalog, has the perfect images for fall.  Combine this two-step stamp set with some shades of autumn for a very striking birthday card.  

I started by stamping the solid flowers in Crushed Curry on Very Vanilla card stock, and then overlaid the detail stamp in Cajun Craze — two perfect colors for fall!  The centers were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and the leaves were stamped in Wild Wasabi and then Garden Green over top.  The beauty of two-step stamps is you don’t have to be precise in your stamping, it still looks great any way you stamp it!

The color palette used for this handmade birthday card is shown below:

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Here’s a tip:  Sponge ink along the outside edges of the top focal piece.  This eliminates the need to mount it onto another layer of card stock.  

Thank You Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI also sponged the card sentiment in Garden Green ink after punching the right side using the Triple Banner Punch.  

The birthday greeting came from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  You can click on the thumbnail photo on the left to see another handmade card idea using the Rose Wonder stamp set.

I mounted all the layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then added a bit of Burlap Ribbon to the sentiment for a little texture. 

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Make a Holiday Card for Christmas Card Sunday

By | September 3, 2017

Make a Holiday Card for Christmas Card Sunday

Make a Holiday Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comIf you’d like to make a holiday card that’s quick and easy, this might just be the one! You could whip out about 40 of these simple Christmas cards with one package of Whisper White Cardstock and a package of Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, with plenty of leftover supplies for other projects.  After all, the designer paper comes with 24 12″ x 12″ sheets of paper patterns!  

Add a special holiday sentiment and maybe a die-cut, and you’re set! 

I started by stamping my Christmas card greeting at an angle on the focal piece in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  This came from the Hearts Come Home stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) on Page 39 of the Creativity Delivered 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  

After cutting a strip from one of the musical paper patterns included in the Merry Music Designer Paper collection (Page 13 of the Holiday Catalog), I sponged the edges just a bit with the same ink.  I then glued the strip of paper across the front and underneath the card greeting at the same angle, trimming off any excess on the sides using my Stampin’ Trimmer.

Make a Holiday Card Inside Greeting - www.Stamp4JoyThe adorable musical note was cut out using my Big Shot and the new Musical Instruments Framelits Dies which can be found on Page 25 of the Holiday Catalog, along with the Musical Season stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) where the inside card sentiment came from.  

Of course, you’ll want to pick all of these up in bundles and save 10%. There’s the Musical Season Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) and the Hearts Come Home Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) to choose from, but why not get both?  

I’ve selected the Houston Food Bank for my donation to the relief efforts there.  And during the month of September I’m also going to donate an additional 10% of all my Stampin’ Up! product sales (before s&h and tax).  So be sure to get your orders in this month and let’s make your purchases really count!

Pick up your supplies to make a holiday card and other projects in my Online Store at  And thank you for your support!


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 - 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.


Build a Business You Won’t Need a Vacation From and Start Loving Your Job!

By | July 22, 2017

Build a Business You Won’t Need a Vacation From.

Build a Business You Don't Need a Vacation FromStart loving your job today! You can build a business and the life you want around your family’s schedule and priorities, with the flexibility of setting your own hours and working from home.
With the provided creative resources like a quarterly magazine, a demonstrator-only website filled with training tools and tips, and the sharing of projects, concepts, and new techniques with other like-minded demos, you’ll have more ideas than you’ll know what to do with!

Below are just a few of the many other benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator:

  • A generous demonstrator discount (20-25 percent), with bonuses earned on your effort and production.
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  • Be the first to see and purchase new Stampin’ Up! products, and even earn FREE products.
  • Stampin’ Up! events, where you stamp, learn, and have a blast with your fellow Stampin’ Up! lovers!
  • A worldwide stamping family!

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 - 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! 🙂