Handmade Summer Card – At the Beach With Colorful Seasons

By | June 3, 2017

Handmade Summer Card

Handmade Summer Card at the Beach - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe incredibly versatile Colorful Seasons Bundle makes creating this handmade summer card super fast and easy.

Recently I was putting together a scrapbook page layout for my June newsletter and decided to design a beach card using the same supplies and concept idea.  The supplies I used for this simple card design are listed below:
Stamp Sets:
Colorful Seasons Bundle (145348) 

Dapper Denim (141394)

Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (100730)
Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (144193), Gradient blue pattern
Crumb Cake White Cardstock (100730)

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)
Precision Base Plate (139684)
Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (143751)
Layering Ovals Framelits (141706)
Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

I have a special offer right now:  Between now and Sunday, June 11th, purchase the Colorful Seasons Bundle in my Online Store using the Hostess Code ANH9EZRX, and I will send you a sampling of the fabulous Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack absolutely FREE!

Make a Handmade Card With Colorful Seasons - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe coordinating scrapbook page idea will be just one of the tutorials featured in my next newsletter coming out Tuesday. If you’d like to receive them in your In Box, just sign up for my free newsletter.

Want to see another handmade summer card idea using the Colorful Seasons Bundle?  Click on the thumbnail photo to the right.


Memorial Day Card Idea – God Bless America

By | May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Card Idea – God Bless America

Memorial Day Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comSince today is Memorial Day in the United States – where we remember all our brave Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country — I wanted to come up with a special Memorial Day card idea.

Do you recognize the image?  This was a single, special-edition stamp that Stampin’ Up! released in 2001 in remembrance of 9/11.  I’ve always loved this stamp, and I think it’s a perfect image for a Memorial Day card.  It makes great Fourth of July cards, too.


The oval shape of course came from my very favorite Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I used the little stars I grabbed a framelit from the Sliding Star Framelits, which are retiring in just a few days.

The design layout for this handmade card came from the sketch over at Mojo Monday, which you can see on the right.

For another Memorial Day card idea click on the thumbnail sketch on the left.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day, and God Bless America!


New Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set: Crafting Forever

By | May 22, 2017

Sneak Peek at a New Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set

New Stampin' Up Stamp Set - Crafting Forever - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere is my favorite new Stampin’ Up stamp set that I’ve received so far from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, Crafting Forever.  Perfect for the creative person in your life… or maybe even you?  This stamp set will be available as soon as the new catalog goes live the beginning of June.  

I pulled out my Blender Pen and did a little watercoloring of the paintbrushes and other creative tools stored in the terra cotta pot.  Most of the colors I just pulled from the colors in the beautiful background papers which are included in the Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection, also coming out in the new catalog.

You can see some of the other gorgeous patterns from this collection by clicking on the thumbnail photos below.

Homemade Thank You Card Idea Using Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.com

Thanks Card Using Delightful Daisy Designer Paper - www.Stamp4Joy.comWould you like to receive this new Stampin’ Up! stamp set and designer paper FREE?  Schedule a Stampin’ Up! party… hostesses receive free Hostess Credits they can use to purchase anything they want from the catalog.  I also do Facebook parties… you won’t even have to clean your house! 🙂

Contact me today for more information or to schedule your party!


Homemade Thank You Card Idea – Cheerful Thank You Card Design

By | May 21, 2017

Homemade Thank You Card Idea Using Daisy Delight

Homemade Thank You Card Idea Using Daisy Delight - www.Stamp4Joy.comI’m featuring Daisy Delight for today’s homemade thank you card idea. A very cool new stamp set, it will be available for purchase from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog when it goes live the beginning of June.  It seems to be one of the most popular stamp sets with our demonstrators so far.  

I just love the bright and cheerful look of the navy and yellow color combination on this card design, don’t you?  The striped patterned paper is from the Floral Boutique Designer Paper collection, which unfortunately has already sold out.  I hope you were able to pick up your package before they ran out. 

The adorable daisy patterned paper, however, comes from the Thanks Card Using Delightful Daisy Designer Paper - www.Stamp4Joy.comnew Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection coming out soon.  The different patterns in this grouping are so beautiful and coordinate spectacularly with the designs in the stamp set. Click on the photo to the right to view another handmade card idea featuring more patterns from this collection.  

All the stamping on this homemade thank you card idea came from this one stamp set, even the card sentiment!  

I grabbed my Big Shot and the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut out the sentiment.  I cut out two labels from Night of Navy card stock, overlapping them to create the slightly larger layer underneath the card greeting.

Would you like to pick up these or some of the other new stamps and accessories FREE?  Did you know I do Facebook parties?  

Contact Me for more information about hosting a Facebook party or to schedule your very own party for June, after the new catalog goes live.  Be the first among your friends to pick up your new toys for FREE!  I only have two Saturdays left in June, so grab one of them while you can!


Retired Rubber Stamps For Man Cards – Masculine Card Ideas

By | May 17, 2017

Retired Rubber Stamps For Man Cards

Retired Rubber Stamps For Man Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comThere’s still time to pick up some retired rubber stamps for man cards. You have until the 22nd of May, after that they’re only available while supplies last.

The featured stamp set on this handmade card is Wetlands, perfect for the men in your life or even your female friends who love the outdoors.  And it’s got you covered because it’s an all-inclusive set that has three greetings: Thank you for Your Kindness, Thinking of You, and Birthday Greetings.

The background paper patterns are from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack which has already sold out.  However, you’re in luck!  If you place an Wetlands DIY Birthday Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comorder in my Online Store of $50 or more before Sunday, May 21st, I’ll send you a sampling of card-sized patterns from this collection FREE! Use them as is or cut them up for use on your very own homemade card designs. Of course, that’s in addition to the free reusable card I’ll send you as a thank you for your order that I made with my own two hands! 🙂

If you’d like another idea for a masculine card, click on the thumbnail photo you see to the left.



Make a Handmade Card With Colorful Seasons

By | May 8, 2017

Make a Handmade Card Using Colorful Seasons and Seasonal Layers

Make a Handmade Card With Colorful Seasons - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a sneak peek! You can make a handmade card quickly using the awesome bundle that includes Colorful Seasons (143726) and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (143751).  

There’s something for every season in this collection for beautiful card ideas and scrapbook layouts.  They’re not available for the public to purchase until June, but CLICK HERE to find out how you can get them this month!

Those adorable little adirondack chairs are included in the framelit set… so cute!

You might notice some new colors peeking out, too.  These are some of the new In Colors. Featured here are Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, and Tranquil Tide.

I hope this inspires you to make a handmade card today.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thanks Card For a Friend Using Delightful Daisy Designer Paper

By | May 7, 2017

Thanks Card:  Delightful Daisy Designer Paper

Thanks Card Using Delightful Daisy Designer Paper - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis thanks card highlights the Delightful Daisy Designer Paper which is coming soon in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I especially love the watercolor pattern you see featured here… my very favorite!  

You can’t purchase purchase this paper collection until June — unless you sign up to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator — but you’ll surely want to add it to your wish list!

I added a string of dainty little pearls along the left edge and the bottom right of the card front for a Daisy Delight Stamp Set - www.Stamp4Joy.combit more femininity.   They come already attached, so it’s easy just to lift a few of them up and move them over to attach to your card in a perfectly straight and evenly-spaced line. 🙂

The card sentiment and little daisy images that I stamped around the edge of the greeting piece both came from the coordinating stamp set Daisy Delight, a set of 16 stamps that harmonize beautifully with the paper patterns featured in the collection.  Check it out in the photo on the left.

This isn’t the first thanks card I’ve made with this stamp set… I’ll have more to show you later on, so stay tuned!




Start Your Own Home Craft Business Today With Stampin’ Up! – You Won’t Be Sorry!

By | May 6, 2017

You CAN Start Your Own Home Craft Business!

Start Your Own Home Craft Business - www.Stamp4Joy.comWould you like to start your own home craft business with Stampin’ Up!?

Would you like to be the first to see the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and receive new stamps and other fun products?

Did you know Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order new items at least one month before they’re released to the public?  This photograph shows just some of what came in my first order from the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I can’t wait to play with all my new toys!

Did you know Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can EARN FREE STAMPS and SHOPPING SPREES?  I still have TWO FREE STAMP SETS to select.  I also have a $100 shopping spree coming my way soon!

Did you know demonstrators can take 20% off their own personal orders?  Who doesn’t love getting a discount on something you’d buy anyway?

Why not bring extra income into the home while doing something you love?  Why not work a job that you love and that can expand and grow around your family and your personal schedule?  And there are so many online business ideas, you could even work completely online from home if you want.

Starting your own business can be intimidating, but wReceive Professional Business Coachingith Stampin’ Up! you’ll get all the tools you need to run a successful business, including a bi-monthly magazine full of techniques and project ideas you can use.  With me you’ll get training and professional coaching — from a trained business coach — to empower you to build your business the way YOU want it to be.

It’s the ultimate bundle!  

You can completely customize your kit up to $125 worth of current Stampin’ Up! products, including from the new catalog, all for only $99.  Plus you’ll pay no shipping.  That’s a savings of about 30% off retail!

Are you worried you won’t like it?  Don’t be!  Give it a test, and if things don’t work out the way you hope you can keep everything from your kit with no obligation to ever buy or sell anything again!  

 Contact me today and we can have a no obligation conversation to see if the idea to start your own craft home business is right for you.  Or you can Join my team today for only $99!  Hobby demonstrators are welcome!

Read more about my own personal Stampin’ Up! story HERE.


Love Greeting Card: Make a Flower Greeting Card

By | May 4, 2017

Love Greeting Card Using Love is Kindness

Love Greeting Card Flower Greeting Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis sweet love greeting card is featuring the retired stamp Love is Kindness, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page. Consisting of just a single stamp, who knew such a simple image could make such an impact and create such beautiful handmade cards?  Love it!

I’m also highlighting a couple of items that will be retiring from our catalog very soon.  The Moroccan Designer Series Paper collection is on sale, and at the time of this writing is still available while supplies last.   And I tied the summptuous Very Vanilla Stitched Satin Ribbon — which is also available only while supplies last — into a charming double bow.

I used my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad and a few alcohol markers to color in the flowers and newspaper bundle, but you could easily use your Basic Black Archival Ink Pad and some Stampin’ Write Markers to add some color, too.

Love is Kindness - blog.Stamp4Joy.comClick on the photo to the left and check out another  handmade card idea using Love is Kindness.

I’d love to hear what you think of this love greeting card.  Please leave me a comment.  🙂


Sneak Peek: Get Your Hands on the Eastern Palace Suite One Month Early!

By | May 2, 2017

Sneak Peek:  Get Your Hands on The Eastern Palace Suite Early!

Sneak Peek - www.Stamp4Joy.comTake a sneak peek and get your hands on the colorful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite one month before they’re released in the 2017-2018 annual catalog — available in two exclusive bundles!  These particular bundles will not be available after May.  See bundle details below:


Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

English Bundle: 147196; French Bundle: 147198

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $60.50 USD/ $77.75 CAD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers  
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter! 

English Bundle: 147207; French Bundle: 147208

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $103.50 USD/$134.75 CAD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack  
Mini Tassels Assortment  
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers  
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)  
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies  
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!

Order the Premier Bundle and then download these instructions for three exquisite card tutorials!


Homemade Thank You Card Idea Using Floral Boutique

By | May 1, 2017

Homemade Thank You Card Idea

Homemade Thank You Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis simple homemade thank you card idea relies heavily on a number of the patterns included in the Floral Boutique Designer Paper collection. It’s being retired, and I’m surprised that this beautiful paper collection is still available.  It probably won’t be for long, though!

The beauty about our designer paper collections are all the patterns that are included work pretty seamlessly together.  And with the pages being double-sided there’s many options to choose from.

The only stamping on this handmade card is the thank you card sentiment from the One Big Meaning stamp set, which comes in wood-mount and clear-mount.  It’s a must have if you make a lot of thank you cards, and who can’t use a lot more thank you cards?

Handmade Birthday Card for Laurie - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThe lush double bow was created with the 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, which is no longer available. 🙁

This is the last month to pick up those retiring items you have your eyes on.  It’s only while supplies last, so be sure to grab them while you can.

This patterned paper collection can be use for more than just a handmade thank you card idea.  Click on the photo on the left to see a birthday card design.


Handmade Christmas Card Design for Christmas Card Sunday

By | April 30, 2017

Handmade Christmas Card Design for Christmas Card Sunday

Handmade Christmas Card Design for Christmas Card Sunday - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s Christmas Card Sunday, and today’s handmade Christmas card design is featuring the soon-to-be-retired stamp set Snow Place.  This set is only guaranteed to be available for a few more weeks (until May 22nd) so if you’ve had your eye on it you’ll want to pick it up soon.

I also grabbed some retired designer paper from my paper stash, Candy Cane Lane.  This is a fun set of holiday paper patterns, and for the first three people who place an order of $50 or more in my Online Store before Wednesday, May 3rd, I’ll send you six card-size samples of this super cute paper absolutely FREE!  Just place your order in my online store at Stampin4Joy.com and use the Hostess Code CA22UHJM.  Your order will be shipped directly to your door!  

NOTE:  If your order totals $150 don’t use the Hostess Code and you’ll also receive Hostess Benefits, too! 🙂

I tried to wrap the card sentiment in a curved pattern, but as you can see, one end kind of “popped” back up right before I stamped it.  But in keeping with the card theme, I decided to “chill” and just let it go.  I stamped the Santa hat in Real Red inkand then cut it out using my handy, dandy Paper Snips.  You’ll also see a bit of retired Real Red ribbon peeking out from beneath the layers on the card front.

Funny Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI used my Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (my favorite!!!) to cut out the snowman circle, and then mounted it onto a Real Red scallop piece that I cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits.

Click on the photo to the left for another sample using this stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this handmade Christmas card design for today’s Christmas Card Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.



Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him: Architecture

By | April 22, 2017

Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him

Clean and Simple Card Idea For Him - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis clean and simple card idea would work well as a masculine card, and features the retiring stamp set Everyday Hero.  

This adorable set is only guaranteed to be available until May 22nd, after that it’s while supplies last.   It can make the cutest comic book style cards… kids will love it!

I stamped the cityscape in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a strip of Watercolor Paper that I had previously cut to the size I wanted.  Then I took a long and narrow acrylic block and applied swashes of color using some markers from the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers collection:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise.  I spritzed inked-up block with some water and then laid my stamped watercolor paper onto it to pick up the ink.  

Everyday Hero Superhero Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe Basic Black and Basic Gray Archival Ink pads are what you want to use when watercoloring your images or using your markers to color in.  It’s formulated specially for that purpose so that it won’t bleed when wet.

The white background was created using my Big Shot and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  The sentiment fit perfectly on one of the “bricks.”

For another clean and simple card idea click on the photo to the right.


Embossing Powder Uses You Can Try Today

By | April 20, 2017

5 Embossing Powder Uses For Fun Card Making Techniques

5 Embossing Powder Uses - www.Stamp4Joy.com

Are you ready to learn 5 embossing powder uses and experiment with some different card making techniques and styles? 

  • Are you new to stamping?  Let’s expand your knowledge and try new things.
  • Are you an experienced stamper?  Maybe you would like to learn a few new techniques or revisit some old ones.
  • No idea how to use your supplies?  Maybe I can help!
  • Would you like to get the most bang for your buck from supplies you already have?  Keep reading!

In this online class you’ll learn to create striking points of interest that will demand to be touched! Delve into some unique and enchanting ways to blend the magic of embossing powder into your paper crafting — using products you most likely already have in your craft room!

You’ll receive instant access to nine craft tutorial videos (over 75 minutes!) with step-by-step instructions to complete five delightful and unique handmade cards using distinctive techniques that will beg to be touched!  

Check out the video and read more HERE!