Stampin’ Up! Build It Framelits Card Making Video Tutorial

By | January 4, 2017

Stampin’ Up! Build It Framelits Video Tutorial

Stampin' Up! Build It Framelits - blog.Stamp4Joy.comMaking cards for guys will be a breeze with the Stampin’ Up! Build It Framelits!  It’s part of the Urban Underground Suite collection in the new Occasions Catalog.  I was immediately drawn to this collection and knew I’d be buying quite a bit from it.

Check out the card making video below where I’ll show you step-by-step how to make this handmade masculine card.  



  1. Fold a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Basic Black card stock in half to create your card base.
  2. Emboss a 2-3/4″ x 5-3/8″ piece of a Silver Foil Sheet using your Big Shot and the Hexagonal Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.
  3. Cut a 1″ x 5-3/8″ piece of the silver “X” on black pattern from the Urban Underground Designer Paper collection.
  4. Glue the embossed Silver Foil Sheet to the Urban Underground piece along the long edge, overlapping about 1/4″ to 3/5″; glue this combined piece to the front left of the Basic Black card base.
  5. Cut out three bolts and two screws from a scrap piece of Silver Foil using the Build It Framelits and glue along the right side of the card front.
  6. Swipe the Embossing Buddy across a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock and then stamp the greeting “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” from Suite Sentiments in VersaMark ink.  Pour White embossing powder over the image, tap off excess, and melt the powder using your Heat Tool.
  7. Cut the greeting out with your Big Shot and the Hexagonal die from the Build It Framelits.
  8. Attach the greeting to the front of your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Cut a 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamp the “Just Like You” from Suite Sentiments in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  10. Line up the following small stamps on a clear block in any order and stamp along the bottom of the Whisper White piece in Basic Black Archival Ink:  screw, happy face, bolt, nail head.
  11. Glue the stamped Whisper White piece to the inside of your card.

Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase in my Online Store.


Stampin’ Up! Closeout Bundles – Last Day!

By | January 3, 2017

Last Day For Stampin’ Up! Closeout Bundles!

Today is the last day to pick up any of the closeouts that are still available at up to 60% off, including the Stampin’ Up! closeout bundles.  While some of the items in the bundles may still be around after today, they will not be available as a bundle and won’t be 10% off!

If you’ve had your eye on them, why not pick them up at the discounted price?  You can check out everything left on closeout for one more day in my Online Store.


Cupcakes and Carousels Handmade Card Tutorial

By | January 2, 2017

Cupcakes and Carousels Handmade Card Idea

Cupcakes and Carousels Handmade Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s handmade card idea features the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Paper, new in the upcoming Occasions Catalog which you can start purchasing from on Wednesday.

I love the color combination of this vintage-looking patterned paper.

The new stamp set Suite Sentiments provided me the card greeting.

Below you’ll find the color scheme, supplies used, and the card making tutorial for this Cupcakes and Carousels card design.


  1. Fold a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Vanilla Card Stock in half to create card base; sponge the outside edges in Early Espresso ink.
  2. Cut the following from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack and sponge all the edges in Early Espresso ink:  
    • 4″ x 3/4″ of the blue swirl pattern
    • 2-1/2″ x 4″ of the cupcake carousel pattern
    • 4″ x 3/4″ of the So Saffron pattern
  3. Sponge the outside edges of a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock and glue to the center of a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Early Espresso card stock.
  4. Glue the blue swirl pattern along the left edge of the layered piece from Step #3 above; glue the cupcake carousel patterned piece next to the right of the blue swirl pattern, centering on the front; glue the So Saffron patterned piece across near the bottom of the cupcake carousel piece – see photo for placement.
  5. Glue the layered piece from Step #4 to the center of the Very Vanilla card base.
  6. Stamp the “Hoping Your Day is Perfect” in Early Espresso ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits.
  7. Cut a larger Early Espresso circle using the Layering Circles Framelits or Stitched Shapes Framelits and glue the greeting piece to the center.
  8. Attach the greeting to the lower left of your card front and apply some pearls in the upper and lower right corners.


SUPPLIES USED (click photograph for more information or to purchase)


Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeouts, While Supplies Last!

By | December 1, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeouts Have Just Been Announced!

Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeouts -

Be sure to pick up the Stampin’ Up! year-end closeouts while supplies last.  Many items are up to 60% off!

Stampin’ Up! only offers their bundles for the duration of one catalog.  That means even if the products carry over you will not be able to pick them up at the bundle discount.  Click on the photo above to see what’s still avilable.


Dear Santa: I Want It All!

By | November 30, 2016

I Want It All!

Dear Santa, I Want It All - www.Stamp4Joy.comWould you like to give a crafting gift, but are not sure what they have or want?  Maybe your spouse or significant other is unsure what to give you.  Well, what about a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate?

Use the button below to select the amount of your gift certificate and to purchase.  If you have any questions or concerns just Contact Me and we’ll get it taken care of.  Sorry, U.S. only.

If you’d prefer they give you specific items, fill out this Wish List, print it, and share it with your loved ones. Have them give me a call to place the order and we can get that taken care of for you!

Are you interested in the Ultimate Kit? How about purchasing the Starter Kit! You’ll receive $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products of your choosing for only $99! You won’t have to pay shipping, you’ll receive at least 20% off all future purchases as long as you’re a demonstrator… including off of sale prices!… and you’ll be able to purchase during demo-only pre-sales and qualify for new Sale-A-Bration items a month early! Customize your kit and join HERE.


25% Off Select Stamp Sets – Hurry, Ends Tomorrow!

By | November 29, 2016

One Day Left For 25% Off Select Stamp Sets

There’s only one day left to take advantage of the current sale and get 25% off select stamp sets.  They’re mostly Christmas sets, but there’s also other cute ones like the adorable Baby Bear!

Please Note:  The Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies have been so popular we ran out!  They are not orderable at this time, but will be available again to order later in January.

Click on any photo below for more information or to purchase.


24-Hour Flash Sale on Select Stampin’ Up! Products

By | November 21, 2016

24-Hour Flash Sale!

24-Hour Flash Sale - www.Stampin4Joy.comA 24-Hour Flash Sale kicks off the Online Extravaganza for this year.  It only happens once a year, so be sure to take advantage of it!  

Between today and November 28th you’ll be able to save up to 40% off select Stampin’ Up! products. Today and the last day you’ll even find special promotions available that day only.

There’s a variety of items on sale at 10, 20, 30, and 40% off all week long, so stock up and save. Some of the items are only available while supplies last, so if you want it you’d better grab it!

Below are all the items on sale today.  Just click on a photo for more information or to purchase.

Here’s what’s featured in today’s 24-Hour Flash Sale.  

The products below are 40% off, while supplies last:

Wow!  Look at everything you can pick up at 30% off:

There’s lots to choose from at 20% off:

Here’s some great finds at 10% off:


It’s National Absurdity Day: Have I Got An Insane Idea!

By | November 20, 2016


An Insane Gift For You on National Absurdity Day!

The Ultimate Gift on National Absurdity Day - www.Stamp4Joy.comRead below for my National Absurdity Day special offer.

The Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs are coming out in January, but as demonstrators we’re lucky enough that we can preview them now and pre-order from them beginning December 1st!

Join my team by purchasing the ultimate Starter Kit, and not only will you receive up to $125 of products in your customized kit, you’ll also be able to pre-order from the Occasions Catalog beginning December 1st.  You’ll be able to qualify for the free Sale-A-Bration items on December 1st, too, one for every $50 you spend in retail!  Why wait until January when you can grab them a month early?  Don’t risk your favorite items going on back order!

What’s my insane idea for National Absurdity Day?  For the FIRST THREE PEOPLE who join my team between now and the end of the day tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 21st) I will send you your choice of any current catalog item valued up to $20 ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Some of the benefits of joining Stampin’ Up! are:

  • 20% (or more) off all your purchases
  • you can pre-order new items before the public
  • you can earn free products
  • you’ll have FREE ACCESS to my membership site, Papercrafts Toolbox 
  • you’ll be able to join my private Facebook group for those on my team
  • and much more!

Hobby Demonstrators Are Welcome!

Have questions?  Feel free to drop me a note or tap here to call now.   

You know you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!  Why not give yourself the gift of creativity or share what you want for the holidays with your loved ones?  Be one of the first three to pick up the Ultimate Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit with my free special offer on National Absurdity Day!


Christmas Card Idea on Christmas Card Sunday Using Wonderland

By | November 13, 2016

Christmas Card Idea Using Wonderland

Wonderland Christmas Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s clean and simple Christmas card idea features the beautiful retired stamp set Wonderland, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps.  

Who doesn’t love that tree stamp?!?  I just stamped it in the center on the top layer piece in Garden Green, and then stamped it off again on the right and left of the center image.  Then I edged the left and right borders with a small strip of the striped paper pattern from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  This stack is full of a variety of different patterns in all the neutral shades, perfect for adding a bit of interest to any of your handmade card designs.  It will really last you a long, long time and is such a great value!

The Christmas card sentiment came from the Wonderland stamp set, too, and was stamped in Basic Black ink.

Check out all the stamps for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.


Paper Pumpkin Craft Kits: Happy Mail Every Month!

By | November 8, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Craft Kits

A Box of Creativity Delivered to Your Door Every Month!

Paper Pumpkin Craft Kits - blog.Stamp4Joy.comYou have just two more days to sign up for Paper Pumpkin craft kits to get the Special Edition Holiday box delivered later this month, along with whatever wonderful goodies are sure to be inside.

Why not get happy mail delivered to your door every month?  Treat yourself to a little crafting break each month… you deserve it!  Forget all the hubbub and stress that we all experience and get away from it all.  A little creativity will take your mind off it, at least for a little while.

Arriving with all the stamps, ink, precut paper, and accessories you’ll need for a fun crafting project, all the work has been done for you.  Sign up before the 10th and indulge in a 30-minute escape for yourself every month to relax and unwind with Paper Pumpkin craft kits.


Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas

By | November 7, 2016

Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas

Quick and Easy Christmas Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comClick HERE for access to more quick and easy Christmas card ideas with a bonus tutorial, today only!

Using Candy Cane Christmas (wood-mount or clear-mount) and Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper I put together this quick and easy Christmas card. The paper really does all the work.  I even cut out the little house and candy from a couple of the paper patterns!

You’ll notice I used my new Stitched Shapes Framelits for the greeting and focal point Real Red layers.  It adds just a little more detail to your projects without any extra work… gotta love it!

If you’d like more quick & easy Christmas card ideas, today is the last day to sign up for my “6 Creative Quick & Easy Christmas Cards” online class and receive the 7th bonus project free.  You can read all about it HERE.


Vintage Christmas Cards on Christmas Card Sunday

By | November 6, 2016

Vintage Christmas Cards Using Lovely as a Tree

Vintage Christmas Cards - www.Stamp4Joy.comI love the nostalgia of vintage Christmas cards, don’t you?  I wanted to evoke that same feeling in today’s Christmas Card Sunday project.  How did I do?

For this Christmas card design I began with my go-to tree stamp set, Lovely as a Tree (wood-mount or clear-mount).  Believe it or not, this is the oldest set in our catalog.  It’s been around around longer than I’ve been a demonstrator, almost 19 years now!  I lost one of the images a long time ago, so if it makes it into the new annual catalog I may just buy a new version.

Next I chose the paper patterns which came from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper collection.  I’m especially fond of the sheet music paper, but I really like that swirly Cherry Cobbler design, too.

Once the designer papers were selected I knew what the color palette would be for this project.

125 Cherry Cobbler Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Crumb Cake Color Swatch - #BCAC90125 Very Vanilla Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Garden Green Color Swatch -





Stitched Shapes Framelits - www.Stampin4Joy.comThe “stitched” rectangle piece was cut out using my Big Shot and the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I’ll make a video showing how to get a rectangle from the square die, so look for it soon on my Facebook page.  🙂

A variety of images from Timeless Textures (wood-mount or clear-mount) were stamped randomly in Crumb Cake ink.  The edges were distressed a little with my bone folder, and then I sponged them with Crumb Cake ink, too.

The tree of course came from Lovely as a Tree and was stamped in Garden Green ink, as was the greeting.  The sentiment came from Christmas Pines, which you can pick up this month at a 25% discount! 

All the layers were mounted onto Cherry Cobbler card stock, which is a deep, rich color perfect for vintage Christmas cards.  The coordinating ribbon came from the 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack in the Holiday Catalog and was tied into a double bow.  A couple of small jingle bells were attached to the center for a little bit of whimsy.  You can pick up a mixture of red and silver Mini Jingle Bells for your own holiday cards on Page 29 of the Holiday Catalog.

The card still needed a little something more, so I decided to add a few “ornaments.”  They were created using my dark Cherry Cobbler Blendability (remember those?) to color some pearls, which I then added to the tree and the left side of the Christmas card sentiment.

I probably could have added a few more doodads, but I think it still is reminiscent of those old vintage Christmas cards.  What do you think?

To order any of these supplies please visit my online store at  And if you order more than $70 before Nov. 15, 2016 I’ll send you a package of Notecards & Envelopes FREE!


Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card Winner

By | November 4, 2016

Which Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card Do You Prefer?

Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card - UPS man brought my new Stitched Shapes Framelits yesterday, and I decided to jump right in and started playing with them right away.  For the first projects I decided to make a couple of identical Christmas cards, each one focusing on a different designer paper collection:  This Christmas Specialty and Presents & Pinecones.  I posted them on my Facebook Page and asked everyone to vote on their favorite.  The card you see here hasn’t received any votes yet.  😉  

I began both cards with a Christmas card sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set, which just so happens to be one of the stamp sets on sale at 25% off for the month of November.  (See all the stamps on sale HERE.)  I also added a couple of beautiful Mini Pinecones to both of the cards.  

The differences came in the trims and paper patterns, each relying on a different color scheme.  For this card idea I used This Christmas Designer Paper for the layers, which had a Whisper White base to it.  The color scheme for this project is shown below.

125 Cherry Cobbler Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Whisper White Color Swatch -





I wrapped the greeting layer a few times with some Copper Metallic Thread, which coordinates beautifully with the Mini Pinecones.

For the other card — which won the most votes —  I focused on the This Christmas Specialty Paper.  

Click to see the winning card using Stitched Shapes Framelits.


Have You Checked Out The Clearance Rack Lately?

By | November 3, 2016

Let’s see what’s at the Clearance Rack Today!

I don’t know why, but I always seem to forget to check in at the Clearance Rack.  There’s usually some great finds there, so I thought I’d mention it to you, too!Clearance Rack - Bite Me

Clearance Rack - Bite Me Sample - www.Stampin4Joy.comAt the time of this writing I see some very cool Halloween items you could pick up at a deep discount for next year, like the Bite Me stamp set (seen in the images to the left) or the Boo to You Framelits Dies that are half off (shown below)!  Clearance Rack - Boo to You Framelits Dies -








There’s some Christmas stuff, too, things like the Seasonal Frame Thinlits Dies that are half off, the Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  And if you’re looking for Christmas stamps, how about the Gentle Peace stamp set?  

Of course, things could change day-by-day or even hour-by-hour because once it’s gone, that’s it!  So don’t forget to check into the Clearance Rack from time to time because you just never know what special treasure you might find there!




Christmas Card Ideas Featuring Greetings From Santa

By | November 2, 2016

Christmas card ideas using Greetings From Santa.

Christmas Card Ideas Using Greetings From Santa - www.Stamp4Joy.comYour Christmas card ideas don’t all have to be intricate, complicated designs to be beautiful. Here’s a clean and simple card design that uses just a bit of lovely patterned paper from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper collection, a couple of stamps, and an enamel star shape from the Regals Enamel Shapes collection.

You’ll notice how well the Cherry Cobbler card stock goes with the Cherry Cobbler in the pretty paper pattern and the enamel star.  And look how perfect the Garden Greens match up together.  I love how I don’t have to worry about matching the colors in the patterned paper to my card stock, ink, and embellishments.  All that’s done for me by Stampin’ Up!

The Christmas sentiment and tree stamp both came from Greetings From Santa (wood-mount or clear-mount), which is one of the stamp sets on sale for the month of November at 25% off.  And while most of them are perfect for your Christmas card ideas, they’re not all holiday stamp sets.

Check out all the stamp sets on sale.