Homemade Birthday Card With Paper Piecing: Brighter Days to Come

By | March 11, 2017

Brighter Days to Come Homemade Birthday Card

Homemade Birthday Card Brighter Days - www.Stamp4Joy.comBright and full of colorful patterns, this is a perfect homemade birthday card or card for any happy occasion.

First I stamped the stylish woman from Beautiful You (wood-mount or clear-mount) on the semi circle in Basic Black Archival Ink.  I stamped her again on a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise Card Stock and also a bright and flowery paper pattern I pulled from the Festive Birthday Designer Paper collection.  

After cutting out the dress from the designer paper and the hat from the Tempting Turquoise card stock, I then paper pieced and glued them over top of the image on the semi circle.  You’ll notice that the pattern used for her dress matches the design I used for the layer underneath the semi circle.

Of course the Big Shot and my Layering Circles Framelits were used to cut out the greeting and the scalloped Tempting Turquoise piece it’s layered onto.  I added a Melon Mambo heart in the bottom corner from the Enamel Shapes Brights collection to make it a little extra special.

This is the last month to pick up your FREE item for each $50 you spend.  You can select from the Original Sale-A-Bration Offerings that are still available or the latest items offered in the Second Release.  

Pick up all the supplies you need to create this homemade birthday card or other card ideas in my online store at Stampin4Joy.com.


Handmade Baby Card Idea: Sweet and Simple Moon Baby Card

By | February 28, 2017

Simple Handmade Baby Card Idea

Handmade Baby Card Idea - Moon Baby - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a sweet and simple handmade baby card idea using Moon Baby (comes wood-mount or clear-mount).

My son bought me a bunch of Copic alcohol markers for Christmas, and I was happy to have the chance to play with them here.  You could also use the Basic Black Archival Ink Pad and an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen along with the new Watercolor Pencils to color in the images.  Since I was using alcohol markers I stamped the images using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.

Once the baby image was colored in I used my Big Shot and an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to cut out the image and a slightly larger scallop oval to cut out a piece of Tempting Turquoise Card Stock to mount it on. The entire stamped piece was then mounted on a larger Tempting Turquoise layer and then affixed to the Whisper White card base.  

And there you have it, a sweet and simple handmade baby card idea!


Handmade Christmas Card Sunday: Joyful Season Holiday Card Idea

By | February 26, 2017

Handmade Christmas Card Using Joyful Season

Handmade Christmas Card Joyful Season - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s been a while since I posted a handmade Christmas card for Christmas Card Sunday, so I thought today I’d pull out the retired stamp set Joyful Season to make my holiday card.  You can find this set along with many others for sale on my Retired Stamps Page.

I grabbed a few different “woodsy” patterns of retired designer paper for the focal piece and to create the backdrop, and the greeting came from another retired set, Christmas Pines.

Here’s the color combination I used:







To complete the holiday card design I wrapped some Linen Thread around the focal piece.

The layout for this handmade Christmas card came from this week’s sketch at Mojo Monday.


Handmade Birthday Card Design: Party On! Birthday Card Idea

By | February 7, 2017

Fun Handmade Birthday Card Design

Party On Handmade Birthday Card Design - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s a bright and fun handmade birthday card design featuring the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, both of which can be found separately or in a bundle on pages 4 and 5 of the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

I used a paper pattern from the Party Animal Designer Paper collection for the background paper behind the balloons, which gives the impression of confetti. What do you think?  And of course I pulled the colors from the designer paper, using Tangerine Tango, Emerald Envy, and Pacific Point for the balloons.

The banner and “Party On!” was stamped on Tangerine Tango card stock, cut out using my Paper Snips, and then glued over the banner from the Crushed Curry base. 

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the balloon piece to the designer paper below it to give dimension to the balloons and banner, and then attached it to the card front using more Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

I love how this fun and festive handmade birthday card design turned out!


Handmade Thank You Card Featuring Cupcakes & Carousels

By | January 30, 2017

Handmade Thank You Card Featuring Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper

Handmade Thank You Card Featuring Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday I’m showing a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ square handmade thank you card which features the vintage looking Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  

Pulling the color palette used in the collection, I sponged So Saffron and a little Early Espresso ink on the Delicate White Doily, and Early Espresso ink around all the paper and card stock pieces.

The thank you card sentiment came from my favorite greeting card standby of late, Suite Sentiments.

Check out any of the products used to make this handmade thank you card by clicking a photo below.


Celebrating My 19th Anniversary With Stampin’ Up!

By | January 26, 2017

I’m celebrating my 19th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!

I can’t believe it’s been so long, but today is my 19th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  I wanted to just put out a quick thank you to everyone who has supported my business over all these years.  I know we’re in the midst of Sale-A-Bration, where you can select a FREE ITEM for every $50 you spend, but I wanted to add a little extra bonus give-away on top of that for you.  

Place an order of $70 or more (before tax and s&h) in my Online Store using the Host Code HZSDVVJR between now and Sunday evening and I will send you a FREE 6×6 paper stack of your choice!  Just place your qualifying order and then drop me a note with your 6×6 paper stack selection and I’ll get that sent right off to you!

Check out the 6×6 paper stacks available below.


Holiday Catalog Carryovers You Can Still Pick Up: Glamper Greetings

By | January 20, 2017

Holiday Catalog Carryovers

Holiday Catalog Carryovers - Glamper Greetings Project Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comThere’s still time to pick up these Holiday Catalog carryovers!

Just because the Holiday Catalog has ended doesn’t mean that some of these awesome products aren’t still available.  And many of them aren’t just for the holidays, either!

How about the adorable Glamper Greetings?  I can imagine using that set year-round for any number of events and occasions, from retirement cards to anniversary cards, Halloween to Christmas, and everything in between.  I can see lots of possibilities, like the mini scrapbook shown to the left.  Right now I’m envisioning something to do with Fourth of July.  Maybe it’s just because I’m anxious for summer to come back!  😉

See all the Holiday Catalog Carryovers below.  Just click on a photo for more information or to purchase.  And don’t forget, for each $50 you spend you can select a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!


Handmade Birthday Card Idea Using Beautiful You

By | January 17, 2017

Handmade Birthday Card Idea For Niece

Beautiful You Handmade Birthday Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis handmade birthday card idea started out as a challenge to my team to see what other designs we could come up with using the basic sketch of a thank you card in the 2017 Occasions Catalog on Page 34 (the one with the strawberries).  This is what I came up with.

The images in Beautiful You are perfect for water coloring with our new Watercolor Pencils, both of which can be found on Page 24.  Here I used them along with a Blender Pen to color in the arms legs, and the water she’s splashing in.

Paper piecing adds a custom designer look to the dress and floppy hat.

Here’s a quick picture of the inside of the card.

Handmade Birthday Card Idea Inside - www.Stamp4Joy,com

This card just makes me smile, and I hope it will make my niece smile, too, when I give it to her for her 18th birthday.  🙂


  1. Fold a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Whisper White card stock in half to create your card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Real Red card stock to 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.
  3. Cut a piece of the dropping hearts pattern paper from the Sending Love Designer Paper Stack collection (Page 15) to 2-5/8″ x 5-1/4″ and glue on the left side of the Real Red piece.
  4. Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 1-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ and glue to the right side of the Real Red piece, leaving a gap between the designer paper and the white card stock.
  5. Stamp the greeting on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and cut out using your Big Shot and a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Glue this to a larger Real Red circle using the Circles Collection Framelits Dies.  Set aside.
  6. On Whisper White card stock stamp the dancing girl using Basic Black Archival Ink.
  7. Color in the arms, legs, and water using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.  Cut out using Paper Snips.
  8. Stamp just the upper head portion of the girl in black ink onto the patterned paper with white hearts on a red background; cut out just the hat with your Paper Snips.
  9. In black ink stamp the girl on the patterned paper with red hearts on a white background.  Cut out just the dress.   

    TIP:  I cut just under the hat line at the top.  

  10. Glue the hat and the dress to the main girl.
  11. Position the paper-pieced girl and the sentiment piece how you’d like them to be and then glue the sentiment using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and attach the girl using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

    TIP:  I use my Paper Snips to cut down the edges of the Stampin’ Dimensionals to create smaller pieces I used on the arms, legs, and water.

  12. Stamp the “Happy Birthday…” piece on a scrap piece of Whisper White and cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Layer it onto a Real Red oval cut using the same framelits and then glue to the inside of the card.

Design your next handmade card using a basic template of one of the many projects you’ll find in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs… it makes it so easy!  

And don’t forget, between now and March 31st you can select a

FREE SALE-A-BRATION ITEM for every $50 you spend!

Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase the supplies needed to recreate this handmade birthday card idea.


Handmade Wedding Card Using Falling in Love Designer Paper

By | January 16, 2017

Handmade Wedding Card

Falling in Love Handmade Wedding Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comThe prominent features of this handmade wedding card are the golden dragonflies, which I cut out of a Gold Foil Sheet using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, and the Falling in Love Designer Paper… which is absolutely gorgeous! I love the softly lit images and patterns that are included in this paper collection.

I had actually created a larger, intricate dragonfly to position atop the square piece, but I couldn’t bring myself to cover up the beautiful paper so I decided to leave it off.  

The endearing greeting came from Beautiful You.

Here’s a quick card making tutorial to recreate this handmade wedding card.  Enjoy!


  1. Fold a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Sahara Sand card stock in half to create your card base.
  2. Cut the following pieces of Basic Black card stock:  5-1/4″ x 4″; 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″; 1-3/4″ x 3″
  3. Using your Big Shot and the Detail Dragonfly Thinlits cut out one or two sets of the flying dragonflies from a Gold Foil Sheet.  You will be trimming these down, so depending on how you want them positioned you can get away with one if you want.
  4. From the Falling in Love Designer Paper cut the following pieces:  5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ from a pattern with a Sahara Sand background; 1-5/8″ x 2-7/8″ of the lace pattern on Sahara Sand background.
  5. Using your Big Shot and a Square Stitched Framelit cut out a square from the larger designer paper piece, positioning it to be above the midde and more toward the left side (see photo for approximate placement).  Glue this to the 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ Basic Black card stock.
  6. Glue the larger designer paper piece (now with the square cut out) to the center of the larger Basic Black card stock piece.
  7. Trim down the dragonflies as desired and position across the front of your layered piece from Step 6, beginning in the top right and moving across to the bottom left.  Glue down using your Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
  8. Glue down the layered designer paper piece that was removed from the larger piece over the place it came from.
  9. Glue the rectangle lacy designer paper pattern piece onto the slightly larger Basic Black card stock and glue down in the lower right corner.  See photo for placement.
  10. On a scrap piece of Sahara Sand card stock stamp your sentiment in Basic Black archival ink and cut out using your Big Shot and a Circle Stitched Framelit.  
  11. Cut out a larger circle from Basic Black card stock using your Circles Collection Framelits Dies and glue the greeting in the center.  Glue to the front of your card in the lower right.
  12. Glue the entire layered piece to the center of the card front.
  13. Trim off a dragonfly from the left over pieces of gold dragonflies, and attach to the square on the card front.

MOJO 480The basic layout of this card came from the sketch this week at Mojo Monday.

Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase the supplies needed to recreate this simple handmade wedding card.


Save Money This Year On All Your Stampin’ Up! Purchases!

By | January 13, 2017

Enjoy Your Hobby AND Save Money This Year

Save Money This Year - www.Stamp4Joy.comDo you want to save money this year?  
It’s 2017, a new year, time for reflection and when many of us make goals for making the coming year even better. Are you one of those people?  
One of the most common goals is to save money.  Does this sound like you?  Heck, who couldn’t use more money, right?
If this sounds like you, then Sale-A-Bration is the perfect time to help you stretch your crafting dollars. For every $50 you spend you’ll receive a free gift of your choice from the many awesome offerings in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
But if you’re really serious about saving money this year with this awesome hobby, you’ll want to keep reading. 
As demonstrators we’re able to take advantage of all of the specials and discounts that Stampin’ Up! offers to its customers, including being our own hostess and receiving hostess benefits.  The difference?  We get to take 20% to 25% off all of our purchases, each and every day, even sale prices!  How cool is that?  Plus we’re able to purchase new items a FULL MONTH before everyone else can.  Love that!  And if you have a few family and friends that purchase through you, you’ll earn commission on those sales, too!
Honestly, it’s always a good time to join Stampin’ Up!, but during Sale-A-Bration you’ll not only get to select up to $125 of merchandise for only $99, but as a bonus you’ll also be able to CHOOSE AN ADDITIONAL TWO STAMP SETS OF ANY VALUE* FOR FREE from any current catalog. That’s an added value up to $104!  Plus your kit ships free for an additional 10% savings! 
Not interested in being a “sales” person?  That’s okay, hobby demonstrators are always welcome.  I’ll sign you up for my private Facebook team group where you can ask questions, get ideas, and share the fun!
Questions?  Contact me.  Write out your questions and I’ll get back to you, or leave your phone number and I’ll give you a call and answer all your questions then.
Ready to join my team and save money this year?  Read more or sign up here.
* Excludes bundles, kits, and Sale-A-Bration sets.

Shabby Chic Handmade Card Design With Lift Me Up

By | January 12, 2017

Shabby Chic Handmade Card Design

Shabby Chic Handmade Card Design - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis shabby chic handmade card design pairs the Lift Me Up Bundle with the exquisite Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack, my favorite from the new Occasions Catalog.  I created the shabby chic look by roughening up all the edges with my bone folder and then sponging them with some Early Espresso ink.  

You also might notice I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits on a couple of the layers. These will be available to order again in just a few days!  🙂 Visit my YouTube channel to watch this craft video to see how I created a larger piece using the square stitched framelit.  

The card sentiment came from the Suite Sentiments stamp set, which has a great selection of all around greetings for your handmade cards.  I thought a few tiny pearls would add a bit of elegance to the large hot air balloon.

Don’t forget, my Virtual Facebook Open House will be held on Saturday, February 21st.  You must join the group to attend.  No demonstrators, please.  

Sign up here.

Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase the supplies needed to recreate this shabby chic handmade card design.


Inspirational Handmade Card Idea and Video Tutorial

By | January 10, 2017

Inspirational Handmade Card Idea

Lift Me Up Inspirational Handmade Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s inspirational handmade card idea features the Lift Me Up Bundle which you can find on Page 10 of the new 2017 Occasions Catalog.  I really appreciate the sentiments in this set… and of course, who doesn’t love balloons?

Have you ever been to the hot air balloon festival they have every year in New Mexico?  I always enjoy seeing the bright, colorful photographs taken at this event every year.  Some day I hope to see those balloons in person.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even take a ride!  🙂

The genius of Stampin’ Up! sets are that all of the images coordinate perfectly with each other, both in style and proportion.  Plus they work beautifully with other sets, too! For example, you could pair the Lift Me Up set with the greetings in Carousel Birthday (Page 9) or the “Enjoy” sentiment in Suite Sentiments (Page 54) for exquisite coordination… all of which I purchased. Do you see a method to my madness yet? 😉

If you’d like to stretch your craft dollars and get more bang for your buck, focus on sets that will work well together.


  1. Fold a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Soft Sky card stock in half to create your card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock at 2-7/8″ x 4-1/4″ and two strips of Daffodil Delight card stock at 5/8″ x 4-1/4″ each.
  3. Glue the Daffodil Delight strips to the top and bottom of the Whisper White piece, leaving 1/8″ to 1/4″ of the Daffodil Delight showing.
  4. Glue the Whisper White layered piece from Step 3 along the bottom edge of the card front, 1/4″ up from the bottom.
  5. Cut out a detailed balloon using your Big Shot and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Use the Die Brush to separate the little detail pieces from the balloon.
  6. Cut out an appropriate size circle from Daffodil Delight card stock using the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits.  Note:  this will be positioned behind the balloon, but it won’t fit exactly.
  7. Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to glue the Daffodil Delight Circle behind the balloon, lining up the edges as best as possible.  Set aside to dry.  Carefully trim any yellow showing along the edges using your Paper Snips.
  8. Attach your balloon on the lower right of your card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, extending the top of the balloon above the Whisper White strip.  

    TIP:  If you have a small opening in your balloon that is not backed by the Daffodil Delight circle, layer the balloon so these openings are layered above the Daffodil Delight strip. 

  9. Stamp two small clouds and one large cloud in Pacific Point ink and cut out using the cloud thinlits; glue to the top portion of the Soft Sky card front.
  10. Stamp the sentiment in Pacific Point ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and cut out using the label framelit from the Build It Framelits Dies.  Glue to the lower left corner of the card.  

    TIP:  Watch this video on my YouTube Channel to see how to make the label long enough to accommodate the sentiment.

  11. Attach rhinestones to your balloon.

Click on a photo below for more information or to purchase the supplies needed to recreate this easy inspirational handmade card idea.


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.