Handmade Christmas Card Idea With Greetings of the Season

By | April 4, 2017

Handmade Christmas Card Idea Using Greetings of the Season

Handmade Christmas Card Idea With Greetings of the Season - www.Stamp4Joy.comI know it’s not Christmas Card Sunday, but I haven’t made one in a while so I decided to come up with a handmade Christmas card idea today using some retired designer paper and the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  It’s an absolutely wonderful set of four Christmas card sentiments that are perfect for your holiday card making.  I have a number of holiday stamp sets for sale there, along with a variety of other themes, so be sure to check it out.

I love the rich, warm colors of the paper patterns I used for this card here.  It almost makes me wish it was Christmastime again… almost. 🙂

Here’s a quick look at the stamp set featured in this handmade Christmas card idea.  

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


National Retirement Planning Week® – Start a Home-Based Business!

By | April 4, 2017

April 3rd through 7th is National Retirement Planning Week ®.

National Retirement Planning Week - www.Stamp4Joy.comWhat was your first thought when you heard that this week was National Retirement Planning Week ®?  Was it excitement or dread?  

I heard on the radio yesterday that only 60% of Americans save for retirement.  Are you one of the 40% that falls short?

We could all probably use a little “boost” into our retirement fund. Why not make a little extra money by starting a home-based craft business doing something you love?

How Can a Stampin’ Up! Business Help Fund Your Retirement Account?

  • Saving for Retirement - www.Stamp4Joy.comSave Money on Things You’d Buy Anyway!  By joining Stampin’ Up! you’ll save 20-25% off all your purchases as a demonstrator.  If you’re buying it anyway, wouldn’t you prefer to get it at a reduced price?  Sock that discount away into a savings account.
  • Save Money on Your Taxes!  Did you know that things you buy to run your Stampin’ Up! business are tax deductible?  🙂
  • Earn Commission on the Purchases of Your Friends and Family!  When friends, family, and other customers purchase Stampin’ Up! through you, you’ll earn a minimum of 20% on their purchases, with opportunities for higher earnings depending on your efforts.  More opportunity to boost your savings!
  • Design and sell your own hand-stamped finished products!  All while buying your supplies at a discount.  Hint:  Custom scrapbooks are very much in demand these days! 
  • Share your passion and hold fee-based stamp classes of ideas and techniques!  It’s a great way to meet other like-minded creative types while bringing in some extra income.
  • Have in-home parties!  If you held just two a month averaging $300 per party, you could earn an extra $120 a month.  You could use the extra money to pay down debt or to fund your retirement account directly.

Financial Freedom Just Ahead - www.Stamp4Joy.comThese are just a few ways you can save and earn money with Stampin’ Up! And it’s perfect if you’re on the move because you can take your business with you.  I know of a number of demonstrators who work part-time out of their RVs on the road.  What a great ice breaker! 🙂

Contact me today to find out how you can jump start your savings during National Retirement Planning Week ® by embarking on your own success story with Stampin’ Up!  Hobby demonstrators are welcome!  READ MORE HERE or go ahead and JOIN THE FUN HERE!


Handmade Friendship Card Idea Using Beautiful You

By | April 2, 2017

Black and White Handmade Friendship Card Idea

Beautiful You Handmade Friendship Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comAs you probably know already, I love making black and white greeting cards with a pop of color, so this handmade friendship card idea was right up my alley. All of the black and white background paper patterns came from the 12″ x 12″ Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, which you can find on Page 174 of the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. And of course the image was stamped using the Beautiful You stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), which you can find on Page 24 of the Occasions Catalog.

I decided to use Melon Mambo for my third color. and so I chose the lovely polka dot paper pattern from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper collection for the dress. Melon Mambo Card Stock was used for to create the solid-colored umbrella, and I added a bit of pink to the shoes with my Melon Mambo marker from the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers collection.  

I cut out the image using my Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies — my favorite! — and then mounted it onto a Basic Black oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  

After cutting out the dress and umbrella, I then paper pieced them over the stamped image for my “pop” of color. 🙂

A strip of Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon across the bottom really finishes it off nicely, don’t you think?

I decided not to add a greeting to the front of my handmade friendship card so it could be used for any occasion that may come up.

I created this handmade friendship card idea for the current challenge at The Male Room, which was to use black and white and one other color.


Handmade Friend Card – Hey, Chick! Homemade Card Design

By | March 27, 2017

Hey, Chick!  Handmade Friend Card

Handmade Friend Card - Hey Chick - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis bright and cheery handmade friend card features the Festive Birthday Designer Paper collection and the Hey, Chick Sale-A-Bration stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount).  

This grouping of seven stamps is just so cute, and Friday is the last day you can pick it up FOR FREE with a $50 order.

The streamer and striped paper pattern designs create a fun and festive theme for the background, all mounted on Emerald Envy card stock to tie everything together.

I wrapped the card front with some coordinating Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon, and then used my Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut out the greeting card sentiment which I stamped in Emerald Envy ink.  

By changing out the greeting, this handmade friend card could easily become an adorable birthday card, too!  If you’d like to pick up this stamp set for free, don’t delay placing your order in my Online Store.


Superhero Card Idea: Everyday Hero Handmade Card

By | March 22, 2017

Superhero Card Idea for Your Everyday Hero

Superhero Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comKapow!  

This clean and simple superhero card idea features the Everyday Hero stamp set.  Such a fun grouping of comicbook-style images for kids and those that are still young at heart!

I started with a white card base and then added a layer of Real Red card stock.  Over that I attached a smaller piece of patterned paper that came from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack.  I think the paper design really compliments the “superhero” theme of the card, don’t you?

I stamped the cape on the hanger and the greeting card sentiment directly on the designer paper layer.  I then stamped the cape a second time on white card stock, coloring it in and then cutting it out and gluing it over the image I previously stamped.  So simple and cute!

There are superheros all around us.  Don’t you think this superhero card idea would make a cute handmade thank you card for that special someone who’s really gone above and beyond for you?


Handmade Mothers Day Card – Everyday Hero Card for Mom

By | March 20, 2017

Handmade Mothers Day Card

Handmade Mothers Day Card - Everyday Hero - www.Stamp4Joy.comWill you need a handmade Mothers Day card soon?  I thought I’d quickly show you a cute card idea for Mom using the Everyday Hero stamp set.  It would make a great Fathers Day card, too, just by changing out the head from a woman to a man.  🙂

The city skyline was masked and then stamped a few times in Basic Gray ink before being cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

“Mom” was stamped in gray and then water colored using my Aqua Painter and ink from the ink pad lids.  The designer paper comes from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper collection.

Finally, I stamped the words in Basic Black ink and then added some gold stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

With only a couple of months left, you’ll want to start planning your handmade Mothers Day card soon!


Handmade Holiday Card: Beauty of the Season Christmas Card

By | March 19, 2017

Beauty of the Season Handmade Holiday Card.

Handmade Holiday Card Beauty of the Season - www.Stamp4Joy.comIt’s Christmas Card Sunday again, and today’s handmade holiday card highlights the retired Christmas stamp set Beauty of the Season.  It’s a beautiful, delicate group of images with some lovely seasonal sentiments you’ll just love.  You can find this along with many other retired sets for sale on my  Retired Rubber Stamps page.  

I used some retired designer paper to quickly give a textured look to the card base background, and then pulled out my Big Shot with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to cut out the cardinal image and the Cherry Cobbler scalloped layer.

The holiday sentiment was punched out using the Decorative Label Punch, which I then sponged along the edges in Early Espresso ink.

Click on the images below and check out some of the other handmade holiday cards I made using this stamp set.

Beauty of the Season Christmas Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comBeauty of the Season Thank You Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.com


Baby Card Idea: Moon Baby Handmade Card Design

By | March 18, 2017

Moon Baby Card Idea

Moon Baby Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comA little water coloring goes a long way on this sweet Moon Baby card idea (wood-mount or clear-mount). Drawing the solid card stock layers from the color palette featured in the Festive Birthday Designer Paper just pulls it all together.

I first stamped the moon and baby on the Whisper White Card Stock layer.  Then I stamped it again on Watercolor Paper and used my Aqua Painter and Watercolor Pencils to do a bit of water coloring on the skin, moon, and star.   Once that was dry I grabbed my Paper Snips to quickly cut out the baby and moon as one piece and the star as a separate piece, which I then glued down over the image on the white card stock using my Multipurpose Liquid Glue

For the baby’s onesie pajamas I stamped him on the blue designer paper pattern and then cut out just the pajamas to glue down over the image on the watercolor paper.

I repeated the same designer paper pattern for the strip of paper under the focal image, tearing the edges with my fingers along the top and bottom.  I decided to use a fun confetti pattern for the overall background to liven it up a bit.

The baby sentiment is included in the Moon Baby stamp set, and was cut out using one of the oval Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I then layered it over a Tempting Turquoise scalloped oval and a Crushed Curry oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

Finally, a rhinestone was added to the dangling star for a little extra sparkle.

Grab a FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 you spend! 

You can select from the Original Sale-A-Bration items or the Second Release Selections.   Choose the items you need to replicate this adorable Moon Baby card idea or anything else you need in my Online Store.


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!