Could You Use Some Extra Money?

By | May 1, 2012

Show Me The Money!These days, who couldn’t?  If your household could use an extra income stream and you have a true desire to build a successful business through consistent effort, then Stampin’ Up! just might be what you’re looking for!

They’ve made it easier than ever to start your business by lowering the price of the Starter Kit to just $99.  And with the fully-customizable kit there’s no worry about getting something you won’t use or already have.  You can choose up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products:  stamps, accessories, tools, digital downloads, and more!  Each kit will also include a business supplies pack valued at $65.  And you pay no shipping!

Top 3 Reasons to Start a Stampin’ Up! Business

  1. Bring home extra cash!  Pay off that Visa bill, get a new car, save for college or a special family vacation.
  2. Never  worry about losing your job!  Since you are your own boss, you can never be laid off.
  3. Love your job!  Don’t keep going to a job you hate (or just put up with).  You really can love what you do.
Check out this special Supplement to USA TODAY about the direct selling industry,
Leading the Way Back to Prosperity.

E-mail me or give me a call at (253) 256-1222, and I’d be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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Don’t Forget!

By | April 30, 2012

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day you can order from the Occasions Mini Catalog and from the Summer Smooches Suite.  Please note that the Summer Smooches Designer Fabric Brads are already sold out.

And be sure to tune in tomorrow for an awesome announcement on the new Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit!

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Mocha Morning Designer Paper Petite Purse

By | April 30, 2012

Designer Paper Petite PurseHave I mentioned I love the Mocha Morning (122366) specialty designer paper and the Petite Purse Bigz L Die (125606)?  I decided to combine the two and came up with this adorable dressy purse for a night on the town!  Give it along with the card I showcased a couple of days ago, and the person receiving it will be wowed, indeed!  These little gems are so quick & easy and so much fun to make!

Today is the last day you can order the Petite Purse die (but it will be back June 1st).  The Mocha Morning Specialty paper is retiring the end of May, however, and is only available while supplies last.  So if you want it you’d better get it soon!

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Handmade Condolence Card

By | April 29, 2012

Homemade Condolence CardIt seems I never have a handmade condolence card when I need one.  I suppose I like to keep my stamping focused on happy thoughts… who doesn’t?  However, many times your handmade cards can be converted to condolence cards just by changing the greeting.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Stampin’ Connection, a website where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators share ideas and projects with each other.   One of the perks of being a demo!

Supplies Used:

I really like how this card turned out.  What do you think?

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Mocha Morning Designer Paper

By | April 28, 2012

Mocha Morning Designer Paper CardThis card features the sumptuous velvet embossed sheets included in the Mocha Morning Designer Paper.   I love texture on my projects and your recipients will, too!  Pair it up with the luxurious Basic Black Satin Ribbon, and you’ve got the beginnings of a very elegant card!  The greeting is from Sincere Salutations, one of my favorite greeting sets.  Everything I used to make this card except the card stock, ink, and punches are being retired the end of May.


  • Stampin’ Up! stamps:  Sincere Salutations (115068), French Filigree (113742)
  • Stampin’ Up! card stock/designer paper:  Mocha Morning DSP (122366), Crumb Cake (120953), Basic Black (121045)
  • Stampin’ Up! ink:  Crumb Cake (121030), Basic Black (101179)
  • Stampin’ Up! punches:  Scallop Oval (119856), Extra-Large Oval (119859)
  • Stampin’ Up! Ribbon:  Basic Black 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (117285)
  • Other:  Dotto (no longer available)

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You Can’t Join My Birthday Club…

By | April 27, 2012

Sign up for the Stamp4Joy Birthday Club!… unless you’ve subscribed to my free mailing list.

Subscribers to my mailing list receive:

  • Three free stamping video tutorials
  • Monthly projects for things like making birthday cards, digital scrapbooking layouts, 3D items
  • First notice of class offerings
  • Exclusive subscriber-only offers
  • Optional free membership to the Stamp4Joy Birthday Club
  • And much more!

The next issue of my newsletter will be going out on Tuesday of next week, so you’ll want to subscribe before then to see the latest projects from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and to join the Stamp4Joy Birthday Club.

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Made From Scratch Digital Recipe Book

By | April 26, 2012

My Digital Studio Digital Recipe BookI’m just starting to put together a digital recipe book using My Digital Studio (118108) and the Made From Scratch Recipes Designer Template Digital Download (129004).  The template is all laid out for me, I just insert pictures and instructions and I’m good to go… quick & easy!

As some of you know, I am a certified raw food chef.  That’s not to say I’m always — or lately even sometimes — good about what I’m eating, but I am trying to get back to where I should be.

I recently made some spicy raw kale chips, and they were awesome!  Think of spicy chips, only good for you!  It was about 2 large bunches of kale, and I ate it all in about 2 days… I couldn’t stop!  What a way to get your greens!  I took some pictures of the kale chips and also some raw chocolate Nirvana I made (it’s to die for!) for the digital recipe book of my favorite raw recipes.

Speaking of raw food, recently a friend of mine was curious about it, so we tried out a new raw food restaurant called AmeRAWcan Bistro at 745 Saint Helens Avenue in Tacoma, WA.  If you live in the area I encourage you to give it a try, it is amazing!  They have a four-course taster that you can customize and includes an appetizer, soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert, all for about $20.  Share it with a friend, because it is a lot of food!

Anyway, you can download a free 30-day trial version of My Digital Studio Express.  If you download it from me you will receive my free My Digital Studio video training series (after downloading the trial you will receive an e-mail from me with a link to receive the free video training series).

Stampin’ Up! adds new downloads every week.

Check out the newest digital downloads HERE.


Mothers Day Card Ideas: Bright Blossoms

By | April 25, 2012

Mothers Day Card Ideas:  Bright BlossomsMy mom passed away a few years ago, but I still make her birthday cards and Mothers Day cards and I take them to her when I visit.  I miss her.

This Mothers Day card idea uses the Bright Blossoms stamp set (w-125495/c-125497) and the Summer Smooches Fabric Designer Brads (125589).  These are items you can buy before the new catalog comes out, but only until the end of April.  After that you’ll be able to purchase the stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog when it comes out in June, but you won’t be able to buy the brads at all, so get ’em while you can!

The greeting I used is from Word Play (w-120308/c-120651).

Other Supplies

  • Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White
  • Stampin’ Up! Inks:  Tempting Turquoise and Lucky Limeade

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3 Ways to Recycle Your Stampin’ Up! Catalogs!

By | April 24, 2012

Earth Day was just a few days ago, and it’s a good reminder to look for ways of re-purposing instead of just discarding our stuff.  So what are some things you can do with old Stampin’ Up! Catalogs?

I know, I know, we all want to keep our old catalogs because they are full of such great ideas!  But there are times when you decide you don’t need to keep them:  you are moving and don’t want to cart them with you; you need more space; you’ve decided you never refer to them anyway.

3 Ways to Recycle Your Stampin’ Up! Catalogs!

  1. Turn the pages into envelopes – using the Stampin’ Up!’s new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586) along with the Simply Scored (122334) you can make an envelope out of any paper you have.
  2. Use them as coloring books for kid – there’s lots of black & white line images, and kids would have a ball coloring them in.
  3. Use them to make cards – again, another project kids would love; after coloring in the images they can cut them out and use them on their own handmade works of art!  There’s lots of color images, too, that they could use.

So if you’ve decided you want to make room and get rid of some old catalogs, don’t throw them out — recycle them!

Do you have other ideas for using old catalogs?  Please share them with us by clicking on the Responses link in the top right of this post!


Petite Purse Homemade Bridal Shower Favors

By | April 23, 2012

Petite-Purse-Homemade-Bridal-Shower-FavorsMy sister and I made these adorable petite purse homemade bridal shower favors for my niece.  Aren’t they cute?  We cut out the purses using the Big Shot Sizzix machine (113439), and finished about 30 of them in less than four hours.  And since we got two purses out of one  8-1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock, they were really very inexpensive to make.

We decorated them using three Textured Impressions Embossing FoldersPerfect Polka Dots (117335), Finial Press (115963), and Square Lattice  (119976).  And don’t forget the rhinestone clasp using the Basic Rhinestones (119246).

Each of these beauties contained two Hershey Nugget candies wrapped with address labels that were stamped and printed with the bride & groom’s name and the date they’re getting married.

Of course, everyone loved these little handmade wedding favors — who wouldn’t?  Especially when filled with chocolate!  🙂

The fun Petite Purse Bigz L Die (125606) is one of the sneak peek items from the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  You can buy it until the end of this month, but if you don’t do it before the end of April you’ll have to wait until June when the new Stampin’ Up! catalog makes its debut.

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By | April 20, 2012

Welcome to the new and improved Stamp4Joy Blog!  Once things really get hoppin’ I hope you’ll stay awhile and be inspired by what you’ll find here.  But don’t forget to save time to do some creating of your own!  After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

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New Paper Art Crafts Class

By | January 3, 2012

Announcing my new paper art crafts class: Monthly Framed Art! Beginning the 2nd Saturday in February we will be making a beautiful art piece suitable for framing or a scrapbook page. Each month will be a different design. You provide a frame that suits your decor, and you can change out the design each month. Come to one class or come to them all, it’s up to you. And you can start any time! You can sign up monthly or save money and sign up for three months at a time! And if you sign up with a friend you’ll save even more! The class will go from 3:00 to 5:00.

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February Monthly Framed Art Class – $15.00

Sign up for three months:

Feb – April Framed Art Monthly Class

Sign up with a friend:

Feb-April Framed Art Class for 2

Can’t attend? I will stamp it up for you and mail it to you!

MAILED Feb. Framed Art Class

Have three months mailed and save money!

MAILED Feb-April Framed Art