The Top 3 Things I Enjoy About Being a Rubber Stamp Teacher

By | May 7, 2012

I have been a rubber stamp teacher with Stampin’ Up! for over 14 years now.  Where does the time go?  And there are still things I love about it after all this time.

The Top 3 Things I Enjoy About Being a Rubber Stamp Teacher

  1. All the ooh’s and ahh’s!  Whenever I show a technique or something new, the ooh’s and ahh’s soon follow.  Love them!
  2. “That was easy!”  Seeing my customers change from “I can’t do that” to realizing that it’s really easy, and they can do it, too!
  3. Making extra income doing something I love!  It’s great being able to make money and schedule work around my family and other commitments, all while meeting new friends and having fun doing it! 

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Stamping Video

How to Use Rubber Stamps, Part 1

By | May 6, 2012

The new Stampin’ Up! catalog is just weeks away.  In it they are going to offer almost all the stamps in both wood and clear mount, so I thought it would be a good idea to review the difference between the two.  So today I am featuring an oldie-but-goodie stamping video:  How to Use Rubber Stamps, Part 1.  It also covers how to mount your rubber stamps.


If you find this video helpful please let me know
by clicking on the Response/Comment link in the bottom right of this post.

Making Birthday Cards: Patio Party

By | May 5, 2012

Homemade Birthday CardA quick and easy idea for making birthday cards is the embedded embossing technique.  Adhere some designer paper to your card front and then run it through the Big Shot Sizzix die cutting machine with a textured impressions embossing folder.  It can make for a pretty impressive and dramatic look, but couldn’t be simpler.  Here I used the Patio Party Designer Paper (from the upcoming 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog) for lots of bold color.

Supplies Used:

  • Stampin’ Up! Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners (126257 – sneak peek from the upcoming catalog)
  • Card stock/Designer Paper:  Patio Party (126916 – sneak peek from the upcoming catalog), Whisper White (100730)
  • Stampin’ Up! Ink:  Riding Hood Red (111836)
  • Other:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Cutter (104152), Paper Snips (103579)
The new catalog begins June 1st! 
Contact me now to schedule your show where you & your friends can
learn other ideas and techniques for making birthday cards!

Gratitude Homemade Journal

By | May 4, 2012

Gratitude Homemade JournalWhen my son was younger we used to carry around a small gratitude homemade journal. In it we would write things that made us happy as we thought of them. We also asked those around us — family, friends, waitresses, sales clerks, teachers, etc. — to write in it things that made them happy. I’m sorry to say we only did it for a few months, but it still brings a big smile to my face every time I read through it.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Fabulous Phrases (120501)
Card Stock/Designer Paper: Well Worn Designer Series Paper (122359)
Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Ink (103008)
Punches: Postage Stamp Punch (122344), 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch (119871)
Other: Stamping Sponges (101610), Tombo Multi-Purpose Adhesive (110755), scissors, small composition book

What are you grateful for?
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Craft Organizing: Stampin’ Up! Punches

By | May 3, 2012

Punch Craft OrganizingI don’t know about you, but I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my craft organizing.  One thing I use to organize the newer style of Stampin’ Up! punches is a box the size of a photo box.  I got these from Ikea years ago, and they’re pretty sturdy.  I set the box vertical to hold the punches.  I set the boxes horizontal (tall way up) to hold my sets of clear rubber stamps.  I really like this solution for both my punches and my clear stamps because it contains them, but I can still see at a glance what I have and grab what I want.

For more craft organizing tips, check out my YouTube channel, Stamp4Joy Videos.


Thank You Card Ideas: Flower Fancy

By | May 2, 2012

Handmade Thank You Cards:  Flower FancyI’m forever coming up with thank you card ideas because I go through so many of them.  And who doesn’t like receiving a handmade card as a thank you?

This bright & cheery card features the Flower Fancy (111578) stamp set, which is on the retiring stamp listand is available until May 31st.  It’s a two-step set, which makes adding color quick and easy.  I really like the watercolor look of it.  You don’t have to worry about staying in the lines… love that!

I used Melon Mambo and Basic Black card stock and ink, along with some Whisper White card stock and Old Olive ink.  The greeting came from the Faith in Nature hostess set (w-122490/c-122492), also retiring.

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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)

View all the retiring lists and current promotions here.


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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