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Poinsettia Christmas Card Idea; Handmade Christmas Card Sunday

Poinsettia Christmas Card Idea on Christmas Card Sunday

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Rooted in Nature (comes in wood mount or clear mount) is an extremely versatile set, as you can see on this poinsettia Christmas card idea.  I used the smallest leaf stamp to create the poinsettia and, of course, the leaves.  You can use the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies to quickly cut them out or fussy cut them using your Paper Snips.  I actually started out using my dies, but decided I wanted a closer trim and switched to my Paper Snips.

After cutting them out I sponged the edges of the petals and leaves with some ink, and then grabbed my Bone Folder to curl under the edges a bit to give them some 3D dimension.

Rooted in Nature BundleAren’t those colors just vibrant?  I used a couple of the new ink colors, Merry Merlot and Shaded Spruce.  Love them!  I layered the poinsettia layer onto a bit of Shaded Spruce Card Stock before attaching to the card front for perfect color coordination.

The flower centers were decorated with some Basic Pearls and some from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls collection.  Fabulous!

Finally, the greeting came from the Christmas Pines stamp set which has a great assortment of Christmas card sentiments to choose from.  And of course I used the Banner Triple Punch to give it a little flag treatment on one end.

It’s not too early to start on those holiday cards.  Why not give this poinsettia Christmas card idea a try?

Do you need (or want) more designer paper for your awesome handmade card designs?  Stampin’ Up! is having a sale, buy 3 get 1 free.  Check it out HERE.


Fathers Day Handmade Card; Make a Fathers Day Card

Try a Vintage Fathers Day Handmade Card Idea

Vintage Fathers Day Handmade Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comFor this Fathers Day handmade card design I pulled out an assortment of stamp sets to create a vintage-inspired collage:

Everything was stamped randomly in Soft Suede and Early Espresso inks, usually stamping off first on scrap paper before stamping the card front.   Everything was sponged using those two ink colors, too.

The “sprocket” circles were created out of Copper Foil paper using my Big Shot and a combination of the Layering Circles Framelits, both the scalloped edge and smooth edge.  I added one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits circles for the largest circle in Rich Razzleberrey, and a regular circle framelit for the Bermuda Bay one.

Fathers Day Handmade Card Idea - www.Stamp4Joy.comI wanted to create a bit of a patina on the Copper Foil paper, so I used a variety of Stampin’ Blends to give the illusion of age and then applied Tuxedo Black Memento ink to them, too.  Love it!  They still show up pretty shiny in the photo, and it appears I didn’t do enough to one of the circles, but I still like the look achieved.

I also colored in the hot-air balloons using my Stampin’ Blends.  I love how well they were able to blend, even on Crumb Cake card stock!  A few tiny, delicate pearls were added for additional texture.

The card greeting used inside pairs perfectly with the greeting on the front, both of them coming from Rooted in Nature.

A little sponging along the edges in Early Espresso and your Fathers Day handmade card is all set to add your personal sentiment!

Birthday Card Idea for Friend

A Birthday Card Idea for Friend or Family.

Birthday Card Idea For FriendYou can create a cute birthday card idea for friend or family using the adorable Hand Delivered stamp set.  This sweet collection (which you can find on Page 229 of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog) is only available using Host Rewards, which you can earn when you host a party or place an order of $150 or more.  This includes catalog parties and virtual Facebook parties!  Contact Me for more information or to schedule your own show.

The beautiful striped paper you see peeking out on each side came from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Paper collection, infused with lovely floral and other complementary patterns perfect for your summer card making designs.

The birthday greeting I embossed on Rich Razzleberry Card Stock using the Whisper White Craft Ink Pad and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (and of course my Heat Tool), then cut out using my Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  If you’ve followed me for any time you know how I love them!

Just as an aside, have any of you ever tried embossing with a toaster or over a stove?  Years (and years) ago when I first started heat embossing I tried that.  To give you an idea how long it’s been, my son is 25 now and it was while I was making his 1st birthday party invitations.  So many burns!!!  LOL!  We have come a long way!  I don’t know what made me think of that, but I thought you’d enjoy the memory.  🙂

I colored in the balloons, shirt, belt, and shoes using my Stampin’ Blends.  You’ll want to be sure to use the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad when using your blends the black ink won’t smear.  We’ll be adding more Stampin’ Blends colors in about a week, but you can see what’s color packs are available now HERE.

The stripes on the skirt are a separate stamp in the set, and I used the awesome Stamparatus for perfect placement.  I love this tool!  You can find out a little more about it by watching the video below.


Pick up the adorable all-around stamp set Hand Delivered for making birthday cards, thank you cards, graduation cards, wedding cards, and more!  And don’t forget the Stamparatus for perfect stamping every time!

Birthday Cards for Him; Handmade Cards for Men

Birthday Cards for Him or Her

Birthday Cards for Him - Stamp4Joy.comYou can design fabulous birthday cards for him using the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, which was obviously created with the idea of making handmade cards for men, but the more generic patterns could be suitable for feminine cards, too!

The patterns in this collection have a very tailored and sophisticated look, there’s nothing frilly of foo-foo about them!  Still, the rich color palette could be used for feminine cards, too.

True Gentleman Designer Paper - www.Stamp4Joy.comThis handmade card idea could be used for any occasion.  I love the plush texture the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon adds to it.

The greeting came from the Epic Celebrations stamp set, which you can pick up absolutely free with an order of $50 or more in my Online Store.  It comes either with wood blocks or you can get the version to use on clear blocks.

I used Night of Navy ink to stamp the greeting.  Using my Big Shot and one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies I cut it out, and then cut out a larger oval in Night of Navy card stock from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

Create a Birthday Card for Him - blog.Stamp4Joy.comAre you looking for more inspiration for designing birthday cards for himCreate a birthday card for him like this one using Guy Greetings.

Handmade Birthday Card Ideas, Pop Up Cards

Pop Up Handmade Birthday Card Ideas  

Handmade Birthday Card Ideas - Let the Good Times Roll Bundle Inside - www.Stamp4Joy.comAre you looking for more handmade birthday card ideas?  Make a birthday card that’s sure to please using the fun Let the Good Times Roll Bundle from the Occasions Catalog.  Of course this adorable collection is great for all ages — I made this card for my son’s 25th birthday — but it would be especially sweet for designing those handmade kids birthday cards.

Handmade Birthday Card Ideas - Let the Good Times Roll Bundle - www.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s what I decided to do for the front of the card.

I love this festive collection!  It looks pretty complicated to create, but if you’ve ever wondered how to make pop up cards I can promise you that with the Big Shot making fancy cards like this is so easy.


Check out the video below to see just how simple making pop up cards really can be.

Purchase this bundle and give these pop up cards a try.  And remember, when your order reaches at least $50 you’ll be able to select a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogs… yes, there’s two catalogs you can choose your free toys from!

Next time you need to make some special cards, why not wow them with these beautiful handmade birthday card ideas.

Happy Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

Happy Stampin’ Up! Anniversary to Me!

STAMPIN_UP_30YR_LOGO_COLOR - Stampin' Up! Anniversary - www.Stamp4Joy.comWow, Stampin’ Up! is celebrating 30 years this year, but today is my 20th Stampin’ Up! anniversary!   I first joined Stampin’ Up! on January 26th, 1998.  I can’t believe it’s been 20 years!  Where does the time go?

Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported my business over the years.  I so appreciate you!

We are in the midst of Sale-A-Bration, where you can pick up a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog for every $50 you spend before s&h and tax, but I’d love for you to be able to celebrate my 20th anniversary with me.  So I’ve decided to make a special offer to everyone this weekend!

Beginning today, for every $70 you spend in my Online Store, not only will be receive your free Sale-A-Bration items, but you’ll also receive a free anniversary gift from me!  And it’s really easy, too!  Just place your order in my Online Store (make sure you see my name in the top right-hand corner and that your order totals at least $70 before s&h and tax), then Contact Me and let me know which one of the following items you’d like to receive FREE!  I will then mail it to you.  That’s it!  How easy is that?

I can only afford to do this special offer for a limited time, so orders must be placed before 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, January 28th, 2018.

Please use Hostess Code S2B24FME when placing your order.

Want to know what you can select from?  Here’s the list, all from the new Occasions Catalog (you may select one item for every $70 spent before s&h and tax):

Thank you for helping me celebrate my 20th Stampin’ Up! anniversary.  I’m looking foward to seeing what the next 20 will bring! 🙂


Homemade Birthday Card – Design a Birthday Card Using We Must Celebrate

Make a Homemade Birthday Card

Homemade Birthday Card - We Must Celebrate - www.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s fun homemade birthday card features a cute new set from the Occasions Catalog, We Must Celebrate.  You can pick up this whimsical group of 12 stamps comes in wood-mount or clear-mount.

These little furry guys were easy to color in using my Stampin’ Blends Markers Collection.  You can pick these up individually, in color groups of two, or as a whole set.  You’ll want to be sure to use the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to stamp the images before coloring.  This ink is specially formulated to use with alcohol markers so it won’t smear or bleed.  I then cut them out using my Paper Snips , which is  a must have if you’re ever doing any fussy cutting.

Homemade Birthday Card Greeting - www.Stamp4Joy.comI thought they’d look cute precariously stacked one on top of the other, so I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach them to the front of the card.  I repeated the “happy birthday” card sentiment along the right edge.

I affixed another sentiment to the inside of the card, along with a cute little snail.

Please leave a comment letting me know what you think of this homemade birthday card.  I’d love to hear from you! 🙂


Make a Black and White Birthday Card Using Party Pandas

Make a Black and White Birthday Card With Party Panda

Make a Black and White Birthday Card with the FREE Party Pandas stamp set - www.Stamp4Joy.comYou can quickly make a black and white birthday card using the adorable new Sale-A-Bration stamp set Party Panda.  (You can find it on Page 15.)  This is one of many awesome items you can select FOR FREE with any $50 order.

I used my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the cute panda and birthday greeting.  To add a bit of color to the balloon I grabbed my Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.

I had a strip of designer paper left over from another project that was perfect for the edge of this simple card, so I cut it to fit the length of the card and glued it along the edge using my Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The black and white strip of paper came from the gorgeous Petal Passion Designer Series Paper collection found on Page 23 in the new Occasions Catalog.

Make a Black and White Birthday Card - www.Stamp4Joy.comAnd don’t forget about my  Facebook Open House Party on Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 to 3:00.  You can stop in any time and party with us!  There will be project samples and drawings, shopping… and maybe even a surprise or two!  It’s free, but you must register to attend (no demonstrators, please).

Click here to sign up for my Facebook Party.

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New Years Resolution For Paper Crafting You Can Actually Keep

One New Years Resolution You Can Actually Keep!

New Years Resolution - Perennial Birthday Project Kit - www.Stamp4Joy.comHow about making a New Years resolution that you can actually keep!

Are you tired of making resolutions every year, only to have them fall by the wayside by February?  Well, how about making a paper crafting New Years resolution you can actually keep?

We all need birthday cards and, if you love paper crafting like I do, a store-bought card just won’t cut it!  You can pick up the Perennial Birthday Project Kit from the new Occasions Catalog, and with the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set (wood-mount and clear-mount) and a few accessories you’ll have an adorable box full of beautiful handmade birthday cards in no time, for just a little over $3 a card!

But that’s not all!  Depending on whether you purchase the wood-mounted or clear-mounted set, you’ll be very close, if not over, the $50 amount needed to pick up a free item from the incredible selections you’ll find in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

Better yet, if you live in western Washington you can save even more money by scheduling this class in your own home.  You and your friends can pre-order the Perennial Birthday Project Kit and I’ll bring the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and all the other supplies needed, and we all can complete the kit in just a few hours.  You’ll have fun stamping with your friends, and after all is said and done you’ll have all the birthday cards you’ll need for the year done — or at least a big had start! — for less than $2 a card!  You really can’t do better than that!

Watch the video below to check out this super cute kit, and then Contact Me to schedule your in-home party or go to my Online Store to place your order and get started on (and complete) your New Years resolution before the month is done!

And don’t forget, you can receive ONE FREE ITEM for every $50 or $100 you spend!

Funny Friendships Cards: Sitting Here

Funny Friendship Cards - Sitting Here - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI went old school on this funny friendship card by stamping the background myself. Remember when we had to do that?  Now we have all these beautiful designer papers and embossing folders, but there was a time when we would often make our own backgrounds. Well, it still works!

It’s very subtle, but I stamped the leaves from Sheltering Tree in Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand card stock.  Just enough to give the card base a bit of texture and interest so as not to look so plain, yet not enough to take away from the cat and his new friend 😉 which came from the new stamp set Sitting Here.

The Peekaboo Peach Card Stock adds a pop of color.  I also did some watercoloring on the bird using a Blender Pen and the new Peekaboo Peach Classic Ink.

Would you like to see more of the new stamps and toys?

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Birthday Card Crafts Using Playful Palette

Playful Palette Handmade Birthday Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI’m going to need all my skills and birthday card crafts over the next week or two as I will need a slew of male birthday cards soon.

The Playful Palette Designer Paper Stack (14167) is an energetic, bright collection of beautiful patterns that aren’t gender-specific, so they’re perfect on cards for guys or gals.  I punched a couple balloons from other patterns in the collection using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  The greeting came from the coordinating stamp set Painter’s Palette (w-141907, c-141910) .

The designer paper, stamps, and Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon (141424) all can be found in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, which you can begin shopping from on Wednesday!  Feel free to drop me a note with your order and I’ll get that placed first thing Wednesday morning!

Christmas Card Sunday: Wonderland

Stampin Up! Retired Stamp Set - Wonderland - blog.Stamp4Joy.comToday’s clean and simple card for Christmas Card Sunday features the very popular Wonderland, a retired holiday stamp set that you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

I cut some copy paper in a wavy pattern to use as a mask. Placing it along the bottom of the card in a few different directions, I sponged on a little Marina Mist ink to give a hint of the cold, icy edges of the snowbanks.   The trees were stamped in Garden Green.

Super simple!  For less than $24 (for the paper and the two ink pads) you can begin rubber stamping Christmas cards and make 80 of them in no time.  That’s about 30 cents a card!  You really can’t beat that.  🙂

Order your supplies below:

125 Garden Green Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Whisper White Color Swatch - blog.Stamp4Joy.com125 Marina Mist Color Swatch -

Uncle Birthday Cards Using Paper Pumpkin

Guy Greetings Worlds Greatest UncleI decided to create some uncle birthday cards using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

With the Paper Pumpkin kit-of-the-month club you receive a fully designed project kit complete with stamps, ink, and paper each month. Everything’s even pre-cut for you so you can jump right into the stamping!

Usually you’ll have supplies left over to use on other project designs you might come up with, but this month I decided to have some fun designing alternative craft projects with my kit.

Here I cut off the larger lattice cut-out design and trimmed it down to fit on the card front.  I trimmed off another piece to complete the front, stamped it in Dapper Denim ink with a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set (wood, clear), and mounted them both on a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, one of the new In Colors coming in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Guy Greetings (wood, clear, photopolymer) was used to create the banner and stamp the “UNCLE” on the circle.  This is a wonderful set for all the occasions you need to design cards for the men in your life.

I added a little Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and a few pearls along the bottom of the focal piece.  I hope he likes it!

Join Paper Pumpkin before the 10th and get in on the fun!

Click on the picture below and check out another alternative project using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

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