Feel Goods Handmade Card Designs

Feel Goods Handmade Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comHere’s another of my handmade card designs featuring the retiring Feel Goods stamp set (clear mount or wood mount).  This set is guaranteed to be available until May 22nd, and after that it’s only while supplies last.

I love the color Turquoise, and I think this color scheme is rather sophisticated, don’t you?  Of course, anything combined with black and white probably would be. 🙂

The Lovely Lace Embossing Folder was used to create the textured Turquoise background by applying color directly to the folder using my Brayer, another item that’s retiring.  The 1 3/4″ Circle Punch made the background circles.

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You’ll find the color scheme for today’s handmade card design is below.

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Handmade Christmas Card Sunday: Greetings of the Season

Christmas Card Sunday - 5-8-2016It’s Christmas Card Sunday, and today’s handmade Christmas card is featuring the retired stamp set Greetings of the Season.  You can find this set on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

I left one of the greeting card sentiments looks standing alone, and I think it looks great, don’t you?  Very understated.

I embossed the sentiment in white and then sponged some Pool Party and Island Indigo ink over it to really make it stand out.  It’s stamped on the fabulous Shimmery White Card Stock, and I added a few Rhinestone Jewels for some added sparkle.

I’ve added a photo of the stamp set below, along with the color combination used for this handmade Christmas card.  Enjoy!

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Are You In?

RSVP-Open-House-Summer-2016My Open House is only about a month away.  It’s totally free, but you must RSVP to attend.

Be among the first to see and play with some of the new products and make some awesome projects. There will be drawings, shopping, and you can even pick up your free copy of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog!

In order to be sure I have enough supplies for everyone you must RSVP no later than May 28th.  If you RSVP by May 21st I’ll have a special gift for you when you arrive!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 11, 2016

TIME:  Any time between noon and 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Spanaway Lake, Spanaway, WA (address will be provided after you RSVP, but if you need it ahead of time just contact me)

You won’t want to miss it, so be sure and RSVP now.  Let me know you’re bringing a guest I’ve never met before and you’ll receive a free prize when you arrive! I hope to see you there!

There’s a Sale on My Favorite Craft Organizers!

Framelits Storage 2 - blog.Stamp4Joy.comThey’re having a sale on my favorite craft organizers.  Pump up your craft room organization and get 10% off at the same time!  This discount expires at midnight on May 9th, 2016.

Make sure to use the code SummerCat16 when you place your order online. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to save money on your craft storage solutions!

Please note:  The discount code applies to all product categories except the Roll Top Desk and Starter Kits.  Limit one discount code per purchase.

Check out what I use to organize my craft supplies.

Handmade Thinking of You Card

Lovely as a Tree Handmade Thinking of You Card - blog.Stamp4Joy.comLovely as a Tree (comes in wood or clear mount) is a most versatile set.  You can use it for just about any occasion or sentiment.  Here I used it for a handmade thinking of you card.  I made this for a friend who might get some bad news later in the week, and I wanted him to know he’s in my thoughts.

The sentiment came from Sheltering Tree and was stamped in Garden Green ink.  Then I punched or cut out the different size stars with a few tools.  The smallest ones came from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, which is on the retiring list and only available until the end of May or while supplies last.  The middle size stars were cut out using the Circle Card Thinlits Dies, also on the retiring list and on sale!  The larger star was cut out with the smallest framelit from the Stars Framellits Dies.

I thought a little bit of lace would be okay for a guy card, and when I showed it to my son that’s the first thing he pointed out that he liked, so I guess I was right! 🙂  It’s Venetian Crochet Trim, and it’s retiring and on sale, also.

Lastly, the patterned paper in the background came from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper collection.  It’s also on the retiring list, and I’m really going to miss it!

The color combo used for this handmade thinking of you card is shown below. Happy Monday!

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Christmas Card Sunday: Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards

Rubber Stamping Christmas Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWhen rubber stamping Christmas cards, try mixing and matching images, papers, and accessories to come up with some beautiful handmade card designs.

For Christmas Card Sunday today I decided to go shabby chic!  I love the look of vintage Christmas cards, I don’t know why I don’t spend more time making them.

The beauty of these card making projects is you don’t have to be precise in your layouts, as in straight! I don’t know about you, but I always feel my greetings are crooked.  🙂

Lots of layers and sponging, it’s a great way to use up bits of left over designer paper, random snippets of ribbon and accessories… what’s not to love?!?

Joyful SeasonThis card features the retired Joyful Season, which you can find for sale on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.  This is a gorgeous stamp set of two-step stamps that creates simply lovely images.

You might notice the little bit of texture behind the bird. That was accomplished by using the large texture image found in You’ve Got This.  It almost gives it the impression of linen, although you might not be able to see it well in the photo.

I added some swatches of retired designer paper which I tore, crinkled, ripped, and sponged with Early Espresso Classic Ink.  I also frayed the ends and sponged on a bit of Early Espresso ink to the White Jute Ribbon, which is retiring this month. With the addition of a few Designer Buttons from the Neutrals collection (also retiring), I was done!

Go ahead and check out what’s still available from the Retiring List.  The accessories are only available while supplies last and the stamps are only guaranteed to be available until May 22nd.

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The color palette used for this week’s Christmas Card Sunday project is below.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank You Card Ideas Using Market Fresh

Thank You Card Ideas Using Market Fresh and Stake Your Claim - blog.Stamp4Joy.comI needed some thank you card ideas, so I dove into my soon-to-be-retired stash to see what I could come up with.

On this handmade card design I’ve featured Market Fresh and Stake Your Claim, two sets retiring the end of May.  You can even pick up Market Fresh on sale right now!

The background paper is from the Farmers Market Designer Paper collection, which is also retiring, and the ribbon is from my retired stash.

I couldn’t resist, I pulled out my Copic Markers to color them in.  How’d I do?

Have a great weekend!

Happy Birthday Dad Cards

Happy Birthday Dad Cards - blog.Stamp4Joy.comDo you need any “Happy Birthday Dad” cards?  Here’s one I think he’ll love!  It’s using two sets that are retiring in May, The Open Sea and Going Global.

I often hear that it’s hard to find stamp sets that really work for guys.  These two coordinate splendidly together and each really work great even on their own for those birthday cards for men or Fathers Day card ideas are.  I’m sure you can find a lot of other ways to use them, too, but you’ll really be glad they’re in your stash when designing those guy cards.

I grabbed that strip of patterned paper from the Schoolhouse Designer Paper collection.  And everything was mounted on Black Card Stock.  You’ll find the color combination used for this card making idea below.

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Faux Wooden Sign Cards – Adventure Awaits

Faux Wooden Sign - blog.Stamp4Joy.comA while ago I went on a spree of making faux wooden sign cards.  Here’s one I designed using the Adventure Awaits stamp set.

This group of greeting card sentiments is perfect because of the large, bold images. They’re awesome all by Adventure Awaits

themselves!  I can see them being used for any celebration:  a handmade retirement card, a homemade graduation card, etc.

Of course, the Hardwood stamp was used to create the wooden sign background.

Here’s a look at the complete stamp set, which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps Sale page.

Paper Pumpkin Kit-of-the-Month Preview

2016 May Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peak

Here’s a little sneak peak at the May Paper Pumpkin kit-of-the-month, Many Manly Occasions.  Hmm, I wonder what the theme is?  😉

Rubber stamp classes that come right to your door… what could be better?

Every month you’re a member you’ll receive a new cute box in the mail full of stamps and enough precut supplies to make a variety of projects… every kit is different.  Each month I anxiously await the arrival of my new kit, so excited to see what’s in the box.  It’s always a surprise!

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

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Christmas Card Sunday: Holiday Card Ideas

Holiday Card Ideas - blog.Stamp4Joy.comWelcome back to Christmas Card Sunday, where each week I share different holiday card ideas so we’re not frantically rubber stamping Christmas cards at the last minute. Thanks for stopping by.

Today’s Christmas card making idea combines some retired with some current Stampin’ Up! catalog sets and accessories.  Do you recognize them?

First, let’s talk about that brick wall.  Love it!  Do you have the Brick Wall Embossing Folder yet?  If not, why???  You can make the most deliciously interesting backgrounds for your handmade cards.

The window is from the Hearth & Home Thinlits.  The rest of the stamps came from the retired sets To You and Yours Too and Winter Wishes, both of which you can find on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

Check out some other projects using these sets below.  Just click on the photo for a closer look.

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I hope you’ll find these holiday card ideas inspiring.   Feel free to share them on all your social media spots. Have a great week!

Throwback Thursday: Handmade Sympathy Cards

Homemade Condolence CardToday’s Throwback Thursday features one of the handmade sympathy cards I made four years ago.

Beautiful texture comes from running the background Vanilla Top Note shape through an embossing folder and then softly sponging the relief with some ink.

The soft palette is a nice combo for a sympathy card, don’t you think?  The colors used are shown below. Baja Breeze is no longer available, but Soft Sky might fill in nicely.

The retired stamps (Faith in Nature and Word Play) and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder can be found on my Retired Rubber Stamps page.

Click on the photo to see the full post for this handmade sympathy card from four years ago.

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A Fond Farewell!


Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available until May 22nd; after that it’s while supplies last. Everything else is while supplies last.

Some of the retiring items are on sale up to 50% off, so if you want something you should pick it up while you can because it may not be around long.  The Washi Label Punch is already sold out!

Here are some examples of the good deals you will find:

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