Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Last Day For Last Chance List!

We all love to see the fun, stampy things on a blog post but I also take seriously my job as a demonstrator to keep you informed of promotions and their deadlines.  It's disappointing to miss a sale that you were genuinely interested in!  So I must let you know that today is the last day to order anything from the Last Chance List.

Stampin' Up! Last Chance Products Retiring Products 2019-2020 Annual Catalog Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Below you'll find favorite projects made with Last Chance items.  Click them to see their related blog posts.  

This Little Piggy set & In Colors

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this little piggy itty bitty greetings animal cards handmade card stampin' up! nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper

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bird ballad designer series paper notecards free as a bird stampin up handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

bird ballad designer series paper notecards free as a bird stampin up handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

bird ballad designer series paper notecards free as a bird stampin up handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

bird ballad designer series paper painted harvest stampin up handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

Stargazing set

stargazing clean and simple handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

Tea Together and Dies

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tea together tea time dies gingham watercoloring shimmery white paperhandmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

tea together tea time dies mother's day card fun fold card parisian blossoms designer series paperhandmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

Painted Harvest and Leaf Punch

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painted harvest leaf punch sunflowers handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator


Parisian Beauty Suite


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parisian beauty parisian dies parisian blossoms designer series paper paris eiffel tower handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

parisian dies parisian blossoms designer series paper paris eiffel tower handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper independent stampin' up! demonstrator

I've got LOTS more projects on my blog that feature retiring products, but those were the stampers' favorites.  

Tip: You can search my blog for specific stamp sets by typing the name in the search box.  

Make sure to check them out, because I include pdfs, card recipes, tips and tricks, and photo tutorials in many of those posts.  



Grab your favorite Last Chance Products by shopping my store!
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Joy in being creative, community in sharing a common interest, purpose in what we make - this is stamping at its best!  Thank you, friends, for choosing me as your demonstrator!





Monday, June 1, 2020

Make A Card Monday - Free PDF!

Hello, friends!  Many of you tell me you love tutorials because it allows you to easily indulge in and enjoy your papercrafting time.  Well, my love of freely sharing is fantastic news for you!  You can always get free tutorials here at The Joyful Stamper.  And I have one today.

friend like you stampin up tropical oasis burlap coastal weave 3D embossing folder retro handmade card

The Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) is the star of this card.  Those retro cars!  The pink flamingos!  The palm trees!  I challenged myself to use the Braided Burlap Trim, so I frayed the ends and used Tear N Tape to lay down a piece diagonally.  The original cut length was too long, so I snipped some off, heavily frayed that piece, and attached it underneath the sentiment.  

It's the beginning of the traditional vacation season, so palm trees and pineapples are on people's minds right now.  This would be a wonderfully timed card to send!

There are a lot of products on this card that will be retiring June 2 - the Tropical Oasis DSP, the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, the Braided Burlap Trim, and the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots.  Make sure to pin or print the free pdf I have for you below so that you can make this card, too!

Click the image below to pin or print a free pdf for this card.
free pdf tutorial handmade cards nicole steele the joyful stamper stampin up demonstrator


New Catalog Alert: If you have ordered from me since November, your catalog packages have been sent and are on their way to your mailboxes!  If you'd like one and haven't ordered since November, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog cover | Get a copy from Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


Joy in being creative, community in sharing a common interest, purpose in what we make - this is stamping at its best!  Thank you, friends, for choosing me as your demonstrator!


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday Sketch + Embossed Tile Technique

Hello, friends!  This embossed tile technique is SO simple and SO beautiful, anyone can do it!  I featured it in my weekly Facebook Live class, The Happy Half Hour, this past Tuesday.


Splitcoaststampers card sketch challenge 803 nicole steele the joyful stamper stampin' up!

It began with this sketch from Splitcoaststampers.  All I saw when I looked at this was squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  What a fantastic opportunity to use up those scraps, right?

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Since Parisian Blossoms DSP is retiring June 2 and it's a favorite of mine, I pulled it out.  I cut (3) 1" x 12" strips, then trimmed those strips into 1" squares.  If you have a die or punch in that size, go ahead and use them instead.

Glue the squares to a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of cardstock (Cherry Cobbler used here) and don't worry about getting the spacing perfect.  Look closely at my card and you'll see that mine aren't perfect.  It's ok!

But let's not stop there - let's emboss that finished piece!  After the DSP squares are glued on to the cardstock, place that panel in an embossing folder (I used Ornate Garden 3D) and run it through your die-cutting & embossing machine.  The subtle texture and pattern it adds is stunning!


parisian beauty designer series paper ornate garden 3d embossing folder parisian dies stampin' up! nicole steele the joyful stamper

But let's not stop there, either!  Pull out some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and dip an Aqua Painter or paintbrush in the jar.  Hold it over that embossed piece and smack it near the brush end with a bone folder.  Do you see the little flecks?  In person, they shimmer and sparkle!  So pretty!  Plus, it's fun to whack that Aqua Painter and watch the mist splatter everywhere.

parisian beauty designer series paper ornate garden 3d embossing folder parisian dies stampin' up! nicole steele the joyful stamper

The metal key charm from Bird Ballad Trinkets (also retiring June 2) was the perfect embellishment for this DSP.  I tied it on with some twine wrapped twice around the card base.  

The "merci" was die-cut twice using Parisian Dies, once with Champagne Foil and once with Basic Black cardstock, then glued with a Fine-Tip Glue Pen, slightly off-set.  

Two scraps of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim were tied into the Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon bow.

I adore the details of this card and how all the simple touches add up to one fancy project!  You could make this!


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My customers are the heart and soul of my business!  I love to surprise and delight them with rewards as a thank you for their loyalty.

May Reward Code = New In Color Sampler


May Reward Code - JWD7M644 | Use when you shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper to receive an 2020-2022 New In Color sampler
Use the May Reward Code on orders placed in my store of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) to get a free 2020-2022 New Stampin' Up! In Color sampler!  Sampler packs will be sent out by the end of May PLUS you'll get a new catalog package from me! 

New Catalog Alert: If you have ordered from me since November, your catalog packages have been sent and are on their way to your mailboxes!  If you'd like one and haven't ordered since November, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog cover | Get a copy from Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


I love stamping and I love Stampin' Up!  Thank you so much for choosing me as your demonstrator.  I am grateful for YOU!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

SECOND Mystery Stamping Hour Supplies List Is Up!

Are you excited for this?  People are joining the Mystery Stamping Hour With The Joyful Stamper group over on Facebook and I can't wait to "meet" them Friday night!  If you haven't joined the group, head there now to do so!  I'll recap the event for those just now hearing about it and the supplies post will be at the end.


Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper | Friday May 29, 2020 at 8 PM ET | Join the Facebook group Mystery Stamping With The Joyful Stamper


Supplies Needed for Friday's Mystery Stamping Hour

Mystery Stamping Hour With The Joyful Stamper supplies list | May 29 2020 8 PM ET | join the Facebook group | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Please ask me all the questions you like at [email protected] or leave a comment on this blog post.  I'm just SO excited for this event and I hope you are, too!


May Reward Code = New In Color Sampler


May Reward Code - JWD7M644 | Use when you shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper to receive an 2020-2022 New In Color sampler
Use the May Reward Code on orders placed in my store of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) to get a free 2020-2022 New Stampin' Up! In Color sampler!  Sampler packs will be sent out by the end of May PLUS you'll get a new catalog package from me! 

Shop Stampin' Up! with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | arts and crafts supplies | paper crafting supplies | rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies

New Catalog Alert: If you have ordered from me since November, you are automatically on my list to receive a new Annual Catalog package.  I'm mailing them this weekend!  If you'd like one and haven't ordered since November, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog cover | Get a copy from Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

If you are enjoying The Joyful Stamper site


I love stamping and I love Stampin' Up!  Thank you so much for choosing me as your demonstrator.  I am grateful for YOU!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SECOND Mystery Stamping Hour This Friday!

We're playing again this Friday night and it's an all-new mystery project!  While Mystery Stamping Hour will normally be a monthly event, I was too excited about this Friday's project to wait that long!  When you see the supplies list Thursday morning, you'll understand why I thought it was fun.

Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper | Friday May 29, 2020 at 8 PM ET | Join the Facebook group Mystery Stamping With The Joyful Stamper


What is Mystery Stamping?  
It's an hour of fun and intrigue.  You bring the stamping supplies and I'll post the instructions one step at a time.  The catch is that you won't know what we're making until the last step.  After the last step, everyone posts a photo of their creation.  It's wild to see how others interpret the steps with their stash.

How do you register and what does it cost?
It costs nothing!  This event is SO fun that I've made it free to everyone!  I want you to be there, having a great time.  There is no need to register, either.  Just join the Facebook group Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper and then be there at 8 PM ET this Friday May 22.  That's 5 PT, 6 MT, and 7 CT.

What should I "bring"?
2 days before the Mystery Stamping Hour I'll post a supplies list in the Facebook group and on my blog.  I'll also send an email out to those on my Stampin' News subscriber list (not on it?  Sign up here and get a free pdf of a beautiful exclusive card as my thank you).

Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper | Friday May 22, 2020 at 8 PM ET | Join the Facebook group Mystery Stamping With The Joyful Stamper


May Reward Code = New In Color Sampler


May Reward Code - JWD7M644 | Use when you shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper to receive an 2020-2022 New In Color sampler
Use the May Reward Code on orders placed in my store of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) to get a free 2020-2022 New Stampin' Up! In Color sampler!  Sampler packs will be sent out by the end of May PLUS you'll get a new catalog package from me! 

Shop Stampin' Up! with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | arts and crafts supplies | paper crafting supplies | rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies

New Catalog Alert: If you have ordered from me since November, you are automatically on my list to receive a new Annual Catalog package next month.  If you'd like one and haven't ordered since November, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog cover | Get a copy from Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


If you are enjoying The Joyful Stamper site


I love stamping and I love Stampin' Up!  Thank you so much for choosing me as your demonstrator.  I am grateful for YOU!

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