Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Project #4 in the Ornate Garden Suite Mega Tutorial Bundle

I'm having SUCH a great time creating with the Ornate Garden Suite!  We're on Project #4 in my Mega Tutorial Bundle - ALL 12 projects in this bundle feature the Ornate Garden suite of products.  


note card purse | Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden suite | Made by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | free Ornate Garden Mega Tutorial Bundle with $50 order in my store

I made a note card purse for today's featured bundle project.  The belly band slides off and inside is room for 4 note cards plus envelopes.  The printed paper and dies in this suite make this look extra-fancy, so this would be a fantastic gift for a teacher, health care worker, or anyone that you are feeling grateful for.  



Through-out April, I'm posting at least 12 projects made with the Ornate Garden Suite.

  • Easy, stepped-up, fancy fold, technique-driven, anything-but-a-card - it'll be a WIDE variety!  
  • The card above is Project #4.
  • Every project will have detailed instructions and photos in a pdf.  
  • Each project's tutorial will be sent via email as each project is posted here on my blog.
  • To receive it, place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my store April 1-30 and use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
  • You will receive ALL the tutorials, no matter when in April you order.  

This is a free class as a thank you for ordering with me!  And you can order whatever you want!


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My Timeless Tropical Online Class is ready to ship!  Read how to get a class kit shipped to you.

Timeless Tropical Online Class | Designed by Nicole Steele  The Joyful Stamper | Stampin' Up! | gift card holder | birthday card | ghiradelli holder

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Timeless Tropical Online Class - Ready To Ship Now!

Timeless Tropical Online Class | Designed by Nicole Steele  The Joyful Stamper | Stampin' Up! | gift card holder | birthday card | ghiradelli holder

Turn your stamp space into a tropical paradise with this online class featuring the Tropical Oasis suite from Stampin' Up!  You'll love playing with the bright colors and fun vibe of the Designer Series Paper.  And did I mention there are pineapple stamps and dies?  Yes!

Your class kit will be cut, scored, and organized by project.  You'll create 2 each of 2 card designs, a gift card holder, and a treat holder for a total of 8 projects.

Timeless Tropical Online Class Details

  • $25 | Includes Priority Shipping 
  • Class kit includes cut, scored, and organized packets to make 8 projects
  • step-by-step instructions with photos emailed to you as a pdf
  • Projects are 2 card designs, a gift card holder, and a treat holder (2 packets for each)


**You will need the Timeless Tropical bundle (Timeless Tropical stamp set and In The Tropics dies) to complete the projects.  You will also need the following ink pads: Soft Suede, Garden Green, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  I used Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue for the adhesive.**


You can order the bundle here, if you don't already have it.  Although it is on backorder, it is still orderable and expected to ship the week of April 27.

You can order ink and adhesive here, or use what you have.


More Tropical Paradise For You Today

Happy Half Hour Facebook Live Stamping Class | Tuesdays at 2 PM ET | The Joyful Stamper Facebook page with Nicole Steele

If you order the Timeless Tropical Bundle and use the Reward Code, that will qualify you for my Ornate Garden Mega Tutorial Bundle, too!  12+ projects, featured through-out April here on my blog, the tutorials emailed to you as they post - that's a TON of fun and a fantastic deal!



Don't forget to order your Timeless Tropical Online Class now (just hit the Buy Now button above).  They are ready to ship!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Project #3 in the Ornate Garden Suite Bundle

Do you spring clean?  I'm not even sure what spring cleaning means anymore.  I understand that when fireplaces and coal were used to heat homes spring cleaning was a necessity because soot and dust accumulated over the winter.  Now, it's just cobwebs that build up in the Steele home (in my defense, our home is next to woods so we get LOTS of spiders and other critters in our house).  Well, I did a little traditional spring cleaning over the weekend, inspired by my mom.  She mentioned she was washing her curtains and I thought - saints on skates - if my mom can wash her bajillion curtains, I can wash my 7 piddly sets.  I even hung them outside to dry because it was sunny and beautiful.  The best part is that I can actually tell the curtains were washed!  I see the difference!


Ornate Garden Suite Bundle Project #3 | Stampin' Up! | designed by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

One thing I do not do in the spring is garden.  I have spent so much money over the years only to watch it all DIE.  Thank goodness Stampin' Up! has beautiful collections like Ornate Garden so that I can stamp a gorgeous array that doesn't die.  I wish I could stamp my yard.

One technique I'm hooked on right now is using Blender Pens to create blurred vintage looks.  These pens belong on every stamper's desk.  Coloring straight from the ink pad, watercoloring, outlining - so many uses and they're only $12 for a pack of 3 double-tipped pens.  They're worth adding to your next order.

Through-out April, I'm posting at least 12 projects made with the Ornate Garden Suite.

  • Easy, stepped-up, fancy fold, technique-driven, anything-but-a-card - it'll be a WIDE variety!  
  • The card above is Project #3.
  • Every project will have detailed instructions and photos in a pdf.  
  • Each project's tutorial will be sent via email as each project is posted here on my blog.
  • To receive it, place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my store April 1-30 and use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
  • You will receive ALL the tutorials, no matter when in April you order.  

This is a free class as a thank you for ordering with me!  And you can order whatever you want!


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Happy Half Hour Live Stamping Class - Ornate Garden and Tags In Bloom

Every Tuesday at 2 PM ET I go live on The Joyful Stamper Facebook Page.  Everyone is invited - those of you curious about stamping, new to stamping, experienced at stamping, or already a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!  

**If you want to skip the chit chat, the Tags In Bloom card starts at 8:30 and the Ornate Garden card starts at 27:30**

This past Tuesday's class focused on saying good-bye to Tags In Bloom (a Sale-A-Bration set) and saying a BIG hello to Ornate Garden.  

A vision came to me of a pink and white card with a whitewashed background overstamped with the sweet little flower in Tags In Bloom.  I had to make it!  You'll see how I used a Whisper White ink pad and Stamping Sponge to make that background.

The Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper has a dusty vintage vibe that looks great and I couldn't decide which pattern to use - so my card design uses 3 of the patterns!  Any Designer Series Paper will work, but this is my favorite right now.

You can find the project sheet for Tuesday's class with measurements and supply lists here.

Follow me on Facebook so you can be notified when I go live next.  I'd love to see you at the class!

Through-out April, I'm posting at least 12 projects made with the Ornate Garden Suite.

  • Easy, stepped-up, fancy fold, technique-driven, anything-but-a-card - it'll be a WIDE variety!  
  • Every project will have detailed instructions and photos in a pdf.  
  • Each project's tutorial will be sent via email as each project is posted here on my blog.
  • To receive it, place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my store April 1-30 and use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
  • You will receive ALL the tutorials, no matter when in April you order.  

This is a free class as a thank you for ordering with me!  And you can order whatever you want!

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



Friday, April 3, 2020

Project #2 in the Ornate Garden Suite Bundle

It's time for Project #2 in my Ornate Garden Mega Tutorial Bundle.  I found an unusual color combination on Splitcoaststampers and had to give it a try.

Ornate Garden Suite Bundle project #2 | Melon Mambo, Grapefruit Grove, Blushing Bride | Stampin' Up! | designed by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Over-the-top cards with lots of layers and detail are what I love best.  This card showcases it all!  We all have someone (or many someones) we can thank or express gratitude to - wouldn't this be a beautiful way to do so?  I love that the Ornate Thanks set has a couple dozen ways to say it, and in a pretty, handwritten font.  Ordering from this collection is a must, especially when you'll get so many tutorials showing you what you can do with it!



Through-out April, I'm posting at least 12 projects made with the Ornate Garden Suite.

  • Easy, stepped-up, fancy fold, technique-driven, anything-but-a-card - it'll be a WIDE variety!  
  • The card above is Project #2.
  • Every project will have detailed instructions and photos in a pdf.  
  • Each project's tutorial will be sent via email as each project is posted here on my blog.
  • To receive it, place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my store April 1-30 and use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
  • You will receive ALL the tutorials, no matter when in April you order.  

This is a free class as a thank you for ordering with me!  And you can order whatever you want!


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

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


Thursday, April 2, 2020

4 Tips For Using Your Paper Pumpkin Kit

It's exciting to see that Paper Pumpkin kit in your mailbox and it's even more exciting to tear it open and dive in!  Today I'm sharing with you some tips for creating with your Paper Pumpkin kits.


The first tip I have is to punch out and sort any printed pieces that come with the kit.  My photos all use product from March's Under The Weather kit.  For the smallest pieces, I have a little glass dish I keep them in.  Muffin tins would be a great way to organize all of the pieces, though!



The second tip I have is to stamp all your sentiments.  I like to use every greeting that is in the stamp set with the provided ink spot so that I have a variety to choose from.


My next tip is to cut the twine (or ribbon) included in the kit.  There is a ruler at the bottom of the instruction sheet you can use to measure out to the correct length.  The instructions will tell you how long the pieces should be.



Now you're organized and ready to create!  Here I made the cards exactly as the kit intended.


You can go one step further and come up with your own designs.  If you choose that path, pull cardstock in all the kit colors (listed in the instruction sheet and on my blog's Paper Pumpkin page).  This allows you to create seamlessly without having to jump up and down to retrieve colors.  It also lets you easily view which combinations you love.


For my alternative project, I used a masking tape technique to create a rainbow.  Tear off a piece of making tape longer than your paper (enough extra that you can hold it on both ends).  Tap the tape in an ink pad, then lay the tape ink side down on your paper.  When you lift it, the ink will have transferred to the paper in an uneven, edgy pattern.  It's such a cool look!


And here's the card I made with the masking tape technique.  That printed piece of the boots is what inspired me!


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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ornate Garden Suite Bundle Project #1 + April Reward Code

I just finished watching all 3 seasons of Stranger Things and found myself drawn to the faded colors of that early 80's era.  I even comtemplated (aloud to the horror of my teenage girls) where I could find authentic fashion from that era.  

Then Stampin' Up! read my mind because they rolled out a suite that has that faded, dusty vintage vibe I was just admiring.  It's called Ornate Garden and I've gone crazy creating with it.  In fact, at the end of this post you can read about the very special fun I have planned with this suite for all of April!  But first, let's take a look at the suite.


Ornate Style Bundle | item 154119 | $52 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Ornate Style stamp set (cling red rubber) and Ornate Layers dies (shown are what the pieces look like die-cut)
  • Bundles are discounted 10% 
  • Stamp set and dies can be ordered separately
  • Dies require a die-cutting and embossing machine


Ornate Thanks Bundle | item 154115 | $46.75| Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Ornate Thanks stamp set (clear photopolymer) and Ornate Borders dies (shown are what the pieces look like die-cut)
  • Bundles are discounted 10%
  • Stamp set and dies can be ordered separately
  • Dies require a die-cutting and embossing machine


Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper | item 152488 | $15 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • 12 double-sided 12"x12" sheets with gold foil on some
  • Colors: Old Olive, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White, Bumblebee (a brand new In Color)!


Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack | item 152479 | $7 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • 2 spools of Old Olive and Terracotta Tile ribbon | 5 yards each


Ornate Garden Glided Gems | item 152478 | $7 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Adhesive-backed opaque gold gems
  • 90 pieces


Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder | item 152725 | $9 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

  • Folder size is 4-1/2"x 6-1/4"
  • Requires a die-cutting and embossing machine

Or, if you want it all, there's one number that will do that.
Ornate Garden Suite Collection | item 154153 | $136.75

Ornate Garden Suite Collection | item 154153 | $136.75 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Printable Ornate Garden product list


For my first project with the Ornate Garden suite, I piled on the layers but kept the card simple by using color sparingly.  I especially love the diagonally tied ribbon!  I was going for the look of a packet of pretty stationery tied with ribbon.

Ornate Garden Suite | Stampin' Up! | all white | thinking of you card | clean and simple



Through-out April, I'm posting at least 12 projects made with the Ornate Garden Suite.

  • Easy, stepped-up, fancy fold, technique-driven, anything-but-a-card - it'll be a WIDE variety!  
  • The card above is Project #1.
  • Every project will have detailed instructions and photos in a pdf.  
  • Each project's tutorial will be sent via email as each project is posted here on my blog.
  • To receive it, place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my store April 1-30 and use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
  • You will receive ALL the tutorials, no matter when in April you order.  

This is a free class as a thank you for ordering with me!  And you can order whatever you want!

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Last Day for Retired Stamp Sale and Sale-A-Bration!

Retired Stamp Sale Details:

For every $60 (before shipping and tax) you order in my store from now until March 31, you can pick a retired set for free.  You must use Reward Code JSPSUZYB if your order is under $150.  

Email me ([email protected]) your chosen set(s) and once your order goes through, I will mark it sold here.

You can still choose free Sale-A-Bration items with your order and you will get my March Class Tutorial Bundle emailed to you (see end of post).


**Keep scrolling for SAB Last Call**

Retired Stamps Group #1

Retired Stampin' Up! stamps group #1 | one set free with every $60 ordered before shipping and tax in my store | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Group #1:
  • Choose Happiness
  • Blessings From Heaven
  • Birthday Blossoms
  • Best Thoughts
  • Avant-Garden
  • An Open Heart
  • Always Thankful
  • All Things Thanks

Retired Stamps Group #2

Retired Stampin' Up! stamps group #2 | one set free with every $60 ordered before shipping and tax in my store | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Group #2:
  • Epic Celebrations
  • Cool Treats
  • Hello Love
  • Hello There
  • Hey, Chick
  • Hot Diggity Dog
  • Life's Adventure

Retired Stamps Group #3

Retired Stampin' Up! stamps group #3 | one set free with every $60 ordered before shipping and tax in my store | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Group #3:

  • Silhouettes & Script
  • Peaceful Petals
  • Pedal Pusher
  • Feel Goods
  • Fabulous Florets
  • Garden Girl
  • Happy Watercolor

Retired Stamps Group #4

Retired Stampin' Up! stamps group #4| one set free with every $60 ordered before shipping and tax in my store | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Group #4:

  • The Wilderness Awaits
  • Thoughtful Banners
  • Frame It
  • Happiest of Days
  • Amazing Life

Retired Stamps Group #5

Retired Stampin' Up! stamps group #5 | one set free with every $60 ordered before shipping and tax in my store | Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Group #5:

  • At Home With You
  • Birthday Blast
  • Bright Wishes
  • Countryside (SOLD)
  • Delicate Details

Sale-A-Bration Last Call!

Today is the last day to get your freebies!  
  • Earn a Level 1 item for every $50
  • Earn a Level 2 item for every $100
  • Earn the coveted and popular Little Ladybug set with a $300 order
  • Join my team of My Joyful Stampers for just $99 + tax and get a kit custom-designed by you worth over $200!
Level 1 Designer Series Paper packs
level 1 stampin' up! saleabration designer series paper


Level 1 Designer Series Paper packs
level 1 stampin' up! saleabration designer series paper

**Edited: So Very Vellum has sold out.**


Level 1 Stamp Sets
level 1 stampin' up! saleabration stamp sets


Level 1 Extras
level 1 stampin' up! saleabration extras


Level 2 Punches & Dies
level 2 stampin' up! saleabration punches & dies


Level 2 Stamp Sets
level 2 stampin' up! saleabration stamp sets


The Adorable Little Ladybug Set
Little Ladybug stamp set | stampin' up! | saleabration


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