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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I so appreciate your business!  My goal is to give you your best stamping experience and your support allows me to serve you!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Rise and Shine K-Cup Holder + video

Ok, I'm going to be honest.  I've changed over the years.  Camping - in tents -  was a favorite activity of mine as was anything outdoors.  Kayaking, running, hiking, mountain biking - you name it, I loved it.  

Not anymore, though.  Camping is now parking myself on the sofa in the evening curled up under a blanket warming my hands around a mug of hot chocolate!  The family and I did go for a 2 hour walk in the woods Sunday afternoon because it was spectacularly sunny and I enjoyed it........but this homebody was happy to return home where there was no shoe-sucking mud and wayward branches to bat away.  It's funny how when I was very young I thought I'd ALWAYS like and dislike the things I did, and now I feel like a whole different person almost!  Just goes to show, there is always room for improvement and growth and discovering new things.


single k-cup holder using rise and shine set | stampin' up! saleabration | nicole steele the joyful stamper | k cup holder template

I mentioned hot chocolate earlier and here's a cute way to give someone a thoughtfully sweet pick-me-up.  It's a K-Cup Holder made with the Sale-A-Bration set Rise and Shine (tomorrow is the last day to get this set free).

single k-cup holder using rise and shine set | stampin' up! saleabration | nicole steele the joyful stamper | k cup holder template

Of course, you can use any K-Cup so it could be a coffee or tea pod you put in this holder.  Whichever it is, Rise and Shine has the images and sentiments to fit.

single k-cup holder using rise and shine set | stampin' up! saleabration | nicole steele the joyful stamper | k cup holder template

I used 2018-2020 In Colors of Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel to create this.  These colors are leaving us soon and once the list of retiring items comes out in a few weeks, they will likely be the first things to sell out.  An excellent suggestion is to stock up on your favorite 2018-2020 In Colors now, during Sale-A-Bration, so you can take advantage of the plentiful supplies AND free items.

Pin or Save this K-Cup Holder Template

single k-cup holder template


Watch the video to see how to make it.
K-Cup Holder starts at 18:00


See the Double Pocket Tea Bag Holder in the video here.

Shop 2018-2020 In Color Stampin' Up! Products here before they sell out.

Nicole's Retired Stamp Sale





Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!





March Ordering Gift


Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Rise and Shine Double Pocket Tea Bag Holder + video

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking slightly out of step with everyone else.  Yesterday I shared how I'm a late adopter of things.  Now I'm letting you know that I do not like coffee and never have.  My dad told me I'd start drinking it in college, in order to wake up after a night of studying (or partying, but that wasn't me).  When I didn't take to it in college, he told me I'd start drinking it to wake myself up for work.  Still didn't - instead, I woke myself up with 5 AM marathon-training runs (that out-of-step thing.....).  

I did end up loving tea, though!  I drink tea in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  It isn't just the taste, either.  The ritual of making and enjoying tea is soothing.  I have a cupboard devoted to tea because of my great love for it.


double pocket tea bag holder | stampin' up! saleabration rise and shine stamp set | nicole steele the joyfuls stamper | 6x6 designer series paper

So when I saw the Rise and Shine Sale-A-Bration set (available until March 31) I immediately went looking for a tea bag holder to make.  I found a Double Pocket one and it's SO easy!  

double pocket tea bag holder | stampin' up! saleabration rise and shine stamp set | nicole steele the joyfuls stamper | 6x6 designer series paper

This is the other side of the Double Pocket Tea Bag holder.  It uses a 6"x6" piece of Designer Series Paper so break out those paper pads!  There is zero waste, too!

double pocket tea bag holder | stampin' up! saleabration rise and shine stamp set | nicole steele the joyfuls stamper | 6x6 designer series paper

And here is a side view.  I wanted you to see that little mountain fold in between the two pockets.  That is what allows this to stand up.  Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon and a bit of Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine keep the pockets tied together.


Double Pocket Tea Bag Holder Measurements (video below)

  • 6"x6" piece of Designer Series Paper (2018-2020 In Color Pack used)
  • Fold diagonally and score at 1/2" with fold to the left
  • Score at 5-5/8" with fold to the top

Tea Bag Holder starts at 2:30 if you want to skip the chit chat.
The K-cup Holder in the video will be shown in Monday's blog post, along with a template.

Nicole's Retired Stamp Sale





Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!





March Ordering Gift


Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Friday, March 27, 2020

Tags In Bloom Gift Bag + Card

I have three teenage daughters and I'm still the Last Person In America to catch on to something.  It probably has to do with me having my nose in a book or a stamp in my hand the majority of the time.  Which is why I've just now discovered how deeply, disturbingly, profoundly, and gloriously gripping is Stranger Things!  In 3 nights, we've watched all the way to Episode 4 of Season 2 (beginning after Jeopardy! of course).  And as a child of the 80's, it takes me back to the glory days of Pac-Man and feathered hair.  I now want to dress like the mom in that show, much to the horror of my girls.

tags in bloom gift bag | Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set | uses half sheet of Designer Series paper

Tags In Bloom, though, is much more current than what I'm watching on TV.  It's a Sale-A-Bration set, available until March 31.  I made a simple gift bag for my first project.  It's big enough to hold a full-size package of M&M's and it's SO simple to make!

tags in bloom gift bag | Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set | uses half sheet of Designer Series paper

The paper is Pleased As Punch - also available until March 31 - and I've had a BALL playing with this adorable pack.  The top of the gift bag has its sides pinched in so that it can be closed with a ribbon tie (Whisper White Polka-Dot Tulle ribbon used here).


tags in bloom gift bag | Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set | uses half sheet of Designer Series paper

Here's a side view.  Since the gift bag is constructed of a 6"x12" piece of DSP, you get 2 bags from a 12"x12" sheet with zero waste AND it's a fantastic way to use up any paper.


Pin this template

tags in bloom gift bag | Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set | uses half sheet of Designer Series paper | Designer Series Paper gift bag template

Gift Bag Measurements (with a video below)

  • 6"x12" piece of your favorite Designer Series Paper
  • Score on the long side at 4", 5-3/4", 9-3/4", and 11-1/2"
  • Score on the short side at 1-3/4"
  • Snip away the 1/2"x1-3/4" piece as seen in the photo.
  • Cut on the score lines up to the 1-3/4" score line
tags in bloom sending hugs card | stampin' up! sale-a-bration set | encouragement and thinking of you card | pleased as punch designer series paper | buffalo check background

I used the buffalo check pattern in Pleased As Punch for this card and combined it with some Calypso Coral circles die-cut from Stitched Shapes.  While the images on the gift bag were colored with Stampin' Blends, these ones were "colored" by using the solid stamp images in the Tags In Bloom set to fill in the line art images.  I love the bit of daintiness the Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace adds to this card!  The layout came from Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch.

Projects start at the 9:00 mark, if you want to skip the chat chat.

Nicole's Retired Stamp Sale





Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!





March Ordering Gift


Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Little Ladybug in Vintage - Bonus Free PDF

Are you a literal stamper?  Or are you an open-to-interpretation stamper?

Put me in the camp of literal stamper.  Grass is green, skies are blue, and ladybugs are red.  But I saw Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Foam together and I really wanted to play with Little Ladybug.  I wrestled with my literal side and pinned her to the mental mat.  Now I was free to take this card wherever I wanted it to go.  Journey with me!


Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration set Little Ladybug vintage birthday card using Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 794 | Nicole Steele the Joyful Stamper

How about some vintage 'bugs?  Soft Sea Foam cardstock sponged with Soft Suede ink is great for creating this look.  Look at the tumbling ladybugs around the card's border!  I stamped those in Mint Macaron. 

Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration set Little Ladybug vintage birthday card using Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 794 | Nicole Steele the Joyful Stamper

That embossed background is a sneak peek of what's coming April 1 - the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder.  Isn't it beautiful?  The ladybugs were colored with Dark & Light Balmy Blue and Light Pineapple Punch Stampin' Blends.   

I had a special Coronacation Live last week where I made these two cards.  You can watch it here.


Bonus Free PDF - Pin, download, or print!



Nicole's Retired Stamp Sale





Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!





March Ordering Gift


Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Little Ladybug Tutorials + Free PDF

Have you shopped my Retired Stamp Set sale yet?  There's lots of bargains to be found, especially when you combine it with the Sale-A-Bration pretties!  Plus, you'll get my March Class Tutorial Bundle.  Stamps + ink = magic  | Free stamps + ink = pat-yourself-on-the-back magic!

I have more for you today, just because I LOVE to share and this card has me so excited that I just can't keep it to myself.


Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration set Little Ladybug encouragement/graduation card using Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 794 | Nicole Steele the Joyful Stamper

Meet Little Ladybug and her friends!  

Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration set Little Ladybug encouragement/graduation card using Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 794 | Nicole Steele the Joyful Stamper

That flower has me swooning.  I colored it with Stampin' Blends in Dark & Light Pineapple Punch and Dark Mango Melody Stampin' Blends.  Then I added some teardrop enamel shapes to mimic dew (they came in this month's Paper Pumpkin kit).

Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration set Little Ladybug encouragement/graduation card using Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 794 | Nicole Steele the Joyful Stamper

Look at this little sweetie!  She was colored with a Dark Real Red Stampin' Blend on the outside.  Her belly was colored with Dark & Light Basic Black and Dark Smoky Slate.  Then I went over the center of her belly in circles with the Color Lifter.  

Card Sketch 794 from Splitcoaststampers | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

This sketch is the one I followed when making the above card.  I saw those pointed shapes and immediately thought to use the Stitched Nested Labels dies.

Pin, download, or print the instructions for this card



Nicole's Retired Stamp Sale





Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!





March Ordering Gift


Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper






Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sale-A-Bration Third Release and Retired Stamp Sale

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 Third Release**

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


Shop Stampin' Up! paper craft supplies with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Sale-A-Bration Third Release Featuring Current Catalog Items!


Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration third release products | current catalog products for free| Shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Two of the third release items were just featured by me: Mini Shipping Boxes and Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Designer Series Paper!  Click each description to see fresh inspiration.

3 Easter Baskets made with Mini Shipping Boxes + video


Halloween Box made with Mini Shipping Boxes & Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP


2 Easter Cards made with Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP + video


Set of 4 Thank You notes made with Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP


Vintage-inspired Free As A Bird card made with Shimmer Detailed Laser-Cut DSP





March Ordering Reward

Free March Class Tutorial with $15 order | offered by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

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