Thursday, April 30, 2020

Mother's Day Card With a Fun Fold

Recently, a stamping friend sent me a card with a fun fold I'd never seen before.  It was so intriguing that I had to make one, too.  Since Mother's Day is around the corner, I pulled out the retiring Tea Together stamp set and its matching dies and got to work (by the way, those dies are only $8.40!).


Mother's Day card | Fun Fold | Stampin' Up! Tea Together stamps | Tea Time dies | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The elegance of this set pairs perfectly with Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper (also retiring but also discounted!).  That little touch of champagne foil in the printed paper's script makes me swoon!  I cannot explain why these things make me so happy but.....they do.  

Mother's Day card | Fun Fold | Stampin' Up! Tea Together stamps | Tea Time dies | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

And there's the Fun Fold!  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to create a decorative edge to the printed paper and the Pool Party cardstock underneath.

Mother's Day card | Fun Fold | Stampin' Up! Tea Together stamps | Tea Time dies | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The card still opens like a regular one, so you can write a nice message to Mom inside.  But the addition of the fold on the front lets you add a beautiful surprise!

Mother's Day card | Fun Fold | Stampin' Up! Tea Together stamps | Tea Time dies | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The Tea Together set has a beautiful Mother's Day sentiment that nestles perfectly in a die from Ornate Frames (remember that gem from the Holiday Catalog last fall? You can still get it!).  I had to add lots of pretties - Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon, Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim, and Basics Pearls (the tiniest ones).

Watch the video to see how this fun fold card was made by clicking the image below.  This card is the first one I demonstrated in the video (the second card is a Father's Day Fun Fold).
video demonstration of Mother's Day Fun Fold card | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Would you like a kit to make this Mother's Day Fun Fold card + the Father's Day one from the video?  Place a $35 order (before shipping and tax) in my store by midnight Friday May 1!  See the Project Sheet here for measurements and supplies.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Easy Birthday Card for Him + Free How-To + Card Sketch

This Country Club Designer Series Paper is retiring and I barely touched it!  It's on page 47 of the Mini Catalog and is a part of the Country Club Suite.  Stampin' Up! gave it to us free at OnStage back in November (a VERY sweet demonstrator perk).  

Those bright colors inspired me to use my Balloon Bouquet punch.  Who wouldn't smile at a bunch of colorful balloons?  


birthday card for him using Balloon Bouquet Punch and Country Club Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up! | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | Splitcoaststampers card sketch 799

The balloons are popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  I matted the DSP pieces with Basic Black cardstock to make them stand out from each other.

birthday card for him using Balloon Bouquet Punch and Country Club Designer Series Paper | Stampin' Up! | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | Splitcoaststampers card sketch 799

Check out how the stitching on the DSP matches the stitching on the Stitched Shapes die-cut oval!

I've included some helpful tools for you to make this card.  First up, a card sketch (go ahead and pin it to your card sketch board)!

Splitcoaststampers card sketch 799

Next up, the groovy color combination (you can pin this, too, to your color inspiration board)! 

Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Night Of Navy, Crushed Curry | Stampin' Up! Color Combination | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

 Last, a step-by-step how-to with measurements, a photo, and supply list!  Of course you can pin or print this (you do have a board of Joyful Stamper tutorials, right?).

Free tutorial from Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | featuring Birthday Backgrounds, Wiggle Worm, Balloon Bouquet Punch and other Stampin' Up! products




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, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


The Joyful Stamper Specials:

Order $35 in my store (before shipping and tax) to get the kit FREE to make both these fun fold cards!  Offer expires 5/1/2020 at midnight.  Use Reward Code SWDK2WN2.
The Happy Half Hour live stamping Class on Facebook | 2 PM ET | Tuesdays on The Joyful Stamper Page




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!


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

Shop Retiring Stampin' Up! products at discounts | annual catalog | mini catalog

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Happy Half Hour Live Stamping Class

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!  After the live is over, I'll post the replay and project sheet below.


The Happy Half Hour live stamping Class on Facebook | 2 PM ET | Tuesdays on The Joyful Stamper Page

I'll teach you 2 fun folds on today's Live Class that make an ordinary card EXTRAordinary!  Although mine are Mother's Day and Father's Day cards, you can make them for any occasion you want.  


Project Sheet with measurements 



Follow me on Facebook so you can be notified when I go live next.  I'd love to see you at the class (2 PM ET on Tuesdays)!

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, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]


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!


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

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!


Monday, April 27, 2020

Birthday Bonanza Critters in a Cubby Hole + How-To PDF

Hellllllooooooo Monday, friends!  I love Mondays for their fresh starts and the sense of excited anticipation they bring me.  Others feel that way about Fridays (my husband).  WHATEVER your favorite day is, I know you're going to love what I'm sharing today!  The card below was very popular with people!  


kid's birthday card | Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Bonanza Designer Series paper | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The thing is, I copied it from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.  Page 32, near the bottom.  It's the Birthday Bonanza Suite.  The layout caught my eye, with those adorable animals poking their sweet selves out of little cubby holes. 

kid's birthday card | Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Bonanza Designer Series paper | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

 I adapted it to what I had and I've made a How-To for you to pin or print (because I know you want to make this)!  It's at the end of this post.

kid's birthday card | Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Bonanza Designer Series paper | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

Order the Birthday Bonanza Suite here!


This card has already been mailed out and I think my 7-year-old niece will really enjoy seeing it in her mailbox.  I spent an hour yesterday stamping envelopes and writing messages in a stack of cards to mail out today.  It's so fun creating the beauties, but even more heartwarming and enjoyable is hearing back from those who receive them.  It's a great reinforcer that our words and actions matter.  The added benefit of a card is that it can be looked at over and over, as many times as the recipient needs a paper hug.

Free tutorials, how-tos, and instructions | Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper | Bonanza Buddies | Stampin' Up! | kid's birthday card | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper


Special Note: 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, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]




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 first box shown above is Project #8.
  • 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

Last Day to get my Timeless Tropical Online Class! Get a class kit shipped to you.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Project #9 in the Ornate Garden Suite Bundle

The other day I went for a walk and got caught in a HEAVY downpour the last 2 miles.  In my running days, a sprint through the rain was invigorating and fun.  Some of my best runs were in the rain.  Walking in the rain, though, is not like that.  It feels....soggy.  BUT, on this particular morning it felt like my runs in the rain did - fresh and invigorating!  I was smiling and singing to my music at the top of my lungs.  People driving by must have been wondering if they should smile at my obvious joy or call the police on some poor woman who had clearly snapped under the strain of being in a 1200 square foot home for 6 weeks with 3 teenage girls deprived of their social freedom and autonomy, a yappy dog, and a husband who like a dripping faucet at 2 AM complains he can't find ONE QUIET SPOT in the whole house to have his conference calls.

It was joy that was making me smile and sing in the rain.  It just felt GOOD.  And as long as my family keeps up the steady infusions of dark chocolate sea salt carmels from Aldi's, all will be well.


Ornate Garden Suite | Stampin' Up! | Ornate Thanks | Ornate Style | Blender Pens | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

The sentiment on today's Ornate Garden Project #9 (in my Mega Tutorial Bundle - see below) expresses how I was feeling on that rainy walk.  The Ornate Thanks stamp set has TONS of phrases that let you mix and match so you can express gratitude exactly how you want to.  Yes, even that itty bitty "I'm" is its own stamp!  

And how sweet is that dry embossed background?  The daintiness of the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder is lovely!

🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

Heads Up Tip: There're 2 new die-cutting machines in the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.  One is a Mini that is lightweight and portable for crafting away from home and the other is a larger machine that can handle bigger dies and embossing folders.  While they won't be available June 3 when the catalog goes live, Stampin' Up! said you can order them early in the new catalog period.  I've seen them and I'm EXCITED!  Very sleek with a neutral color scheme to fit any craft area decor.

Special Note: 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, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]




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 #9.
  • 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

My Timeless Tropical Online Class is ready to ship!  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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I love stamping and I love Stampin' Up!  Thank you so much for choosing me as your demonstrator.  I am grateful for YOU!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

First Peek At the New In Colors!

WOW!  Does this look like a fun Paper Pumpkin kit or what?  I'm SO excited to have 5 new colors to play with and I'm even more excited Stampin' Up! is offering us an opportunity to do so before the catalog is released.  

May 2020 Paper Pumpkin A Kit In Color | New In Colors | Sign up by May 10 with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | monthly stamping kits

Why Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

  • It's all-inclusive!  That means everything you need is right in that super-fun striped box - stamps, ink, adhesive, embellishments!
  • For the joy of opening your mailbox and seeing this explosion of color
  • For the ability to creatively express yourself - make the projects as is, do your own thing with the kit contents, or do both!
  • To have something to look forward to each month!

About May's Kit:

8 cards are traditional-sized
  Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

  4 cards are note card size
  • Notecard size: 5" x 3-1/2" (12.7 x 8.9 cm)
  • Envelope size: 5-1/8" x 3-5/8" (13 x 9.2 cm)

  Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie, and Purple Posy
                   **4 of the 5 new In Colors!!**

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin | monthly stamp kit | subscribe | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper



Friday, April 24, 2020

Project #8 in the Ornate Garden Suite Bundle

Did you check what's retiring from the Annual and Mini Catalogs yesterday against what remains on your Wish list?  I like to curl up with a cup of hot tea and my catalog, going through the list and marking off the retiring items with a Sharpie.  It keeps me organized and it's so fun to revisit things I may have forgotten about!  Plus, I inevitably see catalog samples that have me looking at products in a new light.


flap top box | ornate garden | stampin up | nicole steele independent stampin' up! demonstrator

But here's something that will be in the NEW annual catalog and you can get it now!  I've been posting a bevy of projects this month made with the Ornate Garden Suite.  Today's was so much fun, I made two!  It's a flap-top box.  The top is held closed with a Velcro dot (you can find those in craft stores, the Dollar Tree, or here).  

flap top box | ornate garden | stampin up | nicole steele independent stampin' up! demonstrator

Look at the flap on this second box - I used an Ornate Layers die to cut into a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, then backed it with the Designer Series Paper.  That peek-a-boo effect has a daintiness to it that is pretty.  And who can resist ripping and tearing and crumpling paper?  Not me!

The directions for this flap-top box are in my Ornate Garden Suite Mega Tutorial Bundle as Project #8.  These would be darling shower or party favors!

Special Note: 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, place an order of any size to be automatically included or email me at [email protected]




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 first box shown above is Project #8.
  • 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

My Timeless Tropical Online Class is ready to ship!  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

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, April 22, 2020

Last Chance To Get These Annual Catalog Products!

This is a VERY exciting time of year to be a Stampin' Up! customer and demonstrator.  We are on the verge of a new catalog (!!) which means we have to move out many, many products.  

Shop Retiring Stampin' Up! products at discounts | annual catalog | mini catalog


Check your list: did you get everything you wanted?  If not, get it now because the Last Chance list is while supplies last (with the exception of stamp sets).

Hot Tip: retiring In Colors are typically the first things to sell out so buy your favorites now!


Shop Retiring Stampin' Up! products at discounts | annual catalog | mini catalog



Shop Retiring Stampin' Up! products at discounts | annual catalog | mini catalog


Shop Retiring Stampin' Up! products at discounts

Thank you for choosing me as you demonstrator!  You are so appreciated!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Happy Half Hour Live Stamping Class

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!  After the live is over, I'll post the replay and project sheet below.

The Happy Half Hour live stamping Class on Facebook | 2 PM ET | Tuesdays on The Joyful Stamper Page

My team leader sent us a surprise challenge pack recently - mine included Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon, and sequins.  I had not played with this adorable paper found on page 33 of the Mini Catalog so I was VERY excited to dive in!

I made 4 projects and I don't even have the Bonanza Buddies stamp set.  The paper alone was fun and these are going to be great cards for kids' birthdays.

**Projects start at 5:50 if you'd like to skip the chat**


Find the Project Sheet here with all the details.



Follow me on Facebook so you can be notified when I go live next.  I'd love to see you at the class (2 PM ET on Tuesdays)!




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!


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

My Timeless Tropical Online Class is ready to ship!  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

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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