Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Facebook Live project

I'm super excited about today's projects!  One features a beautiful trick with embossing folders and the other a cute way to showcase the rainbow of new In Colors.

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.



free stamping class - facebook live - embossing folder trick - in colors - stampin up - nicole steele the joyful stamper - parisian blossoms - under my umbrella


The first project is over-the-top and fancy, with lots of details.  You'll love it and you'll have the replay to watch so you can make it, too!  The second project is so colorful, it had me smiling BIG while I made it.  It's included in the new catalog packages I sent out recently, so if you'd like one, shoot me an email at [email protected].  

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)!


Join my Facebook group for this free, fun event here!

What is a Mystery Stamping Hour?  Read about it here!

Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper - Friday May 29 at 8 PM ET - on the Mystery Stamping with The Joyful StamperFacebook group page - free stamping event

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! 



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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]


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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!






Monday, May 25, 2020

Tea Together

Hello, friends!  How was your weekend?  Yesterday I suggested an activity that is not the norm for me - hiking.  Hiking = bugs swarming my head, sticky heat, and itchy plants.  Nothing about that is fun.  But I didn't want to be boring, so asked my family if they wanted to go for a hike.  Emma and Brian said yes; Alaina and Caitlin think like me and, therefore, said no.  So it was just Emma, Brian, and I that trekked through the woods.  

Surprise!  I enjoyed it!  It was hot but the trees kept it shaded and bearable.  The bugs were almost non-existent.  And it was nice to have exclusive time with our oldest.  It was like the first 22 months of her life, when it was just the 3 of us before the sisters began arriving.  Only now she's 19 and has a much more expanded vocabulary.  And I didn't have to carry her.  Instead, she had to carry me!  



Tea Together Stampin' Up! Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper Tea Time dies watercoloring Stampin' Write Markers

Life is full of sweet, simple moments, isn't it?  A cup of tea is a sweet, simple moment, just like a hike with the husband and oldest girl.  This Tea Together stamp set and Tea Time Dies are two retiring items I've adored!  The images are classics and, when paired with the gingham pattern in the 6"x6" DSP packs, remind me of my grandma's kitchen.

Tea Together Stampin' Up! Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper Tea Time dies watercoloring Stampin' Write Markers

I have the card recipe at the end of this post (plus there's another Mystery Stamping Hour this Friday!).  But notice the watercolored rose.  I stamped both the tea pot and flower on Shimmery White Cardstock, which is great for watercoloring.  I used Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the red rubber of the rose stamp, huffed on it to re-wet the ink, then stamped it on the paper.  Because the marker ink is water-based, I was able to use an Aqua Painter to blend out the ink.  Going over the stamped image with the wet brush caused the ink to bleed just enough to create a watercolor look.  It's a very simple technique so give it a try!

Card Recipe to make this:



Join my Facebook group for this free, fun event here!

What is a Mystery Stamping Hour?  Read about it here!

Mystery Stamping Hour with The Joyful Stamper - Friday May 29 at 8 PM ET - on the Mystery Stamping with The Joyful StamperFacebook group page - free stamping event


May Reward Code - JWD7M644 | Use when you shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper to receive an 2020-2022 New In Color sampler

May Reward Code = 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]


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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, May 23, 2020

Card Sketch #SC802

Mystery Stamping Hour was a hit last night!  Thank you to all who played.  If you couldn't be there in the Facebook group last night, I'm having another next Friday May 29 at 8 PM ET.  It's free and you'll love it!  

Today's card has a mix of old and new elements.  It's incredibly fun to rummage through stamping supplies that haven't seen love in a long while.  It's like looking at a box of photos taken a decade or more ago and being delightfully surprised at the memories you'd temporarily forgotten.    

Splitcoaststampers card sketch | #SC802 | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | sketch challenges

My card began with this week's Splitcoaststampers card sketch.  The panels labelled 3 are layered over the panel labelled 2.  The beauty of this sketch is that it can be kept clean and simple with a strong background, or it can be dressed up with distressed and sponged layers and lots of embellishments.

watercolor wings | butterflies | stampin up | thinking of you card | splitcoaststampers | card sketch | card sketch challenge | sc802

I stuck to mostly simple.  Showing off the retiring Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP) was my objective.  The Sparkle Glimmer Paper pairs beautifully with the Blackberry Bliss in the DSP.  My sentiment, die-cut and punched butterflies, and pearls are from my retired stash but I list current product below that will allow you to still make this.

Here's the card recipe, so you can make it, too:

Directions for cutting the DSP diagonally:
  • cut paper to 4-1/4" x 4"
  • measure 1" down the right long (4-1/4") side and mark with a pencil
  • measure 2-1/2" down the left long (4-1/4") side and mark with a pencil
  • Place paper in trimmer with both pencil marks aligned in the trimmer track (the paper will be diagonal in your trimmer).
  • Cut the paper.



May Reward Code - JWD7M644 | Use when you shop with Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper to receive an 2020-2022 New In Color sampler

May Reward Code = 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!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

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


I played this with the team and it was so popular that I decided to create a special Facebook group for everyone to participate!  

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"?
The supplies list is found below and in the Facebook group.  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).




Supplies Needed for Friday's Mystery Stamping Hour

Mystery Stamping Hour With The Joyful Stamper supplies list | May 22 2020 8 PM ET | join the Facebook group | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

If you don't have the exact items on this list, it's okay!  For instance, if all you have is the regular Whisper White - not Thick - cardstock, just use that instead.  Please ask me all the questions you like at [email protected][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

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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!



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gift Card Folio + Watercolored Peaceful Poppies Elements

Yesterday on my weekly Happy Half Hour Facebook Live, I played with the Peaceful Poppies Elements.  This fun package of die-cut embellishments has so many possibilities!  And they are just $6.50 - a great add-on if you're trying to get to a next level for some Stampin' Rewards or Host Code gifts!  (Psst...make sure to also read about my first-ever free Mystery Stamping Event at the end of this post!)


gift card holder | gift card folio | peaceful poppies elements | stampin up | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | painted poppies designer series paper

My first project was a gift card folio.  I used the black embossed Elements piece to stamp and heat emboss a greeting from Seriously The Best.  The Vellum embossed Elements piece was flipped over so I could add color to the back with a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.  Because the Blends are alcohol ink, they dry quickly on the vellum, eliminating smearing.  That top die-cut is also from the Peaceful Poppies Elements pack - just punch and glue on!
  
gift card holder | gift card folio | peaceful poppies elements | stampin up | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

It unties to open like a book and there are two pockets inside to tuck in a gift card and a message.  You could write a funny piece of life or marriage advice, if giving to a graduate or newlyweds!  I have the measurements and directions at the end of this post for this gift card folio.


watercolor | Peaceful Poppies Elements | stampin up | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper | thank you card | painted poppies designer series paper

My second project was this thank you card using the embossed watercolor Elements pieces.  The embossing resists the ink, leaving a very pretty variegated embellishment piece.  The three flowers and three leaves are all from the pack.  The labels were die-cut with the Painted Labels dies.  The card needed something more still, so I finished it off with Peaceful Poppies Sequins and splatters from a Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker (see a how-to for that technique in this post here).

You can watch the replay below for these two projects to see exactly how they were made.  




Gift Card Folio Instructions:

Old Olive cardstock - 10-1/4" x 4"; score on long side at 2-1/2", 5", 5-1/2", & 7-3/4"


Whisper White cardstock - 2" x 3-1/3" for message insert


You will also need for embellishing:

1-1/2" Circle Punch (to create notches)

Two Ways to Score Your Cardstock:

With the scoring blade of your Stampin' Trimmer


If you need any of the supplies to make these projects, I would so appreciate you shopping my store!  Every order gets a thank you and orders over $50 (before shipping & tax) that use the Reward Code JWD7M644 will get a free In Color Sampler Pack (the NEW colors)!


                                 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
I played this with the team and it was so popular that I decided to create a special Facebook group for everyone to participate! It's free to join and to play.  Get the Mystery Stamping with The Joyful Stamper details here, then join the group!


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!






Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mystery Stamping Hour With The Joyful Stamper - This Friday!


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

I played this with the team and it was so popular that I decided to create a special Facebook group for everyone to participate!  

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


Caitlin has an online AP exam and needs the bandwidth so I'll be live today earlier in the day at 11 AM ET.  It's graduation & wedding season so I thought a gift card/money folio was the perfect project!  All are welcome so join me on  The Joyful Stamper Facebook page at 11 AM ET today!

facebook live | stamping class | Nicole Steele 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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