Friday, July 31, 2020

BOGO Stampin' Up! Retired Product Sale

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It breaks my heart to let go of my retired product because I genuinely LOVE all of it!  So many wonderful projects have been made and so many hours have been spent enjoying them all.  My retired products were loved, that's for sure!

But my letting go represents a fantastic deal for you, my joyful friend!  Read on for the details.

  • First and foremost, this is something new I'm trying so please have patience!  
  • This sale runs from Thursday August 6 - Saturday August 8, 2020.
  • Individual photos of my retired product will be posted with their assigned values visible in the photos on my Facebook page.
  • Comment "Sold" in the post of the retired product you want.  The first comment "Sold" is the person that has a claim to it.  Others may also comment "Sold" because if the following time frames aren't met, the product will become available to the next person who commented.
  • You then have 24 hours to place an order in my store that is at least equal to the amount of the retired product you commented first on.
  • Shipping, tax, and redeemed Bonus Days coupons do NOT count in the order total. 
  • Once I confirm you've placed your order, I'll send you a shipping invoice via PayPal.
  • If an order is not placed or a shipping invoice not paid within the 24 hour time frames, the retired product will go to the next person who commented "Sold".  I will notify you via Facebook if you are next in line for the product.
  • You may earn Joyful Stamper Reward Points with your orders.  Just be sure to use August's Code of CQZC2A29 if your order is between $50 - $149 (skip the code for orders over $150 but you'll still earn Joyful Stamper Points).
  • All stamp sets range from lightly used to well-loved, but they all stamp great!  Ribbons, embellishments, and paper packs will all be partially used and that will be noted in each listing.  All paper will be cut down to 6"x6" for ease of shipping.
I am very excited to offer this type of sale to you and hope you enjoy taking advantage of what I have to unload!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Scrappy Strip Technique - Happy Half Hour Facebook Live

Hello, my joyful friends!  Every Thursday at 11 AM ET I go live on The Joyful Stamper Facebook Page.  Everyone is invited for a half hour of stamping fun!  I'll post the replay and project sheet with details below after the Live.


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The first project features the scrappy strip technique.  I first saw this technique on a card done by Kylie Bertucci, an Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  This is a fabulous way to use up all those random strips of cardstock and patterned paper that you don't throw away because you just know you'll find a use for them some day.  Well, some day is today!


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The second project is incredibly fun!  I call it a peek-a-boo cubbyhole card.  It uses the Under My Umbrella and the Umbrella Builder punch.  The colors really grab your attention, don't they?

 Come stamp with me today at 11 AM ET on The Joyful Stamper Facebook page and see how both these projects were made.  



Get the Project Sheet with details here


Card Kits To Go are back!  
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Details coming Friday!
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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Card Kit To Go - Christmas Edition


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My last kit was so well-received - it totally blew me away!  Thank you so much!  And now I created a Christmas Edition of my Card Kit To Go.

What's Included:

  • the supplies to make 12 Christmas cards - 3 each of 4 designs
  • 12 envelopes that coordinate
  • a full bottle of Multi Purpose Liquid Glue
  • full-color photos of the 4 finished card designs
  • this kit includes specialty papers - glimmer, flocked, and gold foil
You will need a sentiment stamp and black ink pad.  I used Poinsettia Petals (available August 4 in the Holiday Mini Catalog) and a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.

How to get a Card Kit To Go:

  • Email me at nicole@thejoyfulstamper.com letting me know how many you want (you can order more than 1).  If you want the kit(s) shipped, also provide me your address.
  • Kits are $25 for porch pick-up with $5 added to ship.  I will send you a PayPal invoice or we can use Facebook Messenger (both are highly secure and reliable).
  • Once payment is received, your kit(s) will be mailed.
**I have a set number of Card Kits To Go available so email me now to get them.**



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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Saturday Sketch 810 - Toile Christmas vintage card

Did you ever have moments that are in stark contrast to each other?  That was my yesterday.  

My youngest daughter Alaina and I threw our kayaks into my mom's truck and spent several hours paddling around a local park.  It was incredibly relaxing floating in the water with the sun beating down, observing baby ducks, watching lily pads drift by, checking out the unusual birds, and having weird conversations.  I felt so in-the-moment alive and happy.  

And I thought, as I was paddling around, about how tomorrow morning is my grandmother's memorial service.  She passed June 18 at the age of 89 and had a very good life.  And I was fortunate to spend nearly every week of my 45 years with her.  And I thought about the photos I'd recently gone through to create a memory board for her service and how she was young once and alive and enjoying moments like I was experiencing out on the lake right then.  And now she's not here.  But she'd be the first to tell you how very, very good God was to her.  And I thought, too, how very, very good God is to me.  He was good in gifting me with my grandmother and He was good in gifting me with the kayaking on the lake with Alaina.  He will continue to be good.  Just look for it, right in the moment you are in.

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It's Saturday Sketch time!  The sketch is brought to you by Splitcoaststampers (if you make a card using this sketch, please post it in the thread I've linked to.  We love to see them).  Read on to see what I made using this sketch.  There's also a video demo and written tutorial - watch to see how I made the Very Vanilla ribbon Real Red!


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I love that giant cardinal from Toile Christmas.  There are dies to cut him out (Christmas Cardinal dies) but I used Paper Snips.  I find hand-cutting relaxing, but if you don't, by all means use the dies.  They also cut out the branches.

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See how fluffy those branches are?  I wanted them to look natural and full, so I put Mini Glue Dots on the bottoms of the branches only and left the part with the leaves and berries unadhered.

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To get the multi-colored look on the branches, use Stampin' Write markers to color directly on the red rubber of the stamp.  Gently breathe on it just before stamping it on the cardstock.  It's one of my favorite techniques!

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And I LOVE this tip ♥ color your ribbon with the brush tip of any Stampin' Blend marker!!!  It's easy, fast, and not messy.  Plus, you can have ribbon in any color with just one spool!!


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I used an Ornate Layers die to cut a Very Vanilla piece for the inside of the card, then stamped a sentiment and swirls from the Toile Christmas set.


Watch the video demo to see this card made



Save the written tutorial in your idea file or Pin to your Christmas boards.

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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!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Mystery Stamping Hour This Sunday - Supplies List is Up!

We're playing again this Sunday night and it's an all-new mystery project!  

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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 Sunday July 19.  That's 5 PT, 6 MT, and 7 CT.

What should I "bring"?
Check out the supplies list below.  Typically, 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 and video tutorial of a super fun exclusive card as my thank you).
  


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Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Holiday Catalog Packages Ready To Ship!

This has been a FUN week of deliveries - both my box of Holiday Mini Catalogs and my pre-order arrived!!


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One of my favorite "jobs" as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is creating fun catalog packages for my customers.  They are the heart and soul of my business and I want them to know it!  When putting the packages together, I think of the kind of catalog package I'd love to get.


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If you'd like one and you don't already work with a demonstrator you love, don't be shy!  Request one here!  I got a little excited when I saw this catalog (it's my favorite holiday one ever) and ordered LOADS to send out.  It kept running through my mind, "People HAVE to see this!  There's so much great stuff in here!"  My favorite is the Halloween suite followed closely by the poinsettia suite (dies that create layered pointsettias?  Yes, please!).  Just ask for a package and it'll be on its way this week to you.


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My pre-order also arrived!  All 3 pages of it!  Again, I got a little excited by what I saw in the catalog.  I'm sharing it ALL this Thursday at 11 AM ET on my Facebook page so don't miss it.  Can you tell how giddy I am?  Like, clapping my hands giddy!  This is entirely inappropriate behavior for a 45-year-old woman......

but not for a stamper with a box of brand new Stampin' Up! goodies!  😁

Don't forget to join me this Thursday to see all the loveliness!



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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Stampin' Up! Color Charts for Mixing and Matching

Color is SO fun to play with, but I really doubt myself when it comes to putting more than two together.  I need help!  Are you with me?  I dug up two color reference charts that I know are going to help ALL of us.  
  
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This first chart has color combinations for all 40 of the core Stampin' Up! colors.  There is NO shortage of inspiration in this tool, so print it out and keep it in a page protector on your desk.

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This second chart has color combinations for the current 10 In Color shades.  What I love about the In Colors is seeing how they fit in with the 40 core colors.  For example, I love Just Jade and Merry Merlot as Christmas colors

Other Printable Resources

Handy Adhesive Chart - tells you which adhesive to use with a variety of materials

Paper, Ink, & Marker Chart - make color swatches of your collection for easy reference while creating


Tip: print out these 3 resources and put in page protectors in a binder that sits on your craft desk or in your craft space.  You can also add the Saturday Sketches I post from Splitcoaststampers to this binder to create an all-in-one reference.



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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator







Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Sketch 809 - Using Watercolor Pencils

While I'm awaiting my Holiday Catalog pre-order, I've been digging into my retired stash.  This past Thursday, I made a Double Panel Gate Fold card and used Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper.  Well, for this week's Saturday Sketch, I used the Lilypad Lake stamp set.  However, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color the images.  These are SUCH a fun product and they get overlooked quite a bit.  Check out the video to see how I colored the images, then check back next week to see how I used them to make ocean and sunset backgrounds.




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Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch 809 - Pin it!



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A fantastic feature of the Watercolor Pencils is the ability to add soft color or intense color.  It's a matter of layers and pressure upon application.  Color lightly and use a single layer of color for a soft look.  Color more heavily and apply more than one layer of color (letting each layer dry before progressing to the next one) for a more intense look.


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There are 2 assortments of Watercolor Pencils in my store, both containing genuine Stampin' Up! colors.  HUGE plus because it means your project's colors will coordinate which means your project looks more polished.  That's a great benefit if you don't feel confident in your design skills yet or if you love a seamless look.  Or if you are an impatient crafter and want to skip to the good stuff - creating! - without fussing over color details.


I've stuffed all kinds of extras into this post for you - a video, a written tutorial, and a pinnable color inspiration graphic!


Watch the video to see how to make this



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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




Thursday, July 9, 2020

Double Panel Gate Fold Card - Happy Half Hour Facebook Live

Hello, my joyful friends and stampers!  Every Thursday at 11 AM ET I go live on The Joyful Stamper Facebook Page.  Everyone is invited!  I'll post the replay and project sheet with details below after the Live class.


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I'm showing a Double Panel Gate Fold card on today's Live show.  I first saw this on Splitcoaststampers and immediately wanted to make this! 







 

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It's not a fussy fun fold, which makes it super nice to create.  It also uses lots of lovely patterned paper (Designer Series Paper in Stampin' Up! lingo) - and who out there doesn't want to use up DSP?

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I used a retired pack called Garden Impressions.  It came in 6" x 6" sheets and I just adore these colors together - Night Of Navy, Mango Melody, Shaded Spruce, and So Saffron.


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I added a bow with Bumblebee ribbon.  This rich, golden yellow is my favorite yet.  I'm SO excited to use it with Cinnamon Cider on fall projects!

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My main image was trimmed from the retired Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, but you could also stamp and color the bird images from the Free As A Bird stamp set (it's the set my embossed sentiment came from).  Trimming images from your DSP is a great time-saver trick!


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And here's the opened card.  Gotta dress up the inside, too!

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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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Sketch + Video + Written Tutorial

Happy Fourth of July to my American stamper friends!  The Revolutionary War period and the people who founded our country have been the historical subjects I've read the most about.  It absolutely fascinates me. I wish I could time travel back to that era (for a short while - I do enjoy our modern medical treatments)!

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As usual, the weekly sketch comes from Splitcoaststampers.  Now you know me - I love a card with layers.  I mean, Stampin' Up! has SO many pretty papers that I I look for every opportunity to use as much as I can!  And this sketch is perfect for that.  Let's dive in and see what I did!

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You may think that the patterned paper came colored, but no!  That is a piece of Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper that was white with gold foiled flowers.  I colored the flowers in with a Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend and the leaves with a Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blend!  Isn't it STUNNING?  And if you're worried about coloring on the gold foil - don't!  Tip: Just use your Color Lifter to go over those spots and the color will come right off.  

And then to lay a Square Vellum Doily over it - someone pick me up off the floor!

After I'd finished coloring and die-cutting and gluing and stamping, I took a step back and thought, "Hmmm....it looks a little bare above the doily....let's tuck a few stamped and punch pine trees there."  And I LOVED it!  I actually congratulated myself out loud - so shameless.  

Another thing I stumbled upon that looks fantastic - Just Jade and Merry Merlot for Christmas colors.  Yes!


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Save or print the written tutorial - just click the image below



Watch the video to see how to make this card





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  • Use this month's Reward Code to earn points towards a $50 shopping spree - read the details here.
  • Join me every Thursday at 11 AM ET for my weekly Happy Half Hour Live stamping show on my Facebook page.  



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!

Nicole Steele, Owner of The Joyful Stamper, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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