Oh Bee-Hive!


One of my favorite sets in the 2020 January – June Mini Catalog is Honey Bee.  It coordinates with the Detailed Bees dies and will be one of the sets retiring on June 2, 2020.  The Golden Honey DSP was a Sale-A-Bration gift at the $50 level and is no longer available but there is still a way to receive a pack of this gorgeous paper.  See the contest below for all the details!

I didn’t stamp too much on this card because I wanted the detail in the DSP to showcase the card.  Also I didn’t use the dies so it is perfect for a beginning or casual stamper.  To step it up you could die cut the bee on the front and attach with dimensionals to give it some depth.  


For the card base I didn’t use a full piece of cardstock.  When closed it gives the illusion of a full card but when you open the flap you have the greeting hiding behind the bee and another layer of DSP with ribbon so the inside is as pretty as the front.


Card Dimensions:

  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 6 3/8″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White cardstock 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ – cut two
  • Gold Foil – 2″ x 5 3/8″ and 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • Black Foil – 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • Black & Gold Honeycomb DSP 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″
  • Bee and flower DSP 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Gold metallic-edge ribbon 5″


  • Stamp the bee on a small Whisper White square using Black Stazon ink with the greeting above. Color the bee body with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker.  Add some shimmer to the wings with Wink of Stella.
  • Stamp the flowers on the other Whisper White square again using the Stazon ink.  Color with the Crushed Curry marker.
  • To create the coordinating black ribbon, lay the ribbon on your grid paper, place a sheet of cardboard behind it.  Taking a Basic Black blend color the Gold Edged ribbon, set aside to dry.  Since the Blends are alcohol based they dry pretty quick.  This works for any light colored ribbon, using this technique you can always have ribbon to match your projects!
  • Attach the honeycomb DSP to the gold foil panel and then place on the flap on the left of the card front
  • Attach the bee panel to the gold foil square then attach to the flap in the center as shown, taking care to only put adhesive on the RIGHT side.  That way the card will open.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the bee and floral DSP attaching to the panel in the back.  Attach entire panel to the inside of the card.
  • Adhere the inside greeting to the black foil square then to the center of the card, making sure the outer greeting completely covers this panel.  This will hide the “surprise” for the recipient.

Try using the ribbon technique and fold with other stamp sets and Designer Series Paper, I would love to see what you come up with!  Send me your creations and I will display them in my customer gallery!

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Additional Supplies:

How to win a package of the Golden Honey DSP

Love the Golden Honey DSP but didn’t get a package when Sale-A-Bration was going on?  Well now is your chance!  All you have to do is:
  • purchase the Honey Bee Bundle or the Honey Bee Stamp Set and
  • use Hostess code DJPSQ474 when placing your order and
  • you will be placed into a drawing to win a package of Golden Honey DSP!

BONUS: When using the Hostess Code DJPQ474 and placing an order $35 or more you will receive a DSP sampler pack as a free gift as a thank you for supporting my business!

The winner will be announced on June 3rd and the DSP pack will be shipped to the address on your order.  Be sure to place your order soon, retiring products are only available until June 2, 2020 or while supplies last.



If you have any questions on the project featured, please let me know. I would be happy to help!

Happy stamping!


~Making the world a happier place, one card at a time


The Perfect Way to Give a Gift Card!


I’m sure you are like me and so many others, you want to get the perfect gift for someone but sometimes times a gift card is the only way to go. I know gift cards feel so impersonal like you just gave up and grabbed the first thing off the rack in the grocery store. Ok maybe that’s true, we have all been there. But I am going to show you how to make it VERY personal. Yes here it is folks, the perfect solution to giving that not so personal gift card….. the one and only greeting/gift card! I have seen similar ideas on Pinterest, and thought WOW what a great idea!! Unfortunately I didn’t pin it so I can’t give credit to the person who gave me the inspiration for this card.  This was one of the projects we made for my August monthly stamping club.  It is so easy and sure to be a hit with the recipient!  Enjoy!


Let’s get started!!

Cardstock dimensions:

  • Night of Navy Cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”
  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4” (1), scrap pieces for daisy and saying
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” (1) and 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (“DSP”) 1 1/2” x 3 1/2 “

1.  Score your Night of Navy cardstock at 5 1/2″ and 9″. Fold on score lines and use a bone folder to get a nice sharp crease.  Punch a half circle on the end that folds over for the gift card. This gives a little notch to pull the gift card out.  Put adhesive on the outer edges only and fold over to create a pocket.


2. Attach Delightful Daisy DSP to the small strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock and attach to card front.


3. Stamp the daisy from the Daisy Delight stamp set on a Whisper White cardstock scrap twice using Night of Navy ink. Cut out using the Daisy punch. Tip: Slide your punch to the left and right, don’t pull it toward you after punching out the daisy.  This helps your cardstock from getting caught! Color the centers with a Daffodil Delight marker.


4. Assemble the daisy so that the petals overlap each other.  Use a bone folder to curl the petals under slightly, attach to the card. Apply a gold faceted gem to the center.


5. Stamp the Birthday greeting from the set Special Celebrations on a scrap of Whisper White, cut out using the 1 3/8” x 2 1/4″oval stitched framelit. Then attach to the card using dimensionals.  I really love this set, it not only includes greetings for so many occasions but it has matching sentiments for the inside of the card.  So versatile!


6. Attach the Daffodil Delight panel to inside of the card.

7. Lay the Whisper White cardstock panel on the inside, but don’t attach it yet!  This is just in case you make a little boo boo stamping the inside of the card. Trust me I know from experience!  I can’t tell you how many times I have made a gorgeous card, you go to stamp the inside and a smudge here, a splotch there and the worst….. you have the dreaded ink halo around the image!  Ugh!! Now I never attach the inside panel until I have stamped it first.  If I don’t have an inside panel I stamp the inside before assembling my card.

8. With the Whisper White in place, close the card and stamp the stem and little daisy, again from Daisy Delight set, in the center of the white space.


9. Stamp the inside greeting so it will be positioned under the flap.


10.  Attach the inside panel over the Daffodil Delight piece.


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Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!


August Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Time to redeem those coupons earned during Bonus Days! Between August 1st and 31st you can redeem your coupons. Just enter the coupon codes sent to you by Stampin’ Up!.  If you earned more than one, make sure you enter each one separately and watch your savings add up!

Early Release Bundle – Carols of Christmas and Card Front Builder Thinlits. Between August 1st and 31st be one of the first to own a stamp set from the 2017 Holiday  catalog! The Carols of Christmas set and coordinating thinlits Card Front Builder are a perfect addition to your stamp collection!

Fall Into Savings – Paper Pumpkin Promotion. New subscribers sign up for Paper Pumpkin between August 11, 2017 and September 10, 2017 and get the your first month half off!  Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com when you sign up to receive your discount.


From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag share! Just enter Hostess Code JB7TVAUR when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  


Double Z Gate Fold Card Using Merry Mice


Today’s share is a fancy fold, not sure the official name but to me it is a Double Z with a Gate closure, so I am calling it a Double Z Gate Fold card.  I love that it is very easy to do and always a hit with everyone.
It features the sets Merry Mice and Wonderful Year and of course no card of mine wouldn’t be complete with out using my trusty Aqua Painters or the Big Shot.
As a side note, I do LOVE my Big Shot and I know it is a HUGE investment.  With the holidays on the horizon, why not add it to your wish list and maybe you will find one under your tree!  For more info on how to do this please check out my blog post from September 26, 2016.
Another way to get the Big Shot is to have a workshop and earn Stampin’ Rewards to help with the cost. It can be in your home with friends, collecting orders from the catalog or why not try a Facebook workshop!  Contact me for more details.
Enjoy today’s share!
 Card Dimensions:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/4″ x 12″
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Garden Green cardstock – 1 3/4″ x 5″ (2 pieces)
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 1/4″ x 3″
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape – approx. 4″ (2 pieces)
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 Happy Stamping!