Merry Medley Holiday Card

Today’s share features thermal embossing using VersaMark and clear embossing powder. I used Merry Medley for the background and Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating framelits for the tree and presents.  Add a little star with Gold Glimmer paper and some Baker’s Twine and you have a cute little holiday card.  Enjoy!


Card Dimensions:

  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Garden Green cardstock – scrap piece for the tree (approx 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″)
  • Gold Foil paper – scrap piece for the three gifts (approx 1 1/2″ x 3″)
  • Gold Glimmer paper – scrap piece large enough for the little star

Supplies Used:

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

October Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the buy three get the fourth FREE DSP sale going on now until October 31, 2016. To see the full list of papers on sale [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of assorted 6″ x 6″ Designer Series  Paper!

Just enter the October Hostess Code 2QQBH6AH 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.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

Take a Walk Down Candy Cane Lane

During the month of October, Stampin’ Up! is offering a great deal on Designer Series Paper (“DSP”)…Buy three packs and get the fourth pack for FREE. Now is the time to stock up on these gorgeous papers and take full advantage of this awesome sale!!

[Click here for the full list of Designer Series Papers on Sale]

Now on to today’s share! Today’s card features the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch (available separately or as a bundle), Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape and the fun DSP Candy Cane Lane, which happens to be one of the Designer Series Papers on sale. Enjoy!


Card Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Real Red cardstock – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (Assorted Mints) – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Real Red cardstock – 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – scrap piece approx. 2″ x 4″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ (2 pieces)
  • Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape – 3 1/2″ (2 pieces)

Supplies Used:

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




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)
 Supplies Used:
 Happy Stamping!


Quick n’ Easy Saturday – Lovin’ Washi Tape!

It’s Saturday so that means a quick n’ easy card!  Today’s share is a card using Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape and the stamp set Suite Seasons with the colors Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  Enjoy!


Card Dimensions:

  • Crumb Cake card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2
  • Cherry Cobbler – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Crumb Cake – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (for washi backgrond)
  • Crumb Cake – 2 1/2″x 3 1/4″ (for greeting)
  • Garden Green – 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″
  • Cherry Cobbler – scrap piece for hearts

Supplies Used:

Happy Holidays – Part II

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As promised here are a few more shares showcasing new stamps and products from the NEW 2016 Holiday Catalog!  I have had so much fun the past few days creating cards to show off some of my favorite items from the catalog.  If you have placed an order with me during the past year you will receive a copy directly from Stampin’ Up! very shortly. On September 1st the online copy will be available and you can begin placing orders that same day. Enjoy!


I am in love with this washi tape, Warmth & Cheer and the set, Suite Seasons has sayings for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!


Father Christmas is a set that begged for watercolor, I used the sepia technique on this card   (click here to see a video tutorial on this technique)

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Merry Mice is an adorable set that worked well with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Bakers Twine Trio

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I had fun embossing the Merry Medley background stamp and Santa’s Sleigh.  I always forget how striking embossing can look.

Now that we have had a little sneak peek of Christmas stamps, I will share some Halloween and Thanksgiving ideas this weekend.  I told you this catalog is chock full of great products and ideas, only  a few more weeks until it will be unveiled!  Check back in a few days for more ideas!

Happy Stamping!


Happy Holidays!


Thought for a quick share today I would give you all a little sneak peek at some of the new products from the 2016 Holiday Catalog which will be available on September 1st. Just wait until you see this catalog it is absolutely stunning!  There is something for everyone no matter what your stamping style.  Enjoy!



Using Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating thinlets


Featuring Merriest Wishes stamp set, Merry Tags Framelits and Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder

[Click here for directions and a video tutorial on how to make the Pine Bough Card shown above]


Featuring the stamp set Cookie Cutter Christmas with matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

I’ll show more samples tomorrow so be sure to check back! Better yet why don’t you click “follow” at the top of the page that way you won’t miss a single thing!

Happy Stamping!


Mistletoe & Holly – November Paper Pumpkin Kit

100_0912With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thought playing with my November Paper Pumpkin kit would be a perfect way to spend the afternoon while my pies were baking.  This month’s selection features everything you need to make ten holiday cards with lined envelopes, five of two different designs.  These are perfect for creating quick cards your family and friends will love!

I always like to create at least one of the projects in the kit as instructed. The instructions are easy to follow and if you would like to watch a video on how to assemble your project you can go to  The kit has everything you need (pre-cut and pre-scored) including the Mistletoe & Holly photopolymer stamp set, a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Spot, 10 printed card bases (5 ea of 2 designs), 10 printed envelopes, 3 sheets of die-cuts, 5 die cut banners, 5 printed polka dot squares, 5 white squares, 5 die cut red rectangles, 100 pearls (50 red & 50 white), 8 yards linen thread, 2 sheets of dimensionals (2 sizes) and 200 adhesive dots.  Here are the two projects included with the Mistletoe & Holly kit.

While I love the projects each month I like to be a little creative and come up with variations of each card by tweaking the design or by adding different accessories and coordinating DSP or cardstock.  You would be surprised once you get started the ideas will just come flowing out.

For the card on the left I cut one of the red panels in half and adhered it to the card in a diamond shape.  Then I added the white and green dotted square on top. This time I used the NOEL stamp.

The card on the right adds a few strips of washi tape and I trimmed the edges off the white and red panels which I adhered to the card in an angeled design.

The card on the left was stamped using the greeting MERRY & BRIGHT directly on the card.  Then I used  Lots of Labels framelits to cut two panels one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Whisper White.  I added a bow using thick bakers twine in Cherry Cobbler.

For the last card I used the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut two ovals, one using the Merry Moments DSP Stack in the Cherry Cobbler with Crumb Cake Dots and the other in Whisper White.  I stamped the greeting in Cherry Cobbler and the holly stamp using Old Olive.  I then colored in the holly leaves with an Old Olive ink pad and AquaPainters.  For a little accent I coiled a piece of gold cording trim and put it behind the Whisper White panel and I added three red pearls from the kit for the holly berries.

If you are interested in this kit they just became available to order, but you need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber (supplies are limited).  For more information on My Paper Pumpkin or to subscribe please click here.  Subscriptions are available on a month to month plan or you can prepay in one, three, six or twelve months.  The prepaid plan makes a perfect holiday gift for any crafter on your list!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends!

Happy Stampin!

til next time,


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Technique Tuesday! – Stampin’ Mist Background


Welcome to Technique Tuesday!

I am always looking for new ways to make interesting backgrounds and this one is both quick and easy yet looks really difficult. I have to say this is my new favorite technique, I love how the colors blend on their own it really makes the night sky in this card come to life.  Have fun and enjoy!

til next time!

~ Jo

Supplies Used:

Sizes of cardstock:

Night of Navy  – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″)

Whisper White – 3 pieces (5 1/4″ x 4″)


Attach one Whisper White panel to the inside of the Night of Navy card base and set aside.  Cut a Stampin’ Sponge into quarters.


Using another Whisper White panel start with the lightest color, Soft Sky, and sponge the top two-thirds of the panel using a circular motion.  Next using the Tempting Turquoise sponge over the Soft Sky covering it completely.  Repeat the process using the Night of Navy.  At this point the top portion will be completely covered in Night of Navy.


Using Stampin’ Mist lightly spritz the panel.  Take care not to saturate the cardstock, it should be a light mist.  Set aside to dry.  The edges may curl slightly,not to worry when you adhere it to the card base it will straighten out.


While your background is drying, take the sleigh edgelit die and cut out the image so the panel is cut in half.  Using the top panel cut out the tree image as shown.


Using the glue pen apply a strip of glue along the edge of both panels and on the trees.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to create snow.


Stamp the greeting “jingle all the way” as shown using Night of Navy ink.  Set both panels aside.


The background panel should be dry, if not you can use a heat gun to speed things up.  Using the glue pen randomly dab glue on the background, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds to make stars that twinkle in the night sky.


Attach the background to the card base.  Last step attach the trees to the background then the sleigh on top as shown.


Have fun using this technique on all your works of heart!


Snow Way!


Hi everyone, it’s card share Saturday!

I just love snowmen and when I saw this set it was at the top of my wish list. The coordinating framelits dies make this the perfect set not only for Christmas cards but for any winter greeting.  Add the Season of Cheer DSP and the Softly Falling Textured Impressions embossing folder and you have a quick fun holiday card!

Happy Stamping!

til next time,




Night of Navy  – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″), 1 piece (3″ x 4 1/4″)

Season of Cheer DSP (blue with snowflakes) 1 piece (4″ x 5 1/4″)

Whisper White – 1 piece (4″ x 5 1/4″), 1 piece (4″ x 2 3/4″) and scraps to stamp the snowman & his accessories


  • Fold the card base in half and adhere the large white panel to the inside
  • Attach the DSP to the front of the card base
  • Stamp the greeting on the bottom of the small panel using Night of Navy ink
  • Using the Big Shot, run the small Whisper White panel through using the Softly Falling embossing folder.
  • Stamp the snowman and the top hat using Basic Black ink and the scarf using Real Red onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock
  • Cut the images out using the Snow Friends framelit dies and the Big Shot.  You may want to trim the scarf slightly so it fits the snowman’s neck better.
  • Color the nose using the Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write marker
  • Adhere the white and Night of Navy panels then attach to the card.  Attach the top hat and scarf to the snowman, using dimensionals attach to the card