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!

Supplies Used:

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


2019 OnStage Hartford, CT – Parisian Blossoms Presentation


I have been a demonstrator for quite some time and have attended quite a few Stampin’ Up! events but I never imagined getting a phone call from Stampin’ Up! asking me to present at an OnStage event! I was so honored and excited to be chosen; it was something I never dreamed would ever happen to me.

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One of the greatest joys of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting together with other demonstrators to share ideas and get inspired by each others creativity at a Stampin’ Up! sponsored event!  Of course getting to see the new catalogs and products before anyone else is another big plus!  I was at the Hartford, CT OnStage Event with approx 1,000 demonstrators in attendance.  I had so much fun sharing with everyone I never even gave it a thought that there were that many of you there, I just felt like I was talking to 1,000 of my closest friends!!

I was given the Parisian Blossoms Suite which will be available in the 2020 Mini/Occasions Catalog.  This suite features two stamp sets with coordinating dies, DSP in Cherry Cobbler, Petal Pink and Pool Party with Champagne Foil accents, Petal Pink satin ribbon with Champagne metallic edging, a 3D embossing folder and Champagne Rhinestones. Everything in the suite not only coordinates beautifully together but they will work with so many stamp sets from the annual catalog making it a perfect companion to items you may already own.  The set is aptly named, since Paris is the City of Love, and the suite centers on love.  Making it perfect for weddings, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day but it will also work beautifully when paired with other sentiments from the Annual Catalog for just about any occasion.

My assignment was to create three projects focused on the beginner stamper, the casual stamper and the avid stamper.  As many of you know I love to embellish, layer and add ribbon.  The simple cards were quite the challenge to say the least.


First up for the beginner stamper is a card perfect for someone who is just starting out and won’t have a lot of supplies yet but still wants to make a card they can be proud of.  The card uses Whisper White cardstock, Pool Party and Memento Black ink.  I stamped a simple background using Parisian Beauty and added the Eiffel Tower on top.  A quick sentiment and you are done.  If you want to add a little something extra you can color in the Eiffel Tower with Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle. This is a great tool for a beginner.  It’s very simple; you just color! There is no artistic skill involved and it yields beautiful results every time!


Next up is a card for the casual stamper.  This stamper wants simple designs that they won’t get frustrated by but they also want the cards to have a little bit more detail such as DSP or ribbon.  I built on the beginner design substituting the stamped background for DSP.  This gorgeous paper features the script in Champagne Foil on Petal Pink.  I then stamped the Eiffel Tower and saying in Smoky Slate for a softer effect.  I again used Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.  Both pieces were mounted on Pool Party then attached to the card with dimensionals to step it up a bit.



Finally for the avid stamper, that person who has to have it all and loves to craft all the time….a Double Z Fold card!  I used a bit of everything from all the items in the suite, which came together perfectly.

The card was designed for a wedding  and I know any happy couple would love to receive this.  I used Petal Pink for both the card base and the insert.  I added DSP to each panel of the card base and set that aside.  Next, for the insert I used Pool Party cardstock.  The first panel was run through the 3D Parisian Flourish embossing folder, the second panel I stamped the saying from the beginner card and the third panel was stamped with the large floral stamp from Forever Blossoms using Pool Party ink for both.  Before attaching to the insert I wrapped the last panel with the Petal Pink ribbon securing in the back.

Now for the accent pieces.  The Eiffel Tower was stamped in Smoky Slate and “Amour” was cut from Basic Black cardstock both using the Parisian Dies.  I stamped the large floral spray, the smaller flowers and the leaves in Smoky Slate and colored with Petal Pink and Soft Seafoam Blends then they were cut out using the Cherry Blossoms Dies.  The saying was stamped in Smoky Slate and punched out using the Label Me Fancy punch (available in the 2020 January – June Mini catalog, it is not part of this suite).  All accent pieces were attached to the insert using dimensionals and “Amour” with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Below is my entire presentation including how to assemble the Double Z Fold Card.

For a PDF of the card dimensions [CLICK HERE]

Additional project ideas using this suite and sets from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog:










To see details on how to make this sampler including a PDF Template to download [CLICK HERE]

If you have any questions on any of the projects shown above, feel free to contact me!!  And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. There will be some videos coming your way based around this awesome suite! 😉

Interested in joining the fun by attending a Stampin’ Up! sponsored event?  The only requirement is that you are an active demonstrator.  As a demonstrator you will receive a discount on your stamping supplies, get to see the new catalogs before anyone else and be part of an amazing community of stampers.  I think stampers are some of the most caring people out there, don’t you!  There are so many types of demonstrators; those that only want to get their stamps and accessories at a discount, some want a way to earn money on a part-time basis around their family’s’ busy schedule and some want to make it a full-time career.  It’s your business to do as you would like, I will support you any way I can to help YOU achieve YOUR goals. If you would like more information about what it means to be a demonstrator or about joining my team, Stampers of DistINKtion [CLICK HERE].

This suite will be available January 4, 2020.  If you would like a copy of the catalog please send me an email and I will get one out to you when they are available!

Happy stamping!


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

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Happy Stamping!!


~Making the world a better place one card at a time!

Featured Stamp Set – Coffee Cafe


Anyone who knows me really well, knows that I LOVE coffee!  There is nothing like the first sip in the morning it makes me instantly happy.  I do have a few coffee rules; only hot coffee in the morning no matter the weather and in the afternoon hot if the temperature is below 50 and iced if it is over. There is a slight variation on this if it is raining I have hot in the afternoon no matter the temperature.  I know it’s a little quirky but that’s how I roll in the coffee department.

It was no surprise that as soon as I saw the Coffee Cafe stamp set, and the entire Coffee Break Suite it was a must have for me! I really like the sayings as well as the Designer Series Paper (“DSP”) and the super adorable Corrugated Elements.

The colors are very earthy which play nicely on the coffee theme.

Coffee Break Suite

It was the first set I chose to really play with when my first order arrived.  Here is what I came up with.


First up a little gate fold card.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″).  I used the polka dot DSP on the front of each panel (1 7/8 x 5 1/4″).  Then I stamped the large cup and lid using Early Espresso and the oval saying with Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White cardstock, then each image was cut out using the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I also cut the coffee collar from Early Espresso cardstock using the fluted framelit. Next I attached the lid and coffee collar to the cup with a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The oval saying was adhered to the oval Corrugated Element and attached using a dimensional.  I tied a strand of linen thread around the top then into a small bow.  The coffee cup gets attached to the left side only, make sure you only apply adhesive to that side so the card can open and close.

I will be having a video how to on this card once my editor can help me with it.  And by editor I mean my daughter.  She is a tad busy the next few weeks moving into her first house, they closed on it this past week and are busy cleaning and painting.  They thought it best to get this done before all the furniture was moved in.  So production is on hold for a little while until she is settled in .


Next I wanted to continue with the polka dot DSP but add a few new elements.  The Coffee Cups Framelits come with a teeny tiny coffee cup that fits perfectly on the cups of another sheet paper from the Coffee Break DSP pack.  I thought it would be fun having them stacked on top of one anther going along the inside of the card.  The card front is slightly smaller than the back allowing the cups to peek through.  The Soft Sky card base is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″.  I added a strip of the polka dots to the front panel (3″ x 5 1/4″.  Next I stamped the cup and lid in Early Espresso on Whisper White cardstock and the saying in Soft Sky, it fits perfectly in the cup! They were cut out using the framelits and attached as in the first card.  I took a small strip of burlap ribbon and attached using Tear & Tape adhesive, then the cup was attached on top using dimensionals.  Next I cut 5 little cups from the DSP and glued along inside of the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I always try to use odd numbers in my “works of heart”. In high school my art teacher always told us odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and that rule has stuck with me all these years.


I decided to change-up the DSP for this card.  This time I used Early Espresso for the card base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ score at 4 1/4), with a Crumb Cake panel (4″ x 5 1/4″) on top of this.  I cut the DSP into 2 strips 1 3/4″ x 5″ with a small Early Espresso Strip 1/4″ x 5″, these were attached to the Crumb Cake panel then attached to the card base.  I stamped the cup and lid again in Early Espresso but this time on Soft Sky cardstock and cut out with the framelits. The coffee collar was cut this time using the plain framelit not the fluted one. The cup was assembled  as done previously and the heart Corrugated Element was added with a dimensional.  I stamped the saying on Whisper White cardstock in Crumb Cake then stamped the hearts in Soft Sky using the outline heart stamp and coloring in with the matching Stampin’ Write marker.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella for some sheen.  This was cut out using the Layering Ovals framelits and I cut a matching oval the next size up in Early Espresso,  then attached to the card using dimensionals.


I do love the occasional iced latte with whipped cream so that is what inspired this card.  I used Garden Green for the card base, standard size 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ score at 4 1/4″.  I took a Crumb Cake panel (4″ x 5 1/4″) and stamped it using the Burlap Background Stamp in Crumb Cake ink then attached to the card base.  Then I took a 2 1/2″ x 4″ piece of DSP and tore the edges.  To get the white inside to show tear the paper toward you not away.  This was attached to the Crumb Cake panel.  Next I stamped the saying on Whisper White using Garden Green ink.  I tore the saying out then using a sponge dauber I inked the edges with Soft Suede, this was attached to the DSP using dimensionals.  The cup was cut from Crumb Cake and sponged with Soft Suede.  I stamped the straw using the small striped stamp on a scrap of Whisper White using Garden Green.  With the photopolymer stamps you can line up each section with ease to create one long strip which was then cut with the framelit.  The whipped cream was stamped using Crumb Cake and cut out along with the coffee collar in the matching DSP.  To give the whipped cream a little something extra I added a little Wink of Stella in clear. After assembling the coffee cup, it was attached to the card with dimensionals.

This card will be featured in a video, as it has many elements that people always ask me about such as getting a clear image with a background stamp and tearing to get those nice feathered edges.


Now to show you the versatility of this set, I made a birthday card with a cupcake using the coffee collar and whipped cream.  I also played with my other must have the Embossing Paste! The card base is Early Espresso, 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, on top of this I added a Pear Pizzazz panel (4″ x 5 1/4″). I took a piece of striped DSP (3 3/4″ x 5″) and cut the center using the largest oval framelit from Layering Ovals.  I cut another oval from the polka dot DSP, (I told you I loved the polka dot DSP!) and inserted it in the center of the striped panel.  Now comes the fun part….I cut whipped cream out of a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock.  I took a small amount of the Embossing Paste and put it on my Silicone Craft Sheet with a palette knife. I added a few drops of Early Espresso reinker and mixed it up to make the yummy chocolate frosting, I swear it looked just like real frosting I was very impressed! Then I frosted the little whipped cream piece, just like a real cupcake. While the embossing paste dries pretty quick when used in a thin layer, since this was so thick I hit it with a hairdryer on low to speed drying time. Then using Crumb Cake card stock I cut my cupcake using the fluted coffee collar.  I found it a little large so I trimmed it down with my Paper Snips to a perfect cupcake size.  The edges were sponged with Soft Suede and a dauber.  I cut out the banners using the Duet Banner punch after I stamped the sayings from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set in Early Espresso ink.  These edges were also sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Then the banners and cupcake were attached with dimensionals.

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I hope you enjoyed these projects using the Coffee Break Suite.  If you have any questions about any of the featured cards, please let me know I would be happy to help!

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

June Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Earn an Extra $35 in Stampin’ Rewards with a Qualifying Workshop or Order!

From June 1 – June 30, 2017 earn an extra $35 in Stampin Rewards with a workshop or order totaling $350 or more! Call me to book your workshop now before my calendar fills up!!  This is a perfect chance to get some of items on your Wish List from the new catalog for FREE!!

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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 Ribbons, Embellishments and Designer Series Paper !

Just enter Hostess Code 9KXHCYBD 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.  

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Inspiration Take Two!

Back in August I posted an entry on where I find inspiration.  When I am out and about I look at everything, you never know when an idea will hit you.  Last Friday night my husband and I were in Walmart and I walked by a Thanksgiving display and loved the colors.  They went so well together I took a picture of the pans and the whole shopping trip I had visions of Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon and Rich Razzleberry dancing around in my head.  I couldn’t wait until the weekend so I could make some cards using those colors!!

To see original post on finding inspiration [CLICK HERE]

Here are the pans that were on display:


And here are my creations:



Since it was a Thanksgiving display I decided to go with that same theme using the Paisleys & Posies set and the Give Thanks saying from Suite Seasons.  Both were made with a resist technique.  Tuesday I will have a video tutorial on this technique so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it!

Like I tell my customers all the time, you all have inspiration inside of you already and you never know when it will hit you.  You just need to be ready when it does!

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

October Specials

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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.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]