Oh Bee-Hive!

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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.  

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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.

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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″

Directions:

  • 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.

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

Happy stamping!

Jo

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

 

Bye..Bye..Bye

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With the anticipation of the new Annual Catalog also comes the sadness of saying good bye to some of our favorite sets, colors and accessories. What are some of your favorites? If there are any items on the retired list that have been on your wish list, now is the time to get them before they are gone!

See Annual 2019-2020 Catalog Retired List Here

See January – June 2020 Mini Catalog Retired List Here

Place an order over $35.00 using the host code DJPSQ474 and receive a Designer Series Paper Sampler as a personal thank you from me! Your sampler will be mailed to the address on your order at the end of May.

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Here are some of my favorites that are retiring.  Remember, this is just a partial list of all the products leaving, be sure to view the entire list by clicking above.  And don’t forget to place your orders as soon as possible, the retiring products are only available until June 2, 2020 or while supplies last.

From 2019-2020 Annual Catalog:

From January – June 2020 Mini Catalog:
If you have any questions on any of the retiring products, please let me know!
Happy stamping!
~Jo
~Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

Featured Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty

Welcome!  This is going to be the first installment of my new series that will feature one particular stamp set from any of our current catalogs.   I always find there are sets in the catalog I might not like or I just turned the page not giving them a second glance UNTIL I see what others have done with it, then it becomes a must have.  Or maybe you have a set that hasn’t been loved in a while, all you might need is a little inspiration to make some fabulous works of heart.  I hope you enjoy this series and if you have a particular set you would like me to feature, please send me an email and I will do my best to use it in future posts. Enjoy!

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This week’s set is Eastern Beauty and the entire Eastern Palace Suite.  When I first saw this set I thought to myself it’s OK, just not my cup of tea.  But I knew it was going to be a special for the month of May so I decided to order the bundle.  Once I started playing with it all I can say is WOW!!  This is one versatile set!

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For this card I used the colors Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla.  To create the doily in the middle I used the two of the medallion dies and the largest circle from the Layering Circles framelits.  The fun thing about the Eastern Medallions Thinlets is how all the parts work together,  You can mix and match the rings to make all types of designs.

See how well they fit together!  You can run it through your Big Shot using all three at once, just make sure to use the Precision Plate and roll it through several times to get a nice cut.

I stamped a few accents and the greeting then mounted on a large circle of Fresh Fig. Add a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and you are all set!

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Next up I decided to used the adorable notecards that are available as a FREE gift with the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle.

I again used the medallions but changed up the middle ring and added a third ring to create  delicate cut out on the front of the card.  I placed a piece of Lemon Lime Twist DSP and stamped accents in Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink.  To give it a little bling , a few small pearl accents were added.

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This card is super easy and super quick!  There is no stamping involved, instead it uses the new Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers!  All I did was peel and place on the Tranquil Tide card.  It creates an elegant look with no effort!  So next time you need a card in a hurry reach for these stickers and you can have a card in minutes!

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This card uses all the elements I have shown you so far but adds a cute little gold tassel! The colors used are Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla with accents of gold.

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For this card I used the new Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (available 6/1/17). Colors used are Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla.  The border on either side of the center panel was made with Fresh Fig ink to create the tone on tone look.

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For the final card I decided to stray slightly from the colors in the suite and use Lemon Lime Twist and another new In Color, Berry Burst. To me this card says summer with the bright color combo!

I just love how every card is different yet uses the same stamps and accessories.  The little accent stamps can be used is so many ways, you can sit and play with this set all day long and not run out of ideas!  I am so glad I bought this set, it is sure to be one of my favorites and once you play with it I know it will become one of yours too!

For the month of May you can purchase two different bundles, each with a FREE gift from Stampin’ Up! See below for all the details!

Supplies Used:

Oh My  Stars TIEF Folder, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon, Berry Burst Stampin’ Ink and Cardstock will be available June 1,2017.

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!

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

May Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Out with the old….in with the new!!

Yes it’s that time of year again!  While we are always sad to see our favorites go, it is the perfect time to complete your wish list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog! And as a bonus many items are on sale at reduced prices!  What could be better!!!

Be sure to check out the entire list as items are selling out quickly and once they are gone they are gone forever!

To see all the items on sale and shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

Eastern Palace Bundle:

During May you will be able to purchase items from the Eastern Palace Suite, a full month before the 2017-2018 Annual catalog goes live!  And as an added bonus these bundles offer free items as a thank you!  This promotion is only available for the bundle pricing, a la carte items will be available when the catalog goes live in June.   This promotion runs May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017

To view the available bundles please [CLICK HERE]

To shop now at my online store [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 Designer Series paper!

Just enter the Hostess Code FWYFSKEF when you place your order online. This code is good until May 19, 2017.  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]

I Miss You!!

As many of you have noticed I haven’t posted in quite some time.  That is because as much as I would love to work my Stampin’ Up! business full-time, I do have a full time job at a CPA firm.  And as you may know,  in the US from December through April  15th it is tax time! And this year it went an extra 3 days until April 18th.  During this time I am so busy at work that I barely have time to breathe let alone devout as much time as I would like to my stamping business.  And that is OK.

As I keep saying this business can be run any way I want and each year I have to step back for a few months but I know when I return my business is right where I left it.

I still hold classes during tax season and we had a wonderful all day stamp event in January but finding the time for my videos and daily blog posts is an uphill battle.  With my classes and events I do get to see many of you on a regular basis but I miss sharing all my card and project ideas with you on my blog.  But I will be back very soon with videos and project ideas galore!

Oh and I have some very exciting news!!  As many of you know my daughter Sarah helps me so IMG_0993much with my website and videos, plus she is my right hand when it comes to my classes, events and craft shows.  Without her guidance and support I really don’t think I would have a website up and running let alone videos and pictures.  Well she decided to join the Stampin’ Up! family and recently became a demonstrator!  She plans on focusing her business on children and bringing stamping to them. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA and will be going back to school for her Master’s in education as she plans on opening a pre-school centering on education through art.  And she will be joining me this November in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up! OnStage.  So proud to have her join me!!

I do want to share a quick sneak peek at one of the suites that will be available in the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, the Eastern Palace Suite.

Shareable-1_EasternPalace_Apr0417_ENG[1]See those three ink pads peeking out?  Say hello to three of the new In-Colors!! From the top there is Tranquil Tide, a gorgeous blue-green color, Lemon Lime Twist – a fun bright green and Fresh Fig a rich deep berry.   You will also see a new product, Gold Vinyl Stickers that coordinate with the suite beautifully.  I can’t wait to try them out on all types of cards and home decor!  The detailed Designer Series Paper features Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim.  The photopolymer stamp set, Eastern Beauty is bold yet elegant and can be bundled with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Such a fun suite!  I will be having a class on May 6th featuring three projects using this suite.  For more info please see my current class schedules.

During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing the entire suite prior to the catalog release in June.  This is something they have never ever done before!  I am so excited about that, plus there will be several bundles with bonus offerings.  Please make sure you stop back by next week, I will have several samples up and more information on this great offer!

Thank you for visiting! Over the next few weeks I will be posting several project ideas using stamps and accessories from the retired list.  These items are available through May 31st or while supplies last.  For an up to date list please visit my online store.

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

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

April Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Out with the old….in with the new!!

Yes it’s that time of year again!  While we are always sad to see our favorites go, it is the perfect time to complete your wish list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog ! And as a bonus many items are on sale at reduced prices!  What could be better!!!

Be sure to check out the entire list as items are selling out quickly and once they are gone they are gone forever!

To see all the items on sale and shop now at my online store [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 Designer Series paper!

Just enter the Hostess Code FWYFSKEF 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]

 

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

There is no better way to let someone know you are thinking about them than by sending them a hand stamped card. We seem to only send cards on those important days like birthdays, anniversaries or holidays but a  card is such a simple way to say…I’m thinking about you or I’m here for you.

To help with your card making, from October 1st – October 5th, Stampin’ Up! is offering several card making essentials on sale.  And from October 1st – October 31st, Designer Series Paper is buy three get one FREE! Time to stock up on these staples!

Please see below for full selection of products available during this promotion.

So this year on October 1st, get out your stamping supplies, get together with friends and make someone a card just to let them know how important they are to you!

[Click here to see all card making essentials on sale 10/1/16 – 10/5/16]

[Click here to see the DSP on special for the Buy 3 get 1 FREE sale from 10/1/16 – 10/31/16]

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Thank you for visiting!  If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedule or video, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!  Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!
Happy Stamping!
~Jo

 

Stamping in the great outdoors!!

100_0790I’m back from our family adventure in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York!  We had a really great time with lots of laughs. I was able to spend some time stamping while my husband, kids and the dog went swimming.  Of course my children that were with us are 30, 21 and 18, but in my mind they are forever little!  As you can see, the picnic table made a great spot for my stamping afternoon and using a Paper Pumpkin kit was a great idea!

100_0789I always start out by unpacking my kit so I can look over the exclusive stamps, pre-cut cardstock, all the accessories and read through the instructions.  I decided to use my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin, since everyone has a birthday!  This kit has everything you need to make six cards with matching envelopes and four adorable gift bags. You do need a pair of Paper Snips and adhesive like Fast Fuse.  I did bring my full size ink pads with me, but the kits come with cute little Stampin’ Spots, this one comes with Island Indigo.

100_0795This is the card, envelope and gift bag. They are so cute, perfect for any birthday celebration!  The stripes in the card are Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White and the back of the card is solid Island Indigo. The colors are so vibrant you can use it for any age or gender. The gift bag is a nice sturdy cardstock and comes with the yellow tissue paper for wrapping your gift.  The balloon cutouts let the bright yellow peek through! The instructions are easy to follow, perfect for any level stamper!

While I love everything that comes in the kits, I really get inspired once I start stamping and like to add a few extras to change things up a bit and see what I can come up with.  I used the card base, Calypso Coral balloon, white banner, coral and white trim, dimensionals and printed Bermuda Bay decorative strip included with the kit.  I added the following:

100_0796I started with a Calypso Coral card base, then I cut the card included with the kit in half, trimming the striped side down to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and the Island Indigo side to 4 3/4″ x  3 1/2″.  I mounted them to the card base as shown. I used the balloon cut-out and mounted it to the Island Indigo panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Using the Calypso Coral and White trim I glued it down using Multipurpose glue.  Using Calypso Coral Ink I stamped “Celebrate” on the pre-cut banner and mounted it on a piece of the decorative strip that I cut down and notched, framing the greeting. Then attached it to the balloon with dimensionals.

Now my creative juices are really flowing!!  Next up I used the card base, pre-cut white banner, Island Indigo Ink, the coral & white trim, dimensionals and one of the gift bags from the kit. To this I added:

100_0799I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 2″ x 4 1/2″, cutting the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Then I trimmed 1 1/2″ from the top of a gift bag, making sure the entire flap was included.  Cut a small piece 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ from the flap. Mount to the tag as shown.  If the pre-punched holes from this section fall out you can do some clever covering up with the balloons and greeting!  Still using the trimmings from the top of the bag, I turned it over to the white side and stamped three balloons using Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral, cutting each one out.  Attach these to the tag and stamp the balloon strings using Island Indigo ink.  Cut a 9″ piece of the Calypso Coral and white trim and thread it through the top of the tag as shown, then mount the completed tag to the card base with dimensionals.  Stamp the greeting on the white banner using Island Indigo ink, attach to the tag using dimensionals.

Waste not..want not..make sure you keep the bottom portion of the gift bag!  Add four holes at the top using the 1/8″ circle handheld punch then add two handles using the Calypso Coral and white trim to make a little open bag, don’t forget to add the yellow tissue paper!

Here are the final projects!  It really was soooo relaxing to have a stamping afternoon surrounded by the quiet of the woods. When my family pulled up my husband commented on what a huge smile I had on my face!  Like I always say, stamping is one of the best ways to reduce stress, a little creativity a day keeps the doctor away!!

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’til next time!

~Jo

Have stamps…will travel!

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Cedar River, Moose River Recreation Area, Adirondacks, NY

I am all ready for our annual family camping trip! Since sleeping in a tent, no shower and dare I say no restrooms for a week is not my thing, I am not a happy camper. But since my husband and my children love to camp I will go along but I do need some of the comforts of home, like a few bottles of wine and of course my stamps!

When we are camping my husband tries so hard to make it enjoyable for me, he does everything including all the cooking so I can just relax. And I can’t think of a better way to relax than by stamping away!! I have packed my bag full of stamping supplies, including several of my Paper Pumpkin card kits that I have saved for just this occasion!!  These kits are awesome for traveling, everything I need is wrapped up in one perfect little bundle; instructions, pre-cut cardstock, stamps, ink and embellishments!  All I need from my stash are my paper snips and adhesive. Right now, if you are a new subscriber and order Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, you will get your first two months at half price! For more information visit my Stampin’Up! website.

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When I get back next week I’ll share some of the projects I created while roughing it in the Adirondacks!

’til next time!

~Jo

Watercolor Four Panel Birthday Card

Happy Wednesday!

100_0702For my first card idea I picked this one, which has been really popular on Pinterest. Since I posted it about a month ago it has been repinned almost 500 times!  Watercoloring is one of my favorite things to do, I think of it as grown-up coloring. It brings me back to my box of crayons and my coloring books as a little girl, so relaxing! It’s also a pretty easy technique for any level of stamper, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. You can just stamp and color or if you are feeling adventurous you can add some depth and shadows. I also love the layout of this card, the way the corners are rounded on two sides of each square, it really makes a beautiful focal point to the card. Have fun creating!

’til next time!!

~Jo

Supplies Used:

Sizes of cardstock:

Elegant Eggplant  – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″)

1 piece (3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut into 4 squares 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″)

Tip Top Taupe – 1 piece (4″ x 5 1/4″)

Shimmery White – 1 piece (3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″

Directions:

Attach Tip Top Taupe panel to the Elegant Eggplant card base and set aside.

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Stamp your flower and butterfly from the Best Thoughts stamp set onto the Shimmery White cardstock using the StazOn pad. This stamp set is an exclusive hostess set, with any qualifying workshop or individual order of $150 or more you can purchase this set for $10.00! The StazOn pad is perfect for watercolor as it is a permanent ink and will not bleed.

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With your ink pad closed, squeeze the pad to create a nice pool of ink in the cover. Use your Aqua Painter to pick up the ink and color your image. It makes it so easy to watercolor, no need to keep dipping your brush in water, it’s right in the pen!  If you want to have some sections of the image appear darker, apply the watercolor in layers, this way the cardstock won’t get too wet. I apply a base layer, then after it has dried a little I go back in and apply more color to create some depth.

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After the panel is dry, cut into four equal squares of 1 5/8″ x 1 5/8″.

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Sponge the edges using Tip Top Taupe ink. I also like to add a little to the white area so it creates a nice antique look.

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Use the corner rounder on each small square, as shown in the sample, this creates that interesting four panel effect.  Then mount each on the Elegant Eggplant squares using Fast Fuse adhesive. I found that it was easier to round the corners of the Elegant Eggplant squares after I attached the stamped image. Attach each section to the card using the Stampin’ Dimensionals, this gives it a nice raised look.

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Last step, stamp your greeting in Elegant Eggplant using the Happy Birthday image from the Butterfly Basics stamp set and now you have a lovely work of heart!

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