Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I have a lovely joy-fold card for you with some happy honey bees. I think the name of this fold is totally appropriate as it really does give me a lot of joy. We made this card at our Fab Four event, but I have since embellished it even more. My apologies to everyone who made the simpler version, but now you might be inspired to amp yours up too.

 

Joy-Fold Card

 

How exactly do you make a joy-fold card? Well, you start with a slightly different card base. Instead of a 4 /4″ by 11″ card scored at 5 1/2″ you do that but then cut off 2 3/4″. My base is made out of crushed curry cardstock. Take some pretty Golden Honey paper and cut a piece of the honeycomb print 4″ by 5 1/4″ and adhere that to the inside of the card. Cut a piece of basic black cardstock 3″ by 8″ and score at 4″. Burnish with a bone folder and with the fold to the right put adhesive on the back and adhere to the centre of the honeycomb print.

 

Honey Bee Joy-Fold card

 

The Inside of the Card

 

On the inside flap adhere black honeycomb paper measuring 2 1/2″ by 4″. Open the black folded cardstock. On the right hand side adhere golden bee and honey comb print paper measuring 3 3/4″ by 2 3/4″. Take a piece of whisper white the same size and  stamp a small honey bee in the left hand bottom corner.  Stamp “wishing you sunshine and happiness” on the top right. On a scrap of whisper white stamp the honeycomb in versamark and heat emboss with gold emboss powder. Cut out with die and adhere under the sentiment.

 

Honey Bee Joy-Fold card open

 

Fold the black cardstock piece closed. On the outside adhere a piece of black and gold bee and floral paper measuring 3 3/4″ by 2 3/4″. Punch a scallop heart out of black foil paper. Using I’ll Be Yours Paper Pumpkin stamp (the heart with love), stamp on a scrap of white and punch out with heart punch. Stamp small bee from Paper Pumpkin set off to the side of the heart in crushed curry. Adhere to black foil scalloped heart with dimentionals. Stamp “celebrate every moment” on a scrap of white and cut out just the word “celebrate”, and cut a notch in it by the “C”. Tuck this under the heart using a glue dot. Adhere to the right of front panel. Tie a piece of black satin ribbon around the left edge of this panel.

 

Back of Joy-Fold card

 

When you close the crushed curry card you have a small section of plain cardstock. Lay the card completely flat and then stamp small honey bees randomly over this section. Cut out a large intricate bee using the die with black foil paper. Adhere to this section going slightly off the edge as shown. On the back of the card I added a 4″ by 5 /4″ piece of whisper white cardstock. Along the top edge I added a piece of patterned paper 1/2″ by 5 /4″ and I stamped some bees in the bottom corner. The small bee is from the Paper Pumpkin set and the bigger one is from Honey Bee.

 

Wow, that is a lot of instructions!!! I hope the photos make it all clear for you. Normally I don’t get into this kind of detail on my blog. Let me know what you think of this. I would rather just do a video and show you how it is done. Here is a great tutorial from Splitcoaststampers that you might find very helpful (I should have just shared this and saved myself a lot of work!!)

 

My Wonderful Tribe

 

I just have to share some great things about the people that I am surrounded with, they are such a blessing to me. First a little background information. On Monday I injured my back, not so much that I couldn’t move, but enough to seriously slow me down. Tuesday after coffee and a card class my tribe mobilized. One fantastic woman swept my stamp room while another vacuumed all the rugs and the kitchen. Wednesday a customer’s husband stopped by for his wife’s order and he brought my garbage can in from the road. Those little things mean so much and my heart is full.

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Last week a stamp club member brought me this super cute bowl because it coordinates perfectly with our Honey Bee suite. She added an adorable Burt’s Bees lip shimmer and wrapped it in cellophane and added an embossed bee embellishment and honeycomb ribbon. Wow!!! I am feeling the love.

 

honey bee bowl

 

In case you are wondering, the cute bee comes from the retired set Backyard Basics. The bee was embossed with our shimmery black embossing powder. You might want to get it now because I just happen to know that it will NOT be in the annual catalog. The shimmery white embossing powder is also retiring.

 

 

 

What I also love about this is that it shows that you can use your stamps not just for card making. The stamped embellishment and the coordinating ribbon really makes this gift even more thoughtful.

 

Thanks!

 

Thank you so much for being my loyal readers. I appreciate you and enjoy it when you interact with me. Please do take the time to pin my creations to Pinterest as that is helpful for my business. This is more than a hobby for me it is my bread and butter, so know that your orders both online and in person are crucial. If you are having issues with online ordering or with using the host code, please let me know and I will do my best to help you.

Let’s keep the happy mail coming for Gerard, he is a very special man and  I am so looking forward to surprising him with you. Don’t have a clue what I am talking about? Read all about it in this blog post. Here is my favourite picture of him, just so you know who is making my heart happy.

 

Gerard

 


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