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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello stampers, happy Tuesday to you. The day has flown by and here I am starting my blog post after 4pm!! I am missing the six hour head start that I had on you when I was in Holland. I can’t trick you any more into thinking that I am on top of my game. So what is the buzz about bees? They sure are trendy right now. Not only are they cute, they make great honey and they pollinate our flowers and crops.
We have made such a mess of our environment that we have endangered our bee population, and in response many people have taken up backyard beekeeping. I think it is a great hobby, not as wonderful as card making, but I am willing to swap cards for honey!
Two Adorable Bee Cards
Today I am going to share with you two adorable bee cards, neither of which I designed. I received them as swaps and in typical squirrel fashion, I no longer have any idea who made them. The cards went in one stack and the business cards that were supposed to be attached to them went into a separate pile. There is no time to go and watch my own video to see which one belongs to whom. To add to the drama, there is no also one missing bee die and it has yet to be found. I have cleaned and tidied and swept. No die and a late blog post!
If you look closely you can see that the white cardstock in the background was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. The honeycomb element is cut with a die using gold foil paper and the rhinestones are from the Parisian Blossoms suite. You could choose to colour the stripes on the bee with a daffodil delight marker or blend for a pop of colour. The daffodil delight mini ruched ribbon is actually from the Birthday Bonanza suite on the next page of the mini catalog. Aren’t the bees adorable? I love the DistINKtive effect of the stamps making them ever so realistic. The bees are either stamps or dies, and together they are simply wonderful.
This second card oozes gold. The sentiment and the hive are embossed in gold and the honeycomb element and the big intricate bee is gold foil paper. Doesn’t it pari wonderfully with the Golden Honey paper that you can get for free with Saleabration? I have to say, I LOVE this sale and I LOVE this paper. I know I am going to get lots of it so I can create with abandon. Funny thing is, I’m not even a “gold” girl, I much prefer silver. I do however love coordination and since the Golden Honey paper has lots of gold in it, you just have to pair it with our gold foil paper.
Golden Honey Paper
This is the beautiful paper that is available for FREE with a $60 purchase during saleabration which goes until March 31 2020. I am not a fan of high pressure sales, but I do need to tell you that these free items are only available while supplies last. If you have your eye on something, please don’t delay. I would hate for you to be disappointed.
Spread the Word
One thing that comes naturally to some people is to share what they love. Other people need to be reminded to do this. When you are making cards and thinking to yourself what an awesome hobby you have and how much joy it brings to your life, think, who else could use this joy? The best way to bring this happiness to other people is to invite them to stamp with you. They simply don’t know what they are missing! One of the people at my coffee and a card class said to me this morning, “I think everyone was made to want to create something” and I think she is right. She was a first timer and she was thrilled at how friendly everyone was and how warmly they welcomed her into the group.
Last night I hosted a private class which was in fact a birthday party for the girl who invited all her friends to celebrate with her by making cards together. What a joy it was for me to see them relaxing, creating and having fun together. They were all in their late twenties and early thirties and I know that they are busy with careers and young families. It felt so good for them to do this and I was happy to provide the space and materials for them to do so.
Book a Class
If you are looking for some meaningful fun in your life and quality time with your friends, book a class with me. Engaging in a fun activity together while socializing is so meaningful and fun. I do all the prep work, you just come with your friends and have fun.
Get the Starter Kit
Better yet, get the starter kit and get a jump start on your own creativity. This is the best deal in the catalog by far and it really has NO strings attached. No pressure from me or from Stampin’Up! It is simply the most economical way to get started on this fabulous hobby.
Now that you know what a wonderful opportunity is available to you, what are you waiting for? What is making you hesitate? Most importantly, what do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing; and so, so much to gain. I would love to help you get started. If you have questions, message me. Otherwise, make your list of what you want plus add in one more stamp set that you get absolutely free. Your list can total $165 but cannot go over. You will only pay $135. That’s right, no shipping and no tax. That always feels good.
In addition to your list of goodies you will also get an adorable mini paper trimmer and an assorted pack of 6×6″ paper. And a Paper Pumpkin, plus a bunch of catalogs to hand out to your friends so that they can be inspired as well. Yay!!! Click here to get started.
I’m so glad you stopped by today, it makes me happy when I hear from you. I hope you have a wonderful day and that you feel loved. Don’t forget about the Happy Mail in Canada contest. Make a masculine card for Gerard by March 29 and you will be entered into a contest for the masculine stamp set of your choice. Mail your cards to me at 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees all the cards waiting for him. I will do a video so you can see it too!
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have a Honey Bee Valentine’s card for you. This is the first blog post that I am writing back in Canada at my own very messy desk. Everything else is fairly tidy, but the desk is the last fortress.
As expected, I came home to a whirlwind of activity. What I did not expect was to find my Pap in such a state of mental deterioration! I was in such utter shock that I totally forgot about my team meeting the next day. What heartbreak. We were all hoping and praying that it was only a temporary side effect of the Shingles or of all the medication he was on, but we also didn’t want to delude ourselves with false hope.
Imagine my utter surprise, delight and gratitude when I heard from my Mom that Pap was completely clear-headed by Saturday already. On Sunday he was doing so well that he was able to attend two church services! He hadn’t been in church for almost three months. Praise God!!
Honey Bee Valentine’s Card
Okay, now on to actual card making. I just had to share this happy personal news with you. The Honey Bee stamp set with coordinating dies is just such a happy set. The bees are stunning. The free saleabration paper that coordinates perfectly with this bundle just makes it even sweeter to work with. Here is my simple card that capitalizes on the beautiful paper.
I was inspired to make this card by the cute box I designed for the Valentine’s class on Saturday. Thankfully I had a stack of happy mail waiting for me when I came home from Holland since I had participated in a swap. Two of those cards used this bundle, so I only had to make one more card to be ready for my coffee and a card class tomorrow. You will see the other two cards in my blog post tomorrow.
Honey Bee Box
Here is the honey bee box we made at the Valentine’s class on Saturday. This was an easy project since it uses the gold mini pizza boxes in the annual catalog.
The die that comes in the detailed bees dies not only cuts out the stamped bee image, it also cuts out the bees from the patterned paper. I used a dark daffodil delight Blend to colour the stripes of the bee. A dark fine tip basic black Blend was used to add an extra “e” to the Bee Mine. The sentiment is from the Be Mine set from the annual Catalog.
Happy Mail in Holland Winner
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the happy mail in Holland contest. It was a lot of fun receiving happy mail from so many different places. In total I received 31 cards! The winner of the contest is Karen Silvester from Saskatchewan, Canada. She won the Painted Labels dies which is part of the Painted Poppies bundle. If you love this bundle you might be interested in my Peaceful Poppies pdf tutorial. Here are the cards included in it, ten in all.
I have a great idea for a new contest and this one has to be kept hush-hush since I want it to be a surprise. Gerard is coming to Canada to visit me on March 29. I think it would be so amazing to show him some love from all of you when he comes. This will be a Happy Mail in Canada contest and the winner will receive a masculine stamp set of their choice. The only stipulation is that the card has to use current stamps and it has to be a masculine card.
Your card will be featured on my blog during the time that he is here. My mailing address is Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7l 2W3. Cards must be received between now and March 29. Yay!! I am so excited about this. It will be priceless to see his face when he sees all your beautiful cards for him.
Thanks so much for joining me today. Remember, Dale Hampshire from Stampin’Up! Canada is coming to my twin teams meeting on Thursday. It’s not too late for you to join my team so you can also be at this epic meeting. We are going to have SO much fun together. You also get to come to Diva Day at the end of March. Scoop up the great deal and the extra freebies and your very own 20% discount by getting the starter kit. Get started on this fun journey here.