Friday Fun Day! Greeting Card Gift Box with Bonus Cards!

Greeting card gift box with bonus cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m super excited to share today’s projects with you! Yes, plural…as in two projects!

It’s Friday Fun Day!  Today’s project is a lovely gift box.  But not just any gift box.  This box contains a bonus project!  Inside the box is a set of 6 cards and envelopes ready for gifting.  This gift box set would make a fantastic gift for anyone that likes to send cards or would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift.  All the recipient has to do is add their personal message, address the envelope and mail!  Included are Thinking of You cards, a Birthday card, and a Thank You card.  The cards are color coordinated with their envelopes (the inside of the cards are decorated, too!) and contain two each of three colors – Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral.

I chose to highlight the Happiness Abounds Suite of products for the gift box and the Sun Prints Suite for the greeting cards, in addition to the Pretty Prints DSP but you can coordinate the box with the cards from a single suite of products if you would like.  Did you know that the new Pretty Prints DSP coordinates with the Sun Prints Suite?  I absolutely love both of these suites and wanted to share them with you!

The Happiness Abounds Suite, Sun Prints Suite and the Pretty Prints Designer Series Paper will be available for ordering next week, May 3. I’m so excited for you to see these products for yourself. You’re going to fall in love with all the new goodies. I sure have!

You can access today’s project sheet, along with the bonus project instructions, by clicking on the icon below.

Wishing you a wonderful day and enjoyable weekend! I think I need to get moving on garden projects this weekend…our grow season starts in two weeks! What are you getting into this weekend?

Products used in today’s project that are available for purchase now are included below.

Songbirds in the Wild! / The Westies…Mom’s Little Helpers

Songbirds in the Wild!

I’m calling this card “Songbirds in the Wild” because of the wild background! As mentioned earlier in the week, I tried two different techniques on vellum – an ink blending technique, and on today’s card a rubbing alcohol technique. What do you think?

I used all five of the new 2022-2024 In Colors on this vellum background to highlight these colors, so the result is a very intense looking background. When debating how to design around this background, the only answer was to use the Sweet Songbirds bundle to tame the wild! I rather like all of the bright, cheerful colors.

The vellum background has somewhat of a bokeh effect and was created by using Stampin’ Blend markers (which are alcohol markers) to scribble color onto the vellum surface. Using a small watercolor brush, drops of rubbing alcohol were dripped onto the surface to create the blending and spreading of colors. I’m looking forward to trying this technique out again in more muted colors. I’m thinking you can get some really lovely results!

To learn more about this technique and to view, download or print instructions for this card, click on the icon below.

Have a wonderful day – bee happy!

Carol

The Westies…Mom’s Little Helpers

I had a request to share photos of our two Westies – Maezie and Mackenzie. These are for you, Faith!

Maezie is our youngest Westie and quite mischievous! Mackenzie is a little on the shy side. Both are very loveable and rule the household!

Here’s Maezie…look at that face!

And here’s the two of them…Mom’s little helpers! Mackenzie is on the left and Maezie is on the right. What characters!


The products used in today’s card that are available now for purchase are included below. All other products used from the new Annual Catalog will be available for purchase beginning on May 3.

Double Box Fancy Fold Card / The New Annual Catalog Sales Period Begins on May 3 and Last Chance & Retiring Items!

double box fancy fold card

This double box fancy fold card really caught my eye! This is a CAS card from blogger Gail Ellis at Blue Rose Paper Treasures.  I have linked to Gail’s original blog post on my linked project sheet below. The card consists of two box card bases and I used the Nature’s Prints and Honeybee Home bundles along with the Fern 3D Embossing Folder to create the card. The Honeybee Home bundle is available now for ordering and the Nature’s Prints Suite (which includes the Fern 3D Embossing Folder) will be available for customer orders next week – beginning May 3!

I really enjoyed creating this card and the embossed panels and floral images are just beautiful! You can view, download and print the project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below. I hope you enjoy recreating this card as much as I did!

THE NEW ANNUAL CATALOG SALES PERIOD BEGINS ON MAY 3 and Last Chance & Retiring Items!

Just one more week and the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog goes live! I will be posting the new catalog on my website on May 3 so you’ll be able to view a digital copy. If you are in need of a catalog, please use the contact form on my site. 

Don’t forget that 2 May 2022, is the final day of the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog. If you wish to order any items from this catalog you must order before the following deadlines.

  • Phone: 2 May 2022; 6:50 p.m. (MT)
  • Online: 2 May 2022; 11:50 p.m. (MT)

You can view and shop for Last Chance products by clicking on the icon below.

  • All products are available while supplies last and there are no purchase limits. Stamp sets are not guaranteed during this promotion and are while supplies last. If there are items you’ve been on the fence about ordering, now’s your chance to get them before they’re gone for good so don’t delay!
  • Discounts on items vary from one market to another. Discounted prices are listed on the linked pdf.
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit and redeemed as a 50% off item or with Stampin’ Rewards.
  • The online order deadline is May 2, 2022, at 11:50 pm (MT). Phone orders must be completed no later than May 2, 2022, at 6:50 pm (MT).
Products used in today’s card that are available now for purchase are included below.

Botanical Layers on Vellum / Use the April Host Code for a Gift from Me

botanical layers on vellum

I don’t usually work with vellum, so I created two vellum panels using different techniques to see what I could come up with. I shared the two panels recently on my Facebook Page to ask viewers which panel they preferred. The replies were a mixed result. I’m using the blended ink panel today in my project and you’ll see the other vellum panel later in the week (it’s wild!).

After creating the ink blended vellum panel, I stamped directly onto the panel using images from the Botanical Layers stamp set…with surprising results! I was impressed with how the Parakeet Party ink popped on the blended panel! I’m not sure if you can get a good look from the photo, but the result was really interesting looking…in a good way.

What do you see when you look at the above image? Do you see a garden at night, or do you see an underwater scene? I was going for the garden look but when I showed the card to my husband he saw an underwater scene. As they say, “it’s all in the eye of the beholder.”

Most of the products used to make this card will be available for customer orders beginning on May 3, 2022…yay! To view, download or print a copy of the project sheet for this card, click on the icon below.

Products used in this project which are available now for ordering can be found at the end of this blog post.

Use the April host code for a gift from me

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Store and receive a free gift when you spend $25 or more (excluding shipping and tax) using Host Code CE2A7HVQ.  This is something I offer to my customers on an on-going basis. You can choose a gift from any current catalog valued up to $5. This is a good opportunity to grab up a Retired or Last Chance Item! Be sure to use Host Code: CE2A7HVQ. Note: If you spend $150 or more, do not use the supplied host code as you will be eligible to receive Stampin’ Rewards (you’ll still receive the free gift from me, though).

If you don’t currently have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator! If you are toying with the idea of becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I would love to have you join my team! The Stampin’ Up community is the absolute best – supportive and fun. Many people join as a demonstrator simply for the 20-25% discount and there are demonstrators who are focused on running a business. The choice is completely yours! Of course, if you have any questions about products, joining the Stampin’ Up! team, or whatever, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to chat with you! I can be reached via email at inkybeestampers@gmail.com.

Products used to make this card which are available now are listed below.

Happiness Abounds Mother’s Day Card / Last Chance & Retiring Products Sale on Now…Last Week!

Happiness Abounds Mother’s Day Card

The beautiful roses on this card, as well as the background DSP come from the Hues of Happiness 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper. The dies from the Happiness Abounds Bundle include dies that will cut out the rose and leaf images on the DSP! How cool is that?

I chose Starry Sky, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and white as the colors for today’s card. The “B” side of the DSP from the Hues of Happiness papers are equally beautiful, and I used one of the “B” sides of the paper on my card front. I also used the largest dies from the Blossoming Happiness Dies to cut out a floral pattern on the white panel on the card front, allowing the DSP to show through. It’s subtle, but I think it adds a lot to the look of this card.

The Hues of Happiness Suite Collection (Happiness Abounds stamp set, Blossoming Happiness dies, Hues of Happiness DSP and the Glossy Dots Assortment) are available for customer orders beginning on May 3, 2020! That’s only a week away…yay!

You can find a downloadable and printable project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below.

Products used on this card which are available now include:

RETIRING AND LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS SALE ON NOW…Last Week!

If you had your heart set on any of the items on this list you’ll want to order very soon! When the items are gone, they are gone.

  • All products are available while supplies last and there are no purchase limits. Stamp sets are not guaranteed during this promotion and are while supplies last. If there are items you’ve been on the fence about ordering, now’s your chance to get them before they’re gone for good so don’t delay!
  • Discounts on items vary from one market to another. Discounted prices are listed on the linked pdf.
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit and redeemed as a 50% off item or with Stampin’ Rewards.
  • The online order deadline is May 2, 2022, at 11:50 pm (MT). Phone orders must be completed no later than May 2, 2022, at 6:50 pm (MT).

If you’re ready to start shopping, click on the image above. Happy shopping!

Friday Fun Day! Cute Matchbook Tea Bag Gift Idea

Treat your guests at your next afternoon get-together, card club, or crafting session with this cute matchbook tea bag gift. This little gift uses the Cup of Tea Bundle (stamp set and dies) which will be released in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog on May 3. The matchbook was made from the new In Color, Sweet Sorbet and measures 3″ x 3-1/2″ and is perfectly decorated with a teacup, tea bag, some greenery and a lemon wedge and fits a standard, wrapped tea bag!

The matchbook is quick and easy to put together and your guests will be thrilled that you thought of them! You can view all the details on the project sheet by clicking on the icon below.

Products used on this project which are available for ordering now are included below. All new products, for release on May 3, are listed on the linked project sheet.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful weekend!

Carol

Why are Paper Pumpkin Kits Such a Great Option? / Free Shipping Today! / Celebrating the New In Colors in May’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

I did not create a card for today…but I did make some cards to share with you…Paper Pumpkin kit cards! Read on for the details!

You might be curious about Paper Pumpkin, which is the monthly kit subscription by Stampin’ Up!. I love creating and inspiring others but sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit down and create something beautiful where all of the guess work has been removed. This is where Paper Pumpkin kits excel! Here are my reasons why I think a Paper Pumpkin subscription is such a great option:

  • Paper Pumpkin kits come with everything you need to create multiple projects in a short amount of time and step by step instructions are included with each kit. The kits vary from month to month. One month a kit may contain cards and other months a project, such as treat bags or boxes.
  • You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin on a month-to-month basis, or subscribe for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. You control your subscription and if you wish to suspend or restart your subscription you have the ability to do that.
  • Paper Pumpkin kits arrive around the 20th of each month so there is always something to look forward to!
  • If you like to get together with friends to craft Paper Pumpkin kits are great for sharing!

I recently received my April Paper Pumpkin kit. Here is a look at the contents of the April Paper Pumpkin kit that I received.

April’s kit contained everything I needed to make three each of three different designed cards with card bases, coordinating envelopes, die cut images, a Stampin’ Spot (ink), a stamp set, and Stampin’ Dimensionals. The first kit you receive from Paper Pumpkin will contain a stamp block and you’ll save this block to use on future kits. You have the choice of completing the cards as per the instructions, or you can get creative and change the card design or project up a little. the choice is yours.

Following the instructions in the April Paper Pumpkin kit, I was able to complete all nine cards in under an hour. April’s kit is “Change is Beautiful” and the cards would be great for anyone going through change – a student graduating from high school or college, or maybe for someone starting a new job. The images are colorful and beautiful, and I now have nine cards ready to send out when needed.

Here’s a photo of each of the three completed card designs.

That’s it in a nutshell. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin…I’d love to chat with you! You can reach me via email at inkybeestampers@gmail.com. If you think you’d like to get started with a Paper Pumpkin subscription, click on the image below to sign up.

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Free Shipping Today!

Place a minimum subtotal order of $75 today, April 21, 2022 and receive free shipping! This offer only lasts 24 hours. All the details are below. The deadline for ordering is 11:59 PM (MT).

ORDERING INFORMATION:
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount (per market) has been met.
  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $75 USD or more (before tax).
  • If you are using a coupon code or product credit, please remember that they will lower the order’s retail amount. The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live; this means that the order must be opened and closed on 21 April 2022.
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion. 
  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.
  • Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are NOT eligible for free shipping. Subscriptions billed and shipped this month will be charged for the normal amount ($23.50 USD | $32.50 CAD shipping included) + tax.
  • The free shipping promotion does not cover the additional cost for expedited shipping.

If you’re ready to shop, click on the image below!

Celebrating the new in colors in may’s paper pumpkin kit!

May’s Paper Pumpkin kit celebrates the new 2022-2024 In Colors plus offers an added SURPRISE..the chance to win a GOLDEN Voucher worth $25!

Create magic with the NEW 2022–2024 In Colors with this Paper Pumpkin kit! With vivid pops of green and red and a range of blues, these colors are perfect for fun festivities. Send your best wishes or happy moments with the large bold lettering and gorgeous gold foil details. Plus, you can also send gift cards with the included coordinating gift card holders! You must subscribe no later than May 10th to secure the May kit.

As an added bonus, every May Paper Pumpkin subscriber will get the chance to win a GOLDEN Voucher worth $25 in Stampin’ Up! products! The winners will find their Golden Voucher in their May 2022 Paper Pumpkin box. This is the perfect time to snag coordinating In Color products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog that will go live on 3 May 2022 in the online store!

Watch the video below as Sara, Stampin’ Up! CEO, talks about the May Paper Pumpkin kit.

Coordinating colors for the Celebrating In Color kit include Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Starry Sky, Sweet Sorbet, and Tahitian Tide. Kit contents include:

  • Celebrating In Color Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Spot®
  • Printed card bases
  • Printed In Color envelopes
  • Printed In Color gift card holders
  • Foiled die cuts
  • Printed die cuts
  • Adhesive-backed In Color embellishments
  • Tear & Tape Adhesive
  • dimensionals

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card project. Until then, stay crafty!

Carol

Nature’s Prints Thinking of You Card / Free Shipping on April 21st!

nature’s prints thinking of you card

Here’s another sneak peek from the new catalog – the beautiful Nature’s Prints Bundle and the over-the-top gorgeous Sun Prints 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper. The major element on this card is the designer series paper…it is so beautiful that it can fully stand on its own. I added a few other design elements but really none are needed other than a sentiment.

This thinking of you card sits on a Starry Sky card base. As I mentioned the DSP is the star of this show, but I did add a few die cut floral sprigs in white, along with a white sentiment label stamped in Starry Sky ink. Starry Sky Metallic Woven Ribbon is tucked under the sentiment and was frayed to give a different look.

I’m thinking that the Nature’s Prints suite of products will be a best seller in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog which launches on May 3…the products are that amazing!

This card was simple and quick to make. You can download instructions by clicking on the icon below.

Free Shipping on April 21st! Ready, set, SHOP!

Place a minimum subtotal order of $75 on April 21, 2022 and receive free shipping! This offer only lasts 24 hours. All the details are below. The deadline for ordering is 11:59 PM (MT).

ORDERING INFORMATION:
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount (per market) has been met.
  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $75 USD or more (before tax).
  • If you are using a coupon code or product credit, please remember that they will lower the order’s retail amount. The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live; this means that the order must be opened and closed on 21 April 2022.
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion. 
  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.
  • Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are NOT eligible for free shipping. Subscriptions billed and shipped this month will be charged for the normal amount ($23.50 USD | $32.50 CAD shipping included) + tax.
  • The free shipping promotion does not cover the additional cost for expedited shipping.

If you’re ready to shop, click on the image below!

Products used to create today’s card that are available now are included below.

Another Sneak Peek – Sweet Songbirds / Last Chance and Retiring Products Sale Going on Now! / May Paper Pumpkin Surprise

Sweet songbirds card project

Here is another sneak peek from the new Annual Catalog – the Sweet Songbirds Bundle which includes the Sweet Songbirds stamp set and Songbirds Builder Punch. How cute is this little bird! I had so much fun playing with this bundle and already have another card idea using this set…I can’t wait to show you. By sharing these sneak peeks, I hope to inspire you to purchase some of the new items from the upcoming catalog. I promise you won’t be disappointed and if you’re like me…you’ll want it all.

Today’s card sits on a Sweet Sorbet card base – one of our new In Colors…and it’s gorgeous! I stamped the branches, leaves and flowers on a white panel, punched the cute little bird using Sweet Sorbet, white and Daffodil Delight cardstock, then used Stampin’ Blends to enhance the shading on the stamped images. The sentiment label on the card uses the wood plank stamp and a greeting from the stamp set and is hanging from a tree branch! I used a sponge dauber to ink in some sky in Balmy Blue and I wasn’t worried about getting the ink completely smooth. This card is meant to be playful so have fun with it!

The new catalog launches on May 3 for customer orders. I’ll be sharing some additional projects using new items from the catalog over the next several weeks so be sure to check back often. You won’t be disappointed. The new catalog is packed with some amazing new items!

You can view the project sheet for today’s card by clicking on the icon below.

You can view items used to make this card that are available now by scrolling to the bottom of this post.

Happy crafting and have a wonderful day!

Carol

RETIRING AND LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS Sale Going On Now!

If you had your heart set on any of the items on this list you’ll want to order very soon! When the items are gone, they are gone.

  • All products are available while supplies last and there are no purchase limits. Stamp sets are not guaranteed during this promotion and are while supplies last. If there are items you’ve been on the fence about ordering, now’s your chance to get them before they’re gone for good so don’t delay!
  • Discounts on items vary from one market to another. Discounted prices are listed on the linked pdf.
  • Discounted items can be added to a Starter Kit and redeemed as a 50% off item or with Stampin’ Rewards.
  • The online order deadline is May 2, 2022, at 11:50 pm (MT). Phone orders must be completed no later than May 2, 2022, at 6:50 pm (MT).

If you’re ready to start shopping, click on the image above. Happy shopping!

MAY PAPER PUMPKIN SURPRISE

May’s Paper Pumpkin kit celebrates the new 2022-2024 In Colors plus offers an added SURPRISE..the chance to win a GOLDEN Voucher worth $25!

Create magic with the NEW 2022–2024 In Colors with this Paper Pumpkin kit! With vivid pops of green and red and a range of blues, these colors are perfect for fun festivities. Send your best wishes or happy moments with the large bold lettering and gorgeous gold foil details. Plus, you can also send gift cards with the included coordinating gift card holders! You must subscribe no later than May 10th to secure the May kit.

As an added bonus, every May Paper Pumpkin subscriber will get the chance to win a GOLDEN Voucher worth $25 in Stampin’ Up! products! The winners will find their Golden Voucher in their May 2022 Paper Pumpkin box. This is the perfect time to snag coordinating In Color products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog that will go live on 3 May 2022 in the online store!

Watch the video below as Sara, Stampin’ Up! CEO, talks about the May Paper Pumpkin kit.

Coordinating colors for the Celebrating In Color kit include Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Starry Sky, Sweet Sorbet, and Tahitian Tide. Kit contents include:

  • Celebrating In Color Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Spot®
  • Printed card bases
  • Printed In Color envelopes
  • Printed In Color gift card holders
  • Foiled die cuts
  • Printed die cuts
  • Adhesive-backed In Color embellishments
  • Tear & Tape Adhesive
  • dimensionals

If you’re not familiar with Paper Pumpkin, why not give it a try. Subscribe and each month, around the 20th of the month, you’ll receive your project box delivered directly to your home. Everything you need for your project is included in your monthly art box. All you have to do is open it up and get started. You’ll be able to make cards, treat bags, gift boxes and so much more with your monthly art box subscription. Click on the image below if you’d like to sign up for a subscription to Paper Pumpkin.

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You can access a flyer for the May “Celebrating In Color” Paper Pumpkin kit, which includes all the details by clicking here.

Items used to make this card that are available now are included below. Items from the new catalog are listed on the project sheet.

Hydrangea Haven Easel Card

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Did the Easter Bunny visit your house? Our sons are all grown up but I still put out an Easter Basket with goodies. I miss the days of dying eggs and having an Easter Egg Hunt, though…good memories.

Today’s card uses the Hydrangea Haven Bundle. The die cut hydrangeas are set against the beautiful Flowering Fields DSP on this easel card. I CASE’d this card fold from my teammate, Rose Kean. Thank you, Rosie!

I also used the Stylish Shapes Dies from the new catalog. The Stylish Shapes Dies will be available for ordering by customers on May 3. I think these new dies are going to be one of my favorites as they provide multiple shapes which are perfect for sentiments!

You can find a downloadable pdf project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below.

Here are the products used for today’s card: