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Thursday, May 30, 2013

This too shall pass...

Sometimes out of all the stamps in one set, one stamp will speak to me "louder" than all the others...  That was this stamp.  It says "They say that 'This too shall pass' they just never say when".  It's from the From My Heart set (132007w $39.95/126557c$26.95)  It's also one of those sets that if you bought the clear mount set and Block E (118484 $11.95) together it would still be less expensive than the wood mount set... saves space and $$... and if you already have clear blocks, then.... :)

Supplies: In addition to the From My Heart set, 
Mixed Bunch set (128442w$27.95/125537c$21.95)
Card Base: Midnight Muse card stock
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, card stock
Blossom, Scallop Trim Border, 3/4" Circle, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punches, 
Adorning Accents Edgelets die and Big Shot
Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (RETIRING - 126918)
NEW! Simply Pressed Clay (130685) and Buttons and Blossoms clay molds (131272) - this is really fun to play with.  For the little flower I dyed the clay with Wisteria Wonder ink, but the clay can be tinted after it's dry with markers for even stronger color.

You can get everything on this list from May 31 to June 3 - Both catalog offerings will be available for this brief window of time - check it out online at


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Adorable Treat Bags

Here's an uber-adorable gift bag to make for sweet party favors ...

1 sheet 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper 
Stampin' Trimmer (126889 $29.95)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334 $29.95)
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586 $11.95)
Adhesive (SNAIL shown here - 104332 $6.95)
Paper Snips (103579 $9.95)
Ribbon and decor...

Step 1.  Cut paper to be 8-1/2" by 12".

2.  Place long-ways on the Simply Scored Board (aka S2B) and score 1" from the "top" and 1-7/8" from "bottom"

3.  Turn 90 degrees and score at 2-7/8", 5-3/4", 8-5/8", 11-1/2" - this will form the sides of the bag (2-7/8" square)

4a. Score the gusset (optional):  slide the paper 1/2 segment to the right and score at 1-1/2 and 7-1/4.  This will divide the first and third sides of the bag in half for folding when not in use. (score lines are at 1-7/16 and 7-3/16)

4b.  Score the bottom angles of the gusset:  Place the S2B Diagonal plate on the S2B and score from the 
1-7/8" score line (the bottom of the bag) to the center line of the gusset.  Do this for both side gussets.    

4c. Turn the paper 90 degrees, and score the other angle of the gusset from side center line to bottom line.

5.  Using scissors, trim along vertical score lines from bottom edge to 1-7/8" line.  This forms the bottom flaps of the bag.

6.  Mountain-valley fold the bag sides and gussets as appropriate, use adhesive along 1/2" side tab to secure bag together.

7.  Fold bottom tabs of bag under and secure with adhesive.  To make the bottom of the bag sturdier, you can place a 2-7/8" square of card stock in the bottom of the bag.   

8.  Fold top 1" edge down to create bag "top".  Punch holes for ribbon on non-gusset sides (optional). 

9.  Now you're ready to decorate! I used 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon in Summer Starfruit (126846 $8.95) to create my bag handles.  Other embellishments are Calypso Coral card stock (flower -Blossom Punch 125603 $16.95) and Summer Starfruit card stock with "Dream" sentiment (Loving Thoughts set 125843w $29.95/125845c $23.95)

 It's a very versatile pattern, you can make them as tall or short as you like, add a decorative edge instead of reinforcing and ribbon, or keep it simple by stamping on 12 x 12 card stock and using that in place of the Designer Series Paper.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Live the Life You've Imagined card...

At the end of the Stampin' Up catalog year, I sift through all my paper scraps and pre-cut items to get organized for the new trends in color.  Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red are retiring colors, and will only be available through May 31.

Colors - (in order of card base to flower)  Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, (mini-brad)

The stamp set Really Good Greetings will be available May 31.  Item (130330w $18.95/130333c $14.95)
    }cling mount set requires Clear Block C (118486 $6.95) or larger.

The "leaves" are the inner scraps from a Lattice die cut (115958 $21.95)
Embossing Folders:
Chevron (127749 $7.95)
Woodgrain (127821 $7.95)
Honeycomb (129378  $7.95)


All these items are available from my Stampin' Up website  

Stampin' Up new 2013-14 Catalog Sneak Peek

Here's a card I "scrap-lifted" from our new catalog (pg 114), with a few of my own modifications.  Featured here are our new In-Colors for 2013-15.  The card stock color is Coastal Cabana, the flowers are inked in (largest to smallest) Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

Stamp set:  Daydream Medallions (131976w $36.95/126467c $26.95)
     }cling mount stamp set requires Clear Block F (118483) $16.95
Stamp-a-ma-jig  (101049 $11.95)
Floral Frames Collection framelets (127012 $26.95)
     }for use with the Sizzix Big Shot (113439 $99.95)
Fabulous Phrases (128577w $37.95/120501c $ 26.95)
     }cling mount Clear Block B or larger 117147 ($5.95)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406) $15.95
Artisan Label (new!) (130920) $15.95
Mosaic Punch (new!) (131267) $15.95
In Color 2013-15 Card Stock and Pad Kit (131204) $29.95
Label Love (new!) 130619w $24.95/130622c $17.95

All of these supplies are available from my website: .  New Items will be available May 31, 2013. Other items are currently available.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Marvelous Marker Techniques

Certainly we've all had experience with markers starting way back in Kindergarten, and maybe most adults have a few markers stashed in a kitchen drawer for marking boxes or some other dull task. Here's a chance to look at markers the way you did when you were younger - as a bold medium to express yourself artistically!

Water-based markers are a fabulous way to jazz up your stamping and really put some serious color into your paper crafting projects. Here's a few tips that I use just about every time I stamp. Naturally, I use "Stampin' Write" Markers because they are the best, not just demonstrator bias here.

Tip #1.) Markers can be a substitute ink pad. Sometimes if I haven't yet bought that "just right" color of ink in an ink pad, I just grab that "just right" color of marker and color directly onto my stamp, then stamp my image as usual. An even better idea: by coloring with markers directly onto a stamp you can:

a) isolate a portion of the design by coloring only the part you want to stamp

Here, I only want to use one phrase in the middle of this stamp, so I color the phrase "be happy" in "Real Red" and leave the rest clean. Make sure you clean off any stray marks before stamping.

b) have a multicolored image from one stamp

Here, I wanted my butterfly to have a black body with colored wings, so I colored the body with my "Basic Black" marker and the wings in "More Mustard". When you use this marker technique, be sure to give your stamp a big "princess sigh" - sigh real heavily over the stamp to moisten the ink with your breath before stamping it on the paper. It's especially important if you're coloring a larger size image to keep the ink wet.

Tip #2) Oh yes, there's more! Sponging and distressing - does distressing distress you? It's very easy, and very achievable with markers, you don't need a special kind of stamp pad for this technique.
Supplies you'll need are:

1) A non-porous surface such as a clean plastic pastry mat, or my favorite, a silicon craft sheet available through art/craft retailers. If you're using the pastry mat from the kitchen, make sure it's clean. Flour in the markers is not good.

2) A stamping sponge - kitchen sponges don't work well with this because of the chemicals they're treated with; make-up sponges are OK, but tend to absorb more ink than distribute. Sponge Daubers and Stampin' Sponges from Stampin' Up (they're the best, no kidding. I've tried all those others) Each Stampin' Sponge is 1" thick x 3" round and I cut each into eighths - so really it's a package of 24 sponges for 3.50, a good deal if I do say so myself. They distribute ink evenly, rather than absorbing it themselves.

3) Of course, you need water based ink, either in a dye ink pad or markers.

Step 1: On a silicon craft sheet or other non-porous surface scribble with the brush end of your marker next to your card stock to be "distressed".
here, I've scribbled a solid area of ink around the edge of my card stock. I tore the top edge on purpose for some texture.

2.) With a tight circular motion, push the ink into and across the edge of your card stock, only going about 1/2 " to 1" onto the surface. Repeat as necessary to get your desired intensity. It should give you a slight shading at the edge, adding depth to your collage without adding extra paper. Here I used a Sahara Sand marker for an antique linen look on Natural White card stock.

3.) To continue the distressed effect, you can scratch the fine edge of the card stock with your fingernail, bone folder or a distressing tool to give it a slight rumple and again, add more depth without adding extra layers to the card.

4.) Embellish and attach. Here, I've layered my "distressed" image layer over a layer of More Mustard card stock distressed with the same technique using a More Mustard marker. Both layers are tacked to a Basic Black card base. A bit of Real Red grosgrain jazzes up the simple stamping.

Tip #3) Water coloring! It's such a sophisticated look on a card and yet so easy to do with stamping. You'll look like you belong on a PBS art show with very little time and effort.

There are a couple ways to use markers and Aqua Painters or Blender Pens together to achieve beautiful watercolor effects.

Step 1: Stamp an image using Staz-On Jet Black Ink on Whisper White card stock. Even though Stampin' Up's Basic Black Classic Ink is waterproof when dry, the "Staz-On" is more color fast and more intensely black working better with water coloring. It also smells good. Don't breathe too deep, we've got work to do.

Painting option 1: Once your ink is dry (or you can cheat and heat set it with a heat tool) scribble onto the craft sheet with the brush end of your marker crating a little pool of ink. You can pick up the ink with your Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, or wet paint brush and watercolor the image, just as you would using ink from an ink pad. Start with your dark areas and work to lighter areas of your image. This creates bolder color in your painting.

Painting option 2: Just like in the "Paint with Water" books my son loves, you can apply ink with a marker to the darkest areas of your image by making little hatch marks with the fine point end of the marker and then quickly smudge the wet ink with your Aqua Painter and drag the color out into the lighter areas. The ink will naturally fade out as you pull the ink away from the lines. Repeat as necessary to get the color intensity you want. It's a softer effect than painting.

Here, I've used the complementary colors of Ruby Red with Cameo Coral to shade my flower, and Always Artichoke with Mellow Moss to shade the leaves.  After the ink dries, you can go back in with the fine point and add additional hatches of color in your darker areas.

Tip #4) This is a real fun trick: You can make watercolor wash backgrounds easily by coloring directly onto your craft sheet or non-porous surface with the markers and spraying the ink with water.

Step 1: With the brush end of the marker, scribble patches of color close together but not touching until you have covered an area just larger than your card stock.

Step 2: Mist generously with water from a spray bottle (since I originally wrote this piece, Stampin' Up has started selling Stampin' Spritzer bottles, which work like a champ for this technique)

Step 3: Press surface of your Whisper White card stock into the ink until the whole surface is covered. Allow to dry and repeat by adding more water to your ink on the craft sheet and pressing your card stock into it again until the desired color intensity and pattern is reached. You can re-position your card stock to get different shadings each time.

It will flatten out as it dries, and you can also speed up drying by using a heat tool. I prefer markers to full size ink pads because you can control the areas of color and can even draw little designs if you want.

Here, you can see my background sheet, pressed into the ink about 3 times, without using much water. See, it does flatten back out.  While that was drying I punched a 1" circle of  Mellow Moss card stock. After stamping, am using a Bone Folder to slightly curl or "distress" the edge. Simple geometric shapes can add variety and interest to you card front.
For my little circle, I have stamped it and colored the edge one shade darker in Always Artichoke to add depth.

Tip #5)  The obvious use for markers is for coloring directly on your paper, and you can play with both the brush end and fine point end for adding shadows and highlights and layering ink for intense color and smooth transitions. Here I started with my dark colors and went over them with my lighter colors pulling both dark and light together into the remainder of the section. Here you can see my finished watercolor card, and the comparison between watercolor and direct to paper marker technique. Although they look a little washed out in the photo, you can see the difference in intensity.

Here's a final look at the cards, and a little bookmark I made with the same materials as the card, adding a little black hemp twine with a couple beads tied on. An eyelet through the top adds a nice finishing touch. Our 80lb weight card stock is 2x the thickness of most retailer card stock and can stand up on its own as a book mark. Since we sell it in bulk packages, it's also less expensive by the sheet.

Tool care and maintenance tips:
1. Always clean your craft sheet between inking techniques, even if it looks like the ink was all used, there will still be a little to contaminate your next project. I use my Stampin' Mist cleaner sprayed directly onto the sheet and wipe off with a paper towel. Stampin' Mist is very concentrated, whenever I refill my mister I mix mine at a 60% : 40% ratio with water being the 40%. It extends the life of the bottle of Stampin Mist and still gets everything nice and clean.

2. Remember to always store your markers horizontally so that you have even ink distribution between the fine point and brush end.

3. Use a light hand when coloring with the brush end of the Stampin' Write Marker to preserve it's shape.

4. If your markers get contaminated with other colors, scribble on a clean sheet of paper with the contaminated area until the ink comes through the proper color.

5. Keep your "Staz-On" ink pad inverted when stored. This will keep your ink at the working surface of your pad and make inking a stamp easier. Also, you can keep the little plastic protector that comes with the ink pad in place by adhering it to the lid with a Mini-Glue Dot.

6. For water based techniques, always use the water based dye ink.

7. Our "Stampin' Write" Markers work well directly on vellum, no need to get a different set of markers just for vellum.

Take care of your tools and they'll last a long time.

Water color paper tips:
Stampin' Up offers several different types of neutral color paper that is great for water coloring on. Our best is our 100% cotton 140 lb Watercolor Paper, sold in packages of (5) 6" x 9" sheets.  Our Whisper White, Natural White, Natural Ivory, and light colored card stock also are well suited to watercolor technique, each surface is slightly different texture and color; thus will yield a slightly different effect. Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, or Vellum aren't suited to water color techniques, although they stamp fabulously and look beautiful with marker drawn directly on the paper.

This blog is a bit of a blast from the past - It was originally written 4 years ago and posted on my first blog site,  A long distance friend of mine had just ordered a set of Stampin' Write Markers, and wanted a tutorial to help her get the most from her purchase.  Some of these colors and stamp sets have been retired since the original publication, but the supply list below has been updated to the 2013-14 catalog.  All products are available from my website:

Supply List:
The stamp set used in these cards is the Dreams Du Jour and So Many Sayings stamp sets (retired) - try our fresh Creative Elements (128523w/122647c) and Fabulous Phrases (128577w/120501c) instead.

Water color paper (122959)
8-1/2" x 11" Card stock:
Basic Black (121045)
Whisper White (100730)
Natural White (102316)
Ruby Red (ret) - try Strawberry Slush (131295)
Cameo Coral (ret) try Crisp Canteloupe (131298)
Mellow Moss (ret) try Pear Pizzaz (131201)
Always Artichoke (105119)
More Mustard. (ret) try Crushed Curry (131199)
Stampin' Write Markers:
Regals Collection (131262) and Neutrals Collection (131261); Many Marvelous Markers - the complete color collection (131264)
Ink Pad: Staz-On Jet Black (101046)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive ( and Mini Glue Dots
Ribbon: Real Red Grosgrain (ret) try Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon (119251)
Other tools from Stampin Up:
Sponge Daubers (102892) pkg of 12
Stampin' Sponges (101610)
Aqua Painters (103954) set of 2, med and large brush tip
Bone Folder (102300), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Scrub (126200), Stampin' Spritzer (126185) Stampin' Mist cleaner (102394).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Kansas card

Because Kansas is the sunflower state, when I recently made sets of cards as gifts for my friends and mentors who are moving away this summer it was all about the sunflower, hoping their memories of our time all together in Kansas are bright and beautiful.

This card is a mix of some retiring items (all items in the colors Bravo Burgundy, River Rock, and More Mustard, and the Pursuit of Happiness set)

What's new is the Artisan Label Punch backing the sentiment on this card - that will be available June 1!
Supplies:  (* denotes retiring item)
 *Pursuit of Happiness set (121907w/121970c)
Sunflower (123606w/123608c) 
Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad(126974)
Very Vanilla card stock (101650)
Stampin' Pierce mat (126199)
Corner Rounder punch (119871)
Artisan Label (TBD)
Garden Green card stock (102584)
Modern Label Punch(118449)
Sponge Daubers (102892)
*River Rock Classic Ink Pad (126977)
Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink Pad (126945)
*More Mustard Classic Ink Pad (126964) and Card stock (100946)
Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad (126979)
*Bravo Burgundy card stock (105123)
Little Labels Punch Pack (126881)
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

The Sunflower  is stamped in Early Espresso Ink onto a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Generously ink the stamp and use a Stampin' Pierce mat under your card stock to get the best impression. (I keep one for piercing and one for stamping.)  Set aside to dry.  Stamp Sentiment on a 1" x 2" scrap of Very Vanilla and round the inner edge corners.  Back with an Artisan Label in Garden Green and add a brad and a 1/2 Modern Label as an accent.  When the sunflower is dry, use sponge daubers to apply River Rock ink to the center of the flower, Pumpkin Pie to the base of the petals, and More Mustard ink to the petal edges, getting plenty of overlap of colors.  Edge with Chocolate Chip ink.  Attach a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of More Mustard card stock (edges sponge daubed with More Mustard Ink) to a Bravo Burgundy card base, punch little "feet" using the Little Labels Punch Pack (126881) and adhere them to the back of the Sunflower card face at the corners using a little Tombow Multi glue, and attach to card front.  Add sentiment using Stampin' Dimensionals.


All of these supplies are available from my Stampin' UP! Website
Retiring Items are available while supplies last, or May 31, 2013 whichever comes last.  New 2013-2014 catalog merchandise, like the Artisan Label Punch,  will be available starting May 31, 2013.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A farewell to the Cottage Window...

The Cottage Window stamp set (127280w/127282c)  is one that we'll be saying "good-bye" to at the end of this month, alas!  I love how evocative the idea of an open window is, and while the set has several cute images to stamp in the window, here I went with some brayer technique and the Lovely as a Tree set (115026w/127793c).

To make the window,  cut a 2 x 2-1/2" rectangle of Glossy White card stock (also a discontinuing item, 102599) and ink it entirely with Daffodil Delight and a brayer.  Once dry, punch a sticky side of a post-it note with a 3/8" circle (from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack 118309) and mask your setting sun. Brayer again, this time using Pumpkin Pie ink.  Peel off post-it mask and voila! A golden sunset!  Stamp your trees over the sunset, lightly dab on some little green leaves with the brush end of a Garden Green Stampin' Write marker if it's spring time in your window, and adhere cut out stamped window frame with Stampin' Dimensionals, trim excess scenery from around the window frame and adhere to card front.  

The sentiment comes from the Trust God set (126700w/126702c)
The card base is Lucky Limeaid, accent color is Regal Rose.  Both colors retire at the end of the month as well!  The background card stock is Very Vanilla, and the Window frame is stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  The sentiment was punched out with the Extra Large Oval punch (119859) and backed on the Decorative Label punch (120907).


All the items from this card can be ordered from my Stampin' Up website

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, aunties, and mentors out there!  This is the Mother's Day Card that I sent this year.  It's a combination of new product sneak-peek and current merchandise - there's soooo much gorgeousness in the new catalog...

New beauties available June 1:
Coastal Cabana card stock and ink (blue-green card base) - the French translation for "Coastal Cabana" is "Copacabana" - feel free to sing a little Barry Manillow if you like... :)
Crushed Curry card stock and ink
Bermuda Bay card stock and ink (small label and darker blue green shading) I'm so glad it's back!!!
Artisan Label Punch
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Current and continuing catalog beauties:
129216c/131943wSwallowtail stamp
127790c/128562wEn Francais stamp
125845c/128436w Loving Thoughts stamp set
Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad
Whisper White card stock
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Dimensionals
Versamark Ink
Basic Black Embossing Powder

It's a very simple card to make, but is very striking!  For a 5" x 7" card, I cut a 5 x 3-3/4 rectangle of Whisper White and stamped the Swallowtail in Versamark ink slightly off - center.  I heat embossed with black embossing powder and set aside to cool.  For the card base, I used a 10" x 7" piece of Copacabana card stock folded in half to make a 5"x 7" card.  The En Francais stamp is stamped 4 times on the back to cover the corners, with the "seams" of the stamping under the Crushed Curry card stock and Swallowtail image. Then I sponged the card base edges with Bermuda Bay ink and a sponge dauber.  Then I embossed the Crushed Curry (3" x 7") with the Modern Mosaic TIEF and Big Shot, and sponged the edges and ridges with Crushed Curry ink.  When the Swallowtail image was dry, I rubbed over it with Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip ink and sponge daubers, edged the Whisper White with Copacabana almost to the butterfly and Bermuda Bay along the edge.  Added the sentiment in Copacabana ink over the Artisan Label punched from Bermuda Bay card stock.  Voila!  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Beautiful Bee Boxes

I love making boxes!  There are loads of cool box templates available out there on the great big internet, but I favor taking apart boxes found around the house.  This "template" is a hexagonal Haci Bekir Turkish Delight box that came from the World Market.  Yes, the Turkish Delight was delicious.

2 sheets 8-1/2 x 11 card stock (here I used Crumb Cake and Bashful Blue by Stampin' Up)
1 sheet 12 x 12 card stock for the bottom (Crumb Cake by Stampin' Up)
1 sheet Designer Series Paper - it's double sided and a little thicker than average paper.  Of course, it's by Stampin' Up.

The decor on the box is my little "sneak peek" into the new catalog, I just got the Mosaic Madness bundle (item 132733c/132734w), and the Label Love bundle (item 132722c/132723w) which is the stamp set plus the coordinating punch "bundled" and discounted.  One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is getting all the new stuff first.

The foofy flower is 7 layers of filter paper, spritzed with Marina Mist ink (put 4 drops of Marina Mist ink in a Stampin' Spritzer and fill the rest of the way with water).  Spritz until you are satisfied with the color saturation and dry with a heat tool.  Cut 3 - 4 layers at a time with the Floral Frames Collection framelets and the Big Shot, stack and pierce in the center and secure with a brad.  Scrunch the flower layers to the center individually and when you're ready, attach using a Stampin' Dimensional.

First, I take apart the box.  The cool thing about this one is it is held together by folding.  In it's original form no glue or tape is required.   The box size is about 1" deep by 6 3/4 inches corner to corner.   Contact me at and I can send you a poster board template with instructions to recreate this box, cost is $10 (shipping included).  Whoever originated this box was a genius, and I can't find them in stores anymore...

To use colored card stock, however, it does have to be broken down into parts.  There is an "inside" flap for each top and bottom (above).  Trace these on to 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.  The top is 1/8" bigger all around.

Trace the "outside" pieces on double sided Designer Series Paper (top) and Stampin' Up 12 x 12 card stock.  A light tack masking tape is a big help here.  Thicker paper is better, and I highly recommend Stampin' Up's card stock because it is heavier (80# weight) than most craft store card stocks.  This DSP was a Sale-a-Bration score from a couple years ago....

Cut out all 4 pieces and score using a straight edge and stylus.  It is helpful to have a soft surface underneath like a piercing pad or some grid paper.  Yes, the ruler is a "Tim Holtz" tool....

Place a generous amount of adhesive on the connecting tab of the inside flaps.  I used SNAIL adhesive, but Sticky Strip works well too.

Adhere to the inside of the paper or card stock exterior.  The edge of the inner tab should be flush with the score line on the middle of the exterior tab.

Fold along score lines.  

The fold follows an in-in-out pattern, curling over on itself.

Fold all the sides in, making sure to fold each successive side over the previous side tab.

Fold the inner flap over - this will hold all the other folds in place.

Repeat same steps for bottom card stock pieces.

Now it is ready to decorate!  You can have a lot of fun with these, they obviously are great candy boxes, and are great for small gifts, gift cards, jewelry, etc.  They're fun boxes for end-of-year teacher gifts, too.

Bee Box with Nestabilities Dahlia pattern

Bee Box with Stampin' Up Labels Collection framelets and Blossom Builder Punch.

 The name "Bee Box" comes from my 5 year old, who compares it to the hexagonal designs in honeycomb.