Thursday, June 28, 2018

HONEY BEE STAMPS - YOU BRIGHTEN MY DAY

Happy Thursday friends!  I'm sharing a card that I hope will brighten your day.  Once again I've used a mix of Honey Bee Stamps products.  I wanted to create something bright and summery.  I love lemons in the summer.  I use them to flavor my water and who doesn't love a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day.  So I decided to use the lemon images from the Tea Time stamp set.


I played around with several different arrangement options for the lemons.  I ended up deciding to use them to adorn the corners of a frame.  I created the frame by nesting 2 dies from the A2 Double Stitched Frame Honey Cuts.  This card ended up having many layers.  I used some very colorful plaid pattern paper for the base background layer.  Next I cut a piece of white card stock slightly smaller and added texture to it with the Hexagon Cover Plate Stipple Honey Cuts.  That was then adhered down over the plaid.


Next I added the frame and the light blue center piece.  The frame itself is popped up with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the Love Bug stamp set.  I then used the lemons and leaves (which I colored with Zig Real Brush Markers) to decorate 2 corners of the frame.    I embellished a few of the lemons with some chunky glitter and added some sequins and Nuvo Crystal Drops randomly around the 2 clusters.  


I had some extra lemons so I thought why not use them on the inside of the card.  I stamped another sentiment from Love Bug and my card was complete.  

I hope this has given you some fresh summer inspiration! 
Thanks so much for stopping by :)
  




Friday, June 22, 2018

HELLO BLUEBIRD - IT'S YOUR DAY! X 2

Hello friends!  I'm over on the Hello Bluebird blog today sharing two cards - same design but I've changed up the colors on a few things.  Stop by over there for a closer look at each card.  






Thursday, June 21, 2018

HONEY BEE STAMPS - I'M TICKLED PINK

Hello there!  Today I'm sharing a Thank You card featuring several different stamp sets 
and dies from Honey Bee Stamps.  

My favorite color has always been pink - and I'm not partial to any particular shade of pink - I love them all!  The shade of pink I focused on with today's card is more of a dusty rose pink.  I've used Copic markers in that range for coloring some of the images and a pattern paper for the background border that coordinates.


To create this scene I've used the following products from Honey Bee Stamps:



I started building my scene by using this cloud stencil and some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink to color the background panel.  I cut 2 grass borders out of green card stock and layered the row of fencing in between each layer.  I wanted there to be plenty of contrast between the pink flesh of the pig and the pink of the bow and flowers - so I chose Copic colors E000, E00, & E01 to color the pig and R81, R83, & R85 for the pig's bow and flowers.  I placed the pig standing behind the fence.  Because the die cuts around the pig's hands, I was able to position them over the top of the fence.  The Pinky the Pig stamp set includes a tiny bow for the pig but I wanted a much bigger bow so I used the bow in the Shine On stamp set.  I added several of the flowers from the Pinky the Pig stamp set.  The tiny bees from Busy Bee were a good fit for the scene as well.   


For the inside of the card I used some flowers from Busy Bees that are the enlarged version of the flower in Pink the Pig - so they coordinate perfectly!

Thank you so much for spending a little of your time with me today! 
I'll be back next Thursday with another card created with Honey Bee Stamp products.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SPELLBINDERS - HAPPY TO BE STUCK WITH YOU

Welcome crafty friends and happy Wednesday!  I'm sharing a fun card today featuring a new Spellbinders D-Lite die set called Build a Terrarium. This 7 piece die set has everything you need to create a little cactus terrarium.  I've seen so many ways to customize the terrarium.  It's so fun to put together!


I started by cutting out the terrarium pieces from white card stock.  I then used some Distress Oxide inks and an ink blending tool to color the cactus and dirt.  I kept my cactus simple and just added a little bit detail with a white gel pen.  The terrarium base was cut from card stock that already had an embossed woodgrain texture.  I left the outer frame of the terrarium white and just lightly shaded the solid back piece.  I also cut the terrarium dome piece from clear acetate to give the look of real glass.  


I wanted my terrarium to look as though it was sitting on a table, but I didn't want the table to be plain so I used a Simon Says Stamp background stamp to create a table cloth.  I stamped the Elizabeth Background and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I blended Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink over it to color in the non stamped areas.  I then fussy cut around one side and trimmed to fit my background panel which is slightly smaller than my A2 card base.  On the top half of the background panel I blended on some Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped the sentiment (from HBS Prickly Sentiments) in an arch just over the terrarium.  Lastly I added a few Nuvo Crystal drops in Bubblegum Blush.  

Thank you to Spellbinders for sending me this fun die set!  

                       


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hello Bluebird - Wildflower Bouquet Wreath

I've combined the best of both worlds on today's card - cute critters and fabulous florals.  I've always been in the cute critter camp when it comes to the the type of stamps I use on my cards but I do love a good floral stamp set.  So when I can combine both it's a win win! I have found that Hello Bluebird's style of floral stamps pair perfectly with their cute critters.


For this card I've used the Wildflower Bouquet stamps and a wreath builder template to create the wreath.  There's several smaller flowers and leaf sprigs in the set that made it easy to build my wreath.  I did stamp extra of the main coral colored flower and added with foam adhesive to give a little dimension to the wreath.  Once complete, I fussy cut around the outside and inside. 



I did some no line coloring for the bunny from Just Sayin'.  I stamped the image in a light gray ink.  I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and Prisma colored pencils to add detail and shading to the bunny.  Just Sayin' has so many sentiment options.  I decided to go with thank you but I think this style of card could really be used for many different occasions.  

For my background, I used the Cozy Plaid cling rubber background stamp and a light green ink.  I splattered the background with some dark gray ink.  Before I added the wreath I used an ink blending tool and some of the same blue ink used to stamp the tiny blue flowers to shade where the center of the wreath would be.  Then I adhered the wreath and bunny to the panel and tied some baker's twine around the bottom half.  The completed card is a top folding standard A2 size.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Honey Bee Stamps - Under the Sea Gang

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a card that features a mix of some of my all time favorite Honey Bee stamps from last year with a sentiment stamp from the newest release. The mermaid collection of stamps that was released last summer are some of my very favorites ever from Honey Bee Stamps.  I just love those whimsical mermaid images with all their under the sea friends.  I've paired my images from Swimming By and Under the Sea with the new Small Gang stamp from the spring release.


I originally intended this card to be completely one layer but decided to add the mermaid with foam adhesive so she'd stand out a bit more.  All the fish and sea critters are stamped directly onto the background which I did first.  Then colored them with Copics.  Then masked off the images and ink blended the background on using Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Inks.  Before taking off the masks and stamping the sentiment, I splattered this panel with some clean water to add a bit of distressing and then with white paint to add the look of tiny bubbles.


I had left an open area in the center to stamp the sentiment.  The Small Gang stamp is a one piece 3 x 4" stamp so no guess work with alignment of the words.  Just ink and stamp.  It's a nice bold sentiment and I love the mix of fonts.  Next I added the mermaid - she's also colored with Copics and fussy cut.  When I stamped the mermaid image, I manipulated the stamp so her tail would have more of a curve upward.  This way when I added her to the card, the tail could be nestled nicely under the word "gang".  For some finishing touches I randomly added a few Clear Iris sequins and dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.  I adhered the finished panel on to a top folding A6 card base.  

Thank you so much for swimming by! Have a Fintastic day!!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Spellbinders - You Make the World a Better Place

The theme of today's card was directly inspired by some products I recently got to play with from Spellbinders - Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals Etched Dies and First Friends Die from the Little Loves collection by Sharyn Sowell.   The image that the First Friends die cuts is so sweet!  I just love the silhouette of the three children holding hands.  And it got me thinking about the first friends we make throughout our lives... at school, at work, and even on social media.  Friends are special people that make our own worlds a better place so that's when I decided to make a card I could send to a friend to let them know how important they really are.


First I started by making a watercolor background panel.  I used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to lay down some color. The colors I used were Sand Bar, Pirate's Gold, Starfish, Conch, Jellyfish, Lagoon, Bali Blue, and Siren.  Once I had horizontal "stripes" of color I then took a brush with clean water and swiped over the entire panel to get the colors to blend seamlessly.  I used a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp called You Matter to add white heat embossed text overtop the watercolor.  Then I partially die cut the First Friends image in the center of this panel. I wanted the very bottom edge to be one with the background.  I also die cut another First Friends from white card stock and adhered directly overtop the watercolored one. I used some foam adhesive to pop up the top half giving it just a little separation from the background.  


To make the frame I nested the two largest dies from the Fancy Edged Ovals set.  It was just the perfect size to frame up my focal point image.  I selected a specific part of the You Matter background stamp to create my sentiment on a strip of dark gray card stock.  Lastly I added some iridescent rainbow confetti sequins cascading diagonally down from left to right. I mounted the finished panel to an A2 size card base and my card was complete.

Thank you to Spellbinders for sending me these fun products to play with!  They are definitely a great addition to my die collection :)

MFT - Heart Art Card Kit & Joyful Heart Bears

Hello and welcome crafty friends!   MFT has another fun mid month release and it's all available for purchase today!  I'm sharing...