Thursday, January 28, 2021

Honey Bee Stamps - Slimline Valentine's Card

Hello Friends! Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today.  I'm sharing all details for this Bee Mine Valentine's Day Card. This one has lots of fun layers. I used a variety Honey Cuts to create the background, hearts, and bees. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

MFT & Friends January Release


Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. I'm very happy to be joining MFT and Friends for the January 2021 release. I can tell you that this release does not disappoint. I really enjoyed creating with some of the new stamps and dies and have two cards to share today.  First up is a slimline Valentine's card. 

I started with a kraft slimline card base (3.5" x 8.5").  I used white pigment ink with a cloud stencil and a blender brush to create the billowy white clouds over the entire card front. 

I made a super cute little die cut hot air balloon with the Heart Air Balloon Die-namics. I stamped a polka dot pattern onto the heart balloon with the Splotchy Dots Background Stamp.  I added the stitched lines to the balloon by hand with a white gel pen. No hot air balloon would be complete without a passenger, so I tucked a little koala into the balloon basket. This little guy comes from the Koala-ty Time Stamp Set

For the greeting, I combined a large "love" die cut with skinny sentiment strips.  I used the Free with $60 Loopy Love Die-namics for the word love.  The stamped words, sending and your way, come from the Bitty Hugs & Kisses set. Lastly, I added some sequins and little die cut clouds and hearts to embellish the background.  

This next card is A2 size and features the new Bitty Banner Alphabet with a really sweet image from Hug It Out.  

First a made a two-toned background panel. To create the pretty aqua blue shade at the top, I combined Speckled Egg and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks.  The bottom blend is Pumice Stone and Tea Dye. I die cut the panel with the largest die from the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

I made a banner saying hugs to hang across the top of the card. It was very easy to create with the Bitty Banner Alphabet Die-namics.  

I Copic colored the adorable little fox and bunny hugging along with several heart flowers images from Hug It Out.  I created a very simple scene to go below the banner.  To complete the scene, I stamped the sentiment which also comes from Hug It Out.  

Both the images and sentiment were stamped with a Copic friendly brown ink. Copics used to color the images: fox - E13, E15, E17, E71, E74, E77, W1, R00; bunny - W0, W1, W3, R00; heart flowers - R14, R27, BG72

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps - Lovely Layers Christmas Card

Hello friends! Anyone else still hustling to get their Christmas cards done? I certainly am! I have one to share today that features many die cut elements. If you still need to make a bunch of holiday cards, this design would be quick and easy to mass produce.

For more details about how I created this card head over to the Honey Bee Stamps blog.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Winter Release Cards

Happy Holidays everyone! I've been busy working with the latest Hello Bluebird release and wanted to share a few cards I've finished.  This release is packed with super adorable stamp sets and dies for creating winter themed projects, however I did manage to use one of the sets for a Christmas card.  

First up is a winter themed slimline card featuring Snow Day and the Winter Walk Scene die.  I decided to use soft pinks and greens for this scene.  This card could easily be used as Christmas card simply by adding a holiday greeting.  

I started by die cutting the Winter Walk Scene out of white card stock.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to add color and shading to the pieces.  I used a combination of Bundled Sage and Cracked Pistachio for the sky.  The mountains are 3 layers of ink.  First a light coat of Worn Lipstick.  Then I applied a light layer of Walnut Stain.  Lastly I blended on a heavy coat of Pumice Stone. This triple layer of Oxide inks give the mountains a lovely soft brown tint.  The snow drifts and mountain tops are shaded with a dusting of Speckled Egg.  
Copics used to color the stamped images are listed below.
  • bear - E40, E41, E42, R00, R20, R21, G43, G46
  • hedgehog - E70, E71, E74, E77, E41, E42, R00, R20, G40, G43, G46
  • squirrel - E30, E31, E35, E40, R00, R20, R22
  • owl - E70, E71, E74, E40, YR20, YR21, R00, G40, G46
  • bunny - W0, W1, W4, R00, R20, R21, G43
  • fox -  E11, E13, E15, E40, R00, G40, G43

For this next card, I have used Feed the Birds to create a thank you card.  Again, by changing the greeting, I think this card could be used for holiday or other occasions.  I also tried out a new to me color combo with lavender and navy.  

I didn't want to detract from the colors on the images so I chose to use a neutral kraft background.  I frosted the outer edges of the kraft panel with white pigment ink and then gave it a generous splatting of white paint.  I die cut the trees and snow drifts with Winter Woods Overlay die.  

Copics used to color the images are listed below.

  • squirrel - W0, W1, E40, E41, R00, R20
  • birds - E40, E41, E43, E44, R00, R20
  • seeds and bag - E40, E43, W0, W1
  • lavender color on birdhouse & clothes - V91, V93, V95
  • navy on clothes, scarf, & hat - BV23, BV25, BV17
  • white area shading - C0, C1, C3
  • snow on birdhouse - B0000, B000
  • girl's skin tones - E000, E00, E02, 
  • girl's hair - E30, E31, E34

For this last card, I used the Long Distance stamp set to create Christmas card.  I really struggle with making masculine cards especially for Christmas.  My goal with this card design was keeping it very classic so I could use to give to my Dad or brother.  

I started with a simple red and black check background.  I stamped the gingham with black ink onto red card stock.  I used the Country Gingham stamp for this. It's my all time favorite background stamp.  It's out of stock at Hello Bluebird right now, but I'm hoping they will bring it back for 2021.   

I then colored a die cut oval with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and splattered with white paint.  I added little clusters of die cut Pine Boughs. Next I added the squirrels and tree branches from Long Distance.  I stamped the sentiment also from Long Distance.  To customize this card for the holidays, I added the Merry Christmas.  This stamp is from Merry Pigs.  To complete this design, I added some twine to connect the cans. 

Copics used to color the images are listed below.
  • squirrels - E30, E31, E35, W1, YR30, R00, R20
  • cans - C1, C3
  • branches - E41, E43

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

MFT December Release - Joyful Giraffe Slimline Card

Hello everyone! I'm excited to be sharing a card featuring some of the brand new Die-namics from My Favorite Things December Release.  I instantly thought slimline design when I saw the Joyful Giraffe and Sending Big Hugs Die-namics.  They are a fun size and fill the space of a slimline card easily.  

I created a rainbow panel to die cut Sending Big Hugs.  I used the following Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, & Blueprint Sketch.  

What's nice about the Sending Big Hugs Die-namics, is that you can use the positive and negative pieces.  As you can see below, I will be able to make another card with the leftover rainbow panel.  

This slimline design is pretty straight forward.  Just die cut and assemble.  There's a sentiment set that perfectly coordinates with the Joyful Giraffe called Giraffe Greetings.  So I added a little stamped sentiment strip at the top of the card. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps - Holiday Cheer Coffee Cup Cards

Hello friends! I'm sharing some festive coffee cup shaped cards today.  I have several coffee drinkers in my family so these will come in handy. I will be enclosing a coffee shop gift card in each one.  The Coffee Cup Card Honey Cuts is one of my favorite Honey Bee die cut sets of all time. These cup shaped cards can easily be customized for any holiday or occasion with patterned paper.   

I have dressed up my cards using pretty papers from the Holiday Cheer pad. There's some fun festive prints in the this paper pad. There's even a pre printed sheet of sentiment strips that you can cut up and use as tags.  

To embellish the cups, I used the Country Christmas Wreath Honey Cuts. This die set has many little shapes that are the perfect size for adding to the center of the cup sleeve. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Be Merry Office Party Card

Hi there! Today I'm happy to be sharing a card showcasing new stamps and dies from Hello Bluebird's November release.  I've mixed it up for this one and combined some of the stand alone dies with the adorable Holiday Office Party critters.  

All Hello Bluebird stamps and dies used are listed below:

This card is A2 size.  I started with some kraft card stock and die cut with this deckle edged die.  I sponged white pigment ink onto the outer edges and then splattered the entire panel with white paint. 

All die cut elements were cut from white card stock and then colored with a blender brush and Distress Oxide inks.  (colors used: pine sprigs - Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Walnut Stain; berries - Festive Berries; Be Merry word - Spun Sugar & Festive Berries) I added a generous coating of Unicorn Stickles to the Be Merry die cut.  

I Copic colored two of the cute critters from Holiday Office Party.  Copic 
Colors used are listed below:

  • reindeer - E40, E41, E42, E43, E47
  • bunny - W0, W1, W3
  • rosy cheek color - R00, R20
  • blue on clothes - BG70, BG57, BG49
  • pink on clothes - R00, RV10, R20
  • gingerbread man - E33, E37

Honey Bee Stamps - Slimline Valentine's Card

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