Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Toad-ally Awesome Friendship Card

I think we all can agree that it's important to remind good friends how much they are appreciated.  What better way to do just that with some cute critters and a fun punny sentiment on a handmade card.  

All supplies used including Copic colors are listed in the descriptions below. 

Today's card features all Hello Bluebird stamps and dies.  I wanted to create a card with a sweet and simple scene along with a greeting that says it all.  

Here's a linked list of all the HB stamps and dies used:

This card is A2 size.  For the ink blended background, I used a combo of Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks.  I used a light hand when blending to achieve that soft background.  I then splattered it with thinned pink paint.  I adhered all the Copic colored images to create the scene with Thin White 3D Adhesive Foam Squares <---these are my go to foam adhesive squares. They give just right amount of dimension without adding too much bulk to the card for mailing. I then added the sentiment where I allowed enough room for it in the top right part of scene.  For just a touch of embellishment, I added a few randomly scattered clear gems. 

Copic markers used for coloring:
  • G40, G43, G46 - frog, flower leaves
  • BG10, BG11, BG13 - mushroom tops
  • YR30, E21 - mushroom stems
  • YR12, YR18 - flowers
  • RV52, RV55 - ladybug bodies
  • N2, N4, N6 - ladybug heads

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps - Valentine Slimline Card

Hello crafty friends! I'm sharing a card for Honey Bee Stamps today.  I'll let you in on a little secret... Valentine's Day is my most favorite card sending holiday.  It could be because pink is my favorite color and hearts are my favorite design element to use on cards. For today's card, I've used some of the fun new products from the Bee Mine release which are perfect for Valentine's Day cards.  My slimline card features a big bold greeting overtop a glittery pattern of arrows.  I've used traditional Valentine colors with a pop of gold to glam it up.

I started with an ink blended slimline panel (8.5" long by 3.25" wide) For the ink blending I used Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries.  I spattered the panel with clean water.  I used the Cupid's Arrow Stencil add a fun pattern to the background.  Instead of stenciling with a color ink, I used an embossing ink with WOW Unicorn Magic embossing powder to achieve that pretty gold sparkle.  

I die cut two large hearts with the Pierced XOXO Hearts Honey Cuts... one from vellum and one from Craft Perfect Gold Dust Glitter Card.  I layered the hearts and adhered onto the background panel at an angle. Next I created the bold words for the greeting with the Love You and Heart Honey Cuts.  I used all three layers to make the words really stand out from the background.  To complete the greeting, I added "with all my" which is a stamp from the Heart 3x4 set.  I adhered the greeting with thin dimensional foam squares again at an angle that aligns with the arrow pattern.  

Since this is a Valentine's Day card, I decided to add more hearts.  I die cut a bunch of tiny hearts with dies from the Heart Honey Cuts set.  I placed them onto the background panel in some of the small spaces between the arrows.  Lastly I adhered the completed panel to a slimline white card base. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sunny Studio - Spring Showers Card

Hello friends! I'm happy to be sharing my first Sunny Studio blog post of 2020 by showcasing one of the cutest stamp sets from the new release.  The Spring Showers set is right up my alley and I've used it to create a playful spring scene.  

I started with the background which was already done for me.  It's a pattern from the new Spring Fling Paper Pad.  I trimmed it down about a quarter inch smaller than A2 size and adhered it flat to the card base.  So quick and easy! I knew where I wanted to place the greeting from the Spring Showers set so I went ahead and stamped it in black ink directly onto the background.  

I picked out two of the adorable kids and several supporting images from the Spring Showers set to Copic color.  I adhered them onto the background with dimensional foam squares.  For the kite string that the little boy is holding, I cut a very skinny strip of black card stock.  I felt this was much easier to do and add than hand drawing a line.  I hand drew in the butterfly trails to complete the scene.  

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Magical Wishes Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends! One of my favorite Hello Bluebird stand alone dies is the Warm Wishes Word die.  I love a good bold greeting.  I've used just the "wishes" part for this fun birthday card. Other supplies used are highlighted and linked in the descriptions below. 

To create the colorful wishes die cut, I used several different colors of card stock from the Stamp Market.  I trimmed the colors into skinny strips and adhered together before die cutting.  I also die cut the wishes from Craft Perfect silver glitter card to layer behind the colorful one.  

I wanted to keep this design fairly clean and simple. I added some purple paint splatters trailing down at an angle from left to right.  I adhered the wishes die cut towards the bottom of the background panel.  To complete the sentiment, I silver heat embossed the words magical + birthday which come from the Sparkles Script stamp set

I added a Copic colored unicorn and a few stars from the Unicorn Tales stamp set.  To embellish the paint splatter trail, I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins, a few tiny Pure Sheen Gemstones, and glossy Calming Aqua Nuvo Crystal Drops

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps Bee Mine Blog Hop Day 2

Hello everyone! I hope that you've had a chance to check out the Bee Mine release from Honey Bee Stamps.  There's so many fun new stamps and dies in this release geared towards Valentine's Day and love themed projects.  

Be sure to stop by all the blogs along the hop and leave a comment to win a $25 gift card for the Honey Bee Stamps shop.  (day 2 hop list at the end of this post)

I'm sharing these fun mail box gift card pockets I made with the Post Box Card Honey Cuts and Love Enclosed Stamp Set

These post box pockets are so easy to make.  They can be used all year round to send a gift card or be a cute way to send a little love note to someone special.  To make the pocket, I die cut two of the main post box shape.  I then partially die cut the flap in one of the post box shapes. I centered the flap die toward the top of the post box and only die cut the curved part.  

Then I scored where the original straight cut line would have been.   I adhered the post box with the die cut opening to a solid one. Be careful to only apply adhesive around the outer edge so there's enough room to slide the gift card holder in. 

Once the Post Box pocket is complete, the fun begins.... decorating and adding sentiments! I kept mine clean and simple but the the sky's the limit with these so have fun with it.  

To create the gift card insert, I used the second largest rectangle die from the A2 Double Stitched Frames.  I die cut a heart from the new Heartfelt Pockets Honey Cuts and stamped "pull here" to adhere to the top of the gift card insert panel.  

I chose to add two die cut envelopes on either side of the pull tab heart.  You could add more if you weren't using this panel for a gift card.  I think it would be fun to cover the insert with envelopes and put little messages in side. So many fun possibilities with this Post Box!

Day 2 Bee Mine Blog Hop

Leanne West<---you are here

Friday, December 27, 2019

Hello Bluebird - Unicorn Tales Valentine Card

Hello everyone! Now that the Christmas holiday season is coming to a close, I am already thinking about the next big card making holiday.... Valentine's Day!  Hello Bluebird does not currently have stamp sets that are specifically designed for Valentine's Day, but there are many that can easily be used for this occasion. 

For my card today, I used the Unicorn Tales stamp set along with the Rainbow Sky dies to create a magical love themed scene.  

First I started by creating a bright pink watercolor background. I used Cherry Bomb Nuvo Shimmer Powder to achieve that pretty pink color.  I spritzed a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock with water and then sprinkled the powder on.  I used a paint brush to push the color around and added more water where needed to cover the entire slimline panel.  I then splattered the panel with thinned white paint. 

Next I added the clouds which have been die cut from white card stock and Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum.  The cloud layers at the bottom of the card have been die cut using dies from Grassy Knoll

I wanted this card to have elements of sparkle so I added a thin layer of Moonstone Glimmer Paste over the rainbow and heat embossed the sun with Wow Unicorn Magic.  

The sentiments from the Unicorn Tales stamp set have been heat embossed in gold. It's difficult to see in these pictures, but the unicorn's horn is gold and has a coat of Glossy Accents.  Since this card is for Valentine's Day, I wanted to add some hearts.  There's a die in the Rainbow Sky set that cuts out multiple little hearts at once.  I sprinkled them around the background as if they were raining down from the clouds.  

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps - Winter Themed Mixed Medium Card

Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog where I'm sharing all the details how I created this winter themed card. That gorgeous teal color for the background was achieved with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. They are such a fun way to get beautiful saturated color for a background. 

Hello Bluebird - Toad-ally Awesome Friendship Card

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