Sending Sunshine & Rainbows – Honey Bee

Hello all!! I’m sending a bit of sunshine and rainbows your way from the Honey Bee Blog!! I wanted to revisit the Seasonal Sweeties set. Although this set was released in the fall, it can certainly be used year-round.

I am so ready for spring…although if Phil has anything to say about it, we have at least 4 more weeks of winter…blah!! At least it is spring in my craft room today!!

I began by stamping the girl and the adorable pup from Seasonal Sweeties onto white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I hand-drew flowers onto her coat, polka dots onto the umbrella and stripes onto the pup’s umbrella with a Copic Mulitiliner, since I would be coloring the images with Copic markers. I also used colored pencils to add more shading after the Copic coloring. The images were fussy cut right up to the outline of the images. I also stamped the long floral image from Zen Floral and colored it with Copics and colored pencils, before die-cutting with the Zen Floral Honey Cut Die. Next, I blended Distress Oxide Inks into a rainbow shape onto Bristol cardstock with a mini ink blending tool. I blended Salty Ocean into the rest of the panel to create the sky. The ink blended panel was spritzed with water, picking up some of the excess ink with a paper towel for more interest. Once dry, I stamped the girl and pup once again onto the background panel. This stamped the umbrella handles onto the background, since they would have been difficult to fussy cut. A sun was cut from yellow vellum using the Sunburst A2 Cover Plate Honey Cut. I layered the sun and rays onto my background panel. The sentiment is from the Sending Sunshine set. The “sending” was stamped onto the sun with Staz-On ink, while the “sun shine” was cut from black cardstock. The girl, pup, umbrellas & zen florals were placed onto the panel with foam adhesive. Lastly, a few sequins from the  Clear Iridescent Mix finished off the card nicely.

Thanks for spending part of your Thursday with me!! Happy creating!!!

Hello – Spellbinders

Hello everyone!! I have another project to share with you today using a die sent to me by Spellbinders. I’ll admit, I wasn’t thrilled when Pantone announced the 2018 color of the year, but I have found a new love for purple. I just can’t stop using it!!

I started off by die-cutting the Die D-Lites Lavender Bunch Etched Dies a couple of times from Bristol cardstock and coloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers; then blending the colors with a water brush. I ink blended Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks onto another panel of Bristol cardstock, splattered it with water and picked up the excess. I also mixed some Perfect Pearls with water and flicked it over the entire background. The perfect pearls was also added to the lavender bunches, creating a ton of shimmer. Next, I used the largest die from Circle Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Standard Circle to cut a circle into the center of my ink-blended panel. The sentiment, from The Ton’s Peony Notes set, was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The circle die was adhered flat to my card base, while the outer portion of the panel was popped up with foam adhesive. The lavender bunches were layered together and also adhered with foam adhesive…some parts with two layers. Lastly, Clear Iris Sequins from Honey Bee add the finishing touch!!

Thanks for stopping by today & a big thanks to Spellbinders for sending me the incredible dies to work with!!!

Love – Spellbinders

Hello everyone!! February is the month of love!! Valentine’s Day & Anniversaries galore!! My parents just celebrated 53 years of marriage!! When I received the Shapeabilities Eau de Lavande Label Etched Dies from Spellbinders, I immediately knew that it was the perfect fit for their anniversary card!! So elegant…

I started off by die cutting all the pieces…the large shape from vellum, the medium from gold glitter paper and the small from white cardstock. These dies are so intricate, but they cut through all of the different papers beautifully. I found that the “Love” sentiment from The Ton’s Country Rose Cluster stamp set, fit on the small label perfectly. I chose to stamp it with Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it with a gold glitter embossing powder. I also heat embossed the Delicate Polka Dots Cling Background Stamp from The Ton with gold glitter powder to create the background panel. Next, all I had to do was assemble the card! I used the same glitter paper that I cut the medium shape from to edge each side of my polka-dot panel. I cut out a small portion of the center of the vellum piece, just so it would fit better on my card front. A strip of organza ribbon was placed down the center of the card and adhered to the back of the panel. The white label was popped up with foam adhesive onto the gold die-cut, which was also adhered to the panel with dimensional adhesive. A small bow was tied into a bow and attached below the white die-cut, before adhering the entire panel onto a top-folding note card.

Thanks to Team Spellbinders, I have the perfect anniversary card for my mom & dad!! I can’t wait to make more of these…maybe silver next time!! Oh, can you image using this for a wedding card and using the colors from the wedding?

I also received the Die D-Lites Lavender Bunch Etched Dies & hope to share that project next week!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

The Ton – February Challenge

Hello everyone!! It is February 1st and time for a new challenge at The Ton!!! This month we have a cue word: Heart. I feel that love is definitely in the air more this month than any other time of the year!! Create a card for that special someone and come play along for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Ton’s Shop!!!

As I began going through my stamps for this challenge, I realized that I don’t have very many heart themed products in my collection (which is totally surprising, if you could see my stash…lol). I guess that means I need to going shopping, right? I do have the XOXO Mini set that was just released last week…perfect!! My thought was to combine it with the stunning floral from the new release…Peony Notes.

I started off by stamping the background from Peony Notes onto a white panel with Blue Diamond Dye Ink. Next, I stamped the leaves with Soft Garden and Bright Fern Dye Inks. The peonies were stamped using Soft Amethyst, Iris Blooms and Grape Crush Dye Inks. I love the way the o’s in the XOXO Mini set are replaced with hearts!! I stamped that with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment is from the Smooched set…it was also heat embossed in white onto a strip of purple cardstock, then cut into a banner. A strip of purple cardstock was placed at the top of the card base, before adhering the stamped panel, to balance out the design. The sentiment banner was popped up with foam adhesive under the XOXO. Lastly, a few sequins from the new Lilac Blossoms Couture Mix and the Glass Slippers Round Confetti Mix were scattered here and there.

Now it’s your turn!! Who couldn’t use $50 to spend on the most recent fabulous release???!!!

Sending Hugs & Kisses – Honey Bee

Hello there!! Thanks for stopping by today for Honey Bee Tuesday!!! Love is in the air as we get closer to Valentine’s Day!! Several years ago, I owned a retail shop and one of the services we offered was balloon deliveries. It was always so much fun to see the recipients face when I walked in carrying a huge bouquet of balloons!! There is nothing better to make someone’s day!! Valentine’s Day was the busiest day of the year for us. I was always a fan of all of the different printed balloons that we had to offer, so I wanted to mimic those with today’s card.

I began by stamping the box, tissue paper and balloon images from the Celebration Box set onto white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped the small hearts from the set randomly onto the balloons, then colored them with Copic markers. I added polka-dots to the balloons and stripes to the tissue paper with a white gel pen, before fussy cutting all the images. I used a black marker to eliminate the white edges. I stamped “sending” from the Sending Sunshine set and “& kisses” from the Special Delivery set onto strips of red cardstock with Versamark Ink and heat embossed them in white. The ends were trimmed into a banner shape. I cut “hugs” from the Hugs Honey Cut Die from red & black cardstock, then adhered them slightly off-set to create a drop shadow. Then, all that was left was the assembly. The back layer of tissue paper was adhered flat to the black cardstock panel, while the front layer was adhered to the backside of the box and then popped up with foam adhesive. The die-cut sentiment and sentiment banners were adhered to the front of the box. Foam adhesive was also used to give the balloons the illusion of floating off the card. The white gel pen was used again to draw on the strings of the balloons. The black panel was adhered to a slightly larger red panel, then attached to the white card base. Finally, drops of Ruby Slippers Nuvo Drops were added for a little sparkle.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by today!! I hope I’ve inspired you to start working on your Valentine cards!!!

You Make My Tail Wag – Honey Bee

Hello friends!! Welcome back for Honey Bee Tuesday!! I have Valentine’s cards on the brain lately…so, that’s what I have to share today!!

This is a peek-a-boo technique that I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate recently. I thought this adorable dog from Playful Pups would be perfect for this technique. I started by blending alcohol inks onto Yupo paper for the background, then adhered it to a white card base. The largest pup from Playful Pups, along with the bow tie and heart tag, were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers (I always have to color them like one of my goldens). I then fussy cut the image and used a black marker to eliminate the white edge. I then used the Playful Pups Honey Cut Dies to cut the image into the front of the card. The die cut right through both layers on the front of the card. Next, I placed the pup onto foam adhesive and attached to the inside of the card base, lining it up inside the die-cut front. The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper and black cardstock with the Bee-You-Tiful Honey Cut Dies and adhered together. The “Mine”, from Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments, was stamped with Versamark and white heat embossed onto a heart that I punched from red cardstock. The little bee (which was a free gift with purchase) was also stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copics, before fussy cutting. The balloon was popped up with foam adhesive and I also added a tiny bit to the bee for more dimension. I hand drew the string from the balloon around the dog’s front leg, then added some Black Nuvo Drops to his eyes. The sentiment inside is from the Pawsome Sentiments set and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I added a little heart from the Special Delivery set with red ink for a little pop of color.

I love the way this little pup peeks through the front and also shows on the inside of the card!!

Thanks for hanging out with me today!! Have a great week!!

The Ton’s 3rd Anniversary Release – Blog Hop

Happy Saturday!! The celebration continues for The Ton’s Third Anniversary Release!!! I hope you have been hopping along and enjoying all of the inspiration!! There have been so many amazing products revealed this week and they are all available in the shop NOW!!! Effie has really outdone herself on this release!!! Have you placed your order? What is your favorite from the new release?

I am the second of four stops on the hop today. You should have arrived here from The Ton’s Blog. The next stop will be the adorable Amy Kolling!! All the links are also listed at the bottom, so let’s get to my projects!!

I have three cards to share with you today!! Two of them feature daisies!! One of my favorite flowers, so I am in heaven with this release!! The first card combines the Buildable Woodgrain (how innovative is this stamp??!!) with the Fresh Cut Daisies Coordinating Outlines:

Here’s what I put together:

I began by stamping the lines from the Buildable Woodgrain with Found Topaz Dye Ink onto a Panel of kraft cardstock, then used Warm Hazelnut Dye Ink to add in the details. I stamped the Fresh Cut Daisies Coordinating Outline images with Caviar Hybrid Ink and colored them with Copic markers. I added some additional details with colored pencils, Black Nuvo Drops and a yellow gel pen. I fussy cut the images, but the Coordinating Dies are available. Next, the sentiment, from Seriously Amazing was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I love the way this looks “distressed” on the kraft cardstock!! I drew the stems onto the jar with a green marker, then adhered the jar and flowers all together. Then I used foam adhesive to adhere them as one piece above the sentiment. I trimmed the kraft panel slightly, leaving a border at the top when adhered to the white card base. A few sequins and small hearts from the Pink Blossoms Couture Mix finished off the card nicely!!My second card is created with Coming Up Daisies!! If you’ve been following along this week, you know that this is one of my favorite stamps of the release.

Can you see why I love it so much? I started out by stamping the Coming Up Daisies with Versamark Ink and heat embossing with white embossing powder. I used Arteza watercolor markers and a water brush to color the beautiful daisies. Next, I used a Versamarker Pen over the entire image, sprinkled with sticky embossing powder and heat set it. Then I sprinkled clear, fine glitter onto the image and heat set it again. This created the most beautiful sparkle over the entire image!! Now I want to sparkle ALL THE THINGS!! Next, the Hello Word Die was used to cut Hello from white cardstock 5 times and blue cardstock once. I adhered all of these together for lots of dimension. Then I used the same technique that I used on the flowers to coat it in fine glitter. “Just A Note” is also from the Coming Up Daisies set, and was stamped with Crystal Pewter Ink, before the “hello” die was adhered under it. A few sequins from the Mint Sugar Couture Mix and the card was finished!!! I wish you could see all the shimmer and shine!!

Last, but certainly not least, I used a combination one of the dies from the Bold General Greeting Word Plate Dies and the Painted Peonies and Coordinating Dies.

Let’s take a look…

I love these new word plate dies!! So many creative ideas are running through my head!! I began by die-cutting the “hello'” from the Bold General Greeting Word Plate Dies several times from a panel of white cardstock. Make sure you save the center parts of the e & o…we will be gluing them on later. Next, I used two of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Large) to cut a frame for the front of the card. I adhered the frame to the die-cut card base, then adhered a piece of acetate onto the back of that. I glued the centers of the e’s & o’s directly to the acetate, to complete the letters. I stamped the leaves from Painted Peonies with Soft Garden and Bright Fern Dye Inks. The peonies were stamped with Rose Quartz, Hollywood Star Dye Inks and Red Sangria Hybrid Ink, before die-cutting with the Coordinating Die. A combination of Pink Blossoms, Sakura Petals and Pink Bokeh Couture Mixes was placed in the center of the white card base. Dimensional foam adhesive was added to the back of the front panel, then it was adhered to the card base. The die-cut peonies were added to the front of the card with foam adhesive and accented with a clear Wink of Stella marker. A few sequins were placed onto the outside of the card for the finishing touch!!

Be sure to visit the design team member and special guest listed below for some fantastic inspiration. Leave them some love for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!!

The Ton

Brenda Noelke <<<YOU ARE HERE>>>

Amy Kolling

Jenny Lee Yamasaki

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS (January 19-26):
For each day of The Ton’s blog hop festivities (1/19 to 1/26), Effie is giving away a stamp set of choice to a lucky commenter. To qualify, you must leave a comment on each blog stop for the respective giveaway day for which you are entering. The comment period for all giveaways closes on January 28, 5pm EST.

For each Release Day (1 through 3), The Ton is giving away a stamp set of choice from the new release! So there are three stamps up for grabs! To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton’s Daily Release posts. Leave a comment on each Design Team member’s blogs to increase your chances of winning. The comment period will close on January 28, 5pm EST. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog.

For The Ton’s 3rd Anniversary Release, Effie has released 23 new stamp designs, coordinating dies and 9 new couture mixes! There are two new gifts with purchases that you can obtain with this new release. *This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until February 1 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per order. No coupon code needed. All incentive products will be added to qualified orders automatically (but will not be shown in your cart at checkout). There must be at least one new release stamp in your order to qualify for these GWPs. For orders previously placed containing our new Smooched or XOXO Mini sets: These previous qualifying orders can be added to your new order to qualify for incentive products. Please include original order number in the notes of your second order.

Spend $125 or more: Receive a 4×6 Daisy Duet Photopolymer set

Spend $250 or more: Receive our three set 6×8 inch Peony Notes Bundle [Sets A+B+C] (and a Daisy Duet Photopolymer set).

Before you go…don’t forget that the January Challenge is live on The Ton’s Challenge Blog. This month the theme is Cheers!!! Won’t you come & play along with us?