Honey Bee Cheerful Love New Release – Sneak Peek – Day 2

Hello there!! It’s release week at Honey Bee!!! There are so many adorable images in this release!! Be sure to check out the Honey Bee Blog for all the sneaks this week!!!

This is Day 2 of sneak peeks & today we are featuring Penny the Platypus & Congrats Grad.

The card I’m sharing today uses Penny the Platypus and Cheerful Sentiments, which you saw yesterday. Be sure to watch for the huge blog hop scheduled for Friday & Saturday!! I will have a card then showcasing the Congrats Grad set. There will be lots of fun and prizes to be had!! All of the products will be available for purchase on Thursday night, at midnight CST!!! (Links for new release items will be live then, also.)

Isn’t Penny adorable??? I stamped her with a light ink to do some no-line coloring. I have to honest, I wasn’t real sure what a platypus looked like, so Google to the rescue!! Once I figured out what colors platypuses were, I colored her with Copics and added colored pencil to add a lot of detail. I also colored the flowers from the set the same way. I fussy cut the platypus and flowers and set them aside to make my background. I decided to create a little water scene using a stencil from the Ocean Scene Builder set. First, I masked off the water area, to create a hard line between the water & the sky. I blended Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks through the Water Light Reflection stencil to create some ripples in the water. The Cloud Borders Honey Cut dies were cut from white cardstock and used as stencils with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink to create the clouds in the background. The Ocean Elements stencil, also from the Ocean Scene Builder set, was used with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink to create the vines on the background panel. I went in with Copics and a fine line marker to add more details to the vines. A die from the A2 Double Stitched Frames Honey Cuts was used to cut the center from the background panel. That panel was placed onto fun foam and adhered right back in the center of the background panel. The sentiment is from the Cheerful Sentiments set, and was stamped onto the center panel with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. There are so many great words & phrases in this set…it is a must have!! I adhered Penny and the flowers to the center panel with foam adhesive. Gloss Ebony & Gloss White Nuvo Drops were added to Penny’s eyes for dimension and shine. I also added details with a white gel pen. Lastly, a few hearts from a new mix were added.

Thanks so much for visiting today!!! Be sure to check back on Saturday, for Day 2 of the HUGE blog hop!!!


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!!