Have A Fabulous Christmas

Hello everyone!! I can’t even believe Christmas is only 9 1/2 weeks away…eeeekkkk!! Well, The Ton has some fabulous products to make creating your Christmas cards even easier. Today, I created a scene with two stunningly dressed women heading off to holiday parties.I used the City Girls: Winter Edition for this entire card. I did have to create some masks, but they were really easy to cut out. I started by stamping the girl farthest from us (the entire card was stamped with Caviar Ink). I placed the mask over her, then stamped the trees in the background. I didn’t have a tree that was the correct size that I wanted, so I selectively inked the tree from one of the girls pulling the tree behind her and stamped only the tree. The trees were masked, then the buildings were stamped. I used a ruler to draw in the missing sidewalks between the buildings. After stamping the girl toward the bottom of the card and the sentiment, I used a ruler to draw in the closer sidewalk. After coloring the entire image with Copic markers, I used a white & yellow gel pen to add in some additional details…candles in the windows, lights on the trees and polka dots on the gifts. The largest die from the Double Stitched Rectangle Die was used to cut the panel, before adhering to a top-folding card base.

Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today…I hope you are inspired to get started on those holiday cards!!

You Warm My Heart – Honey Bee

Hi guys!! Welcome back to Honey Bee Tuesday!!!

Today I have a perfect solution for gift card giving!! This one is geared toward the upcoming holidays, but it could be modified for any season and any occasion!!

I began by using the largest die from the Coffee Gift Card Holder Honey Cut to die cut the main coffee cup shape from heavy weight red cardstock. I cut the sleeve from some craft polka-dot paper and the lid from some white cardstock. I thought the “You Warm My Heart” sentiment from the Let It Snow set was perfect for the coffee cup, so I stamped that toward the bottom of the cup with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I randomly stamped some snowflakes from the same set and also white heat embossed those. I stamped the snowman from the Let It Snow set onto white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic markers, before die-cutting with the Coordinating Honey Cut Die. I adhered the snowman to the coffee sleeve only, so it would slide off when the sleeve is removed. I stamped a single heart from the Busy Bee stamp set, Die-cut with the Coordinating Honey Cut Die, colored with Copic markers, Clear Wink of Stella and coated with Morning Dew Nuvo Drops. The heart was then popped onto some foam adhesive onto the sleeve also. I didn’t have a gift card to a coffee shop, but was delighted to find a Crate and Barrel gift card from my stash that matched perfectly!!! (I really need to use that soon…lol!!!)

I LOVE the way this turned out!! So much so, that I am working on a fall themed one for next week!!

How cute would this be with a small eyelet (come on…I know you still have some in your stash, or am I the only one?) set in the left corner with some twine to make an ornament to adorn the tree?

Thanks for stopping by today!! Enjoy the rest of your week!!

Ellen Hutson – Mix It Up Challenge

This month Ellen Hutson has a Mix It Up Challenge featuring Altenew. Since I love both of these fabulous companies, it was a no brainer to play along!!I played with alcohol inks and Yupo paper for the first time, to create the background panel. I am itching to get back to my craft room to make more backgrounds now…it was so much fun!! The flowers and leaves from the Altenew Adore You set are great to color!! They were stamped with Versamark Ink, heat embossed with white embossing powder, and then colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, before being fussy cut. The sentiment is from the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea set and was also heat embossed onto the background with white embossing powder. I adhered the alcohol inked background onto some silver glitter paper from my stash, then popped that up onto fun foam onto my card base. The leaves were adhered to the card panel, while the flowers were popped up with foam adhesive for some dimension. Glass Slippers Round Confetti Mix from The Ton were the finishing touch!!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!!!

Sending Sunshine – Honey Bee

Hello & happy Honey Bee Tuesday, my crafty friends!! I recently saw a photo on Instagram of a color combination and fell head over heels!! I LOVE this combo for fall…plus, we cannot spread enough sunshine with the events that have been happening in the news lately.

Isn’t it gorgeous? I started by stamping the florals from Country Blooms onto opposite corners of a panel of Bristol paper with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I used a bit of masking to layer the stamps. The flowers were colored with Zig Clean Color markers. I used the Sending Sunshine set (from the United We Flourish collaboration between Honey Bee & Ellen Hutson) to die-cut the “Sunshine” sentiment. I used several layers of Versamark and gold embossing powder to coat the die-cut. The bottom, outline layer was cut from blue cardstock, as was the panel to mount the embossed panel onto. The “sending” sentiment was heat embossed directly onto the card base with gold embossing powder. The “sunshine” sentiment was popped onto some foam adhesive and adhered onto the card as shown. A few sequins from the Indian Summer Sequin Mix were the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful week!!!


You Are My Sunshine – Honey Bee

Happy Honey Bee Tuesday everyone!!! I’m so happy you’re joining me today!! I have a project to share with you today that combines some products from the New Honey Bee Fall Release and some products from previous releases.

I began by stamping the images from Happy Fall Y’all with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, then coloring them with Copic markers and colored pencils. This set is one of my favorites from the release…LOVE IT!!!! I fussy cut the images, however, the Coordinating Honey Cut Dies are also available. I used one of the Sunburst Layering Background Stencils & one of the Hexagon Layering Background Stencils with Distress Oxide Inks to create a background. Next, I stamped the Sun & Shine from the Sending Sunshine Stamp & Die – Together We Flourish with Ellen Hutson set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto white card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The Coordinating Dies were used to cut out the words, leaving a nice white border around them.  After determining the placement of all my images, I stamped “You Are My” from the same stamp set directly onto the background panel, also using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and clear embossing powder.I adhered everything to the card panel, using dimensional adhesive to pop up some of the elements for extra dimension. A selection of sequins from the Spring mix & Clear Bubbles Sequin Mix completed the card. 

Thanks so much for spending a few moments with me today!!! I really appreciate it!!

Have a GREAT week!!!

The Ton – October Challenge

Hello everyone!! It is the first day of October and that means we have a new challenge for The Ton!!! This month we have a mood board that is sure to have you craving a warm cup of joe!!!! I prefer iced coffee…lots of cream & sugar, please!!! Especially since summer has been sticking around longer than usual in the Midwest!!

Here’s the beautiful mood board that Effie put together for October…Yummy, isn’t it?? Here is my take on it…

To start, I heat embossed the images from Large Peony 4 & Large Peony 5 onto Bristol cardstock, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and then cut out with the Large Peony 4 & Large Peony 5 coordinating dies. The outline of the tea cup and the saucer from the Tea Party set was stamped with Noir Ink. I used Tombow markers to selectively color the floral image stamp, then misted lightly with water for the flower pattern on the cup. The Tea Cup Coordinating Dies were then used to cut out those images. A Tombow marker was also used to add the “coffee” to the cup. The Floral Banner Mini was also stamped with Noir Ink, watercolored with Zigs and cut with the Floral Banner Mini Coordinating Die. A strip of Silver Glitter Tape was placed at the bottom of a panel of blue cardstock to ground the images. Silver Adhesive Glitter Paper was also used to die cut the heart from the Tea Party Coordinating Dies. All the elements were arranged as shown, some raised with foam adhesive for lots of dimension.

Now it’s your turn!! Head over to The Ton Challenge Blog for all the details!! You have the whole month of October to play along!! A $50 gift code to The Ton’s Shop is up for grabs!! I cant wait to see what you create!!

Thanks – Act of Kindness – Honey Bee

Happy Honey Bee Tuesday everyone!!

I hope you got your order in for the New Fall Release goodies!! What an amazing release, huh? Today I combined a couple of components from the new release with one of my favorite older die-cuts for an autumnal thank you card…

I started of by using my beloved Distress Oxide Inks,  ink blending them onto a background panel. I spritzed it with water, then absorbed the water and some of the color with a paper towel to create some texture. I stamped the leaves from the Bushel And A Peck set multiple times onto Bristol paper with Versamark and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. The leaves were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, then fussy cut after they were dry. I cut the Thanks with the Large Thanks Honey Cut, coated with Versamark, then gold embossing powder. I repeated this step two times to build up the thickness of die. The sentiment is from the Forest Friends set and was also heat embossed with gold powder toward the bottom of the ink blended background. I used a Versamark marker and gold embossing powder to create small dots around where the sentiment and wreath would be placed. The leaves were placed into a wreath and adhered with foam adhesive. Lastly, the embossed Thanks die was adhered across the wreath.

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by today!! Have a GREAT day!!!

Wedding Congratulations

Hello everyone!! Happy Monday…if there is such a thing…lol!! I hope your week is off to a great start!!!

I had a good friend who was getting married recently and I needed to make her wedding card. My mind quickly went to the elegant floral stamps from The Ton!! When it comes to florals, no one does it better!!!

I chose to go with the Wildflower Banner stamp & die. The banner can be customized for your particular occasion. I knew from the wedding invitation that the bride was using a soft, pastel color scheme; so I chose to do some no-line coloring to reflect that. I stamped the image with distress ink, then colored it with Copic markers and colored pencils. The image was then die-cut with the Coordinating Die. The Congratulations sentiment was added with Soft Amethyst Ink. I also used the Wishful Wildflower set with the Soft Amethyst Ink to stamp a tone-on-tone background onto lilac cardstock. The die-cut image was adhered with foam adhesive to the background panel. Glass Slippers Round Confetti Mix was the perfect touch to add a little sparkle!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Have a great week!!!

Honey Bee Fall Release Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends!!

The Honey Bee Stamps Fall Release has been happening all week & the fantastic fall products are now available in the Honey Bee Shop!!! To celebrate the new release, we are having the Happy Fall Y’all Blog Hop. So grab your cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte, or whatever cozy drink you love and hop along with us to get you in the fall frame of mind! I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this hop!! I am the second stop on the hop, after Amy. Next up is Carly. There is a complete list with links below, if you happen to lose your way…Be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment, you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun prizes!!! We will be giving away TWO $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store. Winners will be posted on our blog Monday, September 25th.

 My first card is a shaker card featuring the adorable Bushel And A Peck set. Such a cute set & so appropriate for this time of year!! Apple picking in the fall!!

I began my stamping all the images from the set with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I added some additional details with colored pencils. I fussy cut all the images right up to the black line and used a Momento Tuxedo Blacker marker around the edge, to get rid on the white core…it really makes such a difference in making everything look “finished”. I ink blended Distress Oxide Inks onto the background, spritzed with water and picked up some of the color with a paper towel. The largest die of the A2 Double Stitched Frames was used to cut a frame for the shaker. I combined some of the fussy cut leaves with some Clear Bubbles, for the “shaker” elements. The sentiment is perfectly sized to fit inside the top rim of the basket and was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The apples and basket were adhered as shown, using foam tape in places for added dimension. I loved coloring this set and can’t wait to make another card with it!!!

I love finding other ways to use my stamp sets…concentrating on part of the image, in order to stretch my stamps. I thought the umbrella from the Seasonal Sweeties set was so cute and perfect for creating a baby shower card.
The image was stamped several times onto Neenah Solar White Cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used Copic markers to color the umbrellas, then fussy cut them out. I used my homemade stencil (made with the Cloud Borders Honey Cut Dies) and some Distress Oxide Ink to create some clouds on the background panel, before cutting with the A2 Double Stitched Frames. After deciding where each umbrella top would be placed, I used a ruler and black marker to continue the stem and handle right onto the background panel. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The umbrellas were then mounted with foam adhesive onto the background panel. This turned out even better than I had pictured it in my mind. I encourage you to look at each element in your sets, to see how they can be used in different ways!!!
Here is the complete blog hop list, as promised…

That’s it for me today!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Be sure to keep hopping for some amazing inspiration from the rest of the team!!!