Friends Furever – Honey Bee

Happy Halloween!!! Welcome back to Honey Bee Tuesday!! I wanted to create a Halloween card for today’s post, but I don’t have any Halloween stamps. So, I snuck a pumpkin into this cute little scene!! That totally counts, right??

I got to play with some adorable puppies over the weekend and now I have puppy fever!! My goldens are 5 & 6, so I am missing that puppy breath like crazy…the house training, not so much!!

I started by creating a background for my scene by blending Distress Oxide Inks onto Bristol paper, then splattering with water and picking up some of the color with a paper towel. Next, I stamped the largest puppy from Playful Pups onto white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Ink and colored it with Copic markers. I have the Coordinating Die, but I didn’t want the white outline, so I cut her out by hand. I stamped the leaves from the Bushel And A Peck set several times with distress ink and fussy cut those as well. (Those Coordinating Dies are now on my wish list…that would have made this card so much easier!!) I colored those leaves with a combination of Distress Inks & water. The Layering Pumpkin Honey Cut Die was used to cut the pumpkin from orange & green cardstock. The edges were enhanced with distress ink before adhering all the pieces together. After figuring out placement, the sentiment from Pawsome Sentiments was stamped onto the background panel with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The pup, pumpkin & leaves were all adhered with foam adhesive. A few sequins from the Clear Bubbles Mix and some Black Nuvo Drops for the pup’s eyes were the finishing touches!!!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a while today!! I hope you have a wonderful Halloween & are in for more treats than tricks!!!!!

The Ton’s October Release Blog Hop


Happy Thursday everyone!!! Welcome to The Ton’s October Release Blog Hop!! Boy, are you in for a treat today!! The Ton released some fabulous floral stamps designed by Effie & Eunji earlier this month & this hop is filled with wonderful inspiration from the design team. The best part? These sets are all available NOW at The Ton’s Shop!!! See below for a special code for free shipping!!!

You should have arrived here from the incredibly talented Janette Kausen. There is a complete list at the bottom, should you get lost along the way. I have three cards to share with you today!!

My first card features the Tulip Bouquet set.

I wanted to do some no-line coloring on this beautiful set, so I started by stamping the florals onto the lower left corner with distress ink. The image was colored with Copic markers, adding some details with colored pencils. The sentiment is also from Tulip Bouquet and was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. A strip of purple cardstock and Silver Glitter Tape was adhered to the right side of the card base; then the main panel was popped up with some fun foam on top for added dimension. A few Glass Slippers Round Confetti Mix completed the card.

The next card was made using the Thankful Chrysanthemum set…

This flower is a delight to color!!! I began by stamping the largest image onto Bristol paper with Versamark and heat embossing with The Ton’s exclusive Rose Gold Embossing Powder. The floral was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, before fussy cutting. The Coordinating Die is available, but I don’t have it, so it was simple enough to cut out. Next, I used some Yupo paper and alcohol inks to create the background. Once it was dry, I used the Double Stitched Rectangle Die (Large) to cut a panel, then heat embossed the “Hello” (also from Thankful Chrysanthemum) with rose gold embossing powder. The Minor Stripes Cling Background Stamp was stamped directly on the card base and embossed with rose gold powder. The floral was adhered with foam adhesive, as was the small inked panel, for lot of dimension. A sprinkling of Spring Fawn Couture Mix Sequins finished off the card.

I needed a wedding card last weekend & did not have one in my stash, so I thought I’d better make that a priority. I used the Country Rose Cluster set for the final card…

I stamped the floral toward the top of a panel of Bristol paper and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The image was colored with light tones of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The Minor Stripes Background Cling stamp was stamped onto some pink cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder, then cut into a strip on the diagonal. The “Best Wishes” is from Occasion Confetti and was stamped with Noir ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, for some shine. Glass Slippers Round Confetti Mix added a just the right amount of sparkle to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Now it’s time to get hoppin!!! Up next is the oh-so-talented Tae Eun!! Make sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from the new release!!

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Brenda<<<YOU ARE HERE>>>
Tae Eun
Laura Jane

Giveaway information:
We’re giving away one stamp of choice from our October Release to a commenter! To qualify, you must leave a comment on each blog on the hop. The comment period will close on Sunday, October 29 at 7pm EST. The winner will be announced on The Ton blog thereafter.

FREE SHIPPING CODE – For our hop, we have a shipping discount for domestic orders. Our shipping promo ends on November 1 at 11:59pm. This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. For U.S. orders, receive free shipping on orders over $75. Use code “USOCT17” at checkout.

You still have a few days to play along with the October Mood Board Challenge!!!

Happy Fall – Honey Bee

Hello everyone!! Welcome back to Honey Bee Tuesday!!! It is really starting to feel like Fall here!! I had so much fun making the winter gift card holder last week, that I decided to make a Fall one this week!!

This die is sooooo stinkin’ cool!! I started by using the Coffee Gift Card Holder Honey Cut Die to cut the base and sleeve from heavy weight white cardstock; then the lid from black cardstock.  I used Distress Oxide Inks and the Fall Leaves Stencil from the Fall Showers Stencil Set on the card base, then splattered it with some Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink mixed with water. The “Fall” on sleeve is from Happy Fall Y’all, and the “Happy” is from Happy Everything…both stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The sunflower is also from Happy Fall Y’all and the bee is a Free Bee (& die) that is free with a $75 qualifying purchase. Both were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers. I used a red Tombow marker to add a little color to the sentiment. After fussy cutting the  sunflower and die-cutting the bee, they were adhered to the sleeve with foam adhesive. Some sequins from the Indian Summer mix were also adhered to the sleeve. I used a stylus with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink to add small polka-dots onto the sleeve. That’s it!! Easy peasy!!

I know I will definitely get my money’s worth from this die!!!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!!! Enjoy the rest of your week!!!

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!!