Merry Christmas

Hello there!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate all the turkey your stomach could hold!!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it has really hit me that I need to get to work on my Christmas cards!! Do you send out handmade holiday cards? Well, The Ton has made it much easier on us this year!!All you need is this Vintage Christmas Block stamp, white & colored cardstock, Versamark & your choice of embossing powder!! Such a simple, but elegant card that anyone would love to receive!! I heat embossed my red cardstock with gold & gold sparkle embossing powders, while the blue cardstock was embossed with silver and a combination of sparkle silver & white. I trimmed the embossed images, leaving a small border of the colored cardstock. Then they were matted with a piece of red or silver glitter paper…easy peasy!! Plus, you will not have to add extra postage, since they are bulk-free!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! I hope I have inspired you to get started on your holiday cards!!!

Season’s Tweetings Take Two – Honey Bee

Hello there all!! Welcome back to another project for Honey Bee Tuesday!!! I can’t stop playing with the adorable birds from the Season’s Tweetings set!! When I looked at the set, I thought it would be so cute to arrange all the birds into a choir, singing Christmas carols…I started off by first stamping all the birds from the Season’s Tweetings set onto full adhesive post-it notes and cut them out to create a few masks of each bird. Then I went to work stamping the rows of birds with Versamark and heat embossing them with gold embossing powder, masking as needed. Once all the stamping & embossing was complete, I colored the birds with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Next, I watercolored the sky with Distress Ink, then splattered with water and picked up some of the color to look like snow. I also flicked some watered down white paint onto the sky for snowflakes. The sentiment and music notes are also from Season’s Tweetings, and were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto the sky. I trimmed the panel down slightly and adhered it onto some fun foam, before centering it onto some gold foil striped paper that I had in my stash.

Thanks again for joining me for another Honey Bee Tuesday!!! I’ll see you next Tuesday with another Honey Bee project!!!

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

Hello everyone!! I LOVE combining elements from different manufacturers on cards!!!!!! I have a traditional colored holiday card to share with you today…I began by stamping the Holly Branch from The Ton several times on white cardstock with their Bright Fern, Coral Cavern & Valentine inks. I stamped the branch & the veins in the holly leaves with Versamark & heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The Holly Branch Coordinating Die was then used to cut out the images. I also used the die with an embossing pad to emboss the outline onto red cardstock. The die-cuts were adhered onto the red panel and the elements hanging off the edge were trimmed flush, before matting onto green cardstock and adhering to a top-folding note card. The sentiment is from the WPlus9 Be Merry set. It was embossed with gold embossing powder before cutting with the Coordinating Die. I also colored the open part of Merry with a red Tombow marker. I added some sparkle to each of the berries with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and then covered with some Morning Dew Nuvo Drops for dimension. Lastly, I used small confetti dots from the Occasion Confetti set with some Tsukeneko Galaxy Gold Ink to fill in the spaces on the background.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit today!! Have a delightful day!!

Wishing You A Bright Holiday – Honey Bee

Happy Honey Bee Tuesday, fellow crafters!! I wanted to combine a sweet bird & sentiment from one of the new releases with a previously released die & this idea popped into my head right away!! I love these cutie-patootie birds from the Season’s Tweetings set & decided to draw a pair of sunglasses on the bird to fit in with the bright, rainbow background & die-cut sentiment. I began by ink blending Distress Oxide Inks in rainbow order onto a background panel of Bristol cardstock, spritzing with water and blotting dry with a paper towel for added interest. Once dry, I used the A2 Double Stitched Frames Honey Cuts Die to cut the panel slightly smaller. It was then matted with a piece of black cardstock and silver glitter paper, before adhering to a top-folding note card. I stamped one of the birds from the Season’s Tweetings set with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink & fussy cut it out. (Coordinating dies are available here.) I then sketched on the sunglasses and traced over them with a Copic Multi-Liner. The bird was then colored with Copic markers. The top two dies from the Bright Honey Cuts Die were cut from black cardstock and silver glitter paper. I cut the “Wishing You A’ so I could stack it within the die, then stamped the sentiment (also from Season’s Tweetings) with Versafine Onxy Black Ink. The Bright die-cut & bird were adhered foam adhesive, then I used some Clear Wink of Stella on the sunglasses. Some Unicorn Rhinestones were the finishing touch!!Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Here’s wishing you a bright & happy week!!!

Happy World Kindness Day!!

Happy World Kindness Day!! The members of the Honey Bee Design Team have all created projects in honor of World Kindness Day!! After all, the world can always use more kindness!!!

Melissa is generously offering 25% off the Kindness Stamp & Dies!! She is also giving away four $25 Gift Certificates to the shop!!! Two on the blog & two on the honeybeestamps Instagram page. All you have to do is comment on the blog post or the Instagram post to enter to win!! How’s that for spreading some kindness? Good luck!!

I started out by blending some alcohol inks onto Yupo paper for the background, then set it aside to dry. I stamped several of the flowers, leaves & bees from the Busy Bees set onto white cardstock, then colored them with Copic markers. The images were then die-cut with the Busy Bees Coordinating Honey Cut Dies. Next, I used the Kindness Honey Cut Dies to cut kindness from black cardstock and silver glitter paper. I adhered those together slightly offset, to create a drop shadow. The background panel was then cut with the A2 Double Stitched Frame Honey Cuts, then adhered to a piece of silver glitter cardstock that was cut slightly larger than the background panel. After figuring out proper placement for all of my elements, I stamped the sentiment from the Kindness stamp set onto the background panel with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The kindness die-cut and leaves were adhered directly to the panel, while the flowers and bee were popped up with foam adhesive. A few small Wedding Ring Rhinestones were the perfect finishing touch.Thanks so very much for stopping by today!! And please remember, a little kindness does go a long way!!!

May Your Day Be Beautiful

Happy Thursday fiends!! I ran across a photo a while ago & couldn’t get it out of my head. The photo had white anemones with a beautiful blue coming out from each petal and the end of each of the stamen. I had the perfect stamp set from The Ton to try to replicate this beautiful flower…Anemone Cluster Mini Set. So I got to work…I stamped the Anemone Cluster Mini Set set onto white cardstock twice with Caviar Ink; then colored with Copic markers and colored pencils. I added the blue on the end of the stamen with a Souffle’ pen. The images were then cut out with the Coordinating Die. The sentiment is from Large Peony 4. It was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder onto a strip of polka-dot vellum. I selected a piece of blue cardstock that matched the flowers pretty closely. I wrapped the vellum sentiment strip around the blue panel and adhered it on the back. I added a strip of Silver Glitter Tape to each side of a top-folding note card, then adhered the blue panel. The die-cut images were adhered as shown with foam adhesive. Sequins from the Summer Skies Couture Mix were scattered around the die-cuts for the finishing touch.

Thanks for joining me today!! Have a great weekend!!

Season’s Tweetings – Honey Bee

Hello crafters & welcome back to Honey Bee Tuesday!!!

Have you been enjoying all the projects created with the New Release? All the products will be available for purchase at 11 pm PST tonight!!! Is this release adorable or what?? The little birdies are so sweet…or should I say tweet…lol!! When I first saw the set, the birds reminded me of Tweety…the Looney Tunes bird. So, I HAD to color them yellow…ha!!!I began by blending alcohol inks onto Yupo paper for the background. I sat that aside to dry, then stamped the little birdies from the Season’s Tweetings set with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored those with Copic markers and then fussy cut the bodies. I used a Momento black marker around the outside edges, to hide the white core of the paper. I free-hand drew a tree branch and colored it with Copics also. Once the alcohol inked panel was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. The birds were adhered with foam adhesive toward the bottom of the card. I drew in the legs on the background panel with the black marker. I then popped the branch up with foam adhesive and drew the birds’ feet directly onto the branch. I used the Snowfall Shaker Bits all over the card front, to look like falling snow.

Well, that’s it for me today!! Thanks for flying by!!!

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright – Honey Bee

Happy Saturday everyone!!! Hope you have a great weekend planned…or maybe no plans at all. Which sounds pretty good to me:).

It’s Release Week at Honey Bee Stamps & we are giving you some peeks at the new products that will be available for purchase on November 7th. I used the Merry and Bright stamp set for my project today.

I started off by blending Distress Oxide Inks onto a panel of Bristol paper. I used an ombre effect, going from light at the bottom to darker at the top, then flicked on some Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I used the A2 Double Stitched Frames to cut the center of the panel. I stamped the snowman from Let It Snow onto white cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, then did some quick Copic coloring, before cutting with the Coordinating Die.  After determining the placement of the snowman, I stamped “Merry and Bright” with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. To my delight, the “May Your Days Be” fit perfectly into the banner from Let It Snow. I stamped it with the same Distress Oxide Inks that I used for the blended background, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The center panel was adhered flat to the card base, while the outer frame & banner were popped up with foam adhesive. The snowman was adhered flat to the outer frame & with foam adhesive on the recessed area. The Snowball Shaker Bits were adhered onto the center, recessed panel with Matte Multi Medium.

I appreciate you stopping by today!! I’ll be back on Tuesday for my regular Tuesday post for Honey Bee with another new set!!! So exciting!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

The Ton – November Challenge

Hello everyone!! Today is the first day of November (what?!!!!) and that means we have a new challenge for The Ton!!! This month we have a cue word challenge…and that cue word is HOLIDAY!!! Hopefully, you have been working on your holiday cards!!

I decided to combine some holiday stamps with some non-holiday florals…

I began by stamping the Holly Branch stamp onto a panel of white cardstock with Bright Fern, Basil Mojito, Found Topaz, Red Sangria & Valentine Red inks I love how you can use this set as a layering set, layering set + outline or just the outline to color. I stamped the flowers from the Fresh Cut Carnations set with Hollywood Star, Red Sangria & Valentine Red onto white cardstock, before fussy cutting. (I didn’t have the Coordinating Dies yet.) The leaves are from Large Florals: Carnation. They were stamped with Soft Garden, Bright Fern & Basil Mojito Inks, then fussy cut. The Minor Stripes Cling Background stamp was used with Red Sangria ink. (I like to stamp an entire panel, then I have several colors already made & can cut off strips as needed.) I adhered the strip at the bottom of a top folding card base, then the holly branch stamped panel was adhered to a piece of green cardstock, before attaching to the card base. I also stamped the sentiment from Cozy Poinsettia with Red Sangria ink. The carnations and leaves were popped up with dimensional adhesive and trimmed off even with the top of the card. A few sequins from the Sugar Cookie Couture Mix (which was a gift with purchase, but should be available to purchase this month) finished off the card nicely!!!

Come play along with us!!! You have all month to join in!! There is even a $50 gift code to The Ton’s Shop up for grabs!!!