Sunday, January 14, 2018

Every Happy Thing

I have a quick post here to share this adorable card using Concord & 9th's, in collaboration with Ellen Hutson for the United Flourish, set called Sweet Sprinkles stamp and die set.

This was very easy to create.  After stamping the cupcake icing in three different colors, I "iced" them using Nuvo glimmer paste in Moonstone.  The cupcake wrappers are silver embossed for that very special cupcake occasion! :)  I added a coordinating silver embossed strip at the bottom below the stamped sprinkles.  I love the little die that comes with the set to die cut a bunch of little hearts!

Here is another angle under a light to show the shimmer and shine!

And....a close up!

I'm entering this card into these challenges:


January Mix It Up Challenge: Concord & 9th; info HERE
And a new to me challenge at:
Die Cut Diva's Challenge Blog: Do or Use Something New (this stamp/die set is new for me & I've never used the Glimmer paste as "icing".)

This card was really fun to make and I already know who will be receiving this!  Thanks, as always, for stopping to take a look!  :)

Stamps/Dies:  Concord & 9th/Essentials by Ellen Sweet Sprinkles
Inks:  SSS Hollyhock, Duckling, Lemon Chiffon; VersaMark
Embossing powder:  Ranger Silver
Other:  Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
Grand Calibur die cut machine

Honey Bee Stamps Get Well Wishes

Hi there!  Here's my card I shared on Instagram for this week's Honey Bee Stamps post!  I never seem to have any Get Well cards when I need them, so I now have one for my stash!

I stamped these florals from the beautiful Country Blooms set and used my Prismacolor Pencils to color the images.  After I finished coloring, I did some partial embossing by using my Scor-Pal to emboss lines (stopping at the stamped florals) every 1/2 inch.  I really like the look of this and think it goes well with the country flowers.

I  love how so many of Honey Bee Stamps' sentiments have the shadow layer to go behind them.  This sentiment is so versatile as there are many other phrases and words in the set for many different occasions!

You can shop for any of the fabulous Honey Bee Stamps products HERE.  Thank you so much for coming to my blog to take a look!!

Honey Bee Stamps:  Country Blooms; Sending You Sentiments
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Prismacolor Pencils:  light peach, peach, pale vermillion, poppy red; lilac, violet, parma violet, process red; spring green, grass green; blush pink, pink

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sweet Bees Notecards with Box

Oh my sweet bees!  I'm so excited to share this first post as a member of the Honey Bee Stamps Social Media Design Team!!  I'm so very honored to be a part of this team of talented ladies!

All of my Honey Bee posts will be on Instagram (click on link to the left, if you'd like to see all of them).   I am going to try to be sure and share my creations here with more details too.

In all of my excitement, I kind of went over the top for this first project.  I created four notecards with a matching box to hold them.  I've listed all of the Honey Bee Stamps and Honey Cuts I used below.

It's been so very cold here (at least for our part of Texas) and I wanted something that makes me think of warmth and spring!  These adorable bees and flowers were just right!  I made four notecards that are smaller than an A2 card at 3-3/4" x 5" in size.  I think this set would make a great gift for someone special!

You know that die cuts can make a great stencil, right?  I used the top layer of the Honey Bee Honey Cuts Hexagon Cover plate die to cut a stencil for the box.  Then I used some Distress Ink through the stencil.  Before I assembled the box top I embossed it with the Hexagon Stipple Layer.

I made the bee double sided by mirror stamping it so that I could glue a tab between the two layers.  I cut a slit in the box top and inserted the tab so the bee will stand up in his little bunch of flowers!  :)

You can shop for all of these wonderful Honey Bee Stamps supplies here.  Thank you so very much for taking a look!

Honey Bee Stamps and dies used:
Sending You Sentiments
Ray of Sunshine
Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments
Hexagon Bunches Honey Cuts

Other supplies:
Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in clear
Glossy Accents

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Let's Celebrate!

Here's a celebration card I've made that could be used for many different celebrations!  In spite of being in the midst of preparing to host our big family Christmas gathering this Saturday, I've found some time to pull this together (gotta get that "me" time in--it's my de-stresser!)

This card was inspired by the photo on Inspired By All the Little Things challenge--love the colors and the touches of gold!  It all looks like a fun party is about to happen!

Here's a close up that shows the shine of the mirror card stock I used.  I also put some sparkle on the champagne glasses before I added a layer of Glossy Accents.

I sure appreciate your taking a look!  I hope you all are having good times leading up to Christmas!

Dies:  Spellbinders Die of the Month June 2017; My Favorite Things Chevron Fringe; circle dies (don't remember the maker)
Stamps:  Avery Elle Sip Sip Hooray
Miscellaneous:  hoarded paper by Teresa Collins (the dotted); Glossy Accents; Spectrum Noir sparkle pen; and hoarded mirror paper in black, dark grey, gold; vellum

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sparkling Snowflakes

There's another great inspiration photo on Inspired By All the Little Things!  I'm also entering this into another challenge that I just discovered at Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #128 Let It Snow.

What inspired me to make this card is the background, which looks embossed and the icy, cool blue of the skates.  Since I live in an area that rarely gets truly cold, I can just imagine a frozen pond with snow around the edges and people skating on it.  But that is what I thought of when I saw this and what led me to make this card.

Here's a close up showing the sparkle of the paper and the beautiful embossed background:

Thank you so very much for taking a look!!  I really appreciate it!

Dies:  Concord & 9th Merry; Impression Obsession snowflakes; My Favorite Things snowflake
Ink: Distress Ink Tumbled Glass (for shading)
Embossing folder:  Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Winter Snowflakes
Cricut Explore:  skates from Winter Gazebo set

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Golden Merry Christmas!

I love making Christmas cards!  Not sure exactly why, but I can say that I have several extras--head start for next year?  Maybe the inspiration I keep seeing from these photos on Inspired By All the Little Things is doing it!  Their Challenge #74 give us this inspirational photo:
A link to the challenge is HERE.
I'm also entering this into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Star Light, Star Bright.

I don't have a larger star die cut, so I turned to my Cricut Explore and found this star to use.  I've listed all the supplies below.

Here's a close up of the beautiful die I cut in gold mirror card stock.

This card was really easy to make (once I got it all how I wanted!)  Thank you so very much for taking a look!

Stamps:  Sunny Studios Holiday Style; Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets
Die:  Impression Obsession Merry Christmas
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Winter Snowflakes
Ink:  Hero Arts Soft Granite; Memento New Sprout; Hero Arts 2 different greens (no name--was in a kit)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Beary Merry Christmas!

I've had these bears and accessories colored up for a while.  When I saw this challenge on Ellen Hutson's The Classroom I figured I needed to get the pieces and parts onto cards.

The challenge is to use our favorite Essentials By Ellen set.  Well, All Inside and Bear Ware 2 most definitely are in my top favorites of her sets!

This card uses the cute bear set on a background using an Impression Obsession die called Three Trees.  I ink blended the bottom layer using Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch.   The snowfall is from a little Altenew stamp called Snowing.

This next card uses more goodies from Bare Ware 2.  The border background is a stamp called Merry Christmas frame by Rubbernecker Stamps.  I stamped the snow using a stamp from Concord and 9th's Joy Stamp set and added Nuvo drops in white.

I'm also entering these into the Flickr group LOVE--Handmade Cards Challenge #23, Anything Goes.  Info is HERE.

Thank you very much for taking a look!