Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Just A Tini Note Birthday Card with A Window | Honey Bee Stamps

Hi my friends!  Today I have a birthday card using several of Honey Bee Stamps' new stamps and dies.  I love Honey Bee's cover plate dies and the Garden Lattice Cover Plates are so beautiful!!  This sentiment from Sip Sip Hooray is so funny!  Keep reading to see the inside of card to see what I mean!


The most complicated part of this card is creating the card base, so I have the steps and a couple of photos to explain how to make this.  (All supply links are below.)
  • Die cut some 80# Neenah Solar White card stock with the Garden Lattice Base and Top cover plates.
  • Next I used a nesting circle die from my stash to die cut the circles in the Garden Lattice cover plate pieces.
  • I die cut the top layer first, then positioned this over the base layer and drew a pencil line on the base layer.  Die cut the circle from the base and repeat for your A2 top-folding card base.
  • Adhere the Garden Lattices to the card base, lining up the circle openings.
  • Next I die cut white card stock with the Circle Thin Frames die.  I picked two circles to fit over the openings of the card front and adhered them together with 1/8" Scor-Tape and attach to the card front.
  • I used a scrap piece of card stock that just fit the circles of the Circle Thin Frames that I chose and die cut those again.  Adhere together in the same way and use on the inside of the card front for a finished look.

Next I worked on the layer inside the card.
  • I didn't, but you could go ahead and die cut some card stock with the largest A2 Double Stitched Frames die.  (I just didn't think about it at the time. Haha!)
  • Now for the stenciling.  I used the Circle Spotlight stencils and positioned one with the card stock in my MISTI.
  • Next I created some masks with some full stick Post-It Notes so I could add the sand layer.
  • First I used a Blending Brush to add some Antique Linen Distress Oxide.
  • Now position the Sandy Shores background stamp and stamp it onto the sandy layer with Brushed Courduroy Distress Oxide.
  • Now I repositioned the mask from the sand to cover it.  I used Mermaid Lagoon and the Ocean Waves stencil to add the waves.  (Tip:  When you get this stencil, use your scissors to snip the various waves apart.)
  • Next I covered the waves with a mask and added the sun and sky.  I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxides.

Now for the other fun elements!
  • I die cut the florals and greenery with the Topical Bouquets dies from colored card stock.  I added shading to some pieces with Distress Oxide ink and a couple of Copic markers.
  • Stamp and die cut the martini glass in the Raise A Glass stamp set and coordinating dies twice.  I used the solid stamp to color in the glasses.  I added some clear sparkle pen to add a bit of bling.
  • Once I had these finished I adhered them to the card front and inside.
  • I stamped the sentiments from the Sip Sip Hooray stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I popped up the one on the card front with foam and adhered the inside sentiment with glue.
  • I LOVE these little lemons from the Lemon Drop sequin mix and just had to add them to my martinis!

Now I want to buy the ingredients for some Lemon Drop martinis!  Haha!  I sure hope that my instructions help explain how to make a card like this!  If you have any questions, you can always use the "contact me" form in the left column.  Thank you so much for stopping by!!


Supplies:
Garden Lattice cover plate: Top & Base
Distress Oxides:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Butterfly Kisses Slimline Card | Rubbernecker Stamps

Hello friends!  I have another fun slimline card using another new slimline die from Rubbernecker Stamps!  They have released several new "accessory" dies to go with the slimline layers called Slimline Inside Dies.  My card today uses the Slimline Solid Deckle die and the just released Wonky Square Slimline Inside die.  I built my sweet scene for this card using the Kite Die and Small Flowers #1 die.  


First I created the card base.  Here are my steps:
  • Create a slimline card base by scoring a 8-½" x 7" card lengthwise at 3-½".
  • Center the Wonky Square Slimline Insert in the center of the Slimline Deckle Die.  I taped these together on the non-cutting side with blue painters tape.
  • Die cut four of these from white card stock and adhere all layers together with liquid glue.
  • Put temporary adhesive on the back of three of the wonky squares that remain from the die cutting.
  • Center the layered frame on the card front and stick each wonky square in its corresponding opening.  Set the layered from aside.
  • Ink a cloud background using Color Fuse Set #7, a blending brush, and a cloud stencil.  Note:  You are inking over those wonky squares that are temporarily adhered from the previous step.  I stenciled my clouds in an ombré look starting with the darkest ink at the top. (Don't pay attention to the order of the ink pads in the photo below!  LOL!)
  • Remove the wonky squares and adhere the layered frame to the card base when you are finished with the cloud stenciling.
  • Glue the wonky squares into the openings.


Card elements:
  • I die cut the Kite Die, Small Butterflies Die, Garden Stems Die, and the Small Flowers #1 die from white card stock.  If you prefer, you can just die cut these from different colors of card stock.  I prefer to color them with Copic markers rather than endlessly searching through my colored card stock for just the right colors.  (Maybe I should take that clue and organize my card stock better?  Haha!)
  • Die cut the kite three more times to have enough extra kite bows to make two layers each.  Also, take one kite string and adhere it to the end of another.  When everything is colored, snip six of the bows from the extra strings.  Add a dot of glue just to the center of the bottom bow and layer another bow on top.
  • When the glue is dry on the bows, bend up the sides to add dimension.
  • A tip for easy coloring of the small die cuts.  After you die cut them, put some temporary tape on the back of the die cut negative, and put your die cuts back in place.  This makes it really easy to color them without have to try to hold onto them while coloring!

  • After I had everything colored, I used a stylus to add some shape to the flowers and attached them to the stems.
  • Trim the Garden Stems as you like to create a cluster of flowers in the bottom wonky square.
  • Adhere some of the flowers with liquid glue and a few with foam tape.
  • Add a foam square to the back of the kite and adhere in the top square.
  • Add a few drops of liquid glue to the kite string to adhere to the middle square.
  • Add glue only to the center of the butterflies and arrange on the card front.
  • Stamp the sentiment from Brush Butterflies in black ink and trim into a rectangle shape.
  • Color a scrap of card stock with a dark blue Copic marker and trim to fit as a layer behind the sentiment.
  • Adhere the sentiment with liquid glue.

To finish up, I added some white dots to the kite with a gel pen and some gem stickers to the kite string.  Because I love my sparkle, I added some to the butterflies with a clear sparkle pen.


I love these new slimline dies and inserts!  Which ones are your favorites?  I have a hard time choosing! LOL!  Stay well, and crafty, my friends!


Saturday, July 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas Blog Hop - July 2020

It's now only five months until Christmas and time for another Keeping Christmas blog hop!  Eeek, where does the time go?

For this month's cards, I've used Altnew's Holiday Bows stamp set and coordinating dies.  I've never used the poinsettia from this set and I'm glad I did because it was very easy to use and make three cards!


I wanted to used these two-layer stamps and coordinate them with these gold ovals I had saved from a previous project. The Oval Thin Frames die from Honey Bee Stamps die cuts a bunch of ovals in one pass that you can save for multiple projects!  I stamped the base layer in Altenew's Heart Beat ink and then stamped the second layer in Versamark clear embossing ink.  I sprinkled on some gold glitter embossing powder and heat set it.  I added some foam tape to the back of the poinsettias to pop them up.

For my card bases I scored some lines around the edges of the card front with a stylus and my scoring board.  Next I adhered the ovals.  I stamped the sentiments with Versafine Onyx black ink.  Two are listed below, but the Christmas Wishes sentiment is from an older Hero Arts kit.


I stamped the berry branches and greenery with the inks shown in my supply list below.  You probably know this tip, but after I arranged everything around the oval, I used a piece of Press 'N' Seal to pick them up.  It's now super easy to add glue to the back and flip it back over and adhere.

To finish the cards, I used a Gel  Roll gold metallic pen to add the dots.

 
I'm so happy to have three more cards to add to my Christmas card stash!!  If you missed any of the stops along the way, here is the hop list for you!  I know you will be so inspired by these awesome card designers!  Thank you so much for stopping by!



Supplies:
Ellen Hutson Mondo Holly stamp (Happiness & Cheer)
Concord & 9th O Christmas Tree stamp set (Merry Christmas

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Tropical Anniversary Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Thursday my friends!  Raise your hand if you're loving the new Hello Summer release by Honey Bee Stamps!  I have SO many ideas for cards using the stamps and dies in the awesome release!  One of my ideas was to have a birdhouse for this tropical pair of lovebirds!  I used the Chick Coop Honey Cuts and the lovebirds from the new Birds of Paradise stamp set for my card today.


I began by creating my card base with the Chicken Coop die.  As you can see from the photo below, I placed the die on top of an A2 card base.  Make sure the top of the die extends above the fold line and use a pencil to trace around the outside of the die.  Next fussy cut along the pencil line.


While I had the Chicken Coop die out, and the die for the roof, I die cut a piece of patterned paper from the Hot Tropics paper pad.  (Save the door opening!)  I also die cut one more from white card stock.  Next I adhered the patterned paper coop to the white coop.  I adhered the roof and then the entire piece to the card base.  Now take the reserved door opening, flip it over the show the other pattern, and adhere it in the opening.

Before finishing the outside of the card, I stamped a sentiment inside using the stamps from Tropical Tweets.  I also stamped a few flowers from the Birds of Paradise set.



I stamped the birds from the Birds of Paradise set with Copic safe ink.  Taking my cue from nature, I colored the male birds much more colorful than the female.  The Copic markers I used for him are BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, Y15, Y08, Y02, and Y00.  I used the Birds of Paradise Honey Cuts to die cut it out.

Now for the extras!  I die cut some flowers and greenery with a few dies from Tropical Bouquets Honey Cuts.  Since I used yellow and green card stock to die cut these, it was easy to add a few details with my Copic markers!  I used tools from the Flower Shaping Essentials Kit to add some shape and dimension to the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment from Tropical Tweets and die cut it with the coordinating Honey Cuts.


I adhered the branches and layered flower on the roof with liquid glue.  I added some foam tape to the back of the birds and adhered it in the birdhouse opening.  Next I adhered the palm fronds and flowers around the birds.  For a bit of bling, I added some gems from Hot Tropics Gem Stickers.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing my tropical birdhouse card today!  Thank yo so much for stopping by!


Copic markers:
bird on left:  BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, Y15, Y08, Y02, Y00
bird on right: BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000

Supplies:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Welcome Little One Slimline Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Today I have a sweet slimline baby card using Honey Bee Stamps new Slimline Sentiments Eyelet die.  I have a quick tip on how to extend the die cuts for the hills and grass, which are not as long as the slimline cards are.  I'll give you a few more details about my card along the way!


The Slimline Sentiments Eyelet die cuts out the center portion and the scalloped edge separately.  I love this because it makes it easy to use the cloud stencil from the Outdoor Scene Builder set on the center portion without inking the scallop frame.  This is the first time I've used the new Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and I think I really like it!

It's so easy to extend these border dies to fit the slimline sized card.  I used Honey Bee's Grass Border and Hill Border dies.  As you can see from the photo below, I began with 8-½" long card stock and die cut the borders once.  I repositioned the dies and once I felt the cutting edge slip into the first cut, I taped them in place and ran it through my machine again.  Then you can trim the length to fit your card!  Easy, peasy!


All of my cute critters are colored with Copic markers and die cut with their coordinating dies.  The critters are from two sets:  Woodland Babies and Way To Goat.  The flowers are from Way To Goat too.


I popped up several of the elements, including the sentiment.  I love how there are coordinating dies for these sentiments!  I added a few gems from the Perfect Petals Crystal Gem Stickers set.  FYI, the finished card is 8-½" x 3-½".  Perfect fit for a standard business envelope!


I hope you've found this little tip for extending your dies helpful!  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Honey Bee Stamp supplies:

Other supplies:

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Under The Sea Slimline Shaker Card | Rubbernecker Stamps

Hello my friends!  Today I have a super fun slimline shaker card with one of the new Rubbernecker Stamps  Slimline Scallop dies! This die is SO awesome and there are four other beautiful slimline dies available too!  I've paired the Scallop Die with the adorable Under The Sea set for my card.


Steps for the card base:
  • With removable tape, mask off a rectangle shape with a ½" border on the edges  on the front of a teal 3-¼" x 8-¼" card base.  I used a pre-cut and scored piece from The Paper Cuts Festive Variety Scored Slimline Cards set.
  
  • Use an ink blending brush to blend blue ink in an ombré pattern, light to dark at the bottom.  I used Whisper, Dreamer, and Cedar inks from Set #9 Color Fuse ink set.
  • Carefully peal back the tape from the card front.
  • Die cut four of the Slimline Scallop Dies from 80# white card stock.
  • Adhere three of the die cuts with glue.
  • Next, trim a piece of acetate to fit behind all three openings and adhere to the stacked die cuts.
  • Adhere the final Scallop die cut to the top.
  • Add foam tape to the back of the stacked die cuts, but not in-between the windows, just the four sides.  I wanted the shaker bits to go freely from one window to another.

Finishing the shaker:
  • Stamp and color your images from the Under The Sea set in Copic safe ink and color with Copic markers.
  • Use the coordinating dies to cut them out.
  • To aid in planning of where to place the images, I die cut a piece of printer paper with the slimline die.  I used a bit of temporary adhesive to stick it down.  Once I had the arrangement I wanted, I adhered them to the card base.
  • I added some clear droplets for the "bubbles" with Ranger Distress Collage Medium Matte.
  • Now, let's talk about the shaker bits.  I've had these super fun micro beads in my stash for an amount of time I won't admit to!  LOL!  I really wanted to use them and they match the colors I was using too.
  • The downfall:  these things roll EVERYwhere!!!   Don't ask me how I know! Hahaha! Normally with shakers, you can just put your bits where you want them, then cover them with the stacked die cut piece.
  • Plan B:  Remove the foam tape backing from the bottom and sides.  Adhere it in place.
  • Since the top foam isn't stuck down, I added these beads through the top by sticking in a paint brush handle to keep it open and funneled them in with a coffee filter.
  • Phew!  I used tweezers to pull off the top foam tape to trap the beads in!


To finish up, I stamped the sentiment in black in and trimmed it into a flag shape with a turquoise layer.
Adhere the sentiment and the crab with some glue.


Have you created a slimline card yet?  If not, I hope you will try Rubbernecker Stamp's slimline dies--these really make it easy for your card making!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous, crafty week!

Rubbernecker products I used for my card:
Here are links to the other fabulous slimline dies:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Waving Hello from My Beach House | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello my friends!  The beach is one of my most favorite places, and if I had a beach house, I'd invite you to join me at the beach!  (Socially distanced, of course!)   For my card today, I'm using the awesome new Beach House Add-on stamps and Honey Cuts that compliments the House Builder Card base set.  These are from Honey Bee Stamps amazing Hello Summer release!



Using the house shape from the House Builder Card Base set Honey Cuts, I die cut two house pieces and one hinge.  I used a piece of woodgrain paper from the Beach Vibes 6x6 paper pad and die cut just the lower portion of the house.  I adhered this to the lower portion of the house.

I stamped the images from the Beach House Add-on set from 80# Neenah Solar White card stock.  After I colored them with Copic markers, I die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I used two shades of green card stock to die cut the leaves.  The windows, shutters, porch and door knob are from the House Builder Card Base set.  I used some brown and two shades of green card stock for the palm trees and coconuts.  Be sure to cut an extra tree trunk if you want to make a taller tree like the one on the right.  To assemble the tree, I adhered the bottom layer for the leaves to the trunk and then shaped the leaves with my fingers and glued them onto the base.  I adhered a portion of the extra trunk to the bottom of another (it will be hidden by the surfboards.)  After I adhered the windows, I added some Glossy Accents to them and set it aside to dry.

I die cut the roof from the Beach House Add-on from some 80# Neenah and colored it with my Copic markers.  I had lots of fun practicing my flicking motions here!  I used the embossed lines in the roof die cut to plan my shading.  My copic marker colors for the roof are E33, E53, and E31.  When I finished coloring the roof, I added some thin foam tape to the back and adhered it on the beach house.


Before adhering the two house pieces with the hinge, I used a sentiment from the Flippin' Fabulous set and stamped it in black ink, along with the starfish from the same set.  After I colored it, I adhered the hinge and attached the card front to it. 


Now all you need to do is have fun arranging the front of your beach house!  I popped up the bicycle and beach ball with a thin foam square.  The sentiment on the card front is from the Beach House Add-on stamp set.  Before I stamped "Hello" I die cut the two wooden sign pieces and colored them with Copics.  I love how there are coordinating dies for the sentiments, as you see here for "waving".



Have you seen the new Honey Bee Stamps Hello Summer release?  If you haven't, you are missing some fun, summertime stamps and dies and should go check them out HERE!!  I sure appreciate you stopping by to take a look!  Thank you!


Supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps: