Sunday, March 4, 2018

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

The second I saw this awesome sentiment in Honey Bee Stamps' February release,  I knew just how I wanted to use it.

As many of you may know, there is a Dr. Seuss book of the same title!  When was the last time you read it?  Maybe as a child, maybe you've read it to your children when they were growing up.  If it's been a while, I encourage you to pull that book out and read it again!  This book is so encouraging, for all of life's ups and downs, and is a good read no matter what your age is!

So now you know my inspiration for using this sentiment and for the colors I used!  I love this bee just soaring off, with the beautiful balloons from the new Penny the Platypus set, followed by his/her supportive and encouraging "bee squad"!  LOL!  Just a reminder that we always have those in our lives that are there fore us no matter what!!

All of that aside, this sentiment from the Congrats Grad set, is perfect for so many occasions.  Of course, my card is good for any graduation, however, it would work for an encouraging card for a new job, or a big move.

I inked the background in similar colors of the the Dr. Seuss book.  The balloons and bees were colored with various Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

Here is closed up of the bees--I popped up the larger one and they all have sparkly wings and shiny black bands.

This book was given to our oldest daughter by my dear mother- and father-in-law, whom we miss very much.  They gave it to her just before she began kindergarten and wrote in it: "you can read this before you start kindergarten, and anytime you start something new."  What a perfect message!

You can find all of the new release plus the other awesome products in Honey Bee Stamps shop HERE.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Here are the supplies I used:
Honey Bee Stamps:  Congrats Grad, Penny the Platypus
Honey Bee Stamps Honey Cuts (dies):  Partly Cloudy, Busy Bees
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Blueprint Sketch, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and clear sparkle pen
Glossy Accents

Friday, February 23, 2018

Honey Bee Cheerful Love Blog Hop

The Honey Bee Stamps Cheerful Love Release is now available in the store!  To celebrate the new release, we are having a two day blog hop called Cheerful Love.  So please hop along with us both days to be inspired!

Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered to win!!  Honey Bee Stamps will be giving away two $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store, one from each day.  The winners will be posted on Honey Bee's blog Tuesday, February 27th.  The complete list of the hop for Day 1 is below.

I'm so happy to be joining in on the Honey Bee Stamps new release blog hop!

Did you know that platypuses (yep, that's the plural) are only found in freshwater areas throughout the island of Tasmania and the eastern and southeastern coast of Australia?  Here's another interesting fact:  males have a spur on the back of their hind feet that are venomous! (source: Live Science).

Well, let me introduce you to Penny!  No venom here, only sweet and adorable cuteness!!!

This cute girl is relaxing in the sparkling, swirling waters with her yummy beverage!  I colored her with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  After heat embossing the beautiful Ocean Borders background stamp with white embossing powder, I colored it using three Spectrum Noir sparkle pens in Teacup, Topaz Blue, and Clear.

Penny is popped up onto an action wobbler!  Check out her action!  So much fun!

I sure hope you've enjoyed meeting adorable Penny!  Thank you so very much for hopping with us today!  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to increase your chances at one of the Honey Bee Stamps gift card!

Be sure to visit each of these blogs to see their beautiful creations using this new release:

Carol Hintermeier --you are here--

Honey Bee Stamps:  Penny the Platypus; Cheerful Sentiments; Ocean Borders
Honey Cuts:  A2 Double-Stitched Frames
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens:  Teacup, Blue Topaz, Clear
Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers
Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine White Embossing Powder
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Monday, February 19, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #2 - Hearts

This challenge is to use the same stamp/die on two different cards in two totally different ways.  I think my two cards here meet that challenge!  You can find all of the info for the Twofer Card Challenge HERE.

The Wedding Wishes card uses the leftover negative pieces from the Simon Says Stamp die called Bramble Heart.  I used my Distress Oxide inks to shade them before piecing them into place on an embossed heart background.

For the second card I colored the die cut with alcohol markers.  I also used the die to cut windows into the card stock and mounted all onto a folded clear acetate card for the see-through effect.  I sent this card to one of our daughters for Valentine's Day and she loved it!!

Here are a couple more looks:

Both of these cards are also entered into Flickr's LOVE--Handmade Cards group Challenge #26-Anything Goes.

Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!

Simon Says Stamp Bramble Heart die
We R Memory Keepers embossing folder, hearts
Sentiment: Wedding Wishes by Stamp Simply; Thoughtful Messages by SSS
Inky Antics heavyweight clear card stock

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sending Blessings

I love finding unusual ways to use some of my favorite stamps and dies!  I've made an elegant card that could be for a wedding or anniversary using some of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps products!

I foiled the bottom layer of the Hexagon Cover Plate die in a rose gold foil.  I used a cream colored card stock that I liked better than white to go with the foiling.

Here is an angled photo that shows all the beautiful shine!

Here are a few pics of the foiling process.  I used a double-sided adhesive on card stock to adhere the foil.

I really appreciate you taking a look!

Here are the supplies I used:
Honey Bee Stamps/dies:  Hexagon Cover Plate dies, Country Blooms; A2 Double-Stitched Frames; Sending You Sentiments
Other:  Heidi Swapp Rose Gold foil; I blended 2 embossing powders: Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Rose Gold & Sparkle N Sprinkle Copper; Bazzill vellum

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Purple Daisy Happy Birthday

Sharing my card here for my Honey Bee Stamps Sunday post on Instagram!  I love purple and you probably know by now, ultra-violet is Pantone's color of the year.  That's what inspired my little purple flowers for this Happy Birthday card.

All of the Honey Bee stamps and Honey Cut dies are listed below and can be shopped for HERE.

I just totally LOVE these Hexagon Cover Plate dies--there are so many ways to use them!  I used the Stipple Layer on the very top hexagon layer, then adhered all the layers together.  I used the middle cover plate die to cut a layer of fun foam for more dimension.  (By using the middle layer on the fun foam, I didn't have to worry about it showing through.)

The flowers were colored with a few alcohol makers and I added some gold dots in the center with a gold pen.  I die cut the Happy sentiment and then used the same purple alcohol markers to create an ombré type effect.

Here's a close-up photo that shows how beautifully these dies stack together and the dimension that they give you.

This card was a lot of fun to make, and I'm already thinking of other ways to use these awesome cover plate dies!  Thanks so much for spending a moment to take a look--I really appreciate it!

Honey Bee Stamps:  Busy Bees; Sending You Sentiments
Honey Bee Stamps Honey Cuts:  Busy Bees; Hexagon Cover Plate; top, middle, bottom & stipple layers; and Happy
Miscellaneous:  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers; Uniball Gell Impact Gold pen; Memento Tuxedo black ink

Sunday, January 21, 2018

You Make Me Happy

I had a lot of fun making this fun card for my Honey Bee Stamps Sunday post on Instagram!  I just think that sending a pickup full of sunshine to someone to tell them how happy they make me would bring a smile to their face!

I did a good bit of masking and ink blending to create the background for this card.  I used my alcohol markers to color this awesome pickup truck from Honey Bee Stamps!  (All supplies are listed below.)

I created a mask from the truck die and used Honey Bee's Sunburst Layering stencil set to ink the sunshine rays.  I hand cut a mask from printer paper to use for the ground and blue sky background.  A couple spritzes of water were added to the grass for texture.

After I stenciled the sunshine, I used a stamp from the Build-A-Bee set to put on a happy face!

I also had an idea (new to me anyway) to use the transparency that you can print out from the MISTI website to help position the sentiment.  I just stamped the sentiment onto the transparency using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then moved the transparency around until I decided where to stamp it.  So often, I am VERY indecisive about where to stamp the sentiments!

Stenciling sunshine over truck mask.
Using transparency to position sentiment.
And check out the "chrome" trim around the windows!  Yes, the die set comes with these little pieces you can cut out and color--I used a silver pen to get the chrome look.  I also added Glossy Accents to the windows.

Well, if you read all the way to this point, I sure do thank you!  As always, I so appreciate your taking a look!

Here are the supplies:
Honey Bee Stamps:  Little Pickup; Build-A-Bee; Sunburst Layers background stencils; Happy Everything sentiments
Inks:  Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron; Versafine Onyx Black; Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Glossy Accents; Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

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