Thursday, November 28, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello my friends, and happy Thanksgiving to you!  Today is day 25 of Tracy McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Honey Bee Stamps is one of the many awesome sponsors, and I have some fun tags with some of their products.

I used the Scallop Square Gift Tag Honey Cuts to create my buffalo check tags.  I was at Hobby Lobby and saw so many cute items in various buffalo checks.  That's what inspired me to create these!  I used the check stamp from the Bitty Patterns stamps and inked it up with Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped onto white, red, and green cardstock.  I used my MISTI to do this as I needed to line it up and stamp it a few times to get a large enough pattern.  I used the square die that in the set to die cut the checked patterns out.

I die cut some 80# Neenah three times with the scallop tag.  Then I adhered the checked piece to the middle of the tags.   Using the Layering Snowflakes Honey Cuts, I die cut a bunch of them so I could layer several together.  Some were cut from Neenah and some from white sticky-back glitter foam.  I adhered several together with liquid glue and attached a gem sticker to the top one.

The sentiment is from the Christ is Born stamp set.  I stamped it in black ink, cut it out with my paper trimmer and adhered it to a black layer.  After I adhered the sentiment, I added NUVO Crystal Drops and let them dry overnight.  I finished the tags off with some ribbon and jingle bells from my stash.

There are a few different ways to win prizes so be sure to go over to Tracy's blog post to get the details!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Honey Bee Stamps products:

Nuvo Crystal Drops:  Bottle Green, Red Berry, Ebony Black

New! Baby Boy Set | Art Impressions

Happy Thanksgiving my friends!  Art Impressions has two new sets out and my card features the new Baby Boy Set.  There is also a new Baby Girl Set that is just as precious.

This card was super easy to create.  I stamped the boy in Copic safe ink onto some Neenah 80# cardstock. I also stamped him onto some blue gingham paper.  I colored the neck and arm bands of the top with a white gel pen.  I fussy cut out the bits I wanted to use for my paper piecing.  Be sure to use a Memento Tuxedo Black pen to go around the edges of your cutting for a more finished look.  I colored the boy with my Copics that are listed below.  After I finished the coloring, I adhered the gingham pieces with liquid glue.  I added some stitching details and highlights with a white gel pen.  Next I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Double Stitched die.

 I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Onyx Black ink using my MISTI.  I added a gingham border and some red floss tied into a bow.  A tip to make it easier to get the floss on is to put some tape runner on the back of the panel so you can stick the floss down as you wrap it.  So much easier!  I added some foam tape to the back and adhered it to a layer that I colored the edges of with my darkest blue Copic to coordinate it better.  This is adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

I hope you know that I am so very thankful for you all, and especially for those that give my blog posts a look on a regular basis.  I hope you have a wonderful day today, filled with lots of love and happiness!  

Copic markers:
B23, B24, B26, C00, C1, C3, 
E11, E21, E34, E35, E37, E50, E51,
N2, N5, N7, R20, R24, R27, R29, R30, Y23

Red DMC floss #666

Monday, November 25, 2019

Warmest Wishes | Art Impressions

Happy Monday!  I'm over on the blog at Art Impressions today with a quick-to-make holiday card.  I've used one of the three images that is in the beautiful Christmas Scene TryFold set.  Each of these images can totally stand alone for a card.  I love being able to use one stamp set in several different ways!

I created my card base first because I wanted to make sure I got the openings and image lined up just right.  First I put a a piece of Neenah 80# into a snowflake embossing folder and ran it through my machine.  I trimmed it to 4" x 5-¼".

I used the middle sized Oval Double Stitched Die and die cut an opening in the embossed panel.  I lined up that die with the next largest and die cut a red frame and adhered it to the embossed panel.  I die cut an opening in the red card base with the larger die of the two.  (Doing this gave me a bit of a margin for error when lining up the layers and not having to worry that the ovals would be off.)

I stamped the image in Copic safe ink and colored it with the markers listed below.  

I added some sparkle to the snowy areas with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  Then I die cut it out with a Rectangle Double Stitched die and adhered it to the inside of my card base.  I added a snowflake to the outside that I had made a while back for a previous project.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Copic markers:
BOOO, B0000, BV20, C0, C00, C1, C3, N0, N2, N5, 
R35, R46, R59, W1, W3, WS5, W7,
Y11, Y14, YG03, YG25, YG67, YR23


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

CAS Peace on Earth | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!  As promised over on my Instagram post, here's a quick "how I made it" blog post.  I was struck with fear when we were told this week would be CAS and quick to produce card week.  I mean, really, look at my cards--nothing CAS about them--not ever!  LOL!  All of the products I used are available in the Honey Bee shop--just click on the link.  Nothing like one-stop-shopping!

Here are the steps for the card base:
  • Die cut some Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with the largest A2 Deckle Edge die.  Die cut a top-folding A2 card base with the same die, leaving the top edge of the die just beyond the fold.
  • Take the #5 and #6 deckle dies (with the smallest being #1) and center, then tape them together to create a frame.  See photo below.
  • Center these dies onto the woodgrain die cut piece and run it through your machine.
  • Keeping the 2 dies taped together, die cut some foam so the frame will have dimension. (I had to die cut card stock 4 times as I remembered that I was out of foam.)
  • Adhered the foam to the woodgrain frame.
  • Adhere the largest piece to your top-folding card that was die cut with the Deckle Edge die. Then adhere the stacked frame.
  • Using the #5 Deckle Edge die, cut out a piece of the evergreen paper that's from the Holiday Traditions 6x6 paper pad.  Adhere it in the center.  (Honey Bee has a die release tool with a little spatula like tool on one end that helped push this piece down in the frame.)

Take a piece white self-adhesive glitter foam and adhere it to a scrap piece of white card stock.  Then die cut the wreath from the Joy Noel Honey Cuts twice.  I intertwined them a bit and adhered them together with a few drops of glue.  Adhere that to the center of the green panel.

Next I used a sentiment from the Rejoice stamp set.  I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed it in WOW! Silver Metallic embossing powder.  Then I die cut it with a die from the Banner Builder Honey Cuts.  I added a couple of strips of thin foam tape to the back and adhered it to the frame.  

The final thing was to add some green gems from the Log Cabin Gem Stickers set.  I used small dots of Distress Collage Medium Matte just to make sure those gems stayed put!

Ok, I know that may sound like a lot of steps, but honestly, once you have it all set up, it comes together very quickly.  I hope you've found these steps helpful.  As always, you are so kind to stop by my blog--I appreciate you!

Supply list:

Whimsy Stamps Guest Desinger

Hello friends! I'm very happy to share that I am a Guest Designer over on the Whimsy Stamps blog today!  This is a new-to-me company and there are so many adorable stamps of theirs that I love!

I have two card projects to share with you today.  First up is my card featuring the oh, so adorable Happy Owlidays Too set!  When I saw this stamp set, I had to have it!  There are two other cute owl images in this set with several fun sentiments.

To begin, I used the Whimsy Stamps Twinkle stencil.  After placing the stencil on some dark blue card stock, I applied some Deco Foil Metallix White Pearl Gel through the stencil.  I set it aside to dry.  I stamped the owl and the holly leaves with some Copic safe ink and colored the images.

Next I used Whimsy's Pierced and Stitched Circles die set to cut the owl out.  I wanted it to look like he was perched on the sentiment strip so I used a ruler and drew a straight line on either side of the bottom of the image.  I used my paper trimmer to cut the straight portions and fussy cut along the bottom of feet and hat.  I also fussy cut the two holly clusters.

I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of card stock and adhered it to a silver glitter strip.  I adhered the stenciled piece onto an A2 top-folding card base, added the sentiment strip, the owl and the holly clusters.

I love the starry night look this stencil gives to this adorable owl scene!

Ok, now on to my second project.  I used the beautiful Floral Oval stamp for this next card.

Once again I used the Twinkle stencil on a die cut panel (it's a die I've had for a long time) and applied some Gina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gel through the stencil.  I set that aside to dry.

I stamped the Floral Oval with Copic safe ink onto some Neenah 80# card stock.  After I finished coloring it, I fussy cut it out.

I adhered the stenciled piece to a top-folding A2 red card stock base.  I added some thin foam tape to the back of the oval and put in onto the card.  This stencil looks so pretty with the glittery gel!  I was going to put a sentiment on the card front, but I just ended up feeling like I wanted this floral image to be the focal point.

Thank you so much Whimsy Stamps for inviting me to Guest Design for you!  I really enjoyed creating with your stamps, dies and stencil!

These are the Whimsy Stamps products used:

Happy Owlidays Too
Twinkle stencil
Floral Oval
Pierced and Stitched Circle dies

Monday, November 18, 2019

Watercolor Holiday Wishes | Art Impressions

Happy Monday!  I'm over on the Art Impressions' blog today with a watercolor card featuring the so sweet WC Winter Kids set.

It has been quite a while since I pulled out any of Art Impressions' watercolor stamp sets, and goodness me, I sure struggled.  LOL!  It's so true about continuing to practice in order to improve and  and not struggle so much!  This card is my "take five"!  Yep, I have four other attempts in the trash can.  The thing that really helps is going to Art Impressions' YouTube channel to see the videos that Bonnie does for all the watercolor sets.  These videos are a great way to refresh, or learn, the watercoloring technique.  Another awesome source of inspiration is the Ai Watercolor design team--talk about beautiful cards!  You can see their cards in the Watercolor board on Pinterest.

After my initial struggles, I pulled out my MISTI, laid out the stamps for my scene, and inked them up--success!  The little bird is from the WC Bird Bath Set.  Before I did more, I used a pencil and ruler and drew a square approximately 3-5/8"  around the images and put Post-It Tape around the outside of the square.  Here are the steps for creating this card.
  • Ink the snowman image in first in Deep Blue-565, then Brown-879 on all parts except the snowman body, and stamp onto watercolor paper.
  • Ink the bird and lamppost in 879 first, then 565, and stamp.
  • I'm still limited with the Tombow marker colors I have so I combined some colors to get the shade I wanted.  For the red, I combined Wine Red-837 and Warm Red-885.
  • The snowman, snow, and sky is a combination of Deep Blue-565 and Imperial Purple-636.
  • The scarf, bird, and pants are Navy Blue-528.
  • The hat, snowman arm, and lamppost are Chocolate-969.
  • The light is a combination of Process Yellow-055 and Orange-933.

Once my watercoloring was finished I added some sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  I decided to add some details to the scarfs, hat and boots using a Micron .005 black pen.  I used a white gel pen to add snow all over.  (I was going to use a Molotow masking pen before I started painting but found it not usable.  I guess that's what happens when you have something for a long time and don't use it much.)  I used my t-square ruler and a Tombow Twin Tone Navy pen to draw a frame around the image and to sign it.

This close-up shows some of the sparkle that is so hard to capture in photos.

The sentiment is from the Snow Friend set and I stamped it in a blue ink.  I added foam tape to the back and adhered it onto a blue layer (from my stash).  These were then added to a top-folding A2 card base.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a fun and crafty week!

Tombow Dual Brush pens (colors listed above)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Golden Joy Holiday Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!  Today I'm over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog with the elegant, easy to make holiday card.  I've used the Joy Noel Wreath Honey Cuts, Winter Bouquet Honey Cuts and the Follow That Star Background Stencil to create this classic and elegant Christmas card!

To begin, I cut some red card stock to 5-¼" x 4".  Then I used two of the Background Blender Brushes to ink around the edges with Fired Brick Distress Ink and just a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink.  I sprayed some Pixie Spray on the back of the Follow That Star stencil and let that dry.  Pixie Spray is a light tack, repositionable adhesive that makes using stencils so easy!  Then I put it on the red cardstock and applied Golden Era NUVO Glacier Paste through the stencil.  This paste is so smooth and not as "gritty" as other glitter pastes with a beautiful and subtle shine.  Be sure to clean your stencil immediately!

While the Glacier Paste was drying, I used the "j" and "y" from the Joy Noel Wreath Honey Cuts and die cut them from some gold mirror cardstock.  I also cut the smallest and next to largest poinsettias from the Winter Bouquet Honey Cuts from the gold mirror cardstock.  For the middle layer I smooshed a Ranger Emboss It Dabber Clear embossing ink onto some 80# Neenah.  I made sure I had a thick, solid layer of the embossing ink.  I sprinkled some Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel over it.  I let my heat tool get good and hot and then heat set it from the back of the paper so the enamel didn't blow off.  This embossing powder is SO pretty with the gold, white, and gold sparkle in it!  Once that was totally cool, I die cut the next to largest poinsettia and the flower center from the embossed piece.  I adhered the pieces together with glue dots.

After the stenciled piece way dry, I used a ruler and an extra fine point gold metallic marker to draw a frame near the edges.  I layered this onto a 5-½" x 4-¼" gold mirror piece.  I added these to a top-folding 80# Neenah card base.

I used my t-square ruler to help align and center the J and Y.  I adhered those and the poinsettia with liquid glue.  I love how the poinsettia dies have lines in them that emboss for that extra dimension!

I love combining sets, and all of these that I've used are so versatile!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Stay warm, and crafty!!

Honey Bee Stamps:

Other supplies:

Home is Where You Park It! | Art Impressions

Hello friends!  It's already week two of Art Impressions' Couple Cards challenge, which means you can create a card with any "pair" theme.  I had so much fun masking, stamping and coloring this scene for the couple from the Happy Trails Set!  This set also has a camper stamp and sentiments to use on a birthday card, a retirement card, and a few other general ones.

To begin, I actually planned my scene (gasp! Me, planning? LOL!)  by stamping onto some printer paper to get an idea of where I wanted everything to be.  Then I stamped the images onto masking paper and fussy cut out the tree and just the portions of the people that needed to be masked.  I stamped the people first, applied their masks, then using my sheet I planned on, I positioned the lights.  I just fussy cut the ends of the lights mask and applied it.  Then I stamped both trees.  

Because I'm not really experienced at coloring/free-handing a background, I colored it first.   The Copic colors are listed below.  Once I knew I'd be happy with the background, I finished coloring the rest.  Did you notice how I snuck in red and green?  I was kind of thinking "Christmas on the beach!" Sounds good to me!

I die cut the colored panel and the green card stock layer with the Rectangle Double Stitched dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink using my MISTI.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and that you'll be entering your project into the Couple Cards Challenge!  

Copic markers:
sand:  E55, E53, E51
sky:  B0000, Y11, Y13
trees:  E59, E57, YG17, YG25, YG03
skin:  E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, R20
clothes:  R29, R27, R24, G07, YG17, YG25, B97, B95, B93
hair:  YR24, Y19, Y21, N5, N2
chairs:  C3, C1, C00


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

SSS & Art Impressions Exclusive Holiday Flip Card

Hello friends!  I'm so happy to be sharing a card made with the new Simon Says Stamps Exclusive Holiday Flip Card stamp set, designed by Art Impressions!   Today my card uses the snowmen from the set.  There are also some penguins included in the set that are SO adorable!!

Using my MISTI, I stamped the images onto 80# Neenah Solar White with Ink on 3 Blackout Detail Ink.  I colored the snowmen with my Copic markers (listed below) and fussy cut them out.  Then I used some Tsukineko Radiant Neon Amplify Puff Ink to add the fluff to their hats!  This product is so great!  I love how it stays white after you heat it and it puffs up!  So fun!

Next I worked on the snowy background for the card front and the inside.  I used some light blue card stock and inked the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink.  I applied some texture paste on the panels using the Honey Bee Stamps Snow Day Background stencil and some white embossing paste.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled on some glitter from my stash.  The hills are die cut with SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills die and Therm O Web White Latte Flock Transfer Sheets.

To make the flip card feature, you will need Art Impressions' Flip Card Die.  I followed the directions on the back of the package to die cut the flip card.  I adhered the background pieces to the card panel. This is what you see when you open the card:

I stamped both sentiments using my MISTI and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink.

This set is totally adorable and I hope I've given you some inspiration today.  Head on over to Simon Says Stamp to check it out while it's still available!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate you!!!

Copic markers:
B000, B0000, BG02, BG05, BG07, BV20, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9,
G46, YG41, YG45R21, R30, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29, R39, 100


Monday, November 11, 2019

Sending Cheer Your Way! | Art Impressions

Happy Monday friends!  I'm over on the blog at Art Impressions with a card featuring the adorable Penguin Cheer set.

I stamped the penguins and ornaments onto Neenah 80# with a Copic safe ink.  All of the marker colors are listed at the end.  I sketched in some snow for the ground using a BV20, C2, and C0 marker.

Next I used a Rectangle Double Stitched die to die cut the image out.  Before removing the die, I used a blender brush and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink to add some shading around the penguins.  I placed the same die on a piece of white card stock and traced around the outside edge of the die with a pencil.  I cut it out with my paper trimmer.  Perfect size to layer under the die cut piece.  Before I adhered it, I used my dark blue Copic and colored the edges. I stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I added some foam tape and adhered it to some patterned paper from my stash.  This is all on an A2 top-folding card base.

Finally, I added some white gel pen accents and Diamond Glaze to the star, lights and ornaments.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  This is just the type of card that would work for the current Holiday Card Challenge!  We hope to see your creations there!  Have a crafty week!

Copic markers:
B93, B95, B97, BV20, C00, C0, C2, C3, C5, C7,
G94, R11, R20, Y04, Y08, Y15, Y19, YG61, YG63, W00

Art Impressions Penguin Cheer
Art Impressions Rectangle Double Stitched Dies
Signo White Gel pen
JudiKins Diamond Glaze
Stormy Sky Distress Oxide
Honey Bee Stamps Background Blender Brushes

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Gnoel from the Gnome Family | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!  As promised on my Instagram post, I have the details for my Gnome card using this adorable Honey Bee Stamps Gnome Place Like Home set.

For coloring the images, I stamped them with Ink on 3's Fadeout Detail Ink.  I used my MISTI and stamped them about three times so I could see the light colored ink better.  I colored them with my Copic markers (I've listed the colors at the end of my post.)  I used the coordinating Honey Cuts to die cut them out.

Next I used the Winter Wonder Background Stencil Set (set of 6) to create my background.  The mountain and hill stencils can be snipped apart, then you have a stencil and a mask.  I used Pixie Spray, which is a repositionable adhesive and makes stenciling SO easy!  Just spray it on the back, wait about a minute, and you're good to go.

I started at the top, placed one stencil down, used a couple Detail Blender Brushes, then used the mask portion, and the next stencil portion.  I used Distress Oxides in these colors:  Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, and Weathered Wood.  I very lightly added the Weathered Wood for a shadow effect on the snowy hills.

Next I used one of the snow stencils from the same set to add snow.  I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste through the stencil.  I let it dry, and to my dismay, I found that the moisture of the embossing paste picked up the Distress Oxide color below it!  Thankfully, it didn't take too long to use a white gel pen to go over the snowflakes to make them white again.

I also used the white gel pen to add snow to the trees and the girl gnome's dress.  I added a clear sparkle pen to the hills at the bottom and the vellum shadow layer behind the sentiment.  Oh, I used my blue Copics on a scratch piece of card stock in an ombre pattern then die cut the sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do so appreciate that!  Carol :)

Copic markers:
red elements:  R29, R27, R24, R14
green elements:  YG97, YG17, YG25, YG03
faces:  E51, R01, R12
girl's hair:  YR23, YR21, Y21
blue dress:  B18, B23, B24
beard:  C2, C0