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A Honey Bee Stamps Hello

A Honey Bee Stamps Hello
Happy Thursday!  Can you believe tomorrow is Friday again?!  I think I am still in a bit of a daze from vacation.  With four family birthdays falling into these last two months of summer, things are always a bit busier than usual!  Throw a family vacation and the usual summer days & weekend trips in there along with the festivities, and you have a hoppin' house!   It's all good, though!  Summer flies because of this uptick in activities, but I think that just makes autumn that much more enjoyable as things begin to slow to a more relaxed pace and school routines start up again! Today, I'm sharing a monochromatic card that uses simple stitched dies and images from Honey Bee Stamps.  A flower from the Busy Bees stamp set is the focal image on the design.  I chose not to color anything, but kept things very clean looking by only adding color with a strip of kraft cardstock. The main panel is a piece of white cardstock, die cut using the Cloud Borders Dies.  The sentiment (Simple Sentiments set) was stamped in black on the lower half.  I spaced the two pieces apart slightly and then adhered both with foam adhesive to a piece of kraft cardstock to give it the appearance of a little row of dirt.  The flower & stem (Busy Bees set) were stamped in black and die cut on white cardstock.  I glued the upper portion of the stem directly to the top piece of the main panel, tucking in the lower portion behind the lower piece of main panel.  The flower was then popped up with foam adhesive and a single, black rhinestone was added for interest.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I love using dies in different ways and these cloud dies were perfect for what I had in mind!  A very simple design and the sentiment could be varied to meet your card needs!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!

A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!
Today is the beginning of a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're focusing on embossing with WOW! as our sponsor! 2017 AugustChallengeLogo I embossed the sentiment on my design in white on black cardstock and then cut it into pieces.  The main panel is a stitched rectangle die cut and is popped up on the card base with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugustChallenge Card closeup The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Origami Animals set.  It was stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and cut out before being popped up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  To finish the design, I added three black sequins. Come join us for this month's challenge for your chance to win the prize!  Go get those embossing powders, glitters and foils out of your stash and start playing! Please help support A Blog Named Hero by shopping through our links. These are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamp Ellen Hutson Hero Arts Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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Fall Flowers

I created this card for the Sketch and Color Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers this week. I was happy to see some fall colors on the color challenge! What perfect timing and with fall on my brain, I didn't have to switch gears! Yay! I'm not sure just how satisfied I am with how it turned out, but it will have to do for this attempt as it's getting late and I will pay for it in the morning if I don't get my beauty rest soon!
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Stamps: SU Garden Greetings
Cardstock: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, white
Ink: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments: SU Elementary Ribbon Essentials, pearl
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Sweetness


I just can't seem to quit playing with my Whiff of Joy stamps! This image will make wonderful Valentine's Day cards! This particular card sketch was for Splitcoast Stampers SC194.
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, My Favorite Things Here's the Scoop set (sentiment)
Papers: SU Berry Bliss DSP, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink cardstocks
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate (sentiment), Black StazOn (main image outline)
Coloring: Copic markers
Accessories: Stampendous Dot Sparklers, SU Stampin' Dimensionals
I stamped the main image on the Whisper White cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. This was my very first attempt and I know I have a long way to go! I had fun, though, and am excited to keep practicing!
I layered the different patterns of DSP and then mounted the main image over them. I attached the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the Dot Sparklers (little shimmery pink circle stickers).


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Thinking of Fall

I can't help but think of fall kinds of things. All around me, there are signs of fall appearing. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn colors, the grass isn't growing quite as quickly and there are new fall flowers (or weeds to some people) appearing along the local trail. The nights are cool and the morning are just heavenly. I made my first fall card last night to celebrate. The new fall C.C. Designs stamps are so adorable! My DH asked me last night if Precious Moments was now making rubberstamps! LOL!
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Stamps: C.C. Designs
Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Paper Trey white
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
Embellishments: paper flowers, yellow brads, SU Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, SU Chocolate Chip marker (for faux stitching)
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Couch Potato

I'm loving this newer set from Paper Trey! A polka dotted couch? How fun is that?! It seems like I've been thinking in purples lately. Probably because I'm seeing more purples and yellows showing up in the landscape as fall gets closer. I paired SU's yummy Rich Razzleberry ink with Melon Mambo ink for a girly look. Fall means getting together with good friends for warm drinks while catching up on the details of our crazy, gone-in-a-flash summers! Here's to friendship!
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Stamps: On My Couch (Paper Trey)
Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Paper Trey white
Paper: SU Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: SU Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Embellishments: SU Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, pink gemstone brads, Prima flowers
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Riley’s Caffeine Fix

I needed to make a card for my father this week. His birthday was way back in, oh, September?! I put off making it and sending it simply because he was out of the country and there was no way to get it to him overseas. Procrastination did not pay off, once again, and here I am trying to play catch up!

I tend to have a little trouble coming up with masculine cards and, since my father can't distinguish between reds & greens (color blindness), I am limited just a little. I found this Riley image (Hanna Stamps) in my drawer of individual stamps the other night and just had to use it. Dad is a big coffee lover, you see!


Stamps: Riley (Hanna Stamps), Coffee Break (Gel-a-tins)

Paper: SU Autumn Vine, SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White cardstocks

Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Black StazOn

Coloring: Copic markers

Accessories: CM cutting system, word window punch, corner punch, vintage brad, Cuttlebug embossing, Coffee Ice Stickles (on the berry atop the cupcake)
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Discoveries

I'm discovering a whole bunch of new exciting stamp lines lately! Maybe I've just lived a sheltered stamping life?! Maybe I'm spending too much time staring at my computer screen?! I don't care what the reason! I'm just thrilled to be finding the treasures! The inspiration they give me to stamp is more than enough!

This is my first card using Whiff of Joy stamps and I must say I'm in love!

These stamps somehow remind me of my childhood days of Holly Hobbie! Anyone else?!

Stamps: Whiff of Joy, SU Warm Words
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Black StazOn
Paper: SU Washington Apple DSP, SU Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Whisper White cardstocks
Accessories: SU oval punch, blender pens, mini flower brads, watercolor crayons, Stampin' Dimensionals

To make the card, I stamped the image with Black StazOn and colored it using my blender pens, using a combination of ink from my SU Classic pads and my watercolor crayons. I then layered the DSP and added the sentiment to the oval, attaching it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Proof

Just for the record, I did indeed stamp at least one card over the summer! I didn't realize how tricky it is to find Snoopy images and papers until I went looking for them for my son's birthday invitations. I did find some at the local craft store and online, but it took a little looking and I was looking for Joe Cool in particular. Guess that's what I get for being too specific in a search that's already a challenge. I gave up on finding any Peanuts paper, so went with some fun summer paper from Basic Grey. Here's the finished card:Supplies
Stamps: Stampabilities, Paper Trey sentiment
Cardstock: SU Only Orange, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey
Accessories: Nestabilities, CM cutting system (circle)
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CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!
Today is the day!  It's finally here!  It's CASology's 5-year anniversary celebration and I hope you'll hop along with us because there is a ton of inspiration and some rather fabulous prizes up for grabs for those who do!  Just remember, the deadline is next Monday, July 31, at NOON (CDT) for hopping and being eligible for the prizes!  You must leave comments at all stops to be eligible to win!  For more hop details, including a list of prizes and the full hop list, head on over to the CASology blog! You should have arrived here from the CASology blog!  I'm the second stop on the hop! I happen to love hot air balloons and had to dig around in my stash for the balloon stamp set I just knew I had, but since I tend to be a bit of an "acquire it and forget about it for a while" kind of gal, it took a bit more digging than it probably should have.  Now, had I had my creative stash neatly documented and categorized like those wonderfully organized individuals we all see on Pinterest, I may have spared myself some frustration.  Good thing I'm not a quitter!  I actually found it!  Once I had it in hand, I wanted to make a thank you themed card because I feel I owe a lot of people a thank you during this milestone celebration! 2017 July25 DIAMOND WM I've been loving the Distress Oxide Inks for blending the last little while, so pulled those out to create a pretty skyline on the main panel.  Once dry, I dressed it up a bit by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle die and spritzed it lightly with some Gold Color Shine spray to add a little shimmer.  The skyline silhouette and simple sentiment were stamped in black ink. Three small silver star sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 July25 DIAMOND closeup I won't keep you any longer, so head on to the next stop on the hop, Altenew!

Have fun and good luck!

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Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps

Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps
How about some more Honey Bee Stamps new release inspiration this week?  I am having so much fun with the mermaid in the Ocean Bliss set!  Have you seen all the adorable mermaids in the new release yet?!  So. Much. Fun. For this design, I inked a background panel using distress oxide inks.  I applied greenish-blue ink to an acrylic stamping block, spritzed the block lightly with water and then smooshed it onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then stamped the border image on this with the same color ink and fussy cut it before popping it up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  The larger "Be" sentiment was selectively colored as the original sentiment is actually spelled "Bee"!  Both the large and small sentiments were stamped in black.  I then stamped the mermaid, die cut it with the coordinating die and then colored with Copic markers only the areas of the image that would be showing above the water.  I then carefully trimmed of the center of the image off the mermaid and popped up the two remaining pieces behind the border image using more foam adhesive.  I love that it looks like she is swimming!  I added a little sparkle to her tail and some clear dew drops as embellishments. 2017 July20 BeYourself closeup The assembled main panel was then framed using a piece of black cardstock and then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive.  I love to think outside the box with images and this was one way to use this mermaid image creatively!

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A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!
Today is release day over at A Muse Studio and you're going to love it all! logo I created a modern looking design for the first card in my post today.  It reminds me a little of some of the decor in the hotels these days with bold color blocks!  I simply cut three strips of varying colors (Orange, Grass, Buttercup) to create a square main panel, adhering them to a square piece of Sugar cardstock.  Once assembled, I stamped a row of three leaves (Bouquet Builder set) on the center of the panel.  The main panel was then popped up on the card base (5x5) with foam adhesive for dimension and the simple sentiment was stamped below and slightly to the right. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard6 closeup For my second card, I used the ice cream cone image from the You're Cool stamp set. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 blog I simply stamped three cones, die cut them using the coordinating dies and colored them by spritzing each one with a different color Splash spray!  Super easy coloring!  Once dry, I colored the cone portion with a brown Copic marker and applied a little glitter to the ice cream using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The cones were then popped up with foam adhesive and the banner sentiment (from the same set) was stamped below in black ink. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 closeup For a limited time, you can get this set FREE with any $35 purchase!  How great is that?! You're Cool Set So much fun and versatility in these new sets!  Summer blooms and ice cream?!  I'm loving these!  Go check them out in the online store!

Have a fabulous Friday!

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