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Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks

Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks
Hello!  I'm back with a little Honey Bee Stamps inspiration using a word die on a clean & simple design! I used a white 5x5 cardbase for this design.  A piece of white cardstock was cut into a 4x4 size and then the stitched square was die cut in the middle of it using one of the dies in the Honey Bee Stamps' Double Stitched Square Die set.  Rather than using the middle square from the resulting cut, I used the outer stitched frame.  I then cut a 4x4 square from a piece of kraft cardstock and adhered then stamped multiple leaves from the Bushel and a Peck stamp set in white on it.  Once those were dry, I adhered the narrow white frame directly to the kraft piece.  Next, I die cut the word twice.  The Thanks die comes with two dies, one is bold and thick.  The second die is more of a script font and much more delicate.  I die cut the bolder one in black and the delicate on in kraft and then glued them together.  I used foam adhesive to adhere the assembled word to the main panel.  The finished design was then adhered to the card base using more foam adhesive to give the overall design some nice dimension. I don't know about you, but autumn weather somehow makes me reach for kraft cardstock.  Loving this change when creating designs this time of year!  I'm sure I'll ease back to completely white designs as the snow begins to fly, but I'm enjoying the warmth that kraft cardstock brings to designs!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 3

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 3
Hello, everyone!  I'm back today during the third and final day of sneak peeks for the A Muse Studio October Release!  Tomorrow is release day!  Do you have your wish list finalized?! For today's card design, I used the new Peace Die in a clean and simple way to create a holiday card.  To begin, I die cut a stitched tag using a die from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  Next, I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed a little water on an acrylic block, adding a Grass reinker to add color.  I squished the watercolor paper on top of the wet acrylic block and then allowed the paper to dry before die cutting the word with the Peace Die.  Once dry, a little sparkle was added with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  I die cut the word again near the bottom of the tag and then set the watercolor paper into the space.  I used the letter centers from the white tag to fill in the spaces in the centers of the letters.  To keep the die cut word flush with the tag, I simply attached it a little piece of cardstock to the back of the tag and glued the die cut pieces to that.  Finally, I stamped one of the cute little birds from the Season's Tweetings set, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive to add a little dimension. The assembled main panel was then adhered to the white card base using additional foam adhesive.  Another quick and easy holiday card design that could so easily be mass produced!  Be sure and head over to the A Muse Studio blog today to see even more inspiration from the design team and leave a comment!

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Then, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio Instagram feed to participate in today's giveaway which includes not one, but THREE, word dies (noel, peace & merry)!  Perfect for all those winter/holiday projects you have brewing! One last thing before I sign off!  Be sure and check out the Halloween sale going on while waiting for tomorrow's new release!  October begins this Sunday!  Can you believe it?!  

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 2

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 2
It's mid-week and time for another A Muse Studio sneak peek for the upcoming October Collection!  Today, we're showing a few creations using the Pining for You set that will be released on Friday!  I combined the set with the Season's Tweetings set (yesterday's sneak peek) for this design.  Giveaways are happening on the A Muse Studio blog, so be sure and visit and comment for your chance to win this week! To begin, the main panel was die cue with the stitched rectangle in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the little starry window & pretty sentiment using black ink, double stamping with my Misty to make it nice and dark.  I then stamped the little house in green ink and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive.  I then added three clear twinkles as embellishments before popping up the finished main panel on the card base with foam adhesive. Holiday cards have never been easier!  No coloring involved in this design and easy assembly is key during the busy time of year!  You could change the color of the house simply by using a different color ink and the sentiment could also be changed! I hope this has inspired you today!  Tomorrow we'll be showcasing sneak peeks of a new die that's on the new release list, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine

Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine
Have you seen the Limited Edition set from Honey Bee Stamps that was designed specifically for the Ellen Hutson "United We Flourish" event?!  I created a design today using it and it's such a fantastic set with coordinating dies! I used the sun from the Partly Cloudy die set to cut a circular shape out of a strip of white cardstock.  I then used Distress Inks to blend ink onto the negative die cut sun shape and stamped a smaller sentiment (from the Sending Sunshine stamp set) in black in the center.  I removed the thin outline of the sun (this is actually the intended sun shape from the die) and placed the colored center back into the line up.  There are three loose pieces in the lineup and I used foam adhesive to adhere them to the card base.  I then die cut the large script sentiment from black cardstock, using a word die from the Sending Sunshine die set.  The sentiment was adhered directly on top of the popped up strip, leaving portions of it hanging off the edge.  A little cloud was die cut using another of the dies from the Partly Cloudy die set and popped up over the other design elements with more foam adhesive.  To finish, three little star sequins from the Hollywood sequin mix were added. This design was pretty easy to put together once I knew what I was doing in my mind!  I had played around with a couple other designs before this, but this one satisfied my clean and simple tendencies! We're gearing up for another exciting new release the week of September 17th, so you'll want to mark your calendars!  I'll tell you there are a lot of lovely autumn images on their way!  As usual, I'll be sharing sneak peeks here and on Instagram that week as we build up to the new release and blog hop that will happen on Friday, September 22! I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!  We're still adjusting to school schedules and finishing up yearly check ups for family members this week!  Summer is definitely wrapping up, but with the cooler months ahead, there is plenty of prep work to be done!   Continue Reading...

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello
Yet another week is flying by and it's already Thursday!  Looking back on our family's August calendar, it's absolutely no wonder!  Autumn has to be quieter...right?! Today, I'm sharing a clean and simple design using some of Honey Bee Stamps' product line.  I used one of the dies from the Hexagon Bunches die set as the focal point of the design.  After cutting the cluster of hexagons, I spritzed a few hexagons with three different color Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I glued the outline of the hexagon cluster directly to the card base and then used foam adhesive behind each of the dried hexagons to pop them up, giving the card dimension.  The simple hello sentiment was added in black ink just below the cluster of hexagons.  The spritzes add both shimmer and texture to the design. It's on to a full weekend of friends and family for us.  Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend before we head back to school and work next week!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes

Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes
I'm not much of a winter person to begin with and I'm not really feeling any serious kind of autumn/winter creativity kicking in quite yet, but for some reason, I had a winter card design idea hit me while brainstorming for today's Honey Bee share! My eyes settled on Honey Bee Stamps' Cloud Borders dies and I started playing.  I ended up using three different cloud dies from the set on a 3x3 piece of white cardstock, leaving them snuggled together after being cut.  I glued them all to a second piece of 3x3 cardstock and then added a little shimmer with some white Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  Next, I stamped the little top hat from the Flakey Friends set in black and added a little holly berry & leaf accent, applying a touch of red Stickles to the berries.  The assembled hat was popped up on the main panel using foam adhesive for dimension.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly onto the main panel.  Three clear sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was popped up on a 5x5 card base. I had the Frosty the Snowman song skipping through my mind as I made this!  Snow can stay away for now, but this card did make me smile!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3
It's the final day of the September Collection sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  That means tomorrow is Release Day!  Are you excited?! Today, we're featuring the Eat, Drink & Be Thankful set.  I decided to create a simple tag to highlight the wonderful, large sentiment included in this set.  The tag was created using the tag die that is included in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in French Roast ink and then added two little orange twinkle stickers and Vanilla twine as embellishments. So simple, but I am envisioning this little tag being put to use for Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to the A Muse blog and be sure to leave a comment on the sneak peek posts for your chance to win!  Then, get that wish list ready for tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  I'll be back with more new release inspiration, so be sure and stop by here on my blog over the next few days!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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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 Muse Studio Seahorses!

A Muse Studio Seahorses!
Happy weekend!  It's a holiday one here in the U.S! Today, I'm sharing some adorable seahorses from the A Muse Studio June Collection new release!  They're included in the fantastic Let's Be Mermaids set. I die cut a circle on the Sugar cardstock card front using one of the dies from the Pinking Circles Die Set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink below the die cut circle.  The seahorses were stamped and colored with a water brush and Papaya pigment ink.  The heart was stamped in Poppy ink and then both the heart and seahorses were cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.  The glitter background was created using Mermaid glitter on a separate piece of cardstock.  A piece of clear cardstock was attached to the back of the card front.  The seahorses and heart were attached to the glittered cardstock with foam adhesive and three clear sequins were added.  The assembled piece was then attached to the back of the card front to create a little scene behind the clear cardstock covering the circle window. 2017 May Melissa2 closeup I love glitter and this particular color makes me smile!

Have a happy Saturday!  I'll be back soon with even more June Collection inspiration!

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A Muse Studio June Collection

A Muse Studio June Collection
Have you checked out the A Muse Studio June Collection yet in the online store?!  This new release is just adorable with a mermaid, narwhal, whale and other sea creatures just waiting to be inked up and used on those summer paper crafting projects! logo I had so much fun creating clean & simple designs with the new sets and thought I'd share a couple of them today!  For my first card, I used the two adorable fish from the Let's Be Mermaids set.  I cut a thin line for a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the Landscape Dies.  The fish were watercolored using a water brush and Ocean and Mermaid and Papaya pigment inks.  The fish we cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and three Twinkle stickers were added as embellishments beneath the wave.  The finished main panel was popped up on the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 May Melissa8 closeup For my second card, I used the True Blue Friend set. 2017 May Melissa6 blog The whale was stamped in Ocean ink and cut out using the stamp set's coordinating dies.  I cut out a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the stitched Landscape Dies, trimming to fit the main panel.  I die cut the sentiment using the Hello word die and Polka Dot Papaya Cardstock.  A single clear Twinkle Sticker was added as the whale's eye before the whale was popped up using foam adhesive. 2017 May Melissa6 closeup The assembled main panel was popped up with foam adhesive on the Sugar cardstock base. I'll be back tomorrow with even more June Collection inspiration!

I hope you've had a fantastic Friday!

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LOUD with CASology

LOUD with CASology
It's Tuesday and a new cue word is up for brainstorming over at CASology! Week 250 - Loud There are many interpretations one could use for this word.  I went with a music themed interpretation.  Music can get a little loud sometimes! I used the jukebox image from Sunny Studio's Sock Hop set to create my clean & simple design.  I used their wavy border dies to cut out two sound waves from white cardstock.  These were adhered to the card base using liquid adhesive.  I then stamped the jukebox in black ink and colored it with Copic markers.  A little sparkle was applied to the center of the jukebox with clear Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens.  The jukebox was popped up using foam adhesive for dimension.  The sentiment and music notes were stamped in black ink to finish off the design. Go take a look at what the design team and this week's guest designer designed for inspiration! DT Badge
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  What does the word LOUD make you think of?  I hope you'll join us this week on the CASology blog for you chance to win the prize from Sunny Studio, our sponsor!  Don't forget to link up your creation by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Muse Studio June Collection Sneak Peek!

A Muse Studio June Collection Sneak Peek!
Excitement is building over at A Muse Studio!  The June Collection is set to release this Thursday and three days of sneak peeks begin today!  Today, I'm sharing a little peek at the new Let's Be Mermaids set! logo I stamped the little mermaid in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I die cut a wavy line using a piece of Mermaid cardstock cut twice with one of the stitched landscape dies.  The die cut piece was attached directly to the Sugar cardstock base using liquid adhesive after stamping the simple sentiment.  The mermaid was colored using a water brush and Papaya, Mermaid and Ocean pigment inks.  Copic markers were used on the mermaid's skin.  Once the inks were dry, Diamond Embossing Powder was applied to the tail for a little sparkle and gold embossing powder was used on the crown.  The finished mermaid was attached to the die cut wavy line using foam adhesive for a little dimension. 2017 May Melissa5 closeup Stay tuned for more fun sneak peeks tomorrow and Wednesday! Sorry I've been so quiet lately.  May has proven to be full of special events and family time!  Summer is coming, after all, and it's a bit of a primer for the next three months when all the kids will be home enjoying summer break!  Rigid schedules will subside for a while and we'll start planning summer fun together!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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