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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...

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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CASology WISH

CASology WISH
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  It's all about wishes this week. Week 257 - Wish I chose to use a Uniko Studio image, our sponsor this week!  I love their sentiment sets and the Big & Bold - Wish set is one of my favorites!  I used blue and purple Distress Oxide inks to create the rich colored background, spritzing the dried panel with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine spray.  I stamped the bold sentiment and coordinating smaller sentiment in Versafine black ink.  Three little gold star sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was layered on top of a piece of black cardstock to frame the design.  The assembled piece was popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. I love that this design could be varied simply by changing the background colors!  Need a masculine card?  No problem!  Just add more masculine colors! I hope you'll play along with us this week!  The word WISH can be interpreted so many ways!  I almost went with a fairy tale theme!  Go say hello to the design team members when you get a chance!  They'd love to hear from you!

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Don't forget to link up your own WISH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Uniko Studio!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology GROWth

CASology GROWth
It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and we're focusing on growth this week!  Spring is definitely emerging in the landscape now and DS1 actually mowed the grass last week for the first time this year!  Things are growing! Week 245 - Grow I chose to combine two sets from STAMPlorations to create this simple design (All You Need is Coffee & Literary Caffeine-ations).  I masked the steam using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  The cup was stamped, fussy cut and paper pieced with decorative paper from my stash.  It was then popped up over the steam using foam adhesive.  I stamped the funny sentiment in Tuxedo Memento Black ink and added three brown gemstones to the mug.  That's it! I hope you'll visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave them a little blog love when you have a little time this week!  They've done such a great job providing inspiration this week! DT Badge
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CASology with ICING

CASology with ICING
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Brainstorming should be rather sweet this week. Week 243 - Icing I used an older Hero Arts robot wooden stamp for this design.  It's from the 3 Robots set.  The simple, clean font sentiment is from the more recent Hero Arts Birthday Animal Silhouettes set.  I stamped the robot first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring it with Copic markers.  I then applied a thin layer of Molotow Art Masking Liquid to the middle of the robot to prevent it from being inked while creating the curvy line.  I used one of the curvy Landscape Dies from A Muse to create a stencil for the inked curve.  After making sure the masking liquid was dry, I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade (orange) and Faded Jeans (blue) to create the curved line.  I then removed the masking liquid from the robot and applied Orange Slice Stickles for a little sparkle and interest.  The main panel was adhered to a black piece of cardstock to frame it and then the assembled piece was popped up on the card base with foam adhesive.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of googly eyes to finish the design. Don't forget to leave the design team members and our guest designer a little blog love this week for all the wonderful inspiration they've created!  We love hearing from you! DT Badge
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  Then, don't forget to link up your own ICING creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, this week's sponsor! I'm thinking it may be a cupcake kind of day in our house.  White...with buttercream frosting.  And, of course, colorful sprinkles! I'm also linking this card up to the April Anything Goes Challenge (as long as it includes Hero Arts images) over at A Blog Named Hero! 2017 Apr Challenge Logo Have a terrific Tuesday! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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