Honey Bee Stamps Stamptember Collaboration

Happy Sunday, crafty friends!

Thanks for taking a pause out of your day to spend some time with me here on my blog. Today's card is extra fun because it's part of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration which continues for the entire month! If you're not familiar with this fabulous event, you can read all about it here

Today's collaboration is with Honey Bee Stamps and the stamp set is gorgeous!

I created a simple wreath card today by stamping the leaf and bud images multiple times in a circle pattern on to watercolor paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then watercolored the images with different shades of Distress Ink and then left it to dry.

After the watercolors were all dry, I added details with my Prismacolor Colored pencils. It's always better to start with a light hand and then continue layering on the colors and pencil strokes. I like using colored pencils on top of watercolors or copic markers because it adds a lot of texture!

I stamped a sentiment in the middle with black ink and then trimmed down the watercolored panel, mounted it with a piece of foam, and then glued it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch kraft-colored card base. 

To put a finishing touch on the card, I added some gems  around the wreath. I don't normally add embellishments like this to cards, but I really like the way it tied the whole card together!

That wraps up the card, but don't forget to hurry on over to Simon Says Stamp to get your hands on this set because there are limited qualities available!

Thanks again for stopping by and happy stamping!


Hey Darlin'!

Greetings, fellow card-makers!

Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today!

I'm taking a break from some of my regularly scheduled assignments and posts to share a card with a mashup of products from two of my favorite companies - The Stamp Market and The Greetery.

If you aren't familiar with either of these companies, then do yourself a favor and take a couple minutes to browse their sites! Here are a couple highlights on why I love these two brands.

The Stamp Market has so many super fun products! I love Amy's bold style and the trendy look of her stamps and dies. She also just launched a line of ink pads which I am SO excited about and will be ordering soon! Her inks are made with foam pads, so the coverage you get will be ahh-mayyyz-ing!! The Stamp Market also offers innovative dies which create three dimensional flowers, super cute decorative ribbons, and also some beautiful patterned paper!

The Greetery is a newer company to join the crafting party, and BOY OH BOY, where they worth the wait!! I am such a shabby-chic, vintage-style loving girl in my heart, and when I saw the designs from this company, I did a happy dance! Betsy's style is sweet and lovely, and I feel like a true artist when I create with these products!

So let's get to the card, shall we??? This one would be super easy to create on your own!

I started out by cutting a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of kraft cardstock and laying it into my MISTI stamping tool. I inked up the Jumbo Plaid background stamp  with Unicorn White pigment ink and then stamped it down.

While the pigment ink was drying, I went ahead and stamped and die cut the rest of my elements!

After using the Skinny Alpha dies to cut out all the letters for my sentiment, I then stamped and die cut out my fruit and leaf images with the Lemon Blossom stamp and die set and various Altenew ink cubes (Greens, Yellows, Corals, and Blues).

Now it's time to put the card together!

I glued down all my images, and at this point you might be tempted to freak out, thinking that these cute little guys might be totally obstructed by your letters at the end. But don't worry! These alphabet dies are awesome because they are so skinny, so you can still see ALL the elements of the card at the same time, and they won't compete with each other or distract from the focal point of the card - which is that large sentiment!

So after all the fruit and floral images were glued down, I just glued down my letters (tip - use a ruler so that you can make sure your letters are all lined up straight!), and then glue the finished panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5,5 inch card base.

Well that's it for me today! Thanks again for joining me and have yourself a crafty day!!


Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Blessings Blog Hop!

Welcome, crafty friends!

I'm so glad you're here because I have such a fun card to share with you today!

Honey Bee Stamps is having a fun blog hop today as part of inspiration week to fill your idea files with great ways to use the newest release which you can find here.

I had so much fun creating today's card, so I'll get right to it!

I was so excited when I saw this House Builder Die - it is so unbelievably amazing! It comes with so many pieces and options to customize your house. It can be used to make shaped cards OR the house is also small enough to fit on the front of an A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card.

So really this card was simple to put together from the standpoint that I just cut out the pieces with my die cut machine and then glued them together. These dies are also a fun way to incorporate patterned paper, which is another obsession of mine! And using this die is also a great way to use up scrap paper in your stash because a lot of the elements of the house are pretty small.

Here are a couple tips I picked up along the way with using this die:

1. Ink Blend for Added Dimension

After you cut out your pieces, they can fall a little flat sometimes. So pick up an ink blending tool or a sponge dauber and blend some ink around the edges of the die cut pieces to give them some added dimension! This will help them pop off the base of the house a little better!

2. Add Colored Pencil Details for Added Texture

Using a colored pencil in the same shade as your die cut piece, you can lightly scribble on some lines to your die cut pieces to give them the look of texture. I did that with some of the window pieces to give them the look of wood grain.

3. Use the Photo from the Website for a Guide

Sometimes a large die set like this can be overwhelming and confusing, so utilize the product photos on the website to help you know what function all the pieces are supposed to perform! But the GREAT thing is that these dies are sized and designed so that some of the pieces can pull double duty and serve multiple functions.

For instance, you may notice that the sample photo here from the website does not contain a flower box underneath the two windows on the first floor of the house. And it also contains a nice detail piece over the front door. Well for my card, I used that front door piece as a flower box for the first floor windows instead!

I chose to keep this a shaped card, so I die cut another house panel and then used one of the dies in the set to create a hinge piece and glued one side of the hinge to the top of the under-side of the first decorated house panel. I then glued the other side of the hinge to the top of the other plain house panel to finish things off!

Thanks again for stoping by and be sure to check out all the other stops along the hop today! Honey Bee Stamps is giving away two prize packs valued at $50 to one lucky winner who comments on each stop along the way.

Check out the entire hop here!

Honey Bee Stamps
Channin Pelletier
Carol Hintermeier
Kelly Latevola
Lisa Cisneros
Kelly Martin (you are here!)
Bobbi Lemanski (go here next!)
Jill Hawkins
Galina Filippenko
Alba Castejon (our friend Alba is sharing her project for today's hop on her Instagram account!)

Have a great weekend!!