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Sweet Sunflowers for Honey Bee Stamps

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I’m up on Social Media for Honey Bee Stamps today and wanted to share here too. You will see that I’m kind of of a spring themed roll and just kept with it.

I have loved the idea of uncolored images on a bold background for awhile and thought it was time to give it a try. I inked the Sweet Sunflowers images and then just cut them out with the coordinating dies. I used the Basketweave Stencil to create this ombré background to provide a pop of color and texture. The sentiment is from the Spring Joy Bouquet set and I simply love this one!

Short and sweet today! Hope you have a beautiful day!

Happy Spring for SugarPea Designs

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Today I have a project for the SugarPea Designs company blog to share with you. I just love the beautiful colors of spring and that was my inspiration for today.

I chose the Open Book SugarCut dies to create the wreath. After inking a piece of watercolor paper with varying green inks, I cut a bunch of the leaves for making the wreath. I cut a few of the other leaf designs too. Then I colored some more paper with pink and yellow and cut the flower pieces.

I glued the wreath together on a silicone mat for easy positioning. Before placing it on the panel, I splattered the background with the green inks. Then I glued it down. The sentiment comes from the Happy Word SugarCut Dies and the Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I hope you enjoy this inspiration. Hop over to the SugarPea Designs Blog for lots more! Thanks for stopping in today.

Freshly Made Sketches #479

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Hi everyone! A new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today and it is super fun to use. Sketch designer Kim Singdahlsen really gave us a great one this week.

I decided to pull out some products from The Greetery and Honey Bee Stamps for this one. The Summer Sketches flower was my starting point (The Greetery) and I added a sentiment from Sentiment Suite: Birthday Stamp set. The Nordic Frames Dies seemed just right for the sketch and I used that on the sentiment panel for extra detail. After first wanting to go all white on the card base, I realized it was just a little too clean even for me. So I added the Basketweave Background Stencil with the same green ink (Altenew) in the leaves. A few pearls from my stash and done!

I hope you have a great week and will be able to join us for the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

Love You S’more for Honey Bee Stamps

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As promised, a new card for the Honey Bee Stamps Social Media Team. And conveniently, it is time for the 2021 Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The perfect match!

I chose the Love You S’more stamp set since it has this adorable coffee image and I do love the sentiment from the same set. I used the stripes from the Birthday Bash papers and added a bit of texture with the Quilted A2 Cover Plate (that I just cut down a bit).

I hope you like this fun card! Today is the last day of the Coffee Lovers Hop and make sure you go over to see all the inspiration there! And for all who have been patient with me being gone over the last weeks, here is a photo of my final sign off flight to be a Captain on the Airbus!

Freshly Made Sketches #478

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Super quick post for today to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and SugarPea Designs. I am the sketch designer for FMS this week and I, um, conveniently “aligned” the sketch with the one for SPD. Yeah, I know…but I opted for smarter not harder.

I kept this super clean and just focused on the soft colors from the SugarPea Mix It Up inspiration. I cut the flowers and leaves with the Open Book dies and then colored them with watercolors. I chose a soft gray base to keep with the palette.

I chose some pretty papers from a Honey Bee Stamps Paper Pack for the pink and yellow and then added a few pink pearls from my stash.

I’ll be back on Friday for a project for Honey Bee Stamps. Until then, back out later today to finish my sign off on my upgrade. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon.

Flowers for You – Gina K Designs

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Well, as I told you, been a bit quiet here. If all moves along as scheduled, I’ll be finishing my training in Denver today. A pesky blizzard has impacted our training center so there is a chance of delay but here’s hoping all is successfully accomplished by the end of the day.

I created this card before I left and it is the last one I have for you. I cannot wait to have some creative time when I get home!

I started with the Flowers for You set by Gina K Designs. This was part of her latest release and I was thrilled to be able to join in the launch. I stamped this with Distress Ink in Antique Linen onto Fabriano Cold Press paper. Then I just played with no-line watercoloring.

I feel like this kind of coloring is still a work in process for me but I do love the look so much. So…practice, practice, practice! It helps with the image is as pretty as this one! The sentiment comes from the same set and there are many to choose from.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Spring Joy Bouquet for Honey Bee Stamps

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Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be sharing a project I created for the Honey Bee Designs Social Media Team. I suspect right now everyone is ready for a touch of spring and this seemed the perfect way to share some.

I used the Spring Joy Bouquet stamp set and coordinating dies for the pretty bouquet. I love tulips so much and this lovely image designed by the amazing Emily Midgett was wonderful to color. I added the Floral Bouquet Wrap Die that cut out some tissue paper for the flowers and tied it up with some ribbon from my stash.

To add a little additional dimension, I used one of the Quatrefoil Layers Stencil with Speckled Egg Distress Ink. Such a quick and easy way to add so much to a card!

Short and sweet! Training is moving along well and I’m hoping to be done with this part of it on Monday. I’m in Denver though, so the big snow event could impact our training center. I’ll be back on Monday for one more card that I made before leaving. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Cottontail Cuties for SugarPea Designs

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I hope your week is going well so far! I am bringing you a bit of March inspiration for the SugarPea Designs blog today.

All the sweet clover from Cottontail Cuties was perfect for a fun March card, don’t you think?! I stamped all the images in Momento black ink and then colored with Copic markers. I love all the choices for creating a scene and had fun putting these together. I mean, honestly, who can resist a bunny with a four leaf clover?

I debated using a grass stencil but instead opted to create a Distress Oxide background. These are fun to do and an easy option to add color and texture. I love how the images pop against it. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and could easily be replaced with the Good Luck in the set. I cut it out with the SugarCut – Sentiment Strips after stamping it on a scrap of the inked card stock.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. As I mentioned last week, this is pretty much the last of my posts for a bit. I will be back in just over a week for another share. Until then, stay safe and know how grateful I am for you all.

Faith & Florals for Erin Lee Creative

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Happy March! I am thrilled today to share projects for a new release by Erin Lee Creative! This release is full of faith inspiration and so much more!

My first project for you today is a card using the new Faith & Florals set. I think you are going to love this one.

I wanted to keep this fairly simple to focus on the art so I did a loose watercoloring of the image. It is hard for me to just allow things to go outside the lines but I love the effect!

The sentiment comes from the same set. All of the set sentiments are ones that you are sure to love. After stamping the sentiment, I decided just to add a few splatters to add to the loose feel.

Next up, I have a different style of card using the new Be Still stamp set. This set contains more fabulous sentiments that are perfect on artsy background.

I created this background with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean on Distress Watercolor Paper. I then stamped the sentiment from Be Still in Nocturne Versafine Clair and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut the panel with a stitched die and put on a black card base to help make the sentiment pop.

I hope that you enjoy these new release cards! The release is live and I’d be grateful if you chose to shop my affiliate links. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Spring Blooms for Honey Bee Stamps

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I’m up for the social media team on Instagram for Honey Bee Stamps today. But I wanted to share here too! I took a class last weekend with the amazing Jenn Shurkus on all things Distress Ink. What fun! It encouraged me to pull out some things that I hadn’t really used in a while and just play. I strongly encourage doing that! It is good for the soul.

Using Distress Watercolor Paper, I stamped the Spring Blooms image with Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using Distress Oxide inks, I smooshed the ink down on my Waffleflower Watercolor Mat and then spritzed with water. I then took a small acrylic block and used it to pick up the ink for placement. I like using a small one because I can sort of control where color goes and then use the corner or edge to place more down.

The key here is patience. Just let it dry between colors. It also allows you to see where you need to come back with a little more color for variance. The Oxide inks have such interesting color breakdowns with water and they are fabulous to use. For colors I used Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed. I chose a sentiment from the new Spring Joy Bouquet set, stamped it on Black card stock, embossed with white and then cut it out with the coordinating Spring Joy Bouquet die. I added a few Bubblegum Confetti elements to finish.

I hope you enjoy this card and will go give this a try. If you are totally new to Distress Ink, go visit Jenn Shurkus and sign up for one of her classes. You’ll be happy you did! I have some more fun coming this weekend from Erin Lee Creative and then a new release for her on Monday. See you then!

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