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Honey Bee Stamps Summer Stems Release – Sneak Peeks Day 2

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Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Summer Stems Release Sneak Peeks! Today is day two of our peeks at the new release and, as usual, you will be totally wow’d by all the amazing sets.

Today, I’m all about BIG! Introducing the Miss You Big Time Stamp Set and Miss You Big Time Honey Cuts (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale on June 15th after the Release Party on IG and FB at 8p CT.)

This Miss You Big Time set really is big. But the right size of big, if that makes sense. With my son’s recent graduation, he needed some thank you cards for teachers and gifts given. This set went into full employment! I pulled out the Team Tie Dye paper pack and handed it to him. He chose the patterns he liked for the cards and I got to work. I stamped the big ‘thank you’ over and over and then cut it out with the dies. They line up easily and perfectly every time! The add-on smaller words are fabulous and their are so many choices. This self-confessed sentiment hoarder is pretty excited.

So glad you stopped in today. Back tomorrow for day three of the peeks!

Honey Bee Stamps Summer Stems Release – Sneak Peeks Day 1

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Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Summer Stems Release Sneak Peeks! Today is day one of our peeks at the new release and, as usual, you will be totally wow’d by all the amazing sets.

I get to share with you some truly “Crafty” goodness! The new Let’s Get Crafty Stamp Set and coordinating Let’s Get Crafty Honey Cuts plus the Crafty Stamp Set and coordinating Crafty Honey Cuts. (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale on June 15th after the Release Party on IG and FB at 8p CT.)

The Let’s Get Crafty set is full of our favorite items like paint brushes and palettes, sewing items, glue and paint plus the fun things I chose here. I LOVE the pens! This seemed so fresh and new to me and I loved just coloring them in pretty colors with my Copics.

After coloring, I chose the Crafty Buzzword set and dies. I cut the big sentiment from white and black card stock and then the add ons were stamped in Versarmark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I thought the Quilted A2 Cover Plate gave just the right texture behind all the fun elements.

So glad you stopped in today. Back tomorrow for day two of the peeks! Hope you have a great start to your weekend!

All About You for Ellen Hutson

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I am THRILLED to be a part of the new Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen release today! I get to share with you the new All About You Stamp Set and coordinating All About You Dies.

I love all the variations of the sentiments that work with “you” and even more exciting, the print sentiments are intended to work with the Nice of You Dies which cuts the whole group out at once! As I was thinking of how to best show the sentiments, I kept thinking about which set would be best to use with it. Ultimately, I chose one of my very favorite sets of all time, Mondo Hydrangea. I created an alcohol ink background using Stream Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative on Yupo. After I let it set, I stamped the Mondo Hydrangea on the background using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Rich Gold Embossing Powder and cut the image out with the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea dies.

Next, using the new All About You set, I stamped the “you” onto a piece of Yupo I had left over (so the white would match) with Versamark and heat embossed with the gold again. Then I inked up the whole sentiment grouping with Versamark and stamped onto vellum with followed by more embossing. Using the Nice of You dies, I cut them all out! You can see some of my extras in the photo and now I have them all ready for another project (YAY!). I added a little gold thread and used a Neenah Desert Storm base to finish my card.

If you want to see all the amazing products in the release (linked with my affiliate), just click the graphic or you can see it here: EBE NEW RELEASE This release is only available at the Ellen Hutson! I’m so happy you stopped in today! I hope you like this inspiration and cannot wait to hear what you think. Hope you have an amazing day!

Freshly Made Sketches #489

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Today is a fun new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches! I love what designer Linda Callahan has given us and I think there will be lots of ways to be creative with this one.

I was playing in the stamp room the other day and decided to pull out my Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Stream, Purple Twilight and Wild Plum plus Gold Mixative. I had this panel left over from another project and thought it might be perfect for today’s sketch. The bold colors with the gold really do all the work. I had made a larger panel to start. With a rectangle die, I cut out a part of the panel and then used another section for the sentiment, the Thanks SugarCut die from SugarPea Designs.

I wanted the sentiment to jump out a bit more, so I smooshed on some Versamark and added clear embossing powder to add some shine. I will say that this is one of those cards that is much prettier in person! To keep with the sketch, I added sequins in the proper placement choosing gold to accent the gold in the panel.

I hope you enjoy this card today and all the inspiration from the team at FMS! Come over and join the fun! Back on Friday with a new card.

Happy Birthday Script for SugarPea Designs

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m up today on the SugarPea Designs blog with this card. I realized that I was missing birthday cards in my stash, particularly gender neutral ones. So I decided to create one that I can make using different color combinations.

I loved this SugarCut – Happy Birthday Script as a starting place and built the card around it. Using white card stock, I inked on Distress Oxide Inks in Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade. These seemed like the perfect summer color combination! After I did a basic application of ink, I used the Skinny Stripes Stencil and re-applied the colors. I love how the tone over tone inking makes for an easy yet detailed background. I inked the same colors on an extra piece of white paper and cut out the sentiment. To help the sentiment pop a bit against the background, I cut some vellum with the SugarCut – Stitched Rectangles and added the die to it.

I hope you like this card and all the color possibilities. A fun way to enjoy a day in the craft room making a whole series of birthday cards! Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow for the latest from FMS.


SPD Mix 80 and FMS 488

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Happy Wednesday! Well, I survived. Graduation is complete, my son also turned 18 over the weekend and I didn’t embarrass him with hysterics or other buffoonery. So we are settling into the idea of having a future college freshman on our hands. Yeah, glad I have stamping therapy!

For today, I have a combination card to share. I am using the brand new SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge combined with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch designed by the always amazing Jen Mitchell. I even was lucky enough to have a guest in the craft room while I made it — my SISTER!!

I loved the colors and textures in the inspiration photo so naturally I went right to the Beautiful Books Stamp Set from SugarPea Designs. I stamped the book and glasses (one of my favorite elements) and added a bit of Copic Marker shading. I used Everyday Sentiments and the Sentiment Strips SugarCut for the sentiment. To mimic the stripes in the photo, I pulled out the Gradient Stripes Stencil and sponged on some light gray ink onto Fog Gray card stock. I thought it needed just a little more color so I sponged teal ink onto some vellum to put behind the book and a nice way to finish the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you will play along with both of these fun challenges. Remember the SugarPea one runs all month with a chance to win.

Freshly Made Sketches #487

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Please bear with me…today is the day. Graduation day for my oldest. I’m so excited for him and yet it feels so bittersweet. Naturally, all that I’m working on right now seems to be directly related to graduation but I’m hoping it will provide a bit of inspiration for you.

I’m the sketch designer for Freshly Made Sketches this week. I chose a sketch based on some cards I had in my head. I even mostly stuck to my own sketch! *smile*

These are more cards that my son asked for to give to his friends. I tried to keep them simple but still special. I guess you have gathered that the school colors are red and white. I used some metallic paper from my stash (it has a matte finish and I cannot remember the name).

I used the Block Alphabet SugarCut Dies from SugarPea Designs to cut the word and then used the negative panel too. A little planning and lining up makes it easy to get two cards for one cut. The little cap is from the Cap and Gown Stamp set and coordinating Honey Cuts by Honey Bee Stamps.

I used some patterned paper from my stash as a base and the red print from the Love Letters Paper Pack by Honey Bee Stamps. The whole card is 7″ x 3.5″.

Wish me luck today that I don’t totally embarrass my son as a blubbering mess. The only saving grace is that I know I’ll be in good company with other parents. Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you will play along with my sketch this week.

The Tassel for Honey Bee Stamps

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Sorry for a bit of silence over the last couple of weeks. Despite my denial and trying to stop time, it is upon me. Graduation of my oldest! Oh my, this mom’s heart is struggling. I’m prouder than I can put into words. This kid is amazing and is going to change the world. But the transition is coming. He is ready, I am not. But this week, the celebration begins.

In the ultimate compliment, my son asked me to make some cards for his close friends. This is one of my designs for him. I used the Cap and Gown Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps as my starting point. The school colors are red and white so that was easily decided. I stamped one of the caps and the diploma from the set and did some Copic Marker coloring. The coordinating Honey Cuts dies make it easy to cut the elements out.

Let’s face it, this sentiment is more appropriate than ever this year. My senior and his friends have conquered all the pandemic “hassles” along with the normal ones. Again, the Honey Cuts allow for cutting out the sentiment and layering. The red paper is one of the patterned prints from the Love Letters Paper Pad. The grid print is from the Birthday Bash Paper Pad.

I’m excited for the next week. I’m also terrified. But my son is extraordinary and he is ready. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you soon!

Vintage Branches for SugarPea Designs

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A couple of weeks ago, during Sweet Peek Week, I shared a card showing the SugarCut – Botanical Branches from SugarPea Designs. It was a card that came together quickly with the help of these beautiful dies plus a new word die and stencil. I was inspired to use exactly the same layout to create a totally different card and I hope you like this concept.

It started when I first saw the Splash of Color Stamp Set. While my first use of it was bold and clean, I immediately thought that it could be used for vintage style cards too. So that is what I made. I started with brushing Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto Distress White Heavyweight Card Stock. Next I added some of the new Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide to finish the foundation. I partially inked up the Handwritten Letter Stamp Set with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped it onto the based. Next up, Spash of Color! I chose one of the splatters and added it by partially inking with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I liked it but thought it needed just a little more so I added a bit more of the splatter inked with Versamark and embossed with copper embossing powder.

Next, I inked some more of the paper with the same ink combination and used the SugarCut Botanical Branches and the SugarCut Thanks Word to cut my elements. Once I had them cut, I added a bit more ink in places and then touched on some Versamark for more copper embossing. On the vellum shadow for the sentiment I sponged Vintage Photo on the back side to make it not so bright. I placed a few sequins exactly the way I had on my original card to finish.

I hope this inspires you to use your own creations as inspiration to try something new. Vintage is not my normal style but having the basics already designed, it left me room to play outside the box. Thanks so much for stopping in today! Have a sweet day!

Freshly Made Sketches #485

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Today is another wonderful Wednesday at Freshly Made Sketches! Our amazing Judy Rozema is the sketch designer and this is a classic you are sure to enjoy using.

I’m going to confess that I was a bit pressed for time on this so I kept it pretty straight to sketch. I went with products from Honey Bee Stamps because, well, that was what was on my desk. I had this scrap left from my print in the Team Tie Dye paper pad and added a flag cut to the end. Then, using the smaller of the two stencils, I texture embossed using the Layering Balloons stencil.

Bitty Buzzwords came to the rescue for the sentiment. I cut the “birthday” word from black card stock and some vellum and then added the stamped word from the coordinating stamp set. I thought it needed a little something extra so I put the banner on the angle a little and added a clip from my stash.

Thanks for dropping in today! Hope you have a great week and I’ll see you tomorrow for a project I created for SugarPea Designs.

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