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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!

Beautiful Birds for Gina K Designs

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I’m thrilled to be able to offer you inspiration for Gina K Designs new release! It goes live tonight (when this post goes up) so you can head right over to see all the amazing products.

For today, I’ll be showing you Beautiful Birds. And the title says it all. The images are incredible and were designed by Melanie Muenchinger.

I’m sure Melanie had a specific bird in mind when she drew this but I decided it was a bluebird. Because I love them. The image shading is great for showing where colors go and makes it fun to color. I thought my bluebird would be perfect on a cherry tree (I “might” be looking towards spring) so I colored the branch that way and added another branch and leaves from the set too.

After splattering the Kraft card stock with some distress ink, I cut a vellum circle as a layer for the bird. All of the sentiments in the set are beautiful but this one called out to me. And how pretty is the combination of script and print on the fonts?

I hope you enjoy this showcase of the Beautiful Birds set. Again, the shopping is live and I’d very much appreciate you shopping with me here: Shop at Gina K Designs

Freshly Made Sketches #474

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Hi everyone! A quick update before I get to my card for today. Starting tomorrow, I will be going to training at United Airlines for about 3 weeks. I’ll have a picture at the bottom of the post (gasp…yeah, I know, I never share pictures of me here). The short answer is that I’ll be going to the Captain seat of the Airbus 319/320. So I’ve been working ahead on DT cards and other projects. Even with that, I’ll be pulled back here and will probably miss a couple of FMS weeks. Hope the team doesn’t fire me! *smile* That said, I will have cards coming late tomorrow for Gina K Designs and also on Friday for Honey Bee Stamps so stay tuned.

Now for our scheduled programming! The sketch this week for Freshly Made Sketches from the wonderful Judy Rozema lends itself to lots of interpretations. I pulled out some favorite things from SugarPea Designs.

I started with Meadow Motifs, because it is a great place to start. I stamped this sweet flower and did a quick watercolor with Daniel Smith paints. I cut it out with the coordinating dies. Using one of the stitched squares from the Card Front Element Builder III dies seemed like a good choice for the sketch and then I decided to pull out some ribbon.

I haven’t played with a shabby bow in quite a while and I thought it was a nice fit the flower and colors. I do love them! I added a few confetti elements and then put the entire layer on an Eggplant base (Concord and 9th).

Now back to the beginning. In January, I went to a Captain leadership training class in Denver. It was a top-notch event which culminated with us getting our Captain wings from the Executive Chairman, Oscar Munoz.

Thanks for stopping in today. The Gina K Designs release goes live at 7p Central Time tomorrow so I’ll share at that time and then again a card for Friday. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Freshly Made Sketches #473

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Hi everyone! Busy week for posts this week but I am thrilled to share today’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Our wonderful Amy O’Neill has a sketch that will open up all kinds of creative opportunities!

I knew immediately that I wanted a “border” style image and then I came across this Shake Your Tail Feathers stamp from Picket Fence Studios! PERFECT! Using my Misti, I stamped it on a card base and again on another panel. On the top panel, I just colored with Copic Markers and played with shading on my greens and teals. Such fun! I cut the panel down and then chose a sentiment for the crossing panel from the same set.

I hope you enjoy this take on the spotlight technique and will have some creative time to join us this week. I’ll be back on Friday for a new project for Honey Bee Stamps (and a hop!). See you soon!

Spring Bliss Release Sneak Peek Day 4 – Honey Bee Stamps

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I’m so excited to share a sneak peek of the new Spring Bliss Release from Honey Bee Stamps. The release goes live today, February 16th at 11p Eastern.

Today I’m sharing with you an adorable die set, the Itty Bitty Eggs Honeycuts, along with the Easter Buddies stamp set and dies, and introducing today’s new product, Playful Pastels Paper Pack. ** Links will not be live until the release launches at 11p tonight **

This little set of dies is just too fun! I took distress ink in different colors and brushed it onto Bristol paper. Then I just got to cutting out the eggs. Super fast and easy! On one of the cuts, I made sure the three eggs were evenly spaced and then I used that negative as a template for placing the eggs on the panel.

I chose a sentiment from the new Easter Buddies set that I thought was the perfect size to not cover the eggs too much. I stamped in Versafine Clair Morning Mist in keeping with the pastels. Finally I just tied on some ribbon from my stash to make it feel more finished.

So glad you stopped by today! Don’t miss the LIVE Release party at 9p Eastern followed by the actual release at 11p.

Spring Bliss Release Sneak Peek Day 3 – Honey Bee Stamps

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You may have seen that Honey Bee Stamps has started sneak peeks for their Spring Bliss Release. As a member of their social media team, I get to join in on the release fun too! I am sharing today’s Day 3 peeks along with the rest of the team.

The products featured today are going to be must-haves for many of your stamp rooms. First is the Old Rugged Cross stamp set and coordinating dies and I combined them with the Wood Frame Builder Honeycut Dies and the Basketweave Stencil that was revealed on Day 1. ** Please note that the links will not work properly until the release goes live on Feb. 16th at 11p **

As we approach Lent this week, I was particularly drawn to the Old Rugged Cross set. All of the images and dies combine for many, many variations. This is a multi-purpose set that is wonderful for Easter and Christian holidays but also for sympathy cards. As soon as I saw the set, I knew what I wanted to make. The crown of thorns image is perfectly sized to work with the crosses in the set and the die cuts the center to allow it to hang. The draped banner comes in two images that you can use together or separately to create the layered appearance on the cross.

Once I had the cross built, I wanted to use other products to highlight but not overshadow it. I started with the Frame Builder dies and just cut a white frame to add texture. But the card seemed a little too clean even for me. So I grabbed the new Basketweave Stencil and brushed on some Antique Linen Distress Ink to add more depth behind the cross. Finally, I had to choose a sentiment and this one seemed to be just exactly right. Again, the detail on the dies that cut the sentiment close allow so much more of the rest to show through.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another peek.

The release will go live tomorrow night (Feb. 16th) at 11p Eastern after a release party at 9p Eastern. You can find the party on Instagram with Honey Bee Stamps!

Sweet Sunflower for Honey Bee Stamps

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Hello my friends! I hope the week has been good. I’m here to share a card I created for Honey Bee Stamps on Instagram today. Even though I have lots to be doing creatively this week, I just needed to take a moment for some coloring. And what better than a wonderful flower.

While it isn’t quite sunflower season, it is ever really NOT the time to color one this pretty?! Yeah, I thought the same. I pulled out lots of yellows and browns and got to work (a picture of the colors below). I just played with shading until I was happy.

Next I worked on leaves and then the wheat. The wheat adds a nice texture element with the flower. The Farmhouse Check background stamp is one that I will use over and over. Today I purposely under inked it for a tattered effect. Kind of loving that! And then finally the sentiment from the set. Perfect!

I hope you enjoy this one and that it inspires you just to sit down and color a bit. I didn’t do this all in one sitting and I highly recommend projects that take a bit of time. Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card for the latest release by Honey Bee Stamps.

Hello for SPD Mix 76 and FMS

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I have another “combo” card for you today using the new February SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge and this weeks Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I used the inspiration and colors from SPD Mix along with the fab sketch by our awesome Narelle Farrugia.

It didn’t take me but a glance at the inspiration to know that I needed to pull out the Beautiful Books Stamp Set and Dies. After stamping and cutting, I started playing with the layout a bit. I realized that I needed a die cut sentiment so the Card Front Element Builder III dies have this great “hello” that seemed just right.

Then it hit me that the strips from the same die set would be perfect for the sketch. Not that I can’t cut a rectangle but something about the perfection of a die cut makes it simpler. All I had left to do was attach everything to a kraft base. I love it when it works out that way!

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have fun playing along with these challenges too. Remember the SPD Mix has a chance to win! Back on Friday. Until then, have a great week.

Stay Golden for Erin Lee Creative

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Today I’m sharing a project I created for the Erin Lee Creative company blog. I have said it before, I love Erin’s fresh take on products and her point of view is always unique and trend-making.

I love how she creates things that I didn’t even know I needed….at least until I see it! That was my starting point for today’s card. I love this Stay Golden Word Die!  Love it.  From the Urban Dictionary, “Stay Golden” means “Stay true, real”.  Yeah.  How better to cheer someone on who is struggling with confidence or a big decision? As a mom of a high school senior, I thought this would be perfect for him as he starts to make choices about next year.

I kept this clean (like almost always) but tried to make it a bit more wow by using glitter paper with the dies.  The Nesting Stars Die Set seemed like a perfect choice to go with the sentiment.   I love the overall shape of these and the varied widths make them fun to use together or apart.  I added a few gold sequins for a little more shine and decided to call it good.  There is only so much “stuff” a high school boy will tolerate after all.

I hope you like this card and are inspired to look through Erin’s amazing product line for the next trend! Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Blooming Thanks for SugarPea Designs

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I’m sharing a card today that I created for the SugarPea Designs company blog today. I am still loving the Winter Release products and am having so much fun using them!

I started with the gorgeous Friendship Blooms Stamp Set. I stamped onto watercolor paper with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I colored the flowers and leaves with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints then cut them out with the coordinating SugarCut – Friendship Blooms Dies.

Next using the SugarCut – Block Alphabet Dies I chose to cut the word “THANKS” from gold card stock. As I played with the layout, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to make a slimline card. I cut a layering panel from Bristol Smooth paper and inked it with a Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes Ink. I splattered with some water and a bit of gold (Gold Lamé Smooch Ink) to match the letters and embossing. Once dry, I attached the flowers and then the letters. I used a straight edge to line up the letters which makes it tons easier. I love the versatility of the alphabet to expand sentiment choices or just make a bold statement. I hope you like this project! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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