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Honey Bee Stamps IG Hop + FMS

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I’m super excited to share a combination card today. It is Honey Bee Stamps Instagram Hop day (with chances to win!!) and I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for my sketch inspiration. Perfect timing for this fabulous sketch designed by the fabulous Jacquie Southas.

When I saw the sketch, I knew just the focal point I wanted to use. Sleigh Bells Ring is a new stamp and die set from Honey Bee Stamps and it is a treat to use. The sled die is so fun and full of details but yet easy to put together. I used some wood grain paper from my stash for the sled. Then I used some of the elements from the stamp set to decorate the sled.

Once I had the sled built, I thought this cool print from the Vintage Holiday paper pack was added wonderful texture and was great for the sketch. I inked a panel with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink and put it all on a taupe base.

Come over to Instagram to hop with us for a chance to win and I hope to see you playing along with the sketch. Thanks for stopping in today!

Honey Bee Stamps Vintage Holiday Release – Sneak Peek Day 4

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

Today I am introducing new Falling Snow Background Stamp and the Riding By…Holiday Style Stamp Set and coordinating Honey Cut Dies. (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale TONIGHT, October 14th after the Release Party on IG and FB at 8p CT.)

The Riding By…Holiday Style is an add-on set to the Riding By Set and Bicycle Builder Honey Cut Dies. I love all the options! AND, these images could be used just for tags or without the bike too. Love that. But I used it in the intended way. I stamped a bunch of the images in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored in non-traditional colors of pink, teal and lime green. After cutting them out with the coordinating dies, I started playing with how I’d build my bike. I left the frame white and colored the tire in pale gray. I added a few pink accents too. I did cut two more of the “tire” die (not the spokes part) and the bike frame to give a bit more depth.

I used the Honey Bee Stamps Precision Glue to attach all the parts together. Then, I decided I needed a bit of pop from the background. I stamped the new Falling Snow Background Stamp in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I brushed on a bright pink ink and the emboss resist worked perfectly. I pulled some of the Bubblegum Confetti Mix out as the final accents.

So glad you stopped in today. Remember the release goes live tonight! I hope you will consider shopping with me via the affiliate links highlighted at the top of the post. Have a wonderful day!

Honey Bee Stamps Vintage Holiday Release – Sneak Peek Day 2

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

Today I am introducing the new Merry Mail stamps and coordinating dies and the Inside: Holiday Sentiments stamps and dies. (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale on October 14th after the Release Party on IG and FB at 8p CT.)

This was a fun card to make and I love this Merry Mail set for all the options in it. The mailbox is made so it can be open or closed and you have so many extras too. I stamped the images in Momento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic Markers. While there are dies for this set, I went for a more realistic look so I fussy cut the images.

I then inked up a dark blue background and stamped on the snowflakes from the set in white ink. Using the Horizon Slimline Borders, I cut a snow bank and then spritzed it with shimmer spray. I positioned the branches on the blue layer where I wanted to put the mailbox and stamped with green ink. Then, using the new Inside: Holiday Sentiments, I stamped the Merry Christmas. I put it all together with Honey Bee Precision glue and popped up the post card and the present on the ground with foam tape.

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

Honey Bee Stamps Vintage Holiday Release – Sneak Peek Day 1

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Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Vintage Holiday 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 have twice the inspiration for you today because I just could not help myself. Let’s face it, holiday card making is my absolute favorite!! I am so excited to show you new cover plate dies and a stand alone die set you are sure to love. I am introducing the Fancy Flakes A2 Cover Plate Die, the Pierced Fancy Flakes A2 Cover Plate Die and the Pine Tree Honey Cut Dies. (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale on October 14th after the Release Party on IG and FB at 8p CT.)

To start, I just had to make a card with the combination of the Fancy Flakes and Pierced Fancy Flakes dies. These are stand alone dies that can also be used together. Fabulous!! I inked a panel with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink and first cut with the Fancy Flakes die. Then I lined up the Pierced die and ran it though again. Yeah, it is that easy. For a little more interest, I splattered on some Shimmer Mist and Gold ink and then, while I was at it, did the same to a white card base.

I glued the snowflake layer onto the base using the Precision Tip Glue by Honey Bee Stamps. This glue is just awesome. It gives just a bit of time to position the layer and then it holds tight. I used one of the products from the last release to finish the card. The Bitty Buzzwords – Seasons Honey Cut Dies had just the right sentiment. I used more gold paper and then some gold embossing too. Finally, a few gold sequins.

For my next card, I kept to the gold accent theme. The new Pine Trees Honey Cut Dies are going to be seen A LOT around here over the next couple of months. I love the quick simplicity of them! I cut them from white Hammermill card stock and inked them with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink. After letting them dry for a bit, I added some anti-stick powder and then inked the edges with Versamark Ink. You can see I did one card with the tops and one with the bottom of the dies. I wasn’t sure which I would like and the answer was both! I added gold embossing powder and heated. Such an easy way to get a lot of extra detail.

For the details behind the trees, I used the Cable Knit Sweater Stencil in a new to me way. I pounced on some Tombow Mono Glue through the stencil. Because it remains sticky, I could then add on Nuvo Guilding Flakes for this cool, not too precise version of shine. The sentiment comes from a set that you will get to see later this week.

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

Sweet Sunflower for Honey Bee Stamps

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I’m over on Instagram with this card for Honey Bee Stamps but wanted to share it with you here too. I was in the mood to create a pretty fall card and thought I would pull out the new Cable Knit Stencil and Sweet Sunflowers from Honey Bee Stamps. They are so pretty together!

I played with neutrals on this card and kind of like the end result. First, I inked the stencil in Ground Espresso Distress Ink onto Desert Storm card stock. Then I stamped the flower in a neutral pale in onto the same card stock in my Misti. Just enough color to see the details. I added just a little bit of color with Copic Markers (YR21, YR24, G20, G21). Then I put it back into the Misti.

I re-stamped in Versamark ink and they added gold embossing powder. This prevents your marker tips getting damaged by the embossing and the Misti makes it simple to do. Finally, I added the sentiment with Versamark and more heat embossing. As always, the gold is hard to photograph but it really is pretty in person.

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

SSS Stamptember with Honey Bee Stamps

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Happy Stamptember with Simon Says Stamp and Honey Bee Stamps! If you are not familiar with this, Simon Says Stamp has a month long celebration with collaborations and other amazing fun. Today is the collaboration with Honey Bee Stamps!

Honey Bee Stamps has designed the Be a Sunflower Stamp Set with coordinating dies for this exclusive release. And when I say exclusive, I’m not kidding. This will fly out the door and once it is gone, it is gone. Shop early and shop fast!

For my affiliate link to shop at no cost to you: BE A SUNFLOWER STAMP AND HONEY CUT DIES

This set is simply the sweetest and I love the row of sunflowers! And the sentiments really are true keepers! As with all Honey Bee Stamps sets, the sentiment dies help you cut the sentiments close to the words. I stamped my image onto watercolor paper so that I could play with water and distress inks. I love this splattered effect and it is so simple to do.

Using a clear block, I smooshed distress ink onto the block and then spritzed with a little bit of water. Then I just applied to the image where I wanted each color. Not very precise but that is the look. I used Fossilized Amber, Rustic Wilderness and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

All of these products are available at Simon Says Stamp and I have included them in my links below (again, at no cost to you). Thanks so much for joining me for this fun event! Hope you enjoy this wonderful reveal!

The blue of the sky that day

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There is a now famous art piece at the the 9/11 Memorial titled “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” by Spencer Finch. I have seen it in person and it is moving beyond words. It has 2,983 separate pieces to honor victims. Each is a different color of blue and it represents the idea that each of us has a different memory of that day. And in truth, each of us has a different perception of the color blue.

I have written about 9/11 in varying ways over the years. Each year I think that I have said all I can. But I also don’t feel I can let the day pass without acknowledging it in some way. I have shared stories over the years if you are interested: 9th Anniversary, 10th Anniversary, 11th Anniversary, 12th Anniversary, 13th Anniversary, 14th Anniversary, 15th Anniversary, 18th Anniversary and 19th Anniversary. But this year…this year is bigger. As I look through my previous posts, I find optimism, reflection and last year some sadness over the division that has swept over us. The last year has been one of ups and downs in my United Airlines life (if you will pardon the pun). This time last year, I was heading off to school in a downward movement back to the right seat of the Airbus from a wide body fleet. But in January, I started the process of moving to the Captain seat on the same plane and have been flying as a Captain on the Airbus 319/320 since April. Flying is coming back. There is a long way to go.

This card is very much like the one I shared on Instagram yesterday. But the blue on this is not unlike the art piece. Shades of blue. Different depending on where you look. I used the Wildflowers Stamp Set from Honey Bee Stamps and the new Thinking of You Big Time sentiment set. I added some silver splatters with Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Ink in Pewter. It is simple but I love that the blue just washes across the panel.

I think maybe we need to consider more the idea of everyone remembering differently. Because then maybe we can give each other the grace to actually process things differently too. We are too quick to judge, too quick to dismiss and, sadly, too quick to assume the worst. I have no idea how to fix it but I do know that it starts with each one of us. Instead of looking at each blue like someone else remembers incorrectly, we look at each blue as a piece of a beautiful larger picture. Each of us brings nuance and something unique to the overall composition. At least for today, join me in enjoying all the colors of blue. We owe it to those lost to remember, each in our own way, but also together so that we have a chance of healing.

In memory of:

United 93:  Jason Dahl, LeRoy Homer Jr., Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles, Deborah Welsh

United 175:  Victor Saracini, Michael Horrocks, Robert Fangman, Amy Jarret, Amy King, Kathryn Laborie, Alfred Marchand, Michael Tarrou, Alicia Titus, Marianne McFarlane, Jesus Sanchez

American 11:  John Ogonowski, Thomas McGuinness, Barbara Arestegui, Jeffrey Collman, Sara Low, Karen Martin, Kathleen Nicosia, Betty Ong, Jean D. Roger, Dianne Snyder, Madeline Sweeney

American 77:  Charles Burlingame III, David Charlebois, Michele Heidenberger, Jennifer Lewis, Kenneth Lewis, Renee May

Freshly Made Sketches #501

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Whew…we made it! Sketch #500 was such fun and I am just in awe of the support we got from the crafting community! Even after the challenge started, companies joined us to add gifts. Amazing!!

With that, I’m thrilled to announce my winner from my blog! Our random “spin” says that Janelle E is the lucky recipient of the products and I’ll be getting in touch with her later today. Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Last month there was a coloring challenge on Instagram (the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge) where you try to color a bit every day. I missed some days but I posted along the way while I was coloring this image from the Pretty Postage Stamp Set by Honey Bee Stamps with Copic Markers. I finally got to finish it! I had fun taking a spring like image and using fall colors. The new Stacking Art Deco Dies cut the image perfectly and it made me so happy!

I used a sentiment from the set to follow the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I love this unique idea. A brilliant sketch by designer Kim Singdahlsen. I added a button from my stash along with some linen thread to help the top of the banner feel more finished.

Well, as I just posted my photo of the sketch, I realized that I forgot the crossing layer. Ah well. I am going to pull the distracted mom card on this one. I just moved my oldest to college over the weekend and I’ll admit, I’m a bit sad. He is in a GREAT place and doing exactly the right thing, just missing him. And yes, this card will accompany a batch of cookies. I’m going to take a few days off and actually go fly. But back next week with more! Until then, have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #500 – A Decade of Sketch Inspiration

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Yes, you read that right. Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating 500 sketches. A decade ago, the amazing Lesley started this challenge during a time when “clean” stamping was not a dominant style. She put together an idea of clean, but not always simple, designs based on layouts. BRILLIANT! I played along as a player from the first challenge and soon joined the team. It has been my biggest consistent inspiration in my stamping and it has been a great joy to be on this team for so many years.

As you can imagine, 10 years of a challenge is really worth celebrating. We have sponsors and the winners will simply be randomly chosen from all the players this week. Additionally, I have a personal prize too! As a thank you for the support you have given me over these many years, I will choose a winner from all who comment on this post. See the end of the post for details.

I love that Linda chose 5 layers for the sketch as a nod to the 500 milestone. I wanted to explore a little more on some of the products from the Honey Bee Stamps release we just featured. The Garden Harvest Florals is such fun to color and I thought it would be perfect for this sketch. All of the elements were colored with Copic Markers. I chose a pretty gingham from the Summer Stems paper pack that had a bit of a late summer/early fall feel.

The sentiment is my favorite part of the card. It comes from the Bitty Buzzwords: Fall stamp and die set. Truly, this sums up how I feel about this team. Some have been together for the whole 10 years, some joined us more recently, but all are amazing. In every possible definition of the word, our happy little group is a team. And one that has given me immeasurable joy!

For my personal giveaway, I will send the above products to one lucky winner, randomly chosen from those who comment on this post. Giveaway is limited to those in the US only. It include: Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry Ink and products from Honey Bee Stamps: Team Tie Dye Paper Pack, Precision Tip Glue, Bee Young: Blooms Stamps and Dies. Winner will be contacted via information left when you comment.

Again, thank you for playing along, supporting our fun challenge and for always sharing your time and talents in our gallery. We are so grateful you have included us in your crafty adventures!

Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Splendor Release – Sneak Peek Day 4

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Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Splendor Release Sneak Peeks! Today is day four of our peeks at the new release and, as usual, you will be totally wow’d by all the amazing sets. Tonight the release goes live!!

For my last day of sneak peeks, I am sharing the new Patchwork Pumpkin Stamp Set and Honey Cut Dies plus the Sentiment Frames Honey Cut Dies. (These affiliate links will not be live until the release opens for sale tonight, August 23rd after the Release Party on IG and FB at 9p CT.)

I am going to confess that fall is my favorite season. I love all the fall things! And pumpkins rank really high on the list. This Patchwork Pumpkin set comes with so many options to build adorable pumpkins with a never-ending variety of patterns. I thought that copper embossing would be a fun way to show a couple of the patterns. For the inner oval, I stamped, embossed and then cut. But for the outer layer (which is actually only a mid sized layer in the set) I cut the paper first and then lined up the stamp in my Misti for stamping with Versamark and then heat embossing. I only had to line up the image once since the die is symmetric. I just turned it around to stamp the other side!

I stamped some fo the elements in the set, embossed and cut them out too. I love the little vines! The frame is part of the new Sentiment Frames die set. I cut it from white paper and then “smooshed” it into my Versamark pad and added embossing powder, then heated. The sentiment is from the Inside: Thankful Sentiments set introduced on day 2. I cannot wait to use this set more and try all the patterns!

So glad you stopped in today. I hope you will consider shopping with me via my links when they go live later tonight. There is no additional cost to you and it helps me keep my little blog running. Thanks for joining me for all the fun on this release!

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