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Freshly Made Sketches #523

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Hi everyone! So happy to see you today. I actually have two cards to share for Freshly Made Sketches. The same card made two different ways. Our sketch hostess is the wonderful Jen Brum and she has such a clever layout for us this week.

I started with the new Citrus Bloom suite of products from Pinkfresh Studio. I stamped the images in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using my Daniel Smith watercolors, I just spent a bit of time coloring. When you stamp the flowers, it is all one stamp and so the die is the same. One cut, all the flowers done!

To keep with the sketch, I watercolored a background and then used a background die (retired) as a stencil of sorts for the texture. I added a sentiment and these pretty Matte Gold Pearls (Pinkfresh Studio) and some gold thread.

In a totally different yet totally the same version, I used the same elements. The flowers were “colored” using the coordinating stencils and Altenew inks. I used the same die except in the traditional way.

I used some patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps in the background and some pretty sequins from Catherine Pooler instead of the pearls.

I hope you like both of these! The sketch is super flexible and I think you will have fun with it this week. Let me know which of these you like better! Thanks for stopping in.

Freshly Made Sketches #520

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Another week has flown by and back with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This fabulous version is courtesy of the amazing Jen Mitchell. Some fun layers to inspire you!

I had a VERY important birthday card to create and this was just what I needed. My youngest son turns 16 today! Oh my word, how can that be??!!! He is such a fun kid and I wanted a card that reflects that. Plus, we have an ongoing family joke around cake (based on an old video game) so this image was an easy choice. The image is from the Fancy Frosting set by Honey Bee Stamps. Super fun and so versatile for designing your cake. I stamped the basic cake, added the frosting layer and then cut it out with the coordinating dies. I colored with Copic Markers to coordinate with the Funfetti Paper Pack (also Honey Bee Stamps). I added some Rainbow Sherbet Confetti from Trinity Stamps as an extra cake decoration.

So happy you stopped in today. I hope to be back to more stamping soon. Just got the oldest off to college for his spring semester and I think I am getting back to a more normal household pattern. So until next time, have a wonderful week.

Merry Christmas

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I am over on Instagram for Honey Bee Stamps today but a quick share here as well. I created these as a simplified version of a card I did during the Vintage Holiday release. A bit better for mass production, which is inevitably where I end up this time of year.

I inked up a panel of Hammermill white card stock with Salvaged Patina Oxide Ink and then ran it though with the Pierced Fancy Flakes Cover Plate. I love the piercing detail! After I got a few of them done, I took them over to my splatter box (just a cardboard box) and sprayed with Hero Arts Iridescent Shimmer Spray. This shine takes this to a new level!

I cut the “merry” using the Bitty Buzzwords: Holiday Honey Cuts and added the “Christmas” from the Tag You’re It: Holiday Stamp Set. I love the gold with the Salvaged Patina!! A few gold pearls from my stash to finish.

Thank you for stopping in today! I suspect this will be my last post until after Christmas. I’m going to pick up my oldest from college today and then next week starts the busy season for my flying! Lots and lots of holiday flying! Normally, that is hard but I’m happy to see people traveling to their families this year.

I appreciate each of you so much and sending you best wishes for a very happy holiday season!!

Freshly Made Sketches #516

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I have a special version of our FMS challenge this week. Every year the team takes a two week break so we leave the last sketch of the year open through the holidays. Well, this is the one. Our lovely Narelle has created the perfect sketch for your last minute holiday card, your “moving on from the holidays” cards or just to goof around with some down time cards. We hope you will come over and join us!

My card falls into the first category and I’m pulling out all the tools for shortening the creating time. In this card, using patterned paper with dies! I went back to the Pine Trees Honey Cuts Dies from Honey Bee Stamps because I thought they were a good fit for the sketch. Yet again, the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack provides all the color and texture I wanted.

My other work horse of this holiday season has been the Inside: Holiday Sentiments set. So many great sentiments that are a fantastic size. I just popped up the trees and the sentiment on foam tape for more dimension. This background print is so pretty I just opted not to add additional embellishments.

Thanks for stopping in today. I will be sharing a little over the next couple of weeks but this will be a quiet stamping time for me. I’ll be flying a lot over the holidays so when I am home, I’ll be taking as much family time as I can. If you are out traveling, look for me. I’ll be all over the domestic US system! And please, please if you are flying, be extra nice to all of those people working. Pack your patience, add extra time and follow the guidelines for your mode of transport. All of us just want to get you there as safely and drama-free as possible! I hope you have a lovely rest of your week. See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #513

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Super quick today. Sharing for the latest amazing sketch for Freshly Made Sketches. This week we have one from designer Jen Brum and it is wonderful!

A funny thing happened on the way to posting today. I made the card and then forgot to take a photo before leaving on a work trip. So my 15 yo son took the photo for me, complete with setting up props. What a great kid!!

I pulled out some of my season favorites from Honey Bee Stamps (listed below). Love how the dies and paper did most of the work. More flying tomorrow and I’m pretty tired so I’ll send you off to the FMS for all the inspiration from the awesome team. Thanks for stopping in today! For this in the US, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you are flying today or tomorrow, look for me in the system!

Merry Everything for Honey Bee Stamps

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I am so happy to share today’s card with you. I have been wanting to try an edge-to-edge shaker card and this technique does not disappoint. And it is time for the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Hop! I knew just what to pull out!

Mug & Kisses is a new die set from the latest release by Honey Bee Stamps. So cute with adorable elements! I opted to make a cup of hot chocolate complete with the candy cane and marshmallows on the side. YUM! I inked the cup with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink and added a little Copic shading on the marshmallows. The whipped cream, marshmallows and the snowflake were all spritzed with Hero Arts Shimmer Spray for more sparkle.

For the shaker portion, I cut down the packaging from a stamp set (which I’m now hoarding for just this reason) to about a half inch bigger than my patterned paper layer all around. Using double sided tape, I attached three sides of cellophane down at the back, leaving the top open to put in the sequins. I chose a random assortment from my stash to match the colors in the paper (which is from the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack). Then you just seal the fourth side with the double sided tape. No foam tape, no drama, just simple! I was so hoping this was true and it is!! I glued on an extra panel behind the shaker layer for stability since the patterned paper is thinner and then attached the whole thing to the base. My mug and other elements were attached using the Honey Bee Stamps Precision Glue. I stamped the sentiment from another new release set, Tag You’re It: Holidays, onto vellum and cut with the Tag Builder Honey Cut Dies.

So glad you stopped in today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Vintage Pine Trees for Honey Bee Stamps

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A quick post to share a card for social media today (just in case you are not there with me). I am focusing on die cuts and pretty papers, because that makes for quick work on holiday cards!

I used the Pine Trees Honey Cut dies along with the Vintage Holiday Paper Pack from Honey Bee Stamps to make quick work of this. I chose a few patterns that I thought would be pretty together and used the wooden background print as a base. Seriously, I didn’t do anything other than sponge the edges a bit. I added a sentiment from the Tag, You’re It: Holiday set and a twine bow.

I love that I can make a few more of these just using different prints and patterns too. Definitely trying to get serious about finishing my cards this year so I can mail them out a bit earlier than usual.

Thanks so much for stopping in today! You can find me on social media with my buttons on the side bar. Products listed below with my affiliate links (no extra cost to you and I make a little extra to keep all this going).

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

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I am so excited to be sharing a card today as part of Michelle Lupton‘s CASE Me a Christmas Card series. For those not familiar with the term, CASE = Copy and Selectively Edit (or Copy and Share Everything). For this, I have taken a card I chose from Michelle’s amazing array of cards and used it to inspire a new Christmas card. HERE is her card (also shared below with Michelle’s permission).

I completely fell in love with the Faux Tiles and wanted to try something similar. Since she used a pretty cover plate die, I also chose a new favorite of mine, the Fancy Flakes Cover Plate Die by Honey Bee Stamps. I thought that the shine on her card so just so cool so I got to work finding a way to give a similar effect. On my background panel, I brushed on Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China. I used Versamark Ink on top of it all and added clear embossing powder. Just like Michelle, I did that a total of three times to get it evenly embossed and totally shine.

Where Michelle added shimmer to her colored panel, I thought the white needed a bit more, so I sprayed on Hero Arts Shimmer Spray. I am totally addicted to this right now and it is pretty much finding itself on everything! My sentiment is from the Bitty Buzzwords: Holidays set and dies. I inked some more paper with the same colors, cut with the dies. I also stamped with Peacock Feathers for the “Merriest” panel. More shimmer spray on everything, of course! This has so much shine in person with the shimmer spray and the embossed panel! I felt like a few pearls were the perfect finish after positioning my sentiment to mimic Michelle’s.

Here is Michelle’s beautiful Faux Tile Card:

Michelle also CASE’d one of my cards and I cannot wait to see the result! You can see her card HERE. Thanks for coming over to visit today! See you again soon.

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!

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