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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!

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

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.

Sending Hugs for Erin Lee Creative

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I’m up today on the Erin Lee Creative Blog with some inspiration using her newest release. I am still in love with her Winter Florals stamp set and wanted to show a bit of its flexibility.

I took the single flower image and stamped it in Momento Tuxedo Black on white card stock. I colored the flower first using some fall colors. Then I chose a rich blue green Copic to color the background. This effect is really striking! I stamped a sentiment from the set on a panel and colored it in the same oranges from the flower. I cut a square panel with a circle die to frame the coloring.

I hope you enjoy this card and the Copic background technique. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #453

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Happy Wednesday! We are up with the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and our lovely Judy is the sketch designer. This one is so clever and I love it.

When I saw the big circle, the first thing that came to mind was this Dahlia XL Stamp by the amazing Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy. Her art always puts me in awe. And her gardening…oh my. Yes, I’m a total fan girl. I was reading my Martha Stewart magazine and saw these and knew I wanted them as inspiration.

My colors fell somewhere in the middle but I’m happy with the peachy hues. Side note, Marcella worked at Martha Stewart for a while. Because she is awesome like that. I tried the sentiment on a circle and it just didn’t work for me so I went with a rectangle and will beg Judy’s forgiveness. To add a little more texture, I used my Torn Strips Stencil (SugarPea Designs) to emboss.

So glad you came to visit today. I hope you are inspired to come over and join our team with the challenge.

I’m Glad We’re Friends

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And wow, am I glad! Thank you all for your continued support of my little stamping world. It makes such a difference in helping me stay positive. A quick share of a card I created for the Mix It Up Challenge #70 from SugarPea Designs. You can go join in and play for a chance to win!

I was inspired by both the sketch and the colors. I love these Cottontail Cuties and thought they’d make a fun scene. It is such a joy to color the little images!

I used the Outdoor Scene Builder Stencil to add a bit of a cloud background and then used my favorite little Sentiment Strips to cut a sentiment from the stamp set.

I hope this brightens your day a bit! Remember to come over and join the fun and earn a chance to win. Have a great day!

Freshly Made Sketches #448

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I’m super excited to share today’s card with you. Of course it all started with a great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. So many do! This week’s sketch designer is my dear friend Jen Brum and I love all the potential with this one.

I pulled out a beautiful background stamp from Erin Lee Creative called Sketched Floral Background. It is so wonderful! Even without coloring it is gorgeous. Emboss it, watercolor it and for me, Copic color it. I chose my R80s (R81, R83, R85, R89) for the flowers and G20s (G20, G21, G24, G28) for the greenery. It is a joy to color! Once the panel was colored, I debated a few ways to complete the sketch. I finally decided that vellum was the answer. The sentiment is a bit of a sneak peek of an upcoming release from Erin Lee Creative. Couldn’t resist using it!

I hope you will enjoy this sketch as much as I did. Make sure you go over and see the inspiration from the team. Beautiful cards! Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs.

We’re In This Together

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There are times when stamp companies come out with a release that is perfect for the moment. And you have to know that these companies work months before a release to design and manufacture so it generally isn’t something they just put together last second. So I will say that I’m thrilled that my friend Erin from Erin Lee Creative has done it again.

She has a new release coming out on June 12th and this image is a part of a set called Here For You. The sentiment is from the same set. I stamped the hands three times using my Misti for spacing and then colored away. It took a few days of coloring and taking my time to work on skin tones. Which is a wonderful thing to do when one likes to Copic color. I also realized that I need a few more colors to get the colors of the human rainbow right.

I generally avoid discussions of any political nature here but this moment in time is bigger than just “politics”. It is a time of learning and listening. It is also a time to realize that we have to figure this out. Really. We need to understand at our core that humans of all colors, shapes, sizes, genders and any other defining characteristic have value and worth. We have the ability to fix these problems. Together.

I hope you will be inspired by this card and by Erin’s release. Keep your eyes out for more details. I’ll be sharing them here and on social media. Until tomorrow, I hope you are safe and healthy. Thanks for stopping in!

Freshly Made Sketches #438

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We have a beautiful new sketch today from Freshly Made Sketches. It is designed by the lovely and talented Karren Johnson.

I chose this fabulous new image from Erin Lee Creative as the focal point. It is from the Tropical Leaves stamp set and will be available on June 12th as part of her new release. I colored with Copic and then cut it out with an oval die. I realized that one of the sentiments in the set fit perfectly so I added it on the oval. I did some scoring to complete the sketch.

Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you are safe and well. See you soon!

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