Bees and more bees from Honey Bee Stamps

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today is check on the parents day so I’ll be out of here shortly to pick up their groceries and take them out to lunch. So I carved out some time this morning to put together a quick and easy card. And when it comes to quick and easy, I turn to Honey Bee Stamps!

I start by die cutting a piece of cardstock for my background layer with the Zig Zag Rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the sentiment from the Small Gang stamp with Versafine ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder.The background was stenciled with Distress Inks and set aside to dry. I had a few bees left from Saturday’s card so I supplement them with some of the smaller bees from the Bee Hive stamp set. The bees color up quickly so I just adhered them with foam squares and added a few embellishments. Well, more than a few. Might have overdone the sequins, but I loved the combination.

Rowhouse Greetings | Busy Bees and Bee Hive by Honey Bee Stamps

OK – I’m outta here! It’s pizza day, so I can’t keep my parents waiting!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#; Ultra Smooth Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamps: Busy Bees by Honey Bee Stamps; Bee Hive by Honey Bee Stamps; Small Gang by Honey Bee Stamps
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Jet Black by Gina K. Designs; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Stencil: Honeycomb Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Honey Bee Sequin Mix by Honey Bee Stamps; Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios; Wink of Stella in Clear by Zig
Copics: Y02, Y15, Y19, C3, C5, C7, B0000, BG10

Disclosure: Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!


Neenah
Classic Crest, 110lb
AZ


Neenah
Solar White 80#
8.5×11 – 25/pack
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Honey Bee Stamps
Busy Bees
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Honey Bee Stamps
Bee Hive
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Honey Bee Stamps
Small Gang
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Gina K. Designs
Amalgam Ink Pad – Jet Black
GKD


Tsukineko
VersaFine
Onyx Black
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads
Tumbled Glass
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Salty Ocean
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Honeycomb Layering Stencil
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Lawn Fawn
Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables
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Nuvo
Embossing Powder
Clear
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ZIG
Wink Of Stella, Glitter Clear
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AECP – Easy Ink Blending Techniques

GOOD EVENING FRIENDS! It’s been a beautiful day here in Maryland – temperatures in the 60s, a slight breeze, and lots of sunshine. The windows are wide open and the cats have been sunning themselves all day during their numerous naps. I stopped at a nursery earlier today and looked longingly at the spring flowers, but decided to hold off. I suspect that it’s still too soon to plant the flower boxes in front of the house, but the pansies were really tempting.

I’ve been working on organizing my craft supplies. When you live in a small house built before the invention of closets, organization is a serious challenge. I stopped at Dick Blick this afternoon and purchased a couple of Artbin containers for my Distress Inks, so for the moment they are suitably contained. But I put organization aside for awhile because I really wanted to get in some crafting time today. I’m a participant in the Altenew Educator Certification Program, but I’ve fallen behind for any number of reasons. So this afternoon, I turned off the phone, cleared off a spot on the dining room table, and got to work on a card to complete the Easy Ink Blending Techniques Class.

To create my card, I started with a panel of Neenah 80# cardstock and using my Misti, I stamped the floral image from the You Make Me Happy stamp set in a pale ink. I did this so that I would know where the embossed image would ultimately be placed. I also stamped the floral image a second time on masking paper and fussy cut the image. I placed the mask over the stamped image.

Using Purple Tape, I masked off the edges of the cardstock so that I could create an central focal point. Using the grid on my craft mat, I was able to make sure that the margins on each side were equal and the lines were straight.

Next I started ink blending the background, starting with the lighter colors first. In the bottom left corner, I blended Twisted Citron first and then added Tumbled Glass from the opposite corner. I deepened each corner with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.

I removed all the masking for the initial reveal. I placed the panel back into my Misti and restamped the image with Versamark. I covered the ink with gold embossing powder and heat set the image. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Wish Big stamp set with Versafine in Onyx Black. I quickly covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.

Prior to assembling my card, I cut the panel with the a die from the Postal Stamp Rectangles set by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I glued a piece of craft foam to the back of the panel to dimension before adhering it to a panel of design paper and the card base. As a finishing touch, I scattered some sequins in a slightly studied and somewhat random manner. I’m still working on the random thing!

Hope you got some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#
Stamps: You Make Me Happy by Altenew; Wish Big by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Dies: Postage Stamp Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Embellishments: Super Fine Embossing Power in Gold by Ranger; Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Nuvo; Sequins in Heavy Metal by 28 Lilac Lane.

Flower Garden by Stampers Anonymous

GOOD AFTERNOON FRIENDS! As you know, I slipped off to the Allentown Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival on Friday. Had a great time there. Spent some time with Tracy Beck, owner of Photo Scraps, and saw a few of my students there (hey Kathy & Diane!). Came home with some new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and new stamps from Penny Black and Altenew. I splurged and bought a set of the 32 pan Altenew Watercolors so that I can give watercoloring another try. I’m spending today trying to get everything labeled, organized, and put away so that I can find the top of my desk and start coloring again.

I’m leaving you today with a card that I actually created last year for a class at Queen’s Ink, but for some reason never posted after class. This is the card that got me started on making my own backgrounds and playing with mixed media. Still clean and simple, but includes stenciling with Distress Inks, stamping, heat embossing, Copic coloring, fussy cutting (this was in my pre-Scan N Cut days), and die cuts for the background layers.

Rowhouse Greetings | Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Flower Garden

Hope this inspires you to color today! Until next time ….

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# & 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: Flower Garden Stamp Set CM215 by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz; Papillion CMS105 by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Bubble by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Clear by Ranger; Wink of Stella in Clear by ZIG
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, Y05, YG17, E21, R32, R35, B32, B34, BG000

Disclosure: Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!


Neenah
Classic Crest, 110lb
AZ


Neenah
Solar White 80#
8.5×11 – 25/pack
SC


Copic
X-Press It Blending Card
AZ


Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Flower Garden
AZ



Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Papillion
AZ


Tsukineko
Memento
Tuxedo Black
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Tsukineko
VersaFine
Onyx Black
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Tsukineko
VersaMark
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads
Antique Linen
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Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads
Frayed Burlap
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Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Layering Stencil
Bubble
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Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Scalloped Rectangle Stackables
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Lawn Fawn
Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
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Ranger Ink
Embossing Powder
Super Fine – Clear
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ZIG
Wink Of Stella, Glitter Clear
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Coloring With Copics: House Mouse Designs – March 26, 2019 – Queen’s Ink

Join me for a new Copic marker class featuring Muzzy, Amanda, Monica, and rest of the House Mouse crew from Stampendous. In this class, you will make two cards, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. There will also be a bonus card that you can make in class if time permits or take home to make at your convenience. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today! CLASS FEE $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection.

Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • BV20: Dull Lavender
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YR09: Chinese Orange
  • G40: Dim Green
  • G43: Pistachio
  • G46: Mistletoe
  • BG10: Cool Shadow
  • B0000: Pale Celestine
  • B000: Pale Porcelain Blue
  • B60: Pale Blue Gray
  • B63: Light Hydrangea
  • B66: Clematis
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl
  • E21: Soft Sun
  • E93: Tea Rose
  • C1: Cool Gray No. 1 *
  • C3: Cool Gray No. 3 *
  • C5: Cool Gray No. 5 *
  • 0: Colorless Blender

(*) NOTE: I colored all of the mice in gray in order to reduce the number of markers required for class. However, if you want to vary the color of your mice, see the House Mouse Designs by Stampendous Copic Coloring Chart for more color options.

OTHER SUPPLIES – Please bring:

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape
Rowhouse Greetings | Floral Arranging by Stampendous for House Mouse Designs
Rowhouse Greetings | Grasshopper Leap by Stampendous for House Mouse Designs
Rowhouse Greetings | So Sweet by Stampendous for House Mouse Designs

Spring Border One by Power Poppy

Spring Border One by Power Poppy

GOOD EVENING FRIENDS! Today is my mother’s 91st birthday so I spent the day taking her shopping and out to lunch. We had great time. I’m blessed that I still have both of my parents and that they are relatively healthy for their age. My parents no longer drive so I stop by every few days to take them out to lunch, run errands, or sit through their seemingly endless series of doctors’ appointments. As a result, I’m just now getting around to writing today’s post.

I’m back today with the new release from Power Poppy featuring illustrations from the Natural Beauties clear stamp set in digital format. Spring Border One includes one wide border image and three large individual images of Daffodils, Cowslips (Primroses), and Tulips plus four sentiments. Spring Border Two also includes one wide border image and three large individual images of Trillium and toadstools, Starflower, and Lily of the Valley and four sentiments.

I decided to color up the Cowslips shown below from the Spring Border One set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Border One by Power Poppy

As some of you know, I recently purchased a Brother Scan N Cut CM320. Fussy cutting is not my forte. Some crafters say that they find it relaxing. I’m not one of them. So after reading reviews, watching videos, and hearing other crafters rave about the machine, I finally broke down and bought one. This is my first card using an image cut by the machine. All I can say is OMG. I’M IN LOVE. As you can see, I set the machine to cut right at the image line (instead of adding a white border allowance). For images like this, I don’t really like seeing that white border. Besides – it cut off the spot where I strayed outside the line.

Rowhouse Greetings | Spring Border One by Power Poppy

For the background, I used the Square Mandela Stencil by Gina K. Designs inked blended with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tea Dye. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet both Gina and Rina when they offered classes at Photo Scraps. Let me just say that they’re as fun and witty in person as they are in their videos. I learned so much so jump on the opportunity if they come to your local store.

That’s it for today! Be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog for additional crafty inspiration.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# and 80#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Prestige Cardstock in Fog by Simon Says Stamp
Stamp: Spring Border One (*) by Power Poppy
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Square Mandala by Gina K. Designs
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Embellishments: Sparkle Fairy Sequins by 28 Lilac Lane
Copics: R12, R14, E93, Y35 (flowers); YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67 (leaves); BV20, BV23 (shadows)

Disclosure: Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!


Neenah
Classic Crest, 110lb
AZ


Neenah
Solar White 80#
8.5×11 – 25/pack
SC


Lawn Fawn
Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables
SC


Gina K. Designs
Art Stencils
Square Mandala
GKD



Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads
Tea Dye
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Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz
Distress Ink Pads
Antique Linen
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