Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thanks for bee-ing there.

I can't seem to get enough of these bees from the July 2019 Simon Says Stamp card kit, "Bee Yourself".  In the above card I used some of the original group of bees colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers on Bristol smooth card stock. I had clear embossed them, so coloring them was easy!

I used a honeycomb embossing folder on the dark teal cardstock, and pieced the other papers in horizontal rows, then added my gang of 3 bees. They look like they are flying in formation, right?

For this one, I had stamped the bees with Versafine Sepia ink, both first and second generation stamping. Then I colored them in with my Zigs.  The background was stamped with My Favorite Thing's Bundles of Blossoms background stamp and white embossed. I then blended on some Distress inks in a couple of yellows and blues and sprinkled water over all.

The "thanks" diecut (from Lawn Fawn) was covered with the Wow/HoneyBee yellow embossing powder. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it is sparkly and shiny. I then mounted it on a strip of vellum. Everything is glued flat to the front, there are no foam dots on either card. The only dimension is provided by the sequins and Nuvo drops.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Bees on a roll!

Bees from Simon Says Stamp's July Card Kit, "Bee Yourself". I believe the flower is an old one from Bo Bunny called "Doodle Blooms. It is also colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, like the bees.

More bees!

Another card from the Simon Says Stamp card kit of the month for July, 2019, "Bee Yourself" The twiggy flowers were die cut from unbranded dies and covered with embossing powder from Honeybee Stamps (and WOW).  The yellow embossing powder looks very much like pollen in the little container. Don't sneeze!

The bee was colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers on Bristol Smooth card stock with black Versafine ink and clear embossed. 

Funny thing, after I finish these bee cards I feel the need to eat something with honey. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Even another card kit. It's the bee's knees, alright.

It's from the Simon Says Stamp July card kit called Bee Yourself.

The bees are colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and cut with my Scan 'N Cut. It was off a little bit again but I'll just go with it.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Another card kit, they really had me this time!

There is a humorous video on YouTube with a lady that explains why YouTube made her buy it. In this case, crafting supplies.

I can relate, because after the March Simon Says Stamp card kit, I was all "kitted" out and was not going to do another one.  Well, until the YouTube videos for the June 2019 kit starting hitting the Internet, that is.

So, I ordered the kit, which is called "Leafy Frames" and features the most lovely floral patterned paper "Botanical Garden" from Carta Bella. It also included a package of ephemera in the Botanical Garden design, also. I'll talk about that a bit more in the individual card descriptions.There is also a big stamp set called "Leafy Frames", which is the name of the kit as well. Oh, and some paper flowers and Ranger Rock Candy glitter with its own spray dispenser. Spray glitter, what could go wrong?

There are 3 closely arranged color groupings in the patterned paper provided, so I decided to see how far I could make one of the groupings go. Four cards, it seems.

This card was made by fussy cutting one of the large floral sprays from the paper pack. I popped it up over 2 strips of patterned paper on a pink panel, and added it to a cream colored card base. I added the greeting from the included stamp set in green ink  I embellished it with some of the bits from the March kit, from Buttons Galore and More.  I have not decorated the inside yet, but I will.

This card, which was actually the first one I made, features one of the tags that were in the ephemera collection. It needed separation from the busy print behind it, so I backed it with some solid green card stock from my stash. The floral panel was cut with a border zig-zag die from Kat Scrappiness. I added some tulle ribbon and gold-flecked twine from my stash also. I added some bits from the same embellishment pack from the March kit. It is also undecorated on the inside, but again, I'll get back to that one later.  I'm not sure who in my family is sentimental enough for that sentiment, but lucky for me, I give away some of my cards to someone who IS.

For this card, I used another of the frames from the ephemera pack, but the center just said "LOVE", so I used another sentiment from the included stamp set. I cut some sprigs from green, using some old Paper Smooches foliage dies, and a couple of rose buds from My Favorite Things.  The rose buds have an outline, so I darkened a duplicate die cut flower and inlaid the pieces.  It shows up better in real life. I added some big clear sequins.  I took the second flower outline and glued it to the inside for a little decoration. 

This last card used another frame from the ephemera pack, and again I dumped the sentiment from the inside, and I used a sentiment from My Favorite Things' Deepest Sympathy set. I need more sympathy cards because when I need one, I need it right away.  I backed this frame with green card stock and fussy cut around the shape of it. I added a strip of patterned paper behind it, which was also backed in green card stock. I added some green ribbon to the patterned strip, and added some big clear sequins and a couple of clear droplet dots.  I added a strip of stripped paper to the bottom of the inside for a simple embellishment. 

Well, I'll break into the second color grouping later today, as well as some of the frame images from the stamp set.

I probably won't be using most of the sentiments from the stamp set, as they are not in keeping with my card-sending style.  I won't even begin on the sentiments from the ephemera pack, which are not really sentiments, but little bits of philosophy which really don't make any sense for an actual card to mail.  But I could also change my mind. We'll see.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Eclipsing the card

My first eclipse card, featuring the blobs of watercolor over a white heat embossed background.  I used the Condensed Uppercase alphabet dies from Kat Scrappiness. I built the letters up with moss green card stock, and white heat embossed the tiny "you" that I added under the word "THANK".

I wanted to say "THANKS", but that last letter just wouldn't fit. You can see the top of the "S" die just above the card. I am attempting to build up my supply of cards without critters, so this is a start.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Feeling snarky, I won't deny it.

Why yes, I am feeling snarky.  I wanted the cat, and I wanted the fish bones, but I didn't have a sentiment that put the two together. Well heck, just go for it, right?

The cat is from Simon Says Stamp, and the fish skeletons are unbranded.  If anyone knows that the fish bones are a copied design, please let me know where I could get them legitimately.

The sentiments are from Simon Says and My Favorite Things.

On the next card I used a traditional sentiment, also from MFT. The brown cat's eyes are green, but they really disappear. I may go back and put Doodlebug Erie eyes on him.  Also, the back-facing cat should have more contrast, so I may change her up too. They had a lovely fish lunch, too

I used an old Amy Tangerine paper pad that I got at Tuesday Morning at least 4 years ago. Time to start using that stuff!

Edited to add:
I changed the contrast and enhanced the eyes on the forward facing cats: