Friday, October 20, 2017

Beautiful Kindness!

Hi everyone! I'm back today with a card for the current Color Throwdown Challenge #465. This weeks colors are a bold combo of purple, black and white which is very striking and pretty.

My card is a clean and simple design with an ombre inked background that was inspired by the inspiration photo! I used distress inks blended together and then finished with a spritz of perfect pearls and water for a subtle glimmer. I die cut an interesting shape out of bright white card stock to top off this pretty background and also stamped the sentiment on white.

For the black, I die cut some foliage which shows up so fabulously against the  background and layered a piece of patterned paper behind everything! For a bit more of the challenge colors, I added in crystal white sequins and a lovely purple cabochon!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Stampin' Up Concord Crush
flower cabochon from Etsy

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mixed Media Fun!

Hi everyone! I like mixed media but usually just in small amounts, one thing at a time. Some watercolor here, some stenciling there.... not a lot of mixing of all the types! But recently I took a class with the awesome Vicki Boutin  at the Ready, Set, Create event and had the opportunity to try out her mixed media products and boy was it fun! 

We started with the gesso and then moved on to her super colorful art crayons and topped it all off with her stencils and fabulous iridescent glaze! We even got to use some of her stamps too! I am definitely a mixed media convert!

The whole class was based on layouts which I definitely DO NOT do but I knew I needed to use these  gorgeous works of art that I created along with the 'Inked Rose' and 'Carousel' paper collections that were included in the class. When I got home from the event I had the brilliant idea to turn them into a travelers notebook and inserts! The 12x12 sheets, even though covered in gesso, paints and glaze, were very pliable and strong. 

I picked out one sheet for the cover and cut it down to 8 1/2" by 11"for  a nice sized travelers notebook. I punched two small holes at the center top and bottom, and then threaded yellow elastic cord through each hole twice so the notebook could hold four inserts- two smaller notebooks and two folded sections made with the patterned paper!

The notebook inserts were made with the other two beautiful mixed media art sheets I had created. I added plain copy paper into one and some grid paper in the other and then sewed them each down the center with my sewing machine. Each has 10 sheets total so they have a good amount of pages for journaling or mementos!

I made the other inserts by folding and cutting the 12x12 paper collections and then stacking them together in an interesting mix. The 'Carousel' chipboard pieces, along with more patterned papers and sequins, are layered on the front cover for decorations! Please watch the video below, or visit my Youtube page so you can see all of the great details of this gorgeous travelers notebook!

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
We R Memory Keepers 'Inked Rose' 12x12 paper
sequin mix
sewing machine

Friday, October 13, 2017

Going Batty!

Hi everyone! Halloween is drawing near and this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge #464 is the perfect color combo for a holiday card! I used the colors for my inspiration and opted for some cute bats instead of pumpkins.

Because I love color, I decided to make the most of the orange in the challenge and created an ink blended, ombre background using a stencil. This allows the rest of the stamping to really stand out in silhouette!  To accentuate the black even more, I added in shiny enamel stars and tiny black pearls.

All od this was mounted onto a printed burlap 6x6 paper and tied with some fun raffia. After tying the raffia I decided to keep the ends long because I really liked the effect! The background was adhered to an orange card base with some foam tape for a bit of dimension!

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Heidi Swapp Make Pretty Stuff star stickers
Say It With Pearls mini pearls
Craft Store raffia

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seeing Stars!

Hi everyone! I can't resist shine and there is lots of it on this pretty card! I combined glimmer and metallic card stocks along with some fabulous dies to create this star filled beauty!

I started with a white background and first die cut the tickle breeze background. That was backed with metallic turquoise paper for shine and I added in more turquoise with the starburst patterned paper in the upper corner.

This card was based around the large 'star' sentiment which was also cut from the shiny metallic paper. I thought it needed a little something else, so I added an additional layer behind it with some glimmer yellow so it would really stand out!  The rest of the sentiment was stamped in a dark turquoise.

A bit more yellow was added with a small strip of the glimmer paper and then I started stacking and layering lots of stars in different sizes and colors. All of these fabulous stars make this card happy and fun and of course, full of shine!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello Pumpkin!

Hi everyone! Hope you all are enjoying these first few weeks of Fall. I am loving all of the Autumn decorations and paper crafting I'm seeing and I thought I would get in on the action with a pretty seasonal card!

These new digital stamps from Verve Stamps are so adorable and I just could not wait to create with them!  There are so many fabulous and fun images to choose form too! I decided to go for a layered look with pumpkins and leaves and enlarged all of the images using photoshop.

Once the images were printed, I colored them all with Copic markers in bold Fall colors and even added a touch of gold to the sweet pumpkins! To fill in some of the cream colored background, I added in some rectangles in orange and green and gave the green one a bit of texture with some dry embossing.

All of the pieces were layered together along with a strip of shiny gold ribbon!  I added the sentiment to the side of the background and then tucked in some sequins in gold and green! Such a pretty Fall card!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Adobe Photoshop
American Craft card stock
Celebrate It gold ribbon
Cartwrights sequins

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Rainbow Birthday!

Hi everyone! Another fun watercolor technique on this card- the drip technique! And with these bright colors it's perfect for a birthday card!

This technique is pretty easy but it did take me a couple of tries to get a finished product that I liked. I used Bristol smooth card stock  as I wanted the colors to run and drip rather than soak into the paper. Bright watercolors were applied pretty heavily to the top of the paper and blended together just a bit before spraying with water and then holding the paper upright so everything would run. On my first attempt I used A LOT of water and  the colors just all ran together and got messy . I used less water for the second try and got a nice run on the colors.

There was still a good amount of white space left on the card stock, so I decided to cut it down a bit by using a fishtail flag die. For even more interest, I cut three separate fishtails and mounted them together on a blue background to really make the colors stand out and add another hue to my rainbow card!

To get all of the rainbow colors, I also added in an orange star and then topped that off with a few smaller stars. The word happy was die cut a few times and layered together for thickness. To bring out more blue I stamped the word birthday onto white card stock and added that to this bright and colorful card!

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Monthly Mini: September!

Hi everyone! We are at the end of September and I have the cutest Fall mini scrapbook for my monthly mini series! This adorable pocket and tag mini features the gorgeous 'Vintage Blessings' paper collection from Simple Stories paired with a Sizzix Bigs XL die. 

This paper collection is all about love for family, friends and Fall! There are sweet vintage images paired with lots of hearts,florals and birds in the deep, beautiful colors of Fall. This pocket and tag album is perfect to display all of the wonderful patterns that mix and match so well together! 

This is a chunky little album measuring about 3.25" by 4.25" and is full of 6 pockets and coordinating tags. The die allows you to cut as many pockets as you would like but depending on the embellishments, I would say 5 or 6 is the limit! That gives you lots of space for all of your Fall memories!

Each pocket holds a tag that I die cut first out of card stock for sturdiness. Each tag was then layered with a smaller tag of the pretty patterned papers of the collection. Because my mini has so many pockets, I kept each tag thin by just adding a few charming stickers. Here are the fronts of all of the tags!

And of course, the just as adorable back sides of the tags! The colors in this collection are so rich and lovely!

I just had to show you the inside front cover! The patterned paper of tiny houses is so sweet and I popped off the word 'love; from the background so there is plenty of room to slide a photo in!

Each pocket and tag combo is beautiful and unique, but I do have some favorites! I am a sucker for florals and Simple Stories does them in the most gorgeous way! This flowered pocket is highlighted with the amazing birdie washi tape and one of the sweet birds in the collection!

No surprise, another fabulous floral sticker together with a Bits and Pieces sentiment!

I just love the contrasting patterns and colors of this pocket! The mix of mustard yellow with soft pink and turquoise  are so retro and stunning! I have added in a heart and sentiment ephemera from the Bits & Pieces pack for just the right touch!

There are more pretty pockets to this mini album and if you would like to see them all, I invite you to my Instagram or youtube channel for a short video showing all of them! The 'Vintage Blessings' paper collection is a definite must-have for your Fall memories!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

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