Friday, November 17, 2017

Peace On Earth!

Hi everyone! My first Christmas card of the year! Yay! This one features the lovely colors of the newest Color Throwdown Challenge #469. Such a soft and elegant color scheme that definitely makes you think of winter!

Taking inspiration from the image, I wanted to have some pinecones on my card. I combined a couple of those in the challenge colors with some sweet blooms and tree sprigs. I gave the sprigs a bit more definition by embossing them in silver and clear over blue. The blows and pinecones were stamped in the challenge colors and then I added in a tiny sparkle with glitter glue!

All of the beautiful images were layered and stacked on one side of the double oval to highlight the sentiment which was stamped in dark blue. I added in more of the challenge colors with adorable, tiny stamps along the outside edge of the oval and with one accompanying the sentiment. So beautiful!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Papertrey Ink 'Tis The Season sentiments
Papertrey Ink Love Lives Here: Holiday

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mosaic Sunflower!

Hi everyone! I have been a bit obsessed with sunflowers! And why not? They are big and beautiful and perfect for Fall cards! I have this lovely 'Botanical Block' stamp from Papertrey Ink featuring a sunflower which is beautiful on its own but I decided to give this one a little twist, however, and made it into a mosaic! 

The image was stamped onto kraft card stock with brown ink and then colored in with colored pencils which look amazing against the kraft! I then used a mosaic die to cut it into all of those tiny pieces. I added a dark orange frame around it to give it a little definition.

Once cut, I decided to give the image even more visual definition by raising all of the square pieces from the frame with adhesive foam. I think it looks stunning and so interesting! I mounted it onto a dark card base so it would really stand out and then added some strands of twine and a few crystals!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
craft store Kraft card stock
Kaisercraft gems

Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Pockets!

Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I always host a big dinner for my family and friends. I needed an idea for a cute paper craft place setting so I headed to Pinterest and found these wonderful little pockets that I could stuff with goodies for each of my guests!

These charming pockets are super simple to make and actually require no adhesive! I used the Simple Stories 'Happy Harvest' Collection kit for my pockets and it was the perfect amount of paper and embellishments for the task! The patterned papers are great for the Fall holiday and the stickers included are sweet and adorable!

I found quite a few tutorial  links to these pockets but this one is very easy to understand with good pictures and this one has a video and shows how to make different sizes!  I added in bits of canvas and colored burlap to accent the stickers in the collection as well as enamel dots in matching hues. 

My pockets are the small size and were made with 6x6 squares of the patterned papers. There is still plenty of room to tuck in lots of goodies or even a small gift! I can't wait for my guest to  see the cuteness that awaits them at the table!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Canvas Corp. canvas and burlap sheets

Friday, November 10, 2017

Grateful For You!

Hi everyone! Boy, it's been a super busy week so I am so glad that I found time to get a card made for the new Color Throwdown Challenge #468! The color scheme is totally Fall and I really wanted to put a squirrel on my card but could not find one in my stamp stash! Better go shopping!

I did buy this sweet mini stamp set from My Favorite Things recently and the sprig and font are so awesome! Couldn't wait to ink them up! I double stamped the sprig in two shades of green and the fabulous big sentiment in a warm brown to match the challenge colors. I added in a little shine, but still kept the card masculine, with the enamel dots.

Keeping with the masculine feel of the card, I gave it a bold edge with a border die and topped it off with a bit of brown. I tucked some patterned orange paper under one side and then tied a simple kraft twine knotted bow before mounting it all on a kraft card base!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
MFT Die-namics open zig zag (retired)
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad
Craft store twine

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sunshine And Smiles!

Hi everyone! Fall is upon us and it is always such a gorgeous season! It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes- "Autumn paints in colors that Summer has never seen." I tried to capture some of those vibrant colors with these cards featuring the lovely sunflower!

Both cards are done in a watercolor style with one being a bit brighter than the other. I started with the more orange of the two and after inking up the main image of the sunflower, I spritzed it just a little with some water. It did soften up the edges and muted the colors. To keep with the vibrancy, I added in bright orange at the base of the petals, again spritzed with just a tiny bit of water. I topped the card off with a sweet sentiment and a few brown gems and sparkles!

I knew I wanted a much more muted look for the second card, so after inking up the stamps I gave them a liberal spray of water and pressed the image onto watercolor paper. While the first image of the petals was still wet, I stamped in the green at the base. I just love how the colors mixed together and went outside of the lines. After stamping the center, I did go back in with a tiny brush dipped in water to soften those edges as well.  

I rounded the sentiment stamp on my acrylic block before stamping it in dark brown and then deckle edged one side of my watercolor panel. This was mounted on some gold printed acetate for a beautiful look! A few bronze sequins were the finishing touch!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Recollections gold minted acetate
Recollections tiny gold beads
Kaiser craft gems

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Guest Star Stamper!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be the Guest Star Stamper for the Color Throwdown Challenge #467! There is another great color combo this week as well as an awesome inspiration pic!

This weeks colors were the inspiration for my floral card but I did mimic the geometric pattern of the oven mitt on the background! I used a 'next level' embossing folder to create a wonderful quilted texture onto some bright red card stock and then stamped my poppies in the same bright red.

I aded in the green color with flower stems and a few leaves as well as a tiny bit by my sentiment. The design is rounded out with a touch of teal in the centers of the flowers along with the simple sentiment and sparkly gems!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Be Happy!!

Supplies Used:
Stampin' Up Poppy Parade ink

Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Monthly Mini: October!

Hi everyone! Boy oh boy do I love paper collections! I think it shows in all of the minis I create - they are the perfect way to show off fabulous paper and embellishments! Today, I am going to show you another mini of sorts that you can create- a Travelers Notebook!

Travelers Notebooks are so awesome for collecting memories, thoughts and mementos! They are not just for journaling: you can fill them with pictures too and now you can take your favorite paper collections and create your own! This gorgeous notebook showcases the 'Beautiful' paper collection from Simple Stories and I have even created a tutorial to help you make your own!

The notebook itself is made with sturdy chipboard and a few other basic supplies. I have included a couple of plain paper inserts with decorated covers in my notebook as well as a handcrafted insert using the papers of the collection!

My Travelers Notebook measures about 6" by 9" but you can always modify yours to fit your needs and/or the notebook inserts you want to use. You can also make your own notebook inserts as I did in this post! Please watch the video below or visit my Youtube channel for the tutorial! You will be so glad you did!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Bee Happy!!

Supplies Used:
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