Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Uncategorized

Christmas in July

Hello friends. Another Monday is upon us and July is almost over. I don’t know when the whole Christmas in July phenomenon started but I look forward to it every year now. The Hallmark Channel shows Christmas movies all month long, which I just love; those cheesy Christmas movies are the best! There are crafty sales and giveaways and crafters share cute Holiday cards and crafts. What could be better? It’s also a great time to get a jump start on your holiday cards. Before we know it will be December and time to send out cards!

And since I love a good Christmas card just as much as the next gal, I had to join in the fun before July was over. I kept things simple with this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″ for my card base. Next I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100lb Lipstick Red to 4 x 5 1/4″, grabbed my Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Holiday Script Stencil and some Therm O Web TRANSFER GEL iCraft Deco Foil and began the foiling process. It’s super easy but requires patience and drying time.

I taped the red cardstock to my work surface using some Post-it Tape and then taped in place the stencil where I wanted it. Since this stencil is narrower than the cardstock panel, if you want to cover the whole background you will have to do these steps twice. I did not have to do this however since I will be covering the left side. I used a palette knife to spread the deco foil transfer gel over the stencil, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. You don’t want a thick uneven layer or the foil will not stick correctly. I set that aside to dry (it took a couple of hours) and took cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock to 1 1/8 x 5 1/4″ and ran it through my diecut machine using the Darice Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder.

Still waiting for the first half of the deco foil gel to dry, I proceeded to diecut my snowflakes. I cut 3 snowflakes using the Delicate Snowflake Die by Catherine Pooler Designs from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and adhered them together to create a dimensional snowflake.

Several hours later…

The transfer gel will look shiny once it is dried. I placed a piece of the Therm O Web Gina K Designs RADIANT RED Fancy Foils Deco Foil over the red panel, sandwiched it inside a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator (make sure it is good and hot). It comes out so pretty! I took the embossed piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the red foiled panel, added a strip of the wider Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers – Gold Mirror Moondust from Love From Lizi and then adhered that all to my card base, leaving a 1/8″ border all around the card.

Time to add the snowflake. I adhered that 3D white snowflake roughly in the center of the card, added some Tonic PALE GOLD Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of the snowflake, the top and bottom of the card panel. And the card is finished! Oh wait! we need a sentiment!

I added the “Merry & Bright” sentiment from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs to the inside of the card using my Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad by Stampin’ Up! as well as a large snowflake from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs in Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad | Stampin’ Up! to the bottom right corner. Ok now this card I complete!!!!

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your Christmas/Holiday cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Encouragement, Just Because, Thank Yous

5 Cards 1 Kit (Simon Says Stamps July Card Kit)

Hello friends. I finally got to play with this adorable bee-themed card kit from Simon Says Stamps. It’s the July Card Kit called Bee Yourself. Lots of fun products to play with and I just adore the stampset. Unfortunately the kit is no longer available but I will link all the available individual products. I almost strictly used only the card kit contents. I did bring in a few of my own products and I will link those below as well.

Card Kit Supplies

When I first saw the reveal video for this kit, I fell for the paper pad from Honeybee Stamps immediately. I knew I had to use the aqua watercolor pattern first. I kept it simple. I wanted to see if I could foil using a stamp and the glue pad and a stamp (didn’t have transfer gel. I do NOW though 🙂 ).

For the first card, I cut out the aqua watercolor pattern piece to 4 x 5 1/4” and glued it onto an A2 sized white card base (Simon Says Stamp White 120# cardstock). I then used the Glue Sponge like an ink pad with a stamp and then placed the Rainbow Shattered Glass Foil Transfer Sheet on top of the area and ran it through my laminator. It didn’t come out even but I decided to make it work. I added some strips of two other pattern papers from the Honey Bee The Bee’s Knees exclusive 6 x 6 paper pad.

I had previously stamped, colored and fussycut several bees from the Simon Says Stamp Bee Yourself 6 x 8 clear stamp set. I laid out my stamps on my card then using Ranger Black Archival Jet I stamped the bee trail and then using Versamark clear embossing ink I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder. I colored the “BEE” with a yellow and white Prismacolor Pencils, and adhered my bee and added some of the sequins from the Black and Yellow custom sequin pack.

I stamped the bee and trail again on the inside of the card and added a second smaller sentiment.

The second card came together very quickly. I cut a piece of the yellow hexagon paper from the Honey Bee The Bee’s Knees exclusive 6 x 6 paper pad to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered it to an A2 sized black card base (Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock). Next I used some of the rainbow foil on the preprinted foilable cards and fussycut out the flower and sentiment.

I diecut a few hexagons from Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Small Hexagon Cluster wafer thin die and a few from some black glitter paper. I added the black hexagon cluster to the card and then inlayed 3 glitter hexagons back into the clusters. I added a black mat behind the sentiment. Then I adhered the flower onto the right side of the card and the sentiment toward the bottom. I adhered the little bees and added some sequins to finish off the card.

For my next card I wanted to use the foil as if I didn’t have a laminating machine. I diecut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock with the Honeybee Stamps Hexagon Coverplate Top Die. I cut a piece of the Rainbow Foil and adhered it to the back of the black panel and adhered that into an A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Seaglass cardstock). I wanted to keep this one very simple so the sparkly background could be the star. I cut a strip of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock to about 1 1/4 x 4” and heat embossed the BEE yourself sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Bee Yourself 6 x 8 clear stamp set in Wow white embossing powder. I adhered that to the card front, added the bees and some sequins and the card is done. Or is it? Nope because I couldn’t stop there. I stamped the “bee-utiful” sentiment and a little bee with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black on the inside of the card. And now this card is done!

3 cards done, 2 to go…

Another paper that I really like for this collection was the black and white wonky (technical term :)) striped one. Another thing I wanted to use was the foilable cards. And the rainbow one of course calls for rainbow foil (duh). I only foiled the rainbow itself and the little bees so that they would stand out. I fussycut around the images and words, leaving a white border around them. I chose the yellow polka dotted pattern paper from the paper pad as my background. I cut a piece to 3 1/4 x 5 1/2”. I adhered a strip of the black and white wonky stripe paper onto and A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Sunshine cardstock), leaving a 1/4 inch on each side, and adhered the yellow polka dot one in the center over that piece. I added some thin Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Black Glitter Peel Offs to separate the patterns a bit. I love the peel offs from Love From Lizi! They add interest to your card with little effort and she sells soooo many colors (glitter, metallic, transparent). Super fun.

Anyways back to my card…

I adhered the images down onto the card and added some sequins from the included pack. To finish off the inside I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp White 120# cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4” and adhered inside the card. I added a 1 x 5 1/4” strip of the yellow polka dotted paper and a 1/2 x 5 1/4” strip of the black and white wonky striped paper to the right side of that panel. And stamped the “JUST bee-cause” sentiment in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black. And this completes card #4.

While I was making these cards, I had a thought…how cute would the bees look on a tag??? So I got out my trusty tag die from Tim Holtz (Sizzix Framelit Dies – Tag Collection by Tim Holtz) and diecut 2 tags using the second to largest die from Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock. I chose two pattern papers for my backgrounds, the light wood grain and the black and aqua hexagons, diecut 2 of each of those and glued them onto the front and back of the tag. Then I got to distressing.

For this first tag, I used Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Ranger Distress Ink – Antique Linen, and Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot. I kept layering them and drying in between til I got the desired color. Once everything dried, I added 4 pieces of the Simon Says Stamp Small Hexagon Cluster wafer thin die. Then I heat embossed a sentiment using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. I stamped a bee trail in black with in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black and added a bee which I had colored using COPIC markers and fussycut. Lastly I fussycut some blue flowers from the white pattern paper that featured them, applied some distress ink around edges and adhered those in place. I then added white splatters with some acrylic paint. To finish off the tag I added some Lawn Fawn Trimmings Lemon Single Cord and Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell.

For this second tag I used Ranger Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Ranger Distress Ink – Mustard Seed, Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, and Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot. I then used some scraps of the pattern paper and adhered them diagonally to the bottom right of the tag, and added some distress ink to tone them down. I added some Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Black Glitter Peel Offs, stamped some hexagons in Ranger Black Archival Jet Black and heat embossed a sentiment using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. I colored the ‘BEE’ with Prismacolor Pencils, added some Lawn Fawn Aquamarine Single Cord and the tag is done.

I don’t want to leave this tag just as is though. I thought it might look cute as a card instead. So I cut a piece of the yellow hexagon paper to 1-1/4 x 5 1/2” and a piece of the yellow polka dot paper to -1 x 5 1/2” and adhere it to the.back of the hexagon paper and adhered both to an A2 sized card base (Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock).

I adhered the tag to the card base on a slight angle, placing it over the edges.i trimmed off the excess and proceeded to diecut some more hexagon clusters with black cardstock and adhered them to the card. I added one on the black. paper so it looks like it’s embossed. I added three little bees and some sequins to complete this card.

Supplies

Card Kit Includes:


Other Supplies Used:


Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading to the end; I know it was a long one. I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable bee cards of your own. Whether you have the kit or not you can make these cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Celebrations, Fall, Just Because

Donut Cards

Happy Monday everyone! Coming to you today with some fun and delicious cards. I love coffee and donuts but since I am trying to be good (yeah, right!) and not eat too much sugar, I will make them into cards instead.

This die from Honey Bee Stamps really makes them super quick and easy to make. There are also so many ways to embellish this cute donut card. It can be for birthdays, holidays, seasons, or just because.

All the cards bases were created using Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8. 1/2 x 11” Cardstock along with the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die. On this first card I used Lawn Fawn Guava 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock and the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die to create the frosting and added a layer of orange Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam to highlight the sprinkles. In retrospect I should’ve made the sprinkles 3D, but oh well.

I diecut the sentiment from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock using the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Worry Dies for the inside and the outside of the card. I used Stampin’ Up! Vellum for the sentiment shadow. I glued all of it with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

The second card uses SU! Highland Heather 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock for the frosting and a layer of light pink Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam to highlight the sprinkles.

I diecut the word ‘Sweet’ from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock using the Catherine Pooler Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection Sweet Die. I then ink blended Catherine Pooler It’s A Girl ink to create an ombré effect on the word. I glued that down onto a scrap of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock and fussycut around it to create a shadow. I stamped the word ‘You’re’ from Stampin’ Up!’s Cool Treats (retired) with Versamark clear embossing ink onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder. I adhered those two pieces to the front of the card with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

On the inside I diecut out a donut shape using the Honey Bee Stamps Donut Card Die circle die from Neenah Solar White 8 1/2 x 11” 110lb Cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Stampin’ Up!’s Cool Treats (retired) in Catherine Pooler Designs Over Coffee Ink and glued the piece inside the card.

For the last card I had to make it a Fall card, not only because I love Fall but also because I love pumpkin spiced everything and donuts are no exception. Can’t wait for Fall people!

Anyways I used SU! Pumpkin Pie 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock for the yummy orange frosting and layered purple Queen & Co Rainbow Glitter Fun Foam (ok it’s a little bit more Halloween than Fall but that’s ok ‘cuz I live Halloween too).

For the sentiment, I stamped part of it using the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all stampset, Versamark clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with Wow white embossing powder onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock. Then diecut the ‘Fall’ word from Stampin’ Up! 8 1/2 x 11 Early Espresso 8 1/2 x 11” cardstock with the Fall die from the same stampset.

To make the word appear to float over the donut hole, I used a strip of Stampin’ Up! Vellum and adheredit over the hole. I used the circle die in the Donut Card dieset to trim the sides. I then adhered the rest of the sentiment pieces above and below. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy to add some embellishment.

Lastly I stamped a sentiment from the Queen & Co Happy Harvest Kit with Catherine Pooler Designs Over Coffee Ink and this card is complete.

Before I go I just want to say that if you want to make these cards and you don’t have all the supplies I used and don’t want to purchase them, just look through your stash of stamps, dies, and papers and make them your own. It’s fun to play with different looks. The possibilities are really endless. Have FUN with it!!!

Dimensions

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to give the Honey Bee Donut Card Die a try and make some donut cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.