Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Masculine Cards, Watercolor

Creating Feminine and Masculine Watercolor Cards Using One Stampset

Hi friends. I’m back with some more cute cards using the Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Cab Stampset. Do you have stampsets that you think won’t work for both feminine and masculine cards?!? Try changing the color. It worked great for these birthday cards.

I started by stamping the truck image from Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Cab Stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink onto Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad. Then added Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set it. Next I used Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink for the truck, Mustard Seed Distress Ink for the headlights, Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Inks for the tires and metal items, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the windshield.

Once dry, I stamped the sentiment on the hood with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and diecut the truck with the coordinating dies. I also cut another truck from the Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad for the back of the car as well as a strip measuring 1″ wide x 3/4″ long and scored it at 1/2″. I adhered the strip to the back and front panels of the card to create the card base.


For the second card, I followed the same procedure except I used Catherine Pooler Designs Suede Shoes and Eucalyptus Inks for the truck, Catherine Pooler Designs Chiffon Ink for the headlights, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate and Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink for the tires and metal items, and Catherine Pooler Designs Hot Tub Ink for the windshield.

And that completes these cards. They are pretty easy to make. The watercoloring is a little time consuming but I find it cathartic. If it’s not your thing, use your favorite coloring tools instead.

I left the inside of the cards blank.


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Cards, Love & Friendship, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day

Big Pickup Tailgate Valentine’s Day Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps Tailgate Alphabet Dies

Hi friends. Here’s another cute Valentine’s Day Card using the Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate Stampset and Honey Bee Stamps Tailgate Alphabet Dies.

I started by cutting a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 X 11″ Cardstock to 6-1/2 x 10″ and scored at 5″ to create a card base and a piece of pattern paper from my stash to 5 x 6″ which I adhered to the card base. I stamped the truck from the Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as well as two extra truck bed images.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and die cut it with the coordinating dies. I used N1, N2, N5, N7 and 0 (for the cab); N1, N2, and N5 (for the truck bed); N2, N5, and N7 (for the bumper and underside); Y11, and Y18 (for the headlights) and BG000 and 0 (for the windows); R81 and R83 (license plate); C7, C9 and 100 (for the wheels). I adhered the truck to the card, adding 3M Foam Tape to the extra pieces of the truck bed.

I diecut the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 X 11″ Cardstock with the Honey Bee Stamps Tailgate Alphabet Dies and adhered it to the card. To finish off the card, I added 3 red hearts, White Pin Stripe Love From Lizi Peel-offs, White Nuvo Gloss Drops and Glossy Accents to the headlights.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4-3/4 x 6-3/8″ and adhered it to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Cab Stampset with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and added another red heart.

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Cards, Holidays 2021, Love & Friendship, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day

Truck Shaped Valentine’s Day Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Hi friends. This cute little pickup truck is from Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate Stampset. And it is adorable! I love this stampset. I loved it so much I also purchased the Big Pickup Cab Stampset and Dies as well as the Tailgate Alphabet Dies!!! This stamp set alone gives you lots of options to make a variety of cards. I made mine into a truck shaped card which is so much fun!

I started by stamping the truck image from Honey Bee Stamps Big Tailgate Stampset with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and die cutting it with the coordinating die set. I also cut a second truck (no stamping) for the back of the card. I stamped ‘Hot Rod’ on the license plate and stamped a second version of the truck bed and a sentiment on it and used the die to cut just the back piece. This dieset allows you to cut three different components of the truck bed which allows for so many more fun options.

I colored the truck using Copic Markers. I used R17 + R27 + R59 (for the truck bed); R17 + R23 (for the back of the bed truck with sentiment); Y02 + Y13 (for the headlights); BG000 + 0 blender for the windows; C3 + C5 + C7 (for the metal components); and R81 + R83 (for the license plate). I adhered the sentiment piece using 3M Foam Tape. To finish it off, I added some highlights using a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-On Stampset with Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.


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Cards, Love & Friendship, Slimline, Valentine's Day

Using Only Dies to Make A Slimline Valentine’s Day Card

Hi friends. Need a quick and easy card for Valentine’s Day??? This card uses only dies and paper and came together very quickly. Here’s how it came together.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored a at 3-1/2″. I used the Honey Bee Stamps Slimline Thin Frames Dies and Stampin’ Up!’s Poppy Parade 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock and a pink cardstock from Hunkydory Matt-tastic Adorable Scorable Core Colourways Collection to cut out the frames. This die is cool because it cuts all 14 frames at the same time so I just had to run it through two times. I adhered used the five largest frames to the card base, alternating colors. I cut a piece of the Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 2-1/4 x 7-1/4 and embossed it with the Craftwell Delicate Dots 8.5 X 11″ Embossing Folder, and adhered to the front of the card.

For my sentiment I diecut the word ‘LOVE’ from Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 Red Glitter Cardstock using the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies as well as from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ two times and adhered those stacked to the card. To finish it off, I added two small hearts which I cut out using a heart punch from Stampin’ Up!’s Poppy Parade 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-On Stampset with Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade Ink and added another punched heart.

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Cards, Christmas, Fall

Gingerbread House Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Do you love decorating gingerbread houses but don’t like the mess? Fear not I have the perfect craft for you! This gingerbread house features Honey Bee Stamps Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Dieset. Combine it with the House Builder Card Dieset to make tons of cute house cards for all occasions.

For this card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock, the roof, 2 scalloped windows, the scallop door frame, the round gable window and snow for roof and chimney from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, the door from Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock. I inked around the edges of all those pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I wanted to make the gingerbread and frosting look more like real so using the ink especially around the “cookie” pieces helps give it dimension.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. Then stenciled a brick pattern on the front of the card using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Bricked Layering Stencil. I diecut small rectangle window frame from the House Builder Card Dieset with Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red 110lb 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock and the window and door inside pieces from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using the circle and rectangle dies from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on and the House Builder Card Base Dies and inked with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink Pads.

I adhered the roof, windows, gable the scallop door frame, the round gable window and snow and door to the card.

I used Stampin’ Up! Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for trees, wreath and some gumdrops, Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red 110lb 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for some gumdrops, the wreath bow, and berries on wreath, Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for gumdrops, Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for all the peppermints and two candy canes (which I colored with Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Marker), Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (discontinued) for the chocolate kisses and the tree trunks (which I stamped with the tree trunk stamp from Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink), and a gold metallic paper for the door knob, diecut with the House Builder Card Base Dies. I also stamped two lollipops from the Gingerbread House Add-On Stamps and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White and colored them with Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress Markers.

Once adhered to the card, I added sparkle to the snow on the roof, chimney and gumdrops with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pen, some “snow” with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White and white higlights with Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-On Stamps.

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Birthdays, Cards, Fall, Fall, Thanksgiving

2 cards Using One Stampset and Easy Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello friends. Do you need some last minute Fall or Thanksgiving cards or perhaps a Birthday card?? The Honey Bee Stamps Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set is great for such cards! I created very simple watercolor backgrounds using one color of distress ink. These cards also use minimal supplies. And while I used my Copics and added shadowing and highlights to the images, you can color them flat and make it simpler. They would still look great!

For my first card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4 to create the card base. I cut a piece of Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper to 4 x 5-1/4″. I used Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink to watercolor the background and added splatters using Tim Holtz GROUND ESPRESSO Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I used Y18 + YR04 + YR09 and YG03 + YG05 + G07 for the pumpkins; E25 + E29 + E49 (chocolate syrup), BG10 + 0 (lid), YG03 + YG05 + G07 (cup), N2 + 0 and YR04 + YR09 (straw) on the cup; and YR00 + YR14 + Y04 + Y09 (filling), N1 + 0 (whipped cream), E33 + E25 + E29 (crust and coffee beans/nuts) for the pie.

I adhered the watercolored panel to the card base using wet glue and the images using wet glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals. I die cut the ‘Autumn’ word and the largest shadow using the Honey Bee Autumn Buzzword Dies. I used Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) for the word and Simon Says Stamp Vellum for the shadow. I stamped a sentiment from the Honey Bee Autumn Buzzword Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and cut it down to 3/8 x 1-3/4″. I adhered all the sentiment pieces to the card using wet glue. To finish off the card I added highlights using a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen, shimmer to the ‘Autumn’ buzzword with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen, and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the lid.

The inside of the card was left blank.

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For my second card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4 to create the card base. I cut a piece of Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper to 4 x 5-1/4″. I used Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink to watercolor the background and added splatters using Tim Holtz GROUND ESPRESSO Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.

I stamped the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I used BG11 + BG15 (mug), N2 + 0 (whipped cream), E37 + E29 + E49 (chocolate frosting), and RV10 + R83 (flower); E15 + E37 + E29 (crust and beans/nuts), N2 + 0 (whipped cream), R81 + R83 + R85 (filling) for the pie slice; E37 + E29 + E49 for the beans; and R83 + RV10 (frosting), E37 + E29 (cake), R17 + R27 + R29 (ribbon) and N2 + 0 (popsicle stick) for the cake pop.

I adhered the watercolored panel to the card base using wet glue and the images using wet glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and die cut it with the coordinating Honey Cuts Treat Yo Self Dies. I adhered the the sentiment to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card I added Nuvo Sea Breeze Jewel Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Village Shops and the cake pop from Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink. And that completes this card.

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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Creating a Coffee Themed Birthday Gatefold Card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Honey Bee Stamp’s new release includes this many coffee themed items so of course I was all in! I’ve seen many people stack the images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set to create their cards so I thought how fun would it be to make a gatefold card with stacked coffee treats. What I really love about this stampset is how large the images are. And of course, Honey Bee Stamps also release sentiment stamps and dies to go with this coffee collection. What could be better I ask?!?! I won’t be using those on this card but stay tuned because there will be more cards coming using this collection.

I started by cutting a piece of Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper to 5-1/2 x 11-1/2″ and scored at 4″ and 8-1/2″ on the long side. I used watercolor paper instead of my traditional Neenah 110lb because distress inks blend beautifully on it. More on that later…

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso to ink up the left flap on the card, creating an ombre effect. Then I stamped all the coffee beans from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink. Then I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Irresistibly Yours DSP (discontinued) to 3 x 5-1/2″ and used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and Vintage Photo to create another ombre, revealing the embossed areas on these papers and adhered it to the card. Stampin’ up needs to bring these papers back because they are great for easy backgrounds and you can color them with anything you want.

I stamped four images from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I colored them with COPICS markers. I used R32 + R37, G07 + G09, C1 + 0, BG000 + 0 and E37 + E27 for the first cup; BG000 + BG01, G07 + G09, and C1 + 0 for the second cup; R32 + R37, E37 + E29, C1 + 0 and BG01 for the third cup; and E23 + E37, R30, R32 + R37, E23 + E29 and C1 + 0 for the pie. I diecut them using the Treat Yo Self coordinating dies.

I adhered the three coffee cups to the card and trimmed off the excess of the card flap. I stamped a sentiment from the Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Tim Holtz’s Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink and cut it with the coordinating die. I added it to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it by adding Love from Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Brown Mirror to the right panel and some Fresh Brewed Sequin Mix to the front of the card.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Village Shops and coffee beans from Treat Yo Self 6×6 Stamp Set with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink and added the pie image. And that completes this card.

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Cards, Fall, Halloween

Halloween House Cards featuring Honey Bee Stamps Haunted House Add-on Dies

I’m back with another adorable card featuring the House Builder Card Base Dies from Honey Bee Stamps!!! This time I created Halloween houses which was so much fun! I love Halloween (always been my favorite holiday since I was a kid) so I have to make as many cards as possible! And yes I DO send out Halloween cards to family and friends, whether they have kids or not. Adults are entitled to some Halloween magic too, am I right?!? But this year especially I am making a point of sending out as many holiday cards as possible.

For the first card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired), the roof and stairs from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple, and the gable roof from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card with the House Builder Card Base Dies and Honey Cuts Haunted House Add-on.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. I adhered the roof and diecut out the windows from the front piece then added Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink to everything. I also added Tim Holtz Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Ink. In fact everything except the ghosts and pumpkins had Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink added to them to age them.

I used Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card for the door and the bats, Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door gable, and fence, Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door handle, grave stones and webs (from Papertrey Ink – Tiny Town: Spookville Die), Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for the ghosts, Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the wood and tree, and Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for the pumpkins. I backed all the windows with Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. TIP: To hide the cardstock pieces behind the windows, I diecut another house from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) and adhered it to back of the card front. I added some shimmer to the bats and the ghosts with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pens.

On the inside of the card, I diecut another house from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White, trimmed it down and adhered it to the card base. Then stamped the sentiment from the Queen and Company Halloween Hoopla stampset with Simon Says Stamp GREEN APPLE Ink. I added a web, diecut from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and a pumpkin.


For the second card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney (from Honey Cuts Gingerbread House Add-on), and one gable from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card, the roof, window shutters and stairs from Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) and the gable roof from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple with the House Builder Card Base Dies and Honey Cuts Haunted House Add-on.

I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the House Builder Card Base Dies to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart. I adhered the roof and diecut out the windows from the front piece then added Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink to everything. In fact everything except the ghosts and webs had Tim Holtz Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink added to them to age them.

I used Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Green Apple for the door, Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door gable, the wood planks and the cross gravestone, Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock for the door handle, grave stones, and fence, Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White for the ghosts and webs (from Papertrey Ink – Tiny Town: Spookville Die), Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card for the bats and Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock for the pumpkins. I backed all the windows with Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the pumpkins with Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card. I added some shimmer to the bats and the ghosts with a Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle Pens and some Wiggly Eyes inside the windows.

I diecut another house from Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card and adhered it to back of the card front.

On the inside of the card, I diecut another house from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White, trimmed it down and adhered it to the card base. Then stamped the sentiment from the Queen and Company Halloween Hoopla stampset with Memento Black Ink. I added a web, diecut from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White,and three grave stones die cut from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock.


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Cards, Fall, Fall

Fall House Card and How to Make It Into A Box featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Ok, let’s talk about how much I love the House Builder Card Base Dies from Honey Bee Stamps!!! It is sooo much fun making houses and decorating them. There are probably a million combinations you can use with these dies. The add-on dies also allow you to expand you creativity; more on those later.

For the first card, I started by diecutting the house card base 2x, chimney, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the roof, gable roof and stairs from Simon Says Stamp Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I adhered the two houses with the pre-scored strip that comes in the dieset to create the card base. Be sure to use double-sided tape or something very strong so they don’t come apart.

I diecut all the window frames, window boxes, shutters (from the Gingerbread House add-on) and fence from Neenah Classic Crest, 80lb Solar White. I used aqua cardstock from my stash for the door and a silver cardstock for the door handle, yellows and oranges for all the bushes and dark orange, yellow, orange and aqua for the flowers in the flower pots. I backed all the windows with a light aqua cardstock and used Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack to diecut curtains for the bottom windows. I created the wreath by diecutting several of the leaf vine and stacking them on top of the wreath from the Gingerbread House add-on. I also diecut a pumpkin from the Haunted House Add-on.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with orange cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. Love this card!


Next, I wanted to see if I could turn this card into a box easily because it could house some fun gifts for the holidays or just anytime really. And it turns out you can. I’m sure there are some other ways to do this but I chose the simplest with the least amount of cutting. The process is exactly the same as the card except, you need to decorate 2x and add the sides and bottom piece.

I started by diecutting the house card base 2x again, 2 chimneys, and 2 gables from Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and 2 roofs, 2 gable roofs and 2 stairs from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I decorated the two houses before I adhered them to the side pieces for the box. This one was decorated much like the previous card, with the following exceptions: I used a red cardstock for the door, a different pattern for the curtains from Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack, diecut the tree from the Haunted House Add-on with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and added several pumpkins, diecut from the same set. I did the same thing to both houses.

Ok, let’s turn these into a box! This will require just one piece of letter or A4 cardstock. First, I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock (same as the houses) to 3 x 9-7/8″and one to 3 x 4-1/4″. Then scored both pieces 1/2″ in from each side on the short side (holding your paper vertically) and 1-1/2″ (only scored the first section of the longer piece) and diagonal score lines from the 1-1/2″ score line to the left and right corners (see diagram below). I turned the longer (9-7/8″ long) piece 90 degrees and scored at 4-1/4″, and 9-3/8″. Folded and burnished all the scorelines and to make it easier to assemble, making sure to fold the center and diagonal score lines in both directions. This will allow the box to fold in on each side like an accordian.

I cut a little triangle 1/2″ in on the flaps where the score lines fall and the end flaps as well but only on the longer piece. I’ve included a PDF of the below diagram that you can download and print.

I used double-sided tape to adhere the sides and bottom of the box together and to the cards. I folded up all the tabs and adhered the two pieces together. You will want to adhere the second side piece to the side of the longer piece that has a 1/2″ tab (labeled bottom on diagram) then adhere your houses on either side of the box (you can see on the first of four images below how it sits against the side piece. Once the box was assembled, I used an 1/8″ punch to punch a hole in the top center of the two sides of the box and tied it with some 1/4″ red satin ribbon.

I also made a cute tag to go with it. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Fog 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 2 x 3-1/2″ and use the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on one end. I diecut a fence and one bush from House Builder Card Base Dies and adhered it to the tag. I stamped the “Happy” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Happy Fall Y’all 4×6 Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack Ink and diecut the “Fall” from Happy Fall Y’all Honey Cuts with red cardstock from my stash and adhered it under the “Happy”. I love how this came out!

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Cards, Encouragement, Fourth of July, Fourth of July, Summer, Summer

Shop Your Stash Day 3: Making Summer Cards Using Honeybee Stamps Frappe Shake Card Dies

While it’s probably no surprise too many that I love coffee, I love coffee stamps and dies even more. This Honeybee Stamps Frappe Shake Card Dieset as well as their Honey Bee COFFEE CUP CARD Dies are my favorites! They have everything you need to make cute coffee cup and frappe cup shaped cards and shakers. And they fit in an A2 size envelope which is great!

I thought it would be fun to reuse this dieset to make some non-coffee cards, instead make brightly colored summer beverages. I don’t know if you all remember the rocket bomb popsicles that were red, white and blue. I remember many summers as a kid eating those popsicles (they were refreshing and turned my tongue red or blue, depending on which end I ate first—what could be better??). LOL That was the inspiration for my first card.

I started by diecutting card bases using the large card, coffee cup, and the whipped cream dies in the set from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ 3 times. I also diecut 3 sets of the lid and its rim from Acetate.

I also went ahead and added Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink to the lid section of the card base on all 3 cards to create a background for the lid. Then, used Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup, leaving the middle area white. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel.

While the ink dried, I diecut the straw and the larger circle from the dieset from a piece of Doodlebug Designs Yankee Doodle 6 x 6 Pattern Paper (no longer available) and used the smallest star from the Sizzix Framelits Stars Die Set and Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK to diecut a small star. I adhered the star to the circle, the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I adhered the circle to the card front and added some silver confetti stars from Fanci-Fetti Stars (silver) Party Accessory to the whipped cream and then the clear lid on top of the stars (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate and metallic stars).

On the inside of the card, I stamped “Happy 4th of July” with a very old stampset I had (sorry don’t know where it came from) using Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink and added 3 silver stars.

Card Inside

For the second card, I decided to make a delicious watermelon smoothie. Who doesn’t like a tasty frozen watermelon beverage on a hot summer day?!? I’m now craving a smoothie while writing this post. LOL.

For this card, I started by using Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, and Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup. I cut a small triangle from some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and also inked it up with the distress oxide inks. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel.


While the ink dried, I diecut the straw from a piece of Brutus Monroe Fresh Melon 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I adhered the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added Nuvo EBONY BLACK Crystal Drops to the whipped cream and then adhered the clear lid on top of the stars (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate). I cut a slit in the watermelon slice and adhered it to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps SHAKE IT OFF Clear Stamp Set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I fussycut it and adhered it to the card front and added more Black Nuvo drops. I left the inside of the card blank.


And if I’m making fruity drinks for the summer, I can’t forget about a refreshing frozen lemonade! Yum!

For this card, I started by using Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink to create an ombre effect on the coffee cup. I sprayed some water onto it with my Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER and blotted it with a paper towel. Then I stamped a couple of slices from the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) and Ranger Archival Chrome Yellow Ink onto the cup and one onto some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″.

While the ink dried, I diecut the straw from a piece of Catherine Pooler Designs Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper. I adhered the coffee cup and whipped cream to the card base and then cut the straw in half and adhered it to the front of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added Nuvo DANDELION YELLOW Glossy Drops to the whipped cream and then adhered the clear lid on top (I used Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive to adhere the acetate). I cut a slit in the lemon slice and adhered it to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut it out with a 1-3/4 inch punch. I adhered to the card with 3M Foam Tape

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Clear-Mount Stamp Set (which was retired recently) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and lemon slices with Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink.

Card Inside

Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to Shop Your Stash and see what fun ideas you come up with and maybe rediscover supplies you forgot you had! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.