Dive in! Under the Sea with Honey Bee *Blog Hop*

Good Morning Crafty Friends!

It’s new release day over at Honey Bee stamps, and that means its Blog Hop SWIM time!!!

If you are already swimming along, then you should have arrived here from the blog of the kind and beautiful, Patricia! If not, don’t worry, you can always go to the Honey Bee Stamps blog<— and see all of the amazingly talented designers that are inspiring you today.

Swim along with our New ReleaseUnder The Sea with Honey Bee!

Limited quantities of the NEW July Under the Sea Stamp bundles are available. click the photo or see the end of the post for links.

Everything is available for purchase today in our shop HERE.
So let’s Shellabrate with some splashingly sweet prizes!!  We will have TWO winners that will each receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase new goodies in the Honey Bee Stamps Store.

Enter to win one of two $50 shopping sprees to HoneyBeeStamps.com for participating in our new release Blog Hop!

All you have to do to win is comment here on the Honey Bee Stamps blog and again at each one of our designer’s blog by Sunday, July 16th. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 17th at Noon PST.

So swim along and get ready to SEA some inspiration!

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Today I have two simple cards to share with you all highlighting some of the new stamps, dies and embellishments by Honey Bee Stamps, It’s another HUGE and amazing release so I will have lots more to share in the coming weeks!

First up is this classy neutral shaker card made with the new Seashell Card die.

I created this shaker card using all three large shell and shell card pieces. First I cut the card itself, then cut the inside of one of the shells using the smaller open shell. I set that aside. I took the detail die and cut that out of some Cricut holographic opal vinyl and then I used that same detail die to cut a seashell in the middle of my card panel as the opening for the shaker.

I cut the card in half at the score line and started assembling the two pieces with a double layer of foam tape. Once that was finished I added some of the new Seaside Treasures shaker kit as well as some glitter and sequins from various new embellishment kits. I covered the shaker with a piece of acetate and then again covered that up with the card panel. I took that vinyl detail piece (which already has adhesive on the back) and stuck it in the opening of the panel on top of the acetate. I put more foam tape around the Seashell shaker to cover the top panel and then glued all of that on an off white mat base, and then to a heavy weight beige cardstock card base.

On the inside of the card I stamped Let’s Shellabrate from the Mermaid song stamp set using Versamark ink, and heat embossed using WOW Rich pale gold embossing powder. I also stamped some cute little sand dollars from the Message in a bottle stamp set and heat embossed those with Nuvo White embossing powder. I think this would make a great masculine card or a wedding card for someone celebrating their wedding at the beach.

I am in love with this die and it can do a lot more than just a shaker card. It can be a stand alone card or used within a traditional card like my example. There is a lot of possibilities with this die and I am sure you will be seeing a lot of great ideas using this card die in the near future!

This is the card (closed) with two pieces layered on top . Just one of the options that you can create with this die set!

Here are the main die pieces of the Seashell card Die set. There are two small circle dies that are not pictured below that are great for making a pearl to go inside your shell!

The next card I have for you is one that features the new Sunburst A-2 cover plate die from Honey Bee Stamps. as well as the Ocean Borders stamp and die and the Swimming By die set.

I cut out the cover plate die in two shades of yellow cardstock and glued the pieces of the other color inside the cut panel. This will make two cards, so it’s a great timesaver too! I took the border stamp in the ocean borders and I stamped, heat embossed in clear and then masked the first border stamp at the bottom of some light blue cardstock, I repeated this process of stamping, embossing, then masking about 5 times. Once I had a about a half of a card panel worth of ocean borders I took the Ocean Borders Die that just cuts the top of that wave-like border and I cut the top of that masked border stack. I glued some foam behind that piece and set aside.

I stacked a couple of pieces of cardstock and glued those together, Then I cut that stacked cardstock piece with the Mermaid die from the Swimming by die set. I used the same die and with just using the bottom half of that die I cut some Cricut holographic Opal vinyl. I stuck that to the cardstock piece and cut off everything below the tail, I glued just the bottom portion of that tail to the card base just below the circle part of the sun, I then glued the waves on top of that, which completed the scene. I finished the card off by adding some new Bubbles Sequins and Bokeh lights confetti and a sentiment from the Mermaid song stamp set. I heat embossed that with the Nuvo white power and cut a little flag end to the left. I popped this up on foam tape and glued to my card. I really love how that Vinyl is shiny and iridescent like… perfect for under the sea and beach papercrafting!

I hope these cards inspired you. Make sure to check out all of the new releases in the Honey Bee Stamps shop available NOW!

Also, there is a limited number of new release stamp bundle sets! See that special deal

—> HERE <—  Grab them quick!  I noticed there wasn’t too many at this reduced rate.

Don’t forget to comment below for your chance at two $50 gift certificate giveaways going on during this Blog Swim!

Supplies used are listed below.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Your next stop in this swim-a-long is the fabulous and super-duper talented Tracy! Swim on over and see what amazing things she has to share with you today!

I’ll SEA you soon, with MORE ideas and inspiration using the new release items!

 

Supplies used:

Honey Bee Stamp Sets:

Honey Bee Dies:

Honey Bee Embellishments:

Toolbox supplies:

Honey Bee Stamps New Release Sneak Peek!

Ahoy there, friends!

I hope you are all having a FINTASTIC summer! Today we are kicking off the sneak peeks for the Under the Sea with Honey Bee new release!!! I am so excited for you all to see what an amazing collection of stamps, dies, and embellishments will be in the Honey Bee Stamps store this Friday 7/14!

Today fellow designer, Lisa, and I are sharing a look at one of my most favorite stamps in this whole release over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today. The Under the Sea stamp set features two adorable mermaids, one of which is featured on my card today! You can see more at Honey Bee Stamps HERE.

Here is a little peek at these too-cute mermaids!

Here is my Card for today featuring the Under the Sea stamp set! If you are wanting to know the products I have used for this card there will be a supply list at the bottom of this post.

I had a lot of fun making this textured background and of course coloring this sweet little mermaid! I plan on showing you more later this week, including how I did my background. Until then here is a few more photos of my sneak peek card for today.

Join in the fun and SEA more new release photos all week-long on the HoneyBeeStamps.com Blog, Instagram, and Facebook page. Then on Friday 7/14 Join us in a huge release day blog hop celebration! This release is sure to make a SPLASH!

Have a wonderful week!

 

Supplies Used:
(supplies are linked to a shopping source below where available. Some links may not work until release day. Affiliate links used where available)

Under the Sea Stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps
Mermaid Song stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps
Watercolor Cardstock
Nuvo Mousse: Seaspray Green, Citrus Green, Pacific Teal, and Old Navy
Distress Oxide inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paid, Iced Spruce, and Wilted Violet.
Ranger super fine detail white embossing powder
Versamark ink pad
Heat Tool
Fish Stencil
Watercolors by Daniel Smith (for under-painting)
Metallic and Pearl watercolors used on Mermaid

I got your back! Love, Coffee (& Taniesa AKA:TheCraftyPickle)

Hello,

My name is Taniesa and I am addicted to coffee. I am also addicted to papercrafting so how perfect is this challenge, right?! What Challenge you might ask? Why, it’s that time again, The Summer Coffee Lover’s blog hop! Projects, Prizes, and SO MUCH inspiration!!

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Have you ever spilled your coffee when you’re walking out of Starbuck’s or tripped on a Lego in the am and your mug went flying? It sure starts the day off in a super crummy way. This is a great card for someone who has had that kinda day or just needs to know that you are there for them and you “got their back”. Both cards feature products from Honey Bee Stamps. There are source links in my post but you will also find a supply list at the end of the post.

So I started by drawing a floor. I drew a line where I knew I wanted the edge of the floor to be and then I drew in the vertical lines at an angle to give a perspective view. After I had that penciled in I stamped the bunny from Honey Bee Stamps Blah Bunny stamp set, I masked that part and stamped the little rug that goes underneath him. Before I got to the coloring of the bunny and rug, I colored the floor with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I made sure to make the back and sides of the floor portion darker so that it highlighted the bunny in the center I added little nails with a copic marker (N6 + N0) The bunny and the rug are both colored using Copic Markers. For the rug I used YG67, YG63, YG61 and for the outside edge I used G28. For the Bunny I used E31, E33, E34, E35, and E37. I also used R20 and R21 for his ears, noses, and the bottom of the feet.

For the wall I used an Echo Park stencil that is older and blended on some Old Paper Distress ink. after I used the stencil I went over the top of the card again with more distress ink so it would soften the stark white the stencil left. I felt it needed something more so I took a small leaf from the Honey Bee Stamps Country Blooms Stamp Set and stamped it with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink in between the diamond shapes on the “Wall”.

I stamped, fussy cut, and then shaded the mug using some cool gray copic markers (C00, C1) and I drew in a little heart using a Copic AtYou Spica red pen. I took a craft knife and cut around the bunny’s paw, and then slid the handle of the mug underneath.

The Coffee puddle was sketched using a pencil then colored over with a concentrated amount of watercolor (Burnt Sienna mixed with Raw Umber). I did it in two layers to get it to the color I was happy with. Once dry I used the Nuvo Crystal glaze. It was the first time I used this one (I usually always use Glossy Accents) But this was slightly more fluid and dried faster than what Glossy Accents did so I was really pleased. I added a stamped sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Blah, Blah, Blah  stamp set. Stamped this on a strip of cardstock, blended on a little Old Paper Distress ink and glued it on using Nuvo Adhesive (My new Go-to dry’s matte glue).

Now for the inside!

For the inside I stamped the “It’s gonna be okay.” sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Blah, Blah, Blah stamp set and below the card I stamped the “I got your back!” from the Honey Bee Stamps Prickly Sentiments stamp set.

I attached the gift card with these removable Glue Dots. This is such a great way to stick gift cards and other removable things to your cards and gifts, It holds well until you want to pull it off, and the best part is the glue dot comes off your project cleanly too!

I have another card to share today too!

This card is super simple and easy to make. Here is the front of the card:

and here is the inside

Simple but Cute right?  Such a fun way to give a coffee to a friend who needs a little pick-me-up. One thing I love *Almost* as much as coffee is gifting starbucks gift cards so I always have a small stash of gift cards on hand in case I need to give a last minute gift or Happy Mail to someone needing a smile.

For this card I just colored a cacti from the Honey Bee Stamps Stick with me stamp set. I stamped the planter then covered it with a post-it note so I could stamp the cacti coming out of the planter. I colored the Planter with Copic markers E31, E33, E35 and the Cacti with YG61, YG63, YG67, and a little G21 in the highlight portion. I stamped the sentiment under that and cut out the square using some stitched square dies.

I placed that square on a scrap of black cardstock and adhered the matted square to the card base with foam tape. I blended a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the edges and then finished off the front with a few gold sequins.

For the inside of the card I did the same thing as the cacti but I stamped a coffee mug. This coffee mug I bought at one of my Local Scrapbook stores, Impress Cards and Crafts. If you ever are in Seattle this shop needs to be on your “To-Visit” List! It’s a stamper’s candy store! I stamped the Stay Strong from Honey Bee Stamps Prickly Sentiments stamp set. I drew in the little circle to make it sorta “Starbucks-ish” and colored the inside of that green, and then I shaded the cup with some Cool Grey copic markers and the sleeve with some warm grey markers.

I cut the square with the same stitched square dies and matted that on black. I did not add foam tape on this piece though. I just glued it in using the Nuvo liquid adhesive. To attach the gift card I decided to use the new Lawn Fawn simple gift card slot dies. I die cut the bottom portion of the card and then just popped the gift card right in, super easy

So that wraps up my projects for this year’s Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. In addition to all the great prizes you can win by participating in the Coffee Lovers hop, I also decided to do a fun giveaway both here on my blog, and next week on Instagram! All you need to do to be entered in this giveaway here on my blog is comment below. For the second giveaway that will be going on next week, follow @Taniesa on Instagram.

Hurry, contest ends June 30th! This giveaway includes TWO stamp sets , a exclusive Free-Bee and matching die, and a bottle of Nuvo drops all donated by Honey Bee Stamps! The other items include a Hero arts INtense black ink pad, a set of watercolor pencils, a 3×4 etched grid stamp block,  Crate paper embellishment pack, Bazzill Marathon adhesive runner, and a set of watercolor pencils are all items I have purchased for this giveaway.  A prize package worth $80.00!!!

Honey Bee Stamps has graciously donated the Blah Bunny Stamp set, The Blah Blah Blah Sentiments stamp set, Free Bee stamp and die, and Nuvo drops. Thank you Honey Bee Stamps!  I have also put in things I have purchase for this giveaway and in total the package is worth over $80! Enter by 6/30. Winners to be announced on Saturday, July 1 at noon PST.

*** Karen Ladd !!!!  You are my winner! Please email me at Taniesa@thecraftypickle.com with your mailing information. Thank you to all that entered and for the kind comments! ***

Head on over to the Honey Bee Stamps Blog where there are even more prizes to be won AND there is a link to Honey Bee Stamps Designer, Lisa where you can win another prize!

Thank you so much for visiting. You will find the supplies I have used linked in the post but also listed below. I encourage you to modify these ideas and use your crafty stash as well!

Until Next time!

 

Surprise 2nd BEE-day Blog hop (and a swarm of awesome new releases!)

Hap-BEE Friday, Friends!

We have enlisted some very talented designers to help Surprise Melissa (the owner of Honey Bee Stamps) for her 2nd Honey Bee Stamps Birthday. Be sure to hop along for all the fun & prizes!! Each stop on the hop will have a drawing for a FREE stamp set of their choice from the Honey Bee Stamps store. Be sure to comment at each stop to enter all of the drawings. The winners will be announced on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog on May 3rd at Noon PST.

 I have to say this month’s new release is my favorite so far. I sat down to make one card and ended up making a few more. I’m telling ya, my mind was buzzing with ideas for these new products.

My first card is this cute bee hive card which is a shaker card.

I made this card using the new Hive card die and Hive stencil set. I also used two of the bees from Busy Bees and the Bee-You-Tiful sentiment set.

I love that the stencils make shading the hive super easy. I used my distress inks and finger daubers to do the shading. the inside of the shaker has the new layered hexagon die cover plates cut apart, and I used Nuvo Drops to add Honey like accents. I filled the shaker with the special birthday Honey Jar sequins mix and of course that cute little busy bee!

Next card is another hive, but this time I used only the stencils. All 4 of them actually. I used the hive cut out to lay down color, the two shading stencils to give detail, and then when I was all done with that I used the hive cut out piece as a mask and applied the blue distress ink background.

The leaves are from the Busy bees stamp set. I just made a branch with a zig clean color real brush brown marker. The hexagon confetti / sequins is in the spring sequins pack. The cute little bee is from the Build a Bee stamp set.  The bee is actually on a little action wobbler and, with the addition of the google eyes, it makes for a very fun interactive element.

This next card was totally inspired by a pack of acrylic mirrored hexagons I have been hoarding. You could achieve a similar look with mirror cardstock that I used as an accent strip along the side of the card.

I colored my little build a bee with my zig markers and added some hexagons that I cut out using the new stack hexagon dies. I also added those awesome hexagon mirrors. I think the patterned paper along the side added the perfect final touch. I love this sentiment from the Bee You Tiful sentiment set. I think it’s the perfect card to remind someone how bee-you-tiful they are, inside and out.

Okay, now a super quick card that is great for any of our new buzz words

This card was super quick to make! I had a piece of cardstock that was already stamped and embossed using the Zen Bouquet stamp set. I trimmed it down to A-2 size and used the new Hello Buzz word dies to do a fun inlay look. This could work with your favorite patterned paper too.

You can keep it simple and leave it just black and white, Or you could color it in to make the word stand out even more! The main panel was cut using the Honey Bee Stamps Double stitched A-2 dies.

These next cards were so much fun to make. I did one card with Color burst watercolor powers and the other with distress oxide inks.

I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I thought I would show you both!

I used the Stick with me stamp set and the prickly sentiments stamp set for the sentiment. The bee is from the Busy Bee stamp set.  I had one little hexagon outline cut out left over from another project so I stuck it on one of the sentiment strips. I thought it was a fun little touch. Which one do you like better?

Last but not least is my first real attempt at no line coloring. I took the jar from the sweet as honey stamp and die set (which was a part of Honey Bee Stamps very first release, and one of my most used stamp sets!) and I decided to turn it into a mini Terrarium with the help of the new stick with me stamp set.

I colored the cacti, plants, and rocks with my Copic markers and then added a bit more detail with my colored pencils. For the background I used the hexagon stipple plate die. On the little banner, I used a sentiment from the prickly sentiments stamp set.

The jar is layered with 4 pieces of cardstock instead of using foam, (I had scrap paper I needed to use up). The sentiment is popped up with one layer of foam tape. I finished the card off with a bit of twine around the top of the jar. This was probably my most challenging card but I had a lot of fun. I will be practicing those no line coloring skills more often now!

Here is a photo of all the cards created today. Supplies are listed below.

I hope I inspired you with ways to use these awesome new products (and some of your older ones too). Come back soon BEE-cause I will have lots more projects to share!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win your choice of stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps!

Next up on the Hop is the kind & talented, Yana Smakula! Buzz on over and see what beautiful creation she has to share with you today.

Here is the lineup for the Hop in case you get lost:

Honey Bee Stamps

Jennifer McGuire

Stephanie Klauck

Amy Rysavy

Lisa Cisneros

Sandy Allnock

Taniesa Vlasak (Thats me!)

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Supplies used (Affiliate links where available, thank you for your support!)

Misti and Honey Bee Stamps | A perfect match!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome to the Honey Bee Stamps and Misti Blog hop!

You should have arrived here from the blog of the Amazing, Lydia Fideler!  If you are starting with my blog today, make sure you go back to check out Lydia’s post as she is the first person on the hop!

I was so excited when I found out that we would be working with the kind folks over at My Sweet Petunia. I have had my Misti since they first launched and It is the most used stamping tool in my craft room!

Today I have a fun little project for you. Instead of making a card I decided to make this cute little tissue box that holds those purse/pocket packs of tissue perfectly.  I took inspiration from the Honey Bee Logo and the My Sweet Petunia logo for my colors.

Today I will be featuring the Bless Your Heart stamp from Honey bee stamps ( and don’t tell Melissa…. but if you look closely, you might see a couple of stamps from our April release coming up VERY soon! I had to sneak something in 😉 Shhhhh! )

Making the tissue box is super simple if you have a paper trimmer, scoreboard, and scissors.

Cut a piece of Cardstock to 8 inches by 7 1/2 inches. I used a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper. Both because I planned on doing some watercoloring but also this is super sturdy for a tissue box.

Time to score! Start with the 8″ length at the top.

 

Then turn your paper 90 degrees and score again.

Once you did your scoring, take a bone folder and burnish / crease all of your score marks. Then grab your scissors for some trimming.

to make the cutting easy, I first cut along the score lines on the sides that had the double score line close to each other. then I trimmed away the pieces you see above.

Before I assemble the box I wanted to do my stamping and coloring. Because I am working on a textured surface, the misti tool is even more helpful. Let me show you….

I could have lined this up at the top of the misti but instead I decided to use my creative corners to give it a little push upwards.

You’ll see above that my first stamping didn’t go so great, which is normal for textured papers. I Just re inked and stamped again.

MUCH better!

Then I die cut a little hexagon for the tissue opening.

I have a handy little tip for you. Instead of taping your paper down to watercolor. Flip over your misti and attach your projects with magnets to the backside. This will hold your project down while you color or paint.

I sketched out some hexagons with a watercolor pencil by Prima.

Then I water colored the top of my tissue box. The watercolor honeycomb reminded me of the Honey Bee logo and website. I didn’t have a pink Petunia but I did have this cute little daisy (which may or may not be a stamp from a brand new stamp set coming soon) So I painted that pink. Of course my little bee is yellow and black. You can’t tell too well but there is a lot of glitter accents from my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. And I even mixed a little Gold watercolor in my yellow for the honeycomb.

If I tilt it just right you can see just a bit.

After I was done watercoloring I cut two side pieces to 2 1/4″ x 1′ from yellow polka dot paper and two longer side pieces to 4 1/4″ x 1″. I inked the edges of the yellow paper with some Black ink and for the black & white paper I inked it a bit with some Fossilized amber distress oxide ink and then some black distress ink over that.

I adhered those down with some Scor tape and then glued the small long flap and one of the sides together. The other side of the box i left without adhesive so this box could be refilled.

How cute would this be to hand to someone who has some bad spring allergies or a seasonal cold. I think it would make just about anyone smile. I mean look at that cute bee!

I have one more fun “tip” to share with you all. I love my creative corners but I really wasn’t sure how to store them. I wanted to be able to keep them with my Misti and my mini misti and not have the pieces all over the place.

I had this stampin up box and it was just the perfect size. I took a cd sleeve and made a pocket for the inside to hold my mini misti grid paper, my grid transparency and a scrap piece of plastic I use to stamp on sometimes. On the other side my Creative corner pieces fit perfectly!

I cut my packaging to fit on the inside of the stampin up case.

If you don’t have a case like this you could do the same thing with a 5×7 photo case.

Here is a few photos of the final project. What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Next stop on the hop is the talented Ilina! Buzz on over and show her some love!

 

Here is a list of everyone participating in today’s hop. Don’t forget to comment at each blog post for a chance to win!

Taniesa Vlasak <—-That’s me!

Special Delivery | Gift Box Decoration

Hey Crafty Friends,

Lately it has been Birthday season for my daughter’s friends. At this age they are difficult to buy for so we have been going for the tween gift that always seems to win, a gift card to Claire’s.

Giving a gift card to someone older is no biggie, a cute card and voila, instant happiness! For a tween though it just needs a little more something something, Ya know what I mean?

You may have seen this photo I posted on Instagram over the weekend.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

for the project above I used the new Hooray die set and Surprise Box stamp set and dies. I also used some silver glitter Nuvo drops and pink bakers twine.

We had some leftover gift boxes from Valentine’s day that we purchased at Michael’s (they have several colors in the gift wrapping section) so instead of making a handmade card, I decided to do a (semi) handmade gift box, similar to the one I created above.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

In addition to the pink gift box I also grabbed some basket filler shred, and the gift card. (later on we decided to add some candy)

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I grabbed some of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps and dies. Today I will be using Little Pickup stamp set and dies, Surprise box stamp set and dies, Welcome Baby stamp set.

First I chose a selection of patterned papers from Doodlebug. I used this 6×6 paper pad, and I pulled out a selection of colors that I thought would go well together. I die cut several of the traditional shape balloon from the Surprise box die set and then stamped all of the balloons using a shade of ink that matched the pattern paper used.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

After the die cutting and stamping was all finished. I took some finger daubers and added a little of the same ink I stamped with to the edges of the balloon. It’s a simple step but it adds some dimension to your die cuts and a bit of pop to the overall design. I also took a white water-based sharpie marker and added a little shine mark to the balloons.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I stamped and cut out the truck and gifts from the Little Pickup stamp and die set and colored them in with my copic markers. I also added a little clear glaze gel pen to the windshield and window.

I arranged all of the balloons on the box, popping some of them on foam tape and a couple I added two layers of foam tape to get a varying amount of heights to the balloons. Using a black glaze gel pen I added the balloon strings. Then I added the truck with the gifts in the back to the box, also with foam tape.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

There is a great sentiment set that coordinates with the little pickup stamp set called Sending You sentiments. I love that set but the words “sending you” were smaller and didn’t seem to fit well for my box. I grabbed the brand new Welcome Baby stamp set because it also includes the words “special delivery” in a great font. I curved the words slightly and I stamped those out with black versamark ink. I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder with glitter and heat set. I cut around both words and glued those to the handle of my box.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I think this will be fun for my daughter to gift to her best friend (we are also going to tie a few balloons to the handle before gifting) and I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I loved making it for her.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I hope you got a little inspiration for your gift-giving today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s Honey Bee Stamps NEW RELEASE WEEK!

Hey Friends!

Today I am over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog, Kicking off the sneak peeks for new release week.

This new release is so much fun! Today we’re showing a sneak from two stamp and die sets, Celebration Box and Hooray! These might just be my new all time Honey bee stamp Faves!

Take a look at two cards that I made using some of the new stamps and dies.

First up is a Congratulations card.

Congratulations | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Congratulations | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Congratulations | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

My second card for today would be great for a birthday or any kind of celebration

Hip Hip HOORAY | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Hip Hip HOORAY | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Hip Hip HOORAY | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I will be back soon with even more Honey Bee Stamps inspiration using the new products! Be sure to stop by www.honeybeestamps.com/blog all this week to see more sneaks. The entire release will be available for purchase THIS FRIDAY!

Thanks for stopping by!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Thanks SNOW much | Thank you card using Honey Bee Stamps

Hi Crafty Friends,

If December is the month to send out Christmas Cards than January has to be the month to send out lots of Thank you cards! Today I have a card that turns a cute little honey jar into a snow globe!

Thanks SNOW much | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

One of my most favorite and most used stamps is the Honey Bee Stamps “Sweet as Honey” stamp set. I especially love using the honey jar for lots of things like a vase, and today, as a snow globe by just turning it upside down.

I started by stamping the jar on white cardstock using a light blue ink. This was mostly so I knew where to put my little scene. I used a cute little house and tree die cut from the Essentials by Ellen and colored the windows and tree as well as a little heart with copic markers. Then I cut out the Thanks word from the Honey Bee Stamps Thanks and giving die set.

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After my little house and tree were glued down I applied a coat of white Neon Abilify. This stuff is so fun for snow. I let the first coat dry and then dotted on a bit more for a layered effect. I also dotted on some of the paint to the top of the thanks die cut to look like it was dusted with snow. After all was dry I used my heat gun to puff it all up. I love the dimension it adds.

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On the same color grey cardstock as I cut out the THANKS sentiment I cut a small strip and stamped Snow and Much from the Honey Bee Stamps Flakey Sentiments stamp set. I then heat embossed it using bright white embossing powder. I added the ! in with a white gel pen.

The cute jar topper was stamped using Versafine Onyx black ink on some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid winter paper and cut out using the coordinating die. I added a bit of May Arts natural twine.

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For my card base I took a piece of white cardstock and blended a gradient blue from light to dark using distress ink. I ran the dried piece of cardstock through my big shot with a small dot embossing folder. I cut out a piece of the same blue and gray plaid patterned paper using a stitched 4 bar card die and adhered that piece to a white 4 bar card.

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I cut out the jar upside down from the blue panel where I wanted the snow globe to be visible and then covered the (backside) opening with some snowfall acetate I got at my local craft store (Urban Scrapbooker). I covered the back of that panel with foam tape and lined the opening with my snow globe “insides” that i cut down.

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I placed the main piece on top of the covered card base and then glued on the sentiment and sentiment strip on top using matte medium. I finished it off by lightly coating the die cut and sentiment strip with my Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.

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That’s it for my card today. I hope you were inspired to use your own stamps in a unique unexpected way!

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Thanks SNOW much for joining me today!

 

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On the 10th Day of Christmas…..

Hi Friends!

I am super excited and honored to be apart of the 12 designers of christmas celebration over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog! Today I will be working with the Zen Florals stamp set, The brand new Thanks die set, the Fresh Lilac sequins mix and the brand new Be Mine sequins mix! All of these items are on sale for TODAY ONLY (Saturday December 10th 2016) you can shop for these items and lots more on the honey bee stamps shop HERE

I challenged myself to make two simple cards for this project. Both cards use only one stamp from the zen florals stamp set! You can make this same type of card with any small stamp and a sentiment die cut.

The first card I stamped out the little leaf stamp all over the card base. I then colored using shades of green copic markers. It doesn’t matter what greens you choose your just going to want 3-4 markers that blend fairly well.

I colored the entire panel with my lightest color. I wasn’t too careful because I really only needed to get the leaves. After that was done I took my darkest marker and outlined each of the leaves… this took a little time but I was watching a movie with the family so it went by quick. I went around the darkest line with the next lightest marker and then filled in any gaps with the marker slightly lighter than the last.

Once the coloring was done I positioned the shadow die directly on my card base and cut it out. I adhered this piece to a heavyweight card base. I colored in some white cardstock with my matching copic marker and then die cut the “Thanks”. I glued that into the gap of the card base with some Ranger multi medium matte. I then went over the sentiment and leaves with a wink of stella clear glitter pen. I finished off the card with some sequins from the Fresh Lilac mix and some Nuvo Crystal drops. That’s it. Super simple and can be done with any stamp and die combo that you wish.

 

For the next card I die cut a heart from some masking paper and placed this over a heavy weight card base. I Blended in some Spun Sugar distress ink to the inside of the heart and darkened the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I then stamped the little floral cluster stamp over and over to make a pattern inside the heart with some versamark ink. I sprinkled on some white embossing powder (you want to make sure the distress ink is VERY dry before this step) and I heat set it all. I colored in the flowers and leaves with a couple of Zig clean color real brush markers. I added some sequins from the Be Mine sequins mix and placed a few nuvo drops like I did with the other card.

Once that was all dry I cut out the thanks shadow from some pink vellum that matched the spun sugar distress ink and I cut the “Thanks” from glossy white cardstock. I glued the two pieces together using the Ranger multi medium matte and then glued that to the card base.

These were “Almost” one layer cards. They are perfect for those who enjoy coloring! I could see making a note card set like this to give as a gift.

I hope you enjoyed my cards. I am so thankful to Honey Bee Stamps for having me apart of this event and for YOU all as well! This has been an amazing year for Honey Bee Stamps! I hope you all have a very merry christmas and a blessed new year!

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Essentials by Ellen and Honey Bee Stamps!

Hi Friends!

Today I am combining some of my favorite stamps and dies from Honey Bee Stamps and Ellen Hutson!

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I might have gone on a bit of a crafting spree lately, I was having so much fun with the new releases from both companies (and some of their older releases as well) and, well, tis the season for crafting!

The first project I have for you today is a fun card using Chibitronics lights! This card features the Merry and Bright stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps as well as the Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants stamp and dies (ornaments), Poinsettia and pine dies(Pine branch), Mistletoe and Holly stamp set(pine branch), Merry and bright stamp set (lightbulb), and the Bokeh dots stamp set for the background. (All products linked at the end of the post)

Here is the card with the lights off:

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and the card with the lights on (you just remove the little paper that says “pull” and they turn on)

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Using the Chibitronics was a lot easier than I had expected and it was so much fun making a card that lit up!

Next I have a couple of DIY Gifts that would be great for your holiday gift giving.

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These were both SO simple and so quick to make. For the wine basket I purchased the decorative basket from Michael’s craft store for under $5. I heat embossed the Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants sentiment from the Fat Pants stamp set and tied the tag around the top of the basket with some red twine. Popped in a bottle of wine with some tissue and now its all set for a quick holiday gift.

Know someone with a sweet tooth? Try filling a mason jar with candy like I did with my snowman jar here. I just took a piece of cardstock and did some simple ink blending around some snowy hills. I stamped some snowflakes from the Honey Bee Stamps Flakey Friends stamp set. From the same stamp set I stamped out the snowman and die cut him with the coordinating dies. For the tag I heat embossed the sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Holly Jolly stamp set and tied the tag around the jar with some Doodlebug twine. I think this would make a great gift for a teacher or coworker.

Next up is a fun way to present a coffee gift card. This cute little bear is from the Essentials by Ellen All inside stamp set (and matching die). I gave him a big cup of coffee from the Oh Frappe set and popped him on an action wobbler so he bounces inside the MFT decorative circle cut out. I stamped the background with the same stamp set and the sentiment is a combination from this stamp set and the new Honey Bee Stamps Sending You sentiments.

Here is the outside and the inside of the card:

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For the inside, I stamped the”just for you” and hearts from the Sending you stamp set and heat embossed with WOW rich pale gold embossing powder. I cut the largest heart from the Essentials by Ellen Folk heart die set and put a bit of temporary adhesive on the gift card and stuck it to the stamped heart. I Glued that to the back of the card and with adhesive on either ends of the strip I laid that over the gift card. I think these are great to have on hand, especially around the holidays for quick gifts!

Another great thing to have on hand is some gift bags. I Love the WRMK Gift bag punch board and I thought that the Essentials by Ellen leaping deer die would make the perfect window for a gift bag.

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This was another very easy to make project. I cut the bag according to the punch board directions and before I adhered anything I die cut the front of the bag with the leaping deer die. I stamped and heat embossed the JOY sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Merry and Joy sentiment builder stamp set. I took a piece of vellum and glued it to the inside of the bag, creating a little window. I finished off the bag with some sequins and that ribbon you see was a gift in my last Ellen Hutson order! They are just so sweet!

I made about 20 versions of the card you will see below. Normally I would shy away from making cards that need masking for a mass-produced card but I discovered a great way to make masks last which made the whole project easy peasy! Want to learn more about this tip and how I made this card? Check out the post in the Ellen Hutson Classroom HERE

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I also created a fun die cut inlay card with the new Honey Bee Stamps Thanks and giving die set. You can see that card and more on the Honey Bee Stamps blog HERE, but below is a sneak peek!

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Whew! That was a lot of projects to share! I am so glad you kept on reading because one lucky reader is going to win a $50 gift certificate to EllenHutson.com! How do you win? Easy Peasy! Leave a comment here, then pop on over to the Ellen Hutson classroom and leave a comment there too and another stop to HoneyBeeStamps.com and leave a comment there and you are entered to win!

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Supplies used are found below. (affiliate links provided where available).

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Thank you all so much for stopping by!

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