Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Life is busy and can “bee” overwhelming at times…and it’s in the middle of that chaos that you need to get “busy as a bee” with your creative side and refresh your soul with some fun and lighthearted art from the heart! The “bee-autiful” thing about creating art from the heart is that whether you’re needing to send “bee-lated” birthday greetings, remind someone to “bee-lieve” in themselves, or simply let someone know you’ll “bee” thinking about them, you’ve not only accomplished your act of kindness through remembering and touching the hearts of friends and loved ones with your creative projects, but you’ve refreshed your soul and refocused your heart as well! Join us in spreading joy and “bee-autiful” creations with the new Sweet as Honey Collection by Heartfelt Creations! “Swarming” with stunning illustrations of whimsical honey bees, charming hives and “bee-autious” garden scenes, this fun and lighthearted collection is ideal for creating projects for a multitude of occasions and is sure to capture the hearts of the young and the young at heart! A bright and happy hued paper collection will fill your soul with rays of warm sunshine yellows, bright sky blues and rich golden honey colors, while boasting captivating honeycomb patterns, happy hexagons, delightful polka dots, perfect plaids and dreamy florals! An assembling of three “bee-coming” cling stamp sets, along with coordinating dies provide endless inspirations with a “bee-autiful” colony of honey bee maidens, whimsical hives and sweet sentiments ideal for pairing with honeycomb die cuts! So, now that you know what all the “buzz” is about, join us in “bee-ing” Sweet as Honey and sharing “bee-autiful” art from the heart wherever you go!

Sweet As Honey
This is such a colourful collection

This is what I used, and how I made this card

Sweet As Honey Collection Paper Pad
HCD2 – 7191 Intricate Swirl Frames Die
HCPC-3830 Honey Bee Bungalows stamp set
HCD1-7184 Honey Bee Bungalows Dies set
HCPC-3829 Honey Bee Maidens Stamp set
HCD1-7183 Honey Bee Maidens Di set
HCPC-3831 Sweet as Honey Stamp set
HCPC-3769 Wildwood Florals Stamp Set
HCD1-7125 Wildwood Florals Die set
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Black card, white card, Gold cosmic Twinkles, gold embossing powder,clear embossing powder, black memento ink, Pumpkin liquid pearls, versamark, wet glue, hot glue, double sided tape, foam pads.

Copics:- W00, W1, W3 & W5(skin and honey jar), E000 & V000 (wings), E18 & E37 (honey spoon), Y13, Y32 & Y35 (hair), YR04, YR15, YR16, YR18 & YR18

Score a 14” x 10” piece of white card at 7” and 3 ½” to give you a 7” x 5” card base with a mountain fold.

Cut a black piece of card slightly smaller than 7” x 5” and adhere to the base card. Select papers from the paper pad and cut another slightly smaller rectangle to layer onto the black card. Use a 1 ½” strip of the paper and layer onto a slightly thicker piece of black, then white card and adhere this strip to the base card using foam pads proximately ½” from the front edge of the card.

Die cut the Large Intricate Swirl frame in black card and add the paper to the centre of this using double sided tape. Adhere to the front of the mountain fold on your card and sit it against the strip of card across the front base.

Die cut the centre piece from the Intricate Swirl Frames set and add to the card using foam pads.
 Stamp and colour the Maidens and honey jar. Make two sets of wings and an additional skirt so that you can decoupage these and add dimension. Die cut  and lightly shape the images and add to the card using hot glue.

Stamp in black ink onto the co -ordinating paper and clear heat emboss some Wildwood florals. Stamp another set of florals onto black card with versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder, add gold cosmic twinkles to the black flowers using a paint brush. Die cut and shape all the flowers.
Stamp some leaves onto some green paper from the pad, die cut and shape.

Stamp the sentiment in black ink onto white card, and heat emboss using clear embossing powder, cut to size and layer onto black card, a larger piece of co ordinating card stock and a final layer of black card.

Use a hot glue gun to position the sentiment, flowers and leaves around the base of the card. When the glue has cooled add a dot of liquid pearl to the centre of each flower.

Wouldn't it be lovely if bees really did look like this?

Thank you for being here today.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

I've returned to my Sweet Peony Collection today
to show you my first attempt with Art Foam flowers.
Here's how I made it 

Score  a 15” x 5.5” piece of white card at 7.5” to give you a 7.5” x 5.5” card base. Create a chalk cloud ink border around the edges of the front of the card, approximately 1” deep.

Die cut the intricate swirl frame in Crumb Cake card and adhere to the card base.

Spray a light cover of water over the hammered card (I started with an A4 sheet), and sprinkle Pewter and  Teal Wash pixie powder, allow the colours to blend and add more water if necessary. When dry cut a piece of the card 5 ¾” x 3 ¾”, edge with soft suede ink.

Die cut the smaller intricate lace frame and adhere to the pixie powdered card. Secure co-ordinating ribbon across the top of the card and mount onto the base card using foam pads.

Make the Sweet Peonies:- Stamp the Sweet Peonies onto art foam paper using early espresso ink and die cut. Heat the foam using a heat gun – hold the foam secure in the centre with a  ball tool – and shape before completely cooled. Layer 2 or 3 die cuts to create the flower and make a hole in the centre to pass the stamens through (fold 3 stamens in half, thread a wire or strong cotton thread from the back of the flower, over the centre of the stamens and back into the flower. Pull the stamens through and secure with hot glue).
Make a bow with the co ordinating ribbon attach to the card using hot glue and secure the peonies and buds around it using the hot glue. Hold the flowers in place until the glue has set, twist the ribbon and trim the ends.

Select the sentiment strip from the paper pad, cut to size and layer onto a strip of crumb cake card, add to the base card using foam pads
This is your shopping list!:-
HCDP1-288 Sweet Peony Collection Paper Pad
HCD2 – 7191 Intricate Swirl Frames die set
HCPC – 3820 Large Peony stamp set
HCD1 – 7174 Large Sweet Peony die set
HCPC – 3819 Small Sweet Peony Stamp set
HCD1 – 7173 Small Sweet Peony die set
HCFS1 – 465 Art Foam paper
HCS1 – 459 – 2 Pearl Stamens
HCS1 – 459 – 1 Pearl Stamens
 White cardstock, Hammered Cardstock, Pewter Pixie Powder, Teal Wash Pixie Powder, Co-ordinating ribbon, Cosmic Shimmer Frosted Aqua Chalk Cloud ink, Crumb Cake ink and cardstock – Stampin Up!, Early Espresso ink – Stampin Up!, Heat gun, Wet glue, Foam pads, Hot glue, Water mister

Thank you for a moment of your time.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

This stamp set from Stampin Up! is so versatile


Mix it with pixie powders or brushos

Use the amazing Pattern Party masks with them
 Get your white embossing powder out.

then add the easy to use, quick to dry embossing paste

So much you can do with one stamp set.

How will you use this set?

Friday, 1 June 2018

This month the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies  are sponsored by Sparkle and Sprinkle
I couldn't resist this little bug in the jar.

Find him HERE

I printed the bug onto some paper I had in my stash
I coloured them using copics (R21 & YG06) and mounted them on some bright orange card.
The jar was coloured with R00 & R000 and the cloth top E35 and E33 - 
Than I wound some bakers twine around it and added it to the card using foam pads.
The sentiment was written in word, printed off and mounted onto the orange.

What a grumpy, but loveable, bug!