Mornin’, y’all – welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop! I spent a lot of time working on the title of my post – so, when you say it, kind of hum the “Don’t worry….be happy” tune, okay? 🙂
All us Happy Stampers Hoppers worked from a color challenge this week.
Interesting color combo, huh? The card I ended up with kind of …..evolved. I did not have that instant “oh, this is what I should do with this challenge” revelation that I mentioned in a past post. I just sort of….picked a stamp set – Pun Intended. Then I decided I wanted to use the long, wavy die cut from the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. And I just….started cutting those from Sahara Sand and Mint Macaron card stock and laying them on my grid paper to see what I could come up with. Next thing I knew – I had my ah-ha moment and….take a look-see:
I’d seen a card come thru my Inbox that made bees from the Pun Intended stamp set, using a double layer – one of card stock and one of vellum – and I’d wanted to try that. So I actually started by making my bees.
I stamped 3 of the images with Versamark on a piece of Whisper White card stock, sprinkled them with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated them up. I repeated that on a piece of Vellum card stock. Then I cut them all out. On the card stock bees, I just cut the body and the head – no antennae or wings. The Vellum bees I cut out completely – including the antennae (but sort of roughly)!
I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the card stock bodies over the Vellum bees. Once it was dry, I colored the bodies with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker and set them aside to await my bidding.
The card front is a Whisper White panel that I randomly stamped in Crushed Curry with the splatters image from the Swirly Bird stamp set. Then I used the long, wavy die in Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and cut two pieces in Sahara Sand and one in Mint Macaron. I adhered those over the speckled Whisper White panel and snipped off the excess on both ends. The Mint Macaron leaves are from the leaf die in the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits – I cut them, stamped the vein image from Swirly Bird in Mint Macaron and stuck them on with Liquid Glue.
The stem of the large sentiment flower is actually one of the pieces that was left-over from making my die cuts – I just adhered it with Liquid Glue. The flower itself is punched with the Pansy Punch (not retiring!!) – I cut one from a piece of Crushed Curry paper in the Regals DSP Stack, and one from Whisper White. I stamped the Pun Intended sentiment in Mint Macaron onto the white version – and then hand-drew some little lines with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. A little rolling with my bone folder prepped them for their role as a “real” flower – then I adhered them to the card front.
When my ah-ha moment hit me, I got a picture in my head of my pasture. When we haven’t done a great job bush-hogging and the “wildflowers” (that’s fancy-talk for weeds!) have sort of run amok. They have lots and lots of little white and yellow flowers and they’re usually being frequented by lots and lots of bees! So I decided to re-create that image.
I punched a bunch of little Crushed Curry and Whisper White flowers with my Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring) flower punch, rolled them with the end of a pen and stuck them all over the “stems” with Liquid Glue. I popped my three bees on with Stampin Dimensionals.
I SNAILd the panel to a mat of Mint Macaron, added a little bling with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in each flower and brushed all the bee-wings with my Clear Wink of Stella….
On the inside, I heat embossed the bee with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the corner of a Whisper White panel and colored him with my Crushed Curry Marker. Then I surrounded him with Crushed Curry flowers and Mint Macaron leaves – both from the Swirly Bird stamp set. I finished it all off by brushing his wings with Clear Wink of Stella and coloring the flower centers with the Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker.
Et Voila! I am ridiculously tickled with this card – I can practically feel the sun and hear the bizzzzzzzzzzzzyyy bees hard at work doing bee things – it turned out exactly as I’d figured it should once I finally got a picture in my head! I will totally be making more card stock and Vellum bees in the future and hope that you will, too. I love this little image! 🙂
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HOST CODE FOR 16 May – 31 May 16: NK9FHKCF
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.
Now’s the time to get your favorites – with discounts of up to 50% off! – before they’re gone. Stamps will be available thru 31 May – everything else is while supplies last! Click right here to go straight to the Retiring Products in my Online Store! You can see them in the store, or check out either of these documents:
PRICING CHANGES IN THE 2016-2017 ANNUAL CATALOG
Stampin’ Up! notified us they’ll be increasing the prices on a few things in the new catalog. The following items will be increasing in price beginning on 1 June:
- 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock packs of 24 sheets will be $8 per pack
- 8-1/2″ x 11″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $8 per pack
- 12″ x 12″ mixed color card stock packs of 20 sheets will be $11 per pack
- 12″ x 12″ Basic Black and Whisper White card stock will be $7 per pack
- 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stacks will be $10 per pack
- 8-1/2″ x 11″ White Vellum will be $8 per pack
- 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock packs will be $9 per pack
Bundle pricing will be changing as well. Here are the details for the bundles beginning on 1 June:
- Bundles will no longer carryover outside the life of the publication. Once the sales period ends for the catalog, the bundle will no longer be available at its special pricing, even if the components of the bundle are still available.
- Bundles will now be offered at a 10% discount.
But – the good news is you’ve got plenty of time to pick up those last few bundles that you’re wanting (at the 15% discount!) and stock up on card stock in all of the colors before the prices increase in June!
Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂
As a special perk, all Demonstrators get to order from a selection of items from the new annual catalog -starting today! If you’re considering joining, now is a great time to jump in! You can select items from the retiring list, the current catalogs, clearance rack and the new catalog list in your Starter Kit AND you’ll get copies of the brand new catalogs when your kit arrives!
If you have any questions about joining, feel free to stop by my Join My Team page on my blog or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you join us! If you’re ready to jump in and order your Starter Kit, click here and scroll down to the pink “join now” bar and click on it to get started! Hope to hear from you soon! 🙂
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
The Pun Intended stamp set, Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits will be available 1 June 16
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Swirly Scribbles die cuts
Mint Macaron Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner); Swirly Scribbles die cuts
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner); Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack flowers; Pun Intended bee bodies; Pansy Punch flower
Vellum Card Stock: Pun Intended bees
Regals DSP Stack (in Crushed Curry): Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack flowers; Pansy Punch flower
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