Friday, September 22, 2017

1 new honey bee stamp, 3 cards & bunches of talented makers!

Fall brings some of my favorite things like sweaters & pumpkin spice, an excess of fun-sized Halloween candy and some awesome new crafty products from some of my favorite companies like Honey Bee Stamps!

I'm thrilled to be hopping along with my friends at Honey Bee to celebrate their gorgeous fall release! You should be arriving here from Brenda Noelke's blog and before you hop onto Emily Midgett's, I want to share 3 cards I have created with one of my favorite new Honey Bee sets, Gather Together.
This sweet little group of critters has my heart in a big way! And I love the sentiments included like "families are like fudge mostly sweet with a few nuts" or the sentiments you can build like "friends are the family we choose ourselves". Both things are so true!!! And again, those sweet little critter faces! 

In fact, I love those critters so much, I started by just stamping them in black off the bottom edge of my card.
I used two colors of Distress Oxide to stamp "hello", then added a few splatters and a few coral touches to the critters, like their noses and flowers.


The second thing I couldn't wait to try was some loose Copic coloring, the kind that always reminds me of storybooks. I chose bright, primary-ish colors and colored carefully so my coloring would look loose, a bit messy and not meet all the edges. Who knew it would be hard to look messy! LOL!
Lastly, I did some selective stamping and watercoloring practice. I say practice because as you can see, it's certainly not perfect but I think I'm getting better.
To stamp just bunny, teddy & foxy, I applied Antique Linen Distress Markers to just the three of them and stamped on smooth Bristol watercolor paper.


I scribbled my markers onto a clean acrylic block to use a as palette and watercolored.

Thanks so much for stopping by and making it to the end of this post, LOL! I know it was a long one. Hop on over to Emily's blog and have so much fun!

And there's prizes too! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop & leave a comment! Honey Bee will be giving away TWO $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store. (Winners will be posted on our blog Monday, September 25th.)

Hugs!
Carly

85 comments:

gabriella said...

Wow, so nice to see something different. I have not colored with my Distress markers in awhile

I Card Everyone said...

Carly you are OH so clever!! LOve the 'off the page' design of card one... the wait was SO WORTH it for card two [and couldn't agree with the sentiment more]... and I NEVER with the Distress markers!
LOve them... xx
=]

Janie W said...

Love your stamping ideas! This stamp set would be perfect to make cards for my group of long time friends! LOVE IT!

Kim Perkins said...

Love your cards and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin Osifat said...

Great ideas for 1 stamp set!!! Wonderful cards!!!

Kathy Chastain said...

Love the cards!

Sunny Qi said...

Love your idea, great card!

Maria said...

What an adorable card!! I love the idea of using distress markers- thanks for the inspiration!

Karen B. said...

Your different coloring techniques on these adorable critters blows me away! Wow!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques with us - very inspiring:)

Debra Rumpza said...

OMG such a cute stamp! I love all the different ways you used it... so many options!

M Strach said...

Well done! Wonderful cards:)

Susan Eliot said...

FABULOUS cards! Love the loose coloring with Copics - the bright colors are just wonderful!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

These projects are awesome. I love how you showed use the different techniques form different inks. My favorite is the firs card. Thanks for inspiring

Walter Silva said...

Simple execution, just the way I like it!

Patricia Seiger said...

Love your loose coloring as well as the watercolor without the heavy black border!

Birgit said...

What darling cards! Love all those little critters!

SMWhite said...

Super cute, I love distressed inks.

Jenniferk said...

Really adorable cards, its cool to see the different ways you can colour and use the same stamp!

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Such cute cards! Love your coloring of the images and that you only colored little bits of them on the one card!

Avra Williams said...

Adorable!

Eileen Robertson said...

Love your cards and your coloring!

Kathren Uni said...

I think the third card with the Distressed Markers is my favorite! Such a cute image with endless possibilities! Thanks for sharing :)

Janet D. said...

This stamp set is adorable! Love your cards, so many techniques!

Nancy Lynn said...

Hey Carly, I love the look of your clean and simple cards...yeah for white space! Well done with the no line watercoloring card, something which I have not yet attempted...for some reason it scares me LOL! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for the inspiration Carly!

D Golly said...

What great cards. The critters are so cute.

Norma Bartlett said...

Your cards are all simply adorable. I am like you, I really like that set. I'm going to have to add it to my arsenal. Thanks for this opportunity to possibly win.

Nicole B said...

I think this is my favorite set from this release. I love the watercolored version; I actually think it's the most storybook-looking of the three.

Karenladd said...

I've never used Distress markers to color and I love your samples of different ways to color this cute critter crew. The sentiments in the set are so fun and versatile! Oh, and by the way, there is no such thing as too much Halloween candy..hah!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your cards are so CUTE!!! Love them and this amazing new release!!

Cindy Thick said...

Your cards are really cute. Thanks for sharing.

Sue LD said...

Love these adorable critters and your coloring.

SHartl said...

These little critters are so sweet and I love the way you colored them. Nice and cozy and would be fun for winter as well as Fall.

Dianne Guilinger said...

what a great job with no line coloring. I need to try that.

Kira N. said...

Oh, what awesome cards! I really love the simplicity of the first card!

Betty Sue said...

I love these coloring ideas! How creative!!

lritchie said...

Great cards, all of them, love the no line coloring! A great fall release from HB!

Erica Brusca said...

beautiful cards! loving this new release

Tracy A said...

Wonderful cards. It's really a great stamp set. Your coloring skills are amazing.

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Oh my goodness. So many fantastic new products. I can't pick a favorite

Amy C. said...

Amazing job with your coloring! These critters are especially sweet.

Stampin_melissa said...

The friend image from this set darling! I love how you showed it off so well!

Mary Holshouser said...

It's so easy to be messy when you
are trying to be neat. why is the
reverse true. You did great.
Love the first card with just a few
touches of color.
thanks for sharing.

Denise Bryant said...

Darling cards! Love the different coloring techniques!

Samantha P. said...

Great cards,thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Such a cute card

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow!!! Love for your colouring techniques!!! Great cards!!!

Geri Prince said...

Thanks for sharing. So cute!

Sabrina said...

Very cute cards!!

Dotty said...

Super cute cards, thanks for sharing the distress marker technique, i havent been keen enough to try it yet, but love the look! Dotty C.

Julie said...

I love all three of these cards...my favorite has to be the first one....so clean and simple yet so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Laura Buehler said...

Those critters are so cute.

Phi said...

Those critters are certainly cute. I love the loose copic coloring you did. It looks fun, I must try.

Leanne said...

Beautifully coloured cards.

stu said...

so admire your no-line colouring!! xx

Elise Smith said...

Oh my! I love these cute critters! And your coloring is awesome :)

Mary Gillmarten said...

Hello Carly tee! I love your cards!! I REALLY love your middle card! I really didn't pay much attention to this stamp set when the release happened, then I noticed it in Amy R's release video because the sentiments were so cute -- I liked the families are like fudge sentiment too. But your middle card has sold this stamp set for me! Want to know why? Well, I'll tell you why. My husband is a retired elementary school teacher and every year as a Christmas gift I would make him secular thank you cards to give to "his kids," aka his students who gave him "end of the semester" gifts. Well, now our son is an elementary special education teacher. He actually has a Ph.D. in neuroscience for education and when he got married he took his wife's name because it made him -- get ready for it -- look up the X-Men -- Dr. Charles Xavier! (I had to look it up too -- it's Patrick Stewart's character in the X-Men), tres fun for kids and some parents too. Well, you might imagine it's tough to find male teacher appropriate stamps -- but look at your second card -- could ANYTHING be more appropriate than that for a male special education teacher?? I LOVE YOU!! THANK YOU!!

MiamiKel said...

Oh how absolutely enchanting! I love all things storybook and can absolutely see where you were going with your second card ~ stunning effect! Your trio of cards are all wonderful, really showing the mastery of how to use a stamp set in many ways. I fell in love with this set the minute I saw it, and then read the sentiments and that was it for me! Fantastic stop on the hop!

Sandy Small said...

Very cute, I like how you used a part of the group for your no line coloring-which is much better looking than mine! Thanks for sharing!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Great job !! 3 cards that might look alike at first but actually very different techniques on them. And that's what I love the most !! The loose Copic coloring is pretty well executed for me....

Betty J said...

Carly, I love how you used different methods of coloring for creating different looks! Such adorable cards!

Debbie B said...

Great cards! Thanks for showing the coloring details! This would be a perfect "from the group" card at the office! So cute! Thanks for sharing! Great blog hop!

Anonymous said...

Love the new release..thanks for the great ideas.

Jodi C. said...

I love all three of these😍!! They are gorgeous!!πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’– I REALLY love the idea of what you did with the last card..... I think it looks different and beautiful!! Thank You!

Diane M said...

3 great cards!

Linda said...

So cute!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Your work is amazing!! Such an inspiring use of these products!

Daria Z. said...

All three of your cards are just fabulous! I love the look of your "loose Copic coloring" - it does remind one of storybook illustrations. And, I think your watercoloring is very good.

Celeste Goff said...

OMG, what an adorably sweet card! Love these cute little images!

Vonmariedesign said...

Wow!! I love all three of your cards!! You did an awesome job with the storybook coloring!!

Marcia Caradinta said...

I have also been playing with loose coloring and really love it for two main reasons: the look is fun and playful, and if I make a mistake, no one will know! It will just kind of blend in with the rest! lol Your cards are awesome, and this may be the set I buy.

Mary-Anne V said...

I love the different techniques you used on each card. They all look so good...need to try.

Annette:) said...

Each of these are so fun and unique. Your watercolor card is so sweet. Well done!

Jennifer Carroll said...

Lovely cards. Such a great release. Thanks for your inspiration

Keely Jones said...

Love this stamp set from the Honey Bee release! Thanks for sharing.

Geri Stuart said...

So sweet and wonderful watercoloring! Hope mine will look as good - it should with HB stamps! ha ha ☺

cghundley said...

Darling cards!
Wonderful ways
to color the
critters and
all are so
cute.
Carla from Utah

cindybearj said...

Your cards are so cute. I love that you did them in different styles, very creative.

Zsofi said...

I love your creative use of the same stamp set, very clever!

Julie Hughes-Owen said...

Thanks for showing me how versatile the Gather Together set is. Your cards are really cute.

Renee M said...

Sweet cards and stamps! I haven't had the nerve to try that no-line coloring yet :)

Stefanie White said...

These critters are adorable, and you did a wonderful job highlighting them. Great cards!

Mirella said...

Wowzers, now these are really cool and inspirational! Way to go with such clever designs and beautiful colouring! Loved reading your post and seeing your creations!

Kari V. said...

All your cards are just darling. I really love the HELLO card with the selectively colored critters! I'm inspired. Thank you!! Excited about this amazing release!

Carey Nusbaum said...

Adorable critter cards! Each one is perfect in their own way! I like your card styles and your coloring is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!