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Happy Monday crafty pals!

I hope you guys are having an awesome day! I am up on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today sharing a fun video using some stamps from the new release,  which we revealed last week!

I made this card as soon as the stamps arrived through my door! I was so excited! In case you didn’t know, this was a collaboration release which meant I illustrated some of the images in these new stamp sets! It was so weird to see a sketchbook with an illustration on one side of my desk, and a fully manufactured stamp set with the same image on a stamp sitting on the other side of my desk! What a thrill!

For this card, I used quite a few stamp sets – talk about greedy, huh!? I used the box from Celebration Box, the larger furries from the Playful Pups and Curious Kitties set, and the Hooray image from the stamp set which is simply called Hooray.

I used copic markers to colour my images, and I knew straight away that I wanted to colour the pup like a golden lab. I started light and darkened up the shadows, but wanted to keep a rich, honey tone to his fur. For the kitty, I decided to colour her with seal-point features, rather than the usual tabby colours I tend to reach for. I think she looks rather elegant!

I really wanted to show you guys one of the images from Celebration Box – it is a long, skinny triangle, and its hard to figure out what on earth it is. The idea was that it could be stamped repeatedly to create little beams of light – just as I have done on this card. First I stamped the background, then my masking the box, I stamped just on the area which is the inside of the box. I also heat embossed some rays on the background and used the ink resist technique to make them pop!

For the greeting, I created a two-tone effect by adding blue ink to the bottom of the stamp and purple to the top half. I used my MISTI tool which meant I could double stamp the image, giving a nice seamless blend in the middle.

I decided to create a similar effect on the balloon images, stamped using the Celebration Box set, and I added some string to these balloons using some crochet thread, securing the ends of the string to the card using a little dab of Ranger multi matte medium.

For the inside of the shaker, I used some of the embellishments from the new Baby Boy sequin mix, also from Honey Bee Stamps. I love the variety of styles in the pack, but they all coordinate so beautifully!

Thank you for coming by to see my card today, and I hope you enjoyed the video! Thank you to everyone who has shared such kind words about the new release – I am delighted that you guys love it!

Have a great day and HAPPY CRAFTING!

Lesley

 

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It’s here, it’s finally here! The big day where we stop teasing you and give you a closer look at the full stamp sets in this release. I have made a special video for you guys, so you can see each of the five new stamp sets:

CELEBRATION BOX
HOORAY
WELCOME BABY
PLAYFUL PUPS
CURIOUS KITTIES

Not only are the matching dies for the cute images, there is also a range of word dies that can coordinate with the Hooray stamp set, or indeed can be used on their own without the matching stamp.

There is also a range of NEW embellishment packs, including the BABY BOY, BABY GIRL and CELEBRATION Sequin MIX. I also am really enjoying the new PLUM CRAZY set – such beautiful colours!

Melissa will be making these new items available in the shop at some point TODAY, so please head over to the Honey Bee Stamps store to check out the full range! Did you also know that Melissa has added some other products to the store such as the MINI MISTI tool!

I hope you have enjoyed this little adventure, and it has been such an honour to help illustrate some of the stamps in this release!

To get inspiration, you can see more projects using the release over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog – I will be there on Monday with a video tutorial for a fun shaker card! Hope to see you then!

Lesley xx

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Hello everyone! It’s day 4 of sneak peeks for the new Honey Bee Stamps release, in collaboration with little old me! I am here to give you guys a little taste of the last stamp set in our release!

Let’s get started! Take a little peek at CURIOUS KITTIES!

That’s right! We couldn’t release PLAYFUL PUPS without having a little kitty counterpart – after all, fur-babies come in all shapes and sizes!

Just like PLAYFUL PUPS, this CURIOUS KITTIES set has a larger cat image, perfect for use as a Mama cat, and there is a selection of little kittens- all of which have their own personality! I hope you like them!

As well as the kitties, there are accessories and other images which will help you build fun scenes around your purr-fect pals!

Let’s take a look at some projects that I have made using this set!

This card is a simple one-layer card showing you how you can use some of the images together. The wooden pole is actually the stick part of a cat chaser toy, but in this card I have mixed it up a little and have used it as a makeshift fishing pole!

I coloured the images with copic markers and used my grey tones to add a little shadow to ground my design. Then I used some dot piercing dies from Cheery Lynn Designs to add an interesting frame around the stamped area.

Perhaps clean and simple isn’t your style – that’s okay, because these images can be used to create lots of cute scenes like this one!

For this card I have inked up some die cut panels with my distress inks to create an outside scene, and added some of our CURIOUS KITTIES to the front! They sure do look like they are having fun!

With accessories such as a bowl, a ball of yarn and of course some critters to chase, this set has lots to keep your kitties busy!

 Once again I used my copic markers to colour the images, but I had to fussy cut them as my dies had not yet arrived in the post. I simply can’t wait to get my PAWS on them!

For this card I also used some stamps from the HOORAY set to add a greeting to my card! I told you this HOORAY set has lots of awesome stamps! Just wait until you see the full set tomorrow!

So there you have it! Four new 4×6 stamp sets: CELEBRATION BOX, WELCOME BABY, PLAYFUL PUPS and CURIOUS KITTIES, all of which have matching dies. We also have an awesome greeting stamp set called HOORAY which is a massive 4×8 size!

Are you ready for the full reveal!? I certainly am! This has been under wraps for so long, I am so excited that the time is finally here. Please come back tomorrow to see the FULL RELEASE, we will be showing the COMPLETE stamp sets so you can see which ones are your favourites!

Before then though, be sure to go to the Honey Bee Stamps blog to see another project today using CURIOUS KITTIES!

Have a great day!

Lesley x

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