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Hello my crafty friends!

It’s March! Can you believe it!? I swear that life has been one big blur at Casa del Oman ever since Christmas! Between crafty conferences, launching the new Honey Bee Stamps line which I helped design, and starting a new full-time job, i’ve been moving non-stop! On top of this, we have experienced some technical issues with my camera, laptop and video editing software – so I do have to apologise that my videos haven’t been as regular recently. Sorry about that, but the good news is that I do have a video to share today! YAY!

Last month I shared another card using these cute Fall Mice from Gerda Steiner Designs, but I was itching to colour them with my copic markers. I think they are so adorable! This started as an idea for a valentines card, which is why I used pink and orange tones of distress inks for the background, but in the end i created a more generic card with a simple ‘sending love’ greeting.

To add some texture, I used the falling hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp to add some embossing paste, but first I mixed in some ultra fine glitter called Glamour Dust. I love this glitter, as it is so sparkly, and it mixes really well with the paste. The camera doesn’t capture the full sparkliness of it, which is a real shame!

Be sure to watch the video for the full tutorial, and I hope to be back on Monday with a fun Honey Bee Stamps blog post where we are celebrating Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day colouring challenge! I can’t wait! :0)

Happy crafting my friends!

x Lesley

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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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Hello my crafty friends! It’s Lesley here – I am back in the UK and my crafty fingers were ITCHING to get playing with these Octopi stamps!! Oh geez, they are so CUTE!!

One of the Honey Bee Stamps gals Taniesa was so sweet and kind, she surprised me with a Lawn Fawn gift when we met at the Creativation Conference – the new Octopi My Heart stamp set and matching dies! Now THAT is a life long friend! I LOVE THEM! Thank you Taniesa!

I decided to have some fun with this new Octopus stamp and create a glitter shaker card, with an underwater scene. I used two other Lawn Fawn stamp sets- So Jelly and Mermaid For You, which were perfect accompaniments to the Octopi My Heart set!

For the background, I decided to build a fun watery effect using the ink smooshing technique. You simply tap your ink pad onto a smooth surface, spray with water and then use the inky liquid to create your background. You can pick up the colour with a paintbrush, or push your paper directly into the ink, but I like to pick up the ink with a piece of acetate, and then use this to apply the ink to my cardstock.

To build texture, I also used the circle piercing dies from Cheery Lynn designs – these are new to me, and give a really cool effect, although the ink kind of covers it up. If you look really closely behind the Octopi, you will see circles of dots which look a bit darker than the rest of the background. I will have to use them again on another card so you can really get to see them in action.

I coloured the images using some Copic markers and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I also die cut some foam in the octopus die, so I could make them pop!

For the inside of the card, I used the AMAZING Ice Chips Glitter from Honey Bee Stamps – this stuff is SO FUN! It looks like shards of glass, but it sparkles like crazy, and the great thing is that it is fine, so I only needed one layer of foam behind my acetate today! You might also notice that I also some blue fine glitter as well as the Ice Chips. Here’s a closer look at the ice chips – doesn’t it almost give a watery effect!?

Thanks for stopping by, and I also wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who watched and commented on my Creativation videos. For so many years I dreamt of being at CHA but had to settle with binge watching YouTube videos – so it is only fitting that I share some videos with you guys so you can experience it too! Another big thank you to everyone at Creativation who LET me video them and their booths- it couldn’t have happened without you guys!

Until next time… happy crafting!

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