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Hey gang!

Happy December everyone! Finally, I can sing Christmas songs and wear my Christmas jumper without getting the scornful eye from hubby! Haha! YIPPEEE! I love Christmas! Fingers crossed we can get our decorations up today!

And even though I don’t normally make a lot of Christmas cards, I simply couldn’t resist buying this cute Christmas stamp set from MyFavoriteThings, called ‘Beast Friends’, which has the most adorable little yeti monsters ever!! And I love that they can be used for non-Christmas occasions too – multi-use stamps definitely get extra points in my book! <3


In my last video, I used colouring pencils to create a soft, textured look on a cute stamped owl image, and in todays card I am using a similar technique with watercolours. I just love the way it gives so much life to a card, but doesn’t add lots and lots of dimension which makes it hard to post.

In fact, this whole card is a one-layer card – there is zero dimension to it at all. I am sure you know that this is pretty unusual for me (as I LOOVEE dimension) but I like to mix it up now and again! Plus, I really wanted to paint this cute monster! HE’S ADORABLE!

First I used masking paper to mask two areas of my watercolour cardstock, then I stamped images all over the background to create a pattern. I used memento ink for this because I knew that it is waterproof and would not bleed when I added the watercolour paint. The masking paper that I have is actually more like masking plastic, so it resists the ink and paint, although most masking paper is more like a post it note – so it doesn’t resist the ink, but still protects the card underneath. Both work just fine, but if you are trying this at home with the paper mask – then yours might look a little different compared to mine in the video at this stage. 🙂

I used tumbled glass and broken china distress inks on my background, and then reached for my kuretake gansai tambi watercolours to colour in the images on my card. I used both a number 4 and number 3 ProArte round paint brush, mostly the number 4 – it has a nice point which makes it easy to make even small lines on my project.

Once the background was coloured and dried, I then removed the mask and stamped the yeti image using tea dye distress ink. This creates a very light stamped image that is barely visible – you can use the lines as a guide for painting, but when the painting is complete, you cannot see any trace of stamped lines. This way you can pretend that you are a super good illustrator and painter, and no one will ever know the difference! LOL 🙂

When it came to painting the yeti, layers was the key for me, and because of this, it certainly took time. The video is rather sped up but I wanted you to see the whole card come together, so please forgive me if its a bit faster than my usual videos. Even though this card doesn’t have actual dimension, I wanted to create the illusion of dimension, and to do this I used my paintbrush to paint small lines for the yeti’s fur, and used a variety of different colour tones. I wasn’t afraid to leave a few white (unpainted) spots, as this actually makes it look like highlights on the image.

Around the edges of the image I used my paints to create a darker border or outline of each coloured section, and also added some shadows using watered down black paint. I like the way this gives more life to the final image!

Once I was happy with my painted yeti, I then moved over to my greeting. I removed the strip of masking paper from the bottom of the card, and used my MISTI tool and some SSS Sparrow ink to stamp the ‘are you YETI for Christmas?’ stamp, also from the MFT Beast Friends set.

My card was almost done, I simply added a few details with my white gel pen, around the scalloped circle, greeting strip and to add highlights to some the background images – especially the Santa hats.

I simply mounted the painted cardstock onto a folded card blank and my the card was done! HAZZAH!
Isn’t it cute! I love him!

Be sure to check out the video here, walking you through the whole process, and at the end of the video you will also see another painted yeti that I made for a tag.

In other news, the HoneyBeeStamps gang are having a Crafty Clearout! Jump on over to the ‘clearing out the hive’ Facebook page, and look at the ALBUMS to see what is available from each of the girls.

Some designers are based in the UK, others are from elsewhere in the world, so postage will vary depending on who you buy from. They seem to be clearly labelled so far! 🙂

Also, over on the HoneyBeeStamps Blog, they are celebrating 12 Days of Christmas, with 12 guest designers! Why not take a look to see who has been getting crafty! Here is a link to take you right to day 1–> 12 days of Christmas with HoneyBeeStamps!

Have fun, and happy Crafting, my friends!!





Good Morning Honey Bees! Welcome to our November Release Honey Hop!!!

All this week we have been showing you little sneaks of our awesome new embellishments, stamp sets and dies! Well, here they all are! Everything will be available for purchase today in our shop HERE.

What’s a Honey Hop without some sweet prizes, right? One winner will win a gift certificate to purchase new goodies in the Honey Bee Stamps Store.

All you have to do to win is comment on the Honey Bee Stamps blog and again at each one of our designer’s blog by Sunday, November 13th. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 14th at Noon PST.

So Hop along and get ready to BEE inspired! The Honey Hop started with our Spotlight Designer : Laura Bassen, and the full line up is listed at the bottom of this post.

*Hippity Hop!*

If you are playing along with our blog hop today, you should have arrived from the blog of the wonderful LAURA JANE, and at the bottom of this post, I will be directing you over to your next stop,
Lisa. But for now… brace yourself…as today I have a few projects to share, featuring the new LITTLE PICKUP and SENDING YOU SENTIMENTS stamp sets!

For the main event today, I have used the awesome pick up image to create a Christmas card that lights up. To do this, I have used the Chibitronics circuit stickers and built these into the design of my card.


I think this is an especially fun card because it doesn’t even really look like a light up card – but this is what happens if I press the top right corner of the card…

As this is a Christmas card, I decided to use the Christmas tree as cargo in my truck – but I love that there are so many different accessories in this stamp set which means that it can be used all year round. Be sure to check out the tags at the end of this post to see how I have used one design to create a variety of different styled tags!

Did you notice that my little Christmas tree has fairy lights? I used the fairy lights stamp set from the More Flakey Friends set – they were just the perfect size for my mobile Christmas tree!

I have coloured the pick up with some copic markers, and added some enamel accents to the tyres to make them dimensional and glossy. The Sending You Sentiments stamp set has so many options – I chose a simple Christmas greeting and embossed it in white so it would pop against the ink blended background.

As soon as I saw the Little Pickup stamp set, I knew that I had to pair this truck up with some LEDs! It was
especially fun to link different coloured lights together. Here is a closer look at the circuit I designed, just in case you wanted to give it a try for yourself.

To finish the card, I used a stencil to add some white embossing paste which creates a lovely snowy feel to the card!

If you would like to see the creation of this card – check out the video tutorial below 🙂

Remember I mentioned that these stamps could be used all year round! Take a look at these fun SHAKER TAGS I have made.


One design, but three very different feels!  I used a tag die to create six card tags, then cut an aperture in three using a scalloped square die. I added colour with a little ink blending on each, and after stamping a greeting inside, I built each of them up into shaker tags using foam tape, and a mix of sequins and seed beads. Then the trucks were all stamped on neenah cardstock and coloured with copic markers before adding these onto the tags.

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects, and your next stop is


Enjoy! And don’t forget, the new products are in the store ready for purchase today!


If you want to  start at the beginning of the blog hop – here is the full hop order!






LESLEY OMAN  <—-You are here!





Happy crafting, my creative friends!



Morning everyone! I hope you had a fab week so far!

Is it too soon for Christmas cards? 🙂 I think that I have done pretty well to last until now, don’t you?

Well, even though it is not technically a Christmas card, today’s card is ALL about this sweet, wintery penguin from the More Flakey Friends stamp set! I just ADORE this cutie! In fact, I loved him so much, that I really wanted to make him the front and centre of the card. I wanted a card that was fun and interesting, but didn’t take away from the awesome image – an image that really speaks for itself.

And so I decided to create my own trifold card, with peek-a-boo panels. I love how it almost feels like you are looking through a window at our fuzzy friend!

To start building the card, I used a 4-bar stitched rectangle die to cut out four panels of cardstock. Next I ran two of the panels through the cuttlebug with a small Spellbinders label shaped die. I had to run this back and forth a few times, and add a paper shim to make sure the die cut through both pieces of cardstock – but it worked absolutely fine.

Next I stacked up the remaining two rectangle panels, and ran this through the cuttlebug with a slightly larger label shaped die. I used the small label die cut to help me position the larger die, so that when  the card was assembled, the ornate apertures would line up nicely to frame mister penguin.

Next I cut a piece of cardstock the same height as the 4 bar rectangles, but slightly wider, so I could create the back panel. I used a score board to create creases on the left and right of this panel, so that there were flaps on both edges. These flaps act like hinges for the card – so I adhered the side pieces in place, by sandwiching the flap, and a piece of acetate, between the two identical pieces of card with the ornate aperture. Once I had done this on both sides – the assembly was complete, and the fun began – the decorating! I promise it is much easier to do than it is to explain! 🙂

I decided to use a smaller version of the 4 bar stitched rectangle die to build up a decorated panel that I would stick on the inside of the card. I cut several panels from smooth, white cardstock, and die cut snowy hills and a tree border, before adding colour with a little distress ink blending. I kept the colours soft and muted, so that my stamped penguin would really pop against the background. As for mister penguin, I added a little, teeny, weeny bit of blue colour around the inside edge, just to give him some depth, and added some simple colouring to his beak and feet- all with copic markers.

For fun, I wanted to add some snow on top of the trees in the background, so I used a white sakura glaze pen to give them a snowy cap – and then I had the idea to add snow onto the acetate of the inside flap. I LOVE the way this turned out! It is so fun! The little white dots give the impression of falling snow, but at the same time making sure that mister penguin can be seen in all his glory when the card is open!

Even though it is fast approaching Christmas, I couldn’t quite allow myself to add a Christmas greeting, so instead I decided to use the Brush Grunge Alpha set to create my own greeting! This way it would be used for a birthday, a thank you card, or for any other occasion- just with a wintery twist! To make sure that the card had a nice finished look, when fussy cutting out ‘Cool Friend’, I held another piece of card behind my stamped cardstock, so I cut out two identical pieces of white cardstock. This meant that I could stick the stamped greeting on the front and add a matching piece of blank cardstock on the back.

And that is it!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

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