Friday, April 19, 2019

A Little Honey Bee Told Me...

I heard, from a very reliable source - a sweet little Honey Bee - that they are celebrating their birthday this week!

I'm bringing kittens and good luck to the party, because I absolutely adore Melissa, the owner, and her ride-or-die, Lisa Cisneros, my fellow Texan and someone I got to meet when Kathy brought her Daily Marker road trip here last year.

They are both stellar human beings - so sweet & kind, and Melissa's designs are always original and adorable.

They've both been really kind to me this year, and so I'm honored to be invited to their birthday party!

And guess what? I brought KITTENS!!

This card is a hybrid. I made the background with her incredibly delicate two piece mandala mask - I love this thing and can't wait to gel print with it! I used a Life Changing Blender Brush and Wild Dandelion Ink to give my kitties a little patterned glow. The sentiment is from this AWESOME kitty themed set, and I used these sequins. The kitties were stamped on watercolor paper in Morning Mist, painted with Daniel Smith, and cut with the matching dies. I also love the sentiment in the set that says "start each day with a little curiosity", and as perfectly as that matched this image, there was no way I could resist "Oh, my whiskers!" I did put little white dots in their eyes - on the stamp, they are solid.
You have to see the rest of these kitties though - so cute! 

And these are the sentiments - just awesome.

You know what's cool about that mandala mask? She also has a stamp set and a die that match. Check this out. Super cool.

And she has tons of new embellishments too - look at these - SQUEE!

Now this isn't part of their birthday release - it was a free with purchase set for St. Patrick's Day - but I was also thrilled to find some four leaf clovers that were big enough to watercolor. I stamped them in Fadeout Ink and colored them with Green Apatite, Serpentine, Undersea Green, Quinacridone Purple and Aussie Red Gold. We were JUST talking about greens this week in my Daniel Smith Split Group on Facebook. If you like watercolor and want to be able to afford Daniel Smith - join this group! We split tubes of watercolor to save money. There's a ton of inspiration in there too.

The sentiment in this set is awesome, and I stamped that in Nocturne on the watercolor paper - it's the only ink I like for cold press watercolor paper. The main panel is matted with this paper.
Now since it's a party, of course there are gifts! Leave me a comment, and Honey Bee will pick a winner and announce it on their blog. What do you win? Behold - the entire Rainbow Wishes suite!

You can see the rest of the birthday goodies right here. Loveyameanitbye.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Sad Story About Toilet Paper & A Few Cards

I was recently made painfully aware that there is toilet paper on the market - like, actually for sale to humans - that is like 1/2 ply.

I purchased some by accident from Costco, via Instacart.

So that you can avoid it forever, the brand name is Scott's. Nowhere on the packaging did it say THIS TOILET PAPER SHOULD ONLY BE PURCHASED BY PRISONS OR AIRPORTS.

There was no way for me to know that you could just breeze into a store and accidentally buy prison toilet paper.

My Instacart shopper must have thought "Oh, this lady has a friend doing hard time, and she's sending him extra TP - how sweet."

I am not amused at the giant, Costco size package of this miserable excuse for toilet paper currently in my garage. I briefly considered doing that technique where you put wet toilet paper onto a stamp for that sculpted look, but it was too triggering, seeing as how the erroneous purchase was just too recent to be amusing.

So instead, I just made a few cards.

The first one is a simple card - I just stamped the floral image (this is a free with purchase set) all over white cardstock, and then colored in the background with my Lettuce marker. I added some iridescent vellum, using my invisible vellum adhesive and the Hugs die from this bundle. I added some sequins as well.
Then - even though Easter is nearly upon us, I had to make an Easter card with these adorable bunnies and the Wreath Builder. I kept them pastel, which I never do, but they are so cute all pale. The paper is from this package. It's nice thin, layering paper, but still 40 times as thick as my toilet paper. This set does come with matching dies.
 Finally - my favorite! This set is a  builder set, so you can choose different ears and body positions for your build-a-dog! I chose one floppy ear and one sticky-uppy ear and I think this dog is adorable. It looks like my little golden retreiver I had as a child, so that is how I colored her. I used Sea Glass ink and my Life Changing Blender brush to make the sky, and then I used Copics to make some grass. The sentiments are builders too, which is fun. The card base is Sea Glass too.
Please heed my PSA and never buy that toilet paper - you will be scarred for life! Also - if anyone needs toilet paper - I have a bunch extra :). Loveyeameanitbye.

Incentive Stamp Set- Peaceful Floral...
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Clear Mini Stamps- Hugs - Gina K Designs
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"Hugs" Die - Gina K Designs
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Clear Mini Stamps- Spring Joy - Gina...
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Spring Joy Die Set - Gina K Designs
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Clear Stamps- Puppies Galore - Gina K...
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Bundle Stamps and Templates- Wreath...
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8 1/2 x 11 White Iridescent...
[ PPR ]
GKD Patterned Paper Pack- Petite...
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Sea Glass
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GKD Amalgam Ink Pad- Jet Black
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GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Sea Glass
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Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
Copic Sketch Marker YG09 LETTUCE...
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Little Things From Lucy's Cards NEW...
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Plus VELLUM ADHESIVE Double Sided...
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
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Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
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Cut Align
[ MSP ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
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Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
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XL Stamp Storage Pockets
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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