Friday, June 11, 2021

Bee Happy Bear Card

I've had an interest in bees ever since a hive decided to take up residence between the double walls of our house.  They built quite a large hive until it was evident that we had to remove them or risk the collapse of our side wall.  We tried smoking them out but that didn't work for long.  Bees are persistent insects.  Reluctantly, we resorted to poison but we felt really bad because we know that they worked so hard to build the hive.  To make up for the bee deaths, we decided to get involved in the Alan Wong Adopt a Bee Hive project at the U.H. of Hilo Agriculture dept.  We've pledged money to support the program which raises bees in box hives. We even have a hive with our name on it!  In return we learn about the progress of the bees and receive bottles of honey.  The honey is delicious!  Thank you bees!  
I made this card to honor the bees and even decorated the inside with my friends and their honeycombs.  I used the products below to decorate this card.  Leave a comment if you want to know more about a procedure or bee item.  You can leave a bee-utiful message too!  I love hearing from you!

 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Get Well Chicken Soup Card

I don't make too many get well cards but as my friends and family get older I guess I'll need to have a stash on hand.  Anyway, this one is for someone who is going in for a procedure.  I decided to make a humorous card to hopefully lift up her spirits.  Originally, I was planning to color the image with Copic pens, but the details were too small to avoid bleeding out.  I decided Derwent watercolor pencils (HM BFC) would be a better choice.  Unfortunately, I should have changed out the selected paper as marker paper does not handle watercolors very well.  It turned out okay and maybe made the card seem more wonky and distressed...like the Distressed Ink (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) I used on the background.  As a last minute change I tilted the scalloped image to add to the off centered look.  Hope the recipient doesn't think her eyes are playing tricks on her. LOL!

 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Spot's First Birthday Card

I love the Eric Hill Spot books so of course when I saw the Spot stamp set as a freebie in a magazine, I immediately bought it.  That was many years ago and I finally inked up the stamps and made a 1st Birthday card that will go with a gift set of Spot books.  For the background I chose a balloon print paper from a Doodlebug Design paper pack.  I originally was going to do a raised letter HAPPY BIRTHDAY like what I saw on the Hero Arts site.  However, I only had a script Happy Birthday (My Favorite Things) and when it was cut out the paper turned out to be too busy and the lettering too scripty to make a readable message.  In the end I just cut out three layers of white card stock and one layer of dark blue card stock.  It was difficult to glue them together but I think it looks cool to be raised up.  I slightly shifted the blue layer to give a bit of a shadow effect.  Spot, the small creatures and balloons were stamped, colored with Copic pens, and fussy cut.  The small green hill was cut with a Lawn Fawn die. The balloon strings were difficult to cut so I replaced them with black wire.  All the pieces were adhered with foam dot adhesives.  The ends of the wires were tacked down with glue so they wouldn't injure anyone or get caught on anything.  Gold glitter Stickles gel paint was used on Spot's crown.  Doodlebug Design sticker stars were added to the balloons before being covered with Stickles crystal gel paint. (Perhaps Glossy Accents might have given the balloons a more balloon-like surface...next time.)  Oh yes, I hand printed the 1st on the balloon before adding the gel paint.  Okay, that's it...I think. Please feel free to ask me questions or send comments. (see below). I love hearing from you!