honey bee stamps

Watercolored tulips | Honeybee Stamps

Happy Thursday! Well it’s almost Friday, so basically happy weekend! I posted this card as part of Honey Bee Stamps Instagram Spring Bliss Release Hop, but never got around to blogging about it! So here we are 🙂

To create this card, I started by heat embossing (in black) the bouquet from the Spring Joy Bouquet stamp set. I watercolored it VERY SLOWLY using Koi watercolors. I’m a totally newbie so it took me a really long time to finish the inage. Then I die cut it using the coordinating die.

To assemble the card, I die cut the Quatrefoil A2 Cover Plate – Top from a sheet of pattern paper from the Playful Pastels paper pad. I added the bouquet image with some foam tape along with a sentiment embossed in gold from the Pickup Lines stamp set.

What coloring medium would you use to color this image? I usually default to copics but decided to try something a little different this time!

Happy Crafting!

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Vellum Florals | Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Hump day! I recently been trying to create more cards that don’t involve A LOT of coloring! Heat embossing on vellum is a fun technique that I’ve been using to add florals without coloring.

To create this card, I started by inking up an A2 piece of bristol Strathmore with distress oxides (in Kitsch Flamingo, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac) in a circular pattern. Then I splattered some water droplets to add dimension. Lastly I added white pigment ink on to the basketweave stencil. I dried it with a heat gun to make sure it does not smudge.

I heat embossed the flower bouquet from Spring Joy Bouquet stamp set in white embossing powder and die cut with the coordinating dies. For the sentiment, I used one from the Pickup Lines stamp set, embossed in white on black cardstock, and die cut with the coordinating die. To assemble the card I trimmed down the inked background, adhered it to a A2 top folding white card base, and added the floral image and sentiment with some foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you are inspired and create please remember to tag @honeybeestamps and #honeybeestamps on Instagram!

Happy Crafting!

Newtons Nook Designs

Acetate Spring Card | Newton’s Nook Designs

Happy Tuesday! I made this card while dreaming of spring, but seems like my dream came true as I type this on a spring like day, while drinking a frappe in the sun!

To make this spring inspired card, I started by stamping (in a light brown ink) the Floral Roundabout stamp set, then coloring with copic markers. I heat embossed the image in gold, and die cut it using the largest stitched circle from the Circle Frames die set. I also die cut the largest scallop die four times from heavy weight white card stock. I heat embossed a sentiment from the same Floral Roundabout stamp set, onto a oval banner die cut from the Banner Trio set. Then I inked up the banner with a pink to yellow ombré.

To assemble the card I used an A2 sized top folding acetate card base. For the front of the card I layered a scallop diecut behind the colored circle diecut. I added the sentiment using some foam tape and added a few sequins to finish the front. After adhering these stacked diecuts onto the front of the A2 acetate card base I then placed one behind it to cover the adhesive. I did the same for the back of the card base to. This gives you a ‘hidden space’ to write your message.

I hope this card inspires you to create something for spring or stretch your supplies and create a nontraditional card. Please make sure to stop by the Newton’s Nook Designs Blog for more inspiration and don’t forget to tag #NewtonsNook or #NewtonsNookDesign on Instagram to share what you created!

Happy crafting!

Not 2 Shabby

Rainbow Shaker | Not 2 Shabby Stamps

Happy March! Did it crawl up on you too? I haven’t done my monthly planning NOR have I finished by February to do list! Let’s just say today is going to be busy! So let’s get to it!

Remember the cookie background I created using the Sprinkled with Love from Not 2 Shabby Stamp (I used it here and here), well let’s just say I’m pretty obsessed with it! So I decided to try it out in the new mini slimline size! I started by printing it out on heavy weight white cardstock, then ink blending with distress oxides (in Kitsch Flamingo, Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass). Then I trimmed it down with the stitched Mini Slimline Stacklets then I die cut the word ‘happy’ to create a shaker, I used alpha dies from CZ Designs ALL CAPS and the birthday is from Pretty Pink Posh scripted Happy Birthday (stacked 3 times). To create the shaker, I backed the diecut sheet using acetate, layered it with foam tape, and filled it with Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins Mix. Lastly I backed the shaker front with a Petite Scallop Mini Slimline Stacklets.

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Hope you have a great week!

Happy Crafting!

inky paws challenge, Newtons Nook Designs

DIY Watercolor Background | Inky Paws Challenge #142

Hi me again! Yup, third time today! Guess I can say it’s been a good day! I just wanted to pop in here with a last minute entry to the Inky Paws Challenge #142.

I love splotchy watercolors, not only are the really quick and easy to make, they look so good!

To create this card, I started by die cutting a scallop heart from watercolor paper, using the Heart Frames Die Set. Then I embossed (in white) the little paw from the Smitten Kittens stamp set to create a background. After heat setting it, I smooshed distress ink (in worn lipstick, dried marigold, crushed olive and tumbled glass) on to some acetate. I sprayed it with water and ‘rubbed’ the heart die cut on to it. After carefully flipping it, I heat dried it to make sure that all the colors don’t mix together to become a mucky brown! Lastly I stamped a sentiment with dye inks to create a rainbow look. I used a sentiment from the Heartfelt Love stamp set, stamp on a banner trio die cut.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting!


Silky Sicilian Pasta | Hello Fresh Dupe Recipe

Happy Foodie Friday! If you are here for cards, check out my post from earlier today! I used to blog about food, cakes and ALL the things way back when, and decided to tap into that again! Don’t worry there will still be A LOT of cards on the blog!

By the way, my recipes will come with tips and tricks, nothing else! So let’s get started!

Silky Sicilian Pasta

Serves : 4 | Prep time : 10-15 mins | Cook time : 30 mins

Ingredients :
2 zucchinis, quartered and sliced
8 oz mushrooms (white or bella), thinly sliced
10 oz grape tomatoes, halved 
ÂĽ oz chives, thinly sliced
Juice of ½ a lemon
12 oz penne pasta, boiled and pasta water saved.
2 tsp italian seasoning (to make : equal parts parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper)
½ tsp Better Than Bouillon Premium Seasoned Vegetable Base
8 Tbsp sour cream
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp butter
Olive oil, salt and pepper

Instructions :

  1. Heat up a little olive oil, add zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and cook till golden brown and softened. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same, heat up some more olive oil and add mushrooms. Cook until brown and crispy. Season with salt and pepper and add to the bowl with the zucchini, set aside.
  3. Wash the pan, on medium heat add butter and a little olive oil. Once butter is melted, add halved tomatoes along with 2 tsp italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Once the tomatoes are softened, stir in the chives and lemon juice. Reduce heat to low and stir in stock concentrate and â…“ cup of reserved pasta cooking water. Lastly whisk in sour cream and adjust salt and pepper.
  4. Add zucchini, mushroom and drained penne to the pan and stir until combined.
  5. Top with remaining chives and parmesan.

There’s a video on Instagram if you need a visual! And if you make it don’t forget to tag me, @adventureswithAleena

Happy Cooking!

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Printing on Vellum | Not 2 Shabby Stamps

Happy Friday! It’s been a long week! Super excited for the weekend and fingers crossed it goes better than last weekend!

I recently discovered that you can print digital images on vellum! I haven’t experimented past printing, but I think this is going to open up a lot of possibilities on using digital stamps!

Last month I created a ‘stamped background’ using the Sprinkled with Love from Not 2 Shabby Stamp. I decided to make another ‘5 min card’ as I call them using the same background, but printed on vellum this time. After printing, I trimmed it down, backed it with some pattern paper and added a stacked die cut sentiment. Lastly I added some clay confetti.

Have you tried printing on vellum? Would love to see your cards, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@everydayengineered)!

Happy Crafting!

Concord and 9th

Ink Swiping | Concord and 9th

Happy almost weekend! Popping in today with a ‘5 min’ card! This card was inspired by a friend on instagram.

I started by embossing the floral image and sentiments from the Concord and 9th Hello Lovely. Then I swiped the ink using Gina K ink cubes (in passionate pink, wild dandelion, and blue lagoon). That’s it! This is a great technique to use when mass producing cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!

Pretty Pink Posh

Layer Die Shaker Card | #racismisaviruscardhop

Happy Hump Day! Welcome to the #racismisaviruscardhop! Please head over to naushabuloushandmade on Instagram to hop along.

I made a card inspired by my time in Vietnam (I need to share pictures of that, one day!)

I ink blended an A2 card panel with my Taylored Expression blending brushes and fired brick distress oxide ink. The I die cut the outline of the flower and leaf using the Layered Rose Die Set from Altenew. I die cut the details, along with the Thinking of You Script Die from golden glitter paper. I layered the die cut card front and added a LOT of foam tape to create the shaker window. Filled it with some older Pretty Pink Posh star sequins. Finished off my adding the glitter die cuts and some gold jewels.

This card was inspired by Ink Hill Revival. Thanks for always inspiring us!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Happy crafting!