Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Couple of Creations

I spent yesterday watching some hockey history on television . . . the New York Rangers' road to the 1994 Stanley Cup.  Now you know that I had to balance that with some creativity, so I got busy creating for a couple of challenges.

The first was CASology, whose cue card was "Bee."  I matched this up with the sketch offered at Seize the Sketch, and I decided to get wet with some watercolor and here is the result . . .

I inked up the background stamp (background4bees) with a layer of Versamark and a layer of a Hero Arts Shadow Dye Ink, and I stamped it onto watercolor paper. I then embossed with clear embossing powder so the brown ink wouldn't run. I went into the bottom left corners of all the hexagons with a distress marker (Wild Honey - go figure) and then spritzed with water and used a heat tool to dry.  The water pooled in some areas . . . much like perhaps honey might pool up in those combs? 

For my second challenge,  I played along with the Fusion Challenge, and the big decision is always whether to use the photo inspiration or to use the sketch?  Here is the inspiration photo and sketch . . .

I found a piece of paper that had a dot pattern in red on one side, and a natural color on the other side and I decided to cut a circle image and flip the paper and inlay the opposite side.  I also had a brand new stamp that had silverware.  Before I knew it, the photo and sketch were combined to bring me here . . . 

 The musical notes that run across the paper were created using washi tape.  The silverware was stamped on a scrap of paper using Versamark and then embossed in silver.  I used a scrap of doily to hold my utensils. 

The salt and pepper shakers were stamped in Ranger Archival ink, which gives an awesome crisp image.  Check it out!  You can see the holes in the top of the shaker - love that ink!



Supplies Used - Sweeter Than Honey
Cardstock:  Bazzill, Strathmore Watercolor, vellum
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life hive4bees and background4bees
Ink:  Hero Arts, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Versafine
Other:  Clear Embossing Powder

Supplies Used - Fusion
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern Paper:  DCWV
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Kitschy Kitchen
Dies:  Paper Smooches Pinked Circle Die
Ink:  Ranger Archival and Versamark
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other: Musical Washi Tape from Denami, Silver Zing Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Doily Scrap


  1. You put so much into each design so do you make multiples? Do you mail most of your cards?

    1. Thanks. I don't usually do multiples; sometimes I will make two cards. And sadly, I don't mail as many as I should. But I do give them as gifts to people along with envelopes and stamps, and I've been known to batch them up and donate them (nursing homes, Operation Write Home, etc.). Fro me, it's creative therapy.

  2. Love both of your cards!! The honeycomb background is so cute with your little bee :-)

  3. Beautiful cards! Love the watercolour honeycomb, your little bees with movement and the sentiment! Darling!

  4. Wonderful cards! The honeycomb background looks fab! Thanks for joining along with Seize the Sketch!

  5. Love your little silverware wrapped up in the doily and the cute salt and pepper! thanks for playing with the Fusion Challenge!!

  6. Love your music note washi tape! Great interpretation of the sketch and photo. Thanks so much for joining the Fusion Challenge!

  7. the bee card is so very very cute

  8. Love your bee card using my sketch this week at STS!! Super cute :)

  9. These are both so fun! I had to laugh at using Wild Honey (what? didn't see THAT coming, lol!) and I love the funky watercoloured effect. The doily wrapped around the cutlery is fabulous! So glad you came to play with us at Seize the Sketch, Debbie!