Have you all checked out the absolutely FABULOUS new release products?! I mean, really. Sunflowers, pumpkins, coffee cups, critters… There’s seriously something for every style and preference. My weekly blogging day for Honey Bee happens to fall on Fridays, so I haven’t posted any release creations yet… which means that I have three projects to share with you today! Let’s get started with the details!
For this first project, I decided to use Seasonal Sweeties and the coordinating dies to create a gloomy, but hopeful card… this one definitely reminds me of Eeyore, so it’s an homage to gray and darker gray. Ha! I started by die cutting and heat embossing the girl with the umbrella and her darling little pup from Seasonal Sweeties onto some watercolor paper, then watercoloring her with my Daniel Smith watercolors.
For the background, I stamped and heat embossed several of the little raindrop stamps included in the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set onto another A2 panel, then did a light blue gray watercolor wash for a gloomy sky background. I die cut some clouds from gray and pale blue shimmer paper to create some rain clouds, popping them up with dimensional adhesive. I added a strip of charcoal card stock at the bottom of the card front, to ground my little duo and create a sort of road for her to be standing on. I heat embossed the sentiment from Seasonal Sweeties onto the same charcoal card stock and used the coordinating dies for the calligraphic words. I popped both my girl and the greeting up with dimensional foam adhesive and scattered some Galaxy sequins about to add some more texture.
For my second project for today, I used the lovely sunflower stamps from Happy Fall Y’all to create this summery project. (It’s been so HOT around here… Fall teased us for a couple of weeks, but then summer came back in full force last week. I am not a fan.) I die cut and stamped several of the pretty sunflowers onto (more) watercolor paper and again watercolored them with my Daniel Smith watercolor paints.
For the background, I wanted a subtle pattern, and sunflowers remind me of a tidy little farm with rolling hills and a chicken coop, and a chicken coop reminds me of chicken wire… and the Hexagon stencil set reminds me of chicken wire. Perfect! (Sometimes it’s tiring being in my head haha!) I blended some Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink over the top of the stencil, concentrating the color in the bottom right corner, because I wanted it to gradually fade away from my climbing sunflowers. I also die cut one of the coordinating word dies included in the Happy Fall Y’all, both in white card stock, but I put my Iced Spruce Oxide ink pad directly to the larger “fall” accent die cut to create a custom colored die cut that perfectly matched my chicken wire blending. After arranging my flowers and greeting just so, I added some NEW Fall Equinox sequins here and there to finish the card.
For my final project today, I have used Hey Pumpkin to create a little Halloween card. I’ll be honest. I’ve never made a Halloween card in my life up to this point. My nieces and nephews were too small to understand, and most kids (including my own) don’t really “get” the point of a card at such a tender age. But, my niece and nephew are finally old enough that I think it would be absolutely darling to have my kids send their cousins a Halloween card! And the new Hey Pumpkin set is simply precious. The little hat is optional, so you can make it a non-Halloween project… Plus, that pumpkin was a blast to color. I don’t naturally gravitate towards orange, but I am almost always pleased with the results when I do use it!
To start, I die cut and stamped the main image and the witch hat from Hey Pumpkin using Versafine ink and clear embossing powder, then colored it with my Zig markers. I knew I wanted to put the die cut onto a blended sky background, so I made sure to add some orange behind the trees and around the top edge of the die cut, because you know me and that little white edge…. it makes me twitchy haha.
For the background, I blended Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks (I’m in love with the new release colors!) down the front of a white A2 panel, then added the greeting from Hey Pumpkin using Versafine and clear embossing powder. I popped up the witchy die cut using dimensional foam adhesive and sprinkled on some of the new Enchanted Plum sequins.
Well, that’s all from me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the fabulous inspiration from the Honey Bee Design team this week…. this release is just so amazing! All of the new products that we’ve been teasing you with are now available in the shop, so go get your shop on! But…..
Gabriella B says
I like the Halloween girl card best. Makes me happy!
Janie Word says
Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing. You all make me want to be like you!
Kristin Osifat says
Beautiful cards!!! I love the dog w/ the umbrella!!! 🤣🤣
Sunny Qi says
Like all three cards. Very pretty!
Karen B. says
Emily, these are all amazing. Your coloring is so beautiful!
Dee Earnshaw says
Wow, I am awed by your talents – these cards are just gorgeous – LOVE the backgrounds….!!
Debbie Rumpza says
Really great cards…. so many details. I had a hard time finding your comment box!
Emily! These are fabulous!!
Was just over at Honey Bee shopping…may have to go back after seeing your drop dead gorgeous coloring of these darling images.
M Strach says
Wonderful projects; great coloring!
Teresa Godines says
All of your projects are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration
Gorgeous cards! Love your coloring…
Good looking cards!
Patricia Seiger says
Super cute cards!!
What a treat to find not one, not two…. but three amazing cards today! Each one is a treat for the eyes!
Love the cards, all so pretty!
Lovely cards! Your coloring is awesome and I love the backgrounds you created!
I like your take on the rainy day card.
Eileen Robertson says
I love this release! Your cards are adorable!
Super cute! I really love this little girl from the release; she is super cute! I especially love her sitting on the pumpkin with the kitty =^.^=
Barb H. says
I love the girl on the pumpkin card best, but all are awesome.
Janet D. says
Oh my goodness! Wonderful cards, I love your sunflower card, my favorite fall flower!
Nancy Kenny Monahan says
Hey Emily…beautiful watercoloring on all 3 of your cards girl! I have to say that I have never seen anyone color the white border left from the die cuts and you know what, I love it! TFS Emily
Great cards. So much inspiration. Thanks!
Norma Bartlett says
Your first card would be perfect for a friend of mine. I just learned yesterday that she has breast cancer. I absolutely love your Halloween card. I am very fond of sunflowers so I liked that one too. Thanks for this opportunity with the contest.
Your coloring skills are wonderful and I love the mood created with color and design! That rainy day card would be perfect to send to a friend as encouragement and the Halloween one is beautiful!
Ashlee Diane says
Oh WOW your cards are amazing!!! Love them and this awesome new release!!!
Cindy Thick says
Such cute cards. Love the sunflowers.
I didn’t notice the dog holding the umbrella until you put him in your card. So cute!
Sue LD says
Wonderful cards. my fave is the one with the sunflowers.
Any card with a cute critter is a favorite of mine and that little dog with the umbrella is the cutest! You are so talented.
Betty Sue says
Really beautiful cards!!
Kira N. says
Very beautiful cards! It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because they’re all so gorgeous!!
Erica B says
such great cards. Love those sunflowers
All of your cards are gorgeous, great coloring, love the sunflower card but all are very good, love the gloomy look to card number 1!
Tracy A says
These are beautiful cards. Such wonderful details and the coloring is awesome,
Liz mca says
The way the dies cut the scenes is so cool!
Amy Cooley says
Beautiful cards that really show off these pretty new stamps! You have amazing coloring skills.
Okay, I’m so in love with these sunflowers! All your cards are so lovely!
Mary Holshouser says
The first card is fantastic – even though
it’s a sore subject. Love the Halloween
card – so bright and cheerful.
Great coloring on all of them.
thanks for sharing.
Denise Bryant says
Awesome cards! Love that pretty Halloween scene… fabulous coloring! The witch is adorable!
Samantha P. says
All great cards, the sunflower card is my favorite!
Oh my goodness!!! I’m in love for your stunning colouring!!! All your cards are really amazing!!! Great details!!!
Susie mcpherson says
Gerrie Prince says
They are all so beautiful. The colors just POP!
Sabrina Radican says
WOW!! Stunning and very beautiful!!!
Dotty C says
Wonderful cards, love your colouring. Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, you’ve shown them beautifully.
Julie Leonard says
Beautiful cards…. thanks for sharing!
All three cards are lovely.
Cool cards. They are all pretty but the sunflower one is totally awesome.
Leanne S says
Lovely cards especially the last one.
love those seasonal sweeties xxx
Elise Smith says
Cute cards! I especially love the beautiful sunflowers and the blended sky background on the last one 🙂
Queen Mary says
Emily, I have never been to your blog before and I am so grateful for this blog hop, I love your style! The first card really wowed me, it was a stamp set I completely overlooked! But just the night before last I was with a friend who could have used that very card! then I scrolled down and the next card was just as beautiful! What a delightful find — you!
Betty J says
All cards are so nicely done! Who can resist those sunflowers. Such a nice use of the hexagon stencil for the back ground!
Oh my !!! 3 wonderful cards !! I love the layers, the color combos and the details. I’m not even talking about how well they are executed. Congratulations !!
Margot Oldfield says
Three gorgeous cards! Love your work!
Debbie Barba says
Fantastic cards! Love them all! Your coloring is amazing!!! Great new Honey Bee release! Fun blog hop! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!
Love your cards. Great release.
Diane M says
Jodi C. says
WOW!! Three Stunning works of art!! I love all of them they are fabulous!! Everything is gorgeous and I love each of the backgrounds…..they really make the cards all come together, even though they are all different. Thank You!!!
Kirsty Vittetoe says
Such an inspiration post filled with so much beauties!
Daria Z. says
Wow…these cards are gorgeous! Each one so different from the others, but all are just beautiful. I never thought about coloring the white edges – thanks for the tip!
Celeste Goff says
You have been one busy cardmaker! Love all three of your beautiful cards but that last one is my absolute favorite!
Emily, all your cards are so beautiful. I love the backgrounds and I adore those sunflowers as they are my favorite flower!!
Sandy Small says
Lovely cards! I agree with you about white borders. Diecuts are so convenient to use, and I love the ones that cut out in the center areas, like this one does.
Marcia Caradinta says
I really love the sunflower card you created. And, my mind runs just as wild with connections too, so I totally understand how you thought to use the hexagon stencil. lol All of your cards are lovely though!
Mary-Anne V. says
Wow Emily these cards are fabulous! I like your trick of colouring around the die cut so there isnt a white line.
These are wonderful cards. It’s hard to pick my favorite. I guess the sunflower one wins out because I love flowers.
Jennifer Carroll says
Lovely cards. What a wonderful release. I now have to have them all, hehehe. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Keely Jones says
Beautiful cards! Love the colors!
Carla Hundley says
Awesome work on
all your cards! Love
that last one with
the witch and pumpkin.
Carla from Utah
I love all your cards. The pumpkin girl is adorable but that little pug in the first card is super cute!
Emily, your cards are stunning as always! Thanks for the inspiration, such a wonderful release!
Great color combos!
Renee Milner says
Wow, you were busy with making all these wonderful cards! Your coloring is great and I especially like the little pup with his own umbrella 🙂
Stef White says
Great cards, I love your coloring too! Your scene on card 1 is perfect, and I love that the critter has its own umbrella! The backgrounds on cards 2 and 3 are really great, I like how the flowers pop against the background and the look of sunset on the 3rd card!
Mirella ROGAN says
Beautiful cards, I love them all! You used my favourite sets from this release, too, which surely helps 😉
Carol H. says
All of your cards are so pretty! Really love the bright colors on the Hey Pumpkin card!!
Kari Allen VanNoy says
Oh my heavens, your cards are great!! I laughed at the sunflowers — chicken coop — chicken wire — hexagon comment. So funny! My mind works like that sometimes, too! This release is so fun and I must get my hands on some of these sets. Beautiful blending on your last card!!
Carey Nusbaum says
Gorgeous cards! Your coloring is amazing! I love your first card! It is different from what we see for encouragement cards! I love the stamp set and hope to replicate your card to the best of my ability!