I’ll bee on my way now

If you couldn’t tell from my earlier posts, I really love Stampin’ Up’s Honey Bee stamp set. Unfortunately, this set will retire on June 3 when the new annual catalog launches. Today’s post is my final tribute to the Honey Bee stamp set and the Detailed Bees die set.

I wanted this series of cards to be soft looking, so my color scheme is Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, a touch of Early Espresso, So Saffron, and gold.

This first card didn’t require any stamping at all. I used the large bee die from Detailed Bees set and the largest oval die from the Stitched Ovals sent. Instead of sandwiching my paper between two cutting plates. I sandwiched it between a rubber embossing mat and a cutting plate so the paper has a raised detail to it. Then, I used a sponge dauber with Sahara Sand ink to give the paper an antique look and highlight the raised images. The design for this card was inspired by the technique featured in this YouTube video by Allison Okamitsu.


My next card in the series is simple and requires no other techniques beyond stamping and coloring. I love using Wink of Stella on the bee wings because it gives them a subtle gossamer look. Unfortunately, you can’t see the sparkly wings on this picture, but they’re there. I also daubed Sahara Sand to soften the edges of the paper. I colored in the bee with a So Saffron marker and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso. I sketched in the “bee trail” with a Sahara Sand marker.


My final card takes advantage of the Golden Glitz Delicata ink featured in the January-June Mini Catalog, which unfortunately is currently unavailable. If you can get your hands on some, I highly recommend it.  I really liked this ink because it provides an embossed look without having to take the time to pull out my heat embossing tool and embossing powders. Also for the bee images, the Delicata ink shows more detail than embossing powder would. The only caveat with this ink is that you must be patient and let it dry fully before handling your paper again.


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The Bee-ginning of the end

Over the next few weeks my blog posts will feature Stampin’ Up products scheduled to retire when Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog launches on June 3rd. Look at the Last Chance Products page in the Stampin’ Up store to see what else is retiring. The items on this list are available until June 2nd or until supplies run out.

Today, I begin my farewell to the Honey Bee stamp set and coordinating Detailed Bee dies. This set is by far my favorite from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.

Most of the time when I design a card, I don’t have the finished product figured out. I end up making different elements and then decide how to put them together. Sometimes this approach works very well and other times the end result is a bunch of different pieces that didn’t end up working together. That’s what almost happened with this card. I had the bees stamped, the paper colored, and the ribbon figured out, but when I tried adding a tag with the sentiment on a white tag, it wasn’t adding up. I was about to give up when I realized that putting embossing the sentiment in white on a black tag was the perfect thing to do. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure that out, but I’m glad I did.


This card features the Golden Honey DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Hopefully, you got some when it was available. The flowers on the Golden Honey paper are black and white. I colored them in with Purple Posy Blends. The great thing about Blends is that you can use them to color things other than paper. I used the dark Highland Heather Blend to color in the white stripes on the ribbon.

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Quick & Cute Bee Card

My favorite product from the Stampin’ Up January-June 2020 Mini Catalog is the Honey Bee bundle, which includes the Honey Bee stamp set and the Detailed Bees Dies. I love this card because it is simultaneously elegant and whimsical. Also, it requires minimal time and supplies to create it. As far as paper goes, you only need a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock and a 1″ x 5.5″ strip of patterned paper. I’ve used a piece of paper from the Warm Honey DSP that was available during Sale-a-Bration, but other pattern paper could work as well if you didn’t get the chance to acquire some while it was available.


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Well, I’ll bee…..

I’m enjoying making projects with Stampin’ Up’s Honey Bee stamp set with coordinating dies and designer specialty papers. This week I’ll share a few of my creations.

This card was simple to make. I sponged the white paper with Delicata golden glitz ink, using the honeycomb die cut from the Detailed Bees die set as a mask. I cut the bee and the hearts from the same set and glued them over the honeycomb using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen.



Stamps: Honey Bee
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Delicata Gold Glitz
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Black Foil, Gold Foil
Embellishments: Metallic Pearls
Other: Detailed Bee die set, Stitched Nested Labels die set, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

A Little Smile class recap

At my next Paper Pumpkin workshop, I’ll be featuring the July kit, On My Mind. You can register for it here on meetup.com. The workshop for the July kit is coming up fast, but in the meantime, I’ll share the projects we covered in my last class for the June kit, A Little Smile. First, here’s a quick rundown of the contents of the kit.

This is a picture of the stamp set.


The kit came with a Coastal Cabana ink spot and the supplies to make these cards.


I don’t often hand out tiny cards, so I decided to incorporate the small cards in larger versions of themselves. Here are my cards:

Card #1


I mimicked the sea and sand background using the now retired Seaside embossing folder. I toned down the color of the paper by sponging it with white craft ink.

Paper: Old Olive, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake
Ink: Coastal Cabana, white craft
Accessories: Frosted epoxy droplets, vellum, elements from kit
Techniques: Embossing, sponging

Card #2


I used the same embossing and sponging technique to make the side panel on this one.

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Wood Textures DSP (retired)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, white craft
Accessories: Frosted epoxy droplets,  Petal Pink vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum pack, elements from kit
Techniques: Embossing, sponging

Card #3


Matching this mini card had me stumped. I ultimately put some rubbing alcohol in a fine mist sprayer and spritzed some white paper with Pretty Peacock ink and gave it a wavy cut on one side. I sponged Crumb Cake paper with white craft ink. My daughter gave me the idea to color the starfish and vellum plant elements from the kit. I even colored the linen thread. I used Copic markers that sort of match the kit colors to color with. Stampin’ Blends would have matched the colors perfectly, but I don’t have any of those yet.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Coasal Cabana, Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Frosted epoxy droplets, Old Olive vellum from the Perennial Essence Vellum pack, elements from kit
Techniques: Spritzing, sponging

Card #4


I really liked the way the first layer on this card turned out. I created it using a foam roller with  Old Olive and Coastal Cabana ink.

Paper: Whisper White, Heavyweight Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Frosted epoxy droplets, vellum, elements from kit
Techniques: Foam rolling

Card #5


This is my “stamps only” card, a card to make when you’ve run out of supplies from your Paper Pumpkin kit. I CASEd this card from a card made by Stephanie Tsang. The punched used at the bottom is not from Stampin’ Up, it’s an old one from EK Success. It made me think of bubbles, which made me think of water.

Paper: Heavyweight Whisper White, Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Soft Seafoam
Ink: Gray Granite, Seaside Spray, Soft Seafoam,
Accessories: Linen thread, silver Metallic Pearls, border punch

And now for even more cards, sans commentary….


Paper: Heavyweight Whisper White
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Crumb cake
Accessories: elements from kit, ruffle ribbon from when Coastal Cabana was an In-Color
Technique: spritzing


Paper: Heavyweight Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo Tropical Escape DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, white craft
Accessories: Elements from kit, Flirty Flamingo epoxy dots