Hello and welcome to day 1 of the Sweet and Sunny Collection from The Greetery! I hope you're all as excited as I am! I'm a huge bee/honey fan, so this release is RIGHT up my alley! I had so much fun pulling bits and pieces from previous releases to bring my cards to life! Of course you'll want to head to The Greetery Blog for all of the official introductions to the day 1 products! Leave a comment here and on each designers' blogs for a chance to win one of TWO $50 gift cards. Now that we're done with business....let's get onto the cards! I must warn you that I went a little bit crazy with this release and have A LOT to show you today! ha ha!
Up first is the fabulous new Honey Jar stamp/die set! I can't help thinking of honey without lemons and lavender. About 5 years ago, I put together a Lavender and Honey luncheon for the secretaries at my boys' school and had so much fun decorating and creating favors! Now I want to put on another one with all of these cute new products! The Honey Jar stamp set is just as cute as can "bee"; it is styled just like the mason jar, watering can, etc. It also comes with two different bees, the ruffled jar cover, and a honey dipper. I added some extra "honey" detailing by adding some Marmalade Nuvo drops to the honey dipper! Such a fun detail! I do want to note: the bee on this card is NOT the bee that is included in the Honey Jar set; this is from the new Honey Bees die! You're going to fall in love with these bees; this is the smallest of the three sizes included in the die collection.
The fabulous sentiment is from the new Buzz-Worthy sentiments and I've used them on almost EVERY card for this release; they're just that fun! The honeycomb pattern in the corners is also from the new Buzz-worthy sentiments as well; so easy to add instant "bee" detailing! I added them to the corners of a panel that is die cut using the Deco Frames Die. I also added some lemons from the Lemon Blossom Stamp Set and a few Lavender sprigs from the recently released BotaniCuts Lavender Die. I just love how nicely they accent the honey jar!
The Buzz-Worthy stamp set has dies to cut out the large bold portion of the sentiment and then quite an assortment of companion stamp sets. For the honey jar topper, I die cut it from white cardstock and then added the gingham pattern using the Flappable Stencils. I then added the "ruffled' detail by using the stamp and the same ink as the stenciling. I layered the entire focal panel onto a top folding A2 card base using foam squares!
My next card features the beautiful new Honeysuckle Stems stamp/die set! I'm especially fond of this particular stamp set because I happen to have this exact flower creeping up the East end of my porch! It attracts Hummingbirds and I've enjoyed sitting on the porch watching them in fascination as they quickly flit from bloom to bloom! This particular stamp set features three different clusters of flowers for you to arrange as you please! I chose to use all three for this card!
The bees on this card are the two that are included in the Honey Jar stamp set, so you can see scale-wise what they look like! They look so cute with these honeysuckle stems! I chose the longest sentiment included in the Buzz-Worthy stamp set to highlight these beautiful flowers; even though it's not an actual honey card, it does use the honeysuckle, so I thought I could get away with it! ha ha!
Once again I used the honeycomb images from the Buzz-worthy stamp set to accent the corners. I added some black paint splatter for visual movement and added detail. I clustered the flowers on a panel that was cut using the Deco Notecard Die using foam squares for dimension. I added some glitter to the flowers and stems for some sparkle.
This might be my favorite for today! This one features the medium sized bee included in the Honey Bees Die. I saved the largest bee to share on a card tomorrow, so stay tuned! I'm sure you'll see plenty of that largest bee from some of the other designers. As you can see, this card also features the beautiful new Honeycomb Corners die. I love how easy it is to create these beautiful hexagon cut outs! I decided to sponge some blue ink on the card base so you could see it shining through the openings.
I framed the sentiment with daisies created using the BotaniCuts Sunflower Die; don't they transition into daisies so nicely? I tucked in some extra flowers that were created using the BotaniCuts Wildflower Mix dies and a leftover sprig of Lavender from my first card. I used these same yellow flowers on a card that I will be sharing tomorrow, but with the cutest addition to the flower centers that I'm just giddy about!
Now, the sentiment was probably created to say "always Bee Kind", but I just love how the "always" nestles inside the arc of the "Bee Kind" so perfectly!
I added yet another honey dipper from the new Honey Jar stamp set coated with some Marmalade Nuvo Drops....so fun!
My next card was 100% inspired by the Sweet and Sunny Collection graphic for this release! I couldn't help but create a card featuring the Honey Jar and the Honeysuckle Stems. I had a few lemons left over so I added those as well!
This honey pot is a little messy and got a bit of honey dripping out! ha ha! I couldn't resist adding in some Marmalade Nuvo drops on the jar and the stamped honeycomb in the corners.
I love this "What's the buzz?" sentiment and I thought it worked so nicely with this card!
My final card for today is a slightly different version of my "Bee Kind" card, but I was on a roll and just couldn't stop!
I recently purchased a wax seal kit that features the beehive you can see on the left side. I've been having so much fun using it on a few different projects, but I'm positively giddy to use it as I close up envelopes to send these cards!
This card features the "Bee" sentiment included in the Buzz-worthy sentiments stamp set with the companion "you-tiful" sentiment.
This one features both the small and medium bees from the Bee Die Collection.
If you've come this far, I applaud you! ha ha! Make sure to join me again tomorrow for day 2 of full reveals for the Sweet and Sunny Collection. Head to the other designers' blogs to see how they've used these AMAZING new products!Laurie Willison