These adorable bees were the perfect touch for my daughter Caroline's birthday. The charming Just Buzzin' By bee set will be available on Jan. 19, with the launch of the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. Click here to reserve your catalog!
Cupcake Sketch Challenge TECC49 from Taylored Expressions gets the credit for the layout.The card base is 5.25 x 5.25 when folded. I used So Saffron Textured card stock for a rich, linen-like finish. It's topped with layers of Bravo Burgundy and a lovely floral image from Stampin' Up!'s Parisian Summer Designer Series.
TIP: Dont' miss out! Parisian Summer Designer Paper is on the Retiring Accessories List. These delightful patterns will no longer be available after Jan. 18. Click here for details on all Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories.
I inked the bees in Sahara Sand and stamped them on Very Vanilla. I dotted their sweet cheeks using a blender pen and Pink Pirouette ink, keeping the bees quite basic. TIP: Squeeze the inkpad to create a small pool
of ink on the inside lid, just right for watercoloring or using with a
Using a 1 1/4" Circle Punch, I cropped them out and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals to a 1 3/8" Circle of Sahara Sand. A Bravo Burgundy Scallop Circle is a bold backdrop.
I layered each bee on a square of Jackpot Designer Series Paper (available Jan. 19). I snuck it in since it was the right color (So Saffron) and reminded me of honeycomb. The squares are then matted on Bravo Burgundy.
The bottom right "bee happy" square incorporates Go Go Boots Alphabet Die Cuts in Bravo Burgundy (zipped out of my Big Shot) for "bee" and "happy" from Fundamental Phrases. "Happy" is inked in Bravo Burgundy and stamped on Sahara Sand. My Small Oval Punch shapes it up and a Large Oval Punch coordinates beautifully behind (attached with Stampin' Dimensionals).
The Pink Pirouette flower was designed with the help of a Boho Flowers Punch and Bravo Burgundy 1/4" Circle Punch (also on the Retiring Accessories List). The final touch is Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (yes, it's close enough to Pink Pirouette).
TIP: I wanted to share a quick and budget friendly storage tip today from my new Stampin' Pretty Stamping Zone. These 39" rails were $3.99 each from Ikea and are "the bomb" for organizing punches. There's a smaller version for $1.99. The sad part for me, is that I don't have an Ikea store nearby and the shipping was as much as the four rails. I had to look past that detail since they were essential and still cheap relative to how efficient they are.
Finally, I want to leave your with something that made me smile all day. Emily is a regular Stampin' Pretty reader and a talented stamper. She posted a wonderful article and projects today that she claims were inspired by me. I'm so honored. Check it out!
Stamp Set: Just Buzzing By (113228, available. Jan. 19), Fundamental Phrases (109513)
Paper: Parisian Summer Designer Series (112149), Jackpot Designer Series (113995, available Jan. 19), So Saffron Textured (Rich Regals Textured, 108696), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Sahara Sand (105328), Very Vanilla (101650), Pink Pirouette (111351)
Ink: Sahara Sand (105208), Bravo Burgundy (105214), Pink Pirouette (111838)
The Punch Bunch: 1/4" (104942), 1 1/4" (104403) and 1 3/8" (104401) Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Large (107305) and Small (107304) Oval Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch (110711)
Cool Tools: Blender Pen (102845), Big Shot (113439), Go Go Boots Alphabet Die Cuts (113450)
The Perfect Touch: Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109032), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)