Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The final buzz...

I am reminded of being about twelve years old, at Girl Scout Camp, and it's the final campfire.  You know, the time when you cross your arms and hold hands with the friends you have made, and begin to sing "Day Is Done, Gone the Sun,....."  You squeeze hands around the circle and roll out, and do your best to hold back the tears, knowing it's all over... I feel a lot like that now, knowing my friends are always going to be my friends, but this wonderful experience is over, and we are all taking our memories and moving on to new horizons.  

I thank you, our reader for being with us... I am blown away by getting new followers this week!  We have been honored to have so many of you reading from all over the world.  We invite you to come with us as we keep working in different areas.  And keep watching... there will be HoneyBee Reunions!   
It has been the bee's knees sharing our honey sweet inspiration with you all. It's true, the HoneyBees are taking flight! We are a group of bee-u-tiful friends invited by Betty to share our love of paper crafting and paper trends here at Betty Bee's Buzz. Even though our friendships will endure, today marks the HoneyBee's final buzz celebrating our fun together.

I created this aperture card because it was Betty who taught me how to create an aperture on my Cricut Expression. (Aperture tutorial here.)
Yes, it's me, HoneyBee June. I am so grateful for the friendships we have made on this blog, and I hope you all will continue to follow the HoneyBees on our personal blogs!

My bee hive was completely inspired by this card by HoneyBee, Court. As soon as I saw her card, I wanted to own the Cricut Sentimentals cartridge...guess who bought it for me? Yeah, Court's a Sweetie Bee. More detailed supplies and cut sizes are on my blog. I hope you will fly by and visit me!


Courty-Bee here for the final farewell! 

While I flew away from the hive a few months ago, I wanted to come back for this festive finish! :) 

A HUGE thank you to Betty Bee! She was the first person to ever ask me to be a part of a design team and has been such an inspiration and a mother hen for me throughout this process! 

Thank you also to my sweet HoneyBees! The encouragement got me to new places and I think we will all be HoneyBees for life! :) I wish you all well! 


Well, the Honeybees are flying away from Betty Bee's Buzz.
And if you are gonna fly away
ya gotta have "flight" glasses!

Judy Ford
I used my Life's a Party and Walk in My Garden Cartridges on my Expression
to make the bee-u-tiful flight glasses.
I am thankful for all the HoneyBees and all I've learned at their knees
and other joints...

Also in Walk in My garden there is a Card feature...
I used Betty Brett's Bee-u-tiful Bow maker
for the double bow.
I found the little bee clothes pin at a garage sale!


A big thank you from all of us at Betty Bee's Buzz!!  
Your visits, your comments and your participation meant a lot! 

Here is a card I made for a sweet boy having a birthday next week

I wish you could see the glitter ( twinkling like stars) on this card.  I used Copic Atyou Spica pens in various colors.  The highlight of my card is Bumble Bee Larry from Digital Delights.  I purchased him already colored which made it so simple to add the magic of my glitter pens.  The first thing I did was to print my card with the blue sky using Print Master. I then used chalk for the ground and to highlight the clouds.  The banner was cut using Make The Cut and my Cricut.  I was then able to run it through the printer after using WORD to get  the right shape for my wording.

I would like the give a special thanks to my HoneyBee sisters for being so loving and caring.  As for their talent, I am always in awe of what they have to share.  Our very own 'Queen Bee Betty' is not only talented, but a special sweet friend.  Keep an eye out whenever you visit around the boards; you never know which of these lovely ladies will have an awesome project to share.



This is definitely a sad post, but a celebration of the good times and good friends I have met on this design team.  I love each and everyone of you HoneyBees, and Betty thanks for all you have done to keep us afloat.

I had to laugh when I saw the picture from the HoneyBee Swarm, as that is exactly what I worked with for my final project........not sure who did the photoshop work, but I did you one better! I changed my shirt color to yellow  :)
 For my project I painted a frame white, stamped Honey Bees on it with Stazon ink and than colored with copic's. I took a magic marker and made the swirls........flower and leaf are cut out using Spellbinder sunflower.......the Honey Bees are cut out using the Sentimental cartridge from Cricut.  They don't show well, but I also added yellow micro beads to the bees.
Girls, this is not goodbye, as I follow each of your blogs, and maybe we will be on a team together again.
Wanda sends her love, too... She is literally "flying away" tonight... as she is on a plane flying across the country!  (She has been away and hasn't had any crafting supplies available to create something to share with you.) 

I guess there isn't much more to say, except

Happy creating ~
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fly Away Celebration Week

 Happy Monday, and welcome back to the Hive!  Have you missed us?  We missed you!  We have enjoyed our little vacation, though.... and are ready to share our Celebration with you....

Betty Brett

Tonight I went to a  farewell party for a very special young friend whom I have know since she was born.  She is leaving tomorrow morning to drive all the way across the country to begin attending BYU, and start a brand new chapter in her life... Times like this come to each of us, and it is a time to reflect and celebrate new beginnings, yet cherishing the relationships that will last a long, long time....
 And so it is with our beloved HoneyBees... The time has come for the HoneyBees to Fly Away from the Hive.  Thus, I have chosen a familiar theme for my party centerpiece to honor them.  
 I cut the arch and lettering from Make The Cut, then stamped the Hive and Bees from a Close To My Heart set.  The black and yellow poufs are curled ribbon that is made by wrapping satin ribbon around a skewer, misting it, and baking it at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. 
 The hive is a jar given to me by my daughter, and filled with layers of sugar (but sand would work, too).  Add some ribbon and a cool bee charm for finishing touches.  Don't you love my dishes?!!  They were a gift from my friend Linda :)
 My card is a blue cardstock base, with white inked clouds, Martha Stewart punched edging on a computer generated sentiment strip.  I colored the twine myself, and glued it in place to spell out "Fly".

Inside the card.
I am so very honored to have had the opportunity to be the Queen Bee to these amazing designers, and mostly my friends.  Most of them have served on other design teams with me, and continue to work very hard throughout the industry.   You will see their work in lots of places!!
Judy is making quilts for charity, joining several challenges regularly, and bringing smiles to our heroes all around the world with THOUSANDS of cards for Operation Write Home.  She also encourages the artwork for her Mom who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in a few months!
Beth is very busy being a wife and grandma, as well as canning, baking and enjoying live bears in her yard! She is a very active member of the Whoopsi Daisy Design Team.
Kristi is enjoying the art of setting up her beautiful new home for gracious living and poolside play, when she isn't in her magnificent Studio K craft room!  She is representing Longaberger Baskets, too!
Rosemary is active in the civic arena, with her family, as well as in the papercraft industry.  You will find many of her projects and challenges on Have Your Way With Paper.
June has two precious twin daughters with Autism, and she is the smartest lady I know on this subject.  She learns so much on the subject!  She is also on My Pink Stamper and Pumpkin Spice Design Teams!
Court is another very busy crafter!  She is taking care of her family in California, as well as being on My Pink Stamper, Imaginesce, Pumpkin Spice, and Artful Delight Design Teams!!!
Wanda is busy raising her second family, and homeschooling one special little fellow, as well as being one of Digital Delights' Tutorial specialists!  She is also the Digi-Master of the brand new WonderWorks Crops venture!!
and last, but not least...
Betty will be staying busy, too.  I will contiue to host Cricuteer in Paradise crops, and be a Tutorial Artist for Digital Delights, but am also very excited to be partnering with Wanda and Kathy from to start a brand new company called WonderWorks Crops!  This is something new to the industry, and we are so thrilled to bring it to you. 
Please pop over to to check out our first project!  This is a CROP only deal... you have to come see us to get the aweome Haunted Chateau!  OR invite us to come to you!!
So, as you can see.... our HoneyBees are all BUSY Bees, and most have flown off to build hives of their own.  We will always be close, and will have a true sweet spot for one another. 
We thank you for spending time with us over the past years, and we
hope you will always have much to Buzz about, and Brag about, and Bee Happy!

Happy Creating~
(We'll have one last post on Wednesday to show what the HoneyBees made for the Party!!!  One last Showcase!!!  We hope you will come by and leave them some honey :) 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy

Happy Friday!  This is our Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy segment, and will be a glimpse into the things that are happening in the hives of the HoneyBees, Buzz in the Bizz, and today's post will have a BIG announcement!

First:  Congratulations to two of our sweetest bees... June and Court are members of My Pink Stamper's new Design Team!!!  Court is serving her second term, and June is a new member!  We are so very happy for them...

Second: The team will be taking a short summer vacation for the next couple of weeks.  Then , when we come back, we will be having a big party!!!   We look forward to seeing you back here the week of August 15th .....
Honey Bee Judy Ford here!Judy Ford
This is my Grandson Jackson... he's very active this summer....
swim lessons...
Squirts flag football.... What an ARM!!!!Squirts T Ball.... I'm ready... hit it to me!!!!I was fortunate to acquire this beautiful stamp at a Betty Brett Swarm - Stash Sale.I was also blessed to take some Copic Classes from our very own Queen Bee
Betty Brett.

The classes were great! Very informative and IMHO made to bring out the artist
that lies deep within us all!!!

I submitted this card to City Crafter Challenge Blog - Vintage Garden

It's been very hot and dry here in Michigan. Don has been watering and watering to try to save our beautiful flowers! I feel so sorry for the farmers not hardly any rain since the first of June! Hope you all are staying cool and well hydrated!!!


Happy Friday!!! Looks like it's a week of 'grandsons'!! I wanted to post this photo of Ian that my daughter-in-law posted with a cute caption, and I see HoneyBee Judy is sharing her little handsome grandson with us too!!

Here is the caption...No more naps for Ian!! He proudly informed me of his decision...I didn't argue with him....

To me, this is one of those priceless photos that just melts my heart.  I wonder at what point he just decided to 'pass out' on his little Toy Story
Can't wait to see him and Nina again!!
Well, since the focus seems to be "grandsons" so far, I can't resist this one of Porter as he is riding on the train at the Denver Zoo with me.  He was so interested in all of the mechanics of the train that he had no interest in the animals we passed whatsoever!
I have been blessed to see some of the most magnificent sights that I could ever have imagined on this trip!!  This is the Red Canyon Gorge on the Green River, just up from Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah...
just breathtaking!
And,, how could I resist these HoneyBee Hive storage units also found in Utah?!!!
Tonight we had dinner with a real hero... our niece Jennifer, who is serving in the US Army.  She was injured in Iraq last year, has returned to Iraq to finish that tour, and is slated to deploy to Afghanistan in a few months.  We met her in Kansas, and enjoyed a lovely reunion with her. 
We are continuing on with our travels, and hope to get home in another week or ten days!!!

There is much going on in our hives, and we are sure there is in yours, too. 

We hope you are going to be participating in our Christmas in July challenge from Wednesday, and will also share anything that you wish to BUZZ, BRAG, or share what you are BEEING HAPPY about!! 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

HoneyBee Showscase ~ Christmas in July

Happy Wednesday!  It's HoneyBee Showcase day, and it's Christmas in July!!  Are you ready for some cooler breezes to blow your way?  Perhaps a fresh idea or two to spark your imagination will be fun, too.  We have some cool ideas for you this week, and hope you will be joining right in with us.
Hello, Welcome to HoneyBee Showcase.  Wow! Didn't HoneyBee Judy do a great job on Monday!!!!  I've really had lots of fun with Christmas In July!  This week I made this adorable little Pyramage Penguin.  I just love working with Pyramage.  It gives it such new dimensions.  You can find it over on Digital Delights.  The next card is one I did last Christmas.  I just wanted to share it with you.  It's one of my Fav's

Have a wonderful week!  Huggles


 It's so nice to post this week... it seems like it has been forever since I have shared here at the hive........Sorry HoneyBees but I think my mojo had flown south for the summer and my grandkids helped me find it today! We have been in my craft room all day creating.
I followed Judy's lead with the snowflake.  Wonderful tut, Judy, and I made mine using the Stampin' Up small and large tag punch and a tutorial from the Technique Junkies newsletter.......the sweet little image is one of Linnie's at Whoopsi Daisy Designs ... love love love snow people.
Now we want to see your Christmas in July....your turn.


Happy Wednesday!! With the weather in the upper 90s, I guess doing Christmas cards should cool one down a is, living in Florida we can have temps in the 90s even in December. Oh yeah, it's happened and if not, it sure feels like

I would like to thank Betty for giving me some really cute Loralie Design fabric that just happen to be Christmas designs! I added a little Stickles to make her 'Christmas Glittery'..!!

Sometimes it is said that "necessity is the mother of invention"...
Well, most of you know that I am traveling, and don't have much with me in the way of supplies,
so this shows that even with NO Christmas supplies at all, you can pull off a CAS card :)

I do have my Gypsy with me, so I have cut out a layered ornament from some aluminum foil glued to a piece of cardstock.  The Cuttlebug embossing folder might not be the one I would choose if I were at home, but the idea is there.  The red part of the ornament is colored with a red Copic marker, and there is some sparkly Stickles for bling, and the center is a great silver dome... I wish it showed up as pretty in the photo as it is in person.  Add a strip of silver and red stamped sentiment, and a bit of red cording,,, and it carries a cheerful  Holiday message.

Now it's our turn to be dazzled by your designs!  Link up your cards, layouts, projects and posts below!  We also have an email address if you want to send us info, and we will post for you.  We love hearing from you!!

Happy creating!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas in July - Monday Motivational

Do you hear Jingle Bells and Silent Night yet?  Well, it's only five months until Christmas!!  We thought it was only right that we celebrate Christmas in July since today is the 25th, and so much of the country is sweltering, and could use a dose of cool, refreshing snowflakes!!

Welcome to Betty Bee's Buzz Monday Motivational - Christmas in July!
Today I'm going to show you how to make a snowflake out of window tags. Judy Ford

I used my Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cartridge on my Cricut Expression.
The cut is set at 2 1/4" you'll need 8 window tags for each snowflake.

I cut a snowflake from each of my "winter" cartridges:
Winter Woodland and Joys of the Season
for the center embellishment, with crystal brads from SU.

I cut my vellum into 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 (6 from an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet).
I folded a pinch fold into the center by folding the vellum in half in both directions.
The tag windows are placed in these axis to start.
First, layer to form the base cross.
Your tags will stick out beyond the edge of the vellum - that's ok!
I used my adhesive only on the top of the tag at this point.

The next layers are at right angles to the first layers.
You can start to see the "points" and with this tag the "inner" snowflake as wellOnce you have all 8 tags in place. Flip over and glue down the points to the vellum. Then you get to cut out the points to make your snowflake.
Ta dah!!! Flakes!!!

Add your inner snowflakes and brad.
I highlighted my flake with glitter glue to make it sparkle like snow.
A Stampin' Up! tag maker (lg and small) will make the window tags as well.
There will not be the inner snowflake as the tag shoulders are different!

Add it to your card base, and add ribbon embellishment to finish.

Merry Christmas in July! Now you give it a try and see what your flake looks like!!!

Remember even God makes each one look different.

Link your flake project back up with us here at Betty Bee's Buzz on Wednesday.