Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Motivational 2/28 ~ It's A Frame Up!

Welcome to the hive!  To highlight something very special you put it in a frame!   This week we will be looking at different ways to frame your favorite photos!  Here's Rosemary .... 

Welcome to Monday Motivational!!..So glad you are here to see what I have to share with you today.

Last week I spent several days with my HoneyBee sisters where we shared a 3 bedroom condo.  Each of us was asked to bring a project for all to do, and I thought of a picture frame.  I knew there would be a group photo and thought how fun it would be to design a frame to put that photo in. 

I found the perfect frame at Michael's and bought each HoneyBee one for their project.  I also brought with me a selection of different papers, punches, Nestabilities and my Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, but the project was not restricted to use just those things I brought with me.  Each HoneyBee was to create their own frame to whatever design they wanted, and use whatever they needed to get the look they wanted.  I love how everyone brought so much to share.

For my frame, I used DCWV Linen Closet card stock.  The leaves were cut with my Sizzix die using paint chips I picked up at Home Depot.  The branches were punched with my Martha Stewart punch and I used my I-Top and card stock for the centers. Added flowers to the outside of the frame are from Wild Orchid.

Here is a close up of the corner cluster.

Don't you just love that paper?!! On the top of my list for favorite tools has got to be the I-Top

We had no idea where the time was going and we wanted to do as much as we could.  I had seen some beautiful frames getting worked on so I'm excited to check back on Wednesday to see the finished projects!  Please stop back and see what our HoneyBees have done!!

Don't forget that we are looking for Guest Designer HoneyBees!  If you have an idea for a project to share, see the information on the sidebar, and send us the information at  You could be the next HoneyBee!!
This is your last night to leave comments and participate in challenges and posts, so you can be entered in the February Blog Honey drawing.   The winner will be announced on March 2nd.
Happy crafting ~
and the HoneyBees

Friday, February 25, 2011

Buzz, Brag, and Bee Happy Friday - February 25

Happy Friday! The HoneyBees have been buzzing with delight to be together for crafting, games, and getting to know each other better. We have also been brainstorming ideas for YOU, our readers.


We are opening up our Monday Motivationals to you!  If you have a project or an idea for a challenge, please contact us at: YOU could be a HoneyBee guest designer! Please submit your sample project and in your email subject line type: HONEYBEE GUEST DESIGNER IDEA

Here is a picture of us in our HoneyBee tees designed by our very own Court. We each blinged out our own shirts with Imaginisce gems and the I-Rock.

June Houck

 This week Betty showed us how to etch glass (previous post), June shared very creative post cards, Wanda brought us iris folding bees, and we have another completed project inspired by Roe that we will share with you on Monday.  (We played so hard we didn't even get to Kristi's flower project this time!!) So much imagination and inspiration in one place!  It was 72 hours of continual teaching and sharing...a crafters dream!!!

The hive is alive and buzzing with joy...

Wanda has been promoted to New Product Tutorial Designer with Digital Delights by Louby Loo! Congrats, Wanda :)
Here is her first project! 


Honeybee Courtney Lee excited to say I HAVE MET THE HONEYBEES!

Things I learned about our sweet honeybees:

Queen Bee Betty Bee is so sweet! 
Joon (June) has a laugh that warms my little heart.  
Wanda is an amazing cook! (Thanks again, girl!)
Roe is a crack up! As my husband just said after she dropped us off, "Did she just say 'legit'?" And I said, "Yes, yes she did."
Kristi is just as funny as Roe and you get the two together and then the giggle-fest begins! 
And ALL of them function incredibly on a surprisingly small amount of sleep! 

Beth, I need to meet you girl! 

All in all, I had a FABULOUS time. I tried a bunch of new products that I haven't tried before (these ladies came well stocked in scrapping supplies)!

Thank you SO much to the Honeybees for having this swarm! I had a blast and love you all! 

For all of you out there in blogger land, ask us anything! We're an incredibly honest bunch and would LOVE to help you out with anything/ tell you about ourselves so you can get to know us as well as we now know each other! You are all so dear to us and we spoke of all of your sweet comments! SO here are some BIG hugs we are sending out to you! 

***Don't forget to leave us comments, posts and links to be eligible for our blog candy give away.  All entries for the month of Feb. will be included, and the winner will be announced on March 2nd.

There are a couple of extra goodies out there, so check out the Wednesday challenges!  This week our challenge is to enter any project featuring a BEE.  One in every five will win a special gift that was given to the HoneyBees at the swarm! 

What's going on in your hives? Please leave a comment, link, or email us. We want to hear from you!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase ~ from Sunny Florida!

Well, we've been buzzing all about it for quite a while now, and we are finally here!  The HoneyBees are swarming together in a beautiful resort in sunny Florida ~ right next door to the Mouse House!   We have been having a fabulous time together.  Each girl brought a different project to share with all of the others, so we've been laughing, learning, laughing, eating, laughing, crafting, laughing, not much sleeping, laughing, and... you get the picture!!! 
Let us share with you a few of the Bee-utiful things we brought to share!!!

YuDu and I-Rock blinged out T-Shirts!!

Did I mention food???  Wanda is feeding us gourmet yummies, like this Macadamia Chicken!  And Doug's MmmMmmMmm good Smokersaurus Barbecued Pulled Pork...    Oh, my goodness!!

Bees Betty, June and Kristi are enjoying some major giggles!

These candy filled bags with stamped and colored toppers were waiting to greet all of the HoneyBees!  The images were from Close to My Heart, and the 1x8 fold top envelopes are from Clear Bags.

We shared all sorts of talents with one another... here Rosemary is giving someone a brand new hairstyle!  Can you guess who it is?  Did you know Roe is a hairdresser?  

We had all kinds of fun games, tutorials, and projects going on... Here are our commemorative Root Beer Float mugs!

Each HoneyBee learned about working with vinyl and worked with the Make The Cut program.  Then we etched the design and our names into the mugs... before filling with ice cream and root beer!  Remember what I said about eating!!!

Here is a little clearer picture of the design.  It says "HoneyBee Retreat" curved across the top, and "Orlando, Florida, Feb. 2011" curved underneath.  Then each girl put her name wherever she wanted it.  They turned out really well!

Wanda made these precious little Bee Babies, which were little pillow pals waiting on our beds the first night :)

And our very dear friend, Judy Ford, sent these trash hoppers (or really terrific candy hoppers!!) that she made especially for the HoneyBees!!!  What a hunny of a thing to do, and we love her a lot.  We also send our prayers to her grandson, who is in the hospital right now.  Get well, Jackson!

Here is Court helping in the kitchen :) 

Here is her presentation on our super cute T-shirts!

"Honey Bee Courtney Lee here showing you what I made for the Honey Bees at our swarm yesterday and today in Florida!

I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET THE HONEY BEES!!! A HUGE thank you to Betty Bee (Our Queen Bee) for putting this together, Roe has been working on it as well, June flew down for it, and Wanda is cooking! Kristi will make an appearance and Beth can't make it, but she will be there in spirit in our little hive! They all built their scheduling of this around me and I am just so honored and so tickled pink! 

I used EAD Designs vinyl on my Yudu to pull this off! I tried another vinyl, but it didn't work out as well. I thought all vinyl was created equal, but I have been proven wrong. I LOVE EAD

The bees are from the Sentimentals Cartridge™ and the font is from Birthday Bash™.

The Honey Bees will be decorating their t-shirts with the i-rock and gems from Imaginisce™. I hope they like them! 

Now I am buzzing off to play with the honey bees in our little Florida hive!"
June created a special card to share with you for this week, too!

June Houck
Good morning! I am buzzzzing with delight at spending time with my fellow HoneyBees. We are having a grand time laughing and crafting together in sunny Florida. Crafting friends are the much fun and we can bee free to create. So of course our theme this week is all about the bees :)
I actually enjoyed fussy cutting the hexagon patterned BasicGrey Urban Prairie papers. The little bee stamp and sentiment are by Stampendous. I stamped directly on my grosgrain ribbon. I forget to use that technique; it works pretty well, don't you think?

Hexed again! I could not stop with one card. You know I had to use the scraps to make another card.

That's it for tonight... the hive is quiet right now, but I'm sure the buzzing will begin again soon, with another wonderful day of friendship, fun, and sharing.  May you have a wonderful experience with each of these today, too. We'll be back on Friday with more pictures, and more projects!!

Your challenge this week is to create something with a BEE on it!  The tutorial on Monday had a great idea on how to make some, and there are lots of stamps, digital images, die cuts, papers, ribbons, and tons of other BEE-dazzling ideas out there!  Create one, and come back to post it here!   One out of every five entrants will win a specially designed HoneyBee charm!

Watch for exciting news from the Hive on Friday!!!    And don't forget about the Blog Candy for February... you have a few more days to leave comments and particpate in the challenges to be eligible!  You could even be a double winner.... blog honey AND a HoneyBee charm, if you are the busy bee who wins!  Good luck!
Happy crafting~


Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Motivational ~ HoneyBee Week!

Happy Monday!  It's Retreat Week for the HoneyBees!!  Today we are finally getting to meet each other fact to face, and we are buzzing with excitement!  (Except we are sad that HoneyBee Beth couldn't make it, so we are sending plenty of sweet thoughts her way!!) 
Naturally, we couldn't have any other theme this week than BEEs!!! 

So, I am going to share with you one of my favorite Bee embelishments. 

Aren't they cute?
These are "skittles" (so named for SillySkittles, the girl on the Cricut Message Board, who discovered how much fun these little plastic disks are!)  They are from the floral department at Michael's, and they come in lots of different colors.  If you can get them in clear you can color them your choice of color with a permanent marker!  Color them on the BOTTOM!  It shines through the top, and it's really pretty!   You can also use Dew Drops, or any other dome shaped disk.
The easiest way to color them is to make a roll of tape and stick them down, flat side up.
For our little bees, draw on two stripes with a Sharpie.  Very easy! 
I stick them down with Mini-Glue Dots.  They are totally transparent, and don't affect the look at all.
 Stick the bee body to the glue dot, and then transfer to the desired location. 
 Now it's time to add the features :)  Using the Sharpie, draw a little domed head.
 Add a couple of cute little antennae.
 Next I switch to a very fine line marker.  My personal choice is a Copic 0.05 liner. 
 I add a little V-shaped stinger and a little dotted flight trail.
 Add a couple of heart shaped wings, and you have the sweetest little bee!!  This same concept can make adorable lady bugs, caterpillars, and other little buggies. 
Here is my mini album, just waiting for pictures of my HoneyBee friends! 
I hope you will come back on Wednesday and see what the HoneyBees will be sharing with you!   We will open a link so you can come and post your projects with BEES!!


Happy Creating ~


Friday, February 18, 2011

Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy Friday 2/18

Happy Friday!  It's Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy here in the Hive.  This is the day when we all have the opportunity to share whatever is of GOOD NEWS!   


I am so excited to share with you a layout I did of Elizabeth from the wedding.  It has been months since I did a layout and after seeing my friend Trisha's sketch for this week, I knew I had to get it done.  Trisha has a website called Sketch Inspiration where she has a new sketch each week and a prize. Stop by her site and see what she has to share.

I love this photo of Elizabeth and thought I would do something different with it.  Don't you just love how her bouquet just pops from the photo?



Since we are showing sweet treats this week, I'll share a sneak peek at a special surprise project I am doing for my son and daughter-in-love's baby shower this weekend.  It is a couple's shower, and lots of people are coming, so I have made a ton of these 1x8 bags of candies.  You see the ONE bag topper that is finished :o)
I guess Nana had better burn some midnight oil tonight!!  They are cute, though, aren't they?!!!  The heart is actually flocked ♥♥ 

 If it seems like our post is a little short, it's because some of the HoneyBees are traveling already... they are swarming to Florida, and the first ever HoneyBee Retreat!  We will be missing our sister Beth, who can't make it ... leave her some hunny, ok??  The rest of us have some really fun plans, which we will be sharing with you next week! 
What is happening in your hive?  What have you created this week that makes you smile?  Share your good news by leaving a comment, or by posting a photo to the link below! 

Have a great week!!  Don't forget that we have a great Sweet Treat challenge this week!  See Wednesday's post here, and see all about it!

and the HoneyBees

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HoneyBee Showcase - Sweet Treats (Feb. 16, 2010)

Yummy, yummy, yummy!  Something good for your tummy!  This week the HoneyBees are sharing scrumptions projects all about sweet treats ... starting with Betty's Chocolate Basket on Monday, and today's delicious array of goodies!

Happy Wednesday! Sweet treats...cake (chocolate, carrot, german chocolate, coconut, hummingbird, etc.)...throw my will power right out the window. But I have the same problem when it comes to paper, ribbon, and prima flowers. Imagine my reaction when I saw this easy video tutorial on how to make a paper cupcake gift card holder!
                                                                       June Houck

One of my favorite paper crafting projects is to create different styles of gift card holders. This one is really innovative.... Just pull the cherry and "whipped cream":
I hope you give it a try, and show us pictures!!


I made the sweetet little gift bag... I must say that the Ghirardelli Caramel Chocolates are my weakness.  I love these litte squares.. LOL
The papers are Digital Delights Boy Digital papers, and the medallion is a DD Circular Birthday Sentiment.  I made the template for the bag myself... The topper is a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 square.  Finish it off with a ribbon bow... and add those yummy chocolates!


One of those cartridges that I don't use very often is Tags, Bags, Boxes and More.  I wanted to make a little holder for some chocolate covered cherries, and thought I would check to see what I can use.  I totally forgot that there is a heart shaped 'box' that would be perfect for my Valentine candy!! Once I sized my box using Design Studio, it was super easy after that to decorate it to make it look pretty.  Inside are Cellas chocolate covered cherries, which I think are the best, with their clear liquid and whole cherry.  My treat to me is having one maybe once a week..:)



Hope you caught Betty's fabulous "Sweet Treats" tutorial on Monday.....her little basket was so scrumptious looking in those rich chocolate colors.
For my Sweet Treat box today I used a little tutorial of Maria Bell's that she had posted on SplitCoast Stampers, and switched it up a little to make it look a little Shabby Chic........thanks Maria for such a cute project.
This little project was so easy to do.  I sprayed my flowers with glimmer mist so they would match my project.  I used Club Scrap card stock and SEI designer paper, and even tinted the top of my tissue paper with the glimmer mist. My swirls are done using a Sizzix die cut and I used Martha Stewart border punches on the back panel.
Well, I'll bet you have some really great treat ideas to share this week, too!  Just post your blog, SCS, or gallery link below!  All entries will be entered into our Feb. Blog Candy give away ....

BONUS!!!!  In honor of the HoneyBee Retreat that is happening in just a few days, IF we have over 25 entries, those entries will be entered into a drawing, and FIVE will be winners of a very special gift being custom made just for the HoneyBees!!!  (Now, I can't show you what it is, because the HoneyBees don't know about it yet, either (shhhh), but I promise you'll like it!)  So, post your projects, tell your friends, link about it, and generally help spread the word, if you can!  It'll bee fun!

Happy creating ~

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