STAMPlorations – Holiday TAGplorations – Day 1

Hi! I’m excited to be here for  STAMPlorations for the first day of our Holiday TAGplorations event.

Get ready for our 1st Holiday TAGplorations event!

I have a bunch of tags to share with you today. img_3136_edited-1

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to make all of my tags. I also used lots of different ARTplorations stencils on these tags. Please see the bottom of the post.


First, I’ll give you a closer look at the 5 Thanksgiving tags that I made.



Printed with inked up real leaves


I used Brusho Crystal Colors, heat embossing and ink-blending on the tag above.


This next tag has a smooshed background as the tag base (variety of coral colored inks with red Stickles mixed in). I also stamped in red with the real leaves (attached) on the base tag, die cut another tag from a disposable coffee cup and added the inked up leaves to the fussy cut mug. img_3165_edited-1

I love the honeycomb stencil that I used on this next tag.


As you can see, I designed, and then printed, my own digital sentiments on vellum. I included a PDF of the sentiments for you to use. Please click here or on the image below to be taken to the printable version.

slide1And now, for a closer look at my 4 Christmas tags.img_3170_edited-1


My own watercolored holly print.




I hope that you enjoyed and were inspired by my tags today. Please do come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!



Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


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Event details:

*When: November 4, Friday, 8 a.m. Pacific/Los Angeles Time (GMT-7)


*Commenting and linking up is from November 4 to November 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (3 weeks)

*Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges & Hops winners post

10 prizes (with a value of $178+) will be distributed among randomly drawn winners:
– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the store
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the Luggage Tag Dies
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the ATC Tag Builder Dies
– (1) randomly drawn participant to the TAGplorations linky party will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store

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God is Our Refuge & Strength – Pansy Water Color

Today I have a sketched and water colored card to share with you.



I LOVE pansies! Especially blue, purple, purpley-blue and bluey-purple ones! They were a favorite of my Grandma and will always be special to me.

Sketched Pansy

Sketched Pansy




Here’s a quick slideshow of the process:

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Slide016Thanks for stopping by!

Grace& Peace,

P.S. If you’d like to take a look, here’s another Pansy Water Color card that I made.


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CASology’s 200th Challenge:

Less is More’s Week #279 – Colour: Purple

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Addicted to CAS Challenge #89 – Petals

Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge Weeks #232-233

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Some of 2015 – a honeybeelane gallery

I’ve been playing along with a Facebook challenge. I’ve was nominated by my friend, Kylie, to play along with the 7 days/3 friends challenge created by Heather Jacob. The challenge is to post (on Facebook) a favorite project/layout etc. from 2015 for the 7 days and nominate 3 friends each day to do the same.

Looking through my cards for different options has inspired me to do this post here. 2015 was a rough year for me, but as I reflect on the cards that I was able to make I can also say that God blessed me with much beauty too. This blog and card making has had much to do with that beauty. A prize of a free year of stamps from Papertrey Ink added much beauty too. I love to create, to write, to share and to visit with my commenters. I published my first post at honeybeelane on January 5 of 2015. I’m now approaching my 500th post here at honeybeelane! Maybe I should have a party for my 500th? 🙂

I thought I’d share some of the cards that I made during 2015. This blog has been a good thing in my life this past year. Since all good things come from God, I praise Him, from whom all blessing flow.



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Here’s a gallery of some of my 2015 (a few from 2016 too) creations:

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. I am not affiliated with PTI in any way and do not receive anything for sharing this information with you. I was the winner for 2015 (check out my post about that here) and would like to pass this information on so that someone else will have the opportunity of entering, winning and being blessed by this incredibly generous prize!


I am happy to share with you Papertrey  Ink’s “Year of Free Stamps” Contest.  As their tradition is, one lucky winner will receive monthly shipments after every release containing all of the newly released stamp sets in 2016!  This can easily amount to over 175+ stamp sets total throughout the year! Imagine never having to worry about choosing what stamps to cut out of your cart because of budget constraints.  You will get every stamp set, every release February 2016 through January 2017.

To enter this contest, you will just need to enter your information within the appropriate data base, which can be accessed HERE.

A winner will be formally announced on the front page of the Papertrey Ink storefront website on release night (February 15th), after 10pm EST.  Only one entry per person is permitted.  Entries must be received before 7am EST, February 15th, 2016 in order to qualify.


Happy Little Stampers January CASE the Designer Challenge

Hi! I’m happy to be here with you today for  Happy Little Stampers’  inaugural CASE the Designer Challenge.

The winner will receive one stamp set from Happy Little Stampers.
Our Designer for January is Kylie who used using HLS Thinking of You.

Ooooo! I love the beautiful bright colors, the bold black sentiment and the lovely little butterfly.

Here’s my CASE of Kylie’s card, using Happy Little Stampers’ Whimsical Friends (sentiment) and Butterfly Birthday.


I loved the splash of fuchsia in Kylie’s card. It reminded me of Cosmo Daisies, so I did a sketch of a Cosmo from my garden.


Here a quick slide show of some of the process I used:

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I’ve been working on organizing my blog and have added some new pages at the top. I’d like to invite you to visit my Mixed Media and CAS/Nearly CAS galleries. 🙂


 Please stop over at the challenge blog to see the super CASEs by my teammates on the HLS CAS Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO, Grace & Peace

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 – Celebration, Final Reminder Post III

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with two cards for The Mixed Media Card Challenge!

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Here’s our December Challenge Graphic:

I had a lot of fun making the 2 cards in this post. I’d like to play this first card at  Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #214/215:Anything Goes.


How I made Card #1 (#7 in the series):

  1.  Sketched and painted the holly and then printed it onto card stock.Slide12


    2. Added paint, marker, white Craft pigment ink, white gel pen, and black pen to the leaves. Slide33

    3. Hand embossed the berries and leaves. (Similar to 1-layer Paper Tole, but without any cutting.)


    It was very difficult to photograph this, but I love the result. My kids keep wanting to run their fingers over the card. I do too. 🙂 Have you ever used the 1-layer paper tole technique? There is a super TUTORIAL BY DIANE at SCS over here: Go here to check it out!

    4. Added Glossy Accents to berries. (You can see how nice and sparkly the berries are in the photo above – 2 up from here.)


    5. Heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum in black.

    6. Assembled the card.


Card #8 in the series:    Slide67I’d like to play this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s Theme: Winter Wonderland. Slide19

Merry Christmas!

Slide18Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creation. I hope that you have been inspired to play along!

All 8 holly cards:


Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

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