The Buzz Day 4 Hop

Hi friends!  We're back at it with Day 4 of Verve's June New Release Blog Hops. I sure enjoyed hopping along yesterday and can't wait to see what the Divas have buzzing today.

I'm the first stop along today's hop, so settle in for some fun as we shine our sneaky spotlights on the new The Buzz set and coordinating The Buzz Die Set that will release this Friday! We're giving today's featured products away to a random commenter along today's hop, so be sure to leave a little shout out as you hop about!  :)

I have been the most excited about this set since I illustrated it. The past 6 months have been really hard on me, with only a few meager hours each week to work and the rest spent with twin toddlers. One day a while back, Mark came home and told me to just go upstairs while he took over twin duty. And so I did.  I illustrated the bee in this set during that hour and it was just the spark I needed to motivate myself to get back to the drawing board, so to speak.



For today's card I went mixed-media and made a Father's Day card for Mark.  The background is done by dropping some Bombay Dr. Ph. Martin's india inks on watercolor cardstock, spritzing with water and then letting it drip.  I added some strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape randomly for some interest, lightly coloring with some distress inks and a waterbrush.  Then I stamped a border from the Deco Borders set at the bottom.  The bees and honeycomb images are stamped on black with Versamark and then embossed in gold and cut with the coordinating The Buzz Die set.  I had to add two bees, one for each of our boys!  I splashed some more ink on a scrap of paper for my Happy Father's Day sentiment, then finished off with lots of distressed edges and a wood chip pennant that I colored with a black marks all pencil.

If you want to see these dies in action, I have a short rambling of a video (in which I use ENTIRELY too much washi tape!) over on the Verve Blog today with a tip about aligning dies that don't have alignment holes. None of our dies this release have alignment holes.  Many of them are open dies, so it's easy to see through to your stamped image to line up, but a couple have little or no border and this trick helps line them up beautifully!

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Stacey!




Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products, an introduction of our fabulous special guests, and all the prize info and deadlines!
The BuzzProverbs 16:24 Plain Jane
The Buzz Die Set

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Andrea
3. Teresa9. Christyne
4. Amber10. Maureen
5. Laurie11. Shantaie
6. Marisa

Enabler's List
Stamps: The Buzz, Deco Borders (releasing 6/19 from Verve Stamps)
Paper: basic black (SU!), watercolor distress cardstock (Tim Holtz)
Ink: black archival, spiced marmalade, wild honey distress (Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Tangerine and Yellow Bombay India Inks (Dr. Ph. Martins)
Accessories: The Buzz Die Set (releasing 6/19 from Verve), tissue tape (Tim Holtz), gold embossing powder (Judikins), wood veneer (Evalicious)

43 comments

  1. Gorgeous card. love the new Buzz set.

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  2. Love this new set and what an awesome Verse <3

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  3. Love the new stamp set - the font is very eye-catching!

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  4. What an awesome card! I would've never thought about pairing orange with the gold embossing, really pretty.

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  5. Love the background on your card and the bees embossed in gold. Great new stamps & dies.

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  6. Fabulous card and perfect with the two bees for your husband. Glad you were able to get back to the drawing board.

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  7. Oh I love this set too! That bee stamp/die is adorable! Love the gold embossing embossing on black! A wonderful card for Father's Day!

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  8. Great card and colors for Father's Day - love the font a lot!

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  9. Awesome card, love all the layering.

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  10. the distressed edges on this card look great!

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  11. I know with twins you are busy as a bee. I had twins, too! SO much fun and lots of work! I love everything about your card! The stamp set is just perfect! XX

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  12. This is a wonderful Father's Day card. I love the cheery colours and the gold embossed bees and honeycomb. Such a beautiful way to showcase today's set and dies.

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  13. Wonderful Bee set! You amaze me!

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  14. Love all of your distressing. The bees are beautiful! Great design :)

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  15. Love your artsy card with the beautiful watercoloring and the gold embossing. Thanks for sharing the details on your card and also for sharing the tips for lining up the dies. The Buzz set is awesome -- the sentiments are perfect!

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  16. beautiful card!! love your embossed bees... very nice...

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  17. What a great mixed media card! Love it!

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  18. Beautiful card and I love this set!

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  19. Love the sweet bees! Thanks as always for sharing your art and your heart. Your experience with illustrating this set is an encouragement, and I appreciate the instructional video.

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  20. WOW - this is just fabulous! LOVE everything!!!

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  21. Fun colorful card. I love the golden bees.

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  22. Gorgeous! Love all the fun layers, fab colors, distressing and, especially, those gold on black bees!!

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  23. Such a great card! And how cute to use 2 bees to symbolize your two boys. Love all the sentiments in this set.

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  24. What an awesome masculine card for dear hub!
    I love this bee set!!!

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  25. I bet Mark will loVe it. Love the colors, texture and design. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  26. I love the dripping inks!! Great set, too - love the bees :o)

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  27. Great card... Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. love the gold embossed bees! and I keep thinking I need those inks everytime I see them used.

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  29. This card is just dripping in honey!! The colors, the splashes, the embossed gold are all perfect for this behive of activity!

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  30. Wow! I am loving your mixed media Father's Day card! Love the bees embossed on the black! They are so beautiful!!!!!!!

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  31. I feel like I've been under a rock...I've never heard of the India inks you used. I will definitely have to try them--you card is absolutely stunning! LOVE all the black and gold embossing against that vivid background. Your husband will love it!

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  32. This card screams, Julee :) :) Adore all you have done here and I love this set too! Kudos to Mark for being an awesome dad and hubby so you could get some time to create - cyber hug for him!

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  33. Wonderful card, love the gold and mixed media feel.

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  34. Wonderful card, love the gold and mixed media feel.

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  35. This is beautiful, Julee! I love the bright and vivid colors on your card along with the gold accents. Such a gorgeous card overall!

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  36. What a work of art -- gorgeous!

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  37. Great 'mixed media' card! Love the bright color!

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