I write while I am basking in the glory days of summer. The days are lazy and glorious, but we are SPEEDING through the weeks. And, I know that I will be returning to school in a few short weeks….. sigh.
Anyway, That’s what this bee means to me. Now, I know that bees are stereotypically busy… But, the serenity in these images and the feeling that I get to stop and actually notice the bees… That is what the glory days of summer are to me.
ANYAY…. I digress. This stamp set, (now retired) Is Honey Bee. It had a fantastic set of coordinating dies. The simplicity in the images and designs make for a fantastic calendar (and card). They are the epitome of simple stamping. Which is perfect for summer so that there is still time left over to sit and enjoy the world around you…and truly celebrate every moment.
The yellow I selected for this month is Bumble Bee (obviously) and it makes a simple monochromatic layout and image.
Hope you are able to slow down and enjoy summer. Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!
I used to kill all plants that came into my life. Total BLACK THUMB. If anyone gave me a plant, I would enjoy it for a couple days, and would quickly pass it along to someone I knew that could sustain it’s life much longer than me… Until we went on a small trip and my bff surprised me by redoing a large pot we had by our front porch (full of dead plant remains). She filled it with happy little succulents. And, left strict instructions to not touch it–she would care for it. So, I got to have a front row seat in Plant Care 101. And, what I learned is that succulents thrive on neglect. Which, I CAN DO! I can NEGLECT plants!! Fast forward a couple years and now we have our own succulent JUNGLE! So, when I saw this happy little succulent, I KNEW it had to be on one of my calendar months!
This simple little cactus came from ‘The Gang’s All Meer’ stamp set (sorry, now retired…) was the perfect stamp to use for me to celebrate the beginning of summer. This is ‘simple stamping’ at its finest… just ink and a little swipes with some blends and you’re all finished! This could easily be turned into a simple note card to send to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them…
It’s unbelievable that it is June already–but turning the page to June is the most glorious feeling—its turning the page to freedom and that comes with summertime! I hope you get to spend some time this summer doing something you enjoy with people you love!
Head on over to see how Anne and Cheryl decided to celebrate the start of summer!!
I love the traditions of May Day here in Hawaii. May Day is Lei day and all the schools have the children create performances of hula for family and friends. It’s something I look forward to every year. And in addition, you are supposed to wear a flower lei!
Though I don’t have a lei for you this month, these flowers from the Honey Bee Stamp set would eh the perfect flowers to weave into a lei.
I really love the Honey Bee set and you will see it again this year. It is now retired. But it was a good one. I use the mango medley blends to color the flowers. Super simple but they give a nice gradient feel to the image.
I can’t believe May is already upon us. In some ways it is so fast but in other ways, I’m glad it is signaling the final stretch in what seems to be the never ending school year. It’s been a long year and I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to summer. And I love that these flowers symbolize that!
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February. We are in the swing of the new year and beginning to look to spring coming soon. And Valentine’s Day is the start of the cuteness of spring. For this month, I used a non-traditional set to make this sweet scene.
Playful patterns is a fantastic set to have in your collection. It is a great set for subtle backgrounds and easy repetitive designs. I used flamingo and smoke slate to make the images. Super easy to do!
Who else has pattern play? I wanna see what you use it on! Post a pic and tag me! @hanniejoyandco on Instagram so I can see! Hope you have a special month with those love. And since we can’t BE with all our loved ones this year, make a special valentine and pop it in the mail. This is my challenge to you. Brighten someone’s day! LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL!
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August is that time of the year that my head starts to say good-bye to summer. Even though I know it’s still FAR from over, but it’s like the DUSK of the summer months. But, just like actual dusk when the sky is on fire and all of our surroundings are saturated in the golden hue of the dropping sun, I imagine August to be that time. Everything is on fire with color.
I have seen a lot of samples of this set, Beautiful Friendship, done with more muted tones. And, don’t get me wrong, they are gorgeous. But, I love the bold colors. Seems appropriate for the beginning of the end of summer. As I write this, we are on day 2 of a very unusual school year. There are so many unknowns as to how things are going to work. But, I’m thankful for this hobby, this space, and audience to be the space that I can come back to for the beauty and the rest at the end of each day and season.
I used mango medley, granny apple green, and poppy parade to be the colors this month. I love this mix…not too loud but definitely they will be noticed. Check out what Anne and Cheryl have for you this month!
When I saw this stamp set, I KNEW it had to be on the calendar. My favorite part of it is (besides the fantastic flowers) IT IS ONLY 2 STAMPS!
This set is called Forever Lovely and it is a Distinktive Stamp Set (no, it’s not a typo, this is how it’s spelled). And, if you look close, you can see the gradations in the poppy ink. SU puts varying amounts of texture on the image itself to create these changes. So, you can get lots of variation out of ONE ink and stamp.
There is a small trick to helping this stamp better… The Stamparatus Deluxe Foam Mat makes a perfect stampin’ surface to help give it the cushion (like a red rubber stamp…has the foam) it needs to be able to contact the paper properly. I love this mat for all my general stamping… the you can wipe off the surface… it makes a perfect work mat.
Notice the enamel dots… I did not have black. BUT, you can color the surface with your blends to change the color. So, I grabbed whatever I had and colored away. It works perfectly.
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It seems crazy to me that 2020 is half over (though, I must say, I am ready to MOVE ON).
Hop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!
I’m hoping that we will be able to return to a time when we can be able to shake hands, share a smile, give a hug without being worried of infecting or being infected. I suppose that is coming in time. But, in the mean time, we can use this little hedge hog to give our hugs for us. This came from the stamp set Hedgehugs and it has just the CUTEST little hedge hogs (and skunks…who doesn’t love a cute skunk..??). (Sorry, the set is now retired).
This is the simplest page, and using a couple of markers and early espresso ink. But, it’s the simplicity that makes it nice… just like a smile. or hug.
So even though we have to smile at a distance, and send paper hugs, we can still do that to brighten another’s day. And, at this day and time, we need even more of that now than ever.
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Wow. The past month has really slowed us down. And, though it has been shocking and frustrating and crazy, I believe the slow down has been good. There’s beauty in every situation if you take the time to look.
For this month, I used the Beauty Abounds stamp set. Which most people purchase it because of the butterflies (which are beautiful and coordinate with punches and they’re great). But sometimes looking past the obvious reveals more beauty. Like this flourish stamp. I just love it. Though it comes many other stamps in the set, this stamp can hold it’s own as a artistic centerpiece on any card (or calendar). Kind of like the space we are in now. Slowing down, looking at what we have as opposed to what we cannot do. Realize that the slowdown has helped us strengthen relationships. Build (and test…hahaha) the sibling bonds, create connections with neighbors. Value life. And there’s beauty in all of that.
I am CONTINUOUSLY amazed at how God has PERFECT timing in all of his plans. I don’t always understand, and I’m realizing that I don’t need to understand. Just appreciate. We had a major health scare. And, (I realize that I’m being completely egocentric here…) this global shut down actually came at the PERFECT time for us to weather the health scare. We’re off work and can concentrate on recovery. And, I’m realizing one of our vehicles is probably in need of major repairs… but ALSO PERFECT TIMING… as we only have 1 driver and no place to go anyway! Now, all of this really hurts when you think about the negative. But, searching for the beauty helps me realize that this is perfect timing for all of this to happen…
I’m more anxious than anyone to get back to ‘normal’ (if that is even possible). I miss my students. I miss my freedoms. But, it’s important to stop dwelling on the parts we’ve lost and realize that ,“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Keep trying to find the good.
Go check out Anne and Cheryl today, on this Beautiful May Day.
I am not sure what it is about pigs that makes them so cute, but…my, they are cute. Stampin Up’s This Little Pig set is no exception. When I saw this set and the pig dancing with the flower, I just KNEW it had to be part of my calendar.
The Stampin’ Blends make coloring this cute little piggy a BREEZE. I love that you can layer on the color to add intensity and depth. And, having two hues of the same color really helps to make the shading possible. I love the fact that the alcohol ink doesn’t leave the streaks that regular markers would either.
I’m happy to be welcoming spring with This Little Piggy celebration! Stop by Anne and Cheryl’s blogs to see how they’re welcoming March!