Bee Happy. Bee Grateful. Bee You.

I’ve always enjoyed word play.  The pun is a very creative, if sometimes groan-inducing form of word play, but in this case I was looking for something more whimsical.  This bee image captured my imagination right away, and I went off in search of the right words to create the story that was developing in my head:

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host), Remarkable You, Work of Art, Oh What Fun, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Vellum card stock, Wink of Stella Clear, Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Crushed Curry ribbon (retired), Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB/retired), Timeless Elegance DSP (retired), Stampin’ Write markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Pun Intended is a Host Rewards stamp set – you can only purchase it with Host dollars received when you host a qualifying event or order.  The bee is the Queen (Bee) of the set – I’ve featured it once already in THIS post.   I used the retired Honeycomb TIEF there, too. (I’m really disappointed that Stampin’ Up! chose to retire that TIEF before introducing this image.)  I guess being a bit of a hoarder has some advantages {wink}.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

You can see my vellum wings looking straight on.  I stamped the image on vellum with Basic Black and set it aside overnight to dry completely.  I cut out the wings including the zig zag portion of the body that runs between them and used that section to adhere the wings to the stamped image.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

I used Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) to attach the layers and was very pleased with the result.  The body on the panel as well as the body portion on the vellum are both colored with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write markers, and I think that helps disguise the adhesive.  The wings are super-sparkled with two coats of Clear Wink of Stella.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

The DSP behind the images is the retired Timeless Elegance, one of the most beautiful and easy-to-use sets of papers that Stampin’ Up! has ever produced.  It’s wrapped around a piece of cardboard, and finished on the back with a coordinating DSP (also retired from Sale-a-bration 2016):

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

As a custom piece, there just wasn’t a frame available that would fit, so I created a clean finish for the back and sandwiched the ribbon securely between the layers.

Maui Stamper Bee Happy Bee Grateful Bee You

Bee Happy.  Bee Grateful.  Bee You.

Let It Bee

Are you singing?  You don’t have to sing it out loud, but I hope you can hear Sir Paul singing that refrain in your head.

Personally, I am terribly disappointed that Stampin’ Up! retired the Honeycomb TIEF and THEN released this fabulous stamp.  What more perfect application could there “bee”?  I hope you’ve got this in your stash, because it’s more than likely that you’ll see it again.

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let It Bee

  • Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Big Shot and Honeycomb TIEF (retired), Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Write markers

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let It Bee

No sentiment yet – I will add one inside when I am ready to send the card.  It’s one of my favorite tricks.  (Whisper words of wisdom…)

Wink of Stella is the perfect accent for wings.  I put on one layer, let it dry and added another so that my bees would truly sparkle.  This kind of glitter is on the Mr. Maui Stamper approved list 🙂

In order to line up all five bees, you’e got to squish them in quite close to one another.  I stamped one at the top of the panel, then stamped another at the very bottom.  From there, I stamped them alternately to get the balance just right.

Maui Stamper Pun Intended Let it Bee

If you love word play, this set is just the thing!  It’s a host set – you’ll need to gather some friends for an event – but how much fun would that be?  No time for a gathering? Talk to me about an online event, or perhaps you would rather just place a qualifying order yourself.  I can help!