Practicing Creativity

Just Bee-cause card made with Opal Manor free digital stamp

I made this birthday card for my aunt with a free bee digital stamp from Opal Manor. It's supposed to be for Valentine's Day, but I think it makes a nice birthday card and could work for any number of occasions (especially anniversaries).

My outside sentiment . . . Just Bee-cause in Sweetly Broken font, is followed up by the inside sentiment . . . it's your birthday! and a personalized message to my aunt. The paper is from the Bumble digital paper pack from Sassy Designs.

Like all artists, a crafter's style changes and I've noticed mine is doing just that. I wouldn't say I'm CAS quite yet, but I'm going brighter, with less embellishments (obvious when you look at this card here). Coloring is my favorite thing to do and since I've made the switch to digital stamps, I enjoy it even more (no messy ink, I can size to the project and a perfect imprint every time). I don't think a pretty colored stamp needs much embellishment. And too, I want to make cards I can actually and easily mail.

I've used the sketch from Aud Sentiments challenge #137:

Supply List
Paper—cardstock, Sassy Designs Bumble digital paper pack
Digital Stamp—Free Opal Manor Can I Bee Your Valentine
Color—Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies—Artemio scalloped circles, Die-namics Rectangle and Circle stax
Embellishments—bee button (shaft removed), twine
Font—Sweetly Broken

I'm linking up with: Card & Scrap #101—Anything Goes, Crafts Galore Encore August—Anything Goes, Oddball Art Stamp challenge—Die Cuts, Sisters of Craft August—Anything Goes, 613 Avenue Create #134—Anything Goes, Dragonfly Dreams August—Flying High with Wings, and The Creative Corner link-up party.


  1. Très Jolie et encore une fois original Shani, ta tante aime les abeilles ? Bonne journée


  2. What an adorable card. Great job with the sketch and the bee and papers are perfect together. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Julie T

  3. I think you should host a card making class! I'd fly to France right away to attend -- once I've saved up the money. I LOVE this card! And it matches my Sunday outfit perfectly... ;-)

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

  4. LOve your 'almost' CAS style! Can't agree with you more about embellishments - I want to mail without trouble and I feel the focal image needs to carry the weight of the project - not the gratuitous flowers and over done bling! Your coloring in this project is 1st rate and your paper choices are delicious! Absolutely delighted you are sharing your project and creativity with us at Aud Sentiments! I would love to see you apply for a DT slot at Aud Sentiments, you have the kind of skills we are looking for!
    ~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT: [#137 – Sketch + Sentiment]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  5. Elle est magnifique Shani !! J'adore les couleurs... j'ai toujours aimé le thème des abeilles, ça me rappelle mon enfance et l émission Maya l'abeille. Un amour !!!!

  6. This is such a fun card and beautifully made and coordinated. So delighted you visited our neighborhood and linked with us at 613 Avenue Create. God bless!

    JO ANN

  7. Gorgeous card, love the bee themed papers and cute image. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud .sentiments this fortnight,
    Hugs, Sandy

  8. Very lovely card. Love how it all goes together with the dp, image and senitiment. Very clever! Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments this time.
    Love n hugs

  9. Gorgeous, love that little bee & fab papers too! Thanks for joining us over at Oddball Art this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  10. Cute card!!

    Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.

    Jytte, DT :)

  11. See? I told you this was a good one Shani! Congrats on your "Honorable Mention" at 613 Ave C!

  12. I adore this make. Fabulous bright colours. Thank you for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams. Hugs. Traci DT xx

  13. Hi this is a gorgeous card I love the cute bee. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 20 Anything Goes. Hugs Jackie DT

  14. Beautiful creation, thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and come back soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams


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