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Wednesday’s Card: Hexagon Hive

Honeycomb Hive

Hi All!

Well, I finally got my first Stampin’ Up! order from the new catalog. I’m so excited about some of the products! I decided to get this die and this stamp set as a bundle to save a little money. It’s called Hexagon Hive, but I think I called it Honeycomb Hive in the video – there are several of these products and I keep confusing the names – sorry about that! I totally love this set – there are so many little stamps to choose from.

I purchased some Ranger watercolor paper at a scrapbook convention last weekend. I thought it would be fun to compare it to the Strathmore paper I normally use. The Ranger paper is a lot whiter, which I really like. But, it’s a lot thicker. It seems like thicker would be a good thing, but when it warps, it’s hard to flatten out with adhesive. So, I may stick with Strathmore for bigger panels and Ranger for smaller items when it comes to watercolor.

I referenced my magnetic card die storage in the video today. You can get them HERE.

On Monday my husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary, and this is the card I gave him. Our kids surprised us with the most awesome at-home dinner. They created menus, set a romantic table, and dressed up like waitresses, serving us like we were in a restaurant. It was one of the most awesome anniversary celebrations ever. They were just so adorable.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Hex/Honey Bundle
Stampin’ Up! Hex/Honey Bundle
Stampin' Up! Point and Click
Stampin’ Up! Point and Click
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers
Barn Door Distress Ink
Barn Door
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink
Love Letter Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Cardstock


  1. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Janice Repass

    Hi Darlene…..First of all Happy Anniversary and Congratulations! It’s not always easy in our crazy world to make a marriage last, and I love hearing stories of people who are making it work!
    My question is about the hexagon die. Did you just not punch out all the little hexagons? You have more solids in your hexagon than the die does. What is stopping those pieces that you stamped from popping out?
    It’s a very cute card….next year you will have to do something amazing for your Silver Anniversary!

    • wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Janice, the die has some solid areas – not all the hexagons pop out. It’s nice because it allows for some space for your adhesive. I know – next year is a big one! 🙂

  2. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Robin in WA

    Happy Anniversary Darlene!! Congratulations on a successful marriage!! It is rare today! When your watercolor panel was dry, it didn’t seem warped. Did you do something to flatten it out? My girlfriend told me that there is a Tombow Extreme tape runner and she said it is for warped watercolor images. I haven’t seen anyone on the internet using it yet and I have my doubts about it helping much.

    • wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Robin, yes it was pretty warped, but the dimensionals helped it a lot. My ATG gun works great on warped paper, especially if used right at the edge of the cardstock. I haven’t heard about the Tombow tape.

  3. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Renee V.

    Yay for you and your hubby, marriage can be such a blessing 🙂 Hugs

  4. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Anita Holmes

    Happy Anniversary….loved your anniversary story with the kids participating in such a fun way! Very romantic!
    I loved the card, actually love all your cards and look forward to them every Wed. Thanks so much for sharing, have learned so much from you.

  5. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Dear Darlene, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND!!!!! A wish for you for many, many more years surrounded by the love of family. How sweet and amazing of your daughters to surprise you with such a creative and delicious as well as thoughtful gift.
    This card is beautiful, love this hexagon die and looks amazing with the soft colors you used for the background.
    As always, another wonderful and inspirational video.

  6. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 4:39 pm


    Love the card! Happy anniversary. It was our 24th anniversary on 9th June!

  7. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Casey Thrush

    Love it! So cute. Nice to see the hexagon stuff used…makes me want it all the more!

  8. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Laura Norris

    Great card for your anniversary! Congrats on 24 years!

  9. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome card Darlene. Happy 24th, I am on my 41st and going strong. Your daughters are amazing to throw you a wonderful anniversary dinner at home. I did enjoy that you used SU today, so fun.

  10. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Susan W

    Wonderful card….that die is fabulous!
    Happy Anniversary and how sweet that your kids participated in your celebration! It sounds like you are raising some wonderful children and I bet they are happy to call you Mommy and Daddy! <3

  11. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 6:19 pm


    Happy Anniversary Darlene!

  12. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 7:36 pm


    Beautiful card. Happy happy anniversary. There is nothing nicer than when someone does something to surprise us in such a nice way. Makes life so worth while doesn’t it.

  13. wrote on June 18th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Diana W.

    Sweet card, Darlene. Really like this stamp set and die. And Happy Anniversary. How nice of your children to treat you. Here’s to many more anniversary cards!!

  14. wrote on June 19th, 2014 at 6:24 pm


    Hi!! I’ve just dipped my pinky toe in to water coloring…using Tim Holtz water color paper. Both times I’ve tried, I’ve had pilling of my paper. Recommendations for what I’m doing wrong? I will also have a small line of color at the very edges (inside) of the image. I emboss my images with versafine, just like you. 🙂 I posted a picture of a cupcake I water colored on Instagram, and you can really see the two items I need help with. Any recommendations you have would be tremendously appreciated. Yours always look so nice, and very smooth, maybe I should try the Strathmore paper?


    • wrote on June 23rd, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Michele, what medium are you using for your watercolor… markers? pencils? other? I too found that the Ranger paper pills sooner than my Strathmore, so I would recommend trying out the Strathmore to see if it helps. As far as the line goes, if I understand correctly, it sounds like maybe you are applying too much color at first. Try a lighter application, then repeat if necessary. Let me know if that helps.

  15. wrote on June 19th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Sara T.

    Happy Anniversary!! I love this card! Darlene, I would love to talk to you some time about how you come up with these ideas. Sometimes I feel like I get stuck on one technique and can’t seem to move past it (like now!!).

  16. wrote on June 19th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Sara T.

    Happy Anniversary! I love this card! Darlene, I would love to chat about how you come up with these ideas and techniques. I’m stuck on ONE technique right now and although it’s fun and I enjoy it, I want to do MORE, but I just cannot think of any! I’m stuck!

  17. wrote on June 19th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Sara T.

    Oops!! I’m so sorry about a double post! It didn’t show that my first one posted, so I tried again, then I saw they were both there.

  18. wrote on June 19th, 2014 at 11:43 pm


    Cute card. Happy Anniversary!

  19. wrote on June 21st, 2014 at 7:40 am


    Have been thinking about getting this die so now of course I really need to! Great card. Happy anniversary.

  20. wrote on June 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Debbie V

    Happy Anniversary, Darlene and to your husband! Sounds like you had a memorable time! Was wondering when you are going to make another owl card???????? I can’t wait to get my new Stampin’ Up catalog–tracking said it is arriving today 🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. wrote on June 23rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Gloria Taylor

    I love how u created this card. Great idea for me to possibly make my daughter’s wedding card who is getting married Aug. 9,2014. Also loved that this card can be used for other occasions with different sayings, thanks Darlene!

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