Friday 25 June 2010

Queen Bee

Good morning everyone, another bright and beautiful day here.

I made my card and wrote my blog last night hence the references to it, but I needed more light to take my photograph, so I had to wait till today to finish everything off.

With the title of my blog to do with bees as well as butterflies I have found it difficult to incorporate bees as part of my signature, but I was so excited tonight when another experiment led to me learning something new.

The Dutch Dare Challenge Blog has a challenge called 'Bee Happy' and immediately I was very attracted to it and the Creative Inspiration colour theme of turquoise, gold and cream.   I love the Graphics Fairy blog which provides free vintage clip art to use in your art work and there is some amazing stuff to be had. I went across to look for a beehive as I have already downloaded some bees and yeh I found a fabulous one.

 I knew I wanted to create a hive with bees around it and I started experimenting, using Photoshop Elements, but I didn't know how to place objects on top of one another and anyway the beehive was a picture not a shape. After playing around for a while I had got bees around the hive but at a distance. In my desire to find out more I played with tabs and menus and found the magic extractor and this enabled me to 'cut out' the beehive, so I wasn't going to give up here and I carried on. I managed to cut out a bee and overlapped several of them on the hive. I had also found a gold crown which I wanted to incorporate and thought I could change my sentiment to 'You are Queen bee'. But I didn't have a paper that I could use with it and decided to use one from the computer. Originally I was going to print the paper off and then put it back in the printer to print the beehive over it, but that was going to cause problems in lining it up where I needed it. After more perseverance I was able to add the paper to my creation, take it to the back and line it up, then print the whole thing out together.

So tonight I have learned how to make my own digital collage, and I am so pleased with what I have created.

I hope you enjoy it too.

Luv Brenda xxx

Other challenges I would like to enter are -
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges - Summertime      Bees always make me think of the summer
Mixed Media Monday -  something old
Lexi's Creations  -  something old
Stamptacular  -  cute as a bug   (but no baby on mine)
Quirky Crafts  -  Summer


Netty said...

Hi Brenda, that is so clever wish I knew how to do this with the computer.
Fab card love it, great layout. Annette x

Georgie Hughes said...

Wow Brenda, This is a stunner, your creative mind and technical abilities really show in this creation. You must be very proud of the result.

Unknown said...

This is so beautiful Brenda and well done on not giving up on making your own digital collage... you created an amazing project :) xx

Kelly Schelske said...

It's so very pretty Brenda! Thanks for playing along with us at DDCC!!

Anonymous said...

Such a grat card! I love the stamps!

Lisa Jane said...

Oh wow Brenda - its fabulous. I love that beehive image .
Your little bee charms will be on their way to you tomorrow lol
Lisa ;)

Gem said...

Brenda I think this is fab, and I hate bees IRL! the sentiment is perfect :) Gemma xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh Brenda this I love so much what a stunning design I adore that image and colours oh wow this is wonderful.
Lorraine x

chris said...

Hi Brenda,
bees wasps who would think we would be putting them on our blog, but this is fabulous, you are so clever I wouldnt know where to start.
I am looking forward to my day tomorrow, but I would swap with you as swanage is one of my all time favorite places in the world, have had many a beautiful holiday there, so have a good time, the weather looks good.
hugs chris xx

Rhonda said...

Very unique! I really like it. Thanks so much for playing with us at Daisy Doodles.

Cec said...

How great that you stuck with it - the result is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Daisy Doodles.

maxine said...

This is stunning thanks for playing along at Lexis Creations this week

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card Brenda, love the vintage feel :)

Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations & Good Luck!


Juls said...

wow this is just gorgeous! Love it!! Hugs Juls

cheryl said...

wow brenda hun this is stunning wow really love this,hugs cheryl xxxx

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous creation so worth all the learning WOW it really is a digital collage. xx Zoe

Monika Reeck said...

Brenda this is really adorable this!!Thanks for joining us at Daisy Doodles this weeks :) hugs, Monika

Spyder said...

This is sooo different (Mainly because I haven't see this image before!) love, such fun, thank you for joining Quirky Craft's Summer Challenge this week!

Janiel/ janny said...

Hi Brenda, This is a beautiful card!!

Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.
hugs, Janiel

Chelsea said...

This is beautiful Brenda!
Now you've got me all interested in Digital Collage. :)
Your work is beautiful.

Cheryl said...

Wow - Your collage looks great! I need to learn this.