Sunday 11 July 2010

A Compendium of Curiosities - Bee Happy

Happy Sunday everyone and bee happy.

Before I get onto my card for today I can't wait to see all the creations Team A have made at One Stitch at a Time. The new challenge starts today has been a 'challenging' one in every sense of the word. Go take a look and see if it takes your fancy. Always up for a challenge aren't we?

For me I have been inspired by Annette to take a look at Studio L3 and the challenges which are all things Tim. This week, Linda's challenge is P.49 in the Compendium of Curiosities and Shabby Chic. Of course TH and shabby - well I couldn't resist could I - but actually although I have used the technique here, I wouldn't say my card is particularly shabby chic. But even so I am pleased with the way it came out. I also used the layout from Sketch Saturday.

This is how the technique worked for me. I used my TH bee stamp properly for the first time and had several goes at this before I was happy with it. The first one I made I used clear embossing powder over gold acrylic paint and then put copper over the top so there wasn't enough contrast. So for this one I stamped the bee using distress embossing ink on dark blue card and added clear powder. Then I painted both the gold and the copper over it in two seperate layers. This has given it a metallic look and you can see the shades of the colours where I have rubbed them off to reveal the dark blue bees. I edged around with cinnamon stickles. Next time I will try a pattern like Tim and use the black acrylic paint and a shabby colour on top.

So this is how the card looks. The backing paper is Basic Grey and I edged it with vintage photo DI and cosmic shimmer aqua twinkles (I thought the gold stickles would be too much here). I also used the TH distressing tool. The top and bottom strips are made from red paper also edged with the vintage photo and aqua twinkles, I added some ribbon and twine and sewed over these to give a different effect. The roses are made of ribbon and bought from one of my local craft shops but I also added vintage photo to age them. The sentiment is mine - just produced in Word.

Hope you like my new creation. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a good week.

Luv B xxxx

Challenges I would like to enter
Studio L3 A Compendium of Curiosities #4 - Shabby Chic
Sketch Saturday - week 111
The Shabby Tea Room - Let's make an impression
Ooh la La Creations - Summer    Bees definitely remind me of this time of year
The crazy challenge - In the air  Hope the fact that the main image is bees is enough for this challenge
Kaboodle Doodles - Summer
Your next stamp - Flowers


Kathyk said...

I think it's bee - ootiful!


Zoechaos said...

Fantastic the use of gold and copper is stunning as for the card well just gorgeous! xx Zoe

Lisa said...

Wonderful use of colors and texture! Love all those bees buzzing around your card! Thanks for playing with us in the Tea Room this week!

Josephine said...

That's such a lovely look - and so unusual too! I love the embossing.

Liz said...

Lovely very unusyual Brenda

Liz xx

Margreet said...

Wow, Brenda.....this is your bees and especially your ribbon with twine!
xxx Margreet

Audrey Pettit said...

This is wonderful! I love your embossing technique with those bees. Love the stitched twine, too. Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR.

Nicole said...

Pretty card! Nice warm colors together and the embossing is the perfect touch! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Jill said...

Lovely card Brenda, those bees are great and I love the way you have created the background. Thanks for playing at Kaboodledoodles this week. Jill

Netty said...

Beeeeautiful card Brenda, Annette x

craftymum said...

This is just gorgeous Brenda. A lovely change from Tilda's and the rest.
Love sarah XXX

Nana said...

Very nice card!
Thank you for joining us at "Crazy challenge" this week!
hugs Nana

Linda Ledbetter said...

Brenda, it's a lovely card, and I think it's a perfect example of shabby chic, with the emphasis on "chic!"

Thanks so much for joining the Compendium Challenge! Week 5 begins on Monday, and I so hope you'll come back!


Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning, I love it, Love Hazelxox

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is stunning, I love it, Love Hazelxox

Juls said...

so gorgeous! Love all the different stamping techniques you have used! Hugs Juls

Unknown said...

This is awesome, love your style xxx

Unknown said...

WoW, love you card, the distressing looks fabulous, something I struggle with!! Thank you for joining us at YNS
Angela x

Unknown said...

WoW, love you card, the distressing looks fabulous, something I struggle with!! Thank you for joining us at YNS
Angela x

Unknown said...

stunning, thanks so much for playing along with the crazy girls!!!

Debbie said...

Super cute embossed bumble bees!! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room this week :)

Unknown said...

LOVE this too Brenda X

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Brenda this is absolutely gorgeous I so adore the vintage look and you have captured it perfectly it really does look antique with that distressing and the central image is fabulous I am so loving this card.
Lorraine x

Georgie Hughes said...

Anopther lovely card Brenda, I like the way you are not afraid to
play with colours. You always turn out some stunning creations

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