Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bee...Happy

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Hi folks, I know I freaked some of you out with my Entomology "lots of creepy crawlies" card so to make amends I'm sharing something a little more cute featuring some chubby bumble bees...
I trimmed a piece of Distress Watercolor Card to be slightly smaller than the A2 card blank and applied of wash of Fosslized Amber Distress Oxide ink with the Distress Broad Water Brush. I applied Wild Honey Distress Oxide through the Hive Mini Layering Stencil from Set 35 and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide through the Dotted Mini Layering Stencil from Set 33. I inked the Script stamp from Entomology with Black Soot Distress Oxide and stamped randomly on the background and used the same ink to create splatters. I stamped the bees on to the background with Black Archival ink, traced the trails from the bees and around the edges in pencil and pricked using Tim Holtz Craft Pick. I then spent a relaxing afternoon with my feet up hand stitching.
I stamped the bees again on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Wild Honey and Tumbled Glass Distress Markers and cut out the body and wings only...I do enjoy fussy cutting but decided to pass on manoeuvring my way around all those legs. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits to die cut the words...
and finished off using A Wink Of  Stella Clear Glitter pen to apply shimmer to the wings.
I'm always happy to see the bees who keep me company while I enjoy my first cuppa of the day on sunny summer mornings.They seem to love the Cotoneaster bush that grows right by the back door and it's fascinating to watch these beautiful insects with their chubby striped velvety bodies return time and time again throughout the day to collect pollen, working from dawn to dusk and I suspect that's where the saying "as busy as a bee" comes from.
Sadly bees are in serious decline globally, caused by loss of habitat due to intensive farming methods and over-use of pesticides and the world needs to wake up to the fact that if there are no bees to pollinate crops, future generations will have to exist on a diet with no fruit, vegetables, bread and many of the other foods we take for granted.
But there is a little bit of  "I'll BE very HAPPY news...
if this is a sign that Spring is just around the corner...
I'll be back throughout the week to share cards made with the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Blueprint stamp sets shipping to a store near you in February.
Hugs Kath xxx

7 comments:

Janette said...

Morning Kath, this is gorgeous, love the bumbles they look all chubby and cute...
I got those new primuler plants and they look so pretty, always a sign spring will be here before we know it...x

Redanne said...

It is true what they say - no bees, no humans. I wonder if we will ever learn...

On a happier note, I just adore your busy bees, the stenciling in the background is beautiful are really makes the bees pop so nicely! Great hand stitching too, I always find fussy cutting quite relaxing but agree, not those little legs!! Hugs, Anne xx

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous, love the background and wonderful bees. I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying seeing your photos on Facebook too!
Hugs
Linda xxx

notjustgettingby:) said...

After seeing your card- I now get how you use the layering stencils!! I was totally off base- no way did mine look anything like yours!! I love bees and bugs and all things creepy and crawly!!
Suzy

misteejay said...

Such lovely colours Kath. Fabulous card.
I have daffs springing up in my front garden - can't wait to see the flowers burst open and provide that splash of sunshine.
Toni xx

Anita Houston said...

LOVE this...artsy and oh so cute!

The Altered Paper said...

Gorgeous!! I love the colors and these new stamps!! The pricking and hand stitching adds extra love to your project! Beautifully done.