Tuesday 15 May 2012

CC2c- Bees in My Garden!!

Good Evening Peeps

For anyone who has popped over here to see what I am showing you in my Scrappy Tuesday session, well I am afraid that for this week it will be a Scrappy Tuesday on Thursday!  The reason being is I have been working (albeit slowly) on my latest lickle project for my CC2C with the Lovely Linda.  Also, I wanted to try and tie in this week's piece with Sarah over at Mojo Monthly, as well as  Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes as it has Snippets in there I can join in on  Di's Snippets Challenge.  So for once you have a four for one on this piece.   

I cannot tell you exactly what the challenge is with the CC2C Challenge, week 5, other than it involves Shattered Stains and can be found on page 48 in the new Compendium of Curiosities.  You may remember I had a go at this technique when I undertook the Creative Chemistry Course recently and absolutely LOVED this technique.  So when Linda announced on Friday that this was this week's challenge I put my thinking cap on and decided to try out a little theory which popped into my mind a few weeks after the Creative Chemistry course.  This was that I if I stamped an image using Archival ink I could maybe use a wash made with Perfect Pearls and water to colour an image in, to make a flimsy wing type colour for Bee wings.  Well, I have tried it and I like the effect.  Let me know what you think please. I should also mention that this week's Challenge for CC2C is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!

The background to this piece is a canvas base which I have coloured using Mustard Seed DSs, and Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey DIs.  Edged with black and then the edges covered with papers stamped with my small Bee stamp and grunged using a piece of metal mesh which I "acquired" when I was in the shed some time ago.  Not sure if Hubby notices it has gone yet!  Shhh!  

I cut a piece of cardstock to size and used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique with the spritz and flick (love doing this too!) to obtain colour and depth to the piece.  Using Black Soot DI to stamp various flowers and flourishes and Archival to stamp the Dragonflies (first outing for them!).  I then adhered the background piece to the canvas.  

Using various different pieces of patterned paper (mainly snippets left over from the layout I showed you last Tuesday), cardstock and book pages, I used punches and dies to create (loads and loads of) flowers and leaves in order to make flowers with layers.  I inked most of them (when don't I ink ey?) and I scrunched, frilled and generally manipulated them until I got them in the shapes I wanted.  I then adhered them together using glossy accents and finished them off by adding a bottle cap with a punched middle, adding glossy accents before adding micro beads to the centres.  

To make the bees look like they are hovering I cut up small pieces of wood (you know those little pieces of wood you get with the canvas to wedge it?  well I sawed those up into little pieces), adhered them together with glossy accents and attached them to the canvas and adhered the bee to the wood using foam dots.  

To make the quotation, I inked up a piece of A4 cardstock about 3" and typed up the verse on my computer and printed on top of the coloured paper.  The reason I did it this way is I have learnt (the hard way) that if you print a sentiment and then ink it with DIs it smudges, even when I have tried heat setting it first.  Therefore, I colour first and print second.  It might not be the case for everyone but it is for my printer (HP)!

Well, I can honestly say I have had a few fun filled hours of learning and playing with this piece and have had a lovely piece to give to my Bee Keeping Husband to go in the porch.  

Please leave me a comment so I know you have Bee-n!  Why don't you join in the Challenges too!  



Ingredients:- Papers - Authentique, MME, Bazzill, Old books; Ranger/Tim Holtz - black Archival ink, pearl Perfect Pearls, Rock Candy Distress Crackle, Stamps, Glossy Accents, Distress Stains; Mustard Seed, Peeled paint, Distress Inks; Black soot, Wild honey, Rusty hinge, Vintage photo, Spiced marmalade, Mustard seed, Crushed olive (my latest favourite!), Antique Linen; Stamps - Paperartsy, Jo Capper-Sandon Stampotique, Autumn Leaves; Micro beads - Art van Go; Beer bottle caps; Recycled chipboard; Punches - Stampin Up, Martha Stewart; Dies - Tim Holtz, Paperartsy, Sizzix.


Bearcrazyman said...

This Rocks!
I love it

Kate Yetter said...

Sam, This is such a gorgeous card! I love all your flowers!!! Everything about it is Amazing!!

Sunshine Girl said...

Its very nice - I love that bee! very effective.

Sarah said...

Totally wonderful and so beautiful...! I love your colours - that dark blue and rich yellow look fabulous together and the stamped background is really great. So many wonderful layered flowers and textures to admire. A stunning creation to be very proud of! Thanks so much for sharing with My Mojo Monthly and Simon Says Stamp & Show! Sarah.

Di said...

Oh WOW - totally amazing Sam, I love it. You really do have talents other than revving up the go-kart :)


Sarn said...

I'm in total agreement with all the foregoing comments. This is a very striking piece of dimensional artwork. BEE-utiful (soz!)


Candy C said...

Hettie...your piece is so lovely! I really really love your background. The rich orange and golden tones sort of remind me of the color of honey that your busy (and gorgeous) shattered stain bees would have made. I love the background that you have created through spritzing and flicking and stamping. The wire mesh really made a cool patten as well. Love all of the black stamping against the colorful background! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Kim said...

Look at you go!! This piece is simply fabulous!! You need to send it to a magazine!! Have a great weekend!

kayh5106 said...
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kayh5106 said...

A stunning piece, & your bees turned out great!

Artyjen said...

Wow! Fabulous ;)
xoxo Sioux

karen said...

OMG, this is a gorgeous and stunning piece Sam! I agree with Kim, you need to send pictures of this to a magazine or something because it is amazing! The technique on the bees wings looks fab and those flowers are perfectly grungily beautiful! Oh, every bit of this is piece is great, you should be so very proud!
xoxo Karen

Jules said...

Hi Sam

Just having a quick catch up with the world.

This is fantastic.

Love the colours and those fantastic flowers.

An amazing project.

Love Jules xx

Linda Ledbetter said...

This DOES rock! Wow, Hettie, what a delight! The color palette is awesome, and your shattered stain work couldn't be more perfect. It's a garden on a page, and I LOVE it!

Di said...

FOUND IT!!! Phew, a while ago too - think it would have been for the write-up when I was struggling with the slow internet in Spain. Apologies again! Di xx

Amanda said...

Wow, this is amazing, I don't know where to start in describing how it makes me feel all sunny and warm. Hugs, Amanda x