Friday, 18 January 2013

Nature is Unique..

Hello Friends

For those of you who visited my desk this week you will know that I had a layout on there that I was working on so without further ado here it is.....

The photo is of one of Hubby's Bees who was out for a beautiful early February day two years ago enjoying the sweet nectar of Snowdrops.
I started this layout with a sheet of plain creamy yellow cardstock which I sprayed with Ranger Colourwash in Lettuce, Terracotta and Pesto whilst using Heidi Swap, Tim Holtz and Crafters Workshop masks.  I sprayed the colourwash in sections and then unscrewed the spray part, removed the tube and then flicked the ink to get some small splodges.  Well, gotta get inkey haven't we?  The flourish stamp here is from Crafty Individuals and most papers used are 6x6" My Mind's Eye - Tangerine. 

I stamped up a new stamp which I bought from Ebay and unfortunately there is no makers name on it.  I inked it with Archival, embossed with embossing powder and coloured it in with Copics.  The bakers twine is Stampin Up and finished with a little button from my jar. 
I cut the "Nature" letters using my Cricut and Quickutz self adhesive paper (cuts like a dream, glad I rediscovered it).  I went around the edge of the letters with Forest Moss Distress Marker to make them pop as well as stamping them with Stayzon Forest using a Hero Arts flourish stamp.  The word "Is" was made using Grungeboard letters adhered onto a grungeboard block which I adhered then painted with Paperartsy Fresco in Snowdrop,  with colourwash and flicked again then a little Adirondak Lettuce.
The Unique was stamped with A Lettuce again and embossed with embossing powder and trimmed then flicked with Colourwash and edged with A L.    The Stampotique Bees were stamped with Archival ink and embossed with embossing powder.  They were coloured with Wild Honey Distress Marker and an embossing pen was applied to the wings along with some Pearl Perfect Pearls.
I used the lace mask from TH which has given the effect of a crown at the bottom of the page. I will have to remember that for future projects!  I added some lace and Stamping Up bunting below the photo too. On the pink strip of paper you can see a little of a Pink Paislee stamp and the shimmer of the bee's wings.
The layout came a sketch from Liz Chidester of thescrappiest blogspot - so thanks Liz.  I really liked this one and hope you do too. I am linking this up with Simon Says Stamp - Lace, Facebook CC101 - spray ink, as well as the Snippets Playground.  Here is the Sketch....

Thanks for reading all the way to the end and hope you like.  I look forward to receiving your comments.

Have a great snowy weekend and please be careful.  Do heed the advice of the Police and other bodies of only going out if necessary.  




Mrs F said...

Gorgeous layout Sam and what a great subject. I adore snowdrops but never have any luck growing them sadly.

The colours you have chosen compliment the theme very well.

Great snow Chook btw but think your eggs may be frozen in the morning when you go collecting!

Have a good night xx

Terry said...

What a stunning layout and that picture of the bee is so detailed! Love this page! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

MaggieC said...

What a beautiful layout, and lovely images. I hope your husband's bees are doing better than most seem to at the moment. Thank you for your visit tonight, another person still wide awake. We are mad. Hope you are safe and warm. Take care. xx Maggie

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oooh, this is delicious, Samantha. Love that stenciled background and all the wonderful embellishments and layers. The photo is amazing!


Annie said...

Fabulous background and a great layout Samantha. Nature is certainly amazing.


Annie x

Di said...

Just PERFECT Sam! Love the link with the snowdrops and bee in the photo and the layout - so much work too.

We loved your honey! Those little cuties do produce beautiful produce :)

Hugs, Di xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Totally brilliant nature layout. Roll on Spring!
Sarn xxx

lisa said...

What a great photo that is, Sam. Love your inky background, bet you had great fun creating that. The honeycomb stencil is great.
It's a really lovely LO and thanks for sharing it.
Hope you are not snowed in, we only had a covering today and it's going fast. Still caused us some drama though!!!!
Hugs Lisax

jo said...

Fab layout Sam, stunning photo and so much gorgeous it, especially the bunting!
Hugs Jo x

Sandra said...

Gorgeous layout! It's bee-utiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Kyla said...

Love this layout (I use that stamp so much, its gorgeous).

I sent you an email a couple of weeks ago re your questions, not sure if you got it?

Hope the snow is not too bad over the bridge
kyla x

butterfly said...

Love your inky spritzing in the background, and the bees sitting on the edges are just as gorgeous as that amazing photograph... Lovely layout! And have you been to Frilly and Funkie recently?!
Alison xx

Bella said...

Love all your attention to detail. The snowdrop flower stamp, the hexagon mask is just brilliant and your colours are stunning. This is an awesome page.

scrappymo! said...

This is a great sketch and you did a gorgeous take on it. I really enjoyed this layout! I did not know that you kept bees...It is a dying art.
You did the bees up proud.
Snowdrops are my favouite spring flower...such sturdy little nodding laddies...looking so dainty and elegant with backbones of steel to get through all that freezing soil!

Kim said...

Thank heavens I got to a real computer to see this!! Fantastic! And I love snow drops;cool photo and stamp. BTW, don't let me play with the copics when I come over; I can't afford them! LOL!