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Friday, 14 June 2013

B is for.....

.....Well, Bee of course!! Hullo there dear friends, it's Horace here with a lack of photos for you. Our camera has been having a bit of a hissy fit of late and despite snapping away whilst creating various projects, the camera decided to delete my hard work. Hence only the end result is shown, thanks to my trusty iphone's camera facility.

This is my entry for two challenges; the B is for.. challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu, and the use texture over at Smudgy Antics. As soon as I saw the challenge details my furry little brain went into overdrive as to how to combine the two with an idea that had been baking away for a while.
I had some honeycomb style patterned paper, which made me think of bees, then I happened to notice an image of a bee supplied by The Graphics Fairy. Ooh, along with these and the remit to use texture for the Smudgy challenge, I began creating, and came up with this little piece

The Eclectic challenge calls for 3 things beginning with B, so we have my large Bee image, a teensy butterfly from my Martha Stewart double punch, and the colour blue, both in the patterned paper, and on the blue hexagon shapes, which were made using puff paste - very textural as it puffs right up as you dry it - coloured blue and applied through a mask. I also used Grunge Paste coloured with yellow paint and applied this through a mask to create yet more texture to comply with the Smudgy challenge.

Look how busy the bee has been, producing all of this honey, mmm

I also tried out our new stamps as the Smudgy challenge calls for a stamped image to be used on your project. The flower and leaves are Paperartsy Eclectica stamps which we bought at the fabulous Artist trading Post shop, wow, what very friendly and informative people they are, we wanted to buy the whole shop! I curled the edges of the stamped flower to make it really stand out, ooh even more texture!

I hope you like my little offering, I enjoyed making it.

Oh, if you like challenges, why not join in with the bears' monthly just for fun, literary based challenge, you don't even have to have read the books to join in, as we provide lots of
Challenge quotes for inspawration.

With love from the bears


  1. It's a beautiful make, Horace - I'm having trouble deciding which side of the spread is my favourite. The bee is gorgeous, but that dimensional flower looks so good too...

    Your challenge clearly hits the mark for me - not only was one of my entries for it picked as a Blogworthy link by you-know-who, but now this month's entry has picked up a top 3 spot at SSSaS... so I owe you a big vote of thanks for the inspiration.
    Alison xx

    1. Well we're not at all surprised to hear that, your work is worthy of a mention in every craft publication. We're glad the quotes inspired you though, sometimes it's all you need to spark an idea.

  2. Great pages Horace! Love the huge bee! Really cheerful colours for this wet weekend! Ali xxx

  3. Superb pages Horace - lovely images and gorgeous texture :-) I assume from the holes you are going to bind these together or do you mount them up in a separate journal book by sticking them in ??.... just being nosy again LoL

    Mega Hugz
    IKE xxxxx

    Yes - I did get your email... my Compy has been down this week !
    Your little parcel is on it's way via Donkey Mail which may take a while .. especially if he stops for carrots.. and it's very hot in Greece just now so he will be a bit slower coz of all the hair !!:-)

    1. Ooh if the donkey stops here we will feed him carrots and water before sending him back. Thank you so much for the parcel in advance, we are so lucky.

      Our pages will be put back together as it's a watercolour spiral bound journal, but we found with the last one we bled too much through the pages, our cub suggested taking the journal apart then using book rings to put it all back together when we run out of pages. So far so good. :)

  4. Gorgeous pages :D Thank you for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics xx

  5. This is wonderful work. Beautiful pages thank you for sharing with us at smdugy antics
    susan s


  6. Thanks for sharing at Smudgy Antics!
    (SA DT)

  7. Such gorgeous pages and so cheery with the yellow and blue.
    Thank you for sharing at Smudgy Antics

  8. I love the bee! such great texture and awesome colors! thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!

  9. Lovely colors and texture! Thanks for playing along with Smudgy Antics :)


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