Saturday, 23 June 2018

How doth the little honey bee


Morning Peeps, this weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Susan who would like to see some 'Sweet Treats'. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs with another lovely prize. I also have a share for the current Butterfly Challenge and by the skin of my teeth a share for Pixie's Snippets Playground, I've not shown my face for far too long at both.

Initially I was lost with this theme as cupcakes and all those cute stamps don't feature in my stash. Then a light bulb moment as I was working on Chocolate Baroque samples for Hochanda TV........honey is sweet and I use it often in my baking so there was my sweet treat.

I love poetry and often use sections from poems in my artwork and this time it was Isaac Watts 'How doth the little honey bee' that provided my inspiration. The card comes from a show a couple of months ago using quite a few stamps from CB's Honey Bee set including the beautiful Digitalis which after Poppies are my favourite flower. After creating a sunny Distress Ink background I stamped the images, colourd the flowers, bees and beehive, printed out the sentiment, cut into three and added along with some decoupaged bees which are on the same stamp set. This is also my Snippets share as the poem was printed into offcuts and the Bees stamped onto left over Fabriano.

My teamies have lots of takes on the theme so do pop over to the challenge blog to take a peek.


On to my Butterfly Challenge, I have not managed too many of the options in the Butterfly wheel, I think just the colours Vermillion and Gold, a Vertical Pattern and of course the Butterflies which are all made with shrink plastic. Stamps are all Chocolate Baroque along with a distress oxide background and the darker ferns are heat embossed with Vermilion Sparkle although that sparkle is non too evident on my photo.

Happy weekend all, looks like it might me a sunny one here in the UK so make the most of it.

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39 comments:

gwen70 said...

Love this card Brenda, I have just bought this stamp set so will have to get it out and have a play xx

Crafting Queen said...

Two stunning cards such wonderful details. Have a great weekend. Hugs Anesha

Craftyfield said...

I love the background on the butterfly card, the layers of stamping create a beautiful depth. The sun is shining here too, so there won't be much crafting happening today! xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, I have to admit though that the top one is my favourite.

Sue xx
PS, package arrived yesterday, thank you.

Maxine D said...

Oh what beautiful cards Brenda - love your bee one with all the detail and that wonderful quote. The butterflies are gorgeous too, and your vertical panel stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

scrAPpamondo said...

So clever using the honey as sweet treat theme, Brenda! Your inspirational card for Allsorts is just delicious with the cute bees, the digitalis flowers and the sections from Newton's poem. Love the acorns on the top too!!
The Vermillion and Gold card is stunning and so beautiful with that vertical panel and your wonderful handmade butterflies!!!
Thanks for the great inspirations!!
Here the weather isn't too much sunny today, the clouds go and come again in the sky because the wind blows. But it's hot, however! :)
Have a fabulous weekend!
Big hugs!

Babs Watson said...

I simply love your honey card Brenda with the beautiful flowers and bees they surely are beautiful , fabulous sentiment also. Beautiful butterfly card too, love the stamping in the background and your butterflies look so elegant.. have a lovely weekend
Hugs Babs x

Wendy L said...

Perfect for the theme Brenda, can't get sweeter than honey, xxxx

Valerija said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the warm colours.
Valerija xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

Brenda 2 gorgeous cards
Gr Karin

Di said...

As always dear B - wonderful card(s) from you! The snippets one is such a beautiful scene and the words are just perfect!

Hugs

Di xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Two beautiful cards Brenda.love all the little sentiments on your bee card and Love the way the butteflies are placed in your 2nd card

Anne

ALI said...

2 beauties Brenda! x

Helen said...

fabulous cards, the use of the bees and the honey theme is perfect, and a great poem too. Love your second card, too.

pinky said...

Absolutely gorgeous creations, the honey bee being my favourite today but only if I have to pick :)

Cath Wilson said...

This is such an evocative card, Brenda. Looks very 'My Country Garden' ish and is so pretty. Love the flowers, the colours and the bees - but especially the poetry. Clever design for the flutterby card, too - love the shrinkies! Haven't done any 'shrinkling' for ages...h'mm!

Great work, as ever. Have a lovely, sunny weekend! Just getting warmer here as the wind starts to subside. Hooray!

Cath x

Greta said...

Two wonderful cards, Brenda! Very clever for the sweet theme & oh how I love your butterfly card!

Mervi said...

Two gorgeous cards.
We had an awful wind storm yesterday with rain and kept our summer party inside, better today;-))m

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, great background and sentiment and love the yellow. Second card is quite a CAS one for you and it looks fabulous.

Kath x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a sunny card and lovw the quote, fabulous

crafty-stamper said...

Both fabulous cards Brenda love all the little Bees-saved a tired little wild Bee yesterday with some sugar water-perfect quote too-love the design and on the second one-beautiful little butterflies
Carol x

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning cards B, lovely all of them.x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Your 'honey' card is adorable Brenda, I have a love of this subject and your beautiful scene, using all these lovely stamps alongside the quote, make for a wonderful card.
Lorraine

Sarah said...

These are so summery Brenda, love the busy bees and the colours on your butterfly card look amazing as do your shrink plastic butterflies. We have made the most of the weather this weekend and have made hay in a couple of empty paddocks, 230 bales!! We have hauled about 100 so far, 12 at a time, on the arena leveller and the old Ford 4000. Thank goodness the weather is settled!! xx

Pat said...

What a beautiful card with all the honey bees, flowers and the lovely poetry, and a lovely butterfly card.

Pat xx

Mrs A. said...

Wow Brenda this card is so pretty . I love the colours and those butterflies are really something else . Your first card is the bees knees too!
Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

Marianne said...

Hope your weekend was sunny indeed, Brenda. Love your sweet honey card. I recently bought a UK magazine with some free bee-inspired crafting supplies, so I may well jump in with the current challenge. I never liked honey until I tried the Cretan thyme honey, which has a more delicate flavour conpared to flower and pine honeys.
I have been enjoying peachy colours lately (as well as real nectarines and apricots - I love summer fruits), so your second card really appeals to me. I know I have some shrink plastic hidden somewhere and intended to use it earlier this year, but I have no idea where I hid it.
Marianne x

Gerrina said...

What a great idea to use the honey-theme! Looks so good even though the pink and yellow should not work so good together! But the 2nd card is my favorite! Hugs, Gerrina

Caty said...

So wonderful honey card Brenda!! Really lovely and special, lovely.
wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

MaryH said...

Hi Brenda, saw your link at another blog, so zipped over to see what fantastic looks you might be sharing. Love the magical feel to both of these cards, and the honeybees and hives was a clever idea to cover the 'sweet treat' theme. I love the edge trims that draw the eye into the very dimensional appearance of the honey bees, and of course the separated words sentiment looks great here. #2 is equally beautiful. The CAS look of the embossed center border is a wonderful springboard for the butterflies to fly out from leaving their jeweled trails. HOpe you've been well, and TFS . Hugs.

Linby said...

So many lovely details on your first card just love it. Beautiful butterfly card too.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Lovely.cards!

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

Hi Brenda, the two cards are beautiful. Especially the first card is absolutely great.
Hugs Carola

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah your cards are both super, A little Birdys blog (Wendy) tells me its your birthday, Hope you have a great day, Hazel xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
Happy Birthday
Hope you are having a great day and being spoiled.
Your cards are always so very pretty and beautifully created.
they always looks so stunning.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Mrs.B said...

Love the little summer scene on your bee catd, its so pretty.
Gorgeous colours on the butterfly card, looks stunning.
Avril xx

Diane said...

Two wonderful cards Brenda, I've never thought of just using part of poetry on my cards, such a lovely idea !!

So sorry for my mistake on link up to Penny Black and More, first time I have eve done that !!

hugs Diane xx

susiestacey said...

Two beauties Brenda but l have to say l absolutely love the Honey card, it is so inpirational just love it, thank you x

Fikreta said...

those are gorgeous cards!
hugs