a happy bee

Welcome to my crafty blog, and a very simple card today with this happy little bee from Claritystamp (I know you can’t see his face but he is smiling!). I’ve teamed him with stamps from the ‘happy grunge elements’ set – although I’m with Barbara Gray in that I can only do ‘clean’ grunge! I do like it nice & tidy!

I started with a piece of dark yellow cardstock, which helpfully white on the other side, so cut and folded it to make an A6 card blank. I masked off a 2.5cm (1 inch) panel across the front to give me a guide, and then stamped the hexagon swirl across it in black Archival ink to form a sort of honeycomb pattern. I left a gap and added the little bee from Clarity’s ‘blooming corner & insects’ set.

I then heat embossed the sentiment from the grunge elements set. I originally did it in gold, but there’s wasn’t enough black behind it for it to stand out. Fortunately, I’d used my stamping platform, so I was able to redo it in white.

I used the themes from a couple of blog challenges as the basis for this card. AAA cards have gone for a one inch strip, and I included the optional twist of a coloured card base. I thought the swirls in the little hexagonal stamps also picked up the patterns in the cups & saucers from Inkspirational challenges‘s photo.

11 thoughts on “a happy bee

  1. Deborah, Great card! I love the simplicity as well as the complexity of the intricate pattern created in your cross strip. Cheers, Jolanda

    I tried to add this to your blog post but ran into password issues.  Sometimes I get so frustrated with all the hoops I need to go through to do one little thing…

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  2. Everything here is so nicelý coordinated, the hexagons with swirls and the colored cardstock go well with the little bee. The ‘clean’ grunge style looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational.

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  3. Dear Deborah
    Love your little blog and all the inspiration you provide especially for my clarity stash! Due to health issues I have not been able to stamp properly for a long time so I have been looking into using a stamping platform, please could you let me know what one you use? I have looked online and reviews seem very mixed!
    Thank you

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      1. Hi Deborah
        Thank you so much for your reply, I will investigate and hopefully purchase a stamping platform soon! Unfortunately, Clarity’s recent offers of the week have been very tempting and making a dent in my craft budget!! LOL
        Really hoping to get my crafty mojo back soon!
        Thanks again Syd x

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  4. Such a clever card design and choice of colour, looks so awesome. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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