Sunday, June 5, 2016

Anything But Cute June Challenge - The Birds and the Bees

Happy Sunday!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! It's time for a new challenge at Anything But Cute!! The sweet and fabulous Niki of Pawsitively Creative is our hostess and she's chosen the theme "The Birds and the Bees". Here's what she has to say about the challenge:


With the lovely warm weather in my neck of the woods, I am seeing so many wonderful birds and bees, so I would love to see those in your mixed media makes! Pull out those bird stamps, think of feathers and maybe some honeycomb. Or you could even go for a non-traditional interpretation like a family crest that has a bird emblem on it. The sky is the limit but NO BUTTERFLIES please!


When I sat down to work on my project, I was totally positive I was going to create a card with birds...imagine my surprise when it ended up being all about bees instead :)


I started with a background created with various colors of brushos. I then used Liquitex Texture Paste through a honeycomb stencil...okay, it's actually a reverse chicken wire stencil, but I thought it looked like a honeycomb :)


I then used a TCW Chicken Wire stencil with DecoArt Crackle Paste for the strip of paper behind the sentiment. I used the same stencil with with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks on the label.


The bees are a Spellbinders die. I masked off the tail and inked it with Squeezed Lemonade Distrss Ink and then Mustard Seed towards the end of the wings for a subtle ombre effect. I then masked the body and Inked the tail with Black Soot Distress Ink.


The bee was then covered with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. I cut a black base layer and attached them with foam tape for added dimension.


There are several layers to the card. The edges of the papers were distressed with a Zutter DIA.


I had to give a nod to our feathered friends by adding a feather among the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and ribbon from DL.ART.


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Anything But Cute to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge...I guarantee they will inspire you!! Then link up your mixed media Birds and Bees project (remember, no butterflies and no cute images)!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

61 comments:

  1. This is stunning, like the monochromatic look and the crackle, the bees are great!

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  2. This BEE likes your wonderful Bee cr4eation. Like all the detail & embellishing you added. I have Bee things and will try but it is going to bee hard to not make it cute but i'll give it my best shot. Have a Bee-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Gorgeous!! I love all the layers and the crackle effect on this beautiful card!

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  4. adorable card...lots of great texture and detail. and oh so bright :) Have a great day
    cathyplus5

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  5. Bright sun-shiny beauty! Love it! The feather poof is the special added touch!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  6. Bright sun-shiny beauty! Love it! The feather poof is the special added touch!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh my, Lisa, what a bright and cheerful bee card! I love your style in creating so much! Those crackled bees are fabulous and I adore your perfect bow, as usual! You have managed to achieve such an awesome dimension here and all your layers are simply beautiful! It's brilliant! Big hugs to you, my friend! Branka xx

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  8. Wow Lisa, so breathtaking!! Your yellows are just brightening up my whole room right now, wow!! I love the chicken wire background, it looks exactly like honeycomb actually! Your crackle bees are so amazing, I love the layering for extra dimension too! Your flowers and ribbon are like a cluster of summer just adorning your luscious bee garden! Just stunning from bottom to top Lisa, thank you so much for creating such a wonderful mixed media piece!

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  9. Wow it's bee-tiful. Love the eye-catching bright colors and the crackle you did on the bees. So pretty!

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  10. Oh, this is just the sunshine! Wonderful!!! Such a breathtaking work! Love, love all this yellow! The bees are stunning, they seems really fly! Thanks for sharing the way you have done them with the black layer!!
    And such great crackle details! I must learn to crackle well!
    Your honeycomb is just perfect, if you haven't said, I have never known that you used a reverse chicken wire !!! Great dimensions and textures on your work! Love very much the layers of distressed papers and the flowers with the gorgous lace! Fabulous!

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  11. Just gorgeous. I love the bright yellow - it's so cheery. Have a great weekend.
    April

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  12. Oh, I love all the yellow and all the layers! The flower/ ribbon cluster is gorgeous. The textures are so great! What a great find this Sunday morning! Hope your weekend is fantastic!

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  13. Wow, I am loving this beautiful card Lisa! It makes me feel happy, I can feel the warm sunshine off this card and I can hear the bee's buzzing and the birds chirping. All the thinks I love about summer are wrapped up in this card I think! Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

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  14. Bee-utiful! Hehe! Gorgeous layers and all of the crackle is delicious Lisa! Your take on this theme just goes to show that anything can be done. Such fantabulous layers! The yellow backgrounds are so very bright and cheerful! I am smiling right meow looking at this design. I lurve the added touch of the feathers! Makes my heart happy! And of course your ribbon is gorgeously gorgeous! My hat is off to you for this fun and friendly card! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  15. Another beautiful card - love the yellow and all the beautiful embellies you used - great job as always thanks for sharing!!!

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  16. Gorgeous card Lisa! Love the burst of yellow! Like a ray of sunshine!

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  17. Yummy textures ..your card is so bright n full of warmth Lisa ! Loved it and specially the crackle texture :)

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  18. Yummy textures ..your card is so bright n full of warmth Lisa ! Loved it and specially the crackle texture :)

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  19. Beautiful card Lisa! The yellow is so vibrant~I love the bumblebees~great texture! The background stencil is perfect and of course your bow is A M A Z I N G!!! Love this my friend!
    I hope you are having a great Sunday! I am taking it easy today~not feeling so hot :( I think I have a little stomach bug~So, laying low for now.
    Enjoy your day!
    Sherrie k

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  20. Love the bright yellow and the ways you used the stencil with so many different mediums and got such amazing texture. The bees are too cute. I have not seen that die before. The feathers are a fabulous addition.

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  21. Love the bright yellow and the ways you used the stencil with so many different mediums and got such amazing texture. The bees are too cute. I have not seen that die before. The feathers are a fabulous addition.

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  22. What a wonderful blast of hot summer sunshine, and love the bees over this honeycomb background. The brushos look superb in the background, as does the texture & crazing ...the work on the bee bodies is amazing. As always, such lush, lovely ribbons add so much more glamour to your beautiful card. TFS & Hugs

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  23. very beautiful card
    and so coloful
    have a nice day
    hugs
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

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  24. Lisa, this card would brighten anyone's day with it's lovely sunshine colours. I really like your use of the textured paste to create the honeycomb, it's really effective and gives your card a delicate and subtle texture. Great job. Crafty hugs, Sandra X

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  25. Wow!! Your card is so cheerful Lisa, I'm lovin' the yellow . There is so much detail super happy card!! Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
    DL.ART crinkle ribbon
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
    http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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  26. Lisa, all of your cards make me happy, but this one just makes my eyes light up and my heart sing! Your bees are fabulous with their crackle and the way you've masked them and ombre'd (now THAT'S word!) them makes them that much more special. And your bold sunshine-y honeycombed background is gorgeous! I adore the way you have used both the chicken wire and reverse chicken wire stencils--so cleaver and of course that crackle paste just melts my heart! Well done, my friend! Big hugs!

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  27. The paste, crackle, colors, and layers -- 'bee'autiful!

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  28. This card is Beautiful, Lisa!! Love the bright yellow, the bees, the pretty flowers and the bow!!! Love this card!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  29. So striking and beautiful Lisa, I love the bright yellow, the bee's and the flowers
    Kevin xx

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  30. Absolutely beautiful Lisa! You still create the most stunning projects. Hope all is well my friend, it's been a long time! Have a great week!
    Laurie
    Scrapsbysissy.com

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  31. Well, I have to tell you that I am glad that you turned to bees instead of birds, because this is one stunningly beeutiful make!!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! I am so going to make a bee card :)
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  32. Hi, Lisa! Beautifully done! It must have been so fun working with this bright yellow, and all the bee related elements! Really beautiful! Hugs, de

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  33. Awesome card Lisa!! I love the sunny yellow! Hey chicken wire,,,honeycomb, it looks fabulous to me! I really like the way you did the black behind the cool crackle bees. The center strip and floral spray with ribbon is beautiful. You never cease to amaze me :)

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  34. This is a beautiful card.
    I love those bees and the crackle on their bodies :)
    As well as the honeycomb background...Love it!!

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  35. OMGOSH.. Fabulous Lisa! Your style & Designs always amaze me! LOVE the crack on the bees.... and beautiful flowers - the embossing is just perfect... LOVE, LOVE it! Have a Fabulous day!

    Theresa

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  36. I like that your piece turned into bees, especially with that "honeycomb" background. The ribbon and flowers are all assembled so nicely!

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  37. Absolutely Bee-utiful! I'm loving the honeycomb and the little bees are so fabulous! The crackle paste on them is just perfect! Hugs, Robin

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  38. What a fabulous card! I just LOVE the colors and the sweet bees! Another gorgeous card with amazing dimension and texture!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Shelly

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  39. This is really cute!
    Valerija xx

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  40. Looks perfectly like honeycomb to me/bees. Fabulous colors with the yellows and mustards. The crackle really adds a lot of subtle dimension. You achieved perfection on this challenge dear.

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  41. Fabulous bee creation and gorgeous colours to this design...loving this... ♥ {aNNie}

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  42. Oh WOW! What a spectacular card! It is so luxurious! I just love yellow, so I just love this card! That white puff is just lovely and I love what you did with the ribbon. The texture is gorgeous! Your card recipients are so very lucky!!!

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  43. Hi Lisa,
    WOW!! I absolutely love the vibrant yellow and super fun texture.The bees are so pretty. I absolutely love the feather among the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and gorgeous crinkle ribbon. Stunning creation my friend!
    Have a blessed day,
    M'
    Crafting With Creative M

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  44. Beautiful texture and so fun!, I love the bright, happy yellows! Hugs!

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  45. My sweetest friend, I need to whip out the shades for this beauty! Wow, your take on this theme is so unique and brilliant. The texture is so pretty of course, but I rarely see it dolled up in yellows! I like to think of the center panel as sunshine reaching in through dark cracks of life. :o) The bees are gorgeous and your flower arrangement is stunning. I love the addition of feathers! Your work fills me with happiness, my dearest Lisa. Thank you for that. :o) I hope you're having a sparkly start to the week!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  46. Lisa, this is just lovely! I am going to have to find some of that crackle paste. The bright yellow makes my heart sing!

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  47. Lisa, this card is beautiful!! I love the little bees and the crackle medium is such a great touch!!

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  48. Very cool card and design! I love all of the fabulous textures you added to your card! The yellows looks so bright and cheery and those bees are so pretty (I never thought I would have said that about bees). The flowers are simply stunning with the addition of the feathers! Awesome card!

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  49. Oh so bright, happy and sunshiney! This is truly beautiful and makes me smile!

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  50. Lisa...so cheerful your card looks and I do love the embossing and those gorgeous feathers
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  51. Gorgeous!!!! Loving all the texture, color and those bees are super!! The ribbons you use, you have in so many beautiful colors, I think you should take a picture of them all together..lol...they are yummy for certain! Another lovely, lovely project my friend!!

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  52. Oh my goodness - this is stunning! That yellow is so beautiful! TFS

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  53. Lisa, you totally nailed it with this gorgeous bright and sunny card! Those crackled bees are the bees knees, my friend! How cool! Love the squiggles and feathers. So perfect. Hugs, Autumn

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  54. Gosh - this is perfection Lisa!!! Stunning work and your masking on those bees is immaculate. Sunshine beckons with this beaty. Nicola x

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  55. This is absolutely gorgeous and elegant Lisa ! The yellow is beautiful as is every single detail my friend !!
    Hugs & Blessings ,
    Mayra

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  56. LOVE this celebration of bees Lisa!!! Amazing textures and design. So sorry I don't get to stop by very much. I really appreciate all your lovely comments xx

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  57. You sure carried out the bee theme brilliantly. I love the bold yellows and textured layers. :)

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  58. There is something about yellow cards and summertime! They are so bright and cheerful and this is no exception. Your card is beautiful and the details fantastic!

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  59. One bright and beautiful card. Love the honeycomb background and textures. The added feather and butterflies are perfect.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  60. oh fun! i love bees! (not stings. lol!!). the texture is amazing on this card! art!! love!

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  61. Amazing! Love this bold bright tribute to dear bees! That bold yellow is stunning. Thanks so much for brightening my day!~kim

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