3 Bees, 2 Butterflies & A bird

So lockdown has eased again and there were queues for Primark!  Some businesses even opened at Midnight because technically it was the 12th.  It seems that for some folks the need for caution has passed and they have gone rushing out.  I'm going to wait until about 4 pm before I complete the little job in Boots today hoping that by then the rush will be over and I will be able to find somewhere to park and have space to move around in hahaha.

So while I wait here is a piece that took some time yesterday but that I am very happy with.

A5 size card, roughly 21cm x 14.5cm.  Started with a baryered section down the middle using Big and Juicy "Soothing Sunset".  These ink pads are not available anymore but fortunately mine have remained juicy without to much colour merging, here I used the yellow to pink end of the pad.  My first attempt at this went badly and so I washed the brayer then dried it on some kitchen paper.  It was not entirely dry when used again so in places the ink sort of water spolged (bottom right) adding to the overall effect.

Next an ARTplorations stencil (Honeycomb Delight) placed over the top and side then Mustard Seed DI dusted over it.  My favourite Bee Stamp, the Magenta one, stamped in alcohol proof ink, in face all the stamping is in that ink, then touched with a yellow Chameleon pen.

The current Indigo Blu publication comes with a great mixed media stencil, the dotty section was used on both side of the card dusted with Spiced Marmalade DI.  This was followed by a beautiful flower stencil which is unmarked and has parted company with its packaging so I do not know who to credit.  Once again Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed DI dusted through it.  The word Bloom is from Stampin' up yet another quite old stamp.

By now 3 different birds had been stamped and fussy cut so they could be laid in turn on the surface to decide which would work best.  You can see which one won, it is the same Inkylicious bird you last saw here as a Sparrow, this time it is a Blue Tit, no idea what next maybe a Chaffinch or some other species of tit.  The colour for this versatile little bird provided by my Chameleon pens again, and in places lots of colour layering.

All that remained to decide on were the butterflies, once again it was an Inkylicious set that provided this pair.  Stamped, Fussy cut and coloured with the Chameleon Pens again.  The yellow/orange one used just one pen and their inbuilt blending system.

So there you have it, lots of techniques, lots of mediums and something else now looking for a frame.  There are lots of challenges I want to share this with so if I exceed some challenge limits please accept my apologies in advance I do try to check but sometimes just get carried away.

Allsorts - #619 Butterflies, Birds & Bees (you were warned about this! hahaha)

Country View Crafts - The Birds and The Bees

International Art & Soul - #106 Winged Creatures 

613 Avenue Create - #4-2021 ATG with optional twist In The Garden

More Mixed Media - ATG with the option Use Yellow

We Love Chocolate Baroque - Springtime (sorry not one of their stamps this time)

We Love to Create - Always Anything Mixed Media

Just us Girls - #579 Use More Than 1 Stencil

As You Like It - Embossing or Stencilling and why.  Generally for me the 2 go hand in hand but stencilling does allow more freedom and the option to mix them up like this.

Happy Little Stampers - Stencil Challenge Always ATG

STAMPlorations - Stencil Challenge Always ATG

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More than enough, if not too many!  Just about all of them were in mind as this came together.  If you are in England remember this is just an easing of the rules not their complete removal and we don't want another spike/lockdown so please Stay Safe, Keep Well, Wear your Mask and Keep your Distance all the while HAVE FUN.


  1. Very beautiful creation, I like all the stencils on the background and that bird is really a lovely focal point, it seems fly out the card!
    Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge!!

  2. Lovely card. Very nicely designed. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Judy DT

  3. When my eldest Granddaughter rang earlier she was saying just the same about peoples disregard for caution, I have to admit I'm in no rush to go anywhere just yet and woujld like to get my second jab and then evaluate the situation.

    I really love the bright sunny vibrancy of this pretty creation and nice use of stencils in the background Zoe, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Butterflied, Birds and Bees' theme at Allsorts challenge this week and also our 'Springtime' theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque (we are happy to see makes of stamps)

    B x

    B x

  4. Thank you so much for joining us at International Art and Soul. You certainly given us a selection of winged creatures which is perfect for our challenge - bird, bees, and butterflies. Fabulous. The colours you have used are really vibrant, even though your ink pad are old. We would love to see you again. Christine DT x

  5. Beautiful card ! thank you so much for your contribution to our April 'Birds and Bees' challenge over at Country View Challenges. Corrie x

  6. Yes lots of techniques and mediums and a beautiful effect. Great use of those old 'Juicy' ink pads and love that the fabulous bird can be anything you wont them to be. Hope the 'Boots' run went smoothly? x.

  7. Certainly is lots of lovely elements to look at here. Great stenciling and such a colourful layout. Thank you for sharing at STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge and yay! to using our stencil too,

  8. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  9. Your stencilling is so pretty and you have created a wonderful card. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It. Lynne DT

  10. A really lovely bright, cheerful card! Thanks so much for joining our April The birds and the bees challenge over at Country View challenges xx

  11. I love how you combined the elements here and such beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing with us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge.

  12. A beautiful project and even though I'm terrified of winged creatures I love your bird. The whole scene is vibrant and gorgeous, thank you for joining us at INTAAS. Hazel x

  13. Echoing the others: your butterflies, bees and bird, paired with the honeycomb and flowers, are a lovely combination! Thank you for sharing this gem in the JUGS gallery!

  14. So gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  15. Such a wonderful job combining your stencils for our challenge at Just Us Girls. Love the addition of the birds, bees and butterflies too! Thanks for joining us!

  16. The inking execution here is amazing! The bird completes!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  17. Lovely creation! Thank you for joining us this week at Allsorts Challenge

  18. Wonderful colours! Thank you for joining us at We love Chocolate Baroque

  19. What a gorgeous example of the amazing use of stencils. Thank you so much for sharing at AYLI. Sarah DT

  20. Such a lovely card. Thanks so much for joining our birds and the bees challenge over at country view xx

  21. Such a lovely card. Thanks so much for joining our birds and the bees challenge over at country view xx


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