Monday, 14 May 2012

Busy Bees bringing a Birthday Buzz!


It's time for a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and this time we're challenging you to use just Black and White, plus one other colour.

This fortnight, our sponsor is the lovely Lexi at Fairy Dust Crafts who, as usual, has given the DT their choice of image to work with for this challenge. She is also offering a prize to our lucky winner.

I've tried something completely new for this card, and have made a gatefold card, but the front part of the card is made from acetate. I think it's worked quite well.

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base Card - Centura Pearl 300gsm card in Snow White cut to form a 15cm square card base. Two pieces of Acetate cut  to 8.5cm x 15cm and scored at 1cm on the short side to give a "tab". Double sided tape was used to fix these to the reverse of my card base.
  • Design Paper - from the Strawberry Kisses CD-Rom and I tweaked the colour using the built in Colouriser to get the shades of yellow that I wanted. I got the wavy edge round it by using my new acquisition, a Clevercut paper trimmer set to a wavy line.
  • Mat & Layer Card - some plain black card I had in my stash, and 2 pieces were using a circles from the  "nest" on the Ultimate Pro Embossing Board Springtime Sweets and cupcake Treats. My TOP TIP for you here is, if there's room on your base mat & layer card, cut out your shape for under your image from that. No-one will see it as it will be hidden by your DP and it will cut down on weight (if you're posting your card) and cost (in these thrifty times) as you won't need to use another sheet! I can't claim this is my own idea ... but as, I've never seen it printed anywhere, I thought I would share it with you as this idea is too good to keep to myself!!!
  • Images - Bug 1 is by Lexi of Fairy Dust Crafts and is just one of the gorgeous images that you can find at her store. I printed out 2 images, one for the front of the card and the other (slightly larger) for the inside. These were both cut out and layered onto the black card. Once I had mounted the one inside the card, I closed the acetate on top, and mounted the smaller Bee "sandwich" directly on top of the inside one. When the card is closed, it looks like there's just one image there!   I brought these busy bees to life with my Spectrum Noir Pens in the following colours:
    • Bee - CT3, CT4, True Black
    • Outline - GG1
    • Wings and "Flying Squiggles" - Holographic Embossing Powder
    • Edge of shape - Yellow Chalk
  • Sentiment - by Paulette at  Create with TLC
    Inside the card - slightly larger image

    I hope you like this card as much as I do! Head on over to Lexi's Creations and see what the rest of the DT girls got up to using Black and White, plus one other colour. Don't forget to come back and then show us your creations! You've got until Saturday 26th May 2012 to link your cards.

    I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
    Have a great week!

    Hugs, Helen x


    1. This is lovely Helen your papers are beautiful and I love the image so cute, very effective having a gate fold with acetate.

      Hugs Julie x

    2. Hello Helen. Oh wow, this is so sweet and you are very creative, Love the image, and the design of your card is so beautiful. Fabulous colours too.
      Have a lovely day.
      Love Sandra xxx

    3. Just lovely Helen love how you have coloured the image and the use of acetate - brilliant x

    4. Lovely card Helen and Great tip I do that all the time theheheee shusH!!!! don't tell my friends!! tehehehe! Thanks for entering Top Tip Tuesday this time,

      hugs Samantha :0)

    5. Fab card, love the cute bumble bee....

    6. Lovely card Helen, super work using the acetate and I love the sparkle on the wings. Great design!

    7. Oh, Helen, I've never seen a cuter bee! Love the dp and all the sparkle and bling. Great tips about both the layering and the acetate "sandwich". I'm going to try that. Thanks.

    8. Adorable card, I love bees! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays!

    9. Helen this card is so nice, I love it! The colours and the image make such a sweet cute card. I love your work it always makes me want to craft. Your write up is so helpful and so informative, you are such an inspiration.
      Love and hugs
      Susan xxx

    10. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I guess I'm a real perfectionist and can usually find some fault with my cards, so it's very reassuring to know that all you equally wonderful crafters like my work so much.
      Thank you all!
      Helen x

    11. Your card is Bee...autiful :-)Thanks for your take at sentimental sundays challenge this week.

    12. I love bees! What a wonderful card and I never thought of that tip, so thank you for sharing it and for joining our C&S challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. So glad you enjoyed this one :)

      Lisa xx

    13. Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday this CAS challenge and I hope you will join us again this coming Tuesday for our Dig out the Old Challenge!
      Tammy Louise

    14. Just lovely Helen. Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Challenge.

      Wendy -x-


    Thank you for leaving me a comment - I read and appreciate every one!
    Helen x