Thursday, 29 August 2013

Crafting with a bee

I had a lovely week off work, I only have to go back tomorrow, just in time for another weekend. On Tuesday I made the drive to Farnborough, Hampshire, for Brenda of Bumblebees and butterflies class where we were making a bird card and painting with distress inks. It was such fun to meet a fellow blogger in person, it was like meeting an old friend. She is such a talented crafter and I learnt so much from her (thanks Brenda x)

There were 7 of us in the class and we watched as Brenda explained the card we would make and demonstrated some of the techniques. We used several techniques including embossing and for the first time I painted my image with distress inks rather than using my usual Promarkers.

First I washed the image with distress inks and then I used a paintbrush to put in some details.

 I was quite pleased with my first attempt and I will certainly play with them again.

I had fun making a birds nest out of twine wire

 and of course a nest needs eggs, which were coloured with distress inks then embossed using clear embossing power. Whilst the embossing was hot we pressed a prose stamp in and then went over with distress ink. I really like this effect.

We also made a piece of embossed card to look like rusty metal using ink and embossing powder. This was die cut with a TH cage die.

All these elements were then put together to make up the finished cards.
Here is my finished card, the image is on a hinge which lifts up to reveal a birthday verse.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Here come the boys Lazy Summer days
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
Pile it on Designer paper
Crafting with dragonflies male card
Papercrafting Journey anything goes
2 sisters square card
Jelly Park things that fly
Card crafters circle for the boys
Craft Room Challenge new something my new is my new painting and playing with distress inks which I will certainly be doing again. I really enjoy learning new techniques and skills to enhance my card making.

After the class I continued down the M3 to Southampton to see my daughter and son-in-law. My Hb caught the train from London after work to join us and we enjoyed a lovely meal together. Yesterday was another special Mum/daughter day as we met in Guildford for lunch and some retail therapy. My girlie is 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow and has such a neat bump...she does not look pregnant at all from the back...and yes everyone keeps saying it looks like a boy bump. We will have to wait and see....perhaps there is a little grandaughter in there ?

Enjoy the weekend, the weather is due to change to a more autumnal feel. As I have been spoilt by a week of glorious blue skies and sunshine I really can't complain. Thanks for visiting and take care,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What can I saw but how awesome this is. Amazing piece of art. Love it and your explanation - some great ideas there. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.
    It is wonderful when you have time off work and the weather is perfect and especially catching up with your daughter.

  2. Hi Jane - loved your finished card, glad you enjoyed the workshop and felt you learnt something lol. Thanks for the lovely comments. Got back from Tim's workshops this evening. had an amazing time and also met up with blogging friends, some I had met and some I hadn't.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your daughter, not long to go now .......
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Lovely new techniques Jane, I love the painted birds and the pretty little nest.. The birdcage is lovely and so " of the moment"!!
    Glad you had a lovely week off and some precious family time!
    Enjoy your weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  4. I really like that card! It's very classy. It's always fun to take a class and meet new people! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Fabulous card, Jane! Love the pretty image, your die cuts, that embossed tape measure, the feathers and your fun nest! Really great design. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Jellypark Friends. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. Hi Jane! I love your card! Beautiful drawing and the details you made are so cute! How nice you had free time and enjoy your lovely studio! I'm happy to stay today in my 'attic'. Have a great weekend! x Teje

  7. Sounds like a great class Jane and stunning finished project.

    B x

  8. Love the fab card, Jane and it looks like you had fun learning some new techniques! Glad you enjoyed your meal and day out with your girlie and I hope she's well - a tidy bump is often a little boy, but you might get a surprise! I carried completely differently with both of mine and they were both boys!
    There's a definite Autumn nip in the air in the evening now but hopefully the nice weather will continue for a little while longer! Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Beautiful card Jane, love the image.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Caz x

  10. Fabulous card and the step by step. Thank you for joining us at Here Comes the Boys challenge good luck
    Ginny ♥

  11. How clever Jane. It looks super. Enjoy the grandmother thing - it is so much fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies for our male card/father's day challenge!

  12. You are so talented Jane!
    I love the soft, "vintagish" you've created here. It goes so perfectly well with the stamp! And how adorable is that nest? Bravo! Absolutely delightful!

    Greetings form Chicago~

  13. great artwork hun and super colours and images, just checking did you receive your goodies from the HH?
    Hugs Kate xx

  14. Your card is beautiful Jane!..You definitely must do more work like this...I do love the effect you have created with the paints and it sounds like such a fun day was had too...
    All the little added decorative details always make your cards extra special...
    Happy Weekend,
    Susan x

  15. This turned out great, very creative, wonderful colours, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  16. Hello dear Jane,

    What a wonderful birds-card you've created, just beautiful with those feathers and a little nest... Oh my!
    And I am so happy to hear the mommy-to-be is feeling (and looking!) wonderful, many greetings to her&Tom and happy "waiting" days... For you all!

    Sunny weekend, dear friend!


  17. Wow, so many fab and clever details! Gorgeous card :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  18. Fabulous card, great inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  19. What a lovely card with so many very creative elements, especially making your own paper for your eggs and diecut birdcage, wow! I really like the painting you did on your birds, great job. Thank-you for sharing with us at Crafting With Dragonflies!
    {Hugs} Barb, DT

  20. Beautiful card Jane, love the birds nest, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  21. This is beautiful! Such wonderful details! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  22. Hi Jane, I've had problems leaving comments.
    I'm glad you could go to this class. My whole family loves birds, enjoying your finished card.

    Thanks for sharing ........

    Best wishes,
    PlumCreek Studio

  23. Oh I really like this one - beautiful colours and textures and who doesn't like birds? Gorgeous. Bx

  24. This is Fabulous Jane, Thank you for joining us at Here come the Boys for our Lazy Summer Days challenge,
    Hugs Teresa

  25. What a gorgeous card! Thank you for playing and sharing at Here Come The Boys Woo & Sharon xx


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