Sunday, 28 September 2008

Sunday Stampers - Week 30 - Don't Worry "Be" Happy!

Hello Stampers!

Thank you to those of you who took part in last weeks challenge - I saw some lovely creations and it was good to see different designs using the Clowns from the challenge.

This week, in honour of my friend Linda being a jolly good sport in the name of charity, I have decided to set the theme as Bee's. Mmmm, yes, you are probably wondering why I am using this theme in relation to charity....well, Linda is dressing up as a Bee today to raise some dosh for a charity that her work run. I am really hoping that she raises tons of money and is not too uncomfortable in that costume!! We need photo's, I reckon :O))

So, cos I couldn't think of a song title that had "Bee" in it, I cheated a little and chose this one. I love this song anyway, tis a cheery tune and I hope you will all be humming *pardon the pun* this all day long.

For my challenge, I set a double headed one this week. I ran out of time, like I always seem to be doing, so I set myself a speed crafting challenge and had to get the project made in under 15 mins.

Which I did!! Yes, this took me 12 mins and 49 seconds. I am not particularly impressed with it to be honest, speed crafting is not my forte obviously LOL

I cut out a house shap from sturdy card, coloured the whole surface with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. I then used a honeycomb border stamp to create a background - stamping with Fired Brick for the roof and Scattered Straw for the rest. Cos I was rushing, I didn't line the honeycombs up properly, so to cover up this messy bit, I used the Binding stamp that I loooove so much. And cos I was rushing, I stamped this in the wrong place, so added another couple of the binding images to cover up this mistake....can you see a theme starting here? I stamped the bee onto a piece of copy paper and cut it out. I then stamped the bee onto the house. I masked this and stamped another bee partly over the first one, and so on, until I had four bee's on my house. They looked a bit bland, so I used a Ranger White Pen to jazz up the wings, and at the same time I jazzed up the binding images. Finally, once I had stamped the title using StudioG alpha's, I edged the whole thing with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then Walnut Stain just to finish it.

I hope that you all like this challenge. I am sure that there will be a little bee somewhere in your stash...if not, then you could always stamp a flower or something and then draw one :O)) The products I used today are mostly available from The Artistic Stamper...and even better.... there is a special offer on for this weekend only there, they are offering to pay our VAT for cool! So if you fancy grabbing a bargain and not having to pay the VAT on your stash...pop over and have a look at the heavenly new products that Jennie has just got in stock...they are in the Altered Art section...the little hangers are soooo cute....I can vouch for that cos I have a couple already LOL

As usual, you can make whatever takes your fancy and once you are done, please post here and add a link to the place you are displaying your creation so I can come and have a nosey.

Well, all there is for me to say is that I hope you will be busy buzzing about your crafty stash and your crafty area will be a hive of activity ... soz, couldn't help myself there!

Thanks for looking....oh, and if you are going to Ally Pally today I hope I bump into you...I will be the one with the massive bag of stash....hang on, that will be almost everyone won't it? :O))


Hels x


Angie C said...

Lovely house Hels, and love the bee theme.

Also good luck to Linda for her charity run

mrsspook said...

A lovely piece of work Hels, I will have a go but will need to draw a bee, I havent drawn much in a long time so at least it will be good practice for me.
Hope ally pally is fun, expect to see a posting on your blog listing all the goodies that you buy.
June x

Liverpool Lou said...

Love yours Hels as usual :) I only have a tiny bee stamp but felt on this occasion 'size doesn't matter' :-O
Hope you've had a fab time at Ally Pally ;-)
Anne x

Linda Elbourne said...

Thank you for so much for setting this challenge in my honour Hels ... twas a tad hot in that costume and some of the kids were a tad boisterous ... but it was great fun and all in a good cause!!!

Your house is fabulous - I love the roof and the bees and the colour and the shape ... in fact I love it all more than I love honey :0)

Nearly forgot - hope you had a fab day ... piccie of your stash would bee nice!!!!

Andrea said...

a beeeeautiful house and love the whole layout of it, not bad in under 13 minutes xx well done to Linda to xx

mrsspook said...

Meant to ask you where did you get your binding stamp from?

Craftyideas said...

Love your house Hels. Have made a bookmark and put it on my blog xx

mrsspook said...

OK Hels I've had a go, it was fun, just added a little doodble bee.
Thanks for the challenge
June x
PS its on my blog

Hels said...

Thanks for your comments and for joining in too xx

Ann said...

Here's my bee card - my daughter is working in Spain at the moment and I keep sending her cards to make her smile. I think this one will work as inside it says 'I love you beary much'.
thanks for the very different challenge. Love your 'quick' project.

Ann xxx

hilmof said...

Gorgeuos work hels - oh how I wish!!!and in 13 minutes!!!!

Please don't take the p*** out of mine!!!:):):) I tried to do Dan's water technique but obviously used too much water!!!(I'll try again tomorrow!!) and I had to improvise cos I don't have a bee stamp!!!

Anyway mines on my blog

Joy said...

Fab house Hels xx

Shazza said...

I made a card and it is on my blog now Hels

Minx said...

Sorry hun, i have whole heartly been neglecting my friends and there blogs in recent weeks, i do apoligise,all your recient work is scrummy including your bee piece of which i need the binding and honeycomb stamps.. what are these from ????
Big Hugs xx

Karen said...

Of necessity, a quick card but it's here with the endangered solitary bee :)

Claireabelle said...

It's fab Hels! I love that binding stamp

Rainbow Lady said...

Here are my insects including my little bee. Thanks for looking Love Cynthia x

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