Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Protect & Preserve the bees

This layout is simple.
The message is simple.
Protect & Preserve the bees.

Please call a beekeeper - NOT an exterminator!
Sadly, there are many who remain ignorant that our survival 
is dependent on this wonderful insect - the bee!

We wouldn't have fruits and vegetables to eat.
We wouldn't have beautiful flowers to admire.
And our livestock would suffer because the clover would diminish.
There are so many synopses you can find on the true significance & importance of bees.

So, with this in mind, I titled my layout.

After a very disheartening realization in early Spring that a neighbor had an 
entire colony of bees KILLED instead of relocated, I deeply felt the loss.
I found the most pristine, perfect bee (among many others) on my driveway.  
It was flying to get away from the insecticide being doused on its home!

I preserved it in this tiny glass bottle and decided to dedicate a scrapbook page to bees.
Such magnificent little wonders in our World!

Very many years ago, I bought this Bo Bunny page named Sunflower.
I was so attracted to it.  
Now I'm not one to love fall colors to decorate with or to wear, 
but this page caught my eyes and wouldn't let go!
So, here we are today, mid-summer in southern Louisiana, 
but I'm scrapping with beautiful Fall colors!  

I started first and foremost with Reneabouquets stunning Queen Bee collection!
These beauties determined the colors I would use.
Aren't they luscious!
The details are truly amazing!



Once I decided that I would dedicate a scrapbook layout to bees, 
I found an image of the anatomy of a bee. 
Look how awesomely perfect Reneabouquets Queen Bee fits!!!  WOW!
PROOF that she pays close attention to details!
Very impressive!

Another buy I made many 'moons ago' that I never thought I would ever use 
is the large Honeycomb panel from Dusty Attic.  
Blue Fern Studios EP color Auburn was such a perfect color to use on it!
Also, BFS Seedlings color Harvest created the perfect 'honey' dripping from the hive!

The United States came out with a collection of stamps consisting of butterflies and bees
 named "Protect Pollinators".  
I buy them in support of this statement.  
So, they were most fitting to use on my layout!



I decorated my page with lots of sunflowers & pretty 49 and Market flowers.
The sunflowers were bought on one of my lunch-hour runs to the craft store when I worked - LOL!
If I saw something that appealed to me, I bought it!
So happy to be able to use these precious stickers!

I also found in my older stash some vellum bees from K&Company's Brenda Walton!

I say this wholeheartedly:
LONG LIVE BEES!
Please do whatever you can to save them.
Your life depends on it.

Thank you for your visit.
It's always very appreciated.
Please share this message and help save our prime pollinators - bees!

Products used:


Papers:

Bo Bunny
Autumn Song collection - Sunflower

Teresa Collins
World Traveler  - Luggage Tags
Backside used for title & die cut greenery

Embellishments:

Reneabouquets
Glass Wing Queen Bee Set

K&Company
Brenda Walton's Flora & Fauna Die Cuts (vellum bees)

Michaels - glass corked bottle


Die:

Spellbinders
Mosaic Vine

Media:

Blue Fern Studios
Auburn EP

Harvest Seedlings


Flowers:

49 and Market
Botanical Blends
Grenadine

Blossom Blends
Poppy


The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Sunflowers

Tools:

Sizzix
Big Shot

Magnetic Platform


Ink:

Nightfall Petal Point
used Dark Brown & Chestnut

Adhesives:
Beacon 3-in-1

Tombow 

Liquitex Matte Gel

Sookwang Scor-Tape

Sunday, June 24, 2018

You make me Smile - a layout of Dixie (Possum)

Our friends, Danny & Nanette, have the cutest little long-haired Dachshund named Dixie.
She's better known though by her ultra-cute nickname, Possum (spelled just like that).
Danny talked quite a bit about her while he was painting our house.
I knew that she was sooooooo special! 

I asked him to send me his most favorite photos of her.  

OMG!!!! She's absolutely adorable!

I couldn't decide which photo to pick, so I used all three : ).

Danny's most favorite photo of little Possum was used as the main large photo.
Distressed pieces with cardboard in between the layers 
nicely framed the sweet photo and gave it dimension.  
She looks perfectly gorgeous on Blue Fern Studios new collection Tattered Walls.

I selected areas around the layout to edge punch in French Scroll design.
The same paper used under the photo was placed under each punched area.

I decided to make the other two precious photos much smaller, 
but still wanted them to stand out on their own.  
Using a circle punch - one is 2" & the other is 3".  
I adorned each with flower arrangements in Aloe and Pink colors & some crocheted lace snippets.  










I chose BFS chipboard words "You make me Smile" and used them as the title for this layout.  
After all, little Possum does just that!!! MAKES YOU SMILE!
I heat embossed them in Lindy's Stamp Gang EP color Bronze Midnight Obsidian.  PERFECT!


I punched out a few Monarch butterflies 
and handmade their antennae using bronze 26 gauge wire.


Blue Fern Studios chipboard Symphony Border coordinated so perfectly!
I mixed LSG Magical color Sea Grass Green & clear gesso; then painted the pieces.




More photos of the flower arrangements.






I completed my gift to Danny & Nanette by framing this little beauty. 
I spray painted a black frame in beautiful bronze!


P.S. Danny & Nanette love their gift.  
  This really warms my heart! 

Possum is the most adorable little dog!
She has the sweetest little personality too!
Plus she really does pose to show you 
how sweet and pretty she is - hee hee.


It felt so great to create again!  
Sometimes just having the right photo, paper or embellishments 
is all it takes to get that 'jump start' incentive.
It was so enjoyable making a page of this little beauty.
I think I smiled the entire time!

Thank you so much for visiting!



Products used:

Blue Fern Studios:
Main Page and distressed piece under photo

Distressed piece under photo
and behind edge punched areas

Chipboard Title

Symphony Border chipboard



Dies and Punches:

     Martha Stewart Punches
French Scroll

Monarch Butterfly - Large & Small




     Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Circle Punch - 2" and 3"
     
     Tattered Lace Dies
Ferns

Flowers:

     49 and Market
Blossom Blends - Aloe

Garden Seeds - Aloe

Seaside Blooms - Natural Blush
(used the seeded stems only)


     Wild Orchid Crafts
Earth Tone Hip Rosebuds

10mm Vintage Mix (used Natural)

10mm 2-Tone Mixed (used Pink & Ivory)

20mm 2-Tone Pink Mix


Mediums & Inks:

     Lindy's Stamp Gang
Magical Mica Set - Nantucket Pearls (Sea Grass Green)

EP - Midnight Bronze Obsidian


     
     ColorBox inks
'Nightfall' set
(used Dark Brown & Creamy Brown)

Pepper



Miscellaneous:

     Hobby Lobby - Crocheted Lace & 26 gauge Bronze Wire

Tools:

Big Shot machine
     

Sizzix Magnetic Platform

     

Tim Holtz Distresser
     



Adhesives:
Liquitex Matte Gel


Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Glue

Tombow Liquid Glue

Sookwang Scor-Tape

Elmer's Foam Tape