Cards and paper creations by a crafter with chronically cold feet
Monday, April 23, 2012
BBTB2 Bumblebee or Ladybug Challenge
This week at BBTB2 our sweet and lovely Krista has chosen either a bee or ladybug from any cartridge. My first thought was to do an elegant card with one of the gorgeous bees available on Sentimentals or Art Nouveau but then something hit me. Maybe it was the fact that I've recently been talking about my 40th (cough cough) high school reunion later this year, but I started thinking of punny "bee" sayings and... Besides, although the 70's was a very important decade for me, but I'd never even used my Groovy Times cart. I created the shaped card in DS, starting with the second shadow. (I know, hard to imagine I skipped the opportunity to add a layer, but the card was getting too big for efficient use of paper. Did I actually SAY that? Must have been the Earth Day influence from yesterday.) At first, because of the sentiment, I planned on using a hive cut, but I figured the peace sign was a lot more fun (and quite frankly, I was afraid some of you might not get it if I didn't reference the 70's in some way).
Then on to dressing my bee from Give a Hoot. First I wanted his mouth to be bigger so I hid the contours of his face on one bee and then hid all of the contours BUT the mouth and moved it into place to cut. I popped the body layer and added some hand drawn teeth underneath. I had the perfect brad glasses and added beads for his eyes. His hair and jacket came from PDDU. I'd Googled Austin Powers and realized his groovy jacket was velvet so I flocked the vest from (? not sure which character) and added the lapels from the magician's jacket. I really wanted to use that one, but the sleeves just weren't looking right with his multiple legs. Bummer! I again referenced the 70's by embossing his wings with the Paisley Cuttlebug folder. I'm particularly fond of the trim of his shirt. He's mounted on an action wobble so he can Bugaloo the night away. HeeHee!
The fun bright DP is from an old DCWV stack and the ladybug brad is Basic Grey. The sentiment is computer generated and printed on a word bubble from Paper Pups. I'm telling you, I had a ball making this card and it looks like the rest of the team enjoyed this challenge as much as I did so be sure to check out BBTB2. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thanks to all of you who answered our BBTB2 DT call. Your response was fabulous and a bit overwhelming, making the decision a very tough one. Carole and I will be notifying our choices by email this week and the new additions to the team will make their debut during the May 8th challenge.
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 42 (!) years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.