From butterfly to bee and a bonus brooch

Today I am sharing a card that is a reworking of one that I did for the Sunday Stampers challenge a few weeks ago.


ย I was all set to send this to my friend for a birthday when she threw a spanner in the works. Or rather a home for bees! I found out she has just installed a bee house at her central London home. It seemed only right and proper therefore, that her card reflected this so I used the same idea but different colours and, of course, a bee:


As my friend is also a lover of music, as well as being a talented singer and musician herself, it seemed appropriate to use some music manuscript instead of the book pages I used for the butterfly card. I’ve used kraft paper in between adding in some texture and pattern with stamping.



The bee image is stamped onto some ivory card that has been coloured with Antique Linen distress ink. I’ve applied some more ink through a harlequin stencil and then stamped some script. The blossom branch was stamped in Shabby Shutters and Worn Lipstick and I used Vintage Photo for the touches of honeycomb.


I’ve added some more of my shabby vintage wild roses which have chocolate brown glittery centres.


Once again I’ve used seam binding coloured with Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick, spritzed with water and then crinkle dried.


In addition to the card I also made a little altered domino brooch as a small gift. This is similar to the one I made the other week but I’ve made it a landscape design, used a musical domino and music manuscript for the background.



Everything is sealed with Modpodge glitter.


I am sharing these over at Sunday Stampers for the nature challenge, Really Reasonable Ribbon for Challenge #92 Flowers or buttons and bows and at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for Challenge #5 which is to use a stamp.


Thanks for buzzing by.


From butterfly to bee and a bonus brooch — 31 Comments

  1. What a great selection you have for us today, two cards and a fabulous broach.

    I love the cards, they are so pretty, and more of your lovely tattered roses. The broach is amazing, fab design and all that sparkle.

    Have a great weekend.

    Dionne xx

  2. What a very lucky friend to receive both gifts of card and brooch. I’m happy to see dominoes being used again for pins and other embellishments. I have 2 cans of dominoes so think I might just try to make couple brooches.
    I’m going more towards bees myself, you’ve converted me, love how they look. Whichever you use to decorate your fabulous creations they’re incredible. Happy days

  3. These are so pretty–your friend is very lucky! I really like your use of the glitter Mod Podge; it adds a very pretty finishing touch. I need to get out my stash of dominoes and play with them.
    Sometimes I forget I even have some of this stuff; sad, I know.
    When you say “bee house,” do you mean she actually has a bee hive in central London? We had 2 hives years ago, but we had trouble using and selling all the honey, and kids kept messing with them, so we sold our hives. It is a very interesting hobby, but one has to have tolerant neighbors.
    A very happy weekend to all!

    • Hi Roberta and thank you for you lovely comments. I am the same – I have things stashed away that I forget I have. Sometimes I hold on to stuff because I don’t want to lose it – which is really silly of me when I stop and think about it. So interested to hear that you kept bees and a shame you had to let them go. I adore “proper” honey. This is the type of bee house my friend has is one of those with hollow bamboo pieces and I think it is just for bees to lay their eggs rather than act as a hive for a swarm. Next time I see her I will ask for all the info. Happy weekend!

  4. You make my want to start crating right his second. Your work is always so full of techniques! You gave me an idea…that I want to try….so thanks! I love the card and the domino pin. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. These bee lovely!! Love the set for your friend. . .the pinks, the bee, the seam binding and that precious altered domino! Marvelous!! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Wow, you put your heart and soul into this! I love both cards but the bee card really caught my eye. Beautiful flowers and the dyed to match seam binding. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. I am becoming a huge fan of your beautiful work! I love the color palette, the gorgeous shabby flowers, the fabulous bow and the wonderful stamped bee panel. Your brooch is so clever! Thanks for sharing your stamping hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5: Pick a stamp, any stamp!

  8. Such a fun and creative cardc! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hope you can come back to play along soon. Hugs Ginny from Polly’s Paper Studio.

  9. As a mother to three musicians, I absolutely love this card! Such wonderful details!! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

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