Life is a bed of roses

Another long Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and, typically, the warm summery weather we have been experiencing has disappeared! I knew it was too soon to switch from boots to flip-flops!

Today I am sharing an impromptu make. By that, I mean I had planned to share something else with you this morning but a comment left by uber-talented Hels Sheridan earlier in the week set me off on a different tack. She mentioned that the background stamp I used to  create my Blue Brown and Butterfly  reminded her of roses. Up until that point it had reminded me, ever thinking of food as usual, of those swirly toffees that you used to be able to get in Woolworths. However, as soon as she said roses I could see it and wanted to try it. Here’s what I came up with.


The swirly background stamp is by Neil Walker and I got mine from Artistic Stamper. I used Festive Berries distress ink to stamp the image and then swirled on various pinks – Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick. For the ATCs I used a mix of Festive Berries and Barn door for the image.


For the card I used Stazon to stamp the bee, the big bee from Stampotique, and the honeycomb background. I originally intended to paper piece all of the bee but once I’d done the wings, liked it the way it was so just added a little bit of colour with a Promarker instead.


The ATCs are my lovely Catslife Press Bumblebee Girl, stamped and paper pieced, and a Hero Arts butterfly. Both images were coloured with distress inks. The words were printed off on my computer and I doodled the borders. I’ve done a little extra stamping to add some layers.


So thank you Hels for the idea, can’t wait to play with different colours. Think I might try black with pink/red for a Charles Rennie Mackintosh feel.


What ever you are up to this weekend, have fun and thanks for buzzing by.



Life is a bed of roses — 6 Comments

  1. Now, I was completely with Hels when I saw the brown background, it reminded me of the fabric roses you get on a gauzie ribbon. But seeing it used with all of these rose coloured ink I cannot help thinking of something very sweet and sticky. Isn’t that odd?

    None-the-less, three lovely projects, very pretty backgrounds and great designs.

    Dionne xxx

    • Oh yes, I can see what you mean. I’m so glad it got mentioned as I can see lots of possibilities with different colours!!! xx

  2. Think i’ve about run out of pretty words for your cards, they’re all so wonderful. I never cease to be amazed at what all you do to make everything you make so great. I enjoy each and every post you send me. So glad I found your blog quite awhile ago. You’re stuck with me gal.
    We’ve been doing a little redecorating. We painted our living room couple weeks ago and now I’ve been making art for walls and creating a gallery wall. We have an older club chair I got at our Habitat for Humanity few years ago. I hated the upholstery on it so got a few of my faded vintage tablecloths out and put them on the chair. Makes it look shabby cottagey, beachy in l/r. We painted the walls a very light gray, so pretty and light in l/r now. I haven’t have to buy anything but the paint, using things and supplies I have in my stashes. Having such a wonderful time redoing room, next will be front hall and kitchen.
    This is our Memorial Day holiday weekend. We’ve had rain off and on since Thursday but today is worst and most rain. Ah well, other states are crying about drought so guess I’d better not complain. Hope you got to enjoy your bank holiday.

    • You are too kind – you make me blush 🙂 You’ve been busy and I love the sound of your gallery wall. Wish you could pop over and decorate for me as I am sooo lazy about that kind of thing. 🙂

  3. These are all beautiful and they do make lovely roses although I am strangely craving a caramel swirl now too, lol. ~Diane

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