12 bees of Christmas – Day 7

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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… seven bees a-swimming

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Dylusions sprays, spiral mask, sea bubbles stamp by Ryn, white ink pad, bee stamp (Stampotique), Black Memento ink.

I sprayed the card with blue, green and turquoise Dylusions sprays, blotted with kitchen roll and then, whilst still damp, overlaid the stencil, spritzed with water and then blotted. This technique is called “ghosting” and removes some of the ink. I cleaned the stencil and then used it again, this time spraying inks through the stencil. This builds up a layered look. I dried it with a heat gun before stamping the white sea bubbles. The bees were stamped over the top but it actually looks like I did it the other way around. I decided to leave it like this, rather than cut out extra bees and stick them over the top, as it looked like the bees could be under the water.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had fun seeing in 2014. Have you made any resolutions? I have, rather rashly, made several and if I say them out loud here maybe I will keep them, or at least of some them! As usual I am pledging to lose weight – I usually find I am most successful with this just before Christmas and then of course pile on the pounds over the holiday period. However, at least last year I didn’t  put on weight which, these days, I consider a major achievement. I am also planning on increasing my level of fitness but absolutely not in the gym! The major, major resolution is to not buy any new crafting stash, except for essentials. Now I am practically hyper-ventilating at the mere thought of this. You’ll notice that I haven’t defined “essentials,” so watch this space!

I hope you are enjoying my 12 Bees of Christmas and thank you to those of you who have left a comment, I really do appreciate each and every one. I thought I’d pop back and share a New Year card with you:

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This uses paper and an image from The Gecko Galz and I’ve layered them up with coordinating cardstock in two shades of blue together with some contrasting cardstock in red.

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I’ve added a little gold glitter to the 1 on the vintage image.

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I’ve used some mini pom-pom trims across the bottom.

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A big double bow, from white seam binding, with a tiny button in the centre finishes it off.

I hope you have a very enjoyable day today and I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2014. And out of interest – is seam binding an “essential” do you think?! ;)

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 6

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Six bees a-partying

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Paper by Blonde Moments, lights stamp by Dylusions, bee stamp by Chocolate Baroque, glitter card, glitter glue. I stamped the bees on to the background and then again on to white paper and coloured them in with Promarkers before cutting out and gluing over the original. Lastly, I added their party hats.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 5

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 4

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

12 bees of Christmas – Day 3

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee and a beehive

Recipe: Kraft paper, Vintage Photo distress ink, bee stamp by Stampotique, gold glitter card.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 2

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Two snowman bees

and a santa bee and a beehive

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The 12 bees of Christmas – the first day

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If you were with me this time last year you may remember that for each of the 12 days of Christmas I posted an ATC that I had made. This year I have given the 12 Days of Christmas a Mrs Beez twist. Today, and for the eleven subsequent days, I will share little bee related project. I hope you enjoy them.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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… a santa bee and a beehive.

The beehive image comes from The Graphics Fairy.

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Happy Christmas!

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A very Happy Christmas to all my followers and visitors.

When I was little there was a Christmas ritual where, every evening, my Mum would read to me by the light of an Advent candle. The book was Enid Blyton’s  Christmas Book  – a tale of a family getting ready for Christmas that wove in how many of today’s traditions came about. It was outdated even when I was a child but I absolutely loved it and it still sits by my bedside during December. The book that was read to me belonged to my Mum and she bought me my own copy. However,  I remember that in her version many of the lovely illustrations had been coloured with crayons. This tag uses one of the images from the book that I have colour

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I hope that you enjoy today and that you create some happy memories that will be with you for years to come.

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Food glorious food

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Well here we are, the night before Christmas and all through the house… Please complete that sentence as you see fit. You may be kicking back and totally chilled, stressed to the max or somewhere in between.

The new challenge over at Every Inchie Monday is “food” and, as you might expect, my inchies have a festive twist:P1060772

Our festive feast also includes turkey and Christmas pud. I think I might have mentioned that I still use the recipe that I learned during my first year at Secondary school. I think my domestic science teacher, Miss Procter as she was back then, would be quite pleased to know that I have continued to make that same recipe, albeit with one or two tweaks, for the past forty years.

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I couldn’t resist using two of my other favourite food images for the other two inchies:

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I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and I hope your day is filled with fun. I have scheduled some posts for the holiday period just in case you fancy buzzing by!