Thursday, January 17, 2019

Karen DT - Idea, Create, Craft

Hello Crafters xx

Something a bit different from me on the
Bee Crafty blog today. I set myself a couple of new challenges for the New Year. The first one was to try my hand at Art Journalling.
So here's my first Bee Craft Art Journal spread. Hope you like it xx

Products used :
Ladies Profile 
Maple leaf
Oak leaf
Trio Butterflies 
XL creativity words
Multi mini Distress Diamond 
Texture Paste
Black pen

This is the completed Art Journal spread 

I first covered the pages in white gesso
Texture paste was randomly applied through the Honeycomb Dinkable
Once dry I smooshed watercolour inks over both pages. (You can use any inks, distress oxides, whatever you have in your crafty stash). I dried in between each application, building up the layers until I was happy

I stamped the Ladies Profile, Oak and Maple leaves around the edges of the pages, in black onyx versafine ink 
I then stamped 3 more butterfly's "flying" on the left page, and drew in a butterfly trail

Holding the mini Distress Diamond stamp in the palm of my hand, I randomly stamped parts of it in Black Soot Distress Oxide  
I then drew a wiggly black frame around the edge of my two page spread    

I stamped the large Creativity Words on a seperate piece of card.  Cut them up, added wiggly lines around each, then adhered to my pages

And here was the final result. For one of my first Art Journal spreads, I was really happy with the way it turned out. Hope you like it

Crafty hugs xx 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lorre-Anne DT - Dare To Dream

Hi everyone, I'm up on the Bee Crafty blog again today sharing a new DT project.  I've not used my Style Wire Squares for a wee while so thought I'd get them out and have a play.... here's what I have came up with!

What to do
  • Cut some black card slightly smaller than the card blank, and some white card slightly smaller again.
  • Add some of each colour of Oxide to a blending mat, spritz with water and drag the square of white card through it.  Dry with a heat tool, and repeat until you get the desired look.
  • Stamp the squares and the sentiment using Versafine.
  • Stamp the various borders using various Oxide colours.
  • Mat this card to the black card, and glue to the card blank.
  • Finish by adding some highlights using the white gel pen.
That's it for this week everyone, I'll be back soon with another project.  

Hugs, Lorre-Anne x

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jane DT - 'Light Up' Art Journal Spread


I thought it was about time to use my Bee Crafty stamps and stencils to do a bit of art journaling this week...

I started by choosing 3 complementary colours of acrylic paint and applied it to my pages using my fingers.  I wanted to focus on two main areas to create a flow across the pages so applied my paint but left some empty space...

To tone the colours down slightly and also help them look more blended I used my brayer with some buff coloured paint...

Next I chose my 3 favourite d'inkables (metal alpha, chevrons and circles).  For the first two I chose a contrasting colour to my background and added them to the areas that had colour, travelling mostly in a diagonal direction across the page.  Again to help tone the colours together I used buff with the circles when I stencilled them...

At this point I debated whether to leave the background as it was but eventually decided I wanted a little bit of stamping for more texture.  I chose to use parts of the Light Bulb Circuit XL stamp with sepia archival ink.  Then to frame the page I added some of the same ink to the edges where the paint ended...

I wanted to create a collage effect with my stamps that would be focal points on either side of the pages.  Using a selection, I stamped out some images and cut them out.  Once I had an idea of what I wanted to create I coloured them using distress crayons and pens, then decided to use glossy accents to enhance them...

Finally I mounted them up onto the pages with glue gel and then added a sentiment...

To create this project I used:

* Art Stamps - Large Butterfly
* Art Stamps - Dragonfly and Butterfly
* Art Stamps - XL Light bulb Circuit
* Art Stamps - Light Tomorrow
* Art Stamps - Texture, Film Strip and Circles
* Backdrop Frames - Style Wire Hearts
* Backdrop Frames - Style Wire Square (large)
* D'Inkables - Metal Alpha, Chevrons and Circles

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Karen DT - Music to my ears

Hi crafters xx

I'm back with another couple of makes, on the

Buzzy Goings On At Bee Crafty Blog 

I wanted to showcase the gorgeous Keyboard stamp, together with some of the fabulous Music themed stamp sets, to show how versatile 1 stamp can be...


Soundwaves - Heartbeat  , Dots

Rock stamp

Welded Music Inkable 

Distress Oxides


A fun and quick card to make..

Stamp the Soundwaves Dots in various Distress Oxides.  I've got for bright but masculine tones for this one.

The main Keyboard was stamped in Vintage Sepia versafine and to complete I inked up ROCK in one of the Distress Oxides, used for the Soundwaves

To create this sample I blended Distress Oxides through the Welded Music Inkable

The Keyboard was stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine together, as was the Heartbeat Soundwaves

Holding the Fur Elise stamp in the palm of my hand, I randomly stamped bits of it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide

Using different coloured inks, Soundwaves etc, will alter the look of both these cards

Many thanks for popping by and I'll be back again soon with another Bee Crafty make

Crafty hugs xx

Monday, January 07, 2019

Lorre-Anne DT - Rock

Hi bloggers, I'm back up on the Bee Crafty blog today and I've got the Inspired By Banksy stamps out again.

What to do
  • Cut some white card slightly smaller than the card blank.
  • Put some of each Distress Oxide on to a blending mat, spritz with water and drag the white piece of card through it - dry with a heat tool and repeat until you get the look you're after.
  • Stamp some stars using Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon Oxide.
  • Blend some Chipped Sapphire and Ripe Persimmon through the texture discs randomly over the card.
  • Stamp Ghetto Blaster boy using Versafine ink, and add some highlights to him using the white gel pen.   Blend some Chipped Sapphire around the edges of the card, and glue to the card blank.
  • Blend some Mustard Seed Oxide on to a spare piece of white card, then stamp the word ROCK using Versafine ink,  Cut out the letters individually and attach to the card using foam pads.

That's my project complete for this week, I'll be back next Monday with a new card to share.

Hugs, Lorre-Anne x

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Design Team Call 2019

DESIGN Team Call

Do you love stamping? 

How would you like to join the Bee Crafty Design Team? 

We have LOADS of exciting new products planned for 2019 so we want you!. 

We're looking for someone who loves to stamp, enjoys using different techniques/inks/mediums and textures. 

What we give you :): ~
*A starter kit of stamps and regular new stamps 
*10% OFF ALL Bee Crafty Products 
*We will feature your work on our website, our blog, magazine submissions and on Facebook  
*Design Team Blinkie for your blog 
*Reimbursement for postage 

DT positions are for 3 months initially

What we'd like from you: 
*At least 1 card/project per week to be blogged with links and photos
*Create multiple projects for to be shown on TV (this is at least 5 projects per show and occasionally a tight deadline)*Facebook & Instagram user 
*An active social media presence ; a blog with regular detailed posts, photo's, & links to products used, instagram, you tube tutorials etc
*Take good quality photo's of your work 
*Post on social media
*Send us your work for us to display at Craft Shows, in Magazines and in store Events etc. 
*Promote Bee Crafty  Stamps on your Blog, Facebook , Instagram and other social media platforms

All samples must be made using only Bee Crafty  Stamps, this means no other stamp ranges are to be used on TV and blog samples but of course we are happy for you to go with your own creativity.
The Stamps must be the main feature of the samples.

 Applications by email: with the subject ‘Design Team Application’ 

Email to include:
*Small biography
*Your favourite crafty techniques/products
*Why you'd like to join in
*Your Crafty achievements
*Link to your Blog & Facebook Page/Gallery/Instagram if applicable

Jane DT - Courageous Lion Card


Happy new year!
I have decided to share a card with you today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog that has a sentiment I think we all as crafters need to follow sometimes...

To start this project I began by stamping the lion image from The Wizard of Oz collection using sepia Versafine then embossed with clear powder as I hadn't yet decided which colouring mediums I wanted to use!
I ended up using my watercolour paints and then Faber Castell pitt pens to colour the image and added some white highlights with a signo uniball pen. 
To give the image extra dimension I coated it using glossy accents, then when that layer had dried added another (to be honest I did this because I had stuck my finger into the first layer in my impatience!!).  You can see the high shine this had in the photos as I could not avoid the light showing in them...

Next I stamped and cut out the sentiment then started on my background. 
I cut a piece of card measuring 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" as it was going to go on a 5 x 7 card blank.  I wanted to create a vintage looking background so used my distress inks (tea dye, vintage photo and walnut stain). 
I used each colour one at a time by putting some onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and then adding to the card.  The colours were used from light to dark and when I wanted a more dappled look I dabbed the card rather than put it all in...

After I had added the colours it felt a bit too dark so I splashed some water onto the card then dabbed off with kitchen towel, one of the great properties of distress inks. 
I still wanted some extra lighter elements so used the circles d'inkable to remove some of the colour by faux bleaching with a damp cloth, then drew around the circles with my white pen. 
To make the circles a bit different I added some scribbles around the edges then decided to do the same with a border around the whole piece of card.  
I wanted the circles to be lighter still so added some white distress crayon to them as well. 
To create some extra texture I used my favourite ever Bee Crafty stamp the Script XL with some of the distress inks in random areas.

To frame the main piece and sentiment I blended some walnut stain around the edges. 
The background was then stuck flat to the card but to create dimension I added the sentiment with foam tape and the lion with glue gel.

Here are the items that I used:

* Wizard of Oz - Cowardly Lion
* Wizard of Oz - Inspirational Sentiments
* Backdrops - XL Script
* D'Inkables - Circles
* Distress Ink Pads

Thank you for looking and I hope that this year we will all have both courage and self confidence within our crafting.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Karen DT - January's Wolf

Hello everyone xx

First of all I'd like to wish you all a very Happy, and crafty, New Year xxxx
I'm on the Bee Crafty blog today with a Calender page I made, using one of my favourite Bee Crafty stamps...the gorgeous Scenery Wolf
So beautiful and versatile xx

Also used:
Dreams come true sentiment stamp
Distress Oxides 

I masked off a panel across the Calendar page and blended Distress Oxides together to create a sunset effect
I spritzed water droplets on then dried them off with a paper towel
The moon was stamped in the same colours
I inked up, and stamped, the gorgeous Wolf and sentiment in Black onyx versafine 

A simple but beautiful first page to my calendar. .. hope you like it xxx 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Lorre-Anne DT - Warm Wishes

Hi bloggers, I'm back to share another Bee Crafty DT card with you all.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, it's Hogmanay today and I'd like to wish you all the very best for 2019!

What to do
  • Cut white card slightly smaller than the card blank, and another square slightly smaller again.
  • Take the larger of the 2 squares and blend some Warm Honey Distress Oxide around the edges.  Glue this to the card blank.
  • Take the remaining white square and randomly blend Warm Honey and Spiced Marmalade over it.  Take the Script Inkable and blend some Spiced Marmalade through it at certain bits.  Then take the Feather Dinkable and use a damp baby wipe to rub over the top of it, this will remove the Oxide and give a watermark effect.
  • Stamp the sentiment in the top and bottom corners using Frayed Burlap Oxide.  Also use Frayed Burlap to stamp the Laurel Border.
  • Take one of the leaves and create a flower by stamping this in a circle using Frayed Burlap.
  • Blend some Frayed Burlap Oxide around the edges of the card, and glue this to the card blank.
  • Finish by adding a gem to the centre of the flower, and some highlights and dots using the white gel pen.

Close up to show the watermark effect given by using a baby wipe to blend through the Feather Dinkable.

That's my project complete for this week, I'll be back next week to share another with you.  
Hugs, Lorre-Anne x

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Jane DT - New Year Notebook


I hope you all had the Christmas you wished for and are now looking forward to the new year. 

I thought that as it is almost the start of 2019 I would create a project to mark that new beginning. 
I am not one for resolutions as I believe that you can achieve new things at any time of the year, but I do like inspirational quotes so thought I would make a notebook to put them into...

Once I had cut the mount board pieces using a die to create the main book and mini book, I used acrylic paint to coat them all.  I wanted to use a stamp in a different way and decided on the spikey snowflakes as when they were embossed in gold onto the teal I felt that they looked like mystical suns!...

When the notebook had been assembled I wanted to create more of a focal point, so stamped some of the snowflakes again onto a piece of card that I painted and then die cut them into circles.  I wanted to use the same wording on both the main book and the mini book charm so chose a sentiment set where there were two sizes of fonts (Inspirational Words 1)...

To add my ribbon closures I used red liner tape to attach them inside the covers then used the script stamp to make some pretty inserts which were placed over the top.  I added some pages under the elastic and started off my notebook with one of my favourite Bee Crafty wordage stamps...

My aim is now to add quotes to the book throughout the year so that by the end it is a book of inspiration!

Here are the products used:

* Yuletide - Spikey Snowflakes
* Backdrops - Script XL
* Wordage - Inspirational Words 1
* Wordage - True Hope
* D'Inkables - Stars

I hope you have a wonderful start to the new year, happy crafting!

Jane xx
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