I know not everyone loves bees like I do and I know some people are allergic which is definitely problematic, but I think their fuzzy bodies are wonderful and I am fascinated to watch them busily visiting flowers. I have a couple of people in my life who I think about when I think about bees. One of them is my sister, whose name, Deborah, is supposed to mean “the bee” (growing up I definitely understood the whole “sting like a bee” metaphor when it came to her enforcement of the space she required me to give her!) She is celebrating a birthday this month, just like Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I made her a fun bee card, if you can bee-lieve that!
I struggle with designing cards. I always like to look for inspiration in the form of a sketch or a card that uses the same products. In the case of this card, the stamps and dies I wanted to use were from Hello Sweetums which is no longer in business, so when I searched the name of the stamp set I found a number of different cards with similar themes, but different products.
I really liked the way Dana Kirby used the small stamps from the set to create a background paper that was tone on tone as well as how she spotlighted her sentiment and a few images from the set in a simple shape:
There are not as many small images in the Bees Knees stamp set I was using, but I still felt like I could use the same idea.
Here’s what I did:
I couldn’t resist using my hexagon dies for the shape and I colored the flower with my sister’s favorite color (I love this kind of inspiration!)
I didn’t want to use the cute birthday sentiment on the front and then be left with nothing on the inside, so I thought the Hive Five! would be fun for the front and the inside looks like this:
Thankfully, my sister doesn’t follow my blog so this will be our secret until her birthday at the end of the month!
I loved the cute images in this stamp set and am very thankful for Dana’s design inspiration and the theme and color inspiration my sister provided!
I hope you have a fabulous day! Please let me know if you have any tips for how to design your cards! I’d love to hear them!
Products I used on this card :
Hello Sweetums Bees Knees stamps and dies
My Favorite Things Pineapple Prestige Card Stock
Zig Memory System Wink Of Stella Pen (I used Black 010 and Clear 999) these are really nice with a very fine tip I used for giving a touch of sparkle to eyes, antennae [black], and wings [clear])