Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Springtime Bugs

This card was a 'Top 3 Winner' at Card Crafter's Circle


I like to say 'HOWDY to Gerry, Dotty, Sandra, Jessi and Sasha" my newest followers. So glad you visited my blog and decided to follow me on my journey through the blogosphere.

I have been longing for 'spring' for many week. The mild weather here in upstate New York has everyone wishing for warmer weather. In fact my daffodils are about 2-3" above ground level! Maybe they know something that I don't know.

This card was made with 'SPRING' in mind. The Paper Players Challenge is "Spring has Sprung", now that fits right in with my line of thinking.      

Of course with 'spring' comes butterflies, bees and birds. The challenge at Sweet Stampin is to create a paper crafted Nature item with bugs, bees or lady birds. Now both of these challenges scream "SPRING" to me.        

The challenge at Card Crafters Circle is to create a paper crafted item using "buttons".  So if you're not completely confused by this button addition, let me show you my card.





The background sky was created by tearing a piece of paper toweling, using it as a stencil, then applying dye ink with a stipple brush. I hand cut the tree limb and used leaves from a Sizzix die for the foliage. The tiny bees were stamped then colored with colored pencils and a touch of Stickles was added to the wings. A small punch was used for the flowers and mini buttons were used for the centers. The butterflies were leftovers from a Memory Box die.   *** Gotta love those leftover bits and pieces....I have a box full of them ...it would be a shame for us paper crafters to throw anything out! (wink)***    The beehive, birdhouse and bird buttons are from Michaels. I tied some floss in each of these buttons. The frame was made with a Sizzix die and was foam mounted above the scene. I had a 'ball' creating this card and I sometimes feel guilty for having so much fun creating with papers. (Don't worry the guilty part dissipates very quickly) :-)

Back to creating cards in my Butterfly Garden.

16 comments:

Sasha said...

Hi Marie,
What a beautiful little scene. I love your sweet garden with birdhouse, beehive...complete with tiny bees! And your leafy tree is amazing! x

Lisa said...

Love all of the movement in your card Marie! The buzzing bees, wispy grass and perfectly placed leaves. Where on earth did you find a beehive button...so fun!!

jaydee said...

Marie, what a fabulous card. It brought such a smile to my face. I love the little scene you have created. Gorgeous. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week
Jaydee

Michelle said...

OMG! That bee hive is just too cute, Marie!

Jenée said...

What a wonderful little card. Those buttons are perfect. Thank you for joining the button challenge at Card Crafter's Circle.

Theresa said...

So totally cute!!

It's great that you can figure out who joined your blog - I have yet to figure that out.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

This card is just precious! Love it!

Ann Schach said...

Oh my gosh! This is just too cute! I love the little scene you have created! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Nance Leedy said...

Oh my word, Marie, how cute is this?! Those buttons are adorable and I love how you've built a little scene around them. All your details are just stunning! I especially like the leaves...Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

Bea und Doreen said...

that's so lovely - love all the little details - looks amazing
many thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week
Doreen xx

onecraftymama said...

I love this little scene! And yep, I never throw anything away either...I have multiple 'hanging on to that!' spots ;)

Wedgie said...

What a cute card! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week and we hope to see you again soon! Wedgie xxx

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Wow, this is so SUPER CUTE!! I love that bee hive and the way you used the buttons for the flowers, etc. is just awesome. Thanks so much for playing at THE CARD CRAFTER'S CIRCLE this week!!

Pauline said...

Fantastic! SO bright and cheery... love the buttons! Thanks for sharing with us at the Card Crafter's Circle!
Pauline

Anne Marie Hile said...

Maie, what a fun spring scene you have created! So much pretty detail and such a cheerful card, in every way. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players!

Trish and Treasure said...

This is so beautiful!