Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bees and Blooms and Inchies


Welcome to Day Two of Flourishes April Releases!  Today's set is very fun and unique.  It's called Bees and Blossoms designed by Becky Fleck in one of my favourite styles - pointillism.  Becky develops highlight and shadow with the presence of tiny dots in the design.  It is really versatile and can be stamped alone in ink to make a great statement, or it can be coloured up to also give a wow effect.  And this is a very special set as Becky is donating 100% of her artist profits to the Relay for Life from this set.  As well Flourishes is also donating 10% of the profit from this set to the Relay too.  I LOVE this as that was one of the first events we did to raise funds after my husband's cancer diagnosis.  


I thought I'd do something really different from my usual style and create some buzzing little bee trails on inchies.  I stamped this little bee 4 times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock in different positions.  Then I added some piercing detailing on 3 of the bees to give the feeling of motion.  I coloured them up with the Sunflower Collection of Copics, giving them a little dazzle on the wings with a glitter pen.  I paired this with Flourishes Color Made Easy Sunflower and Classic Black Cardstock.  On the bee inchie without the buzzing trails I framed it with Spellbinders Lattice Squares Die to highlight that square.  



Then to show off the pointillism on the flowers I just stamped them in Tuxedo Black onto the Sunflower card stock, and then ran that section through my Fireflies Embossing Folder, because it has the same feel of the buzzing bee trails.  


Here you might be able to pick out the shimmer on the bees wings.  Some checked gingham and lace ribbon, a Sunflower button and some iridescent string finish it off!

Now you can join in on the fun and find today's Mystery Blogger somewhere amoung the Design Team.  Comment on her blog and you have a chance to win today's set! 






  • Amanda Havon
  • Christine Okken (you are here)
  • Cindy Lawrence
  • Danielle Kennedy
  • Heather Jensen
  • Julie Koerber
  • Maki Jones
  • Silke Ledlow
  • Stacy Morgan


  • Want another chance to win the whole April Release?  Be sure to join in on our Flourishes Summer Lovin' Challenge and create something with a summer theme.  See you back here tomorrow for a summer showstopper and a stunning new kit I got to play with!

    Love what you see?  Want to pre-order these sets already?  Check out the Flourishes Store HERE.  

    36 comments:

    guilinger2 said...

    the yellow and black is perfect with the bees!

    Gailanne said...

    Unusual and interesting design...love it.

    KarinsArtScrap said...

    wow stunning card Christine love it.

    greetings karin

    Karen W said...

    How cute, those bees are adorable!

    Mary-Anne V said...

    Love how you framed on bee differently.

    Diane said...

    Very pretty, love the gingham ribbon and the shimmer of the bees wings!

    Theresa said...

    Very creative use of the bees...perfect colors.

    Lynne said...

    terrific composition. The bees are adorable.

    PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

    This is fabulous!! I love inchies on cards!

    Carol Dee said...

    LOVE thosse bees and Happy bee trails. Pretty and bold card.

    Becky said...

    I just love how you used the black and yellow for this set, so pretty.

    TLady said...

    SOOOO PRETTY CHRISTINE!!!!!!!! :) LOVE those little bees!!!!!! AND I LOVE how you framed ONE of the little bees!!!!!!! :) :)Can't wait to see what else THIS set holds with the designers!!!!!

    nscropper said...

    LOVE your card, a wonderful way to use the stamps. :)

    Gretchen Wilson said...

    Just love the bees, the nickname for my 2nd grandson is Mr. B Bubble, so anything bees I like and I love the bright colors and design of your card. The first grandson by the way his brother is doddlebug (ladybugs) for him.

    Anonymous said...

    Beautiful, love the black and yellow together. Mary L Schreiber

    Linda Carson said...

    Love your unique, inspirational and creative design on this set!! Beautifully done!

    Amanda said...

    I love how you created movement by stamping the bees in various positions and adding the piercings!! The colors are perfect and so is the wonderful background embossing!

    Shanna Shands said...

    I love the black and yellow

    Ravengirl said...

    This is really fun and unique! The bees and their trails are great. I also think that black stamped florals on the yellow look quite sharp!

    Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

    Such a pretty card. the bold colors are wonderful and those bee's are so cute. I love all your details. Wonderful job.

    Helen said...

    So clever! Great colours and I love your "bees in boxes" idea.

    stampqueen said...

    Such a cute card!!! Love your little bees :)

    Kris B said...

    Such a pretty card! Love the bees in flight! Great sentiment! TFS God bless!!

    Connie MacFarlane said...

    Great card Christine! Love the floral image simply stamped in black and all of your details are perfect.

    Sue D said...

    Great card--I like your buzzing inchie bees!

    Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

    This is so cute with the inchies and the little piercing trails. Darling idea christine.

    Emily Keaton said...

    Gorgeous, Christine!

    Silke Ledlow said...

    So fun and happy...awesome summer card Christine!

    zehra said...

    Great card

    Belinda said...

    Love all the cute little bees! Cute card.

    Bobbi Miller said...

    Christine, again and again... amazing! I just love this card and this set! Your colors are so bright and cherry~! Boy, would I love to win this (but that's Not the only reason I'm commenting) :-) I love your "stuff" friend.

    Katie Sims said...

    Love your layout and the pierced paper for the bees....so creative!

    Jan Castle said...

    Lovely creation!!!

    Makiko Jones said...

    Such a wonderful and fun card, Christine!! Love the square panels and how those bees are flying :)

    Heather Jensen said...

    Super cute and very clever. Love the little bees. :)

    Allison Cope Israels said...

    Gorgeous Christine! Love the inchies you created! Great colours on your card!